March 04: March Merriment

March was a busy month in Honeycomb Valley! So I again bring you lots of little stories instead of one big one.

Sophie’s exchange

In February it was announced that The Beehive would participate in an exchange program with Sandy Valley. Sophie immediately signed up! She got matched with Chloé Degnome and the two girls started writing each other letters:

Sophie-Chloe lettersThen, on the very first day of March, it was time for Sophie to go and meet her new friend.
She was very excited whilst packing her suitcase…

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…and even when waiting for the taxi to take her and her parents to the busstation…

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But once she was there, she got a bit nervous…It was kinda scary and to make matters worse, her brother wasn’t there to say goodbye to her either. Emmett may be a big pain in the behind, but he’s still her brother and they actually get along quite well.

Fortunately, Emmett arrived before the bus did.

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Just in time too, because soon, the bus pulled into the station and it was time for goodbyes.

Sophie goodbyeBye bye Sophie, we will miss you! Have a good time in Sandy Valley and we’ll see you at the end of the month!

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Read all about Sophie’s stay in Sandy Valley here, at Sandy’s non-blog!

A few hours with the Knight family

From watching Loretta with her children, you’d think having 4 year old triplets is a piece of cake…
They play amongst themselves while mum cleans the kitchen.

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Then you spend some quality time with each of them by reading them stories.

Knight kids readingAnd as if the house isn’t full enough yet, you also decide to adopt a second cat…

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Meet Whiskers!
One thing Loretta does not have to do however, is cook. Pierce loves cooking and the family always has dinner together.

Screenshot-141After dinner it’s time for the kids to get some sleep. Bedtime is a two parent job though!

Knight kids bedSleep well, triplets!

Holly and Kyra and the horses

Those who’ve read the Christmas stories, might remember that Kyra (and Holly) got riding lessons for Christmas! With it being March, it was finally time to start! Even though it was still a very chilly morning, the girls couldn’t wait to get to the ranch!

They both got up early to get ready!

hk brushAnd put on their new riding outfits!

hk hatDespite the weather not being very cooperative, they still felt very excited on their way to the ranch.

hk bikeAt the ranch they met with Luke, who would teach them all they needed to know.

Screenshot-206Luke assigned Snow to Kyra and Travalda to Holly. After saddling the horses it was finally time to go!

But… getting on a horse is tricky and riding is actually pretty scary at first!

hk on horseThey managed though, and after a while it got a bit easier.

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Screenshot-222After a bit of riding, it was time for the next part of the lesson; taking care of your horse.
However… That required getting off them first! If you think getting on  a horse is hard, try getting off one…

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When they were safely on the ground, Luke taught the girls how to take care of their horses. Kyra and Holly loved this part!

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Cleaning out a stable is less fun though…

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After a few hours with the horses, the girls thanked their teacher for the lesson and went home for a shower.

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When they were all clean and dressed again, they met up in the park. Of course their conversation was about…

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Horses! Both girls are already looking forward to next weekend!

Travelplans

There’s nothing better on a cold, dull, early spring morning than making plans for a warm summer. That’s what Eva and Jasper thought at least. They got some travelbrochures to browse through.

Screenshot-306After discussing both their wishes, it was a tie between Monte Vista (Eva’s choice) or Egypt (Jasper’s choice). They decided to go down to the travelagency to ask Selena, the travelagent, for some help.
Upon arrival, Eva again had to point out to Jasper how stunning Monte Vista looked.

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Selena was very helpful and told the couple that both places were great, but if you visited in summer, Egypt was bound to be very hot. Eva quickly chimed in that her brother and cousin had said the same thing after their trip last summer. Considering that advice and his girlfriend’s pleas, Jasper soon agreed that it would have to be Monte Vista. And so their summer trip was booked!

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Jasper and Eva weren’t the only ones with travelplans. The Chapman family braved the rain and headed over to the travelagency as well.

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They had no idea what they wanted yet and really needed Selena’s advice.

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It had to be somewhere that was fun for the kids, that especially. The boys were immediately excited when Selena mentioned camping. Lillian was less happy with that prospect and needed some convincing, but when Selena showed her a brochure of the camping ground with it’s very own water park on a warm sunny island, even Lillian had to admit that sounded pretty good. Another summertrip booked!

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The Chapman family then headed back home through the rain, but with that summer holiday on their mind, it already seemed a lot less dreary!

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Sophie’s return

Very late on the very last day of March, a bus arrived at Honeycomb Valley busstation. She had returned!

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Avery was happy to have her daughter back safe and sound! (and so was I, I had Sophie in the library when she was “in Sandy Valley” so she wouldn’t walk around town, and I was really excited to have her back!)

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She quickly took her daughter back home. Sophie wouldn’t stop talking about her trip. It had been so much fun!

Of course Sophie was also happy to be home again, in her own room and her own bed. Before she turned in though, she had to unpack her suitcase and put up all her pictures and souvenirs.

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She even put up that picture of Jérémy… Okay, he could be sort of annoying, but he had also been quite nice… And quite cute too…

Sophie went to sleep feeling very tired, but very happy too. And the best part of it all was that next week Chloé would be visiting her for a whole month! How very exciting!

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Ps..

March was done and I was tired, but while I was getting ready to close my game and leave, the burglar alarm at the Wilson residence sounded. Something funny happened then. Emmett got up feeling all brave and went downstairs. He immediately started to fight the burglar and managed to win it too. The tough female police officer then gave Emmett a compliment for apprehending the thief and he in reply started to check her out. This gave me an idea for a future storyline, so I had to share. I even managed to take a few pictures of the event, but they’re not really good, because it all happened so fast.

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Mr. Bennett and Miss Watson

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Luke Bennett  grew up around animals. His grandfather used to run a ranch in Honeycomb Valley and his dad had one in Appaloosa Plains, where Luke and his sisters grew up. When his grandfather died, someone needed to take over the Honeycomb Valley ranch. Luke was more than eager to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps! He immediately packed up his things and moved with his dog Boy and his own horse Spider. Luke’s ranch is also home to Raven and Sparrow, Jacqueline and Anna Newman‘s horses, and to Snow and Travalda; originally owned by Luke’s grandfather.

  • Age: Young Adult
  • Born: October 1980
  • Traits: Social butterfly, Equestrian, Loves the outdoors, Vegetarian, Handy
  • Job: Horseman
  • Zodiac: Libra
  • Father: Mr. Bennett
  • Mother: Mrs. Bennett
  • Siblings: Jennifer, Melissa, Amanda
  • Children: –
  • Other family: –
  • Best friend(s): –
  • Romance history: Luke was always popular with the girls, but horses were always his biggest love. Until he met Susie, that is. He was head over heels, almost immediately, but it took her a while to warm up to him and get over their age difference. Luckily, she eventually did.

Susie (Susannah) Watson loves 50’s and 60’s style fashion, horses (a passion she shares with her niece) and being creative. Susie lived in Bridgeport for years with her boyfriend Craig. Susie loves painting pottery and creating other home decorations and always dreamt of opening her own shop selling her creations. But like Craig always said; dreams don’t pay the bills. So, Susie got a job writing for one of the Bridgeport newspapers and her dream of her own shop got shelved next to her other dream of being a mother. And then it all came crashing down and Susie was left in her thirties, unemployed, single, still not a mother and back living with her parents. What happened, you ask? Read on. It’s all revealed under Susie’s romance history. Luckily for her, her luck turned when she moved back to HV. She met Luke…

  • Age: Young adult
  • Born: August 1969
  • Traits: Artistic, loves the outdoors, family oriented, equestrian, great kisser
  • Job: School administrator at The Beehive
  • Father: Michael
  • Mother: Nancy
  • Siblings: Lucy
  • Children: –
  • Other family: Kyra (niece), NathanNick (nephews)
  • Best friend(s): –
  • Romance history: Susie met Craig at a university gathering. Susie was studying literature and Craig studied law. She loved Craig, she loved him dearly and oh, the things we do for love. Susie couldn’t wait to start a family with Craig and waited and waited and waited for the day he would ask her to marry him. That day never came though, despite Craig’s promises of “one day”. Craig spent most his time at his father’s lawfirm though, where he made partner in 02.  Craig worked overtime more and more and constantly had social events to go to. Susie often went with him but always felt rather out of place. And then there was that one time. That evening in May 04 when they went to yet another one of the firm’s “gatherings”. Susie wasn’t feeling well and went looking for Craig to tell him she was going home. She found him. Yes, she found him alright. In a far off corner of the hallway. With his coworker Sandrine. And the things they were doing… Well, let’s just say his hands were hiding somewhere up Sandrine’s skirt… After this, Craig had the nerve to tell Susie it was not him, it was her. Sandrine was more… “his kind of people”, you know. And maybe it was best if Susie moved out.
    In HV she met Luke. It was clear early on that he liked her a lot. But Susie worried about their age difference. He was only just 20 (he was 24) and she was nearly 40 (she was 35)! It just couldn’t happen! Luckily the battle between Susie’s heart and her mind was eventually won by her heart…

Stories
In bold where (one of the sims in) this family has a main part.
March 04: March Merriment
June 04: New Beginnings
August 04: Meanwhile, in Honeycomb Valley…
September 04: Brand New
* October 04: Is it Scary…?
* November 04: Courtship
December 04: …and a Happy New Year!
January 05: Ice, Ice Baby
March 05: the Honeycomb Valley Athletic Festival
April 05: Spring Surprises
* May 05: Changes

Pets

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February 04: Just a Sunday

February in Honeycomb Valley was like most Februaries in most places; rather uneventful. Children don’t need big events to have a happy day though. A free sunday is enough for them. And so it was that we spent a February sunday with the children of Honeycomb Valley.

9:00 am

Joel‘s dad had told him that, according to the weather forecast, thaw would set in today. So Joel wasted no time and called his friend Ryan to enjoy the snow for one more day.

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The boys had snowball fights, played tag and rode their bikes all around town…

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…even in the middle of the street! Luckily the streets of Honeycomb Valley aren’t very busy on sunday mornings.

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11:00 am

Jeffrey took his sister to the park behind their house. Or umm.. trailer… Chantal however seemed confused about what to do there…

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She did find a very pretty early spring flower, which she took home to put in water.

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12:00 pm

The Edwards children had no time to play. It was sunday, so of course Joshua, Miriam and Ruth, along with their older sisters, brother and mother, spent most of the day in church listening to their father.

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It was a busy service too.

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Naturally, the Edwards family occupied the first rows.

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After the service, the family headed home for a hot sunday lunch. Dad’s favourite, of course.

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The kids seemed to like it too though.

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2:00 pm

In the afternoon, the snow really did start to melt away. Best friends Zoe and Emily met up in the park.

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Like their classmate Chantal, they too found some early spring flowers which smelled and looked lovely.

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While her sister was picking flowers in the park, little Ellie found a different way to have some fun and set a little trap…
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Her dad had no clue and when he went to wash his hands, got soaking wet.
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He did not find that amusing…Screenshot-47

…And Ellie had to mop up the puddle she created herself.Screenshot-51

5:00 pm

Brothers Tyler and Riley had been bored all day, but when it got close to dinner time, finally decided to dress up as fearsome dinosaurs…

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…and go on a hunt through the neighbourhood.

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At the Mason household, mum got help from Liam preparing the meal for the evening. Spaghetti!
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First wash your hands!
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Liam and his mother prepared a great meal. Dad Colin loved it very much too.

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8:00 pm

Twin brothers Nick and Nathan were allowed some time on the game console they got for Christmas, before it was time for bed…

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…Just so long as they also read a bit before sleeping! Lucy encourages her kids to read daily and sunday is no exception.Screenshot-79

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And then, at 9:00 pm, the day really was over for Nick, Nathan and all the other children of Honeycomb Valley. Goodnight everyone, sleep well…

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In other February news…

Welcome to the world, little Jayden Harrison!

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It might have felt like spring when Zoe and her friend Emily went flower picking in the park, but apparently it was still chilly enough to catch a cold. And even though you may be 11, but when you’re home ill from school, there’s no better companion than your favourite teddybear!

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January 04: A Winterwedding

It had been snowing since early December, so by the end of January, most Sims in Honeycomb Valley were starting to grow tired of the snow. Christopher Brown and his fianceé Lexie were not among those wishing the snow away though. Their wedding would take place on the last day of January and snow would make it that much more magical.

A week before the big day, Lexie went to pick up her weddingdress at the bridal shop. Christopher stayed home with Jamie and tried to teach him some words.
1When Lexie and her best friend Naomi arrived at the bridal shop, it was still closed, so they decided to go for a round of ice skating on the canal.

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Pretty soon, the doors opened and Lexie and Naomi went in. Lexie explained to the lady of the store she had come to pick up her dress and tried it on one final time. Naomi was stunned at how pretty her friend looked.

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Later that week Lexie met up with her other best friend, Bradley, at his sister‘s salon: Erin’s Elegance to have her hair and make up done.

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And then the big day arrived. Lexie got up very early to get ready.

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While her equally excited husband-to-be woke their son.

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In a beautiful light blue oldtimer, the pair and Jamie made their way up to the park* where the ceremony would take place.

8Naomi arrived right after Lexie, Chris and Jamie had.

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The rest of the guests were already there: Lexie’s parents and twin sister Xandra, her nephew Joel with his dad, Bradley and his husband, David (funny fact: of the few weddings I’ve had in my game so far, Bradley and David have been to every one *giggle* ) and Christopher’s best friend Colin, who also happens to be Naomi’s boyfriend and their son Liam.10

Once the bride and her son arrived, all the guests took their places (all scattered of course… Sims…)

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And it was time to get married!

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Samantha was very happy to see her daughter get married, while Liam seemed rather bored by the ceremony.

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Time for cake!

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The bride and groom spontaneously started waltzing.

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… After which there was more dancing! Of course the bride and groom had another waltz, but Christopher also had a dance with his mother-in-law, while Bradley took Lexie for a twirl. In the bushes… (That sounded very wrong, didn’t it?)
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As the evening grew darker, the hour grew later and the air grew colder; little boys were getting tired, so the guests started to leave. Christopher and Lexie took their own little boy home as well…

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…And after he was warm in his bed, they had no trouble finding their own bed as well!
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* Wedding Park created by Mina at http://minasavenue.tumblr.com/