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Oh Those Zales…

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No Pancakes For You 12.4

So hello!  Sorry I’ve been gone for so long – it’s the holidays and whatnot.  OH!  I also finally found myself actually enjoying TS4 and really wanted to play that… so I told myself if I got a Zale update done, I could play TS4.  So this is a Zale update!  (I had fun, too – so that’s good)  Get situated and ready for another fancy installment of the Zales!

ZALE CHECK!  Because seriously, who are these guys again?  OH RIGHT, Samali is first up, and she’s just standing around.
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And so is her husband, Krypton.
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And those more astute readers might see that Lavender is ALSO just standing there.
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I am entertaining photo taking blogger extraordinaire.

Let’s see if the rest are more interesting…

Kyle is asleep.
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*Yawn*

Aha!  Little Meg is actually doing something!
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TO THE WATERSLIDE!  WEE!

Here’s Mary asleep in her crib.
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I love her little outfit.

Mango found this dastardly toy.
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*Cheat deletes it*

Melody is also asleep in her crib.
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Here little cherry jammies are cute too!

Lacey & Leah are hanging out with the ice cream truck.
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There – you now remember everyone who’s in the house!

Lavender rolled a wish to invite someone over, so I had Lilac and Livid stop by.
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Lavender needs interviews, so it’s shrubbery questioning time.  Except Lilac agreed to be interviewed, ran off to pee, and then left.  FINE.

Perhaps Livid will be more helpful.
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Meg watches.

Of course Livid is more agreeable, she was a definite favorite of mine!
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I’ll make sure Lavender writes up something nice.

Krypton, you’re scaring me, old man.
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He is like, MEGA working out, and pouring sweat.

Sam is taking care of the toddlers who have woken up hungry and demanding.
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Thanks lady!
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Such a sweet grandma.  ❤

I finally remembered to mark Lavender with “The Gnome”.
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Tada.

She’s rolled a couple midlife crises wishes.  One to flirt with someone else, and one to flirt with this guy, Dakota.
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So here she is flirting…

Also, I don’t want to make this a wasted visit, so we decide to interview him too.
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Somewhere right about now, Lavender leveled up in her Charisma skill, and rolled a wish to use a “Charming Introduction”

So we wake up his pregnant wife to give that a go.
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Real classy there, Lavender.

Then – the most amazing thing to ever happen in the history of this blog – happens.
Liv is peggo!
Kenji’s skinny old face failed to load, but WHO CARES!  There’s going to be a spare baby!  First one EVAR!

Back at the house, Lavender takes over the child rearing duties, and grants a ton of wishes she had rolled, and continued to roll for her kids.
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Pretty stinkin’ cute.

The girls end up in the swings…
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…Much to Krypton’s enjoyment.  Such lovely little toddlers!

There’s still some love and affection between Kyle and Lav too.
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Every now and then 🙂

Okay – so get this.  I sent Lavender to the fridge to get something to eat, and there was an option to eat a “Sphere of Destiny”  What is that?  Does anyone know what that is?
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It certainly looks weird…
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I save before she eats it in case something super frightening happens.
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Well, aside from being super weird, and kind of looking like a grapefruit – nothing happened.  No moodlet, nothing weird… nada.  Never seen anything like that before?

This kid aged up immediately after?  And he’s alarming looking…I don’t have any berry Sims…
demon toddler
Spoooky.

Anyhoo, so I get this pop up…
Lilac got married
And it would normally be REALLY great!!  Except like, two pop-ups previously I was notified that he’s about to die.  Way to go Lilac.  Marry a man on his death bed.  Maybe he’ll manage to knock her up before he pops his cogs?  We’ll see!  *Spoiler: he doesn’t*

FINALLY OFF TO WORK!  All those pregnancies have really held Lavender back.  I actually doubt she’ll complete her LTW.
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Let’s get some promotions!

Hi sweet Sam!
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Your lifebar is full. 😦

So is yours, Krypton –
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But you work out CONSTANTLY.

Pretty limber for 92!
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And hilarious.

This incredibly unique bald boy said he wanted to come home with Meg after school.
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I said “SURE!”
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But you need some hair first.  I think they’d make cute babies.  Is that weird?  That’s weird.  Because they’re just kids.

Speaking of babies – it’s Mary’s birthday!
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She rolls “Star Quality”

And I choose to embrace that new trait.
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I normally find the face paint make-up a little silly, but something about Mary (ha, that could be a movie title) pulls it off, and I think she’s fantastic!

See?  Isn’t she cute?
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She’s on her way to play on the playground, which is adorable in itself.  I couldn’t get any good pictures though, it was too dark.

*boop*
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In robotic voice: Parenting complete.

Aw, so cute!  Lavender wanted to pillow fight, and Meg wanted to get attention from mom…
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It’s win/win!  Don’t wake up Kyle though!  And funny he’s thinking about a chipmunk.  There’s been one running in circles near the miner I’ve never touched for like, two Sim years.  I can hear it from time to time, and I’ve seen it too.  I keep waiting for it to vanish, but it never seems to.  I might have to catch it some day.

To prevent the upcoming potential of pestering everyone in the house, I have Lavender read Mary to sleep in her new big girl bedroom.
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That’s ONE who won’t be a bother.

Meg must have managed to get to sleep too, while I wasn’t paying attention, because here’s the little cuties in their cutie pajamas the next morning.
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Too bad the bus is going to come in about seven seconds.  No pancakes for you.

Ooh, Meg!  You turkey!
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Maybe she DIDN’T get to sleep.  She was almost there.  -5

On the plus side, Livid had her baby!
Baby Abbey
Sweet!  A little girl named Abbey!

I scoured the neighborhood to try to find Livid, Kenji and Abbey’s house, and I finally established that they live here.
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No one is home, so I guess we’ll just peek in the windows, come back some other time, wait patiently dig through their trash.
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Lavender DOES have reports to write…

Dude, she looks possessed.
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Like you woke up because you heard noises, you grab your flashlight and run outside only to find a raccoon digging through your garbage with a Cheetos bag about to cut you.  Lavender is that raccoon.

Ahem – Kenji and family never came home, but Lavender dug up some dirt on him (literally) and writes him up.
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It was a negative report, because it was my only option.

The next day Lavender finally gains entrance into Kenji and Livid’s home.
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Livid and Abbey were no where to be found.  She waited around until the wee house, and bought her new niece a crib, since the house didn’t have one, but Livid and Abbey never appeared.  I double checked, they DO live together… WHATEVER.  I didn’t want to see the boring pink burrito baby anyway (except I totally did).

After Lavender spent the entire day, and well into the night away from the Zale estate, I return home and spy this:
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Toddler Fail.  -5 From Melody, but I don’t blame her.  Way to take care of things Sam, Krypton and Kyle!

It’s Spooky Day!  So the Zales (and freakin’ everyone else) show up at the Fall Festival!
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It was very crowded.

A bunch of cute townies enjoyed a pie eating contest.
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I tried to get a Zale involved, but I was too late.

Livid was at the festival in her career outfit!
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I still can’t find her baby 😦

And way to go Kyle.
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-5

Apple bobbing time (Ha, I totally just typed boobing and had to fix it)
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Lavender gets one!
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So does Mary!
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I just adore Mary – ever so much.

Lavender won!

Kyle got his face painted again.
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Very fancy.  Goes great with your pee soaked pants.

Hi Sam!
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And there’s Krypton and Mango in the background and…
…What’s happening?
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Right in front of the BABY!?!  Oh man.

Poor Meg and Krypton.
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😦

But if you want a good turn out for mourning, die at a public place on a holiday.
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Lots of people stopped to cry.  Or at least gawk.

Sam departs with the same grace she brought to her time in the Zale house.
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Fare thee well, woman with fifty books in her inventory now transferred to Krypton, Fare thee well.

Oh the heartbreak.
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And need to pee.  And a nice view.

What the!?!  We JUST GOT HOME FROM THE FESTIVAL!
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Krypton: I WANT PANCAKES!

Bye Krypton…
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On the plus side, we’ll only have to suffer 2 days of mourning for 2 losses… so there’s that.

Krypton:  PLEASE!  LET ME HAVE MY PANCAKES!
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Death:  No pancakes for you.
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Lavender:  DAD TOO!?!  *Cries and cries and wails for ever*

I’ll eat your pancakes, Daddy.
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More pancakes for me.

So, on the flip side, Kyle finally gets a grown up bedroom.
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He’s been sleeping in Livid’s old room since he moved in.

And ya know… this:
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Kyle:  Let’s make babies!
Lavender:  DAD!  I MISS YOU.

😐

Moving on…

I know, sweet Mary – it’s pretty sad.
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But just be grateful you only have to mourn once.  Seriously – it’s a huge benefit.

I like her cute little outfit.
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Note: I was pretty sure something interesting would happen regarding the build up and pictures below.  Absolutely nothing happens.

Kyle is the only adult home.
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Lavender is at work, and Sam and Krypton just died so…

It’s up to him and him alone to take care of the toddlers.
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So far so good.

THEY WAKE.
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Aaaannd… sat happily in the swings like little cherubs until Lavender got home from work.  Kyle is still asleep.  So yeah.  That happened.  That being nothing.

Lavender got promoted to level five!
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And wait. Those are cakes.

I guess I don’t have the promotion picture.  Ahem… There’s an event today!
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See?

Lilac is here!
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Recently widowed.

Livid is too!
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*Waves back*

I’m not sure we’ll see this again, so toddler flower trail!
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It’s Meg’s birthday!
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Mango too!
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He’s so cute.

Meg rolled ambitious!  And this is how she aged up.
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Even her shoes match!  Way to not fail EA random outfit!  I’ll still give her a make-over but not bad!

During the birthdays, Lavender rolled this…
We're worth nearly 700k
It’s only during wishes like this that I can figure out how much their worth.  Almost $700k!  For 12 generations, that’s really not that much, but with only one person under my rule, that’s not too bad!

Back to the birthdays, Mango adds absent-minded to green thumb and athletic.
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Plant-tastic!  See all that greenery under his clothes?  I thought it was his clothes, but it’s his SKIN!  Awesome!

But we’re not done with birthdays, it’s Melody’s too!
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Hey look!  He still leaves a trail!
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Wee!

Melody rolls virtuoso to join excitable and easily impressed.
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Yeah, that’ll need a make-over.

Livid breaks out this future instrument (and is terrible at it)
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And Lilac mourns her deceased husband.

Poor thing.
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They were married for like, two days.

Make-over Shots:

Anyhoo, here’s Meg!
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She’s ambitious, easily impressed, shy and a loner.  I tried to embrace shy in her new look.  I just love her.

And here we have sweet Melody!
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She’s adorable.

And our plant-man Mango!
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What a little darling!

Just after the party, and everyone has left – I get another pop-up!
Lilac's second marriage
Lilac is re-marrying on the rebound.  Can’t tell if he’s an elder or not – I hope NOT!

One last thing before we go…
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Nooboo!  Hopefully NoobooS!  I gave both Kyle and Lavender the fertility treatment.  I kinda hope it’ll be a couple boys, or at least ONE boy – but even if it isn’t, that’s okay, I’m pretty  keen on Mango.

But that’s all for now!  So do come back and join us next time!  Until then, Happy Simming!

SCORE:
Failing school -5:  1 (-5)
Game Sent a Service Sim -5:  81 (-40)
Passing Out -5:  42 (-210)
Self-Wetting -5:  32 (-160)
Accidental Deaths -10:  1 (-10)
Social Worker Visit -15:  0 (YAY!)
Births +5:  33 (+165)
Twin Births + 10:  9 (+90)
Triplet Birth +15:  2 (+30)
Fulfilling LTW + 40: 9 (+360)
Honor Roll +5:  13 (+65)
Randomize Traits for an Entire Generation +10:  11 (+110)
Every $100,000 +20:  6 (+120)
Spouse Tops Career +10:  3 (+30)
I Called a Repairperson -10:  4 (-40)
Repo-man -5:  1 (-5)
TOTAL: +500

Can’t Birth a Boy 12.3

Hai!  Sorry I was gone for so long, I spent the Thanksgiving holiday (and my birthday!) in Phoenix, AZ with my in-laws.  Had a lovely time.  Got home Just a few days ago and TADA!  Zale post comin’ at ya live!  Let’s get started shall we?

ZALE CHECK!
Samali, Kyle & Krypton are all swarming baby Mary.
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Hi guys – I missed you!

Little Meg is in her crib.
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She may be a “not-boy” and green-ish skinned, but I think she’s pretty great.

Bailey is having a snack.
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Leah is hiding in the bushes.
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Doing horsey things.

Lavender and Lacey are out for a ride.
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Fierce.

Aw, my sweet Meg.
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I love toddlers.

And then just like that BAMMO…
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…I remodeled the nursery.

Taking a break from pregnancy, Lavender is out training Leah at the training grounds.
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I think that’s a spiffy picture.

While out for a ride, Leah rolled a horsey wish to win an advanced racing competition, so Lavender gives it her best shot.
compete in a race
We got second place.

Kyle does some autonomous parenting.
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This was the first time he’d picked up his daughter.  Sad faces.

Speaking of parenting, we’re about to make it a bit more challenging!
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Of course, Lav was getting a massage that she’d wished for (and paid for) had to come out midway through to show me she was pregnant, which I’d already known, then go BACK IN and pay for ANOTHER massage to grant the wish.  Redonkulous.

Once Kyle picked up baby Mary, he just wouldn’t put her down.
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And I found that to be adorable.

Someone fed this little peanut while I wasn’t looking.
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no complaints here!

Aw.
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She’s neat.

Boop.
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Parenting complete.

Lavender is a very doting momma, and rolls lots of momma wishes.
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Like to buy, then use, this stroller. Have fun you two.

Hi Husband!
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We’re having another baby!

AHHHHH!
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I mean neat.
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*Thumbs up*

Bailey had rolled a wish to Sniff Meg, and I wasn’t sure he could even do that until she became a child, but I thought I’d try – so I go have Lavender fetch the little muffin, then set her in the pasture.
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Um, holy cute.

I cannot believe how adorable this is.
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And that’s not Bailey – that’s Leah – oh well.  Apparently it was Leah’s wish.

Sam then decides the baby should NOT be left in the pasture with three full-grown horses…
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…and hauls her inside after an autonomous CLAW ATTACK, which I failed to capture.  Samali appears to be just finishing a thought about herself.

Quick chat with dad – totally not to stop him from messing with the swings either…
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Have to make sure everyone knows there’s another babe on the way.

Kyle reminds me of Ramon.
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Not just the childish trait, but the afro too.  Although Kyle’s is different.

Lav lives on a strict diet of nothing but apples.
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I would like a boy please.

Lavender had a sore back, so I sent her off to the spa and followed Kyle around for entertainment.
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Precious, sweet entertainment.  In swim trunks.

With Lavender pregnant for what seems like the umpteenth time, I send her off to the festival to make friends and write more reports.  I decide the whole family could use the outing, so here’s grumpy, pregnant Lavender carrying Meg.
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You’ll have fun, I promise.

We get a portrait taken, per Lav’s wishes, and then I send her off to make friends.
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So she can then write them up – totally legit.

I love it when Sims choose to do things like get their face painted.
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I’m excited to see what he picks!

Uh oh – either this old man is dying…
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…or Bailey is.

Damn.  It’s Bailey.
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Quit hugging him you jerk!

I love Bailey extra bunches, but I knew our time with him would be brief, since he was an elder upon adoption into the Zale house…
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But at least he exits in style.  I’ll miss you, Bay.

But, on the bright side, Kyle emerges from the painting booth looking extra fancy.
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Looks good with your eyes, there bud.  Nice choice.

If this old totter would hurry up, I bet they could start the contest.
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He took too long, and the challenge cancelled.  DAMN.

The loss of Bailey impacts the group.
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I know, it’s very sad.

Samali!
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-5

SERIOUSLY?
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Old lady bladder ain’t what it used to be.  -5 more.

Lavender was just heading to pick up Meg, and Labor strikes!
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I hope all those apples have worked!

Poor fancy Kyle.
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Now go join your wife.

Well, hang the portrait real quick-like.
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Aw.

Aaaaannnd…
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It’s a girl.  Lavender’s face reflects my own feelings on the matter.  She had BOTH traits locked in which like, is a legacy first.  She’s easily impressed and excitable.  And her name is Melody.

Lavender continues to play favorites, and rolls more and more wishes for first born Meg.
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But even while cherishing her children…
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…The loss of Bailey is fresh on her mind.

So – I planted this thing ages ago, kind of inspired by Pink’s Madness, and I thought, what the hey, let’s pick it.
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The death of Bailey opened up a house slot… so why not.

No, this isn’t creepy at all.
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😐

Weeeiiirrrdd…
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Creepy human pod.

What the hell?  IT’S A BOY!
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I think Lavender’s expression there pretty much sums it up.

Amazing.
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I name him Mango – because it’s the first plant-type thing I thought of that started with M.

Weird plant babies aside, we have a birthday today!
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Mary gets to become a toddler!
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Lav:  *puts baby on floor*  Peace out.

Aw, she’s adorable!
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She likes spiceberry, mushroom omelets and beach party music.  So lovely and human!  Also absent minded and friendly.

Sam loves all her grandbabies.
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And Krypton really misses that horse.

Little Mary is adorable too, and has nice dark skin.
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Look how green Mango is!

Cute potty training face.
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Don’t hurt yourself kid.

A little toddler spam can’t hurt ya.
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Omnomnom BLOCKS.

With another break from pregnancy, Lavender takes Lacey out for a ride.
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Here’s little Meg, one of her last moments as a toddler.
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They grow up so fast!

Here’s grandma Sam looking grandma annoyed in her grandma PJ’s.
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Yes yes, I’m sure you and Kyle are both in each others way to do something detrimental to the babies in the swings.

Whoops, washer broke.
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For some reason, I love it when the washer breaks.  I think it’s the bubbles.

Then, this insanely stupid music started – kind of like carnival music, but happier?  Not as creepy?  It was louder sometimes and quieter sometimes, depending on where I was on the lot.  And I discovered it was linked to this guy.
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Yes, look sad.  It is bad and you should feel bad.
I went into edit town mode, split him from the house, then put him back.

It was surprisingly successful!
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Yes yes, welcome back, all smiles now!

Livid and Lilac are here!
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Hi ladies!  It’s nice to see you – even if you’re pulling faces, Lil.

There’s a few birthdays on the horizon!
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(You have no idea how hard it was to get all three babies downstairs in those swings…)

Baby Melody goes first!
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At least grandma cares.  Sam always cares.

Meg is next!
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WOOSH!
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This cake extra seasoned with toddler spit.

It’s the Plantbaby’s turn!
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Oh Krypton, you old coot.  ❤

There’s one last cake, and it’s for Lavender herself!
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Lookin’ good.
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I think the few more lines make her look lovely.

So here we have little Melody.
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She is excitable and easily impressed, and likes – aqua?  Yeah.  What a little peanut.

Then we have Meg, who rolled shy to join loner and easily impressed.
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I think she’s a sweetie.

Lastly, Plantbaby Mango.
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Unfortunately, his favorite color is lime – holy green!  But I LOVE his golden eyes.

And there’s definitely some awesome with a plantsim baby.
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Pretty neat!
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So – I like the little guy, but they can’t spread genetics or reproduce without cloning themselves into forbidden fruit seeds – SO I know he will have only Lavender’s looks, and if he is to be the only boy, I’ll cure him of his Plantsimism if he’s to be the TH.  I’m also planning on waiting patiently for the death of Krypton and/or Samali to try two more times for some boys.  So we’ll see.

He also learns REALLY quickly – his skill bar is this full from only one potty session.
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Nearly half!

I then got a pop-up about how Kyle was feeling younger and revitalized, and I knew he’d been busy in the spa – so I checked on his stats – knowing he was already a few days younger than Lavender – and I was shocked to see he was all the way at the beginning of his lifestage.  I think when I split him from the house and back in, to kill the scary music, he aged all the way back down.  SO!
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There, steamy forced birthday all alone in the basement.  Serves you right you – handsome guy.

Back upstairs, Krypton and little Mary are failing to communicate.
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She’s hungry, but he picked her up, and put her back into the play pen about a thousand times.

HOLY CRAP!
married!
Lilac is getting married to Chuck Hobble!  That other guy both her and her sister dated for a minute, Tate Curely or somewhat, he died.  She’s just a full on adult now, so hopefully, even though he’s old, he’ll give her BABIES!  ONE Zale cousin, just ONE would be awesome.

The three eldest Zale women share breakfast together.
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Then we have a little alien bonding with dad.
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And that’s where I stopped playing…

I MEANT to stop after the birthdays, but I got kinda distracted.  Oh well.  So!  There you have it!  Not much looming in the immediate future, but Lav will finally start going to work again soon, and maybe, just maybe we can get promoted past level 3 or whatever pathetic level we’re at right now.  So until next time, Happy Simming!

SCORE:
Failing school -5:  1 (-5)
Game Sent a Service Sim -5:  81 (-40)
Passing Out -5:  40 (-200)
Self-Wetting -5:  31 (-155)
Accidental Deaths -10:  1 (-10)
Social Worker Visit -15:  0 (YAY!)
Births +5:  33 (+165)
Twin Births + 10:  9 (+90)
Triplet Birth +15:  2 (+30)
Fulfilling LTW + 40: 9 (+360)
Honor Roll +5:  13 (+65)
Randomize Traits for an Entire Generation +10:  11 (+110)
Every $100,000 +20:  6 (+120)
Spouse Tops Career +10:  3 (+30)
I Called a Repairperson -10:  4 (-40)
Repo-man -5:  1 (-5)
TOTAL: +515