All posts tagged Caitlin


Caitlin couldn’t stop talking about this girl she kissed at prom. A girl! She swore she was going to call her as soon as she got home. As far as I know, she never did call her.

We didn’t notice until we got home that Deanne wasn’t with us.

She turned up later looking pretty funny. She said she didn’t want to talk about it.

But, wow, did she make the rest of us want to jump off a cliff.

Maybe the sinking feeling of despair wasn’t her fault, though. My big brother and sister were growing up and moving out.

It’s hard to imagine them gone. The house is going to feel empty without them.

I did my best to smile for their sake. Moving out has to be scary. I’m never going to do it unless Mama and Mum kick me out on my butt.

Deanne didn’t try to so hard to put on a brave face. She can be a real pain sometimes.

And, of course, Mum got called for an emergency right in the middle of cake. She always gets called at the worst possible moment.

Apparently the local gypsies got very confused about what air conditioning was for.

Mum sorted them out.

Deanne and I were kind of ticked at Mum for leaving while we were saying goodbye to Caitlyn and Christof. She swore she’d make it up to everyone. She wanted us to have a real Snowflake Day with the whole family.

I loved the idea. What a great way to get presents!

Caitlyn and Christof were the first ones to arrive. I guess they weren’t so eager to be out on their own after all.


Larry Pierce from school? I thought this was supposed to be a family party!

And Caitlyn’s ex Gustavo Singh?

Who is this, anyway?

Everyone rushed to drop their pitch-in food on the end table in the folks’ room instead of the kitchen counter or the dining table, which are much closer. It seems to be a tradition.

And then HE walked in the door and into my heart forever.

He was the most beautiful man I had ever seen. I couldn’t take my eyes off him. 
Who was this mystery man, and why was he here?
There was magic between us, drawing us together. I was just sure he could feel it.

Then Mum breeze by. “Erin!” she said. “Did you clean your room like I told you? I invited a few more people to the party. I’m sure nobody minds. Have you met William Pierce? He’s an old friend from the fire station. You might have met him before. He’s your little friend Larry’s daddy.”


Thanks, Mum, you just told my cosmic soulmate that I’m still a teenager. You just ruined my life.

I don’t think William Pierce — isn’t that a beautiful name? So sensual! — was even listening. Deanne was doing that thing she does again.

Then we got down to the important stuff — the swag.

I got exactly what I wanted!

I just know William must have given it to me! Or, well, it might have been Mama and Mum, but I bet he knew what I was getting anyway.

I tried to meet his eyes when I thanked everyone for my game console.

But then this lady, Dawn Saunders, had to make everything about HER. Apparently she just split with her husband or something. Some people are just drama queens.

Branden got a chemistry set. He was very sweet about it.

HE just sat in the back, cool as a cucumber, and watched everyone giggling and unwrapping.

Mum got a chess set.

She said she’d really rather have something sporty.

William mocked her for being all old and saggy. Sure, he was kind of an asshole, but he was so eloquent about it.

I think he got something arty. He seemed to like it.

I know who bought Mama’s gift.

Grandma got coal!

Whose bright idea was that? Certainly not mine. She’s so old that the shock could induce cardiac arrest or something.

When we were done with the important stuff, Caitlin told everyone about her new job. She certainly looked great.

She was really into music, so I didn’t expect her to get a job as a corporate drone. But you just never know what makes people tick sometimes.

I’m certainly not going to get a job with The Man. I’m going to be my own boss.
At any rate, the party ran late because we wanted to maximize our family time. But I have to admit that after William left, I found it hard to pay much attention. Visions of his amazing face, not to mention his amazing chest, kept fluttering through my mind.

When everyone was left and Deanne had given us all a break by taking her tragic clown butt to bed, I really wanted to try out my new Adventure Time game console.

But my folks wanted to try out Mama’s present.

I locked myself in my room before they could get really gross.

I’m sure that seeing them together will land me in therapy later in life as it is.

And then there were four. 
I don’t know if Erin will get another perspective post before she takes over, but this was too good to miss. BTW, I used her free action to throw a friendship potion at William. It would be terribly annoying if she didn’t know him to invite him over when she inherited the ISBI.
Caitlin rolled the Golden Tongue, Golden Fingers LTW and she got an A in school, so I gave her Virtuoso. She immediately got a job in business, and I’ve seen no evidence that she’s ever even learned Guitar.
Christof became an athlete, which I think will surprise no one.
I replaced the game console that Erin received from the Gift Giving Party with the Adventure Time console created by Anubis Under the Sun. That thing is adorable.
This was my first Gift Giving Party, and it was pretty cute. Though some people went through the gift opening animation twice. I guess that interaction just keeps going until you stop it or everyone leaves.

Christof was the man of the house these days. Well, the only man in the house anyway. I think sometimes it made him a little lonely.

The kitties tried to make sure he felt appreciated. They’re so empathic sometimes.

He was also working harder in school.

Hetal was trying out new recipes. She called this one “Stu Surprise.” We knew better than to ask what the surprise was.

Our kitties continued to be sweet together.

Deanne was really into playing in the snow. She came up with some…. interesting…. snow sculptures.

Sometimes she really didn’t seem to like her work, though.

Hetal decided to run for City Council. She started spending time campaigning around town, including giving speeches at the school.

And guess what? She was elected!! There was plenty of nectar passed around the house that night!

Erin decided to make friends with an honors student in hopes of improving her grades. She decided to take the easy way and used a potion someone sent us in the mail.

This girl, Meredith immediately really liked her.

But it turned out that they didn’t have a lot to talk about.

Oh, and here’s William Pierce’s son Larry, who is kind of a creeper.

I came home from work to take a much needed shower.

And it had an unexpected effect.

Huh. Too bad it washes out. I could get used to this.

I figured out what to do with all those stones I collected that turned to not be rainbow gems. This could be come quite a side business.

And then it was time for another party! Erin was growing up, plus we had Hetal’s election to celebrate.

My littlest girl turned out lovely, don’t you think?

Hetal was so happy to see Erin grow up. I’ve never seen her so content.

Right after we finished our cake, a limousine pulled up in front of the house. It turns out Christof had rented it. It was time for prom!

Hetal and I were left with no kids for an entire evening. You can guess what we were doing.
LTW: 0 + 1 = 1
Woot! Finally some points! And a lot of them, as I recall. Though I’m sure we’re still in the negative after all those fails. I’ll try doing a tally when Erin takes over.
I used Erin’s childhood action to use a friendship potion to get an opportunity for school, and I aged her up just a little bit early so that they could all go to prom together :).
Caitlin returned from prom with a female love interest named Mona, but nothing became of it after she moved out. I guess it was just a single golden moment. 🙂

Peanut and Singularity were getting along just swell these days. You’d think they were brother and sister! Or, well, something.

Christof started his day cleaning up after the bathtub that had been broken for three days. He’s such a responsible boy.

Maybe I should fix the bathtub.

Hetal made breakfast.

But then her carpool showed up, so left everything out on the counter and dashed out to work complaining about how hungry she was. We had a fridge full of leftovers she could have eaten instead.

The kids all caught the school bus.

And then everyone was gone, leaving their breakfast mess behind them.

I swear. The things I won’t do for this family.

Just as I’d finished loading the dishwasher, Erin showed up back at home.

“Why aren’t you at school, you lady??” I demanded.

Erin grinned. “There’s no school!” she said. “It’s a snow day!”

“Wait, didn’t you leave on the bus?” I asked.
“Yeah, and the school was closed when we got there. And I had to come home on my broom. Pretty lame.”
“Then where are your brother and sisters?”
Erin shrugged. “Still there I guess.”
And they were.

Apparently, they played in the school yard all day, then took the bus back home.

It was like hooky in reverse — going to school when you’re not supposed to instead of ditching it when you are.

Peanut had a nice snooze under the snow.

Just as the teens got home from “school,” my home fire alarm went off.

I dashed off to do my duty as a hero.

And what do you know? It was Jules MacDuff. Haven’t heard from him in a while.

I think he’s MacDuff-Slymer or something now. He married that ghost who has been stalking Chauncey for her whole unlife.

This fire was a big spectacle. Everyone on the block came over to freak out.

Saving Jules’s life was very satisfying.

Though when I asked him to leave, he decided to just stay and play foosball while I saved the rest of the house. He has a lot of confidence in me, considering what an ass he was to my wife. I’m sure that’s all water under the bridge at this point in our lives. SURE.

The bedroom was really cramped. It was hard to find a place where I could really swing my ax. It’s a good thing I didn’t care what I did to his furniture.

With the fire extinguished and everyone saved yet again, I headed outside to address my adoring fans.

They all started to hoot and wave noisemakers at me. It was so nice to be loved.

And then a strange feeling overcame me….

And I got old.

I could have picked a better place to do that than the front steps of my wife’s ex-boyfriend’s house.

Ah well. What’s done is done. I headed home to show the new me to the most important person in my life.

Hetal didn’t seem to mind at all.

She let me know I was just as sexy to her as ever.

In the best way possible.

It really is nice to be loved.


I have got to start posting again because Erin has already taken over in gameplay and is about to have her first kid!!

It appears that kids always leave on the bus on a snow day. Way to defeat the purpose of a snow day. I think I will consider it legal in the future to cancel that action.

I was kind of misty-eyed about this one because it signals the beginning of the end for Allison. She’s been a lot of fun.

I rather liked the blue flower hair she aged into. It seemed kind of appropriate. But I finally decide she had to have her old hair back and changed in when I gave her a makeover.

The holiday season was in the air. It hadn’t snowed yet, but we wanted to get our lights up early.

Hetal began the day by going out to interrupt Deanne’s fishing to brag about her mad cooking skilz.

Deanne made all the right appreciative noises, but I knew she’d rather be fishing. Deanne’s not a bad cook herself, judging from the three-day-old waffles we’re still eating.

Then she walked in inside, saw Caitlyn in the kitchen, and lit into her!

I didn’t catch the whole tirade, but it had something to do with a prank Caitlyn pulled on her. Sometime. I’m really not sure.

This is not a side of Hetal I see very often.

Caitlyn said something under her breath as she walked away. I thought it was “witch,” but I’m not sure. I mean, what’s insulting about calling Hetal a witch?

Whatever it was, Hetal chased her down and let her have it!

Christof really appreciated the whole scene. I think he should have shown more solidarity with his twin, but he seemed to be pretty entertained.

I just don’t know about that boy sometimes.

Caitlyn begged Hetal to forgive her.

Hetal said she would let it go just this once.

To make peace, she conjured Caitlyn and apple.

Well, it was a poisoned apple.

Hetal tried to change the subject.

But it was really better that everyone went their separate ways.

Later on, Hetal seemed to get into a better mood. She told Erin some naughty jokes.

But then she started following Erin and around and talking…. and talking….

It was so boring, it just sucked all the energy out of Erin!

So Hetal consoled herself by scaring the crap out of poor Caitlyn. Bygones be bygones by butt. I just don’t know what got into her. My strategy was to avoid attention as much as possible until she got off her tirade.

Sensing that she wasn’t welcome in the house, my wife decided to go outside and interrupt Deanne’s fishing AGAIN, this time to brag about her amazing broom stunt skillz.

Deanne didn’t dare tell her mom to buzz off, but she *really* would rather have been fishing.

OK, enough of that. Did I mention that our kitties are cute?

Really really cute?


No fails AGAIN! She shoots! She scores!

Erin passing out from being Bored to Death by Hetal does not count :-p.

Dude. Hetal lets out all the Evil in one day! She just went from one sim to the other and harassed them. It was amazing.

I think I have more than one post per game-day right now. The Wonderlands were just so active and entertaining! I’ll make up for it when all the spares move out and I’m trying to get Allison’s LTW finished before aging up Erin. That’s where I am now, and wow is the game more boring without all those idiots. Erin needs to age up, get married, and start popping out babies soon!

The kitties were so sweet.

But there were only three of them! We were so used to a house full of cats that just our three old friends felt lonely.
Caitlyn seemed to feel it the worst.

To make her feel better, Hetal promised to get a new cat. I may have an issue with the babies my lovely wife wants, but I can never complain about more cats.

So we went out to look for a new feline friend and came back with Singularity.

She’s a beauty, isn’t she?

And she’s quite the huntress.

We spent all morning watching her. Peanut seemed particularly taken.

Meanwhile, Christof went out before dawn to look at the stars.

Deanne got up early to fish and caught a few minnows. They don’t bring in as much as frogs, but they also take up less space.

I cleaned up a mess Hetal had left on the floor.

Apparently, they were some sort of important papers that she wanted destroyed, so it seems I did her a favor. I don’t ask about Hetal’s job because there are things about my wife I’m better off not knowing.

Erin did her homework. She’s such a studious girl. Sometimes I worry that she doesn’t get out enough.

Christof came back home and worked on his soccer moves some more. I think he’s going to be a professional. I’m so proud.
Peanut and Singularity continued to get acquainted.

She’s such a dainty creature, our Singu.

And ambitious!

Now that I’m working from home, it’s impossible to leave work at work. So I upgraded my fire extinguisher.

And souped up my WooWoo5000. I love my WooWoo5000. It’s like my own personal mechanical kitty cat. Very big, loud kitty cat.

It was getting cold, so Caitlyn warmed her tushie by the fire. If I were her, I’d put on more clothes, but who am I to judge?

Hetal and Erin broke out the dominoes.

Did I mention Singularity was cute? We just couldn’t stop watching her.

Then Deanne exercised while Erin watched TV. I think they were watching the news. Maybe it has a really good beat to work out to.

And Caitlyn and I worked on our backhand.

While Christof worked on his upper body strength.

Then it started to get dark, and I hung up some new lanterns on the back porch.
Deanne was devastated. If I’d known how she felt about lanterns, I’d never have hung them.

Hetal pointed out that it was just a light, and there was no reason to get so upset.

While Hetal was helping Deanna calm down, Erin saw the light and freaked out.

Caitlyn hurried out to comfort her.

Caitlyn at least likes my taste in illumination. It’s nice to have a little support around here.

But even Hetal decided they were really kind of monstrous.



Welcome Singularity Tart! This is Black Hole Tart from the Tart ISBI with a sex-change because I needed a female mate for Peanut. Thus the cat legacy prepares to pop out Gen 3.

All the idiots followed her around and watched her play all day, but the animations never make it clear that’s what they’re doing, so I don’t have a picture. She does in fact have the Hunter trait, and that means she spends most of her time autonomously hunting. This is great for picking up critters to sell at the Consignment Store. (I decided it was OK to use Twallan’s Consigner because it’s dumb that you can buy things at the Consignment Store that you can’t *sell* there.)

It wasn’t clear because I missed capturing a popup someplace, but Hetal got a work opportunity to destroy some papers. You had to drag the papers out of her inventory onto the floor and then throw them away. (I had to look it up online because it was very non-obvious.) It turned out that anyone could throw them away, so Hetal got a nice performance boost and a promotion Woot.

Watching everyone “React to New Object” and freak out was even more funny in game.

It was Branden’s birthday! My baby was growing up and going out into the world. I couldn’t believe it.

Deanne began to the special day by making waffles for everyone! And there wasn’t even a fire. How nice.

Though a fire would have been fun too.

As I sat munching my breakfast, I thought about what I could do as a birthday present for my youngest and most ambitious son before he went off into the world.

I remembered he’d been mumbling about wanting a rainbow gem for his favorite doll Glenda. Sure, he was about to graduate from high school, but who was I to criticize someone having a special doll? I decided I’d go out and find one for him.

So I headed out in the rain in my trusty souped up fire engine. Because I’m a great mom.

It shouldn’t be too hard to find a rainbow gem, right? Especially since I bought this nice guide to all the gems in town.

Well, that wasn’t it.

And that wasn’t either.

While I was away, the family had a nice leisurely Saturday.

Christof practiced soccer tricks. He’s such a sportsman.


Hetal and Caitlin got their dominoes on.

Branden was sweet on the kitties.

And talked to his “best friend.”

Deanne fished.

And caught us some plump juicy frogs! 
Those bring in a nice price at the consignment store. I’m not going to wonder about what people buy frogs for.

Erin took out the trash. I’m starting to like Erin.

She also had some pretty involved conversations with her “best friend.” I will say that my kids never get lonely. If they don’t have a friend, they just make one up.

I trucked back at dusk.


I don’t want to talk about it.

With the whole day wasted, we just had to offer Branden our love and a cake for his birthday.

He’s such a sweetheart that he didn’t seem to mind.

I don’t know about you, but I think he’s a hottie! Especially in that form fitting spandex.

Yes, he’s my son. I just appreciate what other people will be thinking when they look at him.

We sat down over cake and talked a bout Branden’s big plans now that he was going to go out into the world to make his mark.

Hetal of course wanted him to go into politics. She said there was a lot of money to be made there. Though I’m not quite sure what she’s talking about — she doesn’t bring home all that much money from her job.

Branden appreciated her suggestion, especially the money, but he said he had something else in mind.

While we older folks were talking about serious things, Erin scolded her “friend” Bungle. Apparently Bungle hates Deanne for some reason.

Then the kids got into an argument about who would clean up the dishes. I love my kids!

During all the shouting and commotion, I didn’t notice a newcomer to our private party.

Branden was dumbfounded when he saw her.

The unknown girl gave him a crooked smile. “Branden, it’s me!” she said. “I’m a real girl!”

“Glenda?” Branden gasped.

Branden dragged the girl out on the front porch to have a long talk.

Apparently it went pretty well.

They sure did look cute together. I really wish Branden the best.

I wanted to give the two lovebirds their privacy, so I decided to make a diversion.

Someone (*cough* Amhranai *cough*) sent me this potion, and I thought I’d throw it at Erin to see what it did.

Erin yelped and snorted a bunch of glowing green smoke. It was pretty fun to see.

And then she started doing magic! We have another witch in the family! I’m so proud.

Also I’m glad the potion didn’t turn her into a frog or something.

That talk with Glenda went very well, because she decided to move out with him. And that’s a good thing because I hope some strange girl didn’t expect to live with *us*.

He took the savings Hetal and I had set aside for the kids and got a small home for himself and Glenda. He also took Raspberry, Strawberry, and Plum with him. I’ll miss the kitties, but he’s very good to them.

It was rough saying goodbye to Branden. Hetal and I consoled each other by reminding ourselves of what a good boy we raised.

Hetal admitted that she missed the pitter patter of little feet.

I told her there was no way in hell I was having another kid.

But I’d love to practice.

I hope Christof was really interested in his homework.

Branden called every day after he moved out, so we got lots of news on how he was doing. His career is going fabulously! My boy is going to be a doctor!

Unfortunately, his love life hasn’t gone well at all.

Those girls just don’t deserve him, that’s all. Someone is going to be very lucky when they land my Branden!
Thanks to Amhranai for the witch potion! Now our Gen 2 heir is a witch. I’m really looking forward to playing that.
Sorry I’ve been so long posting over here. I have a lot of gameplay stacked up now. In game, Erin’s just waiting on Allison’s LTW to age to YA and take over the challenge 
Seriously, there are no rainbow gems in Moonlight Falls, at least during the day when I was playing Allison. She now has a whole lot of gems, though, so hopefully the Wonderlands will not be so money-crunched, even with the cost of buying Branden a starter home.
I finally decided to cheat since Branden was leaving the challenge anyway. Turns out you can make an IF real in MasterController by going to Intermediate->Occult:Remove and removing the Imaginary Friend occult type. That turned her human and added her to the household. Then I added the occult type back, and she stayed human.
I let Branden use a friend potion on her and flirt her up to romantic interest, but then she decided to do something else after she moved out. Awww. And Lacey Boyles found someone else too.
At least Branden’s a paramedic!
And no fails. We’re on a roll :).

We are here at last! Who shall carry on the Wonderlands in Generation 2?

Branden and Caitlyn are the inborn witches, but I’ve decided that if the winner is not a witch, we will fix that with a witch elixir.

Remember, we’re looking for interesting faces!

Shall it be….


Good, Insane, Ambitious, Vegetarian
Favorite Color: White
Lifetime Wish: World-Renowned Surgeon


Athletic, Friendly, Vegetarian, Insane
Favorite Color: Blue


Good, Insane, Cat Person, Great Kisser
Favorite Color: Green


Clumsy, Angler, Insane, Animal Lover
Favorite Color: Yellow

NOTE: I posted the poll last night, and I now cannot edit it, but Deanne’s not eligible to be heir due to being a face clone. If she wins, I’ll do something fun with her and make the runner-up the heir.


Insane, Schmoozer, Perceptive
Favorite Color: Lime Green

The poll is in the sidebar. If you’re reading through a phone or can’t reach the sidebar for some reason, please leave a vote in the comments. If you vote in the comments, please say “I can’t reach the poll. This is a vote for…” someplace in the comment so that I know which votes to add to the poll count as opposed to the rest of us chattering about who we voted for :).


Jin called to check up on us after the party. I’m not sure, but I think she wanted to make sure that nobody was going to burn the house down. I mean, really? With me in the house? 
I did get to find out what had Hetal so mad that she missed her youngest kids’ birthdays.
I appreciate her wanting to stand up for her mother’s husband, even if the timing was a little bad.
Also, in the name of shameless gossip, Chauncey’s ex-fiancee has taken up with a college boy just out of high school. 
And I guess our pack of kitties really rubbed off on Jin because she has one of her own now!

Erin was spending more and more time hanging out with her “best friend” Bungle. When she talked about him, I just smiled and nodded. I mean, it’s not like it was unusual for people in this family to talk to things that weren’t there. I just hope she doesn’t forget to spend time with real people too.

Branden, on the other hand, seemed to know what she was talking about. He asked Erin a lot about Bungle. He seemed to want to know if Bungle knew where Glenda was. Glenda who? Wait, wasn’t that the name of his favorite doll when he was a kid?

Erin seemed to understand, though. She said she’d try to find out for him.

In less confusing news, Caitlyn was being very scholarly these days. Deanne was jealous, but not jealous enough to do her own homework.

She didn’t take it very well when Branden tried to be helpful and offered to help her with her math. Sometimes big brothers just aren’t appreciated.

Then, while Branden was cleaning up after breakfast, he saw something that made his face light up.

I don’t completely understand, but I think he found his old doll? I didn’t realize it meant so much to him.

There wasn’t much time to talk after that because the school bus arrived. For the first time *all* my children were headed off to learn.

With Hetal also gone to work, I got to have a peaceful breakfast at home. Alone.

The silence was golden.

Then I had to head downtown so that the mayor could give me a medal.

Pretty nifty, huh?

And while the medal wasn’t worth any money, it also came with a promotion!

Now that’s more like it.

I wonder what I should do with my new-found fame and fortune?

Not long after I got home and finished fixing the shower that Hetal broke, I got my first home call.

It was at the grocery store.

It was a very weird call, let me tell you. Much stranger that swearing gnomes. But we did get the clanker pinned down and shipped off for repairs.
When I returned, everyone was already home.

Caitlyn arrived home with her phone stuck to her ear. She can’t stop talking to some admirer.

Deanne has a new crush. She can’t stop talking about some Weaver fellow. I’m pretty sure he’s Ayden van Gould’s love child with that psycho chick Echo he was dating for a while.

I think Esteban may be a bit difficult for Deanne to catch, though.

Erin took an interest in our new stereo, which was a sort of housewarming gift from some people I’m pretty sure we don’t know. Hodginses, I think?

But she didn’t like the song that was playing.

Kitty break!

I got the kitties a new present. I don’t think they know what to make of it yet.

Everyone is back to being very responsible.

Branden in particular has been working hard on some kind of after school project. He’s hoping it will help him in his future career.

He hasn’t even been taking breaks to get something to eat.

I hear the project went very well, though! I wouldn’t expect anything else. Branden is such a hard worker.

Erin came and asked Caitlyn to read her a bedtime story.

Caitlyn is such a good big sister.

Erin went right to sleep. I swear that never happens when I do it!

Meanwhile, Deanne was hard at work at some kind of secret baking project. What could she be making?

It looks like we have another birthday coming up….


No fails!

Note: I missed a fail in the last chapter and went back and edited it. If you don’t feel like going to check to see if you missed it, Branden peed himself at the party.

This is the last post before the heir poll. I’ll put that up shortly.

The big event in this post is that I discovered that the MasterController Reset Sim command is much stronger than the resetsim cheat, which is what I usually use. Branden’s IF doll wanted to “come out to play” when he was a child, and I pulled her out onto the ground while he was napping on a park bench at school. I didn’t know you had to pull out an IF *at home*. So Glenda disappeared, and I hadn’t been able to find any way to get her back. MasterController Reset Sim did it. I’m sure Branden wishes I’d figured that out a LONG time ago….

Oh, and well, Allison reached the top of her career, which would be far more exciting if that were her LTW. She only has rescued 10 people, and she needs 30. I missed several emergencies early on because I didn’t realize what a short amount of time you have to respond to them, and then she just hasn’t gotten a lot of rescue opportunities. It seems unlikely that she’ll be able to finish it, but I guess we’ll see.

Now that there are no toddlers to watch, I do get a little extra time for myself.

Sometimes I like to imagine I’m a submarine, looking out through tiny portal windows into the deep water.

Wow! They ought to warn you about water! It’s hard to breathe!

Caitlyn is spending a lot of time with the kitties. I’m so glad one of the children really understands what’s important in life.

I mean, when you look at these tender souls, how can you fail to love them?

Cat can see right into the depths of your soul.

Branden was the next of the kids to try to make peace with the refrigerator.

He told it not to feel so bad that the girls were ganging up on it. It’s hard for a guy to get a word in edgewise with so many girls around.

He suggested that the refrigerator join him and Christof for some guy time. The fridge could bring the snacks.

Erin slept sweetly in her new bad.

Until Christof and Branden showed up, trying to find the new bathroom.

It’s not that hard, guys. The door is behind you.

Today was Spooky Day, and it was time to party Wonderland style! I called everyone we knew and invited them to a big costume party.

Branden was really worried about what to wear, poor guy. His crush said she would come.

Hetal didn’t have nearly so much trouble.

Or Christof.

You could guess what Caitlyn was going to be, couldn’t you?


Strawberry particularly liked Erin’s costume for some reason.

Or maybe she just really liked picked on Erin.

Here came the first guest with some food to share! That’s a neat trick!

It turned out to be Larry Pierce. Branden was not impressed.

The chainsaw murderer costume turned out to be extra popular. I don’t want to know why.

I went for a different style. After all, I do my best to bring a bit of magic to everyone around me. Now where is that snack?

I was going to ask Larry if he brought any more treats when a screech went up from the kitchen.

Christoff set fire to a pot of macaroni and cheese. For heaven’s sake. We HAD enough food!

Everyone came running in their costumes from all over the house to stare and the flames and panic.

This was my chance to show my stuff. No magic ice spells here! I can put out a fire underneath some other girls armpit. I’m that good.

In no time, I had reduced the kitchen to a black smoking mess that was at least not on fire. Christof decided he was better off eating salad.


Everyone settled down to eat and chat. We know how to make a recovery here at the Wonderland household.

Except for Branden, who missed his chance to talk to his crush Lacey Boyles because he had to dash upstairs for a shower.

Well, it WAS a pretty exciting afternoon. I guess he got carried away.
At least Lacey had fun.

Well, of course the party was a hit. Tell me that this wasn’t the most creative entertainment you ever saw.

Absolutely everyone thought the party was beautiful, even folks who didn’t attend.

When the guests left, I decided to show Hetal some of my magic tricks.

Erin came upstairs to find someone waiting for her.

Or at least she told me she welcomed her best friend to live with us. I never saw the guy.

I’m just glad to know she’s making friends.


Self-Peeing: 8 + 1 = 9
Fires in Home: 1 + 1 = 2

When I said a couple of posts back that we’d soon be reminded that this is an ISBI, this is actually what I meant :). I’m not sure how much I conveyed how hilarious this was while I was playing.

Unfortunately, Allison did in fact invite everyone she could, and they brought friends, and that caused the game to crash just as Allison put out the fire. So some of the shots are from when I played through the party without the fire.

Bungle is my first successful, non-glitched Imaginary Friend. I’m pretty amused, but I hear that pretty much everyone is sick of them after a while. Caitlyn and Christof didn’t receive IF dolls due to the mailbox being glitched. Deanne’s disappeared not long after she received it. So only Branden and Erin even had dolls in this game.

One more post. Then heir poll.

Now that I have the fireplace safely upgraded, it’s the favorite place for all the kitties.

They sleep beside it and play beside it.

I’m so glad I could do something to make the house cozier for them!

Before school, Deanne and Christof got up early to do their homework. Hetal and I didn’t do too bad with our kids, did we?

Erin played sweetly with her doll Bungle the whole time I was at work.

Which was great, because the babysitter stood on the front porch the whole time. I’m sure that coming inside is usually part of the job, isn’t it?

I passed the time at work upgrading my fire extinguisher.

The emergency of the day was a big one!

Sometimes half your job is calming down people who were never in danger.

It was a hard fire to stomp out. As soon as put the fire out one place, another blaze would pop up someplace else. I really need to finish upgrading this fire extinguisher!

Meanwhile, Hetal got into a conversation after work that didn’t go very well.

Branden wanted to meet up with her after work, but since she was caught up in her argument, he decided to sit down and do his homework.

Apparently, both of them forgot they were supposed to be home for something important.

At least Caitlyn, Christof, and I were here for Deanne’s birthday.

Isn’t she beautiful?

She makes me think of someone very important — me.

Four teenagers. I don’t know how we’re going to survive.

The teens gabbed their cake while I headed upstairs.

Deanne had some advice for Caitlyn. Maybe she’s getting a little ahead of herself, don’t you think? Caitlyn is older and has more experience.

Caitlyn suggested maybe Deanne should get some more sleep and see what things looked like at the morning. Deanne took her advice and headed upstairs.

Caitlyn’s such a patient big sister.

I had to get the other birthday girl!

I couldn’t believe that my littlest baby was finally growing up.

What an amazing little girl.

We all had our cake and wondered where the rest of the family were.

Branden made it back just as the singing was done and had a slice of cake with everyone.

But where was Hetal?

I think it suddenly occurred to her that she really screwed up.

We finished our little party and cleaned up. Erin did most of the work!

I just couldn’t believe it. No more diapers! No more potty training!

Hetal finally got home, but she was ashamed to talk to to Erin.

She was so overwhelmed, she fainted dead away!

Poor dear. I think all she needs to do is apologize.

Passing out: 16 + 1 = 17
Deanne grew up an Animal Lover and a face clone of Allison! Argh! I was afraid of that since toddlerhood, but she looked like she might have something different in her face when she was a child. I guess that’s my punishment for replacing a baby.
I got to choose Erin’s trait, so I randomized until something good came up. She’s now Perceptive. She appears to have a face very close to Christof’s but with different coloring.