We made it through the weekend without too much drama, for which we are grateful. We were able to celebrate Tanya's 15th. birthday with a family dinner on Friday...there were no raised knives or threats, just a bit of a strained atmosphere. The birthday girl was far too excited to even notice, another good thing.
My oldest boy and I went to see "Crooked Arrows", a lacrosse movie that was filmed right here in New England. Loved having the one on one time with my almost 17 year old. Loved that he wanted to share this movie with his mom. Saw "Dark Shadows" with the kids, overcame some resistance from our boy who wanted to be left home alone and was angry that I refused to leave him unattended. He did manage to come along and not spoil the event for the others, another positive step. Grilled the obligatory burgers and dogs for Memorial Day, planted our vegetable garden, tried our best to keep peace and harmony under our roof. We were mostly successful. Craig and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary yesterday. We were able to go out to a romantic little Italian restaurant, just the two of us...a lovely meal and a much needed break from home. Our wonderful neighbors came over to hang out with the kids just to make sure all went well. For the most part, it did...except for some binge eating by our boy when he thought no one was watching. As for how our boy is doing...he started back to school yesterday with a lot of one-on-one support. Since there are no outpatient services available for him right now, it seems this is our best option. He did manage to get through the day with only one disturbing issue. He announced to his English class that he really hated a particular actor, wanted to cut off his head with a knife. Wasn't sure why people might think he was scary for saying things like that...sigh. At home, he has been for the most part trying to follow rules, says he wants to do better and be able to stay at home. However, it's clear he is still struggling with his impulses. We're all just taking this a day at a time...not much else we can do at this point.