OG is doing great in college (Nursing) and comes over whenever she can. I get hugs and "I love you" regularly.
YG is taking a break from gym to try to keep her grades up. She has always struggled in school (and being compared to OG didn't help - OG was Class Salutatorian in 2020).
She also got her driver's license. She has tried to explain to people (best friend and boyfriend) exactly who I am to her and OG. She has basically given up on the big, long explanation and now just says, "She raised me."
I see her just a little more than I see OG, and get the hugs and "iLy2iab, iw iq" (I love you to infinity and beyond. I win. I quit.) just as much.
LSS has stuck with gym through a lot of struggles (minor injuries and sometimes a lack of coaches). For the practice times to work for my brother and I to transport her, she does the "early" time (4:30-6:30). This time is mostly L2-L4. She is XG and sometimes there is a L6 there too. She is basically a group of 1 or 2 at the most ... so she often stretches alone and then gets through all of the events and conditioning by 6:00. That means she gets home earlier
She is even working skills that scare her and getting more confident. She came up with a new floor routine (90% on her own) and is KILLING it. Her vault is looking better all the time too. With only 3 regular season meets left, she will probably stay Gold for the rest of the season and save Platinum for next year. She has until January 24 to decide for sure. I will support her either way.
I had been purchasing a lot of new clothes that fit me, and the girls thought it was awesome because I actually have a similar style to them and they never knew. For Christmas, they didn't give me a very specific list. I am going to brag here because they LOVED everything I got them! Fleece-lined leggings with pockets, regular leggings with pockets, and sports bras for both. OG also got a Webkinz, and YG got a Care Bear (things they loved when they were little and still do).
I also turned 50 in mid-December. I had my BIGGEST birthday party EVER!
It was supposed to be a surprise party, but I kinda knew it was coming ... just didn't expect the number of people that were there. My previous biggest party was my family (5 people) and 2 friends. This party was: Me, my brother, my sister, OG, YG, OG's best friend, the girls' dad, stepmom, brother, and LSS, and YG's boyfriend. Also there was the boy I tutor that goes to an online school, my friend that took me shopping to keep me away until they were ready, her husband, and 2 of her 3 kids (the 3rd brought me balloons earlier in the day). There were supposed to be 4 other people there, but they were sick ... so they joined in by phone to sing "Happy Birthday." My sister did the Pizza Hut order on her own (I usually place the order) and actually got my pizza (hand tossed bacon & mushroom pizza with garlic parm sauce) right!
When I went shopping, I got a new throw blanket - a fox. I also got my favorite ice cream and blue hair dye. On New Year's Eve, I dyed my hair (to the best of my ability - my hair is uncooperative, lol). So I have started 2022 unrecognizable. My sister was quarantining as a precaution because she may have been exposed (to people who didn't have Covid), so she didn't see me in person until tonight. She has to get used to it, but it is pretty.