I have a confession to make. I forgot to take pictures of Scarab and Serpent aging up. So this is Scarab as an adult. He decided to join the military, of all things. I could’ve sworn he was going to be a musician like Cam.
And this is Serpent. At least he waited till he was an adult to grow the rest of his evil facial hair. He still seems rather fond of that mustache.
Scarab was a nice guy and helped his little sister Jenna blow her candles out.
“You could do it for Victoria, you know,” said Scarab.
“You do it,” said Serpent.
I like Jenna’s hair, but I do have to wonder where it came from.
“This isn’t what I meant when I said, ‘Do it for Victoria’,” Scarab complained.
Serpent tooted louder.
At least there’s no worry that Mom and Victoria will ever get confused with each other.
Elderberry reminds me so much of his brother Hagrid.
“Look, Elena, I have a twin!” Cam said.
“I’m pretty sure she has my skin,” I said.
“No, she’s purple,” said Cam.
“Pink,” I said.
“Purple,” said Cam.
“Aga!” said Victoria. That settled it. I’m not sure in whose favor, but that settled it.
“Well, I think Elderberry looks most like me,” I said, scooping him up.
“Yeah, but he has my skin,” Cam said.
“So he does. But I say it’s more pink than purple.”
“Eepa!” said Elderberry. “Eepunga!”
“He says he has his sister’s skin, so he’s purple,” Cam reported.
“Oh, you speak baby now? I still say it’s a mix,” I said.
“Well, Jen,” I said. “Who do you look like more, Daddy or me?”
Jenna smiled at me.
“Yeah, I think so too,” I said.
“She didn’t say anything,” said Cam.
“I read her mind,” I said. “She says she looks just like her mommy.”
“Oh yeah, except for my eyes, my skin tone, and her sandy hair,” said Cam.
“Don’t listen to him,” I said to Jenna. “He’s just jealous.”
Cam pulled me into a dance. “I say they got mostly me,” he said.
“No, they have more of me,” I said.
“Me,” said Cam.
“They’re a beautiful mix of both of us,” I countered.
“Victory!” said Cam.
“No, it’s a tie.”
“Think they’ll notice us leaving?” asked Scarab.
“Yes,” said Serpent. “Mom’s got eyes everywhere.”
“No she doesn’t,” said Scarab.
“Yes, I do,” I said as I followed them out. “That’s how I knew you ate dirt in front of Zoey.”
“How did – ” said Scarab.
“Told ya so,” said Serpent to Scarab.
“Shut up,” said Scarab.
“Hey, I didn’t agree to be part of a group hug,” said Serpent.
“Too bad,” said Scarab. “That’s for telling Mom about the dirt.”
“She has eyes everywhere!” said Serpent. “I don’t make this stuff up!”
“Okay, now you two hug,” I said. “Show me some good brotherly love.”
“What?!” said Serpent.
“Aw, come on, bro,” said Scarab. “Give Mama what she wants.”
“I’ll kill you,” said Serpent.
“Not if I kill you first,” said Scarab.
Serpent tackled him and they rolled around on the ground. I love my boys.
“AAAAAH!” screamed Jenna when they were gone.
“Come on, Jenna, use your words,” I said.
“AAAAH!” all three of them cried.
Cam laughed. “What words?”