Meeple Monopoly – Post 1.02

Post 1.01 | Rules | Family Tree | Post 1.03

Hello and welcome back to the board game challenge with Jewel Meeple! So last time Jewel worked her way into a very small little house and found herself a boyfriend. She is working as a painter/artist. Let’s check in.

Jewel’s boyfriend, Alvaro Puckett, is over again and keeps Jewel company while she paints. She’s getting pretty skilled and he seems to like to watch her. Yes I have finally learned his name, since he appears to be sticking around.

Alvaro further endears himself to us by cleaning up after Jewel. Jewel isn’t a slob, but she also isn’t always the most reliable about doing her dishes. I really need to get a sink in the kitchen, but we are going to need a little more room in the house first.

Jewel heads out for an evening job, I would have liked Alvaro to go with her, but sadly you still can’t do things like go jogging together, at least that I know of. If you have a way PLEASE let me know!

Once Jewel is back from her jog they decide to go enjoy the evening together. It’s a warm evening and looking out over the water is quite peaceful. Alvaro even offers to give her a massage, which she readily accepts.

The time is right, and the mood is set, and the location is lovely, so Jewel drops down to one knee and proposes to Alvaro. He wasn’t sure what was happening at first, but gladly takes the ring. He is now the future Mr. Meeple (he is taking her last name) and will be the stay at home dad to any kids they have.

Now that there is going to be a wedding Jewel starts getting more serious about her morning or evening jogs. She’s got to look great for her wedding day, which will be small affair, they don’t have THAT much money, but a beach honeymoon is also in her future.

Life for Jewel, over the next couple of days proceeds pretty much like normal. Jewel paints paintings, and has gotten up to level 6 in painting. She frequently begins to paint all on her own.

She cooks herself food, something she isn’t great at yet, but she is learning. I do really like the new food from snowy escape, it is pretty fun to have for Jewel to make and tends to be decently cheep.

She also makes the collection runs. We haven’t done the full circuit for a while, choosing to stay closer to her home lot instead of around the entire neighborhood, but there is still plenty to gather.

I don’t remember ever seeing this particular painting before, in fact Jewel starts painting a lot of pictures I don’t remember seeing before. It actually makes me ask if there were new paintings, but apparently I just haven’t seen these. It’s fun to have enough options that I still haven’t seen them all.

Jewel finally gets herself another promotion and is on her way to the top, eventually. She is also selling paintings on Plopsy more often and for about double what they would sell to a collector for, which is great. Her little nest egg is going up, although the kids that will be incoming after she is married will probably drain that fairly quickly.

Alvaro asks to come hang out with Jewel, who of course says yes and greets him with a kiss. I am, once again, very thankful for getting Jewel into this little house as it has saved her from a lot of icky weather. Alvaro, however, is not having a good day.

This makes Jewel, being the loving girlfriend she is, sad. So she decides to paint about it while trying to cheer Alvaro up. All the cheering up makes her playful, so she paints about that as well. Having successfully painting some good paintings makes her very confident. So she paints about that too, and while her painting session for the day comes to an end, she finishes off with a landscape painting. Never had a sim get through the needed emotional paintings that fast and it such rapid succession.

The next night I decide it’s time. Jewel has some money saved up for the honeymoon as well as enough to pay bills a couple of times and hopefully enough paintings listed on Plopsy to afford kids. Jewel invites everyone she knows over, buy’s the cheapest wedding arch she can, places it in a lovely location on her lot and prepares to become a Mrs. In her formal wear the ceremony begins, but wait…..

What are these strange lights? Jewel walks away from the arch and into the alien lights, and Alvaro pulls out his violin.

Alvaro: *singing* …and then she walked away. My wife to be went up in space for all the world to see. Will she ever come back down, will I ever see her again? My wife to be went up in space and left me to wait and see.

So what do you do when aliens take your wife to be, and she was the only playable sim on the lot? Well you hang around an wait for a while, chatting among yourselves.

Then you might move the “party” inside and chat while still waiting. Jewel was gone for a long time. Most of the guests eventually left having said it was getting late. I can’t fully remember how long sims are usually gone, but it certainly did take a while.

Around midnight Jewel was finally brought back to earth, and the few stragglers that were still hanging out talking were there to see her arrive dazed and a little bit out of sorts.

Alvaro was, of course, still there. He had been sitting on the cooler waiting to see if she would come back. When she did she told him the craziest stories about what had happened, and all he could do was give her a big hug.

The wedding will have to wait for another night, as that has been quite enough excitement for one update. It was a pretty crazy ride, and while I know this is certainly a shorter update, it feels like the right place to stop. Next time we will have a wedding, I hope, and a honeymoon.

I also forgot to mention last time, I have instituted a small “extra” rule for myself with this challenge. Since I started this after snowy escape came out, and that means we have vacation lots now, I looked through the worlds and made a breakdown of what “worlds” I feel like are likely close enough for a day trip and which ones likely require a more substantial (read stay at least a night) trip. If they want to travel to any area in their “group” they can without restriction. If they want to travel to an area outside of their group they have to take a vacation to that area. Each “section” has multiple vacation homes, restaurants, libraries, parks, nightclubs and/or bars, etc. So they should have everything they might need in any given group of neighborhoods. I determined and formed 6 groupings across all the different expansions and did my best to take things like climate, general foliage, coastlines, etc into account. So we’ll see how it goes. Anyway, thanks, as always, for reading!

Post 1.01 | Rules | Family Tree | Post 1.03

Roots of Emerson – Post 1.02

Post 1.01 | Rules | Family Tree | Post 1.03

Tim has heard rumors of a girl who lives near him that tries to stay out of the public eye, but spends a lot her time in her yard. A friend of Tim’s tells him they think she would be a great match for him, but Tim is unsure.

Before anything can happen, however, Tim has to get through his morning, and maybe even the next couple of days with chores on the farm. He starts his mornings with a nice fruit salad from the things he has managed to collect.

Then it’s time to go around and collect all the new plants that are growing and taking them to the market to sell to the various people who will pay to have others gather these supplies for them.

Then it’s time to weed and work in the garden. With the seasons beginning to change Tim needs to prepare the plants for summer time and they will need to be checked and watered more frequently.

Tim knows the flea market was on it’s way too town and while this time he didn’t find anything, it’s always good to go down and see who and what is there. Tim chats with some of the people he has met already, checks out the wares but doesn’t see anything he needs right now.

So instead of shopping Tim tries some trick shots at the basketball hoop. He’s not that good at shots, but it’s fun to try and make a basket from outside the fence that lines the boundaries of the court.

Heading out to a bar that evening Tim meets a few new people, but not all of them are as friendly as he has gotten used to. Apparently the flea market brought in people from other areas.

A few days later, Tim walks up to a door and politely knocks. He is nervous and his hands are sweating. He finally gave in and allowed himself to be set up. He is going to meet the person that is supposed to be “perfect” for him. She doesn’t like to go out often, so Tim heads to her house.

Come In….

Tim hears a nice voice inviting him to come inside.

I’m in the back, just walk straight back to the back door, I’m on the deck.

Tim went back to the back of the house and found a lovely girl finishing up cooking on a grill.

She invited Tim to sit down and grab a plate. Tim sat and started to eat. It was very good food. She introduced herself as Kayla. Tim introduced himself and they chatted away through dinner. He learned she was an only child and loved to cook.

As the evening progressed they moved inside and watched a movie together. Tim understood why their mutual friend suggested this date. Not only was Kayla attractive and loved the outdoors, her love of cooking would allow them to put his fresh produce to good use. When the time got late Tim excused himself so he could get home, knowing the morning would come much to early.

As Tim expected, the morning came and he wasn’t fully rested, but he set about his chores happily none the less. When it was time to break for lunch he was brought back to reality quickly when he cut himself making a salad. It would be nice to have a girl like Kayla to help him cook.

His heart skipped a beat when he looked down and saw Kayla’s name on his phone. When he answered she said she had a wonderful time and was hoping he might want to go hang out in a park nearby. Tim was finished with enough of his tasks for the day that he said yes.

Tim and Kayla found a nice bench to sit and chat on. Tim found out that Kayla was, in fact, a bodybuilder. She wanted to be very fit and strong so she could live a long, healthy life.

Tim knew he was starting to feel something special for this girl and so he moved a little closer and took her hand. He looked deep into her eyes and told her he thought she had to be one of the sweetest people he had ever met.

Kayla expressed she was getting a little hungry and Tim knew it was getting late enough he would want to eat again soon himself. Not wanting to have the date end they walked to the near by 50’s diner to see what they had.

Inside they went simple, each getting a root bear float and a sandwich. During the meal they continued their earlier conversations easily. Tim knew he was falling for Kayla, quickly, and he thought she might be feeling the same about him.

As they finished up and prepared to walk out of the restaurant, Tim took a chance and gave Kayla a kiss. She reciprocated and the kiss stretched on. Realizing they were still in the restaurant, and there were patrons probably watching them now, Tim slowly ended the kiss. He looked deep into Kayla’s eyes and asked her to be his official girlfriend.

Yes yes yes! Kayla excitedly squealed and they decided to commemorate their decision with a picture. Tim couldn’t remember having a better meal in his life. They made their way home and Tim went back into his fields to finish his work for the day, but he felt like he was lost in dream.

The next morning was gloomy as Tim checked on his plants and then decided to head out fishing for the day. Kayla called right as he was getting started and asked about hanging out. It killed Tim to tell her he couldn’t but she understood. It was a good sign that they both wanted to spend so much time together.

The house still wasn’t finished though, and Tim wasn’t sure he wanted to bring Kayla over, especially after seeing her house. He wanted to get it a little more completed before asking her if she would be with him for forever. He felt lighter and happier then he had in a long time. He made sure to call his parents and let them know the good news. Life was really starting to come together.

Post 1.01 | Rules | Family Tree | Post 1.03

Otts Family – Bailie 14

Bailie 13 | Rules | Family Tree | Bailie 15

Hello and welcome back to another update of the Otts family. Today we should have some more birthdays and hopefully we will get some additional points and other things completed. So let’s check in with the family.

We took another trip down to the park to see if we could get Calvin his first level of the Rambunctious Scamp. We brought Corey and Cedric along as well, but Calvin once again will play for a little bit and then stop. I’m guessing this is just Calvin and not an issue, but we went ahead and went home so we didn’t lose points.

Audra: *sob* This bathroom is flooding, I mop and mop but can’t stop it.

It’s your fault Audra! If you would stop breaking the sink it would stop flooding the bathroom.

Audra: But I’m mopping and mopping….

Yes, because water is still spewing out of the sink……ugh, never mind.

Bailie barely looks like herself anymore to me, she really did buckle down and work on her fitness. She writes fitness books frequently and we just need to finish up getting the skill maxed.

Bailie: Can you possibly keep it down over there? I am trying to write.

Oh, sorry Bailie.

Calvin comes home with an A in school on this day. Way to go Calvin! That is +5 points! This generation really has brought us back from the last one. Here’s hoping we can keep this going.

Cordelia asks to bring a friend home from school and of course we say yes. This guy shows up and while his outfit, for me, leaves a lot to be desired, Cordelia did go from a rotten mood to laughing and smiling.

Our original founding wife, Julia, comes out to haunt and Bailie is happy to see her grandma. It’s been a little while since Julia, or Eddie actually, have haunted. I believe Julia also left our plumbing alone.

Adalyn maxed out her dancing skill a couple updates ago, but that doesn’t mean she has stopped dancing. She really loves to dance. The next time I do make-overs I’m probably going to give Adalyn a slightly updated look.

These two are just too cute for words. While Bailie is working on her new book, I rearranged the upstairs a bit, and Adalyn heads up and sits next to her and keeps her company. I am going to miss these two when they are gone.

Dear Brodie stopped by and when the kids get home from school everyone hangs out with Brodie and catches up with him. I’m not sure how this family got so close, they did it all on their own since I can only control Bailie.

Ever the studious boy Calvin does his homework, but apparently he glitched himself to the top of the cat tree. Either that or he is trying to turn into a cat. Calvin, that’s not really going to help your sister with her aspiration you know.

Meanwhile, Cordelia continues her habit of going out and randomly starting a school project that is sitting in the yard, and then just getting up and walking away from it later. Since she has an A I’m not worried about, but it is funny to me.

It’s Alvin’s turn to haunt this night and once again Bailie is happy to see her past family members. She knows she will be joining them at some point, but hopefully not in the near future.

Adalyn enjoys relaxing in the pool sometimes. Outside of Bailie using it to do laps Adalyn is about the only one to use the pool. The kids don’t really go in for some reason.

Today is the day of the kids birthday. That morning they have some breakfast together before they head off to school. We will be throwing a party after everyone gets home from school and work this day.

The family is invited over and Cordelia is the first to blow out her candles. Bailie made a matcha cake for the kids and with that Cordelia is now a young adult and will be moving out. She did not make any progress on her aspiration, but she did get two character traits, Responsible and Good Manners. That is +10 points!

Next up its Calvin’s turn at the cake and he grows up with a bit of a weird hair for him. I think Calvin is going to be a pretty handsome young man. When I am in giving him a make-over I am going to do a small make-over on Adalyn as well.

Here Calvin is after his make-over. He is a very handsome boy I think. So Calvin, obviously did not complete his childhood aspiration. He has added Glutton to his Kleptomaniac trait and got the Quick Learner from choosing Renaissance Sim for an aspiration.

As I come out of giving the make-overs my camera is drawn to the pool. No Adalyn, NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!! Bailie tries, desperately to plead with Grim but to no avail. I can’t believe this just happened. That would be a -10 points.

Cordelia stays around long enough to get Adalyn placed into the garden next to Alan and Audra and then she gathered her things and moved out. That is where I am going to end this update. I can’t believe Adalyn is gone and I’m just not ready to play anymore, so let’s go to the points.


Self Wetting (-5) : 9 (-45)
Pass Out (-5) : 56 (-280)
Failing School (-5) : 0 (0)
Accidental Deaths (-10) : 1 (-10)
Fires (-10) : 1 (-10)
Social Worker Visit (-15) : 0 (0)
Negative Traits Earned (-5): 0 (0)

Single Birth (+5) : 8 (+40)
Twins (+10) : 1 (+10)
Triplets (+15) : 0 (0)
Any sim in the house completing Any Aspiration Milestones (Child/Adult) (+5) : 28 (+140)
Any sim in the household completing Aspirations (+10) : 3 (+30)
Skills maxed by NTH family members (+10) : 2 (+20)
NTH children earning an A in school (+5) : 11 (+55)
NTH sims reaching the top of a career (+10) : 0 (0)
Positive Traits Earned (+5): 11 (+55)
NTH Toddler Skills Maxed (+5): 11 (+55)
NTH Toddler Becoming Top-Notch (+10): 0 (0)
NTH Toddler Becoming Happy Toddler (+5): 7 (+35)
Randomizing every trait and aspiration for an entire generation (+10) : 2 (+20)
Not using spares’ Satisfaction Reward points for an entire generation (+10) : 2 (+20)
Every 100,000 simoleons earned (+20) : 136,451 (+20)
Immortalizing the Torch-Holder (+5) : 3 (+15)

TOTAL: +170

Bailie 13 | Rules | Family Tree | Bailie 15

EPIC Tripp: It’s Just Business – 6.02

Post 6.01 | Rules | Family Tree | Post 6.03

Welcome back to a new update for this EPIC Tripp. If you are around the US and celebrating, Happy Thanksgiving to you. If you aren’t in the US then I still hope it’s a good day for you all. All right, let’s take a quick reminder at our goals for this generation.

Generation 6b – It’s Just Business

  • Heir(ess) must join Business or Political career. Spouse may enter the job the heir does not choose, or any previously unlocked position.
  • Once heir reaches level 10 of chosen career, computers, tablets, and video game consoles are able to be purchased and used.

So far Bonnie hasn’t joined the business career, having spent her first little bit as a YA going through the jungle and being on the look out for a sim somewhere to perhaps marry.

We start off with Bonnie visiting the bar.

Bonnie: ….well I guess blondes probably do have more fun.

She is not the nicest sim all the time and a bit oblivious to when someone is feeling a little down.

Back at home Bonnie gets herself a job in the business world and needs to study up on some logic, so Miranda helps her out.

Bonnie: Now if I am looking at this right……..REMINGTON NO!!

Miranda: What???? What’s he doing?

Bonnie: *quickly switches pieces* oh, nvm, that’s his scratching post

That’s right, this little fluff ball doesn’t do anything wrong, do you little Remington. You are just too cute little cat!

Anyway, back to the people of this household. Miranda is a bit stuck in her magic right now, so she starts working on practicing more. She also has decided on a new familiar, not that she still doesn’t have the owl, but a voodoo doll really seems to fit her better.

Once Abby gets home from work, the two of them watch a movie “together.” I’m not sure they could really be farther apart in this room. It’s pretty funny to me that this is how they watch the movie. You know there are 3 couches right in front of you right?

Miranda: You are not like the main character Abbs.

Abby: Well he was a boss just like me.

Miranda: Yes, but that’s where it ended. He was a guy for one, and evil. I’m more like him then you.

Yes eventually they do sit down to discuss the movie.

Thanks Ferdinando. At least we don’t have any toddlers or children to cry over the loss here. Still, it does get annoying to have to fix everything all the time. Oh well, so be it.

Bonnie, while getting through her morning chores, spends some time with Cornelius. He’s a very well behaved cow plant overall and loves pets from Bonnie. Not that that would save her if she ever tried to eat his cake.

After giving Cornelius, and the bees, some love for the morning Bonnie heads out to her first day at work. She looks quite nice in her work outfit, even if it doesn’t totally suit her all that well.

Bonnie: It’s constricting.

I figured that was the case. You like to be a lot more free.

While at work, Bonnie got a choice to hide paperwork showing people at the top were getting money funneled to them. Of course she decided to hide it, she wants to be one of those people some day. Plus, her mom’s organization might be behind part of that money.

We have a bit of a glitched bee hive that I end up having to reset. They were stuck in ‘enraged’ status, no matter how much we paid attention to them, and they didn’t get the option to treat for mites. Abby and Miranda take care of gathering wax and honey from the bees and selling off excess plants while Bonnie is at work.

There are a lot of hours before Abby heads to work and Bonnie comes home so these two head off to try and find us some more collectables. Miranda heads into the telescope to search the stars, and Abby heads off into space…..on her own search of the stars.

Bonnie is evil, but has a soft spot, it seems, for all things that aren’t people. Cornelius, the bees, and Remington is no exception. He was feeling lonely having been alone with Abby and Miranda doing their searches for the day.

After a very long day at work, Bonnie gets dolled up and heads out to the roof top lounge hoping to run into some fun young adults, instead there are a lot of elders around and a smattering of adults. No one really interests Bonnie so she finishes up her pretzel and goes home.

Bonnie decided she needs a little extra room in that work uniform and hops on the treadmill for a good run before work the next day. Miranda comes up to chat with her about making her a potion or a spell that would probably do the trick.

Later that evening Patchy is out and Frank comes over to visit. It’s Abby’s birthday tonight and we are going to throw a big party to celebrate. After Bonnie gets home from work we will start the party.

Bonnie comes home with a promotion this day! Way to go Bonnie! She is already an Assistant Manager, which brings her near halfway through. The next promotion is the halfway mark.

The party for Abby is a lot of fun and there are a lot of people there. We brought the honey cake the family made earlier with us and Abby is able to blow out the candles. Belle was even there to perform some entertainment.

Two sweet things happened during the party. Bonnie got to know her potential husband some more. He is cheerful, lazy, and a bro. She met a couple of other guys as well, but these two have a really high relationship already. Then Abby and Frank share some time together as well.

As the party begins to wrap up for the night Bonnie stays at the bar for a little bit longer and is greeted, in what is becoming a tradition of my ghosts, by nearly every ghost in the family coming to the bar. Bonnie is able to greet each one and then heads home.

It was a successful party and Bonnie has gotten a good start into the world of business and has found who she is likely to choose to share the rest of this challenge with. I’m excited to see how Bonnie does for the rest of the time, but for now we are going to wrap up this challenge. Just for fun here are a couple random pictures.

Belle somehow manages to make a snow angle in the bar itself. Maybe it’s ghost snow? It was rather funny to just watch her fall to the floor and then be in snow.

I played around with platforms a bit and gave the family a sunk in living room. There are still no walls, but it offers a nice separation from the other room. I really do like the platforms, even if they are a little finicky so far. All right, see you all next time.

Post 6.01 | Rules | Family Tree | Post 6.03

Latte Game – Heir Poll #3

Generation 3.10 | Rules | Family Tree | Generation 3.11

Oh my gosh, it’s time for an heir poll again! I know it’s actually been a long time since we had one for this family, but I’m so excited to be able to throw this one. I really don’t know who is going to be heir and I love all of these kids, so it’s going to be a tough choice.

So, as always, there will be the poll up here and another over at if you want to vote either place, both places, whatever you want. And with that, let’s see who the choices are:

Hjorids is the eldest of the current Latte clan and just became a young adult. She got the scouting aptitude, Physically Gifted, and Responsible traits as well as the ones listed above. We have not yet had her aspiration, and she would add 4 letters (J, R, D, and S). I really do like her, although with Halix and Easton just becoming adults it might feel a little weird to have Hjordis take over already but it’s not a big deal.

Next up in Amarja. She is an interesting genetic mix of her parents and I also really like her. She would have a new aspiration for us as well, although as a job I didn’t write down what branch, so I would probably make her a journalist. Amarja would add 3 new letters (M, R, and J). She also has scouting aptitude, socially and mentally gifted and is on track to get Responsible and Good Manners.

Our final girl of the generation is Lowitja. She just became a teen and is finishing up her scouting aptitude. She does have the Mentally Gifted trait and is on track to get a couple character values. She has a new aspiration and we would need to bring spellcasters into the mix. I’m not sure how spellcaster/mermaids would do, but I’m willing to find out if she is who you pick. Lowitja would add 3 letters (W, T, and J).

Now we move on to the boys, and the final two kids of this generation. Ijtiba is still only a child and is working on his scouting badge and aspiration. His aspiration is the same as Hjordis and job is what his mom already has, so I would rather have Hjordis if you want to see this aspiration done. Ijtiba adds 3 letters (J, T, and B).

Now our final child, Xjavier sadly got “left out” of a lot of the blog without my meaning to, but he’s a good kid. He is another child that would need to become a spellcaster if we are to complete his aspiration, but his job is also new. Xjavier adds 3 new letters as well (J, V, and R).

I don’t dislike any of these kids and I’m excited to play any of them more. So far we have had all girl heirs and if we continue that with choosing one of the 3 girls I will get another generation of the Matriarchy, and since both boys have similar desires as their sisters I think I would prefer one of the girls, but I will leave it up to you.

Generation 3.10 | Rules | Family Tree | Generation 3.11

Latte Game – Generation 3.10

Generation 3.09 | Rules | Family Tree | Heir Poll | Generation 3.11

Hello and welcome back to the Latte’s. Last time with the family we welcomed the final member of this generation, Xjavier and we are likely ending this update with a new heir poll! Super excited to see who everyone chooses, I think it’s going to be a hard choice.

The eldest girls are working on homework and other skills today while hanging out. This family has always been so close, and I think they are going to continue to be super close this generation.

So it’s almost birthday time and we invited a lot of family over, one of them being Orion Straud, who burned up in the setting sun. Easton went out to plead for Orion’s life and Grim actually listened. I wasn’t sure if it would work and those cousins are going to be around for forever.

Back to the birthday, it’s actually a double birthday. First up little Xjavier grows up into a toddler, and we will see his make-over in a second. Then Easton brings little Ijtiba to the cake and he grows up into a child.

Amarja puts little Xjavier to bed and the girls are already getting a head start on taking care of kids. Not sure who will end up heir, but both Hjordis and Amarja are great with the younger kids.

After a bit of a make-over here are the two youngest boys in the family. Xjavier is, of course, on the left and is another kid that looks a lot like Easton. Ijtiba also still looks a fair amount like Easton as well. Xjavier is an Inquisitive toddler, and Ijtiba got the Glutton trait and managed to get Top-Notch Toddler.

Horjdis is trying to finish up the scouting badge and so she heads out to fish. Additional kids also came too, and I think they were additional cousins, but not 100% sure who all came with us.

We then get some family updates. Ivan is now a young adult, which means it’s time to go flag him. Since I barely remember who Ivan is I’m would imagine you don’t either, but Ivan is Nick’s son. Nick being Zophi’s brother. Pixey, Halix’s sister, had a baby (her second) and named her Isabelle.

Zophi got invited out, I believe to a nightclub, but she meets up with her twin, Zorah, and her last living sister, Ember. We are going to be losing Zophi soon, and while I will miss her, she has achieved much for this challenge and I’m sure she misses Harvey.

Monday comes and we all know what that means. It’s school project time. Each of the kids pulls out their project and works on them on the beach, finishing them up. Hjordis will be happy to be done with school projects soon.

We get a tiny little family update and see that Arthur is now a child. Arthur is Zax youngest child. The extended family is likely close to being done with growing, other than if Ixael gets married.

I know I say this nearly every time, but I really love this family. From homework, to dinner time, to TV watching they all spend so much time together and seem to really like the time they spend with each other. I also adore the genetic diversity we have in this family so far.

Also, Easton makes the best faces! I’m not sure what he’s surprised by, or excited by maybe, but this face is just too great. Love them so much!

However, then the day I knew was coming, and was mostly prepared for came. It was Zophi’s time to leave this world. She had completed her aspiration, her job, raised her kids, and been a wonderful grandma to all of her grand-kids. See you around Zophi, please don’t break all of our stuff.

It is almost her birthday and Lowitja just finished up her aspiration. We kind of forgot about her aspiration there for a bit and didn’t focus on her as much as we probably should have. She gets the Artistic Prodigy aspiration next, but isn’t going to get a chance to complete it.

Apparently, all of the kids and family members were born right around the same time as we get a huge rush of family updates right before birthday’s around here too. Isabelle we saw born to Pixey earlier, Kaylieigh and Robyn (Zax and Oxkar’s wives respectively) turn elders, Paula is Pixey’s other daughter, is not a teen as is Olivia, Oxkar’s eldest.

Then it’s Happy Birthday to Halix, who ages up into an adult. It’s hard to believe she is only an adult, but all of those kids really hold back that age bar. Easton is probably going to have a youth potion when he becomes elder so he isn’t quite so off age with his wife.

Then it’s also little Lowitja’s birthday. We saw she had completed her aspiration and so it was time for her to become a teen herself. She is lovely, although I’m not crazy about that hair on her so she got a bit of a make-over.

Here is Lowitja after a make-over. I know it’s much darker than it was before, but I actually really like this look for her. She added Gloomy to Art Lover as a trait (partly the reason for the make-over. Gotta love those gloomy art lovers.) She also got Purveyor of Potions for an aspiration, which gives her Collector as a bonus trait.

Easton finally finishes up the Bodybuilder aspiration and will now have a long life. Not something he necessarily needed, but being married to a mermaid, who gets super high fitness from all the swimming, it will be nice for him to have it. Next he gets the Chief of Mischief aspiration.

Lowitja, much like her sisters, is already great with her younger siblings. She puts little Xjavier to bed who is working on his skills, even though we haven’t seen much of him this update. The beds are also still a popular place to do homework, or chat, as Halix and Amarja show.

Zophi is out haunting, pretty quickly, and she is out with her mom. Not sure why Kynzie gets so angry as a ghost, but Zophi is able to calm her down. She is happy to see her mom again.

A final little extended family update, and we see that Mikel, Ember’s son, is now a young adult, and Zax’s twins are now teens. The extended family is growing up so fast, much like our current family.

The three eldest Latte children this generation, spend a lot of time hanging out together all on their own. I do not direct these hang outs, they just seem to gravitate to each other.

We end this update with 2 final birthdays. First up is Hjordis, who is officially a young adult, and will either be moving out or taking over depending on the results of the poll. Xjavier, whom I know we didn’t see really at all during his toddler years, is next up and grows into a child.

After a bit of a make-over, here is Xjavier. He grew up looking just like his dad, and his brother Ijtiba. He did manage to get Top-Notch Toddler, even though you never really saw him working on it, and he is Erratic, just like his mom.

With that we are going to call this update, especially as it’s getting a little bit long, and we need to get to the heir poll. It will be up for about a week. Super excited to see who is going to become the next heir.

Before we leave the update, however, here is a look at the current kids who grew up this update. Oliva is Oxkar’s eldest child, next up are Zax’s twins. First Zorro and then Zven. Starting the second row is Paula, Pixey’s daughter, and then Zax’s youngest Arthur. Finally is Pixey’s youngest Isabelle.

Generation 3.09 | Rules | Family Tree | Heir Poll |Generation 3.11

Meeple Monopoly – Post 1.01

Rules | Family Tree | Post 1.02

So, yes, this is yet ANOTHER new challenge from me. I know, I know, it’s a sickness. I promise I haven’t given up on my other challenges either, they will keep getting updates too. I just got super excited about the new pack and started some different things.

This is a Board Game challenge, which is basically an 8-generation legacy. Each generation is based off a property set in monopoly and one other board game. You can read more about it in the Rules link above which takes you to the set I’m using to play.

Let’s look at the requirements for Generation One.


Mediterranean Avenue & Baltic Avenue 
Generation 1: Purple

  • What better way to start out on your sim’s life journey than with The Game of Life? But, unfortunately for you, life is hard, and this first generation will be no exception. Your sim may only enter one of the six careers that are shared by Life and TS4: entertainer, athlete, detective, doctor, business, & artist. They may never quit or change professions (but they may retire), and if they are fired you must get them back into that profession as soon as possible. Spouses and children may not be employed.
  • You MUST send your sims on a honeymoon/vacation as soon after their wedding as possible. If you have to sell the couch and microwave to afford the rental, so be it.
  • In The Game of Life, players receive a large chunk of money after the birth of each of their children. Well, real life isn’t like that, and for the purposes of this challenge, neither is life in the sims! Kids COST money. A LOT of money. So after the birth of every child, you must SUBTRACT $1,000 dollars from your sims’ household. You may do this via cheats, or by buying one or two expensive decorative objects that you MAY NOT SELL until the next generation takes over. Now just hope you don’t go bankrupt.

So we need a lot of money this generation. Since we can do any of the “Life” careers we are going to pick painting as it’s a great way to get money quickly.

Meet our founder, Jewel Meeple. She is going to take on this first generation of the challenge. Jewel wants to be a Painter Extraordinaire and she is Good, Materialistic, and Family-Oriented.

Since the rules state we have to do a standard legacy start, Jewel buys the newly emptied 50 x 50 lot in Willow Creek, buys the requisite suit of armor and now has 0 simoleans. Yes I could have let her keep 1800, but decided I needed more of a challenge here.

This rough start to life here in Willow Creek isn’t enough to dampen our Jewel here, and she heads out to start fishing. She even catches a fish right away, which, of course, is sold fairly quickly. We do need food, and most fish are not useful for food here.

Next thing Jewel does is make a collection run around her neighborhood. There are lot of snapdragons and rocks to dig. This gives her a couple hundred simoleons at least and will give her some food for dinner as none of the plants were fruit or veggies.

Jewel heads to the park in order to meet some people, see if we can meet any spouse potentials, and have some fun. She also collects a few more plants and rocks as well. Then she sits down for some chess with Dustin Broke, who gets up and leaves pretty quickly after she sits down.

After meeting just about every young adult she could come across Jewel heads over and buys some popcorn shrimp for dinner. It’s not the best meal she’s ever had, but it is food, and it’s better than starving so she sits in the park and eats.

There still isn’t enough money for even a tent after some of the other things she needed to do but Jewel did get a job as a painter. Now we just need to get her an easel. The bench isn’t the most comfortable spot for the night, but life should start looking up for Jewel soon.

The bench did save her from a visit from Vlad, who walked by her empty lot in this outfit. Since she wasn’t “home” but rather sleeping on a bench across the street he didn’t mess with her.

She gets invited out to the Hijinks festival, and since I know you can make some money she invites everyone she knows to go with her. While I know they don’t get as much money, she joins the Jokesters, who win and she had a good evening with a lot of fun to be had. Plus the earned money will be put to good use.

Between the collection runs, the festival, and eating the cheapest food we can find Jewel has managed to afford all of this. It’s not a great start but it is something and now she can start painting to hopefully get some more money coming in.

While she isn’t sleeping outside anymore, having to run to the pubic toilet whenever she needs to go and having almost nothing to her name is starting to weight on Jewel. She splurges on some fish tacos the next day at the park and then get a phone call that gives her about 1000 simoleons because she made the right choice apparently.

After another collection run, while Jewel was in the shower (which is why it isn’t yet in the house) I built this tiny little house for Jewel. She doesn’t have much money left now but at least she won’t be sleeping outside any longer. It’s got a whole two walls, the roof pieces making up the other two.

The bathroom gets rearranged a little bit after this picture, but Jewel now has a very cheep bed and the start of a small little kitchen. It’s pretty good for less than a week in town. Plus, no more running to the park down the street to use the bathroom.

Jewel celebrates her first meal in her new house by making a cheap salad to eat. She has no real seating so she sits on the cooler and ponders the easel. It’s good she is inside as well because we hear a storm starting to rage outside.

A few paintings later we are starting to get more than we are paying for canvases, which helps her paint a little bit more and we post a couple on plopsy in the hopes someone will buy one for much more than the canvas.

The house is getting a couple of decorations, and a brick path was added to lead to the main path through the neighborhood, although it is just some terrain paint, it looks nice. Jewel is well on her way to getting the money she needs to expand and keep growing this generation.

Jewel is in a good enough mood to invite over one of the young adult sims that she met at the park. I cannot remember his name right this moment, but they are hitting it off. He is an art lover and good I believe, although I could be wrong about that. He doesn’t seem to mind the small house.

After Jewel goes to bed he decides to paint, and he even completes the painting. This allows Jewel to sell it off for a decent price later and helps her pay for the loveseat she splurged on in the picture before. She also has managed to sell a painting on Plopsy for a decent amount.

Sadly, Vald visited again and this time he was able to get in a drink from Jewel and he apparently really enjoyed her. This leaves her super drained the next day and Jewel doesn’t get through the whole collection run before heading to work.

She came home and took a nap but was woken up by a phone call asking her out on a date. Of course she says yes and they head out. During dinner Jewel gets up the nerve to give him her very first kiss. I think these two will be fun together.

Before saying goodnight Jewel takes one more chance and surprises him by suggesting they make it official and become boyfriend/girlfriend exclusively. He might be surprised but says yes, and Jewel is super excited. Now she just needs to save up enough money for a wedding and a honeymoon as well.

It might be a little bit before they can afford to get married, but Jewel is super happy to have a boyfriend, and invites him over after work every chance she gets. She has managed to expand the kitchen a tiny bit, and is starting to sell paintings for a decent price now, which should help with the upcoming bills as well.

In the short time Jewel has been here she has come pretty far, managing to get a roof over her head, a small house built up, a job, and a boyfriend. We will probably be proposing soon, which will mean I have to learn his name, but that will wait until the next update.

So far I’m enjoying this challenge, and I really like Jewel. I hope you will enjoy it as well as we continue and I will see you next time!

Rules | Family Tree | Post 1.02

Roots of Emerson – Post 1.01

Rules | Family Tree | Post 1.02

Well, welcome to yet another challenge started by me. This challenge may not get updated quite as frequently as others, but we’ll see how it goes. It wasn’t grabbing me right away, but I was also biding my time until the Snowy Escape expansion got here, so I’m hoping that might add some additional fun for me.

So I’m going to try a little something different with this blog and we’ll see how it goes, but I hope you enjoy it and let me know if you like it, don’t like it, think of ways it could be better or whatnot. So this is, if you didn’t already know, a Difference in the Family Tree (DITFT) challenge, which means each Gen has a different set of goals. So here are my goals for generation one:

Generation One

“I always wanted to be a farmer. There is a tradition of that in my family. “
Your family was always into the farming deal. They spent their days working hard and asked for their children to do the same. So when you turned 18, your parents surprised you with your own plot of land to continue on tradition. And having always been one to want to impress the folks. You begin creating your own small garden, dedicating your time to that instead of dealing with a dreadful 9-to-5 suit and tie job.

Obtain and plant 20 different types of plant
Get married, but no woohoo before marriage
Have a boy and a girl. Keep trying until you do!
Master Garden Skill
Have and complete one of the nature aspirations

Optional objectives:
Grow a garden with every base game plant in it
Catch every type of fish
Marry a gal/guy with “Loves Outdoors”
Master Fisherman Skill

Ok, so without further ado, let’s get this new challenge under way.

This is Tim Emerson. Tim wants to be a successful farmer like his father, and his grandfather before him. Now he has himself a little plot of land to try and be successful himself.

This is Tim’s house. It is far from completed, and right now has just what he needs, but he hopes to expand it and grow a family into it someday. To find a girl who Love the Outdoors like him is his biggest goal. He also wants a little boy and a little girl to raise.

Tim also is interested in fishing and has learned from his family that fish can make great fertilizer for the garden he is planning on building up. His ultimate goal at this point in his life is to be a wonderful botanist.

These are some of Tim’s neighbors and others from around the world. They bring him fruitcake, which he highly dislikes, but he spends time getting to know them all the same just the same. None of the visitors he has met so far catch his eye, although the spellcaster held a bit of a spell on him for a bit.

Tim begins the day after he gets settled into his new house by collecting seeds, fruits, and flowers from all of the wild plants that grow around his land and around the neighborhood. It provides him with some things to sell to some of the local craftsmen and to plant himself.

Tim is a friendly, cheerful guy, and greets kindly anyone who walks by. Tim is always keeping an eye out for the right girl to become Mrs. Emerson and help him with his dreams for a family.

Tim next tackles clearing the rocks from his property. While clearing he finds some fossils, crystals, and precious stones to sell for some additional money. All of this will help him get started on his farm.

There was a special event happening in town the next day so Tim went down and hung out with some of the people he had met. Tim was getting to know many people from around town, but still no one that struck him as the right person for him.

That night Tim had the strangest dream in which a man in a trench coat, who was very pale and cold, came into his house and hypnotized him. He could feel that something worse was potentially going to happen when he woke with a fright and found everything has it had been.

His dreams the rest of the night were haunted with that pale cold figure, although this time, for some reason, he was cleaning up dirty dishes. When Tim’s alarm went off the next day he noticed the house seemed slightly cleaner, but Tim figured he must have just forgotten he had cleaned up. It had been a rough night of sleep.

Besides, Tim didn’t have time to worry about the house might have gotten cleaner, he had to go take care of the small garden he had forming. He would love to get this garden up to a large, flourishing farm, but that was going to take time, hard word, and patience. After taking care of the plants for the day and ensuring the land was still clear of any stray rocks, Tim decided to head up the coast for a bit.

He traveled to the lighthouse up the coast and visited the museum to learn a little more about the history of the surrounding area. As Tim watched out over the waves he thought back about his dreams and how strange they had seemed. Heading back towards home Tim realized he was a bit hungry and saw a local tavern was open.

Tim sided up to the bar and ordered a drink and some food. He chatted with some of the other locals and visitors of the bar while enjoying his food. Tim realized he had spent many more hours there then he intended to and excused himself to head home.

The night passed dreamlessly and uneventfully for Tim and the next morning was bright and sunny and found Tim in a wonderful mood, all thoughts from the strange dreams wiped from his memory. Tim whistled while he worked away on his garden and thought about fishing that afternoon.

Tim was finding his footing and his plants were starting to grown and flourish on their own. He was far from the size of garden he wanted, which should be at least 20 different types of plants, but everyone has to start somewhere. Even a great oak comes from a small seed. The only thing that could make Tim’s life any happier now was finding someone to share it with.

Rules | Family Tree | Post 1.02

Otts Family – Bailie 13

Bailie 12 | Rules | Family Tree | Bailie 14

Hello and welcome back after far too long to a new Otts update. As you might remember, right before I switched over to do a summer challenge for, we started an heir poll to see who would be our next heir in this crazy ISBI/Alphabetcy. So let’s start with finding out who that heir is going to be.

The generation C heir is….















Yes, that’s right, the youngest kid of this generation is your choice to be the next heir of this challenge. It wasn’t really a close race and here is how the points broke down:

Calvin: 14 points (8 on boolprop, 6 on WP)
Corey: 7 points (3 on boolprop, 5 on WP)
Cordelia: 4 points (3 on boolprop, 1 on WP)
Cedric: 1 point (1 on boolprop)

Unlike last generation, where you, my dear readers, were as conflicted as I was, we had a very clear favorite this time. I would have also loved having Corey or Cordelia or even Cedric, I loved all the kids here but Calvin is moving on as TH. That means we have quite a bit of time before the new generation takes over though, since Calvin is still a child, so let’s get going.

When we first open the house after so many months away I have to reorient myself a bit, and our first order to business is to move Cedric and Corey out. They have been added to the gallery if you want to pop them into your own hood at some point, all my sims are under #ciyrosesims or a hashtag specific to the challenge. We will catch up with them as they progress through their lives here, and this generation has always been close so I doubt it will take them long to visit.

Hey Calvin, working on your homework is good! Welcome to soon to be torch holder status.

Calvin: Um..thanks. Why was I chosen?

I don’t know, we’d have to ask the voters, but you are cute and have some fun traits coming up as you grow up so that is probably why.

Calvin: I’m nervous.

Aww, don’t be. You are going to be great, just keep doing your homework. We want that A.

Calvin: That will make me a good heir like mom?

It’s a great start!

Bailie is still working on her aspiration. You may or may not remember after all this time but Bailie is going for Bodybuilder, but it also lazy, so it’s been tough for her to gain the fitness skill. She has reached level 8 though, so she’s getting close.

Cordelia is still here as well and is being a pretty normal teen sitting down to play some video games. She is getting close to an A in school as well and it would be great to get those points.

You can see that all the work she’s put in is paying off for Bailie. She has actually reached her maximum body potential, before finishing up the fitness level. Adalyn, as always, is right there to cheer her on.

The kids come home the next day from school and we get the awesome news that Cordelia has done it! She got an A and that is +5 points for us. This family has really made up for the disaster that was Alan’s generation.

I’m so sorry Bailie!!!! I totally missed that it was your birthday! Plus your all splotchy!

Bailie: Is that any way to treat your best generations heir?

I know, I know, it’s been too long since I played you guys and I totally missed your birthday was already here too.

Bailie: Well maybe next time you won’t leave of us for so long, and if you don’t mind I want to go back to bed since I don’t feel good.

Cor, I appreciate that you do your homework so diligently every day. You got the A, but I certainly don’t want to lose it.

Cordelia: Well I may not be heir, but it’s ok. I’ll be successful on my own.

That’s my girl! You will, and I’m excited for you to get out in the world!

We got a couple of little mini family updates for you already. The boys, Cedric and Corey are moving into Rockridge Springs already and Claire, Adalyn’s niece is now a teenager.

In an attempt to help little Calvin out with his aspiration we head to the playground. Cordelia talks with some people and Calvin does not cooperate at all. He plays for a handful of minutes, never gets playful and the goes to chat with people. I use Bailie to try and influence him to play some more and nothing. So we give up for the day and head home before anyone passes out or pees themselves.

Brodie is joining us for the evening, having stopped by. Hi Brodie!! He is, like his brother, a confirmed bachelor at this point. Bailie is the only child of her generation to have kids, which is pretty crazy for me.

Bailie is working hard on some books still and she still needs to get up to level 10 to finish up her writing career. She also is trying to paint, and the family is still not flush with money, but can at least pay the bills. They are slowly building up a bit of a nest egg, and hopefully Calvin will be able to add to it.

Adalyn is still an amazing mom and will talk to her kids about almost anything. She is so very close to reaching the maximum level in parenting, but we’ll see if she makes it or not.

Cordelia: Mama spends a pretty decent about of time writing books, especially fitness books.

Adalyn: Oh yes, she does. It’s really her passion in life dear.

Why thank you Calvin for cleaning up. The sink was even repaired so this actually makes a big difference.

Calvin: Doing what I can to help.

You have already won the heir poll. I don’t want you to start passing out or anything, but the heir is going to be you regardless.

Calvin: I know, but I still want to help. I have to live here too.

Very true kid.

With that I’m going to call this update and do a wrap up. This play session was entirely too long in the making, but at the same time, we have been very successful so far and I’m super happy about it!


Self Wetting (-5) : 9 (-45)
Pass Out (-5) : 56 (-280)
Failing School (-5) : 0 (0)
Accidental Deaths (-10) : 0 (0)
Fires (-10) : 1 (-10)
Social Worker Visit (-15) : 0 (0)
Negative Traits Earned (-5): 0 (0)

Single Birth (+5) : 8 (+40)
Twins (+10) : 1 (+10)
Triplets (+15) : 0 (0)
Any sim in the house completing Any Aspiration Milestones (Child/Adult) (+5) : 28 (+140)
Any sim in the household completing Aspirations (+10) : 3 (+30)
Skills maxed by NTH family members (+10) : 2 (+20)
NTH children earning an A in school (+5) : 10 (+50
NTH sims reaching the top of a career (+10) : 0 (0)
Positive Traits Earned (+5): 9 (+45)
NTH Toddler Skills Maxed (+5): 11 (+55)
NTH Toddler Becoming Top-Notch (+10): 0 (0)
NTH Toddler Becoming Happy Toddler (+5): 7 (+35)
Randomizing every trait and aspiration for an entire generation (+10) : 2 (+20)
Not using spares’ Satisfaction Reward points for an entire generation (+10) : 2 (+20)
Every 100,000 simoleons earned (+20) : 136,451 (+20)
Immortalizing the Torch-Holder (+5) : 3 (+15)

TOTAL: +165

Bailie 12 | Rules | Family Tree | Bailie 14

EPIC Tripp: It’s Just Business – 6.01

Wrap | Rules | Family Tree | Post 6.02

Hello, and it is so good to be back to the EPIC Tripp again. I know it has been far too long since I was able to update this, and it’s good to be back. Last time we wrapped up the end of generation 5 and we are heading into generation 6. Let’s take a look at the goals for this generation.

Generation 6b – It’s Just Business

  • Heir(ess) must join Business or Political career. Spouse may enter the job the heir does not choose, or any previously unlocked position.
  • Once heir reaches level 10 of chosen career, computers, tablets, and video game consoles are able to be purchased and used.

These goals seem pretty simple compared to the last one with the choices we had to make, and I think Bonnie is going to end up going into Business. I had considered if I was going to have her get married or not, but I think I probably will. I have some plans for the end of this challenge, but we have a few generations to go first.

So the first thing that happens as soon as we enter the lot is Miranda heads out to the glowing lights. She takes a ride on the spaceship and is brought back later. We don’t have any ability for females to get pregnant by aliens in this challenge, so there was no fear there.

She had her familiar with her, but apparently they don’t get to go on the spaceships. Her familiar looks so confused as to why all that is left are are glowing lights. He patiently waits for her in that exact spot until she returns.

Abby heads out with Lindsay and Lara’s ghosts to play around on the water slide. All three of these ladies are getting pretty good and enjoy doing “tricks” down the slide. It’s funny to watch the criminal boss enjoying trick sliding down a water slide, but each to their own.

Remington is still around and a very pretty cat. Abby takes time to pamper the sweet cat with a good brushing. He is actually rather pampered overall, but sometimes they get busy and forget to spend enough time with him.

While Bonnie needs to get into business at some point, her aspiration is about having a jungle adventure, so we start off by taking her to the jungle. Might as well get her through her aspiration first, or at least the parts that require her to travel. So out she goes and we start by excavating dirt piles around town.

She completes a level of her aspiration pretty quickly. We are also on a bit of a spouse hunt. So far, no one has caught our eyes, but we are looking. Since Miranda came from Selvadorada I thought Bonnie might find someone here.

Back at home it was Harvestfest and so Abby and Miranda are spending some time together, and checking off traditions. They haven’t ever been super lovey with each other, and they have a marriage more of convenience than passionate love, but they love each other in their own ways and holidays are a good time to spend time together and connect a little more.

The cat also gets some special treatment for the holiday.

Abby: Whose a good little cat??? Yeah, whose a good boy?

Remington: Meow, meeerow

Abby: Yes, that’s right, it’s you. You are the sweet little cat, my good little boy.

Back in the jungle it’s still HarvestFest and Bonnie takes care of the gnomes that pop up around her rental home. It doesn’t take her very long and then it’s time to head out to the jungle again.

Bonnie cuts through the forest making her way to the temple, and uses every trick she has at her disposal to gather any treasures she can. The bees were particularly irritating during this trip, but luckily we had plenty of flowers.

When Bonnie made it to the temple she started to pass through all the different tests. She doesn’t have all of the skills needed, but she has enough to normally get it knocked down to the right device, and only a couple of options to try.

After getting all the way through the temple Bonnie heads back to town to grab some food. Still no potential spouses have been found, so we might not be finding a spouse for her here in Selvadorada. With this all taken care of Bonnie can finish most of the rest of her aspiration from home, and maybe we’ll find a spouse in the new Mt. Komorebi.

She did manage to pick up a blessing while out in the jungle, and so when she gets home she gets to sleep soundly and happily in her bed. With her aspiration almost completed now it’s time to focus on spouse hunting and getting through business. Her connections to the criminal underworld will likely be helpful there.

Abby’s mom and grandfather are out haunting again tonight. Lara has been quite active lately and while I am tired to fixing sinks and tubs nearly ever day it is nice to see them so often again. Plus, they aren’t always breaking things, they can be very helpful as well.

Belle comes out a bit later as well and heads straight to the violin of course. Her son-in-law Ferdinando watches her play. I’m with you Ferdinando, I could watch her play for hours. I’ve seen other sims play the violin and they have similar movements, but there is something special to me about watching Belle.

With Bonnie returned, everything starts to get back to normal with the family. Bonnie begins her bonding and taking care of the bees, while Miranda and Abby help with the garden itself. Cornelius is still back there and as healthy as ever. He is the most well cared for cowplant I think I’ve ever had.

Once all the chores are through Bonnie heads out to multiple locations spouse hunting. This sim is the most likely candidate at the moment. He’s a young adult and I don’t remember his name at the moment, but he was protesting at the location Bonnie was visiting. He may be too good for Bonnie, seeing as how she is evil, but we will see. I want to take them to Mt. Komorebi at some point soon, they certainly have the money, but that will be next update.

I know this update is a little bit shorter, but we are getting back into the swing of this blog, and there are many updates getting scheduled to come your way, so please check back soon. Next time we will see Bonnie start through her business career trek, probably vacation in the new pack, and hopefully find a husband. See you next time!

Wrap | Rules | Family Tree | Post 6.02

Latte Game – Generation 3.09

Generation 3.08 | Rules | Family Tree | Generation 3.10

Holy cow it has been so long since I’ve been able to welcome you back to the Latte’s! With my summer challenge over and my work project getting a little bit easier to juggle it’s time to get back to my sims. I have missed my families, and I hope you are excited to have some new updates.

Since it has been so very long since we were last with the family, here is a quick recap: The kids all worked on their aspirations, Ijtiba grow into a fussy toddler, Zorah passed away, Hjordis grew into a teen, Halix got pregnant for the final time, and that was about it, so let’s hop in!

I’m going to start with this look at the way the family is right this moment, Lowitja, Easton, Ijtiba, Halix, Zophi, Hjorid, and Amarja. We are ready t see what the final baby is. If we keep with family tradition it should be another boy, although Zophi didn’t fully follow that, we’ll see.

We will actually start out with some family updates first. Ixael (Halix’s younger brother) is now an adult, and Xander, Oxkar’s son, is a child, while Yenifer’s little boy, Youssef, is also a child now.

Zophi and Halix both go in and sit on one of the kids beds where Amarja is trying too get her homework done for the day.

Zophi: Halix, do you really need to eat in here?

Halix: mmm ttrwwing to holp

Amarja: I’m good guys, thanks for the help, see all done.

I secretly think Amarja said that just to get out of there, but she does just breeze through homework at this point.

What is it with all of you wanting to eat in the bedroom today?

Easton: Leave me out of this, I was just leaving.

Hjordis: It’s where everyone else is!

Ijtiba: Bunny, I go to school soon. I learn maf like daddy.

Easton: *thinking* My boy is so smart…he’s going to be a bit of a nerd probably…wait, am I a nerd? I do like chess, and I am an astronaut…

Relax Easton, there is no problem with being smart and attractive here, and Ijtiba will be successful I’m sure, and well like.

Easton: Oh good, wait, you can hear my thoughts???!!!

Well, I can see your thought bubbles, so kind of….sometimes it’s hard to interpret though.

As in nearly ANY sim household dancing is a big past time. Father and son dance together and Easton has to be getting close to that body builder aspiration. It takes a secure man, or maybe just a sim man, to be comfortable in his boxers with his mother-in-law in the room.

Zophi: I could probably handle him being less secure.

Zophi is, I think, starting to feel her age. She is spending a lot of time with her granddaughters lately, and with her grandson too.

We get a quick update to let us know that Pixey is pregnant with her second child, although first with her husband.

Then it’s time to say, Happy Winterfest, again and much of the family is invited over for dinner and presents, and you get your first look at the very pregnant Halix this update. She is becoming very uncomfortable and would very much like to be done being pregnant.

Amarja manages to finish up her second aspiration, Whiz Kid, and starts on another, Artistic Prodigy. She isn’t likely to get super close since she will be a teen soon, but she is close to maxing creativity already.

Hjordis steps up as a big sister and starts to take care of her youngest sibling by reading him to sleep. There was a bit of a “fight” for who would end up putting him to bed and Hjordis “won.”

This might still be Winterfest, or I could be New Years, not completely sure here, but Harvey is out haunting, which makes Zophi happy. All of her boys are here as well, Zax, Ixael, and Oxkar.

Halix: Hmmmm….I’m feeling a bit of cramping…..and I think my water just broke. Hey mom, can you go with me to the hospital since Easton is at work?

You are rather calm about this birth.

Halix: Well, at this point, why panic? I’ve been through it before.

A quick check in at the front desk and Halix just lay calmly in the birthing machine ready to welcome her final child. It’s a little boy and he is name Xjavier. Welcome to the family little Xjavier Latte!

Once Halix and the new baby come home Zophi heads out to visit Ember. Her son Ethan is now a young adult and it’s time to flag him. We also meat his brother, Mikel, who is currently a teen.

It’s time for yet another birthday.

Christie: Welcome to the party, how do you know Amarja? I’m her…sort of cousin.

Yes, Christine, I know who you are, I’ve watched over this family since before you were born..

Pixie: Yeah, that’s just the watcher.

Since you all might have guessed who this birthday is for by now, let’s get to the cake. Happy Birthday Amarja, and after a make-over she really is quite beautiful, and very different from her older sister. I do love this families genetics.

While I feel like this update is a little shorter than they sometimes are this also feels like a terrific place to end this update. Let’s have a quick family “mug shot” collection first!

It’s a pretty small update collage this time around, but since we had missed Mikel’s grow up notice, I think, here he is. He is Ember’s youngest boy and we saw him a little earlier. Next up is Oxkar’s boy, Xander, whom we saw the grow up message for at the beginning of the update. He’s a cute boy. Finally, we have the “ooops” baby for Yennifer. She is Yuri’s daughter, and Youssef is his grandson. He’s a super skinny little boy, but while he was an angelic toddler, he’s now mean.

That’s it for the family this time, but thank you so much for joining me again and I hope to get more updates out soon, and we are inching closer to a new heir poll as well, so watch for that too!

Generation 3.08 | Rules | Family Tree | Generation 3.10

Comic Summer: Wrap-Up

Post 4.02 | Rules | Family Tree

Welcome back for our final post for this OWBC (Officially Wacky Boolprop Challenge). It’s been a fairly crazy ride and I’m glad you decided to stick it out and read through all of it as I got through this challenge. So let’s go over everything and see how we did!

So way back in June when we started this challenge these were what I picked to do:

Island Living (9 points total)

  • Have your founder choose a lot in Mua Pel’am, restore the island, and keep it clean for the remainder of the challenge. (3 points)
  • Your founder needs to compete the beach life aspiration. Your subsequent heirs should complete at least one nature aspiration each. (3 points)
  • By the end of the challenge, both the buried treasure and seashell collections should be complete. (3 points)

Jungle Adventures (9 points total)

  • Founder/ALL heirs must go to Selvadorada to find their spouse…they must be a local. No going to Selvadorada and coming back with a townie who also happened to be on vacation! (3 Points)
  • By end of challenge, one of the Ancient artifact collections need to be complete. (3 Points)
  • Founder/heir must build a relic and use it on someone outside the family. (3 Points)

Realm of Magic (9 points total)

  • Have your founder and all following heirs become a spellcaster. They will need to be turned in game, or born to a previous heir, they can not be made in CAS. (3 points)
  • At the end of the challenge, your final heir should have the ancient bloodline trait. (3 points)
  • Win a duel with each of the three sages. (3 points)

BoolProp Naming Scheme (10 Points)
Naming the first generation’s three children names that start with B, O and O. The second generation’s children would be given names that start with L, P and R. The third generation’s children would be given names that start with O, P and N (for .net, of course!). If twins are born they count as one letter, tough bananas! Name them both with the letter the one child would have been assigned and then you must have another child. So if I had my first generation heir have a boy that I named Larry, then a set of twins I would name them Peter and Paula, because they only count for one letter, I would then have to have them try for another baby to get a Rachel. Additional children born/adopted whether intentionally or accidentally are considered outside the naming scheme and can be named whatever you want.

One Bad Apple (10 Points)
Every generation one of your children will just plain be a bad apple. You get to choose which child it is at birth. Once chosen you cannot change it. A bad apple cannot be controlled until they become a young adult. You can not select your bad apple until they are a teen. You may not view their needs or skills, you may not view anything that you cannot already see with all of the interface fully collapsed. As a child and teen you cannot control them at all. At this point you may also just move them out so they can be controlled by story progression. Having the Bad Apple be taken by a social worker or die before reaching young adult causes you to lose this mini-challenge. You may purchase aspiration rewards that your Bad Apple has rightfully earned. Bonus bonus points if your bad apple earns negative character traits!

Matriarch (10 Points)
You must have your female founder and each of the heiress’ get her three pregnancies from someone outside of the family. You may not marry the father (or mother) or move them in. The heir must be female so strawberries are your friend.

Family Scrapbook (10 Points)
Every member of the family must have either their picture taken, portrait painted (paint from reference) and hung somewhere about the house. You can choose the age or do multiple ages, take group shots or individual pictures, it’s up to you. Your house must contain a picture of everyone that has ever lived in the house by the end of the challenge. Also, each generation, starting with the founder, must write one novel, to keep track of the family’s memories. In total four novels must be written: one by the founder and one by each of the three heirs (first gen, second gen, third gen).

On Ley, Not the Lonely (10 Points)
At the beginning of the challenge you must enable the On Ley Line lot trait, and leave it on for the entire challenge. You must woohoo and give birth on your home lot for the entirety of the challenge. Multiple children will only count as one pregnancy and each generation must still have three pregnancies. Each pregnancy will count as one letter if you are doing the Boolprop Naming Theme mini-challenge. Each child born during the challenge will also need to have at least one character trait (positive or negative) upon finishing their teen years.

Obviously, fairly early on we realized that we had already screwed up and couldn’t do On Ley, Not the Lonely as we hadn’t had babies at home, nor could we do Matriarch as we married Desiree right away. So I decided to do the crazy thing and tackle these:

Workaholics Anonymous (15 Points)
Top any 10 career tracks with any combination of household members!

Aspirational Family (20 Points)
Complete all base game aspirations at least once!

Tricks of the Trade (20 Points)
Max all base game skills at least once, with any combination of household members!

Yes, I was a bit insane, but we managed to accomplish all of it. Let’s run through this a little bit:

Island Living required we cleaned up the island in Sulani, which we did in the first generation. Autumn completed the Beach Life aspiration and then each of the heirs completed a Nature aspiration. Olive and Oriole complete Purveyor of Potions, and Rye completed The Curator. We also finished both the seashell and buried treasure collections.

That provide us with all 3 sets of points for Island Living: +9 Points.

Jungle Adventures required that all spouses came from Selvadorada and be natives (meaning they already had Selvadorada culture maxed). Autumn married Desiree, Olive married Fabiana, and Rye married Analisa, each of whom was a native.

Then Autumn, Olive, Rye, and Oriole had to build a relic and use it on someone outside of the household, which they all did. Finally an artifact collection needed to be completed and we completed the Ancient Omiscan Artifacts.

That completes all 3 sets of points for Jungle Adventures: +9 Points

Realm of Magic, our final selected challenge, required all heirs, and the founder to become (either in game or born) spellcasters Autumn became a spellcaster in the first generation and each heir, Olive, Rye, and Oriole, were born spellcasters. Additionally the final heir needed to have Ancient Bloodline, which Oriole did.

Finally a duel was to be won against each of the sages. Oceana took care of this for us in the second generation.

That completes all 3 sets of points for Realm of Magic: +9 points

The Boolprop Naming Scheme was kept throughout the challenge. We had: Brook/Blossom, Olive, Orca/Oceana, Lily/Lavender, Petunia, Rye/Reed, Oriole/Oryx, Pine, Nerine/Nyala. That is +10 points

One Bad Apple meant there was a child each generation that I could not control, look, or have any “contact” with really until they were a YA sim. I kept this having a bad apple each gen. Olive for gen 1, Petunia for gen 2, and Pine for gen 3. That is +10 points

Family Scrapbook meant each sim needed to have their picture hanging in the house somewhere, and each heir had to write a book. I created “scrapbook” walls for this specific purpose:

The books are sitting on the top of the shelves, but you can see we have each person’s picture and a book written by each heir, and the founder. +10 Points

The super mini-challenges were much harder to complete and took a lot of time and devotion to sitting sims down to skill and do stuff.

Workaholic Anonymous mean maxing any 10 careers, and careers determined to mean, the base career, not the difference branches. This was accomplished by:

  • Autumn: 1 career (Conservation)
  • Fabiana: 1 career (Gardening)
  • Blossom: 1 career (Writing)
  • Brook: 1 career (Style Influencer)
  • Olive: 1 career (Education)
  • Oceana: 2 careers (Tech Guru, Criminal)
  • Lily: 1 career (Critic)
  • Reed: 1 career (Actor)
  • Rye: 1 career (Engineer)

That is 10 unique careers maxed and that is +15 points.

Aspirational Family changed a bit while I was playing so that you only were required to complete all of the base game aspirations and not all of the aspirations. This made it easier and was accomplished by the following:

  • Autumn: 1 BG aspiration (Fabulously Wealthy)
  • Desiree: 1 BG aspiration (Renaissance Sim)
  • Olive: 4 BG aspirations (Bodybuilder, Big Happy Family, Successful Lineage, Master Chef)
  • Fabiana: 1 BG aspiration (Freelance Botanist)
  • Blossom: 1 BG aspirations (Bestselling Author)
  • Brook: 1 BG aspirations (Painter Extraordinaire)
  • Oceana: 5 BG aspirations (Chief of Mischief, Public Enemy, Master Mixologist, Computer Whiz, Joke Star)
  • Orca: 1 BG aspiration (Serial Romantic)
  • Lily: 2 BG aspirations (Musical Genius, Party Animal)
  • Lavender: 2 BG aspirations (Mansion Barron, Nerd Brain)
  • Petunia: 1 BG aspiration (Angling Ace)
  • Rye: 2 BG aspirations (Soulmate, The Curator)
  • Reed: 1 BG aspiration (Friend of the World)

That totals up to 23 aspirations, which is how many BG aspirations there are unless you count the kid aspirations, which were completed at least once across all of the kids. So that gives us +20 Points

The final super mini challenge we took on, Tricks of the Trade was a call to complete all skills at least once. We did manage this by the following:

  • Autumn: 3 unique skills maxed (Archeology, Cooking, Logic)
  • Desiree: 1 unique skill maxed (Selvadoradian Culture)
  • Fabiana: 4 unique skills maxed (Flower Arranging, Gardening, Parenting, Vampire Lore)
  • Blossom: 3 unique skills maxed (Media Production, Wellness, Writing)
  • Brook: 4 unique skills maxed (Dancing, Handiness, Painting, Photography)
  • Orca: 1 unique skill maxed (Charisma)
  • Olive: 4 unique skills maxed (Baking, Fitness, Gourmet Cooking, Research and Debate)
  • Oceana: 6 unique skills maxed (Comedy, DJ Mixing, Mischief, Mixology, Programming, Video Gaming)
  • Lily: 7 unique skills maxed (Bowling, Guitar, Knitting, Piano, Pipe Organ, Singing, Violin
  • Lavender: 1 unique skill maxed (Rocket Science)
  • Petunia: 1 unique skill maxed (Fishing)
  • Reed: 2 unique skills maxed (Acting, Veterinarian)
  • Rye: 2 unique skills maxed (Herbalism, Robotics)
  • Analisa: 1 unique skill maxed (Pet Training)

There are 40 skills in the game for the packs that I have (which leaves out the 2 Eco skills) and if I can math correctly, the count above if 40, which gives us +20 points.

Since no one was ever taken by a social worker there are no negative points for that and we get +3 points for just finishing the challenge, and sharing/blogging it.

If I add up all of those points together:

Island Living: 9
Jungle Adventure: 9
Realm of Magic: 9
Naming Scheme: 10
Bad Apple: 10
Scrapbook: 10
Workaholic: 15
Aspirational: 20
Tricks of the Trade: 20
Finishing/Blogging: 3

TOTAL POINTS: 115 Points

While this score will not be good enough to beat Jenn’s insane 145 points, I feel very good about this score and am happy to have completed this challenge. I hope this post didn’t bore you too much and a lot of it was for me to make sure I added up the score properly, so if you see something wrong in my math let me know!

Thank you again for all of those who have been reading along this whole time, or if you are new and just read through this whole story, thank you as well, for taking the time to read and follow and comment if you did that. Now we can get back to some of our other stories, which I hope you will check out as well!

Post 4.02 | Rules | Family Tree

Comic Summer: Post 4.02

Post 4.01 | Rules | Family Tree | Wrap-up

Welcome back once again to Comic Summer. We are winding down this challenge and have completed all of our goals. I’m not even going to post my generation requirements this time as there is nothing left to do but to have the girls become young adults, so let’s see if we can finish this thing up!

We start with Oriole having a duel with one of the sages. I was hoping to get some knowledge because here is what has happened. Nerine got herself a curse from failing a potion, so Oriole went to learn the potion of curse cleansing.

I just love how this pictures makes it look like Analisa is looking at her achievement.

Analisa: I managed to learn to dance as an elder.

Yes you did, although you already knew HOW, you are just now very skilled at it

Analisa: But why is my name wrong? There is no space.

I know, but I had to change it so I could save your without warnings about your name being “unallowed.”

With the girls, and technically Pine, still in school and Oriole starting at the university, there is still lots of homework to be done and everyone is very diligent at working on it.

This is Oriole’s class load for this semester. Since he’s only going to get through this one I decided to give me four. I love that you an take an elective dance class, so we did that! 🙂

The family updates were a little insane this time. The triplets and Marigold grew in toddlers, multiple of the child grew up, and Daisy is having a baby with her husband.

Our sweet boy, Basil, is out haunting again and Oriole takes time to give him all the attention he needs. I really love this dog, he’s so sweet!

Then it’s off to university where he attends class, does some homework, and participates in a debate. The debate didn’t go so great, but it was done on a whim, so there wasn’t much preparation put in.

More homework is being done back at home and we can see Analisa cooking up something back there. We still have a plethora of food in the fridge from Olive so what could it be?

Why it’s a cake for Pine, who is ready to fly the nest. He blows out his candles, spins into a Young Adult, and decides to go live with his uncle Reed’s wife and son to help them out. He manages to get two positive character traits in the form of Compassionate and Mediator. He adds Hates Children to Child of the Ocean and Lazy. He had B’s all through school and was a pretty successful ‘bad apple’ overall.

Lily and Oceana were out today and I think Lily was making Oceana made, which did not make for happy plumbing. We were still remember to fix things at noon, or I just simply bought new stuff, which started happening frequently.

A bunch more updates from around the family and one of which makes us realize it was good we moved Pine where we did. Hope, Reed’s wife, passed away and that would have left their son Cotton to be adopted.

Nerine is still working on scouting badges, and got this rather pretty, and one I don’t remember, painting. It’s really quite fun and I believe I kept this one to hang in the house.

This set is just to say, I had Oriole out fishing for Anglefish, and apparently this is a good spot for it. I also never realized how pretty it is back here with the steamboat and stuff. So why was Oriole fishing for Anglefish, well Nerine is still cursed. Not only does she have the curse she had, but once Oriole learned the curse cleansing potion the “sample” he got and gave to her gave her ANOTHER curse, and they were out of Anglefish. Luckily he catches what he needs and she is all better after this.

Or, well, at least she’s no longer cursed. Instead she gets sick and has to take some medication. Poor thing has had a rough go lately.

Oriole finally gets a familiar, this is Sunbird I believe, the phoenix. I think he suits Oriole just fine.

Homework and studying of some kind is almost never done around here as the family plugs along towards the end of this challenge.

Some of the family goes to visit Pine and Cotton and you can see poor Nerine is sick yet again. That poor girl got so sickly here towards the end. It was a nice, if fairly short, visit.

Nerine has gotten to know Tulip better and now they hang out together fairly often. It’s sort of fun to have the cousins together a little bit.

So the first two pictures are from the longest breakfast in the history of the sims. Analisa got up and made fresh pancakes, which was quite a treat, and the 3 kids were all at the table too. Analisa and Rye, at different times, got up and hugged each of the kids. So they would all sit down, Analisa would get up with Nyala and give her a hug, then they would sit back down, then Rye would get up with Nyala and give her a hug too, and then they would sit back down. It took HOURS. Then the teens invited over a bunch of cousins for movie watching.

A small extended family set of updates, but not a smaller family. Jay’s wife Kyra passes as their son Wasp ages up, and then Cyprus finally marries, and Daisy get’s a set of triplets all her own.

The family decides to get everyone together from the family that they can and throws a big house party/family reunion and many members attend.

Right after the party, sadly, Rye gets struck by lightning and then passes away. He actually passed away from old age, but you can’t help but think that the lightning didn’t help. The whole family is very sad.

It’s not all bad as Oriole gets himself straight A’s in college and then signs up for 3 more classes, which he won’t get to complete.

That doesn’t stop him from getting a head start on homework, especially as it gives him something to do to take his mind off losing his dad.

Another large set of family updates is here again. Daisy’s triplets are now toddlers, and many of the other kids have gotten older, including Tulip and Thyme.

And so one more party is thrown, ice cream is made and enjoyed, family is brought over to celebrate. It’s not only a big birthday party, but the celebration of the end of this challenge.

Our final kids are now young adults and ready to head out into the world. Nyala completed her scouting aptitude, got Responsible and Compassionate, and added Genius to her traits. Nerine also got her scouting aptitude, achieved Good Manners and Responsible, and added squeamish to her traits.

With that this challenge officially comes to an end and we will send it off with a final extended family collection. Let’s run through these guys really quickly. First row we have Stratus as a child, he’s the son of Glen and Cherish. Next up is Cyprus’ wife Karly. Beside Karly is Buttercup as a child, then Daisy’s triplets, Verbena, Poppy, and Grizzly. Finally on the top row we have Cherry, and her twin Doe starts the next line. They are Rose’s twin girls. Next to Doe is Wasp, Jay’s son, then Crow, Glen’s son. Next is Honey, Cyprus’ youngest, and then we have a grown up Cotton followed by the twins Barley and Blade. On the bottom row we start with Marigold, Hawk’s daughter, then we have Robin, Cyprus’ other daughter, and Dove, Jay’s daughter. To wrap up the final row we have Lake’s triplets, Mazus, Lupine, and Aster, and last but not least, Rose’s son Lark.

Thanks for sticking with me through all of this challenge and I will have a wrap up post here in just a few minutes if it’s not there already!

Post 4.01 | Rules | Family Tree | Wrap-up

Comic Summer: Post 4.01

Post 3.13 | Rules | Family Tree | Post 4.02

Welcome to the first update of our final generations updates for the OWBC. We are about 2 or 3 updates from the end as it will depend a lot on how much happens with the family from here on out.

Generation Two Requirements

  • IL: Complete a Nature aspiration
  • JA: Go to Selvadorada to find a spouse
  • JA: Build a relic and use it on someone outside of the family
  • RoM: Become a spellcaster
  • RoM: Have a child with Ancient Bloodline
  • FS: Write a Non-Fiction novel
  • FS: Take pictures of all the kids and spouse

Generation Three Requirements

  • IL: Complete a Nature aspiration
  • JA: Build a relic and use it on someone outside of the family
  • RoM: Become a spellcaster
  • RoM: Have the Ancient Bloodline
  • FS: Write a Non-Fiction novel
  • FS: Take final picture

  • IL: Keep Sulani clean (ongoing)
  • IL: Complete Buried Treasure collection (ongoing)
  • IL: Complete Seashell collection (ongoing)
  • JA: Complete Ancient Artifact collection (ongoing)
  • RoM: Win a duel against all 3 sages (ongoing)

  • Have 3 pregnancies each generation (9 of 9)
  • Workaholics (10 of 10 careers topped)
  • Tricks of the Trade (40 of 40 skills mastered)
  • Aspiration Family (27 of 27 base game aspirations completed)
  • Aspirational Family (goal) (31 of 30 aspirations competed)

So last time with the family we finished that final base game aspiration and got Oriole through the relic requirement. We just have a few more things to complete and so let’s see if we can get through them here.

The party we had thrown for the boys continued a little into the night at after it was over Oryx moved out and into his own home. He is out in the world for MCCC to determine if anything more will happen with him.

Pine gets his picture taken for the family scrapbook wall and we only need 3 more to complete that challenge. Once the girls become teens and then one of Oriole now that he is heir and gets his book written.

Speaking of books, it takes a couple of sit downs at the computers, and a few distractions, but Oriole gets his part of the anthology completed. That’s another goal down for him and we really just need to get him through his aspiration.

I had forgotten to mention it earlier but Analisa managed to actually complete Super Parent when Oryx grew up with his three character value traits. in the positive. Both her and Rye have gotten the Big Happy Family one next.

We started to get “bored” right around here since there wasn’t a ton to do left but to wait for everyone to grow up so we watched the extended family updates a lot. A couple pairs of the twins grew up, Lake, who is Petunia’s oldest, is having a baby, and Reed’s boy is a child.

Apparently something was causing issues with completing chess games for a while. The girls both were nearly maxed mental skill after hours of sitting at the chess table, but had made zero progress on the aspiration, so I just said “forget it.”

Oriole, while working on potions, managed to curse himself with some sort of frightening curse. I can’t remember exactly what it was, but luckily he had a Curse Cleansing potion from before. It fixed him right up in no time.

Kyra, Jay’s wife, is now an elder, while Ivy, Bay’s only girl, is now a teen, and we had some deliveries too. Birch now has a second daughter, and Rose had twins!

This might have been TV premier night, but I can’t remember, but certainly most of the family gathered together. Nerine might be working on scouting badges.

For some reason I think Pine has started asking Oriole for advise instead of his parents. I get asking your older brother, but Oriole doesn’t have the parenting skills to give me many options.

With Oriole’s book done we adjusted the walls a little bit to put the shelf up so it could be center and not in the corner like before. We also got Oriole’s picture up and all that’s left is the girls.

Speaking of the girls it was time for their birthday once again. Both of them completed a single aspiration since Whiz Kid broke and we didn’t force a new one. Their make-overs completed and I’m showing a secondary outfit to what they had in the poll. Nyala adds slob and creatively gifted to her mean trait. She rolls Fabulously Wealthy for her aspiration. Nerine adds materialistic and socially gifted to her goofball trait, and rolls Jungle Explorer for her aspiration.

Then, of course, in true sims fashion they do their homework together sitting on the bathroom floor. Could have walked across the “hall” to the table, but oh well. It’s nice to know some things, like the importance of bathrooms in a sims life, never really change.

Oriole has taken up much of the gardening, and while he’s out there he practices a little magic. I haven’t gotten him a familiar yet, but want to do that at some point.

These two are still very sweet and very much in love with each other. They might be rivaling Autumn and Desiree as my favorite couple this challenge.

Sadly the family is ready to go through another sad period where many of our elder sims start to pass away. We start with Rye’s twin, Reed passing. Then Misty, Orca’s daughter is next, but then we get a happy birthday to Oak.

With the girls becoming teens we are able to get their pictures and finish up our family scrapbook walls. That means they are all completed and we have finished that mini-challenge. I’m quite happy with how the walls turned out.

Then Oriole goes and finishes up the final requirement for this challenge other than the girls becoming young adults. He finishes a nature aspiration and just to give me, and him, something to do he takes on Academic next.

One of the first things Oriole needed to do was to gain research and so he heads up to work on his grandma Olive’s research machine.

Oryx comes over for a visit and the whole family gathers, although I’m not sure where Rye is at this moment, maybe he’s taking the picture. The siblings are happy to see Oryx again and hang out.

Then, while Nerine works on her arts and crafts badge upstairs, Oriole argues about college with his parents. Not in terms of where to go, or how to pay for it, but more, what to study. Since it’s the end of the challenge he won’t complete anything, but hopefully it will still be fun.

Lots of extended family updates happen then and some craziness ensues as well. First Cyprus is now an adult, and then Hawk and Danna welcome a little girl. Buttercup, Birch’s daughter, is now a toddler, Lake and Esmeralda welcome TRIPLETS to the extended family. Rose’s twin daughter, Cherry and Doe, are toddlers, and finally, Kellie, Wade’s wife, passes away leaving Barley and Blade to be adopted out. When I went to look for these two Barley was gone. He was no longer in the family tree, nothing. So I ended up going back to a previous save, pulling him out of it and adding him back in. Then I had both boys move in with their older brothers instead and messed up all kinds of the relationships trying too fix everything in this branch of the family.

Regardless of all of that though, it was time for one more birthday for this update and it’s Analisa’s turn. There isn’t a ton of fanfare because I almost forgot to make her a cake, but she is now an elder like her husband.

Analisa’s birthday feels like a great place to end this update and so it’s once again time too review all the people who have grown up or come into this crazy family.

On the top row we find Averie Adair, who married Bay. Next two her are two of our baby mama’s, Danna Padilla who had Hawk’s baby, and Esmeralda Yost, who just had triplets with Lake. Next up a couple sets of twins. First is Tulip and Thyme, Petunia’s twins. Second row we start with Elm and then Eagle, Bay’s twins. Then we have their siblings Oak, who is the youngest, and Ivy, the only girl. Last up on that middle row we have Cotton, Reed’s boy.

Finally, on the bottom row we have all the toddlers from this update. We start with Rose’s twins, Cherry and then Doe. Next is a closer look at Buttercup, Birch’s youngest, and then finally we have Honey Farr, who is Cyprus’ daughter, and finally Crow Dolan, who is Glen’s youngest.

That will wrap up our update for this time and I hope we will see you next update where I think we will likely finish up this challenge.

Post 3.13 | Rules | Family Tree | Post 4.02

Comic Summer: Post 3.13

Post 3.12 | Rules | Family Tree | Post 4.01

Hello and welcome back to another update for the Comic Summer. We are down to a couple of updates left. I’m not sure if we’ll have 3 or 4 updates left, but we are close. So last time we announced that Oriole was the final heir of the challenge. So let’s look at our final requirements:

Generation Two Requirements

  • IL: Complete a Nature aspiration
  • JA: Go to Selvadorada to find a spouse
  • JA: Build a relic and use it on someone outside of the family
  • RoM: Become a spellcaster
  • RoM: Have a child with Ancient Bloodline
  • FS: Write a Non-Fiction novel
  • FS: Take pictures of all the kids and spouse

Generation Three Requirements

  • IL: Complete a Nature aspiration
  • JA: Build a relic and use it on someone outside of the family
  • RoM: Become a spellcaster
  • RoM: Have the Ancient Bloodline
  • FS: Write a Non-Fiction novel
  • FS: Take final picture

  • IL: Keep Sulani clean (ongoing)
  • IL: Complete Buried Treasure collection (ongoing)
  • IL: Complete Seashell collection (ongoing)
  • JA: Complete Ancient Artifact collection (ongoing)
  • RoM: Win a duel against all 3 sages (ongoing)

  • Have 3 pregnancies each generation (9 of 9)
  • Workaholics (10 of 10 careers topped)
  • Tricks of the Trade (40 of 40 skills mastered)
  • Aspiration Family (26 of 27 base game aspirations completed)
  • Aspirational Family (goal) (31 of 30 aspirations competed)

So I just removed the “on-going” challenges from the second generations requirements, and moved them down to the final generation requirements. We have already marked off the being a spellcaster and having ancient bloodline as Oriole has had those since birth. Let’s get going.

We start with our girls becoming best friends, which isn’t terribly hard to do with twins, and gets us closer to finishing up Nerine’s social butterfly aspiration. It’s so nice to have twins who are friends with each other for this aspiration.

It’s another homework and journaling party for the kids. Analisa needs one of the kids to get 3 positive character traits, so we are taking the kids volunteering and writing in journals whenever we can.

Then it’s a super sad evening as our loyal and wonderful dog, Basil, passes into the next life. We will miss you Basil, Analisa especially!!! It was too soon!

We set up a special table on the balcony upstairs with the rest or our urns. Basil was a wonderful dog and I know the family is going to miss him terribly.

Since Nerine needs to make friends with additional adults we invite over members of the family. Rose heads up stairs and talks with Nerine and you can see in the background one of the family scrapbook walls.