narrated by: Cara
We didn’t exactly plan for Jake, and it’s just been a matter of time before we could no longer have him in our bedroom. When we bought this two bedroom house, we thought that we would be complete with Rachael and Lulu, and the girls could easily share the second bedroom. We looked at other houses, but we just weren’t able to make a jump to a larger house, until now.
Charlie and his brother, Tim get bored on patrol and tend to waste a few dollars picking up lotto tickets while they get their late night snacks. And we actually won!
Charlie couldn’t wait to tell me the news, and we started looking for a new house immediately. $60,000 is a lot of dough to buy a nice house, especially out in Millwood. It didn’t take long to find the perfect house, located a block away. We won’t be across the street from the park anymore, but we will be across from the pool, which is next door to the park.
Lulu was excited for the move, and was even more motivated to help me get the house clean. She’s always been much more helpful, even without asking, than Rachael ever has.
As excited as Lulu was for a new house, Rachael was the exact opposite. She loves her bedroom, and insists the new room won’t be as great as this one, and now Scarlett won’t live kitty corner anymore, they’ll be a whole block away. I don’t think she will care as much after her birthday in the spring, she’ll be eleven, and not as interested in toys. Scarlett has always been more of Lulu’s friend, since they are the same age to begin with.
The only time she perked up was when we briefly looked at a house in South Port. She would love to live next to her best friend, Lewis again. The price of the property, plus higher property tax had us change our minds immediately. She’d have to work on Lewis’ parents to get them to move out to Millwood if she wants to live by Lewis again.
The easiest for the move is Jake, we are getting him a big boy bed, and he’ll have his own bedroom. He’s pretty excited about it, for as much as he can understand. When he was very little, he fussed much of the time, but thankfully, he’s a much happier boy as he gets older.
No sooner that we had moved into our house, and barely unpacked a thing, and my mother showed up to harass me. I think she’s a fool to have divorced Ethan, who is going to take care of her when she’s old? I’m not intending on ever sharing a house with her again, and I don’t think Colin or Luca would be ether, and that’s only if they can get rid of Dad bumming at their small apartment. I told them to not let him move in, that he’d be a leech and never leave.
Of course, Mom wanted a piece of the pie, she’s stressed living on her small library salary, which I pointed out, she’s been living on for years. Then she threw in my face how she raised me, and helped when I was a pregnant teen with Rachael, which I reminded her, that she kicked me out to live with Ethan’s Mom Milla.
She didn’t have any case to try and weasel a share of our new lotto winnings, plus with the house, and new furnishings, it wasn’t like we were exactly rolling in the dough. She was fuming, I thought she might actually slap me, but she didn’t. I’m not sure how I would have responded to that, not well I’m sure. I kicked her out of the house after that, and told her to not bother coming back around.
Other than drama with Mom, things are relatively well. Charlie is still working the night shift, patrolling the streets with Tim, which makes him available to care for Jake during the day.
He was a little frazzled to put it nicely when Jake was really young, but since he’s much happier, it’s made Charlie more confident in his Dad skills once again. Nothing like a colicky baby to crush any esteem there is in parenting abilities.
As well as his schedule worked in the beginning, I’ve been looking forward to Jake starting school in the fall, and was hopeful that Charlie might find a day shift down at the station. It seems our cards are really falling into place, cause Charlie shared one evening after work, that he was offered a promotion to Desk Sergeant.
He has the position, and the Chief is willing to let him begin when Jake starts school. His shift will now be first shift, and will get home at 4:00, which is just one hour after I get home. I’m beyond grateful for our good fortune as of late.
The only real struggle now is getting the girls to continuously do well in school. We’ve basically bribed Rachael to get good grades so she can ice skate each winter. It makes the off season a little hard though, since she can always weasel the grade back up before the first snow fall. Lulu struggles as well, but it’s not lack of motivation per say, she just takes longer to grasp the information, but she’s very determined to do well.
If I can get both girls to sit down right off the bus, it usually means a less stressful evening for me with dinner, and Jake to care for.
It’s been such a warm autumn, that the girls are trying to fly through their homework so they can go outside and play. Scarlett has been given permission to walk the block, down to our house if she sees the girls outside playing. I think that this has helped with the transition. They no longer share a bus stop though, but at least they can still play.
I’m a little wary of Rachael becoming a pre-teen in a few months, never been a parent to one before, and my teen years yielded Rachael. I’m not sure I could handle becoming a Grandma at thirty or something. Charlie thinks these fears are silly, and that we’ve raised her better than that. It’s true that we parent different than I was raised, but I still know boys can be pretty convincing.
I enjoy my young Rachel, that plays, and whoops, and hollers over silly things. I’ll miss that when she’s into boys, and make up. I’m sure there will be perks to that age though, things I don’t know about, there was when she became a big girl too.
I wish that Rebecca was in this same place as me, so we could talk about it together. Instead she’s planning to adopt, and really hopeful about it from their meetings with their social worker. I couldn’t imagine getting my hopes up that someone would give me their baby, and then still have the chance to change their mind. I’m done with my family too, so I can’t really share in conversation over being in that same place ether.
I wish them well which goes without saying, and that the process goes smooth for them. I’d hate for her to end up on the news in some wild court case over the custody of a baby, which is all I think of when I think of adoption. The odds aren’t really in favor of that though, which I figured.
The social worker is thinking it could be as early as spring or summer that they have a baby, that is if they find someone knocked up, who doesn’t want to be. It’s unfortunate that it came to this for Rebecca, and I’m a little concerned with the hope there is about a baby being born unwanted, so they can raise it. Guess I’m not one to ever consider adoption.
As it is, I’m looking forward to this stretch of life, of raising the kids I have, without adding more. Charlie is such a good Dad, and makes sure to take time on the weekend to spend with the girls.
Once fall arrives, he’ll be home every evening, and we won’t have to juggle quite as much to have family time. It’ll be nice to have someone help wrestle three kids into doing homework, and getting dinner on the table in a timely manner.
Charlie got the ROS to win the lottery, $60,000 bought these guys a nice brand new house.
Lulu is my only sim that autonomously studies for skills on Monique’s computer, apparently she’s not studying the right subjects, she can’t go past the B (which she’s really mad about when she gets off that bus!).
Cara never had the luxury of just having a baby or even wanting a baby, they all were just forced on her with ROS x2, and Inteen flavor pack. So I don’t think she really relates to just wanting one so badly, she just always got one without effort.
Here’s a little map of their old house and new. Millwood has a Park and Recreation Square, for all the needs of the community. It’s nicer, newer, cleaner, than anything offered in South Port. The empty lot, is actually a water tank, but doesn’t show up in hood view. I want to see if I can fix that, but haven’t yet.
Thanks for reading!