Chapter 3.19

Christmas came to Starlight Shores before I had time to blink.

Of course, this meant that I got to buy new furniture and rearrange the house again which is my favorite part of the holidays!

Adam’s favorite part is the break, of course.  He took time to sleep in and be a bum.

I was hosting the big Snowflake Day party (ugh) but that morning I had other plans with my favorite folks.  Liv, Bug, Pickle, and I were off to the Winter Festival.

Having never seen so much snow before, Bug and I took to the fields to make the biggest snowman ever.

“Hey wait here, Aunt Penny…I’m going to go get us some stuff to make his face!”

10 minutes later Bug was still missing and I had to go on a Bug hunt.

“AUNTIE PEEEEEPEEEEE!”

“NANNY NANNY FOO FOO!  YOU CAN’T HIT ME!”  Bug had wandered over to the snowball fight arena and was attempting (poorly) to challenge me.

“Oh yeah?!  I dare you to hit ME!” I taunted back.  “Come join us, sis!” I yelled toward Liv.

“No…I think I’m good over here with Dylan….you know, where you can’t kill me.”

I might have been a bit rough on Bug…

I won, of course.  I’m not about to let a kid beat me even if she is my favorite kid!

I got her some goodies with the tickets I won so it all evened out in the end.

Mike came and grabbed the kids so Liv and I could have some “grown up” fun in the snow.  Unfortunately it all ended way too soon and I had to get to the party planning.

Luck for me,  Adam was way ahead of the game because I completely forgot to make the roast.

Luckily for everyone else his cooking has really improved!

Xander, was the problem chef tonight.  He started cooking steaks but then got called into work and left.  This did not end well.

I got home just in time to deal with the mess.

“Remind me to kill him later, Adam”

“Only after I kill him first, Penn.”

Sounded like a plan to me.

Adam also ended up putting the lights on the house and a snowman in the yard.  He’s going to make some woman seriously happy one day.  One day soon in fact…the boy is nearly a man.  Sheesh!

I put the prizes from the fair until the tree for Bug and Pickle.  I wasn’t leaving that little booger out of the fun!

Everyone brought gifts to the party as is tradition.

I wanted to wear an awesome Christmas sweater set I bought (I got one for Xander too) but after the fire I forgot to change.  Next year there will be payback.

Everyone loved their gifts.

I tried to make the roast quickly before dinner but roasts are not a quick thing.

Mom saved the day with lobsters.  No complaints here!

Aunt Lanya and Mom cleaned up which was the best Christmas gift EVER

Chapter 1.17

Ok…Babies are hard.

I decided that since I am now a mother I needed to look like one.  So I got a makeover and bought more “mom” clothing.

We also bought a bigger house.

Oh…and a minivan.  Yeah, I am that cool now.

Tonight we are throwing a Gift Giving party as a house warming party.  Snowflake Day is coming up and we wanted all our friends to meet our new little one.

I even got to try out my new cooking skills!

We have a great spare room that we can now use for company!  The party went really well.  Although we did get two chess sets.  Well, it was a nice thought anyway.

Mollie was wonderful throughout the whole party.  Everyone just thought she was a doll!

They were so busy passing her around and holding her, that I totally fell asleep in the family room and missed the end of the party!

When I woke up, Victor was still cleaning and Mollie was asleep in the crib in our bedroom.

“VICTOR!  I’m sorry I fell asleep!  Here!  I got you this gift.”

I had bought him a camcorder for all the memories of our new daughter.

“What if we thought about having another baby sooner rather than later?”

“Dude, did you miss the fact that I fell asleep during our house warming party?”

“Yeah, but I want to quit my job and become a writer.  Then I can stay home with you and the kids.  I can help out more.”

Mollie woke up then and I went into the playroom to snuggle her in the rocker.  I told him I would think about it.  Victor tried out his camcorder for the first time and got a video of us together in the rocker.

We all went up to bed after that.

We had only gotten about an hour of sleep before we were awakened by Mollie.

“Hun, can you take her in the other room?  I have work in the morning.”

Another baby my ass.  Not for a long, long time.