Sunday, July 12, 2015

New Driftwood 1.6 - An Unexpected Surprise

Dear Readers, Laura and I had a surprise this week.  However more about that in a moment.

Kenya Peshterianu
Family - Marry off 6 Children
2 Ck, 5 Mech, 3 Char, 6 Bod, 4 Log, 1 Creat, 10 Cln
Cancer, 0 Badges

By now we all know what a scene captured like this means!  We have such a vast range of surnames in our little neighborhood!  I will be so happy to see some family members located!

Kenya began working immediately after moving into the duplex shared with Lauren Monif.  Lauren welcomed her to the building as soon as Kenya returned from work.

We are also having a problem with our nanny service.  It would seem that they don't want to leave when their shift is up and show up when not needed.  Laura and I are somewhat confused as to what to do about it.  We love the fact that they are coming over so that we can share our story with them, but it's also costing us simoleons!  

Braylin is doing her part for the cause as well!  She's too young right now to offer a home to our service friends, however she's begun developing a friendship with our new newspaper boy!  She has another little friend that she talks on the phone with at all hours of the day.  I shared with Lauren my concerns about her talking on the phone so much, but she just smiled and told me to get used to it.  It was only the beginning!

Lauren has been so focused on her career, and I on our cause.  Braylin is about to become a teenager and time just seems to be passing by without our noticing!  It won't be long and we'll be soon retiring from our perspective jobs and Braylin will be taking over our mission.

One evening as I was watching the stars, Lauren was feeling uneasy and started puttering around the yard.  I didn't take much notice.  Lauren will work on her little garden when she's not focusing on her studies for her job.  We were nearing the end of Fall so I assumed she was just working on getting her Fall harvest done.  She'd mentioned getting some canning and freezing done the other night, so I shrugged it off.  She doesn't normally choose the middle of the night to work on this, however with her work schedule these days, she hasn't much choice but to work on it when she can.

Suddenly, though, she switched over to her swim suit and jumped into our pool!  Now, if this were the middle of summer I would have thought nothing of it.  It is very chilly out though.  Swimming in our outdoor pool is probably not an activity meant for this time of year unless it were unseasonably warm!  Then suddenly, THIS!!

We are still in shock!  Of course we know how these things happen, however we were confident we were being cautious!  Braylin was meant to be our heir, now we have another little one on the way!  We have not talked with Braylin about this as of yet, she's been so excited about taking over as heir that we don't know how to approach her with this.  She's always loved other children and babies, so we are certain she'll love her new little brother or sister, however we were not expecting to add to our family.  Especially at this time of our lives!  

Lauren and I were talking the other night, discussing how we would introduce this news to Braylin when she suddenly had this look cross her face.  "Adam, what if it's twins?!".....

Editors Note:
I had not played this family in so long that when the camera suddenly zoomed in on Lauren, I very outwardly groaned!  I can only imagine what I was thinking back however many years ago that I stopped playing!  Well, wish me luck on creativity!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

New Driftwood 1.5-So Much Time, So Much To Tell

Hello dear friends!  I am incredibly sorry to say that I have not updated in so long!  I will try to keep this as short as possible, and complete as possible, too.  There's much to tell, but not much time to tell it in.

Though rest assured, so much has happened!  First, here's an aerial view of our growing neighborhood!

Shea has moved out into his own home, he's invited a few friends he's made over time to move into New Driftwood.  It was his idea to bring in some apartment buildings.  After talking it over with Laura, she encouraged the idea.  "If New Driftwood continues to grow, we will run out of space quickly.  Apartment buildings may not be a bad idea."  So, I called up the Architect and she had a couple buildings already in mind, plopped them down, and Shea helped to fill them up!

Shea chose the apartment on the right, next to him is Arianna Gilscarbo, then Kaylynn Schweber (You may remember she was the one he had a huge crush on when he was a teen living in our home), then the far left apartment is occupied by Sam Shaw.  I'll try to get pictures of everyone in here.  Across the street is a Duplex occupied currently by one new inhabitant, Lauren Monif.

Lauren comes to us with a surprise!  In her personal phone book, she has the name of another sim with the last name "Grove"!  Mag's will be so happy to find out she'll have company hopefully soon!

Lauren Monif
Family - Marry off 6 Children
0 Ck, 0 Mech, 2 Char, 2 Bod, 0 Log, 1 Creat, 0 Cln
Aquarius - Bronze Toy Making

Lauren is our last addition to the neighborhood.  She comes to us as an addition from Sam Shaw.  Who's Sam Shaw?  Aside from the sim I mentioned that lives in the apartments with our Shea?  This is Sam Shaw!

Sam Shaw
Former Student
Knowledge - Max out 7 Skills
2 Ck, 2 Mech, 2 Char, 2 Bod, 2 Log, 6 Creat, 2 Cln
Pisces - He does not currently have any badges

Sam came to us courtesy of Arianna Gilscarbo.

But first, here's a face you should be familiar with.

Kaylynn Schweber
Former Student
Family - Have 6 Grandchildren
0 Ck, 2 Mech, 0 Char, 2 Bod, 1 Log, 0 Creat, 2 Cln
Aquarius - Bronze Register, Silver Robotics

Kaylynn was added by Shea, of course. He was pleasantly surprised to find out she is actually closer in age to him than he thought!

Arianna Gilscarbo moved into the other apartment, separating Shea and Kaylynn.

Arianna Gilscarbo
Celebrity Chef
Knowledge - Become Chief of Staff
10 Ck, 3 Mech, 3 Char, 2 Bod, 8 Log, 10 Creat, 2 Cln
Sagittarius - Does not currently have any Badges

Arianna was also added by Shea.  He used his time very wisely while living with us to develop his friendships!

I'm going backwards, so bare with me.  Noelle Huffman was our last sim to move into a true house.  She was invited to move to New Driftwood another new arrival, Brooke StallKamp.

Noelle Huffman
Former Student
Knowledge - Become Game Designer
2 Ck, 2 Mech, 2 Char, 2 Bod, 1 Log, 1 Creat, 3 Cln
Pisces -  Does not currently have badges

As you can see, a lot of students have made the move to our little corner of the world.  Laura and I are starting to get concerned that there may be problems with all these students leaving TRU before it's their time!

Brooke StallKamp came to us just before Noelle moved in.  She was invited here by yours truly!  Infact this is where we left off with our last update.

Brooke StallKamp
Congress Person
Popularity - Have 20 Simultaneous Best Friends
2 Ck, 0 Mech, 6 Char, 2 Bod, 4 Log, 3 Creat, 1 Cln
Aries - Does not currently have any badges

That's it for the new arrivals.  As I mentioned, Shea had a birthday and moved out.  We offered to let him stay with us, but he was ready to explore and help us with our mission.  Laura and I both miss seeing him lounging around the house, but he keeps in touch with us pretty regularly.

Shea wasn't the only one to have a birthday though.  Our baby girl is no longer a baby!

Laura and I can't believe how quickly time has passed for our family!  It seems like just yesterday we were teaching Braylin how to walk and talk!  We are so very proud of our little beauty!  She's already shown so much interest in helping us with the mission as well!

Here's one final picture of our home.  After Shea moved out, we weren't sure what to do with his room, so for now it's left empty.  This picture was taken at night, and well, obviously we are all asleep and apparently our nanny was still hanging around the house enjoying the use of our kitchen!

I have many more photos in our albums.  Laura and I were talking the other night and realized we hadn't updated our blog lately so I thought I'd turn on our computer and fill everyone in on how things are going.  I'll include some extra pictures of the homes our residents have built and hopefully with the next update, Mags will have a family member living with her!  Our first one yet!

(Editors note, I have had so much going on in RL that I had not even looked at this 'hood in literally years!  I completely forgot that I created this blog and was so thrilled when I found that I had it!  Expect to see a few more updates in the near future.  Although please bare in mind, I now have children and we are down to one pc, so I do have to share it with others now!)