Friday, July 12, 2013

Back to Dinner at Sashimi (Photostory)

"How are you doing in there?"  (Shantavia)
"I'm finished!"  (Jada)

"Okay, wipe really well.  (pause) No, no Jada, the seat cover goes in the toilet."  (Shantavia)
"Oooh.  I keep forgetting."  (Jada)

"Straighten up your skirt.  It's a little crooked."  (Shantavia)

"Come on over to the sink.  I'll hold you up while you wash your hands."  (Shantavia)

"Get all the soap off."  (Shantavia)

Meanwhile back in the restaurant, Darius, Nikki, and the Howards have arrived for dinner.  Lauren wasn't able to join them.
"How many?"  (Jaya)
"Four."  (Darius)

"So go ahead and tell your dad what happened."  (Karla)

"I told you nothing happened.  As usual you overreacted. "  (Tori)
"Take it down a notch, young lady."  (Noland)

"Right this way, please."  (Waitress)


"Is this table okay?"  (Waitress)
"This is perfect."  (Nikki)

The couples get seated and the waitress takes their drink order.

"Don't look, but I think that guy is staring at me."  (Martina)

"The service guy or the guy at the table behind us?"  (Polly)
"The cute service guy."  (Martina)

"This story about Andrew stopping by for a book just doesn't sound right.  Have you forgotten, I was a teenage boy.  Teenage boys have one thing on their mind."  (Noland)
"Andrew is not like that."  (Tori)

"Regardless of what Andrew is like, you have been told time and time again that boys are not allowed at my house when I'm not there." (Karla)
"Look at me Tori."  (Noland)

"Your mom and I have worked hard to make sure you have everything your little heart desires.  Your lack of respect shows me that you don't know how good you have it."  (Noland)
"I appreciate what you guys do, but I'm 17 and practically an adult and you guys need to trust me more."  (Tori)

Noland chuckles.
"Did you just say you are practically an adult?  Do you know what being an adult means?  Being an adult means paying bills, going to work, feeding yourself, and the list goes on.  Last time I checked, you weren't doing any of those things."  (Noland)

"Do you know how many pregnant teens gave their moms that same 'trust me more' speech, before they got pregnant?  I'm just not willing to take that chance with your future."  (Karla)

"We need you to use that great brain for something other than holding up your hair.  You are a very fortunate young lady and other kids would kill to have the opportunities you have."  (Noland)

"Trust me, Andrew is just one boy.  If he's pressuring you or encouraging you to disrespect us, then he isn't the right person for you."  (Noland)
"Dad, Andrew isn't pressuring me to do anything."  (Tori)
"Well, I'm glad to hear that.  I also think you have way too much time on your hands, so I've arranged for you to do some volunteer work at a few different places in the community."  (Noland)  
"Volunteer?  Does that mean I won't get paid?"  (Tori)

Epilogue
Teenagers!  Those years can certainly be challenging.  Tori is lucky to have two parents that can work together, even though they aren't married.  Hopefully volunteering will open her eyes to how fortunate she really is.  

Will Martina and Sargent Ryan do more than just exchange glances?

Where is Sweet in Switzerland Poppy?  Will she meet up with Martina and Polly, or will she venture off on her own?

So many unanswered questions.

45 comments:

  1. Girl you certainly have been busy and productive! I love that bathroom. Nolan's shirt is sharp just like him. lol The restaurant is just plain fun!

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    1. Grandmommy - Thanks. I shot this as I was running out the door. LOL. Luckily everything was in place for me to move pretty quickly.

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  2. Hi Vanessa, I love your washroom. Where did you get it ? and you have a new Poppy Paker doll ! I received mine last month !
    Félicitation !

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    1. Shasarignis - Thanks! This is my second time using this bathroom. The first time can be seen in this post. http://vansdolltreasures.blogspot.com/2013/06/leslie-heads-to-work-photostory.html
      I give details about it there. Yes, I was able to get 3 of the latest Poppy dolls. I'm looking forward to seeing a Poppy in your stories.

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  3. hahaha, even from across the room, Service Guy's smile is a little creepy XD He's really pourin' it on thick XD

    Sashimi is *beautiful* btw :) Christie and Nikki totally want to eat there!!!

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    1. Heather - LOL! He can't help that smile. Christie and Nikki, together? Oh my! Hide the chopsticks.

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  4. your blaxk and brunet dolls are great!

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  5. I love Shantavia's dress. The convo between Tori and her parent's is very real.

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    1. Mustiwait - Thanks. Let's hope Tori learns some valuable lessons after her volunteering assignments.

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  6. Wow Vanessa, you have out done yourself with the bathroom. I know it doesn't have near the details of the restaurant and other rooms you've made but I was like WOW look at that, it's like you photoshopped the dolls into a real bathroom! So you gotta tell me, what's the paper towel holder made out of. Is it a miniature paper towel holder?

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    1. Kenya - Thanks! The paper towel holder is just a wooden box that I spray painted silver. One day I may add some paper towels.

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  7. Well it looks like Tori will have her hands certainly busy now! I'm glad Karla and Noland are on the same page on how to handle Tori. If I ever brought boys to my room, well, I'd hope I would be just as lucky as Tori is LOL! And can't wait to see if the Sargent Ryan does indeed have intrest in Martina LOL.

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    1. Verona - Tori may wish she had that quiet time back, once it's gone. But who knows, she may really enjoy getting out and doing things for others.

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  8. Hello from Spain: I love your bathroom. The three-piece toilet has a color very real. I see that you painted. Impressive restaurate. You have many beautiful dolls and outfits. Keep in touch...

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    1. Marta - Thanks! I rearranged the bathroom a little to make it different.

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  9. The dollies look so cute as always! ;) But why does the waitress look so disgruntled? LOL! She must hate her job.

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    1. KenyaDoll - Thanks. LOL! The waitress doesn't hate her job. It's her first time waitressing, so maybe she's a little stressed.

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  10. "Use that great brain for something other than holding up your hair." I just love that line! LOL Yes, teens are very challenging, but hopefully Tori will learn something from her volunteer assignments. She may even enjoy them! :-)

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    1. Cindi - You are welcome to use that line any time. LOL. I wish I had thought of it with my teenage stepdaughters. They were sneaky and always getting into trouble.

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  11. Es cierto, siendo tan joven y teniendo todo al alcance, no siempre lo valoran, es posible que en el voluntariado vea las cosas desde una mejor optica.

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    1. lindaivette - Estoy de acuerdo. A veces los niños no se dan cuenta lo bien que lo tienen. Tori no es una excepción.

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  12. Hey Vanessa, being away for a while. James gave me another scare and then had a hard fall that left him shaken. Doing better. Sorry haven't visited...will catch up!
    Loretta

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    1. Loretta! It's so nice to hear from you again. Grandmommy and I were just talking about you last week and wondered where you were. That James! I hope he is okay now. I hope to see a blog post soon.

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  13. Great job on the bathroom Vanessa! It looks so real. I am really liking how Noland and Karla are handling Tori. Teenagers can be a piece of work.

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    1. Georgia Girl - Thanks. They are nearing the teenager finish line. They are trying to make it there without any major problems.

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  14. I cannot get over how well done your scenes are. They are truly amazing. Thank you for a really awesome blog.

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    1. Duke of Swann - Thanks! That's such a wonderful compliment.

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  15. Very interesting post. I love the bathroom! Hopefully Tori will straighten up and fly right now.

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    1. limbe dolls - Thanks. I wonder what kind of
      projects Tori will be working on?

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  16. Interesting to see how all the stories are developing. Volunteering sounds like a good idea for Tori - keep her occupied and maybe open her eyes and understanding to others. Shantavia and Jada are really cute.

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    1. Carrickters - Sometimes I don't know where these dolls are taking me. I feel like I'm just along for the ride.

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  17. First, I LOVE that bathroom. Cute!

    Second, oh no Miss Freshy-Mouth Tori, no you don't. Glad I don't have no sassy mouth teen giving me back talk. Snorts. LOL - I've seen scenes like that in real life, Vanessa. Great art here ;-)

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    1. D7ana - Thanks! I'm glad I no longer have sassy mouth teens. I've lived scenes like that in real life.

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  18. Hello from Spain!!! I love your blog and I really enjoy reading your stories, you always have great ideas!! :)
    See you soon!

    http://mydollsadventures.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. Ana - Hello and welcome to my blog. I understand you are new to blogging. I hope you find it as enjoyable as I do.

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  19. Is that disgruntled waitress modeled after Devon Aoki, because it really favors her.

    Tori is a piece of work and someone should tell her dad that it's not her boyfriend, but his daughter with only one thing on her mind - and that's getting what she wants when she wants it. If I had talked to my mom that way a switch would have magically appeared in her hand before I got another word out.

    If I ever see that sink on clearance I'm going to snap it up because you made it look great removing the original mirrors.

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    1. Muff - I didn't know who Devon Aoki was, but there is a strong resemblance.

      No one knows that but Tori, and I'm sure she's not telling. You do know Karla wanted to reach across that table, but they are in public and Karla doesn't want the Morristown police ascending on her.

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  20. Excuse me asking about but I noticed that during Noland and Karla speach neithr of them neither of them mentioned about anticonception. In Europe usually we're using it, and recommending it, especially to teenagers, to avoid teen pragnacy. In Germany it's even available for teenagers for free if I'm not wrong. I heard Planned Parenthood is providing anticonception pills for cheap prices or for free. Isn't anticonception popular in USA?



    I totaly love this restaurant and bathroom, I think it's one of the best of your dioramas!

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    1. jewel snake - Here in the States it's called contraception. I would imagine Karla has had several discussions with Tori about sex and contraception. Not only that, in Morristown it is taught in our local schools. You would be surprised how many teens, who are supposedly protecting themselves, will still get pregnant. They seem to have the 'it's not going to happen to me' attitude. It's so easy for accidents to happen even when both people have the best of intentions.

      Thanks for the dio compliments!

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  21. I got myself caught up on the right day! I got so see me some Darius. I love the storyline too. I have a set of teenager and college kids that will venture into that storyline but for the life of me Vanessa I need your insomnia bug! I been trying to keep up but time is not on my side (long commute). I'm glad you made Tori character interesting, she will learn some life lessons for sure.

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    1. Hi Brini! Nice to hear from you. Glad Darius made your visit worthwhile. You don't want insomnia. Getting a good night's sleep is so much better for you. Let's see how Tori does with these new responsibilities.

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  22. Every time I see that sink set, I know I need to paint the one I found at the thrift store! It is so hot here I can't get myself to do anything! I wouldn't have thought it could be used so well but you did it! I like the story too. Mom got a chance to sit back and let dad do the talking. It keeps her from being the heavy and dad stepped up to the plate! Good Story!

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    1. Ms. Leo - Wow, you found one at the thrift, too. I'm surprised they're showing up there so soon after being released. Karla has never had a problem with Noland being the heavy. Tori seems to respond better to her father than her mother.

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