Monday, December 16, 2013

5.1 Who Ya Gonna Call?

Morgan becomes a Young Adult and she doesn't seem that excited about it. Either that, or all the dust in the house has finally gotten to her.

I forgot to take a picture of the house before I expanded it, so no overview shot for generation four. :(

Friday, December 13, 2013

4.5 Bohemian Rhapsody

Mia lets her dad know about her plans for the future--she wants to live in the park and sleep on the benches. Jasen, understandably, is not too keen on this. Perhaps their way of life is too bohemian? His daughter aspires to be homeless.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

4.4 Smoke on the Water

The twins have their birthdays, which causes Ami to invite her family over. It's one of the rare few times the Voss family can be found on the same lot.

Friday, December 6, 2013

4.3 I am The Walrus

Misty and Mia become children. As twins, they're pretty close. This is good, as they have to share bunk beds and a room with their impending sibling.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

4.2 Touch of Grey

Ami spends a lot of time perfecting her recipes. With Jasen's constant supply of delicious, fresh produce, she has plenty of ingredients to experiment with. Of course, Jasen ends up eating most of it (mermaids can eat food, but it isn't terribly filling.)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

4.1 Earth, Wind, and Fire

Ami was anxious to leave home and pursue her dreams of a better world and an understanding of why she could see ghosts, but she still had some time to kill before that happened. At least she had little Hugh to play with and Jasen was able to visit.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Generation Three House

I built this house from scratch. You've been warned.

The shot of the exterior I put in one of the updates. The blue accents are an attempt to make it look tropical and keep with Phoenix's favorite color.

I did zero landscaping aside from that directly in front of the house.

First floor. Blue EVERYWHERE. I love blue; it's my favorite color. Anyway, the deck and all that extravagant luxury was the 'expansion' I added. There's two sets of spiral staircases. As lovely as they are, I've decided I hate them in TS3. Only one sim can queue up to use them at a time. Super annoying. There were pathing issues all over this house. I don't know why. Maybe because of the water.

All the rooms are pretty small, but I made sure to carefully decorate everything with expensive paintings, furnishings, etc. Those who know me and my gameplay know I cannot stand massive, sprawling houses. Takes forever for sims to cross them and I find them tiresome to play... so I had to show exuberant wealth without giant rooms. ;) The kids were all clustered into that one room.

I will say, the view from this house will be missed. Sigh. Building on the islands is GREAT if you don't have mermaids who refuse to use their damn boats. Maybe if they swam faster.

Ami is taking a bunch of the personalized portraits/etc with her, so that's why some walls are bare.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

3.5 Spooky Scary

The entire family went out to celebrate the arrival of the summer festival. Maya had complained about being 'Stir Crazy' and wanting to have some fun. The obvious conclusion was the festival, not that it wasn't always summer (with a tiny smidgen of Spring) in Isla Paradiso.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

3.4 Bossy

Gabby adjusted well to her position in the household. Unlike Kelsey, she didn't mind the wasteful spending on expensive luxury items. She rather enjoyed them, actually. Gabby definitely had an appreciation for the finer things in life.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

3.3 Born to Die

Kelsey's pregnancy was coming along well. Phoenix and Kelsey were both quite happy. Phoenix's career in politics was taking off. He was going to be Mayor before long.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

3.2 Opposites Attract

Phoenix was quite proud of his new address. It had been in construction for a short time and those last few nights on the houseboat had been worth it. It had taken his mother all of her charm to get Alex to leave the houseboat behind. They now lived on an island he'd discovered while diving.

Monday, November 11, 2013

3.1 Letters Home

Dear Mom and Dad,

University is going well. Have you seen Kelsey at all? She was pretty torn up about me leaving. I tried to convince her to go, too, but she just wasn't into it. She said that it 'was a waste of money.'

Anyway, if you see her, tell her to stop ignoring my calls. I'll be back for spring break.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Generation Two House(boat)

Here's two crappy pictures of the houseboat. Again, I forgot to take pictures until they were in the process of moving... sigh. I have an excuse, though. I spent hours building and decorating them a new house on one of the lots that Alex found while diving.

Alex's favorite color is turquoise (or was it teal?) so there's accents of that all over the place. I wanted wood to make it look a bit more 'rustic' and houseboat-like!

I had big plans for using the patio upstairs for parties (before adding Phoenix's room, which he got when he aged to toddler.) Unfortunately, it never panned out. Alex was too busy grinding out his diving stuff so I could fulfill his ridiculous LTW.

Phoenix's favorite color is Blue (like Maya), but the current heir's color preference takes precedence. I relaxed that for personal rooms in the next house.

I really liked the open windows. Who wouldn't let the sea breeze in if they lived in a houseboat?!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

2.5 Fins to the Left, Fins to the Right

Phoenix is quite obsessed with being ruler of all. It's not so much the power that drives him, but the promise of being showered in 'shiny things.' Alex has learned to keep his treasures locked up before going off to auction, otherwise Phoenix totes them out and throws the gold coins in the air, declaring himself 'King of Everything Awesome!'

Thursday, November 7, 2013

2.4 Undercurrent

Having a baby was a huge adjustment for Alex. He was used to doing his own thing and being gone for days at a time on dives. That life was no more. He'd taken a sabbatical from work, at least until Phoenix was done being a baby, and devoted most of his time to his care. Of course, his mother Jamie was a huge help in the whole ordeal. Alex hadn't exactly known what to do with babies off the bat.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

2.3 Just Keep Swimming

Maya barely had a chance to adjust to the news of being pregnant before even more news hit her--it was time to go. Her mermaid family was preparing to migrate. She'd known the time was coming, only it seemed like it had come much quicker than she anticipated.

"It won't be long now. We've already got our next destination lined up."

Monday, November 4, 2013

2.2 Under the Sea

After revealing her true identity to Alex, Maya started hanging around a lot more. She'd drop in without Alex having to summon her with a conch shell. She'd even been receptive to his romantic advances, though she skirted the issue anytime Alex tried to make things 'official' between them.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

2.1 Moving On

Jamie was decidedly upset that Alex wasn't staying in the house. Graduation had come and gone far too quickly. In just a few days, he'd be off on his own.

She had tried to convince him to stay, but Alex couldn't be swayed. He had dreams of living in a house boat and he'd found the perfect one. Thankfully, he'd docked it just down the road, so he wasn't too far away.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Generation One House

I am seriously going to miss this house. Because of that, I thought I'd snap two shots of it before Alex leaves for good. Unfortunately, I chose to do so AFTER I started the official move out, so I couldn't make it daytime. Sigh.

I think it's fun to see the houses that people actually play in, plus, if you have the expansion pack... you know which house this is (it starts out as three storage containers smashed together with one heck of a view!) It's fun to see things change.

I also tried to spend time decorating it and making it aesthetically pleasing. It's also decorated in Jamie's favorite color. ;)

The pool house doesn't have anything cool in it. Just a murphy bed everyone was obsessed with (I had considered hiring a butler when Rubisel left, but then Xias presented himself), the laundry machines, and an extra bathroom. I eventually added an all-in-one bathroom there, too.

The outside looks horrible because I am even worse at exteriors than interiors. :P

Friday, November 1, 2013

1.4 Flash Forward

Continuing on with the 'recap' of generation one. Sorry, again, for the lack of 'flowing' pictures. These were all taken with tumblr in mind... or just because I felt like it. I have an itchy screenshot finger..

Here's the in-game greeting card photo I managed to get. It's crappy, but it's a good way of seeing everyone. There's a shot on the generational page, too.

Despite having years of practice, Jamie is a pretty terrible cook. She burns about 50% of what she makes, which is quite ridiculous for having around six cooking points. Sigh.

Xandra becomes a pretty adorable child. Apparently, aliens have green hair? Very interesting. I love her eyes! She's just too cute for words. She likes having pillow fights with Alex. Thankfully, he's happy to entertain her... even if he's supposed to be a big, tough teenager.

The twins become Young Adults! Holy crap. Time has flown by, hasn't it? That means they'll have to vamoose directly after graduating. I can't say I'll miss them all that much... Hayden just sort of hung around. Serena was really great at helping take care of the other kids!

Good luck out there. You're going to need it...

Because Jamie is such a terrible cook, Alex does most of the cooking now. He's a Natural Cook, so he never burns anything... thank goodness. He's not exactly keen on me forcing him to feed the army of children, though.

It's all a lot easier with Serena and Hayden gone. Leftovers last a lot longer.

Aside from cooking or when it's raining, Alex is rarely home. He's usually out and about boating or snorkeling, whatever gets him in the water. Not surprisingly, he loves swimming. It's weird, but he doesn't use the pool much at home. I think Xias uses it the most.

Hera's time comes and I am very sad. I hate it when pets die. It's ten times worse than sims! I really do dislike it. I'm better than the husband, though. Pets can never, ever die in his game and I'd better always warn him before he walks in the room if a pet is dying while I'm playing. Sigh.

Goodbye, Hera. :(

Poor Jamie is beside herself with grief. Hera annoyed the crap out of me sometimes by causing pathing issues or interrupting queues... but I'll miss her jumping into the pool all the time! She loved it more than Xias.

Nina is a good sister and reads Xandra to sleep. Hera's death seemed to hit everyone pretty hard. There's a lot of dog lovers under this roof!

Jamie throws Alex a birthday party and apparently decides to slow dance with Rubisel for old time's sake. I'm kind of shocked that he's still alive. He must have find the secret to eternal life or all that carousing around gave him limitless vitality or something...

Time for the birthday boy to blow out his candles! This is a bittersweet moment for me. I've been excited for it since I selected him as heir and even when I did the roll... but now? Sadface. It's very likely that he's going to leave this house. I'm going to miss it. I seriously love this house and its view!

Annnd here is as a Young Adult... Alex Voss, generation two heir. His traits are: Loves to Swim, Loves the Outdoors, Loves the Heat, Natural Cook, and Sailor.

The roll for the 2nd generation is:
  • Single
  • 1 Child
  • Scuba Diver
  • Generation Goal: Photogenic
  • Misc. Fun: Gourmet
  • Optional 10 Gen Goal: Wish Upon A (Different) Star
Should be interesting!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

1.3 Extraterrestrial

Rubisel visits often and reads the kids to sleep. He may have been a crappy husband, but he's still a good dad. He calls all of the kids quite a bit, too. All except Nina. Poor Nina. He never really had the chance to get to know her! She sort of assumes Xias is her dad, lol.

Jamie is quite grateful to her alien friend for all his help. Despite my wishes, she decides to show it. Sigh. Jamie is, apparently, not a fan of waiting things out.

What gets Jamie Voss going, you guys? Reading her kids to sleep. She's a bit of an easy woo.

The kids, surprisingly, care very little about their mother dating and eventually engaging an alien. Actually, little Serena is very fond of Xias. She follows him around and is constantly found at his side or chatting with him. It's cute.

Xias and Jamie get married. I realize, again, that as fabulous as this house is... its layout was not meant for parties. There's just too many places for bottlenecks to occur. It's like trying to push data through a 56k relay. You're gonna have a bad time.

This all may seem hurried and rush, but honestly, it wasn't. They were engaged a few days and dating days before that. I'm playing on Normal lifespan. Things do have to happen quicker than I'm used to, but it's still not terribly rushed.

I also didn't take many pictures because again, I was planning on posting on tumblr! Gauge time passing by how rapidly the kids are growing. ;)

Like here. This is Serena. Yes, the same little girl that was just sitting on the couch with Xias. She's a teen now. 

Jamie is also pregnant with her final child (that I will give her, at least. Eesh, I've had enough of these kids!) Everyone seems pretty intrigued by the thought of having an alien half-sibling.

The quality on these last few pictures is dubious because I uploaded them with blogger. Apparently, blogger auto-compresses things. Not cool, blogger!

Let's try something different, like imgur...

Watching the stars with an alien is a whole different experience. Aliens can point out distant galaxies and in the direction of their home planets. They're a lot more knowledgeable about the universe and beyond. It's all a bit baffling.

It's fitting, then, when Jamie gives birth to her partially alien daughter, Xandra at night, beneath the stars. She'd been gazing in the telescope to fulfill an opportunity. D'aaww, alien baby! My first one, too.

At least they don't have the freaky genes that TS2 ones did. They could get downright painfully bizarre.

One of the guys Serena danced with at prom ages up into an Young Adult who still fancies her. Thankfully, Serena isn't into older men and tells him promptly to take a hike.

Of course, he doesn't. He mills around the house until the early hours when Xias tells him to take a hike. He listens. The threat of being probed isn't one to be taken lightly!

The house is less chaotic than it has been in the past. Everyone is beyond the toddler stage and the only baby in the house is Xandra, who has been excommunicated to the pool house in an effort to let her other four siblings sleep.

I realize that I had more than enough room to add onto the house, but I chose not to. I really like to 'preserve' the original feel of houses rather than tack on additions/etc. This is a modern house not built for a huge family, but it works. Everyone is a little cramped, but most of them spend their time out on the spacious deck. Hell, Alex is barely ever inside. That's him, by the way, in the background sitting with his mother. He's usually out snorkeling, but springtime in Isla Paradiso is notoriously rainy.

That's not-so-little Nina (who is now a teen, by the way) playing at being royal while Hayden watches on, dazed. Hayden and Serena are set to graduate soon.

I don't have a ton of pictures because, again, all of this was supposed to go on tumblr. Oops. I'll probably start taking more reliable pictures form here-on out, but the only sim you'll have to care about is Alex. He's the heir. I'll keep his roll secret until he inherits, though. :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

1.2 The Break Up

Kind of foreboding to begin a post titled 'the break up' with a marriage, isn't it? Well, that's kind of the point.

Jamie and Rubisel are married quickly and without fanfare. Jamie cries afterwards, obviously shocked that it actually happened. Rubisel seems to be thinking about what he's done. Silly man.

He's not a bad dad... even if his idea of babysitting is watching the toddler twins from the newly installed hot tub.

Of course, Jamie and Rubisel eventually christen the tub, resulting in yet another baby. They both had a wish for it! Rubisel is really trying to make me hate the fact that I have to kick him to the curb.

Speaking of babies, the last baby born, Alex, is having a birthday party. He's the possible heir. She's pregnant with her fourth and final child to Rubisel in this picture.

One of Rubisel's many women gets invited to the party and throws a fit at being faced with his progeny. She makes a scene.

Rubisel confesses to Jamie--in the midst of the party--before she finds out from anyone else. I'm guessing he finally realized all those constant wishes for Jamie and babies meant he was in love. Too late, buddy!

Jamie complains about her lout of a husband to her friend, Xias the alien. He is still learning about what the sims call 'fashion.'

Rubisel tries to smooth things over by suggesting Jamie take a break and go to the spa. He's evicted to the pool house.

After a few days of stewing over it, Jamie breaks it off on a particularly frigid Spring morning (I only have Summer and Spring enabled here.) Note how ridiculously pregnant she is.

Rubisel is sent packing and Xias moves in to give her a hand and learn more about sims.

Xias is incredibly helpful to have around. He takes perfect care of newly born Nina, the last child Rubisel and Jamie had together. Nobody seems to mind that their dad moved out. I guess everyone knew he was kind of a player and besides, he was replaced by an alien. What kid doesn't like aliens?