Monthly Archives: January 2014

Those Teenage Days 6.7

Well Hi!  Welcome to another installment of the Zale Family ISBI-Alphabetcy!  Last time things were pretty slow, and I ended my play session and posted earlier than I’d planned due to my game crashing.  It ran just lovely today however, so let’s get this party started!

It begins with that graveyard I told you I built.
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Flora has been carrying around five generations of Zales in her pocket – oh wait.  Four generations, gen 5 is still alive, silly me – anyway, she’s been carrying a lot of remains, and I finally did something about it.  There’s not much to it, but I like it just fine anyway.

Here we go, dear Zales of save files past.
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Rest happily and come around often!

And I couldn’t build this and not ditch the IF’s in inventory…
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…and look!  A horse!

Flora sheds a quick tear for her grandma Daisy…
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…And then it’s back to Zale Business!

Beginning with Liz and Erik playing table tennis!
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I put this thing out there the day they moved in – finally someone found it!

Gwen and Giselle have a chat in front of the “Insane Chef” program…
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…who is pointing lovingly at a bottle of nothing.  I’m sure it adds a lot to the food.

Shaka Bra!  (weirdest Sim interaction…)
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And Graham and Shelley are here too!

Giles was the only Sim I hadn’t seen in a while, and I found him in the sandbox again!
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Too cute!

I also discovered that this adorable face…
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…had rolled the “Emperor of Evil” wish.  I locked it in, but seriously?

SOO evil.
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Wee!  SAND!  I still think you’re cute and sweet.  So there.

Then Frond disrupted his sandbox play for a chat, I thought it was cute.
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He’s all: Hi Uncle Frond!  I’m evil now, what’s new with you 🙂
I repeat – too cute for evil.

Whatcha doin’ Giselle?
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Makin’ something?
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OMG BE CAREFUL!
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Did you drop it?
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Oh wait, here it is!
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MMM!  “Country Bread”!

Holy heavens, it looks delicious.
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I want a piece.

Okay Giles, you can make that face all you want…
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…I still don’t think you’re evil.  And I still like you.

Your grandmother on the other hand is NOT a fan.
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They exchanged many insults and lost each other as a friend.  😦

Hi there cute Graham!  You didn’t get a lot of screen time this post!
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Feel free to get in to that bed right there, instead of just thinking about how tired you are.

Pretty Giselle is pretty…
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…and thinking of her grandma.  Aw.

No seriously, she’s very beautiful.
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Too bad I’m hoping a boy wins the heir poll!

Gwen is super pretty too though…
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And her traits are more fun.

Zales in a line!
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I wonder where they’re all going…  HI ERIK!

Pretty much everyone went to sleep, except Gwen.
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I found her contemplating Pink’s new resting place near the toilet.  Nice Pink.  😐
(*laughs*)

And then, for the first time in a long time, I heard ghostly sounds!
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Hi Daisy!  I watched her float around bored for a little bit, so I put down some ghostie playthings.

Here we go!
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There’s also a sprinkler, waterslide, and hopscotch board.  Sounds like fun to me!

Back at the house, Gwen is still up rocking the crazy.
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Then, even though she’s perfectly tired, she decides to take a swim…
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…in her everyday.

But look!  She’s so pretty!
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And then, she shocked the hell out of me and threw up.
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I have absolutely NO idea why.  She didn’t have a nauseated moodlet or anything.  She’s so weird!  I love her!

A quick nap in her outerwear, and then the bus arrives.
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Giles makes himself some evil country bread.
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In his yeti pajamas.
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After school, on the way home, Gwen evaporates off the bus and reappears on the side of the road…
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…Just to pass out.

Thanks Gwen.
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Next time just snooze on the bus, okay?  Great.

Flora!  You’re cooking!  Thank you!
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And I know we have a maid, but she’s not that great, so maybe you shouldn’t throw egg shells around.  Just an idea.

Graham continues to select strange locations to do his homework
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But I like him doing his homework, so it’s okay.

OMG, we’re 10 days away from the teens YA birthday, I need to get this show on the road!  But they keep being cute and doing cute things…

Or naughty things… Don’t look at me like that Giselle…
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…I see the blinking light.  You’re busted!  But since Sims don’t wash their hands very frequently (gross) this will probably be blinking for a VERY long time.  After they’re done being teens, I’ll send Flora around to set them all off.  Or the new TH!  That’s an exciting idea!

Thank you, Captain EvilPants
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At a desk AND with the pencil right side up!  You’re a genius!

Oh Liz, it’s okay, don’t look so sad…
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…everyone breaks things, and you haven’t wrecked a dishwasher in ages.

But you don’t get to look all impatient while waiting for Flora to repair it!
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Sheesh.  I then discovered she was waiting to mop the floor, so that’s okay I guess.  Kinda.

FULL MOON
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This Zombie then thought about a sore back, and well, with a neck like that, I can see why you’d have spine problems.

Walk away in a brisk pace, Erik!
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Something is coming very slowly!

My first shower dye prank!  AND LOOK AT THE HAIRSTYLE!
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ZALE HAIR CURSE RETURNS!

HA HA HA!
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Poor Gwen.  Too funny though.

How cute!
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Flora even came out here on free will, and Amy and Eve watch.  Hi Guys!

Cute!  The swing set is very popular today!
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Sammy!  Zefie!  You’ve been kicked!
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I’d say it was Gwen, or Giles – but Graham is the one who took out his angst on the flamingo a while back.  So who knows?

Damn you maid.  Don’t look so pleased with yourself.
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And why are you drinking plasma juice?  Yuck!

AND THEN IT’S FINALLY SHELLEY’S BIRTHDAY  (And this was me “picking up the pace” *sigh*)

These three!  ❤
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How flippin’ cute are they!?!
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Go Mom!  WOOO!

Aw Shelley, you dear.
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She has a bit of a video game addiction, and has stopped doing laundry, but I still love her.

I love this picture:
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But where are the old people?  Here we go!
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Damn fine party.  I loved it.

And Shelley is still super beautiful – even if she’s having a midlife crisis.
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Shelley is now an Adult!  Young mothers!  Not having to have pregnancies, but just instantly having four babies has made them very young parents.  I wonder if I’ll see a great grandparent?  That’d be super cool.

And this is it for now!  The teens still have WAY too long to go for me to make it all in one post, so there will have to be another one!  I should get to it this weekend, and I’ll end with an heir poll!  YAY!  I apologize if it’s dragging out a bit – but hey, at least you’ll know who you’re voting for!  Come see us again real soon, and Happy Simming!

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Flora Makes a Pizza 6.6

Hi there!  Welcome welcome!  I’m SORRY it has taken me so long to get a post up, and for the first time in this blog’s history, I did NOT play or post on Sunday.  Weird.  Real life happened, so I was busy – but that’s okay!  On the plus side, I made a fancy new “Table of Contents” page with links to each and every post!  There’s pictures too!  Hopefully people can use this to find their way around a little better.  Last time all the children became teens!  YAY!  It was really nice to see them when I loaded the game today!  Such lovely little Simmies.

This post is mostly just following my Sims around and capturing their antics.  I tried to give everyone face time, but well, some Sims are just better than others!  And if you couldn’t tell by the title, NOT MUCH HAPPENS.  But let us see what DID go down in Zale World!

We begin with Erik and Flora playing catch.
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Flora isn’t very good (Erik wasn’t either!) But it was cute to see the past TH and the current doing something together!

Giles and Gwen have a nice chat!
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I enjoy the lighting in my house.

Graham thinks about beds in the bathroom.
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Exciting.

And Giselle mops up after the broken dishwasher…
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While Shelley stands around.  Great!

I catch Giles and the koi playing in the sandbox!
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Obviously the koi aren’t playing, but how cute!  I didn’t know teens could play in the sandbox!  I checked and Giles isn’t childish (I didn’t think he was…) so it must be a thing!  Cool!

Gwen watches some TV.
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I really like her.

Liz interrupts Giles’ cute sandbox session to…
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…talk about a fantastic book.  Lame.  Giles barely got to play!  Shut up with your books, Liz!

Back in the house, Erik asks Gwen about her day!
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They’re so cute.

And Zefie strikes a new pose in front of the massive TV!
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Hi Dear!  Talented!

Erik and Gwen are way adorable.
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Except Erik talks about how she too, can be #1 like he is, then boasts about his own accomplishments.  She found this boring and left.  But on the plus side, she did need to wee and sleep, so it was a good thing.

Then all the teens had found their beds and dreams about a new day!
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Gwen:  SMILES!  *BLING*
Giselle: Fires! 🙂
Giles:  Red baby shoes
Graham: Camera! 🙂
Silly Teens.  Giselle – NO FIRES.  Giles, premonition maybe?  You might be leading the TH race.  We’ll see!

Graham woke up feeling “rebellious” and in a bit of a mood!
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And takes it out on the flamingo!

AND STAY DOWN!
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😦

Poor thing!
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I bought you to decorate the yard, dear plastic bird.  I’m sorry this is what you suffer through.

And then I saw a deer!
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Hi deer in the pretty town!  I’m usually too busy to see you!

Deer: Sup.
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Fantastic!

Oh man – with four teens in the house, before I know it the entire thing will be blinking red.
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I am not looking forward to this.

Flora heads to town for some books!
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Town is gorgeous.

Even more so after it renders!
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Lovely Monte Vista!  (I highly recommend!)

The town appears to be pretty vacant while Flora enjoys a brief break from her family.
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Still gorgeous!  Flora is working on her gardening skill, but she just bought the handiness books! A reminder, her LTW is that creature-robot cross breeder one… so we’re trying to skill when we have time.

Back at the house, Giselle and Liz share space…
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…if not interests.  Giselle’s face… too cute.  Liz, always reading!  I swear she’s not a bookworm.  Is she?  Nope!

Must be the genius trait at work.  Anyway…

Gwen wanders around in her outerwear, contemplating a plant…
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…that has been in this house before she was genetically engineered.

Must be SOME plant!
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O.o  Ooooh.

Graham throws up in the shower…
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We DO have a maid… who sucks.

Giles is making waffles!
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Good luck with that.  And the fridge stinks, someone should do something about that (like at my work.  😐  )

Wow!  look at all the Zales!
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Aren’t they cute?  All choosing to hang out together?  I think so.  ❤ Zales.  I love how I never redid Liz’s clothes after her elder birthday.  OH WELL.

Hey Giles?
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Those waffles look great.

Gwen chooses rotting salad over burnt waffles.
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The flies were calling to her.
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Mmm…
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…old cake.  That’s it, this family needs a cook or something.  Flora has a LTW to work on, she can’t be cooking the whole house fresh made meals!  Besides, she has very little cooking skill!  Maybe someday I’ll have a cooking Zale again.  Poor family.  Burnt waffles, rotting salad, and two day old, half eaten outside cake.

Giselle!  Thank you!
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I’m glad you had enough of the stinky fridge fumes too!  I appreciate you.

Checking back on Flora out on the town, I heard HORRIBLE singing, which was traced back to this…
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…her name is Tara.  Tara the Terrible.  She’s also face first towards a building, therefore very SMART too.  The flowers are nice, though.

Flora was starving, so we headed to the pizzeria.  But we had to make our own food.
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I agree, Flora, a very picturesque building.  (Monte Vista, ladies and gentlemen!)

This blob will become an “extra cheesy pizza” if all goes well.
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It sounded good to me.  I like cheese pizza.

Holy cute!  I thought the blob would just turn into food, like milk on a cutting board makes pancakes!
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But look!  She’s making the dough!

And FROND is here!
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Hi buddy!  Don’t mind your sister epically tossing pizza dough!

Oh… oh dear… Sims and Fire… 😐
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Please be careful!

SUCCESS!
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That is a cheese pizza and I approve.  Thank you.

These two ladies showed up for a slice…
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…and brought a dog.  Hygienic.  (And this from a dog lover and professional trainer…)

I sat Flora down with Frond, after he stole a piece…
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But they didn’t speak.  😦

Then!  Since Flora was out and about, and she has the remains of 5 generations in her pocket, I decided to build a little cemetery and allow her to dispose of the Zale Legacy with dignity.

But then this…
of course it has!
…So that’s all you get for now!

I didn’t lose much, if anything, since I saved going into, and out of, Edit World mode.  But I had enough pictures for a mediocre post, so there you have it.  Shelley’s birthday is in a few days, and I think it might only be ADULT.  But we’ll have to find out!

Come back soon, yes?  And check out the Table of Contents?  I worked hard on that.  And hey, glance at the header will ya?  I work hard on that too!  OR!  Let me know in the comments if I should nix the header it altogether.  I put a lot of time and effort into keeping it current, and resizing the pics, and making in a file, graying out the dead ones and blah blah – but if no one likes it, I’ll nix it and do something else.  Input requested.  Even if you just enjoy seeing it at the top of the page, and don’t care if it’s super up to date, that’s good enough for me to keep up on it.  I do kind of like it, reminds me of a yearbook.  So yeah!  Sorry for the delay, and come see us again soon!  I’ll wait for ALL the teens to be YA for heir poll, but I promise there will still be ISBI antics galore!  Until next time, Happy Simming!

I Liked Them Better as Toddlers 6.5

Well Hi!  Last time we hung out, we made it through toddlerhood with all four children.  It’s smooth sailing from here on out, right?  Right?!?

We’ll see.

NOTE:  This is an incredibly long post.  Over 115 pictures, and I should ALREADY be in bed, but ONWARD!  Ooh ooh, also, I learned that no one ever gets to really know the children when reading about the Zales, and enjoys the posts when they DO, so this is a child heavy post.

It begins with!  Graham finding the TV in his cute jammies.
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It’s the first time I’ve used those fancy slippers, and the first time I actually like the way they look.

Princess Gwen and Giselle have a chat!
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Giselle’s outerwear is all messed up, but I fix it later.

Note:  I LOVE the house.  However, it has these fun little indoor/outdoor bits which make the dear little Simmies think they’re outside when they’re inside.  Lots of unnecessary outfit changes in the colder seasons.  Moving on!

Grandma Liz and Giles the Tyrannosaurs gossip in the girls room.
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Now now Liz.  Keep a healthy relationship here, we don’t want another Frond scenario.

So like I mentioned, house is very very pretty…
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…but this counts as outside, so outdoor hating Giselle would like to go back in.  *sigh*

Shelley?  Are you… are you doing LAUNDRY!?
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Bless you!

And I catch Liz and Giles off playing tag on the outskirts of their property…
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I’m gonna have to watch these two.

Giselle and Graham have a pajama chat!
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Not since Abraham was a grandpa has there been so much socializing with one another.  It’s nice!  And Flora there is studying gardening.

And aw… it’s the first day of school!
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They grow up so fast!

Upon arrival at the school, Gwen takes off RUNNING, Giselle freaks out…
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…but the boys?  They got this.

Shelley!  You are just the best.
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Now – Flora and the kids are away, Erik is asleep, and Liz is reading.  So entertain me.
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What?  Don’t give me that look.  You might want to get dressed too.  You spend a lot of time in your pajamas.

No no no no, Shelley!  You are supposed to entertain ME!
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Not entertain yourself.  But you’re adorable and I still adore you.

Liz?  Are you still reading?
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Dang.

But ooh!  Erik’s awake!  And mad at routefail cake.
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Hmm, things look pretty clear to me…
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…maybe he’s losing it.  Not good as a surgeon… but hey.

SOMEONE DO SOMETHING.

Oh hey!  It’s Eddie!
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Eddie and the maid.  Vicki.  I followed Eddie around for awhile, and all he did was try to look out windows with something in front of them and get annoyed.  It’s not like there aren’t fifty other windows with perfectly clear viewing areas.  Picky Eddie.

Having fun?  I SWEAR it gets better… hang in there.

Liz?  Aren’t you done yet?
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Nope.

Hey! Giselle met a familiar face!
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Not that I’ve seen him yet, but I’m hoping it’s as memorable as the Goopy I remember!

And Graham got invited over to Marta Almeria’s house.  It’s very nice!
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And very very far from the Zale lot.  I find it unlikely he’ll make it home before curfew!

Here’s his new friend Marta.
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Yikes.  Poor thing.

Marta:  YES MINION!  DO MY HOMEWORK!
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Aw Graham, you’re cute.
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But pencils work best the other way around…

Back at home, Erik and Gwen are not getting along!
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I blame Erik’s Diva-ness.

Giselle!  You stop that!
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That’s not how you treat nice things.  Flora’s gonna get you for that.

Told ya.
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Now do your homework.

Gwen and Erik appear to make up over a ghost story.
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And it is VERY scary!
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Ha ha!  Their faces.

Giselle does her homework with “help” from Amy the Gnome.
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Giles does his homework too!  At a desk!
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It’s in the girls room, and there’s two perfectly lovely desks in HIS room, but hey!  Still good!  And he also isn’t sure which side of the pencil writes… but it’s okay.

However… This is very cute and all…
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…but Giles, that’s your sister’s bed, and Flora, that’s Erik’s old medical journal.  Captivating I’m sure.

Okay, this is a picture of Graham.
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All the kids outerwear was messed up, I have since fixed it – but the point is, he’s going to make it home before curfew!  It’s late, and snowing, but he’s gonna make it!

See?!?
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YAY!

And our man Erik?  He’s still got it…
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…just ask him!

Shelley is a laundry maniac!  YES!
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Thank you Shelley.  I love you.

Eddie’s still got it too, by the way!
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But his days are numbered.  😦

Hey!  It’s Love Day!  Flora wakes up extra early to make heart shaped pancakes!
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She swore they were heart shaped when she poured them in the pan…
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But round it is!

While Flora prepares the family meal, Giles glitches AND breaks the tub.
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That’s one long neck.

And whoa!
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The rest of him isn’t so good either!
*He promptly recovered.

Tada!  Lime pancakes!
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Gross.  And they don’t LOOK lime.

Anyway, the family loves them.
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Due to the holiday and some stir crazy Sims, I go to map view to plan a trip to the beach, and lo and behold!
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A rainbow!  Aw…

And it’s family time at the beach!
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Oh Erik.  You’re RIGHT THERE!
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The seagulls are laughing at you.

Giselle finds a sunny spot and relaxes.
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Gwen does her homework!
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Dork.

Shelley finds a shady spot and spreads out.
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She also thinks Gwen is a dork.

Grandma Liz sits at the bar and reads a book.
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Considering she was one of the stir crazy ones, you’d THINK she’d do something a little more exciting.  But whatever.

Flora goes for a swim!
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If anyone recalls, she has the “Loves to Swim” trait.  Lovely lighting here in Monte Vista.

Graham wades in with his clothes on…
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Oh.  There we go watermelon britches.
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Now that your pants are all wet.

You know, for hating the outdoors, Giselle is ROCKING!
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Gwen finishes her homework and couldn’t POSSIBLY  look more bored.
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*Gwen gets even weirder, you just wait.

Giselle proves she does indeed hate the outdoors and abandons everyone once she’s had enough.
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Alright Erik, I see you just got in, but it’s time to go home.
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And holy crap!  How cute is this?
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I did not know you could read at the beach!

Flora:  UGH!  The old man smells TERRIBLE!  Did he wee himself?
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Erik: 🙂

Gwen found the swings I bought the children!
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And I’m sorry Giles, you just cannot look evil in a paper crown.
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Nice try though.

Hiya Eddie!  Whatcha doin’?
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Chasin’ your tail?  Aw. That’s cute.

What?  WHAT Erik and Liz!
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He’s FINE ! Eddie is FINE!

Oh.  It’s you.
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No one likes you.

Get your BONY HANDS off EDDIE!
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No!  Leave him alone!
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😦
I’ll miss you Eddie Zale
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And down goes Liz.
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Fail.

I know.  I know, Liz.  It’s very very sad.  But to go bed.
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Please.

Gwen is the strangest child.  She walks all the way to the edge of the Zale property and picks up this old juice box.
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it’s a mysterious fruit punch, I have no idea where it came from.  And if her queue is correct, she has every intention of drinking this.

It has flies.
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Lots of flies.
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Don’t drink it Gwen.
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*GAG*
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Is she… is she ENJOYING it?!?
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Sure, Gwen.  Sure.  Just leave the trash there.
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As good a place as any.  😐

I watched this in regular speed mesmerized.  YUCK!

I blame it on the grief.
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Cuz sad.  😦

And yeah, so this is cute and all?
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But the school bus will be here in twenty minutes.

I’m sorry boys.  I miss him too.
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Giselle:  She gets a bedtime story and I have to go to SCHOOL!?
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Believe it or not, Gwen actually slept for about four seconds, then got up and went to school too.
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Shelley does more laundry.
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I was obviously very pleased with this, since I documented it so thoroughly.

And I’m sure this surprises no one.
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Hey!  Creepy Pedro!  Quit talking to her so she can go home!
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Now she’s drenched as WELL as ready to pass out again AND missing her dog.  (She also just drank maggot juice, but yeah…)  Poor thing.

Dang it Gwen!
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What are you doing in the pool house, and why aren’t you in that perfectly lovely bed?!?  Fail.

These two are pretty cute with their father/daughter book time.
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Dang it child!  You do NOT need a bedtime story!
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And where are your irises?  *shudder*

Giselle looks SO sad here 😦
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She just wants a story too.

Flora to the rescue!
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Go to bed!

And you too!
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Don’t mind mommy’s scary make up she wears when in her work clothes. 😐

Good homework spot you found there Graham.
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Never mind the four desks, two dining room tables, and other available study surfaces.  Foot of the stairs on the floor sounds good to me!

Giles, although asleep in his hat…
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…is the only child asleep, therefore I love him.

It’s 5:03 am, but don’t let the pajamas fool you.  Graham has not been to bed yet.
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But sure, have a grilled cheese sandwich.

Graham:  Read me a story?
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Liz:  Sure!

😐
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Lemme guess, you’re going to get up to use the potty here in a minute aren’t you.  AND THAT’S NOT YOUR BED!

Oh look, now he’s in his moms’ bed.  Waiting.  For a story.
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Don’t look all cute you idiot.  I hope no one shows up to read to you!

Oh sure, cry about the dog and make me less annoyed with you.
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YES.  YOU ARE EXHAUSTED.
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SIT ON A BED AND THINK ABOUT IT WHY DON’T YA.

Hallelujah.  It’s just after noon the FOLLOWING DAY – but good for you.
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You’re lucky it’s Saturday.

WEE!
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Gwen on the swings again!

Giselle!  NOT THIS AGAIN!
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And in front of BOTH of your mothers?

Nice save.
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Smooth recovery.

Ah well, they were busy anyway.
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Holy cow!  Liz found the pizza oven thingie!
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And as much as it looks like she’s tossing pizza dough here, I spot her later eating “wood fired lasagna”.  So yeah.  New way to make lasagna.  Throw it in the air.

FROND IS HERE!
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You know what that means!

BIRTHDAYS!

Boys!
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Girls!
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Party!
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Gal next to Flora is named Sammie, she met one of the kids in school and aged up on the way over, because when I invited her, she was clearly a child.  She also made a snotty comment about the party, so we don’t like her.

Giselle goes first!
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Eep!  It’s okay, we can fix her.  She had handy locked in.  I can tell she’s beautiful under the bad hair.

Next is Graham!
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he has family oriented locked in.  And damn.  He’s hot.

After Graham, Gwen goes!
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Gwen didn’t just have indifferent study habits like the others, she had “difficulties” so Gwen had insane locked in – which I had already decided she was anyway – so I’m happy with this.  She’s also quite pretty.

Lastly, Giles!
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Giles has vegetarian locked in.  He’s the weirdest evil Sim.  He’s all hippie and loves the out doors and doesn’t eat meat.  But he’s evil.  HA!  He’s also VERY handsome.

After makeovers!
Giselle:
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Graham:
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Gwen:
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And Giles:
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(I actually liked that hair for him)

And there they are!  Teens!  I still enjoy each of them in their own way.  And as for looks, well – they’re all stunning!

Phew!  It’s past my bedtime – someone read me a story.

Until next time, Happy Simming!

PS:  Erik lost our turtle.  😦
Bye Don

The Children from the Future 6.4

Welcome welcome!  The Zales are happy to see you!  Last time the stars aligned in the Simverse, and we skilled some toddlers!  We also had a wedding, finally marrying Flora and Shelley, and I remembered to send Flora for her Gnome of the Wrist!  Let’s see what happens next!

I begin with this!  Because I’d forgotten and it’s funny!
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Silly Giles.  But he looks VERY HAPPY with the new functionality of his arms.  Funny, he’s still cute.

Someone left the TV on, so a couple gnomes and Eddie have a gander.
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Look at Eddie’s head tilt.  Too cute.

And aw!  Look at Grandpa Erik!
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Of course he’s thinking about himself in his Diva-tastic way, but it’s still cute.

Shelley and Flora are actually on a date here.  Shelley is stir crazy, so we’re going to head to the festival!  But pancakes first.
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They’re adorable.

At the festival they play some horseshoes!
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I wanted to have them dance next, but then the festival closed.  Fine then.

But while out and about, Flora found a turtle!
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We name him Don.  Don the turtle.  Because EA suggested it.

Eddie had fleas!  And UGH I hate that flea moodlet.  It is WAY too detailed.  Makes me itch just thinking about it…
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…fleas begone!  Man, it hurts my knees just looking at Flora like that.  I’m too old to kneel on a hard tile floor.  Ouch.

Erik headed off to work exhausted, so this happened…
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Poor old man passed out in the rain.  Kind of sad.  But at least he’s progressing with his LTW!  Good man!

Flora studies more gardening theory.
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Thank you books.  Maintaining a garden is hard.

Shelley is busy parenting.
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And the boys are too cute!
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If you’ve never seen too toddlers play peekaboo together, well, It’s adorable!  They get all surprised and giggle.  I love it!

Eddie is super cute too, and his lifebar is full, so it’s only a matter of time.
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He sleeps with his eyes open in true Zale fashion.  I love you Eddie Zale.

Grandma Liz finds the video games!
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GnomeJulia watches.
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on a TV as big as a wall!

Then – this happens.
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She’s glitched and is showing in the walker.  Reset Sim didn’t work, and deleting the walker with MoveObjects didn’t work.

So I aged her to a child in CAS.
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Hmm.  No.

Then back to toddler and…
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No no no!  AH!  That is some scary scary pixels.  Damn GlitchyGwen.

I hadn’t played TOO much, so I could go back to my original save, but I’d done some more furnishing, and I was really happy with it, and didn’t want to start over.  So I do a save as file, and start over, she’s still “in the walker”… damn.

Then!  I headed to edit town, and split the household, moving Shelley and Gwen out together, then I just merged them back in, and VIOLA!
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YAY!  Welcome back Gwen.

And here’s Erik!
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He seems to have a great idea and is running home!

Maybe because he REALLY wants to tell everyone that he’s been promoted!
To World Renowned Surgeon!
YAY!
See?
Yay Erik!
Two in a row!  HUZZAH!  Zales are on a roll!

And look who’s here!  It’s FROND!
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We know what that must mean! He missed his mommy BIRTHDAYS!

Each adult is carrying a toddler.  Their favorite toddler as a matter of fact.
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Two in the dining room, and two in the kitchen!

Aw!  It’s Grandma and Grandpa with Giselle and Graham!
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Liz looks a little grumpy!  Maybe she wanted to bring ALL the babies again.  Too bad.

Flora and Giles…
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Shelley and Gwen!
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I love them.  I love this house!

Four synchronized birthdays!
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I’m very happy with the success of this party!  But where’s Frond!?

Here he is!
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I love this party!
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But I’m sure you’ve gathered that by now, because I took a ton of pictures.

GlitchyGwen goes first!
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She rolls clumsy which joins easily impressed and slob.  I would imagine her wearing a lot of food on her clothes.
Aw…
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She’s gorgeous!
After makeover:
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She looks better out in the game, and I haven’t used that long braid yet.  If you recall, she likes spice brown.  🙂

Giselle goes second!
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She’s also adorable and rolls light sleeper.  This adds to her already neurotic and outdoor hating nature.
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After makeover:
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And her favorite color is sea foam.  I think she’s lovely.

Giles is the first boy to go!
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He rolls excitable.  He’s now an evil, outdoor loving, excitable young man.
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Aw, he’s too precious to be evil!
After makeover:
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He likes purple.

Last but not least, Graham!
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Graham rolls perfectionist.  He is also a light sleeper and a couch potato.
He’s too cute!
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I love those eyes!
After makeover:
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I embraced perfectionist, I thought he’d like the neckerchief.  And he looks adorable in glasses, but I might remove them because they hide his eyes.  He likes the color green.

And there they are!  The children from the future!  I love each and every one!
Seeing as they’re children now, however, it was time to redo the bedrooms!

Here’s the boys’ room.
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I really like it!

And the girls’…
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Which I also think turned out well!

And there you have it!  Not much happened, but this was a good stopping point.  Come back next time!  I’m sure there will be more fun things in store for the G Children.  Happy Simming!

Fun Times in the Zale House 6.3

Hi!  I hope everyone out there is doing well!  I had a GREAT DAY!  I got a new stove, and it was desperately needed, an appointment I was dreading regarding a lawsuit at my work was cancelled – permanently!  And I have an acupuncture consult scheduled for my best good boy Lucas to see if we can improve his quality of life a little.  He’s doing really well, but still has some mobility issues, and I’m excited for the prospect.  Anyway, on to the Zales!  Last time the Zales made a move to Monte Vista, Flora and Shelley visited the future again for a couple more kids, and we have FOUR TODDLERS in the house!  Let’s see how things went!!

We begin with a diva sighting!  What’s wrong princess?  Feeling neglected?
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Oh, you just want some cake.  I see how it is.
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Well go get some!  We have a fridge full!

And the toddlers are too much cute!  It’s Giselle and Gwen…
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…being adorable beyond all reason and playing peekaboo together.  D’awww.

Giles gets a go on the potty…
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And Graham found a tank!
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The girls get some time in the walker…
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And Flora gets a slice of cake and a snooze in her pool house hideaway.
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Flora: Whose idea was all these babiessszzzzz
Mine.  Sorry.

Shelley looks just THRILLED with Giles after bringing him downstairs…
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…IT IS NOT GOOD TO BRING THE TODDLERS DOWNSTAIRS.

But!  I have NEVER seen a Sim volunteer a skilling action!  She’s teaching him to walk!
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How flippin’ cute!
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Aw…

And then she actually feeds him!
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And after left alone downstairs, he finds a toy in his diaper.
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Aw.  Adorable.

Liz returns home from work exhausted!
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Actually, the whole family is a MESS!
Poor Zales
Well, except Eddie the dog.  He’s GREAT!  😐

Needing more hands around the house, I use Liz’s elder action and retire…
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…she looks thrilled.

Aw.  Polite clapping.  And Eddie cares!
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And one exhausted Flora is on her way home.

I immediately sent her to her pool house retreat… BUT…
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Even though she’s about an acre away, she “can’t sleep while Graham is crying” and fails on the floor.  SOMEONE HELP GRAHAM!

Grandma Liz to the rescue!
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Giselle looks VERY creepy there in the crib.

Remember Shelley and Giles downstairs?  Well after the adorable walking and feeding, Shelley needed to wee and carried Giles into the bathroom with her, put him on the floor, used the facilities, and then left him there.  And… this happened.
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Sad, sad, unhygienic fail.  He slept on the bathroom floor until his energy was full, woke up and played with his diaper dino again.  Completely ignored and neglected, on the bathroom floor.  FOR MANY HOURS.  Fail fail fail.

Giselle isn’t fairing much better, even though she’s in a crib.
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She’s frighteningly flexible in her spinal column, and quite hungry.

Then, a wonderful thing happened.  It was snowflake day!  Flora was fully rested from her respite in the pool house, and didn’t have to go to work!  This is when things actually became VERY fun.

Flora puts one sleepy Gwen to bed…
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…her OWN bed to boot!

Graham gets the playpen…
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Giles the walker…
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And it’s naptime for Giselle!
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Flora needs a shower, but why do it alone!
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Get a fun boost, a relationship boost, and ya both get clean!  Win!  And Flora and Shelley haven’t spent more than a moment together since they engineered quadruplets!

After an “exhilarating shower” (if ya know what I mean) it’s time to feed the dog…
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Grab a bite…
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…with your mother watching…

And then it’s BACK TO BUSINESS!  We got Simmies to raise here!  Shelley feeds her favorite, Giles…
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But I appreciate the help!

So.  The boys and girls are on opposite sleep schedules, and the holiday was the hugest blessing!  Graham is working on teaching himself to talk, and Giles is learning the potty!
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In just a few wonderful moments, the boys will be potty trained.
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Then it’s walker time for Graham…
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Damn he’s cute.  He’s my ever so slight favorite.

And then the girls are awake!
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Giselle’s turn to work the “row o’ potties”.  But then Shelley hijacks her and drags her downstairs into the full moon kitchen.
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Grr.  Downstairs is not toddler place.

But at this point, I actually started locking in any rolled “age up well” wishes.  I think we’re gonna make it!

So close!
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You can do it Gwen!

And holy cow the boys are so cute…
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…in their holding pen.  Ha.

Oops, shoot.  Sorry Flora – I thought you could make it…
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…and seeing how you’d had to TRY not to pee in a toilet when that close, you should be a little ashamed of yourself.

And then for the first time in a LONG time, Flora and Shelley…
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…sleep together.
Shelley: Whose idea was all these babiessszzzzz?
Mine.  I’M SORRY!

It’s good that Flora and Shelley shared their rest together because the very next day it’s…
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Small family WEDDING TIME!
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Aw… Are they not adorable in their pink/white formal?  I think so.

So does Erik!
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Erik:  *sigh*
Too cute.

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Aw.  I’m so happy they finally got married! *wipes away tear*

CAKE TIME!
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Shelley:  YAY! 😀
Flora:  This isn’t what I ordered… It was supposed to be pink.  😐

Flora:  OH YAY!  It’s pink INSIDE!
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After the wedding, where is Flora scurrying off to?
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Why to get the necessary Gnome of the Wrist!
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Huzzah!

This is the LAST SKILL for the LAST TODDLER!
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Pink, you were right.  It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.  Although I’m going to reiterate what a great stroke of luck Snowflake Day was.  AND that Flora had slept all night in the pool house and was ready to rock!

Aw, Grandma Liz!
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Then HOLY CRAP THE CUTE!  (I cheated and sent them all here because I wanted to see it really bad…)
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(It was worth it!!!)

Okay, one more thing, and then we’re finished for the post.
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Aw Erik.  How cute are you?
(Didn’t he just have a birthday?  Feels like it…)
Liz and Shelley root for him!
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Oh you DIVA – just hurry up and elderfy and then you can have cake!
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(But note that Flora and Eddie have also shown up for the party!)

Aw.  You cutie patootie!
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He actually aged with grace, and didn’t hold his back and grimace.  Aw.  And hey!  There’s Giles’ brown eyes!

Speaking of Giles…
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…um…

Anyhoo, back to Erik!  I dressed him how I felt an aging Diva would dress themselves.  Especially one who loved orange.
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I think he looks fantastic!

See?
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And, that’s it!  The toddlers have three more days until birthday time, so it’s the end for now!  I actually had a ton of fun with this.  I thought it would be really difficult, but the only real challenge was getting Flora enough sleep.  Sure we had a few fails… but FOUR TODDLERS.  It was quite enjoyable to get them all skilled up.  I’m not 100% certain they’re all finished, but we’ll find out on their birthday I guess?  Which I’m SURE will be next time!

Come back soon!  Happy Simming!

So Many Babies 6.2

Well Hello!  Welcome back to another Zale installment.  There’s a lot of stuff happening, so let’s just get to it.

First, based off votes, I’m keeping the future spawn, and embracing them in all their glory.  I didn’t get to know their traits and favorites, so we’ll start there!
Giles, the blue burrito, loves the outdoors and is evil.  He likes songwriter music, key lime pie, and the color purple.
Giselle, the pink burrito, hates the outdoors and is neurotic.  She likes hip hop, vegetarian grilled salmon, and the color sea foam.

With that covered, what do we spy here?
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It’s Frond!  Hugging his FATHER!  I didn’t even know they knew each other. ha ha.  Nice to see him not interact with Liz for once.  This is Giles’ room, and I really like it, and I made him that cute little bear.  It’s purple, and kinda evil.  Like him!

The sweet moment between father and son is short lived.
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I’m pretty sure Erik is accusing Frond of being a diva.  RIGHT Erik.  He’s the diva.  Sure.

Here’s Giselle’s room.  Her favorite color is sea foam, but I thought red was a nice accent color.
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I thought it turned out really nice – and SPOILER: We don’t get to enjoy it for long. 😦

There’s OLDIES in the house!
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Ellen!

And EVAN!
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And Evie arrives at a very picturesque moment!
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Why are they here?

PARTY!
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FLORA!  Your leg!  Are you okay!?!?

And of course these two would be in perfect sync.
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See?
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Shelley:  I barely know this kid.
Dude, look how cute Frond turned out!  I’m surprised!
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I thought he was kind of mediocre as a teen, but as a YA, I think he’s great looking!
Frond gets to roll and acquired “animal lover”.  This joins his other traits, which are athletic, can’t stand art, ambitious and excitable.

See how cute he is?
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Flora: *boop* Presses the slow button
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Parenting is easy.  HA HA – FOR NOW!

Look at the family party picture!
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Isn’t it cute?  Aw.  I’m going to miss those spares.  (What do I keep alluding to?)

After cake, I heard male crying.  I couldn’t find anyone at first, but then I discovered Evan.
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He located Duke and Duchess in their new temporary resting place after redoing the bedrooms for the new babies.  Aw.  I miss them too.

But it was time to kick out Frond!
And…
Well… apparently he didn’t want to leave his mother.  Because my game died, and sat on THIS:
Son of a...
Forever.  Son of a…

So I pick up all the ancestors, a few choice paintings and do a test save.  It works!  But, I’ve had enough trouble here – so… BYE HOUSE!
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And HELLO HOUSE! *Whistles*
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The Zales have landed in Monte Vista!  I could NEVER have built a house as beautiful as this, and my Zales deserve a NICE home!  They had enough of their own money to buy it.  I opted for “unfurnished”.
And WOW!  Look at it!
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That’s just the main floor.  It’s going to be fun!

First things first, we gotta build a koi pond.
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There we go!

And… three hours later… I paid a lot of attention to attempting to furnish the house and it’s only partially completed.  But I REALLY want to play.  I’ve been at it for HOURS, and I think only half a sim day was actually played – and lost due to saving issues.  So!  We start off doing THIS again.
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And he’s still cute!
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And the family eating cake is also very cute!
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But Frond isn’t getting another makeover.  They take ages, and he already got one – it’s NOT MY FAULT IT DIDN’T WORK – so we kick him out.  Successfully!

Now that we have two house slots, it’s time to go get some more babies!  Cross your fingers for boys!
On this visit to the future, the elevators are no kinder to Flora.
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Get your cute little tushies in there and make me some babies!
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Funny.  Those are the only two pictures I took from this future trip.  We came, we made two babies, and we went home.  Worth documenting?  Flora falling out of a tube elevator, and the ladies standing outside the hospital.  HeatherLogic.

I also didn’t bother showing you the two new children!  The next image I captured was this:
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Walls are down on purpose, showing the two nurseries.  Erik and Flora are standing in Giles and Giselle’s room.  In the foreground we have… drumroll please… Graham and Gwen!  To complete Shelley’s LTW, we’ll need one more, but the house is full.  It’ll have to be after Liz or Erik pass away.  Graham (blue burrito in the green crib)  likes roots music, firecracker tofu, and the color green.  He’s a couch potato and a light sleeper.  Gwen likes rockabilly music, key lime pie, and the color spice brown.  She’s the pink burrito in the earth toned crib.  She is an easily impressed slob.  Wow.  Four infants.  I’m not sure what I was thinking.  Unless I could control all four adults, this is going to be horrible.

With four infants, and a house this large…
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…I hire a maid.  I like how I made it – oh I don’t know, two posts – before rehiring a maid.  Flora would be completely unable to do this by herself.  I’ve challenged us enough with four infants.

The next morning, Flora scurries off to work.  I expected Shelley to struggle somewhat to take care of all the children, …
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…But seriously?  You’re family oriented!  If he’s SCREAMING, HELP HIM.  Don’t rage about it.  Sheesh.

At this moment, I was afraid I’d hate Shelley – but she pulled it together, and did her best to take care of 4 newborns, and still manage to eat a meal and go to the bathroom.  They were never all happy babies, but she did pretty good.  Far better than I would do!  I’m horrible with a single baby – let alone FOUR.

Flora gets off work, and the infants are in terrible shape.  I don’t feel like she should have to rush home and fix everything, so I send her to the library.  A lonely little toddler was sitting on the floor.  No one else was there.
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Flora couldn’t pick him up, she didn’t “know the family” well enough… so fine.  She has her own children she isn’t picking up at home, and we’re here to study, so forget the random toddler.

We stopped at the bookstore before hitting the library, and Flora reads the entire first gardening book before heading home.
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Back at home – the massive estate with the four infants – Liz is actually helpful!
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Flora returns home from work to this:
poor babies
But she was exhausted – and I couldn’t worry too much about her trying to do everything.  I leave the idiots to it, and I buy Flora a cozy little bed in the pool house.
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Sleep sweetie.  Sleep.  They’ll be toddlers soon, and I’ll need you SO MUCH if we’re to not lose them to the social worker.  Forget learning all their skills – just not getting them taken away would be GREAT.  I’m not looking forward to it.

And Shelley is TRYING.
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But it’s all SO MUCH.

And Liz?  Without her Frond – she’s an excellent grandma.
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See?
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Aw.

It’s BIRTHDAY TIME!  FIVE BIRTHDAYS!  FIVE!  A Zale First!

Shelley’s eyes looked awesome, so I took this really quick.
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She’s holding Giles.  Or maybe it’s Graham.  Blue Burrito.  You’d think in a house this large, we could have birthdays inside.  But not FIVE BIRTHDAYS.

I’m totally cheating this by the way.  You cannot coordinate a massive birthday without controlling all the adults.  So I’m clicking each of the adults, asking them to pick up one of the children, and “go here” near a cake.
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It’s working!  YAY!

Oh… or not…
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Where’s everyone going?  Flora?  What’s that white lump in front of you?  Did you just put an infant in the snow?

Upstairs?
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Yup, Liz and Shelley are putting the babies they were holding BACK IN A CRIB.  😐

Oh, Erik too.
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Great… This did NOT work as planned.  Fine.

After all the idiots put their baby burritos wherever it is they put them, Liz picked up snow baby.
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And, she’s freezing in the snow AGAIN.
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Nice.

Flora, celebrates Giselle’s birthday with gusto – even though she’s buried in snow.  Totally normal.
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Liz then scurries off to get Graham too!
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And she brings Giles!
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And I was not at all surprised when she went and got Gwen.
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Flora is who I was in control of when I clicked each of the cakes.  Liz went and got every single baby.

Liz:  I’m the GRANDMA!  I GET RIGHTS!
Okay Liz.  Okay.

So, who’s the fifth cake for?
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Liz!  Liz has decided if she’s going to BE a grandma, she wants to LOOK like one too!
*Note:  It was actually Liz’s birthday, but the infants were only two days away, so I went for the epic QUINT birthday.

Although Liz hesitates briefly once it’s too late…
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…Erik supports her entirely!

As he should, because here’s adorable elder Liz!
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I think she is too cute for words.  Aw.

All the ancestors, and pets too, are in Flora’s inventory – but they’re still haunting!
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Hi Duke!
Duchess haunted too, but she’s sleeping and the snow covers her, so I couldn’t get a shot.  But Hi Duchess!

Benji also pays us a visit!
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Hi Benji!

Well, enough with the ghost pets – aren’t we all waiting for the toddlers?

Giselle!
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She likes purple, hates the outdoors, and is neurotic.

Just kidding – she likes SEA FOAM.  Here she is again.
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I went back to that red accent color.  She has almost blue gray eyes!  Of course she’s blond, her mothers are blond.

Here’s Giles!  HE LIKES PURPLE, is evil (aw, I don’t like that trait) and loves the outdoors.
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He’s pretty damn cute.  Not sure where brown eyes came from.  Flora has very dark purple eyes, and Shelley light blue ones.  Giles gets a rich brown.  But I love him!  He doesn’t look evil to me.

And Graham!  The green loving couch potato and light sleeper!
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He has almost turquoise eyes?  Not sure where that came from either!  Is he not adorable?  The two boys have very different noses.

Gwen!  She favors spice brown, and is an easily impressed slob!
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She has Shelley’s eye color for the most part.  I like the brown, and I think she’s adorable.  The next TH will definitely be blonde!

And – welcome to chaos.

I am under no illusion that I will complete toddler skilling.  I’m not sure I’m even going to try.  I’m just going to do my best to keep them from being taken away by the social worker.  😦

Come back soon to see how it goes!

I hope everyone’s happy with the changes the Zales experienced.  I’ve never seen a legacy that used a premade house – but this one is SO lovely – and the Zales (and I) have worked hard to get to this point – and I feel it’s well deserved.  I’m LOVING Monte Vista, and it runs really well on my computer.  We’re still toting around all the TH and spouse gravestones, I’ll have to figure out what to do with them soon, and Shelley and Flora, even though they have FOUR BABIES are still not married – I have to take care of that too!

Come back soon!  Until next time, Happy Simming!

Oh! Well, that was fast… 6.1 (HELP ME!)

Okay Simmers, I need your help…  But first…  Here’s what went down today.

Well well, what have we here?
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Yes, you’re seeing things correctly, I bought Into the Future.  I also bought Movie Stuff, but it wouldn’t download from Origin, without a game uninstall, reinstall – and forget that!  So I got a refund… anyway…

Ah!  Stranger Danger!
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Stranger:  Here, have a book.
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Flora:  The water slide is making it look like I have one huge boob.

Anyhoo, TO THE FUTURE!
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Aw, it’s pretty!
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Flora: SAVE ME!
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Flora: THIS IS NOT AN ELEVATOR!
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*Faceplant*

Shelley however, made it just fine!
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The taxis are fancy…
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Where are they headed?
why we're here
Why to engineer a baby!  This is why we’re here!

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Get in there ladies, make me a baby.

Oh! Quick!
OH!  Damn, that was fast… I was thinking pregnancy?  Um… okay… Name the baby…
Giselle.

Aw. look.  Genetically engineered spawn.  She’s DARK.  She looks Darker than Shelley…
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Anyway, go make another, I don’t want to come back here all the time.
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Sure, just leave that one on the floor.  New parents and all…

boys too
We name this one Giles, since we weren’t as startled about needing to name it right away.
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Tada!  Spawn!

Back at home…
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But.  I’m not sure how I feel about this turn of events… So I create a save file with Giles and Giselle, and go back to the original pre-China save file… and do this!

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what do you mean who’s that?  It’s Flora!  Don’t you recognize your own TH?

I HATE Flora’s eyes on a dude.  It’s like their eyes just keep sinking further and further into their heads.  Anyhoo…

I then take manFlora and knock up Shelley in the shower.  I have to redress and make over Flora, which sucked, and she had freaky man voice for a bit… but hey.  After that, I went to save a new file reflecting THIS turn of events, and well, the never ending saving plumbob issue returns, and this WAS a “Save As” file.  So.  Here’s the deal.  I need some reader advice.  Please vote below on what to do next for the Zales.  I’m kind of at a loss, as I’m not sure what it is I really want.  So you guys can pick!

You guys tell me what YOU want, and I’ll do what you ask!  Or if you have any other fantastic ideas, PLEASE, leave them in the comments!

Until next time, Happy Simming!