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Ashby Lemi’s – Babies 55 and 56

What an anomaly; the kids were all in bed and the house was quite.  Asher and I decided to take a little time for ourselves.  We ventured out to the edge of our property and sat down in the soft sand as we gazed at the beauty of the Island.  We sat in silence for a while before I had the urge to whisper sweet nothing’s in my husband’s ear.

“I love you Asher Lemi.”

Asher turned to me and there was pain on his face.  I searched his face and eyes trying to figure out why such a look was crossing his handsome face.

“I love you to Ashby.  We need to talk.”

Those four small words sounded ominous and panic quickly filled me.  “A..About what?”  I choked out.

He took my hands into his.  “We need to move.”

My panic started to subside, but I was still left confused.  What did he mean we had to move?  We had just moved to the island, where was this coming from?

“What do you mean?”

He scooted closer to me.  “I have been given the opportunity to open a second location of the restaurant in a place called Sunlit Tides.  I know we just moved here, but this is a great opportunity.   I hate to uproot you and the kids again, but I don’t think I can pass up this opportunity.”

The two of us sat staring at one another for a long time.  I didn’t know what to say or how to say anything I may have to say.  Finally he broke the silence.  “I understand if you don’t think you can come with me.”  He let go of my hands.

This broke me out of my shock.  The tone in his voice was defeat and surrender.  There was one thing in this world that I knew and that was I loved Asher and I would follow him anywhere.

“When do we have to leave?”  This time I grabbed his hands.

“You will go with me?”

“Babe, I would go with you anywhere.”

“We will need to leave in two weeks.”  He looked away from me as if a bomb was about to it and I rarely lose my cool with my husband, but I have to admit I almost did in this incident.

“What?  That isn’t a lot of time to pack and we had plans for Violet, A.J. and Christy to come visit us in two weeks.”

“I know, but I figured that they could move their visit back two days and come to Sunlit Tides to help us move into our new home.”

Men…..they never seem to think anything through.

However, I have amazing friends and they were happy to be flexible and help us into our new home.

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We arrived in Sunlit Tides and I was astounded by how beautiful it was, and when the cab pulled up to our new house I was happy to see my friends already there and were already unloading the truck.

Mason, Marko and Monroe took care of the toddlers Lavinnia, Luna and Weaver in our new yard as we adults dug in to get the truck unloaded and at least the beds set up before nightfall.  It is surprising what five adults can do when they set their mind to it. We accomplished our goal and after Violet and Christy helped me get the kids to bed that night we all had a nice glass a wine and fell into our own beds exhausted.

Asher went right to work the day after we moved to Sunlit Tides and over the next week my friends worked hard to help me get my house in order, but that is not all we did.  We also took some time to enjoy Sunlit Tides.

The second night, after Asher got home from work, Violet, Christy and I went to the famous Sunlit Tide spa and the girls talked me into go with a new look.  After facials and massages I got my hair colored.  I liked my new look, but I wasn’t expecting the greeting I got when we returned home.

“Mom! What did you do to your hair?”  Mason gasped when I went into his room to make sure he was getting ready for bed.

“I got a make-over.  Do you not like it?”

“Um…well…It is pretty, but it is so weird.”  He was truthful.

I chuckled.  “Well my dear boy you will get use to it.  Now get your pj’s on and go brush your teeth.”  I leaned forward and kissed him on his forehead.

“Night mom.”  He gave me a 2nd looks and grabbed his Pjs.

Kids they are just the best thing in my life.

In Sunlit Tides almost every house had a pool and our house was no exception.  After a long day of unpacking and setting up we ladies would sit around the pool with some nice cold tea talking spending time catching up on our lives.  I really missed my friends and I was so glad they were there with me.  Asher was already real busy at work and I would have gone crazy if I had to make this transition alone.

We spent some time out by the ocean, relaxing and enjoying being together.

As I watched my friends I admired how Violet and A.J. always looked at one another.  They truly are meant to be.

The day before my friends had to leave we had a party on the beach.  It was time all my children to enter their next stage of life.  The party was s success and everyone had a great time.

From left to right: Mason, Monroe and Marko.  What handsome, amazing teenagers came home that night.

And three beautiful children.  Lavinnia, Luna and Weaver.

Family photo time.  My kids dressed up in their new outfits and Christy took this lovely photo.  Thank you Christy Quinn.

The next day I took my friends to the airport.  As we waited for them to board we were able to enjoy a nice cup of coffee where Violet made an announcement.

“Ashby, you are one of my dearest friends and my sister-in-law we can’t keep letting so much time go between visits.”

“Honey, we live in different places.”  A.J. tried to interject.

“Shhsh..you..I’m talking.”  Violet held up her finger and looked at her husband.

A.J. chuckled and took a sip of his coffee.  He was use to his wife getting her mind-set on something.

“Anyway since my husband thinks this is ridiculous I’m just going to say this.  We need to see each other more.”  She too took a drink of her coffee and then the announcement came over their plan was boarding.  I said good-bye to my friends and headed home.

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My friends were gone, my husband working long hours putting together a new restaurant and all six of my kids were at school.  This left me at home with just the pets.  Don’t get me wrong Fire, Hazel, Tigeress, Sneaky and Cesar kept me busy and entertained, but I was anxious to continue my challenge.  However I wasn’t sure how I would do that since the men that I had lined up before were still back on the island.  I couldn’t ask them to relocate a second time.

Then a turn of events gave me the opportunity I was looking for when I got a knock on my front door.

When I opened my door I saw Becks Best and Logan Fey standing at my door.  I had never met these two in person, but we had become friends on Simbook as they are part of the Challenge Family.  How could I forget they lived in Sunlit Tides.  Seeing them I couldn’t hide my excitement.

“Becks, Logan how did you know?”  I ran out and hugged them both.

“We saw on Simbook that you had moved here.  I ran into Asher in town yesterday and he gave me your address.”  Logan informed me.

“I’m so glad to see you both.”  I gushed.  “I’m going stir crazy being home alone all day.”

“Well come on then.  We are taking you out for the day.”  Becks grabbed my hand and pulled me down the porch steps.

“Where are we going?” I laughed pulling out of her grasp to lock the door.

The three of us had a wonderful day together.  We went shopping, had lunch at a cute place and they showed me all the hot spots of Sunlit Tides.  I was so thankful I would have friends here in Sunlit Tides.  Then as the sun began to set we had dinner at a cute outdoor restaurant by the ocean.

When our meal was done Logan wiped his mouth and stood up.   He extended his hand out to me.  “Ashby can we talk?”

I looked over at Becks, who had a grin on her face, and she wagged her eyebrows up and down at me.  “Um…Sure.”  I replied taking his hand and standing up myself.

He led me to a cute little bench away from the mass of people at the restaurant.  We sat down and he didn’t waste any time.

“Ashby, I know having to move so suddenly has put a crimp in your challenge and I wanted to lend my assistance.”

I looked at him with a puzzled expression.  “What are you talking about Logan?”

“Well I’m a challenge dad and you’re a challenge mom.  I am asking to join your challenge Ashby.  Haven’t you ever been asked this before?”

“Sure I have, but..”  I let my sentence trail off as I began to think.  With Logan’s help I could continue with my challenge and find more dads while I was pregnant with Logan’s baby.

“Ashby are you okay?”  Logan snapped me out of my daze.

“Yes I am more than fine.  Thank you so much Logan.”  I wrapped him in a hug and we agreed to meet the next day to work on the details and make an appoint at the A.I. clinic.

We returned to Becks and took a seat.  “Soooooooo…….did you take him up on his offer?”  She quizzed.

“You knew about this?”  I was baffled.

“Of course I did.  Logan in my best friend.  We tell each other everything.  So will there be more Logan babies running around Sunlit Tides?”

I couldn’t help but laugh.  “Yes there will be.”

“Whooohoooo.”  Becks cheered and Logan and I laughed.

~~

Before I knew it the kittens grew up.  Tigeress looking all regal and pretty.

Sneaky all slim and colorful.

During this pregnancy I just enjoyed it and spent time with my family. Fishing was something the whole family enjoyed doing.

Um Lavinnia my girl are you a bit confused?

Luna that is incredible.

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Then before I knew it, it was time for my boys to leave the house.

We said our goodbyes and the boys set off into Sunlit Tides to make their mark on the world.

Monroe, took Sneaky with him, and enrolled in art school.  He is doing really well and is dating a woman by the name of Iris Adams.

Marko, my little Loner took Tigress with him, and he got a job at the science facility.  His ultimate goal is to become a robot cross breeder.  Whatever that is.

Mason, my brave and selfless boy, joined the ranks of the firefighters in Sunlit Tides.  I am so very proud of him, but I worry everyday about getting a devastating call.

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Time flies when you are having fun as the old saying goes and this pregnancy was taking a toll on my body, and when I went into labor I couldn’t have been more ready.

I was blessed with two beautiful children from Logan Fey.

Raven Fey Lemi and

Hardy Fey Lemi

Not long after the twins turned into tot’s Hardy began to show signs of odd behavior.  He would snarl at people, growl and tear things to shreds.  I was worried and didn’t know what to do, but when his eyes began to give off an odd, eerie glow I picked up the phone.  I had to find out what Logan Fey failed to tell me before we conceived children together.

Thank you for reading.  I hope you all enjoyed it and as always I would love to hear what you thought of this post.