Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cormier (R10)

Last round at the Cormier household, this family was teh cute. Mahran aged into a toddler then into a child. Vinaya started a teen career in the Intelligence field and also began dating a nice, elvish boy named Kennedy Smith. Janet achieved her lifetime want of reaching the top of the Gamer career and maximized her lifetime aspiration meter. Lets see what happens this round shall we?

Cormier (lot 12) Thursday-Tuesday
Pictured (clockwise from left): Vinaya Devivio, Ricky Cormier, Janet [Devivio] Cormier, Mahran Cormier
Jar Card 281 (
modified): Talk about Grilled Cheese

Ricky was working hard in the politics career, and doing well. He managed to get elected to senator.

Unfortunately for Ricky, he had some stiff competition in the field from Brittany Devivio so when a position came up in his desired field of Law Enforcement he jumped at the chance for a career change.

Law Enforcement required a lot of logic... officers of the law needed to be able to outsmart those crafty criminals after all... Ricky spent a lot of his time outside stargazing and trying to build up his logic skills

One evening a woman came by and offered him a reward for being so diligent with his science interest

Like both of her parents, Vinaya was very intelligent and also excelled in her career. She managed to get promoted as high in the Intelligence career as she could without a college degree

Even though she had risen to the top of the Intelligence field, she still continued to study hard. She had to earn skill points so that she could get good scholarships to college.

To celebrate her promotion, she asked Kennedy to go out to a movie with her ((to the Film and Literature hobby lot)).

Needless to say, Vinaya and Kennedy didn't really get to see a lot of the movie...

When Vinaya wasn't studying or hanging out with Kennedy, she was working in the garden she decided to start when the weather warmed up in the spring

Mahran was equally as social as his sister, he was always bringing home friends from school... and they usually turned out to be girls. Mahran was well on his way to being a ladies man...

Janet's brother Brad and his family were coming for dinner that evening and Janet couldn't decide what to make. She had to consult with Vinaya...

Janet: So do you think Uncle Brad and Aunt Tessa would enjoy some Delicious Grilled Cheese for dinner?

Vinaya: ...

Vinaya: ::nods:: I bet they would LOVE some Grilled Cheese

Having busy kids allowed Janet and Ricky to have a lot of alone time. Ricky managed to catch up to Janet that evening while she was preparing dinner.

Luckily Brad and Tessa and their eldest daughter, Carmen, were a little late getting to the house. When they arrived, Mahran and Carmen began playing instantly... The cousins were inseparable

Janet thought it was nice being able to catch up with her brother and sister-in-law over dinner. Tessa was so wiped out from the pregnancy though that she wasn't much company

Brad: So my company assigned me to help design what will be the tallest building in Sim City... isn't that great?!

Tessa: zzzZZZzzz

A few nights after Brad and Tessa's visit, the family received another visitor. Janet thought it would be a good time to try and get the kids into private school

While Ricky gave the headmaster the tour of the house, Janet prepared dinner. Unfortunately her first two tries failed and she managed to burn both batches of pork chops

By the time she finally was able to get a good batch out of the oven the headmaster didn't have enough time to finish his meal

Without a full experience the headmaster was not able to admit Vinaya and Mahran into his academy.

Vinaya wasn't too upset about not being able to get into private school because she had bigger and better things ahead of her. After checking her scholarships, Vinaya headed off to Sim State

Scoring: 1 point for Ricky's Science hobby plaque

Household Net-Worth: ... I've really been horrible about jotting this down this round, whoops

((I love this family, I can't get over how much I enjoy playing them. I can't wait to get Vinaya and Kennedy together in college, they are going to have such lovely spawn... hopefully Kennedy's elf ears transfer. I've read a lot of blogs where the player restricts certain careers to one sim TOC at a time, so I decided to do this with Ricky. It didn't make sense to keep him in the politics career with Brittany Devivio hot on his tails for promotion to Mayor and his dream career came up on the computer so I had him grab it. Speaking of Ricky, he spent so much time at the telescope that I accidentally almost killed him:

He got struck by lightening twice in the same night. It was not pretty. Anyways, we're off to visit the Annya Var house at University next and check on Frank, Magenta, Victoria, Columbia and James.))

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wade (R10)

Last round at the Wade household, Lindsay and Michael grew up into toddlers and exhausted Brittany and William. They took a much needed long weekend to the beach and let the nanny sit with the kids. When they returned from their beach vacation, Brittany found out she was pregnant and gave birth to yet another set of twins that they named Gob and Maebe. In the meantime, Michael and Lindsay grew up into children. Lets see what went on in this crazy house this round...

Wade (lot 11) Thursday-Tuesday
Pictured (clockwise from left): Byron Wade, Brittany Wade holding Gob Wade, William Wade holding Maebe Wade, Michael Wade, Lindsay Wade
Jar Card 104 (open from R8): Become a Warewolf
Jar Card 157 (open from R9): Learn to Hula Dance
Jar Card 10: Bad Headmaster visit

The Wade lot was bare so I gave it a make-over in attempt to coax the leader of the pack to pay a visit ((sorry the pics are dark))

In addition to planting a lot of trees on the property, Brittany and William decided to have a pond dug in the backyard. All of the kids enjoyed fishing so they thought that it would help keep the older children busy while they took care of the infants

((There is a preview of Zora Wong as a child -- I played their lot a couple extra days to avoid another alien abduction pregnancy bug like what happened at the Teer's))

After a long day of fishing, it was time for Byron's transition into a teen. All of the family gathered around to watch him blow out the candles

Byron grew having a good mix of both of his parents' features but a very unstylish outfit.

A big surprise to his parents, Byron chose the pursuit of knowledge as his aspiration for life. He was looking for a cleanly dark haired woman that preferably had no facial hair

After a quick makeover, Byron was ready to hit the town with his friends.

Bryon Devivio -
Knowledge (LTW: become Presidigitator)

He called up some members of the Devivio clan to head downtown

Pictured (from left): Nicholas Devivio, Gibson Devivio, Eddie Devivio, Byron Wade

The teens were having a blast out on the town, it was the weekend and they wanted to live it up

While the boys cut a rug on the dance floor, Eddie had a good laugh at their expense

By the end of the night, everyone had had a fantastic time. Nicholas was especially excited to hang out again

Meanwhile, back at the house, William was making some friends of his own

William found the dog very unique, he had never seen a dog with glowing yellow eyes before. He was excited to make friends with this unique creature

Despite the successful outing, Byron was more interested in intellectual pursuits than social ones. He begged his parents to invite over the local headmaster for dinner to see if he could be accepted into private school. Brittany and William were exhausted, and the house was a mess, but they obliged

The headmaster thought Brittany and William and the kids were agreeable enough, but he was disappointed that they didn't even take the time to tidy up the house before he came to visit. He had to tell them that their house was just not up to snuff for a potential family of his prestigious institution

Of course, Murphy's law of headmaster visits struck while Brittany was leading the headmaster to the dining room for dinner. William had stepped away from the oven for just a moment and the pork chops he had slaved over all night caught fire...

Luckily the fire department arrived quickly and put out the flames. Even though the fire was extinguished, neither William nor Brittany had the energy to prepare new food, so the headmaster was forced to eat char broiled pork chops

Needless to say, the headmaster visit was not successful and the kids didn't make it into private school. Brittany and William resolved to try again once Gob and Maebe were grown into self sufficient children and get all 5 kids in at the same time

Byron was upset about the failure of the headmaster visit, but he decided the next best thing would be to date a girl that attended private school. He and Eddie got along famously ((2 bolts with no interference from me)) on their downtown outing. One day he decided to invite her over after school and she agreed. Byron was surprised when she was receptive to all of his advances as well. Finally he worked up enough guts to go in for the kiss... it was magical.

Time flew by and everyone in the house was relieved that Gob and Maebe were transitioning into toddler-hood. Brittany brought Maebe to her cake first and helped her blow out the candles

After Maebe transitioned, William helped Gob with his transition

((sorry no toddler close-ups of these two -- pics for the rest of the round are sparse, I just couldn't keep up with the insanity))

Brittany and William's relief was short lived. Maybe it was that they were getting older, but they both felt that Maebe and Gob were even more of a handful than Lindsay and Michael had been. Neither one of the twins were very amenable to learning their toddler skills and it was especially hard to get them to toilet train.

In addition to full time jobs, and training the twins, William and Brittany had a hard time keeping up with the rest of the household chores... it seemed something was always breaking, and the rest of the house was in disarray. Brittany tried to find time to fix the computer, but one of the children always seemed to need her attention

Byron escaped the crazy household by hanging out with Eddie. The eldest twins escaped by fishing in the pond in the back yard... it also helped when they could catch fish for dinner

Michael: Do you think Byron is going to marry that Eddie girl?
Lindsay: I don't know, but I caught them making out over by the pine trees yesterday ::snigger::

The twins did so much fishing that they ended up earning their bronze fishing talent badges

Real relief finally came when Maebe and Gob transitioned from the terrible twos into (hopefully) more self sufficient children who wouldn't need the constant attention of both parents

Maebe Wade - Gemini

Gob Wade - Leo

Despite having a great love for all things family, Brittany and William sincerely hoped they would not have to deal with toddlers again until they had their first grandchild... at least with grandchildren you could give them back to their parents...

Scoring: 0 points this round

Houldhold Net-Worth:

((Phew, this house was seriously insane. Maebe and Gob were on completely different sleep schedules the entire round and with Brittany and William both working it was impossible to keep everyone in the house happy. I came very close to a social worker visit this round... the first time in a long time that that has happened. Brittany and William were in red aspiration most of the round... I finally had to start sending Byron on chain dates with Eddie so that the twins could learn their toddler skills. On another note, I'm so happy Byron and Eddie get along, I would have been seriously annoyed if they didn't. William got his relationship with the Leader of the Pack up to somewhere around 75 before he took off, but Byron is the one in the household that has the obsessive want to become a warewolf, so I guess we'll see what happens on that front. At least I was able to tick off one jar card this round. Hopefully subsequent rounds will be a little easier now that there aren't any more babies. We're on to a much easier household, the Cormier's, next))