Wrapping Things Up In Forgotten Hollow [Round 7, Chapter 36, Epstein]

"Think of it this way, "said Laurel," you now belong to a very exclusive club." "This 'culture' club?? The mommies club?!" "No! The club of women who seem to get pregnant every plum time they Woohoo!" Laurel and Carmen cracked up laughing. Gavin finally joined them around the fire, chuckling a bit. "I'm glad I've never … Continue reading Wrapping Things Up In Forgotten Hollow [Round 7, Chapter 36, Epstein]

Round 7, Chapter 32 [Butler]: All These Families!

Carmen was really looking forward to the weekend at Laurel's new club hangout. The venue was perfect for families. Inside was a large kitchen, perfect for whipping up group meals. There were game tables, and lots of video game options too. The bathrooms were plentiful. There was a small pool on the deck outside, and … Continue reading Round 7, Chapter 32 [Butler]: All These Families!

Round 6, Chapter 27 [Butler]: Finally Able To Feed Myself

"I can't wait to try those cookies Laurel! Thanks so much for sharing that story with us. I hadn't heard of the holiday Purim before, but Jewish Mardi Gras sounds amazing. And baby Emilie is beautiful. Poor Quincy though, four little sisters, I can't even imagine," said Carmen. Carmen: Her fridge is full of food, not … Continue reading Round 6, Chapter 27 [Butler]: Finally Able To Feed Myself

Round 5, Chapter 24 [Epstein]: A Club to Connect Us All

Writing books didn't do it for Laurel. An emotional affair with Bob Pancakes didn't do it for Laurel. Throwing her everything into her family and constantly redecorating her home didn't do it. What she needed was connection to other people like her. People who came to this part of the world to have a great … Continue reading Round 5, Chapter 24 [Epstein]: A Club to Connect Us All

Chapter 23: Happy Holidays From The Dreams And Drama Neighborhood Rotation

Hello all! If you read my personal blog, you know I have been failing spectacularly at the holidays this year. Luckily, that failure isn't translating over to my wonderful families in my neighborhood rotation. I'm trying to keep each family's holiday celebration in line with who they've been up to this point, whether they have … Continue reading Chapter 23: Happy Holidays From The Dreams And Drama Neighborhood Rotation

Round 3, Chapter 14 [Butler]: Gotta Get You Into My Life

The man's blue sweater and red cowboy boots and cuffed pants didn't make the best outfit she'd ever seen, but Carmen knew there was just something about him. She couldn't take her eyes off him as she danced. She even missed Clara breaking into some moves she definitely would've joined in on otherwise. Finally Clara had to … Continue reading Round 3, Chapter 14 [Butler]: Gotta Get You Into My Life

Round 2, Chapter 7 [Butler]: A Guide to Finding Party Guests

Carmen woke up feeling so very hungry. She had been dreaming of Nana's french toast, and waking up was tough. Her sparse room had some sunlight flowing in, so she barely noticed the lack of a lamp that she still hadn't replaced after the discount movers broke it. She walked to the fridge with a … Continue reading Round 2, Chapter 7 [Butler]: A Guide to Finding Party Guests

Round 1, Chapter 3: Meet the Butlers! Okay, Just Meet Carmen

As Carmen stood outside her new home, she reflected on so much newness. Willow Creek was by no means a new neighborhood, but it was new to her. Here she was, in a two bedroom house, all by herself. She'd come so far from her childhood, when there were always too few bedrooms coupled with … Continue reading Round 1, Chapter 3: Meet the Butlers! Okay, Just Meet Carmen