Saturday, 31 January 2015

Steal you away

Round 16: August 2025
last update/Iona's last update/next update/Iona's next update

Greg Newman is 32, Malia is 29, Briony is 1 and Iona Fielding is 13.
(Erin is 30, Skye is 13, Naomi is 2.)


Narrated by Iona.

I'm spending August at dad's and so far I've been pretty bored. Skye has a boyfriend now so we don't spend as much time together as we did before. She comes around sometimes but even then she talks about Todd all the time. I'm happy for her but at the same time I'm kind of jealous - not because I'd want Todd for myself but because I'd really like to have a boyfriend who worships the ground I walk on. I had my first kiss with Jeremy Hayes last year - ok, so I kissed him but it totally still counts - but it's quite clear that he's not interested.

Malia's pregnant and dad's constantly worried that she's working too hard. In addition to her day job she also sews at least a couple of hours every night to make products for their online store. Dad's supposed to make pottery but most nights he stands beside Malia's sewing table and tells her to slow down.

I know money's pretty tight because they took a huge mortgage to buy this house. I'm glad they did because I love the house so I try to help anyway I can. Sewing and pottery is really not my thing so I babysit Briony while they work in the studio.

It turns out that dad was right about Malia needing to slow down. She had to be taken to the ER one night because of pre-term cramping and contractions. The baby's fine but she needs to start her maternity leave early and get a lot more rest.

Dad was really scared to leave for work and he contemplated calling in sick. I promised I'd take care of Briony for the day. Dad thinks I'm too young to babysit Briony for a full day which is absurd. I can take care of myself and my little sister for a few hours while he's at work.

I really adore both Briony and Naomi. Sure it kind of sucked at first that I wasn't the main focus of my parents' attention all the time anymore but I've gotten over it.

I called mom and told her about Malia and she came right over since she happened to have a day off. I know Malia was putting on a brave face for me so it was probably good for her to be able to talk to someone who's also been pregnant and can relate. I know some people find it really weird that mom and dad and their new spouses get along so well but I love it. It really feels like we're one big family.

Mom suggested that I should take Briony and Naomi upstairs to play so Malia could take a nap. As I was climbing the stairs I heard she ordered Malia to take a nap.

I'm not surprised that Malia did exactly like she was told. Mom can be quite bossy and there's not much point in arguing when she gets in that mood. By the time I came downstairs with the kids to get juice Malia was asleep on the sofa and mom was making lunch.

Dad sat down with me in the kitchen that night. He said he was really grateful for my help. I told him he could thank me by buying me a car when I'm old enough. Somehow I don't think he was completely convinced.

He did give me money to go to the movies so I immediately called Skye and asked if she wanted to come with me. I was in such a good mood that I even promised she could let Todd tag along if he wanted come too. This month turned out to be much more eventful than I expected.


Notes:
  • Title reference: Steal you away by Gold Spectacles.
  • I was so scared that Malia would lose the baby. I really wanted her to do some sewing but after the cramps all she did was eat and sleep.
  • I'd really want Greg and Malia to be able to buy a real shop where they could sell her sewing products and his pottery but I don't know if they'll ever be able to afford one. They are currently almost €60.000 in debt thanks to that huge mortgage. So in the meantime they sell their products online which means I let them make stuff and then sell it from their inventory.
  • There's sort of a boy shortage in Iona's age group at the moment so she'll probably have to check out the townies if she wants to find a boyfriend. Although I think her parents are just glad there really aren't any available boys out there ;).

6 comments:

  1. Iona is having the same problem my teen girls have - really slim pickings, especially if you're a Lane. I think the Lane boys are all I have for the older girls, so Ruby is fresh out of luck.

    Greg and Malia need to cross their fingers you roll a $60,000 lottery win for an ROS one of these days! It's always nice when those go to a family who needs it.

    So glad Malia and Greg's baby is okay - those pre-term contractions are always so scary! I'm always relieved when it's just contractions and not a miscarriage.

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    1. Iona has a couple of options but so far she hasn't really shown any interest in them so it's partly her own fault LOL.

      Yes, Greg and Malia definitely need to win the lottery. I've been toying with the idea though that one of my families take on a mortgage that's too much for them and then have to sell the house and settle for something smaller - because that kind of thing happens IRL sometimes. But I really like this house for this family so I don't know if I have the heart to move them out.

      I was so scared that Malia would lose the baby when she got up in the middle of the night. I watched her like a hawk for the rest of the play session.

      Thanks for your comment. :)

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  2. Loved the update, one day I will have the courage to download the hack that allows miscarriages...just not today :)

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    1. I'm tempted to take out that hack every time I get the pop-up about pre-term contractions! I'm glad you liked the update.

      Thanks for your comment. :)

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  3. That really is a huge loan! I really like the storyline of them selling things online though, that might be really useful for my McCarthy farm, they have tons of stuff, debt, and no place to sell it.

    Iona is adorable, and I'm glad that everyone has really blended well together, and that Malia didn't lose the baby. That photo made me scared that she had. Really helpful to have Iona around the house to help out, it really can leave Malia to rest. Do you happen to recall where you got Iona's hair? It's really cute and spunky without covering her eyes up.

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    1. I had to think of something to make them earn more money and they'll probably never be able to buy a real shop because I definitely don't want them to take an even bigger loan. I think online shops are a realistic way to sell off any product.

      I was so relieved that Malia didn't lose the baby. It's a good reminder to take better care of my pregnant sims though because sometimes I make them work too hard. I like how the Newmans and the Parkers have really become a close family, I think it's gone beyond of just making Iona happy. They truly care for each other.

      Iona's hair can be found here: http://snapun.livejournal.com/85990.html
      it's number 15. I've been really lazy with pinning stuff I have but I added that and some other hair I have from that same post in my game.

      Thanks for your comment. :)

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