I'm so tired from the day. We always have a friend over to watch bowl games with. Bless her heart she keeps coming every year despite difficult child (and even easy child) and his antics. In some ways difficult child maintained but only mostly and only with a ton of work on husband's and my part-today mostly husband. difficult child was non stop today-LOUD, obnoxious, and at points starting to meltdown (and somewhat violent at one point but we were able to calm him down). husband played with him a lot-game boy and we all played some games. Overall, he maintained well(was cheerful at points) but it was still a long day. And that leads me to easy child-who is very gfgish right now. Honestly we talked to her ahead of time about being polite, not egging on difficult child. Well that lasted all of about 5 minutes of our friend being here. She started in on him and wouldn't let it go-of course-he just gets more and more upset. She then gets upset that we are upset with her and storms out of the room for most of the rest of the day. At least she went down stairs and did her homework! This has been happening so much lately-she totally starts things with him and won't let them drop until she gets a bad reaction from difficult child. She did it yesterday on the way to the dog park and before that on Christmas Eve on the way to church (we actually had to stop the van and move her to the front seat). Yesterday morning she was screaming at me and then difficult child. She apparently wanted to start a new regimen with our dog (walking her and then feeding her) but forgot to mention it to me so I fed her. She was screaming at me and then difficult child and then went into a total meltdown-screamed that she hated our family, no one understood, then was silent with her head down for about 20 minutes. Anytime I tried to talk with her she just screamed. Ok, I'll stop now-sorry this got so long-just had to vent as I was so hoping for a better start to the year-wasn't horrible but could have been better. Thanks for listening!