narrated by: Grace
With Hatty’s fourth birthday behind us, we finally feel that we are able to focus on our family and home as a whole. With toddlers, there are more basic needs like diaper changes, naps, and frequent snacking. Now all the girls can mostly fend for themselves, that me and Benjamin don’t feel entirely exhausted at the end of the day.
All that doesn’t mean that the girls don’t get into mischief, and are necessarily easy. Just that we are now discussing the purchase of the empty land behind our house. I invited my aunt, Violet-Adele and her fiance-partner, Etienne, to help us decide what to do with the land.
We are interested in expanding the house sometime, though we figure by the time we get around to it, the girls will be on their way out of the house. It’s a hard race with saving finances while the girls continue to grow.
They were both helpful with coming up with figures and what would be the best way to build an addition. Violet-Adele suggested we bump out the back of the house, get a real kitchen with a dining room that could hold our large family without effort, and possibly be able to host holidays when our kids are grown. The mere idea of that makes me sad, but I understand the logic in planning for the future.
While we were discussing, I’d let the kids to play outdoors to their own devices. I should have known that Isla would choose this particular day to play roulette with a skunk.
I can always count on Isla to make an ill-advised decision, and cause chaos. Sometimes I just don’t know what that girl is thinking.
She hunted me down, and threw a giant tantrum that the skunk attacked her. Violet-Adele and Etienne aren’t particularly child-friendly, and threw just as large of a fit as Isla over the stink.
It quickly ended the discussion, they excused themselves to write up the plans, while I washed up my stinky girl. Out of all the girls, she is the one that needs to make the bad choices, simply telling her the bad outcome is not enough. I hate that she has to learn things the hardway, it’d be easier if she could just trust our wisdom.
She has a rough time making friends with girls, so most of them are boys. Even then, she is too rough for them. I don’t know if its a reflection on her, or that the boys in her class are weak, but she could whoop ’em all up without effort.
Ainsley is my nurturer, she is often found doting on Hatty and playing school with her. Hatty is very compliant to any of her big sisters’ whims, and makes a great student.
Ainsley has gotten bit by a social bug herself, she’s in the awkward tween stage where she’s happy to play make-believe but is also interested in gabbing on the phone. She’s still incredibly shy in school, but she’s found a great friend in Elodie, and you’d never know that the girls were not outgoing when paired together.
Tillie is our dreamer. While everyone else is playing together or with friends, we can always find Tillie off in her own world. She’s adorably sweet and imaginative, and gets along with all, but she prefers to be lost in her daydreams.
She likes to capture butterflies and pretend they’re fairies. She always lets them go immediately, afraid they’d be scared in the jar.
We are finally at a stage where all of the girls are friends and get along well. They aren’t without argument, but they come less and less with age.
Hatty just eats it up being able to play with the big girls and be out in the yard with them.
My youngest sister, Lily-Mae comes over to babysit for us sometimes now that we can trust Isla to not murder her sisters. Benjamin is very cute, he gets nervous and is always the one that goes over the rules.
Lily-Mae does great with the kids, even though she’s not exactly a child-lover. She enjoys the extra money and the freedom from the farm. While our brother Elias is excited to head back to the fields, Lily-Mae can’t wait to get away from it.
The girls adore their Aunt, and unbeknownst to Benjamin, allows a bit of shenanigans to happen under her supervision. I think it’s good for them, but Benjamin gets concerned about their well-being. I suppose being in the emergency services lends itself to the knowledge of worst case scenarios.
I miss saying goodnight to the kids when we do go out, but they always go right to sleep for my sister, so I don’t have to stress that they’re being naughty.
We had a good night out dancing, and listening to live music. We are trying to find more time to spend together now that they are older, but Benjamin’s demanding work schedule doesn’t always allow such fancies.
When we get back home, we always find Lily-Mae out on the sofa. She’s a morning person, up at dawn and found running on the country roads, that she keeps an early bedtime like the girls.
In the middle of the month, Mayor Kenzie set up a Community Easter Egg Hunt. It was nice to bump into some Millwood locals like Rebecca. We’ve just started hanging out again now that her marriage has settled back down. Previously she was a very negative energy that it was hard to be around her.
Our kids get along well, so they instantly paired up for the hunt.
The hunt was a success, but not without its hiccups.
Hatty had some issues, along with another girl, Gemma Pacelli with some older kids stealing their eggs. It was heartbreaking to witness, as Hatty had been tickled pink to be hunting like the big kids.
Benjamin comforted her. It was hard to see her so upset.
Ginny took care of her daughter, Gemma as well. It didn’t seem that the bratty kids even had parents at the park, so no one dealt with them. I think next year, Kenzie should divide the hunt into age groups so that the younger kids can have more fun with less heartache.
At the end of the month, I was able to witness a wedding proposal right outside Salon Sister’s windows. My assistant had seen the whole thing and called my attention over.
I went out to introduce myself to Jessica and Warren, and I offered to do her wedding hair for half the price.
They both seemed nice, and she was definitely interested in my offer. Something about seeing a wedding proposal really brightened my mood even further, and made me miss Benjamin though I’d just seen him that morning. We’ve been married for fourteen years now, sometimes it seems like yesterday and other days it seems like another life.
So much has changed since then, with four bright children full of personality being born into existence being a pretty substantial part of it all.
Thankfully, Benjamin and I have stayed strong through the years with family drama, a miscarriage, and sibling rivalry. Teenage years are just around the corner, and while I think Ainsley won’t be such an issue, I’m terrified of Isla and the trouble she will plop into. But at least I have Benjamin by my side through it all.
Notes: I do not know what caused Hatty and Gemma to burst into tears, their parents autonomously comforted them, and I was none the wiser as to the reason. Usually it’s adults fighting, but I didn’t see any negative relationships amongst any of them. So I’m blaming bully egg-stealers. ;p
I can’t believe that Benjamin is nearly forty, and Ainsley and Isla are on the edge of their early teen years. I hope to expand their house the next round. I adore this family, and I’m a bit sad that the girls are getting older.
Second round of company has arrived today, and school starts up right after… where, oh where did the summer go?
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