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I’m not ready

Diva turned 16 earlier this month and her father told her he’d take her to get her learner’s permit.

In Ontario, we have a graduated licensing system.

Step 1 – G1 License

  • pass a written test and a vision test
  • maintain a zero blood alcohol level (no alcohol in your blood)
  • make sure every passenger with you wears a properly working seatbelt
  • not drive between midnight and 5 a.m.
  • not drive on highways with a speed limit of over 80 km/hr
  • drive with a fully licensed driver who has:
    • at least four years of driving experience
    • a blood alcohol level of less than .05 (if this person is 21 and under, their blood alcohol level should be zero)

After 12 months, you can take the G1 driving test. If you pass, you get a G2 license.

Step 2 – G2 License

You can now drive:

  • without another experienced driver in the car
  • on all Ontario roads
  • at any time of the day, in most cases

You must still:

  • have a zero blood alcohol level
  • carry only as many passengers as there are working seatbelts
  • If you are 19 and under, between midnight and 5 a.m.: you can only drive with one passenger who is 19 or under in your car.
    • This condition applies for the first six months of G2. After six months, you can drive with up to three passengers 19 or under between midnight and 5 a.m.
    • This condition does not apply, if:
      • you have a fully licensed driver in the car (with four years plus experience driving)
      • your passengers are immediate family members (e.g., a parent, brother or sister)

After 12 months, you can take the G2 driving test. If you pass, you get a G license, all restrictions are removed.

This past weekend when both my girls were at their Dad’s, he told them he would take them today. None of us believed him. Well guess who showed up at their school today? And took them to the Driver’s License office … without any identification? So Mom to the rescue and the rest of my afternoon was gone.

I’m glad they both passed as it would have been crappy if one of them didn’t. They were very excited and proud of themselves. Princess is happy with her accomplishment. Diva is “ready” to drive. Good Lord help me. O_o

I can’t believe it

but I am going to have a High Schooler. 😦

Where has the time gone?

I spent last week visiting the various high schools close to me that might be of interest to Princess, my older daughter.  In the past 2 weeks, we went to 4 information nights.

School 1: The school I really want her to go to requires me to move as everyone is interested in going there so only students in the area can attend. 😦

School 2: The school that is closest to me is not my first, second or third choice BUT I was very impressed with the school principal.  She seems to be working hard to change the school.  I did like that the school has less than 1000 kids going there.  It was the ONLY school I visited with a small population.  Plus … this school is where my daughter should go as she is in the Extended French program … AND they do a trip to France every 2 years to “study” the language and give the kids exposure to the culture.  Sign me (not the kid) up!!

School 3: My daughter’s first choice is a school I thought was our home school.  But a quick look on the school board website and we are not in the area.  😦 😦  She will apply as an out of area student and we will hope that she gets chosen.

School 4: The school Princess is slated to go to was my first choice.  It’s a great school.  But it’s not about me.  She will get to go to this school because all our documentation still says my mother’s address which is in the area.

School 5: Our home school according to my current address is a NO … NEVER … NO WAY… NOT IN A THOUSAND YEARS option.  We didn’t even visit this school.  According to my kids, there is a make shift police station on site.  Ummm I’ll pass thanks.

Our plan is to apply to the 3 out of area schools and if she gets into any of them have the debate then as to how feasible it is for her to attend.  And if not, then she goes to my old high school.

It seems like just yesterday I was bringing her home for the first time.  Now she’s figuring out which high school to attend … just now it will be university.

My baby is growing up.