Simming 101: Playing ahead is both a good idea and a terrible one. Especially when you realise that your eldest child is about four days away from becoming a YA, and she only just had her child birthday in your last post. Or, that you reached your youngest’s teen birthday, and she barely existed in your last post.
I just uploaded and laid out the screenshots for post 6.11. By all calculations, I have about 240 screenshots to caption!
RECAP; I got a second monitor, Una was potty trained then rolled Disciplined for her child birthday, Tristan and Una play peekaboo, Tristan learns to walk, Una starts playing chess, Remus&Billy are the best parents ever, Tristan rolls Clumsy for his child birthday, Yvaine was ‘born’, Una and Yvaine play peekaboo, I added a skilling ‘room’ in the attic and Tristan starts smoking out the house with alchemy fumes, and mystery baby four arrives!
Meet mystery baby four herself, Victoria Gordon!
She’s an outdoor loving artist, whose favourite colour is Irish Green and has a theme of roses!
She and Yvaine get straight down to block table bonding.
Una continues her pursuit of physical excellence at a young age.
Una: Look, if anybody stands a chance at beating Lyra, it’s me.
Why do you want to beat Lyra? She’s dead, for one thing!
Yvaine’s birthday comes around fast, because toddlers are only set to three days.
Billy: Blow, Yvaine, blow!
Never say that again, okay?
The cheering squad is here!
Remus: I’m so proud of you, Una, cheering for your little sister.
Tristan: What about me, dad?
Remus: Yes, yes, you too.
Yvaine: Hi! Where are my stars?
They start picking on me earlier and earlier, I swear.
She aged up with Unlucky locked in, because she never completed one of the skills but I thought she had and so never chased it.
Now it’s Tristan’s turn to make friends with his baby sister.
Tristan: You’re ordinary too, aren’t you? I’m the only weird one here…
You’re not weird! Our founder was a witch!
Una: This is probably the last time you’ll ever catch me doing this because it turns out that this isn’t really my thing.
Billy: Happy birthday to me! All alone!
You’re swimming in the middle of the night, what did you expect?
NO MIDLIFE CRISIS!
Potty training for Tory!
Yvaine decides to take up painting, despite her artistic influence being musical.
Yvaine: If we have a broad range of skills, we’re more likely to succeed at life!
Tristan: Soo, it turns out you may have been onto something about clearing up our plates and stuff. This place is a bit of a garbage dump, don’t you think?
Billy: You’re a good kid.
Billy: Night, night, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!
Tory: Dere’s bugs!?
Billy: It’s just a rhyme, sweetie.
Bedroom makeover! The walls don’t stay like this for long though, they’re a bit too dark.
Is this why you don’t like potions?
Una: … Maybe.
Didn’t have you pegged as a quitter.
Una: I’m only a quitter when it blows up in my face!
Remus: Hey, why did you throw me off!? I didn’t do anything to deserve that!
Beaky: You’re on fire.
Remus: Exactly! So why’d you throw me!?
Beaky: No, literally on fire.
Luckily, a dip in the pool solved that problem.
Remus: We’re selling that jump.
Yvaine: You know, I love your new look, Una.
Una: Shut up.
Remus: So you’ve adopted the smokey look too, Una?
Una: I just need to be old enough to get on a treadmill, then all my problems will be over!
Tristan is still upstairs plugging away his Alchemy.
Tristan: As a supernatural, I feel like this is my calling.
Nobody’s done alchemy yet, so let it call you all you like.
Yvaine manages to find the piano!
Yvaine: It wasn’t exactly hard, you literally told me to go here.
Tory: Looks! I learned to walk all by myselfs!
Like so many before you, and yet I still find it adorable.
I can’t remember what the were talking about, but Billy looks terrified.
Billy: It’s not easy, raising a genius. I have no idea what she’s saying right now.
In stark contrast to his sister’s genius mind, Tristan’s the first child of this generation to find the swings.
Tristan: I’m not sure if I like this!
DOG IN THE POOL!
Abandoning the swings, Tristan goes back to his favourite pastime. Pretending to be a Prince.
Tristan: Who says I’m pretending? My namesake is the king of all Stormhold, is he not?
Yes, but Yvaine is also your wife. And, in ironic contrast to your witchly self, Tristan is completely and utterly ordinary.
Una: One, two, three. One, two, three…
This girl is addicted.
Tristan: Did you get set on fire again? I thought you were selling that jump for the safety of our house, and all that.
Remus: I live to disappoint.
Una: I told you nobody calls me a quitter!
Nobody calls me chicken.
Back downstairs, safely away from things that explode in your face, Una puts in a tabcast.
Una: It’s how to improve your brain without having to do any actual work!
How can you read and listen to something at the same time!?
Una: You’re writing and listening to music right now, you tell me.
Apparently, Sirius’s bed isn’t good enough for him anymore, so he’s taken to sleeping on everybody else’s.
Aren’t you supposed to be watching that?
Tory: Ma hand is more interesting.
Yvaine: GO BACK TO WATCHING TV YOU NOISY FUCK.
Aaaand Una’s back to logic skilling!
Una: The AI is much easier to beat when you actually know what you’re doing.
This is just one of numerous times that Remus can be found giving Victoria attention.
Remus: Aren’t you the cutest little thing!
Billy: Don’t be too worried about the person constantly taking pictures, you’ll get used it!
Tristan: I’m getting my homework done before I actually get home and get ambushed.
Tabcast ballet again!
Una: Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell…
Yvaine: Listen up, bitches, this is Queen Yvaine talking!
I don’t know where all this swearing is coming from, it kind of just happens.
Hey, people actually use the swing!
Yvaine: That’s because it’s one of the only child friendly things in this house.
Una: Attention please, it’s my birthday!
OOPS, I forgot about that!
Una: Yeah, thanks so much. I can’t believe you forgot me!
She rolled Dramatic.
Billy seems to be a bigger dog person than Remus at this point. Remus is out riding Beaky or Sutter, and Billy’s playing with the dogs.
Both my dorks in the sandpit!
I’m so happy that my kids are actually using the stuff in this house.
Remus: MORE LIKE WEE MYSELF!!
Following his daughter did not go well for him. Poor boy.
Remus: MY LIFE IS FLASHING BEFORE MY EYES.
Calm down, she’s the dramatic one, not you.
Tristan: Prince Tristan surveys his land…
Why are you talking in third person?
Una: FIGHT ME, YOU LOUSY WOODEN POLE, YOU!
Yeah, you tell that inanimate object.
I’m pretty sure Billy has been trying to bathe one of the dogs for days now. It always get cancelled by routing erorrs and issues.
Why do you like the dogs more than your dog person husband!?
Everyone seems to have been swimming today!
Yvaine: Nice of you to give me my stars back.
You’re only just noticing that?
Yvaine: No, I’m only just commenting on it.
Billy is determined to win Father of the Year award, because he’s constantly chatting with his kids.
Victoria is still here, she’s just small and boring because she spends all her time chewing blocks.
This lot of Sims seem to be the most family-like bunch I’ve had since back in the early days when the house was small and there was nothing in it, so they were all forced to interact.
It’s kind of nice.
Tristan: HELP ME!
I guess Billy’s just determined to make lots of friends, be they human or animal!
Billy: I just love everyone!
I guess I should call this chapter ‘The One With The Forgotten Birthdays’ because that seems to be a prominent feature in this one!
Tory: Dis does not bode well for my fwutre.
Why do I write you with baby-talk and yet have you say things like ‘does not bode well’?