narrated by: Nicole
We were lucky that Oliver decided to spend all of winter break with us this year. He hasn’t always come home for the holidays, and after his split with Paloma, me and Finn weren’t feeling confident that we’d see him.
It feels good to have him home with us, neither of us think he will move back home after he graduates in the spring, so we are enjoying him while we have him. I remember feeling impatient for the day my kids grew up, but now that Oliver is about to break out onto his own, it feels like it went by too fast.
He’s been sort of seeing a girl named Meg, but he insists they aren’t serious. I’m relieved to hear that, I don’t want him rushing into another relationship so soon after Paloma. That was such a long-committed affair, that I think he needs to be free for a few years, and enjoy his independence.
Finn doesn’t believe him though, thinks that Oliver is just saying that because it’s what we want to hear. I refuse to think that though, otherwise if Meg was such an important person to him, he would have brought her home for the holidays, or even called and talked with her. He hasn’t called anyone, or done anything, but hang out at home.
When I volunteered to make Eva’s wedding dress after her Mom died, I didn’t except Oliver to dump Paloma shortly after. It’s made the arrangement sort of awkward for all parties, but especially our children. I had honestly expected to be making a gown for Paloma in a few more years, so it hadn’t seemed bold to make this gesture towards Eva.
I had to break the news to Oliver that Eva would be coming by right before Christmas to discuss her decisions for the bridal party dresses and that Paloma would be coming with so I could get her dress measurements. When I had arranged the appointment a month ago, I hadn’t known that Oliver was coming to stay.
He wasn’t happy about it. I didn’t blame him. Honestly, me and Finn are relishing the day that Eva’s gown is done, and we can just be people that live in the same town again. I know Paloma feels the same way, I can see it all over her face each time I see her.
Finn got Oliver to calm down enough to see that I wasn’t trying to play matchmaker, and that I was just trying my best to make an awful situation a little less horrible.
Eva had decided what colors and dresses she wanted Paloma and Linny to wear.
Her wedding is coming together nicely, and she has the venue narrowed down to two places. I pressed that she should hurry up and get that tacked down, because April will be here before she knows it.
They just bought a new house in Millwood and the closing of that, and selling of her house has been occupying her mind.
I saw Oliver ask Paloma outside to talk with her, I was hopeful that it was going well. I know that he misses having her as a friend, and I can only imagine she feels the same way. I understand though, why she is unhappy when she is around him now. They were friends since grade school though, so I hope that in time, they can rebuild that friendship.
Once I had the final decisions from Eva, I set to work in the evenings to making some progress on finishing them. Eva’s dress is nearing completion already, I just have Paloma and Linny’s dress to complete.
Julius and Elias were thrilled to have Oliver back home too. The nights were filled with them pranking each other, and goofing off.
Julius is my rowdiest child, he’s always getting into mischief, and goofing off. Oliver and Julius have clashing personalities, and I could tell that they were wearing on each other within the first few days of Oliver’s return home.
Julius doesn’t have a girlfriend yet, he has his eye on Lainey, and she is definitely not interested in a twelve year old. I’m afraid he will have more success in upcoming years with the girls that are a few years younger then him. He is a pranking charmer, and some girls like that type of boy.
Worrying about a boy with girls is not normal for me. I never really worried about Oliver with Paloma, they used protection, and he always treated her well. I’m not sure I can put that type of trust into Julius.
He’s real sweet with Lily though, she doesn’t get any of his practical jokes thrown her way, and he does whatever she asks. She’s definitely on her way to being the spoiled youngest.
She reminds me of Grace though, not just in looks, but her more calm personality. Though she could throw tantrums when someone does say no, she just accepts it. She also occupies herself just fine, and works on her classwork without any prodding from me. That’s like a miracle right there. I still have to get on Julius and Zilla over their homework.
When Christmas finally came around, the whole family came out. I decided I only wanted to celebrate with my children and grandkids, and so we didn’t invite any of Finn’s family. We’ve never gotten along really well in the past, and I didn’t want to bother trying this year. I just wanted to enjoy the fact that my Emma was on speaking terms with me again, and having my own family back under one roof for the holiday.
The girls kept me company in the kitchen, though I was the only one cooking. Zilla couldn’t be bothered, and Emma doesn’t think to offer to help in these instances. Grace would have, but Ainsley was fussy and in need of attention.
The guys were deeply involved in a game of football, and supporting opposing teams so each time there was a “Whoop!” there was also a grumble. Finn and Chris liked the same team, and I knew that Finn would find that a bonding experience. He’s not had any issues becoming friends with Paloma or Benjamin, just Chris.
Benjamin is such a good Daddy to the girls. Grace told me they were planning to try for another one in another year or two. She wanted to give her body time to heal from the miscarriage, and the girls’ back to back pregnancies, and to just enjoy them. I think that’s a smart choice, but I’m already anxious for the next baby. I’m hoping that Emma and Chris have another one too, even though she says no more.
Julius snuck away with Ainsley after a bit, and went into Lily’s room to dance around. He’s a sweet kid, like my Oliver always was, and butts head with Julius frequently. They shared a womb, but are total opposites of one another, sometimes I can’t even remember they are twins.
I just hope that all the kids find a good match as Grace and Emma have done. I wouldn’t have said that Chris was a good one a few years ago, but now I can see that he’s the perfect match for her. While I want Oliver to take his time, he’s only twenty-one, I do worry sometimes that he won’t find a good girl for him. I don’t want him getting divorced down the line, and one bad spouse can ruin the holidays just like that.
The grandkids all ate their dinner really well, and I can’t believe that in August, Chaz will be four years old. He gets to start school in the fall, and Emma says she can’t wait for him to be less dependent on her. I think she might find herself missing the toddler years, I know that I do now that they are past.
Julius was saying such shocking things that Benjamin practically choked on his dinner.
Which Chris and Emma thoroughly enjoyed. I can see Julius really hanging out and spending time with Chris and Emma when he’s able to drive.
Emma even helped clean up after dinner without any prodding by me.
Then it was present time. We weren’t able to buy too many gifts for all the kids, our budget is a little tight since Finn is still babysitting Ainsley and Isla, but the kids didn’t seem to mind in the least.
Emma did pitch a fit about the teddy bear that I made for Chaz, she thought for certain that I’d given him Ainsley’s present on accident. It looks like the teddy bear will be staying at my house for Chaz to enjoy when he visits.
It was the first Christmas in years that I had everyone home, and it went better then I had ever dreamed.
Notes: For the first time since Emma was just a 12 year old herself, this family is actually pretty happy. It was nice throwing a holiday party, and having the kids and spouses actually arrive. I left it up to them to actually attend, and then I teleported the kids in. I absolutely love Chaz, Ainsley, and Isla playing, and am looking forward to when they are all kids and can play together even more. One thing is for certain, this house is not big enough for holidays. I don’t know what I will do about it, but I know that Nicole would not want to have her house too small for gatherings. I think we will do some additions, if the house cooperates.
As for Eva, she will be moving into this house that Carla decorated for them. I just placed it in Millwood, along with Pru’s awesome house, just the other day. And intend to use both houses at some point in time.
As for Oliver, he is not seeing anyone currently, he has kissed Meg, but they aren’t serious. His wants are not saying that he wants to change that. He’s actually feeling rather frisky (which is uncharacteristic of him! He is not a romance sim!). So Nicole is right to believe what Oliver says on the subject of Meg.
Thanks for reading!