Friday, July 13, 2018

Baby Fin's Big Birthday Bash!...Part 3

 I'm rating this episode PG-13 for some very mild grown up story content.

Thanks so much for your continued support and patience! It's a very busy summer compared to last year. Next week I hope to be on time for sure, finger crossed, lol!

The party is now well underway with plenty of company, friends and family alike, gathered chatting with each other catching up and enjoying Laura's restaurant style catered buffet of finger foods. 

Krystal keeps an eye on the sweet little Leila while she chats with Chloe, who is the mother of Parker, Phoenix's best friend. It's been a while since they have seen each other.
*Chloe* "She is just so precious....seeing a baby really makes 
me think about having another one..."
*Krystal smiles* "Yes they are just so sweet when they're this tiny and small...This
 little one officially makes me a great aunt..."
*Chloe* "Oh wow, really?!"
*Kryatal* "Amari is my brother's daughter..."
*Chloe* "Oh, yes...that's right..."
*Krystal* "You and Dan plan to have another?..."
*Chloe* "Ummmm, yeah...Well we want to but things just haven't been, ya know....
His schedule is crazy and I'm usually up late writing. Oh! I've got a new book coming out soon...."
Behind Chloe Laura quietly chats with her cousin Amari. She's got to fill her in on Shaun and what is going on. She knows she won't be too happy but Shaun needs to see his baby girl.
*Laura* "Oh my gosh, look at you! Girl, you look amazing...makes me feel 
like I shoulda dressed up a little more..."
*Amari* "Oh stop, you look great! Am I too over dressed?..."
 *Laura* "No, way! you look beautiful..."
*Amari* You know took me forever to get myself ready and get out the door though...after
 months of not really going anywhere and now having to remember everything to bring for Leila. 
I don't know how you do it..."
*Laura* "Believe me I make plenty of mistakes...Don't worry it will all fall into place.  
You'll find your own rhythm."
 Laura decides to go ahead and break the news 
to her about Shaun coming to the party.
*Laura* "Hey, listen...promise me you won't freak out..."
*Amari* "Oh no....What is it?...."
*Laura* "Just promise you'll hear me out..."
*Amari* "Is this about, Shaun?..."
Laura makes an apologetic face, she knows
 Shaun is the last person she wants to talk about.
 She spits it out quick in one short breath.
*Laura* "Luke kinda invited Shaun without telling me..."
*Amari* "You mean he's coming here? this party?
Laura just nods her head in agreement and Amari looks like
 she is ready to just grab up her stuff and Leila,
 then haul ass out the door.
*Laura* "Just think of it as meeting him on neutral ground this way he can see Leila and you two don't have to even talk to each other right now, just let him see Leila Mari. Leave it a that."
*Amari* "You realize he wants full custody...why should I agree to this?!"
*Laura* "Because you're a good mother, and if he sees that you're calm and collected 
and taking good care of her then maybe y'all can settle this without so much animosity..."
Meanwhile, Michelle sits and enjoys the birthday boy, she knows she needs all the practice she can possibly get. Laura was always a natural at being a mother, Michelle on the other hand has always felt so nervous about having her own baby. Benjamin is more than ready to start a family, he has made it no secret between them that he wants kids. He also promised Michelle he would be patient and wait for when she was ready...The thought has been weighing 
on her mind more than usual lately...
*Michelle* "Where's Fin? Peek a boo!...I see you!"
Fin smiles wide and giggles. Peek a boo another fave baby past time. Michelle enjoys it and loves seeing his face light up. 
Babies are definitely contagious. First Laura, now Amari...
Michelle can't help but feel that clock ticking.
*Juni-Mae* "You're very good with him. He's very entertained..."
*Michelle* "Well they're so easy to entertain at this age...."
*Juni-Mae* "Yes they are, mine is 3 now and his attention goes from one 
thing to the next...You have any kids?"
*Michelle* "Um...No, no not yet... You just have the one?"
*Juni-Mae* "Yes, just the one for now...he's all I can handle at the moment."
*Michelle* "Boys are a handful aren't they?...I dunno how my sister does it with two. 
I hope my first child is a girl..."
They both laugh and nod in unison. Boys are for sure a handful, they are loud and rambunctious, high energy all bottled up into one little body.
*Michelle* "I'm Michelle...Laura is my older sister."
*Juni-Mae* "Ah, okay....I'm Juniper. Most call me Juni or Juni-Mae..."
*Michelle* "Oh, lovey name..."
*Juni-Mae* "Thanks...."
*Michelle* "So how do you know Laura?..."
*Juni-Mae* "Our boys go to preschool together..."
Over in the living room where most of the men have gathered they sit with their beers and chat. Isolde and James are there as well, these two have been dating for quite some time now and have decided to move in together. James still has his job as an engineer and Isolde now coaches a high school girls basketball team.
*Isolde* "You comfy there?..."
*James* "Yeah..."
*Daniel* "You must be mister Lavigne..."
*Scott* "Yes...Hi..."
Daniel holds out his hand. Everyone has met his wife, Chloe 
but Dr. Dan is often a busy man and almost always on call...
*Daniel* "I'm Daniel Allain...."
*Scott* "Ah, yes the surgeon!...Nice to meet you."
Luke meanwhile catches up with his brother in law Benjamin, he spent several minutes upstairs trying to get a hold of Shaun and ended up leaving him a text message. He just hopes
 he reads it before he shows up...
*Benjamin* "Well you and I could knock that out in a weekend...I've got
 no problem helping out..."
*Luke* "The whole kitchen?!...including the countertops?"
*Benjamin* "Well, the cabinets for sure...We'd need a crew to get the countertops done."
*Luke* "Okay, lemme run it by Laura first..."
*Benjamin* "It'll save you money...I'm sure she'll like that."
*Luke smiles* "And give her more reason to spend more money?..."
*Benjamin laughs* "True...but you're still saving."
*Luke* "Shit, with that extra cash I could buy me a new guitar..."
*Benjamin* "Good luck with that..."
Then the doorbell rings and Luke 
heads off to check and see who it is.
*Luke* "Hey, man...c'mon on in...."
Benjamin heads over to wave hello to little Fin, he leans
 over Michelle and catches Fin's attention. Michelle can smell his scent as she lifts her eyes up to look at him, it's familiar, it's soothing, and fills her heart and soul, making her fall more and more in love with him seeing him there engaging with Fin. Knowing full well he will be the best father he can be to their own children.
*Benjamin* "So, is this the big birthday boy?! Hi Fin!!! You're
gittin' so big little man."
*Juni-Mae* "Those dimples...."
Krystal is still chatting with Chloe...
*Krystal* "Oh that sounds like fun...Which bookstore 
are you doing the signing at?"
*Chloe* "The one down on's that quaint little bookstore on the corner."
*Krystal* "Ah, yes!....Okay...count me in...Maybe I
can carpool with Laura."
*Chloe* "Wonderful! Yes, of course..."
Again back with Laura and Amari...Laura desperately
 tries to convince her cousin to not bolt and 
just take advantage of the situation.
*Laura* "Because you're a good mother, and if he sees that you're calm and collected 
and taking good care of her then maybe y'all can settle without so much animosity..."
*Amari* "That's easier said than done..."
*Laura* "Look no one expects y'all to get along all cheery and sweet
 and all. Just let him see Leila. He needs to bond with her too."
Amari turns to look away and stares off at her 
little girl sleeping peacefully in the car seat.
A part of her would love to see Shaun, that part deeply buried down inside, it's so faint it's hard to recognize but it's still there. She does want him to bond with Leila, she would love to be a family with the three of them, but Shaun has made it clear other things are more important...
*Amari* "Fine. I'll stay...but only for Leila...Don't expect me
 to say one word to that...creep...We are not getting back together, ever!"
Laura chimes in happy she agreed to stay.
*Laura* "Wonderful! You know I don't expect you to get back with Shaun. 
I only want what is best for you and Leila..."
*Amari* "I know you do..."
Luke has just opened the door to Malcolm and 
his son Julian. He greets and welcomes them in.
*Luke* "Hey, man c'mon in, where's Marissa..."
*Malcolm* "Oh, she comin' had to help Janessa clean up
 the mess she made in the car..."
*Julian* "Daddy lemme down!..."
*Malcolm* "That girl is a glad you don't got girls man..."
*Luke* "High maintenance?..."
*Malcolm* "Hell, ya! straight outta the womb..."
The guys then have a good laugh. Then Luke offers if he needs to call Laura over to help out Marissa, if she needs anything..
*Luke* "Well come on in...Should I get Laura? Maybe
she can see if Marissa needs anything?.."
*Malcolm* "Oh no she's fine. I'm sure she'll be inside soon."
Then Amari's attention is refocused and she zooms in 
on the new tall handsome stranger that Luke
 has just opened the door for...
*Amari* "Oh my! Who's that?!...Girl, did you
invite a single dad for me?!...""
Laura leans over Amari's shoulder to get a better look at who is at the front door. Once she realizes who it is she replies with an adamant no!
*Laura* "Nu'uh, don't even think about it, he's married...happily married."
Amari may not be looking for love but this mama still got some needs to be met and her hormones are at staggering levels after months of pregnancy and post pregnancy dry spells...
*Amari* "Are you serious?!..."
*Laura* "Yes!."
*Laura* "Malcolm Jacobsen...The car guy?"
*Amari* "Who?..."
 *Laura* "Even Shaun knows him..."
 *Amari* "Shaun and I never talked about car guys..."
*Laura* "Seriously...Mari?!...He's working on a car for Shaun? You 
don't remember any of this?"
*Amari* "No!..All I know is men are looking more like 
a juicy steak these days..."
*Laura* "I know...Don't worry I'm sure we can find ya someone...Just promise
 me you'll play nice with Shaun if he shows up..."
*Amari* "I promise...but only for you cuz you know I love ya..."
*Laura* "I love you too, and I'm here for you and Leila no matter what."

To be continued!!!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Baby Fin's Big Birthday Bash...Part 2

Hi everyone just want to thank y'all for all your patience and your support. It encourages me to keep going forward even when life is busy and it seems like I will never get back to the blog, but here I am! So here we go, picking up where we left off with Baby Fin's birthday back in mid February.

If you want to read a few episodes before to catch up then here is a few links to get you there.

We begin at Luke and Laura's house, the Cooper clan is waiting on party goers to arrive for Fin's first birthday. Laura is last minute dusting while they wait for people to show. Luke meanwhile is watching the boys and snacking on the food Laura has just laid out for the party. 
Almost as if she has eyes in the back of her head, what mom doesn't?
She senses Luke may be snacking on more 
food than she can set out again in time for the party.
The silence begins to make her wonder, it's no secret that Luke and the boys love her home cooking, they flock to it when it's time for dinner. That same silence always fills the room when they are all eating.
*Laura* "It's awfully quiet back there, you better not be eating all the food..."
Luke stops and looks up across the expanse of the two rooms, their house has again gone under renovations to bring it more up to date and to accommodate their growing family. Laura loves her new open concept living space, hehe... 
Luke replies to her realizing but never admitting, he could have easily devoured the whole plate had she not said anything.
*Luke* "Just getting a little snack, babe...."
*Laura* "Uh, huh....If you're that hungry then make a sandwich to hold you over. 
 People should be arriving anytime now, my mom said she's already 
on her way...So they should be here soon."
Luke reaches down again, to grab another. It's all so yummy, which in  turn makes it so hard to stop! Then on top that, it's all displayed so wonderfully one can't help but gravitate to it...
*Luke* "Okay, just grabbing one more, then I'm done..."
He proceeds to walk over into the living room, with 
Baby Fin slung across his right arm, while chewing on the that last tender morsel he swiped off the serving tray. Phoenix 
follows Dad's lead, with his carton of milk in hand.
*Luke* "Babe, the house looks good you don't need to re-clean every single surface."
*Laura* "Doesn't hurt though...Plus after all the remodeling dust 
is still constantly settling in the house...."
*Luke* "The kids will just dirty it up again today...Just take a break for 5 minutes..."
Men will never, ever get it, a mother's job is never done. Five minutes? Are you kidding me? I can do five things in those five minutes...
 Then the doorbell chimes letting them know they 
have guests at the door.
*Laura* "That's probably my parents...."
*Luke* "Yeah it is..."
Then Luke heads to the front door greeting his in-laws. They are very punctual people. Laura is a lot like her Mom in some ways, 
but punctual is not always one, especially now with two small boys. You know how it goes when you are almost out the door then it is change a diaper or find that other shoe!!
*Laura* "Go say hi to Nana and Pawpaw..."
*Phoenix* "Nana?!..."
He peers cautiously waiting to see who it is 
that comes through the door.
*Phoenix* "Mama!...I see Nana!
*Laura* "Go say hello Pumpkin..."
They shuffle in after Luke opens the door, Scott immediately greets the man of the house and Krystal comes in brightly beaming
 with a smile and large gifts bags hanging from her wrist.
*Laura* "Hey mom..."
*Krystal* "Hi, sweetie..."
*Phoenix* "Hi, Nana!!!"
*Krystal* "Hello, my sweet angel...How have you been? 
I've got something for you."
*Phoenix* "Prweasants?!..."
*Laura* "Mom, you didn't have to..."
*Krystal* "It's just a little something. Here let's sit down and I will show you."
Laura moves on to grab Fin from Luke while he chats with her Father.
Scott inspects the work done on the house he helped
redesign the floor plan some, with Laura's approval and input first.
*Scott* "Looking good, always nice to see it go from draft into
 reality...You use the new fireplace yet?" 
*Luke* "Yeah we used it the other week, last weekend, right babe?"
*Laura* "Yeah, it was last weekend..." 
Meanwhile Nana is talking with Phoenix....
 *Krystal* "I got you something you wanted in the store the last time we went shopping together...And I promised you if you're good at school that I'd get it.
You remember that?.."
 *Phoenix nods* "Uh, huh!!!"
Krystal reaches down in the bag and pulls out a
 big blue bear, it's Grumpy Bear!
 *Phoenix* "Gumpy bearor!!!!"
Back to the other three,  they continue to talk
 about the remodel on the house.
*Scott* "So did they finish everything in time for the party?"
*Laura* "No, my kitchen still needs upper cabinets and counters...they didn't have the 
cabinets in yet and since they had to go work on another job they will be back 
to finish once the rest comes in..."
*Scott* "Okay, just make sure you stay on top of their asses and don't let them
forget about you..."
*Luke* "I'll keep track of it, heard too many horror stories already..."
 *Scott* "Yeah, you used the company I recommended?..."
*Luke* "No, they were booked solid. So we went with a company
they recommended to us."
*Scott* "Okay yeah those guys get busy....Is the product shipping
 here or to the contractor?"
 *Laura* "Um, the cabinets are coming here I believe...."
 Phoenix is so excited about his new Care Bear! He turns 
and runs with it so he can show it to Mom and Dad.
 Krystal just loves spoiling her grandkids, they are such a joy in her life. Now if only Michelle and Ben would get on the ball and 
start a little family as well, hehe.
*Phoenix* "Mama, wook, wook!! Gumpy Bearor!"
 *Laura* "Oh, my is that what Nana brought you?..."
*Phoenix nods with a huge grin* "Uh,huh!!"
*Laura* "Did you tell Nana, thank you."
Phoenix rushes up and with extreme enthusiasm
 and thanks his Nana.
*Phoenix* "Thank you, Nana!!"
*Krystal* "You're welcome sweetheart..."
Laura steps in closer to her mother, she needs 
someone to watch Fin so she can go and 
check on things in the kitchen.
*Laura* "Momma, can you take him while I go finish up in the kitchen?..."
*Kryatal* "Of course sweetheart! I was gonna ask to see that birthday
 boy anyways...C'mere my little angel! Is he walking yet?"
*Laura* "Almost...any day now probably..."
*Luke* "Hey you want a beer?..."
*Scott* "Yeah, sure..."
So Luke and Scott follow Laura into the kitchen 
while Krystal watches the grandkids.
*Scott* "The kitchen is looking amazing, even though it ain't done..."
*Luke* "Well I know Laura is ready for it to be finished...She's tired of packing 
away her kitchen  every time."
Luke turns around and hands Scott a beer while 
they continue to chat and catch up.
*Scott* "So how's work going?..."
*Luke* "Good. Business is steady. Keeping busy..."
*Scott* "Yeah, that's good....Laura told me your band is still struggling?"
Luke huffs out a sigh and steps in
 towards the kitchen island.
*Luke* "Eh, I dunno...more like an unspoken hiatus, I guess. Things just
haven't been the same since Shaun left...Peter can't seem to get past shit that happened 10 years ago. So I wash my hands of it, I've got plenty on my plate with my family and my business."
Laura turns around as she dries her hands. This is news to her, she is so surprised to hear Luke say their friendship is over. I mean Laura of all people, you would think, would be jumping for joy at this news. Lord knows she has always stressed about his friendship with Peter since the day she met him, but she loves her husband and she knows Peter is like a brother to him. He could never just completely cut ties, could he?!
*Scott* "I'm sorry to hear that it's hard to loose a life long friendship but sometimes moving on is best. Life is always changing, you have to keep moving forward..."
*Luke* "Yeah I thought he'd call and apologize but he hasn't. So I'm leaving it at that."
Laura can't stay silent any longer, knowing full well Peter 
may show up with Willow to the party. 
She invited both of them.
 *Laura* "You know I invited him and Willow for today's get together. I think he may
 be coming with Willow, she RSVP'd with a plus one..."
 *Luke snaps* "What?! Why would you do that?!"
 *Laura* "Because he's always invited and he's still your best friend despite all this!"
Laura steps in closer, she can see Luke is about to
 blow his top on the matter. She knew they were in a tiff but Luke 
never stressed to her he was done with their friendship.
 *Luke*  "I invited Shaun!...I can't fucking have them both here creating drama. It's bad enough  trying to mediate what is going on between Mari and him..."
*Laura* "I didn't know that. So you just assume Peter won't show?!
*Luke* "Yeah I am..."
*Laura* "That's ridiculous..."
 Scott can clearly see these two need to chat without him standing there. He's been married long enough to know...
*Scott* "Er, I...uh, I'm just gonna go check on things in
 the living room. Let y'all be."
 *Laura continues* "Well, I invited them long before Shaun was in the picture again and was still away in LA. You and Peter were still talking. I can't just say 'Oh by the way Peter is univited!'. You know I can't do that! It's rude and besides, the three of you need to get past all
this macho crap and move on!"
The two are so focused on each other that they 
do not even notice Scott's exit.
 *Luke* "I am not fucking attempting to play mediator between these two again, Babe...and at my son's first birthday party no less! You could have nicely told Willow that Peter is uninvited..."
*Laura* "Well I didn't....And you could have told me you invited Shaun. I didn't know. I just assumed you and Peter would go back to acting like everything is normal like you two always do!"
 *Luke* "It's different this time...."
Laura is still a bit shocked she just assumed that they would 
move on and be best buds again. Especially since Peter and Willow are back together now, she enjoys their double dates...
 *Laura* "Different how?...You two always fight and make up. 
Peter is like a brother to you."
Luke never went into detail about his fight with Peter and Laura has been so busy she just assumed they would get over it and get back to normal eventually. Luke attempts to explain it now...
 *Luke* "We both said some shit that could have been laid out a very long time ago, 
but now the wounds have festered too long. I don't think he wants 
to forgive me and I'm not fucking sure if I can either...."
Luke then turns to walk away and head upstairs.
 *Luke continues* ",,,,but I don't want to get into that right now...I need to make some 
calls, do damage control."
*Laura* "You're not gonna uninvite Shaun are you?!..."
Luke bites off a short response to her 
plea and continues walking for the stairs.
 *Laura* "Luke, please don't uninvite Shaun! He needs to see Leila..."
*Luke* "Just let me handle it...
 Laura then follows him into the living room...
 *Krystal* "Is everything okay?..."
*Luke* "No, it's fine...I just need to get a hold of Shaun, make a call. 
I'll be back down in a bit."
 *Krystal* "oh...."
Luke begins to climb the stairs
 and Laura stops him.
*Laura* "Luke, please...."
*Luke* "I got it handled, Babe. Just worry about the party..."
Then he heads up the stairway and out of sight only the 
thumping of his boots can be heard as he enters the third 
 level of their house and closes the door behind him.
*Scott* "Careful now someone has found Nana's necklace..."
Krystal turns and looks down to find Fin is finding
 her necklace to be an excellent and very 
satisfying sensory toy
*Krystal* "Uh, oh....I don't think I want you playing with that..."
But Fin don't care he's a baby everything goes 
straight to his mouth, lol! Granny gonna have pull it 
from his tiny grip before he lets it go!
Cuteness overload! Who can say no to that face?! hehe...
Laura walks over and sighs, she too is a bit fed up now 
with this whole Luke, Shaun, and Peter business. It's been a lot of ups and downs since Amari found out she was pregnant.
 *Krystal* "What's going on sweetie?..."
 *Laura* "Oh nothing new really, just Luke, Peter, and Shaun are still at
 odds with each other...."
*Laura continues*"....And somehow they both got invited to the party but Luke and Shaun are not on speaking terms with Peter now. I invited him and Willow over a month ago, well not formally but you know. So I sent willow a reminder they were invited and she RSVP'd for both of them"
 *Krystal* "Are things really that tense between all of them?..."
 *Laura* "Yes! Well according to Luke it all is...ugh, men and their egos!"
 Laura throws her hand up and sighs one more time....Both 
her parents try to assure her that it will be okay these
 things usually do work themselves out.
*Scott* "Darlin' I'm sure they will figure it out, if not then maybe 
going their separate ways is for the best..."
*Krystal* "Yes, just be patient and communicate with Luke that you are here 
for him no matter what. I'm sure things will settle
 into a comfortable rhythm again."
 *Scott* "There is always drama in families and with close friends. Hell, your mom and I went through it too, but look where we are at now! Your sister married the son 
of her ex fiance...So just relax, Darlin'..."
*Laura* "I know...It's just. It's different this time. Luke seems to really not 
want to work it out with Peter..."
Then the doorbell sings it's little ascending chime song announcing 
new guests are at the door....

And that signals the end of our episode! 
So stay tuned y'all!
Thanks so much again for being so patient and as always I am overjoyed my stories are enjoyed by so many. 
You guys make it special for me...
Also I may have to keep these episodes a bit shorter than usual. Just so I can keep my weekly routine for posting and my sanity, lol!