We celebrated Summer’s birthday today, and I can’t think of a more fitting way to remember how much we’ve done in the past few years.
It feels like a thousand things are different, and a thousand things are the same.
I’m exactly as in love with Summer as when I first met her. She’s never stopped being the smart and interesting person I know. She’s sold several books at this point and has many more she wants to write, and she even asked me to collab with her on one.
All the emptiness we’ve felt in the house has been completely filled.
Sidney and Aaron are blooming up, and May and June are starting to walk on their own. April’s going to spring up soon too, and with this many kids in the house, it’s any wonder we haven’t gone insane. Lance and Ellis have submitted all the paperwork to get a kid of their own, and Jarred has two brats now. Our kids are all going to grow up together. It’s crazy to think about, how big our family has grown. There’s cousins and aunts and greats everywhere you look. We’re going to run out of space.
Four toddlers at once. Mom and dad barely survived twins, I don’t know how we’re going to get by with four. We’re all working folks, and with mom and dad both passed, we no longer have the free babysitters we’ve come to rely on. It’s made a thousand percent worse by the construction, but it we don’t change the house, we’ll never fit in all these kids.
Luckily it finally finished after so much time.
It still needs a little work until we can save up some more money, but it’s a little more “party ready”, as Mira puts it.
The most important thing is the space. June and May will be sharing a room forever, but at least they won’t be sharing it with three other kids.
Mira also no longer has to live in her tiny old room. We’re learning to share.
With so many people in the house, we need to. I try to cook whenever I can, especially now that my schedule’s more lax, but it’s going to be a lot of work wrangling these kids.
Still, I love looking down the table. I see Summer, my beautiful wife who’s built this perfect family and this perfect house. She’s been nothing but supportive the last few years, and I can’t imagine a day without her. I see my sister, Mira, who struggled with herself for the longest time, and now she’s a professional who runs social media for an agency. Her son, Sidney, a sarcastic but energetic kid who loves the outdoor even more than mom did. I see all of my kids, Aaron and April who have managed to break the Dabney curse of a troubled childhood so far, and May and June, still babies but so sweet. I see this beautiful house and this fantastic life my parents built for me.I can look back on my life and know I accomplished with it everything I intended to. And I can put all my energy into helping my kids accomplish everything they’ve ever wanted to. I see a bright future for my kids, and a happy ending for me.
A/N: Thus ends Gen 2! Quentin was a pretty good heir, but I can’t imagine his story going any further than this. I’m going to take a break for a minute while I prepare for Gen 3’s heir: April Dabney. I’m still updating the Plum Tree App family tree, but I realized I didn’t have a complete picture of how interconnected the family was, so I went on Family Echo and made this. This includes Summer’s side of the family, along with the extended family of Jarred and Seema, and Ray and his people. As with the last gen, I went ahead and randomly rolled everyone’s traits and aspirations.
I’ve been through a ton of life changes while Gen 2 was happening, including moving into my new place. Hopefully by now I’m settled, but it may cause a brief pause in the updating of this blog. As usual, you can check the links in Other Blogs for recommended reading while I take this (what I’m sure is a) very brief break. See you for the next generation!