The Verbon Family
(Harriët Ooms is 33, Marie Gerrits is 30)
It's been 2 years since Mia died, and I still think it's different to do everything without her, but I manage. I had to get a job again, and since there is only one income, there isn't enough money to hire any help so I have to the household on my own.
I love spending time with my kids, and really hate having to leave Anthony at the day care when I have to go to work. I try to make it up with him by playing with him as much as I can.
He's such a good boy, and is very cappable of entertaining himself.
His sisters keep him occupied as well, although they tease him as well. I always knew Morgana would tease him, but I never thought Zenzi would do it as well, she much sweeter than Morgana, but kids will be kids I think.
Sometimes I think it's sad that Anthony will never really know he's mother. I will make sure he knowes who she is, but he will never be able to do things with her or have nice memories of her. At other moments I think it's a blessing.
When I saw how hard the girls were struggeling when Mia first died, I'm kind of gratefull Anthony never had to go through it that way. But the girls got through it, and they seem fine now.
Every night, when Anthony has gone to bed, I usually spend some hours with the girls, just watching tv, or just talking.
And every time to tell me they love me, or hug me, I can't help but feel how blessed I am, despite everything that has happened.
Morgana and Zenzi have been asking for a pet for a long time now. We used to have a cat, but she died, and I do like having a pet in the house, so I got them a little kitten.
They decided to call her Missy, and all 3 of the kids adore her. Who can blame them, she really is a cutie!
I was a little bit scared when I saw they way Anthony handled Missy, but she hasn't scratched him once, and seems to enjoy his attention as much as she enjoys every one else's attention.
My weekends are totally dedicated to my children. No work or household chores the, just me and the kids. I usally try to take them to fun places, and since the weather has been great, the park seems like the best place.
The nearby park isn't big, but all 3 of the kids seem to enjoy going there every weekend. And I love spending time with them or watch them have fun.
It was one of those weekends, when a strange woman walked up to me and asked me if I was Olaf Verbon. I was a little bit surprised when she introduced herself as Hariët Verbon, now Ooms.
Apparently she's my sister and we have the same dad. I never thought about that option, since I never knew my dad. It's strange to meet your younger sister when your 42 years old, but it's kind of nice as well. She lives in Simmeria as well, and has a husband and 1 daugher and she's expecting her second child.
That day we just talked about all kind of things. It was a nice afternoon, and we agreed to try and meet each other again, but we're both really busy, so we haven't set a date yet.
I thought everything was going well, and that we all adjusted pretty well these past 2 years. So you can imagine I was surpised when Morgana and Zenzi's principal, Marie Gerrits, asked to meet me.
It seems like their grades still aren't good. Marie said they do look at the children's situations, and that she understands that it's been hard on the girls, but she would like to seem them get better grades, and some participation in class.
I really was surpised to hear that. Morgana and Zenzi never mentioned anything about something like that, and I watch them to their homework every night. So when they came home from school the afternoon, I sat them down to have a talk with them.
They promissed me to do better, and went to work the same night. I still have to see their grades get up, but Marie and I agreed she'd call me to talk about their progress every week, so I'll know soon enough.
- Hariët has been living in Simmeria for some time now. She's the owner of the babyshop in Simmeria. She's married with Albert Ooms, and they have 1 daughter, Bailey Ooms, she's 3 years old. They are expecting their 2nd child in February 2022.
I've been waiting for a situation to introduce them, but last round didn't seem like the right time, so I postponed it to this round. Olaf and Hariët will be meeting some more in the future.
The Ooms family will be one of the playable NPC's, for now.
- Morgana and Zenzi share a room at the moment, and I've been playing with the idea of giving them their own rooms, but for some reason I don't think they are ready at the moment, so I didn't do that this round. Tjeir house is already adjusted to this though :)
- I wanted Olaf to go out, and maybe meet some new people, but he was needed at home, and introducing that in this update, would make it really long, and it's already pretty long, so maybe next time, when Anthony is older as well, he will go out.