Got up early this morning because Katie invited easy child and the boys to come to the apartment complex xmas party and to see Santa. (yes, you saw that correctly, she even asked the manager for permission too) This is the first time we've seen Kayla, Alex, and Evan in more than a year. The change is astounding. I was quite impressed. Now this was "first impressions" so I know to take it as it is, but still I saw some pretty amazing stuff this morning. Manners! Holy Moly. And they were listening to Katie and doing what she said, minding her. She wasn't whining at them to do something (like she's always done before) but using a parental voice with them and did not need to raise it. Even Alex who is usually super hyped up for any new event, especially anything holiday related was both calm and very well behaved. Not perfect but he is a difficult child and always will be a difficult child, near perfect as could be expected. Even Evan, the once spoiled "wild child" was very well behaved, calm, and sweet. You'd never have guessed they'd ever behaved any differently. Yup yup, Nana was quite impressed, pleased, and proud. And Katie was so social. Awesome. Later this afternoon the family will gather to visit and then have dinner together. I dunno what changed with katie and the kids but it was monumental. Not perfect (kids will still be kids), but wow. I did praise her. I told her they were doing so well, so well mannered, seem so settled and confident now. That it was so good to see. She blushed under the praise. I saw an opportunity and I took it. I don't get a lot of chances to praise her, and I felt she needed to hear it.