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Fun Fun Fundies, Sims 2 and 4

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I’ve been a Sims fan for a long time, and I’ve always been a fan of creating big families and trying to control them all. So, what better way to do this than play a fundie family? This originally began with a Sims 2 family and a Sims 3 family, but my Sims 3 game fucked up so now it’s just Sims 2 and Sims 4.

Sims 2 Family: the Bancrofts. Parents are Karen and Martin and the kids are Madison, Michael, Max, Mason, Martha, Matthew, Mark, Morgan, Mackenzie and Malachi. There are five grandkids: Ashlyn and Brynlee Walker (Madison is married to Paul Walker) and Kaleb, Katherine and Kyle Bancroft (Michael married Mary Cole). Max through Morgan are in college (don’t worry, it’s a family house so no bad influences) and Mackenzie and Michael are still at home. (The ones in bold are twins, so Madison/Michael, Martha/Matthew, Mark/Morgan. Katherine and Kyle are also twins). 

Sims 4 Family: the Smiths. Parents are Nicole and Edward and the kids are Eliza and Emily, Eddie and Elijah, Evelyn and Elliot. All sets of twins. No grandkids as of yet, although it looks as though Eliza may have found a Godly young man...

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Non-Fundie Family: The Taylors

Meet the Taylors. Yes, I know I use this surname a lot, but it is very common!! Here's Isabella. She's a Comedian. Here's her husband Mark. He's an Artist. This is eldest daughter Brooke. She wants to be a Chef. This is adopted daughter Brianna. She's a Nerd Brain. Isabella then had triplets: Brynlee, Brittany and Bradley. Brynlee is pink, Brittany is yellow, and Bradley is green. Isabella was up late one evening. She decided to have some strawberry ice cream. Because reasons. Each kid gets their own bedroom (except for the eldest two, who share). Bradley is a Genius and has a cool science kit in his room. And yes, I do the colour thing for every family, not just my fundies. Mark woke up sad and lonely one morning. Luckily for him, it's Love Day! (I recently downloaded Seasons).  These two are adorable! Mark is an artist, and has a mini studio.  Brynlee gives big sis Brooke a tulip. Here's a photo from back when the triplets were babies. Dang that was a LOT of screaming.

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Bancrofts Part Eleven: Ten Kids, Ten Grandkids

Martha decided she wanted to move back into her parents' house, which means she'll inherit it when Martin and Karen die. She gets her own room, plus a computer and bookshelf; her preferred hobby is Film and Literature, one of the least compatible with the fundie lifestyle. I'll just pretend they're religious books. Over to the Walkers. Emptying a potty is gross. Time to wash the dog! Breakfast. Madison had twins! Two boys after Ashlyn and Brynlee. Their names are Carson and Daxton.  Over to Michael's family. Potty training is dull af. "How much poop do you have to do, Katherine?" So I didn't realise, but Michael is Level 8 in the Business career. This comes with a limo as the carpool.  First bathroom baby! Lily (married to Max) is having her first biological child. His name is Ryan. When you google popular 80s names, the boys' ones don't seem as obviously 80s as the girls' ones. With girls you get names like Jennifer, Amanda, Crystal, that sort of thing, whereas the boys' names are more like Michael, Robert, timeless sort of names. Back to Michael's family. Kaleb is having a late-night conversation with his Uncle Malachi. It was around 11:30 pm-ish. Shouldn't both of you be in bed??  Mary and Kaleb play soccer in the back yard. Again, sports are OK if it's family only.  Kaleb practises the piano. With not much time left until Katherine and Kyle's birthdays, it was time to grab some Smart Milk and the Thinking Cap and utilise them.  Kaleb brought cousin Ashlyn home with him one day after school. Michael threw a birthday party. For some reason, Aunt Martha decided to give Katherine a bath. Party time! The next day, Mary had her fourth child, another girl, Kaylee. That makes ten children for Martin and Karen, and ten grandchildren. It's an even split of five girls and five boys. There are four Children, two Toddlers, and four Babies. Ashlyn Walker: Brynlee Walker: Carson Walker: Daxton Walker: Kaleb Bancroft: Katherine Bancroft: Kyle Bancroft: Kaylee Bancroft: Jennifer Bancroft: Ryan Bancroft: So that's ten grandbabies across three families; seven of the kids aren't married yet. In fact, Malachi isn't even a Teen yet, although he soon will be. 
 

Smiths Part Ten: In Which Emily Says "Fuck the Patriarchy"

Screw You Patriarchy Moment #1: Emily wears pants now.  Screw You Patriarchy Moment #2: Emily gets a JOB. As an ASTRONAUT. She also moved in with a guy pre-marriage. But then, I always do this, because waiting around for them to find a partner autonomously would take too long. Plus my Sims don't leave the house much except to go to school/work. She goes on a date with Daniel Westbury to the Romance Festival. They get sakura tea together. Look who turns up!! That's either Eddie or Elijah getting sakura tea; I can't tell because he's not in green or blue. Which is why I always assign my Sims a colour. Daniel's eating fruit salad for breakfast, which is normal. Emily is eating franks and beans, which is not. Maybe she's a Bro Gary follower? *gag* Screw You Patriarchy Moment #3: PRE-MARITAL KISSING Y'ALL Daniel got so excited he decided to start fishing. It does actually make sense, as being an Angling Ace is his lifetime aspiration/wish/want (I forget which one it is with Sims 4). Nicole invites Emily over to the Granite Falls National Park. They don't stay long, for some reason, by which I mean they chat for a bit and then Nicole just walks off.... RUDE. Edward invites himself over, and meets Daniel. Neither Edward nor Nicole have commented on Emily wearing jeans; perhaps they're like the Bateses in that kids stick with the style rules whilst living at home, but they can decide their own rules once they've left. After all, Emily's still fairly covered, it's not like she's wearing a crop top and hot pants. Eliza comes over.  Eliza plays the violin. Edward sits alone in the background. (Loser). They go on a date to a bar. Smooching occurs. "Daniel! What are you doing??" "YIBS!" (Simlish for YES!) Quick household swap to the Pearsons. Here's little Adam as a toddler. (Eliza's first kid) Nicole and Emily go to Chez Llama.  The food takes way too long to arrive so Emily leaves. I'd got a notification saying that Daniel had come home from work, and I wanted to get them married. Dun dun da dun.... dun dun da dun... hurry up guys, get to your seats! (Slight Screw The Patriarchy moment in that Emily wears quite a form-fitting dress). Not sure how well Nicole, Eliza and Mark can see from the kitchen... Eliza and Emily eat their cake on the bed.  Even long after everyone's left, Eliza's still playing the violin. Female Sims don't automatically take their husband's name after marriage; I went into full edit mode (cheat) to change Eliza's name. I'm gonna have Emily keep her Smith maiden name, and give any kids the double-barrelled name of Westbury-Smith (it flows better that way round IMO). I suppose a real "fuck the patriarchy" moment would've been for Emily and Daniel not to get married, or to marry after kids, but I feel she's broken quite a few of the family rules already. After all, plenty of feminists get married.  
 

Bancrofts Part Ten: A Bancroft First

Whew, it's been a while! We start off back at the mothership. A storm breaks out one night and one of the trees catches fire. Naturally, Martin is worried. The next day, he decides to throw an anniversary party. As his Lifetime Aspiration was to reach his Golden Anniversary with Karen, this has now been achieved, and receives 25,000 aspiration points. At the party, Mackenzie chats to her nephew, Kaleb (Michael's son). Martin's natural hobby is Nature. Growing plants brings with it the risk that they get infected with bugs. You can spray the plants with (I assume) some kind of pesticide. If you spray your plants enough times.... POOF! WTF is going on?? You become a PlantSim! This is categorically NOT what Martin wants. This must've involved some sort of sorcery, and as we all know, sorcery is BAAAAADDDD in fundieland. So he decides to phone the Gypsy Matchmaker, who, aside from offering Sims blind dates, also sells various potions to get rid of vampirism, lycanthropy (werewolves) etc.  Martin takes a swig of Plantophic-C potion. Phew! Back to normal. He's still left in his PlantSim outfit, so he has to go to the dresser to put normal clothes on. He decides to hire a gardener to do the work for him, as he doesn't want to risk becoming a PlantSim again. It's time for Mackenzie to age up! We briefly visit Madison's family. Here's Ashlyn, dressed somewhat inappropriately for such cold weather. Still modest, though. Baby Brynlee is left on the bathroom floor. So parenting. Much skillz. Wow. Now we're switching to Max and his wife Lily, who have come back from their honeymoon and are ready for some hey-hey-hey. Max brings a coworker back from work. It's Paul Walker. They're both in the Architecture career. PREGGERS! But what's this? The social worker? Yes! Max and Lily decided to adopt their first child. And... SHE'S NOT WHITE. Malachi was also adopted, but aside from his black hair he could easily blend in with the white Bancrofts. Max and Lily don't care, though; Jennifer is a child of God and should be treated with love. (I've decided their name theme will be "popular 80s names"). Lily is also due with the first biological child soon. Will Jennifer be the only adopted child? Or will this set a precedent?
 

Wa-La Diner Revisited, Part Three: Close Encounters of the Fundie Kind

The Taylors finished their nasal singing at around the same time as we finished our main course. I could feel the grease around my mouth.  "Christ on a cracker, fundies eat this stuff all the time?" Marissa asked, wiping her mouth with a paper napkin. "Not all of them, some are very into healthy eating," Annie replied.  "Dessert, anyone?" I asked. "Yeah, why not," Faye said. "It's not that bad, actually," she added, mainly for Annie and Marissa's benefit. Anna came back. "How are y'all this evening?" she asked. She had a strong Southern accent, unsurprisingly. "Very well, thank you," I said. "Are y'all related, or - " "Yes," I replied, explaining which ones of us we were related. "We haven't seen each other in a while, so we thought we'd come here to catch up." I felt it best not to explain why we hadn't seen each other; I knew that some fundies went to colleges like Pensacola and Crown, but I didn't want Anna asking too many questions. "Lovely!" she trilled. "Are y'all wanting dessert?" "Yes, please," I said. "We'll share some ice cream pie and some cinnamon rolls." I paused, then remembered something. "I'm sorry I didn't ask earlier, but is there any way in which we can pray for you?" "I recently got engaged," she replied, waving her ring around. "So it'd be neat if you could pray for my marriage." No gratitude, I thought, as we agreed to pray and she walked off.  "No please or thank you," Marissa whispered; she was always one for saying what everyone was thinking in situations like this. "You'd think gratitude and politeness would be part of the SOTDRT, but apparently not," Faye said.  *** Nobody took to the stage as we ate dessert, but as we left the table (after tipping with tracts, which I'd brought along) I saw the RV family walk up the steps. "Crikey, they're skinny," Faye said. I laughed at her usage of such a British term; Mom used them liberally. "Maybe they took advantage of the 50% off if you sing or preach deal," Annie commented. "Oh, they definitely would have done," I said, as we walked through the door of the gift shop. "Ovulation kits?" Marissa exclaimed, holding one. "Well, you know how much fundies set store by their fertility," Annie said.  Just then, a very familiar family walked in. "Who are they?" Marissa whispered. "He's a preacher, very anti-gays and Obama," I hissed, feeling the hairs standing up on the back of my neck.  I watched as his children looked at the board games. "Come on, we don't have time now, my slot is in ten minutes," he said, before the family trooped back out. I heaved a huge sigh of relief. "He's preaching??" Faye said, looking worried. "Is he going to start screeching about how men should pee?" "Let's leave before then, then," Annie agreed.  I was in front of the book section, seeing which titles I recognised, when another familiar voice. "What do yer think of this?" the man asked, holding up a pair of earrings. "Very pretty," the wife said. "Did you hear ma preachin'?" Weenie Man asked.  We all froze to the spot. "Y-y-yes, sir," Faye said, being polite. We'd actually barely been able to discern what he was saying, not because of his accent but because he'd been so rambly and failing in grammar. "Do you go to church?" "Yes sir." Annie answered this time, as she was able to answer the question truthfully. I never remembered what denomination she was, only that it was a fairly liberal church and that she was part of the choir. "Would you like us to come be part of yer preachin'?" Marissa was determinedly not looking at him, and was sending me a message with her eyes that read "FUCK NO!" "Oh... I... er... don't know... we're rather busy for the next few months," Annie replied.  "Alright, it was worth askin'," he said, turning back to the jewelry (or joory as he'd been calling it).  We left as quickly as we could, knowing that this would be an amazing story to tell on Dumb Things Fundies Do.  
 

Wa-La Diner Revisited, Part Two: The Meal

"Dude... what is up with all these random lace doilies..." Marissa wondered aloud.  Annie explained. "She sounds nuts," Marissa said. "Oh, that's only the surface," Faye replied drily. Anna returned, with a sheaf of menus. As she walked away again, I noticed that she had a silver ring on her left hand. "Big Salad?" Marissa asked. "Garnished with raw egg dressing," Annie said. Marissa gagged. "Seriously?" she exclaimed. She glanced at the menu with a look of disgust on her face. "Ooh, weens and gravy. Isn't that a breakfast dish?" "Yeah, but they don't have many starters here," Faye said. "I like sausage gravy, I'll go for that." Faye and I exchanged significant glances, but Marissa was oblivious.  "Hello, are you ready to order?" Anna seemed to possess that high-pitched baby voice all young fundie women appeared to have. "Yes... three lots of picnic eggs, and one portion of weens and gravy," I said, ignoring Annie, who was sniggering. I looked back at the menu. I noticed that each dish could be served as individual portions, or could be served buffet-style with everyone helping themselves. To this end, I ordered tater tot casserole, chicken-etti, and burritos to share, as well as some raspberry Kool-Aid. Anna scribbled down the order, and, as had happened back in Summer Springs, presented us with a complementary jar of pickles. "OK, Marissa, lemme introduce you to some of these people..." Annie said, bringing out her phone.  As I talked to Faye about college (I had also done political science, so we were comparing courses), I watched Marissa's face. It was a joy to behold. From the lack of utter disgust, I deduced that Annie had taken the simple decision to *not* introduce her sister to Weenie Man.  "HAY-MAYUN!" We all jumped out of our skin. Filled with dread, I looked at the stage. Sure enough, Weenie Man was here in person.  "Bloody hell, that nearly gave me a heart attack!" Faye whispered.  "Who's that?" Marissa asked. "He's a preacher," Annie explained. "What the heck was that HAY-MAYUN?" "God knows," I said. "People on DTFD are trying to work out if it's some kind of Tourette's-type tic or something he says a la Robert Tilton's Hoo Ba Ba Kanda." As we watched on, I knew that this would be perfect to mention in the thread. Many of us had mentioned possibly going to see our various grifters in action, but nobody had actually done so.  After a couple more HAY-MAYUNS, Weenie Man ended his message and walked off the stage, picking up a KFC bucket as he went. As the Taylors shuffled up on stage, having clearly brought along the entire family, I barely noticed the arrival of our starters. "What... the fuck... is this?"  Marissa was eyeing her plate of weens and gravy with a look of pure nausea.  "Man food eating," Annie grinned. "Why is it pink?" Marissa asked, ignoring the "man food" comment. "Red weens," Faye explained. Picking up her fork, Marissa poked at it, as though worried it would jump down her throat. "Go on, it's made with real flour!" I said, barely able to contain my laughter. Despite my misgivings, the picnic eggs were quite tasty. Looking as though she would rather be doing anything else, Marissa cut off a tiny portion and put it in her mouth. "Oh God, I'm never gonna be able to look at sausage gravy in the same way," she said sadly, putting the fork down in defeat. "That is the most disgusting thing I have ever had the misfortune to eat." At that moment, the Taylors began to sing.  "Oh Christ, I thought we'd left these people behind?" Annie asked. "They're probably desperate for money now that their conferences have dried up," I reasoned.  Faye, who was sitting opposite me, stared in the direction of the entrance. "What?" I asked, somewhat unnecessarily as I whipped my neck round.  "Is that the Big Salad woman?" Marissa whispered. "Is that her husband? Nice pornstache." "Bit of a shame for her that a lot of the food is unlikely to be organic, or fermented," I commented. "Well, all she'll need is her Big Salad and she'll be done for the evening," Annie reasoned. The main courses arrived on foil platters with plastic tongs stuck into each dish. Marissa eyed them warily. "I hope these are better than ween puke," she said. "They're surprisingly OK," Faye explained. "They'll clog your arteries, but they're not as hideous as ween slop." Marissa picked up a burrito and bit into it. "This is a burrito?" she said in disbelief. "Where's the meat? The salsa? The rice?" "According to the originators of this dish, there's no difference in taste between burritos with meat and without," Annie said. "Huh." She continued eating it, although she helped herself to a portion of tater tot casserole. *** Here endeth Part Two. Part Three will consist of a close encounter of the fundie kind... but with whom?
 

Wa-La Diner Revisited, Part One: The Set-Up

Clearly, this is not a fundie Sims post. This is going back to my parody fic, featuring the Mason family (mom Rebecca and daughters Jessica and Faye). Unlike previous entries, this is narrated by Jessica. Jessica has recently graduated from UCLA, and has recently begun studying at a graduate law school. Faye has embarked upon her junior year at UCSD, doing a political science degree. The family previously lived in the fictional town of Summer Springs in Kansas, but have now moved to San Francisco. *** Reading over my notes on contract law was giving me a headache. I brought up a new tab and opened up Dumb Things Fundies Do. As I scrolled through the latest Weenie Man thread, a notification popped up saying that I’d been tagged in a comment. Apparently Wa-La Diner is opening a new branch in San Francisco! Hey @jessidugg95, you in? Intrigued, I googled the restaurant. The news was indeed true. Even worse, it was really close to where we lived. I hadn’t seen anything about a new restaurant opening, but I didn’t usually visit that part of the city. I explored the website, which was promising new dishes.  “Ew, gross,” I said to myself as I read the updated list. ”What?” Mom asked. ”There’s gonna be a new branch of Wa-La Diner here in San Fran,” I said. ”Oh dear. What’s ew gross?” ”They’ve got some new dishes. Including some inspired by our favourite grifter.” ”Huh?” ”Pink weens and gravy.” ”Dear Lord,” Mom shuddered. “How can these people market this slop?” “Christ knows,” I replied, closing my laptop. ”Are you considering going?” ”Dunno, I wouldn’t go alone,” I replied. Faye wasn’t coming back from college for a couple of days. She’d decided on doing a political science major and was really enjoying it. Unlike me, she wasn’t entirely sure what she wanted to do, but I was sure she’d get a good job. I had some real-life friends who were part of DTFD, but I wasn’t entirely sure if they’d want to get involved with an actual trip to Wa-La Diner. ”No, fair enough. I was gonna suggest you should wait till Faye gets back.” *** Eleven days later, Faye was home. I’d told her about the new restaurant, and unsurprisingly she was very much up for a visit; she had always been more interested in fundieism and was more active on DTFD. I'd managed to persuade Annie and Marissa along: Annie knew about fundies, but wasn't part of DTFD; Marissa knew very little, but was always up for an "experience" and a laugh.  “Dare you to order the pink weenie gravy,” Faye grinned, on the day of our visit. ”I don’t fancy food poisoning again,” I said. I’d only had a bout last week and didn’t fancy spending the night leaning over the toilet. ”How are we going to dress?” she asked. “The dress that served me so well last time got ripped, so...” ”Well, it's winter, it'll be easier to layer,” I said. “I’ll wear my denim skirt again.” We spent a while in my room, discussing college and guys and the usual things young twenty-somethings discussed. Faye still had the boyfriend she’d had on our first visit, but he was still in Kansas.  “It’s weird to think that, if we were fundie, I’d probably be married by now,” I said.  “Yeah. And my relationship with Charlie has gone on longer than most fundie ones, so we’d be at least engaged,” Faye replied. ”Poor beggars get no choice,” I sighed, braiding my hair.  "Makeup or not?" she asked. "I'd go with subtle," I replied, carefully applying my mascara. "Yeah, I don't suit the 80s look, I don't have any green eyeliner," Faye replied. *** Annie and Marissa were already waiting outside when we arrived, dressed almost identically in sweaters, knee-length denim skirts and boots.  "So, what kind of cuisine do they serve here?" Marissa asked. "It's very much of the cream-of-crap soup and packet mix variety," I explained. "You'll understand better when we're inside." The interior decor was very similar to the Summer Springs branch. We were enthusiastically greeted by a girl in a hot pink polo shirt, black maxi skirt and brown sandals.  "Table for four? Right this way, we've got a table right by the stage. By the way, my name is Anna," she said.  "Stage?" Marissa asked. "Oh yes, we have musical entertainment and preaching tonight," Anna replied, not noticing Marissa's tone of worry. I exchanged glances with Annie, both of us trying hard not to giggle. "Lovely," Marissa said quickly.  *** Here endeth Part One. Watch for Part Two, after which poor Marissa will never be able to look at her favourite breakfast dish of sausage gravy in the same way ever again...
 

Smiths Part Nine: The Next Generation is (Finally) Here!

Another one where the title says everything... Eliza brings Mark over to her parents' house. Things go well. Eliza shows off her violin skill. Mark is impressed. Mark and Eliza go on a date to the Humor and Hijinks Festival in San Myshuno. Luckily they had chaperones! With the Humor and Hijinks Festival, there is a competition between "Jokesters" and "Pranksters". Mark and Eliza joined the Jokesters. (Incidentally, both Nicole and Edward became Pranksters). It's separate beds... for now. (The jug thing in the background is the reward for a Gold level date). Still in the "getting to know you" phase. It's official! They're in a courtship! Well, THAT escalated quickly...! OHMYGODYES! Mark and Eliza didn't want to waste any time! This is at Myshuno Meadows in San Myshuno. (I did set Eliza's dress to be white, but I guess the game generated a random outfit when they travelled to the venue). THE FIRST KISS! I even got a notification saying that they were sharing their very first kiss  Eliza entertains the guests. You'll notice that even though Emily wears pants now, she still wears a modest formal dress. Ahem... Congrats, Eliza! "We're going to have a baby!" "Hey Grandma!"
"Huh? OH!" Lunch date at new restaurant in town, Chez Llama. It serves "experimental" food dishes, such as Volcano Pasta and Free Range Sixam Pit Beast (me neither). Never forget your Bible journal. Eliza elects to have a hospital birth. For some reason, you have your baby in this weird contraption. It's a BOY! Welcome to the world, Adam Pearson!  
 

Bancrofts Part Nine: The One with the Mass Drop-Out (Plus a Wedding)

I may have said this before, but I actually find the University aspect pretty boring. It just becomes this cycle of eat, sleep, go to class, study that is repetitive and boring. There are so many Bancroft kids that it's hard to keep up.  So, with this in mind, I instigated a mass drop-out.  I decided to check in with the college-student Bancrofts. In the big house was Max, Mason, Martha, Matthew, Mark and Morgan. Max was close to graduating, so I decided to let him. Like Madison and Michael before him, he did this with Summa Cum Laude (GPA of 4.0.).  This is Max working on a Term Paper, one of the three methods to boost your grade. Once he'd finished his final exam, he used the phone to move back to Sapphire Springs. The others completed their semester exams and decided to drop out, one by one. The exception was Mason, who had one semester left and wanted to see things through. (This is Matthew). In Sapphire Springs, I decided to move Max in with another family... and have that family move out, leaving Max with his own space. I decided to make things easy for Max and created a helpmeet in CAS to move in with him. This is Lily Matthews. The bathroom is the best place to get hot and steamy. Incidentally, I haven't yet had a bathroom baby in either Sims 2 or 4... maybe it'll happen soon. Best friends! A thunderstorm struck. I managed to get a photo when the screen was completely white due to lightning. They had to sleep separately that first evening, even though they were already in love at that point (things happen fast in Sims world). Next morning! I told you things happened fast in Sims 2! (OK, I might have used BoolProp to speed things up a little. Shoot me). Max then had to go to work, so they held the wedding once he'd come home. Madison and Michael decided to have a pillow fight. Also in the photo: Mary (Michael's wife) playing the piano to no audience and Max talking to Martin (possibly the sex talk?) Max has a pillow fight with Martin. Lily's pooped and napping on the couch.  Max and Lily are currently on their honeymoon in Twikkii Island.  There will eventually be ten Bancroft couples, which will be a bit much. So, to narrow things down, I'll primarily focus on the Bancroft daughters (Madison, Martha and Mackenzie). I'll check in with the others occasionally. I may have one of the kids move back in with Karen and Martin, to take over the house when those two eventually die.         

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Smiths Part Eight: WE HAVE A SMITH GIRL IN PANTS

We'll start where we left off. Where's the best place to have mommy-daughter time? The bathroom, of course.  "I know, Becky, our dishwasher is, like, totally broken, and Daddy should, like, totally fix it, but he's just sooooo busy being an amazing Godly husband and father." "Why am I eating standing up when there are eight free seats behind me? I am so sick of this househo- oops, gotta keep sweet. Gotta keep sweet." "Yeah yeah your music is neat, Mrs Smith, but I'm just *that* much more interested in molding this clay." "So the square root of 169 is.... wait... why is there a plate in the way?" "Don't ask me. I'm a Bear." "I mean, I just LOVE having six children, but I sometimes feel like something is missing now my blessings are all growing so fast... Lord, help me to deal with this new season of life..." "Lemme just crank this up a notch, even though such a steep gradient makes me fall down... just a reminder that God has everything under control, and if I try to change things too fast, I slip up and need to slow things down to where God would have me." "Wait... wait... what's happening? Am I older? Oh no! Will I still be able to have children? I feel like life has gone so fast..." "Oh, help... now I'm older I'm feeling much less secure. My Bible journal has always helped. Lord, I pray that you will continue to support my family and I in the coming years, I'm feeling somewhat lost right now..." "I'm so thankful that the Lord blessed me with such skill in the violin so that I am able to glorify Him in so many diverse ways." "So what if video games are a distraction and not a direct way of glorifying God? I can earn money through doing this. Blicblock is hardly going to corrupt my mind." "I bet Mommy is so proud of me, I do my Bible journal without prompting!" "So what if talking to yourself is the first sign of madness? I'm just interacting with God's creation." "I can't believe Mom let me get my own place already! I am so excited to be in this new season of life and I am so ready to have as many blessings as God will give me... but I've got to find a husband first..." "FREEDOM AT LAST! I was never much of a girly girl. God, it feels so LIBERATING to wear PANTS. I hope Mom can see that wearing pants doesn't make me any less Godly."    

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How to Ruin a Restaurant's Atmosphere

This is a non fundie family, the Farnleys. Consists of Anna and Matt, their adopted daughter Cassia, and their bio twin daughters Alicia and Maddie.  Anna owns a restaurant, which is moderately successful. She's there at the moment. An elderly couple arrived, she greeted them. Suddenly, the male Sim got up... and DIED. Right there, in a corner of the restaurant. DUN DUN DUN Grim Reaper appears. I gave the post this title because the restaurant has always had a good ambiance rating (you don't get an ambiance rating per se, but it's one thing that can influence a customer's enjoyment). Witnessing a death is rather a dampener. 

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Bancrofts Part Eight: Five Grandkids and Counting

The last post ended with the announcement of the birth of baby Ashlyn Walker, firstborn grandchild, daughter of Madison Walker (nee Bancroft) and her husband, Paul. We now go over to Michael and his wife, Mary. She also got pregnant very quickly. (Sims 2 doesn't allow for story progression so every household is at a different stage, Madison's siblings don't age when I don't play them). Mary's natural hobby is Sports. So, she decided to play soccer in the backyard with Michael. It's OK to play with your spouse, just not in a competitive team. Labour!! I said in a previous post that I'd have a K name theme, in honour of Karen. It also allows for (some) kreeaytive spellings. So... welcome to the world, baby Kaleb!  When's the best time to conceive your next baby? Straight after giving birth!! Let's pop back over to the Walkers. "Mom... you've had your babies. Let me hold my own." Karen randomly turned up one evening, used the toilet... and left. Didn't invite her over. (I think this can happen when you've got multiple entrances to your house (this one has the main front door, and one that opened into what I consider the basement area. I've gotten rid of this door now). Madison also conceived again. Here are Madison and Paul celebrating Ashlyn's birthday. (The bookcase is a fancy career reward, from the Education track funnily enough. I used cheats to obtain it. With most bookcases you can only read Cooking, Mechanical and Cleaning books... this offers books on all the skills. Children can read all of them, and with the skill gain rate they can easily reach level 8, where you can get a scholarship for college). This is the "basement" underneath the main house. I converted it into a playroom for the kids. It's also got the dog bed.... I forget what the dog's called. I may have more than one pet, IDK... Skipping a few photos... Madison's in labour again. And... Ashlyn is joined by a little sister, Brynlee! (I thought that'd be a good fundie-style kreeaytiv name).  Looks like Ashlyn's going to grow up! Back over to Michael's place. Mary started a fire. Whoops. Sims are stupid. You tell them to move AWAY from the fire... they do so... and then RUN STRAIGHT BACK. You FOOLS. She didn't have a fire alarm at the time (she does now!) so she decided to take matters into her own hands. I think Mary may be preggers again... "We can do this now we're married... mmm, Mary, you are so beautiful and Godly!" (No dry-humping at a golf course in this game, sadly ) Mary eventually gave birth to twins Katherine and Kyle (sorry for your weirdly-spelled name, Kaleb). The house was too small for two children's rooms, so I used motherlode and moved them to a BIG house. Here are the kids in their bedrooms. So, to summarise: Madison is married to Paul Walker. They have two children. Ashlyn is a child and Brynlee is still a baby. Michael is married to Mary (nee Cole). They have three children. Kaleb is a child, and twins Katherine and Kyle are toddlers.  I need to play the unmarried college siblings. I don't actually like the college aspect of Sims 2 University, it just gets tedious after a while (class, assignment, eat, sleep, bugger else to do). I've mainly been playing another custom neighbourhood recently and I haven't attached a college sub-hood to it for this reason. 
 

Smiths Part Seven: Just a Quick Update

I haven't played them for a while. Still nothing much has happened.  Eddie and Elijah having a conversation. I thought I had captured the speech bubbles but apparently not. I think they were discussing grilled cheese here. More talking. Emily doing the dishes in the back, just like a good, Godly young girl should. Elijah wants to be, erm, athletic/a bodybuilder. He's rather skinny, so he needs a bit of exercise to build some muscles. (You can't wear caps backwards a la old-style Ben Seewald, sadly). Eliza entered a mean phase, so she decided to yell at her mom for no reason. Of course, Nicole tells her off.  (That orange book is what kids' homework looks like. It's not any of the Smith kids' work, it's actually from when one of the neighbour kids paid a visit, started doing homework, and then left it there. I can't move it). The family's sleeping patterns are somewhat skewed. Edward wants to have a great garden. This was in the early hours of the morning, because why not? Cleaning the shower seemed to mostly consist of spraying the dirt with cleaning fluid, no actual sponging involved. And yet the whole shower was miraculously clean!!  Nicole mastered her cooking skill a while ago. This results in fancy moves. Most of which aren't exactly practical. If you're making fruit salad, surely the last thing you want to do is toss the bowl in the air...??? It can be dull stuck at home all alone. Sims love to mold clay. The eldest twins going for a jog. Emily (blue) was hacked off because she'd tried to help a classmate, but he wasn't very grateful. Eliza was jogging because it's good for her, and for her emotional control. Yet another Smith kid succumbs to the Bear phase. This time it's Elliot.  Emily decides to Troll Teh Forums. "HAHAHAHA I AM MORE GODLY THAN YOUUUUU LOSERRRRRRRSSSSS!!" Nicole got wind of this and admonished her. "Look, you can't reveal our family life to others, we must maintain normality". "Elijah, honey, there is a time and a place for you to take a selfie, and now is not it." Objects tend to break fairly easily in Sims 4, and luckily Edward is a real Manly Man (TM) and gets to work repairing the toilet. "GOD'S CREE---AY---SHUNNNN IS SOOOOOO BEEE----YOOO---TI----FULLLLLLL!" Grilling shish kebabs to stick in the fridge for the family to have later. SOTDRT doesn't exactly apply in Sims 4, but the dining room still tends to be the centre of family life. Emily and Elijah doing homework. Evelyn eating a shish kebab. Elliot looking incongruous in his Purple Grape Bear outfit. And... SHOCK... Nicole doing some work. This fundie mom isn't as lazy as some others... *cough cough*

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Bancrofts Part Seven: Next Generation Is Coming

We start off in the original house. Mackenzie has grown into a child. She's in another crudely-edited-by-me dress. You can't see it particularly well, but Malachi has black hair. Here's a photo of Karen teaching him to walk. She's wearing the Thinking Cap and he's under the influence of Smart Milk. Skills are consequently learnt incredibly fast. Karen realised that she was pretty much at the end of her baby-producing years, so she adopted two pets; a kitten, Daniel, and a puppy, Luke. Malachi grew up. Here he is with Karen and his brothers eating lunch/dinner (I forget which exactly). Eventually, it came to Karen and Martin's birthdays. The whole family turned up to celebrate! Now, we pop over to Madison and Paul. Hmm... is that... could it be... a PREGNANCY?? Yep! God saw fit to open Madison's womb!! Paul got a job as an architect. Madison reckons he looks super cute in his suspenders.  Madison raked up the leaves in her yard. She decided to set fire to them. FWOOSH! You can also see their fancy car. Madison was bored whilst her husband was at work. So she decided to invite Karen over.  Madison also decided to adopt a puppy! Here's Polly (if she's visible of course...) Ooh! Madison's going into labour! Yep! Madison invited Karen over again. And.... it's a girl!! Welcome to the world, Ashlyn! I decided to go for an alphabetical theme, with slightly unusual names.   

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Michael Bancroft and Madison Walker, Graduation and Marriage

I'm skipping out quite a few photos. This is from Madison and Michael's final semester. It was Winter, so I decided to have them celebrate Christmas. Santa showed up! They're not sure who he is (they are sure he's not Jesus). Santa ends up needing the bathroom a lot... I guess that's what happens when you are drinking whisky at every house you visit... (this isn't what happens in Sims!) *fast forward* Here are Madison and Michael heading off to their final ever exams!! And... they both got Summa Cum Laude! Yay! Not that Madison will use her degree, but her parents instilled a good work ethic into her and her siblings. Madison threw a party and made some Baked Alaska. Mary heard that Michael had graduated. She realised she'd never use her degree, so she dropped out. She just wants to be a wife and mommy! Michael and Mary moved in together back in Sapphire Springs. They quickly decided to get married. Here's the whole clan turning up. I *know* the dresses aren't that modest, but they were the best we had. They quickly go to the arch. Sadly, the siblings are too busy dancing (I know, I know) to actually watch; in the end only Karen and Martin witnessed the whole thing. Pucker up! Cake time! The siblings are STILL dancing. Maybe I should remove the CD player. The family have a buffet lunch. For some reason, Karen and Martin are having a pillow fight in the background... Sims only have a limited time as adults so I decided to marry off Madison fast. Here's her husband, Paul Walker. Things moved VERY quickly. Kiss time! They had been on one date, and they autonomously kissed lightly at the end of the date. When Michael and Mary did this, it didn't count as the first kiss. When Madison and Paul did the kiss, it *did* count as their first kiss... huh.  Madison chats to her little brother. I can't tell if this is Mark or Morgan. Over to Michael and Mary's for some sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet fellowship! Heads up: Mary and Madison are *both* pregnant! They don't realise it yet, but they got that ding sound when Try for Baby is successful. I'm going to play the original household for a bit so that Karen and Martin age into elders.    

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Smiths Part Six: Keep On Keeping On

As I mentioned previously, I've been mainly playing the Bancrofts, as I wanted to get Michael and Mary married. In a comment on the Married! post, I mentioned that Madison is also married! She is now a Walker. You'll get to meet husband Paul in the next post. So, the Smiths. Since you can't move teens out early like in Sims 2, life has been pretty mundane. Eliza and Emily have a week left in-game before they age up. I'll probably kick them out, so that Nicole can have a final pregnancy... since aging freezes whilst you're pregnant (which I find a pain in the ass), Edward is a fair bit older than her, when they started off the same age. I may have mentioned this already, but Eliza wants to be an awesome musician. Her main instrument is the violin. Eddie and Elijah aged up! Eddie making a slight DERP face. Eddie's a painter. He can't wait to capture God's wonderful creation! Sometimes Eliza just feels so *inspired* she starts playing in the kitchen. Carrot cake for breakfast? Whenever Nicole makes a group meal, I put any leftovers in the fridge. The family often help themselves. Although Emily's normally a conscientious student, sometimes things can be a bit last-minute. No-one's perfect, after all; we live in a fallen world. Nicole gets bored alone at home, so she goes to visit the Markhams. Becky and Callum appear to not be in school. Becky seems rather warmly dressed; they live in Oasis Springs which is a desert-y neighbourhood (the Smiths live in a more verdant area). Here's Roseanne (I realise I missed a trick by not calling her husband Dan or her other kids Darlene and DJ*. She has two sons and one daughter. The other son is Alistair). In another post I mentioned how Energised Sims tend to work out wherever they are... the kitchen isn't exactly the best environment for push ups. Nicole goes out fishing; there are some Baking recipes she cannot cook because she doesn't have any fish. She soon gets bored however and starts singing God's praises. When you all arrive home at once... you get a big blob of Sims. No wonder Eliza's looking uncomfortable here!! Emily also decides to do some woodworking. (Maybe I'll have her be a bit rebellious when she leaves home? As in... possibly (shh)... PANTS?) So, 5 pm. Edward arrives home from work... ... Eliza has just taken a shower and is taking a selfie... ... Eddie's putting a book away in the study... ... Elijah is in the bath (I forgot what Emily was doing) ... ... Evelyn is playing the piano... ... and Elliot is napping on his bed. Yo, Eliza, you have a table behind you. Why are you standing up to eat your baked potato? How can you eat it standing up? Sorry this was rather dull. Hopefully things should improve once the oldest two move out. * I haven't actually watched very much of Roseanne. My mother introduced it to me a long, long time ago and we only had Season 2 on DVD. I need to watch it more!!     

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They're Married!!!

The title is self explanatory... I've been mostly playing with the Bancrofts, mainly because I had the marriage storyline for Michael and I wanted to get that done and dusted before going to the Smiths.  Here's a photo of that all-important moment... THE FIRST KISS!!! I'll cover things properly later.  Madison has *temporarily* moved back into her parents' home, mainly for accountability reasons. Yes, I had moved Michael and Mary into the same house before marriage, but I knew I was going to get them hitched ASAP so it was only temporary. Both of them now want a baby, so that'll be coming soon. I decided that they can have a K theme, to honour Karen. Michael's lifetime want is to marry off 6 kids, so they'd better get to it, stat!  (Formal outfits really aren't hugely modest. So I've had to be fairly liberal in that area. The girls in the family all wore knee-length or longer skirts. Most of them had bare shoulders, but hey, it's only temporary, and they very rarely wear formal gear anyway). Both Madison and Michael managed to graduate Summa Cum Laude, thankfully. 

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They're Engaged!!

Congratulations, Michael and Mary! As soon as Michael got back from his exam (he's now in the final semester of college), he invited Mary over. After a few romantic interactions (where they properly fell in love as opposed to just having a crush on one another), Michael decided to pop the question... and she said yes! "Mmm... she is such a Godly young woman. I love her dedication to the Lord... and her beautiful brown hair." "Oh, Mary, you are the most beautiful, Godly young woman in the world... will you marry me?" "Oh, Michael, this is a beautiful ring!" "YIPPEE!! BIG FRONT HUGS FOR THE WIN! Soon we can actually kiss for the first time!!"

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Brief Bancroft Update

Madison and Michael are now Seniors in college! They’ve managed to maintain their 4.0 GPA. And... Michael has a girlfriend! It’s Madison’s friend, Mary Cole. They have gone on an unchaperoned date *le gasp* but I decided that, since I am essentially God in this game, I can be their chaperone (in a sense). Plus you can only really have a “date” with one person. I suppose they could go on an outing with some friends and just do romantic interactions... It’s still early days, though.  You can actually get engaged at college, but not married. I might have them get engaged before Michael graduates, and then have Mary drop out; it seems like something a fundie maiden would do. That way, I can move them into Sapphire Springs and have them immediately marry.  I’m not so sure about what I’m gonna do with Madison though, I may just create her a guy in CAS back in Sapphire Springs and get them loved up quickly so they can make the most of the Adult years.  We currently have two first-semester Seniors, one second-semester Junior, one first-semester Junior, and (soon) two first-semester Sophomores. And there are still four left at home! I might have Karen stop at 10, because she’s nearly an Elder and it’d be odd for an Elder to have a baby related to them who isn’t a grandchild. It’s a nice round number anyway. 

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Bancrofts Part Six: All Together Now

A fair bit has happened since I last played with the Bancrofts. I'm going to skip forward in time a little bit. I decided that I wanted all the Bancroft offspring to live in the same house, so that it'd be easier to control them all and so I didn't have to keep switching around. So, here are the oldest four (Madison, Michael, Max and Mason) in front of their new, as yet unfurnished house. Max set about painting a very special motto... in Sims 2, you can add photos to the Paintings folder. You'll see the completed painting later. I briefly went back to the main Bancroft house to move out Martha and Matthew. They quickly settled in to college life. Martha does physics and Matthew does political science. Here's Martha cooking!  Sadly she burnt her first attempt at pork chops, so she went with spaghetti instead. Uh, the bathroom isn't exactly the greatest place to congregate, guys... (Reminder: Michael in the blue, Max in the green, Mason in the orange) Madison decided she was so stinky she would have a sink bath. Thankfully she was in the privacy of the bathroom so no-one took any notice. (As you've noticed, I always tend to play with the walls fully down). Here's the painting I mentioned earlier... it's John 3:16! "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." One of the guys (not sure which one) decided to go to class in his pyjamas...  Michael loves to play in the bathtub...  Sometimes a random person in fitness clothes will come along and yell at a Sim to exercise. I think Max is the one exercising. Matthew gained maximum Music and Dance enthusiasm, so entered The Zone. He's the first of the kids to gain max enthusiasm in his chosen hobby, mainly because it's easy to gain enthusiasm in it. Madison and Michael decided to have a late-night session at their hobby secret lot, Peerless Park Nature Reserve. Madison was much more successful at fishing than Michael, who only caught a couple of old boots. I think Madison was going to her exam here. They have an exam at the end of every semester. Madison and Michael are currently in semester two of junior year. Yes, I bought a TV...  I know fundies would argue that they're brain-sapping and so on, but honestly it is the easiest way for a group of Sims to raise their fun level. Seems like going to class in your PJs is common... hope it wasn't too cold that day!!  We finish on a nice family photo... everyone eating a meal. I can't actually see what they're eating, though. I'm going to play with this group of siblings until Madison and Michael graduate, then I'll go back to the main household. Mark and Morgan are still only children so they've got a way to go before they get to college.
 

Smiths Part Five: La-la, How The Life Goes On

Not much of note has really happened with the Smiths, so I thought I'd title this post "Life Goes On", but it made me think of Ob-La-Di by the Beatles so I took the line from that instead. I mentioned previously that I'd decided to remove my CC, which means removing the girls' modest skirts. This is the skirt Evelyn is currently wearing; it shows *gasp* KNEE but it's the longest skirt I could see. I also didn't realise that the missing pyjama trousers (the only missing item, dunno how it happened) were the type Nicole was wearing. I think I'd chosen them because they were the baggiest pair I could find. So when Nicole woke up one day she was very NIKE! (This is, of course, Create-a-Sim, where I quickly gave her some new jammies). Fruit pie for breakfast? Why not? Elliot decided to go interact with the elderly. He's a little unsure about her bardot/cropped sweater, but he's only a kid. Eliza goes for a jog. Parenthood introduces five Character Values, which are important to fundies. You can raise Emotional Control by jogging to clear your mind. If you raise Character Values to the top, you'll get an associated positive trait when you age to Young Adult. (Of course, you can also lower it to the bottom and get a negative trait). Elijah visited a friends' house after school one day. He was *still* in the Bear phase, so I decided he had to wear normal clothes for this visit. (This results in a Sad moodlet). This is him chatting to Brian (forget the surname) and Callum Markham (younger brother of Becky, who was mentioned in an earlier post). "Elijah, are you EVER going to leave this Bear phase? It looks ridiculous when you're walking around dressed as a purple bear with a bunch of grapes on your front." Edward went to Hang Out at the San Myshuno park with neighbour Eric Lewis. (Gave him a makeover too; it seemed strange that everyone else was in a t-shirt and he was in a long-sleeved sweater). Edward was very intrigued by the observatory; rather strange for a fundie... Edward with a whole BOWL of animal crackers! Steve Maxwell would have an attack of the vapours  Nicole's aspiration is to be a Super Parent. (I don't know if this is irony or not). Anyway, you can raise Parenting skill by doing things like disciplining your kids, helping them with homework, and so on. One of the sub-lifetime wishes is for a child to have three positive character traits (which I mentioned earlier). Sims 2 and 3 have similar systems.  Like Eliza and Eddie before her, Evelyn is very creative. She loves to make music! Nicole loves baking, so she made some carrot cake! (That grimy counter top will be cleaned by one of the E-slave/sister moms  kids later. "Wow! Eliza made such a beautiful volcano!" Remember what I said earlier? Edward and Nicole decided to have a date night/evening. They visited a garden in Willow Creek first.  Later... the beloved fundie dip kiss! Emily and Eliza doing their preferred activities... Emily programming and Eliza about to play the violin. Here you can see their snazzy new PJs. We finish this random life post with a picture of Nicole eating some gumbo (I think? Or was it franks and beans? They look very similar in game).    
 

Bancrofts Part Five: Ten Kids... ACHIEVED.

With that title, I think y'all can guess what happens here!! We start off briefly in Madison's place in college. She decided to invite her brother and his friends over. Ever the young Godly helpmeet, Madison makes the food. Madison maxed her Creativity! Selling paintings is a good way of making money for young fundie Sim women who won't get jobs. ***NIKE ALERT!*** Madison was on the toilet and... erm... WTF ARE YOU DOING MAX??? Originally, Madison, Mary and Lottie shared a room. I eventually changed it so they each had a room. Here's Madison doing an assignment. I decided that even though she won't get a job, it's worth her doing well anyway. Madison is also good at the mechanical skill, which came in handy when the stereo broke. I briefly installed a little hot spring in the garden. Madison decided to use it, before planting a garden. This is the most modest swimsuit there is. Back to the main compound now... Sometimes, for no reason, adults "lecture" babies. I thought this sounded like rather a fundie thing to do... Mason dancing. The Bancrofts are OK with it, as it's "glorifying God".  ... is that a GREEN Sim one of the kids brought home from school? I decided to go into debug mode in CAS for one family and made a family of aliens. This is Tycho Williams. The other kid is Lakshmi Singh. Mason made a snowman... sadly it was a DEVIL snowman! (I deleted it immediately). Mason turned into a teenager. As happens in the family, he quickly went to college. Karen also quickly got pregnant with #9 after giving birth to Mark and Morgan. This is her going to collect her novel... "How to Keep Sweet". The icon above her head is a memory being formed; it was a best-seller! Clearly there are more fundies in Sapphire Springs and the rest of Sim City than I thought... I managed to get a shot of Karen about to go into labour. Baby #9 and... GIRL #3!!! Welcome to the family, Mackenzie. Lying on the floor, wondering what on earth you're doing, is par for the course in this family.  At some point, I used the maxmotives cheats again to keep them all permanently happy. I figured it was God (well, me) rewarding them for having nine children.  Martin and Karen were nearing the Elder life stage. Seeing as they had a baby in the house (plus another coming), I decided to get them the Elixir of Life to extend their lifespan a bit. Again this is a reward from God... (photo in a bit) Martha and Matthew were now Teens. Martha was in PANTS when she aged up, but thankfully there was a nice modest outfit waiting for her in the shared family wardrobe. Matthew changed into some weird all-black outfit with a long coat. I haven't changed it yet. He maxed his Mechanical skill. I was wondering why he couldn't play the piano anymore... turned out it needed tuning, and Children can't tune pianos. Here's Martin using the Elixir of Life. Karen had used it first. Karen and Martha had a heart-to-heart on the marital bed. Karen then felt convicted to read her Bible. Mackenzie aged up! Her colour is purple as you can tell. Dress is from Mod the Sims. We finish the post on a surprise photo *ahem*... here's Baby #10, Malachi! (Yep, another boy). What's the difference here, you ask? Malachi is adopted! Karen somehow guessed she was nearly at the end of her childbearing years, and suddenly felt convicted to adopt a child. After all, there are plenty of unwanted and unsaved  children in SimNation so she felt she could help out. The photo is at a weird angle... Matthew is in front of the fridge. He'd given Malachi a bottle before dumping Malachi on the floor. I couldn't see Malachi from my usual playing angle because of the counter, so I had to go for the birds'-eye view.     

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Hmm

So I seem to have come across yet another, albeit minor, issue. I loaded up the game. I get a notification saying that one or more CAS items have been removed. From what I can work out, all that’s gone is one pair of pyjama bottoms (which happened to be the ones Eliza and Emily were wearing). I repaired the game, removed the couple of items of CC I had, still this one item is missing.  As I've removed the CC, I’ve had to give Evelyn a new skirt. It’s a PITA but it’s minor in the grand scheme of things.

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Smiths Part Four: A Catch Up

A fair bit has happened since I last updated on the Smith family. As of my last save... NO MORE TODDLERS! All the kids are in school, and with Edward working that means Nicole gets some time to herself.  Toddlers can get Angry when their needs aren't being fulfilled. Some emotions have three levels. Evelyn woke up ENRAGED one morning... she was starving, lonely and in need of fun. Poor kid.  I gave Nicole another makeover. She's gone for a much more Maxwellian vibe. The t-shirt reads "It's On Us", which is a movement founded by Obama to fight against sexual assault on college campuses. Nicole doesn't know this; she just assumes it means "it's on us to convert people to the Lord". I wanted to change her out of her plain clothing and give her something patterned. I love the grilling options you can get on the barbecues. Here Nicole decides to grill some fruit for the family breakfast. Unlike *some* fundies we know, the Smiths eat relatively healthily. Sims can get ill with the addition of Get to Work, and can present with some bizarre symptoms. Googling gives either Gas and Giggles or Itchy Plumbob. I don't know quite what was afflicting Eliza, but I was able to order some medicine. This family are OK with modern medicine it seems. We have Teens! Eliza and Emily decided to go for matching outfits as per. When you send one Sim to plan an outfit in Sims 4, you can actually edit the whole family. As ever, Eliza is pink and Emily blue. Eliza is a great helpmeet-in-training!  Elliot and Emily woke up early one morning and had some sweet sibling time together in the study. Emily is a Nerd Brain. I decided she should get into Programming (another Maxwell-inspired idea. Sorry Smiths). Finally! NO MORE TODDLERS PRAISE JEEBUS. Once the older kids had gone to school, Elliot and Evelyn aged up.  I finally got round to giving the kids Bible journals. Here's Eliza using hers. She'd had an embarrassing day at school so was confiding all in there.  Emily was feeling rather tense due to lack of fun so I sent her on a jog.  This is the girls' room as it is currently.  And here's the boys' room. Elijah is the latest kid to enter the Bear phase. He decided to be Avocado Bear. He's also been Pineapple and Orange Bear. Eddie getting in some early morning Bible journaling.  Edward going off to work. This will be the first time since I started playing that Nicole will be all alone at home.  Nicole decided to go fishing.  Aaaaaaaand the peace ends. Bible journal session. Elliot took advantage of a freshly-baked plate of jammy doughnuts. Nicole took all the kids to a bake sale to volunteer. Apparently, Elijah spent the whole time in his bear costume *sigh* Eddie got ill one day so was allowed a sick day off school. And finally... Eliza decides to learn to cook. She started off with some simple Mac and Cheese.

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