I decided to play the Ottomas-Newsons an aging off Monday before their Tuesday, since it was the easiest way to keep their seasons in synch, and let them settle in a bit before everyone had to rush to school. After everyone had got makeovers, Dora and Samantha got on with breakfast, everyone fought over bathrooms, and the teens made a start on the toddlers’ potty training.
As the day progressed, I saw a definite buddy system emerging - Ginger, Sharla and Georgia; David, Gallagher and Tommy; and Gavin, Gabriella and Garrett - so I’m running with it. It makes sense, in a big family, that the older kids would pitch in with the younger ones, the teens can help the kids with their homework, and the kids can play with the toddlers and teach them nursery rhymes.
After breakfast, most of the kids went outside to play, mostly on the play equipment, but Ginger and Sharla both wanted to be friends with each other, so they played together and made friends sometime in the afternoon.
The rest of the day was general big family craziness, coupled with routing fails that I still don’t quite understand. The house was built as two two up/two down cottages, which had both been extended and then turned into one house, without removing the internal dividing wall, for structual reasons. Consequently, the only (sensible) way to go from one part of the house to the other is through the door joining the study and living room (downstairs), or the toddlers’ room and the boys’ room (upstairs). But sims being sims, they would much rather (even in the pouring rain) either go out into the garden from the kitchen and back in again in the little back hall off the study, and then into the living room (rather than from the kitchen, into the study, and then into the living room); or out one front door, and in the other. Sims!
Peter went to work. Dora and David both went to work before I could even think about the posibility of them quitting. I guess David must still have his job in Town, from when they lived there before they started fostering the Newsons. Everyone went upstairs for naps, until Gavin was the only one awake, with three toddlers all needing to be sat on the potty at the same time, but he managed it, and no one had any accidents.
Gabriella wanted to play with Sharla, but picked a two high interaction and got it rejected, sending her aspiration into the red, and then the only wants she would roll were ones to get an A*, make a best friend (does she even have any friends yet?) and talk to and play with Tommy. Who was asleep. Consequently, she wandered around all evening in near-aspiration failure. At one point, she must’ve smashed the dollshouse, even though I didn’t see her do it. So looks like we’ll be needing a new one of those, because Tommy cannot get enough of it. She did eventually get to fulfil her wants, around midnight, before heading off to bed, with a slightly more safe aspiration level.
The aspiration level of the Newson twins was another matter, however. Tommy, having parents, rolled several wants to interact with them, which were eventually fulfilled when they had time, but both Georgia and Garrett want to learn to talk, learn to walk, learn and nursery rhyme and get potty trained, which no one has time for. They will eventually get potty trained, so they’ll be alright then. In the meantime, if someone has a mintue, I’m having them try and teach a few bars of the nursery rhyme, because even the kids can pitch in on that.
In the morning, Samantha was the first to wake up, because the Ottomas twins were making their presense known with the second pregnancy pop. This time tomorrow morning, the house will be filled with even more chaos!