Much to Daniella’s disappointment, Luca and Jim showed up at her house to visit with them as
Her kids loved their Zio Luca, but she wasn’t sure how they would react to meeting their nonno for the first time. Jim could be pretty intense, and that could be scary to toddlers.
She watched them closely. They weren’t laughing and smiling and trying to hug him, but they didn’t seem fearful yet either. She breathed a sigh of relief and hope it stayed that way.
Luca and Hailey had a particular affinity to each other. Daniella thought it was because Hailey most closely favored her. Luca always had weird ways of showing how much he adored his sister. It was heartwarming to see him be so attentive to whatever babbled story Hailey was telling him.
The whole family trooped inside and joined Quincy on the couch. Luca couldn’t believe how clean and neat their house was with three toddlers. He’d knew he’d have to get some tips from Daniella once his twins aged up.
About an hour into the visit, Luca and Daniella both noticed how bored Jim looked.
Luca: I wish he would show a bit more interest in his grandchildren. He’s the one who asked to come over here for a visit.
Daniella: See, I knew it! He isn’t even paying them any attention. So why is he really here?
Eventually, Daniella caught Jim’s eye, and gestured for him to meet her on the porch.
“I don’t know what you’re up to, but I can tell you’re up to something. Padre, you said you’re here for my wedding, but what else did you come here for?”
“Just you, mia figlia amata,” said Jim, a smile spreading across his face. “I haven’t seen you since you were a teenager. Is it so crazy for me to want to see you, all grown up, with your own family? I can’t help it that I can’t relate to tiny Sims, but at least I’m here, and I’m trying. Isn’t that worth something?”
Daniella eyed him suspiciously before accepting that she wasn’t going to win this battle. “Yes, I guess that is worth something. Well, are you staying for dinner?”
“Actually, no. We’ve got to go for a ru–got to get back to the house. I can’t wait to see what Liz has prepared for dinner. Don’t you just love her cooking?”
Daniella burst into laughter and said, “haha, yeah, have fun with that.”
Jim left and gave Luca a look that let him know their visit was over. Luca finished the joke he was telling Hannah and Quincy, and they burst into laughter. Then Luca stood to leave with his father. They bid the family goodbye and left quickly.
To say that the three Holloways living in Windenburg were struggling with toddler Logan and Lara was an understatement. They were being crushed under the weight of potty training, mess making, bed time complaining, dish breaking toddlers. When Liz’s family invited them for a visit, they jumped at the chance to escape their environment.
When Jim, Luca, Liz, Logan, and Lara Holloway arrived to the Chong residence, the first thing Liz did was attack her brother with a hug. She was so caught up in being a new mother that she hadn’t realized how much she missed him.
Liz’s parents Gunner and Hope lived in The Old Salt House in the Spice Market neighborhood of San Myshuno. It never failed to amaze Luca that Liz could love living in the country so much when she grew up in that environment.
They sat it in the living room with Liz’s little brother Brycen and baby sister Kamila. Luca could tell by his father’s face that he also found it gross that Liz’s parents, who were much closer to Elder than Young Adult, had a toddler.
Logan and Lara seemed to be fine with their nonno when he wasn’t yelling at them, but Kamila eyed him warily.
Liz’s parents finally arrived from work, and there were more hugs. Luca looked on wistfully. When his father arrived to town, he greeted him with a hug, but this looked different somehow.
Lara wasn’t typically a wild child, but that didn’t stop her from finding something to tear up in the house.
Instead of leaving Luca to deal with it this time, Liz stepped in. She didn’t want her parents to think she was raising heathens.
It was the highlight of everyone’s visit when Carmen showed up. She stopped by to chat with Hope Chong, and was pleasantly surprised to see Luca and his family there for a visit. Little Logan loved Carmen and rushed to give her a hug.
With a house full of huggers, and the day having turned to night, Jim Holloway decided to take his leave. He realized Luca was right, Liz did have an effect on him. All these family visits weren’t his style unless they served a dual purpose. This one ended up giving him a glimpse of Carmen Butler, which was fortuitous for his plans. But now it was time to leave. He gave Luca the look, and bid his goodbyes to the family.
Luca told his wife they should head home since the kids were so tired they were falling asleep. Liz was reluctant to leave her family who she didn’t get to see often, but she agreed and they gathered up the twins. She cast one longing glance over her shoulder as she exited and then tried to mentally prepare herself for the mess awaiting them at home.