Log 4l: The Milkmaid is Trouble

The cowplant has tasted simflesh.

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Uht oh. That can’t be good.

We’d been away at a community lot and weren’t sure what had happened while we were gone, but when we saw Easter walking around shuffling her feet & looking drained it became clear who had taken the trip through the moo-tube.

Looking a bit zombie-like, there, Easter.
Looking a bit zombie-like, there, Easter.

She survived, this time, but if it were to happen again in her current state she’d be a goner! This adds an extra element of danger to trips away from home, now. Blah.

Edelweiss milked her sister’s emotion essence from the ample udders without a whit of remorse.

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Farming is so neat!
At least Easter was happy when she was swallowed, I guess? xD
At least Easter was happy when she was swallowed.

Not being one to take a hint, I decided to send Ede out again right after that. (Easter came along so she’d be out of harm’s way — we let her sleep on a bench while we did our thing.)

You see, there was something Ede had to do. It was probably going to suck, but things has gone on long enough and we didn’t want to see Landon, the fellow she’d been dating, get hurt any more than he already had been/would be.

He’d been miserable for a while now, we could tell.

Landon: "What am I doing wrong, Drago??"
Landon: “What am I doing wrong, Drago??”

Ede was gorgeous. And affectionate, sure. But only physically.

I've never had a girl grab my butt the way she does.
He’d never had a girl grab his butt the way Ede does.

Landon longed for something more. Though he called Ede up all the time, she only seemed to contact him when she wanted to make out. She’d never once called him just to chat. Did she think of him at all when they were apart? (Answer: No. >.>) Most of the time they were together, Landon felt like she didn’t even see him. On dates, she would totally ignore him, preferring to talk to the multitude of other guys that seemed to surround her wherever she went.

With all eyes on Ede, Landon felt invisible.
With all eyes on Ede, Landon felt invisible.

So when Edelweiss called and said she wanted to talk, Landon feared the worst. She wanted him to meet her at their usual haunt: Rabbit’s Teahouse. She’d be waiting inside, she said.

rabbits teahouse door
Landon, thinking: Why do I feel like I’m walking into my own coffin?

When Landon caught up with Ede she was her regular, vibrant self, and for a moment he’d fooled himself into thinking everything was going to be okay after all.

Maybe she's going to tell me how much she missed me!
Landon, thinking: Maybe she’s going to tell me how much she missed me!

Ede, of course, had other thoughts.

Ede, of course, had other thoughts.

Ede: ".. I'm really not ready to settle down."
Ede: “Fact is, I’m just not ready to settle down.”
Ede, thinking: This is awkward..
Ede: “This is awkward..”

Ede left the kitchenette and tried to mingle with the crowd a bit. Anything to get out of that awkward situation with Landon. Geesh.

Ede pretended to be very interested in her cell phone's menu screen.
Ede pretended to be very interested in her cell phone’s menu screen.
Landon eventually worked up the gumption to leave the scene of his breakup.
Landon eventually worked up the gumption to leave the scene of his breakup.

Ede stuck around and met a few more potentials. For inviting over later, you know, just in case we didn’t want to risk leaving the rest of the family alone with the cowplant.

Cowboy: "My family owns a ranch in Appaloosa Plains."
Cowboy: “My family owns a ranch in Appaloosa Plains.”

This lass walked in front of the camera around then. Not your average run of the mill townie – she looked rather fun.

These hats always make me think of CathyTea! <3
These hats always make me think of CathyTea! ❤

I was intrigued by her, so I queued up an introduction. But when I saw where she was headed, I cancelled it.

Aw, Landon's half-smiling again. :)
Aw, Landon’s half-smiling again.

I’m going to imagine that the two of them hook up and Landon gets over Ede right quick. 🙂

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Log 4k: A Clandestine Romance

Cooper had reached a bit of an impasse in her Secret Agent career. In order to progress, she needed to be doing a bunch of romantic interactions daily. With her husband Dianthus being busy so often, it just hadn’t been working out. So Coop decided it was time for them to talk.

Coop: "Hey sweetie, got a minute?"
Coop: “Hey sweetie, got a minute?”

Coop reminded Dia that diplomacy was a very large and important part of her career. (He knew.)  And that in order for her to be capable and safe in any situation, she needed to be able to maintain control should the interaction venture into emotional territory — even romantic territory.

Dia didn’t say anything to this. Coop could tell he was experiencing some kind of inner turmoil imagining the implications of what she was telling him. He’ s a bit of an overthinker, her sweetie.

So, um. This means I need to practice. 
Coop: “So, basically, this means I need to practice. You know, experiment?”

Dia took a(nother) moment to digest before answering.

Dia: "Well, I understand this, rationally. I guess I will just have to accept that you need to experiment with other people."
Dia: “Well, I understand this, rationally. I guess I will just have to accept that you need to experiment with other people.”
Whaaaat?
Other people?? Is he freaking kidding me?

Oh no, that’s not what Coop was saying! He can’t be serious, besides!

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Coop, bluffing: “Cool. I’ll go get dressed, then.”
He's totally serious.
Keep smiling, self, don’t freak out. This is all perfectly fine and rational.

*sigh* What are we going to do with this boy?

Coop, frustrated: "I don't want to go out there and experiment with other people!"
Coop, frustrated: “Dia, seriously!? I don’t want to go out and experiment with other people!”
Dia: "Good, because I'm actually really freaking out about it."
Dia: “Good, because I’m actually kind of freaking out about it, to be honest.”
Coop: "You're not getting rid of me that easily."
Coop: “You’re not getting rid of me that easily.”
<3

So, our boy Dia finally gets it. And he’s risen to the challenge, devoting hours to researching “ways to spice up a long-term relationship.”

"A simple change in wardrobe can provide a big spark."
Dia: “It says here, ‘A simple change in wardrobe can ignite a big spark – if you feel sexy, you are sexy!'”

Even though they’d been together for years and years, wearing a bit more revealing PJs was excitingly awkward for Coop and Dia.

Okay, let’s be honest – it was awkward for Dia. What isn’t?

So, how do you feel?

So.. How do you feel, guys?

Dia to Coop: "I feel a bit naked.. You look really nice."
Dia to Coop: “I feel a bit naked.. You look really nice.”
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Dia: “You know, I believe I do feel a bit sexy!”
You are a bit sexy. Just a bit.
You are a bit sexy, Dia. Just a bit.

The things we do for promotions!

Log 4j: Let Me Call You Sweetheart

I don’t like the cowplant. It makes me nervous.

cowplant

I let Ede tend it. It needs to be this way. It’s her rocket. To answer for the crime of occupying special space in my head, she must be made to flirt with death.

This thing is HUGE. D:
This thing is HUGE. D:

The interactions are cute though, I suppose. You can pet the cowplant. You can play with the cowplant. It acts like a big puppy, kinda. A big, slobbery, lethal puppy.

It'd only take a second for us to lose her.
It’d only take a second for us to lose her.

Not sure if I have the heart to make Ede become a predatorial Serial Romantic, but, I suppose if I just follow her wants everything will work out. So far she’s not seeming to specifically request new partners & has  been content with her current fling. Interestingly enough, her romantic wants have all been general, rather than “i want to kiss this certain person” type stuff. Anyway, luckily her boy had big child-eyeballs – even with the aging bug he’s a cutie!

Hopefully this was the last face-squishing we'll have to worry about!
Hopefully this was the last face-squishing we’ll have to worry about!

His name is Landon Purdue, and they’ve gone on a couple dates so far. One was to this experimental community lot I made – it’s a maker space “Library” with skill objects, a community garden, etc.

It felt good to demolish the library. So much wasted space in that building.
It felt good to demolish the library. So much wasted space in that building!

Someday I’ll take some interior pics, lol.

Another date was to a tiny little indy teahouse I made.

Ede: "I hear this teahouse is full of rabbits!"
Ede: “I hear this teahouse is full of rabbits!”

I had planned for it to just have guitar and mic, books, comfy raggedy seating, chess, a mini-kitchen with teapot. But I had to put in a bar because it’s classed as a “lounge” – I think I’ll fiddle with that some more, because the bar really dominates the space. Sims are just drawn to it, lol.

Bartender is not amused by kids flirting behind his bar.
Bartender is not amused by these darn kids flirting behind his bar.

Ede is a natural romantic, of course, so she’s really in her element on dates despite her Loner tendencies. She’s not had any trouble catching strangers’ eyes, and doesn’t seem particularly attached to any one person.

I feel a bit sorry for her lad Landon, because he seems rather hopelessly smitten.

Ede: "Look at those stars - what a night!"
Ede: “Look at those stars – what a night!”

The Purdues are the “neighbors” we made for Easter’s Friend of the World aspiration. I just made a couple in CAS and generated a bunch of kids for them, randomly assigned names and traits and aged a few to teen in-game so they’d be extra-super-random. Landon’s their eldest. Dunno if that counts as marriage-eligible or not, but I have a feeling Ede’s not going to be thinking about marriage for a long while, if ever.

What do I need a partner for? I'm fabulous!
What do I need a partner for? I’m fabulous!

Her sister Easter Lily, on the other hand, maintains a very specific and focused crush on her tiny-eyed townie BF, Jarrett Palacios. He’s not unkind, but he’s a bit hard to read. Maybe the Bro trait makes sims act a bit aloof? Either that or my loathing for bros taints my every encounter with one, lol. Easter adores him, at any rate. She’s got big plans!

Easter: "And then in 5 years or so, we can get a puppy!"
Easter: “And then in 5 years or so, we can get a puppy!”

For being so different, the girls get along very well. They spend a lot of time chatting about everything under the sun and laughing together.

Ede, laughing: "Stop, I'm getting a side ache!"
Ede, laughing: “Stop, I’m getting a side ache!”

Sometimes the conversations turn serious, and they confide in one another.

Easter: "So I've been thinking and.. I want to give Jarrett a promise ring!"
Easter: “So I’ve been thinking and.. I want to give Jarrett a promise ring!”

Ede’s got a good head on her shoulders so I imagine she gives decent advice, but her conversations still tend to leave her sister looking aghast much of the time.

Ede: "Well, if he makes you happy, I think you should do it."
Ede: “Well, if he makes you happy, I think you should do it.”
Ede: "And if he doesn't, we can take him to the cowplant."
Ede: “And if he doesn’t, we can give him to the cowplant!”

Don’t worry, Easter Lily, she’s probably only joking there.

What’s it like for a young boy, coming into this house full of strong personalities? Elder doesn’t seem to mind a bit. In fact, it’s been pretty awesome. His sisters are knowledgeable, they don’t treat him like a baby, and they actually laugh at his jokes!

Elder: "And the duck said, I already have the bill!"
Elder: “And the duck says, ‘but I already have the bill!'”

As fun as it is to watch Dia & Coop’s glorious genes play out, I think three kids is plenty for this generation. Cooper seems fine with that. 🙂  She’s just celebrated her Adult birthday – catching up in age to her hubs once again.

coop adult bday
Here goes nothin’!

Dia was a wee bit tardy to the celebration, as we’d expect. He’s still got his own internal clock going.

coop adult bday 2
Dia: “Hmm, I wonder where everyone went.”

Coop knows right where to find him, though. He’s always been a late bloomer. 😉

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Hello, you.

Log 4i: Dia’s Muses

Dianthus Wolff is surrounded by beautiful women.

His wife Cooper, an accomplished Secret Agent, fiercely devoted to family and not afraid to fight dirty to keep her loved ones safe.

Cooper YA Beauty

His daughter Easter Lily, vibrant and gregarious, able to make friendly connections with even the surliest of souls.

Easter Teen Beauty

His daughter Edelweiss, solitary and intense, with a certain magnetic charm about her.

Ede teen beauty

If Dia were less humble, he might fancy himself the center of their universe, sending them out on little tasks and things and having them report home to show their reverence. But he considers himself lucky every day that these amazing women share even a little bit of their lives with him. He doesn’t seek to control or restrain; he observes, and counts his blessings.

3 muses
It’s a pleasure just to watch them dance.

Knowing them has been a huge influence on his writing – you’d be hard-pressed to find a Dianthus Wolff novel that didn’t feature a strong female protagonist. 🙂

"The Girl Who Befriended Death," by Dianthus Wolff.
“The Girl Who Befriended Death,” Chapter three.

Dia’s infant son would be a child soon.  Dia imagined what he might be like. Would he be reserved and thoughtful, as he was, or fierce and bold like his mother? Or perhaps he’d be entirely unique, as each of his daughters had proved to be. Dia enjoyed wondering these things as he went about his work.

The writing profession sure requires a lot of writing! ;D
Maybe he’ll crave adventure and visit the stars, like Dad did.

The writing profession sure requires a lot of writing! Good thing Dia enjoys it so much. ;D


There is something interesting happening in the garden today. Edelweiss has taken over responsibility for tending it – unlike everyone else in the house, she gardens without the slightest grumble! We’ve given her the treasured cowplant seed that her grandfather Clem found, and today’s the day that she plants it.

Please work this time!
Please don’t disappear this time, little seed!
*crossing fingers*
*crossing fingers*
Hooray! We have horns!
Hooray! We have horns!

Seems to be working! We’ll have to come check on it later to be sure, but so far so good!

Easter’s making decent progress towards her Friend of the World aspiration. We’ve hit a bit of a roadblock in that she needs to befriend “neighbors” now – we don’t have any, so I’m going to have to remedy that. The only other house on our block is that giant empty mansion thing that looms like a shadow in the backyard. Mayhaps I’ll explode it and build a farmhouse! 😀

But, Easter doesn’t care about any of that right now anyway. She has developed feelings for a boy.

Jarrett Palacios: Cheerful Bro.
Jarrett Palacios: Cheerful (? if you say so, game! ;D) Bro.

Yes, he’s afflicted, and yes, he dresses weird, but none of that matters to our dear Easter.

The heart wants what it wants!
The heart wants what it wants!

We’ve been taking it slow, but Jarrett is on her mind so often that she’s room for little else. Probably wouldn’t hurt to crank up the romance a little bit & invite him over for a date. Go on then, Easter.

Easter: "So, what do you think of my new dress?"
Easter: “So, what do you think of my new dress?”

She’s brought out the big guns, folks: her glorious, shiny buns. ;D

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Easter: “Do you like it?”

And now the big green eyes, tsk. This boy is toast.

Yup. Toast.
Yup. Toast.

While Easter and Jarrett were graduating from just friends, baby Elder was ready to graduate from the bassinet. Can’t wait to meet him!

Magical transformation eminent!
Magical transformation eminent!

He let out one last coo & popped right out of there, ready to do stuff and things.

Mom's hair color, dad's eye color. :)
Mom’s hair color, dad’s eye color. 🙂

Elder rolled the Geek trait and the Social Butterfly aspiration. I haven’t managed that one yet – I’m pretty darn horrible at it. But we’ll try! We’ll try.

(Elder’s eyes are pretty tiny already.. Gonna be a glasses-wearer, I think. Should help appearances a little bit, if not his actual eyesight, heh. 🙂 )


This is probably a good place to break, but one last thing before we go – should oughta check on the planting!

Aww, lookit how cute it is. <3
Aww, lookit how cute it is. ❤

Looks like we have cowplant, folks! Lol.. what have I done?

Log 4h: Something About Ede

Edelweiss has been busy!

Following in her big sister’s footsteps (although, doing it mostly at night so she can avoid unwanted socialization, lol) Ede has achieved her aspiration, becoming a rambunctious scamp with two childhood days to spare!

Ahh, to have the park all to oneself!
Ahh, to have the park all to oneself!

Once she was finished, Ede took a moment to give the local benchdweller, who’d been having a manic episode nearby while she was playing on the bars, a stern talking-to.

Uht oh. Better look out, mister.
Uht oh. Better look out, mister.
Ede: "You need to get your act together, mister."
Ede: “You need to get a grip on yourself, mister.”

With the park safe from madness for now, Ede marched home. She’s got the most hilariously ragey-looking “uncomfortable” face ever. I’m kind of afraid to see what her eyebrows will look like when she’s older. ;D

Ede marches with purpose!
“Another day, another jerk.”

Everyone else was still asleep, so Edelweiss had a nice long chat with the ghost of her grandfather, Clematis.

She asked him about all manner of awkward subjects. They joked about vampires and boogers. And they got to know each other.

Ede: "What's worse - being old, or being dead?"
Ede: “What’s worse – being old, or being dead?”

It was a lively heart-to-heart, and they became good friends.

Ede: "Can you bring me back something from the afterlife, pleeeease?"
Ede: “Can you bring me back something from the afterlife, pleeeease?”
Clem: "How about a hug?"   <3
Clem: “How about a hug?” ❤

I was really glad they got to have this moment, because the game culled Clem the following day. There’s nothing I can do to prevent this at this point, because our population is inflated with sims I have no control over (they don’t show up in unplayed sims – just exist somewhere, taking up space). No family ghosts for me! 😡

As one soul is taken from us, another is given. On the morning of her birthday, Ede got to help welcome the newest member of the family: her little brother, Elder Wolff.

Ede woke up to witness her baby brother being born.
Ede woke up to witness her baby brother being born.

She’s really quite excited to be a big sister, and she can already make her bro laugh like nobody else can.

Cuteness overload!
Cuteness overload!

Having a son might be changing my feelings about the shrinkeye squarejaw pandemic, but we have a little time before we need to worry — really hoping for a patch before the November update! Elsewise I suppose we’ll just have to hunt for large-eyed partners in future generations. 😉

I sent Ede for a well-deserved bath while the rest of the family tidied up to prepare for her birthday party. It’d be a small affair with family and close friends only, since Ede’s a loner and all. 🙂

Mom Cooper managed to ninja in and make the cake.

Attending family parties in your PJs is entirely appropriate.

Sister Easter Lily donned her new party outfit, hoping her crush might notice that her eyes match her dress. (More about him later.) 😉

He'd have to be a fool not to notice you, dear.
He’d have to be a fool not to notice you, dear heart.

There was merriment, of course, but Ede was already getting uncomfortable so we cut to the chase. Let’s blow those suckers out already, eh?

*drumroll*
*drumroll*

Let the metamorphosis begin!

Oops, forgot about the pajamas.
Open your eyes, fair creature.
<3

I know, this is my sim so I’m probably biased, but I feel like Edelweiss is completely stunning. I mean, wow! Was not expecting that!

We rolled Loves the Outdoors for Ede, and for the aspiration, Serial Romantic. Haven’t tried that one, lol.. Ought to be interesting.

Her pajamas had left her a little exposed, so we made a quick trip to the dresser to finetune the outfits a bit. Changed the hairstyle, ’cause we already had that one with aunt Daisy. And I gave her some eyeliner and lipstick. Couldn’t resist. Her lips are freaking amazing. ❤

Ede: "Again with the party and the people, in my house? Seriously?
Ede: “Again with the party and the people, in my house? Seriously?”

And I totally love that she is still unimpressed by my efforts. ;D

Log 4g: Third Time’s the Charm

Dia’s still mopey. He’s been trying to incorporate his emotions into everything he does.

Human tears are probably the last thing we should be feeding Frankenplant.
Human tears are probably the last thing we should be feeding Frankenplant.

Coop’s been simultaneously trying to make her boy happy & enjoying the heck out of his misery. That last bit sounds like she’s off cackling somewhere because people are sad, but it’s not like that at all. Honest.

She's actually cackling because of something she read in the Intelligence Database. ;D
Don’t worry! She only cackles while reading the Intelligence Database. ;D

No, it plays out more like this:

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Give me your pain; let me be your strength.

If I didn’t have that glimpse into the inner workings of her psyche, I’d probably just think she was the family rock – unflinchingly optimistic, loving and sweet. 🙂

At any rate, Coop’s had the want to have another baby for a couple days now, so I figured we’d indulge her & give it a try. Dia could use the cheering up, anyway.

dia sad coop
Coop heeds her calling to envelop herself in Dia’s sadness.

True to form, once her parents initiated woohoo and my mind had begun to wander to profound ponderings on the vampiric nature of altruism, who should come cruising out of the house but Edelweiss.

ede sees all
“Just checking on the breeding, you know.”

She just stood outside the door drinking her juice while her parents got busy. When her juice was gone, she turned to face the camera and her expression.. well, see for yourself.

ede sees all 2
Ede sees all, knows all.

I know it’s crazy but I can’t help but feel that she’s critiquing me when she does these things – mocking me with an “aw, isn’t that cute – you’ve just discovered something I’ve known for years” sort of patronizing affection. Hmph!

Anyway, Ede’s right to grin here – the baby try took & we’re happily expecting lumpkin #3. 🙂

Meanwhile, not to be slowed down by something as trivial as growing a new sim-person inside her, Coop’s been really taking to her Secret Agent career. She’s unlocked quite a few neat furnishings for us now.

Secret Agent desk, chair, lamp (I think?) and groovy tactical map!
Secret Agent desk, chair, desk lamp (I think?) and groovy tactical map!
We just got this awesome secret door. Doesn't really fit with the decor yet, but I couldn't not use it. ;D
We just got this awesome secret door, too! 😀

I’m going to have to redesign things a bit to hold all the fancy hi-tech stuff we’ve got now. Soon!

With Clem gone, the multitude of little maintenance things he used to take care of have been piling up. It’s definitely time to include the kids in some household chores. While I do want to keep Dia skilling (he only has one of the six 8+ skills he needs yet, oof), besides the fact that he’s impaired by grief he’s also been spending a ton of free time on his writing lately & been plain unable to keep up with it all.

Easter: "You go cry it out, dad. I'll finish watering today."
Easter: “You go get some rest, dad. I’ll finish watering today.”

Easter takes one for the team and picks up the gardening slack, but she’s not really loving it yet.

Easter Lily and the Gnome are equally perplexed by Frankenplant.
Easter Lily and the Gnome are equally irked by Frankenplant.

Ede’s getting off pretty easy being that she’s not old enough to help with repairs or plants yet, but she doesn’t seem to mind cleaning up the kitchen once in a while for now. 🙂

For the most part, everyone at home gets along great. I’m really enjoying how very different the Wolff girls are from one another. Easter is animated and outgoing, Coop is potent and pure, & Ede’s got that strange otherworldly perception thing going on.

One eats gourmet leftovers, one works studiously, and one huffs cake fumes. <3
One eats gourmet leftovers, one works studiously, and one huffs cake fumes. ❤

I’ve noticed that Ede does the same weird patronizing thing with her big sister that she does with me!  The two often look as though Ede has just told Easter the ending to a book she’s only just started. Maybe it’s just her face shape + my overactive imagination, but dang. Lol.

Easter Lily: "Is anybody else seeing this??"
Easter Lily: “Is anybody else seeing this??”

We’ve been hanging onto another cowplant seed. Clem found it on a space mission just before he left us, and as soon as she’s old enough, I feel like Ede should be the one to plant it. Because she’s weird, you know? Whenever it eats someone, we can think of her. ;D

Log 4f: Death Isn’t So Bad

Time was running out for Easter Lily to complete her childhood aspiration. We were so close to maxing Motor skill we could taste it.

Time for a Keyboard Commander all-nighter!

Time for a Keyboard Commander all-nighter!
*clackety clackety clack*

… five long hours later … 

Easter: "I think I just beat the game!"
Easter: “I think I just beat the game!”

And she did it! Rambunctious Scamp & mastery of the Motor skill – yay!

Grandpa made her a snack and gave her a big hug, and then she passed out cold just as the sun was rising. 🙂

Proud grandpa. He remembers how hard it is to complete your childhood aspiration! ;)
Proud grandpa. He remembers how hard it was to complete his childhood aspiration!

Clem took a minute to check on his Frankenplant..

Frankenplant should look like the nice little round one in the foreground.
Frankenplant should look like the nice little round one in the foreground.

I don’t know what to do with this thing so I just keep tending it. It takes a long time now, haha. It’s got 4 whole-plant shoots, at least. I can usually water them but not weed them – once in a while one of the shoots will die and I can discard it, but more just keep growing. Something for future generations to figure out, I guess. ;D

Later that day, we celebrated Easter Lily’s teen birthday. I had to wake her after only a few hours of rest because I don’t want her to turn completely nocturnal while she’s still in school, so we had to make it a quick party. 🙂

Easter blows out her candles while sister Ede scowl-sings.
Easter blows out her candles while sister Ede scowl-sings Happy Birthday.

This part is always so exciting – I love seeing the child to teen transformations.

Hooray! I am tall, and beautiful!
Hooray!! I am tall, and beautiful!

We rolled Art Lover for our lovely young Slob, and the Friend of the World aspiration. Eeeehhh.. That one’s going to be rough for me, lol. She’s so pretty, though, yay! She actually looks a lot like her aunt Daisy, I think.

Mom's eyes, dad's face shape. <3
Mom’s eyes, dad’s face shape. ❤

Edelweiss’ everpresent glare is reminding me that this all only lasted a second, because Easter was pooped and Ede was pissed that we were having visitors, lol.

Did you really have to invite all these people for this?
Ede: “Did you really have to invite all these people into my house?”

The guests had left, the girls had gone off to their rooms, and Clem and Dia thought they’d relax with a nice game of chess. Clem only won them about half the time now, so it was anybody’s game. 🙂

When Clem pulled the “Hey, what’s that?” point, Dia thought it was just that silly old trick he used to use when he was a kid – Dia would look away to see what he was pointing at, and Clem would move the pieces around.

Dia: "Nice try, Dad."
Dia: “Nice try, Dad.”

But this time it was for real.

Clem: "Goodbye, son."
Clem: “Goodbye, son.”

Dia kind of lost his shit over this. 😦 I’m recalling now that this is the same situation that surrounded his mother’s death. They were just about to start a game when the reaper came to call. Poor Dia is going to have a hard time challenging loved ones to chess matches after this, I think.

There there Dia, he was 120something years old.
Losing a parent is never easy, even if they’re 120something years old. 😦

This was another emotional family moment in which Edelweiss’ odd behavior forced me to redirect my attention to her. She knocks me to a different realm of consciousness, disjointing my attachment to what else is going on. Not sure if a ‘thank you’ is in order or I should be annoyed, lol.

Ede has no “bad” traits – just loner – but she does strange things sometimes. She came out of her room, I assumed to witness the death, but instead of being upset by it, she just came over and stood on grandpa’s hand with a big huge grin on her face.

Don't look so satisfied, child, you're freaking me out.
Don’t look so satisfied, child, you’re freaking me out.

She wasn’t even “happy” so why the grin? They were friends, so it’s not like she didn’t like being around him or something.. So odd.

Coop didn’t witness Clem’s death herself, so she wasn’t taking it too hard. She was a little sad. She’d been out to see the grave a couple times, but her main concern right now was her sweetie, Dia.

I know, sweetie.
There, there, sweetie.

Coop’s Evil trait causes her to find comfort in the presence of suffering. She doesn’t engineer it, and she really does seek to lift the spirits of her loved ones when they’re upset, so I can’t feel that she’s truly malicious in this – she just feels.. happy.

With training, she could learn not to grin widely at funerals, right? *sweats*
With training she could learn not to grin so widely, at least.  *sweats*

Easter Lily woke from her late nap blissfully unaware of the after-party happenings. Rather than tell her though, I let her head downtown to get started on her Friend of the World aspiration. (Tbh seeing Dia mope makes me sad, and the only cure for that is time so I needed to get out of the house too.)

We started at the park, because I wanted to check on the new NPCs to see whether we were affected by the latest genetic abnormality (males generating with boxy jaws and teeny tiny eyes).

Well, the hat helps, I guess.
Well, the hat helps, I guess.

Doh. Looks like we’ve got it! Gonna have to be careful aging up any male sims while we wait on a fix.

The beard definitely helps!
The beard definitely helps!

We actually really liked waders, despite his affliction. We have pretty big eyes – it could still work, right? ;D  I put him in a house anyway since I know Easter’s going to need lots of friends and our town still repopulates daily.

We moved from there in search of other hands to shake and eventually ended up at the gym, where we came across a most curious sight.

Hmm..
Hmm.. must proceed with caution.

For some reason, Easter felt that the situation called for a joy buzzer. And who was I to deny that? The guy just reaped her grandpa, after all.

Easter: "Hello, Death. It's quite shocking to meet you!"
Easter: “Hello, Death. It’s quite shocking meeting you here!”

Poor Death. He didn’t mind the zap but he was quite embarrassed, though we knew not why. So Easter stuck around to comfort and cheer him up.

(Yes, Easter inherited the family booty. Hotdamn, girl!)
(Yes, Easter inherited the family booty. Hotdamn, girl!)

They actually became friends, right then and there.

Easter Lily, Peacemaker.
Easter Lily, Peacemaker.

Death isn’t so bad once you get to know him.

Log 4e: Dance Like a Loner

I’ve just organized all our crap! Made a little collections room in the upstairs gallery area and have been selling all the extras.  (This was long overdue – just as an example, when I combined what was in the household inventory with what Dia and Coop were holding, we had 53 space paintings.) D:

Also knocked out some walls and rearranged furniture a bit. Since most of the additions to the house have just been slapping on another smallish square room, it was getting pretty ugly in here – bad traffic flow and hard to take pics without walls getting in the way.

Improved kids' room with sleeping cubby and more appealing/soothing colors.
Improved kids’ room with sleeping cubby and more appealing/soothing colors. The other side of the room is play/activity stuff.
Much better traffic flow in here now. Removed walls, added more counters, etc.
Much better traffic flow in the kitchen now. Removed walls, added more counters, etc.

I still need to do something about the side bedrooms and the colors in the kitchen/living areas, but I need a breather first, lol. I promise more house updates soon.

Bills were down about 2500 simoleons with just the wall removals – hoping for a decent reduction in the next one now that all the extra junk is finally sold off.


Clem is still hanging on, twinkly age bar and all. He seems to only get repeat space missions now, so we might not finish the alien space collection with him after all. (Maybe it’s tied to skill? He’s been maxed for ages.) Since he’s mastered cooking, he makes all our meals for us now. He’s pretty wild in the kitchen!

Juggle-flipping a bottle of hydrogen peroxide while making stir fry?
Juggle-flipping a bottle of hydrogen peroxide while making stir fry? Idk.

In the house, he spends a lot of time chatting with Coop. For some reason they’re always talking about woohoo or rockets – I imagine he’s imparting some awkward relationship advice to her, or just rambling about his glory days to someone he considers an equal. Who knows? Coop has been surprisingly tolerant, either way. ;D

Clem: "Did I ever tell you that Dia's mom and I once woohooed for three days straight?"
Clem: “Did I ever tell you that Dia’s mom and I once woohooed for three days straight?”

In the garden, Clem’s frankenplant is getting even bigger.

The growthy appendages are getting taller!
The growthy appendages are getting taller!

I noticed too that our grape plants have been producing grapes that are extremely valuable lately. 111 simoleons per piece here.. 542 simoleons per piece there.. Is that normal? Lol.

Little Edelweiss has been a very needy baby the whole way. Easter has never resented her, but sharing a room with little sis has definitely been a challenge.

What do you want me to dooo?
What’s the matter, does your tummy hurt?

Easter was just 4 motor skill points away from meeting her Rambunctious Scamp aspiration, but the baby had been keeping her up all night, leaving her almost too tired to make it to school. If we could just get her some sleep, I’m confident that she’d be able to complete it in time. Luckily, the weekend was coming up so she would at least have a break from school. 🙂

The big event for Saturday was the celebration of an important family birthday. Dianthus was becoming an “adult,” and we were trying to get him to stop writing long enough to attend his own party.

Just need to edit another line real quick.
Just need to edit another line real quick.

Part of me is freaking out because it feels like it’s too soon (!!), but Dia has already accomplished a lot compared to his predecessors at his age. He has a family he adores, a career he enjoys – yup, things are looking pretty great for Dia, so I guess I need to just celebrate that and quit my lamenting already.

See, aren't you glad you came?
See, aren’t you glad you came?

With the party already underway, we discovered that Edelweiss was ready to age up too. Thank goodness!

"Man, how long were you gonna leave me trapped in that thing?"
Edelweiss: “Man, how long were you gonna leave me trapped in that thing?”

So much personality already! ;D  Ede aged up with a completely red hunger bar, despite having been fed recently, and was frowning and scowling around. She went immediately for the cake.

Dad's hair color, mom's lip? :)
Dad’s hair & eye color, mom’s lip? 🙂

.. Which she took right outside so she could be away from everyone. Way too many strange people in the house. Ede rolled the Loner trait like her father, you see. ;D

Life sucks, but at least I'm alone and I have cake.
Life sucks, but at least I’m alone and I have cake.

Alas, her sweet solitude was short-lived, as she was soon joined by her cousin Adalynn (Digit & Bailey’s daughter) who had just recently become a child herself and was being a bit of a butthead. Then papa Dia and grandpa Clem joined her as well.

I loved having 3 generations present for this party. <3
Ede may have found it annoying, but I really loved having 3 generations + cousins present for this party. ❤

After they all had bellies full of cake, the group made it upstairs to join Easter on the dance floor. Now this part was pretty fun, even Ede was okay with it. She’ll need to dance for her Scamp aspiration, so I’m happy about that! ;D

And a good time was had by all!
Clem and Dia – I love these beautiful men. ❤

(I’ve got flirty paintings right by the stereo now so all the adults will do their sexy dance – it is so freakin’ funny to see, especially for sims who are normally shy or take themselves too seriously.)

The crowd is mesmerized by Dia's Flirty Dance-butt.
The crowd is mesmerized by Dia’s Flirty Dance-butt.

 OMG! Dia’s Flirty Dance-butt!!

Shake and thrust!
*screams like it’s the Beatles*

The dancing went on well into the night, and a good time was had by all, even our two dear Loners. 🙂 Happy birthday, Dianthus and Edelweiss!

Log 4d: Overachievers Anonymous

Easter Lily is funny. Much like her mom, this kid doesn’t do anything halfway.

When she wants to rummage through a trash can, for example, she really throws her whole self into it.

Fire in the hole!
Fire in the hole!
This would make a clever hiding spot. I had to camera in to see her, even with that outrageous bun of hers. ;D
This would make a clever hiding spot. I had to camera in to see her, even with that outrageous bun of hers. ;D

There was still a bit of daylight left after her trashbath, so Easter cruised over to see if it was time to meet her new cousin yet – the one that Digitalis and Bailey should be having any day now.

Easter Lily makes house calls.
Digit’s house has an interesting entryway.

The baby had been born! Another girl, we think – the game named her Adalynn, which is pretty nifty. 🙂 Digitalis seems so happy to be a parent. I feel bad for almost having resigned him to a life without love.

Easter's baby cousin Adalynn. <3
Easter’s baby cousin Adalynn. ❤

After her pop had put her back in the bassinet, Easter leaned in and introduced herself.

Easter: "Hello, little cousin! We can play together real soon."
Easter Lily: “Hello, little cousin, I’m Easter! We can play together real soon!”

I need to add some more children to the neighborhood, but for now, Easter and her other cousin Riley have been hanging out a bit. Easter’s been showing her cuz her sweet dance moves.

*boogie down*
*boogie down*

Riley’s kind of hard to impress, lol. But she’ll keep trying, by golly!

Riley: "What was THAT?"
Riley: “What kind of dance was THAT?”

It was about here that I discovered that emotional dancing was a thing. Dia came to dance with the girls, and he started doing this weird, sly-grin, pelvic thrust thing that I had never seen before. 0.o

You're so embarrassing, Dad.
You’re so embarrassing, Dad.

It’s because he was feeling Flirty, lol!  If you haven’t experienced flirty sims dancing yet, you must do it now! Coop’s dance is super hot. I now want to create a venue with high flirty aura so I can go there and cackle at all the townies dirty dancing. ;D

Ahem, anyway. Turns out that our Cooper is a fantastic Secret Agent. Her dedication to her job is matched by none. Perhaps it’s her Perfectionist trait shining through, but she’ll never take a sick day, no matter what. Not even if she’s in heavy labor.

"Cool, she's taking herself to the hospital," we thought.
“Cool, she’s taking herself to the hospital,” we thought. Nope, went to work!

“Maybe she’ll come home early,” we thought. Nope, worked a full day! Coop was promoted to Lead Detective while in labor. Your mom’s a badass, Easter. ;D

Dang, girl, you gonna take a break yet?
Dang, girl, you gonna take a break yet?

I thought I’d just let the labor progress naturally since we’d already gone this long, but it was taking forever! Through the night and into the next morning, though having regular contractions and super uncomfortable, Coop had still not given birth.

Is this ever going to end?
“I thought the second birth was supposed to be easier!”

I didn’t want her to go to work yet again so I gave in and sent her to the hospital. Dia was perfectly calm about it this time, and we soon welcomed another awkwardly-named baby girl into the world. 🙂

This seems to be the only onesie we own. ;D
Sorry, Edelweiss – this seems to be the only onesie we own. ;D

Edelweiss Wolff has papa’s skintone. Her eyes seem darker too, but I’m not sure if infant eye color means anything – Easter’s certainly didn’t look green until she aged up.

We’d better let Coop sleep now, she’s had a rough few days! 🙂

Log 4c: Identity Crises

Having fewer sims in the house has been so nice! The only trouble is that we also just lost the income from four jobs. Haha. Clem’s getting a substantial retirement check each day, but it just barely covers the bills (which just broke 17K) and we won’t be able to count on it forever.. we just got his popup. 😦

*whimper*
*whimper*

I was really hoping that Clem and Estrella would get to reunite in ghost form, but the game has just culled my last ghost. :\  It’s like before for me, I guess. Death is final again.

These used to mean something.. Now they're just hunks of cement.
These used to mean something.. Now they’re just hunks of cement.

Clem managed to meet his 2nd aspiration, finally becoming a Nerd Brain. He’s got 10 traits now, which is a record for us.

Best yet. I'll have to try to beat this. ;D
Best yet. I’ll have to try to beat this. ;D

It would have been awfully nice being able to instantly upgrade stuff earlier, lol.  But he managed to fully upgrade the expensive stove and fridge, landing us another Legacy point.

It's amazing what you can do with a screwdriver these days.
It’s amazing what you can do with a screwdriver these days.

Now Clem’s days are spent enjoying tending the garden, which has become a bit buggy of late ~ not the sort you can spray away, unfortunately.

This was a perfect spliced plant, but now it's a plant that has two actual whole plants growing out of the side of it that cannot be tended.
This was a perfect spliced plant, but now it’s a plant that has two other whole plants growing out of its sides that cannot be tended.  We also just lost our only (yet) chance at a cowplant – the seed just plain vanished after being planted. Doh!

When Clem isn’t gardening, he’s likely to be found showering his granddaughter with lovies. 🙂

It's neat and rare that Clem has had the chance to do this. <3
It’s neat and rare that Clem has had the chance to do this. ❤

Dianthus has actually made good progress towards achieving his Renaissance Sim aspiration. We’ve done all of the required career jumping already – all that remains now is to get 8+ in six skills. (Oh, is that all? Haha.)

Changing jobs so frequently has been a bit hard on Dia. He likes to have time to establish routine, and to consider and weigh before doing things, and we haven’t really been giving him that. His schedule has been a mess and for a while he was looking pretty lost.

Are these my tech clothes or my astronaut clothes? I'm not a cook anymore, right?
Are these my tech clothes or my astronaut clothes? I’m not a cook anymore, right?

Things will start to improve though – he’ll be staying in the Writer career from now on, working towards Author. Writing seems to please him and we could really use the extra income from book royalties. Plus I have fun writing silly things in the book descriptions. 😀

Easter Lily, for the first few days, was the quietest, most content baby we’ve ever met.

She's not even disturbed by the creepy mutated elephant.
She’s not even disturbed by the creepy mutant elephant doll.

She only cried if she was left to sit in a dirty diaper for a while. (At one point we got the “better feed that baby” warning popup and she hadn’t even been fussing from hunger – I guess I’m not a very proactive Sim parent because I had no idea!)

Mama's little angel.
Coop adores her little angel.

Since Easter was so easygoing and Clem was around to help, Coop decided that she should get a job too. Though she aspires to be a Joke Star one day, it doesn’t seem to require the Comedian profession, and I don’t like the hours for Entertainer so we’ve given her a career that’s a little more fun. 😉


Coop was reading a book that Dia had written for her when she was a kid, deep in thought.

coop career wonder2
Hmm.. I wonder. Could I?

Dia was surprised that she’d kept Secret Agent Cooper all these years.

Coop: "Of course I kept it! I had a big crush on you then. I wanted to be her."
Coop: “Of course I kept it! I had a big crush on you. I wanted to be her.”
Dia: "But you are her. I wrote her how I saw you already."
Dia: “But you are her. I wrote her how I saw you already.”
Dia: "Wait, you said had a crush. That's past tense!"
Dia: “Wait, you said had a crush. That’s past tense!”

Oh Dia, you’re so silly. ❤

Dia: This is the part where soothe my insecurity with kind words.
Dia: “Well I’m glad I can still make you laugh, at least.”
xcv
Dia: “It’s just, you know. I want to make you happy, and –“
Too much talky-talk, darling.
Too much talky-talk, darling.

And that’s how Coop decided on a career, and how baby bump #2 was conceived. ;D

(Unless I’m trying to rush a pregnancy I don’t do the preg test, so we have a little bit more time before we’ll see the belly.)

Soon after mom started work, something changed with Easter. She went from easy baby to normal baby, and then from normal baby to fussy baby. The young family were having a hard time juggling work and sleep with her need for attention.

Sleep when the baby sleeps.
“Sleep when the baby sleeps.” Dia thinks he read that somewhere.

We were all very, very glad when her birthday finally came!

Happy birthday, Easter Lily!
Happy birthday, Easter Lily!

After 3 generations of brown hair/brown eyes, how lucky to get the new hair and the new eyes in one go! She’s like a mini Coop. ;D  Hard to tell yet, but she may have a more dad-shaped face?

Easter got the glasses gene from pop, at least. ;D
Easter got the glasses gene from pop, at least. ;D

We rolled Slob for her, which is a new trait for us, and we’ve not yet managed to complete the Rambunctious Scamp aspiration, so we’re looking forward to some new gameplay with Easter. 🙂