narrated by: Morgan Russo-Traver
Zeke’s little sister, Lorelei graduated college this spring, and Kenzie threw a big party to celebrate. Lorelei is living with them until her roommate, Erin comes back to town. The twins pretty much adore her.
I’ve only met Kenzie’s twin sister, Delaney a handful of times, most of the visits have been as her doctor with this pregnancy. She is always asking questions, and trying to be the healthiest she can. Lorelei is really interested in everything pregnancy, if she had a husband, I think she’d already be trying to have one. Zeke doesn’t think so, but it is his baby sister, probably best for him to not think of it too much.
Lewis and Dean get kicked outside during the party to have a water balloon fight and stay out of the way. We talked to both the boys about how they are half-brothers when they were both going to the Grammar School. They seem to think it’s really cool, and brag about how no one else at school has their uncle that is also their half-brother.
We also go and visit my parents out in Millwood at least once a month. I know my parents would like us to visit more, but they are out of the way, and really there is only so much we can handle of them.
Of course Mom and Dad have accepted Zeke as much as I think they ever will, and they absolutely adore the girls. Instead of harping on me finding someone with a graduates degree, Mom harps Zeke about his parenting. He should discpline the girls, or he’s too hard on them, Lewis should know more, or be more calm, or speak two languages already. He just can’t win with my Mom.
It is nice getting out to my parent’s house and letting the kids run around. Our yard is rather small, and Kenzie lives right behind us, and her yard isn’t much better. Mom is bragging constantly at the hospital about the girls, and she’s more pleasurable to be around when one of our weekend visits is approaching.
Dad has been more calm now that he is looking at retiring from the military. We think he’s going to go stir crazy with Mom still working at the hospital, but he insists he’s ready to take it easy. I’m still not sure, I think he would benefit from a visit to their lake house instead.
The girls are quite spoiled by all their grandparents though, and I feel blessed that it’s all working out as nicely as it is. A few years ago, I didn’t know if Zeke would even settle down with me, or if my parents would ever be civil to him. Now we all can get together, though we can’t mix Mom with Kenzie yet. They still don’t see eye to eye on much of anything, except maybe the girls.
We’re falling into our summer routine, which is a little easier since I don’t have to worry about getting Lewis out the door in time for the bus. There were a few too many times this past year that he missed it entirely. Our nanny didn’t have any issue ether with adding Lewis to her charge, so it’s been an easy transition.
Zeke was working a second shift, but recently got promoted to a Technical Support Engineer, and now works a third shift. Instead of coming home late, he isn’t going in until 9:00pm, and coming home at 8:00 am. He helps me get the girls and Lewis fed, and ready, then he goes to sleep while the nanny cares for the kids.
I’m glad we can afford the nanny, but sometimes I think it’d be nice to have a Butler. Of course Zeke laughed at the idea, but he doesn’t realize how nice it would be, and we really could afford it if we looked at our budget better. For now though, we are just keeping things as they are.
Last month, I was promoted to head of my department, and with it got more responsibility, but lesser work hours. I like the diversity of my job though. It’s a nice break to see a teenager, who can tell me her problems, over a toddler who sometimes panics when I walk in the room. Though maternity will always be my favorite, I believe.
When I get home, the nanny is usually gone, and Zeke is playing with the girls.
Sometimes Caroline Welsh from work, comes over with her son, Alex. He’s three, but still plays well with the girls. I’m hoping once he starts preschool that him and Lewis can be buds, at least a little bit. At the moment, Lewis is more interested in his video games, then he is in the girls or Alex.
He’s still a handful, I hear that girls are easier at the younger age, and boys are easier as teens. I’m hoping that it’s true for Lewis. He reminds me of his father, and he’s about all the handful I need.
Zeke helps me get the girls down for bed at night, but he allows Lewis to stay up a little later.
Once Zeke leaves for work, then I have to nag at Lewis to get ready for bed. He’s nine years old, and every night there is a lecture for him to brush his teeth, put on his pajamas, and during the school year, get his homework done.
I look forward to weekends when we can sleep in and rest, while Lewis will sleep in, the girls don’t. I think Vivienne is the mastermind behind it, and that Cicely just follows the leader.
It never fails that they both come toddling into our room every weekend. I’m just grateful they aren’t trying to climb down the stairs, or get into messes.
Near the end of the month, Kenzie and Tyler offered to watch the kids, so we could use the coupon Lorelei gave us to eat at The Red Mill. If we came before five, we could get our meal half off.
Lewis was informed he needed to be helpful, and was forced to play outside with everyone else. We were told he did try and play with the girls.
But they just wanted us. Thankfully they accepted Kenzie and Tyler as adults.
I’m always impressed at how well Tyler does with the kids, he used to have such impatience with Lewis when I first met him. I don’t know if Dean softened him, or reminded him how much work kids really are, but he’s much better now.
We had a fabulous time eating out, and I told Zeke we could could skip the butler, if we could go up the mountains for a little weekend getaway. Some people don’t need a lot of time away as a couple, but I’m one girl who really does need the chance to reconnect with my husband.
It wasn’t hard to convince Zeke, he said we could save for it, as long as I bought something skimpy to wear underneath.
Notes:This was a good round for these two, Morgan got one promotion, and Zeke got two (one was a chance card). Sadly he went from second to first, then to third shift. But after this shift, I think that I made the rest of the career during daytime hours. Computer people work crazy hours though, so he just has to do his time.
Zeke rolled the want to flirt with Regina (though they aren’t friends). And John wanted to do some flirting… with Annie?!? So I think John is having a nervous breakdown, I blame the UFO abduction. Which I didn’t write in, but did happen to the poor bloke in game last round. When he got abducted, all the people in Millwood started getting fears or wants to be abducted too.
Morgan really did want to hire a Butler (my first sim to roll the want!) and she rolled the want to go on a vacation. So she definitely is feeling that she needs more help AND a vacation. Parenting twins and a step son, and being head of a department is no cake walk for Morgan.