narrated by: Kenzie
Tyler is working on another book, and so has chained himself to his computer. It’s always tense the last month before publication, with deadlines, and last minute tweaks. He is becoming a household name in the world of non-fiction parenting books, with his specialty on the role of step parents.
Me and Dean find ways to entertain ourselves, we know that once it’s all done that he will have a large royalty check that will make it all worth it. It’s even more important now with Lorelei’s wedding fast approaching this October, we are paying for the wedding. It’s something that Tyler really wanted to do for his only daughter.
So we leave him to work, and usually rent a movie to watch. Dean turns eleven this September, and so we are getting past all the cartoons. I’m not really sad over this, I’ve raised all of my kids so far apart, that they were mostly raised as only children, which means that I’ve been watching cartoons for nearly 4 decades, and I’m over it.
He usually falls asleep on the sofa next to me, and he looks so sweet sleeping, that I may miss this part.
In the past, it’s been hard to get care for Dean during the summer months, but now he can fend for himself well enough that he can stay home with Tyler. He usually has his best friend Milo come over to play to keep him entertained.
Work has been keeping me busy, I am still at the office for paperwork and appointments, but have been taking on more field duties. Ella Carver was never a part of the system, it wasn’t until her Mom, Annie got aid to purchase a house that I was assigned. It’s my hardest case, I’m constantly torn over what is in the best interest of the children.
In the past year, Ella’s estranged father, Matt decided to apply for shared custody of Ella. Lawyer fees were racked up, but in the end it all came down to my report that the Judge requested. He wanted to know what I felt was in the best interest of Ella, and after it was all said and done, I suggested that she have visitation with her Dad and get to know him.
So now I am not only assigned to Annie Carver, but Ella specifically. I do check ins with her while she is with her Mom, but also with Matt. We’ve grown close over the years together, and I hope that I am influencing her life for the better.
My visits are always spontaneous, and Matt rushes to make the bed, and pick up some trash. It’s no worse than Annie’s house has been in the past, she’s almost lost her kids due to the health conditions of the home. An unmade bed isn’t going to call for drastic measures. Aside, Ella seems to be doing well, even cheerful, which is a first.
It’s a small studio apartment, and so he doesn’t have any overnight rights for Ella or his twin sons, Flint and Jett from his previous marriage. It makes my check-ins easier. He’s preparing dinner for Ella while I visit, and she assures me that he feeds her when she is there. Ella knows all the questions I’m going to ask, it’s all old hat to her.
After my visit, I encourage him to buy some toys, and help make the place seem more welcoming to the children. I also urge him to get a larger place, so that he can have his kids stay over for a night, or even a weekend. I’m really hoping that Matt can step in to be a good father for Ella, that she won’t grow up to have issues from him missing the first part of her life.
Matt lives across the hall from my older brother, Ethan so I try and stop in there to catch up. I got to meet his new girlfriend, Cynthia, and she seems nice. This is the first time he’s dated since Meredith divorced him, that I sort of thought he wouldn’t ever date again.
Caitlyn doesn’t seem to like Cynthia anymore these days than when she first met her in February. It reminds me of when I started dating Tyler, and Zeke hated me over it, along with Tyler. It was all of our issues with Zeke that pushed Tyler to start writing parenting books to begin with, so we really ought to thank him for being such a bullheaded brat, because it’s earned us a good living.
We do try to get together with the grandkids, usually a park, because our house isn’t really large enough to house everyone comfortably. They are at such a fun age, Cicely and Vivienne are such goofballs, that you can’t help but have a good time with them.
Cicely is a bit more rowdy, taking on Milo on the monkey bars, who is four years older than her. She did eventually drop down, but she said it was from boredom of waiting, and not intimidation, which I tend to believe.
Vivienne can be more mouthy with her parents, and obstinate in that way, but she is pure sweetness with me.
It’s always special when we can Tyler out of the house, and interacting with us. Dean is especially thankful for these fun weekends.
Other than work, and taking care of Dean, the largest time sucker for me right now is Lorelei with her approaching wedding. I want to be involved in the process, not only because we are paying for it, but because she is my only daughter. We drive all around South Port and Millwood looking for the perfect venue, and she is not impressed with anything.
Dean is stuck attending these trips, and is getting annoyed with Lorelei as much as I am.
Her and Marshal bought their first house, but she isn’t moving in until after the wedding. With her buying The Red Mill, they are short on cash, so their first house is in need of repairs, and is not in the best neighborhood. Ironically enough, she is moving next door to Annie Carver. Annie’s boyfriend, Cesar came over to introduce himself the first day they started moving stuff over.
I’m looking forward to Marshal joining the family, he’s no where as picky as Lorelei. He would be much easier to plan the wedding with, he likes many of my ideas, and even when he doesn’t, he has a clear idea of what he wants.
I’m a little disappointed that their house only has one bedroom, I’m not crazy about having insane amounts of grandchildren. I would have been happy to only have Zeke for a child, but Tyler deserved a child of his own, and Dean deserved a family, and I could give that part of me to them. But I’m not one to have baby-fever. I’m more concerned that they will have a surprise baby, and no place to house it. Lorelei has assured me that won’t happen, they are very diligent with their birth control. I am a social worker, I see people who use birth control, and don’t, as such I really wish they had a second bedroom.
She told me if all else fails, they can put the baby in the basement, and I plan to remind her of that one day, when she does have a baby. There is just no way she would put a new baby in the basement, once she is finally a mother.
At the end of the month, my twin sister, Delaney offered to throw Lorelei a bridal shower, she rented a room at the church in Millwood. It was one place we hadn’t bothered to check, Lorelei insistent that she wanted no part of a church wedding, but I dragged her over before the shower started.
Naturally, Lorelei hated it.
I really want her to get this planning going, she hasn’t gotten a venue, nor her bridesmaid dresses, and with Erin expecting, she really ought to get that started. I try and plea this to her, but she never seems to grasp that she is running out of time.
She just insists that she will know what she wants when she sees it, and that it will all come together perfectly once that happens. And in the meantime, she hates everything, and picks it all apart.
The Bridal Shower went well though, Erin is the maid of honor, and brought Caitlyn with her. I’m glad that the two are super close together, Erin has always been a good girl, and I like that type of role model for Caitlyn.
We are all concerned how Erin will hold up at the wedding, she will be eight months pregnant when it arrives, and are hoping that she doesn’t go into labor early, and that she can stay on her feet long enough to get through the event.
I don’t get to visit with my sister much outside of holidays, and the occasional lunch or phone call. She seems to be doing well, I still can’t believe that she went and had another baby this late in life.
Lizzie is just a year younger than Cicely and Vivienne.
They will only have Lizzie at home now, with Lauren starting college in September. I hope that Lauren matures once she gets there, she was being rude to Delaney during the shower.
And was boasting loudly to Lorelei and anyone else that would listen about herself. She ether has copious amounts of self-esteem, or she is lacking in it, and tries to cover it. I’ve never been close with Delaney’s kids, they have all grated on my nerves. And though I have three kids, I never had that many living at home at one time.
Meg seems to be doing well now though, she starts her senior year in the fall, and I am a little shocked that she has grown up so quickly. I expect teenagers to be able to hold conversations with adults, and not have it just revolve around their own lives and school. Lauren fails this at eighteen, and Meg used to as well, but now she can hold a conversation with Morgan, and of all the people to talk with, Morgan is the most difficult in our family.
Morgan is very serious, and is often distracted mentally with her work, and currently with trying to become the Chief of Staff at Mercy Hospital. But Meg, the creative girl who wants to be a screenwriter, was able to have a lengthy conversation with Morgan, and it made me proud to see her grow up so well.
I always sort of thought that my sister wasn’t a very capable Mom, and that perhaps she shouldn’t have had so many children that close together. But I may just have to eat those words, and I hope that I do.
By the end of the event, Lorelei had come up to apologize about her behavior. She has become a bit of a bridezilla, and she felt sorry over it.
I just really hope that this means we can start to make some concrete plans now. November will be here quickly, and neither of us have a backyard that would make a beautiful wedding backdrop. And the a beautiful backdrop is all that Lorelei is looking for at the moment.
Notes: I really wanted to do some fun stuff for Lorelei, being Kenzie and Tyler’s only daughter, I felt that she would be a bit spoiled. They will cover all the wedding costs, and it worked out that Lorelei and Marshal (mostly Marshal) could afford to buy a house. Originally I was going to allow them to stay in her adorable apartment, but with the new hood, I lost all of the decor of it, and have zero interest in refurnishing it.
Dean turns to a teen in September! Dean was the first boy born onto my blog, Linnea was the first girl. Slowly that generation will make it to adulthood!
I have vague ideas of what I want for Lorelei’s wedding, as I am missing the majority of my community lots, I am limited. I think I’m going to build something for it, but I don’t quite have the visual nailed down yet, so Lorelei has nothing planned.
Matt has been doing a surprisingly good job at parenting Ella, so I am thinking of getting him a larger apartment/house so she can have sleepovers there.
Thanks for reading! (Only two more households for this round!)