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I came home one night after a hard day putting out fires.

And this was what was waiting for me.

“Allison!” Hetal came running down the stairs. “Where are we going for my birthday?”

I just stopped and stared.

Hetal’s eyes narrowed. “You DID remember my birthday, didn’t you?” she asked.

“Of course I did,” I lied. “You have the best birthday present ever waiting for you.”

Hetal clapped her hands greedily. “What?”

“A new house!”

“You have to be kidding me.”

That wasn’t the kind of response I was expecting, but it was too late now.

I got the family together, and we said goodbye to our cramped little duplex. I was so glad to be getting out of this place.

I sent Hetal ahead with the kids, and I walked the kitties to their new home.

Kitties have a rough time with change. They just need a little bit of extra loving care at a time like this, you know?

Our new house was waiting for us.

Sure, it looked a little bit creepy, but it was nighttime. I would look a whole lot better in the morning.

While I was still walking to the new house, Hetal had her birthday.

Her mom was there to greet her to middle age, but I missed it. She was never going to let me live that down, new house or no new house.

The kids explored the new yard while they waited for me. Such a lot of space to run and play!

When I showed up, I brought a cake with me from the store so that we could at least have a little something to celebrate Hetal’s age up.

Hetal wasn’t terribly grateful. “I am not sitting here” she exclaimed. “This chair has something growing on it!”

“Then don’t,” I said.

So we all sat in the living room.

Hetal said that living in a dump like this was going to turn her to a life of crime.

“I’m going to fix it up,” I said. “It’s going to look amazing. You’ll see.”

Jin and Caitlyn knew better than to say anything, so they just ate their cake.

Branden, meanwhile, got really attached to Raspberry.

And we seemed to have mislaid Deanne.

Christof appreciated the dining table at least. He’s not scared off by a little bit of scuzz.

“I can’t believe I’m sleeping in this,” Hetal whimpered as we curled up together in the damp, creaky bed.

“We’ll be living in the lap of luxury,” I said. “You’ll see.

Jin and Deanne slept on the upstairs landing with a lot of old clutter.

And the kids got bunk beds! See! Just as good as at the old house.

And everything looked better the next morning.

Hetal and Jin went to explore the shed at the back of the property. They almost needed a machete to get there.

I headed to City Hall to receive another award for capturing gnomes, but something went very wrong.

Fortunately, when I got home, Hetal found my new look a real turn-on.

Not that I’m complaining.

At least the kitties liked the new place.

Caitlyn and Christof got used to it and played hide and seek in the waist-high brambles.

I put Deanne’s potty out in the dirt-floor garage.

At least it kept the stink away from the house.

And then it was Branden’s birthday!

We all cheered while he transformed….

…. into some kind of horrible, distorted monster.

Then the kids all climbed up through the floor.

To sleep in the air over my bedroom.

Even the monster-that-was-Branden.

And then I woke up.

“Allison? Allison? Are you ok?” Hetal was shaking me awake.

“Uh, what?” I mumbled.

“You were crying out in your sleep. Are you ok?”

I blinked. I was in our shabby, but comfortable, bed in our cramped but comfortable duplex. It had never looked so wonderful. “I think I just had a nightmare,” I said.

Hetal pulled me close. “Oh, baby!” she said. “Let me scare the monsters away,”


Now that I had a chance to do this over, I was NOT going to forget her birthday.


So here’s a little bit of retcon from the lot and the playtime I lost. Plus all the messed-up glitch shots I was able to take. I didn’t bother to track fails. Branden peed himself once, and that’s the only one I’m sure of.

Allison used a LLAMA to go to City Hall to collect an award, and she got the fail that turned her into a tragic clown for a day. It was pretty funny. She stumbled around everywhere, but I couldn’t catch it in a screenshot.

And it occurs to me that I never went back to get that award since I restored from save. The opportunity has been sitting at City Hall for about a sim-week. I need to go do that.

It our first morning as a house of three children!

My, we’re a big family. Sigh.

It began about the way you’d expect.

Caitlin wasn’t quite ready to give up being a toddler, so she sat on her top bunk and watched her brothers wander around while playing with her feet.

Then cleaned up!

And played with Dinah!

I would never play favorites with my children, but I have to say that Caitlyn is a special girl. She appreciates kitties as much as I do.

Today was Love Day! I decided to take the family out to the festival in the afternoon. But since I had the day off work, I had to spend the morning doing chores.

Do I get a day off? No, not really. Why do you ask?

But I don’t want to sound like too much of a martyr. Other members of the family do try to help out. Hetal cleaned the litter box.

Then got into a great conversation with Branden on the way out to the trash and dropped all the ick on the floor.

I actually kind of wish she’d just left it in the litter box.

Jin got a call from her best friend Chauncy Grimm, inviting her to his Love Day party. She seemed really distracted when she left, and for some reason she took Deanne with her.

When she got to Chauncey’s house,

She just left Deanne on the lawn and forgot about her while she went in to talk to Chauncy.

I have to say, this was not her most brilliant grandparenting moment.

Then again, she had a pretty good reason.

She burst into the garage, where Chauncey was hanging out avoiding his other party guests.

She told him that they’d been friends since they were kids, and it was time to stop pretending. She couldn’t deny her feelings for him any longer.

Chauncey told her he had the same feelings, but it just wasn’t right for them to do anything about it. He we already engaged to Chrissy Rain.

Jin wouldn’t give up, though. She followed him back into the house when the party guests left, and she worked her wiles on him.

In the end, Chauncey just couldn’t hold out. Plus, I think he’s been pretty crazy about her all the time.

And who cares about his fiancé anyway?

How do I know all this? Well, I might’ve done a little bit of eavesdropping when I came to rescue my toddler from Chauncey’s lawn.

Hetal came too. She had a little fainting spell.

While she was out, she kept whispering, “Just eat the apple, Snow White. It’s such a pretty apple!”

Sometimes I know better than to even ask.

By the time I got to the festival with Deanne, night had fallen, and everything was closing up.

At least the kids got a little bit of time to run around.

And we did take a photo for our greeting cards.

When we got home, Hetal and I took a little bit of time to ourselves.

There weren’t a lot of stars to watch because it was raining, and we got soaked, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

And then we took some time to steam each other off afterward.

Caitlyn wandered out into the rain and failed to find her bed.

And when Jin got home, I think she just didn’t know which way was up.

But I forgive her.


Passing Out: 10 + 2 = 12

Hetal’s little misstep with the poisoned apple does not count :).

So here I use Jin’s free action to resolve her melodramatic love life. I decided that I’m going to interpret “free action” fairly broadly. I decided that Jin’s free action was going to be to ask whoever asked her out next to be her boyfriend, so she was allowed to do romantic interactions on him until she got the option. But *only* romantic interactions, so I couldn’t control her to invite him over or take care of her own needs. Miraculously, she didn’t pee herself in this exchange, though Chauncey did because she wouldn’t let him go to the bathroom.

The lucky guy turned out to be Chauncey, and I’m glad it was. The other two men in her swarm of admirers, Ayden and Jules, are both jerkfaces. Chauncey seems to be pretty sweet, and he was her best friend with a maxed out relationship bar when she joined the household.

I believe it’s the next post when things get seriously messed up.

Spring was just starting to slink into Moonlight Falls, but there was still frost on the ground.

Some lady showed up with an umbrella on a cloudless day to hang out in our yard.

Apparently her idea of fun was cleaning up our old newspapers.

Don’t ask me. I didn’t hire her.

I, on the other hand, was up at the crack of dawn. The city wanted to throw some kind of ceremony to recognize my awesome heroism, but the only time I figured I could get away was when people were asleep.

Oh, I guess that lady with the umbrella knew what she was doing because now it was pour rain. I guess that’s Spring for you. I should have put on a raincoat.

I dashed into a nearby phone booth to get out of the rain.

And something very strange happened….

And I got out right across the street from city hall!

Phone booths — the only way to travel!

A bunch of people came to see me get a new award. At least, I’m sure they must have been here to see me.

This hot fellow is William’s older brother Anton Pierce. Mmmmm. Hot does seem to run in the family.

A young politician named Miyuki Mai presented me with my award. I guess they couldn’t book the actual mayor.

I guess umbrellas are another way to travel. I’ll have to try that out.

And after all that, all I got was a trophy!

I appreciate the thought and all, but folks? If you want to show me how much you appreciate my work for our fair city, do it with a really fat check. We’re sitting on cat-scratched folding chairs in an empty living room, but now I have a statuette.

While I was gone, Jin tried to cook again.


But at least her love life was looking promising again.

On the way home, I decided to spend the money I didn’t get as an award to pick up some birthday cakes. We got so busy we missed the last ones, and I wasn’t going to let that happen again.

Christof was first because Caitlin was sleeping.

Suddenly, Jin realized that she’d forgotten something.

It was the hot dogs she’d been cooking when the birthday party started. Whoops.

This could have been a serious problem in another house, but Allison Wonderland lives here. I knew just what to do. First, I set Christof down where he’d be safe.

And while I was doing that Hetal put out the fire.

By the time I got outside, the only thing left to do was clean up the soot.

I’m ok with this. I swear. I am a mature woman who does not feel threatened when her wife steals her thunder without even asking.

Hetal seemed pretty ticked off at her mom for starting that fire. I hope they’re going to be OK.

While we were out, Christof grew up.

And went to get the first slice of cake.

And where was Branden, anyway?

He never seems to come home from school anymore. Doesn’t he like us?

Next it was Caitlin’s turn. She was fresh up from her nap, so the timing was perfect. Caitlin’s such a sweet little girl. I’m sorry she’s going to be getting too big for me to hold her in my arms. I’m glad that she’s going to be too big to scream her head off all the time, though.

She didn’t think we needed a cake just for her, though, and decided to age up when she got downstairs.

All right, then. We had one more chance to get this whole birthday cake celebration right. This time I was going to make it happen no matter what!

I did have a bit of trouble getting Deanne out of her crib.

But she was all right.

The whole family — except Branden — gathered around to welcome our last (and I mean LAST) baby into toddlerhood.

Raspberry was just sinking into the rug with excitement.

My sweet little green girl!

Jin was ready to get to work.

I dashed over to give Deanne her first toddler tickle!

But Hetal discovered that her ice spell was more exhausting than she’d expected. This wouldn’t have happened if she’d just let me do my job, now would it? But of course I’m not bitter or anything.

While we were all finishing up the party, Branden showed up.

“Where have you been?” I exclaimed.

“I was just out,” he said, and he immediately headed up to bed.

I just don’t know about that boy.

Right after that, Caitlin turned red and dashed to the shower.

We had to rearrange things a bit for bedtime. We figured the best place for Deanne was in the garage with Jin. I mean, Hetal and I are the breadwinners, or Hetal will be too if she ever goes back to work. We really can’t deal with a kid waking us up at night.

But it worked out all right the first night. I mean, really really all right.

How’s that for getting it right?


Fires in Home: 0 + 1
Passing out: 9 + 1 = 10
Self-peeing: 4 + 1 = 5
Minor Cheats: 1 + 1 = 2
Pet Social Worker Visits: 0 + 1 = 1

I think there should be bonus points awarded for getting 7 sims and 5/6 cats all to go to bed on time. Just saying’. I think I am going to record that under “Beautiful Moments.”

Beautiful Moments: 0 + 1 = 1

Now that I’m over the whole control freak thing, I am having a BLAST with this ISBI. People are always failing, but something funny is ALWAYS happening. I’m enjoying collecting all of the obscure fails.

Deanne is ADORABLE. She got of her her hair, skin, and eyes from Jin. However, I’m pretty sure she’s adorable because she’s a face clone of Allison. ARRRRRGH! She is Clumsy and Angler. Since I used MC to replace the baby, I didn’t get to pick traits.

Christof is an Athletic, Friendly Vegetarian I think. I tried to skill him up so I could choose his child trait, but I had a sort-of glitch at the end and didn’t finish his potty training. (It was really bad UI — it turns out that you can’t select potty training as an action if the kid is in the crib, and I thought that having no action meant his potty training was done.) I used a Change of Personality elixer on him, thinking I’d get to pick the changed trait, but no. That was Vegetarian. Christof is running the very real risk of making it to YA without being Insane.

Caitlin is a Good, Insane Cat Person. How appropriate!

I think those “phone booths” are LAAMAs? Or whatever the acronym is? I recall that Twallan said something about making them routing objects at some point. That’s the way Allison decided to go to City Hall to collect her award. You can’t see it very well, but it’s on their bed stand in the last shot.

However, I’m going to take credit for another minor cheat. I think it actually happened in the last chapter, but the social worker came for the cats because one of them was lonely, and I reloaded the game. I was NOT going to lose those cats, and besides that I’m not really planning on including them in anything point-related despite putting them on the scorecard.

The cats were always in the red or orange for social need. I wasn’t sure what to do. As an experiment, I used Twallan’s Retuner to remove React Negatively and React Neutrally from the pet autonomous action list. As far as I can tell, this action is for yowling at food that is left out, and since this is an ISBI, there’s ALWAYS food left out in various stages of decay. That action doesn’t fill any needs, but it seems to be something a pet will do instead of anything useful. Once I got rid of those actions, the cats started actually seeing to their own needs, and I haven’t had a problem since.

And I am caught up again!

Caitlin and Deanne were sleeping, but Christof was having none of it, so I ended up leaving him in his new walker while Hetal and I got some sleep.

The next morning, Jin got a call from Ayden. He told her he got married, but he hoped that wouldn’t hurt their relationship.

She told him to take his money and shove it, and then hung up. Jin is an amazing woman. Sure, she’s a hideous old maid trapped into providing free child care, but she has principles!

Jin tried to pretend she wasn’t bothered and went to cook some dinner.

But you could tell it was on her mind.

Then again, she might just be a really bad cook.

This was not my and Hetal’s best moment, but we were desperate!

Sometimes Hetal is the only part of life that keeps me going.

Afterward, I finally got to take some time with Dinah. It’s been so long since I got to play with my sweet kitties.

And Jin ate her own cooking, since nobody else would. And Cheshire scratched up our good folding chair.

OK, this place was a pit, and we only had burned hot dogs to eat. It was time for me to step up and whip us into shape. First I cooked some dinner.

It was pancakes, which is all I know how to make. Everyone will eat it and like it.

Actually, it wasn’t too bad if I do say so myself.

Then I cleaned up the cat puke that had been sitting in the floor for a week.

Then I told Branden to GO TO BED. And to my shock, he did!

Meanwhile, Ayden called Jin again. She told him to shove off.

And then she passed out. This thing with her man really has her off her game.

But Branden got a decent amount of sleep and did 11% of his homework in the morning before dashing off to meet the bus on time. I will have to remember to tell him to go to bed more often.

We didn’t get much sleep, and I had to dash off to work. Hetal stepped up to take care of the kids.

She’s come such a long way from the independent woman who wasn’t sure she wanted to have children. Now she’s a great mom, and she’s about to be fired from her job! What a turnaround.

She even managed to actually read Branden that bedtime story he’s been begging for.

Jin just wouldn’t let go of the hot dog thing until she produced some we could eat.

Kitties! (I don’t have a segue, but who needs one of those anyway?)

Cheshire and Strawberry.

Peanut, Cheshire, Raspberry, and Plum.

Dinah and Raspberry.

I have such a wonderful kitty family.

Actually, I’m posting all that sweetness to distract myself by how lousy the evening was.

OK, look, I worked all day with no break, and the kids wouldn’t let me sleep, OK??

And then there was a golden moment.

Everyone was sleeping so peacefully AT THE SAME TIME.

Well, 6 out of 7 ain’t bad.


Passing out: 5 + 4 = 9.

Oh the fail, it makes you want to cry. But then there’s a baby and two toddlers. It’s pretty much what I expected.

That woohoo while Christof was in the room was totally autonomous, I swear!

While Branden was wandering around, refusing to sleep without a bedtime story, I noticed that Allison had a “Go to sleep” interaction with him. She used it, and he went to sleep! But I haven’t seen it since. I’m not sure what makes it show up.

Also, you should probably get an extra point deduction when the torch holder fails. :-p It’s pretty much what she said. She was moving from baby/toddler crisis to baby/toddler crisis that the idiots weren’t dealing with, and every time she tried to go to bed, a crying kid would wake her up. She actually went to work, and I think she even got promoted, but she couldn’t sleep THERE because there was an emergency and the fire truck was about to break down. I should’ve just left her at the fire house to get a little bit of sleep before throwing her back into the lion’s den.

Poor Allison. It will get better.

On the bright side, Hetal has a Faithful reputation, which is pretty amazing considering her LTW is Master Romancer. Allison must be doing something right.

Come ON, kids. Can’t you just get out of the way?

The background music in our house is the sound of screaming toddlers. Jin gets the worst of it, and one night it drove her outside to get some peace and quiet.

She got more than she bargained for.

But she didn’t miss much.

When she got back, they were still screaming.

But I guess you couldn’t blame her for passing out that time.

Hetal and I kinda didn’t notice she was gone. I have to say that Hetal is one hot pregnant lady.

Though we were both too exhausted to really do anything about it, so we went to bed.

We woke up to this strange noise. It was someone rustling through our stuff.

And she took our rocking chair!!

Hetal almost lost her mind. Not the rocking chair! She was going to have a baby, and now there wouldn’t be a rocking chair! The world was ending!

She was a little bit hormonal.

While I was frantically calling the police about the intruder, she went into another room and zapped up the towel by the sink. What will we do without a way to dry our hands? We’ll have wet hands, that’s what! Oh, the humanity!

And then it turned out she had a legal right to be there. It turns out we didn’t pay our bills. Whoops.

The next day, Ayden called Jin up for another date.

It was good for her to get out of the house, even if Ayden is kind of boring.

She found a great way to have fun.

Then she told Ayden she had to go home early because she was exhausted.

And she made it all the way to her own bed and slept there! Without passing out! Jin is just made of steel.

The house was filled with kitties. Which is a wonderful thing, but it was a lot of little mouths to feed.

Don’t think that’s complaining, though, because it is totally not. Complaining. I mean, how can you complain about this?

Or this??

And then sweet Peanut had a birthday!

Isn’t he magnificent?

Branden left for his first day of school! Well, really his second day, but it was the first day he actually showed up.

He’s such a responsible little man.

I had the day off, so I tried to focus on one of the least fun parts of being a mom. I swear, I did everything I could to get Christof to do something on that potty.

But nothing! It’s enough to make you crazy!

Finally, I got the twins someplace where they could have some fun in a way that would *not involve us*.

And they did have a good time. Faces like this are why I don’t just run off and join the circus.

Look at them play together! They’re both going to be geniuses. I’m sure of it.

Hetal and I had other plans.

The last couple of times we’d tried to woohoo, something had come up. But this time for sure. The toddlers were playing in their room. Branden was at school. Jin was asleep. What could go wrong?

But when we got to the top of the stairs, Hetal stopped. “Wait,” she said. “I think can feel the baby!”

“Right, right,” I said. “I’m sure you can feel the baby. Can we get to the bedroom?”

“No,” she said. “I mean I can feel the baby coming! Right now!”

I guess this means no woohoo for a while.

I figured now was a pretty good time to celebrate my birthday. I mean, I wasn’t going to get my birthday present, but at least I’d get another kid out of it, right?

Branden came upstairs to watch.

All this parenting stress and no woohoo is really bad for your hair.

Well gathered in the hallway to gawp at Hetal giving birth. It looked really painful. Wow, I’m glad it wasn’t me.

But it took too long, so we all got tired and went to bed.

But at last our fourth (and FINAL!) child was born.

Wait, don’t pay attention to that. You might have *thought* you saw a pale-skinned boy, but you really saw a teal-skinned girl.

This is Deanne.

Hetal laid her in her crib.

The twins were so busy playing peekaboo, they didn’t even notice.

Hetal relaxed after the stresses of childbirth with Dinah. I approve.

So you’re the new baby, huh?

Wow, you’re so sweet.

Anyone who tells this beautiful little girl what I said about her before she was born will see their house burn down. Think I’m bluffing? Don’t try me.


Pregnancies: 2 + 1 = 3
Total Babies: 3 + 1 = 4

Passing out: 4 + 1 = 5
Repo visits: 0 + 1 = 1

Cheats: 0 + 1 = 1

So, my first ever repo visit!

The backstory here is that the mailbox glitched out. This lot had one of the Late Night high-rise mailboxes out front in its own little shelter. I’ve lived in places that did it that way, and I liked it. But I think around the time of the University patch, it stopped working. I’m not entirely sure. I tried all sorts of things — resetting it, moving it around, etc. The news of the bills came up, and even though Allison couldn’t get the bill from the mailbox, the late bill warning dropped it into her inventory for me. So I instructed her to pay it by clicking the bill in her inventory. It dropped out of her queue, and I did it again. And I then I thought it succeeded and all was well.

So I spent the last of their savings on those two strollers to go to the park. And that morning the repo-lady showed up.

Also, I cheated. The first kid born was a boy with Allison’s skin tone and Hetal’s hair and eyes AGAIN. After much grumbling, I used MasterController to create a new baby. This is not a particularly game-changing cheat, and I’m not sure I’m willing to take a point hit for it. (Because this is totally about the points, right? I haven’t even decided how/if I’m going to score the scoresheet.) But I’m going to record them.

Hetal tried about four times to woohoo with Allison, and they couldn’t make it to their bed. With that and the mailbox thing, plus a whole sequence from the pic at the beginning where Hetal and Christof got into a face off at the head of the stairs and neither of them could route anywhere until I reset Hetal, had me ready to dump the condo and move. But I discovered that the door was “in use” by Branden, despite the fact that Branden was in bed downstairs. I had to delete and replace the door to fix that, and while I was at it, I enlarged the landing a bit at the expense of Hetal and Allison’s bedroom. That, and deleting the mailbox and letting the game replace it with a standard one, and the lot is functioning again.

I’ve become kind of stupidly attached to this condo. But also, the Wonderlands have been living hand-to-mouth, and I’m not sure they can afford one much better.

“Another child is wonderful!” I told Hetal. “We can totally handle it.”

What I was actually thinking was, “We’re dead.”

But Hetal is awesome. She got up early to deal with kids.

And she made breakfast.

All while she must have been feeling terrible from morning sickness. I know. I remember what it was like.

After Branden and I finished her wonderful home-cooked meal, Branden did the dishes.

Meanwhile, our neighbor Oberon was out in the snow, playing with Peanut.

He left his front door unlocked, and Dinah wandered into his entry hall.

She lay down, sweet as can be.

And them she started howling like the end of the world was here!! Good heavens!

We all rushed out to see what was wrong, and then poof! There were kittens!


Meet Strawberry (female)

Raspberry (male)

and Plum (male)

OK, when I named the all the kittens, I was having a huge craving for peanut butter and jelly, OK?

The kittens were all really sweet the way they cuddled up to their mommy.

Hetal was the first one in to meet them.

And Strawberry started chasing her tail. So cute!!

Peanut went to meet his new younger brothers and sisters.

Now, I have to say that there are NEVER too many cats, but this is a lot of mouths to feed.

And just that much more poop to clean….

I threw myself into trying to get the house ready. There were toilets to fix.

And toddlers to feed. So many toddlers to feed.

This was really starting to get to me. I told Hetal, “We have GOT to have some fun or we’re going to go crazy.” Because we’re totally not already crazy. Plus, it was almost my birthday.

So I called a family meeting and declared that we were all going to go out and HAVE FUN. OR ELSE.

We got all the kids together.

And piled into a cab.

And showed up at the winter festival after dark. In the snow.

OK, this wasn’t my best job of planning, but I’m doing my best, OK?

I left Caitlin to play in the snow.

And tried out some snowboarding! It was amazing! I was born to do this.


OK, that hurt.

But I still can’t wait to do that again.

Then I decided we were all going to have a family picture. There were a bunch of creepy, drooly, grunting people who wanted to cut in line in front of us, but I am a firefighter, and I just don’t put up with that kind of stuff.

[I managed to not actually get a screenshot of the picture, which took at least three tries. It’s up on my Exchange page. I’ll try to get a shot of the game copy.)

Then it was time to go home. But there seemed to be some kind of a problem.

What? These drooly people with skin problems just don’t understand anything about personal space!

“Do you MIND?” I said in my firmest outraged hero voice. She finally stepped aside to let us pass.

And we walked all the way home in the snow. It was kind of nice. Winter is beautiful. If only it weren’t so cold.


HOLY CRAP! THREE MORE KITTENS! I was lulled into thinking that pregnancies usually generated one or two kittens. So now the house has six pets and is about to have seven humans. In a duplex home on half of a 30×30 lot. On the plus side, nobody is a clone. It looks like we have interesting different body types and coloring patterns for each one. But I think everyone may have gotten Cheshire’s eyes, which is not fair because Dinah’s are gorgeous.

I was totally intending to post through to the birth of the kid, but when I got out all the pictures, I was astounded at how much happened. So baby will be born in the next post. And there will be more fail. Oh, so much more fail.

So I can just take this moment to pretend everything is all right because there is no fail in this post.

We didn’t mean to. We just got so busy, and time goes by so fast. The twins had their first birthday while both Hetal and I were at work.


and then Christof

Jin got to see the whole thing, and Hetal and I missed it. I didn’t want to miss anything about parenthood! I felt so bad.

Now there were three toddlers in the house. Three! We had to get a playpen to corral them all.

Branden really got into the abacus toy. I bet he’ll be a rocket scientist when he grows up. Or an accountant!

Life started to settle in with three toddlers and a kitten. Sometimes it was hard to find time to feed, and nobody did much cleaning.

Little kids are so playful and sweet. When they’re not screaming their heads off.

I tried to keep up my role as mentor.

Hetal tried to be sure that I didn’t forget that I was also a woman.

Dinah and Cheshire also took some time away from their parental responsibilities.

Branden’s birthday was coming up fast, and I sure didn’t want to make the same mistake with him. Branden’s such a sweet kid. He’s almost never been much trouble,and he’s so gentle, even with his toys. Watching him sing lullabies to his favorite doll is just too good to be real.

We made sure that we circled the date on the calendar and made time for a celebration. We bought him a nice cake.

Hetal was in bed after a long day of work, and Jin was taking a quick nap.

I figured I’d go get Branden, and then we’d wake up the sleepyheads.

Then I went up to get him at the big moment, and I guess I just spaced out a little.

When I turned around, Branden grown up without me! It’s not fair.

But, sigh, oh well. I was really tired, so I left him in his bedroom and went to bed.

Now what are we going to do with all that cake??


So, here’s where went control freak and had to teach myself to calm the heck down. I kept the whole family home for the winter holiday (forgot what it’s called) because I was SO CLOSE to getting Branden skilled. But he was falling-over exhausted by the time he was halfway through potty training, so I had to put him down for a nap.

Then I bought the cake to at least give him a nice age-up (those custom cake recolors I found are nifty), but both Hetal and Jin had already gone to bed. So in a dark house, I kept Allison awake to be there for his birthday. I clicked the cake. She went to get him. And when she picked him up out of the crib, she put him down again, and he aged up on the floor while she was looking at the wall.

And for all that, he got the trait of Ambitious.

Hard, hard lessons in ISBIs. Just don’t expect to give a kid all their toddler skills.

In good news, both Caitlin and Christof look more promising than Branden. As toddlers, I’d say I like Christof’s face best. Caitlin has Hetal’s hair and Allison’s eyes. Christof has Jin’s hair (which has red tips) and Hetal’s eyes.

I rewarded myself for surviving the first month at my new job with Aurora Falls, and I bought the gold version for the playpen and walker. It’s a good way to get to do something different with toddlers at least, and they might even get skills. I haven’t actually played in the town yet, but I think the Wonderlands may move there in another generation.

Nobody could get enough of Peanut.

He was just too sweet for words.

Cheshire was just an amazing daddy.

I mean, how can you resist this face?

Oh yeah, and there were crying babies.

And one nanny who REALLY needs a day off.

The stink just led to more crying.

I at least got to escape to work, where I spent some time with my favorite non-family person.

Apparently William hates kids. Or just likes to complain about things.

He’s kind of a pain in the butt to get to know.

Then this couple showed up to tour the fire house on a date.

I have to say, the only thing more romantic than fire houses are fires.

Then the guy decided to give William a hard time.

And Chris Whoovian gave him a lecture about how ugly his fangs were.

It was just not his day!

I tried to cheer him up with a good pillow fight.

Meanwhile, Jules MacDuff showed up to try to convince Jin to forgive him.

But he didn’t gain any points with her because all he did was complain about Branden crying. I mean, he could just have given the kid a bottle!

Poor Jin really is so overworked. We can’t seem to mop up the pee on the floor fast enough.

I got a call for my first really big house fire! It was so exciting!

It was THIS guy again. He just can’t seem to stop making trouble.

After I got the fire out, I headed through the front door and found his roommate freaking out in the living room. The fastest way to get him outside was to chop down the back door. I really know how to make decisions under pressure.

The homeowners were kind of mad, but Hetal appreciated my heroism. You just can’t please some people.

Sometimes I just get so ticked off a ungrateful people! I come in and trash their houses for their own good. Don’t they understand that??

Well, I am a hero, and they aren’t. So there.


Self-Peeing + 2

Jin is my sole source of fail at the moment, but it’s hard to complain about her. She’s really provoked.

And Allison got to the level of firefighter that actually saves people, so she’s working toward her LTW. I wasn’t clear how the rescue scenario was supposed to work, since the first time it was wrong — having Allison waltz in the front door and bash the back door open with her axe was even funnier in gameplay.

OK, and here I am asking for advice. You see, both Allison and Hetal have rolled this wish:


On one hand, I am terribly peeved that all three kids have Allison’s skintone and Anjali hair. OTOH, four kids seems a little suicidal.

“Wow,” I said to Hetal when we had a chance to talk to each other with all the feedings and diaper changes. “This is a lot of work!”

But I made sure that Hetal knew that I didn’t expect her to quit her job or anything.

With her mom around to do free child care, there wasn’t any reason for either of us to stop working.

Hetal really did step up to the plate, though.

I guess actually being pregnant and giving birth was what she needed to really accept being a mother.

And not a moment too soon, because we sure had a lot of kids all of a sudden

Jin was still really into her job as nanny. In fact, sometimes I think she resented it when Hetal and I tried to care for our own kids.

She also almost single-handedly keep the house clean. She certainly earned her keep.

Three kids was a lot, and they pretty much never let her sleep. I’m sure glad Hetal and I weren’t the ones with three screaming kids in our room.

Hetal seemed to appreciate having Jin around the most.

Though sometimes she’d get this strange look on her face, and i could only imagine what she was thinking.

The holidays were coming! We made some time to decorate the house. I just love sparkling lights.

Zoe Durwood stopped by to talk about the snow. She’s really more Jin’s kind of person.

Dinah was looking pretty smug these days. She must have been eating a lot too because she was gaining weight so fast!

Jin was really starting to crack. One day, she got a call from Jules MacDuff, asking her out on a date.

I can’t remember when she last had a day off, so we hired a babysitter, and off she went.

The babysitter was kind of a moron.

I don’t know what she was doing while Hetal and I were at work, but we came home to a bunch of screaming hungry kids with putrid diapers.

I’m going to report her to the babysitting service.

Jules invited Jin out to the graveyard for a hot date.

Then he stood her up!

That guy is such a jerk. I can’t see what either of the Anjali women ever saw in him.

I got to put out another fire!

It was a nice toasty one for such a cold day.

Hetal got promoted at work!

She finally got a work uniform and stopped having to go to the courthouse in her graduation robes.

Jin spent the night in the graveyard. Apparently she was too embarrassed to come home and tell us Jules stood her up.

When Jin finally came home, Dinah started yowling outside! We all ran out to see what was the matter.

And we saw a little head peeking out of the snow!

Dinah headed inside and left her bundle of joy for us to deal with.

I dug him out of the snow. What an amazing little guy!

Meet Peanut Wonderland. Isn’t he the cutest little kitty you ever saw? Well, except for his parents of course.

I don’t know if it was Jules being such a douche or all that nonstop child care, but Jin was starting to act a bit wrong in the head.

We moved her bed to the garage.

Finally she could get some sleep

I certainly hope that helps.


So much for Jin’s much-needed day off. At least she got rid of her Stir Crazy moodlet.

Jin spent most of the day napping on park benches and returned home about as exhausted as she was when she left. Now, I supposed concrete park benches in the snow are not terribly good places to get rest, but I am displeased by how little rest you get from naps to begin with. I may mod this.

The babysitter did glitch or something, and she just stood there for three hours while all the kids screamed in their cribs. I sent Allison home from work early to get rescue them. ARGH.

And I couldn’t be happier with Peanut! What a great combination of his parents. I can’t wait to see him grow up.

Winter settled into the Wonderland house.

I was getting promotions at work and getting to spend more time with really big fires!

Hetal was still a Podium Polisher, but she was really good at it.

Jin was the best live-in nanny you could imagine. She worked really hard to be sure that Branden had everything he needed while his mommies were away.

She just couldn’t get enough of him. Maybe part of it was that there was such a close family resemblance.

Just between you and me, I’m not sure that part was such a great thing. No offense to Jin or anything, but her face could turn you to stone.

Great big noses aside, Branden was just amazing. I never tired of watching him explore and learn.

And he had that special way with his toys. I think he gets it from Hetal’s side of the family.

Dinah and Cheshire were so adorable. I’m blessed every day by having my kitties in my life.

I’m a pretty good momma if I do say so myself! After a busy day of work, I always made time to spend with my little boy.

Jin made sure that Hetal and I got a bit of precious time to spend together, even if it was just a bit of conversation at the dinner table.

I got my first solo call to a really big fire! The kitchen at the Mome Rath Cafe caught fire.

Don’t worry, weird Chinese guy, I’m here to save you!

At the end of the day, I was victorious. Like the cowboys of old, I rode off on my WooWoo 10000 into the setting sun.

And I got a promotion!

All that woowooing can be hard on your ears, though.

Then the big surprise came! Hetal was pregnant!

She’s still having trouble with her responsibilities toward Branden. I hope she comes to her senses soon.

She sure is sexy when she’s expecting, though.

With a new baby on the way and me spending long hours at work, Jin really picked up the slack for us.

Hetal still worked hard to keep us all fed.

But with all those hormones raging, she was kind of off her game.

There days when she was so sick from the pregnancy that I almost had to carry her to the kitchen to make me breakfast.

When she couldn’t do it, I tried to help out.

Then at last the moment came!

The baby was on its way!

I have to say that I did a bit better at being the support parent than Hetal did when she was in my shoes. I stayed with her and hailed a cab for us to go to the hospital together.

No wonder Hetal’s pregnancy was rough! We walked out of the hospital with not one, but two bundles of joy. Two!

Introducing Christof in the blue and Caitlin in the green.

Now life is going to get VERY interesting.



I did not do anything to stimulate twins on purpose. They don’t even have a radio or a television. I figured tracking two toddlers at the same time would be eye-crossing. But it happened anyway, so I’ll take the points!

Christof is a non-witch who is Friendly and Athletic. Caitlin is a witch who is Good and Insane. I’m going to try to focus on getting Christof trained so that he can get Insane. There’s no way they’ll both get all their skills.

And yes, that does mean that both of the witches are Good. I swear I didn’t choose that.