I do like decorating my sim houses. I think my husband likes that I do it on the computer instead of wanting to redecorate all the time in real life. I like building at times, too, but not nearly as much as I like decorating.
The tiny tale of Petya, the Little Green Robot is so cute!
@Kukamuukaanmuka @lordtyger9 and @Cher64 - I am glad you enjoyed the tiny tale of Petya, thanks for leaving your comments
Cher, I know how that is where the husband prefers you go on decorating rampages in sims rather than in real life. My husband has tried talking to me while I am 'in the zone' on decorating sims 2 dwellings and it's like talking to a wall. Lol.
lordtyger, If you end up doing some beach lot/boardwalk real estate I would love to see how that works out in your game
The Thackery Family
The Thackerys are a newer family in Kashmire, showing up in game within the past five years IRL, and it's still just the main family that is kicking around as they haven't had time to grow and develop a multi-generational history within the hood. The family consists of parents Siri and Jarome, their son Antoine, and two daughters named Alarie and Alanna (not twins, surprisingly!) They moved to the region for Siri's job transfer to the Scandalica City Tribune when the daughters were just toddlers. They settled in a nice home on the west side of the island near the Harts and Pipers and other suburban family dwellers.
Siri wears the pants in the family, so to speak. Her job as an investigative journalist brought her to the region so she is considered the spouse with the 'priority' job. She's constantly busy with work, somewhat of a workaholic and that's why Jarome stayed home with the kids and home schooled them until about junior high when they were released to the public school system. Siri is a fierce and beautiful woman, even as she ages, and has tenaciously risen the ranks of the print industry in Scandalica and is now currently a magazine editor. She is gunning for the top spot of media magnate. Whenever Siri has any free time she can usually be found working on writing a book, as she is a thrice published author.
Jarome is a buff dude. His girls always bragged when they were children that their dad was the 'strongest dad in the world' since he could lift each off the ground fully with the power of each bicep. His fitness routine kept him in shape for the physical exams he had to take to get into the police force in Isla Del Kashmire; he wanted to continue to make his kids safe by joining. He was a found to be a great fit as a SWAT team leader which he has been in charge with the past half-decade. Before that, he was a doting father on his kids, as well as attentive teacher, and an excellent cook from watching cooking shows on daytime TV. He has a fun sense of humor and all his kids' friends like his company and cooking. He also likes to interior decorate when he has time to go to the Home decor store and gets ideas, the most recent refurbishing being the kitchen.
Antoine was an engineering prodigy as a kid. He would often go around the house, taking things apart to see how they worked, and constantly tinkered. Jarome finally got fed up and bought him model cars and robot kits to build to keep him from tearing the house apart and this proved to be Antoine's calling in life. His enthusiasm for building machines rubbed off on his little sister Alanna even and she'd often bring him things to look at that she took apart, but from his experience that made their parents mad so he would put it back together (he knew how to fix anything at that point) and keep Alanna from getting yelled at. He is close with both his little sisters since they are all very close in age.
Antoine got engineering scholarships and attended Academie Le Tour where he was a darling in the robotics competitions, sweeping clean all awards every year he entered which caught the attention of a mech conglomerate based in Memosa Bay. Antoine fell in love with his sister's friend, Leona Hillenburg, when he was in high school. She was pretty, a talented singer, and most of all...she didn't laugh at him when he showed her his robots. She was three years younger than him and it was a dark day when her father caught them making out in her room. Antoine could have been beaten within an inch of his life if he hadn't sprinted out of there fast enough. He struggled with his feelings for Leona after that, knowing her father would never accept them.
Antoine did get to be with Leona for real for about a year when he was a senior in college but his new job after graduation took his time and attention away from her enough that she called it quits. He was devastated and threw himself into his work which the corporation was happy for because Antoine is a genius and has been working on A.I. technology enhancements the past year and demoing the prototypes all around the world at conventions. He is a minor character in my Sims 2 stories where you can read more about what is currently going on with his life in Kashmire.
Alarie is the middle child, only a year and a half older than Alanna and a year younger than Antoine. Alarie tries to get out of the middle child rut but still falls short as in she hasn't obvious passions that her siblings do. She is averse to nerdy hobbies and is more interested in fashion and parties. As a child she shared a room with her sister and developed a sort of rival mind set toward Alanna. She thinks Alanna has the world convinced she is perfect so to counter balance that Alarie has done some rebellious actions that have gotten her in hot water as a teen such as sneaking out or getting bad grades. Alarie is a fierce friend but also fiercely judgmental at times, she can be pretty sassy and argumentative too. She is much closer to Antoine than Alanna and encourages him and Leona to be together. She finds entertainment and purpose in trying to help those around her, even if her help is not needed. She has a long time on again-off-again boyfriend named Rafael who is her brother's age but in his last semester at SSU. Alarie attends Academie Le Tour, she is as smart as her siblings but doesn't apply critical thinking as often. Alarie is a main character in my sims 2 stories.
Alanna is as sweet as cherry pie. She is often described as having a warm smile, a calming presence...even as perfect, all due to her kindness, positivity, sense of humor, intelligence, and beauty. It's not hard to imagine how many males have gotten tangled up in an infatuation with her. She doesn't ask for all this attention but takes it in stride. She loves her family very much and she yearned for close friendships in her youth, dismayed to find out that others thought she was too good for them to try and be her friend. She never really put herself out there, socially, but was president of the chess club and won the science fair in high school with a weather-changing device which has caused an intellectual rivalry with Shane Calhoun since then.
Alanna's favorite color purple, like her sister, and finds enjoyment in reading, tinkering, and helping othersâ€”which is why Alarie often pokes at her, calling her a 'fairy tale princess'. Alanna currently attends SSU and lives in an all â€“girls dorm but visits home every weekend to see her parents, and if time allows, her best friend, Franz Schoulsburgâ€”who seems to be her only close friend these days since she has a rigorous study schedule. A she is a biology student wanting to go into pre-med and be a doctor to help others, of course. She is a main character in my sims 2 stories and according to a poll I made after the first one, the most favored.
The Kidlets sharing the merry-go-round
Teen Antoine fixing little robots
Teen sisters staying warm by the fire
Teen sisters having breakfast together and Alarie is pissed about something.
Alarie getting kissy-faced with Raf her senior year
Alanna having a heated debate with her intellectual nemesis, Shane Calhoun
Siri at least has time to send her daughters off to their respective colleges
Antoine and Alarie on a rare visit home from college and Siri and her son are making the same face - probably something untasteful Alarie said but feels smug for saying.
Like most other houses in my hoods, the Thackery family lives in one of Triciamanly's homes (can't seem to find the link here so maybe I got it of simsfanUK?)
It's a tall home, a three stories but only had three bedrooms and two and half baths. The kitchen is large, which makes Jarome really happy and the living room has high ceilings and lets in a lot of light. In addition there is a in-ground pool and jacuzzi in the back yard along with a patio for grilling that also has a fire pit for a very social family.
Siri and Jarome's Bedroom (3rd Floor)
I wonder if Antoine will one day understand that he actually chose work over Leona, and that he could fix that if he really wanted. Alarie is a handful, and I love her facial expressions. Alanna will do well, and it sure looks like she was winning that debate with Shane. She was already a formidable opponent even when she was young.
I hope that Antoine, Alarie, and Alanna will all do well in the future. Is Alanna going to be in love with Shane do you think? They do look very involved and sometimes it might work that way.
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@Cher64 - The Thackerys indeed are an attractive-looking fam. I kind of was inspired by Terry Crews' character from the TV show Brooklyn Nine-Nine for Jarome. Antoine chose his work over Leona but in turn Leona has her own ambitions that also get in the way of their future as a couple. Their work is important to them and both understand that, but can't help but to yearn for each other at the same time and don't know how to compromise. Alanna is a formidable opponent, she had taken 2nd place in the years leading up to her victory and finally Shane had gotten a taste of his own medicine.
If you are interested, there's more detail here and here about Leona and Antoine's relationship from the story perspective. This chapter also covers some more of Shane and Alanna's rivalry.
@lordtyger9 - I think Siri is on a trajecotry to achieve her goal as media magnate. She has a vision for the company she works for and puts in a lot of hours to impress the higher-ups. Jarome doesn't have the goal to reach Captain Hero, there's already a lot of cops that are more competitive and stepping up game to get that title now that Ash Calhoun has retired. There's a lot of work-politics involved and Jarome won't want to step on the toes of his Police Chief, Cheyanne Wellington who has been working toward being Captain Hero since she first joined the IDKPD force.
All the Thackery children are smart and have a lot going for them, even Alarie who seems to be in a sort of slump at college should be fine in the long run. Alanna may learn that not everyone and everything is as honest or kind as she would imagine. You know, you are the first person to ever pick up on Shane and Alanna's history and question if something romantic could come of it...and I will say, that you aren't barking up the wrong tree but I am not in a place to give any spoilers as Alanna's story is still being told in Nest of Vipers. Do you still read it?
@Lamare - Hi, it's a delight to see one of your comments on my hood thread, thank you for the compliment! I always try to curate some good pics on the subject of the post. You make some great cc and I have to admit that a few posts back where I mentioned Amelia Wellington had a part-time job as a dolphin tank cleaner is all thanks to that part-time job mod you made earlier this year. It's been working great so far I try to add in links if they are relevant to the post at hand, and I will always apologize if I accidentally put someone into a download binge.
DATES AND DATING SPOTS
1 - ISLA DEL KASHMIRE - STARLIGHT AMPHITHEATER
Eat, drink, and be merry! Starlight Amphitheater is a dinner theater where sims can enjoy fine dining and be entertained by any type of stage shows- whether it be musicians, magicians, or a theatrical production - the patrons are in for an unforgettable time!
Sims can be seated for eating by 1 of 2 hosts at the front of the amphitheater. There is also a beautiful garden off to the left of the entrance plaza with a fountain, a small hedge-hidden walkway, and two benches. The dining terraces are leveled so all dinner guests have a clear view of the stage. If your sims are looking to wet their whistle, there is a bar and a coffee stand along the entrance walkway near the bathrooms with some extra seating to chat and sip their beverages.
This is a popular dating destination, especially during nice weather in Spring-Fall seasons. The romantic atmosphere is even more potent at night, there is ample outdoor lighting to set the mood if not by the starlight!
I created this lot for the entertainment theme mid-2017. More details, images, and even the download file can be found here.
Jillian and Pierce have been touched upon before in the Cosgrove thread and as noted, they are pure nerds together. Even in their silver years the discipline of science still calls to them so it's hard to get some alone time when not in lab or board meetings discussing new bacterial breakthroughs or cross-pollinations. Pierce, being a scion of the affluent and influential Cosgrove Family, knows how to pamper his lady to an extent and he's been with her so long that he knows what will and won't surprise Jill. Dinner at the Starlight Amphitheater in Isla Del Kashmire is certainly not expected. Deserae Jones is performing the stage accompanied by Shaun Piper, the region's most noted classical musician and composer. Even more unexpected is that the food is prepared expertly, which one would usually assume that a new place to eat would still have it's chefs still getting bearings on how to cook the food on the menu. Jillian likes the prawns anyhow, and likes Pierce's porkshop even better when he gives her a taste. They listen to music and dine under starlight. Afterward they hold hands and stroll past the coffee and bar through the entry colannade on route to the garden. The air is still a bit chilly and the leaves haven't bloomed on the willow so it's the perfect opportunity for Pierce to tuck his arm around his wife and share in some warmth.
2 - SCANDALICA CITY - GARDEN OF EDEN
The Garden of Eden is a night club on the thoroughfare containing Scandalica City's best joints for some night life fun. Eden is a unique establishment because it is adorned with an abundance of plant life and offers dining, drinking, dancing and a hotspring where nature-loving lovers can take a dip. There's even a semi-private lounge to snuggle up to a sweetheart. The house DJ spins tunes under a garden trellis that holds the club lights in addition to string lights so it feels like one is outside in the garden. The name evokes a sense of perfection, beauty, and maybe a bite of forbidden fruit. It's open year round and there is no cover charge, all out of pocket expenses are for food and drink.
This was the first nightclub built in Scandalica City, nearly 9 years ago IRL. It recently was updated a bit, especially the dance floor area and the addition of the big, two-story windows to let natural light in.
The landscaped Bar area
The bars in the bar area. One for standing and one for sitting.
Main Entry. To the left is dining area. Straight ahead is the dance floor. Beyond that, outside in the back is the hot spring.
The semi-private lounge for kanoodling
Tabitha Hillenburg and Andre Drake are engaged and have been living in Scandalica City for awhile now. They enjoy spending time together and love going out on the town. This Valentine's they decide to go to Garden of Eden. Tabitha loves the freshness about the place and especially the flowers. Andre likes the food and drinks. They both love to dance. Andre and Tabitha first take in something to eat and are lucky to get the nice booth - great for Valentines! Next they follow up dinner with a few drinks and toast to the occasion and Tabby just loves checking out all the landscaping Eden has to offer. Tabitha starts getting a bit handsy and backs Andre up against the bar to kiss him. The bar tender tells them to take it to lounge because that's what the lounge is there for. Pretty soon, they get distracted by the awesome tunes from the DJ out on the dance floor and are lured under that garden trellis where they get down. Because it's a special night they do make a visit to the spring at the back and revel in the intimate space and the heat of the spring contrasting with the chill in the air.
3 - MEMOSA BAY - METRO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
It's fitting that a modern art museum has it's home smack dab in downtown Memosa Bay, the most cosmopolitan of all cities in Kashmire. It's a place that has long often been the destination of couples who love art or just like the idea of having an excuse of walking around with the object of their affection and hope that art is so boring they find something else to talk about, hopefully about where their relationships are going. There's a few galleries, the main one carries modern arts, some are part of the permanent collection while others rotate out depending on the exhibits. There's a metal and mask gallery to showcase 3D art. If visitors get hungry, there is a restaurant upstairs; if they get thirsty or a bit tired there's a small coffee shop in the east wing. There is a sculpture garden and bar outside in the back of the museum that also includes interactive bubble blowers that visitors can spend a fun time with.
There's a few buildings in my game that my architectural engineering friends in college had a hand in building, and this is one of them. She came over a few times to visit and built this museum for me and I think she did a great job and she especially loves to test out how lighting works as lighting is her specialty on her RL architectural engineering job.
Entry area for visitors
Main Gallery entry and view toward back
3D art gallery
Restaurant up the staires
Garrison and Gene Orbinson are the type of couple that actually appreciates the art and they've been coming to the MMOMA for years. Both men dabble in painting and find inspiration every time they visit. It's safe to say both men keep each other feeling young at heart. Maybe a little too much because the first thing Garrison does when the visit on Valentine's is pour soap into one of the fountains in the sculpture garden, only to have Gene make belly laughs as other visitors give withering looks of disapproval at the antics because they are men of a certain age. After Gene is all laughed-out they finally get a bit more serious and start appraising the new canvases while adoring old favorites. Garrison is quite a bit older than Gene, but their love didn't see an age when Gene was introduced to Garrison by one of his nieces when Gene was in college. Gene doesn't usually exhibit PDA but Garrison is so moved by some botanical art that he kisses his husband's hand quite ardently, making an old man blush with joy. After a romp through the galleries, the couple takes some coffee because it's late. Okay it's like 8:30 Pm but that's about bed time anyway. They persevere and make time to see the sculpture garden where in the cover of night, Gene steals a peck on Garrison to get him back for earlier. Because it's a special night they agree it wouldn't hurt to have a night cap, nor check out the bartender's cute rear end in unison. It's also safe to say they are fully confidant in their love for one another they can do that without getting jealous.
4 - PANDORA - WILD SCARLET OASIS & SPA
Water is valuable commodity in Pandora, which is usually dry as a bone. One place that draws locals and tourists alike is the one and only oasis in the area - Wild Scarlet Oasis. It consists of a fish-filled lake that one can swim in and a natural hot spring nearby. Named for the abundance of red-tinted flowers that grow along the banks of the lake, including the rare dry-fire poinsettia, which biologists have been fascinated with for decades since it's discovery -- the Wild Scarlet Oasis was a free playground for visitors for many years until the Spa Company moved in and fenced it off. Now one can only enter by reservation. While swimming in the oasis lake and hot spring is still no cost, the maximum occupancy limit is 10 and the waiting list to get in has extended to more than 2 seasons. The Spa's spokes-sim insists this exclusiveness is to preserve the natural beauty and wildlife of the oasis, but many tourists think it's a front for raking in money.
For extra simoleons, the Spa offers massages, luxurious lakeside cabanas, and a small, open-aired cantina with a self-serve grill. There is also a desert-landscaped meditation garden out front for those sims that tried to get into the Oasis to swim but were turned away because they didn't have a reservation.
I made the oasis for a beach/lake prompt in the build a resort contest a few years ago so more details and images of it can be found in this thread
So Miles Piper had never actually *met* 'Tia T.' in person, but from their long and...very interesting chats online he was, of course, curious to know if she really was as gorgeous as her profile photos. Miles is a tech nerd, single for all intents and purposes, and he lives alone in Memosa Bay. He has money to spend since he has no girlfriend, kids, or mortgage. Tiujuana Tease of Pandora could think of a few good ways to spend that money, especially for Valentine's Day when cute, lonely red-headed Miles asks her if she has any plans. She, of course, can make time for him--make him feel like the most special man in the world, all for the right price. That price is a day at the Wild Scarlet Oasis. Tia knows the manager, so can get those coveted reservations with the snap of her fingers. It also helps the manager is one of her clients. All Miles has to do is treat her to a romantic day and she, in turn, will happily be the woman of his dreams. They grab some food from the cantina, receive their massages, then relax in the sun while Tia slowly runs her fingers up Miles' arm to produce those little prickles of gooseflesh. Miles, moves them to the private cabana he rented where they get a little more affectionate. Then it's time to cool off with a swim in the oasis and then warm up again in the natural hot spring. All in all it's a good day and Miles didn't mind paying for so much fun. Tia believes Miles will become one of her regulars after this.
5 - KASHMIRE POINT - BOARDWALK 4
Boardwalk 4 is the largest of the Boardwalk lots along the west beach of Kashmire Point. It boasts a ton of fun things to do, so no wonder it's kind of a tourist trap but even the locals like to visit on the weekends. There's the Family Aquarium and Restaurant, The Galleon Art Gallery and art plaza, an outdoor roller rink, Davy Jones' Pub, Boardwalk Bookshop, and Amusement Alley that boasts a ferry wheel and carousel. Of course, the other main draw is the beach itself, prime for sun tanning, sand castle building, and surfing! You could spend all day on Boardwalk 4 and still not have enough time to do all the fun activities it has to offer.
I did a video showcasing my boardwalk project completion a few years ago (Boardwalk 4 starts on 14:24) and there is more about it the project in this thread as well (with pics!)
You know, it actually surprised Charlie Calhoun that his fiancee, Amelia Wellington didn't suggest they go surfing for Valentine's day. Granted the water is cold this time of year but even Amelia has a wet suit so that wouldn't stop her. Maybe she just loves Charlie enough that she won't bug him about it; she has been teaching hom how to surf ever since they started dating in college. They do hit up the boardwalk though, because Charlie is coming to visit. Amelia isn't too hard to please, as long as their romance involves water. Being in it, viewing it, whatever! So they visit the aquarium first, and Amelia loves the floor-to-ceiling fish tanks and regales Charlie about her wish to be a mermaid when she was a little girl. Charlie thinks that's adorable. They get a new smoochy pic to update their photo booth collection. Amelia takes a spin on the carousel and by this time they are both hungry and sit out on the boardwalk under a shaded umbrella and discuss something important: a date to get married. They must wait until Charlie graduates first, so he reminds her of that. The sky has been slowly darkening and suddenly unleashes light rain upon them but it's water! Amelia is ecstatic as raindrops hit her in the face but Charlie grabs her so they take cover under one of the beach umbrellas and kiss in the rain!
The Garden of Eden night club lloks great and has a great layout. Another great place for Dates.
Metro Museum Of Modern Art, looks like a great art gallery. I never would have thought of having a resturant with the gallery. I like the idea though.
Wow I really love the look of the building outside your Wild Scarlet Oasis & Spa, I like Spas and I have a couple of them. I like the layout of your Wild Scarlet Oasis & Spa as well. I am going to make a Spa with the hot spring sometime. Yet another great Date place.
Kashmire Point - Boardwalk 4, is an Über Date Location, wow it has everything just about. I really like how the Building looks from the outside.
I liked all of the Date Pictures, you did a great job with all of the dates.
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You have some great date spots in your game, and it was fun seeing a date at each location. I would probably go to the Garden of Eden, but the Wild Scarlet also looks like a great place to relax and have fun.
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@lordtyger9 - I found out after posting I had fudged some of the coding so was rapidly trying to fix it as you had read it. I appreciate you staying and commenting on the rest
My friend who build the art museum added the restaurant because sims tend to get hungry and it's easier to have a place for them to chow down and not make them leave the lot and come back if they wanted to look at more art. Its a good place for art enthusiasm. Spas seem so relaxing! I downloaded Paladin's fix for having a massage business and someday I plan to open a spa as a business but for now all of the existing ones in Kashmire are just community lots. I'm glad you like the look of my boardwalk, I really do too with the purple and green motifs. Thank you again for commenting!
@LilKiwi - Glad you got a chance to catch up, you were gone for quite a bit, it's good to have you back and there's always more drama to be had, either in these updates or in my sims 2 stories!
@bbostic8 - Thank you! I'm happy you like my buildings. I think date locations would make a great contest, I hadn't considered it until I read your comment. I kind of would like something to go along with it though - like a write up of a date that went on there. Just because the last three sims 2 contests on MTS have been pure build-related and I'm starting to get burnt out. I think I'll take a break from building contests after wanderlust is over. But writing and pic contests, now that's something that would interest me
@Cher64 - Yeah AB-toines abs aren't a laughing manner though he did render all the girls giggling at him. So maybe they are a laughing matter haha. It's hard to impress a cynical kid sister, no matter her age. Thanks for reading and telling me your favorites of the date spots. I think my favorite to go would be the oasis, just because I looove to swim
Catching up with the Calhouns
You saw their wedding. You saw their honeymoon. Now get ready to see Jimmy and Mira in Adventures of Parenting!
A shrill scream jolts both parents awake. Mira stretches and Jimmy rubs his eyes.
"I thought it was my turn," he mumbles.
"I don't mind, I don't have work today," Mira says and lifts herself off the bed. Jimmy snuggles back in and though he is grateful for more sleep, he can't help but to feel a bit bitter at her words.
He is still looking for an opening at a law firm. He refuses to take anything else, not even to work on Elm Calhoun's campaign to bide his time getting in the social ring of politicians. Mira insists it will help his career but then again Mira kind of likes that Jimmy is around during the day to take care of Bryce while she works at an architect firm where she's a draftswoman, drawing technical designs of architect's buildings.
Bryce, when not crying for food in the wee hours of the morning, is being a normal nooboo--just kind of sits in his crib when not being handled, sleeping, or being fed on bottles. Typical nooboo behavior, which leaves Jimmy time to look for a job or be around to receive his parents or Mira's because they visit often to coo and coddle on Bryce, their first grandchild.
It's Saturday and soon it will be a family affair. Jimmy parent's and Mira's parents are coming, of course because what day goes by without them there to visit Bryce? Not only them, but Jimmy also expects his siblings to drop in. They are all still grinding away at college so their past few weekends have been bogged down in studying for mid terms.
Mira is trying to find a photographer for some upcoming family pictures for Bryce's birthday, one that can come to their house at a time when she isn't working and for a good price. Hold the phone, Bryce needs a bath and Mira takes her baby boy and gives him a good scrub down--gotta be nice a fresh for the family! Jimmy is trying to make lunch for everyone and could do without stinky baby smell mixing with the food.
As soon as the family arrives they eat, mingle, and Bryce is passed around to all his relatives like some best of show dog--small class--maybe a Chihuahua.
Jimmy's mother and sister put on a TV show. Bryce, who usually takes afternoon naps the downstairs crib, keeps getting woken up and gets fussy so Miranda takes him back up to his nursery where she gets some time to doze as well, catching up on sleep she had missed that morning.
Jimmy chats with his mother and gets annoyed that she's doing that lovely 'nagging' on him for not having a job so long after graduating. He wants to be a lawyer so bad but still at the back of his mind he likes the idea of spending time with his son and watching him grow--not working late hours pushing papers or working on court cases. So he kind of just grumbles under his breath and agrees with his mother to satisfy her for the time being and wonders where Mira went?
After Mira dozed, she sneaked out to the upper terrace to work on a painting she had started--a portrait of her husband that she wants to give him for the next gift-giving occasion, would that be Winter Day? No there has to be something before that...maybe Founder's Day? Or maybe she should just surprise him when she finishes. After painting his eyes, she nods to herself that it has been enough and she should get back to entertaining her parents and in-laws.
Jimmy is thankful to see his wife reappear among the guests. He had gotten a call from Sawyer to ask if he wanted to go bowling with the boys. Jimmy would love to, however first he has to say good bye to his siblings and tell Mira his plans. She would be annoyed if he up and left without saying anything. There is a problem though, their parents have all found the hot tub and are now planning the next wedding between their children.
"Well, I guess you can go--they'll be in there for awhile," Mira is exasperated. Was it always like this? Jimmy is lucky he can't remember all the hint drops from his mother and father to ask Mira out. Mira had dated Sawyer back then and it didn't seem to matter to either sets that Jimmy and Mira were 'just friends'. Enough hint drops and Mira started believing they should be together. Poor Sawyer, now it was awkward around him but she didn't want that to deter Jimmy from reconnecting with his friends after his memory loss.
Jimmy goes out with his fiends to the bowling alley a few blocks away. Sawyer and Tony are in attendance, they bowl and Jimmy catches a small bite to eat at the diner counter. This would be another thing he would miss if he was held up in an office working late hours--or at least he wouldn't have the energy to go out after work.
Jimmy makes a strike!
When he gets back, Mira is already asleep, the quartet of parents have departed, and Jimmy makes sure to tuck in his son. Bryce is awake but content, and Jimmy smiles and tickles a nooboo's belly, getting Bryce to smile for a split second before telling him that he loves him and 'good night'.
Not too long after....
Bryce is now a toddly lil thing (with a full set of teeth?? Lets hope he doesn't have a biting phase...)
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed the update
Poor Jimmy, torn between ambition and being a stay-at-home parent. I think he doesn't want a job too badly, or he'd be more willing to work his way up to that dream job he's holding out for. Also, all is not necessarily well in his marriage so it probably is for the best he can't remember everything. He's sweet with Bryce.
The bowling pictures were fun, and it's good to see Jimmy have a good time without worrying about things.
I love to swim too, I need to remind my self to put the surfing things on the Island destination.
I loved Catching up with the Calhouns, very well done.
I really like Jimmy and Mira and it looks they are doing pretty well with the Parenting thing.
As a toddler will Bryce get into things? I like to have a lot of Toddler toys around to occupy them and frequently I have some of the crafted ones for the toddlers to play with.
It is cool that the gradparents come and visit often.
I wonder why the grandparents show up often at your house?
I have parties frequently and I try to invite relatives a lot, otherwise I don't think I get a lot of relatives visiting.
I like the bowling outing. good pictures of that.
I loved the pictures over all. Looking forward to your next update.
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@Cher64 - Hi there! Delayed reply but I also kind of adore the mechanism where 'BFF's come on in, no greetings needed. Jimmy and Mira are BFFs with their parents so I will point to that reason the grandparents come in often. I think you are onto something, because Jimmy won't take just any job - so it's a mix of reluctance to leave his young child and pride because he went to school for law and a lawyer he shall be if he's anything at all in the work force! Anyway, thanks for your comment! I like taking Jimmy out to do fun things with his friends, I do that more with sims who were born in game and have accumulated social circles as they age.
@lordtyger9 - Did you ever start in on the surfing mod in your hood? I've been playing that surf shop I set up for Amelia Wellington to run and it's really fun now that other sims have surf boards in their inventory and can go surfing with her.
Bryce has a nursery that contains one of every skill building toy so he'll be well entertained. I stopped playing when he turned toddler so I don't know if he's a messy lil guy or not yet. We'll find out next time I open that family lot to play
Like I said above, sims with 'BFF" status are more likely to just come on into the home without an invitation. It probably came with the expansion that introduced BFFs. I like throwing family reunions so all the family can mingle and at least get introduced to each other. It's a bit harder after segments of the family move out of the house. Just the other day Amelia Wellington was eating at the new diner in Kashmire Point and I saw a guy walk by and thought they could hit it off romantically but then I looked at their relationship panel and found out they were cousins...ooops! So that didn't pan out. Thanks for your comment and compliment on my pics; I hope you enjoy the picture spam I'm about to unleash.
This is when Darius Biacotti got his own place, a townhouse apartment in Scandalica City. He was grilling out for the neighbors to make a good first impression. At least if he didn't burn them first...
A private moment of affection between the mayor and his wife, only this was back when he was just a regional legislator.
The early years of Melody and Anton's cohabitation. She was probably bored with the golf he intently watched on TV and shortly after lured him into more...exciting activities.
Sasha and Silas Greystone enjoying sitting underneath a jungle waterfall on a past vacay. You will read more about them in an upcoming family post. Sasha is sadly, no longer in the realm of the living.
One of the wilder nights in Haynes Hal, an all-girl dormitory at Sim State University. Amelia Wellington had just got knocked upside the head with a pillow.
This is Lydia Mae MacKanzie, searching the stars as a child. (Basically a pic to celebrate when I installed a sky mod)
Lydia Mae Mackenzie now that she's a teenager. She was helping her neighbor practice so he could join the school football team.
The Wellington twins while still in college when they had long brunette locks. They visited each other a lot but now they live in different cities so it's harder to catch up.
Amelia Wellington again, this time calmly sitting on one of her surfboards after she moved to Kashmire Point. I've mentioned this before and will again - she loves the ocean.
Miranda Cosgrove threw a garden party masquerade a few years ago. Victoria Orbinson entertained. You can see Millie Louis repping her hot pink and black family colors with her beau, Jag Garcia. ...and again Amelia Wellington is spotted, dancing with her now-fiancee Charlie Calhoun. He actually proposed to her at this garden party.
A more recent addition to Kashmire - Yuzan Bao, the ambassador from Takemizu. He lives in a great modern mansion full of flowers.
Our favorite farming lads, Denny and Sebastian on their Twikkii honeymoon a year or so ago.
Marshall Cosgrove doing some Valentine's Day courting last year with Charlotte Calhoun, his parents' first choice of a wife for him.
Speaking of his parents, here's Adriana and Pryce dressed to the nines in front of the doors to their ballroom business.
Cypress Wellington, when he was a teenager and on his daily routine to get coffee before work.
Illyana Sanchez when she was a teenager and kicking some balls around at the recreation center. How else is she gonna blow off steam? Girl has anger issues.
Sean Piper, probably playing some kind of brooding moonlight sonata in his penthouse apartment.
Miles Piper (Sean's nephew) - he's smiling about something while creeping around in the Memosa Bay community garden at night. Late night orange picking perhaps? The grocery stores are closed and he does have a juicer.
Antonio Sanchez is very much taller than his long-time girlfriend, Fern Calhoun. She has to stand on tip-toe to give him kisses. He loves her red hair.
If you have any questions or comments about the photos, let me know! I'd be happy and appreciative to hear from you
Cypress Wellington at the coffee shop looks exactly like the kind of thing that happens every day in real life. It made me smile.
@Cher64 - Thanks for feeback on the picture dump. I love that one of the Wellington twins because they both had long hair at that time in college. They are twin-friends for sure. Though I guess I forgot to put ceilings up because you can see stuff from the second floor in the background. Whoops! I had a whole set of pics about 'Day in the Life ' of Cypress (who is seen in the picture below) and I enjoyed setting those images up to get that 'slice of life' feel. I think by not showing their faces and just the hand hold for Denny and Sebastian, that's what made it seem more quiet and intimate
I would have liked to do more pics but by the end of the day by computer was not cooperating even when I was restarting so I only got a handful of these mother's day pics and here I will expound more on what type of mothers these ladies are and how their children's lives have been shaped by their mothering 'attitudes'.
First off, here is Willow Wellington. She was introduced in the Calhoun family post - she's has a lot of fun-loving, teasing, good-natured mother-esque humor but that's ultimately coming from a place of guilt, to make up for her absence. She doesn't want to be hard on her sons, mostly because she's felt she may have missed out on actually mothering them. She's a top-notch government scientist and her time for work conflicted with her quality family time and in the end the former won out for most of her sons' younger years. She was the mother who took the minimum amount of maternity leave because she had to go back because she was on the edge of break-through! Cypress was left caring a lot for Cedar when Cedar was a boy and though Cypress always tries to shrug it off like it's no big deal he is a bit salty at both his parents for putting him in that position. Willow always makes the attempt to catch up with what's going on in her sons' lives. She has specific dates on her calendar to remind herself to call Cypress to see if he needs anything at college and she's doing better by engaging with Cedar at least once a week, well, if he's not absorbed with texting his high school friends. Willow's own parents were workaholics and medical professionals so that is why it's been so hard breaking out of this cycle to have some quality time with her children.
Harmony Calhoun is married to Willow's twin Brother, Elm, which makes Harmony and Willow sister-in-laws. It was an agreeable arrangement because they grew up on the same street and were good friends as girls. Anyway, Harmony had herself a handful with house full of men. Three sons and a husband in politics can lead to some intense moments! Harmony is pretty straight-laced and she may have been more stern with her sons than she should have been but she felt like she had to set the example as she was principal of the Isla Del Kashmire High School for a number of years. She's long been the mediator between her eldest, Nicholas, and her husband. They constantly butt heads like a pair of rams, and she won't admit it out loud, but she took a big sigh of relief once Nick left for college. Shane and Kit were a cake walk after trying to wrangle Nick into a respectable young man--which is still a point of contention with Elm because Nick recently quit his father's legacy fraternity as well as refuses to get a hair cut. Shane, the red-headed middle son was harder for Harmony to connect with as he was always quiet and placed himself in the solitude of his bedroom but she is immensely proud of his academic achievements. Kit is her baby and she fusses over him the most. Though Kit is now in high school and makes it clear her motherly advances are 'not cool', it won't stop her from planting kisses all over his cheeks when he comes home. All three sons love their mother without a doubt, and all sons will admit they prefer her parenting over their fathers' so of course they would come home and take a picture for mother's day at her request.
The Sanchez Family is not one I have made a post on yet but this lovely lady and her children come from that clan. Seychelle had these little bundles of energy by surprise when she and her husband lived in Scandalica City. She was chasing her dreams of becoming a star and Mercedes and Marquez put a big stop to that for a little while. Once they were able to walk she went back to perusing auditions for ads, TV pilots, and basically anything that could launch her into the limelight. This drive of hers has kept her away from her children for significant periods of times while they are left in the care of their father and grandmother. Seychelle tells herself that what she is doing will help her kids in the future, so it's all worth it. She does get work, but sometimes she doesn't because she's not young or pretty enough for what the job requires and sometimes finds herself drinking alone downtown because she doesn't want to face her family and admit failure. But, because she's an actress, that fake smile can go a long way when does return home.
Last but not least is Natalie Calhoun and her brood of children. Natalie has been a doting mother, and that's not easy with four kids. She was a respected judge for many years, a naturalist as well. Her enthusiasm and respect for nature is something she has passes on to her own kids. She's an accomplished novelist, and she's written four books with subjects ranging from criminal justice to Three Lakes nature trail guides. Natalie had a heavy hand in raising all the children. In the picture above there is her two youngest, Charlotte and Charlie, then Jimmy in the back, and Marty has arm around dear ol' Ma. She is also a proud grandmother of Bryce, who is featured in the last few posts where Jimmy is concerned. So Mother's Day was spent catching up with her adult children and playing with Bryce whom she visits often because he is her first grand-baby. Natalie is very proud of all her children, and thinks they've turned out great. Of course she can't take all the credit because some of that success comes from Ash's fatherly role. Ash and Natalie made a good professional team as Captian Hero and Appeals judge, and a good family team raising these four kids to be good citizens of Isla Del Kashmire.
Here is an extended pic with Bryce holding onto Grandma's arm
And then just one of Natalie and her only grand baby (so far...Marty is next to get married and she expects more grand-babies to follow.)
What a fantastic idea to give us a look at some of the different mothers you have in your hood, and why they are the way they are.
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As you allready know I liked Seychelle the most and made the misstake believin she was a single mom
I like how you use makeup to make the sims look like their age, wrinkles and all, I once tought about it , but then abandoned the idea , thought it was too much trouble if only I will see it
No going back now,
Our passionplay is now begun.
Past thought of right or wrong, final question, how long have we wait before we're one?
~Andrew Loyd Webber (Phantom Of The Opera)
Great Mother's Day post. I like the write up for each group, that is outstanding.
@Cher64 â€“ I'm glad you liked it And this next one along the same lines!
@Kukamuukaanmuka â€“ I did kind of write it like it seemed Seychelle was a single mom. They have a dad but I didn't focus on him. He's around and involved though, his name is Salvatore Sanchez. It is a lot of work to maintain make up differences â€“ it consists from everything like wrinkles, scratches, piercings to beauty marks, freckles, and the regular stuff like eye shadow. I have a mighty arsenal of cosmetics in use! I like my elders to look a bit on the younger side coming out of adult hood so I focus on light eye and laugh line wrinkles then age them to grey and heavy wrinkles + glasses around the middle of elder life stage. I agree, a lot of trouble to go to but I like the result in the long run.
@lordtyger9 â€“ welcome back! Thanks for liking my post and writing
Here's another post that focuses on parents, this time the Fathers of Kashmire for a belated U.S. Father's Day event. Ellu was kind enough to point out that other countries that have a father's day have it in different months than June. If you aren't from the U.S - do you have one and if so, what month? Some of the below pics will re-introduce you to some men that have already appeared in various family history posts, but will go into depth the kind of father's they are, and their relationships with their children. Enjoy!
Halen is immensely proud of his four daughters. Plumbobs, it really was the work of his lifetime but he shaped up some of the finest, funniest, and fiercest of Kashmire's young ladies. His influence can be seen in his daughters â€“ from their wardrobe to their love of dance...to their quirky, sarcastic sassbacks-- he definitely takes credit for that! He also takes credit for Amanda's fondness of not changing out of her PJs, Cecily's 'stick it to the man' attitude, Madeline's self-inflated ego...oh and Millie's cheekbones too.
He's been a good dad overall, giving each of his children positive attention and appropriate concern in addition to being an admirable figure. He's also pretty protective of his daughters. It wasn't really talked about aloud, but the reason none of them dated when they were in high school was because of Halen's natural suspicion that boys were going to rip off his daughter's hearts. He's especially had some past difficulties in letting them find romance themselves, particularly Amanda who likes to play the field with older men. Ones that he knows, personally, no less has made it very awkward. That friction has since ebbed since Amanda moved out after graduating online college. He's had additional friction with Cecily refusing to wear 'the family colors' as he likes to call them. He lives for the hot pink and black scheme and encouraged, if not outright mandated that his daughter's wear it while living under his roof.
Halen brought chickens to his family, he brought them knowledge and love of music, and stellar dance skillz (Pliets are another matter) to his offspring and continues to fill their lives with helpful advice...whether or not they take it is another matter. Amanda, Cecily, Millie, and Maddie adore their father and couldn't imagine a better one.
Lawrence Orbinson isn't just a man but a name. He's the Orbinson patriarch so knows his family looks to him for example. Not just his family, but the entire community. It's hard to be a father and be somewhat of the same roleâ€”someone to look to and trust--to the region as standing mayor. Lawrence's life is a balancing act between politics and family, plus maintaining a good reputation.
He hopes his youngest, Reginald, can follow in his footsteps and step up to the path of his father before him. Reginald, it seems, doesn't take much of an interest in politics however, despite the debate, leadership, and student council extra circulars Lawrence encouraged his son to partake in as he grew. His relationship with his son is in fairly good standing but like a balancing act, he fears if he pushes on Reggie too much, something will fall off courseâ€”it be either the amiable relationship or the hope for his son to succeed him in the family's career path.
Now, Evelyn Jane, his middle childâ€”she'd be almost too perfect in a political role. He's seen her, amazingly, manipulate many adults when she was as young as grade school for something as simple as an extended bed time or extra dessert and he usually has to keep his own guard up around herâ€”knowing how ferociously calculating she is. It's scary she probably picked up that behavior from observing him and his colleagues. He is impressed with her, loves her dearly as well and on some level is relieved that he doesn't have to worry about her as she has proven time and again she can handle herself, especially when she rapidly rose ranks her first year of college to be elected president of her scholarship house. 'Defeat' is not in Evie's vocabulary.
Ah Victoria, his eldest daughter. He's very proud of Victoria and she also makes him look good. If he ever needs a boost in the polls, he knows he can parade Victoria out and her natural charm will spread like wildfire. How could anyone say he's just another power-hungry politician working for the elite's interests if they spend five minutes having an earnest conversation with Vikki? She's her father's biggest cheerleader and vouches for him as the one politician in Kashmire who cares, who wants to fix the problems and protect its people. He may also show slight favoritism to his eldest because while he won't budge on doing favors for Evelyn Jane or Reginald if his hands are tied, he always seems to have some scissors nearby to cut that metaphorical rope binding him when Victoria's requests are involved.
Adagio Hart entered fatherhood a bit later than usualâ€”he promised himself he would have the means to provide for a family if he ever should have one and he worked hard for years to gain enough assets to live comfortably with his wife.
Now, Hazel and Harrison, his children can live comfortably and not be exposed to any food shortage, if Santa is coming or not, or worrying about a roof over their head. Another thing they aren't exposed to is Adagio's job. They don't know him like the international espionage community does. Agent Coda, the man the SCIA calls in for a quick, clean, fix on a mission gone awry. Adagio separates his job and home life completely. His children don't know much about his job, only that 'Daddy works in an office and travels sometimes' and he dodges specifics if ever asked directly. He can't legally talk about it anyway.
What they do know is that their daddy is strong, loving, attentive, heroic, and brings back cool souvenirs from his 'business trips'. That's all they need for now.
Anton Kapitha, a strong, silent Business Tycoon and a father that shows his adoration in physicality more than words. It used to be throwing his twin toddlers in the air, and then graduated to swinging them around after they would run up to hug him when he returned from work in a limo. He always made a point to tuck them in. Now, Rosaline and Roderick are teenagers and the gestures have graduated to affectionate rough-housing. Punch-u-punch-me is a frequent activity they challenge him to, but when Anton finds himself winning, the rascals team up on him and he is helpless. His wife eggs them all on.
Fatherhood to Anton is patience and vigilance. The twins know that it's serious business when he says their full names (especially for Rosaline who likes to be called 'Ros' now) and he's only had to do it a few times in his life. He hates scolding them but if he doesn't correct bad behavior of two headstrong and wily children, then they will never learn! Like when Roderick pranks them by switching the salt and sugar or Ros makes popcorn for movie night and doesn't share.
His children understand that he shows his love through action but still at a time of adolescence, they yearn to communicate more. Anton dreads the 'talk' with his son or, platinum diamond forbid, with his daughter when she inevitably starts dating. His wife was always good at the talking, and that's why they make such a great parental teamâ€”creating a equilibrium. Anton is all reassuring bear-hugs and high fives while Melody is the chattery encouragement.
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Our (Finn) fathers'day is at November
No going back now,
Our passionplay is now begun.
Past thought of right or wrong, final question, how long have we wait before we're one?
~Andrew Loyd Webber (Phantom Of The Opera)
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