A/N: I won’t be updating again until, at the earliest, August 5. I’m on another vacation.. So here’s an extra-long post to tide ya’ll over. 😀
All the older children aged up the day I got back. Yes, I realize Bunny was wearing a skimpy nightgown. At least it wasn’t her underwear.
Kitten looked surprised to see the sparkles. I half-expected them to enter her open mouth.
Bunny joined the local business company with hopes to become CEO. I wonder how her older brother Benjy will take that. He wants to be the same thing!
I wish Kitten hadn’t straightened her curls. She looked adorable with them. She wanted to be a Tinkerer, which isn’t really a job, just a hobby. So I told her she had to get a real job and she decided to be a teacher. I guess she didn’t get her fill of kids yet.
I let the triplets enjoy the ourdoors for a bit while I said hello to Sonset. I’d missed him, but I couldn’t exactly have fit a horse on the plane. I don’t have a bag big enough.
“Hi, Raven,” I said to my little sweetheart. “You ready to grow up for Mommy?”
“Why?” she asked.
“Because Mommy doesn’t have enough beds for five toddlers.”
“Colin and me only babies!”
“No, honey. You have three new sisters.”
“I sparkle for Mommy,” she said.
“That’s my girl.”
I really love Raven’s colors. I just wish she didn’t resemble the Empress of Evil so strongly. Maybe I should pay more attention to the donors I pick.
“Why I sparkle?” Colin asked.
“Sorry, but you’ve got to grow up like your sister Raven,” I said.
He didn’t seem to mind as much as Raven. Look at that little smile!
When Cricket got home from school, he spun on the spot like a ballerina. Or he hopped like a cricket. Whichever.
I do hope he can see through that tangle. I’m not letting him get out of homework because his hair is in his eyes. That’s no excuse. At least ‘my dog ate my homework’ works because of Curly.
Firefly didn’t look like she entirely understood what a ‘fish’ was, but I clapped anyway. I just don’t want her to think it’s Curly. Curly would sooner eat fish than be one.
I got Cricket teaching Dragonfly after I told him it was probably easier than high school homework.
“Yeah, right,” Raven said. I wasn’t sure if she was talking to the bear or me.
Firefly ran into my arms as Colin shouted, “Run, Goldilocks, run!” and Butterfly looked on in interest. When I smiled at Colin, he held up his horse in my face and said he was rooting for it to win the race. Sure you were, Colin.
Dragonfly too was a runner, and I was pretty sure Cricket attributed that to his expert teaching. Me, I think she was scared off by Raven, who was threatening her doll with beheading if it didn’t kiss the bear.
“Hello,” said Emmett.
“Hi, Emmett,” I said.. “Bunny and Kitten moved in with Katniss and Rue.”
“Two sets of twins in one house, huh?” he said. “What’s that, quadruple the trouble?”
“Yeah,” I said.
“Does your husband know about the newest kids?” he asked.
“Of course,” I lied. “We planned for them before he left.”
“Oh,” said Emmett, who sounded more than a little disappointed. “Well, I’ll just be upstairs then.”
Emmett was making it hard to be civil and think civil thoughts. Why did my love life have to matter so much to him?
And why hadn’t I told Cam yet?
I was distracted. When Colin thought I wasn’t looking, I heard him start playing peek-a-boo with Firefly. I knew that boy has a soft spot in his heart. More than one.
For the most part, I really wasn’t watching. I had to teach Butterfly the art of making money so she and her sisters won’t starve when they move out.
Butterfly didn’t have the scare or cheering section her sisters did, so she wasn’t running, hopping, or even trying. Looks like she’s more than happy with third place.