Sunday, February 23, 2014

this is 40

January 2014
this is the first update / next update
Parker Family Profile

Jack Parker (40 years) Amy Parker (36 years) Brielle Parker (14 years) Cody Parker (6 years)
Landon Parker (3 years) Madison Parker (2 years)

Narrated by: Amy Parker

I knew when I woke up this morning that today was going to be a hectic one. Today is Jack's 40th birthday and I wanted to do something special for him. The morning started out with its usual craziness, rushing around to get Brielle and Cody dressed and ready with breakfast in their bellies before the bus came. 

I was so thankful that Jack was off today and was able to help me care for the kids. He really loves spending time with them and takes initiative without me having to ask for help. He bathed, dressed and fed both kids by 9, which is a miracle in itself. I'm lucky if I can get them UP by 9! They really do love their Dad.

After breakfast, Maddie and I got to baking Jack's favorite dessert - berry pie. She loves watching me in the kitchen. She usually sits next to her high chair until I put her in it so she can see what I'm working on. She is so patient, too - so unlike my Brielle. When Brielle was her age she wouldn't sit still for anything! In fact, she is still all over the place.

Nothing beats the smell of a fresh pie. I love how the sweet smell just takes over the whole house. I asked Maddie what we should have for dinner and almost immediately she says "Chops!" She knows that's her daddy's favorite. I'm glad she had a suggestion because I really wasn't sure what to make tonight! My friend Molly Fairbanks has this amazing meal planning system set up. She never worries about what to make for dinner! I really need to look into setting something like this up. It's been really tough since I've gone back to work. I've been having a hard time balancing all of my duties at work and taking care of my family. Sometimes I think I went back to work too soon.

11:00 is nap time for the toddlers. I am usually pretty good at getting them into their cribs at or around nap time. Jack, on the other hand, was reading to Landon and didn't want to stop until the story was over. "Just 10 more minutes" both Jack and Landon pleaded.

Almost a half hour later, Jack finally took Landon upstairs for his nap. I swear, he has almost no sense of time! I hoped Landon wouldn't be too cranky later, since he missed a good portion of his nap. Luckily, he didn't make a big fuss about getting up.

Once both kids are asleep, we finally have a little bit of alone time. These moments are so rare now that we really try to cherish them. Sometimes I look back at our past and it's crazy to think how far we've come! In high school I never could have imagined that I would marry Jack Parker, but now I can't see where my life would be if I hadn't. Although we've had our fair share of trials and tribulations, we've stuck together. I really hope that our children will be proud of the love we have for one another and look to find strong, deep, meaningful connections with their future partners.

Brielle gets home from school at 1:00. Since she turned 14, she has been really interested in getting a part-time job after school. Jack and I haven't quiet said yes yet because Brielle has been known to be a little.. irresponsible. Usually she's been coming home from school and getting right to work. I think this is her way of trying to show up how "mature" she is. Although, you can tell by the look on her face this is the LAST thing she wants to be doing right now.

Brielle decided to help me prep the pork chops. She has been pretty busy since starting high school and usually doesn't spend much time with me. I love moments like this, when she actually wants to help. These teenage years can be rough - I remember giving my parents a real run for their money when I was her age. I can only hope she is tamer than I was.

Maddie sure hit the nail on the head with this one! Jack and Cody are both practically salivating at the smell of the pork chops. This has always been Jack's favorite dinner. His mother gave me the recipe so many years ago. The recipe card is yellowing and worn around the edges from so much use.

I love having these family dinners. Jack works the late afternoon shift and is usually not home for dinners during the week. Therefore, dinner usually ends up being eaten while we rush to get homework done before bedtime. These meals where we sit together and discuss our days are by far my favorite.

We sing to Jack and have pie. I can't believe he's the big 4-0! I wish I could have done something bigger, but it's just too hectic around here. Maybe for his 50th, I can throw him a surprise party with all his friends from the office! I think he would really love that. The berry pie was a HIT. Both Jack and Cody went back for seconds.

After a crazy day, it was finally time to relax. All of the kids were sound asleep upstairs when Jack came into our room. He said he really enjoyed his birthday and thanked me for planning such a special meal for him. As we laid down to sleep, I realized how lucky I am that we have created an amazing life together. 

Gameplay Notes: Whew! I'm glad that play session is over. I had a really hard time playing this family. Everything was so chaotic in this household. I guess that's to be expected with two toddlers running around splashing in the toilets all day!

Amy rolled throw a party in ROS. I decided that since it was Jack's 40th birthday, she would throw a small (family only) party for him that night. Luckily they were both off of work and Amy was able to spend time in the kitchen cooking while Jack looked after the kids. 

This family doesn't really have too much going on. They are pretty much your typical, happy family. Which, let's be honest, is hard to play! I hope something exciting happens to this family in the future or playing them will be a real drag. May the ROS will spit something out at them again.

The title came from the movie This is 40 with Paul Rudd & Leslie Mann.


  1. Toilet splashing is one of the grossest, messiest hobbies of tots, so I can see why it was hectic! The birthday party was nice, low-key, but still special. I like that she included the kids with the plans, and Brielle looks like a 14 year old, adore her expression when she sits to do her homework.

    Happy families can be hard to play, I usually find something that is going on beneath the surface, there's usually something, even if it is minor. That was a funny movie, glad it was less eventful for Jack though, this seems more enjoyable to live through.

    1. Thank you for reading! Even though it wasn't that easy for me to play them, I see potential in their story. I have a *few* ideas of things that may be brewing under the surfaces to spice things up for them. I can't wait to see how things play out for them!

  2. Sometimes the boring ones are nice to play while playing other drama households. There seems to be a lot of potential for drama in this family and I loved all the little details in your writing. So nice

    1. Thank you for reading and your sweet comments! You are right.. Sometimes you need a break from the crazy! Some of my other families have so much drama going on that this family may be a nice change to play.