23 Mar 2011

Gen 3 - Chapter 16: Work Woes.

Today is my last day of maternity leave; I am due back at work on Monday, so I thought it would be a great idea to spend the day at the beach, as a family. Alex was also due back at work soon, after taking a year off to spend as much quality time as he could with Amber. I prepared a picnic and changed Amber into a blue vest with matching shorts before changing my clothes too. I chose a pale yellow sundress, it was far too hot for trousers. Jasper and Alex were already waiting in the car, I handed Amber over and while they strapped her into her car seat I made sure we had everything we needed before joining them.

We all sang along to the radio to help pass the time as the beach was a little over an hour away and Amber needed to entertained otherwise she would throw a huge paddy. Jasper never failed at making her laugh by putting on little shows with her favourite teddies, which was a huge help.

Once we arrived at the beach and had unpacked our bags we had to find a space on the beach. It was really busy today; people playing volleyball, building sandcastles, splashing in the sea. After strolling along the beach for about ten minutes I finally spotted a deserted area by a huge rock arch. I set our blanket and picnic basket down, and made sure Amber was occupied before settling down with my book. Alex and Jasper were playing ball by the sea, they looked like they were having a blast.

Amber had only been playing for a while when I felt her snuggle up next to me, she felt a little hot so I stripped her down to her nappy, and by the time I looked down she lie there soundly sleeping. I smiled to myself and went back to reading.

Alex and Jasper came bounding over, kicking sand everywhere as they did..

"What time's dinner babe?"

I looked at my watch and replied "Well it's almost one thirty, so I guess we could have something now. Can you be taking it all out of the basket while I wake Amber up please?"

"Sure babe."

I knew she was going to be a little grumpy when I woke her, so I made sure I had a bottle of her milk ready to soothe her before doing so.

"Wahhh...Dada..Dada.." She grumbled whilst rubbing her eyes slightly.

"Shhhh, it's OK Amber, Daddy's over there getting you some dinner ready, shall we go join him?"

She snuggled back into me as I cradled her in my arms, looking as though she was going to fall straight back to sleep.

I placed her on the picnic basket and sat down beside her. Alex handed everyone a plate and I placed a sandwich onto Amber's, which she scooped up and greedily munched away at, before taking one for myself. We chatted and laughed through dinner, and once I had cleaned away the plates and cups we headed out to splash about in the sea for an hour or so. Of course Alex had to hold onto amber, she wouldn't have it any other way. Soaked through and worn out we all piled into the car and headed home; Amber was asleep after less than five minutes, so our journey was peaceful.

Monday morning soon came and as I got myself dressed and done my hair and make-up I could hear Amber grumbling in her cot..

"Alex, Hun, Amber's awake.. could you grab her and sort her some breakfast please?"

He stirred, grunted a yes and slowly peeled himself out of bed. I could hear his feet padding heavily on the wooden floor in the hall as he made his way to her room. Her giggles burst through the walls a second later, as they did every morning Alex tended to her. I hoped she wouldn't find it to hard being apart from him when he went back to work next week, she was very clingy, even just when he was in the house. She had to constantly be near him, or know where he was.

I waved bye to Jasper as he got on the bus to school, I kissed Alex and Amber before heading to the office. I waved hello to the receptionist as I headed to my office, only to be stopped by Mr Carter, asking if I could join him in his office. I told him I would just drop my bags on my desk and would be right there.

I took a seat across from Mr Carter and waited while he finished his phone conversation.

"Ah.. Mrs Stone. I have some news, the offices headquarters are being moved to Sunset Valley, hopefully by next month. Of course I would personally love it if you could still continue working for us, though, that would mean you and your family moving to Sunset Valley. Though if you decide not to take the offer, please be aware that the offices won't be here and Sunset Valley is more than a three hour drive; one way."

"But sir, that would mean I either have to agree to move to Sunset Valley, or be made redundant, am I right?"

"Yes I'm afraid so Mrs Stone. Please let me know your decision as soon as possible." he replied while opening his laptop making me well aware he meant this conversation was over.

"Yes Sir." I mumbled as I left his office.

Once back in my office I closed the door and slumped in my chair; what was I going to do? I knew there was no possibility of moving the family to Sunset Valley, Alex's job was here, Jasper's career was just starting to take off; he had finally been chosen for the starring role in a hit sit-com. My Son was finally going to be an Actor, something he had wanted since he was small, and had attended his first acting lesson. There was no way I was going to jeopardise everything just for a job. I had made my choice, now all that was left to do was to tell Mr Carter and my family.

Please stay tuned for chapter 17 :D


Anonymous said...

Not an easy decision. But moving, raising a toddler and helping Jaspar with his career will certainly keep her busy.

starling68 said...

Great chapter!

Amber's so adorable :3
As long as it feels right for her, Kay has made the right decision :)

Buttonsginger said...

All things happen for a reason...am I right? Looking forward to your next installment!

Sleeping Zazzers said...

Well I for one think she made the right choice. She's a great mom, always putting her children's needs in front of her own.

LordCharles said...

Although it would be super interesting to see the Stones in Sunset Valley, I definitely want her to stay in Bridgeport. Maybe she could try her hand at being a single mom? Jasper is a lead actor, so he probably has good pay, and Alex has a job. Great chapter!!!

Valpre said...

Wow, what a dilemma she's facing there. I hope she makes the right choices and decisions for herself and her family.

Great chapter.

Thea said...

What a cute little family they make <3 I think it's time for her to go home but I understand she doesn't want to upset her family balance.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Great chapter! I wonder what she'll do. I'm hoping she'll quit and stay with her family. Maybe she can find a different job? :P Thanks for the update!

LordCharles said...

When I said single mom, I meant stay-at-home mom. Whoops!

Jmh.hobbs said...

That was a great chapter, I hope that she stays in Bridgeport for Jasper's sake though. I hope that you choose Jasper for the heir.

Berry said...

I makes my heart sore to see her and Alex so happy! <3333 They will work it out. They are a great family!

Kittycattylion said...


so cute, though~ <3

Quan-Kun said...

That was a nice chapter, glad to see they enjoyed their outing. I hope Amber will be ok once Alex resumes work. Such a decision to make, I hope she decides to stay. Jasper's career is just getting started.

Jojo777 said...

Oh wow, great chapter and I can't wait to see what she decides!

jen said...

great, interesting update. That's cool how Jasper got the starring role in a sitcom too. Can't wait to see how all this pans out! :D

Hugzies said...

Tough choice but I think she chose right.

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