She had many regrets in her life, they piled in abundance like forgotten gumballs in an antique shop. It wasn’t new to have one now, but it was a different type. When it came to her childhood and Mom, there were many things she’d have done differently. The consequences had been heavy, but this wasn’t one of those great regrets. This was simpler, but still deep.
When he’d asked her out, she’d said no. It had seemed wise at the time; she hadn’t wanted to jeopardize the band. But on the eve of her final high school days, and no longer a band-mate, it felt like she had sacrificed too much.
(Schehl Household Profile)
Elise (32 years), Peter (30 years), Irina (1 1/2 years)
narrated by: Elise
Our nanny, Lexi arrives in the morning while I’m struggling to reheat dinner for breakfast. I still haven’t gotten the hang of parenting, housekeeping, and work. It’s this juggling act that apparently I’m not cut out to do. Thankfully Lexi is very gracious over my messes and even helps clean up while I’m gone.
Ella Carver celebrates her eighteenth birthday with a trip to EU. She hasn’t decided yet if she will attend next fall, but she’s pretty positive she will be accepted. She takes her final SAT test this spring, and then she will need to make her decision.
Her sister, Marisol didn’t come to the tour. They’ve never been very close, and Cesar hasn’t been successful in his attempts to bring them together. Manny came though, he’s always been Ella’s cheerleader, and the most akin to her and their late Mom.
Both of the men in her life are really pumped at the idea of college for Ella.
Meg Schehl (30 years), Jaron Castellanetta (28 years)
Meg was turning thirty this month, and she took some time to reflect on her twenties. She’d spent the earlier part utterly lonely then obsessed with Oliver, thinking they’d get married. In the end, he called it off and while she had been sad, she’d realized that she’d loved his family more than him. His Grandparents were amazing, it made Meg sad that she never really knew her own.
Then Jaron came into the scene, he loved macabre, her brother liked him. Even Isaac did, and he didn’t really fit into the family. Jaron did though, and when he finally came into her life, she was focused on her screenwriting and photography business, even directing a play she’d written.
Turning thirty though, that seemed to change something. Maybe it was biological, like internally, her body was pushing for her to get a move on. It sounded silly, but it was really the only thing she could peg it on.
They decided to escape their everyday life, and head up to the Cascade Mountains mid-week. Everything was empty, which felt similar to the Shining, but also wholly romantic.
Isaac Gavigan (29 years), Lauren (27 years)
We are still working opposite shifts, that isn’t something that will change anytime soon unless one of us drop our jobs. Isaac did get promoted to Stock Manager at the grocery store and is actually bringing in a decent chunk of change. I’m still the breadwinner, but another promotion or so, and I believe he may pass me by.
Etienne Bernard celebrates his 42nd birthday on a particularly stormy spring day. They opt to stay in, and snuggle by their bedroom fire. They moved into their new home in February, but it still has a long way to go before they’ll feel settled.
With the fresh rains and breezes, Violet-Adele’s mood has begun to brighten, and while they still haven’t successfully gotten pregnant, she feels more hopeful than previously.
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(Siew Household Profile)
Quint Siew (39 years), Rebecca (39 years), Elodie (13 years), Wyatt (10 years), Tyson (8 years)
For months, the family has been waiting on test results, and finding no conclusive answers. Their eldest daughter, Scarlett calls daily, while she struggles to find the motivation to stay on campus. Rebecca doesn’t know what to tell her aside from staying at school and getting her business degree.