Yep, Jay came home yesterday. I was home but the rest of the family was fishing with Gramma for the day. One of his friends from last yr came over. Megan, who's had her own issues, came right over and we all hung out. She just graduated HS this spring and is enrolling in Nursing school in January-----GOOD for HER. She had to make up 11 credits to grad, and she did it! So she went off on Jay about making up 2 lousy credits for early grad as opposed to GED. She told him he doesnt even have to walk into the HS. It can be done at home or thru adult ed.
So... it appears this "buddy thing" has taken a step further and I am REALLY cool with that. She drives w/ good record. She works. She's just got her shit together. Good to the lil brothers and not one of those snot nose rude types. She's got a very in-your-face personality, and funny as hell. and...well... it helps that she just happens to be gorgeous.
Jay was up before I went to work.... not woken by anyone but himself. Cooked the boys breakfast, and by the time I got home, nearly a cord of wood was cut/split and Tim was stacking. All I said before I left was "i'd like you to get a start on the wood pile today" Dean was woken by the chainsaw going. It would be reall nice if he keeps this up.