Category Archives: Generation 8 – H

Helen’s Last Hurrah 8.13

Hi!  Let’s just get right to another Zale Adventure!  And holy cow, it’s quite the long one.  Over 130 pictures!  So dig in!

As always, ZALE CHECK time!  Ramon:
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He’s old.  I had forgotten actually.  Oops.  He’s heading to the kitchen for a snack.

Helen is also very hungry, and off to grab a bite.
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Showing off the koi tattoo.

Imogene joins her parents in near starvation.
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Zales don’t eat often, apparently.

Ike looks very sad… I wasn’t sure why at first…
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…but then I checked his queue, and he has “Listen to Request” from Iris waiting.  No wonder he’s sad, stupid bedtime stories.

Darling Ivanna has something other than food on her mind and is off to play with the laptop.
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And here’s little Iris, going to ask her brother for a story.
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Little, evil, disciplined Iris.  With smiling sunflower jammies.  She is not hungry, that’s Imogene’s thought bubble, it just lined up nicely.

Iris is about to pass out, since the bedtime story didn’t do the trick.  Shocking.
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Here she is looking very sleepy heading off to school.

Winter has past, and now it’s spring time!
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I really like Lucky Palms.  Pretty town.

Nice outfit Helen.
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She is level 8, which is “Special Agent”.  Go Helen go! Only two more!

While hanging out in the front yard, this mail lady did NOT walk up to their mailbox, but materialized in front of it.
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What is up with her face?  She’s like three mail people in one…

And now the pond has turned blood red.
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Is this the apocalypse?  Mail lady looks frightened.

I was having so much fun outside, watching the kids get on the bus and the confusing graphics, and then this happened.
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Yup.  That’s fire inside.  How nice.

Ramon is the only one left at home… which is both good, and not good.
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Good because the children are safe, but terrible because RAMON IS IN DANGER.

Oh, I also sold my smoke detectors to make things more interesting…
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…I regret that decision.

Ramon!  DO SOMETHING!
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It’s SPREADING!  I was just sitting here watching this unfold in a state of terror.

Please don’t die, please don’t die!
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Why yes, I do have epic SimPhotography skills, thank you.

Oh Ramon, the fire isn’t even where you’re looking you idiot!
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I’m pretty tired of your shenanigans too!

It’s REALLY spreading now… he’s going to die, isn’t he?
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This is not good.

OH RIGHT, then I remembered I could send Helen home to rescue her husband!
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I don’t care if you’re hungry, get that siren going and go save Ramon!

YAY!  Save your idiot husband!
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You go girl!

And yes, please, put that out posthaste!
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Quick hug to make sure he’s okay…
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Silly old man.  ❤

Now get back to work!
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Back to the station you go!  And seriously, that outfit.  😐

Ramon, you’re an idiot and we almost lost you.
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You need to work on your survival skills… If Helen hadn’t been around, you’d be crispy by now!

With all the kids at school, Helen back on the job, and Ramon no longer in mortal peril, there’s not much to do around the house, but I spotted a naughty stray dog!
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And the flamingo!  I love the flamingo.  It is constantly being kicked and picked back up again.  It entertains me greatly.

Look what I bought!
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Need a hint?  It beeps and summons professionals if something catches on fire.  I also sold those ceiling lamps I hate so much.

Then, Iris glitched.  I was trying to ask Helen to send her straight to bed, since she could pass out at any second.  But the only option for her was “Wake Up”  (well, and heckle, but who ever uses that useless interaction?)
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She is obviously NOT asleep.  I tried other Sims to see if they could do any other actions with her, but nope, all anyone could do with Iris was wake her up…

So I reset her, and Helen, it didn’t work.  So I tried something else that involved a tiny bit of cheating.
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I had her go to bed, then I asked Helen to wake her up.  Since she was actually sleeping, it worked!

See?  Here Helen is asking her about her day.
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Okay, back to ISBI business.

Look!  It’s Leslie Tanner, the forever teen.  He was Ivy’s RI when she went to prom.
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Still a teen.  Still stalking the Zale girls.  I do not blame, they’re beautiful!

ANNNDDD I was JUST about to click save, and my game crashed.  All of the above never happened.  I sat back, put the speed on three and just let er rip.  But FIRST…
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Helen put out the fire before heading to work.  This time dressed as a doctor.  That soot stain is from a previous fire, the one where I mentioned we couldn’t clean it up because of air?  Yeah…  AND the stupid lamps I hated were back.  *sigh*

But!  Since there was no fire this time, and Helen didn’t have to leave work to rescue Ramon, she gets promoted!
Promotion!
That’s level nine!  Only one more!

Meanwhile, Ike keeps being amazing and skilling all the time.
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You keep strumming!  And feel free to play some of that chess there right behind you.

Um… Ike?  See all those flies?
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That’s bad.  That means the food is bad.

Yeah, don’t eat that…
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It’s not only rotten, it’s burnt too!  Ugh, can you imagine?

*GAG*
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Yes, I’m sure it’s quite foul.  Glad you noticed.
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And alarmed that you didn’t care.  I told you not to eat it.

Oh nasty.  It looks like he left maggots in the bottom of the bowl.
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😐  Yes, I’m sure your tummy is very upset.  You’re disgusting.

RAMON!
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Nice puddle. -5

While roaming the house, I spotted Sammy and Julia outside one of the windows.  They’re paying respects to the Zales of save files past.
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Interesting place to enjoy an afternoon book club.

Julia, don’t hate on the cactus.
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I’m pretty sure it thinks you’re swell.

Sammy is reading smut.
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“WooHoo in the Wasteland”  Have you guys been traveling to the future?

Ike vomits up his nutritious breakfast.
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But at least he’s in his own bathroom.

Later on, I have no idea where the kids are, but these two have a date!
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To the gym!
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Because it’s so romantic Helen needs to work out to top her career and complete her LTW!

Ramon tries his hand at weights again.
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Poor baby.
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Physical fitness is not his strong suit.

Or bladder control, it would seem.
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GO TO THE BATHROOM, there’s PLENTY here.

While her parents are pumping iron, Imogene is off doing homework at the Tanner house.
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Good girl.

Ike is playing his keyboard.
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Good boy!

Ivanna and Iris are standing around in the dark on the front lawn.
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Okay… you girls have fun.

I followed Ivanna inside, and she decided to practice her trick shot!
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Cool picture…

Ralen are home from their workout date!
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Like I needed to document that… Man.  No wonder this post has a zillion pictures.

*SIGH*
Iris.  Go to sleep.
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Imogene.  No failing.

This is Helen’s outfit for today’s work as a Triple Agent.
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And look.  Floor booze.

Again I find myself alone with Ramon in the house.  Let’s see what he’s up to!
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Oh.  Shocking.  He’s Rocking.

But he’s still incredibly adorable.
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See?  Yes.  Adorable.

A new maid shows up, and Ramon goes from idle old man, to distinguished chess playing gentleman to impress the pretty lady.
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I’m watching you, mister.

I then got a pop up that Iris skipped school on a field trip day.  Except no she didn’t.  She went to school.  So I go to find her and…
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…here she is.  Walking all over tarnation.  She has “field trip” in her queue.  So I don’t think she skipped school, but missed the school bus.  I blame a door somewhere.  A very tricky door.

Eons later, she gave up walking for the bus, sat down in the sand and did her homework.
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Well okay then.  Weirdo.

Ike is again playing the grand piano!
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We’re going to have a great head-start on that LTW!  I think he’s level SIX or something!

Ivanna hasn’t had a lot of screen time, so here she is playing video games.
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She should be doing lots of other things, like feeding herself, showering, or doing her homework, but sure… play video games… I mean who ignores their responsibilities and plays video games all the time?  *cough*

Ramon supports his son’s musical talents.
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Look at his lips, ha ha ha!  Groovy.

I followed Ivanna for a while, and she went around cleaning things.
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I wonder why?  She doesn’t have any traits that would make that make sense… no “neat” or “perfectionist”… Oh well.  Thanks!

IKE!  @((#*$!  Next time you sit down to play the piano, if you start feeling the need to “go”, then PLEASE, stop playing and GO!
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-5.

Hey look!  One exhausted Ike has made honor roll!
Ike's on Honor Roll!
+5!

So is Iris!
Iris too!
+5!

So.  This is the front of the police station.
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Isn’t it pretty?

This is Helen leaving work and earning her pay.
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(I saw the floating numbers and got trigger happy)

This is Helen standing in the flower beds.
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And it’s starting to rain…

THIS IS THE POINT OF THOSE PICTURES:
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HELEN HAS COMPLETED HER LTW!  +40
This is a great day – and it’s not over yet!

Then she got this warrant to go search the criminal hideout!  Let’s DO IT!
mysterious

You raid those criminals, Helen!
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I can’t wait to see what happens!

So while she was raiding and being awesome, I got another interesting pop-up!
plus five!
+5 MOAR!  I really should have been paying closer attention to this.  I bet I’d have way more than I’ve noticed.  Oh well, lesson learned!

Then this pop-up…
Disappointing
Well, that was anticlimactic.  Way to be Helen.  😐

Now hurry home because there’s MORE to do today!
BIRTHDAYS!
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Iris is becoming a teenager!  This party is just a family affair.  There’s another birthday on the horizon that will be a proper party.

Imogene is also celebrating her birth today!  Young Adult time for her!
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That dress… I’m so sick of it.

My Zales are adorable.
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🙂

Iris went first and rolls grumpy to add to can’t stand art, disciplined, and evil.  She’s a real peach.
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But like all the I-children, she’s beautiful.  With her traits, I figured she’d have no nonsense hair, no make up (too artsy) and a simple wardrobe with clean lines.

Isn’t she lovely?
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I think so too.

Imogene is next, dripping wet and being elbowed in the head by her mother.
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Interlude: Iris shows us that her traits ring true, and she abandons her family to eat her slice of cake alone
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It just seems like something she’d do.
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But did I mention how pretty she is?  😀

Back upstairs with the family, Imogene completes her transformation into adulthood.
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Holy cow, her eyes are enormous.  I see a lot of Ramon in that face.  Charismatic joins her other traits of insane, perceptive, light sleeper and friendly.

But I think she’s lovely, and I’ll miss watching her roam around in that ridiculous formal gown.
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I let her have one lat slice of cake with her family, and then it’s skedaddle time!
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Must have been disgusting cake.

Imogene exits the house in a blaze of insane glory.
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And grabs a fly and eats it.  I think she might give Dahlia a run for her money for “craziest Zale”.

And then there were five.
And then there were five
It was a good day.

I seriously have nothing to do with Helen now that she’s completed her LTW, so I wrote in my notes that I was going to go full on ISBI mode and just let the household run itself until the next TH is ready to take over.
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Wow, she looks haggard… so this picture was me setting her free, but then I noticed that her relationship with Ramon needed a little rekindling…
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So I had to do that…

Then the computer broke…
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So I had to fix that…  And we head to the festival in a few screenshots, so I really didn’t go full on ISBI at all…

So anyway, Ike keeps skilling and being awesome.
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I can’t wait until you have your stupid birthday so we can MOVE the *#$ ON!

Ivanna is still around.
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And an expert at door use.  You just have to get really close and STARE REALLY HARD, and tada!  HOW TO DOOR.

But she’s still very pretty.
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🙂  I’m looking forward to her YA birthday too.  And even though Ivanna and Ike are supposedly twins, they’re ages are all jacked up.  She’s like, four days younger…

Ike.  Ike Ike Ike.  You always pick the WORST food choices…
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Yummy.  Briquets.

Iris has some sense and is making something fresh.
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AND raw so it can’t be burnt.
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Again, this is why I have too many danged pictures… like you needed to see another angle of AUTUMN SALAD… I apologize for this.  But I took a note on it, I captured it, and I uploaded it, so you’re going to LOOK at it dangnabit!

Childish Ramon has played with far more of the household toys far more often than all of the children put together.
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But he’s kinda adorable, so it’s okay.  I hope he lives a very long time!

But then, tragedy strikes, and Ramon suffers a stroke and dies in the rocking chair.
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Just kidding.  He’s taking a nap.

Helen, whilst her old man naps like old men do, was sitting on the couch thinking.
No way!
Thinking a little too much I’d say?  She needs to find something else to do.  Immediately.

So!  We’re off to the festival!
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Lucky Palms festival grounds are purdy.

Hey, there’s this cool statue thing…
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I tried to read the plaque like an idiot… it’s in Simlish.

Recognize this Sim?
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It’s IVY!  She’s a food merchant here.  Hi Ivy!

This guy, with the lavender eyes and Alejandro hair was manning the kissing booth.
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And well, Helen rolled a wish for a kissing booth kiss!
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Well, how could we resist?
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OOOH!  I’m telling Ramon!  Just kidding, it’s all in good fun.

Besides, he’s busy collecting festival eggs being all adorable and stuff.
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But it started to rain!  So it’s time to head home.

It’s also PROM NIGHT.
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Which I had no idea was coming.  All three teens headed off for an evening of frivolity.

Ivanna was prom queen and started a relationship with a boy named Dylan Fair.  Ike was, of course, prom king.  While this was happening, Meredith “Won’t Die” Brunson had showed up on the lawn.
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And is playing with full moon zombies.
Seriously, look at this face.
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Reminds me that I loved her dearly, once!  She. is. so. old.

Nothing else noteworthy happened at prom, Ike was rejected by his crush and came home to sleep in his boat.
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Next to his king’s crown.

Sleep well, dear Ike… You have a big day tomorrow!
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He’s having that dream again.  Faceless men at children’s desks.

While the house sleeps, I dug out someone’s picture from the festival.
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I love it.

And I heard lots of haunting from the neighboring Zale Resting Place.
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ERIK!  You diva bastard!  I’ve missed you!  And Abraham, always a pleasure.  And Hi Flora!

The next morning, I get the house ready for a party!
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It’s a fine Spring day, so we’re going to have an outside event!

Before the guests arrive, Helen tests out the sno-cone machine.  You know, for quality control purposes.
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I picked rainbow!

Why so sad honey, I’m sure it’ll be delicious!
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Poor thing!

Oh hey, it’s Dylan, Ivanna’s boyfriend.
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That must be what is disturbing Helen so… HA HA HA, her FACE! >.<

Ivy is here!
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Plinking away on Ike’s keyboard.

Julia found the Zale’s music box, and is never seen again.
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For this party, that is…

Sammy has shown up with invisible food.
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Um.  Thanks?

And then.  It is.  Ike’s. YOUNG ADULT. BIRTHDAY!
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FINALLY!  14 Chapters of HELEN!  I’m ready for something NEW!

Adorable!
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Aren’t they?  Yes.

Ike, due to his issues with food, and his likelihood to pick the worst possible thing to eat, vows off meat forever.  He is now a good, excitable, hopeless romantic, virtuoso, vegetarian.
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And hew grew up in his dad’s hair!  HA HA HA!  I loved it… but no, that’s Ramon’s hair.  You cannot wear it.

There.
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OUR NEW TH EVERYONE!

Surrounded by family and friends – and cake Helen Zale passes the torch to her only son.
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It’s about time!

So that’s it!  That’s all!  Generation H has come to a close, and Ike of the I’s is taking over!  Come back soon, there’s a weekend brewing – that usually means updates!  (I was out of town last weekend, so forgive me.)  I plan on getting one more Zale and a Lightning post done this weekend, so do come see us again soon!  Until next time, HAPPY SIMMING!

SCORE:
Failing school -5:  1 (-5)
Game Sent a Service Sim -5:  7 (-40)
Passing Out -5:  30 (-150)
Self-Wetting -5:  27 (-135)
Accidental Deaths -10:  0 (YAY!)
Social Worker Visit -15:  0 (YAY!)
Single Births +5:  20 (+100)
Twin Births + 10:  6 (+60)
Triplet Birth +15:  1 (+15)
Fulfilling LTW +40: 5 (+200)
Honor Roll +5:  5 (+25)
Randomize Traits for an Entire Generation +10:  7 (+70)
Every $100,000 +20:  3 (+60)
Spouse Tops Career +10:  3 (+30)
I Called a Repairperson -10:  4 (-40)
Repo-man -5:  1 (-5)
TOTAL: +145

Everyone’s Favorite Zale Grows Old, TS4 Talk, and a Poll 8.12

Hi Everyone!  Zale time!  I swear eventually Ike will take over, this is Helen’s 13th chapter.  Oh well.  Last time stuff happened, this time, more stuff!  Let’s have at it.

We begin with a Zale Check!  Oh wait, first I have to warn you, this chapter is LONG, and I am SO VERY TIRED… I’m sure it’ll be swell.  ON WITH THE ZALE CHECK.  Ramon!
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He’s standing in the useless nursery (cuz no babies…) waiting to be approached by Iris and her evil plot.

Helen is asleep.
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Dreaming of photos?  A box of photos?  I don’t know… I don’t think I’ve seen that in my game before…

Imogene is “viewing” one of these fine Zale family portraits.
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But I personally think she’s staring at the wall.

Ike is asleep in his boat bed.
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Dreaming about faceless men behind children’s desks.

Ivanna is also asleep.
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I love that lamp!

Here’s Little Miss Evil herself…
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Masterminding her evil plot.

Then it’s father/daughter table tennis time with Ramon and Imogene.
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Ramon is taking it VERY seriously… Just look at this face!
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Ping pong leads to cake!
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How cute are they?  And WHY do Sims ALWAYS talk about garbage?

Ike wants in on the father bonding time too.
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He’s quite handsome!

Yup, that pile of nasty plates is pretty disgusting.
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You can always clean it up… (HA!)

Hey!  A maid!  Helen needs reports.
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Hold still and make friends.

Excellent.
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We appreciate your time.  NOW CLEAN!  (She didn’t)

Most of the Zales are sleeping so I send Helen off to the gym, she needs to get BUFF if she’s going to be an international super spy.
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It’s going well, I see.  😐

UH OH!
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HURRY HOME HELEN!

Oh wait, it isn’t that fireplace… it’s the other one.
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Why do I have two of these death magnets in this house?  (Answer:  I liked the way the chimneys made the exterior look.)

You are a creepy child.  You look AWFULLY happy about this.
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Happy and serene.  Your body language is not congruent with your facial expressions.

Don’t worry, Ike and Iris!  Helen has made it home, and she’s BRAVE.
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And Fierce!
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I love that picture.  Moderately noteworthy:  This fire left a soot spot on the floor that cannot be cleaned up because air is in the way.

Whoa man, Iris is spectacularly Evil.
Iris IS evil
That is incredibly harsh.  And I thought IMOGENE was the creepy one.  Now I’m worried for her safety.

Ramon lives such a life of luxury!  He’s never been employed, and never been controlled.  He is literally a Sim who has done whatever he wanted all of his days.
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Here he is playing video games in Ivanna’s room.

Everyone else was away at school/work, so I just watched him.  He played for SIX HOURS.
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Who on Earth plays video games for SIX HOURS STRAIGHT!?!  (Not me, never, I have no idea what you’re talking about)

After some of the family return home, I find Ike doing this!
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He’s actually getting pretty good!  And hey!  Look at the end of that guitar!  It’s a plumbob!

Ivanna is NOT making friends, but that’s okay.
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That scarf dude is Leslie Tanner, Ivy’s Romantic Interest from her teenage days.

Good girl you lovely Sim you.
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You’re so cute!

Imogene?!?  Where the hell are you and what are you doing?
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You’re standing alone, in a dark parking lot, with “watch” in your queue for some old dude.
Seems legit
No, that’s not sketchy at all…
Please come home soon.  Safe.

While I was watching Imogene be weird, she saw this wild horse.
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Isn’t it nice?  I think so.  Imogene thinks it’s even nicer and rolls the LTW to adopt six strays.  I lock it in.  She also rolled “warm up” which I very much hope she manages to do soon.

UGH!  This “bedtime story” action is SO screwed up.  Iris has a perfectly good bed in her own room.
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Hey look, Ramon is sleeping with his eyes open.  I haven’t seen that since Giles!  Not that anyone cares, but I wrote it down, so Ike picked out the GPod book to read to his little sister.

Hey look!  Imogene came home before freezing to death or getting arrested.
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I approve.

Ha ha, I was watching Ike do his homework, and he reads with his finger.
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You know, like we all did as kids to help us find the next word?  It was kind of funny, and cute.

AGAIN!?!
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NO!  Not the Jelly Bean bush!

It’s okay Ike, your dad is here!
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I must say, I would not run TO fire.  I would run AWAY from fire.  SimLogic.

Later…
This horrifying batch of macaroni and cheese brought to you by Ike.
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These horrifying waffles brought to you by Ike.
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His poor face.  He looks like they personally betrayed him in some way.

Maybe you should take a nap before trying to prepare more foods?
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Or eat cake.  That is a good solution as well.
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Smart SimIdiot.

You know, you’re REALLY cute, but a proper sleep would have been a good idea.
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Is it because it’s a boat bed and you’re a proper young man, not a child?  Well too bad.  You’re not getting a new bed.

What’s with you, grumpy pants?
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Oh right, you’re grumpy.  AND GORGEOUS.

Everyone:  WHERE ARE WE GOING, IT’S 8:30 AM ON A SATURDAY?
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Quit your whining and get in.

TADA!  Family outing to the GYM!
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Ramon was stircrazy since he doesn’t have work or school to get him out of the house, and Helen needs to work out to get promoted!  Besides, it’ll be fun.

And this guy is here!
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Isn’t he spectacular?  The worn out shoes, lace up snake skin pants on an overweight man with a formal jacket, a mullet and festive eyebrows!

I was going to leave him alone, because it was funny… but he hurt my eyes.
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There he is… a little better.

Iris:  My brother is about to pass out, and I’m adorably fiendishly delighted.
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Her little face is adorable.

Ike!  You’re amazing!
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He put on his outerwear, and found a lounger to take a nap in instead of costing me a fail!  I hope his clothes keep him warm!

I love you Ramon.
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Work it boy!

Three reps and he quit.
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He’s not too sure about this exercise thing.  Doesn’t suit his video game addiction.

Helen appears to be getting attacked by a skill bar.
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And she thinks it’s TERRIFYING.

Ivanna breaks her ankle on a treadmill.
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But it doesn’t stop Imogene from giving it a try too.  Makeover boy cameos.

Makeover Boy:  Hello little girl.
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Iris: Fear me.
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Iris:  RAWR!!!!!!!!!!  DIAMONDS ARE EXPENSIVE!
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Makeover Boy:  How right you are!
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He just looks so properly scared.

You’re spooky, Iris Zale.
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You terrified the poor bastard.
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Aw… I pity him.

Old Treadmill Lady:  I BELIEVE I CAN FLY!
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Weeeee!

OTL:  JUST KIDDING.
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Stupid gravity.  Iris knows that being evil requires smarts, so it’s homework time.

Ike wakes up refreshed and not frozen from his snow nap.
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And works out too.

Well, Helen’s fatigued, Imogene STINKS, Ramon isn’t stircrazy, Iris has caused much trouble, so it’s time to go home.
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Boys behind the cage, Helen and Stinkball upfront, the rest in the trunk.

Back at home I check the mail.
Giles still got it
Giles still got it – from beyond the grave!

Sammy!  You birthdayed!
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And grew your hair REALLY long.  Oh well, enjoy.

Julia birthdayed too, but looks mostly the same.
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Helen stalked them to the art gallery because they weren’t at home, and she needs to write more reports!

Back at home, these two are getting along.
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Cute right?

Then they’re off to play tag!
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Such nice girls making friends with each other!

Hi Ike!  Off to sleep in your boat?
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Good.  I approve.
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Thank you for not napping, and thank you for not passing out at the gym.  I appreciate you.

Hello spooky child.  You’re the only one awake.
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What are you getting up to?

She wasn’t the only one awake for long.  2:00am Forever Alone Calzone in your formal.
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Way to be, Imogene.

I’m pretty sure Imogene is plotting to kill Ike in his sleep.
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Imogene:  Automatic male heir my arse!  Can’t even have a vote?!?!  *grumble*
You’re not safe, Ike.
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Maybe you can go into protective custody like your dream suggests.

Feel the burn, Helen!  We have an LTW to reach!
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Rockin’ bod for six kids though!

Imogene.
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Dream big.

Oh pretty Ivanna, do not stab yourself with forks.
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What did I just say!?!
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Ivanna:  Pancakes are hurty 😦

Ike does his homework at Ivy’s old desk.
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Or Ike stares morosely at Ivy’s old desk.

Oh Ramon, you never cease to entertain me.
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I like childish Sims.

Ike then rolled the Hit Movie Composer LTW, and I locked it in.
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I so rarely capture their wishes, it was nice to see.  He’s doing well with it, since he likes to play with the household instruments all the time!  Good little SimIdiot!

Oh hey, creepy Miss Evilpants, I didn’t even know you had one of those things.
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Or I forgot.  Which is spookier since I’m not sure where you’d get your hands on one of those soulless creatures.

Aw, how adorable!  Ivy called to chat with her dad.
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She’s got a pretty thought bubble picture.  She’s so blonde!  How’d she get so blonde?  Oh right, Daisy throwback genetics.

The three teens chat in the kitchen.
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Well, Ike and Ivanna chatted.  Imogene was arguing with thin air.

Outside, I spotted signs that the ghosts had been busy in the snow.
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I set Winter to be VERY short, since Lucky Palms doesn’t seem like the kind of place that would get snow for very long.  Good to see someone enjoying it.  That mangled death one looks hella creepy though.

Still needing reports, I have Helen scurry off to Irene’s house.  Now that she’s not a household member, we can write her up to the police!
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She got a SUPER cute house.  I worry for her and that fireplace, however!

Ike is the best.  He works towards his LTW all the time!
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I hate those ceiling lamps.  Gross.

It’s Snowflake Day!  Gotta throw a party!
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A GIFT GIVING party, since the last one I had was so much fun!

Hi Ivy!
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You know?  When most people arrive in the house, they LOVE Ramon.  Not that I want you heartfarting your father, but sheesh!  Cranky much?

Irene brings macaroni and cheese.  Classy.
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And looks disgusted by her littlest sister.

At least Ivanna looks happy…
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…freakishly happy…

It was supposed to be a gift giving party, but no gifts appeared. 😦
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I looked everywhere.  Dude, someone needs to do laundry.

But it is STILL a very special day!
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Ramon is having his elder birthday!

Aw, family.
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And Sammy!
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Julia was invited too, but she couldn’t figure out how to door and went home.  I saw her little blonde head walking away down the street.  Thanks Jules.

Meredith made it too!
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Considering I got her “she’s gonna die soon” pop-up ages ago, I was surprised to see her available on the list.  I don’t really CARE about her anymore, but hey.

Don’t pout sweetie…
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We’ll all still love you!

That’s better.
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And speaking of better…
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Tada!  Elder Ramon!  I tried other hairs, but he just looks so NOT Ramon without his ‘fro.  I opted for glasses in his old age, all those years of staring at the computer screen.  He’s adorable.

Meredith:  BOOO!  Your cake was too small!
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BOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Ivanna didn’t get any either… sheesh.

Hey there Ramon, the bladder ain’t what it used to be.  Quit watching Meredith play chopsticks and go use the restroom.
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He did, thankfully.

Imogene!  Quit breaking the glassware and wasting the liquor.
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And move.  Ike wants some.  Although he could just walk around the bar and get one of those already made ones… And if he wants to talk to Imogene, he might want to LOOK at her… but hey.  Ike is USUALLY a very smart Sim.

Sammy proves that chicks dig musicians.
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And follows the young man into his bedroom to watch him play the keyboard.  You behave yourselves you two.

Upstairs, and much later, Meredith refuses to leave the rocking chair.
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I kept thinking she’d die up there.  But she didn’t.

Although the gift giving party didn’t have any gifts, everyone had a great time and DID manage to head home.
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And our newest elder gets some sleep with his wife.  Aw.

And that’s all for this post!  NO FAILS!

SCORE:
Failing school -5:  1 (-5)
Game Sent a Service Sim -5:  7 (-40)
Passing Out -5:  30 (-150)
Self-Wetting -5:  25 (-125)
Accidental Deaths -10:  0 (YAY!)
Social Worker Visit -15:  0 (YAY!)
Single Births +5:  20 (+100)
Twin Births + 10:  6 (+60)
Triplet Birth +15:  1 (+15)
Fulfilling LTW + 40:  4 (+160)
Honor Roll +5:  2 (+10)
Randomize Traits for an Entire Generation +10:  7 (+70)
Every $100,000 +20:  3 (+60)
Spouse Tops Career +10:  3 (+30)
I Called a Repairperson -10:  4 (-40)
Repo-man -5:  1 (-5)
TOTAL: +140

NOW.  There’s some things we have to discuss.  TS4.  I obviously will NOT complete this blog by the time TS4 is out, and I have already pre-ordered my digital download copy… I do not know what to do.  Also, it’s worth pointing out that this blog is 81% full.  I need to figure out how to continue when we reach the threshold.  So… that said… What do I do?  Here’s a little poll where you can leave me some input.

Now, it’s just for me to get an idea what you guys are thinking.  I’m obviously going to want to jump IMMEDIATELY into TS4 the second I get my grubby little hands on it… And I haven’t forgotten I have The Lightnings too… but I think I can finish them before TS4.  I also think I can finish The Zales up to generation 10… AND I wouldn’t need a second site if I DID stop there… but it’s an ALPHABETCY!  I have never seen a completed Alphabetcy… I really wanted to do it.  BUT TS4!  Ugh, I’m stressed out about it.  Okay, please have a vote, and give me some input.
Thanks everyone!

Birthdays, Virtuosos and Zombies 8.11

Hi There!  Welcome welcome!  Last time we visited Casa de Zale, the adults were on vacation, there were a few fails and a whole lotta birthdays!  Let’s see what we get up to this time!

ZALE CHECK!
Ramon is leaving the kitchen on his way to the shower.
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Such a good Sim.

Helen has planted herself in front of the TV.
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And even though she has a “watch TV” wish locked in, it never gets granted… *sigh*

Irene is just standing here…
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And we caught Ivy mid-yawn!  Flattering… 😐

Imogene is off to bed…
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…in her OWN bed!

Ike, looking disgusted, is heading to the piano.
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He’s a virtuoso, don’t ya know.

Ivanna is on her way to the restroom…
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Note the TP and my excellent photography skills.  And Ivy still mid-yawn.  Ha.

And lastly we have Iris, she’s somewhere up in this dark treehouse.
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So, I’m sure he is a virtuoso, but he’s TERRIBLE at the piano…
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Ike:  PLINK PLINK PLINK

Helen rolled a wish to give Ike a gift, so we do.
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It was a book.  Yay.

Of course, Helen is in the midst of her midlife crisis, so she rolled this.
Divorce Ramon
FOUR TIMES.  NO NO NO NO!

Between all the hidden strife within his family life, Ike has taken to all the musical instruments in the house.
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I’ve also seen him on the keyboard.  He actually reached guitar level four in this play session!  I think that’s GREAT for an idiot Sim.  If he was under my rule, he’d be forced to meet his needs, but on his own, he can play the guitar a la his great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Angelica.

Oh Ramon, you be cute.
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you’re also the only one home… so…

Oh… Wait… Apparently Irene was also home…
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…here she is, grounded, in her swimwear, and skipping school to paint.

Maid Photobomb
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Level: Bosom.

I was trying to capture how cool it was that artistic Irene was painting in her favorite color.
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See?  LIME.

Meanwhile, Helen, fresh from a PROMOTION (yay!) to Vice or something is here to grant a midlife crisis wish that does NOT involve divorcing one EXCELLENT legacy spouse.
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She wants a makeover!

Sure, this kid will do… do your worst!
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(Note:  Kid is Leslie Tanner, Ivy’s romantic interest.)

Surprisingly, he does a great job!
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At least our Helen likes it… I think I might prefer the “fail” makeovers… but hey.  Her face ❤

Helen, in her fancy new duds, STILL has reports she needs to write…
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Hi Sammy!  Let her in!  It’s pouring!  And not nearly as late as it looks, there’s a storm.

Hey!  You there!  You nearly froze to death mid-questioning, so we have to finish what we started.
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But aw… how cute are the SimSelves?
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While completing the questioning of dearest Laserkatt, Helen rolls another midlife crisis wish.

And for once, it doesn’t involve flirting with someone other than, or divorcing her husband.
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A new tattoo for Helen!  She’s already marked with the Gnome of the Wrist, but we can come up with something legacy related for her…

And with that, she gets a koi fish on her shoulder.  The Koi were picked up by our earliest Zales in Aurora Skies.  I have miraculously managed to move them to every new house.
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We honor the koi.  ❤

Helen returns home to this.
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That is one flooded bathroom!  I heard the water flowing and it took me near five minutes to find the culprit.  Stupid huge house.

What do I spy!?  A bad outfit!
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Why, I’d recognize that ensemble anywhere!  Hi David Brunson (Helen’s half brother).  It’s nice to see you!

That means BIRTHDAYS!
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Ivy’s excitement and Irene’s disgust sum up the two of them perfectly.  Ivanna is derping a little.

Here we go… that’s better… All smiles!
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Don’t mind Ivanna’s phone… someone wants to make her collect beetles.  And there’s Imogene on her way up the stairs.

YAY!
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YAY!*
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*DAFUQ?  what is that in the background?

Julia.  Why is it always you?
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Just because you almost froze to death during questioning does not excuse this behavior!  It isn’t even full moon lighting yet!

Oh ho ho!  Don’t you try that “innocent zombie” face on me!
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I don’t buy it!

AND REALLY!?  Even though you’re lurch walking around like the undead, you manage to laugh at a little girl’s birthday?
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Shame on you!

Your housemate Sammy?  She’s perfectly normal and playing away on the grand piano in the foyer.
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*sigh*  SimSelves! Amirite?

So aside from piano playing, zombified SimSelves, we have BIRTHDAYS!
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Ivy goes first!  Don’t mind ancient Meredith “The Zombie” Brunson in the background.  I got her “she’s gonna die” pop-up…

Ivy rolled (like a good student) “Light Sleeper” adding to artistic, athletic, technophobe and bookworm.  Those are nice compatible traits.
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DUDE!  Daisy throwback hair!  DO YOU SEE IT!  (NOTE:  This is not her makeover shot, I just needed to show off the Daisy hair)

Anyway, here she is!
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I get a great sense of whimsy from her… and she’s beautiful.  Very much like her mother.  She also opted for contacts.

Ivanna goes next, rolling “ambitious” like the good little studious Sim that she is.  This joins absent-minded, grumpy and good.  And oh…
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…Holy Llama.  She’s stunning.  If it wasn’t guaranteed to be Ike (who I promise I still adore) I would have to put it to vote… cuz man!  I knew from her child face she was different.  She is one of my favorite Zales EVER.  And to think… I named her UIG and was ready to obliterate her with a couple clicks of a mouse…

Do you see her?
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But!  There’s one more important birthday still to come… but while Irene gets ready to sparkle, ZombieJulia lurches over to get some cake.
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David:  Toot?

See?  Told ya.
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ZombieJulia and cake, Irene – midsparkle.

Irene had “good sense of humor” locked in, joining absent-minded, artistic, insane and photographer’s eye.  I *had* to keep her hair, it suited her so well.
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She’s really great too, and I’ll miss having her around!

Nice Julia.
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Better than brains, I guess.

Here’s Sammy still…
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And although she’s ignoring the Zales…

…They are NOT ignoring her…
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And I thought Julia was the zombie…  All those Zales are tapping their toes to Sammy’s “rhythm”.  A couple more joined even after I captured that shot.

Checking on Ivy… OH HELL NO.
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We are putting that dude AWAY!  She’s a grown woman!

Goodbye Childhood.
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Goodbye Riley!

A quick couple gifts for her eldest daughters…
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Lovely Ivy, looking beautiful, gets a random greeting card photo.

And Irene…
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…I think we gave her a pumpkin seed.

I move them out together, and the Zale House is down to six…

And with that, Abraham Zale watched the first born of the NINTH generation head out on their own.
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He looks happy, don’t you think?

***

And that’s all for this update!  It seemed as fine a stopping point as any, even if it is a little short for a Zale post.  More to come soon, I promise!  Until next time, Happy Simming!

NO FAILS!

SCORE:
Failing school -5:  1 (-5)
Game Sent a Service Sim -5:  7 (-40)
Passing Out -5:  30 (-150)
Self-Wetting -5:  25 (-125)
Accidental Deaths -10:  0 (YAY!)
Social Worker Visit -15:  0 (YAY!)
Single Births +5:  20 (+100)
Twin Births + 10:  6 (+60)
Triplet Birth +15:  1 (+15)
Fulfilling LTW + 40:  4 (+160)
Honor Roll +5:  2 (+10)
Randomize Traits for an Entire Generation +10:  7 (+70)
Every $100,000 +20:  3 (+60)
Spouse Tops Career +10:  3 (+30)
I Called a Repairperson -10:  4 (-40)
Repo-man -5:  1 (-5)
TOTAL: +140

Birthdays and Bedrooms and Very Cute Sims 8.10

Hello!  Long time no see!  I know I haven’t updated in FOREVER (for me anyway!)  Last time Ralen headed out on a free vacation and the kids were left to their own devices, causing many a fail.  Which I now document because I keep score!  Wahoo!  Let’s see what those Zany Zales get up to next!

We begin with a Zale Check!  OH YEAH – I had forgotten that Helen and Ramon were away on vacation… here’s Irene who has been passing out left, right and center walking around in the desert.
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It’s a long walk from here… I hope she does okay.

Ivy is on the school bus, like a sane person.
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Thank you Ivy.  ❤

Imogene and Ike have just gotten out of school.
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Ike looks sleepy, but they’re so cute.

Speaking of cute, here’s our little Iris!
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Ha ha, love it.  Friendly reminder, Ivanna is away at military school.

Hey, Irene had a moment of clarity and called a cab.
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She looks very annoyed about it, but hey, at least she’ll get home before she fails again.

MAN, everyone in this house is exhausted.
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Please no failing…

Irene!  Hey, you’re in your outerwear, which is obviously your favorite, but you’re in a bed!
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Your OWN bed!  Thank you!

Imogene!  You too!
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Oh my sweet Ralen Spawn.  Well done!

FAIL!  Dangit!  -5
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Thanks IKE. 😐

Ike!  That’s not your…
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…bed…wait a minute… Did I even make you a bedroom?  (Scans house) nope, no Ike bedroom.  I failed to make my own future TH a bedroom!!!

Here we go sweetie.
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I converted the room that had nothing but a bed in it for Flora while we waited for her to die.  He also has a nice bathroom.

There.  All better.  ❤  Ike likes Western music and the color turquoise, and I had to use the boat bed.  Because it’s a BOAT BED.  Nuff said.
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Yes.  I made him do it… Doesn’t count.  I couldn’t have him sleeping in David’s old dungeon bed.

Ivy here has kept the entire house running while Ramon and Helen were away.
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She even kept up on her homework.  Ivy is pretty great!  That’s Irene’s desk, but hey – can’t be picky.

Except poor Iris, who has been in this thing for the last 12 hours.
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Maybe Ivy will rescue you!

She does!
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But doesn’t…
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And just picks her up and puts her back about six times.  😐

Eventually Ivy figured out that maybe she needed something to eat… so she put her in here!
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And then went to bed.
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UGH, Riley!

Sorry honey… I’m not sure how this is going to go for you.  But I’m going to assume not well.
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Three hours later her incessant screaming managed to wake up some Zales.
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Some very annoyed Zales.
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Iris’ POV.
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WHY ARE YOU ALL JUST STANDING THERE.  HELP HER.

Please come home soon, Helen.  Iris needs you.

Irene!  Bless!
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Your coat looks ripped and your butt is sticking out, but that’s okay.  Iris really needed this.

This is STILL so weird for me to see.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an IF in this state in any of my save files.
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And hi Celine’s kitty painting!

The Zales were incredibly good children while their parents were away…
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…they didn’t break things, and they kept up on their studies.  Iris suffered a little, and there were some fails, but overall, I’m very pleased with them.

WELCOME HOME HELEN AND RAMON!
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Waitaminute… Helen?  Why are you in your underwear and thinking about handcuffs?  looks like you had a nice time… Anyway, welcome back!

Momma’s home, little Iris… You’ll be okay now.
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And look what I got!
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I think I had it all along… I just didn’t recognize it for what it was…

We quickly get Iris all taken care of and back in the green.
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And it was adorable.

Hi Ramon!  I missed you!
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You handsome Sim you.

WARNING:  Cute Overload
Both Imogene and Ike are playing in the treehouse.  I couldn’t get a decent picture of them together, so…Screenshot-32
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I loved it!  So adorable!

It’s then time to do something important.
Bring UIG Home
Come back home, UIG.  You’ve been missed.

Well Hi!  That was fast!  Welcome home!
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It’s very nice to see her little face again.  She gained a homework skill.  Very cool.

I’d say Ivanna is very happy to be home.
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And it just might be possible that I missed her too.
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Such a cute little family.  ❤ Zales

Insane Irene paints on her sister’s easel in her outerwear.  Always in her outerwear.
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She completed this blue masterpiece and I sold it for 3 dollars.

Ivy is napping in her swimsuit.
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And our future TH Ike is being adorable.
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I’m sorry you haven’t seen enough of him to grow attached.  I promise to focus on him a little bit more so you can all fall in love with him, and not wish a girl was taking over.  I love each and every Ralen child, they’re my favorites to date in this legacy.  I know the girls are spectacular, but Ike’s good too.  🙂  I cannot possible go back on B/G/B/G after making it this far.

Imogene and Ramon, adorable.
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All my Sims are too adorable in this post.

Helen is on a mission for interviews so she can write up her reports, get promoted and top her LTW!  She’s had so many babies that she’s going very slowly.  I really want her to be successful!  Thinking of no better Sims to interview, I look for the SimSelves!  I mouse over their house, and it tells me that “Sammy is at the Beach”  I was unbelievably lucky to find her on the first try!
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Julia is here too!
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Aww, you two are so cute, I’m so glad you’re friends!
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Well, Helen is going to interrupt your mid evening sun bathing (genius) for some important questioning!
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Helen:  Wouldn’t it be best if you sunbathed in the SUN?
Sammy:  I’m cold.

Careful what you say Sammy!
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This is going straight to the police!

I couldn’t find Julia anywhere… but then I did.  She was “sunbathing” in the dense shrubbery.  Thankfully when I had Helen “Call her over” she came!  Our next victim.
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So… then this happened…

Julia?  Are you okay?
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You’re FREEZING!  Helen!  Do something!

Helen:  First, answer these questions!
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Cold Julia happily complied with Officer Zale.

Then froze and fell to the ground.
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Her poor little face! HELEN!  DO SOMETHING!
Helen whips into her own outerwear upon realizing it was chilly.  TAKE NOTES, JULIA.
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And then thaws her out with her handy dandy pocket size travel battery powered blow dryer.

I couldn’t find Sammy, so I’m assuming she had the sense to get out of the cold, but I was very worried about Julia, so we invited her home for a hot meal.
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Please stop being blue soon.  Please.  The Zale house is very warm.  I promise.

While Helen was preparing a nice wood-fired meal, Julia found the rocking chair.
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I’m just glad she’s inside and safe and warm.  We’ll save you, Julia!

Helen made this wonderful Meat Mania Calzone.
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And by the time Julia made it down for a piece…
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She was back to her normal hue!  Thank heavens!  Julia! :@  you stop sunbathing on cold nights, you hear me?

Hmm, while Julia eats (?), I spot a mysterious puddle.  A puddle of shame.
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Thanks Irene -5
Thanks Irene...
Way to go.

Apparently Julia was not eating… Jules… you were supposed to eat that not put it on the pee covered floor.
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Go home now please.  (She did)

Here’s Helen and Imogene watching TV… because transition.
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And they’re adorable.  (See?  Very Cute Sims)

Helen threw a party!  This guy?  Was not invited.
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Hey.  Leave.

Party Crasher:  BEST PARTY EVAR!
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Hi Sammy!
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Yes yes, Ramon is sexy.  The dude with the Cheesesteaks near Ivy?  That’s Ivy’s Romantic Interest from her prom.  His name is Ethan, AND he’s cute, AND he brought food.  But he wasn’t invited.  I let him stay.

I then discovered Julia heart-farting Ramon on the lawn, I was messing with my camera angle, some jackass with an umbrella was in the way… and the GAME CRASHED (SIGH)  If I hadn’t actually kind of needed a new computer, I would have returned this… game still crashes.

SO, after a quick reboot to see how bad the damage is… we’re back here with blue Julia.
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I go ahead and question her again, since I really DO need Helen to complete the reports…  And since I know it’s coming, I film it.

I’m sorry for the pauses and the lightning quick accidental tab zoom on Julia’s boob… but there you have it.  Helen unthaws Laserkatt.  So much fun.  We also didn’t bother to take her home and feed her.  Good luck Julia!  (She was fine)

On the plus side, Irene has wet herself yet… Does her original one still count?  I say yes.
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I then realize that I hadn’t made Ivanna a bedroom either.  I’m actually almost out of bedrooms in this giant house, there’s only one left… but it’s very large.
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It’s the one David and Meredith shared.  It will house Ivanna and Iris.  I promise I’ll make it.

Then I get a bunch of birthday notifications.  I got so many I had to check to make sure I wasn’t still on The Lightning’s lifespans.  I wasn’t.
Imogene Iris Ike Helen
Before my game crashed, I was just going to have Imogene’s birthday, then do the “almosts” in a couple days.  But AFTER the crash, I said screw it, let’s do it.  I know it makes Imogene and Ike exactly the same age, but hey – what’s two days?  So we’re going to have a party!

But first, this is Irene NOT wetting herself this time.
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And playing in gloves must be kind of impossible.  (Note:  Not Angelica’s guitar… )

Also, just before the party, Ivy broke the stereo.
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And she stinks.

Then Ike broke this shower.
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Helen’s already exhausted… how’s she gonna fix things before guests arrive?

Oh.  She won’t.

HI SAMMY!  Yes… I know it’s broken.  Thank you.
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She waived immediately after this picture, and it was adorable.  I forgive her for judging the Zales on their broken stereo the second she walks in.

Helen DOES fix the stereo, and then it’s birthday time!  Imogene goes first, because if I don’t get her “caked” she’s gonna do it herself at 8:00.
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Then Iris!
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Then Ike!
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Cutie.

We do have party guests… but only the Zales, and David Brunson the 1/2 Zale care.
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Such fun!

Imogene rolls insane.  She is now a perceptive, light sleeper, friendly and insane Sim.
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Her favorite color is black.  She’s incredibly unique, and I think she’s spectacular.

Ike had “indifferent study habits” so he gets hopeless romantic locked in.
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I think he looks wonderful.  He likes turquoise and is now a hopeless romantic, good, virtuoso Sim.  I’m very fond of him.

With her kids having all blown out their candles Helen takes a moment to blow out hers.
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And look!  Julia and Sammy care about Helen!
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Do you have to have a good relationship to show up at the cake?  Helen is “good friends” with both ladies, and as soon as she went to blow out her candles, they came!  They don’t even know the rest of the clan… I wonder if that’s why Julia always plays with their musical instruments and Sammy throws darts?  Oh well, they came this time!
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And I love it.  *wipes tear*

Before Helen goes and sparkles, Iris finally turns into a child.
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She’s now an evil, disciplined Sim who cannot stand art.  She’s very sweet looking… for being evil.  No braids for her.  She is one of the few Ralen children to NOT inherit Ramon’s eye color.  It isn’t Helen’s either, and I actually think it’s Alejandro’s.  That evil bastard has sure lingered.  Almost everyone has his nose.  Actually, I think they ALL might have his nose.

Here’s Helen’s greenish blue eyes.
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Having an excellent party!
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From Helen’s POV, it’s so sweet.  All her children (well, Imogene and Ike just left with cake slices) her husband, her half brother David, her friend and old butler Meredith, and her new friends Sammy and Juila… *sniff* tis beautiful, it tis.

She has a few new distinguished lines, but I think she looks amazing.
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She also is having a midlife crisis… oh well, don’t care.  She needs a new look, so I give her one.
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And I LOVE it.  Helen was an only girl in a sea of brothers, and has led the Zales to another fine generation.  Ike, her only son, will do just as well, I’m certain!

Just like I promised, Iris and Ivanna get they’re room renovated.
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No art on Iris’ walls.  Ivanna’s bed is the mostly white (her favorite color) and Iris’ is mostly green (her favorite color).  I just discovered that lamp, that’s why they each got one.  TOO CUTE.  The easel is probably a LITTLE too close to Iris’ bed, but whatever.  She doesn’t have to use it.
That means ALL of the rooms in the Zale house have finally been decorated.  Oops, except Ralen’s…  I’ll have to take care of that.

Now that Imogene is also insane, we’re going to have to get used to her outfit changes.
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Her favorite color is black, and that’s her formal attire.  And hmm, I used similar carpet in Irene’s room, but it’s lime and cream striped in her room. It’s Irish green and white in Ivanna and Iris’… Oh well.

And lastly, we end with…
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Fail.  Thanks Ivy.  Don’t try to blame Riley – he didn’t do it.  And Julia looks really impressed. 5

And that’s all for this post!  I had a ton of fun playing with my adorable Zales again.  Maybe I’ll get another post up this weekend.  Come see us again soon!  Until next time, Happy Simming!

SCORE:
Failing school -5:  1 (-5)
Game Sent a Service Sim -5:  7 (-40)
Passing Out -5:  30 (-150)
Self-Wetting -5:  25 (-105)
Accidental Deaths -10:  0 (YAY!)
Social Worker Visit -15:  0 (YAY!)
Single Births +5:  20 (+100)
Twin Births + 10:  6 (+60)
Triplet Birth +15:  1 (+15)
Fulfilling LTW + 40:  4 (+160)
Honor Roll +5:  2 (+10)
Randomize Traits for an Entire Generation +10:  7 (+70)
Every $100,000 +20:  3 (+60)
Spouse Tops Career +10:  3 (+30)
I Called a Repairperson -10:  4 (-40)
Repo-man -5:  1 (-5)
TOTAL: +160

Adults on Vacation and SCORE! 8.9

Hi There!  Welcome to a fun and unique installment of The Zale ISBI – Alphabetcy!  This post is a tad different, and I bet all you astute readers out there have figured out why!  Last time there were lots of birthdays.  This time I decided I was going to focus on Helen’s career and her related LTW, but well – things happend.  Let’s get to it!  We, of course, begin with a ZALE CHECK!
Ramon and Ivanna are having a chat!
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I love them both <3Helen is putting away all the left over cakes, per my command.
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But Irene is on her way to grab one last slice before the cakes turn into a gas cloud emanating from the fridge.Ivy, Riley (the IF), Imogene, and floor cake are enjoying the dining room.
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There are also some deep fried hotdogs.  They look freakishly red to me…

Ike is enjoying a relaxing float in the rain.
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Noteworthy (kinda): Ramon had somehow taken possession of all the floaty things.  I went into his magical backpack and spread them out amongst the clan.  Ike approves.

Iris is teaching herself to talk, like a good little ISBI spawn.
Screenshot-5The Zale Check went quick, since so many Zales were hanging out together, but Zale Check complete!

Ike then presides over the royal court.
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While Ivanna eats the sushi that Julia brought over!  Thanks Jules!  Ivanna likes your…cooking?  I mean it’s raw so…

Food preparation.  Ivanna likes your food preparation.

Helen then rolled this:

Oops, missed it
AsterikDefinitely real “rolled wish” screenshot.  😐

So we won’t be seeing Ivanna for awhile.  😦
(I couldn’t even capture her going away wish properly)

So… if any of you recall, Helen’s LTW is to be the next Jane Bond.  009.  So that takes REPORTS!  We went SimSelf hunting to find someone to “question”, but no one was home.  So I sent Helen to the gym only to find this:
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An umbrella taking itself for a walk.

This always disturbs me greatly, and I got distracted from her initial “Reports” mission, and turned it into a RESCUE THE ANT SIM mission.

I followed the umbrella into this car, where it drove itself home.
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Fancy car for an umbrella.

After stalking Fancy Umbrella all the way home, I discovered it lived here.
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I was hoping to be able to figure out which Sim needed to be reset and save them from their umbrella pixel ant-cursed life.

Hmm… Umbrella Ant is now Cane Ant.
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Helen likes how rich this little guy is.

And greets him to the best of her ability…
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…by turning her wrist inside out.  And wondering why she can hear her name being called from somewhere far away.  Like a tiny voice on the pavement…

Note:  This little AntSim is Helen’s boss and good friend.

I had already reset him, Taj Diwan was his name I think – it didn’t work, so I scurried off to edit town, evicted him, and moved him back in.

I know it’s too dark to really tell, but hopefully you can recognize Shadow Figure and her thought bubble as our Ant Man back in his original form.
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ALL FIXED.

And then we question him because that was the entire point of this whole endeavor.
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Oh wait.  That’s not Helen questioning Ant Man… That’s Duke wandering very far away from the graveyard.  LOOKS LIKE MY PICTURES SKILLS ARE AWESOME.  I watched Duke until he vanished just after this shot.  It really was exciting.  Promise.

Back at the house, Ivy (the SANE one, mind you) talks to herself while Irene paints.
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Irene does have her own easel in her own room, but what fun would that be?

Then I get an ISBI EPIC WIN POP UP!
heck yes!
See ya one and only Sim I can control!  Have a nice trip!

THEN… Everyone went to school leaving Iris home alone…
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She seems to be okay for now… but this gal shows up:
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(Which is a fail…Which matters because…SCORE KEEPING) So this Flower Head shows up to watch the last Ralen NotBoy.  (Helen’s brothers were called “NotGirls” so it’s only fair to call Ike’s sisters “NotBoys”)

Iris:  LET ME OUT OF HERE!  I STINK!
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Iris:  Oh, you came…
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…*smiles sweetly* I’ll kill you last
  (reminder, Iris is EVIL)

Useless Boring Made chats with Babysitter
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Useless Boring Babysitter chats with Maid
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Then I planned this epic makeover session where they’d be all *fancy* and unique, but…
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Apparently they’re both in “work clothes” or something.  Not that I’ve ever seen either of them work…  So enjoy the boring photos of Flower Head and Worthless Maid.

While the adults were away on vacation, I thought we might get a pop-up for a teen party, and I even locked in the “throw a teen party” wishes I’d managed to spot, but NOPE!  CUZ PROM!
Grumpy and Insane Irene opts for her outerwear look on the way to the limo:
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Less grumpy and less insane Ivy dons appropriate attire for her big night:
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OBLIGATORY LIMO SHOT
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And off they go!

Hey look!  It’s Ike!  The future TH!
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He’s off to play in his tree house!  AND OH NO!  Someone has kicked over the poor flamingo.

Whoa.  Like a millisecond later ALL OF THE GNOMES appeared.
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It was weird.  I unpaused after the shot and BAM.  GNOMES.  (poor flamingo)

At the prom, Ivy started having “strong feelings” for someone named Leslie!
Ivy Likes Leslie

So I was getting ready to talk all about how if there’s a prom, you just might get to know a Sim’s gender preference without any mods when they form an autonomous relationship!  And I was getting ready to say that Ivy must be gay… and then a tiny voice in the back of my head said “Well, Leslie used to be a man’s name – like Ashley – so it could be a boy…”

And…
Leslie is a boy
Leslie is a boy.  BUT!  It still means sometimes you can learn your Sim’s gender preference from prom!  It means that Ivy is straight!  Or Bisexual…  I’m not sure I’ve seen a non-modified Sim be bisexual though…  Anyway, I love her no matter what her preference is.

It is also worth mentioning that Ivy won prom queen and all Irene did was get into fights every other notification.

Irene gets home and strangles herself.
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She may be “insane” but I’m tellin’ ya.  That “ask for bedtime” story interaction just MIGHT bring a “normal” Sim to such a state (or a Simmer for that matter).  As the moment she got home, all Zale children were swarming her with story requests… 😐

Ivy on the other hand, like a good little Sim, went straight to bed.
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I love Ivy.

We can’t forget Iris, who is asleep…
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…but about to wake up starving and stinky.  Which is not good.

See?  Toldja.
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😐

This lovely face is about to pass out.
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And I’m right again!  TELL HER WHAT SHE’S WON!  (Negative five points)

Down she goes.
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FAIL.

Damn you Ike!  She came in here, FRESH AFTER PASSING OUT, to try to take care of the baby…
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…and you have to distract her because you want a story!?!  THE BABY IS STARVING.  GO TO BED.

No.  Seriously.  You are the future of the Zales?  You ask for a story then get sucked into the rocking chair vortex?
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She just went to get you your BOOK!  Now when she comes back, she won’t be able to do anything with you because you’re a chair zombie!

Oh.  Wait.  Never mind.  She got distracted too.
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Irene and the trash pile are going to make waffles.  (Yes, waffles.  That’s how late it is… it’s now breakfast time…)

While watching Irene make waffle batter in that SimTacular way, I noticed this:
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I’d never seen it before, and based on the graphic it’s related to the “insane” trait.  But I gotta tell ya, wanting to get out of the Zale house is pretty damn sane logic to me!

ESPECIALLY BECAUSE IT’S ABOUT TO CATCH ON FIRE.
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Stay awake, Irene, you have waffles in the oven.

NO.  Waffles.  COOK YOUR WAFFLES!
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IRENE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
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THE WAFFLES ARE GOING TO CATCH ON FIRE!

Oh.  Okay, well thank you…
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BUT YOU HAVE FOOD IN THE OVEN!

So… then this happened.
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BUT – the second “I” in ISBI rears its ugly head with…
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…Coffee to stave off passing out and floor food.  One fresh waffle plate, and one rotting corn dog.

Immediately followed by…
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…Yeah… there’s as good a place as any.

She then woke up and went to school so… not a total loss?

With Irene costing me ANOTHER five points failing, but leaving for school – a babysitter is forced to show up.
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How’s the view you five point costing idiot?  Those blinds are FASCINATING.

All failing and idiots aside, Iris is cute.
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And I already miss Ivanna, so I’ll probably bring her home soon.

Hey, here’s Irene’s formal you didn’t get to see (at least at her prom…)
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And THAR SHE GOES!
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FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL!  She’s just outside the science facility because of a field trip.

Then, on the way home, she got out of the bus to walk…
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Since she’s just OVERFLOWING with the energy required to walk from wherever the heck she is to wherever The Zale Estate is.  You never know with Irene.

AND THEN.  If you haven’t managed to figure it out by now, I decided to keep score.  So this meant I went through EVERY SINGLE POST, looking for fails and wins, counting births, and ever-so-much floor pee.  I may have missed some, and I definitely haven’t been paying enough attention to honor roll, but I know for sure I had two with Abe’s kids… SO BEHOLD.  The ZALE FAMILY ISBI- ALPHABETCY SCORE CARD:

SCORE:
Failing school -5:  1 (-5)  (David Brunson)
Game Sent a Service Sim -5:  7 (-40)
Passing Out -5:  29 (-145)
Self-Wetting -5:  19 (-95)
Accidental Deaths -10:  0 (YAY!)
Social Worker Visit -15:  0 (YAY!)
Births +5:  35 (+175)
Twin Births + 10:  6 (+60)
Triplet Birth +15:  1 (+15)
Fulfilling LTW + 40:  4 (+160)  Abraham, Daisy, Erik, and Giles.
Honor Roll +5:  2 (+10)  {I have not paid enough attention to this…}
Randomize Traits for an Entire Generation +10:  7 (+70)
Every $100,000 +20:  3 (+60)
Spouse Tops Career +10:  3 (+30)  (Leif did it, Gustave did it {Remember, the daycare?  And we got that sweet van that Helen left at Uni?}, and Cyrus did it when I couldn’t control him anymore, and it wasn’t his LTW, so I’m counting it.  MY PARTY.)
I Called a Repairperson -10:  4 (-40)
Repo-man -5:  1 (-5)
TOTAL: +250

So I used some scoring I found – added a few things… and there you have it.  Nearly 8 full generations and we’re IN THE BLACK!  My husband frequently walks into the computer room while I’m playing and asks “Are you winning?”  The first two dozen times, I tried to explain that you don’t “Win or Lose” like typical games, then I just started saying a deadpan “Yes.”  (or NO if the game was crashing all over the place)  Well – I’m going to start saying “YES!” and MEAN IT!  I AM WINNING THE SIMS.

So… the rest of this post could’ve been Fun Zale Times, but I had to spend my evening doing MATH.  So this is all you get – THIS TIME.  I promise there will be a next time, so do come back, yes?  UNTIL THEN:  HAPPY SIMMING!

Helen’s 107 Pictures 8.8

Helen hasn’t always… OH WAIT!  HAI THERE!  Welcome back to the Zale Family ISBI – Alphabetcy!  We’re all so glad you stopped by!  Last time… well, that was last time.  Just go click that “previous post” button that I KNOW is somewhere on this page you’re viewing… I’ll wait…So you’re back now?  And we can move on?  WONDERFUL.

SO!  Helen hasn’t always been my favorite.  She was the only female in her generation, and it was a female’s turn to take over, so she won by default.  THEN, I didn’t even notice Ramon the first time I saw him, and I *think* I misspelled his name too…  So!  I’m sure I had a point.  Something about “sticking with it” or somewhat… Or perhaps, something about loving the TH you get stuck with because IKE *SPOILER* is the only male in this generation.  Another default TH will take over, and I don’t mind!.  Besides, Helen turned out to be awesome, enjoy her 107 pictures… So!  OMG, what is with the two paragraph intro?  LET’S GET TO IT!

As always, we begin with a Zale Check!  Ramon is cooking in our freshly painted kitchen!
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Hi you cutie you!

Helen is heading off to work.
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Right.  Work.  Helen works.  Helen has a career based LTW!  Oh dear.

Ivy and Irene are on their way to school.
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I do love them both.

Imogene is down for a nap.
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Ike is adorable in the high chair!
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And lastly little Ivanna!
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Heading for the dollhouse!

Walking toddlers will never stop being cute.
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Adorable.

Okay Ramon, don’t leave Ike in there too long!
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Wow, thanks for listening!
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And thank you for this too!  I don’t think Ike has learned to walk yet!
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And…that looks like it hurts…
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But you go ahead and play, you’ve earned it.
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I will never stop finding this amusing.
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*RAWR* Kills Mr. Green.

So, remember Giles?  And how he was running everywhere?  Well now Ramon does it.
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Oh well?  At least it’s fast…

Holy crap.  He huge.
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Riley that is.  The first (and probably the last – at least for a while) Zale IF.

Nice. This is Ivanna, in a very filthy high chair, desperate for the potty.
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The flies around the toddlers REALLY bother me.  SOMEONE CLEAN IT.  WHERE IS THE MAID!?!

Helen is a bit too busy not passing out at the moment to be of much help.
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And then this happened… so much for working on that LTW.
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The SIXTH Ralen Spawn is on the way!  We haven’t had six children since the founders’ generation!  Wee!

I used their toddler action to play with these toys.
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I love Imogene and Ivanna, I think they look like twins.  No mind Imogene being incredibly sleepy.

Phew!  Almost done with all the toddlers!
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Taking care of all of them is exhausting.
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Poor Helen…

Oh Irene!  You are too cute!
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Whatcha makin’?  *SPOILER* Autumn Salad.  I betcha never would’ve guessed.  LOOK, there’s another one behind the fridge!

A finished painting!  Thank you Ivy!
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I hung it on one of the many, many blank walls in this house.  You’ll see it again later.

IF’s are so weird.
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And I mean SO weird.

Irene is so cool!
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Who doesn’t love to play pool in their outerwear?

This is the second time I’ve had an insane Sim just throw-up.
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Dahlia did it once.  I think it might just be a thing insane Sims do?  Anyone?

Ivy is working out!
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Zales don’t do that very often.

Yay!  Help!
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As in someone is helping, not a plea…

Adorable.
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I love it when children play together in this thing.  AND it allows them to build a relationship with each other, which is very cool.  I mean, they’ve spent nearly every moment of their lives together, and then one day, they become children, look over at the other one and go “who are you?”

Hey!  Look who’s here?  It’s David Brunson, and he’s all grown up!
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Giles and Meredith’s love child turned out okay.  I see a lot of Meredith.

I see that Ramon… I love her too, I do!
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But stop.

Hi Julia!
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Yes yes, Ramon is a delight.

The other hottie has arrived, let’s see if she sticks around this time.
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Ramon is so distracted by her arrival that he interrupts Irene’s chat about computers to talk about her.Screenshot-34
Or perhaps they’re calling to one another?

Little Old Meredith is here too, that’s all the guests!
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Hi to you too, Sammy!
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*Waves*

Party time!
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Irene ❤
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Ivy & David ❤
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Helen and Imogene ❤
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Sammy is off playing darts…
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And Julia is playing with the dollhouse.
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Way to celebrate with the family you two.

Birthday!
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BOOM!  KID.
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Imogene rolled friendly to go with her perceptive and light sleeping nature.  I love her.  All of the children have worn braids of some variety, so she gets this look.
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Reminder, her favorite color is black.
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And with that, another vacant room and bathroom get redone!  The house is coming together one child birthday at a time.
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Ivanna, hey lady – move it… I wanna play.
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Grumpy Meredith rocks.

Sammy!  I know for a fact you like Irene, so knock it off!
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What is that all about?

And hey Julia?  I don’t know what you did, but Imogene disapproves.
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That is some stank eye right there.

Oh no, David has started to play the guitar.  Angelica’s guitar to be exact!  And Julia and Imogene are drawn in like moths to a flame.
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I just realized… David left with that guitar in his inventory.  GOODBYE ANGELICA’S GUITAR!  I’ll miss it.  😦

Helen is supposed to be playing darts with Sammy, but they’re just standing around.
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Although Sammy is obviously waiting for Helen to go, Helen had “wait turn” queued up, so I cancelled it and TADA!
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Helen threw once, then Sammy left…
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I’m glad you had fun?  At least you’re warming up to the Zales – and coming inside…  Baby steps.

Julia has joined in!
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Except well… they aren’t playing together.  And David is pretty decent, and Julia, well… let just say she’s still learning.

See?  I even have a video again!  This time with SOUND!  AND, if you notice, Ivy’s painting from earlier!

I love how at the end they’re like, man, this party is AWESOME!  And then David steals our guitar.  DAMN HIM.  That’s a piece of the Zale Legacy man!

Aw, Ivy, thank you.
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Put some clothes on.

Careful Ike!
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Don’t fall in!

Right.  Bedtime stories.  Do help her out, Irene?
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YOU THERE.  What is wrong with your brand new big girl bed?  I even assigned it to you!
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I should REALLY give Ralen’s room a proper make-over…

Calm down, child.  Helen is just making the bed.  You shouldn’t be in here anyway.
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She is also near starvation.  I guess she didn’t have a piece of the cake?
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OH, here’s why Imogene is beside herself.
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It’s baby time!  Will it be a boy?

HA HA HA HA HA HA – NOPE
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Meet Iris Zale.  She is evil and disciplined.  Scary combination.  Ralen’s FIFTH daughter.

The addition of another female causes the boys of the house some distress.
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Ramon has sat on his son’s feet, and Ike is resulting to violence and bangs his father in the shins with a mallet.  His father’s musical shins.  I see the note.

Helen rolled this:
hmm, no.
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA – no.  No you may not.  Besides, the house is full, there’s no where to put them.  And you have a CAREER BASED LTW.  The baby factory is CLOSED.

Hi Ivy!  That’s not your desk, and that’s not your room, but THANKS!
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And OMG.  What is this?!?  It’s IMOGENE in her OWN BED…
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Waiting for a bedtime story!  Hurry up whoever is supposed to be reading to her!

Ivy!  Ivy wins this ISBI forever.
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It was a proper story too.  NOT a pregnancy book.  NOT business law.  NOT a skilling book.  SO.  MUCH.  WIN.  Don’t mind the radioactive sheets.  Full moon.

Zale Parenting.  One Crib.  Two Swings.  One Rocking Chair Nap.
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Aw Yeah.

For once being known as UIG and about to be deleted into pixel oblivion, I love my Ivanna.
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She’s adorable.

Ramon!  Thank you!  You keep being helpful.
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You could have cleaned it first, but hey, ISBI win.

I spotted gnomes!
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And a random slice of sidewalk cake.

Then I heard the telltale sign of a zombie materializing.
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And although he’s quite dapper, and a little sore, it is a fine and sunny afternoon.  Moon stage is Waning Gibbous.  Next full moon, 9 days.  FAIL.  *ResetSim

First Giles, now you!?!  Stop running with the babies!
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I have never seen a non-clumsy Sim trip – but I’m still uncomfortable with this.

This is Addison Ross.  She followed Ivy home from school today.
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Well, she’s not boring!

Imogene is about to do some homework.
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And so is Ivy who completely ignored her guest all evening.
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Hi Giant Riley’s feet.  And most of maid.

Since Addison was ignored all evening, I had Helen join her in a game of pool.
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It went well.
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😐

MOAR BIRTHDAYS

Hi Sammy and the gnomes!
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YES YES, RAMON LOVE.

Hi Julia and David!
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Jules!  You brought food!  Normal quality sushi.  Why thank you!

Sammy waves at Julia while thinking about Helen.
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Kinda cute.

Ramon!  Do NOT get in the pool with your phone in your pocket!
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He did it anyway.

David looks smug with some deep fried corn dogs.
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And hi Imogene!

Cake celebrations are starting, so of course, here’s Sammy.
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I found myself quite fortunate to get these two birthdays to happen at the same time.
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I tried to get the third one to go too, but Helen is the one who has to bring Ivanna, so she’ll go last.

The maid laughs (never cleans), Irene cheers, Sammy throws darts, and Julia is just heading downstairs.
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Irene loves birthdays.

Ivy and Imogene care too!
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Helen screams at phone:  SUCK IT MEREDITH!  EVERYONE CAME TO MY PARTY AND NOT YOUR STUPID POOL PARTY.  I BET YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE A POOL!
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I think Helen’s just mad Meredith threw her party on the same day.  The Zale invites went out first!

GOOOOO IKE!
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He rolls good, joining virtuoso and excitable.  Um yeah… TH Everyone?
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I seem to have fallen into possession of these CC eyebrows.  My only CC would come from Julia or Sammy.  Do one of you have this on your child selves?  If so, you’re hilarious.

There we go.  All better!
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His favorite color is turquoise, I think.

Iris goes next!
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And explodes into the sun.
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Dang that’s bright!

A little eyeroll aside, Iris is cute!  And she looks different to me!
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After five girls, I didn’t really expect anything we hadn’t already seen.

I was pleasantly surprised!
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Her favorite color is green.  And she’s adorable.

Last but not least, Ivanna has her birthday.
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The teens and the maid care.

Wait!  So does Imogene and Ramon!
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How about those cherished house guests?
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Swimsuit clad Julia is playing with toys…
And Sammy is making this dude…
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…Ethan Tanner sneeze.

Then it’s CHILD TIME
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Ivanna, due to excellent Zale Parenting (TM) rolls grumpy.  She is now good, absent minded, and grumpy.
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Nice eyebrows.  AGAIN.

I’ve used all my sets of dual braids, so Ivanna gets this look
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I think she’s cute, if a little sever in appearance.   She is one of the few children NOT to inherit Ramon’s eye color.

One last check on SimSelves, and we find Helen and Julia gossiping by the pool.
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Aaannnd Sammy?  She left already.  Because she would.”

Irene breaks the dishwasher…
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And Ramon gossips with Ivanna.
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The End.

No seriously, that was the last picture and notes I took.  I was super tired, (and I needed a grilled cheese sandwich) and I wanted to stop after the SimSelves check, but then Irene broke a dishwasher, and since EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THAT, I got suckered into another photo.  Then Ramon was gossiping.  VERY IMPORTANT.

PHEW, that was a long post!  Just one little toddler left, our Iris.  I’m almost sad about it.  Ralen ❤  But Helen is still super young, I’m not sure if it’s all the pregnancies, or the move, but she is still a ways away from her full on ADULT birthday, and Ramon had his ages ago.  He got a new car out of his Mid-Life Crises… So that was cool.  Anyway – that’s all for now!  Come back soon!  Until next time, HAPPY SIMMING!

Four Birthdays and a Death 8.7

Dudes!  What is up!?!  Welcome to another adventure featuring everyone’s FAVORITE Sims, The Zales!  Last time we played around with some SimSelves!  Let’s see what we get up to now!

We ALWAYS begin with a Zale Check!  Starting with Giles, who is standing around in the nursery.
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Ramon is heading to the fridge for a bite.
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Ivy is asleep in her bed after passing out in the hallway.
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Irene is setting a dye trap in one of the bathrooms… I’m a noob and thought only teens could set booby traps…
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Imogene is starving in her crib…
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Don’t let her calm demeanor fool you, she’s about to scream her fool head off.

Ike is lonely…
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And UIG is screaming on the floor…
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I don’t blame the poor little unwanted girl.

So where is Helen?  On her way home from hanging out with the SimSelves.
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Some quick parenting is required, as all children toddler and younger were in need of assistance.
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Aw, Helen, and her one and only son… it’s cute, even if she’s shoving her arm through his feeties.
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Ah, yes.  Zale parenting at it’s finest.
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Complete with blinking booby trap through the wall.

So I’m still not used to spotting *THIS* around the Zale house.
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HI RILEY!

Imogene is adorable.
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But OH MY GOD… Look what I found when I clicked to see what Ivy was up to while still looking at Imogene.
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Riley is just staring at her.

Spooky!
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Imogene is haunted by Ivy’s IF!
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I do not like.

Hi Girls!  Do you see Ivy’s hair?  That is SOOO a Daisy throwback.  Blonde with hints of purple streaks.
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That’s her Great-great grandma’s genetics shining through.  I love it!

I got sick of the blinking booby trap, so I had Helen trigger it.
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She looks cute with magenta hair.

Giles is *still* running every where, EVEN when carrying his