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Just a mid-20s scientist blowing off steam by micromanaging Sims and making it as "real" as possible with-in the confines of the game - trying my first quiver-full fundie #family!

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neurogirl

Edens Year 3: The Year with No Stove

So it's been 2 years and 2.3 kids and year 3 started with this...

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Another fire! Clearly Eva should never bake again. Although no humans were hurt, the stove and neighboring counter were completely burnt, and there was no money to replace them. The Edens got very sick of autumn salad and BLTs, but in general year three was pretty good to them. While Eva put the kids to bed and did all the chores, Adam stayed up late writing reports on how Hobby Lobby was doing the Lord's work, (such as building a Museum of the Bible on the National Mall https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/01/can-hobby-lobby-buy-the-bible/419088/)

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and the Lord personally rewarded him with a promotion to assistant manager! God is so good y'all! Eva was still able to actually parent her little Blessings, and Genesis retained an affinity for the bathroom in which she was born. (Also notice the stove in the background, blackened and burnt to remind the Edens that to ash they would return. Fun.)

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Genesis also learned how to go down stairs PRAISE JESUS!!!

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(I've Eva has since decided that climbing stairs is the godliest skill a toddler can learn, and the highest priority for little Edens. The Lord wouldn't want her to carry a toddler when she's 13 months pregnant, would He?) Speaking of which, Eva has been pregnant FOREVER. Internet forums were beginning to reach Jill-level hysteria on baby watch #3. Exodus even reached his first birthday while Eva continued to gestate. (Happy birthday Exodus! Thank God you got a "silly" personality instead of "fussy" like your older sister!)

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Finally, about 14 months into pregnancy, while Eva was starving and exhausted, labor pains began. This moment also coincided with Genesis inconsolably throwing a fit, and the downstairs toilet breaking in spectacular fashion. Not even the giant stuffed teddy purposed to serve as temporary babysitter could rescue Eva from this desperate situation. (The picture doesn't do it justice guys, but things were ROUGH. Eva's hunger and fatigue were well into the red and there was only salad to eat, Genesis wouldn't stop crying, Exodus was hungry, the toilet was spewing goodness knows what, and Eva already had a -40 moodlet from being  actively in labor.)

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Into all this chaos, baby #3 was born. Welcome to the world, little Leviticus! We can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for you!

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Immediately after delivery, Eva took a nap and left her toddlers to fend for themselves and open the door for the toilet repairman. 

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And in the sake of honesty, I used a cheat at this point to max all of Eva's motives (satisfy all her needs). So I would actually consider two toddlers under 3 + brand new baby to be Eva's first breaking point (and understandably so!!!). But God would never give them more than they could handle, right? Eva will just need to better manage her contentment. And it couldn't be that bad - no grifting this year! Adam's promotion paid for boy's room furnishings, and the Edens were still able to get everyone to sleep at the same time. Well, except for Eva, who was of course up doing laundry. Does the Lord have a laundryroom breakdown in store for Eva? We'll just have to stay tuned!

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And so year 3 ends with 3 children under 3 (how perfect!), a useless giant teddy bear, still no stove, and no new blessing immediately on the horizon. Let's see how long it lasts! Edens out!

neurogirl

Edens Year Two: Blessed?

Welcome back to 66 Goodbook Avenue! We left off with baby girl Genesis (#1) entering the world and a lot has happened since we last checked in. After the birth, Adam and Eva wasted no time getting back down to the romance...

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Which of course meant Blessing #2 was soon on its way! Wait...already?!?!

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Yes already! What a blessed couple you are. Speaking of which, Eva published her second major blog piece "Blessed: God is so good y'all" which continues to bring in modest income along with sales of their garden-grown produce (Garden of Edens) and scrap metal. This season of life was still pretty calm, and Eva and Adam enjoyed peaceful #family moments such as this. Ah young love.

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(And actually, HERE ends year one of marriage. Two Sims4 pregnancies that seemed to last forever led to me look online and...yep! In Sims 4 pregnancies last for 72-84 hours AFTER notification (24 hours after conception or pregnancy test). Which means, yes it's more random like in real life, and yes pregnancies can take longer than 3 days - Genesis' was 3.5. So for a variety of reasons I'm going to have 4 simdays/year.)

But back to our story, this newlywed/1.5 baby peace was not to last. In Sims4, while babies are objects (stay in their crib, have to be moved in buy mode), toddlers have 9 different personality options - fussy, angelic, silly, clingy, wild, charmer, independent, and inquisitive. I couldn't bring myself to blanket-train even a virtual family, so I used a random number generator to determine Genesis' toddler personality. And of course I got...FUSSY! YAY! Happy birthday Genesis! You may be cute but you are already a royal pain in the...

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Don't be too upset with her though. The financial situation was already pretty bleak for the Edens (I think they bought more house than they could afford), and Adam had to ask his father for $500 to furnish a child's room. Before they could afford a high chair, Eva and Adam left fruit on the floor for Genesis to eat as she played with her two toys (which in combo are enough to fill her imagination/movement/thinking skills. They're not monsters. Just super broke). 

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The other bleak part about year 2 was the laundry situation. As a stay-at-home wife, Eva used to be able to keep up with the laundry using this charming setup:

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But pregnancy brain kept leading Eva to forget to change the water in the wash tub, she ending up doing the same load of laundry three times, and when Genesis arrived she could no longer keep up. It got to the point that third trimester Eva was doing laundry at 3am in the attempt to provide clean work clothes for her headship.

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But Adam loves Eva and is a kind headship, so he grifted $1000 from his Hobby Lobby colleagues to buy Eva a stacked washer/dryer unit for the upstairs bedroom. Automated washing and all on one floorl? Eva could've sweet-fellowshipped him, except the whole 8 months pregnant thing. She went for an over-the-top blog post instead. Behold!

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So year two may have been a little rough. But that isn't to say the Edens were unhappy! Adam and Eva remain deeply in love, and while he may not help with cooking or laundry, Adam does like to play with Genesis and of course, lead her spiritually. Through childcare and education by mom during the day, and lessons on manners and personal responsibility from dad at night, Genesis is slowly learning to stop being so damn darn defiant! She also has a vivid imagination, can look at picture books by herself, likes bobbing to music (but no dancing of course), and is halfway to potty independence! (I need to get more cute pictures of Genesis. She really is not so bad.)

Of course, the biggest event of year two was the blessed night Blessing #2 was born!!

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Welcome to the world baby boy Exodus! We can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for you! (And how many books of the Bible we get to!)

After a few hours weeks rest, the sparks were flying again for the Edens! (Are you okay guys? That looks kinda dangerous honestly)

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And year two closes with another precious blessing on the way! Yes! Eva is so excited! I think that's an excited face?  

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Anyway, if you're keeping track at home, in two years it's been 2.33 babies, one fussy toddler, one fire, $1500 grifted, numerous floor fruits, LOTS of fireworks, and a lot of FamLove. This post got a little dark so I'll try to take happier pictures for year 3, and thanks for following our little (but growing!) family! Edens out!

neurogirl

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Welcome to 66 Goodbook Avenue! Thanks to the power of Jesus the Sims 4 gallery, our newlywed fundie couple is able to use almost allll their money to move into this beautiful "3/2 Starter Home." A few modifications had to be made (like expanding the upstairs bathroom and demolishing a closed-door computer den...the horror) but now it is move-in ready for a young couple and any blessings the Lord may give them. 

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And here's our fundie newlyweds. Meet Adam and Eva Eden. Adam's aspiration is have a successful lineage of quivers for the Lord, and he is self-assured, ambitious, and family-oriented. He is also an aspiring businessman for Hobby Lobby and has a very smackable face. Eva Eden's life dream is to have a large happy Christian family, and she is family-oriented, neat, and a music lover. They are both 20 years old and, even though they first spoke 8 months ago, are best friends and soooooooo in love (so much that I set the romantic decay to 20% of normal). They are also starting with a few skills thanks to their years at the SOTDRT (and sister-moming for Eva). Adam is level 2 in guitar, and level 3 in charisma, logic, writing, fitness, and handiness. Eva is level 2 in charisma, and level 3 in violin, logic, writing, cooking, and parenting (and I have also slowed skill acquisition rate 50% to account for longer lifespans). According to my timeline conversion, Adam and Eva have been married for 2 days in the picture below, and they already have the fundie stare down pat. Here, Eva gazes at her husband as he looks off into the distance (and bored). 

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And they got right down to it (and hadn't bought a hamper yet oops)!

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After sweet fellowship in Sims 4, one can take a pregnancy test to see if one's womb has been opened (also notice the hamper).

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Eden may not sleep in a skirt but she is already expecting so take that haters!

The first year of marriage passes peacefully. Adam works his way up from mailroom technician to office assistant, plants fruits and vegetables, and works on his confidence and charisma. Eden cooks, cleans, and Manages Her Home happily. She even finds time to start a blog and publish her first major piece, "Honeymoon Baby - How to be favored by God," which brings in very modest grifting money. Here, Adam works on a speech while a pregnant Eva hand washes clothes on her knees. Hopefully someone will send her a love offering of a washing machine soon. 

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But it is not all roses. Oh no! Eva was initially convicted to continue her maiden's work as a barista at her megachurch until the baby came (though the outfit required pants, the apron modestly covered any eye-traps). 5a7fa40dba5d5_02-10-18_12-07-10PM.thumb.png.4dc124420aa26f39814abb3f022a4492.png

But one day, Eva left in a rush and forgot to prepare Adam's breakfast. He had to procure cereal and juice on his own and he was Not. Pleased. At all. 

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After this, Eva was convicted to quit her job and stay at home to be a better helpmeet. Eva also learned that her sister-mom cooking skills sadly did not extend to baking prowess. Fortunately the only things hurt were sugar cookies and her pride. 

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All in all though, it was a great year. Eva labored lovingly at home (even while in actual labor) until at last...in the bathroom...blessing #1 arrived! Welcome to the world baby girl Genesis!!! We can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for you! (But it's probably sister-moming. Lots of sister-moming)

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And so, the Eden's head into their second year of marriage with a precious newborn and many more adventures (and blessings?) to come. Stay tuned!

neurogirl

An Intro to the Crazy

Hi everyone! Even though I don't think many people will read this, I'm super excited and super nervous to make my first "blog." I've been entertained and inspired by @singsingsing, @AlwaysExcited, @mango_fandango and others, and want to make my first sims quiverful family. But I'm also a type-A scientist and want my game to be as realistic as possible. It's a virtual experiment, if you will, of the infamous laundry room breakdown, and finding a breaking point for my poor mother Sim. So here goes:

I have both Sims 3 and Sims 4 but will be playing on Sims 4 even though I just got it a few days ago (thanks Origin sale!) because it's smoother on my computer and I'm using an awesome mod: MC Command Center. Through this I can adjust lifespan, baby's sex, etc. etc and crucially, KEEP CHILDREN OUT OF SCHOOL. I will also be using a mod that allows anyone (not just teens) to have part-time jobs, and a mod that recreates the child stove from Sims 2 and 3 in Sims 4 (gotta have those sister-moms). 

Lifespan: pregnancies last 3 days. A 4 simday/year ratio would be perfect for this realistic aging, but this is still a GAME (keep telling myself that) and that is too long for me. So I will operate as 3 simdays = one year. The extra-long pregnancy in my year ratio (12 months instead of 9) will be accounted for by abstaining after birth or breastfeeding acting as bc or whatever. Anyway:

Baby (0-1 year) 3 days

Toddler/Little Kid (1-5 years) 12 days. Toddlers in Sims4 are super dynamic and develop over time as they earn skills. So by the end of toddlerhood Sims can tell full stories, run, read toddler books, know shapes and even practice spelling. So "toddlerhood" will last 4 years. 

School-age Child (5-12 years) 24 days. Let SOTDRT begin!

Teenager (13-19) 21 days. SOTDRT largely ends. Time for part-time job or sister-moming. Thank Jesus!

Young Adult (20-35 years) 48 days

Adult (36-65 years) 90

Elder (66-75) 30 

Total lifespan: 225 days

Fertility: Parents must TFB at least once per day. With the MCCC mod I can change successful Try for Baby %. In an internet search (but don't ask for citations),  a young adult has roughly 25% each month of becoming pregnant, or 70% chance in 4 months (1 sim day). This is slightly lower than Sims default of 80% success rate. An adult ages 36-41 has 15% chance each month, or 50% in 4 months. Adult nearing menopause (42-50, 19 sim days into adulthood) has 5% chance each month, or 20% chance in 4 months. And menopause hits Sims mom at age 50 (but let's make it a 2% chance each TFB to be fun, 43 sim days into adulthood). 

Other rules: Modest dress only, girls must be in skirts/dresses until they move out. 

Boys/men will never be assigned to help with chores/childcare, though I will instagram #besthubbyever but not stop them if they automatically volunteer.

No school for children or teens. Must learn skills at home. 

Mom can have part-time job only before kids. Teen boys MUST get part-time job at 13 (retail, Chik Fil A, manual labor only) and can also make money through hobbies. Teens and adult women can have a part-time job at 16 (retail, Chik Fil A, barista, babysitter)...but only if they're not needed at home (SUPER doubtful) and can make money through traditionally feminine hobbies as well.

If I'm super desperate, I will add to household a farmed-out sister-mom from another family. :) 

And finally, based on my naming scheme I will control the baby's sex (but not the number- like twins or anything). 

And if you made it through all that, here's a picture. Happy Friday! Thanks for being an awesome community.

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