September 04: Brand New (Part 2)

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First Day of School

The next brand new thing was the start of the brand new school year.

Joel was a bit nervous for his first day as a high school student that morning as he had breakfast with Rosalie.


He and Emily had agreed to meet at the school early so they could be there before the crowd.Joel and Emily

And it turned out that was a smart decision, because ten minutes later, it got very busy at The Beehive!


It was an exciting day for Isa (and her mum) as well, as she was going to school for the very first time! Thankfully miss Eva seemed lovely.Welcome Isa

Pretty soon, Isa’s classmates Ellie and Liam also arrived.
Class 1 started the day with a bit of free playing before getting down to serious business.Class 1

Naomi‘s class 2 was soon hard at work. Newcomer Riley had some questions, but Ruth, who was also new to class 2, dived into the work immediately.
Class 2

Lucy‘s class 3 had a good day as well. They loved their new room and their new teacher was nice too. Lucy obviously knew to keep an extra eye on Chantal though, since she’s not the brightest crayon in the box.Class 3

Over at the high school building, the kids started off with their own class mentors, who first gave them an introduction explaining what to expect this year and then moved on straight into the first lesson.
Class 4 started with music. Benjamin was real excited to get started, but it seems half of class 4 isn’t paying much attention…Class 4

Class 5 had IT first and were soon hard at work.Class 5

For class 6 things were really getting serious this year. This year all of class 6 students were entering their final year of high school and the pressure was on. They all seem very motivated at least.Class 6

Headmaster Elliot also had business to tend to. He had a job interview!
Elliot had told his primary school team during the meeting they had over summer, that he really needed someone to tend the registration desk. Lucy had immediately thought of her sister! Of course, Susie had different dreams, but it would at least be a good job until something else were to come along. Elliot thought it was a good idea and asked Susie if she would be interested. Of course she had come interview first.


The interview went really well and afterwards it was clear; Susie had a job!Interview Susie

Meanwhile, Grace needed to fill the day now that Isa was in school and since the weather was still great (it was 27 degrees), she took Ethan to the beach. She wasn’t the only one! Loretta had brought the triplets there as well!


First the mums played with their kids in the ocean.Toddlers in ocean

Then mothers and toddlers got acquainted. They found out their husbands worked together and their kids were all very close in age! It seems a new friendship was made.


Babies and Birthdays

More brand new things came in the form of brand new people!

First up were two brand new toddlers. It was September so that meant it was birthday time for Justin and Vicky Griffiths! The Griffiths family decided to have the birthday celebrations early in the morning, before the girls had to go to school. Annabel and Max don’t seem too happy about the idea of having two toddlers running around the house…


Their sisters were excited though! Even grumpy Ellie!


Peek-a-boo! Hello little Justin and Vicky!  (New pictures of Justin and Vicky have been added to the Griffiths family post!)


After two brand new toddlers, it was time for a brand new baby! Lexie Brown was due to give birth to her second child.  Since Christopher thought it would still be a while yet, he hadn’t made plans to take days off work yet.

So… you can imagine his surprise when he came home from work one day to find he had another son! Quite a surprise… Welcome Noah Brown!

(What really happened was this; I knew Lexie was about to have her baby so I activated the Brown household thinking I would play out the birth story. As it turned out; I was too late! The baby had already been born! Oops! So, I guess Chris and I were both too late. Oh, and babies who are born when you’re not there are named by the game, so, you know, obviously the Browns suddenly had a son called Bobby. Bobby Brown. *Rolls eyes* )Surprise baby

There was another brand new baby yet to be born though and no one would be late for that one!

The Edwards family were still eight and having dinner.


After dinner, Amy didn’t feel too well and figured tonight might very well be the night. Having had 6 kids already, she kind of knew the signals…
She decided to lie down for a while.


And yes, that night it was clearly time for Edwards baby number seven to arrive.


The delivery went quickly. And pretty soon Amy and John were the proud parents of new baby Joseph!
Although… proud…JosephAnd with the arrival of baby Joseph, September was  through. The trees were starting to shed their leaves and the nights were getting colder. It was clearly autumn now and that meant it was time for… Oh well, that’s a story for another time.

September 04: Brand New (Part 1)

Goodbye Alice, Hello New School

September in Honeycomb Valley was very much a month of brand new things. The first brand new thing was the new Beehive! Elliot Murray was very excited for this day. It would be a great event because not only would the new school be officially opened, it was also a goodbye party for Alice, who was now officially retired. This meant it would be Elliot’s first formal appearance as headmaster of The Beehive.

He met with Samuel quite early in the morning to see if everything was set up properly.Samuel

Samuel did a great job so Elliot had plenty of time to practice his speech.


Before long, people started to arrive. Elliot welcomed mayor Henry and his wife Jacqueline.Mayor

And then it was time.
Elliot spoke of the difference Alice had made in the lives of many, how much she had meant to the school and how honoured he was to be following in her footsteps.Speech

After the speech for Alice, the audience moved on to the next event: the opening of the new school. Abigail was there on official Honeycomb Gazette business. Of course the opening of the school was a front page event.Opening

And thus The Beehive was reopened!


The residents of Honeycomb Valley had been very curious about the new school and it soon got very busy inside the primary school…


…and outside the high school!
So many people wanted to go in here, there were queues at the door!
(YOU don’t have to get in queue to tour The Beehive, you can do so right here!)


But for Elliot the job was not yet done! He met with Abigail for an interview.


She asked him about his reasons for building three separate buildings, what his plans for the future of The Beehive were and if there were any more changes on the horizon.Interview

Meanwhile, people had a chance to say goodbye to Alice outside. And they did. In great numbers. Alice was showered in gifts and flowers from thankful parents and (ex-)pupils for her years of hard work and leadership.


Patty was of course there as well. She’s always present at every event and wouldn’t miss this one for the world.


Patty is also head of the parent committee and has been ever since Eva first went to school. She offered Alice a gift on behalf of all the parents.Gift for Alice

And after all the other parents and students had left, Patty was still there chatting to Alice… Poor Alice…Patty

When the evening fell, the party was still going strong. The kids tried out the new playground equipment.  Of course, we can always count on our Ellie to add a bit of grumpy to any event. She also didn’t give little Isa a chance to go on the bee-rider. Typical.Grumpy Ellie

Meanwhile, Abigail was home writing her article. She had a deadline to catch.


And sure enough, the next morning, the re-opening of The Beehive was the Honeycomb Gazette’s top story. Alice also got the opportunity to write a guest column to thank everyone for all the years of faith in her. newspapers

Moving Day

The next brand new thing was Lucas Adams‘ brand new apartment! He went to view it in June and now it was finally time to move in. A lot still needed to be done, but hey, all in good time.

Lucas had rented a moving van and on a rainy september morning, loaded all his stuff in the van while grandma kept asking him every five minutes where he was going.


After everything was in the van, Lucas said goodbye to grandma and then drove off to his new apartment. Grandma wondered where he was going and figured she should have asked him…


When Lucas arrived at his new apartment the rain had cleared up. This was lucky since the boxes already got a bit wet when he was loading them in. Screenshot-151

Yep Lucas, there’s still a lot to be done, but it’s home.


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The Beehive (School)


What is it?
The school!

Who works here?
Elliot (headmaster)
Lillian (RT and assistant headmaster)
Eva (Class 1 – Primary school)
Naomi (Class 2 – Primary school)
Lucy (Class 3 – Primary school)
Benjamin (Music and class mentor Class 4 – High school)
Zach (IT and class mentor Class 5 – High school)
Olivia (Science and class mentor Class 6 – High school)
Pierce (Maths – High school)
Samantha (World sciences – High school)
Alexis (Art – High school)
Theo (Physical Education)
Samuel (Janitor)

The Beehive. A name very fitting for a school in Honeycomb Valley. A beehive, after all, is a place where little bees live and are taught all a bee needs to know. The same thing has happened at The Beehive in Honeycomb Valley for years. The school used to be located in one big building, where the kids were taught on the ground floor and the teens were taught on the upper floor. But a fresh wind is blowing at The Beehive. Headmistress Alice Foster-Knight retired in 04 and Elliot Murray was taking over. His first order of business was a new schoolbuilding. Or, actually, three new schoolbuildings; one for the Primary School, one for the Gym and one for the High School.  Come and take the tour with us!

The Primary School

At the Primary school the children from 5 to 11 years old are taught in three classes. They have one teacher for all their subjects. You can read more about the Honeycomb Valley Education System here.

The pictures below work as a gallery. Clicking the first one will open a gallery where you can easily view them all in a nice size. Also, be sure to read the captions, as those will give you more information about the school.

High School

At the High School the teens from 12 to 20 years old are taught in 3 age groups. They have a class mentor, but get lessons from specialised teachers. You can read more about the Honeycomb Valley Education System here.

The pictures below work as a gallery. Clicking the first one will open a gallery where you can easily view them all in a nice size. Also, be sure to read the captions, as those will give you more information about the school.

The Gym

Physical Education is important, so The Beehive gym is located centrally between the high school and primary school building. This way it’s at equal distance for both the teens and the children.

The pictures below work as a gallery. Clicking the first one will open a gallery where you can easily view them all in a nice size. Also, be sure to read the captions, as those will give you more information about the school.

Thank you for visiting The Beehive!


Miss Powell

Powell, Jasmine - jv moved

This Sim has moved away from Honeycomb Valley

Movingdate: August 04
Reason for moving: She started an affair with her best friend’s boyfriend. Then they sort of fled the town together…


Jasmine Powell has been best friends with Natascha since she was 5. Like her friend, she loves partying, but she’s a bit more serious than Natascha. She works as a nurse at the hospital with some very cute, but taken, coworkers.

  • Age: Young adult
  • Traits: Friendly, flirty, hopeless romantic, clumsy, easily impressed
  • Job: Nurse
  • Zodiac: Aries
  • Father: Mr. Powell
  • Mother: Mrs. Powell
  • Siblings: –
  • Children: –
  • Other family: –
  • Best friend(s): Natascha
  • Romance history: Boyfriend Zachariah stalked her for a long time after she dumped him. In 04 she moved on to her best friend’s boyfriend Carson… Ouch… It was the end of the friendship

In bold where (one of the sims in) this family has a main part.
August 04: Meanwhile, in Honeycomb Valley…

August 04: Meanwhile, In Honeycomb Valley… (Part 2)

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Hey, look, it’s teenage Emily! Emily officially turned 12 in April, but suddenly started to look very much like a teenager over summer. 😉
Emily was on the beach because she was invited to her classmate Joel‘s 12th birthday party. Along with all their other classmates and Joel’s family.


Rosalie had brought a camping crib for Jayden and made sure he had lots of shade.


Despite being 12, Emily still enjoys playing in the sand with her best friend Zoe. 🙂


More and more guests started to arrive. Even Xandra showed up for her son’s birthday. All was well and good until she changed into her totally-inappropriate-for-your-son’s-twelfth-birthday bathing suit… (see pictures further ahead…)


The birthday boy himself was playing with the water toys with best friend Ryan.


And then it was time to blow out the candles! Make a wish Joel!Joels cake

All the guests were really giving it their all! (Meanwhile I was hoping Joel would grow up to look like his dad… I mean, just LOOK at him in that last picture…)

Happy guests

Here we go…!


Ah… Success! Granddad Theo seems pleased too.


After cake Joel went straight back into the water to play with Ryan. Joel got the new “Loves to Swim” trait as I can totally see him as a surfdude. 😉


Father and son bonding moment…


Brothers bonding moment…


It was already getting dark when everyone went home and told Joel and Kai they had an amazing time! Happy birthday Joel!


During the last week of August there was another birthday celebration in town. This time at the Anderson residence. No big beach party here, but Benjamin did have coffee for his family!


Esme, Dylan and Sadie had come to celebrate Isa’s birthday. Julliet had to work. She was sorry to miss her nieces birthday but would drop by after the store closed with a toy from her own collection.


Sadie played with her cousin Ethan. She’s always picking the kids up when she visits her family!


Party time!!


Grace doesn’t seem too happy about her girl growing up…

Isas birthday

And there she is! 5 year old Isa!


After cake, Isa immediately rushed inside. Her mum had told her she could only wear her new birthday shirt after she had cake.


Dressed in her pretty new clothes, Isa watched as her dad played Happy Birthday on his guitar for her.Isa dancing

Welcome Home!

On the very last friday of August, Lucy, Jacob, Kyra, Nancy and Michael went to the busstation. It was a very special day indeed. Lucy in particular could. not. wait.


No, they weren’t leaving. Of course not! They were picking up! And there was the bus from Sandy Valley! Sophie got off first, but the Cook/Watsons weren’t there to welcome her…


They were waiting for Nick and Nathan! Finally, the long summer was over and Lucy could finally hold her sons in her arms again. Nathan may drive her up the wall with his overenthusiastic behaviour sometimes, but oh how she missed him! And Nick with all his wisdom about nature and his funny jokes. Yes, Lucy was a happy mum! Of course, Jacob, Kyra, grandma and granddad were also happy to have the boys back again.They're back

Nathan immediately started to tell his mum EVERYTHING! About KamKam, about the Jules Verne park, about the trick he learned with the seesaw, about sleeping in trees, about the amazing beach, about Margaud and Leke and Chris, and, and, and! (Read all about the twins’ adventures over on Sandy’s site in her summer stories)
Yes, Lucy, he’s definitely back!


Meanwhile, Sophie had gone home, and when I went to check on her, I found her like this:


Seems not everyone was happy to be home…
Awww, Sophie… I understand why you’re sad… I’m sure it will work out though! Summer may be over, but there’s many more months to come and you’ll see him again soon. I promise.

August 04: Meanwhile, in Honeycomb Valley… (Part 1)

While some of Honeycomb Valley’s residents went on holiday in August, many also stayed home. And a lot happened! But we’ll start at the beginning…


Susie was slowly getting settled in in her old hometown. Even though she was still hurt from the break up, she decided to try and look on the bright side. At least now she was back home and she could go riding again! She remembered Luke had told her she was always welcome to take one of his horses out, so she decided to take him up on that offer and went to the ranch.


Luke was happy to lend Susie Snow, the horse her niece rides on during lessons as well. Since it was a very hot day the ranch had no visitors. “Hey“, said Luke, “why don’t I go with you!” Susie had actually been looking forward to riding alone, clearing her head, but Luke had been so nice as to lend her a horse for free, so she felt it would be rude to tell him this.
And thus; Susie and Luke (and Boy) went for a ride together.Going for a ride

When they reached a clearing they stopped for a drink of of water.


Look what I can do!” Luke boasted. Susie thought this act was quite dangerous actually and not at all something to boast about…

Side note: Luke standing on his horse like this seemed to be a glitch, but it made me laugh nonetheless and it was very fitting considering the situation.


After their break, Luke and Susie rode on to the top of the hill.Going for a ride 2

They stopped at the monument for a look out over town.


Then they galloped back to the ranch.


Susie stayed for a last cup of coffee.


And then thanked Luke for the day. “Oh, of course!” he said. “Come back any time. Really. ANY time!”


Carson and Natascha

On a warm friday night, Carson and Natascha headed for Honeycomb Valley’s only nightclub and their favourite place; the Watermill Nightclub. Natascha’s best friend and roommate Jasmine would join them there after work.


It was busy at club. While Natascha danced by herself, Carson and Jasmine did a little dance together.Dance

Umm… Wait a minute… This is not dancing…
Carson and Jasmine had gone downstairs to the club bathrooms and apparently with a plan…

Meanwhile, Natascha was dancing with Wesley, unaware of what was going on one floor beneath her…


Unaware, until she went to the bathroom herself, that is…


Jasmine tried to smooth things over: “I’m so sorry Tash! We didn’t mean for you to find out this way!

Wait… Hold on… “Find out”? What was there to “find out” exactly?
And yes, Jasmine and Carson had no choice but to confirm Natascha’s suspicions… They had been seeing each other behind her back for MONTHS! Natascha was furious!Caught

Because the club closed at that point (at 3:00 am… *rolls eyes*), they took the rest of their fight outside.
Natascha couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Her boyfriend of 4 years! And her best friend since they were 5 years old!Take it outside

Well, it’s safe to say that friendship is over!Slap

And so is that “relationship”!


Natascha then got in her car and drove off. Carson and Jasmine stayed behind. And after soothing their cheeks they realised that maybe this was for the best. Now they could finally be together. But not here. No, no way, not in Honeycomb Valley! Jasmine would not have a home to return to and moving in with Carson was no option, since his home was in the same building as Natascha’s. Furthermore, Carson worked with Natascha’s sister Naomi and was really not looking forward to facing her either!


So, they made a decision. They would leave Honeycomb Valley. This very instant. Carson had a friend in Bridgeport who was subletting his apartment and all it took was a phonecall. And so it happened. They got in a taxi and left. After a 4 hour drive they arrived at the apartment in Bridgeport. There, Carson got out his phone and called his boss…Runaway


It was an exciting summer for Elliot Murray. This September, Alice would officially retire as headmistress of The Beehive, making Elliot the new headmaster. On top of that, a whole new school, consisting of three buildings, was being build over summer. A brand new school for a brand new headmaster. So naturally, Elliot was a very excited man indeed.

And then, one August morning, he got a phonecall.


Elliot’s happy smile soon turned sour… Carson was calling to quit his job! Only two weeks before the new year was to start! Elliot told Carson this was not done, and asked him if he had any idea what kind of pickle he was leaving him with. But Carson couldn’t care less. “Sue me then“, he said. “I’m still not coming back, I can’tDisturbing call

Elliot discussed the problem with his wife and daughters (Seth was still in Sandy Valley) over breakfast.  They didn’t know what to tell him either.


And as if Elliot didn’t have enough on his plate already, then the dishwasher broke! Luckily Elliot is very handy and has very helpful children. (Although I’m not sure splashing water around while your father is working with electrics is such a good idea, Ruby…)Dishwasher

After fixing the dishwasher, Elliot called his primary department team for an emergency meeting at his home (since the school was not finished yet). Eva couldn’t come, she was on holiday in Monte Vista, but luckily Lillian had just come home from her trip to Isla Paradiso. After calling the ladies, Elliot made a note of how the primary department was originally meant to be manned after summer… Hmmm… now that changes had to be made anyway, maybe this was a good opportunity to change some other things too.

Plan Beehive

Lucy and Lillian were first to arrive. Elliot gave them a cup of coffee while they waited for Naomi.


When she arrived, Elliot told the ladies what happened. Lucy for one was not surprised. She never got along with her messy colleague. Naomi, having already heard the reason Carson left from her sister, was just really angry at him.
Aside from having to fill the blank left by Carson, Elliot had something else he wanted to discuss with the ladies. With the two buildings, he needed someone to manage the primary department. Someone who could be assistant headmaster actually. “And”, so he said, “I was thinking of you, Lillian…”

problem solved

Lillian was honoured and said she was happy to do it! But that meant she would not have time for her teaching duties anymore. After a bit of puzzling, the problem was solved! Only small issue was that there wouldn’t be a substitute anymore. But Elliot felt that having the classes covered was the main thing at this point.

Plan Beehive new

Elliot thanked the ladies for helping him solve the problem. Well done Elliot! You’re off to a good start!


Oh, you think that was it for August? No no, there’s more!

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part 2

August 04: We’re All Going on a Summerholiday – Monte Vista


The Chapman family weren’t the only ones who booked a holiday back in March. Jasper and Eva were also going on holiday this summer! They had booked a room in a charming Bed & Breakfast in Monte Vista.

They were all excited and ready to go!Screenshot-138

After a 3 hour flight and a taxi ride they arrived at the B&B, Violaciocca, meaning Wallflower. It was a very fitting name for the house, situated on the outermost wall of Monte Vista.


Eva was already very excited about the entrance.Arriving

Once they had been shown their room and unpacked their suitcases, Eva and Jasper decided to relax on the bed a bit. So far, they were quite pleased.


They didn’t stay for long though, because they wanted to see the town! So soon they were off !Screenshot-156

Awww, what a romantic spot! Watch out for traffic though!


Jasper and Eva of course visited Monte Vista’s classic town hall. They asked a local to take a picture of them with the building in the background, but it was so huge that this proved to be quite a challenge!


The pictures on the walls of the hall, turned out better. 🙂on the wall

Of course, no trip to Monte Vista is complete without a visit to the Colosseum!Colloseum

Eva and Jasper spent most of their days visiting old ruins and places of interest and asking locals to take pictures of them…


And eating “gelato”…


And having cappuccinos…


Eva also really wanted to visit the famous Monte Vista Market. It was really busy there!Market

After browsing all the stands, Eva and Jasper both brought some exclusives cookbooks. Eva bought them as gifts for her mum and sister and Jasper bought one for his brother. All these cooks in the family!

When Eva spotted a girl behind a lemonade stand, she had to go for a chat! Eva just loves kids!


That evening Eva and Jasper went to a very special Italian restaurant. They had some garlic bread for starters.Garlic bread

And then the fun began! At this restaurant it was possible to prepare your own pizza or pasta in a wood oven, supervised by a real Italian chef!Baking pizza

Yum! Eva made delicious lasagne and Jasper had an extra cheesy pizza!Eating pizza

Most nights were spent in their room at the B&B… Okay guys, we get the message, we’ll leave you alone!Bedroom

One morning, Eva and Jasper were at breakfast before anyone else was. They had a busy day ahead!Breakfast

They were going for a balloon flight! Eva in particular was VERY excited!Balloon

Monte Vista looked lovely from above!


The balloonflight even came with a bottle of champagne, so of course our lovebirds had a toast!Toast

They enjoyed all the beautiful views…Up in the air

After a few hours up in the air, it was time to float back to the ground.


When you’re on a summerholiday to a warm place, you should also take some time to enjoy the weather. Eva and Jasper spent an afternoon sunbathing on a beach near the river.  It was very quiet there.


Eva loves the sun, but for Jasper it soon got too hot. While Eva stayed on her towel…


… Jasper went snorkeling in the clear water of the river. Snorkel

Later that day they went for a walk in the hills to enjoy the beautiful scenery around Monte Vista.


They ended at the bridge.


Jasper was feeling especially romantic this day. Bridge

Time flew by and before long, it was the final night of their stay in Monte Vista. Jasper and Eva decided to dress up and go for dinner.

During dinner something happened. Eva was chatting away and she suddenly, very casually, mentioned something about a nooboo (I’m not making this up, she really did!) which caused Jasper to make the face below and then walk away. I guess he’s not quite ready for that step, Eva!
nooboo dinner

He still loved her though! After dinner they went to the cinema to see a “great foreign movie” (according to their moodlets when they came out).


They concluded the night with a bottle of wine on the bench outside Violacciocca.Last night

This was their nighttime view.


The next morning, Eva and Jasper enjoyed their final Italian breakfast…


And then it was time to go home! Bye bye Monte Vista!


August 04: We’re All Going on a Summerholiday – Isla Paradiso (Pt. 2)

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After visiting the town, the family found a beautiful lagoon, where Lillian obviously wanted more pictures taken!
One with her husband…


…and one with the whole family!Screenshot-268

Then they got in the boat again. This time they didn’t go far.Screenshot-271

Because they rented paddle boats! The boys LOVED them!

When the sun set, they sailed back to the resort.


There they had dinner at the restaurant. The dinner buffet was every bit as good as the breakfast buffet!


After the boys went to bed, Lillian and Andrew had a quiet evening together. Reading, drinking a glass of wine and a beer, and having a chat.Quiet night

A few days later, Andrew and Lillian took a boat out together.


Tyler and Riley stayed at the resort, supervised by the kids care professionals. They didn’t mind they couldn’t come, there was lots of fun to be had at the pool!Boys alone

What were mum and dad up to, you wonder? Well, this tour on a water scooter wasn’t it…


They were taking a scuba diving class!


So many pretty sights under water!Underwater

The sun had already set by the time they went back. Look at Andrew’s pretty tan!


A few days later, the whole family went out on the ocean again. This time by speedboat!


They were going waterski-ing! Lillian got to go first!Lillian waterski

Then it was Tyler’s turn. He was a bit scared at first, but his dad promised him he wouldn’t go too fast. Soon, Tyler was loving it! He sure has a story to tell when school starts again!Tyler waterski

Lastly, it was Andrew’s turn (Riley is a bit too young for this).


Ooooh, it looks like it was all going a bit too fast for Andrew’s liking at first! Once he got the hang of it though, he enjoyed it very much! Andrew waterski Spending time out on the ocean became the family’s favourite thing to do this holiday. Even though the end of the holiday was fast approaching, they made the most of each day.

Windsurfing was another thing they had to try!Windsurfing

When they were not out on boats or boards, the brothers loved to play in the ocean.Play in ocean

Lillian and Andrew loved their time together too!


The day before they were to leave, the family took a boat to a remote island where they had a water balloon fight. Lillian was having as much fun as her men, until Andrew’s balloon hit her really hard in the stomach. Then she felt it was time to set up the picnic.waterballoons

Yummmm, a picnic tastes even better on an island!

And then the last day was upon them. Riley and his dad went for one last dive.

Last dive

And then it was really time to go. They took a boat to the mainland to get on their plane back to Honeycomb Valley.


Bye Aquabella, bye Isla Paradiso! It was a great holiday!


August 04: We’re All Going on a Summerholiday – Isla Paradiso (Pt. 1)

In the middle of the night, sometime early August, all of Honeycomb Valley was fast asleep. Except for the Chapman family. Tyler and Riley were sitting in the livingroom, fully dressed. Why, you wonder? They were going on holiday! Remember the holiday their parents booked back in March? To that place with all the water? Well, tonight it was finally time for them to go there! Tyler and Riley were somewhat sleepy, but also very excited! Hurry up, mum and dad! Tyler decided to make sure their fishy had enough food.
Before leaving

Before long, it was time to put the luggage in the car and head for the airport. The weather was dreadful. Lillian was happy to be going somewhere sunny and warm, despite still feeling a little apprehensive about this camping business…


After 6 hours on a plane and 1 hour on a boat, they arrived at the Aquabella Campground and Resort in Isla Paradiso. Andrew was really excited to be finally be there.

You can see pictures of the resort here, on my tumblr.


After checking in, they quickly went to bed. Because of the time difference, it was still night when they arrived and they were all tired from all that traveling. They had a big tent which fitted the whole family.

The next morning, Tyler was the first to wake. He immediately crawled out of the tent. His mother had warned him not to go to the pool yet, but to stay on the campground until at she or his dad were up, so Tyler decided to go and brush his teeth then.Early bird

When he came back, the rest of the family had awoken too and after a few quick showers in the shower building, the whole family went to the restaurant for breakfast.


The breakfast buffet was really elaborate! There were sandwiches, pancakes, waffles, yoghurts, even cookies! The boys and Lillian all grabbed something they liked and found a table. Andrew apparently felt better eating at his own table… Firts breakfast

After breakfast, all the Chapman boys, both the big and the small, were really anxious to get in that pool! Andrew tried a dive… but slipped and fell. No harm done, he just tried again. The second time round it was looking a lot better already!Dive

And once more with his eldest son!

The boys loved the waterfalls in the pool and couldn’t stop playing under them!Waterfall

Meanwhile Lillian and Andrew had a drink at the bar. This holiday isn’t so bad after all, is it Lillian?Drinks

Although the boys spent most of their time playing, Tyler also liked relaxing with a book from time to time.


When night fell, the boys got ready for bed. They stayed up pillowfighting in the tent for a while, but spending a whole day in the pool is quite exhausting, so before long, both boys were asleep.Screenshot-237

Mum and dad took the opportunity to take a dip in the hottub with some other resort guests….


…and to have a drink at the restaurant together.


The next morning, it was Riley who woke up first and went to play on the playground for a bit. Lovely view, isn’t it Riley? Maybe today is a good day for some exploring!On the lookout

But one can’t go exploring without a good breakfast! Even though the restaurant had a great buffet, Lillian wanted to spend this morning with just her boys. So she made a nice breakfast they could all enjoy at the tent.Screenshot-247

Yoghurt with fresh fruit is the boys’ favourite breakfast!

Breakfast tent

Tyler did the dishes.


After breakfast the family was off! They had rented a boat for the day and Andrew loved playing captain!Boat

Their first stop was the town. Lillian took a picture of her boys in front of the fountain. They weren’t feeling like having their picture taken at all, so it didn’t turn out too well…


Andrew decided to participate in an eating contest. Lillian found this a very disgusting tradition, it made her nauseous, so she walked away.


She rather had a nice family picture taken!


And the day wasn’t over yet!

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