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30 March 2011 @ 06:08 pm
Canterbury Cove - a BaCC: Week Six - Albrecht  
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I am sorry that it has taken me over a month to get this out, but I have been extremely busy with school. (Which is pretty lame.) I hope that you enjoy this update nonetheless. :)

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You've probably noticed that there is someone new living in our house and there is a simple explanation for that...

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"I'm pregnant..." I had said to Joel after I invited him over to our new house. He enveloped me in a big hug and had the hugest grin on his face.
"That's awesome!" he replied, and beamed at me. "Perhaps you would like me to move in to help take care of you and the baby?" he asked, "If it is indeed mine!" he said, jokingly.
I laughed back weakly. "I wouldn't mind the help," I said.

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And so Joel moved in.

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With our new big house, Richard and Bailey said that there was plenty of room for him and they wouldn't mind at all if he lived with us. Richard and Joel were already friends and Richard seemed pretty happy that he would be moving in. Especially since he knew that I was carrying Joel's baby.

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It turns out that I wasn't the only one pregnant either. Bailey had been getting morning sickness as well.

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I'd have to say that the morning sickness is definitely not fun. On TV they always glamorize the shows with the pregnant mothers, but being pregnant really isn't that glamorous. Yeah, it's great to think that you are making a new life but I was always tired and grumpy and moody and I always wanted foods that I couldn't have.

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Joel helped out a lot, but being a pleasure sim, he spent a lot of time doing some really strange things.

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He eventually got a job in the slacker career in order to achieve his lifetime want of becoming a professional party guest.

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Bailey and Joel seem to get along well enough. They are really almost complete opposites of each other so it surprised me that they do, but at least I can feel reassured that they won't be attracted to each other or anything.

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Richard has been spending a lot of time at his business, Albrecht Auditorium, and it has been doing really well.

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So well, in fact, that he decided to invest in a new business, Delights. It is a bakery where he sells food that Bailey makes. She really is somewhat magical in the kitchen when it comes to cooking desserts.

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It's rather small but it is quite cute and I'm sure once we have a bit more money it can be turned into something really nice.

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Unfortunately, Delights seemed to be full of bad luck for Richard. Not only did he get a bad review, but the stove also caught on fire twice.

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Then after the fire, one of his employees quit.

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Although he quickly hired another one.

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He also informed me that just like her mother before her, Becca tried to flirt with Richard at his store. However, he set her straight and let her know that he was a very happily married man.

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Fortunately, after those few incidents, things really started to look up.

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Then, on top of everything else, Richard joined the business career in hopes that if he did well enough, eventually more people would want to move to Canterbury Cove and perhaps the addition of a business district could be in the future for our town.

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Both he and Joel were doing very well in their careers.

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Richard seemed quite excited that Bailey was expecting. I think that since we moved to Canterbury Cove he has been the happiest that I have ever seen him.

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Joel seemed excited too, which rather took me by surprise. It was like I was seeing a side of him that I hadn't expected he had. It made me feel very strange.

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Living the way we are is strange. We're like one big extended family under one roof, something you don't see much of nowadays.

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Bailey and I decided that we were both getting bigger with each passing day. It was nice to have someone to share my feelings with who knew exactly what I was going through. Though perhaps neither of the boys liked having to take care of two very pregnant women.

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I didn't let my extremely large belly get in the way of mine and Joel's intimacy, I am a romance sim after all.

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But things had all of a sudden become very different... We almost seemed like a married couple and I didn't know if I liked it. I was starting to become very attached to Joel and that scared me. I knew he was just going to hurt me and I didn't want that to happen again. So I decided to do something about it.

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"Uh... I hope that isn't mine..." Nick said as he eyed my very pregnant belly warily. I had invited him to 'hang out' while Joel and Richard were at work and Bailey was taking a nap. We had dated a few times before, but we both knew that it was nothing serious.

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"No, don't worry, it's not," I said, feeling a little disgusted. Joel would have never said anything like that..., I thought to myself, but I pushed the thought out of my mind.
"Should I, uh, leave or something? Maybe come back another time when you aren't so... you know... pregnant?"

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"Just think about it this way," I said to him as I grabbed him up in my arms and bent him over to kiss him, "no matter what we do, I can't get any more pregnant than I already am."
At this, his face lit up and he followed me inside.

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Things progressed rather quickly from there.

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And after an hour or two I kissed him goodbye, with plenty of time to spare before Joel would be home.
I felt very, very guilty and upset at what I had done. However, I kept telling myself that it was only a matter of time before Joel was going to step out on me, so I might as well beat him to it.

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That very same night, Bailey went into labor.

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And had a beautiful baby boy with her hair and eyes, and both of his parents' skintones. They named him Frederic.

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To say that Richard was overjoyed would be a gross understatement. Every time he was around Frederic his eyes would shine and he would be full of smiles. He seemed like he was on cloud nine.

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Frederic was a very cute baby and Bailey was proving to be a wonderful mother. I hoped that when I had my baby, I could be just as good as her.

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Soon after Frederic was born I woke up from a deep sleep and realized that I was in labor. Joel was very supportive and I delivered our baby, a boy named Garen, with no problems. He has my hair, his father's eyes, and both of our skin.

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Joel and Richard both proved themselves to be great fathers as well as uncles. Basically anyone with empty hands was given a baby to take care of. I think the experience brought us all a lot closer.

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I can't believe I am now a mother and an aunt to two beautiful baby boys.

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Because there was so many people to take care of the kids, and Bailey had decided to be a stay at home mom, I was able to continue going to work. A life as a musician is hard and I've had to pick up some very strange jobs and have had to wear some really interesting outfits. But it has definitely been worth it and I think I am pretty close to achieving my dream of becoming a professional musician.

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I haven't had as much time to spend at my store, but with the time that I've had, I've been getting much better at running it and it has been becoming more successful.

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Time goes by so fast. Before I knew it, it was Garen and Frederic's birthdays.

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(Garen)

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(Frederic)


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We've slowly been teaching them how to walk, talk, and use the "big boy potty". It's hard, but worth it.

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Especially since they are so cute.

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Hopefully one more will be fine...

Stats:
Rotation: 6
Households: 3 of 3
Playable Sims: 18
# of Total Residents (PS + Graves): 18
Community Lots: 9 (0 NPC)
Business Districts: 0
Universities: 0
Downtown: No
Sim Multiplier: 3
Population: 54
CAS Sims Available: 6/9
University Funds: $182,373
Number of Fires: 5
Number of Burglaries: 1
Number of Electrocutions: 1
Number of Graves: 0

Businesses:
Club Carnahan - Russell Carnahan - 6
Electric Avenue - Russell Carnahan - 10
Odds and Ends - Russell Carnahan - 8
Purrfect Pets - Jackie Carnahan - 10
Fresh Fish and Veggies - Rachel Lieman - 10
Douglas Firniture - Edward Lieman - 8
Albrecht Auditorium - Richard Albrecht - 9
Delights - Richard Albrecht - 5
Alina's - Alina Albrecht - 6

Careers:
Architecture - 0/1
Business - 1/3 (Richard Albrecht)
Law Enforcement - 0/1
Music - 1/Unlocked (Alina Albrecht)
Slacker - 1/1 (Joel Webber)
 
 
 
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Antimaccassar: ld- lightantimaccassar on March 31st, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
I really love the perspective you write in!

Garen and Frederic are too adorable! You must be really good at managing businesses, I am impressed!

Alina is such a great character, I am very interested to see how her character progresses!

Your pictures are so clear and crisp! Do you edit them at all or do you just have really good graphics?
olivethegreatolivethegreat on March 31st, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
Thank you!
This is my either fourth or fifth time attempting a BaCC and since the challenge is so centered around businesses, I've gotten a lot of practice. And I just really love the business aspect of the game.
I love Alina. She is one of my favorite sims of all times.
I only edit them a tiny bit.
Angiepnkpnthr334 on March 31st, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
Garen looks evil, but adorable! Frederic is very cute too. :)
olivethegreatolivethegreat on March 31st, 2011 07:01 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Garen got his fierce eyebrows from his mother. I love 'em. =P
itlandm_simsitlandm_sims on March 31st, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Well, it is not like you can save real life and load it again when you are finished simming! I would have felt awful if I thought you were having trouble at school because I pushed you to update more often. I am just happy that you find some time for gaming in your hectic days. Just so you know! And you put so much work into your sims, too.
olivethegreatolivethegreat on March 31st, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for being understanding. :)
It's mostly that I am disappointed that I can't find enough time to sim. I really miss playing the game and you can bet during the summer there will be many more updates.
Also, I appreciate your comment. I didn't know if anyone noticed the work I put into it. =P
tazlover2012 on March 31st, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
I am in love with your town, it's so amazing!
and your houses are just great!
I'm sorry if you have already answered this question somewhere in your blog, but could you give me a general idea of where you get some of your baby stuff? I'm particularly interested in where you found that baby swing, and the little baby mat. If you can't answer I totally understand, it's very hard to remember every place you get stuff from. :)

Keep up the AMAZING work :)
olivethegreatolivethegreat on March 31st, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
And thanks again! =P
I have not answered that anywhere yet. I'm pretty sure that I got them at MATY, and some lovely recolors by an_nas.

I will try to do that haha. :)
chickadeeleechickadeelee on March 31st, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
What a gorgeous family! I think that Garen is my new favorite toddler. His nose is too cute! And I love the skins that you use. It looks like you're doing well with your BaCC!
olivethegreatolivethegreat on March 31st, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
I like Garen a lot too. I just love his evil eyebrows. And I think he makes the cutest little faces.
It's kinda been slow going, but I should hopefully have a business district by the end of this rotation, which would be really nice.
untidyfanuntidyfan on April 1st, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
I love when babies bite their toes in the babydangler! So cute! Those objects really changed how I feel about babies in the game. They're no longer just poop machines.

That second career outfit of Alina's... the camouflage one? Seriously Eaxis, it makes me want to cry! (I haven't played the music career at all)
olivethegreatolivethegreat on April 1st, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
I agree! Before, I really didn't pay much attention to the babies because all they do is sleep, eat, poop, and cry. But with the baby objects that become more interesting.

I know, it's pretty ridiculous. Especially with the silly little belly button tattoo thing.
flatpack on April 1st, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
Both the tots are adorable! Can't wait to see how to other addition to the family turns out. :D
olivethegreatolivethegreat on April 1st, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Among the Chaos: Keep Calm and Carry Oneien_herrison on April 3rd, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
The cousins look adorable, and hopefully you'll have a business district soon!

A big urgh at Alina for stepping out on Joel because she thought he'd do the same to her in due course >:(
olivethegreatolivethegreat on April 3rd, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
I really hope so! I think the next time I play the Albrecht's that I should. So far my progress has been really slow and I am hoping that that will speed it up.