The Mendoza ISBI

Idiots do it their way


Chapter 3.1 Clearing out the House

Well here we are at the start of a new generation.  The heir if you haven’t already guessed is Melon.

Before I start on the goings on of the family I would like to mention to anyone who hasn’t seen it that I am running an heir poll (of sorts) over on the Winterton Adoptacy page.  If you haven’t voted then get yourself over there by clicking here.

Right last time there were many fails and a few birthdays.  We start this chapter with a very important birthday, the heir.  There was no party and just his sisters made it in time for his big moment


Strawberry: Woo!

Blueberry and Mulberry: *are unimpressed*

Melon: I don’t think I’m ready.  Is it too late to change my mind.



Melon: I’m a sexy beast.



Well you are now, seriously look at him! I did not expect him to turn out this good.

Melon: Thanks, that makes me feel so much better.

Any time. 😀

Melon’s new trait is Insane and his LTW is Jack of all trades.


With Melon now a YA, it’s time to say goodbye to the spares.  First to go is Kiwi.  I got him a job as a ghosthunter and set him free to be at the mercy of story progression.



Bye Kiwi, see you at birthday parties



With him I sent Jaimie and Lassie.  I needed to free up some space and she technically is no longer family since she and Tobias divorced.  She wasn’t upset by it though and quickly remarried shortly after moving out.


Maya & Nolan celebrated the news of a soon to be quieter house in their own sweet way.

Nolan: Can we go bouncy bouncy now?

Maya: Sure



Tobias is still around, at last play he was at 127 days and still going.  I think he is my oldest living sim yet!  That doesn’t mean he can keep doing things like this though.




With Young adulthood comes the unavoidable and in my opinion total waste of time graduation.  Melon was voted most likely to have a big family which is probably true, for once.

Melon: Yeah! No more school!

Blueberry: I should not have used the bathroom in there.  I have seen things that can never be unseen.

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Many needs were dropping during the ceremony and I was suprised Tobias gave me the only fail.

Blueberry: A bed would be more comfortable grandpa.

Tobias: The floor is closer.

I give up. -5

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As the new torch holder Melon starts to work on his skills.  Of course living with four teenagers means many, many pranks.

Sofa: *pffft*

Melon: I swear that wasn’t me!

This was so funny in game or maybe that’s just my sense of humour? I was watching a film recently called ‘The Other Woman’ and I just laughed so hard at this one toilet scene.

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Melon has also taken over care of Maya’s garden.  Maya’s last act as torch holder by the way was to upgrade this sprinkler to autowater.

Melon: Grow my pretties. Mwa ha ha ha!

He’s evil, let him have his moment.

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Aw, male bonding over a cooking show.

Tobias: I can tell you many things Jacklyn used to do with a carrot.  None of them involved cooking though. He he he

Melon: Ew, grandpa, I do not need to know.

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Maya’s being consumed by a mini tornado! Quick someone help her!

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Oh never mind she’s ok.

Mulberry: I’m too tired to be dealing with this right now.

This is what Maya does for fun now she is on free will.

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A quick time out to annouce that I have added some very important sims to the town.  This is me, or a likeness of me anyway.  Don’t I look happy.

Charlotte: A shack, I’m living in a shack.

It is a very nice shack.

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She is not alone though, this is a sim version of my boyfriend.  I will be making my simself available for download soon.

Lee: Does this house come with a cat?

Oops I forgot to make a sim of our little cat Teddy. Never mind, they will probably adopt one anyway.

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Now back to the Mendoza’s where Melon is dumpster diving. (He had a wish for it)

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And the paparazi are fighting. I can only presume over who’s patch this is.

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Oh yes and Blueberry managed to start a fire by trying to cook something.

Everyone: *panics and stands stupidly close to the flames*

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Melon started to try and put the fire out and the fire fighter that arrived actually helped! Miracles do happen!

Blueberry: I really need to pee but this more important.

Yes sim logic at it’s finest.

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Blueberry: Not going to make it, can’t hold it in any longer.

But the toilet is right there.

Blueberry: I’m not using that, it’s filthy.

And peeing on the floor isn’t?

Blueberry: Mr McQuackers said it would be fine.

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Look he carries his chew toy around, so cute.  Don’t worry I will get you another playmate soon.

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House renovations start and the first is an extended porch area with two staircases to hopefully prevent jams.  Isn’t it pretty? I added pink touches as that is Melon’s fav colour.

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Guess who the first one to try the rocking chairs out was?

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It’s a big day and everyone starts by having a nutritious breakfast.  Well almost everyone.

Raspberry: Ice cream for breakfast again Dad?

Nolan: It’s maple bacon flavour.

Melon: Got to have me some of that.

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That big day is of course the Quad’s birthday.  Guests start to arrive, invited or not.

Birthday picspam commence

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I have never had so many sims turn up for a party.  It was crazy and at one point most were stuck in a huge jam in the kitchen.

OK here we go this is the Quads after makeovers.

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First up is Strawberry, her final trait is Vegetarian and her LTW is to be Emperor of Evil.

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Raspberry is next, her final trait is Equestrian and her LTW is The Jockey

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Mulberry next, her new trait is Social Butterfly and her LTW is Vocal Legend.

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Finally here’s Blueberry.  His final trait is Party animal and his LTW is World Renowned Surgeon.shot (172)

Bye guys!  They will all be added to the download list soon.

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They are not the only ones making an important move.  Melon is off to Uni. More on that next time.

Torch Holders: 2

Every birth: (+5) 6 x 5 = 30

Life Time Wish Achievements: (+15) 0

Accidental Deaths: (-10) 0

Social Worker Visits: (-15) 0

Passing Out: (-5) 17 x 5 = 85

Each Sim that gets on Honor Roll: (+5) 2 x 5 = 10

Each Sim that failing school:  (-5) 0

Every 100,000 Simoleons : ( +20) 0

Fires: (-5) 2 x 5 + 10

Fights: (-5) 0

Self Wettings: (-5) 7 x 5 = 35

Each sim that reaches top of Career : (+10) 0

Total: -65




Chapter 2.10 Gone in a Flash

Hey there, i’m back with more craziness from the Mendoza’s.  Last time the youngest became kids, Tobias showed more than I would have liked and a pool was added to the house.

I start this time with a rare occurrence of Strawberry being nice to one of her sisters.


Strawberry: Then I shall rain death down on my enemies.  The people will come to know never to cross me.

Mulberry: Sure.

I suppose that is her way of being nice(ish).  The nightgown the girls are wearing is part of a set I got from the Sims 3 store.  I have been on there buying a few things recently.  : )


I don’t normally condone pets on the furniture but this was so cute.  They are best buds and are never far apart.  Those matching collars are great, makes it so much easier to tell them apart.


Shortly after they grew up I signed the girls up for ballet and Blueberry for Scouts.  Halfway through their age bars there was a recital.  Look how cute the little outfits are.

Raspberry: Is that a burglar?!

Stranger: I don’t judge you on your fashion choices

Ooh touchy.


Mulberry: Do I have to go, I’m sleepy




Strawberry: I can’t believe I’m doing this.


I was trying to get a picture of the four of them in their outfits but Mulberry rushed off and Blueberry changed clothes as soon as he got out.  Damn sims.


Upon arriving home Blueberry thought the best place to sleep was on one of the pool loungers, in the rain.  Naturally he got a cold soon after.

Blueberry: But it’s so comfy.


Mulberry is becoming the more productive of the family and can often be found at the easel when Maya isn’t using it.

Mulberry: Being a technophobe means my choices are limited on fun things to do.

Well there is reading, swimming, the dogs, the gnubb set, the chess table, the rocking horse, the doll house, the toy boxes…


Maya: OMG there’s a ghost in Dad’s chair!

That is your mother.

Maya: But she’s a ghost. *faints*

Good job fainting doesn’t count against my score.


As you can see the dogs are popular.

Kiwi: But I was going to feed them.

Nolan: I had the action first.

Jamie: It was my turn.

Tobias: Slow and steady wins the race.


I got the ice cream machine from the store.  Nolan was the first to find it.


However the rest soon started to appear.  The fun thing with this is whenever someone makes ice cream the whole family will flock to it causing a massive traffic jam which as you can imagine is chaos in this kitchen.  It does have the added benefit of making them sick if the eat ice cream when the machine is dirty.  So fun all round!


He does this all the time, it makes me laugh. I have no other reason for adding this picture.

Nolan: This is were the kids get their looks from.  I am as beautiful as a red rose.

Right, moving on


Another new toy I got them is this tablet.  I have seen it in a few legacies/stories.

Maya: This is awesome, it has Candy Crush on!!

Yeah, I am kind of addicted to the game. : D


Look at all these sims (and Melon).  Must be party time.  The kids are being teens.  Doesn’t time fly.


The girl in front is Alora Best.  She is Melon’s crush from prom.  This family is as bad as the Bunch family from Sunset Valley. She just isn’t right for our family, she has to go.


This made me laugh, as soon as Maya fired up the barbeque the men came running.

Maya: Can’t I cook in peace anymore.


Melon: It’s not you, it’s me

Robbie: Is he really breaking up with my sister.


I felt sorry for poor Miles not having anyone, so I became a matchmaker and got Maya to convince Miles to flirt with Katy McKinnon.  She is the Glamorous paparazzi that is always hanging around.


It worked!  Soon after they became an item and moved in together.  Make babies please.


Ok birthday time.  This is the closest I could get to all four at once.  Everyone else kept getting in the way.

Raspberry: Ok, I wish…

Mulberry: Don’t say it out loud, it wont come true.


Ok here they are as teens.  First up Blueberry. His new trait is Insane.


Next up Mulberry.  She looks a lot like Maya I think.  Her new trait is Heavy Sleeper.


Raspberry is next.  Her new trait is dislikes children.  Wonderful!


And last but not least Strawberry.  Her new trait is Insane.  I am really happy with how they all turned out.  It made my job of choosing an heir a little difficult.


Kiwi: Um, guys the party is over.  Guys?

Everyone else: *continues cheering*


This is another of Tobias’ idle animations using the cane.  I love the faces he pulls.  I really think you need to go take a bath though.

Tobias: This is my natural smell.

Smell is right!


Oh my, so many teens! This is what happens when you have 6 teenagers in the house and they invite friends over.  Melon and Kiwi got on the honor roll at this time.


Another day, another fail. -5


Strawberry: You are not my sister.



Ah yes I forgot about these birthdays.

Maya: *coughs sparkles*


Maya: My youth, gone in a flash.

She is now going though a mid life crisis.


Nolan: Yay birthday.

Lassie: *yawn*


Melon: Ha ha! Dad what happened to your hair!


Blueberry what are you doing?

Blueberry: Me and Mr Quackers are having a private conversation, please leave.


This two are still in love and still find the time to share sweet moments like this.


This is not so sweet -5


Nolan: Why is my house being invaded again?

Your eldest son is growing up.


Nolan is a young adult now.  Oh and Jamie grew up, forgot about that.


Here he is, doesn’t look much different.  I let him keep the hat.  His new trait is grumpy and his LTW is Paranomal Profiteer.  He will be available for download shortly.


That’s about it for this time and for Maya’s generation.  Next time her heir will be taking the reins.  I shall leave you with this painting of Maya’s which is a clue to who the heir is.

Torch Holders: 1

Every birth: (+5) 6 x 5 = 30

Life Time Wish Achievements: (+15) 0

Accidental Deaths: (-10) 0

Social Worker Visits: (-15) 0

Passing Out: (-5) 15 x 5 = 75

Each Sim that gets on Honor Roll: (+5) 2 x 5 = 10

Each Sim that failing school:  (-5) 0

Every 100,000 Simoleons : ( +20) 0

Fires: (-5) -5

Fights: (-5) 0

Self Wettings: (-5) 6 x 5 = 30

Each sim that reaches top of Career : (+10) 0

Total: -45











Chapter 2.9 Almost There

Wow look at that, another chapter! Bet you weren’t expecting that so soon.  Well you see I didn’t realise quite how many pictures I had.  There were too many to put in just one chapter so I split it.

So to recap last time Kiwi grew up and there was a party, during which Tobias embarrassed himself.  Piper & Lassie grew up and Tobias started to loose his marbles.  Lets hope he’s found them now…

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Or maybe not.  That poor child

Raspberry: *is scarred for life*

Jamie: Good god man, put some clothes on! 0.0

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But why scar one child when two is better.

Maya: Dad please put some clothes on.  The children do not need to see that!

Mulberry: Want food!

Tobias: But I just want to play.

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Lets move on to the first of the birthdays.  Oh dear god no!

Melon: I did not need to see that! must unsee.

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Anyway here is Melon as a teen.  His new trait is Neurotic.

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Ok, next is Mulberry. Everyone has now taken to ignoring Tobias in the buff.

Tobias: It’s actually nice to feel the wind around my…

OK stop there!

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Here is little Mulberry all grown up.  Her new trait is Technophobe.

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Next up is Bluberry and thank god Tobias is decent again!

Blueberry: Cake now mama

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And here he is as a child.  His new trait is Heavy sleeper.  Isn’t he a little cutie.

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Next up is Raspberry.

Maya: Can we just get to next one, I’m shattered.

Don’t worry were nearly done.

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I really like how her hair looks with the higlights.  It will appear different in later pics as she glitched and I had to change it.  Anyway her new trait is Eco- freindly.

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And finally we have Strawberry.

Strawberry: But I wanted red sparkles, this does not suit my evilness.

Maya: Shut up and grow up!

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Her she is, the last one to get a makeover.  Her new trait is Equestrian.

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The first thing Strawberry did as a child was to sit in the rocking chair.  I love her evil grin here.

Strawberry: That’s because I love other peoples misfortune.

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Yes this time it’s because you’ve upset your granddad.

Tobias: But that’s my chair.

Learn to share.

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Lassie has discover that having a bigger body has it’s benifits.

Lassie: Dig, dig, dig, dig.

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Jamie why are you so happy?

Jamie: The divorce is final, I am finally free of this crazy family!

We shall see.  I have decided to keep her in the house at least until Tobias expires.  I will decide her fate then.  The dogs may stay though.

Jamie: ….

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Strawberry loves to show her evil side and it is often poor Raspberry that she picks on.  These two do not get on at all.

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Maya: FINALLY I can go back to work!

Then why don’t you look happy?

Maya: I am outside for one, plus I age up soon.

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These two had a field trip to the town hall.  I realised they hadn’t come home afterwards and I find them doing their homework outside the town hall.  I don’t blame them really, with so many sims in the house is must be hard to concentrate.

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Aw the quads first day of school.  Blueberry rushed of first and ruined the photo. Grrrr

Raspberry: So very tired.

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Raspberry: *thinking* I hope no one saw that.

*Sigh* – 5

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This guy called up and asked Jamie out for a date.  Since she had recently divorced I thought why not.  They actually got on really well and stood there chatting for ages.

Jamie: Have you heard about this strange fog? Apparently people are disappearing.

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Finegan: Um, I think you are confused.  That was the plot of a movie that was on last night.

Jamie: Really? Are you sure?

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Back at home the bedtime stories are in full swing.  You show see it, it is utter chaos with four of them all wanting bedtime stories at once and none of them going for they’re actual beds.

Maya: And then without warning the King ordered the traitor’s execution. The executioner swung a mighty sword down and decapitated him with a single stroke.

Um, are you sure that’s the best story for a child?

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Maya: Nobody saw that right?

I did -5

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Maya: Oh no the maid saw. I am so embarrassed.

ManMaid: This is great. That reporter lady will pay me extra for this!

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Things aren’t much better outside.

Raspberry: It wasn’t me.

Nolan: This is what we get for not potty training them.

– 5

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I finally got round to redesigning the back door area.  I have shrunk down the space for Maya’s garden and added a nice little grave area for Jacklyn.  Tobias will be put here eventually so they can be together again.

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I also sold some unwanted stuff and added a pool.  Lassie was the first to find it.  I have never seen a dog swim in this game. (due to my preference of cats) It’s actually kind of cute.

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This isn’t so cute.  Maya wasn’t so graceful when it came to entering the pool.

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She was the first to find the loungers I placed at the side of the pool though.

Maya: Ah it’s so nice not to have any screaming toddlers anymore.

We are almost near the end of Maya’s time as heir. Next time I will be choosing her heir.

That’s about it, I will leave you with Tobias contemplating what to do to the next child that asks for a bedtime story!

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(Don’t worry, I do not condone violence towards children.  He is just twirling his cane.)

Torch Holders: 1

Every birth: (+5) 6 x 5 = 30

Life Time Wish Achievements: (+15) 0

Accidental Deaths: (-10) 0

Social Worker Visits: (-15) 0

Passing Out: (-5) 12 x 5 = 60

Each Sim that gets on Honor Roll: (+5) 0

Each Sim that failing school:  (-5) 0

Every 100,000 Simoleons : ( +20) 0

Fires: (-5) -5

Fights: (-5) 0

Self Wettings: (-5) 5 x 5 25

Each sim that reaches top of Career : (+10) 0

Total: -55


Chapter 2.8 Growing up

Before I get started with the chapter I would like to mention how exited I am that Maya’s brothers Apollo, Zak and Miles are featuring in generation 7 of the Winters ISBI.  If you haven’t read this yet, shame on you.  Head over there and check it out (but read this first!)

Also I recently made a Chicken Tikka Masala from scratch for the first time, well almost from scratch.  I used a well known brand of curry paste.  I was really surprised how well it turned out and how easy it was to prepare.  I doubt I will go back to the jar sauce.

Anyway on with our regularly scheduled program.  Previously Quads were born, birthdays were all the rage and many fails were had.


I am so grateful for the walker and playpan with the quads.  I don’t know if I could have got through their toddler years without them.

Maya: You and me both.

Kiwi: Oh grandpa

Tobias: No, not again.  Read yourself to sleep.

I can not work out why they all hate the easel.  None of them have the dislikes art trait.



Poor Tobias seems to be the kids favourite bedtime story reader.  As soon as Kiwi was done Melon collared him.

Maya: Why can’t I put all of the little brats in here?

You know I was wondering that.  It’s not like there isn’t room.

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I decided to take a closer look at the easel thinking maybe it was the unfinished painting that they were all taking offense to.  As it turned out it was one of the dogs chewing on it that was the problem.

Strawberry: Bad dog

I replaced the easel and all was fine.


Nolan: OK sweetie time for bed.

Nolan is a great dad, he is always on hand to help out when Maya’s needs are dropping.


Kiwi: That’s a neat trick grandma.

Yup Jacklyn is out and causing Maya to faint constantly. Damn that coward trait, not everyone is so fearful of ghosts though.



Ooh this can’t be good, the missus and the ex.  I just realised that both of Tobias’ wife’s names start with J. Guess he still loves Jacklyn after all this time, sweet.

Jamie: He told me clouds are made of candy floss and snow is sherbet.  I don’t know why I stick with him.

Jacklyn: I used to think it was cute when he did that.

Jamie: I don’t, he’s so childish.  At his age he should be more grown up.

I think we should leave them to it.


Someone finally found the jelly bean tree.  Kiwi turned himself blue.  I am glad he didn’t hurt himself.

Kiwi: I look like Blueberry now.

At least you co-ordinate with the room.



Maya: *cough* I think this food has gone off. It tastes like poop.

That is such a great face.  I was so pleased I managed to get the picture.



Ah the twins are here, must be party time.

Apollo: My brother is awesome!

Finigan: I have nothing to say.


Yes it’s Kiwi’s birthday.  Most of the guests didn’t give a hoot, even Melon looks unimpressed.

Melon: I’m just here for the cake.

I thought it was cute when Kiwi started to cheer for himself.  Also that afro guy is the first sim I’ve seen that can carry off that style.  I hate that hair as it looks so plastic.



And here he is as a teen, hmm needs work but not bad.

Tobias: Oh that’s great for my back, a little lower please.

Ah I see the problem.  Maybe I should add a back door.


Meanwhile inside Apollo and Zak meet the quads.

Zak: Don’t pull my hair, do you know how long it takes to make it look this good?

Apollo: Why am I here?



Zak and Susanah are still having problems.  Might have something to do with the fact she is a romantic interest of Tobias.  Miles is still single, he is the only one of Maya’s siblings that is not married.

Miles: That laptop is as broken as my heart.

If anyone wants to give him a happier life he is available for download.  He derserves better than what story progression has given him.


Kiwi: OMG Grandpa peed himself!

Tobias: I am so ashamed.



Having no luck with the ladies at the party Miles admits defeat and plays with the sprinklers. Oh and spring happened

Miles: Maybe this will impress the ladies.

Bearing in mind your sisters are the only adult females left at the party, probably not.

Miles: *sob*



Mia: Do you want to build a snowman?

Apollo: Um, you know there’s no snow out there.


I almost forgot here is Kiwi after his makeover.  His new trait is Bookworm


Here is a final shot of Lassie as a puppy playing in a puddle of his own pee.


Piper: I get big now.

Yes the puppies are growing up.


Piper drew in the biggest crowd.

Piper: They love me!

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Here they are grown up.  I gave them a collar each so I could tell them apart easier.  Piper is wearing a blue one and Lassie and green one.

And now for a glimpse into Tobias’s daily life.

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Tobias: I wonder it there’s a nessie at the Zoo?


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This is pretty much his whole day.  He sits in the chair ALL THE TIME.  His needs are nearly in the red before he gets up to take care of them. He is 106 though so I just let him be.

That’s it for now but I will leave you with the dogs playing with their chew toys.

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Torch Holders: 1

Every birth: (+5) 6 x 5 = 30

Life Time Wish Achievements: (+15) 0

Accidental Deaths: (-10) 0

Social Worker Visits: (-15) 0

Passing Out: (-5) 11 x 5 = 55

Each Sim that gets on Honor Roll: (+5) 0

Each Sim that failing school:  (-5) 0

Every 100,000 Simoleons : ( +20) 0

Fires: (-5) -5

Fights: (-5) 0

Self Wettings: (-5) 3 x 5 15

Each sim that reaches top of Career : (+10) 0

Total: -40




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