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Fun Fun Fundies: Sims Edition

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About this blog

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? 

I originally began with a Sims 2 family and a Sims 3 family. My Sims 3 game messed up at one point (I couldn't play it), but it does all seem to be working again, so I have recently brought them back. I subsequently added a Sims 4 family. 

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. Madison & Michael, Martha & Matthew, Mark & Morgan are twins. I sent them all to college when appropriate. The eldest four all graduated, but then the others dropped out (I find the university aspect boring, plus I figured it'd be a fundie-like thing). Madison is married to Paul Walker, Michael is married to Mary (nee Cole), Max is married to Lily (forget her maiden name), and the others are all in their own houses or in the housing bin. Because there's no story progression, it can be hard to keep up with all of them and play them all equally. There is currently a total of 11 grandkids. Madison has four: Ashlyn, Brynlee, Carson & Daxton (twins), with another on the way. Michael has four: Kaleb, Katherine, Kyle and Kaylee. Max and Lily have three. They adopted two and have one biological kid. Jennifer is the eldest (adopted), then Ryan is the sole bio child, and Christopher is the latest (adopted) grandkid.

Sims 3 Family: the Taylors. Parents are Melissa and Joey and the kids are Andrew, Bethany, Christopher, Diana, Elijah and Francesca. Andrew is a singleton, Bethany and Christopher are twins, and Diana, Elijah and Francesca are triplets. Andrew is only a teen, plus I haven't played them as much, so there are no grandchildren.

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. Eliza married Mark Pearson and has two children: Adam and Benjamin. Emily is married and has broken away from the family rules. She is married to Daniel Westbury (although hasn't changed her name), has a job as an astronaut, wears trousers (I'm from the UK and pants are underwear to us!), and no kids yet. She may have kids of her own (but maybe just two or three) or she may adopt. I do tend to make my Sims have kids so I doubt she'll remain entirely childless. The others are still in the family home.

I also sometimes feature "guest" posts featuring my non-fundie families. 

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The Whittakers Part 3: Cones of Shame

The Whittakers have a pretty big garden, and I've got a few catnip plants (you can't plant catnip in previous iterations of The Sims, only catnip toys). Here's Julia feeding Olly some homegrown catnip. I decided it was time to get the cats spayed/neutered. Lily was first up! She went into a special machine to have it done. She came out with a cone of shame. Poor kitty.  Thankfully the cone didn't last long! Little James decided he wanted to pet the cute kitty. (You can see the rocket that Julia is building in the garden). One thing I don't like about Sims 4 is how a female Sim doesn't age whilst pregnant. I have no idea why this is. Julia and Mark were originally the same age, but now Julia's three days younger. I wanted James to have a sibling, so I adopted a baby girl, Maddie. It was also 'Spooky Day' (a festival I created to be an equivalent to Halloween), hence Mark's costume. Luckily Maddie didn't seem to be too upset by it! James wore his own little costume too!  I wanted to get the other cats neutered the day Lily got done, but the vets was running a bit slow and it got late. So, I took the others back a few days later. I noticed this bizarre-looking blue dog with what looks like smoke or steam above it... it later looked normal, so I can only assume that this is some weird Sims illness. In fact, here's the dog looking normal! Plus Olly with his cone of shame. Here's Maddie as a toddler. She looks so pretty! Mm, late night chicken nuggets! The kids are sharing a room for now. I might expand the house a bit when they're older to give them their own spaces. One HarvestFest tradition is the appearance of gnomes in the house. Mark tried to appease this one with pie... no dice. You have to give them the right gift or they're not happy. It ended up that *all* the gnomes were displeased so I just sold them haha.  Olly ran away again. I don't know why he's run away twice, I make sure I look after them both properly! Maybe it just happens sometimes for no real reason. Mmm, Grand Meal time! You get a choice of Grand Meals to make. I chose a turkey one. This also happened to be the first time that Julia and Mark sat down for a meal together! I love that toddlers can grab their own portion of a group meal in Sims 4. It's so convenient! Playtime with Daddy!      

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The Whittakers Part 2: Expanding the Household

Last time we saw the Whittakers, it was late on Love Day. They managed all their traditions! This can be what happens when you eat ice cream... brain freeze! Uh oh, looks like Lily's frightened of the toilet. Poor kitty. Julia got pregnant!  This is the standard microscope in Sims 4... pretty huge! She needed to build some Fitness skill for work, so I sent her to the Movers and Shakers gym. This lot comes with a trainer, and you get a special moodlet when s/he pays attention to you. (It's not always the same person each time). Oh no - cat fight! Olly won this one. Normally they get on pretty well. Julia went to Geek Con and tried the Ultimate Gaming Test. Sadly, she didn't do very well. Never mind, she can level up her Video Gaming skill and she'll be much better prepared the next time Geek Con comes around! Cats get in the weirdest places. Lily tried out the fridge for size. Hey! Get out of the meatballs, Olly! Fast forward a couple of days, and Julia's ready to give birth! She had a son, James. The day of James's birth was also Summer Fest (a holiday I always create, since there are no pre-set summer holidays). What better way to celebrate than by dancing to Walking On Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves!! (Aside from songs created for the game, real-life bands often contribute Simlish versions of their own songs). Lily decided to photobomb in an... unfortunate manner. James as a toddler! I decided he could have the Inquisitive trait, and eventually be like Julia. I decided to give him glasses, cos he looks stinking cute in them! Can anyone guess James's colour? I've done this forever, assign my Sims a colour and have them wear clothes in that colour.  Olly ran away briefly, but he soon returned! He was a little stinky when he came back. Julia got a Smelly Pet moodlet which referenced the great Smelly Cat song by Phoebe Buffay from Friends, but I didn't get the screenshot on the laptop. I'll attach the photo I got with my phone later. Lily had kittens! These are Max and Billy, and they look exactly like Olly. Once they grow up I'll get them all neutered/spayed and then sell Max and Billy, because it's a fairly small house and four cats is a bit much. I went into Plan Outfits to tweak a couple of minor things, and found the Clothing category for cats. Here's Olly modelling a, umm, cheese sandwich, and a top hat. He looked ridiculous! I decided to just stick with collars for him and Lily.

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Same Game, Different Laptop: The Whittakers

So my laptop went stupid, again. I think the battery needs replacing. My mum kindly lent me her laptop (which she doesn't really use) and I downloaded Origin/Sims 4. My first port of call was to create the Whittakers! The little family consists of Mark and Julia and their kitten, Lily, who's a calico. Julia is a Nerd Brain, which involves becoming very good at Logic and Handiness. She also enjoys video games! But where's Lily....? She's so teeny! Unlike in Sims 2 and Sims 3 Pets, you can create a kitten in CAS. You could adopt a kitten in 2 and 3, but not create one yourself. Just like with Vincent Powell, Mark is a wannabe chef.  They bought Lily a comfy bed... but she's a cat, so she's sleeping outdoors. At least it's on grass rather than hard concrete... Off to work as an astronaut! Finally, Lily's sleeping in her cat bed... Ta da! She's a big girl now! Uh oh, Lily started eating the vegetable dumplings... The Whittakers live in Willow Creek. Their home's Lot Traits are Chef's Kitchen, Great Soil (helps with Gardening) and Science Lair (Logic and Rocket Science).  This bizarre-looking contraption is a cupcake machine, although it can also produce various other baked goods with the Baking skill (Cooking skill is for the cupcakes, and the Baking skill produces stuff like doughnuts, muffins and tarts). Mmm, lemon gelato... Cats and their choice of sleeping spots... Lily started randomly meowing, with hearts round her. After a quick google, it turned out she was in heat. This is also new to Sims 4. You also have the option of getting your cats spayed/neutered... I haven't got round to that yet. So, they adopted Olly! And it seems like the two cats got on well! No kittens appeared; I have no idea if this screenshot captured mating or not.  Aside from the usual festivals (Love Day, Harvest Fest, Winter Fest, New Years) you also get random holidays pop up. The first random holiday was Season Premiere Day, which I've not had before. The show was called Game of Llamas (a lot of the books Sims can read have got titles that reference pop culture, eg Lord of the Swings, Darley Porter and the Basement of Shadows by U.K. Englishlady and The Bladder Games, among others). Both Mark and Julia were working on Love Day, so they had to wait until late to get their traditions in (each holiday has various traditions, and you can get various moodlets depending on how many you complete).  

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Sims 4: Factory Reset

So I got Cats and Dogs, plus My First Pet Stuff. Which screwed up my game big time, it just wouldn’t load. Ugh. So I made a backup, and did the factory reset. Game is now fine. I decided that I wanted to start over completely, like I’d just bought the game and expansions etc, without any of the previous saves. So, my previous games don’t exist in this version, and I’ll be starting afresh with a new family. 
   

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Getting Back Into the Swing of Things: The Powells

So I've been absent for a while!! Life got in the way, really, and I didn't play The Sims for ages.  I'll be posting on this blog more often, but there'll be some changes. Namely, I think I'll be abandoning the Taylor family. It was a mistake making them Fairies - Joey and Melissa were becoming grandparents whilst still Young Adults (due to YA and A lifespans being 105 days instead of 21) and it just wasn't particularly realistic. So I think I'll start another 'fundie' family, but as normal Sims. Plus, they'd often achieve their Lifetime Wishes at a young age, and you can't choose another one like you can in Sims 4. I am also (finally) planning to install some mods in the future, mainly household extension ones, and perhaps a couple of bits of custom content eg modest skirts. I don't know yet if I'll keep up with the Sims 4 Smith family. Anyway, I've started a new, non-fundie family in Sims 4, and I'll post about them.  Emily and Vincent Powell live in San Myshuno. Because I didn't play for about six months, I had a load of updates to install (OK, Origin did them automatically). One new feature is that you can take a personality quiz in CAS when you're creating a new Sim, where you get asked questions and your Sim's traits and Lifetime Aspiration get automatically chosen depending on your answers. For Emily, this worked out well. She started off at Level 3 in the Entertainer Career, and started off with points in the Logic, Parenting, Violin and Guitar skills. I didn't get such great results with Vincent, so I decided to manually choose his traits and aspiration. He wants to be a top chef (which is probably my most frequently chosen aspiration, as the bonus trait you get upon completion means that food never spoils, which is useful). Here's Emily! I use this dress quite a lot. I've since changed it.  Moving into their apartment. Each apartment gets assigned various lot traits, which can encompass a wide range of effects (eg there are many skill-boosting ones, one that prompts ghosts to appear at a certain time every night, one that results in a higher incidence of twins amongst other examples). This apartment's traits are Gnomes (which results in broken appliances getting fixed), and Penny Pixies, where your Sim can get random small amounts of money occasionally. I SO wish this happened IRL! It was raining, and Vincent decided to go and mop up a puddle outside. Yeah, I wouldn't bother... Although Vincent is the main chef, Emily reckoned it'd be useful to develop the Cooking skill too. Emily reading, with a glass of water. Emily frequently goes to get herself a glass of water autonomously. I've never had that happen so often with my Sims, I swear.  Emily decided to get herself some samosas at the neighbourhood market. Sadly, she can't really handle the heat yet. She literally breathed fire. Vincent decided to cook some fish tacos. Apparently it smelt so good that neighbour Salim Benali wanted some. They bought a bee box. One option is to "bond with bees". Yeah, think I'll pass on that one... Festivals occur every so often in San Myshuno. Emily decided to go to Geek Con and dress up as Princess Leia. There are three different types of cooking skill in Sims 4: Cooking, Gourmet Cooking and Baking. Here, Vincent's made some Vegetable Dumplings and some Breadsticks. Emily wants to become a great parent, so it was time for some good old WooHoo. It ended well! (They also get a good WooHoo moodlet, which is awesome). Vincent got some curry one evening. Whenever you eat a recipe from a market stall, you can then recreate it at home, which is useful when you're a wannabe chef. Emily peed herself whilst pregnant, and decided to hide from everyone in her bed. Poor Emily. Their first child was a boy, little Casper, who's recently become a toddler. He's such a cute little dude!!

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Taylors Part Ten: Introducing Bethany Wilson

Trying to keep tabs on multiple families isn't the easiest task! Bob knows that red roses are a solid romantic gesture. "Bethany, you are such a beautiful, Godly young woman..." "... will you do me the honour of becoming my wife?" Front hugs a go-go!! Popping back over to the mothership, where little Hannah had aged up. I changed her outfit. Then we go to Andrew's house. Time for the twins to age up! Here's Molly!  And here's little Morgan on the xylophone! This is also the 800th screenshot in my album.  This top and this skirt are the most modest options I have for formal/bridal wear. I'm guessing that all the females will be wearing this combination, or similar. You may be able to notice the subtle floral decoration I added for Bethany's outfit. I could go for a slightly shorter skirt (still covering those *sinful* knees), or else something that doesn't cover the shoulders. I wish I could create my own CC sometimes, but I don't have those sorts of skills, so I have to make do with what I have. Hand-holding! It's happening! Wedding #2 for the Taylor offspring! I didn't capture the kiss that occurs as part of the wedding vows action. But just-married-that-second Sims, particularly fundie ones, don't need an excuse!! I couldn't spot Diana in the immediate congregation, and then, searching the lot, I found her. Cake time! Slow dancing in a bedroom. This was where Bob slept when they weren't married; it'll probably be a kids' room in the future. That's two weddings down and six more to go. Of course, the two youngest are only toddlers.       

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Taylors Part Nine: Babies and, err, Degrees??

It's been some time since I updated on the Taylors!  Gabriel is a cute little dude. Melissa was pregnant with #8 and went into labour in the music room. Only Francesca (hidden by the piano) is really freaking out. Elijah is so bored he's yawning!  And here's baby #8, Hannah. I've decided that she will be the last blessing, as the next generation has started now. Sadly, Melissa wet herself. Over at Andrew's, Natalie goes into labour again! Andrew is totally freaking out but Natalie is so chill she's eating dinner. She gave birth to twins Morgan (boy) and Molly (girl). I haven't really got any photos of them yet. It's always hot in Appaloosa Plains, so Joey decided to head to the beach and sunbathe. The triplets became young adults whilst I was playing with Andrew and his family. Elijah went somewhat bald, and for some reason Melissa is wearing a very NIKE dress. Diana adopts her mom's hairstyle. Francesca rocks the casual look. I've got a "rebellious" daughter in Sims 4 (Emily Smith), and maybe Francesca will be my "rebellious" Sim in this game. Here's Gabriel playing with some toys... ... and baby Hannah in her crib. For some reason a babysitter randomly spawned even though there were two adult Sims on the lot. I think this just happens when you play a family with kids, go to a different family, then go back. Here's Andrew feeding little Molly! I'll make sure to take photos when they age into toddlers. Matilda is three days off becoming a child. The Taylors are a pretty musical family, and Natalie fits right in. Bethany has a special friend! His name is Bob Wilson.  I went to briefly check in on the Andrew Taylor family, and... erm... there was a bit of congestion going on. Don't sit on your siblings, Matilda! That's not very loving! The second part of the title refers to something odd that I've not noticed before. I clicked on Andrew and he'd been randomly given a Fine Arts degree, grade B. What's even weirder though is that MELISSA was given the exact same thing!! Having googled, I think it does happen sometimes. I never sent them, and they didn't even get an extra trait. I can't screenshot with the UI up, so here's a random shot of Andrew in his work gear. Back to Bethany and Bob. Flirting in a BAR? They didn't partake in any sinful drinking, though. I got Bethany to do the Sims University Aptitude Test, just to see which degree she'd be suited to. I'm planning to make Bob a politician, and I'll give him some skills and maybe send *him* to university.  HAND HOLDING ALERT Y'ALL "Will you enter a courtship with me?" Late-night dancin' And here's Bob doing the aptitude test.  I foresee marriage for these two! Well, of course they're gonna get married, that's the Godly way.   

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Smiths Part Thirteen: Babies Galore

So, we start off with not long left until Emily gives birth.  You need the toilet a lot when pregnant! It's go time! Daniel freaks out. It's... ... a BOY! Welcome to the world, Martin Westbury-Smith!  Over to the Pearsons. Eliza works on writing a new violin tune. Here's Adam as a Child. His hairdo is very similar to Mark's. Uh oh, Adam thinks it's a good idea to play with ketchup and flour... Eliza reads to her son. Hmm... Mark's gone stripy. He got a "Giggly" moodlet, so I guess the diagnosis is Gas and Giggles. No, me neither. Sim illnesses are weird. Adam sure is a helpful kid! And now it's go time for Eliza! TWINS! Eliza has the Fertile trait (from the Rewards store), so it's not entirely unexpected. And they're her first daughters, Chloe and Delilah. It's also Harvestfest! Harvestfest is a bit like Thanksgiving, in that one of the traditions is being thankful. Another tradition is "holiday gnomes"... yeah, Sims being Sims again. Gnomes appear in your house and you have to appease them. This one didn't appreciate pie. WHAT KIND OF GNOME DOESN'T LIKE PIE??? Adam going to meet his sisters. Chloe is in the pink crib and Delilah in the green one. Eliza threw a Harvestfest house party. And I was reminded that pretty much all the males in the family have the same dang shirt! L-R for the guys: Elijah, Eddie, Mark, Elliot.  Eliza eating some turkey dinner. One tradition is to cook a "grand meal", with a choice of turkey, ham, fish or tofurkey. (I much prefer the Sims 3 name for veggie turkey, Tursoykey). Once you've had a plateful, you get a "dazed" moodlet called "food coma" #soaccurate Emily decided to use the bath. Ah well, Eliza had puked in Emily's toilet a couple of days earlier... Adam decided to eat some spoiled food. Bad idea. Yup, bad. Now he feels nauseous. THERE WAS A PLATE OF TURKEY THERE WHY DID YOU GO FOR SPOILED OMELETTE  

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Smiths Part Twelve: First Pregnancy for Emily!

So the Smith family officially has more posts than the Bancrofts. As explained in a previous post, I will no longer be updating on the Bancrofts. As often happens with my posts, the title explains all. When a young Sim couple love each other very, very much...  It's their FIRST Woo-Hoo!  Emily may have rejected her upbringing in many ways but she still waited until marriage for sex. Going to do the pregnancy test... Yippee! She's going to be a mom! Telling the dad-to-be. He may look a little unsure, but one of Daniel's traits is Family-Oriented, so he is happy really. Hopping over to the Pearsons. Eliza decides to get cracking with #3. Benjamin, her second, is now a toddler, but I haven't got a photo. Success!! Emily plays chess, her daily task for work. Emily actually has a couple of days off work. She's feeling a bit lonely one day, so she invites Eliza over. She then went to prep some grilled cheese sandwiches. I heard the knock at the door, scrolled the camera to check Eliza was there... she'd already let herself in and was puking in the toilet. Oh dear. Aww, these two!  "You're gonna be an auntie!" "Yeah, I can tell, your belly is already big!" With seasons, you can occasionally get days of "mysterious weather", where the weather can change to literally anything. Oasis Springs is a desert-type environment, so they don't get snow in winter. Well, unless it's a day of mysterious weather! In addition, this is Autumn, so doubly unusual! Side note: I'd been having a couple of graphics issues with my game. Nothing major, but enough to be slightly annoying. So I messed around with the graphics settings a bit. The trees aren't actually pink, that's just a side effect of the change in graphics. I also had edge smoothing on and now don't, but that's not as noticeable. Also, Edward is now an Elder! In Sims 4, female Sims don't age whilst pregnant, which is a bit odd. As a result of this, Emily has 8/9 days left of Young Adulthood, whilst Eliza has about 17 days left. And they were twins. Strange. Evelyn's cold weather gear is quite funky. Emily dancing. Nicole came over, so naturally Emily had to share the good news. And by that I mean baby news, not Jesus. Nicole knows about Jesus. Emily off to work. You get the option of family leave in Sims 4, but you don't have to take it. Daniel came home feeling a bit sad because he was missing family. Aww. Don't worry, you're going to be a daddy soon! Emily came home feeling a bit ill, so she took some medicine. This family believe in proper medicine and not just quackery and essential oils. Emily is in her final trimester now. I kinda hope she has a girl, who I can put in pants, and who Emily can teach that she can be anything she wants to be. I never did a proper It's Been A Year post for the Smiths, so I decided to go down memory lane and get some photos of Emily during her life so far! Nicole during her first pregnancy. I forget she used to wear that yellow outfit... Just given birth! Emily of course in the blue crib. D'awwww.... She always loved Eliza  She played the part of dutiful daughter well. The love of science and knowledge began early. She worked hard at school. Her own place! And PANTS!! Pre-marital kissing!! The wedding And now impending motherhood!

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It's Been (Just Over) A Year: The Taylors

The Taylors have also had an eventful time on this blog.  So, we were introduced to Joey and Melissa. Melissa got pregnant quickly. Joey is a gardener. You'll notice that Joey gardens in his stripy pyjamas quite a lot. Andrew was blessing #1. Melissa is a wannabe musician (mastering piano/guitar/bass/drums, not a job). The basement serves as the music room. Melissa conceived again quickly, and had twins Bethany and Christopher. Compared to *some* fundie dads *cough cough*, Joey was quite an involved dad. A rare photo of Joey tending to his garden while fully dressed!! A zombie appeared on my lot... and promptly died. The kids taught themselves how to walk and talk. Melissa soon conceived TRIPLETS, Diana, Elijah and Francesca. For a brief period, there were FIVE TODDLERS in the house. I don't have a homeschool mod, so the kids had to go to ebil public school. Melissa kept up with her musical skills whilst also raising six arrows for the Lord. Everyone was involved in keeping the house clean - even the boys! Andrew was also musically-minded. The triplets soon became children, and life got a lot easier. Joey mastered Gardening! When the twins became teens, they were able to practice music together as a family in the basement. They even got pets! And a pool! Melissa opened a daycare. Andrew moved out, and met a VERY pretty young lady... They quickly began a courtship... ... and got married!!! Melissa showed up... pregnant. Again. Blessing #7, Gabriel, arrived. Natalie then gave birth to the first member of the next generation, Matilda. Not to be outdone, Melissa... you know the rest. Natalie also made progress with the next blessings. Yep, she too had twins! Morgan and Molly. Final count: eight children, three grandchildren. I probably won't have Melissa conceive again now that the grands are appearing. There'll be plenty of grandkids.    

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It's Been (Almost) A Year: The Bancrofts

I began this Sims blog on January 2nd 2018. A lot has happened since then! Births, courtships, weddings, jobs, college...  Since updating my graphics drivers a while ago, Sims 2 is no longer supported by it. When I'd gone into Sims 2, the background had been flickering and dodgy, so I'm afraid that'll be the end of the Bancroft Saga.  So, what happened to the Bancrofts whilst they were still playable? We started off with Martin and Karen.  Karen quickly gave birth to her first blessings, Madison and Michael. Not long after, she had blessing #3, Max. Madison and Michael got into private school. After a couple of mishaps (see link), Karen eventually had baby #4, Mason, and then her second set of twins, Matthew and Martha.  The eldest three went on what some might call a vacation to Twiikii Island with Martin. Karen mastered Cooking. Madison and Michael went to college. Madison was originally in a dorm with someone who would later become *very* important to the family, Mary Cole. Karen got pregnant, again. That's a definite baby, Karen, not just a possibility. Surely you know what WooHoo means by now? Another one went off to college. Babies #7 and #8 arrived, Mark and Morgan. Karen wrote a book, "How to Keep Sweet".  Baby #9 and girl #3, Mackenzie, arrived. And was promptly left on the floor. Standard. Baby #10, Malachi, was adopted. The eldest six all moved into a house together. Michael got engaged to Mary Cole. Madison and Michael graduated, and Michael quickly got married. Not to be outdone, Madison also got married. The next generation arrived quickly. This is Ashlyn Walker. Kaleb Bancroft. Brynlee Walker. Kaleb was quickly joined by Katherine and Kyle. Max married Lily Matthews. Martin was briefly a PlantSim. Max and Lily adopted their first child, Jennifer, whilst Lily was also pregnant with the first biological child. Madison had babies #3 and #4, Carson and Daxton. We had a bathroom baby! Lily having baby Ryan. Mary made it ten grandkids with her fourth, Kaylee. Max and Lily adopted another son, Christopher. Madison was also pregnant with #5. 

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Taylors Part Eight: The Next Generation

When we last visited the Taylors, Melissa had just had baby #7, Gabriel. A good bit has happened since then! The morning after her wedding to Andrew, Natalie feels a little queasy... Natalie loves the heat (it's a trait), so she decides to sunbathe in the yard. Given her sooper-modest outfit, she won't get much of a tan. She went to the library to brush up on cooking skill... and bumped into Melissa... ... who then decided to randomly play piano by the bookshelves. Andrew attended a party at his parents' house, and got to meet his kid brother. Looks like the next generation is on its way! Natalie had a real craving for watermelon. Freakout!  Looks like the baby is a-coming! It's a girl! Welcome to the world, baby Matilda! Of course Natalie naturally pops back to her pre-pregnancy size instantly. Back to the mothership. Bethany and Christopher aged up and moved out. So, naturally, Melissa took advantage of this. Gabriel grew up! It's been a while since Melissa had to potty-train any of her kids but she remembers what to do. I sent the teens to school when they weren't feeling great. Diana spent most of the day sleeping in class (tut tut) and landed herself in detention, so she had to stay after school. Is that... a... TELEVISION?? Don't worry, Natalie only uses it to improve her cooking skills.  Andrew got a promotion!  Of course, Natalie has to be the one to attend to her crying daughter whilst Andrew sleeps on. Got insomnia and can't sleep? Go to the library! Matilda is due to age up soon. The family doesn't know it yet, but Matilda is going to become a big sister soon. Plus, of course, there's baby #8 for Joey and Melissa on the way. 

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Something A Little Different: The Baker-Mays

Most of my Sims couples are white and straight, like me. So, for my newest save game in Sims 3, I decided to create a mixed-race lesbian couple, Helena May and Roseanne Baker. Helena is the white woman and Roseanne the black. They started off in CAS as Girlfriend and Girlfriend. They got married within a couple of days. They then adopted their first kid, Amelia. Helena wants to be a Hit Movie Composer. Her main skills are Guitar and Logic. Sadly no-one really listened to her when she played in the park. Helena's third main skill, not related to her career, is Alchemy. Here's Amelia as a toddler... ... and as a child, off to a Writing class. The family currently has three pets: Pistachio the cat and Cashew and Macadamia the dogs. Pistachio and Cashew are into the Hunting skill. One day... an effing SNAKE appeared INSIDE THE HOUSE. OMGWTFBBQ Amelia was a child during winter, and she had a couple of days off school, as well as the Snow Day holiday. She only went to school twice. She used the time off to write some science fiction novels.  What do dogs like to do? CHASE THE MAILWOMAN!! Sadly he developed the Aggressive trait, which kinda sucks.  Roseanne took him for a walk in the snow. Snow Day gift giving party. Amelia ended up getting three of the same thing, Helena got one crappy gift, and weirdly Roseanne got nothing. Amelia aged into a Teen. I later changed her hairdo as the result of a "mood swing" wish.  Mason is very close to his imaginary friend, Puzzle. I've currently got an opportunity to make Puzzle real, but I've got to find a Rainbow Gem, which are super rare. Helena discovering some potions. At level 8 of logic, you can make a potion that'll turn the Imaginary Friend real, without needing to do the opportunity, but she's only level 6 right now. Given how rare Rainbow Gems are, she'll probably reach Level 8 before we find a gem  Whoops! Potion discovery gone wrong! Mason is a Loner and Angler, so he's really into fishing. The lakes were all frozen, so he had to go fish in the sea. Here he is learning bait for a particular type of fish. You can also see little Felicity in the background. Felicity grew up! She's a Virtuoso so I'll probably get her to develop music skills, but you can't develop them till you're a teenager. That painting is by Amelia, who wants to be an Illustrious Author and master the writing and painting skills. The most recent picture is of Amelia going to prom. She hooked up with another Sim there, who's a Vampire. The vampire lifestyle isn't really my thing. Plus, vampires live longer than normal Sims, so Amelia would be an Elder whilst he's still a Young Adult, so I'll get them to break up, although they can still enjoy a teen romance.

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Taylors Part Seven: Andrew Grows Up... And Much Happens

OK, so the last part ended with a "mystery" photo.... but I bet you can guess what role she'll have to play. Andrew's turning into a Young Adult! He also gets Kicked Out of the house. This is much easier than manually moving him, plus they choose a random vacant lot. Andrew ends up going for a pretty fancy place. Christopher was VERY NAUGHTY one day and SKIPPED SCHOOL. He got scolded by Melissa, so he had to help out round the house.  So, the "mystery" woman from the end of the last post is called Natalie Jones. Andrew takes an immediate fancy to her... Joey shows up. I know fundies love chaperones, but it's a bit of a style cramper... DAT HUG. They went on a date to a diner. I heard some random piano music... yep, it was Melissa randomly jamming behind the diner  That outfit is the Level 2 Daycare uniform. The next morning, Andrew gets a job in the Music career track, which fits with his Lifetime Wish as a One Sim Band (the same as his mother). Natalie works on her Cooking skill. Her nightie is somewhat sluttish, but I decided length was more important than sleeves (ok and low-cut-ness). After all, her Everyday skirt shows *knee*, so... Seems like Melissa and Joey took advantage of a slot finally being available after Andrew moved out... Girly jamming session! Getting in the mood for a proposal... Engaged!! Sadly I missed the actual down-on-one-knee moment as I was looking at something on my phone. Oh well. It happened. The next morning, Andrew practises guitar whilst Natalie brushes up on her cooking. On their way! I decided to build a small wedding venue in town. I am pretty sure Andrew invited his whole family. In the end, only Joey, Christopher, Diana and Elijah watched the ceremony. Hmm. KISS! KISS! Melissa eventually showed up in a VERY sluttish skirt.  The two married couples slow dance. Time to start the next generation!! I then went back to the mother ship just in time to witness... ...the birth of baby #7, Gabriel!  It's a big, big gap between the DEF triplets and baby Gabriel, but oh well. Bethany and Christopher are also due to age up into Young Adults, so we may well also get an H and an I baby soon. There aren't really any H biblical names for boys, so if the theoretical H baby is a boy I'll call him something like Henry, or Hugo, a nice traditional name. I names are more obvious (Isaac). It's the reverse for girls... Hannah is the obvious H choice, whereas there are no I names so it'll be something like IDK Imogen or Isabelle. (If its twins, H baby would be born first, I baby second). I'm probably gonna stop at ten (so, that'd be Joseph/James/etc or Joanna/Julia.)

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Taylors Part Six: Melissa Opens a Daycare

Melissa is now the only member of the family left at home during the day, so she decided to open a daycare. It allows her to stay at home, so there's no boss or women with green hair around. It's Leisure Day! Normally there are four festivals a year, but because I have this game in permanent summer mode, you only get Leisure Day, once every four weeks. They wanted to throw a pool party, so I built them a pool. The flowers are from the Weather Stone, which supernaturals can activate. This is Reviving Sprinkle, exclusive to Fairies, that fertilizes plants and revives dead ones. It's useful to Joey and his big garden. Bethany contemplating life and God under the stars. Teens and up can wear a modest mermaid skirt, but the best kids can wear is a wetsuit. For some reason, Melissa decided to buy a digger to see if there were any gems buried in the garden. Now it's time for the triplets to age up! For a short time, I will only have Teens in the family. Andrew is close to becoming a Young Adult and aging up. I'll probably kick him out. Yes, he'll be alone, but it's easiest this way. Plus Melissa may be able to have another kid. There'll be a huge age gap, but that's not a concern for me. Fairies live much longer than normal Sims.  The girls are all wearing the same skirt, but have different tops, hairstyles and shoes. Here's Diana. And then Elijah and Francesca.  There aren't any modest nighties available to teens, so they just wear dressing gowns instead. I decided to make Christopher "eccentric"; this doesn't mean he acts weirdly or says crazy stuff, it actually means he's good at inventing. I thought it was a way for him to make money, by creating toys and mini sculptures and stuff. Oh noes! Christopher got electrocuted! I hired a repair woman to fix the shower, but she inevitably decided to go for a dip. So I got a woman in a BIKINI mending the shower. NIKE!! Jacob grew into an adult cat. Only Andrew was there to watch. More band practice.  The daycare only operates Monday-Thursday for some reason. Melissa got the job on the Thursday, so didn't start until the following Monday. Here are the first two toddlers, Alexa and Catherine Givens. The game automatically generates toddlers, so they're not necessarily living in the town.  On the second day, we get a different pair of kids entirely. Here are Janis and Tommy Spain. Alexa and Catherine Givens are no longer in Melissa's relationships panel, so who knows what happened to them.  Basement homework club!! Sims in The Sims 3 tend to autonomously do their homework much more than in Sims 2 or 4. That's the end of Part Six! But wait? Who's this... ??

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Taylors Part Five: Teens and Two Kitties

Gotta start those homemaker skills early! Francesca and Elijah ended up sleeping in each other's beds, but I didn't regard it as a big problem. You can claim beds in Sims 3, such that they will automatically sleep in those beds.  Bethany dancing this time. Perhaps they're OK with it? Francesca really needed the loo one morning, but it was filthy so she had to clean it. OK. It's official, the Taylors are OK with dancing. Melissa gets involved. I have Classical music playing all the time, so it's not ebil pop with a beat. Joey mastered the Gardening skill!! Bethany decided to try and sell some baked goods. Sadly, nobody bought anything. I managed to get everyone in shot! That's Diana talking to Joey; kids with the Excitable trait often pretend to rule over an imaginary kingdom, dressing up in a costume and with a crown. Only God can really rule over a kingdom, though! It was an automatic action, and with eight people in a household you can't control everyone at once. What's this? It's a cute little kitten! His name is Jacob. Bethany did get a customer one day, but Patricia Bedlington didn't buy anything. Joey's not looking at Patricia's vest and shorts. Plus, the visitor is a vampire... The twins age up!  We can have family band practice now. I wish I could attach a video file of the music they're playing, but I can't. It sounds pretty cool when they jam together. There are two styles, "Jam" and "Blues".  Whenever someone plays an instrument, the others like to come and watch. This is mostly OK, except when they're supposed to be going to bed. Then it's just stupid. Oi, you're tired, go to bed. You can watch your mom play the piano tomorrow. Everyone's off to school!  Cleaning up around the house isn't just for the girls in this family. Or is he doing something else...? Oh noes! Melissa's hair! Turns out Andrew was playing a prank. Fairies love to prank. I don't get the Taylors to do it much, but Andrew was having a mood swing and had a wish to play a prank. Melissa wanted to earn some money by playing piano in the park, but no-one gave her any tips. Perhaps I'll try somewhere else. Joey decided to enter a hot dog eating contest. The natural consequence of stuffing your face... throwing up afterwards. A couple of days later, we got another kitten. This is Eliza, short for Elizabeth. Jacob was pretty lonely, so I got another pet of the same species.  I still intend to take them on vacation one day. I don't know where I'll go. Maybe France.

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Another Guest Post: The Bachmanns

The Bachmanns have their own save game (i.e. not the same one as the Smiths). I also put them on Long lifespan, for the lolz. They live in Newcrest, which ships as a blank hood. I created a restaurant, library and gym. Currently, they're the only household, aside from neighbours the Hensleys. The parents are Sarah and Matthias and the kids are Emma and Daniel. There's nothing really in-game to suggest this, but I wanted them to have a German-sounding name, so I've chosen names that work in both English and German (many names currently popular in Germany are names like Mia, Sophia, Emma, Ben, Finn, Noah rather than what one might think of as sooper-German like Friedrich or (idk) Annaliese or something). Sarah is in the Astronaut career; as of my last save, she is level 6. Here she is playing with the microscope. Sadly, due to financial reasons, I had to sell it (bills are super high in Sims 4, way more than previous versions, think at least 2000 Simoleons as opposed to around 200-400+ for previous games). Matthias is a Chef, and was practising his Mixology skill when Sarah told him she was pregnant with Emma. He went "WHAA?" and laughed rather nervously. (Funnily enough, when she was pregnant with Daniel he was less surprised and more happy). Matthias visited San Myshuno. Yes, this is him talking to a toilet. A speaking toilet. Sims, eh? Casually chilling with some drinks. A serving plate of kebabs on the edge of the bath. Because why not? Talk Like A Pirate Day! So they dressed up appropriately. Emma also makes her first appearance! Sadly, she appears to be using her diaper. Matthias juggles bottles, whilst Sarah uses flash cards with Emma. Dance party! I also created a little kids' playground. Matthias and Emma visited when it was cold. I love Emma's little hat!  Emma pretended she was on some sort of pirate ship with the toddler playground. Matthias got involved! I loved the little animations that popped up when I was playing as Emma. Matthias and Emma visit the Hensleys. Mom is Ellen, dad is Jacob, and the kids are Hugo and Lara. Whee! Matthias plays with Emma. Toddler Playdate time! Harvestfest, which is a festival that comes with the game. I added the tradition of wearing costumes. Darth Vader cooked the Grand Meal. Sarah dressed as a French maid and Emma wore a little "monster" costume; toddlers don't have many options. Neighbourhood Brawl Day randomly popped up. Matthias went out, and randomly picked a fight with someone. They then hugged to make up. Sims is weird. The whole family visited the Romance Festival. Sarah's a wannabe astronaut, so it's only natural she wants to build a freaking ROCKET SHIP in her garden. Yet another Matthias and Emma photo. I swear Sarah does play with her kid!! I don't take as many photos with my non-fundie families; this is just how things ended up. Hmm, I wonder where Emma could be... Winterfest present opening time! Ping! Another baby! Daniel is in the yellow outfit. Playing together at the dolls' house. Smoochin' time!!  

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Taylors Part Four: NO MORE TODDLERS

As the title says. Late-ish one evening, I sent Andrew on a scavenger hunt looking for gems and metals. Melissa wants to be an awesome musician, so it's time to practise the guitar! Potty training! Andrew is now a teenager! One evening, Elijah decided to play the xylophone. Sadly, he woke Christopher up. Andrew was able to sleep through thanks to the Heavy Sleeper trait. Everyone was either at school, at work, or asleep, and Melissa and Francesca were the only ones up. Although you can't be a travelling music ministry family, you can play instruments. You can only play once you become a teen, so right now Andrew is the only kid who can join in jamming sessions. Melissa was going a little stir crazy, so she decided to visit the consignment store. There wasn't anything she liked, though. Bethany brought a friend home from school, but they didn't interact much. Melissa then decided to visit the library. She sat opposite a dude with a ponytail, but she decided to ignore him. Jam session! Bethany and Christopher will soon turn into teens so they can join in and form a full "band". Late night sliding! (Or could be early morning, I don't know). Andrew can now be a brother-dad and look after his toddler siblings. Cleaning the bath! Gotta start training to be a homemaker early! Melissa herself cleans the shower. Melissa wrote a book, Being Purposeful in your Marriage. She decided to start on a second, to do with parenting (I forget the exact wording). Sister time! They've got a small pond/lake in their garden, so Christopher takes advantage and goes fishing. The triplets aged up! I gave the girls slightly different styles. Bethany is technically wearing a top and skirt, but I made it look like it's a dress (the top was 'tucked into' the skirt). Diana has a different type of top. And Francesca is wearing an actual dress. They've also all got long hair, but done differently.  The glowy effect is from the full moon. I find it rather annoying as it makes me feel like my glasses are smeary, even when they're not!! The full moon gives a positive moodlet to fairies, though, so it's worth keeping.      

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(Sims 3) Taylors Part Three: It's Been A While

I loaded Sims 3 today. I thought I'd muted all the sound options (voices, music, ambient, sound effects). Turns out I'd only muted music. I played and... NO CRACKLING PRAISE RUFUS. It cured itself! Tis a true Rufus miracle!! So I unmuted music and.... played!!! The game is a tiny bit slow, but it's barely noticeable. I get the occasional visual glitch, but nothing major or that impedes game play. I haven't really played the Bancrofts all that much. It can be a little strange playing a whole bunch of families without story progression, i.e. when you play as Madison Walker and her family, her siblings/nieces/nephews are frozen in time, don't age etc. And really, they're getting to the point where it's just marriage and babies... just like the Duggars eh??  I will probably still play them, maybe just focusing on one or two of the kids. And I always wanted to try and figure out what was wrong with my Sims 3 game. I *really* should have thought of uninstalling and reinstalling sooner. I is a dumbass. So, without further ado, let's jump into the Sims 3 Taylor family.  Melissa was asleep, so I got Joey to take care of the kids. Always the grossest part of parenting... emptying the potty. It's gotta be done, Joey. And a diaper change for Diana.  Toddlers are so cute! This is Elijah and Francesca playing peek-a-boo in the playpen. Time to teach yourself to walk, Diana! The bedrooms as they are currently. There are officially four days before the toddlers age up, but I age up Sims 3 toddlers when they still have one day left. Time to wake up and be a mom, Melissa!  Aww, poor little Francesca.  Gotta start on those wife-and-mommy skills early, Bethany! Early-morning sprinkler play. This is the best game for modest swimwear.  Quick nap whilst there's not much going on with the toddlers. Joey came home from work feeling stressed, so he decided to tend his garden. It's doing pretty well. The kids are home from ebil public school. Andrew needs a bath. I bought a jungle gym! Christopher gets up early to play. Playtime in the girls' room!  Managed to get most of the family in this shot. Melissa decided to actually TEACH Francesca how to talk.  Is... Christopher... DANCING?? Yep. BONUS! I currently have two Sims 3 save games. The Taylors live in Appaloosa Plains, and my other game is in Sunset Valley. Martin Brown and Stephanie Langley are married with two grown-up kids, Alexandra and Jessica. I built some venues (aka bars of various types) and the Langley-Browns own two of them (out of a possible six I built). Martin decided to visit one of the ones he doesn't own one evening. He was dancing downstairs when someone had a medical emergency (he's a doctor). Incidentally, this guy (in the yellow fairy outfit) is Alexandra's father in law; he's called Marty Jackson. The person in the background is Emma Hatch, one of the premades, who is a werewolf. She's partly shocked at what's going on and partly starstruck (the Langley-Brown family members are all Celebrities to some degree. Needless to say the Taylors are NOT celebrities).    

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I GOT SIMS 3 TO WORK AGAIN *dances*

When in doubt, uninstall and reinstall. Thankfully I have it on Origin, so no need to faff around with multiple discs and serial codes. And, because it was on Origin, I still had my original Sims 3 fundie family, the Taylors (remember them?) Only issue is that the audio is still dodgy, so I have to mute all the sound, but that's fairly minor really. It feels odd to be playing it again after such a long break, though. I may get into these guys again, or just create a whole new save game.  It's been almost seven whole months since I did a Sims 3 Taylors update. I realised that since I did the last post back in January, I had taken some photos before my big pause. When I last saved them, kids 2 and 3 had just aged into Children. In age order, the kids are Andrew, Bethany, Christopher, Diana, Elijah and Francesca. I'll post those photos, plus some old ones of other fundie families I've had on Sims 3 who I've long since deleted. My Sims 3 children record is ten.  This is Andrew being put to use cleaning the toilet. Kids in the Sims 4 can't actually clean toilets; all they can do help-wise is clear the dishes. Making the bed. Melissa doing the counter. Yep... that's FIVE TODDLERS ALL AT ONCE. Elijah is the guy on the left, who's wailing because he's hungry. Bethany, Christopher and Diana (I think that's her in the lilac) are playing round the table, and Francesca is the one nearest the desk chair on the right. I don't know why Melissa was in her swimming costume, they don't have a pool, although perhaps she wanted to play with the sprinkler. Anyway, with Sims 3 Island Paradise comes a mermaid tail in the swimwear section, so you can create a totally modest swimming costume!  Christopher wanted to play with the xylophone, but Bethany was in the way.  Francesca in the walker.  The natural consequence of having five toddlers at once. Here's Bethany as a child. Christopher doesn't have his own bed yet, as one of the triplets was placed in his old crib before I could sell it, and I still need another crib in the boys' room for Elijah. And here's Christopher. When I played them yesterday, they'd only just aged up; I'd changed Bethany's outfit but not Christopher's.  Memory Lane photo: my first Sims 3 fundie family, the Connerses. They had all girls. I used move_objects on to get them all into position, which sadly screwed up my game so I had to delete the family. There are only nine kids in this photo, but there were actually ten altogether. The names are on the relevant Sim (I edited the screenshot obviously). The one missing was called Amanda. I think Alice, Anne-Marie, Amelia, Alexandra and Aurelia had moved out at this point, and I was playing their parents' household... Alexandra popped up as a Zombie  I also hadn't edited Amelia's outfit either. Otherwise, they're all dressed modestly. Adelaide, the youngest, is playing with an Imaginary Toy, which all babies/toddlers tend to receive, and they play with them automatically. Another fundie family, the Jessops. The kids' name theme was E. I'm pretty sure that the eldest was called Emily, and the next youngest was Evelyn. The two children (yeah, twins) were called Ella and Emma. I forget what the parents were called (these photos are from four years ago!!) This is what can sometimes happen with a birthday cake. It's kinda funny how they're all panicking and yet the girl in black doesn't care  Thinking about it, I'm pretty sure she was Ella. Evelyn is on the left in the green, Emily is on the left with the pink top, and Emma is the one with the purple outfit. The mom is visible in the back, wearing the pink blouse and the beige skirt.  Here's Emily with her own family. She had about three or maybe four kids that I know of. I forget what her married surname was. I think her kids were called Amalia and Nicholas. This is her with Nicholas. Amalia on the slide. Emily and her husband were into Martial Arts.  This wasn't a fundie family, but it's a typical Sim thing. One of the kids in the family was graduating from high school, which they do at the town hall. The baby of the family got abandoned outside, and a tourist felt sorry for him. Another non-fundie family. This is the result of a meteor strike. It occurred when everyone was going to school/work in the morning.  Yet another game (honestly, I've had loads). The Grim Reaper bouncing on a trampoline. Because reasons. I've honestly surprised myself with how well I remembered the names of some of these guys, especially the Jessops. Even though I've played all these families and then deleted the save games for whatever reason, the screenshots still remain. It kinda sucks that I scroll through them, and remember playing the family and everything, yet can't remember what they were called.  

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Smiths Part Eleven: OK, It's Mostly Pearsons...

Seasons! With this you get two new outfit categories, Hot Weather and Cold Weather. Here's little Adam Pearson in his cold-weather gear: And here's Mommy: Eliza's Hot Weather outfit includes cool shades. Only issue is, Sims wear their outfit both indoors and out... which leads to this. Further proof that Emily is slowly ditching her upbringing... VEST TOP. SHORTS. SHORTS. THAT SHOW. KNEE. *faints* Jobs require daily tasks. You don't technically have to do them, but it helps. Emily's is to play chess. Adam's going to be a big brother! I love how Sims get a moodlet when they have good WooHoo  Eliza loves composing tunes. Eating a healthy omelette. Playing in the sprinkler! For some reason, Sims stay in their normal clothes. In Sims 3, Sims changed into their swimwear. Adam is Cute #1: playing in the paddle pool!  Adam is Cute #2: playing in the sprinkler! Yep, his Hot outfit is very similar to his normal outfit. Yet, if he wears the normal outfit, he risks getting a Hot moodlet. Meh. Festivals occur fairly regularly. There is no scheduled one during Summer, so I created one called Summer Festival. Traditions are Fireworks, Barbecue and Water Fun, so Eliza is fulfilling the Barbecue one.  Adam is Cute #3: He just is! Personally I always like the Toddler stage. I think it's because he's wearing glasses, it just adds extra cute factor. More pool time. Eliza threw a party for the Summer Festival. She barbecues some potatoes.  Seems that I like this shirt a little too much  Edward is on the computer, Eliza is next to Eddie, and Mark is at the back. Elijah is the one in green. Reading Adam to sleep. The Spice Festival was being held in San Myshuno, so Nicole invited Eliza along. Sadly, it was raining.  She bumped into Elijah. Behind her is the Spicy Curry Challenge, but she did not partake. It wasn't the best of trips, given that she was soaking wet, hungry and exhausted. I directed her to go to bed. But NOPE she autonomously stopped the action and... It's go time!! Eliza opts for a home birth this time around. And.... it's a BOY! This is Benjamin. Three guesses as to what the name theme will be...

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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. 

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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.  

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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?

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