Last time 3 of the 4 teens aged up and the reins were officially passed to Ember. Generation 5. Halfway there. I’m making a concerted effort to not micro-manage this generation, to mainly let them free will or do things they wish for. If she doesn’t wish for babies soon though, she’s getting a nudge, because I miss toddlers. LOL
I was going to start out with Artie’s birthday, but Phoenix has a moment first. Here he is, proudly presenting his perfect private aquarium. His first fish (Lissen-tu Minnow) is inside. Out here we can see (swordfish) Inigo Montoya, (tuna) Melt, (jellyfish) Smuckers, (blowfish) Mrs. Puff, (angelfish) Gabriel, (salmon) Patty, O’Malley the Alleycatfish, (piranha) Piranhasaurs Rex, (rainbow trout) Roy G Biv, (red herring) Ni, (goldfish) Goldie Hawn, and (tragic clownfish) Emmett Kelly. I know at some point he caught a black goldfish & named him Texas Tea, but I have no idea where that fish got to. (Later found him… forgot Artie was a klepto. Who steals a goldfish? LOL)
Anyway, with his LTW fulfilled, I had him invite Lily over. She said she’d be over soon, and hen immediately said “something just came up so I can’t.” She was showing as in her home, so I sent him over to visit.
When I checked to see why he was taking so long, look! Look what I see through her window! Guess that’s an acceptable reason to not rush over.
Aww, at least he’ll get to say he was there for the birth of his son. ❤ Welcome baby Otis! And now Phoenix looks even more anxious to be let in.
Gah, the cute, I can’t handle it!
Immediately upon walking in, he wished for his first non-fish wishes since his birthday (when he aged up, he wished to buy a motorcycle, and to buy a potato. LOL) Here he wished to marry Lily and to snuggle Otis.
We addressed the baby wish first so mama could have like two seconds to sit down. And also because baby! Squee!
Aww, family picture. 😉 Looks like Otis has daddy’s hair and maybe momma’s darker complexion. Can’t wait to see more as he grows. Totally visiting them later.
Man and wife. And with that slew of happiness, Phoenix moves out to live with Lily and Otis.
Checking back in on the main house, everyone’s doing well. Liam & Melissa are flirting, Ember is busy painting while she waits for Harlan to be done with work so she can invite him over to chat him up & move him in. Artie? Cleaning. But what he’s wishing for is to congratulate Phoenix. Awww.. okay, twist my arm, we’ll go back and visit.
Lily answer & invited Artie in. He autonomously picked up the baby for a snuggle while I hunted Phoenix down in the house.
Artie: “Heard you two got married. Congratulations, cuz!”
Harlan finally was off work. Ember invited him over (again), he came over and then tried to head out right away because he was tired (again). I bought the moodlet manager for Ember and had her use it on him because this was just getting old. LOL So, after he was cured from being tired, they chatted forever until the “Ask to Move In” option showed up. (Apparently won’t show if you’re being flirty. Lame.) So…here’s the newest addition to our household.
Ember’s overjoyed to have her honey here all the time. 🙂 They’re adorable together, pretty much always flirting.
Harlan is in the culinary career. His LTW is to learn every recipe. His favorite color is lime, but I am fairly lime-d out from Luna, so he just gets lime accents. 😛 He is rebellious, hydrophobic, workaholic, natural cook, and some other trait that I need to look up when I open the game up again because I didn’t have my act together enough to write it down the first time.
And now we have.. Artie’s birthday! Ember & Harlan were off on a wished-for date, but we at least called over Molly & Sammy to watch their baby boy age up into a young man.
He adds Neat to his list of traits. This has so far not changed his actions in anyway, but at least he gets a “having a blast” moodlet when he’s doing his autonomous cleaning.
I also didn’t move him out immediately. I can’t recall why I kept him, I know I was thinking something. Probably just subconsciously not ready to give up the only sim who ever cleans. LOL
I know this is dark, but it’s Harlan & Ember making out outside the movie theater on one of their dates. Dating is a giant cycle for them right now. Ember will wish to go on a date with him so I have her ask him out. He agrees then wishes to have a great date. They both wish to see a movie, so off they go. Ember will end the date and then Harlan immediately wishes to go on a date with her. Here’s hoping other lovey wishes get tossed in the mix there soon. At least they’re cute & happy.
And.. it’s Liam’s turn to get old! He’s looking not bad for an elder. (And elsewhere in town, Molly aged up. We will have to visit soon because she aged up into that awful ribboned pigtail hair.)
He wished to retire. You got it, buddy. I’ve had enough of the emergencies, especially the ones where we couldn’t find the basement cat sims to convince them to run.
Artie: “Yay Uncle Liam!”
Sammy: “Way to retire, man! Showing life who’s boss! You’re a beast!”
Melissa: “Sammy’s still here from Artie’s birthday? That was yesterday.”
Clearly he had to stick around and work on his sign.
Look who I caught sparkle-popping outside of her house down the street – it’s Luna! (In the most gob-awful outfit ever. Yikes.) Meet baby Lukas.
Between Melissa and Liam, they are forever training poor Harlan here. Maybe that’s the reason he wishes to date so much – in hopes of getting off the lot for a bit. LOL Poor thing’s tired of feeling the burn.
Ember finished a brilliant painting worth $761, knocking out two of her wishes. Now we’re left with just “Cook Harlan’s favorite meal” (grilled cheese), but the fridge isn’t giving me that as an option. Maybe grilled cheese isn’t a supper food? We’ll check at lunchtime.
I also finally set Artie free into the world. He will be missed.
I was dying to know what Otis looked like as a toddler, so I had Liam visit Phoenix’s house. Oh noes! This poor adorable baby thing is starving! Liam, feed him.
Liam: Can’t. I don’t know this child’s family well enough.
(Incidentally both Liam and Melissa have had the want “Become a grandparent” locked in for a bit now. I don’t know why Otis wouldn’t count, but oh well at least it gives me a scapegoat reason to let Ember & Harlan try for baby soon if they don’t wish it on their own.)
Anyway, I set Liam to reacquainting himself with Phoenix and hauled Ember over to take care of Otis.
Ember: “This squish is pretty cute.”
I know! Now you’ll roll the wishes to get babies too, yeah?
Ember: “Mmm, nah.” *wishes to Paint a portrait of Phoenix*
So as soon as Liam built up his relationship enough, I had Ember go home and call Phoenix over there so she could paint him. Meanwhile, Grandpa Liam set about teaching Otis to walk (okay so that’s not exactly autonomous there but I’m going through tot withdrawal.. hehe..)
Look who came over on his own to visit while Liam was there. Artie! I missed you! It’s been a whole sim day since I finally let you move out!
And while he was there, he cleaned up their place. LOL Oh Artie. Never change.
Ugh, I just wub his widdle smooshy face. He has Phoenix’s hair color, Liam’s eye color, and it’s hard to tell for sure since he’s so little but I think his actual features will be more like his momma.
Liam: “Say ‘I love you, Grandpa!'”
Okay.. back to the actual main house, where there are no babies of any kind yet but I’m not bitter at all or anything.
Ember has finished her portrait of Phoenix.
Ember: “Yay, now it’s like my twin is always here with me.”
About five minutes later, the notification pops up from Phoenix saying that he has to go, but that it’s been a total blasty blast. He literally posed for a portrait and then was relentlessly trained by Melissa for house while Ember-the-inviter painted. Not my idea of a fantastic group outing but hey, you do you, Phoenix.
And then.. I couldn’t handle it anymore. It had been 10 days with nothing but “date” or “hug amorously” wishes. Luna’s married & has a baby, Phoenix is married and has a toddler and a baby on the way, even Artie has moved out and gotten engaged to Shayla on his own. I fail at hands-off playing. LOL Ember & Harlan have an “eternally faithful” reputation for each other, so enh.. close enough.
I realize now that in my pouty haste, these momentous shots were taken in his work clothes and her bathing suit. Ah well, all the best romance is spontaneous, right? He had just gotten a promotion & bonus, so I’m saying he had been waiting on that to get the ring (even though we all know it costs nothing.)
And they celebrated. And a
heavenly chorus lullaby chime rang out, and there was much rejoicing. This kid better be gorgeous. I’m going to TRY to wait ’em out for any extra kids until they wish, but we’ll see. I’m obviously not great at that.
But yay for a baby coming! *saves game immediately*
So it’s 3a.m. A notification popped up from Lily that she thought it was about time for someone to leave. I looked, and Liam was still over at their house. Starving, needing to pee, and exhausted, he stepped outside as she kicked him out. Surely he’ll head home to fill those bars, eh? Nope. Phoenix was in the back yard and so Liam set off for him.
Liam: “This is a really nice home you have here. You’re really growing up, son.”
Phoenix: “Thanks, dad… Tag! You’re it!”
Seriously Liam. GO HOME. Do not pass out here.
Finally around dawn he decides to head home. Thank goodness he retired and so he now drives the motive mobile. He only has to make it to the sidewalk without peeing his pants. It’s a close call, but he’s successful.
Ember & Harlan went on yet another date, this time to the diner where he works. And that was serendipitous, as I had forgotten he needed to work today. LOL So it was cut a little short when his shift started. Not to worry though, because Artie showed up on the lot. Ember got to announce her engagement to him, and he was happy to hear it.
Two cool things happened here.. 1. A pregnancy pop.
Ember: “Awww, and my belly will grow to exactly here, and then I will have a baby!”
Enh.. close enough. And 2. Luna & Uriah are expecting another baby. This means 3 of the 4 from this generation will be awaiting nooboos at the same time. 🙂
As soon as she popped, Harlan came strolling in to compliment her appearance. Awww. But speaking of, I knew there was no way I could handle that outfit’s color combo for the next couple days.
Ahhh, better. 🙂
Melissa gets home from visiting Luna and family. (Lukas is still at baby age, even though it says 0 days to transition. “Trigger Age Transition” wasn’t working, so I gave up and left, hoping he’d just do it himself the next day.)
Ember: “Hey mom! Guess who’s gonna be a grandma again… you!” 😀
Melissa: *wishes for 5 grandkids*
Liam, elsewhere: *wishes for 5 grandkids*
The next day, Ember hits her lifetime wish by maxing out the painting skill (the writing skill has been maxed for a while now).
And.. Phoenix & Lily’s baby girl Jean was born. 🙂
I was going to wrap this chapter up when the other two babies had been born, but the game crashed. Likely my fault. I sent Melissa over to try again to get Luna’s baby Lukas to age. Again, trigger age transition wasn’t working. So I saved the game, then clicked to edit him in CAS, and set his age as toddler. It worked in CAS, but when I hit the checkmark, Sims 3 crashed. Boo. Sooo.. I’m gonna wrap up for this time, and next time we’ll get to see all the babies (and hopefully Lukas will age on his own.)