8

Ashby Lemi – Babies 62 and 63

Lolita was doing well in school.  She had had made two really great friends.  Susannah Foss AKA Sus and Tucker Abbott.

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The three of them were inseparable and where there was one the others weren’t far behind.  On the weekends my house was full of teenagers, but it was something I was use to and actually enjoyed.  Even little Joab loved having the extra people around; especially Tucker.  Joab was a very sweet and kind boy, but I’m sure it wasn’t easy being in a household of woman.  Sure there was Asher, but as I mentioned before he was losing himself in work and was still talking about another move.

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“Joab, Honey, it is time to go to bed.”  I would call to him after putting the twins to bed.  After tucking in my son I would head to my own bedroom to read or work on my blog to allow the teens some privacy.

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On most weekends I would descend my stairs on a Saturday or Sunday morning and find them all crashed on the couch.  I was so glad that my girl had found such great kids to be friends with.

Then at the end of her Sophomore year she told me that she had a friend who was about to graduate and ship out.  He had joined the military and was already slotted to head out to the war.  She had met him when she was a Freshman and he was a Junior and even though she wasn’t as close with him as Tucker and Sus she still cared for him a lot.  I didn’t understand why she was telling me about him and when I expressed my confusion she took me by the hand and lead me into the living room and asked me to sit.

“Mom, the reason I’m telling you about him is because I want to throw him a graduation party.”

I gave her a puzzled look.  “Wouldn’t his family do that for him?”

Lolita sat down next to me and rubbed the fabric on her pants.  “Well that is the thing. He doesn’t have much of a family and his grandma can’t afford it.  Donnell’s mom left him with his Grandma when he was two and she never came back to get him.  His grandma was already retired, she had kids later in life, and since the day she took him in they have been living only on her retirement which isn’t much.  He is such a nice guy, Mom, and I just wanted to give him something to remember when he ships out.”  She chewed on her bottom lip waiting for my answer.

Really how could I say no to that?  Finding out you were raising a child with such a kind heart was the most wonderful feeling of all.  I agreed that we would throw this boy a party, but I had to meet him first.  Donnell and I met a few days later and we went over the plans for the party.  He was a very grateful young man and it was my pleasure to throw him a party.

Then it was graduation day for him and the start of summer vacation for my two and their friends.

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There isn’t a party out there that doesn’t involve dancing, and dance the kids did.

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Oh and we can’t forget karaoke.  The kids had a great time and it warmed my heart to be able to help out a family like this.

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Donnell’s grandmother, Mimi, was able to make it.  She was sick, but she didn’t want to miss out on her grandson’s graduation.  After the party Mimi and I became friends and we Lemi’s looked in on her while Donnell was away.  He was very grateful  to his grandmother for giving him the life she did and it was just refreshing to see such a great family.

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A few days after the party Donnell came to say good-bye.

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“Thank you so much for the great party.”  He whispered into her ear as he pulled her into a tight hug.

“It was my pleasure.  That is what friends do for one another.”

“I know, but just know that your kindness has been the best gift I have ever received.”

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When they pulled apart her light tone changed.  “Be careful out there.  Come home safe and make sure you write me.”   He agreed and with one last good-bye Donnell Houston left Sunlit Tides to join the troops in war.

It is a sad thinking about the men and women out their fighting for our freedom, but they are out there doing the job they choose and for the rest of us life continues.

As summer progressed so did relationships.

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Tucker and Lolita started to spend time together just the two of them when Sus was out with her family or her boyfriend.  They found more and more things in common.

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By the end of the summer they were an official couple.  It was something Lolita had to get use too, but she really, truly liked Tucker Abbott and they made a cute couple.  It was a story she couldn’t wait to write to her Pen Pal Donnell about.

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DEAR DONNELL

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The summer has been great.  Tucker, Sus and I have had a great time just hanging out and enjoying the sun, beach and each other.

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Tucker even taught me how to play hacky sack and I am actually pretty good at it.

Oh and guess what?  Tucker and I are now dating.  He is the sweetest guy.  I just can’t believe that I’m in a relationship.   It is such a foreign and wonderful feeling.  I just know that when you get home you will find a girl as great as my Tucker and you will know what I am talking about.

I hope you are well.

Stay safe

Your friend
Lolita Lemi

DEAR LOLITA

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Well  it is hot over here.  There isn’t much to do, but we do get some time off.  When that happens we hang around camp and play basketball….

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or some ping pong.  I have found out that I am pretty good at it.  Not like Forrest Gump or anything, but I am undefeated in my platoon.

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The guys I am stationed with are all really great guys.  They tell me about their wife’s or girlfriend’s; some of them have kids and their stories makes me wish I had, had more in Sunlit Tides before I left.  It just makes me that much more determined to find someone when I return home.

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But to be honest is rains a lot here and I find myself just thinking.  I think about you and your family.  I think about how you are all wonderful people and that you should feel lucky that you are part of such a unique and amazing family.

As for you and Tucker I knew it was only a matter of time.  He has always been sweet on  you.

Your friend,

Donnell Houston

DEAR DONNELL

I thought about what you said in your last letter and you are right.  I am blessed to have such a great family.  Sometimes I feel out if place that mom has so many kids and all with different men, but she and Asher do a great job with us and we are all loved.  So thank you for reminding me that my life could be worse.

Speaking of my mom’s challenge.  She is pregnant with the next baby.  The dad is the famous challenge father Aiden Swan.  He wasn’t a planned father, but he came into town for business of some kind and looked up my mom.  They had met when my sister-in-law Dawn Turner took her to his birthday party.

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They went on a picnic and spent time catching up.  He filled her in  on the tragedy of his life as well as the love he had and she filled him in on all the good my siblings have done in the sim world.

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They walked around Sunlit Tides laughing and catching up and then ended their night at the point where they indulged in some coffee.

“So who is your next father?”  Aiden asked my mom.

“I’m not sure.  The next birthstone dad isn’t available right now so I am going to have to figure out something else.”

“Well I am in town for a couple of days why don’t you let me be the next daddy?”  Aiden blushed.

“Really?  You would do that for me?”

“Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to be in the famous Ashby Lemi’s challenge?”  Aiden knew the right words to say.

So they made an appointment at the A.I. facility and when Aiden left Sunlit Tides my mom was pregnant.

The prospect of new babies in the house is exciting, but it also means that it will soon be my time to move out of the Lemi house which scares me a bit.

Well be safe and keep in touch.

Your friend,
Lolita Lemi

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The letters went on and on and before I knew it two years had passed.

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A lot of things had changed.  The biggest being that Mimi Houston, Donnell’s grandmother, had passed away.  I had brought her to my house so that she could be surrounded by people who loved her and she went peacefully.  She is truly missed.  We had become really good friends.

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Aiden and I had twins; two healthy rambunctious kids.  A little girl we called Hewitt and a little boy we call Harcus.  It appears they both got my eye and hair color as well as my skin tone, but little Harcus is a witch just like his daddy.

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Ireland and Kenley aged into fine young children.  Kenley’s genie powers started to show and Ireland was in awe of her sisters abilities and would often ask her to show her “tricks”.

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But with just a little bit of glitter Ireland could pretend she had abilities just like Kenley and that she ruled over the land with them.

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However, when they played dress-up Kenley was content in just being a dainty princess.

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Joab grew into a loving, nurturing teenager.  He loved all creatures great and small and I have never had a teen quite like him before.

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Lolita grew into a stunning woman.  Her plan, after the summer, was to go to the University with Tucker and Sus.  Asher and I agreed to let her stay until the semester started, but then she got some news that rocked her world.

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LOLITA’S POV

I was excited to join my best friend and boyfriend at the university in the fall and was thrilled that mom and Asher let me stay, but then I got a phone call that changed everything.

“Hello?”

“Is this Ms. Lolita Lemi?”  The man on the other line asked.

“It is.”

“I’m calling from the Sims Military about Sergeant Donnell Houston.”

I couldn’t help it my breath caught in my throat, but I managed to croak out a question,  “Is he okay?”

“It was injured in a blast and has been in the hospital for the past few weeks.  He is healthy enough to return home and you are listed as his contact.  Are you able to take him into your home during the rest of his recovery?”

I didn’t hesitate,  “Yes..Yes of course I am.”  I knew mom and Asher wouldn’t mind.  She and Mimi had been very close so she would help out Donnell if he needed it.

Weeks went by and finally we got word that he was coming home.  Asher went to the airport to pick him up.

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When I saw Asher coming up the walk I ran out the door to greet them, but stopped dead in my tracks when I saw him.  I was mortified as he was in a wheel chair.  I fought the tears back as I helped Asher get him into the house.

Donnell told us that during a blast he had been pinned by a building beam and now he was unable to walk.  My heart broke for him and all I could focus on was helping him get better and over the devastation.

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That summer I spent all of my free time with Donnell.  I took him to his physical therapy appointments, to the beach, to lunch and everywhere.  I found myself breaking dates with Tucker and the two of us arguing much more then we should, but I had a strong obligation to help Donnell.

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Then about two weeks before I was scheduled to go to the university I went into the room that Donnell shared with my brother Joab and found him sleeping. I decided I would help him get into bed so he could get a decent nights rest, but when I bent over him to pull him from his chair he woke and misread what I was doing.

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His hands shot to my face and he pulled me forward.  Sliding his tongue between my lips he kissed me so passionately that when I finally found  the sense to pull away I was breathless.

“What the Hell Donnell  you know I have a boyfriend.”  I was angry but was puzzled that I wasn’t as angry as I should be.

“I know you do and I know you care for him, but you can’t deny there is something between us Lolita.  I love you and I have always loved you.  I want you to be with me.  Marry me.  Have my babies and live a life with me.”

I stood there dumbfounded not knowing that to say……

TO BE CONTINUED:

Thank you readers for once again joining me on a Lemi tale.

I need your help.  I can’t decided who Lolita should be with:

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 Tucker

 or

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 Donnell

Please participate in my poll and help me decided who it should be.

Also please leave me feedback.  I really want to know what you are thinking.

8

Ashby Lemi – Babies 60 and 61

“UNEDITED”

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Jenixa continued with her dancing as she entered high school and she became really good at it.  She was the top performer in her dance class and her instructor, Allan Stevens, was very impressed with her skills.

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One evening she got to class as bit early so she sat down to do some homework when a dreamy eyed kid sat down next to her.

“Hi!” He said a little too enthusiastically which startled Jenixa.

When she regained her wits she looked up at him and gave him a small smile.  “Hi.”

“I’m sorry to be so bold, but you are the prettiest girl I have ever seen.  What is your name?”

She couldn’t help but laugh at this.  Sure she was quite popular in school, having friends from all cliques, but she hadn’t been called pretty before.  Well unless you count her Uncle Logan and her family.

“My name is Jenixa Lemi.  What’s yours?”  She couldn’t keep the laugh out of her tone.

“My name is Cougar Fey.  Why do you find it funny that I called you pretty?”  The boy was generally confused.

Jenixa decided to skip over that part and just address the part about the boys last name being Fey.  “Your last name if Fey?  My uncle Logan’s last name is Fey.”

Panic washed over this boy’s face.  “You’re related to Logan Fey?”

“Well not by blood.  He is the father of two of my siblings and well we just hit it off.  We kind of adopted each other.”  She laughed again.

“Oh good.”

“Good?”  It was her turn to be confused.

“My real, blood uncle is Logan Fey.  I was worried we were related.”  He was a very forward young man.

“Oh..”  Blush filled Jenixa’s green cheeks.  “I don’t mean to be rude Cougar, but I want to finish this assignment before my dance class starts.”

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“Well then I will join you.”  As they studied Cougar kept on talking.  He told her he was in Sunlit Tides to participate in the dance academy and was staying with this Uncle Logan.  There wasn’t a dance studio where he came from and since the class was very small, there were only four students before Cougar, Mr. Stevens accepted him right away.

Finally the class got underway and Mr. Stevens was so excited to have Cougar with them.  Bringing the class to five allowed him to do the end of the year recital he had always wanted to do so he conveyed his plan right away.

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All the kids were excited and they got to work right away.  They practiced three nights a week and on Saturday’s.

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Jenixa, Julie, Farah and Aiden were already great friends having grown up together, but it wasn’t long before they had all accepted Cougar.  He fit with them like a puzzle piece.  Not only was he fitting well with the group he and Jenixa were growing closer, but any time he asked her out she made it into a group thing.  He didn’t mind, as he loved the rest of them, but he was getting frustrated.  He wasn’t sure where their relationship was heading or if they were even on the same page in regards to that.

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While Jenixa was busy with her dance, Lolita was busy with….well…everything.  First it was bird watching, then it was bug collecting, then studying bees, and playing with Cesar and then rock collecting.  She was always outside doing something “important” and I couldn’t do anything but encourage her curiosity, but that meant that it was just Joab and I most days.

I spent my days observing my special little boy.  His father is a genie and he was born human but as I watch him I find that he isn’t without some of his father’s special talents.  He seemed to bond with the animals around the house.  It was almost as if he understood them.

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The cats loved him and they always wanted to be around him.  When he was outside Cesar sought him out.  I also noticed that if you were upset or just having a bad day an energy radiated off him and even though you really didn’t want to talk about it and knew he didn’t understand you , you found yourself telling him your woes.  He truly was something special.

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Not to worry.  Lolita and I had our special time as well.  After her great adventures outside she would ask me to cuddle up on my bed and watch cartoons with her.  Granted she fell asleep most of the time but I enjoyed the bonding moments with her.

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Of course there were days she didn’t drift into dreamland and she filled me in on all of her adventures.  These days with my kids go by way too fast.

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Honolulu Sapphire

As always the challenge must go on and the next birthstone daddy was ready to partake.  His name was Honolulu Sapphire and yes he too was a genie.

He popped into town and in no time at all I was pregnant.  He told he had some business to attend to in another country, and he gave me some contact numbers to let him know as soon as the baby was born.  He left with a friendly hug.

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Summer vacation was just around the corner and it was time for Jenixa’s big show.  Asher and I dressed in our best outfits and headed down to the dance hall.  I have to admit the show was pretty impressive and all the kids were great, but I was so very impressed with my little girl.  She was such a superstar.

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The performance ended with a solo from the girls in the class.  Their moves were full of beauty and grace.

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Jenixa was a vision in peach.  I was in awe that a child of mine had such talent, such grace and charm.  It was a stunning piece.

When the concert was over Jenixa asked us to let her stay for a while.  Mr. Stevenson had an announcement to make.  She would catch a ride back with Cougar.   Asher and I agreed and after chattering to some of the other parents we headed home.

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Back stage Mr .Stevenson gushed about how good the kids were and he informed them he had an announcement to make.

“I just got word that both Jenixa and Cougar have been accepted into the Sunset Valley dance company.  Jenixa has been accepted as a principal and Cougar in the line.”

The kids cheered this was great news.

“Right after graduation the two of you will be heading to Sunset Valley.  Your first performance will be Swan Lake.”

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The news made my even keeled girl a bit emotional.  Mr. Steven’s pulled her into a hug and congratulated her.  It was truly some wonderful news.

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The next day was a Sunday and Asher and I took the kids, who had become a staple at our home, to the beginning of summer festival.  They partook in eating contests, which Farah always won, snow cones, water balloon fights, face painting and skating.

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At first skating wasn’t Lolita’s thing, but she soon got the hang of it and was cursing around the rink.

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The day was coming to an end and Cougar pulled Jenixa aside.  Without realizing that she was on a hill he tried to take her by surprise and kiss her catching her chin in the process.

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“What on earth do you think you are doing Cougar Fey?”  She was quite upset with his actions.

“Listen here Jenixa Lemi.  I love you and I want you to be my girl.”  His old self surfacing.

“Don’t do this Cougar….don’t do this!”

“Do what?  Tell you how I feel?”

“You’re going to ruin our friendship.”  She hissed.

“Well honestly my dear at this point it is all or nothing.  After the summer we are moving to a new city and if you aren’t willing to return my love then I will have to move on.”

“That isn’t fair.”  Jenixa was confused about her feelings and Cougar could see it in her eyes.

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He lunged forward, scooped her up into the air and brought her lips down to his.  As soon as their lips met Jenixa stopped struggling and relaxed into his embrace.  When they pulled apart he smiled at her and said, “Why isn’t it fair?”

“Because I don’t want you to move on from me.”  She whispered back.

From that moment on they were more inseparable than ever.  Ready to face their new lives together.

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By the end of the summer my little ballerina, and her boyfriend, had aged up and were ready to venture on to their new lives.

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She had aged into a fine young woman and I knew she would make her dad and I proud of her.  We said our good-byes and I held her tight.  When I finally had to let go, my little bird flew out the door.

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Next it was birthday time at the Lemi’s and both Lolita and Joab aged up.

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Lolita aged into a beautiful teenager.  Most of her feature are attributed to her dad.  Her big blue eyes were noticed by all.

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Joab, oh my little Joab.  He grew up into such a sweet and kind hearted little man.  He was respectful and empathetic to those around him, and he loved to dance.

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Finally our house was blessed by babies 60 and 61.  Ireland and Kenley Sapphire Lemi.  Both of them inherited their father’s blue skin, but that is where their similarities end.  Ireland got her daddies hair color, my eye color and was human.  Kenley got her grandma Mirid’s hair color, her dad’s blue eyes and she was a genie.  I can’t wait to see how these two will bless our lives.

Thank you all for reading.  You are why I continue doing this challenge.  I hope you like how I have little story lines for the kids.  I have a plan in mind for Lolita and Joab that I hope you all enjoy. 

I would love to hear what you think and you can tell me in the comments.  Please and thank you.