Our nearest driver's exam station isn't open on Fridays, so they had to wait to do their driving test on Monday. I was nervous as they waited for the examiner and then drove out of the parking lot with him. But they did just fine. We have two new licensed drivers in the family!
I treated them to Dairy Queen after we finished at the licensing office, before they dropped me off at home & continued on their way (alone) to basketball practice.
They are currently participating in "No-Shave" November and I have to admit, that I think they look a little ridiculous. I thought Mason, particularly, who's going full no-shave, would want to clean up for his driver's license photo. He usually keeps pretty clean. Mitch told me that if I was a 15-16 year old boy who could grow a beard, I would too. Eric's is a partial no-shave, he leaves a particular beard pattern (as seen above back in Sept.) and has been grooming it.
So anyway, they were photographed for their driver's license looking older than their years with scruffy beards. But the signatures below their photos looks just the same as when they wrote their names in second grade.
So far I'm feeling ok about them behind the wheel on their own (no ice & snow on the roads yet, though!) It's a huge help that they can drive themselves home after basketball practice in the evenings. I'll be making much fewer trips back & forth at odd hours.
Looking back, I wrote this post at the time of their 14th birthday, touching on the dynamic of Mason & Eric as twins.
And five years ago, I reflected back over the November 15th we had celebrated up to that point, from the day they were born, to boyhood birthdays. Some years we've had heavy snow. Some years we've been in short sleeves.
Not much has changed in the way they chose to celebrate their birthday - they stayed home & had pizza, brownies & ice cream. Although, this year the friends that came over were girls.
As current sixteen year olds with beards & drivers licenses, they're both on the Honor Roll at the close of their first quarter as Sophomores. They both got a pair of Wellington work boots for their birthday, which they've wanted for quite some time. And they play their first basketball game of the season this Friday night.