EPIC Tripp: Crossroads – 5.09

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Hello and welcome back once more to the Tripp’s. This generation feels like it’s taking a bit since we had Bonnie later in the generation. Hopefully, though, this time will mean that we have some additional success with everyone.

Generation 5 – Crossroads: Criminal vs Law Enforcement

  • If heir(ess) chooses the Criminal career track
    • Every child born afterwards will need to be given the Evil trait, until a future heir(ess) (generation 9) reaches the top of the secret agent career.
    • Proceed to Generation 6-b

So we finished the criminal career with Abby and are just waiting for Bonnie to grow up to a YA. Last time we saw her become a child, Miranda worked on becoming a spell caster and worked on her career some more. So let’s jump right in.

So we get to start by wishing you all a happy WinterFest. Our “Father Winter” is quite the combo of beach attire and hair colors. The family invited Frank to spend the day with them, because I felt bad we forgot him at HarvestFest, and they family had a nice day.

Miranda spied some fish poachers and went out to cause them great despair. She doesn’t know many spells yet, but she uses this one to great effect.

Abby and Miranda have an unconventional relationship. This does not mean, however, that there isn’t also love.

Little Bonnie is working her way through her aspiration and also trying to work some other skills as well for her scouting badges. The monkey bars provides a lot of fun for her, especially when she is feeling energetic.

Miranda might be level 10 in guitar already, but that doesn’t stop her for picking it up once in awhile, or using it to help her practice singing.

Bonnie comes out of her room one morning and is going through a bear phase. More specifically she’s in a strawberry bear phase. The bear outfit always cracks me up a little bit.

Abby has her next part and this time she’s doing some romantic scenes. The hair is still red of course. Why none of these parts could use her own hair color I will never know. Still, things go well.

This is probably my favorite picture of this particular job. A kiss in the rain. Something I don’t think Miranda has ever done with Abby, even though Sulani does get rain, it’s usually thundering too.

That puts her up to superstar, so only one level to go. Abby must have gotten tired of hearing Miranda complain and really put her goons to work making sure the director’s are using Miranda.

We managed to finally complete the element’s collection during Miranda’s extraction of elements from one of the metals. That gives us another collection completed, and makes me very happy.

So here is our completed element board, and then the “extra” one that is sitting on the floor. It would be nice if they had made it so the element board would house this one too, but that’s ok.

Miranda takes her next job and this time it’s a very fancy affair. She is quite happy with this particular movie and is very happy to star in it. Her wife has made her the star she claimed she would. This movie gives Miranda her last career level.

Now that Miranda is finally done with her career I could consider having both Abby and Miranda quit their jobs. It’s not like we need the money, but for now we will focus on little Bonnie. She is working on her artistic scouting badge I believe.

Belle is out again and playing her sweet violin for us. You can’t see it, but Bonnie is on the piano playing with her, although one is certainly better than the other, but it’s sweet none the less.

Would you believe it’s already Bonnie’s birthday?? It feels like just yesterday that she was turning into a child and now she is ready to be a teen. She completed 2 aspirations as a child, so she has Mentally Gifted, and Creatively Gifted. She’s also a Griffon scout I believe, and should be able to finish the last badges quickly.

I really went back and forth on a look for Bonnie, but settled for this. She might be one of my prettiest sims ever. The picture on the right is her party outfit, which I’m actually quite proud of and hope to use sometime. Bonnie added Music Lover to her traits, which makes sense, and I rolled her aspiration and got Archeology Scholar….well that means more trips to the jungle, maybe we’ll find our last treasures.

Instead of the jungle, however, we send the family, including Frank, to Granite Falls. Abby needs plants to harvest so we take a family vacation. Miranda is here as well.

Before sending Abby off to the park we start Bonnie fishing and she starts catching things pretty quickly. Luckily this is a good spot for the Outdoor Adventure badge, so she is able to get that badge easily during this trip.

We decide to get the whole family involved with the fishing, but Miranda doesn’t do well having no fishing experience and wanders back in the house. Hoping we can catch some new fish here to add to our collection.

That night we make sure Abby relaxes a bit before her trek tomorrow. The fire in the cabin is quite cozy and Miranda even comes and snuggles with Abby for a little bit before bed.

Then, because Miranda and Abby are ‘Seldom Sleepy’ they go out and play horseshoes with Frank. Their relationship with him has fallen since I haven’t wanted to travel any time he’s asked because of Miranda’s career glitch.

The next morning mother and daughter share some breakfast and then it’s’ time for Abby to go plant picking. I realized somewhere in all of this she either used or lost the Elderberry she had and they aren’t out quite yet, so we will have to come back for those.

I apparently never took pictures of Abby collecting plants or insects, but after a long day of searching she happily snuggles with her wife by the fire. I decide to send the kids home after this night and keep Miranda and Abby here one more day.

Before heading home though, Bonnie finishes up her fishing badge with her brother. Frank heads home after fishing and say bye to his mom’s.

Bonnie decides to do her homework before heading home. The next day is Monday so it’s good she wants to be prepared. I want her to get an A as quickly as possible so she can use some vacation days to head to the jungle.

Both Miranda and Abby have met the hermit now, and collected everything from his gardens. We’ve gotten a couple extra insects this trip and that feels like a good place to leave this update. Next time we will probably see Bonnie grow up and take over for the next generation. Maybe Miranda and Abby will both make progress in their aspirations as well.

I hope you will join us then and I’m excited to be over half-way through this challenge. This is the farthest I’ve gotten in any sort of legacy challenge before so it’s very exciting to me.

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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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