Round 6: July 2012 (Summer)
(Darren Stevens is 17, Tony Mendez is 16)
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Since school is out, the girls have a lot more time to hang out together. They tend to just hang around the farm a lot playing games or just lying around in the yard.
Mei doesn't have as much free time as Xia and An, though. She's been helping out a lot more with the family business in all aspects.
Catching the fish, stocking the produce, and greeting the customers are all parts of her responsibility now. She seems to be enjoying it even if it limits her time to socialize.
After graduation, Mei threw a graduation party. They rented a room in the new function hall downtown because the guest list kept growing. Mei invited all of her friends that started college last year; they invited their friends, and so on.
It was a great time for them to all catch up with each other but Mei and Darren were pretty inseparable.
Her friends didn't seem to mind. The DJ was great and hardly anyone left the dance floor.
Despite being attached at the hip whenever they're together, Mei and Darren still don't show any signs of wanting to be committed. Mei has started seeing someone else; a guy named Steven she met at the mall.
Steven asked Mei out and a few weekends later, they went on their first date. They went to The Hub for some dinner and dancing. Steven's hot, but that's probably as far as their attraction goes right now. It's still early, so we'll see how things go.
At the beginning of the month, the family took a week-long trip to Bear Lake Campgrounds in the mountains. They hadn't been on a family vacation since An was born.
When they arrived, Chen and Jun started to concoct an elaborate (and ridiculous) plan to hunt down Bigfoot. To figure out its routine to find its hideout, they were going to go deep in the forest to track its footprints and dig for clues.
And even though Xia knew how ridiculous their plan was, she couldn't help her curiosity. What if they really pulled it off?
They did a little bug hunting and bird watching, and the girls spent some time at the site's playground.
The play area was definitely a favorite of An's. There weren't many other kids for her to play with but she had a blast having all of the equipment to herself.
Every evening before the sun went down, Chen would make a fire in the pit. It was hot during the daytime but the temperature dropped at night.
Before everyone went to sleep, they'd gather around the fire to toast marshmallows, make smores, and tell stories.
Each morning, they started the day bright and early, and made the fish they caught the day before for breakfast.
On one of their hiking trips, Mei was chased by some hornets when she accidentally kicked their nest.
They chased her all the way back to camp.
Xia ran to check on Mei and ended up getting attacked, too.
The rest of their vacation was less eventful, and as they packed up their gear to return home, it started to rain. Fortunately it held off until their last day.
A couple of weeks after their vacation, Xia decided to end her relationship with Tony. Her free time during the school year was spent studying, so that left very little time for them to see each other. She really wants to get into the university, so she is going to focus on her studies right now.
She tried to be as gentle as possible because Tony is a sweetheart and a very good friend, but of course he was crushed. He thought everything was going well and really didn't see the breakup coming.
It'll take time but Xia hopes they can go back to being friends.
-Sorry that this update seems kind of all over the place and choppy. I had it written better but my computer crashed and I lost it all. Plus, I had a zillion pics and so much to talk about that I didn't find it very easy to get it to "flow". There were a lot of pics that didn't make it into this update, so I've uploaded them to my Tumblr.
-In case you're hopping around the blog and missed it, the full tour of Bear Lake Campground is here. I needed something for this family to do together and thought a camping trip would be perfect.
-Thanks to Carla @ Sullivan for the lovely Starry NightsFunction Hall where Mei had her graduation party. It played beautifully. I didn't want them spread out between the 2 rooms so I removed the doors lol. I would have had them doing more but my custom buffet I downloaded wasn't working properly and I kept getting random BSOD crashes. So that's all I had the energy to have them do.
-Xia and Tony were really cute while they were together but she never rolled any wants for him. She'd occasionally have the fear of breaking up with him but usually that'd roll away after a day or so.