It’s time for the toddler years!
And dawwww…Tori is a little cutie pie charmer!
“Peanut butter?” Tori asks. “YUMMY!”
(What a living doll!!! 🤗)
Ember stares at Tori not knowing what to do.
(Tori’s meter is blood red, Em! Put her down for a nap, please!)
But instead, Ember leaves and let’s Tori nap in her high chair.
(Her neck is going to get a crick! Plus Ember let her child FAIL!!!! UGH! I’m going to be so fed up with Ember by the end of this gen. I might ban her from having any more children! 😡)
I FORCE Ember to come back and put Tori to bed.
(How can you not love a cute face like that, Ember?)
“Did you see the big dump she took in her diapers? And she threw half of her sandwich on the floor. She’s a demon.”
(Omg…fine. Go get your husband to take care of Tori next time then. 🙄)
Ember meets Shayne at the door. “How dare you leave me alone with your spawn all day long while you have fun on the slopes. I’m sick and tired of the double standard around here!”
(Eek! Trouble in paradise? The honeymoon seems to be over. 🙃)
“Sweetheart…I…er…how about you meet me in the hot tub later and we’ll…discuss how I’ll make it up to you. Okay?”
Ember softens. “You always know just the thing to calm me down.”
(Yeah, he knows how to kiss up, that’s for sure! 🤦♀️)
Argument thwarted, Shayne goes into his bedroom to take a much needed nap, very proud of himself on how he’s handled his wife.
(Good one, Shayne! I didn’t know Ember would be so hard to get along with! Geesh!)
Ember gets a phone call from her aunt inviting her out for a play date.
When they arrive at a park, Bealzie looks at Ember’s child and shakes her head. “Judas is already talking and walking. But you have to carry your child, I see.”
Motherly instincts kick in and Ember cocks her head. “I’ll have you know Tori, your grandneice, can walk just fine. And she can recite her ABC’s.”
(Um…Ember…that’s a stretch. You haven’t paid enough attention to Tori to help her say more than two word sentences, SOOOO…)
“Hush, Creator,” Ember says in her head. “I’m in a Motherhood Battle with my evil aunt. I know what I’m doing.”
Pointing a finger, Bealzie says, “That child smells like poop and she eats dirt. She can’t hold a candle to Judas who is a child prodigy. Last week he imprisoned the mail carrier in our dungeon. We were so proud of him.”
Ember drops Tori and puts her hands on her hips. “My daughter is sweet and helpful. These are values my husband and I hold dear.”
Bealzie sniffs. “Precisely my point.”
Ember watches Tori toddle over to the playground.
Tori imagines herself at the helm of a submarine while Judas aimlessly wanders around.
(You’re so right about Tori being the sweetest thing! Doesn’t she deserve your attention, Ember? Look at Judas. He’s turning into an evil jerk but at least Bealzie pays attention to him.)
Ember watches Tori as pride swells within her. “You’re right, Creator. I’m going to start being a better mother from now on.”
(Yay!!! I knew you’d come around!)
When they get home, Ember has to go to work but she actually feeds Tori before she leaves!
(PROGRESS!!! WOOT! 🤓)
Of course, Shayne comes home stinky and dirty. He hit the slopes right after work and neglected to shower (since there aren’t any showers on the mountain. UGH!)
At home, supper is waiting for Shayne but he’s too tired and dirty to care about eating.
(SHAYNE! Go take a bath, dude! Come on!!!)
Ember is having trouble keeping up, too. When she arrives home from work, she can’t take care of Tori, so I give her a potion she’s earned to help with her needs.
“This stuff looks lethal, Creator. Are you sure you’re not just trying to kill me?”
(Ember…why would I want to kill you? You’re my Torch Holder. Now drink that before it’s too late.)
But she refused and…
(***Slams head on desk***)
After I revive her, she still doesn’t want to drink the potion.
“It’s gross. And I’m…angry…and tired…and hungry and…”
(JUST DRINK IT!!!)
“And my husband is an idiot.”
I look over to find Shayne just dancing away without a care in the world.
(Okay…you two need to get away so you can focus on your marriage. I’ll not have the first divorce because you didn’t take time out for yourselves.)
“Good idea.” Ember punches an order for a cozy mountain resort. “Shayne’s incessant happy demeanor is getting on my last nerve.”
(I guess that’s what happens when you’re raised by an evil dad and a cold alien mother! 🤷♀️)
Shayne beams. “Getting away from home was a great idea, sweetheart. Kind of reminds me of how we met.”
Looking at Shayne’s cute face, Ember says, “You’re right. We can finally relax together.”
Zipping into their suits, the two slide into the hot springs.
Ember strokes Shayne’s face. “I’m sorry for snapping at you all the time. Will you forgive me?”
“What is there to forgive?” Shayne plants a sweet kiss on Ember.
(Aww….Shayne IS one of a kind. Especially putting up with Ember’s character faults! 😝)
And the two do what they’re good at. Creating STEAM!
When they finish splashing around and surface, Shayne asks, “Maybe we’ll have another little one running around soon?”
(WHAT??? Ember, you’re not really doing well with the one you’ve got. Please reconsider having another kid! ***facepalm***)
“But, Creator, Shayne wants another one and I want to make him happy.”
(Thank God, it didn’t take. Sorry, Ember but you’re just not ready.)