Deaths, Births, a Move & Ghosts! 13.3

How do I Sims 3?  Oh yeah, Zale Check!  Here’s Kyle in a rocking chair.
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Exciting.

Lavender and Mindy are having a chat.
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Mango is standing around in his work clothes.
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Coffee table has cake.

Minnie is helping out with Natalie.
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Nova is in her crib.
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And lastly, we have little Nate…
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Resting peacefully with the mobile.

Mango gets the girls started on their skills.
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Thank heavens for toddler cheating objects!

Like baby jails!
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Highchairs on the other hand, can be very risky.
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I think it was Kyle who put her in here… OMG I’M SO BORED.  Don’t worry – this post gets SO MUCH BETTER.

Eventually.
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Hey look it’s momma Mindy!  She finally joins her little family upstairs.
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And by “join” I mean play video games, soaking wet – in her nightie.

The girls are fully skilled, so it’s Zale Family Parenting time.
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Such lovely objects.

I just thought Mango looked cute.
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With his PB&J.  I also realized at this moment that I really want him to be a PlantSim again.  So we’ll stop at three kids (I tell lies) and work on Mango’s gardening skill.

Mindy frequently vanishes for long periods of time, and I find myself forgetting about her. I chased her down and she was again talking to Lavender out in the horse barn.
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The two of them interact frequently, but their relationship is pretty neutral.  Mango was sleeping – it’s still weird to have a TH that needs sleep after all those Zaliens.

Mango wakes up, meets his needs, and then begins performing for tips.
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It’s too early in the morning though, so the streets are very empty…

…Or perhaps I wished they were.  This incredibly ugly family starts watching him.
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No seriously – look at these faces… Mom & daughter:
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Other daughter:
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Daddy dearest:
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Aren’t they totally terrifying?

Whoops – Mindy just got fired – I didn’t realize she was having problems at work.
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Ha – she doesn’t seem to mind.
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BLAH!  THUMBS DOWN.  (Dude, why is she always dripping wet?)

The time has come!  Mango can finally plant his forbidden fruit seed.
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Mango:  Stares intently.
Shh – it’s very serious business.

It’s spooky day, and Mango greets a couple trick-or-treaters.
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Spooky day indeed, the top of the house has vanished…

Even with a screaming Natalie in her arms, Mindy and her baby look amazing together.
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I’m super happy to have found Mindy.

Minnie is still here – 2 days from her YA birthday so she can move the heck out.
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I’m super sick of her.  Should I be?  Probably not.  But I am.

Lavender and Kyle are at the end of their lifebars.
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Leah is too…

There’s gonna be a lot of death coming up.
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😦

Oop – speak of the devil.
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Kyle was a good lookign Sim, but he didn’t pass on his awesome genes, and he was just kind of a non-entity in the legacy – so I wasn’t too sad.

Minne was though.
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But we all know how much I care about Minnie so… no feels were had.

It’s Nate’s birthday!  Mango has a gig later today, so we have his little private party a little early.
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See?  I learn things.  Sometimes.

He gets green hair.
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His favorite color is orange, which is a bit much with his green hair and red skin, but I work it in here and there.
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That’s Samali’s nose still passing on, and his mom’s droopy eyes.  He’s kind of odd looking… but I like him… for now.

Well!  What have we here?
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I told you I tell lies.

Just after he’s wife mysteriously vomits, Mango’s off to his gig.
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Where he promptly sets his ass on fire.
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Great job.

Hey – more family news, Sheldon & Mary had a son named Rudolph!
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We’ll never get to meet him however.

You brilliant readers you – your suspicions have been confirmed!
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Mango & Mindy are having one last baby.

You know?  He’s really not very cute.
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But ugly babies need skills too.

Learning with dad.
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See the orange?  The seahorses are orange. I told you I worked it in.  I’m STILL SO BORED.

Mindy looks over her three toddlers with one in the oven!
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Insanity.

Minnie went and birthday-ed while Mango was in the middle of a show.
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I think she actually looks very pretty.  I didn’t even give her a make over and just kicked her out.  She added hot-headed to absent minded, adventurous, ambitious, angler & animal lover.  Isn’t that too many traits?  Am I losing it?  No – that’s too many.  I swear that’s what she had though… I remember noticing how I wish she’d rolled another A trait… whatever, it doesn’t matter.  Oh yeah – she gets that illustrious author LTW.

Now is when I decide a couple things.  1.  We’re moving.  2.  We’re leaving Lavender and Leah behind.  Both their lives have been fully lived, and Lavender’s inventory has several glitched out items in it that just keep passing from person to person.  They showed up with Juniper, and I’d like to be rid of them.  I started going around the house trying to salvage historic items, but in the end I choose to grab only the graves, the fridge, and Mango’s forbidden fruit seed.  Except I couldn’t find a way to take his seedling… but Mindy had one in his pocket – so we’ll just plant that one when we move.

And – I actually didn’t leave Lavender and Leah behind.  I moved them into the neighbor’s house, killed them, then had Mango go get the graves.  The glitched inventory passed on to the neighbor.  I know it’s not a very glamorous end for a TH and her beloved horse – but as I’m sure you can tell – I can barely handle this boring family in this boring house and this boring blog.  Change was necessary!

Aaaaannnddd… I can’t move the house when a family member is pregnant.   Le sigh.

But, from the looks of things, it should be too much longer.
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Good.  I don’t know why I’m always rushing your pregnancies, Mindy – but hurry up will ya?

Now we have to have another birthday party in this house.
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I should have invited spares and such – but SO OVER IT.

Natalie went first, and added night owl to neurotic and couch potato.
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I figured she’d be too lazy to do much with her hair – and she runs around barefoot, which somehow came across as neurotic to me.  I love her.

Nova little Nova added snob to genius and friendly.
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Such different sisters!  Fancy clothes for her snob trait, and glasses for her genius trait.  I love her too.

Have that baby already – I really want to move!
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THANK YOU.
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One quick hospital birth…
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…And it’s a boy!
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He’s red – for now, and I name him Noah.  He’s friendly and good.
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Yup – still red!  Mango and Mindy are so cute here.

One final look at a house they’ve lived in for many generations.
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It’s slightly bittersweet – it’s one of the few homes I’ve built that I’m very pleased with – but I’m done.  And I’ll confess, I was feeling pretty done with the Zales in general… but well – you’ll see.  It gets better.

Welcome!  To Isla Paradiso!
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I’m pretty sure all previous problems I’ve had with this world will not exist now that I have the new graphics card and power supply.  I’m super excited to play with this beautiful world.  The plot of land they bought is on a pretty remote island – it’s the only lot on the land chunk.  That might lead to issues, but if that’s the case, I’ll move within the hood.  I specifically sought out this exact plot, since it owns both land and sea.  Time for me to get building.

***AGONIZINGLY LONG BUILDING INTERLUDE***

Tada!
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I am obsessed with it.  I know it’s pretty basic in design, but I tried to capture the nature of the environment, the beauty of the surroundings, and make kind of an “indoor/outdoor” living with LOTS of plants, and LOTS of windows.  It’s just a shell in that picture above, but I keep at it.

I’ve also down something a bit different.  I took a page out of AutumnRein‘s book – author of the Winters ISBI (which if you aren’t reading you should be)- and built this.
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I even added a whole row of rocking chairs to keep the dead comfy, but you’ll see that later.  Every single grave made the trek, except – Samali!  Can you believe that!?!  There’s Abraham, Angelica, Bettina, Benji, Leif, Cyrus, Traci, Changpu, Daisy, Duchess, Gustave, Duke, Erik, Liz, Eddie, Flora, Shelley, Giles, Meredith, Helen, Ramon, Ike, Tahiya, Imogene (still tragic), Juniper, Krypton, Lavender, Lacey, Bailey, Kyle & Leah.  As for Samali, I might add her to the family, since I still have her SimSelf, then kill her just to get her urn… we’ll see!  And it was this… this move, this new build, and the placing of all the urns that I became reinvigorated with the Zale Family ISBI – Alphabetcy.  I’ve made it so far!

And I’m in love with the new house!  There’s LOTS of bare space, but it’s playable!
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I’m so happy with how it has turned out.  I have also turned off winter (which I might reconsider for the festival and holiday lights – might just eliminate hail and snow) Fall is like, three days, Spring is 7 and Summer is 15.  It’s a hot, sunny paradise.

Mango plants his new forbidden fruit seed and hires a maid.
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Our little snob Nova reads a book out at the fire pit.
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Love it.

Natalie is playing pretend in her new room.
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Don’t mind the angled line on the wall.  It’s because of the staircase on the other side – I couldn’t get rid of it.  I still love her room.

I’m really looking forward to playing more of this beautiful world.
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I think these two are enjoying their new lives of luxury.
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And they are painfully adorable.

I had to add a couple places for Watch That Man Go to perform, but it wasn’t too hard.
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He’s off to audition!

Have I mentioned how happy I am with this world?
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I’m so freakin’ happy.

Not this again.
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THAT IS NOT YOUR OUTFIT.  Well, at least it isn’t graduation robes.

Mango has a couple auditions and scores a couple new one-time gigs.
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He also didn’t even lose his job performance!  I was shocked, so YAY!

And then, we have… for the first time in a very long time… A Haunting!
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It’s Tahiya!

She finds the row of rockers and gets settled.
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Sweet.

Ike!
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Ramon!
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Lacey!
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Daisy!
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I couldn’t NOT capture Daisy fainting – as it’s SO DAISY.
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I was feeling so nostalgic after seeing all the ghosts.  I’m sure it’ll get old before too long, but for now, I was incredibly happy to see the Zales of the past.

How cool is it to be able to swim right off your own property?
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Or just lounge around on a float?
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As far as I know there are only a couple lots in Isla Paradiso that offer both land and water – one is incredibly small, and this one that is very remote.  But I think, to get the most out of what this EP has to offer, you gotta have both!  You can moor your boats, and build out over the water… swim right off your own private beach… delightful!

The girls finish their first day of school in the new hood.
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They both brought home a friend!
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I watched carefully to see how they’d arrive, due to the remote nature of Zale Island, and I learned something important.  Kids can use boats!  Nat and Nova hopped in a water taxi.  The boy had a paddle boat in his pocket, the girl had a – wait for it – JETSKI!  I immediately bought the girls each one, but they haven’t used them yet.  I can hardly wait!

Mango takes off to his first new gig, but travel time between islands takes so long that he’s late!  Oh well, we try his new balancing ball thing.
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The show went very well!

That night, Bettina and Eddie haunt!
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And Liz!
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And I promise not to document every single ghost sighting – it’s just kind of exciting for now.  And I’m kind of waiting for Abraham to appear… 🙂

We’re one step closer to re-PlantSim-izing Mango!
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I can hardly wait!

These two are super in love, and super romantic all the time.
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It’s freakin’ adorable.

And check out the view from that bed!
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Um – yes please!  And the audio in this world, so amazing.  There’s seagulls and you can hear the water… It’s so nice.

I love Mango & Mindy.
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Mango has a gig tonight, and tomorrow is both boy’s birthdays, and after that I’ll end this post.  To try to ensure Mango arrives on time, I buy him a motorcycle!
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Oh – by the way, the Zales net worth is approx $800k.  With the build they have about $400k in the bank.  It’s actually pretty low for the 13th generation, but when only one person really works, or succeeds in their job (Leif was the much needed early on exception!) it’s slow going!

The gig starts out great!
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He’s in his proper outfit, and everyone loves him!

In fact, this woman loved him so much she went into labor!
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And then promptly stole the show.
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😐

Thanks lady.  Oh well, Mango still did great.

Due to the rain (boo) the boys have an inside birthday.
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I really wanted to use their deck over looking the water.  Oh well, there will be lots of birthdays.

Noah ages up looking very similar to his brother.
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He has a different mouth though.

A quick trip through CAS and I present toddler Noah.
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His favorite color is grey, like his sister Natalie.

Nate adds perfectionist to his traits of loves the outdoors & grumpy.
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Peculiar little fellow.

Here is his new big boy room, and that’s that!
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Come see me again soon!  Thank you to everyone who reads, follows, comments & lurks.  We’re about halfway through this journey – and I appreciate each and every one of you!  I apologize for the slow in momentum, but I’m back and as excited as ever – so!  Until next time, Happy Simming!

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28 thoughts on “Deaths, Births, a Move & Ghosts! 13.3

  1. somebodysangel13

    I totally get the thing about finding the family boring; that’s what has caused me grief when I try to do legacies in the past. When you have so much money and the town is full of descendants, it can try the patience. But you found a great solution; can’t wait to see the Zale’s try out IP’s many fun things. A scuba diving TH could be fun…

    I think Nate’s strange looks come from the weirdly-shaped cheeks/jawline – he seems to have Mindy’s cheekbones but Mango/Samali’s full cheeks. The girls look to have escaped it, thankfully. They are so different, but so cute. I’m favouring Nova, atm, but now that they can have their own personalities, they can show us what they’ve got 🙂

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    1. Heather Post author

      Yeah – I know people definitely understand the boredom that can come with playing the same save file for eternity… but it’s funny – if I started over I’d just be doing the same things, so it’s kind of odd, really. I’m super stoked about IP’s options for the Zales too! Scuba diving, or Lifeguard! And just how lovely the town is in general… nice to have a change of pace!

      I agree with your assessment of Nate, and yes, we are very fortunate the girls have dodged that genetic bullet. I think they’re both quite lovely, and I’m looking forward to seeing them as teens. I slightly prefer Natalie, but I love them both, so it’s gonna be fun!

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  2. autumnrein

    I’m so glad you’re excited with the new town. I’m having a hard time getting motivated to get out some chapters with TS3. I just bought Get to Work on the weekend so I’ve been pretty into TS4.

    I had no idea that kids could use boats too! I am going to try and give some boats around the Winters house and see who will end up using them. I sadly think I have to change towns again too but maybe it will rekindle some drive to play the game and write about it lol.

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    1. Heather Post author

      Hey! You got some chapters out, I saw them! I read and voted, but I haven’t had a chance to comment yet! Do you like GTW? I’ve heard mixed reviews, but I think it’s great!

      Kids and boats, amirite? I was so surprised, and I can’t wait to see Natalie and Nova use their new jetskis! Normally I hate changing towns, because I always do it out of “save the game file” necessity, and not any other reason… but this time it was mostly to just get out of Appaloosa Plains and go somewhere different! I was sick of that house, and sick of the neighborhood. I’ve definitely enjoyed this move!

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      1. autumnrein

        I’ve been loving GTW so far! So much fun and I love the clothing that’s come with it too. I’m really hoping I can start an ISBI in it. I have a feeling deaths are going to be more likely in TS4 but we shall see!

  3. loralie0512

    I love their new house! It came out great! Yeah, I can understand getting bored, for me I just move on to a new save for a break and usually something will spark my interest again.

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    1. Heather Post author

      Yeah – I know everyone feels my pain when it comes to the boredom factor. I find reading peoples blogs always gets me inspired to play and post. That and if I do a little too much in TS4, I start missing my TS3.

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  4. Echo Weaver

    I would totally put Nate in my town if you put him up for download. I’ve hand-seeded my town with funky genetics, and as a result I don’t have a Face One problem. I lurves me some strange-looking sims :).

    That was an actual request, come to think of it.

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  5. plumbawesim

    Cute! I love all the ghost appearances. It’s nice to see some of the old Zales appear! 🙂
    Isla Paradiso looks beautiful! I’m really loving the house you built too, so pretty. I hope you get to stay for a while and enjoy the island.
    Thanks for another update! 🙂

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    1. Heather Post author

      I really enjoyed seeing them too! I was surprised, and my game didn’t have any glitches or crashes or lag when they were all out, so I’m hopeful that I can keep them around for awhile! At least until I get sick of them, ha ha ha. Nightly hauntings can get tiresome.

      I’m glad you like the house! I hope we can enjoy a generation or two here in the tropical paradise!

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  6. Sammy-Sama

    I’m having the same issue with the Bagrovs right now. Waiting for the next heir to grow up takes so long. I ended up switching to the short lifespan so my attention span didn’t give up lol.

    I’m loving the new house. I wish I had the skills to build houses like EVERY other legacy writer I follow. and seeing the ghosts after so long is super awesome. I can’t wait to see what shenanigans the family gets into on Isle Paradiso.
    I haven’t figured out who my favorite kid is this generation but I’m sure I’ll know when they’re teens. I can’t wait for the next chapter!

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    1. Heather Post author

      Not the Bagrovs! I love the Bagrovs! It’s always your Bagrov posts that make me want to play my Lightnings! We’re opposites right now, I really want to be done with my little challenge so I can go back to regular lifespans – actually get to know the children, complete their aspirations, and enjoy them! Instead it’s all so fast! But I can totally understand where you’re coming from.

      You know, I never successfully built a house that I liked until I managed to get that one in Lucky Palms for the Zales. After that, I’ve been pleased with every house I’ve built for them since. So maybe there’s hope for you too, ha ha ha! Only took me over a decade of Simming to successfully build a house or two. 🙂

      I know I don’t like the boys, ha ha ha, their funky looking… but I’m loving both girls! It’s gonna be fun!

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      1. Sammy-Sama

        I promise I won’t give up on the Bagrovs! I just needed to speed up their lives a bit so I didn’t want to quit haha. It’s just at that time where you’re waiting for the heir to be of age so you can really do stuff again haha, it always seems to drag.
        I need to just launch my game and start practicing building. It might help me get something good and if it’s nice I can always use it for one of the legacies haha.

        Omg I just tried to play the sims 3 again after all this time and it was so slow and I could barely do anything. At least I updated my sim!self and uploaded her into the exchange, let’s just see how long it takes for her to be taken down haha.

  7. Voguishstorm

    You’re lucky it’s a girl’s turn, otherwise you’d have to like those boys. I think the girls got the best of the genetics, Kyle’s skintone and their parent’s hair colors. And don’t give up on your Zales. I know playing the game and waiting while they do their stuff can be boring, but someday they’ll surprise you with some dumb stuff they’ll do. 😉 Can’t wait to see what that will be.

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    1. Heather Post author

      You’re so right, I am lucky! And yes – it can be boring, but mostly I think I just needed an attitude adjustment. Mango is super fun, Mindy is lovely, and now that there’s a new house in a new place, I’m super happy. I promise I will not give up on the Zales! Thanks for reading!

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  8. Plumbob21

    That house is so cool 🙂 It’s cool to see all the family again! I really hope there’s something for the sims 4 like island paradise soon (:

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    1. Heather Post author

      I couldn’t have put it better myself! It’s like WOW! I’ve come so far!!! Oh man, I have so far to go!! Always nice to see you Zefie!

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  9. mishieftress

    I sometimes tire of my sim families too, here iit’s very understandable as it’s not the usual 10 Gen legacy!

    I must admit I favor Natalie already, got a weakness for that hairstyle and colour XD

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  10. gryffindork7

    “Simple in design”?? Heather, that house is incredible. I don’t know the first thing about building on mixed elevation, let alone half water/half land. I feel homesick for the ocean just looking at it… and I have the weirdest urge to go swimming underneath the deck pillars, hahaha. This makes me want to move the Langurds to Isla Paradiso!

    Great chapters, by the way! I’m almost caught up 😀

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    1. Heather Post author

      Why thank you! But all you really have to do is drag the foundation out, and the game does the rest. I too felt homesick for the ocean. And when I play I can almost feel the air, especially with my fancy headphones on, and the stereo sounds of waves and seagulls.

      I just love Isla Paradiso. I bet you will too!

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      1. gryffindork7

        Well see, I guess that’s the first thing. And I didn’t know it. 😛 That sounds absolutely heavenly… I’ve been in Midnight Hollow for only a generation and I could already use a sunny change!

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