That’s because this Joshua had his driver’s license test bright and early this morning. And we all know that trips to the DMV are never quick.
The happy news is that he passed! Yay, Joshua!
So, I am now mom to an officially licensed driver for the first time.
(Not gonna lie, I am a teensy bit nervous. That’s normal for when your first kid is about to venture out without you, right?? Probably by the time Zoe gets her license, I will be a little more chilled out.)
I’m currently awaiting a call from our insurance agent to let me know how much the car insurance is going to be. Our insurance company (Erie) supposedly has good rates for younger drivers, but I know that even a “good” rate for a young driver is still going to be a little bit…whoa.
I feel like I’ve navigated all kinds of new parenting this year: college registration, helping Joshua and Lisey get jobs, and then all the driving-related stuff too (learner’s permit, driver’s ed, driving practice, buying a car).
And in just over 6 months, it’ll be time to get Lisey her learner’s permit.
(These are the hazards of having children 19 months apart! Ha.)
But hey, at least when she starts driving, only one of us will be inexperienced. Poor Joshua has an inexperienced mom every time he does something new.
In other real life news, Mr. FG and I hit our 19th wedding anniversary yesterday.
(Photo from last summer, because photos of Mr. FG and me are few and far between!)
19 seems a bit anti-climactic, because it’s not quite at the cool level of 20 years.
But 19 is sort of note-worthy because I was a newly-minted 19-year-old when we got married, which means I have now spent almost exactly half of my life married to Mr. FG.
That’s weird to wrap my head around, because the first 19 years of my life seemed so much longer, and now it’s kind of like, POOF! Here we are 19 years later.
Either time flies when you’re having fun, or time just always goes faster as you get older.
Some dear friends of ours took our kiddos for two nights (and even took over all the dropping-kids-off-at-work bit!) so we could celebrate.
The first night, we got a hotel room for $25 because we had reward points to pay for most of it, and we ate at a favorite restaurant with a Groupon.
The next night, we ate at our other favorite restaurant and used an anniversary coupon for a free appetizer and dessert. We slept at our own house that night, which was free, but also a bit hotel-like because it was just the two of us.
And we got Starbucks.
Lastly, guess what?? My keyboard arrived!!!
I am pretty over the moon.
The new keyboard is taking a little bit of getting used to, because it’s slightly different than my old one. But all of the keys are working, and you guys, typing is so much better when you can use the B key.
I seriously had no idea how many words used the letter B before.
Or X, for that matter. Did you know that X is in the middle of a shocking number of everyday words?
Anyway, I’m a happy camper. Whee!
I’ll be back in a (hopefully) more timely manner tomorrow morning, with some thoughts about cost-per-use.