It's a Sims Life
Posted 08 July 2007 - 06:25 PM
Let me welcome you to Simselvenia, the smallest, but most exciting state of the United States of the Sims (USS) I’d like to introduce to you: the Hudson family.
Stanley Walker Hudson made his career in the USS army. At the young age of 28 he received a Medal of Honour for outstanding services. During his time in the army he got his medical trainning which resulted in a license to practise medicine. At the age of 31 he married Lynsday Brown and together they moved to Parsimming, one of the suburbs of SimCity. Deciding that he didn’t like to be away from his wife so often anymore, Stan took over the local GP’s office. The newly wed family moved into a spacious house connected to the GP’s office. The house had a garden, a porch and a big garage.
There the first year passed relatively peacefully. Lynsday enjoyed working in the garden and was proud at being able to produce her own vegetables. They joined the Simanglian Church that was just a fifteen minute drive away. After the service there were often lots of social activities organized, like a barbeque or drinking coffee. Ten months after they got married their happiness increased when Lynsday discovered she was pregnant. A busy, but wonderfull time began. Lynsday spend hours sewing blinds and curtains and blankets for the craddle. The pregnancy progressed nicely and both mother and baby were as healthy as a fish. Partly this could be tributed to all the maternity gym excercises Lynsday did. Meanwhile Stan spend every free minute getting the nursery just perfect. Stan and Lynsday decided that life is already full enough surprises and that they liked to know the gender of the baby before it was born. Both were overjoyed to learn they were expecting a baby girl. So in the months before Lynsday was due they created a dream of a nursery.
On september 14th baby Nathali Eileen Hudson was born, a healthy beautiful little girl. The following months were incredibly stressfull. As all babies Nathali cried quite a lot and since Stan was still running irregular shifts most of the care became Lynsday’s responsibility. Three weeks after she was born Nathali was baptized by the local minister Rev. Johnson in a sober home service.
Time passed quickly. Weeks turned into months and months into years. Nathali grew into a cute young child with blond, curly hair who enjoyed everything that was happening around her. She especially liked to go outside the house, like going to the Mall with her mother or going to a church picnic. At the age of four she couldn’t wait to start kindergarden.
I did a preview before I hit the 'Submit New Thread' button and the screenshots worked for me. If you have trouble viewing them please let me know.
About the story: this first part is a short setup to the rest of a story I'm playing with my Sims. It will focuss mainly on Nathali and follows her through school, university, work etc. That is of course if you are interested in reading it. ;)
Posted 23 July 2007 - 09:19 PM
Another two years passed and Nathali entered Parsimming Elementry School. She loved going to school and quickly found a friend called Dani Letts. The two girls became inseperable at school. Her cousin Simon was going to the same school as well and he often came over. Every Thursday the three of them would go to Parsimming’s Swimming pool where they had swim lessons. For Lynsday this meant spending an hour and a half each week sitting on a damp, hot bench.
Parsimming was constantly growing and expanding and at the end of the street a big gym center was build. Lynsday enrolled Nathali in a gymnastic club. Nathali loved it and became very adapt at doing bar routine’s and such, but the coolest thing in her opinion was the cute red, blue and white outfit she could wear.
On the 4th of July the Hudson family had an nice, homely celebration. Since the weather was gorgeous, Lynsday brought everything out on the porch and the family had dinner there. Stan loved fireworks and he always organized a big display for the whole neighbourhood to enjoy.
The summer was nearing it’s end and the leaves of the trees turned all sorts of shades of red, yellow and orange. Soon it became too cold to be outside too much. In the weekends Stan and Lynsday often took Nathali to the Mall for some shopping or a snack at McSimalds. In the evening they stayed in and watched some televison.
For Haloween Lynsday made Nathali a very cute bumblebee’s outfit with thin wings attached to the back. In the afternoon she and Dani went trick or treating in the neighbourhood and when the evening came she watched as the older kids from Parsimming came at the door for some candy. Lynsday and Stan couln’t help but feeling a little apprehensive about some of the older children’s outfits. Skeleton’s, rippers, vampire’s... everything passed their door.
Then something happened that changed the life of the Hudson family upside down. First Lynsday discovered she was pregnant again. While she and Stan where overjoyed and Nathali very excited by the prospect of getting a sibling, this also caused a problem. The house they were currently living in wasn’t large enough. Upstairs were only two bedrooms and because the GP’s office was connected to the house there wasn’t enough room to expand and create a third room. Stan and Lynsday first considered moving to another house in Parsimming, but then something else happened.
Stan received a job offer from the USS Army, asking him to become a member of the Senior Staff at an army base near Simmington Village. In Simmington it was much easier to find a house and Stan happily accepted the offer. Within a few months the whole transfer was settled.
For Nathali however this meant she had to say goodbye to her friends at Parsimming Elementry School and she was especially sad to part from her best friend Dani. But her parents assured her over and over again that she would find new friends in Simmington and that it would be much nicer to have her friends and classmates at a short distance from home.
The final weeks in Parsimming passed in a haze. Lynsday took up pregnancy gym classes again and she and Nathali were busy planning Nathali’s 10th birthday. Because it was the last birthday they would spend in Parsimming they made it a special affair with a great birthday cake and lots of nice presents.
Then it was time to start packing and soon the house looked like a warehouse with boxes stabled in every corner. On their last Sunday in Parsimming the Hudson family organized an after-church coffee to say goodbye to all their friends.
In Simmington life quickly fell into a routine. The house they had moved in was beautiful with a nice kitchen and livingroom, and a spacious bedroom for Nathali upstairs. Once they were settled Lynsday’s due date came rapidly closer. Six weeks after the move baby Stanley Walker Hudson Jr. was born. He was a healthy and lively baby boy and Nathali adored him. In the four years that followed baby Stanley grew into a redhaired, freckled boy who loved to play outside. Nathali settled in Simmington very well. Soon she found a new friend called Emma Walters. As they became older the two girls hang out together a lot, although Nathali still stayed in touch with Dani as well.
Soon the moment came when the giirls turned 12. It was time to say goodbye to Elementry School and to start at Simmington’s Junior High School.
AlinamE, thanks for the review. The chapters get longer as the story progresses... for some reason I get more photos with every new 'phase' my Sims go through :D
Posted 13 August 2007 - 10:46 PM
Both the Hudson kids had grown up considerably. Stanley was a active eight year old who loved playing outside and getting dirty. Because the family had moved to Simmington it was much safer for them to play outside. They could easily hop on their bicycles and go see their friends. Nathali had already growned into a teenager who was very eager to start Junior High.
Sunday, August 31th
Tomorrow I’ll start Junior High. I’m so nervous. Luckily Emma and I have most classes together. Mum said Junior High is a lot tougher then Elementry and that I’ll be spending much time on my homework. I’m not really excited about *that*, but we’ll see.
My new room looks great. I love how red it all looks. The old canapé I got from grandma is the best... it’s *so* comfortable. Emma says she’s going to try out for the girl’s basketball team of Simmington Junior High. I thought about it too, but I know I’m nowhere near good enough to get selected for the team. Besides, I like dancing way more, so I’ve decided to become a cheerleader instead.
Off to bed now, tomorrow is going to be a big day.
Luckily for Nathali, it all worked out as she planned, she did manage to get a place in the cheerleader team and soon started to enjoy Junior High a lot. Cheerleader practise was every Monday afternoon in Simmington’s Children’s Center. All those gym classes she had when she still lived in Parsimming now came in very useful, she could do cartwheels like no other. Every Thursday evening Lynsday drove Nathali and Stanley to the swimming pool were now Stanley took swim lessons and Nathali worked for her Advanced Swimming Certificate.
Lynsday settled into Simmington quickly as well. Unfortunately winter was approaching fast and there was no time to fix up the garden before spring. The weather had become rather bad and it rained practically all day, making it impossible to do anything in the garden. So instead Lynsday subscribed to a flower arranging course that was given at the local flower shop. It was a great way to meet new people and as the course progressed Lynsday became determind to start growing flowers as well as vegetables in her garden.
On the evening of Thanksgiving Lynsday prepared an enourmous turkey which – traditionally- Stanley cut to pieces. They all ate until they were practically bursting but even then there was still some turkey left.
Moving to a new village also meant going to a new Church. At the new Simanglian Church in Simmington they met Rev. Alexander Burke. Rev. Burke was widely known for his efforts in setting up an active youth organisation. The idea was to have the young Sims of Simmington come together every Saturday to do an activity. Often these activities were related to charity work. They went car washing or picking apples at a local treeyard. With the money they raised they could help out various organization like the animal shelter or the Plant a Tree Foundation. Nathali enjoyed the youth club very much. She often hung out with Matt Strafford a boy she new from school and lived only a few blocks away.
Apart from the Youth Club activities the Hudson family lead a rather quiet life. On the weekends they sometimes went out to Simmington’s village center to have dinner at The White Dragon, the local Chinese restaurant. On the evenings the kids changed into their PJ’s and watched tv with their parents, or played a boardgame in the kitchen.
Although Nathali mostly hung out with Emma and Matt now, she hadn’t yet forgotten about Dani, her friend from Parsimming. Occasionally they met up for a sleep-over and they remained in touch over the email. As Junior High neared it’s end, both girls started to look forward to going to Simselvenia High School. It would mean that after so many years apart, they would finally go to the same school again. As the final weeks of Junior High where approaching Rev. Burke organized an End of Term Party for the members of the Youth Club.
Friday, December 11th
The YC Party was the most fun. I really had a great time, I think it was the best time of my life! Seriously. They’d rearranged the whole church. Downstairs there was some sort of restaurant with a buffay. Emma and I went back three times to fill our plates, it tasted all so good. Upstairs was a game room. That’s where I lost Stanley. Not that I minded... he’s so annoying to have around!!! I’ve I had an older brother or sister I would never be such a bother!
You could even dance! The floor looked totally cool with it’s changing lights. I even danced a bit with Matt, but in the end he was interested in the food. It was really, really fun. I can’t wait to start High School next year. Emma reckons once we’re in there, we can start going to Nix as well. That would be awesome!!!
In the final weeks before the holidays, Nathali had to perform with her cheerleading team at Simmington Junior High’s Girl Basketball match. She only tripped once and her parents were very proud of her. For Nathali and Emma (who was on the Girl Basketball Team) it was simply a great night.
Outside the weather really turned winter and just three days before the holidays it started to snow, leaving the whole world covered in a thick, white blanket. For the Hudson kids, this meant of course snowfights and snowman-making.
Before they knew it, term was over and the family started to put up Christmas decorations, looking forward to a peacefull and well-deserved holiday.
Part 4 will be about the Christmas holiday. Wouldn't that be lovely in August? If you're curious to know how Nathali will morph into a big teenager, keep looking for updates!
Posted 26 August 2007 - 02:33 PM
Even Stan managed to take a few days of work to spend with his family. Lynsday baked a lovely looking gingerbread house which tasted as well as it looked.
On the day of Christmas Eve the Hudson family went to the village center. All the shops were decorated because of the holiday and on the market square sat a Santa Claus with his reindeers. Kids could sit on his lap and received little gifts and could have their pictures taken. On the way in the car to the village center Nathali told everyone who would listen that she wouln’t sit on Santa’s lap anymore because she thought it was childless and she was too much up of a grown up to do so. But after seeing the nice gift Stanley got, she changed her mind.
That evening the family dressed up nicely and Lynsday set the table with a festive cloth and nice silverware. The family had a wonderful dinner with soup for start, a huge roasted chicken with patatos and chips and a delicious elderberry pie for dessert. Full and drowsily the Hudson kids went to bed in eager anticipation of their Christmas presents.
Boxing day came and Nathali and Stanley could finally open all the presents that had been waiting for them for days beneath the tree. Stan and Lynsday had of course gotten each other presents as well.
Over the past months Nathali had grown considerably and together with her mother she went shopping for a whole new outfit. Apart from that she finally had saved enough money to buy something she’d wanted to have for a long time: a cellphone. After much doubting she finally settled for a white one with a nice blue display. Once home she had to try it out as soon as possible of course. Her parents wisely talked her into getting a prepaid card and the first ten simmilian dollars card was spend that first afternoon when Nathali called about everyone she knew.
Two days later she had another big day. After the Christmas vacation she would start at Simselvenia High School and to give new students a chance to get familiar with the building in a comfortable setting. For one day Nathali attended various introduction classes and was shown where she could get her meals, where she could find her locker etc. Of course once she got home she had to share all this new information with her friend Emma who would also be attending Simselvenia High.
In the final weekend of the Christmas vacation the Hudsons celebrated New Year. When the clock stuck 12 the family hugged and congratulated each other and once again Stan organized a lovely fireworks display.
That night Nathali went to bed eagerly awaiting the events of the upcomming year.
Sorry it’s a bit short. Usually a period takes four weeks, which means I have a lot more pictures. This was only one week.
Posted 22 September 2007 - 10:08 PM
When the spring season came, it was time for Nathali to start High School. On the first day she felt very, very nervous. After breakfast – she hardly managed to take a few bites- she took up her bagpack and walked to the opposide end of the street where the busstop was. Once at school the students were assigned to different classes and to Nathali’s big dissapointment, she did’t share even one class with her closests friends Emma and Matt. Over the first week she slowly began to get used to following different classes and subjects.
During the weekends she was now allowed to go out on Friday nights, as long as she was home before midnight. Simmington wasn’t the biggest of places, but they did have some facilities, among them a cinema and a bar called Nix, which was the favorite hang-out of a lot of young Sims from Simmington. Apart form that there was also the local Simmington Pub, called ‘The Green Man’. On one of the first weekends after High School had started Nathali and Emma went to see a movie.
Stanley Jr. was now in Junior High and had taken up skating. Now that it was spring, Lynsday finally found time and opportunity to start working on the garden. She started to grow her own vegetables again, much to the displeasure of her children.
For Nathalie a busy time began. On Saturdays she was having driving lessons, because she was very keen on getting her license before she graduated from High School. Until then she drove around on her bright yellow mopped which only went 40 m/h – but fast enough according to her worried parents.
Apart from that she was elected as a member of the Graduation Organizing Commitee and as such she was very much involved in making arangements for the Prom Night and the Graduation Ceremony.
Classes at school continued as normal. She studied hard for the exams, her grades never dipping below a B. The only exception was gym class, the one subject she loathed beyong anything. She barely managed to get a ‘passed’ for it.
Friday April 4th
Went to Nix tonight with Emma. We had a great time. Had a few drinks, played some table soccer... I even said hi to Matt who I passed outside. He was off to play basketball though.
I just really hate having to be home at twelve. Emma’s folks are so much cooler about that.
I didn’t managed to be on time of course... I can’t go that fast on the mopped because the police are patroulling all over Simmington. So by the time I got home it was 00.15... only fifteen minutes late. But of course dad was waiting for me and he started nagging...
Why are parents so annoying?
The weather became even better so the Hudson family could have their after-church tea on Sundays outside in the garden. The good weather continued until the annual Spring Fair. Lynsday rented a stand as well to sell some of her home-made items. For younger Sims there were enough activities as well and of course plenty and plenty of food. While Stan ad Lynsday were enjoying a coffee at the terrace, Nathali and Stanley helped themselves to the buffay inside. The day ended with a disco evening to which Nathali and Emma went together.
The exams were comming rather near now. Nathali spend a lot of time studying in her room or at Simmington’s Public Library, realizing she really needed to keep her good grades up to get accepted into college one day. Still, she managed to find time for social activities as well. She and Emma regularly hung out at the Village Center and at the end of the year she invited Matt out to a dinner at ‘The Green’s Man’, one of the few restaurants of Simmington. Over the last months she had often gotten a lift from him in his old Sord Sanglina and this dinner was her way of saying thank you.
Wednesday, April 22th
Guess what happened today? I got out of the schoolbus and Steve Adler walked me home. Just before we reached the house he asked if I wanted to go to the prom with him! I can’t believe it! Steve is *so* popular and I actually thought he already had a date. But now he has asked me!
I’m really excited and can’t wait to go shopping for a prom dress. Of course I Emma and Matt right away over the phone. Emma was really excited for me, but Matt just grumbled and said Steve is a git.
I think Matt is git himself.
Saturday, May 2nd
I went gown shopping today for the Prom. Goodness, what a nightmare! First I asked mum if she could drive me to SimCity because I thought I would have more luck finding something nice there, but she was too busy with her garden and stuff so I had to take the bus to Simmington’s Village Center. Then I texted Emma, asking if she wanted to come with me, but she was baby-sitting all day.
So in the end I went all alone. Well, the only decent cloth store we have at Simmington is Simrags. They did have a bunch of gowns stored (apparently I’m not the only one looking for something) but all the dresses looked horrible on me. I tried a black one on, but it was made from cotton, so I didn’t think it was that suitable for a Prom. In the end I did found a great dress though. It’s pink and shiny and fits perfectly.
I’m really looking forward to the Prom Night and Graduation, but there is one thing I’m worried about: I haven’t got a friggin’ clue what to do after that.
Posted 22 September 2007 - 10:09 PM
The weeks after that just became incredibly busy and nerve-wrecking for Nathali. She didn’t have to go to school anymore but had two weeks off in order to study for the exams. Finally exam week started. The gym of Simmington High was transferred into some sort of hall with hundreds of tables in it.
When the week was over Nathali and Emma went to Nix to blow of some steam after working so hard for so long. Both felt rather confident that they had passed the exams, but of course they wouldn’t know until the final results came throught he mail. After graduation Emma would stay in Simmington and start as an intern in her father’s buisness. Nathali still didn’t know what to do. She wanted to go to college, but still felt a bit apprehensive about going right after graduating from High School. She wanted to do something else for a year, but still know what.
At the end of May the exam results came. Matt, Emma and Nathali had all passed with good marks. Later that same day Nathali got an email from Danielle, telling her she had passed as well. She would go with her parents to France for a year to learn to speak french and ‘learn to eat bagette’s’ as she put it. Matt had to fulfill his army service. In Simselvenia, every male Sim had to serve one year in the army after graduating from High School.
This all meant that none of her friends would start college after graduation, although both Danielle and Matt intented to go next year. This made Nathali even more determind to do something else first and finally an opportunity presented itself. Rev. Burke stopped by one afternoon for a cup of coffee and made Nathali an offer. He knew of a fortunate family living in SimTown. The parents, Arthur and Pamela Parker – Burns both had demanding jobs and where often away from home. They had an eight year old daugher called Nicola and they were in search of a nanny who would live with them and would take care of her for the period of a year. For Nathali it was the perfect opportunity. It would mean she could spend some time away from home and get some new impressions. After talking it over with her parents she happily agreed to become a live-in nanny.
But first of course there was the Prom Night. On the day of the Prom Nathali went to a beauty center where she was pampered and dressed up all day. At the end of the afternoon she went to a hairdresser to get her hair done. When her hair was styled and pulled back with a a few pins so it felt freely around her shoulders ending in curls she went back home again to put on her Prom dress.
Thursday, June 19th
Yesterday was the greatest day of my whole life! Around five o’ clock Steve came to the house to pick me up. He was dressed in a very smart, light suit with a pink shirt underneath that matched wonderfully well with my dress. We went to the party center where the Prom Night was being held. First there was a dinner. The dinning hall was beautifully set with nice table clothes and silverware. The food was delicious but I couldn’t eat that much because the dress was really tight. Besides, I didn’t want to be too full, because I wanted to go dancing later. After dinner we went up to the ballroom. Steve and I had our pictures taken before we went in. First we danced a few slow dances and then when the band started we just went off... Of course Matt was there as well and we danced a bit as well, although I think Steve didn’t really like it, so I went back to him quickly.
It was very dark and crowded in the ballroom though, so later in the evening we went out and walked around in the garden for a bit. Steve said he really liked my dress and said I looked gorgeous in it. He also said he was glad he asked me to the Prom. It was like the most romantic thing anyone has ever said to me. Then he leanend in and kissed me. It was like in a movie! He really fancies me and I him. I’m sure we can make things work if I go to SimTown next month.
Friday, June 20th
Graduation was really impressive. I had to sit in the front row with all the other graduates while mum, dad and Stanley were sitting a few rows back. Because I have been in the Organizing Committee I had to give a speech. I didn’t have to say that much, thank goodness, because I was nervous like hell. I just had to thank a bunch of people who helped. Afterwards mum gave me flowers which was really nice and we all had a drink to celebrate. I talked to Matt for a bit. He has to report to SimCity’s military base next weekend. He really doesn’t want to go though.
You know what’s really weird? Steve wasn’t at the graduation. And he hasn’t called me either. But I’m sure that means nothing. He’ll call me tomorrow. After everything he said to me at the Prom Night he has to.
Unfortunately for Natali, she never heard from Steve Adler again. After he fulfilled his Military Service he moved from Simselvenia. Nathali was rather upset about it but also found out quickly she had other things to put her mind to.
The whole family went shopping at Simmington’s Village Center the weekend before Nathali was leaving for SimTown. Her brother Stanley had grown a lot over the past months and would start at Simselvenia High School after the holidays. Now that they were both a bit older, they got along a lot better.
Big changes were in store for the Hudson family.
I think I need to explain how I work with years and seasons, because I realize it's getting a bit confusing. This probably won't make sense to anyone but myself, but I'm going to give it a try anyway.
A year in my Sims world consists of four regular weeks (5 working days; 2 days weekend) And every year is a season.
So Elementry School was in the fall, Junior High in winter, High School in Spring and Nanny year will be in summer.
I do it like this because decorating everything to a certain season (placing snow rugs or fall trees) is a lot of work and I don't want to switch every Sims week. Also it would mean I would have to do things like Christmas and birthdays so often it wouldn't be fun anymore.
I realize it's all a bit mixed up and complicated, but hey, it's the Sims about alterating everything to your own liking?
Posted 01 January 2008 - 09:14 PM
Simmington ~ Sunday,
Tomorrow I’ll leave for SimTown to live with the Parker – Burns family. Remember? The nanny position Rev. Burke set up for me. Last week he emailed me some more details about them. Arthur Burke is a senior partner of a big law firm in SimCity. He often stays there for a few days (they’ve got an apartment in the city). His wife’s name is Pamela and she is creative director of Simpletonian a big fashion magazine. They have an eight year old daughter named Nicola. The hours she’s at school I have to myself and the rest of the time I should entertain and take care of her. I’m going to have a room to myself as well and I get a weekly allowances of $30,- a week, which I think is pretty generous. At least it will be enough to buy prepaid cards for my cellphone. It will be weird not to live at home anymore though.
SimTown ~ Monday,
I arrived safe and sound at the Parker – Burns castle. Seriously, the house is *huge* It has two garages, a big hall, a dining room, an enourmous living room, a kitchen, about eight bedrooms, three bathrooms, swimmingpool and a tennis court. And a huge garden. I’ve never seen such a big house before. I keep getting lost! My room is great as well. It’s big (naturally) and completely blue. Blue is not my favourite color, but the fact that it has a mini bar, a laptop with internet access, a tv and a stereo in it makes up big time.
As soon as I got settled in I called my parents to say everything was alright. Then I went downstairs to the kitchen. The butler (!) served tea and I met the family. Mr. and Mrs. Burke were both at home, but later I heard from the cleaning girl that that is a very rare thing. They seem rather nice though.
Nicola is a very nice, polite girl, but I found her a little aloof and stiff as well. Anyway, I’ll email Emma and Matt first and then I go and see if there’s anything good on the tv.
SimTown ~ Saturday,
It’s weird to be here over the weekend and not at Simmington. Normally I would hang out with Emma or Matt, but now I am sitting here, in my room watching telly, obsessively checking my email every fifteen minutes and writing in my diary. Being a nanny is a pretty okay so far. During the day I have a lot of time to myself. So now I go swimming every morning and spend the rest of the day outside in the garden. The garden is so big I can go to a different spot evey day. I already got a really nice tan.
Sadly though, things aren’t going really good with Nicola so far. She seems determind to hate me. The other day we went outside to play tennis and she just stood there. Every know and then she swung a ball back, but she really wasn’t making an effort. I just wish she would open up a bit more.. be a bit more relaxed.
SimTown ~ Tuesday,
At Nicola’s school I met another girl who’s working as a nanny in SimTown. Her name is Kate Stills and she’s taking care of three kids! I think that’s amazing. Anyway we agreed to meet up for dinner last night. (It was my night off, I switched it for a free night in the weekend) It was really great to be out again. At SimTown’s Center there’s a huge shopping mall. You can literally get *everything* there and at the top floor you can eat. Kate is really funny and she has a lot of experience with being a nanny. She told me not to give up on Nicola and keep trying. For a lot of those kids who have a different nanny every year it becomes dfficult to get attached to a new person. I hope she’s right.
SimTown ~ Saturday,
I’m starting to think Kate is. I’m finally beginning to make progress with Nicky as I now call her. Excuse me, but I think Nicola is a name for a grandma. Today, after she had finished her homework we went jumping on the trampoline outside and we had a great time. It’s actually a sweet girl when she has openend up a bit.
SimTown ~ Monday,
Things are going great now between Nicky and me. Being a nanny is a lot more fun now. She’s talking more now as well, often when we are having dinner together in the evening. She told me how she misses her parents because they’re away all the time and how she just wants a normal home.
It made me think how happy I actually am with my parents. My mum was always there when we got out of school. The Parker – Burns think they give their daughter everything they wanted with their luxury life, but they’re totally missing the point.
Which is not to say that I don’t love the luxury life.
We now also play a lot together. She of course has all the toys a girl could possible have but she has no idea how to play with them. So now we do that together. Like this afternoon when we had a make-believe tea party.
SimTown ~ Monday,
I can’t believe I’ve been here for three months already. Time seems to have fly by. And this weekend I’m going home! Just for a weekend of course and after that I’ll be back, but I’m still looking forward to it. It will be great to see everyone again. Keeping in touch over the phone and email just isn’t the same.
Simmington ~ Friday,
I got home around half past one in the afternoon. It was so wonderful to see mum again. And Simmington and the house and garden and everything... We went into the kitchen and had tea. The house isn’t much changed, the kitchen still looks pretty much the same. As it turns out nothing much changed in Simmington either.
Until Stanley came home from school. It’s so weird realising he is going to the same school as I went last year. He now also sleeps in what used to be my bedroom. We switched rooms since my used-to-be bedroom is a lot bigger. I went upstairs to have a look and I can’t believe what he has done to the place! It’s really a guy’s room now. Dad came home in the evening and I gave him a bottle of wine I’d bought at SimTown’s Shopping Mall. Since it was such great weather we had a barbeque in the garden.
Stanley has changed a lot... even before I went to SimTown we got on a lot better then when we were little but now he’s even more mature.
Simmington ~ Saturday,
I thought I was going to have a fit from laughing! Stanley showed me the ‘car’ he has bought. Of course he doesn’t have a driver’s license yet but he didn’t want to drive a mopped either so he got himself a.... I don’t even know what to call it. It doesn’t go any faster then a mopped but at least you’ll stay dry in it.
In the evening I went to see a movie with Emma. It was great to see her again. She’s now working as a secretary at her dad’s firm and she likes it a lot. In the evening she’s doing all sorts of trainings and courses. She already said though that she won’t be going to SimCity University next year. I really think it’s a shame, it would have been so much fun to go there with Emma.
Simmington ~ Sunday,
After church we had tea in the garden. Mum is still growing flowers and they look lovely. Especially the daffodils are great. She gave me a bouqet to give to Mrs. Parker – Burns and one to put in my own room. I can’t believe the weekend is already over. It was so wonderful to be home again and see everyone. Actually I’m not looking forward so much to going back to SimTown.
SimTown ~ Sunday evening,
I just got back. I saw Nicky briefly because she had already gone to bed and now I’m sitting in my room, writing. I left home in the afternoon after saying goodbye to everyone. I’m really going to miss them.
Posted 01 January 2008 - 09:31 PM
SimTown ~ Saturday,
This weekend I took Nicky to a theme park. Apparently Nicky enjoys things that go fast... karting, rollercoasters... as long as it made your stomach plung she was up for it. I’m not such a big hero on things that go fast hand upside down so I watched mostly and encouraged her. We both had the greatest time though.
SimTown ~ Thursday,
Life goes on. During the day when Nicky is to school I go out a lot. The quietness of the house is driving me crazy. The only one who is home is the stuck-up, grumpy butler. So I go shopping a lot.
When Nicky gets home I help her with her homework and we do fun things together. Like watching tv (which she’s not allowed to during the day, but who’s there to notice?) or playing outside. We even go swimming a lot.
SimTown ~ Friday,
I’ve been back in SimTown for a month now. And somehow I can’t settle in again. Ever since I’ve been home for the weekend I start to notice how lonely it is here. There’s no-one to talk to during the day and in the afternoon and evening there’s only Nicky. And she’s a sweet girl but the fact that I more or less only talk with a nine year old starts to depress me. Every now and then I talk to Kate, but she’s very busy with her family and she hasn’t time to hang out much. So now I email a lot and all my allowances go into my phone.
I just can’t bear to think it’s five more months before I can go home again.
SimTown ~ Tuesday,
I’m not the only one who is lonely though. I’ve been here for four months now and never once Nicky had a friend over to play. So today I arranged a play date with one of her classmates. It’s a nice girl named Valerie. She came over with Nicky today, after school and she even stayed for dinner. I could tell she was a bit overwhelmed by the big house and everything but Nicky had an amazing time and I felt pleased for her I had put through with it. Even if it means the butler will be against me for good now. Apparently cooking one plate extra for a small girl is unnegotiable.
SimTown ~ Monday
Nicky has a performance of her piano class on Friday and since there’s a possibility her parents *might* actually attend it we’ve been practising her *** off. She’ll do fine of course, but the poor thing is nervous like whoa.
Anyway, for the most amazing news: I got an email from Matt this morning. He is still fulfilling his military service (and hating every minute of it) and he has a trainning camp here in SimTown this week. On Saturday he has the night of and we agreed to meet up at SimTown Mall Center. I can’t wait to see him... it’s been over six months!
SimTown ~ Saturday
Seeing Matt again was so wonderful. It’s amazing how much like me he feels. He’s as miserable as I am, wanting to go home and go on with his life. We both want to go to SimCity University next year and this year is just a stupid ‘in between’ year we have to go through. Four months and two weeks to go.... it feels like it will be forever.
SimTown ~ Wednesday,
I want to go home!
SimTown ~ Wednesday,
I felt pretty down during the last few weeks and apparently it showed because this evening Mrs. Parker – Burns asked me what was going on.
I told her honestly that I felt homesick and that this whole nanny thing just wasn’t right for me.
We talked a bit and then she said that if I really felt that way it would be best if I went back home. The moment she said it I felt so relieved! I wanted to go packing immediately. But she wanted me to call my parents first. I did and at first dad tried to talk me into staying, saying things like ‘it’s important to finish what you’ve started’ but in the end I managed to convince him that it really would be better if I came home, so he agreed.
There’s only one problem left: I’ve got to tell Nicky.
Simselvenia ~ Friday night
I’m in the bus back home not feeling so euphoric as I should be. Nicky was so upset, it almost made me change my mind. But then I thought: ‘it’s not my fault that she has to grow up with absent parents and they should take responsibility for her hapiness and not me.’ Still, I feel bad about it all. I said goodbye to her and promised her I would email her often. Poor thing, I hope her parents will spend more time with her from now on. Mr. Parker – Burns brought me to the busstop and here I am now, finally ready to go home.
Posted 01 January 2008 - 09:48 PM
Simmington ~ Monday
It’s wonderful to be home again. The weekend has flown by. Yesterday I had an appointment at ‘The Sim Garden’, a family restaurant in Simmington. They needed a waitress for the day and I could start today. It’s not the coolest job in the world, mainly waiting tables and doing dishes and so, but it’ll do for the four months until college starts. This evening Emma and I went to the Nix Bar for a drink. It’s funny being one of the elder ones now... These days it’s mostly classmates of Stanley who hang out there.
Simmington ~ Thursday
Sorry, I haven’t written in over two months. Life has just been going on like normal. I go to ‘The Sim Garden’ to work and hang out with friends in the evening. A few weeks ago Danielle came over for a weekend... I help out mum in the garden every now and then... just ordinary things.
This evening Matt came over and Stanley, he and I had pizza and watched a couple of movies. It’s already passed midnight, so I’ll be dead at work tomorrow, but we had a really good time.
Simmington ~ Saturday
Yesterday Stanley graduated from High School. It was practically the same ceremony as last year, but it was still nice. We had a drink afterwards and there were a lot of people I knew from school.
Simmington ~ Saturday
Today was Simdependence Day. We went to Simmington’s Village Center. Dad and Stanley participated in a shooting contest. Stanley was lucky, because he’s starting his Military Service after the summer vacation he was allowed to enter. He didn’t win though but dad got an honourable mention. I just walked through the village, chatted with friends and bought candy.
In the evening we ate outside and watched the fireworks.
Only two more weeks to go until we go on holiday to Simsealand and until I can say goodbye to ‘The Sim Garden’.
Simsealand ~ Monday
We left around seven o’ clock this morning (way too early for a vacation) and took the ferry to Simsealand at ten. We got here around one o’ clock and it’s a really great place! We’ve rented to tents at the campingsite. In the afternoon there was a beachball competetion and Stanley and I both played along. It was really fun. In the afternoon we went to the beach near the campingsite and had a campfire. And then it was off to sleep in our tents.
Simsealand ~ Tuesday
It took me an hour this morning to get showered. I had to walk back to the tent four times for things I’d forgotten to take with me! I’ve been lazy for the rest of the day, laying on a big towel sunbathing and reading a bit. Dad and Stanley went fishing and in the evening we had a barbeque so we could eat the fish they had caught.
Simsealand ~ Wednesday
After the buffay breakfast we took a trip to the seaside today. Stanley and I went into the sea and I pretended to be a five-year-old and build a sand castle. Stanley went treasure hunting, but he didn’t find anything.
We had a picnic on the beach which was lovely, although we got a lot of sand between our sandwiches.
Simsealand ~ Thursday
Our last day already! I can’t believe we’re going home tomorrow. I bought some postcards at the giftshop and spend the morning writting them.
In the evening there was a disco party at the campingsite terrace. It was a lot of fun with a great lightshow and cool music and drinks.
Simmington ~ Friday
Back home again, which is nice too. After breakfast we did some last minute shopping and then we drove back to the ferry. It was a really great vacation. Now it’s only a week until I leave for SimCity University. I already have a room in the dormitory and I can’t wait to start. Next week mum and dad are going to drive me there and we’ll decorate my room. After that I’m college student, isn’t that exciting. Danielle is going as well and we’re staying in the same dormitory. I can’t wait!
Posted 03 January 2008 - 02:50 PM
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