It's now four thirty and I'm going crazy, tonight is the big
cook out that we are having. Anderson's sister will be here,
Alexa and the gang will be here, Ashton's family will be here,
Aunt Penny and them will be here, Jason and Sophia of course. "Do
you have everything?" Jason asked me "Yeah, I just need to get
dressed now." I said "Good. Look at you sissy, living on your own
basically." Jason said and I smiled at him "I know. I feel so
proud." I said "And you should." Jason said and I smiled at him.
I hugged him good-bye and I went up to my room and I got into the
shower really quick. I then got dressed into my denim shorts and
then my white lacy see through shirt, it covered my upper body
but it showed my stomach. I had my black sandals on with the
straps that had to be tied. I crunched my hair and added
hairspray, then I applied my make up and then I went downstairs.
"Maddie Grace!" I said to Maddie who was in a bouncing chair
sitting there playing with a toy. She giggled at me, she had on a
cute dress and a bow in her hair with cute shoes. Next thing I
know I'm greeted by a big hug from Riley "Riley-bear!" I said
and she smiled at me "Baby!" She said "Yes, your cousin Maddie."
I said "Hi." Riley said to Maddie who just stared at her.
"There's two little girls your age who would love to play with
you!" I said "Hold me!" Riley said "Okay." I said and I picked
her up and I kissed her cheek and smiled at her. The men decided
they were going to cook dinner so us girls were sitting outside.
The little girls, Bailey, Lindsay, Abrianna, and Riley were in
the yard playing. Maddie and Hope were getting all the attention,
Jacob was trying to play with the boys who were throwing
"This was such a great idea!" Alexa said and I smiled at her
"I have something to say!" I said and everybody looked at me.
Man I do not care for all eyes on me unless I'm dancing. "I
wanted to thank all of you for coming. It means a lot to me." I
said and they all smiled at me "Now let's get this party going!"
I said and everybody clapped and smiled at me. I went up to Aunt
Penny with Maddie on my hip, I was shuffling from group to group
trying to make sure everybody had what they needed. "How are you
feeling?" I asked "I'm feeling good. Everybody is taking the
pregnancy well." Aunt Penny said and I smiled at her "Good to
hear. I'm glad." I said and then I went over to the teenagers
again. Chelsea had Kyle, Lauren had Hope in her arm, "Join the
club." Lauren said "It's so tempting. But my niece is enough." I
said and they giggled at me.
I'm sitting with the guys or more throwing the football and I
keep glancing at Caylee. How well she is, how she can shuffle
from one of the groups to the others and still fit in. But most
importantly right now, she's sitting with Lauren and Chelsea who
both have their infants with them and she's holding Maddie. I
can't help but be amazed at how good she is with Maddie and any
little kid for that matter. Caylee does look good with a baby on
her hip. "Ash, man where's your mind?" Anderson asked me "Oh no
where." I said "Uh-huh. I'm married and I still have that look."
Anderson said and I smiled at him. "I'm just amazed that's all."
I said "I am too. But we will always be amazed by women."
Anderson said and I smiled at him. "Cay, want to play football?"
I yelled and Jason even yelled "Come on sis show them what you're
made of!" He said
Caylee ran inside real quick and than came back out in a
t-shirt and a different pair of shorts. That's my girl. "I'm on
this team." Caylee said and they nodded. Most of the guys,
including Anderson even laughed Caylee off. A little dancer
couldn't play football. Caylee proved them wrong though, she
ended up getting dirty a little bit but she still made our team
the winning team. "Don't question a girl who grew up with
brothers. Baseball anyone?" Caylee asked "No." All the guys said
and I laughed "That's my Caylee." I said kissing her lips softly
really quick "Dinner is served." The men said and the ones with
kids went first and then it was everybody else's turn. Caylee sat
beside Riley and myself, across from Alexa, Lauren, and Anderson.
"You did a great game." Lauren said "Thanks. You should have
played." Caylee said "Later?" Lauren asked "You're on." Caylee
said and I smiled at her.
The party was in full kick up until nine and then the
parents started turning in, Aunt Alice turned in with two
sleeping little girls. Caleb and Connor left, her Aunt Penny and
Uncle Blake left, the girls infant were in the playpen and then
Kyle was in a baby chair asleep. Liam and Savannah were on the
porch. We had Hoss and Sam outside, it was only us so it was
fine. "This was such a great party." Sophia said "It was. Caylee
knows how to throw a party." I said and they smiled at me
"Thanks you babe." Caylee said "Florida is such a lovely state."
Lauren said "That's why I call it home." I said "Cali is a lovely
state too." Caylee said and I smiled at her I could tell we would
have issues deciding where to live. "Hey. we're thinking of
taking over Grandma's house." Jason said "You are?" Caylee asked
"Yeah, Liam is the only one we really have." Jason said and
It's now later that night around midnight, everybody left
around 11. I'm in my room kind of, out on the balacony with my
knees brought up to my chest. I'm in my pajamas, my zebra
stripped shorts with my black tank top and my hair in two braids.
Sam is laying next to me and Sassy is on the table out here. I
just couldn't believe Jason and Sophia are going to live in
Florida, Liam has already let it be known that once he graduates
he's not going anywhere back near home. Because Cali isn't really
our home, we were from Florida. He loved Florida so he's moving
to Florida. I just don't want to move away from Lauren and them.
Lauren came out "Why are you up still?" I asked "Hope woke me up.
But I need to talk to you." Lauren said "Shoot." I said.
"Well Anderson and I have been talking and there's nothing
at home for me. Anderson's parents are moving to Stuart to be
near his sister, and I want to move out here too." Lauren said
"So you're moving to Florida?" I asked "Yes. You should too."
Lauren said and I smiled at her "I love my mom, dearly. But this
seems more like home." I said and Lauren smiled at me "Get some
sleep." Lauren said and I smiled. I tried getting sleep but I
just couldn't, I kept tossing and turning. I was nervous about
starting school in New York, about a dancing school. I'm a good
dancer but will I be good enough to survive? I finally gave up on
sleep around three thirty and I put on some shorts and a sport
bra and I pulled my hair up into a pony-tail and I put Sam's
harness on her and we went jogging around town until five thirty.
After jogging instead of changing into regular clothes I
left a note and went to the dance studio, I had Anna's permission
to go into the studio any time I wanted since well it was
Grandma's full business and Grandma left it to me. I went into a
room and I turned the music on. Since I was already warmed up
from jogging I started with the typical move, lifting my leg up
keeping it straight. I then just told myself to forget it and I
started doing the dance moves. Leaps, areials, handspring, back
flips. "You still need to improve." I heard a voice say and I
spun around to see Olivia staring at me "Yeah. Like you can do
better." I said which she couldn't when she tried "What school
did you get into?" She asked and I felt good "Juillard." I said
and she stared at me "They offered but I turned them down." She
said and I just nodded. "In your dreams. You can't dance." I
said "I can too. You are the non-dancer." Olivia said "says the
girl who isn't going to a great dancing school, who hasn't won a
ton of medals and awards, national first place dancer." I said
"You are not." Olivia said "I am too. I'm sure Mary had bragged
about it too." I said I felt bad using that line.
"I can be a better dancer than you any day." Olivia said and
then we heard somebody "Caylee, you up for a dance compeition
today with us?" Anna asked "Yes ma'am." I said "Do your audition
dance there." She said and I nodded then she turned around to
leave. "May the best dancer win." I said "You're on." Olivia said
"Let's make it interesting." I said "How so?" Olivia asked "If I
win you can never bad mouth my dancing." Olivia said "If I win?"
Olivia ask "I will give you free pointers." I said "Not
happening." Olivia said "If I win then I want your dancer
necklace." Olivia said "You're on." I said, even though my dad
gave me this necklace when I was four. Alexa came in "Hey girls,
what's up?" Alexa asked "I'm leaving." I said and I stormed out.