Welcome back to Mesa Vista and the Adams household, with founder Zach, his wife Nikki and their four children: first-born twins Ryan and Quincy, Josh and Jillian, with baby number five on the way.
Sounds like one big happy founding family, right? Well, not exactly, if you recall...
And we start the week with Nikki getting fired - this on top of having her fears of her husband's infidelity realized in the previous week.
The Business career was getting progressively more cutthroat, what with all the new Tycoons beginning to pop up around town. Although in this instance, with the precarious state of her marriage weighing heavily on her mind, it shouldn't have come as a total surprise.
(Never mind that not one the brightest of players was running the show.)
I refuse to take the rap for this, though!
From the upstairs computer: "OH YEAH, COME TO PAPA!"
"Nikki, you'll never guess what..!"
It's a toss-up whether that +8,000 is Nikki's for having yet another baby, or mine for getting Sim shadows back! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Nopke at MTS! Here's the link: http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=569585
"SHUT UP, BOTH OF YOU!"
Meet Abigail, the fifth-
"And sixth. And last" Nikki said as the want for ten children that had been locked for as long as she could remember rolled away into oblivion...
Zach: "But I - you - that was our crazy 'throw caution to the wind'... It's one of the things that made us special, at least in my mind."
Nikki: "It isn't so special when they don't coincide... unless I return the favor? How special would it be then?"
Zach's smile suddenly dropped and he said, "I got the job."
"I got fired."
"I'm sort of not. Guess it's my turn to stay home with the kids."
"Then lucky for you I won't be around much."
Zach refused to let the same want he had locked go, though he didn't tell Nikki this...
For the first time, Zach admitted this really could be the end of the road for them. He was so proud of Mesa Vista and all they had accomplished here together. It was a very sad thought indeed.
Thankfully, there was more going on at the Adams' home than Zach and Nikki's frosty relationship. There were kids.
Oh god, were there kids.
Speaking of kids, first up was Kid #3 Josh's birthday. He had snuck into his parents' bedroom (neither of whom actually slept there anymore) instead of having the normal family birthday bash at the dining room table. I wonder why?
And what is this outfit, anyway?
"Oh yes it could... I cannot go out in public like this."
He rolled Fortune and wants to be Head of the SCIA, like his father.
Josh's wunderkind days were over after he got in a bad habit of misplacing his homework, and it didn't take long for his grades to plummet to a D+, which meant he also couldn't get a job.
For the next couple of days, there was not much to write about. Lots of homework (except Josh), Zach skilling before his first day of work, everyone doting on the baby, and then all of a sudden it was time for Abigail's birthday.
Zach had to cut out early.
Abigail looks completely different than Jillian, but I can see both parents in her face, which I think is great.
(As long as it takes me to play my rotations, there was no way I could resist taking a peek at how she turns out.)
And she was off to an auspicious start!
Nothing remarkable happened with Quincy. He was also Fortune like his dad, and wanted to be a City Planner.
He maintained A+ grades and had every intention of going to University.
And apprently he had a mega sweet tooth, as well as being the only one in the family this week with an interesting inventory.
Jillian was a cute, happy little thing, and fun to play.
She turned out so pretty, but her nose is a little bumpy from the side like her brothers'. Then she rolled Popularity with a LTW to be a Rock God, and I thought, Show Business! A Professional Party Guest (Jade Green) and a Prestidigitator (Stan Shin's LTW) were needed for a position to open up, but with going to Uni and all, it should be totally doable!
Family Sim Ryan had been wanting to go steady since his teen birthday, but he had no chemistry with the girls from school and harmed his case even further by giving them noogies.
He didn't give up and managed to snag a date with Gabriella Newson (Romance) on only the second try.
"Are you hungry?"
"Hey, thanks for coming over!"
"I like your hair."
"Do you? It's new," Gabriella said, flicking it.
So far, so good. Don't go too fast, Ryan!
"Red Hands? Seriously?"
"Don't touch me."
Argh! Better end the date before it got any worse.
"That goes for end-of-date hugs too!"
I second Ryan's "eep."
Gabriella Newson, ladies and gentlemen, evermore known to me as Mixed-Signals Gaby...
"Come on, I know you can do it."
I was beginning to wonder if Abigail would ever get the advantage of Smart Milk (man, am I spoiled now).
But then, big sister Jillian to the rescue!
"They're sending me out of the country for a while, I'm not sure I'll make Abigail's birthday."
"I want to come back, Nikki, but now this is for the best, no?
"You said you needed to do some thinking, and this way, I hope there will be less disruption for the kids."
"I suppose you're right."
"I'm glad that's settled." And that she didn't say, "Don't bother coming back."
Zach poured his heart into several letters for Nikki, but in the end settled on three lines.
"Yes, of course. Thank you."
"Honey! What are you doing out there?"
I dearly hope that's melted snow...
Look over the bed - what do you think?
Don't worry about taxes.
Love you and only you, no matter what you decide.
"Great. I have to go get groceries!"
Was Nikki happy that Mesa Vista's only grocery store happened to be owned by Kerie Ng? Absolutely not, but she was not going to skulk around avoiding the likes of Kerie Ng like she had something to be ashamed of.
"Can I help you find something?"
"No, I've got it."
"I know all about you and Zach. Noah too."
"I think so, yes."
"Look, I'm sorry, okay? It was a mistake, it was a long time ago, and I was really, really stupid."
"What about Noah? Does he..?"
"Noah is mine! He doesn't concern you or Zach, ever. Got it?!"
"Please. I was just going to say if he needs financial..."
"Don't worry yourself, I think he has his own arrangement with Zach. Wait... is that why you came here?"
"No. I came here to buy groceries, just like everyone else who lives in Mesa Vista."
"Then thank you for your business."
"Oh, one more thing. This may be your store, but this is my town."
That had been an incredibly arrogant thing to say, but Nikki was sooo glad she said it!
Though when it came time for Abigail's next birthday, she actually felt kind of vindicated. She couldn't believe all the kids that showed up to celebrate, and without invitations.
She looked at Mesa Vista's kids. In a way, she felt like they were her kids. Hers and Z...
"Mom, bwow out de candows!"
Abigail was still an obvious mix of both parents. *cracks open SimPE*
Whoa, whoops. Ethan Korben and Melisa Kalsson fell in love at the party. I don't know what he's going to say to Sarah Cwik about that, if anything.
"Mmm, birthday cake makes me want more desserts..."
Nikki wanted something fun for the kids, but more for families in general.
First she would have to enlist the help of a couple of her friends from work.
Desert Greens. Nikki liked the sound of that...
"Hmm. I suppose I should have waited until the snow melted, darn it."
"Screw that, we're gonna try out Mom's golf course!"
"So far, so good. How about you, Ryan?"
"Check! The snow doesn't seem to affect the trajectory at all."
"Ooh, such big words!"
Visitors wouldn't golf autonomously, but they would accept lessons.
Right before my eyes, after hanging on until well into Spring, the snow was finally, finally gone. Yes!
I added a couple of trampolines too, simply because the first miniature golf course I ever played at had in-ground trampolines.
Ah, the nostalgia...
Btw, thanks to Steve Burns for giving Desert Greens its first customer star - that's m'boy!
I'm looking into some mods to make Execuputters available for autonomous use as well as invisible recolors for them, but for now I'm happy that vanilla, it runs as a working business.
Back home, Ryan was still fending off palm fronds...
Yeah, that looks like a really good idea, Jillian!
"Back off, that genie is mine!"
"Take a chill pill, brother!"
"Let me guess: you wish for Couth? Manners?"
"Peace of Mind."
I've never done this before because it's such a powerful wish compared to the others, but since I'm finding it so difficult for Family teens to have sweet romantic relationships, or any at all for that matter, I said screw it!
"Away on business. Don't worry, little sis, I'll take good care of us. All of us."
"Hey, I thought I was going to University?"
Sorry, Quincy, I've had enough of you guys for one week, you can go next time.
For those wondering where Zach is now, it's Top Secret!
Naw, it's really St Hubert (created by Seren at MTS), Mesa Vista's new (even more) rural Business District that you'll be seeing more of later on.
BaCC quick stats:
Playable Sims: 81 (80 + 1 grave) added Abigail
Sim Multiplier: 33 (no change)
Thanks for reading and Happy Simming!