"Aw, Eva! You shouldn't have!" Arturo gushed, accepting the presents she passed out. "Look, honey! A cute bouncie chair for Penelope!"
Amelia's lips quirked up in a semblance of a smile. "How nice," she said drolly. "So, Eva, are you and Nathaniel trying to have a baby?"
Eva attempted to smile at Amelia, but was finding it more and more difficult. "Not quite yet," she said. "We have a three-year plan. Although Penelope certainly makes me want to change my mind!" she added playfully as she tickled the newborn's little toes.
Nathaniel glanced at his wife and smiled.
Amelia smirked. "A three year plan? You know, it doesn't get easier the older you get..." she said.
Eva gritted her teeth and smiled at her. "Oh?" she asked with an edge to her voice. "You don't say?"
Artie cleared his throat. "Tea?" he asked quickly.
Nathaniel put his arm around Eva and answered Arturo before the ladies could say anything else, "We'd love to, but we need to make the rounds before the big family dinner!"
"Happy Snowflake Day!" Eva said as she handed Nick and Carisa a holiday present. She glanced down in Carisa's arms. "William is such a cute little guy," she added. "Sorry I missed your wedding!"
Nick beamed. "Well, it was kind of a whirlwind," he admitted, smiling at Carisa. "Kind of a shot-gun wedding! But, I wouldn't have it any other way!"
Jackson grinned widely, "Have you heard? Cece's pregnant again!"
"Congratulations!" Nathaniel said heartily, clapping his friend on his shoulder. "We're really happy for you!"
Eva listened as the couple gushed about their growing toddler and their newest addition. Why did it seem like all their friends were having babies or pregnant?!
Nathaniel laughed good-naturedly. "That's the understatement of the year! Tomas breaks out in hives if you mention babies around him!"
"I wonder what's taking him so long?" Eva said. "Do you think he's not at home? We need to get these presents delivered before Dad's party..."
Nathaniel frowned. "I saw his car. He should be home..."
Just then, Tomas answered the door, flustered and out of breath. "Hey guys! It's a surprise seeing you here!"
"No worries. We were just making the rounds!" Nathaniel said amiably. "Better get back to the missus!"
"Yeah! Later!" Tomas said eagerly, turning to hurry up the stairs.
"Hey sweet pea!" Chase said, patting his eldest daughter on the back. "How are you?"
"I'm good!" she said with a smile.
She glanced back at Nathaniel and raised her eyebrows. He chuckled under his breath and massaged her shoulders.
With a heavy sigh, she started forward.
"Come on in, sweet pea. We were just going to get pictures done," Chase said, leading her from the room.
Unfortunately Farrah Black decided to stay with the Gibbons family for the holidays this year again...
Chase's Aunt Bethany Baker-Black's family...
And Chase's twin brother, Devon Black's family, with Nadine's newest boyfriend, Danny Keaton. Alyssa and Brendon were away at boarding school.
"Before we open the family presents, I wanted you to open mine..." Eva said with a small smile, handing over the small present."
"Oh wow! A video camera?" Nathaniel asked with surprise. "This is awesome!" he said, pulling it out and playing around with it.
"I thought you'd like it," Eva told him.
Chase squeezed her hand. "It was wonderful having you two over," he told her.
Eva squeezed back. "It's nice seeing all the family all together under one roof."
Chase looked sad a moment, perhaps missing Farrah. "So when are you going to give me some grandchildren?"
Eva groaned, "Not you too!"
Nathaniel hugged his niece and kissed her on the head. She would always hold a special place in his heart! "I'll see you soon, pumpkin! Be nice to your brothers!"
Laura rolled her eyes.
Eva laughed as she snuggled against Nathaniel's side.
Eva swatted at Nathaniel. "You're incorrigible!"