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21 May 2011 @ 07:13 pm
Canterbury Cove - a BaCC: Week Seven - Albrecht  
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Welcome back to Canterbury Cove! For once in my life, I am ahead in playing. I think it is a miracle. I always promised myself that I wouldn't play ahead, but I've had so much free time this week and weekend that I couldn't help myself. That means that I have this update and one more played through so far. Hopefully in about three weeks I will turn into a posting fiend when school is out for the summer.

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The way our family works seems so normal to me that sometimes I forget what life used to be like before. When I agreed to marry Richard, I didn't know how different my life was going to become. Not only do we now live out in the middle of nowhere, but I now have a family bigger than I can ever have imagined, and I love it. Family is so important to me and I love that I get to be surrounded by such a big one every day.

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I love that Frederic and Garen are so close in age. They get along so well and when all of us are busy doing things around the house or working, they have each other to keep themselves entertained.

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And of course, soon Frederic is going to have a little brother or sister and Garen is going to get another cousin.

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Being pregnant means that I get tired very easily and taking care of the boys can definitely be handful. It may comes as a shock, but Joel is such a good helper with the boys. He really loves them both so much and it is quite evident by the amount of time that he spends with them.

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Between working, taking care of his businesses, and also helping Alina with hers, Richard really does not have a lot of free time.

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He is doing really well at his work and he says that soon he will have more free time to spend with the family and to spend more time at his businesses, which is what he really wants to do.

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Not too long after the week started I went into labor and had a baby boy named Hunter. He has Richard's hair and my pink eyes and both of our color of skin. He is adorable.

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Although I love staying home with the kids, my real dream in life is to be in law enforcement and be really successful in that career. Richard, Alina, and Joel all reassured me that I should go after my dreams. There are four of us to take care of the three boys after all.

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After I got the job in law enforcement, I went to the military base to work out a bit and I also bought myself some new clothes. I was ready for a change in my looks and I really like it.

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The boys had their birthdays this week. They were both really excited to be able to do new things together.

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(Garen)

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(Frederic)


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We made over one of the bedrooms for Frederic and Garen to share and they love it.

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For awhile Frederic was ill with the flu and I was worried about him. However, after I made him a bowl of soup from a recipe that my grandmother used to make, he perked right up. Although I made sure that he rested for a few days after as well just to make sure that he was alright.

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Richard told me that things at his bakery are going really well. I still make him treats to sell in my free time and he really appreciates it. I guess that they sell quite well.

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Since all four of us adults work during the day, we have had to hire a nanny for a few hours to take care of Hunter during the day. So far she has been doing a great job. And although I was really nervous to leave him in her care, I feel a lot better knowing that he is safe.

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I really love that Alina and Joel are so interested in the lives of the kids, even though Frederic and Hunter are not theirs. Alina even offered to help with Hunter's birthday since I was too tired after work.

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I think he is quite adorable and he looks like both of his parents.

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Both Richard and I made sure that he learned all of his basics skills so that he would have as successful of a life as possible. I've been glad to see that Richard has been able to spend more time with the boys.

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In fact, he decided to take everyone to the military base to hang out in the pool and play with the sports equipment there in order to spend time together as a family. Unfortunately I had work and Hunter wasn't feel well so he had to stay home with the nanny.

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They had a really nice time.

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And Richard even made them lunch when they got home. I am glad that Richard is such a good father and uncle.

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I know it is none of my business, but I really wonder about Alina and Joel's relationship sometimes. They act like a married couple, but are not married. And I have heard some things about Alina possibly having other lovers, though I have never seen anything that would point to that. However, they seem to work somehow. I just wonder if Joel is really happy with how things are.

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One thing that I do know that he is happy about is how well he is doing at work. In fact, we are all doing well. Joel and Alina are about as high in their career ladders as they can get and I am slowly getting promotions.

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With all of us doing so well we saved up more than enough money to set up a nice backyard area for us all to hang out in. I think it looks really nice and I know that the boys love the play ground area.
Over all, I am really happy with my life right now and I can't really imagine it any other way.


Stats:
Rotation: 7
Households: 3 of 6
Playable Sims: 21
# of Total Residents (PS + Graves): 21
Community Lots: 10 (0 NPC - 1 Military)
Business Districts: 0
Universities: 0
Downtown: No
Sim Multiplier: 4
Population: 84
CAS Sims Available: 7/10
University Funds: $297,603
Number of Fires: 5
Number of Burglaries: 2
Number of Electrocutions: 1
Number of Graves: 0

Businesses:
Club Carnahan - Russell Carnahan - 6
Electric Avenue - Russell Carnahan - 10
Odds and Ends - Russell Carnahan - 10
Purrfect Pets - Jackie Carnahan - 10
Fresh Fish and Veggies - Cameron Lieman - 10
Douglas Firniture - Cameron Lieman - 10
Just Dance - Cameron Lieman - 3
Albrecht Auditorium - Richard Albrecht - 9
Delights - Richard Albrecht - 9
Alina's - Alina Albrecht - 6

Careers:
Architecture - 0/1
Business - 1/5 (Richard Albrecht)
Law Enforcement - 1/1 (Bailey Albrecht)
Military - Unlocked
Music - 1/Unlocked (Alina Albrecht)
Slacker - 1/1 (Joel Webber)
 
 
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
 
 
 
bacc_krowbacc_krow on May 22nd, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
Those boys are adorable. <3 I like their new room, and the yard looks like heaps of fun! And congratulations on topping the Business track. :D
olivethegreatolivethegreat on May 22nd, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
Thank you! I love the boys.
Well... I'm not at the top, just pretty close. One more promotion and I will be at the top and I will have earned a BD. I have to wait until the next rotation though.
bacc_krowbacc_krow on May 22nd, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
Ohhhh... duh, I totally forgot that CEO was not the top. I thought it was, lol. ... Congratulations in advance? :P
olivethegreatolivethegreat on May 22nd, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
Thanks! haha
He will get it for sure next time though, so I appreciate your congratulations in advance.
untidyfanuntidyfan on May 22nd, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
This family has adorable toddlers! They should have more. ;) Bailey's new makeover looks lovely, too.

And huzzah, more updates! Congrats on completing another school year.
olivethegreatolivethegreat on May 22nd, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
Bailey keeps rolling the want to have another baby, but I'm not sure if I want to let her just because I don't want my population to explode. I want to keep the number of households relatively small for as long as I can so that it doesn't get out of hand.

I'm excited too! Only three more weeks. :)
Attic Box: redatticbox on May 22nd, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
Hunter turned out to be quite adorable, although all the boys are really quite adorable. :)

I really like that you take your family out for gatherings. I seem to often be too lazy to do so but it is such a nice, realistic touch.

Snazzy new backyard! The kids are going to love that. ;D
olivethegreatolivethegreat on May 22nd, 2011 04:44 am (UTC)
I think he is cute too. :)

I like for my families to be close so I like to try to get them to do things together. The nice thing about taking them to a community lot is that they can spend a lot of time together, but no real time actually passes.

Thanks! I'm sure they will.
GGGgreygoldgriffin on May 22nd, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
Your pictures are lovely and the Bakery looks great.

Love the house decoration too!
olivethegreatolivethegreat on May 22nd, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
Thank you!
And thanks for taking the time to read and comment. :)
itlandm_simsitlandm_sims on May 22nd, 2011 09:04 am (UTC)
I am glad to see your sims so happy and successful! They also have a beautiful home. ^_^
olivethegreatolivethegreat on May 22nd, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) I really like for my sims to be happy.
And thanks again. I had fun building and decorating it.
kizzy_simskizzy_sims on May 22nd, 2011 10:07 am (UTC)
Aw wow, they are just squishable! XD I love the toddlers. And wow, you're doing SO well, especially only 7 weeks in :O Another thing I love, is the amount of businesses you have - I think that's fantastic how you manage to keep them all going. How did you manage to get so many different cakes in Delights though? It just looks packed full of stuff I've never seen before! XD
olivethegreatolivethegreat on May 22nd, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
I love them too. :)
Thanks! Sometimes I feel like I'm not getting very far, but I know from having done an undocumented BaCC before that it takes some time at the beginning to get things going, and then at a certain point it seems that every single round you start to make leaps and bounds toward the end.
I LOVE playing businesses. I love that all of the sims get to know each other and become friends. My sims who own businesses usually have over thirty friends - a lot of them best friends - while my other sims struggle to have more friends than just the people inside their family. =P I also like that businesses do not take away from any "real time". It makes playing a rotation longer, but it gives the sim time to do other things with their life as well.
The wedding cakes and the brown cakes on top of the display cases are from MTS, I'm pretty sure. Inside of the display cases are a couple of birthday cakes, the wedding cake that came with the game, gelatin, santa cookies, cake, blueberry pie, baked alaska, cake, and cheesecake. So basically anything that is considered as desert.
kizzy_simskizzy_sims on May 23rd, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
It's really inspiring to see you doing so well in such a short amount of time tbh :D I'd love to have your game!

I should really play businesses more often, you make it all look so fun, and easy. It is nice to elongate their lives as much as you can isn't it? I always hate seeing my favourites growing old and dying, I think that's why I put off everything so much lol.

Wow, so they're mainly all from in game?! I obviously haven't got a sweet tooth in Sims xP *runs off to make puddings*
Deeasaria_deea on May 22nd, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
This was absolutely lovely! I really like how you're telling this story, it actually feels like I'm in the same house with your sims. And they're all so cute <3
olivethegreatolivethegreat on May 22nd, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Antimaccassar: Cranford - Red Waistcoatantimaccassar on May 22nd, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
You have such gorgeous sims! And a lovely game! Everything is so well planned and executed!
olivethegreatolivethegreat on May 23rd, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
xbeccyx on May 23rd, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
Internet is being a big pain, but I really wanted to read this! The boys are all adorable! <3
olivethegreatolivethegreat on May 23rd, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about your internet. I hate when it doesn't want to cooperate.
Thank you! :)
jungfrun68jungfrun68 on May 23rd, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
I like your way of putting a series of pictures without comments - it's like a cartoon :)
One more pretty boy, congratulations!
I love that you made the Military base a family outing place, I've been thinking of doing that myself, but haven't done anything about it so far
olivethegreatolivethegreat on May 23rd, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
I wanted to make the military base useful. Also, right now, there really isn't anywhere for families to go and hang out and have fun together so I wanted to give them somewhere to go.
chickadeeleechickadeelee on May 23rd, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
Those three boys are absolutely adorable, although I think Garen is my favorite! I also love the way you decorated their bedroom. It's perfect for little boys. Wonderful update!
olivethegreatolivethegreat on May 23rd, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I like Garen a lot as well. :)
I've always wanted to use that wallpaper as I think it's pretty neat and I thought it would be perfect for their room.