*** It’s been two and a half years since my last update. Real life took priority over, well, pretty much everything. Those of you who know me personally or follow me on Tumblr will know that since my last post on here, I’ve been pregnant and had a baby boy (July 2015). They say little babies sleep a lot, but this wasn’t true for mine. When he was a baby, he took short naps lasting 40 minutes tops. Since it takes half an hour to start up Honeycomb Valley, playing during naps was not possible and in the evenings I couldn’t concentrate on the game anymore. My son is now a walking and talking 1,5 year old who takes only one nap a day, but since this nap lasts around 2 hours now, I get a chance to play again. Expect slow progress, but yes, things will happen again. Hooray! ***
Did you know time is a strange thing in the Sim Universe? While time went on in towns like Sandy Valley and Bimlico, it was like someone had frozen Honeycomb Valley at the end of August 05. How very weird. And yet, the Sims of Honeycomb Valley had no idea of any of this and when September finally rolled around, they went about their business as if nothing had happened. As for that September, ah well, it was a little bit of everything.
The very first day
On the morning of the first day of the new schoolyear, Benjamin was making breakfast. This year it was a very special first day, as Ethan, who turned 5 in June, was finally starting school. Finally, because he had been looking forward to it for so long now.
And sure enough, Ethan was out of bed as soon as he had opened his eyes that morning. Yay! School!
The whole Anderson family enjoyed the breakfast dad had prepared and then it was off to school!
Ethan was proud to go to school on his new bike.
SCHOOL!! Isa looks less excited… Maybe this has to do with the fact her friend Liam has moved on to Class 2, while she has another year in Class 1 ahead…
Another family getting ready for their very first day of school in Honeycomb Valley was the Quinn family.
While the kids had breakfast, Tiana said goodbye to her husband, who would be gone for a few days, flying abroad.
Jada put on her new clothes in her favourite colour and hoped she’d make a good impression on her classmates in Class 6.
Finn had offered to meet Jada in front of the school, so she wouldn’t have to go in by herself. Such a gentleman.
But Rachel wasn’t best pleased to see Finn and Jada together when she entered the class.
Thankfully Sadie was there so she could utter her frustration whilst Jada was chatting to Finn.
“Why, Sadie? Why do I always have to stand by and watch Finn with another girl? When he broke up with your sister I thought I’d finally get my chance. I mean, he put his arm around me for the school pictures back in May. And then at prom he chatted to me for at least ten minutes! And now she’s here and I’m back in second place…”
“Rach…” Sadie sighed. “Finn is your FRIEND. And maybe, now we’re in Class 6, the time has come to accept the fact that that is what he is, your FRIEND. And also, from the looks of it, Jada and he are also just friends.”
It was unfortunate that only the last part of that sentence was the part that stuck with Rachel…
The youngest member of the Quinn clan had also started her day in Class 2. And look who she’s sitting next to…
The looks these two were exchanging can only mean trouble…
And it seemed Ruth had caught their eye…
When it was time for recess, Ruth went up to Ellie to ask her if she wanted to play with her outside. Ruth had only had boys in her class last year and figured now that there were finally some girls, she would have more playmates.
She soon learnt this assumption had been very wrong.
“You don’t seriously think I’m going to play with YOU, do you. I don’t play with girls in ugly skirts!”
Once she came downstairs, Ellie told Aliyah all about the crazy thing Ruth had just asked her. Aliyah thought it was quite hilarious indeed.
But Ruth wasn’t going to give up that easily. When she saw Ellie and Aliyah playing on the swing, she again tried to join them.
Aliyah would have none of it.
“Are you really that dumb? We don’t want to play with a girl who wears baby pigtails! Hahaha!”
Things were better over at the high school building. Malik and Logan were fast becoming great friends, spending their recess chatting and laughing together. And look, there’s Zoe on her first day as a high school student, reunited with her best friend Emily.
These two boys are meant to be best friends, I’m sure!
Since they were having so much fun, Logan invited Malik to come over after school so they could hang out some more. Malik of course agreed.
And so it happened. After school, Logan and Malik got together to read comics…
.. and play videogames! Geek heaven!
Henry’s big plan
It was known all around Honeycomb Valley that mayor Henry Newman was nowhere near finished with his project “Greenify Honeycomb Valley”. The Greenery had turned out to be a great success, both for the economy and for Henry’s reputation (and for the size of my save file) as had the renovation of the park. Further steps were now required. There had been talk of large buildings, such as the University and the hospital, being demolished and/or relocated elsewhere, but exact details were blurry and it also quite worried residents. Where would they go if they got ill? What would happen to their businesses? But Henry had a plan and in the second week of September he presented this plan to his council.
Not far from Honeycomb Valley, only right over the hill, lays a small town known as Stonehill. Despite it once being a great place to live, it suffered from the big economic crash that occured some 20 odd years ago and is now a deserted ghosttown full of rundown buildings. It seems there are still some people living there, but they’re up to no good.
Henry told his council he had been granted permission to annex the little ghosttown and make it part of Honeycomb Valley. The town would be renamed and cleaned up.
As Henry showed slides of the current state of the town, it became clear to everyone in the room a clean up was definitely necessary.
Deserted streets, overgrown parks and derelict buildings…
Henry further explained his plans for the town. It would be geared towards students and young professionals. The University would be placed there as well as lots of businesses now located in Honeycomb Valley.
After Henry was done with his presentation, the council got a chance to ask questions and give their view on things.
David wanted to know what the precise connection with Honeycomb Valley would be. Henry explained the town would be part of Honeycomb Valley in the sense it would share facilities “and a mayor!” He laughed. There would be a fast and direct underground line between the two towns, but the new town would be known by its own name.
“Will there be schools for children and teens as well?” Katie asked
“No,” Henry answered. “For now, The Beehive will provide education for children and teens from both towns. If we place a primary and high school in the new town as well as a University, there’s a chance more and more young families will move there, and we risk Honeycomb Valley becoming a town with only ageing population. A schoolbus service will run from the new town to The Beehive.”
Renovation work in the new town would soon start.
Students to be
Meanwhile, five students to be had no idea about the plans for the new town and the University to be build there. As far as Daniel, James, Seth, Sarah and Jill knew, next month they would start their student lives at HVU and they were very excited. Even though classes wouldn’t start until October, today they’d get a tour of the University by a current student.
But first, coffee!
Coffee in the park on a nice sunny autumn day.
The five friends arrived well on time and were chatting away rather excitingly while waiting for their guide to arrive.
The guide turned out to be third year science student Narai Walker.
James immediately started chatting to Narai.
First stop was the library. While Narai told James about HVU’s music department, I caught Jill glancing their way… Still hung up on James, Jill, or could you have been checking someone else out…?
After their tour of the University, Narai took our prospective students to another very important student venue: The Bumblebee!
And even though Narai himself has visited The Bumblebee quite a few times over the past years, it seems he also spotted something new here today…
While Dan and Jill discovered the pub…
… Seth and Sarah found a very interesting place to have a little flirt…
Even more happened in September, find out in…