Chapter 19: About the sad birthday girl (and the very happy grandma)

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.)

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D: “Whatever, I don’t feel like celebrating anyway. Birthday party is a big deal. I better sleep on it.”

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.

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“Food gifts are the best gifts, right?”

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.

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“Dear Devi, I hope this song will always remind you that you’ll never find a rainbow when you’re looking down.”

Evander, an aspiring artist, designed a cover for Eira’s optimistic sheet music.

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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…)

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Damon: “Devi, how can you be sad on your teen birthday? I mean, you not only got older, but you also got bigger! And your stomach got bigger, too! And bigger stomach means more food! Isn’t it like the best thing ever?”

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.

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A: “Everytime I see you I feel weak in my knees… but then again, maybe it’s just my old age.”

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E: “Don’t be silly, my love. Your joints may be squeaking and your hair may be grey, but  you’re never too old to be young. Or to have some fun.”

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A: “I agree.”

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.”

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E: “Yeah, it’s so small that when they order a large pizza they have to eat it outside!”

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!

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E: “Don’r cry, little princess, grandma’s here.”

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.

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“Oh, what a cute little baby you are, Ross.”

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….

08-02-15_3-07 PM

Annabeth: “The childbirth was not that bad, actually. I mean, it hurt like plum and I was bleeding all over the place, but…”

Or maybe he’ll just wait untill he’s older to witness a conversation like this again.

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“I think I’ve heard enough….”

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.

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D: “This show makes me so happy… and hungry.”

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?)

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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.”

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E: “And you know how I ‘m sometimes upset about seeing you all grown up. But holding your son in my arms is like reaching through time and holding your baby self again.”

“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….

11 thoughts on “Chapter 19: About the sad birthday girl (and the very happy grandma)

  1. ninjapigsims says:

    Aww! Happy birthday to Devi! I like how you explained her Sad moodlet and how her family gave her presents the next day. And that cake sounds so good! 🙂

    The family visit over to Annabeth’s house was so nice too. I like how Sims automatically gravitate towards babies without even having to prompt them. It’s like everyone has to go say hi to the little ones! So sweet. 🙂

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    • carovnamaruska says:

      I think most of the sims’ food sounds delicious, especially once they learn gourmet cooking!
      And I loved the visit, too. I love family dynamics of TS4 families a lot – they interract with each other very spontaneuosly and easily, it’s very nice.

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  2. Shannon SimsFan says:

    Yes, your caption with Devi’s “sour grapes” about her missed birthday was poignant. It’s hard to see a sim sad over a missed birthday.

    So true, I love how you had the family get together to see the newborns.

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    • carovnamaruska says:

      It’s hard to see a sad sim, whatever reason they have 🙂 But Devi’s birthday was not forgotten – I think she was just being stubborn.
      Also! I had to google what the term “sour grapes” means 😀 But I know now! Yay on learning new things 😀

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  3. theplumbob says:

    What a touching update! Eira is such a mother hen!

    A: “Everytime I see you I feel weak in my kness… but then again, maybe it’s just my old age.” – I actually burst out laughing when I read this bit!

    Poor Devi – can’t believe she didn’t make it to the cake by such a couple of seconds! This game can be so cruel sometimes!

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    • carovnamaruska says:

      Yes, Eira is very caring. But that’s a must-have quality for someone with so many kids. I wanted to portrait her like a very motherly type – like a woman who would make very good friend for Molly Weasley or so 🙂

      Oh and I’m very glad you appreciate Adrian’s humour. He would be overjoyed to hear that!


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