narrated by: Lainey
We managed to survive Michael joining the police force, and Silas is doing fine with the babysitter, although I still don’t think the situation is ideal. I installed a nanny-cam so I can keep an eye on her, and found that she watches an insane amount of television. However, Silas always seems happy and she does tend to his needs, so it’ll do for now.
She does give him too many bottles, when he should be on regular food more, so it’s something I’ll have to bring up again.
Michael is excelling in the police force, he thanks my Dad almost regularly for giving him the opportunity. He used to work at the comic book store, floating through life as he likes to say, and now he has a career purpose. I’ve never floated, so I guess I don’t get the gratitude. I knew I wanted to be a Marine Biologist, and did it.
Michael works hard for his promotions though, they are constantly testing physique, and making them pass tests. I tell him if my Dad can handle it, so can he, but he just insists that he has to be in even better shape. He watches these hilarious 1980’s style exercise videos, and peeks from behind the sofa to keep the rhythm.
He’s mostly pretty adorable, but I still don’t want to get married. I tell him that I don’t want to marry anyone else ether, and I hope that it means something to him. We have a good domestic life going for us, he does the cooking because he’s more experienced than me and cares more about the taste.
He’s on Vice Squad now and works with my uncle, Charlie now and then. He likes to bring him home after work, and show him Silas. He’s always been pretty great with us kids when we were growing up, and Silas is pretty fond of his great Uncle Charlie.
It is nice that Michael is on first shift, and both my Dad and Uncle have told me many times that shifts can change in a beat, and to enjoy it while it lasts. After Silas is in bed, we usually spend some time together, though I go to bed earlier than him. He usually does his exercise videos when I’m sleeping or reading in bed.
My Mom called one evening after dinner to share her brilliant idea, family vacation! We only took one family vacation growing up, and that was when the Christmas tree caught fire and we were out of a home. Mom kept saying how much fun that trip had been, but she seems to have forgotten why we were on it to begin with!
I was miserable on that entire trip, but in the end, I obliged to vacation with the family. This will be Silas’ first vacation, and it’s near the end of the month so it coincides with Willa’s spring break from EU.
When Silas was first born, I mostly handled it. He was a good baby, and while I cared for him, I didn’t think the Mom-gig was really for me. I still feel that way somedays, but I’m enjoying him more as a toddler than I did as a baby. Michael just seems to love all aspects of parenting, so I can’t really express myself without feeling guilt over it.
Potty training starts in September, as soon as he scarfs down his birthday cake and turns two, his bum is going on a toilet. I’ve already picked one up and plopped him on it a few times, but he’s definitely clueless.
Mom had midterm parent/teacher conferences, so Dad spent the evening playing with Silas and fixing our junky old bathtub. I swear another promotion or so, and I am paying someone to gut our bathroom. It’s dated and constantly keeps breaking. Neither Michael or myself have any plumbing experience, so it’s always a big deal.
He bathes Silas for me, and then I put him to bed while Dad fixes it, yet again. Dad insists that him, Michael, and Charlie could do the entire bathroom over a few weekends if we had the funds to pay for supplies, and I may take him up on it. It won’t be this year though.
Alice still visits me whenever she can. We are both so busy with our lives that it’s hard to carve out the time. Her career is going well, her online dating is picking up steam, if a few dates equals steam. She’s met a guy named Martin that she likes fine, but she’s afraid that she likes him more than he likes her. That makes me think of Michael, and that perhaps I’m not the best one to give advice on that.
She adores Silas, I’m positive that she’ll make a great Mother one day, and love every stage of parenthood when it finally happens for her.
Silas gets fussy when she stops playing with him, and actually spends time talking with me. He pretty much thinks of Alice has his Aunt, and I know she doesn’t mind.
It always seems like Alice has so much happening in her life. She shared how her roommate Julia’s son just found out he’s her kid, and not her brother. Alice’s brother, Milo is on the verge of ruining their family legacy in law, her Mom is ready to retire but doesn’t have a suitable replacement. So much more happening than in the Grimsley family, where our lives revolve around the police force, and criminals. Willa could flunk college, and I don’t think my parents would be surprised. She’s actually doing fine for herself, and that is what surprised us.
I throw the TV on for Silas, something I rarely let him watch, and he instantly goes quiet. TV and some bouncing on my knee and he’s a pretty happy kid for a spell.
I insist that I need to meet Martin, and she obliges once they’ve been on a few more dates. She hasn’t told anyone but me and Julia about his existence, and Julia only met him because they are roommates. It brings up the familiar pang of jealousy when she says that, knowing that it was our place first, and I’d have met Martin ages ago if life had gone differently. I’m less bitter about it now than I was, and once I meet Martin, I suspect I’ll feel even better.
As the month comes to a close, we pack up our bags, and a million items for Silas, and take a shuttle up to the mountains. My old Taurus can’t make the drive up the steep grade, and my parents don’t have room for me with my brother and sister tagging along.
It’s a rainy spring day in Millwood as we leave, and I’m not sad to take a break. Mom rented two cabins that are by each other, and put my little family in the smaller one. It was nice to vacation with everyone, and utilize their larger cabin’s living space, but still rest my head in my own place.
Silas instantly warmed to the idea of the outdoors and vacationing.
He claimed a spring ride, and spent the majority of vacation begging someone to put him up on it.
It was nice to kick back with my brother. Holden is thirteen years younger than me, so when I moved out for college, he was just starting kindergarten. He’s pretty fun to hang out with now though, and we had a good time of making Michael raise his eyebrows at us.
Willa was pretty much a million percent against visiting the Cascade Mountains. The trees don’t even have spring buds yet, and all her friends that were traveling, were hitting beaches. She sulked in the cabin, and watched poor quality television for the most part.
And then when Mom forced her to leave the cabin, she’d antagonize whichever sibling she happened to be near.
Unlike Holden, I know Willa quite well. I shared a room with her for most of her life, and even now, only seeing her a few times a year is sometimes too much.
While we shopped, the guys would lurk around outdoors, making plans for fishing, and entertaining Silas who did not do well inside of stores. All of the knickknacks would instantly become his most coveted item, and he wanted to claim them all.
Dad loves Michael, they went out to the lake, and watched the sailboats that are coming back into the water with the promise of warmer weather. It all was a lot of excitement for Silas, who became extra snuggly when he got sleepy.
Willa found a fellow classmate that was vacationing up here, and she hit it off with him. As far as I know, they made out pretty hard but didn’t go the full distance. Her romantic behavior baffles me, I couldn’t imagine shacking up with strangers and not even knowing their last name.
At night, we snuggled into our cabin as the temperatures dropped significantly. We haven’t had Silas in our room since he was a month old; it was sweet to hear his soft breathing.
Dad spent a lot of time bonding with Michael, hedging around the topic of marriage. Poor Michael, he’s perfectly willing to get married, it’s something he actually wants to do. It’s all me, but Dad tries to not pry so he’s said nothing to me on it.
I’m glad that they get along so well, and my heart feels mildly mushy seeing my favorite guys hanging out together. I do hope that Silas doesn’t follow in his Dad and Grandpa’s footsteps and join the police force. At this rate, the Grimsley’s make up the majority of the force, and it’d be nice if he were eccentric like me and my marine biology career.
One of the nights, Mom took Silas on some tours and allowed us to have a date night. I’ve always been more of a homebody, that even before him, we didn’t go on many dates.
I do care for my little family, and hope that my non-traditional ways are something that Michael can accept, maybe even appreciate.
We closed out the vacation with a family portrait; I’m certain that Mom will use it for the family Christmas card in nine months! But I really like the photo, so I don’t mind.
I’m really glad that Mom thought to take this family vacation, it ended up being Michael and Silas’ first time up in the mountains, and it felt good to reconnect and spend time with everyone without cell phone reception, or work obligations.
Notes: Still no marriage wants from Lainey, aside from the wishful thinking that she’ll marry someone rich. Michael definitely doesn’t qualify for that. I think with them living together, that it’d go off shared household funds, but even that is a pretty small amount. Bekah sent the money to Lainey to pay for the vacation, because that isn’t something these two had happening on their own right now.
Overall though, they seem to be doing well together, and while Michael does have the marriage want, he is rolling a variety of other wants, that his aspiration isn’t suffering for it. If it begins to suffer then I might have to look at things differently.
The only reason Willa didn’t go the full-distance with that EU townie is because he rejected her. She was game, he was not. Which is probably good, because my sims keep getting accidentally pregnant, and I’m over it for the moment! I’m locking up my ladies! 😉
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