After a long Plum Day break with the hippies, we’re back at Cradle Rock to catch up with the Boughs.
It feels great to write in my voice again, after having young Cathy Tea write through me for the past fifteen days. (Yeah, we’re the same but different. I’m much older and not so digital.)
While we were off in another game celebrating Plum Day, Poplar, the youngest Bough of generation five, burst out of her bassinet in a blaze, not so much of glory, as of hot-headedness.
She rolled Social Butterfly, like Madrona did, but her appearances reveal her true scamp nature. And, to warm my heart, she aged up in the family hat-wearing tradition.
First order of business for a young Social Butterfly: tell a few jokes to your big sister.
When Poplar wandered out to the street the next day to introduce herself to Sims, her hot-headedness got the best of her. Before she knew it, one of the women she met started letting her have it–right in front of one of the wiener-head boys, too!
Then, the other lady lit into her!
That was a rough start! I began to worry a bit that Poplar’s hot-headedness really might cause some problems for her. She’s the one who should roll Public Enemy, with this start, rather than her big sister, Aspen! But once Poplar got back home, all the happy moodlets of home have been overshadowing any slight anger she might feel from her natural disposition.
The wiener-head boys have grown up and left their wiener-heads behind.
They still come by every day.
He looks kinda dreamy. Maybe he likes Aspen.
At Cradle Rock, there’s always one magic spot for match-making: that blue bathroom. But it helps if you go in there when it’s not being used for its utilitarian purpose.
I guess we’d probably better get accustomed to having teenage boys around for a while! In two Sim days, little Madrona will become a teen, too!
I’ve been giving Aspen an easy time as a teen. We’re not doing anything towards her Public Enemy aspiration, since it just doesn’t fit her. And since she completed three childhood aspirations, I’m letting her skill at her own pace.
She does like to cook, especially if it means making a family meal!
But sometimes, lower cooking skills and baking casseroles aren’t always the safest combination!
Fortunately, when Aspen set the family oven on fire, cousin Kourtney just happened to be visiting.
We’ve got a long tradition of women fire-fighters in this family, going all the way back to Acacia. Kourtney really did us proud, and I-dub was eager to pitch in, too.
Thanks, Kourtney, for saving the family home–and the family!
We got 13 Simoleans to replace the stove. What? That’s our original stove! Bob Pancakes broke that stove on Cedar and Timothy’s wedding day. Acacia gave that stove the mega-super-duper upgrade! We’ve had that very same oven for generations!
Thirteen Simoleans didn’t even come close to replacing the sentimental value of that significant artifact of family heritage.
Of course, the fire freaked everybody out for a little while.
But as with every stressful event, the original upset passed. Wiener-head boys checked their phones for messages. Little sisters smiled in the sunshine. And the big sister headed back to whip up a nice garden salad.
As much as things change, with Sims moving into new life stages, things stay the same. We’ve always got a child playing space ranger. We’ve always got potential spouses coming over to see if they’ll make the grade. We’ve always got family and friends, together through fire, through birthdays, through weddings and aging-up, and even together when Grim eventually comes to pay his next visit.