Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Busy Night

It's Wednesday night and Parker and Ember are on a date.  They enjoyed a nice Christmas and New Years with Erwyn.  Parker lavished Erwyn with her recently favorite toys, Monster High dolls.  Ember thought about stopping him, but she decided she would let him since he really wanted to buy them for her.  Erwyn, of course loved them.

It's around 7:00 PM, a little late for dinner, but with Parker and Ember's schedules, they try to make it work so they can spend time with each other as much as possible.  Erwyn has school tomorrow, but Eliana is with her and she'll make sure Erwyn is bathed and ready for bed in a timely manner.  Ember loves having Eliana as her sitter.  She makes sure Erwyn does her homework, makes learning fun for her and she ensures Erwyn adheres to any guidelines and rules Ember had set for her.

Ember and Parker are enjoying their food and chatting.

Parker:  So I told him the stronger wood would last longer.  I know it was an upcharge, but it's worth it.  Besides, this is a project in the millions, there no need to skimp.
Ember:  You really know your stuff, Honey.  I love that about you.
Parker (smiling):  Thank you.  So how is work so far this week for you
Ember:  Well, the girls are getting booked so well, they don't even need their part-time jobs anymore.  Things this week have been great.  My venture with LeeMa Designs is taking off.  Leera is working on some Spring and Summer fashions which will be a big hit, I'm sure.  It's great working with a new and hot designer.  If she continues to like the models I provide, she'll use us when she's really big time.  That makes us more popular and brings in more money.

Parker:  That's great. Your business is growing.  Any new ideas for this year?
Ember:  As a matter of fact, at Avery's shower, I met a beautiful and tall young lady, Sani.  Her mother works with Avery.  I planted the seed to see if she may be interested in modeling. She has such an exotic look, I think she'd be great.  I'm going to set up a little meet and greet with her and my other young ladies.  I think they can sell better than I can.  It's one thing for me to tell her she'd be great, but they are living it.  They can be honest about what they enjoy or don't enjoy.
Parker:  I like that.  I should use that when I'm looking for new crew members.
Ember:  It may just work.

Meanwhile, at the Hamilton residence, Avery is watching TV and feeling a little anxious and a little pain.
Avery (to her belly):  What's going on in there, Little One?  Is that you causing my back to ache?  Something needs to calm down.  This is so uncomfortable.  (painfully) Mmmmm.  What is that about?

Feeling a little pressure on her bladder, Avery relieves herself in the bathroom and then checks on Aviana who is playing in her room.

Avery:  Hey, Sweetheart.  You want to come keep Mommy company?
Aviana:  Okay.  

Aviana brings a toy with her to the living room so she can keep her mother company.

Aviana:  Mommy, you look sick.  Are you okay?
Avery (laughing):  Yes, I'm fine, Sweetheart.  The baby is just restless, I think.  I don't know.  Let's watch something until your bed time, okay?
Aviana:  Okay, Mommy.

They find something to watch until Aviana's bed time.

At Reds', Henna is enjoying a drink with Syren, who convinced her to come out for the evening.  They are chatting when, much to their surprise, Maurice has arrived and they both see him at the same time.

Syren:  Well, lookie here.  It's still a small world.  I hope you don't get all sentimental and stuff. Remember, he's moved on.
Henna:  Please.  It's been a while.  It's over and after that last time of seeing him, I know I'm done.  
Syren:  Good.  
Maurice sees Henna and Syren and stops to say 'hello.'

Maurice:  Hi, Ladies.  It's good to see you.
Syren:  Hi, Maurice.
Henna:  Hi, Maurice.  How are you? 
Maurice:  I'm doing well. Thank you.
Syren:  Umm... you and your lady.  How are you?
Maurice (curious about Syren's question):  We're doing good, thank you.  Well, I had better start mingling. I heard this is a good night for that.  Enjoy yourselves.
Syren:  We will. You too.

Ember:  So I was thinking, I know it's hard trying to, you know, keep certain things from ErwynLike you're not staying over, even though I'd like you to be there.
Parker:  It's okay.  No need to rush things.  Let's give her some more time to see that we're doing okay.  I don't want her to feel uncomfortable.
Ember:  I don't know how you do it, but you are such a gentleman and so patient.
Parker:  If it's meant to be, it will be and just get better.  I know that.  I love you and I love Erwyn.  I have time as long as we are still together, that's what's important to me.

They continue talking and eating.  Over an hour passes as they take their time and enjoy each other's company.  Meanwhile, back at the Hamilton residence.

Avery (painfully): Mmmm....I think this is it, Baby.  I guess you're ready.  Time to call your Dad.
Aviana:  We're cawwing, Daddy?
Avery:  Yes.  It's time for bed, but I think we'll wait a few minutes.  You'll need to leave the house with me.  I'm going to have to put some clothes on you.
Aviana:  Awe we goin' fow a wide?
Avery:  Yes.  I'm going to call Daddy now, but you can keep watching TV while I get us ready.  Okay?
Aviana:  Okay.

Avery calls Craig, but the phone goes to voicemail, so she leaves a message.

Avery:  Sweetheart, I think it's time for our new arrival.  I'm in labor, so I need you to call me back and then get here, please.  The contractions are about 5 minutes apart.

Avery works on packing a bag for Aviana and checks her own bag to be sure she has what she needs in it for the hospital.  It's been 20 minutes and she hasn't heard from Craig, so she decides to call Parker.

Parker (laughing and talking to Ember):  Well, you never know how things are going to go.  (the phone rings) I'm sorry, it's Avery.  I can just send it to voicemail.
Ember:  No, go ahead and answer it.  It's okay.  I could be important.
Parker:  Hello.... Really?...Okay...He hasn't called?....I'll be right there.  Keep calling him...I'll be right over, don't worry.  

Ember:  What's wrong?
Parker (smiling):  The baby is coming, I have to go take Avery to the hospital.  Craig hasn't answered his phone and Aviana is with Avery too.
Ember (surprised): Okay.  Okay.  No problem.  I'll go with you.
Parker:  Do you need to go home to Erwyn?  I can drop you off first.  
Ember:  No, you don't have to do that.  I'll call Eliana and ask her to stay a little longer.  She can sleep over, I think.  Besides, who is going to take care of Aviana?
Parker:  I don't know, but I can take her with me after Craig gets there.
Ember:  We can talk and figure it out in the car.  Let's get going.

Parker pulls out more than enough money to pay the bill and leaves the cash on the table.  He and Ember rush out of the restaurant to pick Avery up.

Woo hoo!  It looks like the baby is finally arriving.  I can't wait to find out if they are having a girl or a boy.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Before we join the ladies, I have to say that it's unfortunate I have been unable to post all of the Christmas blogs I planned.  Unfortunately, something big really threw me off for a couple of weeks, but I'm ready to get back to work.  I've missed posting and I have lots of story lines I can't wait to write.  I mean, Avery is ready to burst carrying that baby around.  Speaking of which, the shower is over and we missed the rest of what happened (I moved the diorama and lets just say everything fell into disarray and I was too lazy to reset it all).

Anyway, the ladies would still like to welcome the new year.

Marianna:  Well, despite not being able to share with you, we did have a nice Christmas.  We hope you did as well.  We are here, the first day of 2018, to say we hope you have a very happy new year.  The theme for this year is love.  With that in mind, each of us has a thought about love and how to ensure it's part of your year.  I invite the ladies to go around and share their thoughts.  We'll start with Nizhoni.

Nizhoni: Please embrace the year and endeavor to do things you've never done.  You only get this life once, don't be afraid to get all you can out of it.

Suhan:  I, for one, am planning to get and give lots of loving this year.  You should do the same, whether it's with someone you already know or someone you meet, do your thing.

Ramsey:  It's going to be a great year and definitely full of opportunities to spread the love in the little things you do.  Make each moment and opportunity and I guarantee it will come back to you ten fold.

Marianna:  Everyone has said so many good things about this year. I barely have anything left to include, but that's a good thing. I will say, love yourself first, so you can love others this year.  It will be worth it.  So, having said all of that, we have our motto for the year.  Just give us a minute to get situated again and we'll leave you with that final thought.

Nizhoni, Ramsey, Marianna and Suhan:  May  your 2018 be about love.  Do it, enjoy it, expand it!  Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Happy Holidays 2017 - Photo Shoot One

The ladies are dressed and gathered.  You'll notice they are all wearing lovely sweaters which were special ordered from the talented (and so very kind) Amanda Preiser.  Mandee owns the Etsy shop, Crafts by Mandee.  The sweaters are not the only items which arrived, but the ladies will wear those later.  I'll make sure to point out the items whey they wear them.

It's time for the first photo shoot, so let's see what's going on.

Suhan:  I don't know about this tree for this theme.  I'm getting this kind of rustic feel from what we've put together and this sparkly green, no ornament holding tree doesn't sing rustic.
Marianna:  I know.  The prop department is trying to fix that issue.  I'm hopeful we'll have something more fitting soon.
Nizhoni:  It's green, so it will work.  Plus, it's better than no tree at all.
Suhan:  Well, you have a point there. We'll just make it work for now.

Ramsey:  I'm loving this set up.  We'll switch things up once in a while.
Suhan:  I think we should put up some Christmas cards.  Can we get a shelf?
Ramsey:  There was supposed to be a fireplace, but the prop department isn't sure what fireplace and where we'd put it.  So we'll have to see.
Suhan:  Okay.  We'll figure it out.  We also need to figure out how we're going to pose.
Ramsey:  Yep.  Where's the photographer anyway?  Has anyone seen him or her?
Suhan:  I haven't.  But whoever it is should be arriving soon.  Let's figure out about cards while we wait.

Ramsey and Suhan engage Marianna and Nizhoni in a conversation about more changes to the scene. After a few minutes, Nizhoni's attention seems to be focused elsewhere.
Marianna:  Nizhoni, are you still with us?  What are you looking at?
Nizhoni:  Hot chocolate.
Suhan:  What?  We'll have to wait until we're done with the shoot to drink, but some hot chocolate sounds good.
Nizhoni:  No, that hot chocolate right there.

The ladies all turn to see what Nizhoni is talking about and then they understand.

Deandre:  Hi, I'm Deandre.  I'll be photographing you lovely ladies for this year's holiday theme.

All of the ladies say hello.

Deandre:  I'm excited I have a chance to work with you.  There's nothing like being surrounded by beautiful women at work.  So, I don't know your names.  Please introduce yourselves.

The ladies introduce themselves.

Deandre:  I'll admit I'm a little bit of a novice at photography, but I passed the test to be able to handle this.  So I must have done something right.
Suhan (to Ramsey):  I'll bet he does lots of things right.
Deandre:  I also hope I have the right equipment.  I want to get the best shots possible.
Suhan:  Oh, I can see from here you have the right equipment.

Marianna shoots Suhan a look.

Suhan:  What?  He's clearly holding a camera.
Marianna:  Be a little more professional, please.
Nizhoni:  She will be.  She's just having a little fun. Right, Suhan?
Suhan:  That's right.  So can we get to posing now?
Deandre:  Sure.  Let's get started.

The ladies got to posing and here are their photos.

I like both of these photos.  The ladies look lovely in their sweaters and in the holiday setting.  We'll have to see what they do next time.

Have a Very Merry! ~ The Holiday Crew

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Getting Ready for the Holidays

So it's almost time for our favorite holiday around here.  We can't let it pass without our holiday set up, so we're getting it ready.  This year we have all new hosts and they doing double duty as always setting up.  We thought you may want to meet the team before we up and running.  Today they're working to get things ready, which is going to take some time, but I think we can ask them to spare a few minutes to introduce themselves.

Me:  Hey, Guys.  I know you're busy, but if you don't mind, can you stop for a few minutes to say hello to the audience, please?  I appreciate it.  Thank you.

Hi, Everyone.  I'm Marianna and I'll be one of your hosts for this year's Christmas theme.  We are all very excited you will be joining us as we enter the Christmas season.  Before we go any further, you should meet the other ladies who will be hosting as well.  I'll let them introduce themselves.

Hi!  I'm Ramsey.  I'm so happy I'll get to work with this team and celebrate the holiday season with you.  It's an exciting time around here and such a privilege to be a host.  The last team was fabulous, but I think we can do just as good a job.  Oh!  If you are looking for some delicious holiday treats, be sure to stop by the Flavor CafĂ©.  My sister, Rowan, owns that place.  You'll love the food.  Okay.  So now it's time to meet another host.  Take it away!

Greetings!  I am Nizhoni.  The ladies and I will try to make this a happy holiday season and we hope you enjoy our efforts to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.  With that said, here is our fourth host.

Hola!  I am Suhan.  Isn't this great?  Don't you just love this time of year?  I do and we'll be wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season.  Please be sure to join us for each post.  We'll be looking for you.

Marianna:  Well, you've met the team for Christmas Extravaganza 2017.
Ramsey:  Is that what we're calling this?
Nizhoni:  I don't think that fits the theme.
Suhan:  Me neither.  We need to come up with something better. Extravaganza reminds me of over the top stuff with big bangs and things.  That's not exactly our theme.

Marianna:  I guess you're right.  Let's think about it and be ready for the first official post.  Does that work?
Nizhoni:  Yes, I think that works.  But we aren't quite ready yet.
Marianna:  No, we're not.  We need to get this place up and running so that we can be ready.  Are you all ready to get to work?

Everyone agrees.  So we'll let them get back to work and then we'll see you for the holiday blogs.

Happy Holidays! ~ The Holiday Team

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Avery's Shower In Full Swing

Ember and Cyann, with some help from Grayson and Parker, have set up for the baby shower.  Henna has arrived and now more guests are starting to arrive and get settled.  Gifts are on the table and everyone is trying to mix and mingle and meet each other.

Among the several guests invited is the attorney Avery supports as a paralegal, Brynlee Far (yes, she is related to Bo and Blaze).

Brynlee is single and enjoys doing her job well.  She's very confident, sometimes on the verge of cocky, but still an all around decent person.

Another guest is Sani Patel, the daughter of another attorney Avery supports.

Sani's mother couldn't make it because she has an extended business trip out of town for a few weeks.  She asked Sani to go in her stead. Sani is 19 and taking a few courses at a time in college.  She's been working with a small modeling agency trying to get her career started as a model.

Syren:  They did a good job.  This is a nice place, right?
Marlin:  It sure is.  Baby showers are so fun.  Well, babies are fun.  So cute and tiny.  I know Craig and Avery are going to have such a cute baby.
Syren:  They will.  Just think, one day I'll get to throw you a shower.
Marlin (looking surprised):  Syren, you hate when I talk about getting married and being a mother.
Syren: No, that's not true. I hate when you act like you're desperate to get married and be a mother.  I want to see you have what you want, but not watch you act like every man you meet is a potential husband and father from the door.  See the difference?
Marlin (smiling sheepishly):  Yes.  I see the difference.

Cyann:  So Brynlee, what type of attorney are you?  Avery doesn't talk about work much.
Brynlee:  I can understand that.  We handle confidential information, so it's easier to not talk about it.  I'm a family law attorney with clients who either need a separation or divorce or child custody cases.
Cyann:  I'll be you're always busy.
Brynlee (frowning): Yes, I am. I love being an attorney and I'm good at winning cases, but I hate that people can be so negatively affected.  But it does come with the job.  I'm not sure you get used to it, but you do learn how to deal with it.


Avery, Craig, and Avery's mother, Cora have arrived. 

Avery (to Craig):  Do you want me to call you when we're about to wrap up?
Craig: Yes, then I'll come get you.  Save me some cake for dessert, please.
Avery:  Of course, Honey.  I can see the room is set up and lots of people are here already.
Cora:  Yes, it looks nice.  Thank you so much for inviting me.  I'm looking forward to meeting your friends.
Craig:  Well, let's get in there so I can get Grayson and Parker and we can get going.
Cora:  Parker's here?
Avery (frowning):  Mom, please leave him alone.  It's my baby shower and I don't want to see my brother upset.  Okay?
Cora:  Uh.  Okay.

Avery:  Well, it's time to make my entrance.
Craig:  And a grand entrance it will be.  Maybe I should go warn everyone you're here so they can be ready.
Cora:  No, you should walk in with her.  I'll go in first.
Craig:  Okay.  That works.  We'll give you a minute.

Cora goes inside so she can let everyone know Avery is about to enter.  Everyone gets prepared and Cyann goes to the door to open it for Avery and Craig.  They both walk in.

Everyone claps and yells, 'Congratulations!'

Avery:  Thank you!  Thank you so much! I'm so glad you could all make it today.
Craig:  Yes, we appreciate your wanting to do this for us.  It's very kind of you.
Avery:  And we can't forget.  We owe a special thanks to Cyann and Ember for being such good friends and forcing me to do this. I'm so happy to have you in my life.
Cyann:  We're happy you cooperated.
Avery:  Thank you!  So, let's get this started.

Craig:  Alright, Guys.  Let's hit the road and let these ladies to their thing.
Parker:  Okay.  Let me go say goodbye to Ember and I'll meet you outside.
Grayson:  I'd better say goodbye to Cyann too or I'll never hear the end of it.

Both men head to each of their respective ladies to say goodbye.

Parker:  I'll see you later.  I'll be back to help transport some of these gifts.  Call me if you need anything.
Ember:  Okay, Sweetheart.  Thank you for helping out today.
Parker:  I'm happy to do so.

Parker gives Ember a kiss. As they are kissing, they are noticed by two people who had no idea they are a couple.

The men leave and the ladies continue to mingle, keeping what they have seen on their minds.  The ladies enjoy the food and (non-alcoholic, of course) drinks.  Avery admires the cake.  The guest talk amongst each other and each are sure to give their personal congratulations to Avery.

Everyone is enjoying the shower.

Syren:  This food is delicious.  I can't wait for some cake.
Marlin: Me neither....So, Syren, I noticed that Parker kissed Ember when he left.  What's going on with them?
Syren:  They've been dating for a while.  It seems serious.
Marlin:  Really?  It's been a long while? I didn't know.  Why didn't you tell me?  I can't believe he started dating her.
Syren (looking concerned):  I didn't know I had to tell you, but it's not a secret either.  So now you know.
Marlin:  I can't believe it.  He wasn't interested in me, but he's interested in Ember?  Didn't she know we dated?  That was inconsiderate, don't you think?

Syren closes her eyes for a moment and takes a deep breath.  She wants to be composed with her response.

Syren:  Marlin, it's been months and I can't believe we are back here again.  You and Parker were never a couple.  He seems to be very much into my sister and I'm happy for her.  My sister doesn't owe you anything.  Get over yourself and cut it out.  I don't want to hear another word about it.  Am I being clear.
Marlin (shocked): Um.  Uh.  I...yes.
Syren: You have been doing so well with the help you've gotten.  I thought we were beyond that.  Besides, you have a man who is very much into being with you.  I thought you were enjoying being with him.  Am I wrong?
Marlin:  I love being with Brett.  He is wonderful.

Syren:  Yes, he sounds wonderful when I hear you talk about him.  But now you are bringing up Parker. Are you saying you'd rather be with Parker?
Marlin:  No, I'm not.  I want to be with Brett.
Syren:  Then why do you even care who Parker is with?  You have a man who is good to you and you are stuck on worrying about a man who barely gave you the time of day. Not because he's rude, but because he just didn't want to be with you.  It happens.
Marlin:  I know.  And I don't want to be with Parker over Brett.  I'm falling in love with Brett.  
Syren:  Sooo?
Marlin:  So I guess I just haven't let go of that rejection.  That's all.  I know that's all it is.  It's why her and not me I guess.  I know it sounds silly now that I say it.
Syren:  It sure does.  You talk about Brett all the time.  He chose you. He. Chose. You. Let that fill your heart and keep you focused, not wondering why someone else didn't.  And I don't want to have this conversation again.  Okay?
Marlin:  You're right.  You're so right.  Thank you.  That's why you're  my best friend.  You know how to keep my craziness at bay.
Syren:  Most days.

Ember:  If I can have everyone's attention, please.  I think we can open gifts now.  Please be sure to come to the gift table to write something funny on a diaper or two.  It should be something Mom and Dad can laugh at when they are changing the baby's diaper.
Avery:  I promise I won't even look until we use the diapers.  That way I will actually be surprised.
Cyann:  Good idea.  Okay, Momma.  Waddle on over so we can get this started.
Avery:  Hey, my waddling is almost over.  

We'll have to come back for the last of the party.  So far so good, despite Marlin's momentary relapse.

We need to wrap up this showers so this year's Christmas theme can get up and running and Avery can finally deliver that baby.

Thank  you for stopping by. ~ Jaye