Thursday, December 27, 2007

Larson 4: Round 6

When we last visited the Larson family, Kristin and Mark wasted no time in training their daughter Elphaba to work in the family garden. Kristin had much more gardening time on her hands as she became pregnant with her and Mark's second child, a boy named Fiyero. Mark continued to enjoy life in permanent platinum after becoming Captain Hero. At the end of the week, Kristin was beginning to show the signs that baby number three was on the way.

Hey there, Kristin. You're looking a bit better.

Kristin: Thanks. I've been feeling a little bit better too. Maybe that nausea I had last week was just a fluke.

Um, I don't know about that.

Still at it in the garden, huh?

Kristin: It saves us so much money on food bills.

That's true.

Oh, and there's little Fiyero, doing what little boys do best.

Still think it was just a fluke?

Kristin: I guess not. Well, Fiyero and Elphaba both grow up soon so it won't be that hard.

Not like your mom and her last minute twins. By the way, have you met those two yet?

Kristin: No...I should probably go over there one of these days.

Happy birthday dear Elphaba...

Very nice. So what aspiration would you like?

Elphaba: I want to have a lot of friends.

Popularity it is, then.

Oh, and it's Fiyero's birthday as well. Happy birthday dear Fiyero...

Also very nice.

Fiyero: Don't I get to pick an aspiration too?

Sorry, not until your next birthday.

But you do get to learn to work the garden.

Fiyero: Gee, thanks.

Man, nothing seems to take the spark away from you two.

Except for labor, that is.

Kristin: It's time!!!

Alright, so there's only one new addition...

So? Boy or girl?

Kristin: We've got a baby girl. Meet Nessarose.

Hey, your pajamas match her room, Mark.

Mark: Um, I don't want to talk about it. I don't think my pajamas should really match a baby girl's nursery.

I'll see what I can do.

So how does it feel to have three kids?

Kristin: Not that different, actually. But then again, Elphaba's pretty much self-sufficient now.

Fiyero: All right! My first A+!

Always on the day a baby is born.

Wait a minute...if he hasn't learned to study yet how did that A+ happen?

Fiyero: Um...last night I was really tired so Elphaba did my homework for me.

I don't condone cheating in my town, Fiyero.

Aww. Elphaba is such a good big sister.

Let's see...I think Mark should handle the giant robot, just like all the other Captain Heros in town.

What a surprise...

Happy birthday dear Nessarose...

Very cute, but a change of hairstyle is in order.

But I guess we're teaching her to talk first.

Mark: Say "bottle"

Nessarose: Bottle

Smart little thing, though.

And I see big sister is taking over the potty training duties.

Elphaba: Mom and Dad are on a date. They're just in the living room, but they're still pretty busy.

Well, your mom's life goal is to have 50 really good dates. She pretty much has to be dating 24/7.

I'm so glad that you get along with both of your siblings. So many other houses have kids who hate the new baby when it's born.

Elphaba: Well, I was older when she was born so I have less of a reason to be jealous.

And Fiyero seems to enjoy his new little sister as well.

Fiyero: She is pretty cute...

Mark: (singing) Put one foot in front of the other...

Hey, I taught you that song!

Mark: Um...ok.

You know, I think this would be a great time for me to make my exit. I'll see Elphaba at her college graduation, and I'll see everybody else next round.

A Message From the Mysterious Voice: So this is the first lot I played after re-installing two times because I discovered a mistake I made installing Bon Voyage. I think everything is working ok now. Also, for some reason Elphaba just wasn't skilling as fast as most of the kids in town so she has fewer scholarships. I think its because she didn't have the advantage of having her kid years be in the fall.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Greene 5: Round 6

Last round, Riley Greene found herself in a bit of a domestic crisis. Although she loved her husband Conner, she was frustrated at his lack of attention towards her and their daughter Jasmine as Conner continued to lavish his attention on his younger brother, Corey, who grew from a child to a teenager. The void in Jasmine's life was filled by her grandfather, Ethan, who delighted in taking care of his grandchild while his wife Marisa avoided any family responsibility she could. However, Riley wasn't as happy with her position being taken away. When the couple had a second daughter, Ariel, Conner's behavior didn't change. With Corey now out of the house, will Conner finally realize where is real place is in the family? Only one way to find out...

Well, not much seems to have changed so far.

Jasmine: I love you, Grandpa!

Ethan: I love you too, honey.

Jasmine: Grandpa! Did you hear about the vacations? They're here!

Ethan: I did hear about those. Maybe we'll go on one soon.

Conner: Isn't Dad great? It's like having a babysitter 24/7. We barely have to lift a finger when it comes to the girls.

Um, Conner? I think that is what your wife was so unhappy about last week.

And Marisa is playing the drums in the rain. Shouldn't you go inside before you get hit by lightning?

Marisa: Leave me alone. I'll do what I want.

Suit yourself.

Riley: And then the littlest llama said...

A before-school story?

Riley: Shh...Ethan's still asleep.

Riley: I'm getting some quality time with my girls if it kills me. That's right, Ariel! It goes in there!

I'm trying to talk some sense into your husband, but he doesn't seem to be the listening type.

Riley: Tell me about it.

Hey, you actually get to participate in a birthday!

Riley: I know, it's been a good day.

What a beautiful young lady you are.

Ariel: Really?

Yes. You're actually growing into that nose quite well. I think the girls pull it off better than the boys do.

What are you doing, Riley?

Riley: I'm booking us a vacation. Just Conner, me, and the girls.

Leaving the grandparents at home? How'd you get Conner to agree to that one?

Riley; I told him they had to stay behind for work. I actually didn't even ask them.

That mean streak's coming out...

Riley: So for this trip, Grandma and Grandpa have to stay home. It will be just me and Daddy with our two big girls.

Jasmine: I'm going to miss Grandpa.

Sorry, Jasmine, but Captain Hero doesn't get a vacation.

Conner: That's very strange. There has to be at least 5 or 6 Captain Hero's in town. You think that one of them could substitute...

Hey, I think I hear the van outside!

Riley: I can't believe it worked! We're finally away from Conner's parents. Just our family for three days...

Riley, I don't think the bellhop wants to hear your life story.

How are you liking your hotel, girls?

Jasmine: It's really cool. Me and Ariel have our own room and everything!

Riley: That is awesome! I think I want to learn how to do that.

Ok, but don't set yourself on fire.

Jasmine: Owww!

Oh, you're fine. And what are you doing in that outfit on the beach? Go get your swimsuit on, girl!

That's much better.

Ariel: We're building a sandcastle!

So I see. I'll come back when it's done.

Conner: Huh...odd way of saying "hello".

I think it's kind of cool.

Jasmine: It's done!

Very nice, girls. Nicer than anything I ever built as a kid.

Conner: Goodnight, Ariel...

I think Conner is starting to catch on to the purpose of this trip.

I see you girls discovered the ocean.

Ariel: It's a lot different than our pool.

I guess this Ariel isn't that good at making friends with marine life.

Ariel: Huh?

Never mind.

So where are you guys today?

Jasmine: We're exploring a pirate ship!

Riley: Very educational. We're pulling the girls out of school so I figured I should try to fit some learning in here.

Yeah, fencing with a dummy. That's real educational. I hope that sword is plastic!

Conner: Uh-oh...I think I sat in the sun too long.

Yeah, I think that might be the cue to wrap this vacation up.

Well the trip sure seems to have done wonders for your marriage.

And for Conner's parenting skills.'s Nanny Smackdown time again!

What could you possibly be crying about?

Marisa: Didn't you see her slap me?

Um, no. I saw you slap her.

Marisa: Oh...well, Riley didn't let me or Ethan go on the trip. That's why I'm crying, then.

Time for another birthday!

I don't know why you girls keep losing your hairstyles. But you are certainly growing into that nose.

Jasmine: Thanks.

So, have you picked your aspiration yet?

Jasmine: I think I'd like fortune.

Alright. Taking after your grandma, I see.

Let's go with the rabbit reminds me of Reader Rabbit.

Good choice.

Ariel: I got an A+!

Wow, I guess that vacation was educational after all.

Ariel: Dad, check it out!

Conner: Wow, great job Ariel!

Yup, I'd say the vacation did the trick.

What? Being honest wasn't the right answer? What kind of game show was this...oh, wait....

Oh, no...(covers head)...wait, she actually did it?

Oh, great. Here comes the bringer of lousy dates.

Jasmine: Well, I don't know any other way to find a boyfriend.

Fine, let's see what she brings.

Hey, he's actually kind of cute.

Jasmine: His name is Juan.

Juan and Jasmine...I'm sensing the potential here.

Jasmine: You're pretty cute...

And you two seem to get along.

Well, I guess I'll go with giant robot but given Riley's luck...

Or never mind.

Oh, no. The nanny's back and she's looking evil.

First kiss! That seals the deal! You two are an established couple. Congratulations.

Ariel! Are you outside picking the oranges in the middle of a thunderstorm?

Ariel: Well, nobody else was doing it and Mommy always says the oranges won't be as good if you leave them on the tree for too long.

They'll be fine until the storm is over. Go back inside!

Yeah, I think it's time for me to be on my way now. I'd say goodbye but it looks like they're all pretty least they're doing it together, right?

A Message From the Mysterious Voice: Well, Ethan and Marisa have defied my expectations once again by living through the week. I'm pretty sure they're going to die early in the next round, though. It should be interesting to see what that does to Conner...