View Full Version : Diary of K. Kleptos ~ Final Entry: Zeneporting
27th Jun 2009, 1:56 PM
Sunday... I bought a plot of land in Riverview today. I also applied for a job, at the theatre in the music career, which starts tomorrow. Then I went to the art museum and found an open easel. I thought to myself, "How cool to be able to paint in such nice surroundings!" Then, I created my first painting.
After awhile, I thought I should start looking for a possible mate, so I went outside to meet some interesting sims. I introduced myself to a few sims. One of them was named Jon Lessen. He is a charismatic, artistic, hopelessly romantic virtuoso. Unfortunately, he is rich and out of my league; but he is a partner at work, so I've made friends with a co-worker already!
By this time, I was getting hungry. I went out past the school to an empty house with apple trees. I harvested about a dozen apples from the three trees there. Then, I munched some apples and bought a guitar to practice my musical skills. Later, I used the bathroom and took a few naps on a somewhat comfortable couch here at the art gallery. (It's amazing that the art gallery remains open 24 hours a day seven days a week. Where I am from, the galleries are usually closed on Mondays and are not open in the evenings except for special events.)
Monday... It's my first day at my new job. I discovered that the gallery has a full bath complete with a tub, so I don't have to worry about smelling bad at work! However, I slept a little late enjoying a nap on the gallery couch. It didn't seem to matter that much though, and I was able to stick it out until the end of my shift. I was a bit strained at the end of that shift though!
I called a few people on my cell to chat for a bit. (As I don't get off work until 9 p.m., it is too late to visit for very long.) Then I headed back to the gallery where I finished another painting. I decided to just munch on apples and nap on the couch again. No one seemed to mind.
Tuesday... I saw the boss at the galley today and tried to hint I could use a raise or a promotion, but he didn't agree. I also met a sim named Billy Caspian. He is quite nice looking and is artistic as well. I also did better about getting to work on time; but with just the guitar basics so far, I didn't luck a promotion. I ate more apples and napped on the couch again. I had been given a book to read to help my job performance, but I was simply too tired.
Wednesday... Today I had a day off, but I was awakened at 6:30 a.m. with an opportunity to visit an art showing some afternoon between 1 and 5 p.m. I had finished all my apples by now and, as I was really hungry, I had to go back to harvest some more. Fortunately, the same trees gave me another dozen apples! I later chatted with my co-worker, boss, and Billy; but I didn't really accomplish much for having a whole day off.
With part of my free time, I was able to practice my guitar skills. I am still a long way from even saying that I am beginner, but I am a couple steps ahead of someone who knows nothing about music. Unfortunately, I didn't read that book for work or get over to see the art show yet.
Thursday... Today I finished that book before heading off to work. I got plenty of sleep by taking lots of naps. I soaked in the tub. My day went well and I was even told that I have enough points to purchase a reward. (I didn't buy anything though, as I want to save up for something much better.)
Unfortunately, because I didn't work hard, but only approached it as business as usual, I still didn't get a promotion. In order to better my odds tomorrow, I practiced my guitar after work, but it was so late and I was tired. I didn't make any significant advancement in my musical skills.
Friday... I got up and ate some apples. (When the doctor said to eat an apple a day, I wonder if he envisioned this.) Oh well, I soaked in the tub and went back to take another nap. By this time, it was almost noon. Luckily for me, my boss was visiting the gallery again with his family. By now, we are friends; so I hit him up for a promotion again. At least he didn't get mad at me this time and thought I was being amusing!
While I didn't get any more practice in, and I was an hour late for work because Billy called me just as I was going in the door, I did get promoted! I now have more than a 1,000 simoleans. I also have some tangle-free blinds that I picked up at work sometime during the week. (I often find myself in possession of something without really understanding how these things happen. It just seems to be a genetic thing. I am sure my kids and grandkids and great grandkids will go through the same thing for generations to come.)
Saturday... Well, I almost forgot that I had to go to work today. (Where would we be if we didn't have auto-reminders?) I was playing my guitar, trying to get more skill, when I was reminded about work. I had also received that invitation earlier in the week to visit an art show at the business offices downtown, so I decided to head to the business art show before going into work. The art show was okay, but the offices were on the bland side. They could sure use a new design and an interior make-over if nothing else. Oh well... I wasn't too late for work.
When I started getting strained at work, I got the opportunity to help set up for a show there at the theatre. I clocked out and helped out. Then I clocked back in again. By working hard, I was able to make up for skipping out for a couple of hours. However, once again, I did not get promoted, and I still don't have even 2,000 simoleans. It will be a long time before I can add a nice double bed and burglar alarm in the attic.
27th Jun 2009, 8:15 PM
Sunday... I feel like my life is going by so quickly. I have worked all week with only one promotion. The desire for a real bed that will let me sleep all night long has consumed too much of my thoughts.
Today, I decided to track down Billy and see how he felt about starting a family. He was very receptive. In fact, he thought it was a great idea to get married right away. Shameless Sim that I am, I am not really sure if I just wanted the extra income to buy a bed. I did start a relationship with Billy hoping that the end result would be marriage. The fact that we are both artistic gives us something in common as well. My big question is, "Do I really love him?" I mean "Where are the bolts of chemistry?" Will we have a lack-luster love life and grow apart over time?
All I knew about Billy when we got married today was that he too was artistic. Now that I know him better, I find that he is really a loner and he can be inappropriate. He wants to master the arts, just as I do; but then he wants a job in law enforcement. How does that help one master the arts? Maybe he'll change his mind about law or maybe about mastering the arts; or maybe, he'll prove that he can do both.
Monday... It was beyond wonderful to sleep in a real bed! I ate the last of my apples last night, but I didn't have to go harvest any more. I drank orange juice out of our new fridge! Granted, we only have a bed and fridge right now, as well as a burglar alarm that we mounted on the mail box; but that is really all we need at this time. With Billy working at the police department and my paychecks from the theatre, we will soon be able to start building a house. The only real problem is that Billy works days and I work evenings. I guess that will ensure that we actually skill build and network during the other's shift.
This morning we both went to the art gallery and used the bathroom facilities. (I wonder how long I will continue to think of it as home?) When Billy went off to work, I called my boss and partner before practicing on my guitar for a while. (Do I really have that much more free time now that I don't have to harvest apples and catch little cat naps?)
Tuesday... Oh yea, I got a promotion to stagehand last night! I guess that extra time to work on guitar skills has paid off. Billy got a promotion at work today too! He gets off work at 3 p.m. and I start at 4 p.m. with my new job. That gave us an hour in the park together before I had to clock in. I left Billy playing our guitar as I went to work.
I also found out that I am pregnant already. That was some honeymoon! Billy was up when I came home and gave me a massage. That was really nice.
Wednesday... We bought a few more things. Billy wanted an easel of our own. He doesn't like crowds much, so he prefers to practice and skill build at home. That meant we needed a chess set too since he needs to be able to outwit the criminals.
Billy is as excited about the baby as I am. In fact, he might be even more excited than I am as he tends to be a bit over-emotional at times. He already bought a crib and is hoping for a boy. I harvested a few more apples from that vacant home and I am hoping that I stay healthy while I am pregnant. (I do want a happy, healthy baby boy.) The sunshine and fresh air were nice perks as well.
I finished another book for work. It should help me be a better backstage hand. I also gained a bit of logic playing chess at the park and picked up a few seeds that someone must have lost on the way home from the grocery store. Billy created a colorful painting and sold it for almost 30 simoleans. We also went by the reading room and read about what to expect when pregnant. While there, Billy practiced his writing skills. He now wants to be an author. With his artistic creativity, his logical mind, and his report-writing skills, I think he has chosen well.
Thursday...Have I mentioned lately how much I love our new bed? I do get backaches now and then even with the comfortable mattress. Billy will give me a massage every evening though. He is really sweet. I think, er... I hope that I made a good decision marrying him.
We are still using the bathroom at the art gallery and though we have our own easel and chess set, we still often use those downtown. It is just so pleasant to be in surroundings that don't remind us of how little we have. I mean, we have enough, more than enough, actually. Billy got a promotion today and he has a few opportunities to increase his logic and make points with his boss, so we finally built a small house.
Friday... In the wee early hours today, Kane made an appearance. I think he has his dad's eyes. We bonded instantly and I hope that bond survives the growing up years and teen angst. I can't wait to see what he looks like when he grows up. I know he will be a little genius!
I took him with me to the art gallery today. I laid him on a rug while I used the bathroom and bathed. He laid there contentedly while I practiced guitar. Billy came by the art gallery after work to bathe before heading over to school to lecture the kids and stopping by my boss' home to try and make him see logic. (With the new baby, I could really use a raise or a promotion.)
Our new home is wonderful, though I thought our house could use some plumbing items. I salivated over the tub from the art gallery. The bathroom with the tub turned out to be very popular today, so I used the smaller latrine. Somehow I found myself in possession of that sink, which is now installed in our home next to the fridge.
Saturday... Today Billy and I shared a day off. We went to the art gallery to bathe, of course. Billy played with little Kane while I painted. At first, Kane wasn't sure what to think of his dad, but now they are friends. I had improved my musical skills enough to play for tips the other day. I didn't get much money, but it was enough to impress my co-worker Jon, who is a partner at the theatre.
With the extra money we had in our household funds, I wanted to buy something nice for our home. Since I hoped to cut down on the time we spend using the bathroom at the art gallery, a shower was purchased. Now we won't need to run by the gallery on the way to work.
30th Jun 2009, 12:14 AM
Sunday... This morning we held a small birthday party for little Kane. Billy thought it was hilarious that I put a candle on the cake. Kane really is too small to know how to blow it out.
Billy had a more productive day than I. He started teaching Kane to walk and managed to sell another painting. I, however, went back and forth a couple times to the art gallery to use a toilet while trying to teach Kane to talk. It appears that I am pregnant again and that I somehow ended up with the ceiling light from the toilet in the gallery.
Monday... Billy didn't get a lot of sleep last night and neither did I. Kane woke up Billy once and the new babe growing inside me made me hungry and in urgent need of a toilet once more. I brought Kane to the reading room with me this morning. (I didn't want to always target the toilets at the art gallery, so I threw up at the Wright Reading Room instead.) I finished teaching Kane to talk while we were there and brought home a couple nice wall lights that looked like they came from the wash rooms. (The lights do make our house seem much brighter. I put one on each end of our big, open room.)
Billy got another promotion today. He now has a squad car to drive around in, so maybe I can borrow his little sports car! He questioned Constance Shelley over at the art gallery after taking a bath in the tub there after work. Then, he finished teaching Kane to walk and even potty trained him tonight. I'd call that a fairly successful day. For my part, I did make a couple small paintings.
Tuesday... Time just goes by so quickly and I never seem to get much accomplished. I feed myself and Kane after Billy leaves for work. Then I shower while Kane plays with his toys. Later on, Kane and I must go downtown for me to find a toilet. There isn't much for Kane to do downtown though. When my boss asked if I wanted to hang out with him, I told him no and headed back home with Kane.
Is this all that exists for a struggling mom? I haven't worked in so long. I am sure I'd be great at work if I could just get off maternity leave. Oh well, I haven't done much guitar playing lately either, but I have done some more painting.
Billy went by to see the art show over at the office buildings that I saw earlier. He was inspired to do more painting. If he would just be inspired to write up reports and read a job-related book, he could get promoted yet again. I know it's hard though and those things aren't very fun.
I completely forgot that it was Billy's birthday today. I left him home with Kane while I went off to the gallery to use the toilet and paint. I guess I'm not the most considerate Sim around. I'd like to blame it on the fact that I am a little spacey while being pregnant; but no, that just isn't true. I was just so glad to see Billy come home so that I could get out of the house for awhile. In an effort to make it up to him, I did bring home a little something from the Wright Reading Room. We now have a nice chair to place at our cheap table.
Wednesday... I slept in late today and woke up incredibly hungry. Before I had my shower, I could tell that today was the day. Our little girl was going to make an appearance. (I bought some watermelons at the grocery this time around and have not eaten any apples since my pregnancy with Kane.) Billy was still at work and little Kane woke up, but played with his toes in his crib. Everything went just fine and Kara arrived without too much effort on my part. I think we got lucky with this one, but only time will truly tell.
We bought another teddy bear and crib for her; then, we splurged on an unbreakable toilet for ourselves. It's taken two and a half weeks, but finally we have the complete bathroom plumbing. It doesn't matter that we have no bath room, as the only walls on our house are all exterior. It doesn't matter that we don't have any cabinets, a stove, or even an indoor trash can. We have a toilet!
This news really isn't more exciting than Kara's birth, really. (Why does having my own toilet seem to make me happier than having my daughter?) Toilets are not essential. They exist downtown. They are free to use and abuse. A daughter is a very, very special occurrence. I am much happier to have a daughter than a toilet. I snuggled, played with, and fed my daughter before putting her in her crib and then I used my very own toilet.
Thursday... Billy wrote up a report last night and he also read a book for work. All this working and raising children can keep a Sim so busy that one doesn't concentrate on what is really important. Of course, it's all a balance, isn't it? Billy was promoted, so we added our first extension on to the house. Yes, we now have a bath room. We also put in a couple windows and even added curtains. As it was my birthday today, the bath room and windows were really great presents.
Friday... How quickly time flies by! Kara grew up early this morning into a toddler. She is already walking all over and will soon be potty trained.
Tomorrow Billy is off and I finally go back to work. I am getting excited about that. We could really use some extra money, so I need to get a few promotions soon.
Saturday... I potty trained Kara before heading to the art gallery this morning. Even though we have our own bath room now, I still go there to paint. We only have one easel and it is currently holding one of Billy's works in progress.
It's the weekend, so Billy is off. He managed to teach Kara to talk and then he read another book for work. Now that he is a lieutenant, he needs to read up on leadership hints.
Kara and Kane got better acquainted today. Now that she is a toddler, they can play together. When they both played with blocks at the same time, they didn't talk to each other. However, playing with the dollhouse together has made a big difference in their relationship. (They are now good friends.) So, even though the doll house was expensive, it seems to be well worth the investment.
I went back to work today and got promoted to manager. Wow! Who would have thought that I would have improved my skills and relationships with the others enough to be a manager now? I have a day off tomorrow, so maybe I'll be able to practice my guitar some more then.
Kane will grow up tomorrow as well and we can't even afford a bed for him. Maybe, I'll have to go out searching for some interesting rocks to sell instead of practicing guitar. Though, if I am lucky enough, I'll find time for both.
4th Jul 2009, 9:49 PM
Sunday... Today I went out collecting stones, seeds, and a zebra butterfly at the old stone circle. I sold all the stones except for a luminorous one. I also sold the butterfly, which was quite a money maker. The seeds I kept for a garden some day.
With the money, we were able to buy a bed for Kane who grew into a child today. He has turned into a perfectionist like me, but thinks he'd like to be an author like his dad wants to be. He went to the reading room for awhile today and then by the gallery to paint.
Billy also went to the reading room today. He wanted to question some people so he could write some reports. Unfortunately, he isn't charismatic enough. Not one of the three people he tried to question was happy about it. So, Billy worked on his writing skills.
Monday... Despite not getting very far with his reports, Billy was still promoted today. It was reading the leadership book that must have made the difference. He has now joined the forensic branch and gets his own laptop. He'll be able to write at home now.
When Billy returned from work and Kane got home from school, I had to head out to the theatre. It works out well that we don't need a babysitter, but I do miss some quality time with my guys. I didn't quite get that extra guitar skill I needed, so I didn't get a promotion even though I did work hard. Oh well, there is always tomorrow.
Billy helped Kane with homework. Then he made another painting and worked on his writing skills. The kids played with the doll house together for awhile. They are the best of friends now. (That doll house was worth every simolean.)
Tuesday... Today I did get to practice my guitar, and I went by and dropped off some paperwork for the band. At work, I met another musician. Everything went well for me and I was promoted to a talent scout. I'll have the next couple of days off so I can work on my guitar skills even more and get to know this other musician.
Billy had a really stressful day at work. I don't think he is cut out for forensics. He also had a hard time writing tonight. He said that he wants to get a bath tub to help soak away the stress. A nice bath tub is over 2,000 simoleans! We plan to add-on a bedroom or two to the house next, so relaxing in a tub will have to wait.
Our little genius, Kane, declared that he wanted a science career. This is after we bought a telescope today and he discovered an orange dwarf that he named Odie. Well, I hope that he can create robot creatures okay; but I worry that, because he is clumsy, this might not be the best career choice. What's a mom to do though? We have to offer encouragement and think positively, right?
Wednesday... Billy had a much better day today. He came home in a good mood after getting promoted. He went through a couple garbage cans digging up evidence tonight. The only thing he found worth keeping was a mood candle, but he wrote up a couple reports.
I went to the Reading Room tonight and ended up bringing back another chair. It doesn't match the other one though as this one is a lounge chair and the other was a dining room chair. Still it is another comfortable chair.
We added-on three bedrooms and another bath today. Now our front room looks empty. It is nice to have separate bedrooms though.
Thursday... Today I didn't even leave the house. With another day off, my guitar skills improved. I have a book to read for work that I should get to tomorrow.
Poor Kara was so ready to grow up. She has nothing exciting to do. She played with her brother at the doll house for awhile because she really needed social and I was so busy practicing that I didn't spend much time with her. Billy, too, was busy as he is trying to finish my portrait.
Friday... Today we celebrated another birthday. Thank goodness that Kara is now a child. She is both easily impressed and over emotional. She is, however, athletic so maybe she can channel some of her emotions into worth-while pursuits. We bought her a running machine that she can't use yet and a stereo, which she can.
Billy is just awesome. He got another promotion. Now he is a sketch artist. His artistic capability has worked well with his career choice. He also finished my portrait. It's not too bad.
I finally read that book for work while home alone today. Reading about herding cats was even interesting. I almost had another skill learned on my guitar, so I kept at it even though I was a bit late for work. I wanted to get to know Shirley Lin better, so I chilled with the musicians for awhile when I did get to work. Then, I really started working hard and I too got another promotion. Now I am in the symphony!
Saturday... Billy attended an artistic retreat at the bookstore. He really enjoyed himself. The kids went to the reading room and read a bit while he was in the retreat because I, of course, was working.
I didn't have enough time to gain more music skill before work; so even though I worked hard, I did not get a promotion today. I was a bit down about it, but Billy reminded me that I just had a promotion yesterday. It was just that I was so close. Oh well, I'll enjoy my time off and work on my music and painting tomorrow.
4th Jul 2009, 9:52 PM
Sunday... Today, we all enjoyed a day off together. Kara was the first one up. She made herself a muffin and then worked out until she was exhausted. Then, she went to the pool to swim. It really isn't too good an idea to try to swim when already exhausted. Kara returned home again shortly.
Our shower broke this morning after Kara used it. We had to call a repairman to come and fix it. This isn't the first time it's broken, and it won't be the last. However, Billy and I just aren't mechanical. Maybe Kane will tinker with it when he gets older. Though, as clumsy as he is, it would probably be best if he doesn't either. At least Kane doesn't mind cleaning up messes.
After paying the bills and the repairman, there was enough money left over to add on to the house again. I don't want to imply that I fit a certain stereotype about women who love to shop, but I do tend to spend a lot of money when I shop. I'll save up for awhile and then I spend most of our savings buying the best we can get. Anyway, I wanted a cozier bedroom for Billy and I. I hope the passionate red isn't too "over the top," though I do want the romance to stay in our marriage. I will probably change the bedding someday to a pattern with just a touch of red. Billy's painting of me looks so great on the wall. I can't wait to add a painting of him. (My first attempt at his portrait was not kept!)
The room that we had been sleeping in was huge. We remodeled a bit and rearranged furniture. Now our limited kitchen and dining furniture occupy that space. I wonder if anyone will recognize the repainted and upholstered dining chair as a reading room knock-off? Someday soon we should get a cabinet or two and a real stove, but for now, my art is a very big part of my life and cooking would take me away from that for too long. Maybe Kara will gain an interest in cooking. Somehow that doesn't fit an athletic image that well, but those who care about their body should care about what they eat, right?
The biggest news today is that Kane is now a teenager. He has grown up so very quickly. (Am I getting that old?) He got a job at the supermarket and planted a few seeds I had collected. I hope his garden does well.
5th Jul 2009, 8:13 AM
I really like this story! Wait, I'm the first comment on this story?! Who doesn't like this? This is FRIGGIN AWESOME!
5th Jul 2009, 6:44 PM
Thanks, Pet Lover. I love your "FRIGGIN AWESOME" comment!
I had double posted week 4 as I wasn't sure the first went through. (Sometimes it takes the system a bit to show.) So, I added a Sunday to week 5 now instead of just a blank placeholder.
7th Jul 2009, 3:56 PM
Monday... Today I attempted another painting of Billy. I didn't quite finish it before work, but I did finish it afterwards. It didn't turn out that well, so I will attempt his portrait again. What did go well for me was a raise and a promotion! I am in an orchestra now.
Billy attended a musical seminar at the book store after work and then went by city hall for some work-related meeting while Kane went by the science facility for some school project and then headed to work at the grocery store. By the time Kane got home, his garden wasn't looking so well. We got a sprinkler and he planted a few more seeds. He was so tired when he went to bed after doing his homework that I think he'll have to quit his part time job. We don't need money that badly.
Kara went to the pool and swam for awhile. Then she went to the reading room to do her homework. I sent an apple with her so she had something to munch before going home. It is hard for her when everyone else is busy doing something else. Where did the "good old days" go when she always had a parent or at least her older brother nearby? She is growing so quickly herself and will soon have other interests, besides going to the pool, that will occupy her time.
Tuesday... Today was kind of rough for Kane. His plants are surviving, but with the sprinkler doing most of the watering, Kane doesn't get much satisfaction from his gardening. He did quit his job today and stayed home and played chess, but he needs more fun in his life.
Kara, of course, went to the pool again today after school. She really likes to swim. She comes home in a good mood, showers, and does her homework. She talks to a couple friends on the phone, but rarely goes to their homes or invites them to ours. Ours is still rather sparsely furnished and there isn't that much to do.
Billy was offered a medical job today, but he turned them down. He likes his job as sketch artist, though he did get promoted to "crime scene modeler" now. He painted a couple pieces after work today and one of them was truly brilliant.
I was promoted to first chair today. It is nice to be the lead and to get to do solos. I'll be off for a couple days now so hopefully my guitar skills will be the best possible when I go back to work.
Wednesday... I felt so sorry for poor Kane who always seems to need fun now that he is a teen. We had gotten a lot of extra money lately due to promotions and bonuses, so I splurged again. We bought a television. It isn't one of the most expensive ones around, but it is nice and will let Kane learn about gardening while lounging inside, out of the hot sun, on a comfortable sofa, also new.
Billy and I both had a day off today. He mostly played chess while I tried to gain more guitar skill. His logic skills did improve, but I have a ways to go on my guitar skill.
Kara will soon be a teen. I want her to be a genius like her brother Kane, but I know every child is different and we can't predict what our kids will be or do. I only hope she is happy and healthy.
Thursday... Kane's gardening skills have really improved. His garden looks so nice now. I think this is a great hobby for him.
Billy didn't get a promotion today. He still lacks a little bit of painting skill yet. He did make a really nice painting for Kara's room though. Also, he worked on a book of his own for awhile. It's a science fiction story titled The Day the Aliens Left. He has already sold a few of the chapters.
Kara went to the pool for a bit today. She was gone a really long time. I worried about her getting exhausted. She didn't swim very long, but she decided to run home. That was a long way to run. She settled down in front of the television with Kane when she finally returned.
Even with another day off, I still am not fully skilled on my guitar. I do hope to reach that milestone by the time I go to work tomorrow though. I'd keep my fingers crossed, but then I couldn't play so well.
Friday... Well, I just couldn't do it. Getting that last guitar skill just did not happen before work. I was in a great mood and worked hard, but I didn't get a raise or promotion today.
Billy, however, is now at the top of his career field. He is a DNA profiler. He got a raise and a promotion today. I am a really lucky Sim to have married him.
He is getting 100 simoleans a week for his first science fiction. He has already started another fiction. This one is titled What if there were no Kleptos? He still gets stressed out when he writes for very long though. His dream to be an illustrious author might not be reached.
More exciting than Billy's career progression might be the fact that Kara turned into a teen today. She looks so much like me. She has inherited the Kleptos family trait now. Yes, indeed, my daughter is so much like me, except we don't share any other traits.
12th Jul 2009, 5:10 PM
Saturday... Kane got up early and turned on the gardening channel. Then he went out and tended his garden in much better spirits today. (I am so glad that we bought that television.) I do think he needs to socialize with others more though, so I was glad to hear that he applied for another part-time job. This time he will be working weekends at the spa.
Speaking of socializing more, Kara invited Sameh, our old paper boy, over. They are best friends. She found out that he is a book worm who is a bit absent-minded.
Billy completed his Kleptos fiction, which, not surprisingly, wasn't too big of a seller. He has started a drama now titled The Night that was Not. Since his brand new desk and chair are in the newly-completed study, he is much happier as he works on his writing.
My big news is that we did even more redecorating and I finally got that last guitar skill and was promoted to conductor. So, in addition to the new study for Billy, we actually have a real kitchen now. By that I mean that we have cabinets, a sink, and a real stove, not just the kid's muffin maker. We also purchased a nice table and a couple more chairs.
Sunday... Billy and I were off again today. I just played chess to try and build up my logic skill. He wrote until he got stressed out and then he painted. He is a very proficient painter and has made half a dozen brilliant paintings now.
Kane worked on his garden and called to chat with a friend of his from school. Then he went by the reading room to improve his handiness because again we had to call a repairman to fix the shower. Kane did work at the spa today and then he went back by the reading room to learn more about repairing things. He has started the long, tedious task of upgrading the plumbing to be self-cleaning.
Kara jogged to the gym. She took along some apples to snack on and worked out for quite a while. She has decided that she'd like to be a master thief. She is a klepto, so I guess that makes sense. She bathed at the art gallery today after her work out and somehow managed to bring home an extra toilet for our house.
Monday... Today Kane got a promotion. I am so proud of him. He goes to school, works, takes care of his garden, and still has time for homework. Though, he really does need more fun. I wonder if I can convince him to quit his job.
Kara too went to work after school today. She didn't get as stressed out at school or work as Kane. She didn't get a promotion, but she is relatively happy with life and not so stressed out doing her homework as poor Kane.
Billy finished writing his book after work today. This drama sold for three times what his first one did, so that is great for him. He has now started a children's book titled Who? What? Why?
I didn't get promoted to the top of my career yet, but I am hopeful that tomorrow will be the day. After work today, I tried again to paint a portrait of Billy. I do hope I can get a nice painting finished before Billy is an elder.
We have lots of money now, so we can buy whatever we need. Kara and Kane have been doing their homework at the Wright Reading Room, so I guess it was past time to buy some book cases and a couple more desks. We also finally bought a bath tub. Now we just need to stop in at the grocery store and buy some bubble bath. (Billy already has a rubber ducky.)
Tuesday... I did a very happy dance today. I made it to the top and am a hit movie composer now. They gave me a stereo as an extra bonus. I guess that means we'll have a spare whenever one of the kids moves out. I, of course, continued to work on getting a good portrait of Billy.
Kane didn't have to work today, so he played a bit of chess and again worked in his garden. One of the toilets needed to be unclogged as well. It was the one that Kara managed to bring home from the art gallery earlier.
Kara stayed after school today to fix their boiler. She did get paid for it, but it put her in a lousy mood for work. She came home desperate for fun and still needed to do her homework. After school jobs are just not good for teens.
Billy has an opportunity to take 10 paintings to the office building where we earlier walked through the art show on display. Neither of us were that impressed with their show, so now Billy can make a difference. We have several paintings around the house now, so he just needs to paint a couple more.
Wednesday... Today both Kara and Kane quit their jobs. Kara came home to paint and Kane worked on his garden. Then he discovered a large white dwarf last night, which he named "Lawdy!"
Billy took the paintings over to the business building today and made quite a bit of money selling them. He had lots of brilliant paintings and one masterpiece. For myself, I am still creating average paintings and am trying once more to paint a decent portrait of Billy.
Billy finished his children's book and is now writing a humorous one titled Laughing at Life. When his mood got a bit sour from all that writing, I knew just how to make him happy again. Our marriage has turned out well, and I have no regrets.
Thursday... I created a decent portrait of Billy, but it is so dark! I ran out of time though. Today, Billy turned into an elder and retired from his law enforcement career. He'll just paint and write now.
Kane keeps busy in his garden twice a day. A couple of the plants are now barren, but he still gets lots of produce. Maybe he should sell some of that since we never use anything but the apples.
Kara worked out for a while today. She really likes to exercise. She also called up a couple guys that she knows. They are both young adults already, so maybe she should make friends with one of Kane's school mates.
Friday... Billy enjoyed his first day of retirement. He completed another masterpiece today. That makes three for him.
I am working hard trying to get one more raise before I too get older and retire. I need so much logic though and I haven't really concentrated on that. I was putting all my energy into my music and my art. Even if I don't get another raise though, it is nice having a stretch limo for transportation.
Kara managed to bring home a sink from the reading room today. Now our second bath is complete. Kane works on upgrading the plumbing since he plans to make science his career.
18th Jul 2009, 3:18 AM
Saturday... Today was a weekend and I was the only one who had to go to work. In fact, I forgot that I even had to work until I got a reminder. I painted a blue bird of happiness for Kane's room before leaving and was in a really great mood. I finished a composition that I had been working on as well and the producers loved it, so I did indeed get another bonus and raise today. That made a really great birthday present for me as today I celebrated my birthday.
Billy made another brilliant painting and improved his writing. He is currently working on a book called Unsolved Mysteries. He broke his laptop and had to go to the reading room to use one of their computers.
Kane did his daily gardening and watched the garden channel for a bit. He even invited a young lady over who went to his high school and is already a young adult. Then he too headed over to the reading room so that he could read some handy guides that would prepare him to fix Billy's laptop.
Kara worked out for several hours straight today. Then she worked on her charisma skills and even read a book on charisma down at the reading room. Before the day ended, she got out my guitar and played for awhile.
Sunday... We all had the day off today. I painted a couple masterpieces and reached my lifetime want to master the arts while Billy worked on his mystery. Kara again worked out for several hours and Kane spent the morning in his garden, where the apple trees are now barren, before he upgraded the shower to be self-cleaning.
The really big news today was Kane's birthday. He is now a young adult. He went to the science facility and applied for a job, which he'll start tomorrow.
Monday... Kane's first day at the science facility involved testing something that made him itchy. Even though he was in a great mood at the beginning of the day, his mood really tanked by the end of the shift. Working hard all day, he was still a sliver away from a promotion.
He tried to romance a couple gals that he knows. Unfortunately, he doesn't know them that well for all that he is good friends or best friends with them. All he really knows about them is that one is flirty and the other has a good sense of humor.
The self-cleaning shower broke down again today and got water all over. Then the self-cleaning toilet that Kara added to the household clogged again. Poor Kane was kept busy with the plumbing and had no chance to work on his dad's broken laptop.
Billy went to the reading room to work on his latest book. This one is a historical and is titled When the Sun Sets in the Valley. He has now made it to the top of the writing profession and has achieved his lifetime want to be an illustrious author.
I went to the reading room myself before work to study logic. There I ran into my old boss Yuri Ivanov. He had the latest member of their family with him, a toddler named Carmen. It brought back memories of my early days in town when I was staying at the art museum and his family would stop by there with little Dimitri.
Tuesday... Kane didn't waste any time. He got a promotion at work and then called up his friend with a good sense of humor. He ended up proposing without knowing anything else about her. (Of course, I did the same with Billy.) Anyway we welcomed Kiley into the family and converted Billy's office to a honeymoon suite.
Wednesday... Kiley started her new political career today. She wants to be a leader of free world some day. I have my doubts about that as she isn't charismatic at all or even overly friendly. Still, maybe she'll make the right connections.
Kane experienced a small explosion at work today and got a little singed. However, I guess his work still contributed to the greater good as he did get promoted to some useless contraption manipulator or something like that. Fortunately he has all the gardening and other handy skills he needs for a future promotion.
Billy and I spent a lot of time at the reading room today. He finished his historical book and will get quite a bit of royalties from it. I maxed my logic skills today and will maybe see a benefit in another raise at work.
Thursday... Life is going by so very quickly. I finally became a partner at the theatre. (I don't know why I didn't think of doing that earlier.) Then, I bought a teleporter for our family today to help cut down on commuting time. While I was looking in our family inventory, I noticed that Kara had brought home a mirror from her school and there was also a really nice set of curtains that previously resided at the book store. It was nice to decorate the house a bit more with the extra furnishings. Then, Kara brought home some flowers from her school today. It is the unexpected things in life that bring a smile, isn't it?
Kane fixed Billy's laptop this morning before he left for work, so Billy wrote a non-fiction today just because he felt that he should write something now that it was working I suppose. Who is really interested in reading about changes at Electronic Arts though? It wasn't one of his big sellers. Then, Billy bought a mood manager and gifted it to Kane as a thank you. Hopefully Kane won't have such depressing mood swings now when things happen in his laboratory that aren't so very nice.
We also learned that Kiley is now expecting a baby. They were both promoted today, so it is a very good time to start a family. I painted a picture of Kane for their room, but I do hope it is replaced with a better picture of him soon. (It is a masterpiece, but... it isn't perfect.)
Friday... Kane had another minor explosion at work and came home singed again. He was a sliver away from a promotion. If he had only read some book for work, he could have moved up the ladder today. Oh well, at least now he'll be able to relax on Monday and get to know his fellow scientists better.
Kiley made friends with all of us in the family and met one of my co-workers. It was enough to improve her charisma skill a bit. It's too bad she couldn't work today. She would have gotten a promotion easily.
I got another raise and worked on another portrait of Kane. It wasn't worth keeping though. Billy had also attempted a portrait of Kane and it sold well too, but it didn't really look like Kane either.
Today, Kara grew up. She looks the same to me. I was disappointed to find out that Kara actually has a mean streak. I guess it goes along with her wanting to be a master thief. As parents, Billy and I both would like her to be a doctor, but we know it isn't our decision to make.
18th Jul 2009, 11:59 PM
Saturday... Today started out as a normal day. Kiley awoke and ate a slice of toast with red jam.
Then Kane joined her in the kitchen and they shared an early morning embrace while the rest of the household was still abed.
Kiley went off to the Wright Reading Room to meet some people and work on her charisma skill. She won't be easily forgotten by anyone there as she soon went into labor.
She headed home to let Kane know that her labor had begun.
Kane wasn't prepared for this event yet.
He tried to convince Kiley that it was only false labor, but she was not convinced.
She decided that if Kane wasn't going to be any help that she would go to the hospital.
They arrived at the hospital just fine.
Kane was glad he wouldn't have to help with the delivery.
In fact, as Kiley went inside, he stayed outside in the fresh air as he really needed a lot of fresh air right now.
He picked out baby names while Kiley was inside and was ready with a list of them when she came out.
They caught another taxi back home again to find that the house now had a couple new wings.
Kiley was excited to share her news with Grandpa Billy.
She was a bit put off that Kane always seemed to lag behind.
Billy found Kane's shock a bit amusing.
Kane and Kiley soon found a working rhythm though.
Before long Keiki, Keilani, and Keiana were all snuggled, played with, fed, changed, and put to bed.
22nd Jul 2009, 4:56 AM
Sunday... Well, triplets can certainly keep you busy. Snuggle, play with, feed, change, repeat, again. I had no sooner gotten to bed than the little ones woke up and needed a diaper change. They are adorable though.
Kiley took advantage of the weekend to go to the reading room again after taking care of the three little ones this morning. She meet several Sims there and discovered that the Ivanov family has grown recently and has two young girls, Rosemary and Carmen. Kiley was reading the advanced book on Charisma there and gained an additional skill.
Billy got a bit stir crazy today from working on his latest romance My Love, Kyanna. I guess he hasn't gotten out much since he retired. As a loner, he tends to stay at home. Anyway, he went to the art gallery to use their toilet and bath. Then he just painted in his boxers as he does at home. I love a guy who is comfortable anywhere in his boxers.
Kane is doing a great job taking care of all of his girls. He is also keeping up on his new garden. In addition, he still takes care of all our plumbing problems and has upgraded the cheap toilet to be unbreakable.
Kara has started her new job at a certain warehouse in town. She worked hard all day, but was a sliver away from a promotion. She came home and played my old guitar for fun. Then she too snuggled and played with her new nieces.
Monday... Today both Kara and Kane came home with promotions and I got another raise. I also made another masterpiece. This one sold for almost 3K.
Kiley again went to the reading room and got to know another Sim. She read more in the advanced charisma book there. However, she needs another couple friends before her charisma will improve.
We all take turns taking care of the triplets. They are very hard to get to know. They can't do much yet of course but simply watch and respond to their environment.
Tuesday... Kane got yet another promotion today. Now he needs some fishing skill. He fished at work until he discovered the no fishing sign. Then, he fished closer to home.
Kara didn't get a promotion today and she didn't have much fun either. She quit working hard and just got to know a co-worker better. Then, she went next door to the pool for fun and jogged home.
I wrote another song at work and the band loved it. The producers were happy with it too. So I got a bonus. Then, I stopped by the art gallery on the way home. I must admit that the divider looks nicer in my bathroom than it did at the art center.
The best news of the day is that the triplets are now toddlers. Billy and I started teaching Keiki and Keiana to talk. We are so thrilled that they are growing up and turning into little individuals now. Keiana even has her grandpa's hair.
Wednesday... Oh, my, what a day it was today. Everyone had the day off and the kids spent all day trying to teach the little ones to walk and talk. The girls started early helping Keiki and Keiana learn to talk. Kane got up when Keilani was ready to rise and started training her. With breaks to eat and potty, it was an all day affair. The girls, Kara and Kiley, took naps at the same time as Keiki and Keiana.
Billy and I stayed out of their way for the most part. I painted some masterpieces and Billy finished his romance, which sold really well. He'll get over 2K every week for royalties on that one. Then he wrote a trashy novel just so he had written one of each kind.
Thursday... Poor Kane was so tired. He had to get up early to use the bathroom and try to potty train Keiana before work. Kiley had it even worse though. She got up early to potty train Keiki and then stayed up to finish teaching Keiana to walk. She was ready to go back to bed when she got the reminder that her maternity leave was over.
Kara and I both had the day off though. So, between the two of us, it was easy enough to take care of the triplets. Only two weren't potty trained yet this morning and all of them could walk and talk. By the end of the day, they were all potty trained and had learned as much as they could with the little block set.
Kane and Kiley both worked all day; but neither got a promotion, though Kiley was as close as she could be to one. They came home and took naps and then Kane went fishing for a while. After Kiley got up from a couple naps, Kara visited the swimming pool and I went by the reading room. We have a life preserver in one bathroom now and a new chair in the main room.
It was an incredibly long day since the little ones are not on the same sleep schedule. Billy got a little stir crazy again today. He finally went out and went to paint at the art gallery. This time he left the house in his boxers and teleported there. The gallery was empty this late at night, so only the taxi driver saw him on the way home.
Friday... Well, the kids all got a promotion today. Kara even had to turn around and go back to work tonight. That wouldn't have been so bad if she hadn't jogged home after work the first time. When she came home, she was tired, yet she still took time to play with the little ones.
Billy and I both painted today. He wanted to make a couple more masterpieces and I just wanted to make a really expensive painting. I also wrote another hit song and got yet another bonus at work. Things sure have changed a lot since I first came to Riverview.
The little girls continue to grow so quickly. They have been mastering their musical talents and working on their mechanical skills. They have also started getting better acquainted with each other.
Saturday... Today I conducted the symphony at the theatre. The showing was great and we earned quite a bit in box office sales. I, of course, got a cut as both the conductor and a partner. Afterwards, I tried to make a painting of the little ones, though it was not the best.
Billy made a masterpiece today and finally maxed his logic skill. Kara went swimming before work after jogging to the pool. (She has now run 500K.) Both Kane and Kiley read a book for work and then Kane went fishing again. (He claims that he must for work.)
The little ones still have a couple days more before they are old enough to start school. They have improved their relationships with each other and with us. We aren't all friends yet, but we should be before their next birthday.
29th Jul 2009, 1:55 AM
Sunday... We mostly enjoyed the last day of the weekend today. No one had to work except for Kara, who goes at nine at night. She slept in really late and didn't get up until it was almost evening. She brought home some towels from the swimming center after her shift yesterday and picked up a fallen wad of cash at work tonight.
Billy and I painted, of course. He made a couple really brilliant paintings and a masterpiece. We kept them all and decorated a few rooms.
Kane got his fishing skill up to where he needs it to be. He also took care of his garden of course. Then, just before he went to bed, he upgraded the shower to be unbreakable. Thank goodness! I was so tired of cleaning up that mess.
Kiley stayed home all day and took care of the girls. The triplets aren't much bother. There seems to be one sleeping while other two play together with their dollhouse.
Monday... Kara, Kane, and Kiley were all promoted today and I got another raise. Billy and I painted more masterpieces as well. The days are beginning to blend into all the others that have come before. We are just waiting for the little ones to grow up and start the next stage of their lives.
Tuesday... I can hardly make an entry today. It must be the saddest day of my life. One moment Billy was playing with a granddaughter and the next moment he was disappearing from our lives forever.
Kiley was extremely upset. She fainted at the sight of the grim reaper. Poor little Keiana also fainted, or maybe she just passed out because she was tired. (She had only been put to bed and then it was time to grow up just as Billy left us.)
The girls did grow into pleasant-looking children, but I do wonder about their personalities. Keiki feels she is a loser because she grew up while her grandpa Billy died. Keilani is a bit insane due to the unfortunate incident. Keiana is a bit grumpy about life in general now.
I am sure they'll do just fine though. They do have some good traits. For example, while grumpy, Keiana is still friendly. Keilani might be insane, but she is also ambitious. I'm sure that Keiki will get a good trait or two as she grows up; however for now, I don't see how being clumsy or a light sleeper will help her much.
Wednesday... We all had the day off today to mourn Billy with the exception of Kiley. (I guess as she didn't know Billy as well as the rest of us, it was just more of a shock than a true loss to her.) She went to work and even got a promotion today. The rest of us stopped and mourned Billy several times during the day.
The triplets, however, went to school today. Just as with Kiley, they didn't really know their grandpa that well and didn't grieve for him much. They were just too young. Anyway, two of them even stayed after school to clean out cages. When they all got home, we helped them with their homework though our loss was still very much in our thoughts.
I did create several paintings today. It helped to have something to do. One of them was even a masterpiece. However, I didn't like any of them and none of them broke the 3K mark that I am trying to break right now.
By the end of the day, Kane decided to cure us of our depressed moods. He is a good son and his efforts proved helpful. In exchange, I borrowed the mood manager from him and used it on him as well.
Thursday... Well, Kara and I both had the day off today. She spent most of the time on the phone. (She is so restless that she runs around even while talking on her cell.)
I made a few more paintings. Then, Kara and I both visited the art gallery, which means that we have a few more nice items around the house. I also helped out at a fund-raiser today and brought home more money, though at this point in our lives we don't need anything and we are only making money for the children to be able to buy their own homes some day.
Kane was promoted to some robot-creature cross-breeder and has now obtained his lifetime wish as well. Kiley, on the other hand, spent the whole day running errands for her boss and was just shy of a promotion once again. She is supposed to be getting campaign funds, but she hasn't had any more luck with that than Billy had trying to glean data from others for reports.
Speaking of Billy, he did visit us today. He plopped down in front of the television for awhile. Then, he joined me in bed. He seems to be contented, though I guess I should take his remains to the cemetery so he doesn't scare poor Kiley someday.
The girls are all doing well in school. They all have As. They have also gained all the mechanical skills they can for now; so they have been writing on the computer and practicing their artist skills on the easels. Keilani has already decided that she wants a career in business. Actually, she plans to be a CEO someday. She is our ambitious one.
Friday... Today Kiley was promoted again and held a campaign party after work. The party was truly awesome. She raised almost 50K. Since we all helped entertain her guests at the party, there isn't much else to note. One comment I should make is that pizza should maybe be served on a single table in the middle of an open space or extreme bottle neck situations may occur.
Saturday... Everyone enjoyed the day off except me. I had to go to work. A bunch of school kids came by on a field trip though and I got to do a jam session for them.
Keiki went out fishing with her dad. Keilani made a painting. Keiana called a boy she met at school. Kara worked out on her new gym equipment. Kiley spent most of the day on the phone. She is just shy of maxing her charisma skills.
And that, my friends, is where the diary ends.
3rd Aug 2009, 2:04 PM
That was really really good!
Are you planning on carrying on with one of the triplets?
4th Aug 2009, 2:52 PM
If the latest patch hasn't messed up the old game, I will continue the legacy. I hadn't tried to play an old game for awhile, as several people had problems/glitches. I waited a bit for any post-patch patching.
Now, I have continued to play my legacy family and finally decided that all the patching is done and the game is running okay. I have played through another generation and thought I'd call the new story "Letters to Grandma." However, since this hasn't moved to the completed stories yet, I'll just add on to the original one.
16th Oct 2009, 11:09 PM
We miss you, Grandma Kyanna, and we are very sad. Daddy says that Grandpa Billy was lonely without you and you went to be with him. We don't really remember Grandpa Billy much and would rather you had stayed with us instead.
Momma said it might be nice if we wrote things down that we would like you to know. She said that you wrote in a diary since the time you came to live in Riverview. That was a long, long time ago back before we were even born.
Momma said you might like it if we wrote things in diaries too, but diaries are too much work. You have to write in them every day, and that would be too boring. We don't even know what things to write. Momma said that maybe we could just write some letters about things that you might like to hear about - things that we are thinking about and would like to tell you.
So, Grandma, we put your unfinished painting in our bedroom. We like it a lot. Now we have a big painting from both you and Grandpa Billy in our room to look at.
We put up monuments for both you and Grandpa Billy in the backyard. You looked a lot different in the paintings than we remember you. Daddy laughed when we said that. He told us you didn't always have white hair. He said hair just changes color when you get older. We don't want our hair to change color, so we aren't going to get old. Momma and Daddy both laughed at that too. It was good to hear them laugh.
Daddy was given a promotion, but he wouldn't even show it to us. He laughed when we asked to see it. Then he showed us money that looked just like all his other money. He said he is now a mad scientist. He doesn't seem mad to us. He likes to fish and grow things in his garden, and he is always making things work better. He tells great jokes and gives good hugs.
Momma got a promotion too. She said it is like an angel: maybe you can't see it, but it is nice to have. She is very happy. She knows lots of people and is always talking about votes. Everyone loves Momma as much as we do.
Aunt Kara doesn't talk about her job. She works at night. She says that she is in the right track for her. I guess that means she runs at night when it is not so hot out. She loves to run.
We really miss you Grandma. Even bubble baths are sad. Playing with the rubber ducky doesn't help.
We tried to make nice paintings like you did. Ours don't look as good as yours though. They aren't much fun to make without you here either.
Playing games isn't any fun at all. We miss you. We want you to come back. Please!
Keiki, Keilani, and Keiana
17th Oct 2009, 12:29 AM
We've grown up, Grandma. We aren't little girls any more. We thought you might like to see how we turned out.
I, Keilani, grew up first. Sometimes I act a bit insane. Other times, I am a bit clumsy. (I get that from Daddy.) I am always brave though and filled with ambition. I think you'd be proud of me.
I, Keiki, was the next to grow up. I too am clumsy like Daddy and a bit of a loser at times. I am also a really light-sleeper. To make up for some of my rather unfortunate traits though, I have turned into a really good schmoozer.
And, always last it seems, I, Keiana, too grew up. On a positive note, I am friendly and hardworking. On a less than positive note, I am grumpy sometimes and I hate the outdoors.
Dad has achieved his lifetime want. He brought home one of his robot creatures, which we keep in a fish bowl and feed every evening. Daddy still fishes and plays chess a lot. He likes to maximize all his skills.
Mom made mayor and then governor. She will soon be a real leader to the free world. We are so very proud of, and happy for, her.
Aunt Kara is a lot like you. She paints and plays the guitar. We have her paintings all over the house.
We still miss you. I guess we always will. You'll be glad to know we are on the honor roll at school.
Love, Keilani, Keiki, and Keiana
17th Oct 2009, 1:01 AM
Wow, Grandma, Aunt Kara has achieved her lifetime want. They gave her a nice gold statue and she didn't even have to retire first. I think a gold watch might be nicer and more useful; but the statue looks cool, doesn't it?
Aunt Kara still works nights and mostly paints all day long. She creates so many really interesting paintings that we have problems finding a place to hang them all. She says that she will make portraits of us all someday.
I have met a really nice guy named Rafael. He is a bit of a loner and, therefore, is a bit intimidated by our large family. Yet, I think we are destined to be together.
Keiana doesn't like the outdoors, so she spends a lot of time playing chess and painting.
Daddy is collecting a lot of plaques for perfecting his various skills.
Pretty much life continues as before. I know you watch over us, and I hope you are happy with the way things are working out for us. I just wanted to let you know we still think of you and miss you often.
17th Oct 2009, 1:20 AM
Well, Grandma, time sure passes quickly, doesn't it? I married Rafael, who wants to be a surgeon. We have a little girl named Kimi.
Mom and Dad have gotten older. She is tired of always asking for campaign donations and plans to retire soon. Dad still likes his job, but he has lots of hobbies that he tries to perfect as well.
Aunt Kara continues to paint during the day and work at night. She often brings home paintings from work as well. I especially like the painting she made of Rafael.
Though Keiana doesn't get out much, she does have a guy friend who comes over a lot. Keiana works part-time at a spa and wants to be a Renaissance Sim who perfects at least three skills. She is working on her logic, writing, and painting skills, all of which she can do from the comfort of home.
Keilani has always been ambitious. She knew that she wanted to be a CEO before Keiana or I had any idea of what we wanted to do. Keilani spends a lot of evenings and weekends at business meetings. When she is home, she, like most of us, spends her time painting.
For myself, I chose the military because I want to be an astronaut. (That will show all those people who thought I was a loser!) I'll leave you with this family picture that shows how quickly time indeed passes.
(You'll notice that Aunt Kara is an elder now too and little Kimi is already a little girl. What you probably don't notice is that Rafael has achieved his lifetime want to be a surgeon and that Keilani achieved hers to be a CEO. Keiana and I, however, are still working on our lifetime wants.)
30th Oct 2009, 4:50 PM
Grandma, I am a terrible letter-writer, aren't I? The last time I wrote Kimi was just a little girl and Keiana and I were still striving to achieve our lifetime wants. Well, Kimi isn't a little girl anymore, and with the exception of Kimi, we have all achieved our lifetime wants.
I want you to know that Mom and Dad were very happy right until the end of their lives. Mom was trying to max another skill and Dad was trying to stock our ponds with all different types of fish. They might have started getting a few strange thoughts as they got older, but mostly they never let old age slow them down.
Mom passed away at the library where she was working on her tinkering skills. You see, after retiring from the political scene, she was really bored. So, she joined the science career to be closer to Dad; and she was working her way up quite successfully.
Dad was, of course, heart-broken. Without Mom around, he moped a lot. He followed her a day later.
Aunt Kara, like Mom and Dad, worked right up until her last day. She must have worked too hard. She died an hour before her shift was over. We never knew she worked in an old warehouse, but I guess it was a good place to work out and train others in strength and agility.
Both of your children accomplished a lot in their lifetimes. In addition to perfecting many skills and making it to the top of their careers, they left behind a great legacy. We have many of Aunt Kara's paintings around the house and lots of Dad's fish in our ponds.
We have lost some very cherished members of our family. We have also gained a few new ones. Such is the nature of our lives.
Kimi has joined the musical career and wants to be a hit movie composer just as you were. Who knows what the boys will chose. For now, we have taught little Kevin and Kyle to walk, talk, and use the potty. The rest is up to them.
Much love, Keiki
1st Nov 2009, 7:07 PM
Time sure flies. We have one more great grandchild for you. Her name is Kenzie.
The boys have grown so much. Kyle, like his Aunt Keiana, doesn't like the outdoors. He plays a lot of chess and has decided that he wants to be a chess grand master some day.
Kevin, however, would rather investigate things and write about them. He has his great grandpa's writing ability. He plans to be a star anchor reporter.
Kimi has made it into the symphony and is well on her way to following in your shoes. She definitely has a great musical ability. It won't be long until she is a hit movie composer.
The rest of us have all gotten older. Just as yours did, our hair too has completely changed color. (Mine is more gray than white.) I can tell you that getting old doesn't feel so good; but you already know that, don't you?
We had our first fire today, but we managed to put it out okay. I just won't put the outside table on the grass anymore. From now on, we'll set it up on the tile when we are having a birthday party.
1st Nov 2009, 10:11 PM
Well Grandma, do you wonder what's been happening lately?
Keiana and I have both surpassed Dad in the amount of plaques we have accumulated. Both of us have maxed seven skills so far and are working on another one. Since we rarely work, we have lots of time to perfect hobbies. (Keiana only has a part-time job at the spa and, as an astronaut, I only work one day a week.)
Keilani is often in meetings, so she hasn't achieved as many little goals as we have. Rafe, too, spends a lot of time researching the latest medical procedures, so he hasn't as much time for hobbies either. They are both great painters and gardeners though. Recently, Rafael maxed his fishing skills as well.
Children grow so fast; don't they, Grandma? It seems like only yesterday that Kenzie was a baby. I can picture Rafe hugging her as he put her in her crib at night or got her up in the morning.
She just isn't that little anymore. Now she has school and play mates to visit. It won't be so long before she too is a teenager.
The twins, Kev and Kyle, are teenagers now. They both look so much like their dad did when I first met him. Someday soon one of them will fall in love with a class mate. How could someone not love this face?
Or this one?
Kimi did follow in your shoes. She achieved her lifetime want to be a hit movie composer. Now she is developing her gardening skills, painting, and writing. She really turned out very well. Here's a picture of the portrait Keiana made of her.
Surprisingly it appears that Kevin has inherited your kleptomaniac trait. He brought home something the other day that reminded me how often Aunt Kara would bring home surprises. (I know that Keiana also has that trait; but since she hates the outdoors, she doesn't venture out so often.)
What can I tell you Grandma? Because you came to Riverview with a dream, we exist. We are reminded of you when we look at some of your paintings around the house. Every time we go into the dark bathroom at the reading room or the sparsely furnished building that is no longer an art gallery, we think of you and Aunt Kara as well. We are Kleptos, and we are leaving our mark in this sleepy little town.
8th Nov 2009, 9:57 PM
I knew we were old, but I didn't know we were so old.
The teens graduated and turned into young adults. Kevin started romancing one of his old class mates. (Her name is Adrianne.)
It isn't like there was room in the house for another person, or so we thought. However, we were taken by surprise. While painting on the back patio, Rafael and Keilani were visited by the Grim Reaper. Rafael was the first to go.
We were all upset of course. It made us realize just how soon we too might leave this world. So, Keilani and Keiana started doing portraits of the twins. Keilani didn't get to finish hers. She was taken just hours after Rafael.
They both lived very rewarding lives. I just wish they could have stayed longer. We added their portraits and plaques to the others on the back wall.
Then I put some of Keilani's paintings that we had saved on the front wall.
The paintings filled the wall. I had to decide which ones to keep and which ones to sell. It's like an art gallery now.
Keiana got to finish her portrait of Kyle before she went the very next day. (I love that painting. I wish she could have made portraits for all the kids before she passed on.)
She was working on a portrait of Adrianne when her life was interrupted. It makes an interesting unfinished painting. Maybe, we'll hang it in the newlywed's room until we have a better one.
Keiana might have had a grumpy trait, but she was generally only upset by going outside on her way to and from work since she hated the outdoors. She was a workaholic though, so she loved her time at work. Since she only had a part-time job at the spa, she sure mastered a lot of skills.
Her paintings are truly masterpieces. I put the best ones on the back of the front wall for now. I grouped all the medium paintings together, followed by the large ones. Here's a picture of the smaller ones:
As morbid as it seems, I have already prepared my plot. I have maxed nine skills and accumulated over 300,000 lifetime happiness points. So, it's been a very good life thus far. I do want to max my charisma skills before I go though. Too bad I didn't start working on that trait a long time ago.
I do know that death on one level isn't an absence of being. I see you and Grandpa talking about wireless internet connections out back.
Even Keiana, who always hated the outdoors, is using the GPS on her cell to navigate now.
Dad, as a mad scientist, seems to have better skills at roaming around freely though.
He was always interested in learning more while he was alive. It seems that his quest for knowledge hasn't abated. He can be found reading the new books in our library at night.
Well, until my time comes, I'll continue to live life to the fullest. (By the way, that's Kyle painting. He achieved his lifetime want to be a chess grand master while still a teen. He is now following in his father's footsteps in the medical profession.)
13th Nov 2009, 4:24 PM
I have great news today. With more room in the house, Adrianne gave birth to twin girls. Little Kami came first. She was followed shortly by Kalini.
They have grown quickly as most babies do. Little Kami is absolutely adorable. She seems to always have bed-head, as she's a heavy sleeper.
Her sister Kalini already shows artistic promise. This is her favorite shirt. The green accentuates her eyes.
They aren't the only ones who have grown up so quickly though. My youngest, Kenzie, is now a teenager. She doesn't have the best traits in the world as she seems to have inherited most of our worst traits and more of her own. Though gorgeous to look at, she is unlucky, insane, and neurotic. Her lifetime want is to be a tinkerer. Isn't that just the goal for an unlucky Sim?
Since Adrianne's wish is to raise five babies to teens, Kyle felt he should move out. He has already attained his lifetime want, and he has over 100,000 lifetime happiness points. So, while still climbing his way to the top in the medical profession, Kyle moved into a house just down the street that cost us quite a bit of money. (Having anything more than a couple million sitting around would just be a waste really, so why not buy the kids a nice house?)
Kimi isn't quite ready to move out yet. She wants to get 200,000 lifetime happiness points first. She is very close; so, after a few more days, Kimi should be able to move in with her brother or get her own place. She has been a great help around the house though and we will miss her when she goes.
However, with more room in the house after Kyle left, Adrianne got pregnant again. The toddlers are skilled in the important things they need to learn, so it's easier to take care of them now. They can just read books and play with their blocks or xylophone.
So, we have welcomed the latest member of our family. This time we have a baby boy. His name is Kody. (He too hates the outdoors. That is one trait I hope gets lost in future generations!)
For now, Adrianne and Kevin will wait a bit before having another babe. They will enjoy more time with their three little ones before they grow up more. Life is going well for them and the rest of us.
Until next time,
19th Nov 2009, 4:02 PM
Hello again, Grandma.
I thought you might like this picture of the place now. We added on a second story, though no second floor, before Kyle moved out. We thought we might need the space for more paintings.
I thought this picture of Kenzie holding Kody reveals an interesting personality on her part. I do often wonder what she is thinking at times. However, it doesn't bother me that she wears her swim suit around the house or sleeps in her pant suit. After all, Keilani was the same way.
We celebrated Kody's birthday. Adrianne called all her friends to let them know that Kody was growing up. The paper girl wanted to stick around for birthday cake, but she couldn't wait too long as she had to finish her route.
Eventually, Kody grew up into a nice looking toddler. I wonder if he'll be athletic. He likes to wear his tennis shoes even with just a diaper; and, he can already walk.
I realized that I didn't give you any good pictures of Kimi lately. Did I even tell you that she is a friendly schmoozer? (She must have gotten that first trait from you as did Keiana, but that second trait she got from me!) She is also a workaholic like Kara and Keiana were and a perfectionist like you. Her heavy sleeping gene was passed along to the next generation in Kami and Kody. She has almost maxed her gardening skills and has already surpassed 200,000 lifetime happiness points. It is too bad that none of the other kids knows the first thing about taking care of a garden.
We threw a party today to invite all of Kenzie's young friends from school over. They'll be graduating soon and growing up and probably leaving town as so many have in the past. It was a great way to get to know people as Kevin and Adrianne both need to know lots of people in their jobs and I am only one point away from maxing my charisma skill.
We really had a house full with seven or eight teens. We should have invited Kyle over to meet them. He stays so busy that we rarely see him except on his way to work and back home again.
After the party, I came over to the Wright Reading Room to work on my last charisma point. I've been using the computer here to type your letter as well. I just have this eerie feeling that I won't get my last point, and therefore the last plaque, before I die.
I'll talk to you again soon.
26th Nov 2009, 3:41 PM
I am Kami Kleptos. This is a picture of me when I was little. I'm not little any more, but I like the picture any way.
I have a twin sister named Kalini. Here is a picture of her when she was little too. It's a great picture, isn't it?
We have three little brothers. The oldest one is Kody. He's cute. He gets his own bedroom.
Kolton is the middle brother. He sleeps in my old crib. That makes him kind of special to me, for a little brother. (He's not that little any more though.)
Kolby is the youngest brother. He's the baby. He can't walk or talk yet. He sleeps in Kalini's old crib.
Our aunt Kenzie lives with us. She hates the outdoors, so she stays home with my little brothers during the day. She's a little crazy sometimes, but mostly she's okay.
She plays chess with Mama a lot.
We have another aunt. Her name is Kimi. She writes songs. She used to live with us and even helped me with my homework.
She said that we only needed one aunt around all the time though. Since Aunt Kenzie doesn't like the outdoors, Aunt Kimi is the one who left. She moved into a house with a nice garden by the Wright Reading Room, so we can visit her there.
We have an Uncle Kyle. He is my daddy's twin. He is a doctor who lives across the street. I don't have a picture of him, but here's one of Daddy. He is interviewing someone.
So, that's my family.
29th Nov 2009, 12:25 AM
This is where we live.
This is where Aunt Kimi lives now.
We saw her at the pool and she has gotten older.
This is Uncle Kyle.
He lives here.
Aunt Kenzie moved out after becoming a tinkerer.
Now she lives here.
We made a spot in the back to remember them even though they aren't dead.
Kody grew up. He's okay for a brother.
Sometimes I even like playing with him more than playing with Kalini.
Kolton is still my favorite younger brother. He is just so good. Look at that face.
Kolby, the youngest, had a birthday. Now Mama is busy teaching him things.
Kalini, my twin, already knows that she wants to be a professional author. She has written some sci-fi books and plans to write some fantasies soon. (I like to write books too, but I don't want to do that for a living.)
Kody spends a lot of time fishing and wants to put 13 perfect fish into an aquarium. He has the fish, but he can't stock them yet. Anyway, fishing is fun.
I don't know what I want to be. I have practiced cooking a bit, but I am also thinking about law enforcement. I just am not sure yet.
7th Dec 2009, 8:41 PM
My dad is a journalist. Here's a picture of him with my almost littlest brother Kolby. (Kolby is a little boy now though.)
My mom is a politician. This is her with my newest, youngest brother Kory. (He is still little, but he has finished reading all his books and learned all his toddler skills now.)
I still haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up. I still spend a lot of time writing, but I watch the cooking channel a lot now. I have also taken up jogging.
My twin Kalini doesn't get a lot of writing done. (Her lifetime goal is to be a professional author. She hates the outdoors, so it's a good goal for her.)
We are always helping take care of our brothers. Soon though, they won't need our help so much. (That's my favorite brother Kolton in the middle. We watch the fishing channel together with Kody a lot.)
Kody, the oldest of my brothers, is a teenager now. He has turned into a hopeless romantic. I think the other gals really like that trait.
Anyway, right after his birthday party ended, he put 13 perfect fish into little glass bowls. Then he scooped them out again and sold them. He just wanted a picture to show that he accomplished his lifetime goal already.
Remember the toddler that Daddy was holding in the first picture? That was Kolby. This is how he looks now. He has turned into a little computer whiz.
I'm looking forward to this weekend. Kolton will turn into a teenager and Kory will grow up enough to start school on Monday. The main reason I look forward to the weekend is: there won't be any school or homework.
Oh, at Kody's birthday party, I met a couple nice guys. I was thinking about pursuing a relationship with Khalid (the redhead); but Dad found out that besides being neurotic, Khalid has commitment issues. So I am currently thinking that an ambitious, hard-working, party animal might be better. What do you think?
12th Dec 2009, 2:41 AM
Little Kory had his birthday.
Now he can play with Kolby.
Kolton had a birthday too.
Now he is a teen with more homework blues.
My dad's grandpa Kane, who was a mad scientist, and his great-aunt Kara, who was a master thief, have learned how to get out of the family cemetery.
Aunt Kara enjoys making food.
She also likes attending our parties.
Great-grandpa Kane likes to make food too.
We just can't leave bad food lying around, because Aunt Kara or Grandpa Kane will eat it. (Even ghosts can get sick eating bad food. Then we have to clean the toilets.)
Anyway, ghosts aren't so bad most of the time.
12th Dec 2009, 3:47 PM
Great Story! Thanks for posting!
12th Dec 2009, 8:43 PM
Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed/are enjoying it.
14th Dec 2009, 2:40 AM
I finally decided that I want to be a five-star chef. (That was just a couple days before I graduated from high school.) So, right after graduation, I rushed out to get a job at the Bistro.
My twin, Kalini, is still determined to be a professional author. Her current goal is to make 3K a week in royalties. I am sure that she won't have any problems reaching that as we have both maxed our writing skills.
Daddy painted our pictures and put them on the wall with our writing plaques.
We weren't the only ones to have birthdays. Kolby is now a teen. He doesn't know what he wants to be yet. Hopefully, he'll be able to use his computer skills and avoid a job with a lot of people around him.
Remember little Kory who had a birthday and started school?
Well, now he too is a teen. He is artistic. I am hoping that he'll find something interesting where that skill will play a role.
That's probably a big enough catch-up for now. I'll leave you with this picture of Kolby and Kory doing homework while Great-grandpa Kane makes apple waffles. (I am so glad I don't have to do homework anymore!)
14th Dec 2009, 8:37 PM
Just wondering do you think you could make the house down-loadable?
15th Dec 2009, 1:15 AM
I'll submit it and see if it gets approved. The current cost of the house is about 661K furnished and there isn't a second "floor." I just use the second story to hang pictures and plaques. Maybe I can make a few versions of it. I was actually thinking of removing the top floor or most of it to make the bills less.
15th Dec 2009, 1:23 AM
whoa haha, okay that sounds great, thanks! :)
16th Dec 2009, 5:37 PM
The house was approved. It's under 80k unfurnished and a bit cheaper than the 660k as I deleted a few duplicate paintings from the wall of art. You'll find it here:
24th Dec 2009, 8:10 PM
Great-aunt Kara was a great athlete. You'll often find her working out to stay in shape. She actually seems to enjoy it.
She will also train Great-grandpa Kane. He was her brother. (She only had one.)
Kalini accomplished her lifetime want to make over 4K a week in royalties. Then, she wanted to get into shape too. She hates the outdoors, so we remodeled a bit and moved the running machine inside. Kolton helped with her training.
Kolton wants a perfect mind and a perfect body, so he makes a perfect trainer. He is still quite good-looking, isn't he? He is still nice too.
Kolby decided that he wants to be a super spy. He's a loner and a computer whiz, so hopefully he'll make a good spy. He is in good shape and even helps Kory train.
Now, just Kory needs to figure out what he wants out of life. He is the only Kleptos who hasn't decided, by at least his teen years, what he wants to be. (I can't really say much though, I was rapidly approaching graduation before I knew what I wanted to do with my life.)
Aunt Kimi, who was a hit movie composer, died. Kolton went to the cemetery downtown. He brought her headstone back so we could put it in the family plot.
I guess that's all for now.
28th Dec 2009, 8:06 PM
When Kody graduated, he got a job in politics like Mama. Kolton, however, went into medicine like Uncle Kyle to make Papa happy. Kalini isn't too sure what she thinks of their jobs. She'd like a job in law enforcement, but she hates the outdoors so she just stays home and writes.
Kolby and Kory don't have to worry about jobs for a while. Homework is enough of a job. Kolby breaks a lot of lead and Kory does a lot of erasing.
Part of a political career is meeting Sims, making friends, and getting campaign donations. So, we invite a lot of people over for parties. We had to move our table and chairs out of the kitchen as so many Sims like to congregate there.
I have maxed my cooking skills and learned all the available recipes now. Soon I'll be a five-star chef. For now I'll just add my latest plaque next to my painting.
Our mama lived to be 95. She died one night while working on a painting. She didn't get to max her painting skill.
Great Aunt Kara helped Mama with the transition to her new life.
The shock of her death really aged Papa. He too was painting when Mama died. He was working on Kolton's portrait.
Anyway, we put up a monument for Mama in the back yard. Her epithet states that she was, and is, surrounded by family. That was her lifetime want - to just raise us kids.
Thanks, Mama, for doing such a great job. We love you and we'll miss you.
4th Jan 2010, 12:03 AM
I can still remember when cute little Kolby was just a tot. He turned into a good looking teen. That seems like just a few days ago.
He finally graduated. Now he can start his law enforcement career. He'll get his own cop car soon and someday be a superspy.
Little Kory also graduated. He isn't little any more. He is still artistic, but now he has muscles.
Guess what he finally decided to be? He chose a musical career. However, unlike Great-great-grandma Kyanna, he wants to be a rock star.
My cooking career is going along nicely. I experiment in the kitchen more now. However, with Aunt Kara and Grandpa Kane cooking all the time, I don't need to fix meals very often.
Anyway, it's nice to have been given a super cool fridge for my job performance. The status of a five-star chef is determined by the fridge? Oh, well.
Kalini still spends hours every day writing. She is working on a masterpiece right now. Even when a ghost is haunting her desk, she keeps right on typing.
Kody is still working his way to the top of his political career. Even though he is the mayor, he wants to do more. He even does research late into the night.
Kolton, who followed in Uncle Kyle's footsteps, actually had Uncle Kyle for a boss. That might seem a bit awkward for some. They got along well though.
Now, however, Uncle Kyle has retired. He found a significant other with whom to share his life. We never met her before she passed on, but Uncle Kyle seems content with his life.
The ghosts in the family cemetery seem to have been plotting lately. Grandma Keiki was a triplet, so I am not sure which of the triplets these are. Anyway, they have learned that ghosts can float...
above and through walls. The cemetery gates no longer keep any ghosts trapped in a nether world. Now, more ghosts are wondering around freely.
Poor Great-great-grandpa Billy couldn't decide what to do first. Should he eat? Should he bathe? Should he take a nap?
I predict that life will be more challenging now.
10th Jan 2010, 6:36 PM
We have quite a few family ghosts wondering around the house now.
They sleep in our beds.
They eat our food.
Sometimes, they are just in the way.
Then, they surprise you and you catch a rare moment.
Or, they make a great catch.
Of course, no catch was better than mine. I fell in love with Kurt. He plans to be an emperor.
I married him just days before Papa passed away.
While Kurt dreamed of all the money he'd eventually have, I gave birth to Keisha.
My twin Kalini, who makes over 20k a week in book royalities and has already surpassed 200k lifetime reward points, decided to move out and look for her own happiness.
She didn't move far away, but she now has her own place and hopes to have a family of her own some day.
Little Keisha is growing up quickly.
We've added another girl, Kayla, to our family. She has an evil streak just like her father. I wonder what she'll be like when she gets older.
Aunt Kenzie got married and had a son. Kolton went over to visit them the other day. We don't know our cousin very well though as he is so much younger than us.
There isn't much else going on right now. It's just the same old stuff. When we aren't working, we are honing our skills and networking.
14th Jan 2010, 5:05 PM
My oldest brother Kody moved out. He bought an old fire station. It's across town and we don't see him much anymore.
Aunt Kenzie's son has grown. He has turned into a nice looking young Sim. We just don't get together often enough. (He is a loner and a bit mean-spirited at times. Of course, his mom recently passed away, so that is to be expected, right?)
Life at our house continues pretty much the same. Kolby achieved his lifetime want to be a super spy. I don't think he looks like a 007, but he is dashing.
Little Kory, my baby brother, is now a rock star.
My girls keep me busy.
Keisha, our oldest, is spoiled by everyone, but Kayla gets her share of attention too.
As much as we love the girls, Kurt wanted a son. Hopefully, the third time is a charm. I am not going through this again.
17th Jan 2010, 5:38 PM
What's been going on at our place lately?
Kendrick has learned to walk and talk. He is already reading on his own. Babes grow up so quickly, don't they?
Keisha too has grown. She's in school already. She loves the outdoors, so maybe she'll enjoy gardening.
Kayla too has had a birthday.
I love having two gals who play together nicely. Despite their different personalities, they get along well with each other. I do hope that tendency lasts.
The men of the house have been skilling. My husband Kurt has been improving his logic so he doesn't have to spend any more time in jail. Kolby, our super spy, has learned how to play an invisible guitar backwards. Kolton, my favorite brother the doctor, has been reading all the cooking recipes. (Kory was out performing a concert when I took this shot.)
We've added a windmill to our place. We were hoping it would help cut down on our electricity bill. It does add a bit more character to the yard, doesn't it?
Next time I'll tell you more about the kids. They grow so fast. Their birthdays are always sneaking up on me.
24th Jan 2010, 12:25 AM
Kendrick isn't that musical. He quite often used the mallet as a teething ring. Maybe it just shows that he isn't that aggressive.
He has always enjoyed social interaction more than solitude. He loves playing with others and he is fun to be around. Here's a cute shot of Kendrick with Kolby.
Now, Kendrick has grown up. He gets to go to school with the girls. He is friendly, so we should see some of his class mates tagging home with him on the bus now and then.
When I was expecting Kendrick, I didn't have a lot of patience teaching Kayla to talk. Of course, I didn't always pick the easiest words to teach her. I blame it on the hormones.
Fortunately, Kurt had more patience than I. Even though Kayla might long to look at books with her sister, Kurt kept her interested enough. He choose much better topics to discuss than I had.
Now she carries on conversations with the paper boy. He seems a bit timid though, doesn't he? Kayla certainly isn't sure that a relationship with him should be pursued.
Keisha always seemed to entertain herself rather well. She enjoyed reading books, as well as looking at the pictures. She wasn't distracted by music or the television either.
Keisha is still a bit more studious than her younger siblings. She likes to go to the library and read books. She has a logical mind.
However, she also loves the outdoors. She enjoys playing in the playground next to school as well as at home. She also loves fishing.
I'm hoping she'll enjoy gardening. We have quite a few money trees that keep us busy. We could use a few more vegetables though.
31st Jan 2010, 7:23 PM
We've all gotten older. I saw my twin sister Kalini at the stadium. She doesn't look too bad for her age.
Kurt and I still enjoy life, even if we aren't as energetic as we used to be. He made it to the top of his profession. He is now the emperor he always wanted to be.
I have ten plaques on the wall next to my picture. I guess it's nice to have something to show for all one's effort. I'm not sure that striving to max everything is the best way to spend life though.
Now that I've got my fishing plaque, I went fishing at midnight for the elusive death fish. It wasn't so hard to find. It sure is strange looking though.
Kolton is working on maxing his guitar skills right now. He only needs his music and fishing plaques to catch up with me. I expect that it won't take him long.
He aged well, didn't he? He is a good looking surgeon. More importantly, he is just a good Sim.
Kolby too aged well. Doesn't he still look dashing? Maybe it's knowing that he is a super spy that makes him so exciting to the rest of us.
It is strange to see him sift through the trash. However, he can find out so much information that way. I am just glad that I don't have to do that.
Kory too is no longer the young Sim he used to be. It's hard to think of him as anything but my baby brother. His fans sure loved him.
Now, however, he is a senior Sim. He played some awesome concerts in his day, but no more. He has retired from the music scene and draws a retirement check.
My oldest daughter Keisha has decided to be a culinary librarian. While she may spend a lot of time reading, she still enjoys the outdoors. She likes to paint on an easel outside.
Kayla has grown into such a beautiful gal. Sometimes the genetics just work out well. She seems to get along with everyone too.
She likes to work out a lot. She, like her father, is athletic. We hope she'll be an athletic super star some day, but we'll accept whatever she decides.
Kendrick has always been fairly happy with life. He is always making new friends at school. He likes socializing.
He too is now a teenager. It makes one feel old to know that the baby is almost fully grown. It's too bad that we can't turn back the clock now and then, but I guess that's why we take pictures or make videos.
6th Feb 2010, 6:15 PM
Getting older causes one to reflect more. We read the paper and wonder about the world around us. What's really important in life?
The guys spend most of their time fishing. It might be a male-bonding thing. It's not a bad hobby to have.
In fact, Kolton has now maxed all his skills as well. Fishing was the last plaque he needed for the wall of fame. Isn't that a bit impressive?
While Kory and Kurt retired, Kolton, Kolby, and I still work. There needs to be something that makes one still feel productive. I don't know, I just can't see giving up that particular niche in life. I actually look forward to going to work and seeing my co-workers.
Except today, for some reason I was just restless. I didn't work very long before I just had to get out of there. I thought a little fresh air would help.
I guess not. It was just time to move on. It was inevitable.
Kendrick got a call at home. He was a little freaked out. My baby has to face a harsh reality in his already difficult teen years.
Keisha was busy frying up something at the time. Isn't that the way it happens? Something earth-shattering happens while something mundane takes place.
I wonder what will become of my family now. What will Kayla choose out of life and will my other brothers max their skills as well? Oh well, I'm off to join the Kleptos who went before me - Kyanna and her husband Billy;
their son Kane, his wife Kylie, and their daughter Kara;
the triplets (Keiki, Keilani, and Keiana) and Keiki's spouse Rafael;
as well as Keiki and Rafael's children (Kimi, Kevin, Kyle, and Kenzie) and Kevin's wife Adrianne.
11th Feb 2010, 5:11 PM
Kurt was an emperor, a great leader. He was very good at turning ideas into reality. He was inspired one night to have a coming-of-age party for his son Kendrick. (Kendrick is a Scottish name meaning royal chieftain as Kendrick was destined to sire the seventh generation of Kleptos in Riverview.)
Kolton, being a good uncle, called up all the available young ladies.
Kendrick's sisters, Keisha and Kayla, planned the menu. (Keisha is a culinary librarian and knows all the great recipes. So, Kayla generally asks Keisha the best way to prepare something.)
Keisha then went shopping for everything.
Kendrick, being a very friendly guy, wanted to invite some gals he knew, even if they were a bit older. However, sometimes those Sims are older than they appear. A day away from being an elder still looks quite young, but Kendrick needs someone young enough to have babies.
Preparations for the party go well. Kayla makes one last check. Everything is ready.
The guests begin to arrive. Sherri was eager and ran ahead of everyone else. Michaela, being young and athletic, wasn't too far behind with a plate of food for the party. Lagging a bit behind were Spring, young Tracie, and Debbie (who contemplated going off on her own to eat the plate of goodies she'd brought).
After meeting and getting to know all the prospective future spouses, Kendrick made his decision. Tracie was too young, Debbie liked food a bit too much, and Spring was acting very strangely and was hard to get to know. Kendrick really liked Kirsten, even if she was older, but she already had a partner.
So, he had to decide between the eager Sherri or still teen-aged Michaela. Something about Sherri's almost desperate eagerness didn't appeal to Kendrick. When he found out that Michaela was a kleptomaniac, it seemed that she was pre-destined to bring in the next generation of Kleptos.
So, with that momentous decision made, Kendrick was ready to make his wish and blow out the candles. The guests assembled in front of the house in the time-honored tradition of placing flaming birthday cakes where they might do the least damage. A few of the family ancestors helped to celebrate the occasion.
The party was a success. Kendrick actually sparkled with happiness. His guests all had a great time.
When Kendrick later invited over Michaela, she had grown into a lovely young adult. He was quite taken with how she turned out and she appeared quite smitten with him. The future of the Kleptos clan was in good hands.
Kendrick got down on one knee and took out a box with a shiny gemstone. Michaela anxiously anticipated the next moment. Ken exuded confidence.
After a private ceremony, the young couple celebrated. Once again, time-honored traditions followed. Michaela was a very happy Sim and Kendrick was quite contented as well.
Unfortunately, the Kleptos household was too full to think of expansion yet. However, Kurt proved that he wasn't so evil. He made the ultimate sacrifice, giving up his life, and thus providing room for another, yet-unborn Kleptos to have life.
The Kleptos family gathered around as Kurt transitioned to the after-life.
His dearly departed wife, Kami, was heart-broken at his passing. 'Tis the way of life that one mourns the loss of what might yet have been done. Kami will, however, welcome the new addition to the family most joyously.
17th Feb 2010, 4:53 AM
Shortly after the death of Kane Kleptos, Emperor of Evil, was a double whammy in which both Kory, a rock star, and Kolby, an international super spy, were taken at the same time. Kory went just moments before his brother Kolby.
Kolby looked upon the transition as a somewhat permanent vacation. He was tired of this life and ready for the next.
It was only a day or two later that the world-renowned surgeon, Kolton, died. He was of perfect mind and perfect body right up to the end of his life. He was the last of the fifth generation of Riverview Kleptos to die.
All three brothers, who had maxed all ten skills in their lives, were buried in the family cemetery next to their portraits and plaques.
Their ghosts haven't started haunting the family home yet. Only the first four generations of Kleptos have literally made themselves to home among the living.
This story, however, is about the seventh generation, and it begins with the birth of Kani.
Kani's mother, Michaela, is very athletic and wanted to be a superstar athlete like her sister-in-law, Kayla. She believes that everyone, dead or alive, should be fit.
Michaela joined the athletic career and became one of Kayla's teammates. However, as a vegetarian who loves the outdoors, her current goal in life is to produce a perfect garden.
Kani's father, Kendrick, is super popular. He is the current mayor of Riverview.
His oldest sister, Keisha, is a scientist who upgrades all new appliances, electronics, and plumbing to be unbreakable.
The whole family shares the ancestral home.
In fact, the upstairs beds and baths were purchased solely for the benefit of the past generations.
Kani, who has already learned all her toddler skills, spends her time reading about things her parents think she should know.
Her younger sister, Kalia, is also trained in all her toddler skills.
Their mother recently presented them with another sister, Kamiya, and is currently pregnant yet again.
23rd Feb 2010, 3:07 PM
Kani grew up to be a bit absent-minded, so her dad helps her with homework.
Kalia too is now of school age.
She was such a cute little couch potato genius. She did read the children's books, but she didn't really want to read them much.
Little Kamiya is another couch potato, but she isn't a genius like Kalia.
The littlest Kleptos was born outside as her mother loves the outdoors. Kanani, like her mother, is a virtuoso.
She is now toddling around.
Their cousin, Nathanial, has come by to visit them; but, as he is a loner, he doesn't stop by often.
Their Aunt Kayla, who wins all her games, likes to watch the fishing channel at home. She is an avid angler when she isn't prepping for, or playing in, a game.
She is now an athletic superstar.
Their Aunt Keisha has made it to the top of the science career. She makes an interesting mad scientist.
Their mom, Michaela, spends as much time taking care of the girls and cleaning up after them as she does tending her garden. She does have a perfect garden now. She just doesn't have perfect daughters.
Sometimes everyone cuts loose and they have a party. It helps Kendrick with his fund raising and lets others improve their charisma.
27th Feb 2010, 5:20 AM
The oldest, Kani, happily left her childhood years behind.
She is now a teen and the newest kleptomaniac in the family. There is hope that her interest in gaining goods and simoleans will lead to living in the lap of luxury.
Kalia too is now a teen. She could grow into a gold digger, as the family has discovered that she has a mean streak. With her looks and genius, the possibilities are mind-boggling.
Kamiya, the excitable couch potato, has left her toddler years behind her now.
There is another insane Kleptos after two generations without one. As an insane couch potato, Kamiya too could grow into a gold digger. Finding a rich Sim, however, is a challenge in itself.
Life became much easier when only the youngest, Kanani, needed to be taught skills.
She too though is now no longer a toddler.
With more free time, Michaela has been working on her guitar skills. The family ancestors join her, playing along or just listening.
Kayla has made it to the top of the athletic career and is now a sports legend while Michaela is still in the minor leagues.
Kayla now takes over the gardening so Michaela can work her way up the career ladder.
Kendrick is super popular, so being a leader of the free world comes easily to him.
Still, life continues to offer some surprises. Keisha had an explosion at the science lab one day. Soaking in the tub afterwards still left her a little worse for wear.
9th Mar 2010, 4:22 PM
Kamiya, the insane couch potato third daughter, celebrated her birthday.
She looks a lot like her Great Aunt Kenzie, the first insane Kleptos.
Now only Kanani is still a child. She is a good sim. Her dad is quite proud of her.
The three oldest experience all the typical teenage angst. Kalia agonizes over homework. Kamiya grumbles about doing dishes, and Kani spends hours on the phone discussing the fact that there have never yet been any heartbreaker Kleptos.
The youngest is horrified and mesmerized simultaneously watching the fishing channel with a Kleptos ancestor.
She looks up to her older sisters. She tries to act as grown up as they do. She even discusses the latest news with them.
The girls' Aunt Keisha, the culinary librarian and mad scientist, spends a lot of time at the library. It is a popular family past time. There is always something more about which to learn.
However, when not busy doing something else, everyone spends a lot of time chatting up the guys. After all, the family still needs a gold digger and heart breaker. They will eventually need someone to sire the next generation as well. Also, Kalia has decided that she wants to have a golden tongue and golden fingers, so she is learning to work her charm.
18th Mar 2010, 5:58 AM
Kanani, eventually left childhood behind. She is brave and good, so she has already decided on a career in law enforcement. She wants to be a forensic specialist.
Kani, the eldest, also reached a new milestone. She graduated from high school. She was the second Kleptos to graduate and have no set plans for her life.
She chose an athletic career like her mom and Aunt Kayla as she too is athletic. Then, she spent some of her saved up rewards to purchase more options and finally chose to live in the lap of luxury. She kept her athletic job and even got her Aunt Kayla to help out with the training.
With a house full of Sims, Aunt Keisha was feeling pressured to leave. She was the only slob in the house, so she often licked the plates clean before putting them in the dishwasher. It was just one of her endearing traits.
The family would miss her occasional explosions at the science lab as well. There hadn't been any mad scientists in the family since Kane departed. What would life be like without scientific experiments?
Keisha had almost maxed her writing and charisma skills, so she stuck around long enough to max those. She had already accumulated over 200,000 reward points, but it would be nice to add a few more plaques next to her portrait.
Kayla got to stick around just a little bit longer as well. After all, she hadn't lost a game yet, and it would be terrible to have her quit the team after moving out on her own. Also, gaining a bit more cooking skills would benefit everyone in the long run.
However, after winning the big game, Kayla too said good-bye to everyone and moved out into her own digs.
The house was emptier than it had been in a long time. Even most of the family ghosts were hanging out downtown more these days. Maybe they like to haunt the old art gallery so much because it was such a source of initial furnishings. Maybe they just like art.
With more room in the house, Kani got a great idea.
It was time to pop the question. She had already developed a good relationship with a frugal guy she hoped would want to swim in cash.
They exchanged vows right away.
With her sisters in school, her dad at work, and her mom at the library, no one else seemed to be around at the time. So the couple took full advantage of that fact.
Kani was really ecstatic to discover that Rusty's lifetime wish was to be swimming in cash. There would be no need to spend any more reward points on that. As the Kleptos had saved up over a thousand money tree harvests and several old paintings, they would both easily fulfill their lifetime wants.
Rusty has chosen a career in science, so he'll follow in Keisha's footsteps. He'll get to know Keisha fairly well as she is his new boss. First things first though, he needs to get some gardening skills; so he heads off to the library as Kani goes to work.
When the teens arrive home after school, they network and work on skills. It's always a tossup as to what to do first: eat, shower, or do something fun. Something fun is usually the first choice.
Now only Kamiya has yet to decide what she wants out of life. Will she be a jack of all trades, a heart breaker, or a gold digger? Until she decides, she'll keep getting to know as many Sims as possible.
25th Mar 2010, 8:32 PM
I uploaded the spreadsheet that I use here, for anyone else who might like to use it. It is a simple one-page tracker that requires just an "x" in most blocks or a number. The excel program does all the math (totalling several columns) for you.
Here's a picture of the simple one for Pinstar's legacy challenge (which I am currently doing):
Here's where you can download it:
Here's a black and white print version:
Here's a pic of the more complicated Aaroc legacy challenge scorecard. It is now updated with all new stuff for the Ambitions EP, though Aaroc hasn't adjusted any rules yet.
The file for Aaroc's version is here:
The Black and White print version is here:
You can choose to type in the name or initials of the Sim who accomplished a certain LTW or simple place an "x" in the box. The program will track how many LTWs were achieved whichever way you chose.
I saved the excel spreadsheet as a 97-2003 version so those with other versions can use it as well. (Newer versions of excel can read the older versions.) Also, Open Office freeware can read this as well. :)
Note: I have removed the older files' links, though they should still be visible on mediafire if you prefer just the basic game version or the WA one, but this post was getting unwieldly with all of them.
28th Mar 2010, 2:25 AM
So much can happen in a short amount of time. Then again, not much really changes.
Most of the ghosts are found hanging out at the art gallery.
They do get around a bit.
However, there are still a couple that prefer to stick close to home.
Sometimes that is not a good thing as the newlyweds would prefer more privacy.
Rusty, who switched from science to medicine, followed Kani to the library one day to provide background music while she read.
All of the teens have now graduated. Kalia still dates one of her old beaus. She joined the science career. After all, despite her mean streak, she is a genius.
Kamiya decided on a gold digging life path. She targeted Nathanial Rangel as his mom was a Kleptos who moved out with about 150,000 simoleans. Since he was already in a relationship, Kamiya first asked him to move in.
Then, he called over his fiancée, Kirsten, and broke up with her.
Once he was free, Kamiya immediately snapped him up.
She does feel that he could use some extra caffeine for quick energy though.
She joined the medical field while Nathanial got a job in politics.
No one even worries if he works on electrical items.
One does wonder how long the marriage will last.
Kanani, the youngest, had already decided on a career in law enforcement. As Billy found out several generations ago, painting is an important skill when recreating crime scenes.
One would have thought that all the kleptos around kept the burglars away: 'honor among thieves' and all that. However, one brave guy decided to fence their joint very early one morning. He didn't get anything, but he did get away.
Despite the everyday drama, both Kendrick and Michaela made it to the top of their prospective careers.
The stress of life and surviving the years with four teen-aged daughters is now showing a bit on them though. Oh well, at least they can enjoy their well-deserved retirements.
4th Apr 2010, 8:48 PM
Kamiya worried about Nathanial. She was anxious that he might suffocate. She also seemed expectant of fulfilling her gold-digging lifetime desire.
He seemed healthy and looked quite good for his age at their last party.
However, at the age of 89, Nathanial went outside to fish and suffered from heart failure.
Kamiya was there with him when he went, fulfilling her lifetime wish without any negative actions on her part.
It was even nice to have someone else cleaning up.
Other relatives were also getting older. Keisha seemed to be a lot thinner these days.
However, Kayla, the superstar athlete, still seemed to be in great health.
Kani wasn't feeling too well though.
She wanted to ask her great great great ... grandmother if she might be pregnant.
However, she eventually confirmed that fact on her own.
While food was not tasting so great for Kani these days, others still enjoyed a good spread.
18th Apr 2010, 12:23 AM
Life continued rather smoothly for the Kleptos until the latest excitement over the imminent birth of the eighth generation. Kani wasn't sure if she was really ready for this event, so Kanani got out her cell phone to place a call for any emergency advice. Fortunately, everything worked out okay.
The newest member carries the insanity gene and may, hopefully, fulfill the role of jack of all trades someday. While the delivery wore Kani out, little Kimberly arrived with lots of energy to spare. She just might have her daddy's green eyes along with his darker complexion.
Fortunately, she'll have some playmates her age. Allyson Alfaro, in the ladybug tee, currently thinks more of herself than others. Little Wilson Stover is the same way. They just don't know how to interact with others much yet.
Of course, if their parents are like Kimberly's, there isn't much role modeling. Kani spent her recovery time creating a cool new painting. This one will definitely go on the wall of fame. (It will replace an older, rather abstract version.)
Kani's mother also painted a never-seen-before rendition of a surfer. As there is no ocean in Riverview, Michaela must have been inspired from a visit to Sunset Valley or maybe a travel magazine. Either way, this painting too is destined for the wall of fame.
In addition to painting, many in the household have been writing books and practicing guitar. Kalia is close to achieving her lifetime want of earning the golden tongue and golden fingers title. If her medical career didn't pull her to the hospital at all hours, she might already have achieved her personal goal.
Rusty, Kalia, and Kamiya all ended up in the medical profession. (Two of them transferred over mid-way through other careers.) Though the money is good, they sometimes lament the work load. While Rusty suffers from technophobia, the gals enjoy watching a little television when they get home.
4th May 2010, 6:31 PM
The days of Kimberly's infancy were idyllic. It was hard to remember that she hated the outdoors and was a bit insane. She seemed just like all other babies.
Kani was hesitant to take Kimberly outside for the traditional blowing out of the candles. Even the paper gal expected a bit of violence. However, Kimberly took it all in stride.
She did look like she might want a bit of revenge for that outdoor party though.
However, with a mom as absent-minded as Kani, it was difficult to hold a grudge against her for forgetting that a baby hated the outdoors when she rarely went outside.
Kimberly was just glad that her mom remembered to feed her.
It was her dad who sat down to explain all about the family ghosts.
After all, there were a lot of the family ghosts hanging around.
It was her dad who taught her to walk as well.
Yes, Kimberly and her father shared a special bond.
Kendrick and Michaela also shared a special bond. They spent a lot of time together even while pursuing different interests.
Kimberly's aunts spent a lot of time together too, especially Kamiya and Kalia who worked together. They didn't always get along so well though. Their high-stress jobs could cause a lot of tension to build-up.
The two would avoid carpooling. So, when the tensions rose too high, one would just get away from the other as quickly as possible. Driving such luxurious fast cars was a convenient pleasure.
By contrast, Kanani seemed to get along well with everyone. Her law enforcement career taught her to keep her cool and treat others considerately. This same technique worked well with her family members.
Kendrick too always seemed to be in a good mood. Music was his last skill to max. He often played for fun and to entertain the rest of his family.
His wife Michaela enjoyed a lot of pursuits. She too maxed all of her skills and accumulated over 300,000 aspiration points. Her latest claim to fame was her fishing skills as she did finally catch enough robot fish for the family ponds.
Kani stayed busy harvesting all the money trees while the others worked. After all, her sports career only took a few hours in the afternoon. Now that she and Rusty had achieved their lifetime wants to live in the lap of luxury and swim in cash, the money trees weren't needed; they just never seemed to die.
The whole family stayed busy. They all pursued various interests. They seemed contented.
Of course, time never stands still. Kimberly grew rapidly and Kendrick seemed to age just as quickly.
One day, Kimberly jumped for joy.
She had grown up so quickly, she wasn't sure what to do with herself.
13th May 2010, 4:15 PM
Rusty did well in the medical profession. He quickly rose to the top of his career and earned big simoleans. However, he needed to retire in order for Kamiya to continue her climb.
After retiring, Rusty starting working out. Kendrick, who had nothing better to do himself, helped train Rusty.
Kanani needed to maximize her painting skills for work. She created some truly brilliant works of art.
She too made it to the top of her profession, achieving her lifetime desire to be a forensic specialist and DNA profiler. She still had to question Sims and write reports. However, she could write her reports at home in leisure while watching over her niece.
She was always such a good Sim.
Kani followed the same path as her aunt Kayla and became a superstar athlete and a sports legend, though her lifetime want was simply to live in the lap of luxury.
Her aunts, Kayla and Keisha, passed away. Keisha even startled a Riverview resident by dying at the library.
She left her home vacant (as did Kayla). Neither had found another Sim to share their last days.
Kendrick and Michaela managed to hang on a bit longer. They seemed as much in love as ever and quite spry for 99 Sim years of age.
Of course, they would suffer from some mental lapses now and then.
Kimberly too could be said to suffer some mental lapses. She did more than just talk to herself. She had arguments with herself.
Oh well, with a role model like her grandpa Kendrick, one wonders how she'll turn out.
She seems fairly well adjusted most of the time.
If only the same could be said for her grandpa!
With nothing much to do, Kendrick spent most of his time tutoring Rusty.
He and Michaela tutored the others as well.
Not surprisingly though, the cup of life ultimately ran out for one of them. Michaela was the first to go.
With more room in the house, Kani found herself expecting again. She was quick to spread the news of her impending confinement.
21st May 2010, 7:53 PM
Kimberly had a normal childhood and eventually celebrated another momentous birthday.
She turned into an excitable young teenager.
Then she got a job at the local spa.
There was yet another burglary attempt at their home one night.
However, this time, the officer who responded successfully captured the would-be thief.
The policeman took his job of selfless service to the extreme and went so far as to clean up the dirty dishes before he left.
Though Kanani is brave and a police officer herself, she prefers a non-violent way of life and can be found practicing her love of music at various spots around town.
All the excitement lead to Kani starting labor.
Before long, the next heir was born.
Though Rusty's hair was now snowy and he had retired from his medical career, he was still in great condition. He looked forward to watching his son grow up.
The same couldn't be said of Kendrick though. It was nice to live long enough to see such a fine grandson, but Kendrick had already lived a long and fulfilling life. He was now ready for the next phase of the cycle of life.
Rusty consoled Kani on the loss of her father in a way that affirmed that life is but a circle. Kani found herself pregnant once again even though Kaleb was still a babe. She consoled herself with some pampering and shopping downtown.
Before long she was experiencing the pains of labor yet again.
She welcomed another son.
It was, of course, now time for Kaleb to transition to a toddler.
Kaleb had inherited his dad's reddish hair color. Though now that his dad was an elder, it was hard to tell that.
Kimberly discussed the joys and tribulations of having two younger brothers with her aunts while watching television.
She did have to help out with some less-than-pleasant tasks.
For the most part though, Kaleb was a joy. He loved looking at books.
He laughed so sweetly when he was picked up and played with.
It's just that having two little guys to take care of aged their mom so quickly.
By the time Kaden was ready for toddlerhood, Kani was already an elder.
Kaden, like his older sister, inherited his mom's hair color. Unlike his sister, he inherited his mom's eye color as well.
Now there were two toddlers to take care of.
Fortunately, the toddlers played well together.
Unfortunately, Rusty's time among the living was up too soon.
Kani was sad to lose her husband.
She did, however, still find joy teaching her sons about the world.
She also enjoyed helping them take their first steps.
Her daughter, Kimberly, was a great help as well.
She always found time to cuddle Kaden.
She also loved to tickle Kaleb.
Their aunts who disliked children, Kalia and Kamiya, just spent more time fishing when they weren't working at the hospital.
27th May 2010, 3:41 PM
The legacy house hasn't changed much over time, but those within certainly have.
Kaleb, the only red-haired child the Kleptos have ever known, is overjoyed to take his next step towards growing up.
He still enjoys his past pursuits.
Now, however, he has a few new ones. Kaleb isn't sure how much help his mom is with his homework. Kani seems to have become even more absented-minded with time.
She is still a good mom though, even though she passed on that absent-minded trait to young Kaden.
While his sister creatively worked on writing a story about two little brothers and his older virtuoso of a brother painted a picture, Kaden too left toddlerhood behind.
He grew up to look alot like his brother, but much darker with his mother's hair coloring instead of his father's.
The boys still play together well and have become the best of friends.
Not long after Kaden aged up, Kimberly experienced another growth spurt.
She didn't change much outwardly, but she was now much more athletically inclined.
She wondered why they rarely celebrated birthdays with cake. Though she hates the outdoors, she thought they could have a birthday cake inside sometime. She even volunteered to light the candles.
Kamiya, who had lost her husband Nathanial quite a while back, also had a birthday. (She didn't get a cake either.)
She wasn't as excited about the changes she went through as the others apparently were.
Kalia had already turned into an elder earlier. She had adjusted to being older, and she still had lots of energy. She made some great catches as she worked towards maximizing her fishing skill.
She also made one of the new wind turbines more efficient as she maxed her handiness skills.
So, a look at the current household reveals that all of the seventh generation of Kleptos are now elders with the exception of Kanani, the DNA profiler, who has now finishing learning all the culinary recipes. Kani retired from her sports career and both Kalia and Kamiya want to retire from their medical careers eventually, but for now it'll keep boredom at bay. Kimberly has chosen to be a jack of all trades and started a job in the athletic career. As for both boys, they are getting As in school, learning skills, and meeting Sims.
2nd Jun 2010, 4:03 PM
Kimberly met a Sim who peaked her interest. His name is Russ and he is a bit childish. He is a party animal though, and thus he could end up being a heartbreaker.
Kimberly decided to take things a bit further with Russ.
She even did the proposing.
Before long she was planning a honeymoon vacation by the ocean.
Life soon settled into a normal routine once again. Kalia helped get Russ into great shape for the athletic career he wanted.
Then Kaleb faced a turning point in his life.
He was now a teen, but all the unique lifetime wants had been fulfilled already or chosen by his sister and her husband. As a loner, he decided to concentrate on writing. He hopes to earn 40k in book royalties during his life span.
Kaden too eventually left his childhood behind.
As a snobbish, kleptomaniac slob, Kaden has chosen to be another renaissance Sim. After all, maxing three skills is incredibly easy. Painting could be a good place to start.
Kanani, the youngest of their aunts, was now an elder too. Because she had spent so many hours writing reports for her job, many of her skills have not yet been mastered. She should have plenty of time to do that though when she retires.
Kani thought she had mastered all her skills and just spent her time doing whatever she liked. As a vegetarian, she loved chopping vegetables and making salads.
However, when she realized that she was missing a plaque for her wall, she set in fishing with a vengeance.
Her sisters joined her. Though Kalia and Kamiya had already maxed their fishing skills, they hadn't yet caught all the different types of fish and still wanted to catch the elusive deathfish.
10th Jun 2010, 12:50 AM
With Russ joining the Kleptos, the family again had eight Sims. There was no room for expansion, so someone had to move out. Since Kalia had maxed all her skills and topped 200k aspiration points, she chose to be the one to leave.
She didn't go far. She bought a place just across the street. She retired in style.
Life was fairly calm and uneventful for a short duration at the Kleptos place.
However, Kimberly just couldn't cope well with her marriage to Russ.
Russ, for his part, spent a bit too much time thinking about and flirting with others. It didn't matter if they were young or old. He was destined to be a heartbreaker.
It was, however, Kimberly who decided to break up with Russ.
Being pregnant, she experienced overwhelming hormonal changes. She was also a bit insane, and she just couldn't handle the pressure of a long-term relationship. His desire to befriend most of Riverview's female population might not have endeared Russ to her either.
After their official break-up, they still wanted to be friends. After all, they had made a life together. They were both hoping for a daughter.
Russ did take parenting seriously and he even read books about it.
Kimberly might not have read any books. She did however take good care of herself and her unborn child. She pampered herself and even spent some relaxing time at the spa.
The family held a baby shower and Kyanna Kleptos, the founder of the Riverview Kleptos, came.
She grabbed a plate of perfect food and ate on the back patio.
Then, she just stuck around. She became an active part of the family. She did everyday things, such as supervising Kaden with his homework and keeping Kani company as she cooked.
She soon slipped back into her old routine of playing guitar for hours on end. She enjoyed playing for Kimberly and the newest Kleptos baby. Yes, little Katlyn was the daughter for whom both Russ and Kimberly had longed.
While Kani was happy to be a grandmother. She still wanted to finish maxing all ten skills. Kamiya tutored Kani in fishing so Kani would have all ten plaques before she passed on.
Meanwhile, Russ set about breaking Kanani's heart.
Then, he put the moves on his own mother-in-law before breaking things off with her as well.
After all, even though he was no longer married to Kimberly, they were still very close to each other and continued to share the same bed.
That did not stop him from calling up other ladies though.
He flirted with Kamiya and broke her heart too.
At his daughter's birthday party, he charmed a few more Sims.
As Kanani helped teach his daughter how to talk, he was chatting up yet another future love.
His actions didn't seem to bother Kimberly at all. She seemed to embrace life happily, and she certainly loved their little girl.
Unfortunately, others did not fare so well. They were devastated when Russ decided to drop them.
No one seemed to be off limits. Russ even went after Kalia after she had moved out.
He romanced Sims everywhere.
Then, something inside him compelled him to end the relationships before long.
His daughter was learning to count and she could count the number of broken hearts he left behind.
There was just something so magical about being in love though. Russ loved the fall.
He did, however, feel a bit guilty and ashamed of the example he was setting for Katlyn.
Unfortunately, he couldn't resist the pull of becoming the focus of someone's attention.
Oh, how he loved being loved!
He was intrigued by all the unique aspects of the different characters he met.
After falling in and out of love enough times, Russ finally realized that his first love was his only true love. Partly because she was the only one to ever break up with him, Russ respected and admired Kimberly more than any other Sim. He had compared all the others to her and they all failed to stir him the way Kimberly did.
It was okay that Kimberly didn't want to be married, as long as he got to be a part of her life and share her thoughts as well as her bed.
18th Jun 2010, 8:11 PM
Time goes by and little Katlyn grows. Kanani, her only great aunt that doesn't dislike children, enjoys reading books to her.
Kanani, who retired shortly after her last birthday, will also spend time tutoring the paper deliverer...
... and upgrading the new solar panels. She retired early enough that she had plenty of time to already collect all ten skills plaques.
So, when Kanani has nothing else to do, she collects rocks or bugs.
Katlyn's grandma Kani has now finished her collection of skill plaques. Since Kamiya helped Kani achieve her last skill point, Kani returned the favored. She trained Kamiya so that Kamiya could earn her last skill plaque in athletics. (Notice that as Kamiya is insane, she chose to work out in high heels.)
Kani also trains Russ. There seem to be no hard feelings that Russ flirted with most of the female population in Riverview. Now that he is happy once again just being with Kimberly, he has redirected his efforts to his athletic career.
Kani and Kamiya will tutor the guys, as well. What else should one do after collecting all those skill plaques? The guys seem to enjoy listening to the life lessons shared.
Katlyn's mom has changed jobs again. After making it half way up the sports career, Kimberly is now a journalist. So, she spends a lot of time conducting interviews.
Before long, it was time for another party at the Kleptos house. Little Katlyn was growing so quickly. It was time to celebrate her birthday.
The party would also give the teens a chance to meet some more Sims. In addition to making new friends, Kaden might also be looking for a future roommate. He is already looking forward to getting a place of his own one day.
Kaleb, though, is a loner. While all the others dance or converse, he thinks only of a good book. He truly is a writer to his core.
Eventually, the birthday girl has her moment in the spot light. Her dad had to go to work, but her mom was there. However, it is her favorite great aunt Kanani who takes her to the cake as her grandma Kani celebrates loudly.
It was another epic party. Some cried tears of joy. Others just smiled.
As the party wound down, Katlyn's great aunts were glad to just sit down on the couch and get off their tired feet. Katlyn wasn't sure how she felt. She was a bit overwhelmed by it all.
She did turn out rather nicely. One can't tell by looking at her that she has always been clumsy and a slob. Now, she has decided to be a vegetarian like her uncle Kaleb.
Also, like her uncle Kaleb, Katlyn has decided to be a author. She doesn't want to be a professional author like him, but she'd like to be an illustrative author. So, she spends a lot of time on the computer while her uncle Kaden finishes a portrait of her dad who provides background music.
At this point after the party, Katlyn's grandma Kani decides it is time for her to leave.
Kamiya moves out with her.
They move to a big old place on a hill with a great view of the town.
Life at the Kleptos house continues much the same as before. Kimberly follows in her aunt Kamiya's footsteps wearing high heels in the strangest activities. Of course, playing tag in the pool might be a bit strange itself.
Oh well, at least Kimberly is good at helping with homework.
30th Jun 2010, 4:18 PM
Kaleb, a loner in a large family, chooses to invite only his best friend to his birthday party.
Marci is really happy to celebrate Kaleb's birthday. She has just turned into a young adult herself. It is such a great feeling to leave school and homework behind.
Marci is very happy with Kaleb's new look. Maybe his newly-developed evil streak appeals to her as well.
Whatever the main attraction is, the feeling appears to be mutual. Kaleb loves Marci. He knows what he wants in life and wastes no time moving forward.
Russ had a unique comment on that. He thought it was a crazy decision. He might be a bit cynical though based on how his own marriage turned out.
Yeah, Russ felt he had gotten the equivalent of a "Dear John" letter from his wife. He had reacted poorly when she broke up with him and he tried to find love in the arms of others. Yet, there was just something so unique about her that drew him back to her.
Maybe that was the way Kaleb felt about Marci. Marci might be a bit hot-headed with no sense of humor, but she loved the outdoors and had quite a green thumb. She was also athletic and wanted to be an astronaut, so she joined the military.
During this time, Kanani finished upgrading all the replicators.
Then, she had a harrowing experience in the catacombs.
After which, she decided it was time for her to move to her own place as well. She moved right next door.
Additionally, Kaden finally graduated from high school.
He continued to try and paint a good portrait of Kimberly whose dark skin tone made it more difficult to capture her true beauty.
It wasn't long though before Marci was in the family way.
Kaleb pampered her. He gave her massages. And, most importantly, he looked at her with love in his eyes.
This was the woman who would carry the next Kleptos heiress.
Marci took her impending motherhood in stride. She spent a lot of time outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine, which she loved. She also spent a lot of time with Kaleb, whom she adored.
She had worked hard to get and stay in shape. However, labor is intense no matter how physically fit one is. Kyanna commiserated with her, but offered no real help.
Marci was happy when the final moment eventually arrived.
Kaleb and Marci were both ecstatic to have the baby. Kaleb had wanted a girl, but it hadn't mattered to Marci either way. Little Karrena was now the heiress who would in turn give birth to the last of a legacy.
30th Jun 2010, 7:08 PM
Another book ends and the final one begins. As the ninth generation heiress prepares to take up pen and start her diary, here is a look at her family synopsis. Karrena's Aunt Kimberly will complete the last unique lifetime want of jack of all trades. (Though she has now completed three of the four careers, the lastest patch has deleted her career history and she may have to complete three more.)
This legacy has been run according to Pinstar's challenge rules with just the base game to this point. I plan to follow Aaroc's rules with the Ambitions EP after finishing this legacy. Excel spreadsheets for both sets of rules and all EPs are linked earlier: http://www.modthesims.info/article.php?p=3108923
27th Jul 2010, 4:57 AM
When I was little, I liked playing with blocks http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-127-2.jpg
and making music too. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-156-1.jpg
I really love my cousin Katlyn. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-138.jpg
She would toss me in the air. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-152-1.jpg
I love my mommy too. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-144.jpg
She taught me all about how computers are evil and suck your soul out of you and keep you from really living life. I hate computers and t.v.s too. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-162-1.jpg
Momma also told me some Sims eat meat and others don't, but she didn't really explain how come. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-164-1.jpg
She did explain about how come Aunt Kimberly and Uncle Ross aren't married any more. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-178.jpg
This is a picture of my Uncle Kaden, Daddy's brother, and my Aunt Kimberly, who is Daddy's older sister.
And this is a picture of my Uncle Ross, who used to be married to my Aunt Kimberly. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-218-1.jpg
This is my daddy. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-2-3.jpg
And this is my mommy with my baby sister, Klarissa. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-172.jpg
She always looked so cute sleeping. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-803.jpg
And even awake. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-822.jpg
I love my little sister. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-828.jpg
I like to exercise. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-798.jpg
And I love to slide down our fire pole. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-802.jpg
I don't like the little golden fox watching me when I change clothes though. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-797.jpg
This is a good picture or me, don't you think? http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-805.jpg
I still play with blocks http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-810.jpg
and I like to play chess too. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-813.jpg
That's enough for today, diary. I'm going to bed now. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f65/ciane/Kleptos/Screenshot-815.jpg
13th Aug 2010, 6:05 PM
My cousin Katlyn graduated from high school and had a great celebration. All the family was really excited. Would she pursue the athletic career her dad wanted for her or the science one her mom preferred? (As she just wants to paint and write, you'd think that she would just stay home and write. But no, she took after her father and joined the sports career. Of course, that was the first full-time job that her mom chose too.)
Her dad (my Uncle Russ) is a superstar who likes to wear shades all the time.
Anyway, I too graduated (though it was only from grade school), and now I attend the high school where Katlyn went. I had a great party to celebrate.
I did cut my hair since then, but I decided against wearing shades myself.
Some more shocking news we experienced was the fact that Mom was pregnant again. The look on my Aunt Kimberly's face was priceless!
The rest of us took the news in stride.
We now have a little brother named Kurtis. Dad says he'd like to have another little girl, so who knows, maybe Mom and Dad will surprise us yet again.
Uncle Russ moved out saying something like "Eight is enough."
He now lives here and is trying to convince Aunt Kimberly that she should move in with him. Once upon a time, many generations ago, some old spinsters lived there. It looks like the kind of house a sports legend should have, doesn't it?
After he moved out, my Cousin Kimberly changed to the science career. Now she spends a lot of time gardening.
One morning, we were sitting around eating pancakes and waffles and my little sister complained about a dirty plate someone left lying on the table.
My Uncle Kaden came in and took care of it though. He likes to pre-wash the dishes. He is such a slob, yet his neurotic trait ensures that he cleans up all the plates later.
Of course, my younger sister isn't really my little sister any more. She is now in high school too.
I wish everyone took better care of themselves.
I'm athletic and I like to stay in shape.
I've decided that I want to be a leader of the free world, but my experiments with reading others' thoughts isn't working very well.
I help take care of my little brother sometimes.
My dad is super bad, so you'd think he wouldn't help out much.
However, sometimes, he plays guitar to entertain Kurtis while the rest of us are sleeping.
My great, great, great, ... grandmother Kyanna plays guitar too. She swiped one of the guitars we had and keeps it in her own personal inventory. She's probably the one who bought it several generations ago though, so it's okay.
It is nice having ghosts around. They can help with homework.
They do most the cooking too.
In addition to ghosts, we have some magical gnomes. People say that they never see them move, but I caught a shot on my camera once.
Sometimes they move to really inconvenient spots like right in the way of getting somewhere, but they sure are cute and have the greatest poses.
They can be quite entertaining.
I swear they talk to the money trees.
13th Sep 2010, 7:02 PM
My cousin Katlyn got a motorcycle. She's eco-friendly and doesn't like using a lot of gas.
Katlyn looks a lot like her mom.
Or, she did, before her mom got older and her hair turned grey. That really freaked Aunt Kim out.
My sister Klarissa isn't very good at school work.
But it's sometimes hard to concentrate when things like the fire pole just start spinning around.
I mean, it's easy enough to sleep with ghosts...
And get used to having your dad glow red...
And even having strangers get all excited when they see you because your dad or uncle is a sports legend.
The reality is always different than it seems though. For example, Uncle Russ is still heart-broken that Aunt Kim dumped him. My mom listens to him lament his misfortunes and then just shrugs it all off.
Oh well, enough about that family history. I've found a new passion.
Klarissa has too.
I think I'm better at it than she is.
I did discover, however, that you shouldn't slide down the fire pole when you're really tired out from all that sculpting.
Oh, my baby brother's celebrated another birthday.
He's now a toddler with what dad calls "toxic" waste.
He's kind of cute though.
And, Dad really does love him.
Uncle Kaden loves him too. He is hoping that Kurtis will be a vegetarian too.
I've been reading up on charismatic skills since I plan to go into politics.
And, I've been talking to those in the community with grievances.
I spend more time at the library getting to know people...
Especially, cute, tan, blond ones.
30th Sep 2010, 6:07 PM
Those gnomes like to be right in the way, don't they?
Oh well... My little brother has grown up quickly.
He is starting to wonder more about women and dressing right.
He jokes with Dad about his old toxic waste.
My sister, Klarissa, and I still enjoy sculpting.
She made an important discovery though.
One shouldn't lick the frozen ice.
We actually spend a lot of time sculpting.
My dad spends a lot of time painting. He created a pretty freaky painting the other day.
He also painted my picture and we hung it on the wall with my charisma plaque.
Klarissa has graduated from school now.
So, Dad painted her portrait and hung it on the wall too.
My Aunt Kimberly hates the outdoors but she maxed her fishing skills watching the fishing channel (after first taking a class in it).
With us all growing up, Aunt Kimberly decided we didn't need her hanging around anymore.
And, Uncle Kaden was starting to think more about getting engaged.
So, Aunt Kim and Uncle Kaden decided to move out and left in one of our really nice cars.
They just moved down the street a bit.
I too have been thinking about marriage a lot now, though I really hate the idea of commitment to just one Sim.
However, Domingo and I did get married. He was a gold-digger, but now he is happy to just be swimming in cash.
And, Mom is pregnant again.
9th Oct 2010, 7:26 PM
Well, Mom had the baby - another girl. Her name's Kristina.
She is already toddling now.
My cousin, Katlyn, told her all about her broken family. (Since she's an only child whose parents are both dead, we are all the family she has now.)
Katlyn also explained that though Kurtis wants to be a culinary librarian, we have more food than we'll ever eat stored in our food replicators.
Kristina expressed her desire to follow an artist's path.
Speaking of which, Katlyn painted a portrait of my husband, Domingo.
Domingo wanted a job in law enforcement for some weird reason. I think it was mostly to irritate Dad. He didn't like the work too well and has now switched to the military with Mom as his boss. She has so much leave saved up though, he'll probably never see her at work.
Dad got all excited at the library the other day.
But he was rather bummed about getting older.
Mom was really digging her chess match win...
Until she also turned older.
I'll leave you with this picture of a couple gnomes hamming it up by the pool.
17th Oct 2010, 10:32 PM
This will be my final diary entry. I know everyone's just been waiting for me to give birth to the tenth generation of Kleptos; but with a house full already, it hasn't been me dragging my feet.
Anyway, my cousin Katlyn, the superstar sports legend, was ready to move out after accumulating 200,000 aspiration points and getting to the top of her profession. So, we sent off her off on a trip to a desert first. She met a Sim who kept sending her off on missions.
She is very athletic, but not so handy. She did well, but suffered a few setbacks. Luckily, she had a mood adjuster with her and kept going all the way to the end, which ended with a mission to hack into a computer.
Then, we said good-bye to Katlyn in order to say hello to Kyran.
Dad, who has been bored after maxing all the normal skills, decided he wanted to learn the martial arts.
It really wasn't very fair to offer him a brown belt sparring partner when he was only a green belt, but he has learned to meditate and zeneport now. In fact, he zeneported the entire family right out of Riverview into a whole different universe; and, I'm not sure if this diary will even be found or read again.
24th Apr 2011, 11:28 AM
oo kool stories!! :rofl:
24th Apr 2011, 11:29 AM
nice story awesome!!
10th May 2011, 5:32 PM
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