EPIC Tripp: Sound of Music – 2.09

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Generation 2: Sound of Music

  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the painting skill, walls and floors may be any material. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.
  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the handiness skill, thermostats are unlocked. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.
  • Once heir reaches the top of the music or painting careers, radios are able to be purchased and used.

    Gen 2 Mini Challenge:
  • Make at least 1,000 simoleans by busking. +3 points

We start this update with some good news for Francis. He is slowly building his way up through the culinary career and got to pick his path. He, of course, chose to continue in the food vein of culinary. He is finally at level 6.

Later that night Kiana is out haunting again, although it’s hard to call her helpfulness truly haunting. My how far ghost have come from their scaring ways in TS2. Kiana not only hangs up the laundry, but takes out the trash as well.

As hard as it is for me to believe this, the next day is Lindsey’s birthday to being a teenager. She has been very successful as a child. She gets Mentally Gifted from completing the Whiz Kid aspiration and she was only a couple creative points away from completing the second one.

On top of the Mentally Gifted she also rolls Child of the Islands and gets the Archeology Scholar, which gives her the Quick Learner trait as well. Lindsey went through a Clingy and Mean Streak phase as a kid, but she is a fairly well adjusted tenn now.

After a quick make over where I really debating what I wanted to give Lindsey for a hairstyle, Francis helped her with her homework. That got him through the latest level of his aspiration and it’s here we reconsidered if we wanted Lindsey to be an archeologist or if we wanted her to be a scientist. Since Francis needs her to be at the top of her career (which isn’t likely to happen before he dies anyway) I decided to leave her as a planned archeologist.

Realizing I wasn’t getting anywhere with getting collections because I hadn’t done a collection round for a bit I sent Lindsey out after she finished her homework.

She then set up at a finish site to try and do some fishing for her scout badge, but I don’t know if we will reach it or not. Time will tell.

I was very happy when this night Belle came home with another promotion. This meant she needed to max out her piano skill to get another promotion, but she is now at level 9 in music and we are that much closer to radios!

Promotions and skills will have to wait though because it is now time for WinterFest. This year I won’t put anything on the tree that can’t be considered candles or non-electric. So the family gets together and decorates the tree.

After opening some presents, and putting more presents under the tree Francis gets to work on a grand fest for all of them. They enjoy sitting down together to eat the meal he made.

Each of them does their own thing, and I didn’t capture pictures of a lot of it, but Francis went for a bit of a job, and then he came back and played some chess with Lindsey.

After chess Francis decided to read for a bit and Belle grabbed a bit more to eat before hitting the piano practice hard. She really needed to get the skill points in so she can get that next promotion.

I apparently never did get any pictures of Father Winter or whatever his name is, coming by and handing out gifts, but that happened as well. It was a very successful holiday for all and everyone had a lovely time.

Once the holiday was over, however, it was back to the grind and Lindsey surprised me by getting enough badges to earn herself a “promotion” in the scouts. She may reach the top yet.

Lindsey is starting to struggle mightily with “fun.” There is not much that brings fun in the house outside of the chess table and the instruments. Lindsey doesn’t get much fun out of them, so in an effort to get her to do her homework we have her sit by the fire, which does offer some fun.

During dinner that evening we find out Lindsey is going through another phase. This child has so many phases, it’s crazy. This time she is going through a Rebellious phase. I guess we will see what that brings.

Lindsey does diligently take out some archeology books we purchased for her and reads up on how she is going to pursue this self-employed job. It’s going to take her away from home quite a bit and I’m thinking we might want her to wait to have a baby for a bit and see if we can get her started on the job first.

The garden is still around and thriving. Francis and Belle take time out of their days to fertilize, water, weed, and pick all the produce they get, and even Lindsey is starting to help out some.

Realizing I needed to get going on the mini-challenge for this generation, the busking, I take Belle down to the park on her next day off and have her sit and play for hours and hours. She got about 14 people to give her tips. I don’t have pictures of it, but she has done this a couple more times and is getting close to the goal.

Kiana comes out again, she seems to visit much more often than Johnny, and sits to talk with her daughter. Belle has certainly missed her mom from time to time, it seems they grew older so many faster then Belle thought they would. Still, it’s nice to have her around in whatever form she can.

It’s even better when Kiana decides to help with chores. This particular night it was laundry night. It’s funny how the ghosts will do laundry and almost makes it feel like there is little reason to have my sims stress over getting it done.

With this look at Kiana, I do believe it is time to say good bye once again to this family. We will be back soon, and at that point I believe we will be seeing some birthdays. I got the notice that Francis isn’t too far from his elder birthday. It doesn’t seem possible!

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I have been playing sims since TS1 and even played a little bit of the PS2 version and the mobile versions over time. Once I discovered challenges for TS2 I never looked back. I love the sims, the families I've been able to make, and play through the years and connecting with people about them. I work from home doing Salesforce Data Validation for my company, have 2 cats I adore and have a million hobbies I feel like I will never have time to completely explore.

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