Thursday, March 11, 2010

Devivio 5 (R9)

Last time we saw Brad and Tessa was at University. Tessa discovered she was pregnant again and had to drop out of college. Brad finished up his degree and moved back to Silvervale. Lets see how this fledgling family is adjusting to life in the real world

Devivio (Lot 13) Monday-Saturday
Pictured (from left) Brad Devivio holding Carmen Ramirez, Tessa Ramirez
Jar Card 23: Dance by yourself or with Family Members

Despite his disappointment with his daughter dropping out of college, Checo Ramirez made sure to set Tessa and Brad up in a nice house in Silvervale.

Brad wasn't able to find a job in the Education field right away, but since they needed money, Brad took a job as a field agent in Sofia's SCIA office.

Because of Brad's job most of the child rearing esponsibilities fell to Tessa. Tessa was pleased though because Carmen was a very happy and amenable child, she always listened to her parents. She never fussed when they took her to the potty chair

and she loved learning anything she could from Tessa

She also loved the music that her parents played on the piano, she would sit there and wiggle and dance all day as long as they were playing, it was her favorite thing to do

Brad managed to do well in his new position. He got a chance card and was able to make a good impression right off the bat

On the off chance that he had a day off of work, Brad liked to invite friends and relatives over to socialize. One afternoon he invited over his cousin, Marty and his girlfriend, Sierra

Things were going fine until Marty though Sierra was getting too friendly with Brad. He wasn't pleased with her

Needless to say, Marty and Sierra headed home after the little incident

Carmen was growing so fast, it was soon time for her birthday

Carmen grew up into a gorgeous child with characteristics of both of her parents

Carmen Ramirez

If possible Carmen was even more playful as a child than she had been as a toddler. Much to her parents chagrin, she would always be jump-roping in the living room

She also still really enjoyed dancing around when either Brad or Tessa were tickling the ivories

With all the activity the little girl did, often to her parents delight, she would crash on the couch easily before bedtime

One night, after tucking Carmen in for the night, Tessa started to feel the familiar contractions, but it was more painful than she remembered it to be when she had Carmen

Tessa gave birth to two bouncing babies a girl named Nina and a boy named Xavier

Xavier favored his mothers coloring

Xavier Ramirez

And Nina favored her fathers coloring with the black hair of her grandma Sofia

Nina Ramirez

Brad adored his growing family, he had gained so many lifetime aspiration points that it was time for him to choose a secondary aspiration. During all of Tessa's pregnancies she had silly cravings, Brad was beginning to think that he cravings had worn off on him and he chose Grilled Cheese.

Brad's very large family was definitely a help while raising the twins. Grandma Sofia came over frequently to help Brad and Tessa care for Xavier and Nina

Having babysitters close by also allowed Brad and Tessa to have some alone time, something they didn't get nearly enough of

Finally one afternoon Brad found a position in his dream career of Education

Unfortunately the university required a somewhat lengthy commute so he wasn't home nearly as much in the daytime.

While the twins were napping, and Carmen was at school, Tessa took time to catch up with her friends on the phone. She was still usually chatting away when Carmen came home from school

Tessa was exhausted by the time Brad got home from work. Homework help usually fell to Brad because Tessa went to be as soon as he got home to relieve her of her stay-at-home-mom duties

As time tends to do, it flew by and before they knew it, it was time for Xavier and Nina to transition into toddlerhood

Xavier Ramirez

Nina Ramirez

They didn't think it was possible, but things were even more hard to handle with the twins as toddlers. Tessa implored Brad to hire a nanny to help her out during the day while he was at work. Reluctantly, given the poor reputation of the local nanny service, Brad hired some daytime help for his fiance

On the first day of the nanny's employment, Tessa couldn't have been more happy that Brad had agreed to hire her. Tessa found out that she would be expecting again, which would inevitably mean she would be ill prepared to deal with the twins

Unfortunately for the young family, it didn't appear that the nanny was any better equipped or trained to deal with two toddlers either

Scoring: 2 points (1 for each of the twins)

Household Net-Worth: 73,111

((Well I've made up my mind to try for the 10 kids LTW with Brad and Tessa, though it's not starting out too well and I might change my mind, we'll see... The twins are definitely a handful and with Tessa being almost perma-pregnant it's difficult for her to watch over them. I need a few non-pregnant days so I can get these two married! Back in my noob days when I gave Sofia a hairstyle in the custom bin her custom genetics carried over. I didn't realize that this was the same thing with her sons. I had changed the girls' genetics to just make them have black hair, but not Brad and Franks so I was surprised when Sofia's custom hair showed up on Nina. I have since gone into SimPE and changed all the genetics so they just reflect a color and not custom hair. As an aside with the Marty and Sierra thing... they came over I was watching Tessa and Carmen and totally not paying attention to what was happening outside. I guess Sierra flirted with Brad and Marty got pissed? No clue... Anyway, I'm glad Tessa was busy training Carmen some skill otherwise she surely would have gone ballistic too. We're off to the last house on the playlist for Round 9 -- Emmett Hoppes))


Anonymous said...

Nina has a very interesting look. And I've never seen toddlers dance to the piano, only to the stereo. I'll have to try that.

Also, I comment here more than you see...about half the time I get a message about open-id credentials not taking. But I wanted you to know I'm reading!

jungfrun68 said...

10 kids! Poor Tessa, in my hood she had only one. But on the other hand, your Tessa-kids are cute and varied in looks so maybe I should have tried more. Too late now though, Engla is already in college

SK said...

YAY! This is the perfect house to do 10 kids!!!! They will all be so beyuuuutiful! Wait until you see how Tallulah turned out. She got Tessa's eyes and Neal's mouth's such a good combination! Carmen is going to be gorgeous. I love genetics in this game! It never fails to entertain me!