I had a big surprise in store for the kiddos today. Their dads had been good about sending child support checks on a fairly regular basis. Those who could afford to send more did so. And, I had been squirreling away as much as possible. Finally, we could afford to move into a slightly bigger house. Not a mansion by any stretch of the imagination – but it had three bedrooms and more open space for our big family. The older kiddos would no longer have to share their room with toddlers.
The house had been built right across the street from where we currently live, so we won’t even have to get used to a new neighborhood. This was going to be great. I informed the kids that I had already spoken to the realtor and the house was officially ours. We could move in today. We left everything behind except our clothes and started fresh in our new surroundings.
When we arrived, the kiddos explored all the nooks and crannies of their new home. Colton and Chloe spotted a play table in the toddlers’ room and immediately challenged each other to a block-building contest.
It was so nice to finally have enough room to move around without bumping into someone constantly. Our former home had been starting to feel rather confining. Benjamin and I took advantage of the extra space to teach Dylan and Dakota to walk.
Thank goodness we moved when we did, because the following morning, I woke to contractions. The house was going to get even more crowded very soon.
I rushed to the hospital, and Matt met me there. After I’d been in labor several hours, we became the proud parents of twin fairies — a boy and a girl. Both have their father’s dark hair and luminous green wings.
Our son Evan was born Hydrophobic and Friendly.
His twin sister Emma was also born Hydrophobic, and she Loves the Outdoors. Only Emma got Matt’s pointed fairy ears.
We most definitely had a full house now! I even had to share my bed with one of my daughters because there were only two sets of bunk beds for five kids. Dakota volunteered. She said it was probably quieter in my room than it was in the kids’ room anyway. I told her it would only be temporary.
While the older kids were at school, I started potty training the toddlers. Emma took to the potty like a champ.
Evan, on the other hand, had to put more “effort” into it.
Taking care of seven children proved to be an exhausting task. One particularly late night, I almost fell asleep standing up while waiting for Evan to finish up on the potty.
I quickly steadied myself … and shook out the cobwebs.
Then I carefully picked up Evan and put him in his crib. I barely made it to my bed before I passed out for the night. I slept like a log.
Soon it was time for birthday celebrations for Dylan and Dakota. They knew how to walk, talk and use the potty. They were ready to take on elementary school. Dakota blew out her candles first, with a little help from me.
Dakota gained the Artistic trait. I think she inherited that from me. I was happy to know she’d be more than a Couch Potato who wakes up easily.
Next up was her twin brother Dylan. Chloe almost blew out Dylan’s candles accidentally while blowing her horn near the cake. Luckily, she was just far enough away, and Dylan blew out his candles himself, with my help, of course.
Dylan became Ambitious. When you consider that he’s a Virtuoso, Dylan could have a good future ahead of him in the music industry, as long as being a Light Sleeper doesn’t get in his way. His piercing blue eyes remain a mystery to me, but one thing’s for certain. He didn’t get them from me. Dylan is definitely Quidel’s son.