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Ramblers House 006 Chapter 1

House 005 Chapter 3 | House 006 Chapter 2

First – checking on the new goals:

House 006 Building Goals: 
350,000 value home (8 beds, one of them a double @ minimum) - 
I chose the extreme challenge and am starting with 0 simoleons.
House 006 Generational Goals: 
One sim to Level Mansion Baron Aspiration
Young adult heir
Other Info: 
After Mansion Baron aspiration is achieved, build a night club 
on the blue velvet lot in willow creek.

Second – checking on our heir, Marcus, after a quick run through in CAS: (he looks SO much better!)

His rolled aspiration: (I think I’ll keep it and actually work on it. He seems like a real geek to me.

His skills from being an autonomous teen:

His stats: (Have I mentioned how much I’m not looking forward to my first “unflirty” sim?? .. He managed to get one of the worst combinations of traits I think I’ve ever had in a sim. Sigh. This is going to be tough.)

His starting needs:

And.. back to 0 simoleons. At least he’s happy about it. I also discover he’s got a plate of half eaten food in his inventory. LOL. I guess at least he can finish his lunch before we get started, eh?

Third – making our new random sim to go into the challenge with Marcus. Meet Carina! I couldn’t have rolled a stranger couple.

Really?? Public Enemy?! .. sigh. I haven’t tried the Criminal career on the Hacker side, so I guess I’ll go for that.

… and what a mess of traits.

Fourth – Rolling for the new Lot Traits: (Party Place .. ehh okay, I guess., Natural Light, – wouldn’t that have been nice last generation!, and Fast Internet – YES! perfect! It’ll help both of them.

And… time to go!

First up: finding jobs. I certainly took the hard way by starting Carina in the Criminal career, because they don’t do so well making money until late in the career.

Being a Tech Guru will be more helpful, though.

Here’s what we have money wise after Marcus gets his initial promotions.

Very quickly, I find a third person to add to the group… although it takes a day or so to get him to move in.

While exploring the area, I notice something I’ve never noticed before. There’s a little Hermit cabin up in the mountains that lights up at night. Kinda cool.

I quickly discover that unflirty sims like Marcus are a PAIN. *sigh* Getting Carina and Marcus together might take a while. Good thing I got nothing but time!

So.. Marcus spends a lot of time fishing.. since we can’t really afford a computer yet.

Arjun, the cat-eared fella in the above cloudgazing photo finally moves in.. here’s his stats.

This next photo is why I invited him.. he’s level 8 in his career. And Writing makes tons of money.

Finally can afford a small computer nook to go with the three lawn beds and the rudimentary bathroom.

Here’s what we have now. Lawn living at it’s best.

A couple more days of work, and I’m able to afford some more computers.. one for everyone.

Arjun aged up.. didn’t have a cake because we have no kitchen yet.

Carina working on her Public Enemy aspiration. For reference, she won the fight.

With the help of the flirty lamp… I finally get Carina and Marcus to girlfriend/boyfriend status.

And buy them a real bed.

Yay! They’re married now!

Carina still working on that aspiration. She lost this fight.. lol.

Meet Aya Chafik.

This is why she joined the family. Level 10 doctor! Nice to have her income coming in four days a week. I don’t join her at work, just send her and let her do her thing there.

A house update, since I just got the shell completed:

Also, if you’re looking closely, there’s an extra bed. I invited someone else into the family.. but apparently I didn’t bother to take pictures. I will introduce him in a little while.

Obviously, a lot of work is still needed to the house, but it’ll get there.

Railings in the front.. needs more columns. But one thing at a time.

Downstairs windows installed.

The finished kitchen / dining room. I do add a couple more paintings to the wall, but that’s about it.

The finished living room. Maybe I’ll add some decor, but it’s okay for now.

Now, I think it’s way past time to introduce our fifth sim:

I honestly picked him because I needed someone to take care of the garden and paint while everyone else works. Also thought he might be a good mate for Aya.

He had like 4 painting when he moved in.. so you can tell it took me a while to take pictures of him.

Part of the reason I moved him in was so he could paint and garden. The other reason was: Aya was lonely. She didn’t say as much.. but I felt bad for her. So Ali moves in. .. and the two of them quickly hit it off.

… and I buy them a double bed.

Let’s make this official.

I’m confident enough with the money making that I finally let Carina and Marcus try for a baby. First time success!

.. Marcus seems at least semi-excited. I still haven’t decided what to think about the “Unflirty” trait, but it’s definitely not a favorite.

That’s enough for now.. I’ll leave you wondering about the incoming heir.

Also: a note from when this was/is published. This was all played out and screenshotted before Seasons came out. I had, at the time, every intention of either finishing House 6 or just restarting my Drifters AGAIN.. but it didn’t work out that way. I got very involved with my Townie Rotation… and I made a decision that I simply don’t want to have to replay house 006 again.. so the Ramblers will just suddenly get seasons in their game in the next chapter. Hooray!

House 005 Chapter 3 | House 006 Chapter 2

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Play-testing Switch Five – Extreme – Part 2

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Above: meet Connor officially. On that note – status update – at this point I am in the last apartment, and at level 7 in the politics career with Devin. This post will chronicle the rest of Switch Five for the Ritchies. We start with Devin’s Adult birthday.

A shot of the progress on the apartment, Connor’s back, and the fact that Anvi is pregnant again.

The layout of the apartment. I figure this will be the final shape of the penthouse, but it’s not. Also, not too long after this, we have the value part of the challenge completed.

Meet Jeffrey, Connor’s little brother.

Out getting friends and votes for Devin’s career:

…And his aspiration. Complete!

Connor grows up.

….And so does Jeffrey.

Connor working on his first aspiration:

… And finished.

Someone’s home from work… (side note: if you’re paying attention, this is where you note that I’ve moved around the layout of the penthouse, more on that later)

…And career portion of the challenge complete.

I use a total of two sleep replacer potions to get Connor to all four of his aspirations as a child, but as it turns out, I get them done with, like, two days remaining, so I probably didn’t need to.

A dark shot of the Oasis Springs Park’s Monkey Bars.

…And Aspiration two complete:

Jeffrey Grows up:

Something else Devin’s been working at on the side of his career:

At least it was another source of income, and something else for him to do instead of sitting around doing nothing:

And this shot… is Connor in bear form finishing up his …

… third aspiration. Wonder what everyone thought of him running around making friends while he was a bear. Also, of note: this is my least favorite child aspiration. This is one of the few times I’ve completed it without cheating to get past it. (Yep, I hate it THAT much)..

Someone else home from work with…

… a very big promotion. Way to go, Anvi!

Working on mental skill, must mean that….

…. this is the final child aspiration that Connor “needed”. I use quotes because he didn’t really need them, it just gave me something to do.. and it will help with the next Switch.

… This is where I officially show why I changed the layout.. I gave them a pool and a basketball hoop. This is Anvi on AI mode being the first to christen the pool.

Excuse the outline on the chair.. this is Connor growing up to Teen.

And another important birthday:

… He doesn’t look too happy about it.

Anvi’s turn…

Then Jeffrey’s…

.. He reminds me a lot of his dad, Devin.

… And on this note… Challenge complete. Congrats on reaching Young Adulthood, Connor.

Devin’s final stats:

And here’s what I had leftover in the bank.

The final value of the apartment:

And the final layout:

And that’s officially the end of Switch Five Extreme difficulty testing. The whole thing works. After testing the Normal Difficulty (with the other branch of Politics career), I will officially publish Switch Five… a year late.. but I figured it was about time to go ahead and get it done.

Of note: I specifically didn’t work on skills that would help me earn money on my next Switch, even though, I, obviously, know where the Switch is going next, but I wanted to make it a tougher challenge. I did, however, set him up with traits pointing towards Writing, as you’ll see at the beginning of the next Switch.

To finish off the post, here’s the lot I created for the Gym lot in Uptown. I made an Experimental Kitchen with a red theme. It’s fully tested, and seems to work out well.

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Play-testing Switch Five – Extreme – Part 1

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Of note: Being that a year had passed since I started testing this Switch, I restarted testing from the beginning, so this is technically the second time play-testing this Switch. I did not, however, finish the test run on Extreme, or even start it on Normal… and I had no desire to try to sort through screenshots from a year ago, hence re-starting testing. I also don’t take much in the way of screenshots, choosing to just commemorate milestones, so this may be the only post on this difficulty (don’t worry, it’s not…. lol)

First, I build a spa on the newly opened Planet Honey Pop lot (actually, that’s not completely true, it took me a few days to build it because I forgot to initially.. it just fits better in this post at the beginning.)

Second, we check in on our heir from the last house, Devin Ritchie.

…And we’re back to 0 simoleons. Not as scary a prospect as it once was after doing a lot of Drifting and Switch testing, but it’s still a bit daunting.

First thing I do is get a job in Politics, which nets me some money, but not much. The game shows me that it’s two days until the first day of work.. which is nothing I want to wait for…. so I send Devin out fishing.

After some fishing, his social need is tanked, so I decide it’s time to get him a mate. I look through his social panel from when he was a child/teen.. and pick a girl. Her name is Anvi Basu, and she’s into art.. which is perfect for me, so it’s another income towards goals.

I invite her over to our very humble abode and set out to woo her.

First kiss!

… Turns out I moved too fast, and the proposal is rejected. So the next day, after a lot of collecting in the neighborhood (since I don’t have enough money to travel) and fishing, I find her walking around and try again.  Success!

… And she’s moved in. Yay. Now I can have her paint while Devin works on his Politician career.

By this point, this is what the apartment looks like. Just enough furniture to get by.

I found this screenshot hilarious.. There’s a protest in the neighborhood that Devin didn’t even start.. and even the Living Statue is in on it.

.. Time to move on. Final value and age.

And a little tour:

This is what we were able to afford in the next apartment: In other words.. not much. A bathroom, a partial kitchen, a bed and an easel. Oh, and a few walls and doorways.

Progress: a dining table.

More progress:

And later, time to move: (literally, on sim-week later)

House Tour: I took a bunch of photos, because I really liked the way this one turned out.

First shot in the next place is apparently a birthday.

And, I figure it’s about time to start a family, so here’s the “guess what?” shot.

And.. it is only 8 days on this apartment before I initiate the final move.

House Tour: (And yes, that’s baby boy, Connor, in the first shot.)

On that note…. Moving on to part two.

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Play-testing Switch Five – Normal – Part 2

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First… let’s check where we are on goals:

  • Career: level 9
  • Apartment value: complete – worth k, but I will probably add more to it as I go on playing
  • Heir: toddler age

And.. Back to work. We start out with Kamryn aging to Adult.

..And Vivaan painting up a storm.

.. To finish his aspiration. Good job!

This is Kamryn getting the last of her 20k worth of donations for her final promotion. That was a lot of work. But strangely easier than the Social Media career.

A baby brother or sister for Selina is on the way!

And no more toddler days for Selina. What a cutie.

Meet Emma… even though you can’t tell what they look like from the baby stage.

Yep.. I put in a sauna.. and Vivaan loves it. So he’s helping Selina with her school project while in his spiffy towel… nothing weird there. LOL!

There. Now we can see what Emma looks like. Although it looks like she’s sorta grumpy about aging up.

Career maxed! Yay. Now all I have to do is get Selina aged up and I’m finished with this Switch.

I found this screenie hilarious. It looks like Darth Vader is coming out of the space jungle gym.. and if you look closely, you can see Boba Fett playing on his phone by the road. Apparently “Club Cosplay” is in full swing at Oasis Springs Park.

I didn’t get a lot of pictures of Selina working through her aspirations, but I did remember to document that she has them before she aged to teen.

A very tired Kamryn walking around with Mac and Cheese..

.. Must mean she maxed cooking.

Little Emma isn’t so little anymore. Love the tiara.

And this marks when Selina finishes her final aspiration.

See…?

.. Just in time to age up to teen.

Don’t mind the eyes closed. She’s very pretty, I think. Mom in the background is cheering in her PJ’s.

Trying to get Selina points for her “A” without making the next Switch too easy. (Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a nightmare, but I wanted to start it as if I didn’t know what it was.. you know, to simulate people who avoid spoilers while playing the challenge.)

Emma is the only one who seems to like the pool when I forget to pay attention to what she’s doing.

.. And sleeping in the hot tub, too.

Selina decides to steal dad’s easel… aww kitty painting.

Happy birthday Vivaan.

.. Welcome to elderhood.

Selina stole the easel again… but this time Dad decided on his own to go mentor her. Not a bad idea, there, Dad.

… These two seem almost inseparable.

… And little Emma is sleeping in the hot tub again. Good grief.

.. So I wake her up and set all of them to doing school projects.

.. Happy birthday Kamryn.

.. Old age for you, too, huh?

Shortly after, Emma ages out of her tiara.

.. Into who knows what to call this hairstyle….?

All four of them eating at the same time. I took a picture because it happens so very rarely, it was worth noting.

I get a notice about Vivaan’s age, so I hurry up and take a shot of his traits.

.. Just in time, too.

Being that Selina is going to age into Young Adult the very next day, I tried to plead for all I was worth, but Grimmy wasn’t having any of it.

… So it’s a very very sad teenager who ages up to start her own Switch.

Kamryn’s Final stats:

See? She’s sad too.

Apartment value ..

And screenshots.

We’ll see you in the next switch!

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Play-testing Switch Five – Normal – Part 1

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We start by looking at Kamryn Nash’s starting stats:

Starting mood:

And back to 0 simoleons.

.. At least for a little while. I find her a mate quickly, and get them together.

If nothing else, he’ll definitely help with the bills. He wants to be a painter.. which I’m perfectly happy with.

Congrats, you two!

Vivaan’s traits at move-in.

And we have a surprise guest shortly after they get married… a vampire! Eeks!

Poor Vivaan…

Guess he’ll have to sleep that one out.

And this is me.. figuring out that busking really doesn’t make much money. Oh well.. I tried. It gave Kamryn something to do in between days of work.

… At least someone tipped!

And.. done with the first apartment.

That didn’t take long at all!

Apartment pics:

And here’s what they were able to afford upon move-in. Not much.. but as I’ve already figured out.. sims don’t really need a whole lot to live on. At least.. they don’t when that’s all they can afford!

Working from home in this Political career is an interesting prospect. It’s always sending her to do speeches and murals everywhere. I don’t use the work at home as much this time around as I have on previous switches.

Apartment two…

(Somehow I forgot to take the age photo.. but it wasn’t long as you’ll see.) Meanwhile.. a kid’s bedroom for the non-existent kid..

And some more random house photos. I really liked the way this one turned out, even if I wasn’t 100% in love with the way the rooms were portioned out. I did, as you can see, end up adding/moving walls around a little bit so the place made more sense.

And here’s what they got in the next apartment. A good bed was high priority, because it gives them more time during the day to work on other things.. like making money.

Within a couple days, I had a decent kitchen started.. and Vivaan’s easel had found it’s home up there in the corner.

A bird’s eye view of the apartment with all the flooring and wall coverings picked out. Still a lot of furniture we’re missing.. but that’s okay for now.

Kamryn’s busy making friends…

So she finishes her first adult aspiration…

The “creativity room” with some more furnishings. I went with a color scheme I’ve never tried before, and, while it’s really not my color, I ended up really happy with how the apartment turned out.

Most of the living area is furnished now… I LOVE that fish coffee table from the small pets pack. So cool, I want one in my house!

Vivaan painting things.. always …

.. And this is the result:

Apartment three is done. I have to say, I was sad to leave this one behind.. but onward and upward!

Time’s a-wasting!

Apartment photos:

… And there was a lot that needed doing in the next penthouse. It took me quite a while to come up with a wall configuration I could live with – while still keeping the integrity of the initial apartment. This is the second floor that I added…

.. And I left the downstairs mostly open like it started out to be.

..Wouldn’t you know it.. first night in the new apartment. *facepalm* See ya in a few, there, Kamryn.

The next night…

Wait… AGAIN!?

Poor Kamryn…

.. But at least the try for baby worked out. The heir is officially on it’s way.

More speeches in Uptown..

And Vivaan’s visit to the local museum…

.. Poor Vivaan ages up when he gets home from work because I forgot about him. Sorry, buddy.

Here’s when I decided to add a third floor..

… I think it looks good.

.. Meet Selina!!

And with that.. time for a break. See you next time!

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Announcing My New Project

With Seasons coming out and all the fun holidays we’re going to have, I decided it’s high time for me to re-start my Townie Rotation. I had one going when Sims 4 first came out, but I added too many sims and got bogged down. Then, when I tried to go back to it, I discovered I remembered little to nothing from each family. So this time, I’m blogging it. Whether anyone reads it or not is another question.. I’m doing it mostly for myself – as a reference should I ever have to take another break from sims.. so I can come back at any time and know what was going on.

I am currently setting up the pages for Lot information and the Family Indexes (Treat these like a table of contents) for each neighborhood. Three done, 5 to go. I plan on starting play either June 22 or 23rd (right after seasons launches). For more information, see the > Main Page < for my Townie Rotation.

Other than that, I also am hoping to have Switch Five out prior to the seasons launch date, and perhaps Switch Six (the last one) as well. That way I can concentrate on other things. I also have finally decided (I think) not to restart my current Drifter save, the Ramblers, in favor of just keeping going. To that extent, I’m going to try to have the current house (006) done and published by the time seasons hits.

In other words, I have lots to do and under two weeks in which to do it.

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Play-Testing Switch Four – Normal – Part 2

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Welcome back to the Nashes’ trip through Switch Four. When we left them, they had just moved into apartment three and were basically living on the lawn.

After a while, I start finishing rooms.. this is Bridgette’s office.

The kitchen:

Jaiden is definitely level 7 in his job, and not getting any younger, so I try for baby.

Success! The heir is on it’s way.

Bridgette hard at work on her programming. Hacking doesn’t make money, but at least it makes some!

Jaiden working at writing. He hasn’t needed it for career leveling for a while, but it brings in money.. which is much appreciated.

.. And this. Yay Jaiden!

The completed dining room.

Breakfast time.

Aww look at that nooboo belly!

Still working on programming..

Way to go Bridgette!

Poor thing is huge.. I hope it’s not twins!

Meet their daughter, Kamryn!

Happy Birthday Bridgette!

Yep.. as soon as Kamryn grows up, we’re moving… I found this apartment configuration very hard to take up photos of, so I just include the overhead photo.

She’s all grown up, so it’s time to move on…

Oops.. looks like Jaiden’s first thing when we get to the new apartment will be making a cake for his birthday, too.

Jaiden’s at level 8 with a lot of stuff to do for his next promotion.

Here’s what I could afford in the shell of their next home (The “cheapest” “penthouse” (it’s really more of a house than a penthouse, but whatever.)

As you can see, they haven’t really got much. Pretty bare.

As promised, Jaiden’s birthday.

.. Still programming.

Hooray for Bridgette.. now hacking can really make some money.

Jaiden talking to himself for Charisma…

.. And it finally pays off.

Hey.. don’t give me that look. You were the ones who wished to “try for baby”.. I just did what you wanted.

Level 10! Way to go Jaiden! I found this branch of the social media career to be pretty easy, really. Much easier than the other branch, that’s for sure.

Time for Kamryn to grow up!

What a cutie!

Meet Brice!

Aspiration #1 complete..

Aspiration # 2 complete..

A dark photo…

..That commemorates Aspiration # 3!

And.. finally…

Aspiration # 4. All child aspirations complete for Kamryn.

And now for Jaiden…

Who finally finishes his Bestselling Author aspiration.

Brice ages up alone because I forgot to make him a cake.. sorry, buddy.

Luckily, however, I don’t forget Kamryn’s too.

… Oh boy does she need a run through CAS. LOL.

First time trying out the new school projects (most of the time, I’m playing games/challenges where I can only control one sim, which usually means I can’t do the projects.)

And a bunch of birthdays:

Why’s Bridgette look so happy?

She’s finally level 10 in her career!

.. More school projects.

.. And more birthdays.

Yup, that last one was Kamryn aging up to Young adult .. which means all my goals for this Switch are complete. Now to wrap up with Jaiden’s ending stats.

And the final house value: (I could have added more, I just didn’t feel like it.. lol. My goal was getting through this generation ASAP so I could start testing switch five.)

I’m not bothering with a house tour, since I didn’t do much to the actual shell, but here’s a couple cutaway shots to show the finished product.

See you in Switch Five!

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Ramblers House 005 Chapter 3

House 005 Chapter 2 < | > House 006 Chapter 1

Checking the goals:

House 005 Building Goals: 
100,000 value home (3 bedroom, 2 bath min) (at this point, complete)
House 005 Generational Goals: 
One sim to Level 10 Master of the Real painter career (complete)
One sim to Level 10 Patron of the Arts painter career (complete)
One sim to level 5 Photography (complete)
Photography Treasure Hunt (complete)
Young adult heir (teenager)

… And back into our challenge. Again. This post is the last week and a half of play.. and my traditional wrap-up for the house. Nothing too earth-shattering, but there’s some cool stuff I learn about Sims.

…Oh, and, the title photo? My way of keeping myself from dying of boredom. We’re working on the postcards collection.

Time for Whitney to grow up.

Oh, Wow! How pretty! Too bad you can’t move in old household members in the “new” Drifter rules… or I’d have her help out in house 6.

HEY! NO stoves! Bad teenager. (Photo is taken in case fire gets started.. I’ve got proof. LOL.

I forgot to show the updated room for Marcus.. so it’s in the background of this photo. This household I decide to give the teenagers rooms makeovers. Since the dogs rarely did anything BUT watch the hedgehog, I got rid of it. Will definitely remember not to have pets and rodents in the same household again unless I want boring pets.

… And almost immediately, Marley is back to making puddles.

… And Fifi is getting filthy by rolling in them. Also.. that’s the maid. It occurs to me I have so much money there’s no reason not to hire one. He  doesn’t seem to be happy with Fifi, though. LOL.

See?  Now the doggies actually interact. Too cute.

You went to the Vet Clinic in your swimsuit?! .. Oh, Tyler. (Fifi is sick .. again. Marley never got sick.. once. Fifi.. it’s like once a week.

… It’s during this vet visit I find the Pet Vending machine.. and curiously check on it.

Aha! I finally found the rodent anti aging thing…. and more…?!?!?! I have to try the anti age and ambrosia for Marley when I get home. So exciting.. so you’ll have to forgive the pic spam in a minute…

Meanwhile.. Fifi doesn’t look happy with the vet.

Please fix my puppy!!  ❤ kthx, vet. (It also occurs to me during this visit that I have more than enough money to pay for the expensive cure… why did I put the cheap cone on Fifi last time?.. who knows. Silly me.

… A sparkly ambrosia treat for Marley.. (Why this whole scene plays out in the bathroom, I don’t know.. lol .. but it did..

Floaty glowy doggy…

Presto chango! Marley’s BACK!!

The age back treat.. and Marley’s back to being an adult. I know this challenge doesn’t have anything to do with ghosts and bringing back pets, etc.. or even pets in general.. but I just had to find out how it worked since I’ve never tried anything like it. And I missed Marley.

… Not again….

.. Yay!!

Sarah’s birthday.

Awww.. What a cutie!

… Just two sisters eating dinner. … Right?? Nope.. look closely.

.. Real closely.  FIFI! Sleeping under the table… ROFL!

Sarah’s upgraded room.

Fixing the stove. That looks safe, there, Tyler. I’m amazed he has any hair left after the fix.

Whitney! Not you, too… why is everyone cooking when there’s leftovers?!

.. Tyler cleans the grill. At least there’s been no teenage cooking fires. Yet.

… Fifi has NEVER been in the pool. Marley? Several times a day and night. So cute!!

Whitney never once used the monkey bars. But at least Sarah does!

Sarah is a troublemaker. She’s in time out for making MORE yard messes. After this I resort to grounding her. Twice. Finally, after that, she stops. Meanwhile, Marley is swimming with Marcus.

REALLY?! There’s food on the patio table right next to you. And you make breakfast veggie burgers…. WHY?

.. Then Dad’s making baked potatoes. Sigh. This family, I swear.. LOL.

Fifi playing with Sarah. And not with the puddle, for a change. (I think by this point, she’d learned not to.. hence why she’s clean. For a change.)

Tyler trying out the new game system I stuck on the table while seeing if I could feasibly upgrade the TV. (I couldn’t..  just not enough room.) The kids are at school, but apparently Tyler’s not afraid to play by himself.

.. He then finds the new foosball table. Since nobody autonomously uses the puppet theatre. (which makes me sad).

The kids all came home.. and I had them all play Video Games. Dad won. .. Since he clearly practiced earlier. LOL

… And on the same day Marcus is scheduled to age up… Taylor finally has her birthday, too.

.. Poor baby. At least she’ll be alive for a little while during the beginning of House 6, though!

Marley and Fifi playing. I am so going to miss these guys in the next house.

Marcus’s turn.

And that’s.. officially a wrap for House 5! Now for the wrap-up…

Taylor’s finishing stats, starting with her aspiration, which I didn’t really work on:

Her job:

Her skills:

Her stats: (since I didn’t work on aspiration I ended up not buying any traits on her, either.)

And her Money and Mood:

What a great household this was!

Now, for Tyler’s Stats starting with his aspiration, which I also didn’t really work on:

.. His job:

.. and His Skills:

And his stats:

And showing the stats of the kids (other than Marcus, you’ll have to wait for his…)

And, one last thing – since we were working on the postcards (I started late, or we could probably have finished it..)

Now, for the house. (I showed the treasure hunt photos a couple posts ago.. it’s done, I just didn’t see the need to take another picture of the array..)

Clearly, I had the house goal totally done. LOL. And, lastly, the mini house tour:

See you in the next house!!

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Ramblers House 005 Chapter 2

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Checking the goals:

House 005 Building Goals: 
100,000 value home (3 bedroom, 2 bath min) (at this point, complete)
House 005 Generational Goals: 
One sim to Level 10 Master of the Real painter career (complete)
One sim to Level 10 Patron of the Arts painter career
One sim to level 5 Photography
Photography Treasure Hunt (complete)
Young adult heir (child)

… And back into our challenge.

Yup. Wet dog. Again. Love this dog.

Dinner time for Whitney. And proof that Marley does more than swim. Sometimes.

The entire family doing something together without me telling them to? Interesting. And cute! Even Marley got involved… sorta.

Marcus checking out the monkey bars. At least someone is using them!

See that puddle? Marley was back in the pool with Marcus. Then he just had to chase his tail.

I nearly died laughing when I took this screenshot. I play with the walls cutaway.. and I thought I saw the toddler walking through the doggy door. I hit pause, put up the walls.. and sure enough. Proof. What the heck. Who knew? Toddlers and doggy doors are a match made in heaven, apparently. Way too funny to me. I even had to show my hubby and son.. Best. Screenshot.Ever.

Marley got all dirty after he decided to run away for a couple days. So he’s back.. and in the bath. I’m sure he didn’t mind, with his love of water.

Shortly after my screen zoomed out to the pool.  Oh, NO!!!!

*cry* Not Marley! *wags finger at Grimmy* Naughty specter.

A birthday.. but not particularly happy. Everyone is still mourning Marley… who apparently had great relationships with everyone in the house.

See the sad face? Poor Whitney. And.. great PJ’s… LOL.

There’s so much going on in this photo I barely know which thing to report. A still-sad Whitney, Dad watching the Kid’s TV channel… again… why do adult sims do that and then get bored?? .. And then there’s Whitney’s new hedgehog, Thimble.. and a new furry friend, the Corgi named Fifi. (I totally didn’t name her… she came with that name..) We had to go through four dogs before we found one with halfway decent traits. And this begins Fifi’s crazy love affair with the hedgehog. Seriously. Anytime I needed to find her, she was looking at the “rodent”. (Aw c’mon, EA, hedgehogs aren’t rodents?! Google it. They aren’t. Truly.)

And this is why I have so many pictures of the pets. Mom and Dad are always painting. Except for dad, he takes photos sometimes. Rarely. Well, let’s be completely honest. Only when I have to work on his skill…

Someone has an “A”!!

I gave both Marcus and Whitney journals. I wasn’t sure they’d use them… but it turns out they actually do. Rarely… but they do use them. If you look closely, this book isn’t the yellow/orange of the homework, but the blue of his journal. Neat! They apparently won’t autonomously put them back in their inventory.. or hide them.. or read them. But they will write if sad or tense enough.

This photo is to remind me…

… That I finally got the other career maxed!

Adorable sleepy doggy.

… Not so adorable rolling in the mess doggy. Naughty Fifi. LOL.

We’re had Fifi for all of two days and she already has gotten sick. So we head off to the vet. In the middle of the night because mom had tons of energy and nothing better to do.

After signing Fifi in… I rush Taylor off to the bathroom.. and get the celebration streamers.. there’s another nooboo on the way!! (Seriously, I was so bored I just HAD to do something to make the family more interesting.

Fifi getting checked out.

And the cone of shame. Poor Fifi.

Pampering the unhappy doggy.. somehow, they ended up on the bench outside.. but okay.

Fifi.. hard at work guarding the hedgehog.

… A floating trashcan?!

Oh! Hi, Marley!!! Yay!

Marcus.. back on the monkey bars.. and a shot of Marley’s special corner of the yard.

Wait.. another shot of Tyler standing randomly in front of the house??

… Yup. Finally.

Since we have a new nooboo on the way, I add a playroom. And a room for the toddler. Both are EA’s rooms, slightly modified for my usage. I now realize I have the strangest shaped house I think I’ve ever built… but I’m flying with it.

Fifi showing off her love for the hedgehog. That’s apparently stinky at the moment… although he never stays like that for long, someone always goes to take care of it on their own.

I leave Taylor and Tyler on AI control for five minutes.. and they end up in Whitney’s closet while she’s sleeping right there… *covers face with hands* I’m mortified for them.. but they barely notice. LOL.

It’s that time again…

A very sick mommy welcomes little Sarah into the Rambler household.

…And it’s birthday time!

… *cringe* That hair, boy.. that hair is just bad. And the trait he rolled??? How I wanted to pretend I didn’t see it and re-roll. Unflirty. *sigh* Well… I wanted a challenge. I haven’t played with one before… I’ve really stayed away from them. So this should be interesting in House 6.

.. Getting started on Marcus’s Logic skill so he can get an “A” in high school, too. It takes a couple days.. but he gets to level 3 with no issues.

Marley apparently likes the hedgehog, too.

… But not as much as the pool.

Yup. Fifi’s back on duty. And Whitney’s cleaning up just like I said she does.

Sarah becomes a “real sim” .. aww.. how cute!!

..And with no prodding from me, Whitney get’s an “A”, too.

Fifi and Sarah playing together. Also Fifi’s first Simstagram picture. What can I say… I got bored, and had never tried it before….

AWW!!

.. Been so long since I had a household with both a teenager and a toddler that I forgot the teens will help out with taking care of the toddler. Granted, she was supposed to be in her high chair, eating.. but it’s the thought that counts, Marcus.

Whitney writing in her journal. Through a plate. Talent, I tell ya.

OMG. Great screenshot. Fifi fell asleep while on “rodent” duty.

Yeah, Tyler. That looks real safe. Fix it while it’s sparking and you’re standing in a puddle. *facepalm* Sims.. I swear.

Marley getting a bath while I work on Tyler and Marley’s relationship. Because.

….I decided to invite the ghost doggy back into the family!

I believe in you, Marley! *smile*

.. Marley’s first action as a newly ghostified/playable critter… and yup.. it’s that time for Tyler.

Aww.. poor Tyler. Excuse the outline on the chair… usually I’m so good at avoiding those photo faux pas’s.

Really? For breakfast?? .. umm.. ok.

… Fifi had to run away, too. but she came back.. and immediately needed a bath.

.. A splash. Really??!

Yup, Marley’s BACK!! *grin*

More simstagram photos. But they’re adorable. Playtime?

Nope. NOM time!

.. Too sleepy from playtime.

And apparently you get rewards for doing this. Doesn’t help photo skill like I feel it ought to.. but hey, it’s something to do.. and I’m always watching the pets for cute moments, anyway.

Another photo with a million things going on. Whitney cuddling with Fifi.. Marley on duty at the hedgehog cage.. and mom teaching Sarah that she can stack blocks. It’s also during this photo that I notice …

…this moodlet….

… Really? *sigh* Who could be afraid of a doggy as cute as Marley??

..Aww.. Fifi and Whitney really hit it off.

… And this is where I will take a break. This post is too long already.

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Ramblers House 005 Chapter 1

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First – checking the new goals:

House 005 Building Goals: 
100,000 value home (3 bedroom, 2 bath min)
House 005 Generational Goals: 
One sim to Level 10 Master of the Real painter career
One sim to Level 10 Patron of the Arts painter career
One sim to level 5 Photography
Photography Treasure Hunt
Young adult heir

That should keep things interesting! If I recall, this house wasn’t too bad, but the career goals are a little harrowing.

Second – checking up on our heir: I changed her clothes but left everything else. I think she’s gorgeous!

Since the last home was so high value, she starts with at least a few points:

Skills: (obviously I didn’t try to get her to work on too much – the last house was so hectic!)

And her traits, as promised in the last house. She got virtually nothing useful.

Her starting stats: Not too shabby!

And our starting funds and mood:

Third – Making the secondary sim: Meet Tyler Delarosa. He’s mostly randomized.. just some clothes and hair changes.

And this is what he rolled. Goody. Not. He apparently wants animals, and that jealous is going to be annoying.

Fourth – Rolling the lot traits: We got Home studio (AWESOME!), Private Dwelling, and Penny Pixies (also cool!)

Lastly – getting the jobs:

Tyler’s –

And Taylor’s –

..she gets two promotions because of her “A” in high school.

.. Which means she at least gets some funds to start with.

And, finally, it begins:

With the funds that Taylor’s promotions, I buy both of them an easel and get right to work. Thank goodness for that Home studio lot trait.

A bit of work… and we have the start of a home.

By the next day after work…. they desperately need fun, so I buy them a TV.

.. Then I set about getting the two of them together to work on social skills.

A first kiss… yay!

And finally.. some real “fun”. Gotta love the fact that they just leave bowls to rot on the lawn.

After the same old same old for a while… I finally get a foundation of a house set up.

It even has a roof.

On days off.. I work on the photography treasure hunt.. and after a few mis-starts (game glitches and saves .. ect.), I finally get it done and Tyler has a good start on the photography skill, as well.

I finally try to get them together..

..Success!

A house begins to become a real home.

And we add our first member that’s not controllable. Since Tyler is all about the doggie love, Marley, a Chow Chow, joins the family. Too cute. And now Tyler is much happier. I chose an adult dog because neither Taylor nor Tyler have the time to run a puppy up and down the front stairs to potty train it.

Loving the new house’s looks. The living room was designed with that floor rug in mind, not the other way around. And the Dining room and kitchen fit together well.

Adding a kid’s wing. I decided not to move the master bedroom… but the second bathroom is very nice to have.

Marley seems to be a happy pup.

The photo collection in the dining room. I think it looks nice there. Eventually, I add some lighting for it, but that’s where it stays.

Pampering Marley on the couch.

A “complete” kitchen. Finally. It always takes me a while to get to the upper cabinets, because they’re just so unnecessary for everyday life.

A makeover on the master bedroom… and adding a closet..

… or three. 🙂

What’s that smoke?

Tyler to the rescue! Granted, the original fire was his fault, but he sure rose to the occasion as my hero.

Trying for baby…

Second time’s the charm!

Decorated the kid’s wing, and added a pool for added home value. (Which is the beginning of my cleaning woes… more on this later..)

Again, they’re painting…

Success!

… times two.

It’s that time!

Finally! Our first male heir for the Ramblers. Welcome, Marcus.

See that puddle? I have a sneaking suspicion I know who’s causing the puddles that everyone wants to mop up.. but in this pic, Marley seems to be completely innocent while Taylor finds the pool while on a brief stint at free will.

.. Time to work on handiness. Somehow he hasn’t had to do much repair.

Aww.. Marcus is a blonde! And what cute glasses! ❤

Someone else finds the pool..

.. But birthday is more important. Don’t need sad sims!

I caught an interaction between Marcus and Marley. The toddler is “imitating” the dog… and is literally making woofing noises while the dog gets ? thought bubbles. SO CUTE!!

AHA! I KNEW it was you, Marley! All those puddles.. grrr.. but at least puppy loves the pool!

Another baby bump? Why not. Somehow she managed to be sick for this photo, too.

Happy toddler!

..Aww sorry your back is sore.. but…

One career maxed.. yay!

.. It’s that time again. Finally.

Welcome to a little girl, Whitney.

And.. happy birthday to Taylor.

.. And Marley. So sad when they grow up to be elders because you know your days with them around are numbers.

Marcus is independent enough to finish his own Potty Training, apparently.

… The endless puddles that I constantly find Taylor and Tyler mopping up.

Welcome to childhood, Marcus.

And Whitney is such a cutie.

.. Sorry I didn’t take many photos. There’s only so much that endless photos of them painting a lot would have done.. and I just couldn’t do it. I stopped playing just so I could get this post together. Now I can get back in game and finish out this generation. Oh, and just checking on goals.. the treasure hunt is done, one career goal is done, and the house 3 br 1 bath 100k is done.

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