"Boys!" Anne yelled as she walked to the fridge to feed Sally. "What did I tell you about rough-housing? You're going to put a hole in the wall!"
Sean just flashed a grin. "Aw, Mom. We're playing nice!"
"Take it outside," Anne said, trying to keep herself from growling. Now I know why some mother's eat their young, she thought glumly. She wondered if baby animals talked back to their mother's as much as her children talked back to her.
Sean just laughed, glancing over at Jansen's cute study partner. "Pst... Jansen," Sean whispered. "Pssssst..." he said a little louder and then threw the pillow at Jansen's head.
Jansen turned around and glared. "I"m on the phone, dipstick," Jansen furiously whispered. Tucking the phone on his shoulder he hissed, "What do you want?"
Sean angled his head towards the girl in pink. "You interested?"
Jansen glanced over and rolled his eyes. "No. Go ahead."
Jansen turned his back on the chaos in the room and listened to the recording. Dang it! he thought sourly, he'd missed the instructions on what number to press for the admissions department. Hanging up, he dialed the number again and paced around the living room. He was excited to be going to Sim State University and getting out of this house!
After speaking with the admissions counselor, he had everything squared away and was ready to go. Throwing his duffel in his cab, he kissed his Mom goodbye. She sniffled and wiped the tears from her eyes as she rocked Sally against her chest. "What am I going to do without you, Jansen?" she asked.
Jansen sighed and patted her on the back. "You'll do fine, Mom. Sean and Austin are old enough to help out around the house more."
"Yup. Brandi made some macaroni," Danny answered without looking up.
"Good. Did you do your homework?"
"Yup. Adam helped me with it."
"Good. That's good," she said absently. "Have you seen your Dad?"
"Where could he be?" she worried.
"Too bad she's at work..." Sean sang as he ran past her.
"What are you? Thirteen?" Hazel scolded when he'd let her go. If he touched her one more time, she was going to scream!
"Sean! Leave that poor girl alone and do your homework that's piling up!" Anne admonished from the kitchen as she cooked some spaghetti.
"Aw, Mom. I'm doing okay in my classes."
"Okay doesn't cut it young man." Henry added.
"Oh, wow, Dad. You're actually home tonight?" Sean asked caustically. He'd seen Henry with Heather last night through the window.
Embarrassed, Sean turned to Hazel and said, "Later." Then, sighing, he walked over to do his homework. "I can count the dang bases," he mumbled under his breath. He just hated doing his homework because sometimes it was hard to read the words. It was like the words would get switched and not make any sense no matter how hard he tried. Slowly, he worked through a few of the problems and then grabbed Adam's work to copy.
Anne sighed as she cut the cake and prayed that all her kids got married soon and moved into their own houses!