The Sweet Stepmother and her Cute Cubs (70s)
The Sweet Stepmother and her Cute Cubs (70s) Chapter 61.2

Chapter 61.2

The next day, at noon, Captain Xu arrived on time to ask Su Xiaoxiao for the design she had made.

Aside from the design for the blackboard, Su Xiaoxiao startled Captain Xu by also handing over the design drafts for the promotional brochure. Captain Xu exclaimed, “You… you’ve completed them so quickly?”

Su Xiaoxiao: “I worked on them yesterday afternoon and finished them all. Take them back and have a look first. If there are any changes needed, feel free to contact me anytime.”

Having worked on the propaganda team for at least a decade, Captain Xu had never seen such a person with this efficiency before. He thought that receiving the design proposal for the board would be considered good enough, but he didn’t expect Su Xiaoxiao to have completed an entire promotional brochure. It wasn’t just one page or two; it’s almost ten pages. Even with readily available information, combining text and graphics and arranging the layout would have taken several days, even for someone like Li Min, who worked full-time in the office.

Li Min lives alone, and he doesn’t have to worry about whether his family is hungry or not, while Su Xiaoxiao has to teach in school, cook, and take care of the children. How can Su Xiaoxiao handle this high work efficiency?

Xu Damu took a glance at the design proposal for the blackboard and was shocked. It was at a level that even eight Li Min’s couldn’t catch up to. What changes can he suggest? 

“No need for changes, let’s go with this. Are you available this afternoon? If you are, I’ll arrange for a male comrade who can drive to pick you up, and we’ll go together to modify the blackboard.”

Su Xiaoxiao: “…” How can Captain Xu say that wind is rain?”

In fact, Su Xiaoxiao has made progress in all aspects of her life, work, and studies. Her current daily routine involves teaching classes in the morning and then returning home to start studying. In the afternoon, she handles matters related to the propaganda team. During this time, she takes this opportunity to buy groceries, do household chores, and prepare three meals a day. Her day is filled with a packed schedule.

“Alright, but I need to be back by 5:30 PM to prepare dinner for the children,” Su Xiaoxiao said.

“No problem, no problem. One afternoon is enough to finish the task.”  
Xu Damu thought to himself: Li Min can accomplish the task in a single afternoon, so there’s no reason for Su Xiaoxiao not to be able to complete it. 

Xu Damu continued: “Tomorrow afternoon, we’ll switch to another one. I’ll take this design proposal back and print a few more copies. We’ll assign two comrades from the team to go on field duty in pairs, aiming to replace the entire military district’s boards within a week, completing the task assigned by the organization ahead of schedule!”

No wonder Xu Damu is so happy. Usually, when he submits a proposal, he feels that it’s a stretch, and it goes through several revisions, taking days to finalize. But based on his many years of experience, he can give immediate approval to Su Xiaoxiao’s proposal!

With Xu Damu happily leading the way with the design drawings, the children arrived home shortly after. Su Xiaoxiao then began preparing lunch for the day.

The cubs put down their backpacks, Zhuzi automatically cleaned the yard, and Fantuan took Xiao Doubao to water the vegetables.

Xiao Doubao didn’t make any trouble either; he quietly watched his brother water the vegetables and occasionally squatted down to poke at the vegetables.

With limited time for lunch, Su Xiaoxiao had to prepare something simple. Since she didn’t go to the market in the morning, she soaked the preserved duck in water to reduce its saltiness. Then she chopped it into small pieces, added ginger slices and a few drops of white wine, and placed it on the charcoal stove to simmer. After about ten minutes, she added the soaked dried cabbage. Once the rice was cooked, the cured duck and dried cabbage stew were also ready to be served.

The strong aroma of the cured duck was irresistible. The children, who were already hungry, abandoned what they were doing and gathered around the charcoal stove, eagerly waiting for the food to come out of the pot.

Xiao Fantuan kept fanning the aroma towards his own nose with his hand and said, “Mom, is the cured duck ready? I’m really hungry!”

Even Xiao Zhuzi couldn’t stop himself from salivating.

Looking at a few starving cubs, Su Xiaoxiao smiled helplessly and said, “Alright, alright, you can eat when your Dad gets home. You go wash your hands and clean the table first, and wait.”

“Yes, Mom!” Xiao Fantuan saluted and took his younger brother’s hand, leading him toward the door.

Han Cheng returned just in time for the meal and smelled the aroma of the food coming from their home. “Are we having cured duck?”

Su Xiaoxiao nodded and said, “Your nose is almost as sharp as Fantuan.”

Han Cheng said: “Sweet.”

Su Xiaoxiao pushed him forward and said, “Go wash your hands and let’s eat. By the way, I have to go to the field this afternoon to change the content of the blackboard. They said I can come back at 5:30, but I’m not sure how long it will take. Remember to come back early and watch the two cubs.”

Han Cheng thought for a moment: “Chen Aimin told me that the canteen is serving braised pork today, which they only serve once a month. We don’t need to cook dinner tonight. I’ll bring some back from the canteen.”

Su Xiaoxiao naturally agreed to have braised pork. She hasn’t eaten pork for several days.

“Alright, then you can bring it back from the canteen, and we won’t cook tonight.”
The fragrant dried duck and vegetable pot in the courtyard once again received five-star praise from the whole family, with no soup left.

The preserved duck and dried vegetable stew, which filled the entire courtyard with its enticing aroma, once again received a five-star rating from the whole family. Not even a single drop of the flavorful broth was left behind.

Su Xiaoxiao began to worry a little. The saying goes, “Half-sized kids eat up their parents’ wealth.” The oldest child in the family is only six years old. Su Xiaoxiao couldn’t help but wonder how much food she needs to prepare when Fantuan reaches sixteen years old.

At two o’clock in the afternoon, those who had work went to work, and those who had classes went to class. Only Xiao Doubao was still fast asleep. And a male comrade arrived in a car to pick up Su Xiaoxiao.

The male comrade’s name is Xiao Zhang, a young man in his twenties who has a short haircut and is very energetic. He looks quite capable, but his gaze at Su Xiaoxiao was not very friendly.

“Hello, Comrade Su. My name is Xiao Zhang. Captain Xu asked me to come over and assist you with today’s work in the afternoon,”

Su Xiaoxiao nodded and said, “Alright, I’ll wake up my child and we’ll go together.”

Xiao Doubao had woken up very early in the morning and was still taking a nap.

Xiaozhang nodded expressionlessly and said, “Okay, I’ll wait for you in the car outside.”

Xiao Zhang nodded expressionlessly and said, “Okay, I’ll wait for you in the car outside.”

Five minutes later, Su Xiaoxiao carried the half-asleep little cub in her arms, and another busy afternoon was about to begin.


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