The Londons: Randy and Sienna, and their daughter, Adie-Makayla.
Today at the Londons, it was really all about chess. Adie-Makayla woke up, alone for all intents and purposes since Daddy was still asleep, with critically low fun, and a want for a logic point. Chess it is, then. I’ve never really watched a chess game for any length of time before, and so it was adorable to see her playing chess as a five-year-old with no logic points would - spending most of the time concentrating on taking the pawns, and bringing all four knights out, so that it made a pretty pattern.
Sienna got home at nine with a promotion, so she now works school hours, so Adie doesn’t have to be with a nanny for an hour before Randy gets home. Adie was clearly very happy about this, as she abandoned her chess game to go and hug Mummy, just as Daddy got out of bed to eat dinner. The three of them ate together, and then Daddy offered to teach Adie how to play chess properly.
Randy has ten logic points. Adie-Makayla has none (although she gained five in the course of the game), so the outcome was inevitable, really. Adie did stall quite a lot, by cheating whenever she thought she could get away with it (which wasn’t often - Randy’s pretty sharp), and I had great fun watching her make lots of rookie mistakes - falling into Randy’s traps by taking pawns and then getting her (more important) piece taken. I then watched Randy attempt to checkmate Adie with only a rook, a bishop and a handful of pawns, and then the progression of one of his pawns almost to Adie’s side of the board to become a queen (do they even do that in sim-chess?), before he somehow checkmated her. I didn’t get a picture, because after he grinned triumphantly and Adie burried her head in her hands, I thought he was about to make his final move, but it turned out he’d already made it, and he just cleared the pieces away.
So Randy and Adie both finally went to bed around mid-day (yes, it was pretty much a 12 hour chess game. I did occationally drag their bladder and energy up slightly just so they could see it through to the end). Meanwhile, Sienna had gone to bed, and got up again to go to work at 9. When she got home, her husband and daughter were both still asleep, so she did a spot of gardening and paid some bills. When I left the lot at six, both Randy and Adie-Makayla were just waking up, so I think I’ll have Sienna invite her brother and/or sister and their kids over for the evening at the start of next rotation.