narrated by: Bekah
Holden is finishing up his junior year, and soon Tim and I will be empty-nesters. Willa graduates this spring from EU, but she has zero intention of moving back home.
I finally feel like Lainey and Michael are doing well. She’s always been obstinate, refusing to embrace surprises which put Michael at a disadvantage romantically. When we were over recently to visit, I saw them embracing.
Holden came along as he happened to be free for the afternoon. He’s so busy with soccer and his band, that we hardly see him. He’s the biggest helper when it comes to cleaning, I don’t even have to ask.
I love getting time with Silas. They live all the way out in Millwood, so it’s hard to see him as often as I’d like. I wish they’d moved to South Port, especially since they both work in the city, but I can see the charm of a small town for raising children.
While I played with Silas and prepared his lunch, Tim and Lainey caught up. She’s always been more inclined to talk to him than me. Apparently she admitted thoughts of having another baby. Tim could only smile stupidly at her instead of asking imperative questions, like are they getting married?
I tried to join the conversation, but Lainey wouldn’t reveal anything. Tim just closed his eyes as if I were making yet another mistake.
It seems to me a Mom should be able to talk with her daughter about these things, and about the overdue bills on their dining table. Was I just supposed to pretend I didn’t see them?
Both Tim and I would love for them to get married, have another baby, but only if they are in a financially sound place. Tim agrees but he’d never say anything, he doesn’t like to upset his daughters.
He works with Michael, so he gets more information that way. Michael even makes the coffee specifically for him too, I wish someone would make my coffee besides myself.
Michael does want to get married, he always has, but he’s willing to keep their current arrangement and have another baby. He thinks its a good compromise, because he’s wanted another baby for sometime.
Silas turns four in the fall, he would have liked kids closer in age, so it wasn’t like starting over once one got into school, but no one can change Lainey’s mind. No one has to tell that to Tim or I, we both know how our daughter behaves.
I watch Silas on President’s Day since there wasn’t school. I pulled out the kids old twirly toy, and he had a good time once he figured it out.
Willa came home for the weekend too, she’s tired of the dorm drama (though I’m sure she creates most of her own troubles). She wishes she’d gotten her own apartment for her senior year, but we’d talked her out of it.
Silas doesn’t know her too well, and I worried she’d be upset when he got fussy. But she actually warmed right up to him. She told him she’d spoil him rotten once she moved closer. I’m sure Lainey will be thrilled to hear that.
We know Holden is dating Gemma, being a high school teacher, I tend to know about new relationships quickly. I spend half my time telling students to stop their PDA.
We both like Gemma, she’s a fierce soccer player, maybe a bit too high strung for Holden, but it’s good for him to test different personalities.
While Tim and I work, he’s absolutely not allowed to have her inside our house. I always fret over teen pregnancies, and I don’t think ether of them are prepared for that next step.
Holden always tells me he’d never bring her over, and anything but kissing is gross. I want to believe him, but I teach high school.
When I get home, they are playing in the snow, and I hope that’s where they’ve been all day. She lives just a house over, so it’s easy enough for her to go home to get warm or use the restroom.
The next morning I make breakfast, and inform the boys again that I will be home later than usual. I’ve told them at least three times, and they both act surprised.
Sometimes I wish I had a daughter here to help me deal with the boys. It’s like I talk to myself half the time, but neither of my daughters have ever favored me like they have their Dad.
After school, I have Monroe and my nephew, Jake come to my classroom. They both are seniors and signed up for tutoring with me. I’d like to help senior students score better on their SAT tests, and overall be prepared for life after high school.
It was so nice to see Monroe signed up and intending on university. I try to not gush, but I am really happy over it. I thought he’d try to pursue music with his band, and I wanted much more for him. Though with a musician for a father, one can’t say music is improbable, he never grew up thinking such things.
I went over the applications which are due, and the upcoming SAT test. Gave them tips to help them score as high as possible.
Afterward, I asked each of them what they’d like to pursue in life. Jake floundered, he hasn’t completely decided. I know as well as anyone the pressures of the police force in the Grimsley family. He thinks he’s too yellow for such a career.
When I mentioned publishing, he immediately lit up. He’d be a natural, and I encourage him to pursue his dreams. The Grimsley boys will accept him whatever he chooses. I don’t say it, but none of us expected him to be a police officer, he’s always been more sensitive and not into sports, roughhousing, or guns.
Monroe didn’t have any idea what he wanted to do. Bekah suggested career counseling if he got accepted in EU. He barely had academic drive, and the little bit he had only came after the junior/senior prom.
It was the best I could do for my students, soon their results would be in and their next step toward their future would be laid. The next year would be Holden’s turn, his chance to choose his future path.
Notes: The big news to me this update was that Lainey and Michael tried for a baby! I’ve had unmarried TFB on for them all these years, and they’ve never tried. Silas turns 4 in September, he hits my age-cut off so he will be in preschool with Clio and Thea Browning. I am excited for Lainey to have another baby, it didn’t happen this visit for them.
Both Jake and Monroe have the university want, I’ll do their SAT scores in June. I’m pretty excited to see them grow up.
For whatever reason, Lainey and Bekah still get cranky in their discussions. I always take Bekah for a well-meaning mom who comes across as a nag.
And yeah, Holden and Gemma went all the way, which would horrify Bekah who is very traditional. She didn’t get pregnant thank goodness. I have so many pregnant sims right now!
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