Patar, summer, 2015
Brandon is 37, Ilila is 36, Jude and Brooklyn are 6; Audrey is 2
Summer time meant that kids were out of school and Ilila was at home due to her summer vacation as well. Except it really wasn't much of a vacation since most of the planning for the school year took place during the summer. Sometimes she squeezed in planning and family time by inviting teachers to the community pool where they could discuss business as their children swam.
Jude and Brooklyn were coming out of their shells more. Brooklyn was trying new things,
like the massive water slide.
Even if she did inch her way down the slide and cause all the children waiting in line to yell at her to hurry up.
Even Jude was overcoming his fear of the diving board,
one tiny step at a time.
The twins enjoyed the pool and having their friends there even more.
Other days, they invited their friends to the house
which meant that Ilila had to step over many little ones.
Occasionally, she would send them to the local family friendly facility for day camp, which meant she was free to enjoy her newly renovated patio
and have a friend over to enjoy it with her.
"I wish I could say it gets better with time," Ginger said, thinking of her own son, Gregory, who died as an infant years ago. "I think you just get numb."
Ilila nodded, she knew what numbness felt like.
Brandon also took advantage of the peace and quiet those days and would spend his time looking for exotic birds.
This year, the family attended the Annual Apple Festival, which was crowded
as usual with plenty of sims.
Ilila participated in the baking contest and was intimidated by her competition.
It wasn't fair, a renowned baker and an all star culinary student!
Even the young teen from out of town had a better dessert than Ilila.
Needless to say, she lost. So she comforted herself with a iced mocha
and enjoyed a leisurely chat with her husband,
while the twins talked about the fantasy vacation they were asking thier parents for,
and harvested fresh produce. It was a good summer indeed.