Hey, everyone! Say hello to Devi’s glorious teenage self. (She is sad here, because she wasn’t able to make it to her birthday cake to age up and now she has the Forgotten birthday moodlet.)
Devi put the pink cake with soft strawberry mousse and sprinkled pistachio nuts into the fridge and went back to bed, because she was sleepy. Literally. (As a forth-born child, she represents the forth dwarf – Sleepy.)
Selecting the trait was easy this time – Lazy was an obvious choice. For her aspiration, she rolled The Curator, which suits her well, since she is a nature lover.
In the morning, everyone prepared little presents for Devi to cheer her up. Melia was in a slightly better mood finally, overjoyed that her sister is now old enough to help her with chores (poor Mel, she hasn’t learned Devi’s newest trait yet) and she baked some breadsticks for the birthday girl.
Eira, too, had her present for Devi ready. It was a beautiful piano composition named ‘With a Smile and a Song’ and it was supposed to remind Devi (and everyone else) how important it is to stay positive. She was inspired to write it after her little encouraging talk she had with Devi, when she was upset about her new siblings. Eira performed it right then and there in front of her whole family.
Evander, an aspiring artist, designed a cover for Eira’s optimistic sheet music.
After a small family concert, everyone enjoyed breadsticks and the strawberry cake for breakfast and then, the kids left for school in great mood. (Except for Devi who was still sad, making me look like I don’t care about my sims birthdays…)
Ahh, those gluttons. It’s easy for them to be happy.
While kids were in school, Eira and Adrian rejoiced in a treasured moment of privacy. It’s hard to keep the romance alive when you have six kids around. But they somehow managed to make it this far.
And after the kids were done with school and the adults were done with… whatever they call it… the family organized a joyous event. A visit at Castor’s house.
Castor and his wife Annabeth decided to live with Annabeth’s mom when they got married, because it was already pretty crowded in the Rossini household. They also shared the house with two elder ladies (maybe Annabeth’s aunts?) and, more recently, with a pair of babies.
The kids were excited about the trip, partly because it was their first time leaving the house. But they were really surprised when they saw Castor’s house.
Camilla: “The house is so tiny, right, Ev? It’s even smaller than our house! I’ve thought it was impossible.”
Although Evander is a gloomy sim, he hasn’t acted gloomy yet. Not even once. He’s probably waiting for his teenage years with it. And he is a great companion for Camilla. (I must admit, I love it how the kids are growing up in pairs – Castor and Mel, Damon and Devi and now Camilla and Ev – it’s such a cute occurence.)
Eira,on the other hand, had no time for small talks. She didn’t even noticed the house was small. She needed to see the little ones ASAP!
Melia was mesmerized with her mom’s parenting skills. The second she picked the baby up, she stopped crying. It was like a charm.
“Momma is so great with babies,” she thought to herself, “And with older kids, too. It’s her talent, like cooking is mine and programming is Castor’s. I can see it now. She was not irresponsible to have many kids. In fact, it was her responsibility to have them. It’s like she was meant to be a mother.”
Melia also said hello to her new nephew and niece. And she also decided babies are not that bad. Especially if they are someone else’s responsibility.
And while the girls were overwhelmed by the cuteness of twins, Evander thought it was a good idea to spend some time with the female residents. Who knows, maybe he’ll learn something….
Or maybe he’ll just wait untill he’s older to witness a conversation like this again.
Older boys bonded over TV shows – Damon was impressed by the mere fact that his brother owns a TV – but a TV with a cooking programme was an absolute mindblown for him.
In general, everyone had a fun time chatting and catching up and hugging and gossiping and joking… It was just a sweet family gathering, but a great one, because no one felt offended and no one started a fight (and that’s quite a success, right?)
In the end, Castor felt obliged to thank Eira for showing up and for bringing everyone along.
But Eira interrupted his thank you speech with her own: “Don’t be ridiculoud, Castor. I thank YOU! This was an incredible day for everyone. Especially for Melia I guess. I know she’s having a hard time.”
“Being a grandma is a dream come true for me,” she continued, “and I hope you know how incredibly proud I am that I raised a man like you.”
P.S. I’m sorry if this is too cheesy, but grandchildren are a big deal for Eira for she got a little carried away by her emotions….