Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Ladies Reunite (Photostory)

Danielle felt the house was finally in enough order that she could invite her girlfriends over for a visit.  For those of you who are relatively new to my blog, the stories started with these five families, plus Leslie's family.  Leslie, her husband and two kids are away for the weekend, so Leslie is missing from the group.

The ladies have just finished the grand tour.  This is the first time all the ladies have been together since Danielle announced her pregnancy.

"Thank you guys for coming over and visiting.  It feels like forever since we have sat and chatted.  So what's happening?  Anything going on that I've missed?"  (Danielle)

"Not much talk out there, except about you and your expanding family."  (Vanessa)
"Oh, so I am now the talk around town.  Now that's funny."  (Danielle) 

"People are really happy.  Ever since you and Rod got married, people have been wondering if you were going to have more kids.  You look great, by the way."  (Antoinette)

"Thanks.  I'm not sure I like being part of the conversation that's happening."  (Danielle)
"Well, you were so immersed in the community doing the fundraisers, and hosting the Daddy/Daughter dance.  Everyone knows and loves you.  So we are all happy for you guys.  And this house is gorgeous."  (Sunni)

"Speaking of gorgeous houses, didn't you just move into that new Uptown house?"  (Lisa)
"Yes, we did!  I have to admit, I love it.  I'm not ready for company yet, but you will all be invited over soon."  (Sunni)
"You and Danielle are inspiring me to get my act together."  (Lisa)

"Speaking of that, how are you and Charles making out?"  (Antoinette)
"Well, we made love a couple days ago for the first time in almost a year."  (Lisa)
"What!"  (Vanessa)

"Oops, I forgot the girls were in the next room.  We will talk about the details later.  I'm feeling a lot more hopeful that we can find our way back to each other.  He's still living at his mom's house, but we've been talking about him moving back in."  (Lisa)

"That's great news.  I'm always happy when married people can work through their issues."  (Sunni)
"I'm always happy when married men can keep their parts out of other women."  (Antoinette)
"Antoinette!  The girls."  (Danielle)

The girls they are referring to are Nikaya, and Alicia who are in the next room looking at Nickolodeon.  I don't think they are even paying attention to the conversation, but you never know.

Danielle's stern voice startles Lisa's baby.  Maybe she knows they are talking about her daddy.  (As you may have noticed, Lisa's baby girl has grown.  She was an infant the last time we saw her.)

"Shhh, it's okay.  Ut oh.  Someone needs a diaper change."  (Lisa)

The baby noise sends Vanessa's daughter, Alicia, running to her mommy.

"What?  I thought you were watching tv."  (Vanessa)

"Danielle, where can I change the baby?"  (Lisa)
"You can change her in my room."  (Danielle)

Isn't she adorable?  She is the Hispanic Happy Family baby.  For my purposes, she's just a light skinned AA baby.  I made her little outfit.  

"I'll come with you.  I'm sure Maya is due for a change, too."  (Sunni)

Maya hears her name and looks up from playing.

The ladies grab their babies and diaper bags, and head upstairs.

"Can one of you guys look in on the kids?"  (Danielle)
"Sure."  (Lisa)

Antoinette moves closer to Danielle.
"So tell me.  How did you get Rod to agree to a new house?  I've been talking to Tony (her husband) about moving and he is not budging."  (Antoinette)
"Why don't you call Rod sometime and see if he can give you some insight into how his brother operates.  You know men speak a different language."  (Danielle)

"Excuse me."  (Niyaka)

"Yes, Nikaya."  (Antoinette)
"Mommy, can I call Nicole to see if she can come over?"  (Nikaya)
"This isn't your house.  You can't just invite people over without asking the person who lives here."  (Antoinette)

"Aunty Danielle, is it okay if I invite Nicole over?"  (Nikaya)
"Yes, but there's a chance her mom won't be able to bring her."  (Danielle)
"Okay."  (Nikaya)

"Mommy, where's your phone?"  (Nikaya)
"In my purse."  (Antoinette)

"Has Melanie seen the house yet?"  (Antoinette)
"If you mean the inside, no.  I don't know if she's driven by or not."  (Danielle)
"I heard she wasn't happy about the baby."  (Antoinette)
"Where did you hear that?!"  (Danielle)
"Tony told me."  (Antoinette)
Danielle doesn't know what to say.  She decides to say nothing until she can have a conversation with her husband.
Ut oh.  I guess Rod had the conversation about Melanie with his brother and not his wife.  

Lisa checks in on the kids after changing Chelsea's diaper.  She stands outside the door so they won't see her.  They are in playland heaven.  Jacob and Kenaz are playing with the toys.  The other three are playing school, with Ms. Zahara as the teacher.

"Teacher, can I go to the bathroom?"  (Julian)
"No.  No bathroom til you finish your work."  (Zahara)

"Ming, did you finish your lesson?"  (Zahara)
"Yes, Ms. Zahara."  (Ming)
Satisfied that everything is okay, Lisa heads back downstairs.

"So are the kids doing okay?"  (Antoinette)
"They are just as content as ever.  Danielle that playroom is just like having a babysitter."  (Lisa)
"I know.  Jacob will play in there for hours."  (Danielle)

Lisa heads towards Danielle with baby Chelsea.
"Here, it's time for you to refamiliarize yourself with babies."  (Lisa) 

"I don't need an excuse to hold this cutie."  (Danielle)

"Hand me the burp cloth."  (Danielle)

"Hello precious.  Is that a smile?  It is.  You are such a cutie pie."  (Danielle)

Danielle starts getting a little teary-eyed as she looks down at baby Chelsea.  She can't wait to hold her own new baby.  
"Are you okay?"  (Lisa)
"Yep.  I think it's just my hormones, again."  (Danielle)

38 comments:

  1. Great story, Vanessa! I haven't been a follower long enough to know that it all started with this crew. Antoinette just became a new favorite of mine. I was looking around your Etsy shop the other day and wondered if those adorable kids clothes you were sewing last year ever made it to the shop?
    P.S. Things seem to be improving for Lisa now that she has that new body ;)

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    1. Jewell - Thanks. You should go back and read the Antoinette posts. Her whole family is a favorite of mine. She was the only family that had 3 kids. I did quite a few stories with that family. Once Dasia arrived, those kid clothes got put on the back burner. I'm going to start doing infant clothes, now that I am better at pattern making and hand sewing. The little kid clothes will return.

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  2. Awesome photostory Vanessa! I loved everything about this story, the convo, the photos, the decor, everything! Interestingly, I was thinking that the boys playroom is ideal and that is pretty much what Lisa reported back in to Danielle in regards to what they were doing. I hope that Lisa and her spouse are able to work it out.

    Happy Sunday!! :-)

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    1. Georgia Girl - Happy Sunday! So glad you enjoyed the story. I always enjoy when the ladies get together. That playroom was money well spent.

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  3. awwww what a beautiful story i hope it turns out to be a girl Danielle needs to take a break from the boys hehhehehe are you still going to make a video about nikki and Daruis wedding on ur main channel #1 fan :)

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    1. Ruby - Thanks! We will find out pretty soon whether they are going to have a boy or a girl. As soon as I decide to start doing more videos, I will announce it on my Youtube channel.

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  4. Hi Vanessa how have you been? So Rod never spoke to Danielle about his convo with the ex. Melanie was being juvenile anyways. I suppose she thought Rod was going to spend his life pining away after her. Please! Rod seems to be a good man. For some reason I think the loving may be good too. He just has that look about him. ;)

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    1. AG Lanc - I'm doing well, thanks. I guess Rod didn't talk to Danielle about the Melanie drama. I'm not sure how Danielle feels about that. I'm sure we will find out soon. I think Melanie realizes she let a good one go.

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  5. Ms. Vanessa I am ready to purchase a living room set for my doll house when you have time. You have inspired me to get on the ball with my doll house. Love your stories.

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    1. Angelia - Thanks. Do you have my email address? If so, send me an email next week and we can start discussing your living room set.

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  6. Oh, Lisa's daughter is the Krissy doll now. It's something unusual for your stories. :-) BTW wasn't her name Chelsea, when she was an infant? :-)

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    1. Dukasha - I intentionally post wrong names sometimes, so I can hear from you. Lol! To be honest, I had a feeling I was posting the wrong name, but was too lazy to go check before posting. I had a class to run to, and I didn't want to wait to post. I will check it out, and change it to her real name before the night ends. With Danielle getting ready to have an infant, I wanted to have Lisa's daughter be a little bigger. It also gave me a reason to buy the Hispanic doll that I was able to get for a decent price. Thanks for always keeping me on my toes.

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  7. Nice story. Chloe/Chelsea looks like Brooklyn. I like her outfit. I have been making baby outfits too. I figured out a pattern that fits and I'm loving it. I'm not really good at pattern making, but I am proud of this one.

    Rod is in trouble! Danielle shouldn't be too mad. He probably didn't want to upset her.

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    1. Janainhah - Thanks. I think I remember seeing some of your baby outfits last year. They were very cute. Yes, I can't wait to see what Danielle does when the ladies are gone and Rod is in her midst. I think she is a little peeved.

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  8. Really nice the ladies getting together and the children playing.

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  9. I really enjoyed this story. Nice to catch up with some of the original ladies of Morristown! I hadn't realized that Lisa and Charles were having problems. I do hope they are able to work things out though!

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    1. Phyllis - Yes, Lisa and Charles have been separated for awhile. He has always been somewhat of a playboy. He settled down for a bit, but then he stepped out again.

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  10. Nice collection of friends. The baby dolls in your piece are most interesting. I was given a few from someone cleaning out their garage. They're really cute but I didn't know anything about them until now. That living room is certainly nice!

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    1. april - Thanks. If you need help identifying the babies, let me know.

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  11. The babies are cute and so are the stroller and seat their in.

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    1. Val - Thanks. Babies need a lot of gear.

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  12. Hey Vanessa :) Really enjoyed this story.

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  13. WOW, The girls are dishing! Nice story!

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    1. Ms. Leo - Thanks! They did a lot more dishing before the evening was over.

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  14. Yes, I can see Rod not discussing Melanie's shenanigans with Danielle. He wouldn't want to stress her out. Still, she'll probably let him know she doesn't appreciate being kept out of the loop, lol.

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    1. Muff - I'm sure Rod felt he was doing the right thing. I'm also sure he probably didn't anticipate his conversation with Tony going further. Oh well.

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  15. These ladies had a great day talking about everything!

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    1. Brini - It had been so long. It would have been nice to have Lisa there, too. Next time.

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  16. It is nice to see ladies together.baby Chelsea looks so cute!I love her outfit.sometimes it is hard to make that mini outfit.

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    1. My Doll Stuff - The ladies try to stay connected. It had been awhile since their last get together. It is hard to sew for the little ones. My hand sewing has gotten better so that helps.

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  17. Bonjour Vanessa ! Quelle fabuleuse histoire. J'aime beaucoup, pour ne pas dire énormément, le pull beige. il est magnifique. J'aime aussi la Kid zone. C'est une très bonne idée.

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    1. Shasarignisn - Merci, beaucoup! Cette pull beige a toujours été un de mes favoris . Je ne me souviens même pas d'où il vient .

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  18. Hello from Spain: fabulous ladies getting together and the children playing. Lovely pics. Great story. We keep in touch

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    1. Marta - Spending time with friends is always a great way to spend the day.

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  19. I was totally emersed like I was there. I was relaxed at the beginning until i realized how many kids with there. Dang woman can’t just get together all by themselves. I guess if they could they would have gone out somewhere.

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    1. Kenya - Lol. You are so funny. This was more of a "come see the new house and the kids can play in the playroom" type gathering. I really wanted to show that Lisa's little girl had grown up a bit. So kids were necessary. The ladies also want their kids to be good friends. That means hanging out together at times.

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