04: A Summary

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Transitions to the next lifestage:

Births:

Marriages:

Deaths:

Pregnancies:

  • Rosalie (July 03 – February 04)
  • Naomi (September 03 – April 04)
  • Lexie (February – September)
  • Amy (February – September)

New residents:

Moved away:

December 04: …and a Happy New Year! (Pt.2)

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part 1

The Teen Party

At the hangout, the party was still going strong.
Chloé and Sophie spent most their time dancing together.

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Screenshot-282After a while, Esme seemed to think the party was getting a bit dull, so she pulled her friend Martha close to whisper a plan to spice things up a bit…

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Okay, Martha, listen, are you up for a dare?
– Sure! What’d you have in mind?
Hehe, I dare you… to kiss my boyfriend!
– What? Finn? Why?
Yeah, it’ll be a good test to see how faithful he is. Are you up for it?
– Haha, sure!

And so, there she went…

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Sadie, not knowing Esme dared Martha to do this, saw it all and wasn’t pleased at all!

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Martha was supposed to be her sister’s best friend! What was she doing kissing her boyfriend!?
(And to think that a year ago, Sadie was pissed at Esme for kissing Finn… She’s over him now.)

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Finn however, didn’t take it well either.
What the actual…? Martha! What are you doing? Are you out of your mind!?
Jill seemed proud of her little brother’s response.pissed

He immediately looked up Esme to kiss her passionately. She was his girlfriend, not Martha! All Esme could think was, mission accomplished. You’re a sly one, Es…faithful

Sadie was still upset about what she saw and went pouring out her heart to Daniel. He said he knew something that might cheer her up…

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…bubbles!!

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Midnight!

When midnight approached, the teens all rushed outside to light the fireworks…

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Elsewhere, Kai, Joel, Rosalie and Jayden went out too.

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Ready…?

10, 9, 8, 7, 6…

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…5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

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The Teen Party

After the fireworks were over and everyone had wished each other a happy new year, the teens went back inside to dance some more.

Daniel held Sadie back for a bit though.

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Wait, come here, I have to tell you something…
– What’s that…?

sadie dan kiss…Happy new year… 

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Sadie was stunned. But only for a second…

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I guess that plan worked out well, Daniel…

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Although… you might not have been as private as you thought you were…
It seems Martha saw something…

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And what’s the first thing Martha does? Yep, you guessed it…

seenI don’t think that secret will stay secret very long…

Much too soon, the party ended. Lucy and Katie had made sure the fathers were sent out to pick up Kyra and Holly. Jack and Jacob seemed less pleased standing out in the cold in the middle of the night.

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Again with the police car, Jack?

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The party may have been over, but Seth still had something in store for his Sarah. Since it was now past midnight on New Years Eve, that meant they were now officially a couple for one year exactly.

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Happy anniversary!

one year anniversaryIn that package was a beautiful necklace. Sarah was very happy with this gift.

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Seth then called his sisters and the Murray kids and Sarah got in the car Seth borrowed from his mum.

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It seems Seth and Sarah were going to have happy anniversary indeed…

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And so, a new year had begun… In the winter sky, the first light of 05 was starting to show. Hopefully it will be another good year…

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December 04: …and a Happy New Year! (Pt.1)

The final day of the year had finally arrived for the residents of Honeycomb Valley! That evening there would be parties, fireworks and gatherings. This is how Honeycomb Valley celebrated New Years Eve 04!

Before the Night Fell…

On the morning of New Year’s Eve, Esme visited the fireworks stand which had opened in Honeycomb Valley for one week only. She wanted to buy fireworks to bring to the New Years Eve party which was to be held at the teen hangout that night.

Wesley got a parttime job at the stand.

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After buying fireworks, Esme met her boyfriend Finn and best friend Martha at Winter Wonderland.

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The three skated for a while. Esme and Finn clearly had more experience than Martha did.Esme Finn Martha skate

After skating, Finn suddenly complained how Esme shouldn’t invite him if she wasn’t going to hang out with him, and left.
Esme was unfazed. If he wants to leave, he should leave. Bye Finn! And then she had some hot chocolate with Martha.

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Umm, Martha…? What’s your mum doing…?

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Right…

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Esme wasn’t Wesley’s only customer that day.

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Pierce, Loretta and the kids came to get some sparklers…

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…and Joel and his dad had plans to create a spectacle that night!

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At 6, Kyra arrived at Holly‘s house to get ready! The girls were so excited to go to their first real party that night! Sure, they’ve been to prom, but that’s a school party. This was a REAL party! Mothers Lucy and Katie had their doubts about sending their 13 year old daughters (we’re almost 14!!) to a New Years Eve party, but the girls begged and pleaded and eventually got their way. But there was no way they’d be going home alone! The dads would pick them up at 2.

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Holly especially spent a lot of time doing her hair and make up.

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And she got to wear her pink heels again!

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The Teen Party

Jack drove the girls to the party in the police car. I think he wanted to make a statement…

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Esme, Ruby and Chloé (who was still visiting) were waiting outside.

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Inside the party was already going strong!

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James and Jill hadn’t seen each other since “that night“. Even though James didn’t mention anything about it to her, Jill thought it was a good sign he came up to talk to her. Oh Jill… You’re never getting over him, are you..? But then again, maybe you don’t have to…?

(Also, what’s with that jump Daniel is doing in the background…?)chat

This seems to be a very special dance indeed…

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We’ll check back with the teens later! For now let’s take a look at what some of the other residents of Honeycomb Valley were doing…

The Knight family

Even though it wasn’t midnight yet, the Knight triplets could no longer wait to light their sparklers!

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They’re so pretty!

Wendy and Stella

Not everyone wants big parties or fireworks on New Years Eve. Friends and neighbours Wendy and Stella were having a cosy and fun tv night at Wendy’s house.

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The Harrison family

Joel and Kai had already put out the fireworks for later…

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Abbey and Lucas’ Party

The teens of Honeycomb Valley weren’t the only ones having a New Years Eve party. Abbey and Lucas had organised a party in their building too!

The guests even brought food! Boris seemed pleased by this!

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It soon got very busy in both Abbey’s and Lucas’ apartment.

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Everyone seemed to have a good time and both the guests and Boris walked from one floor to the other to chat, drink, eat and dance.party

There was lots of dancing…

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(Yes, Abbey voluntarily danced with Emmett. Wow.)

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But Susie felt a bit out of place… Since almost everyone here was in their twenties, Susie, once again, felt old. So, she decided to spend her time eating and drinking.out of place

Her boyfriend, the social butterfly, spent most of his time chatting to people he’d never met before.
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Emmett was having the night of his life! First a dance with Abbey and now he even found someone to do a kegstand with! The helpful man was Narai, one of Honeycomb Valley’s students and Harry‘s best friend. Both guys seemed pleased they pulled it off!kegstand

What’s this? Another dance with Abbey? Wow, Emmett, who knows, you might get your chance with her after all…

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Now, it was my intention to check back at Abbey and Lucas’ party later, but at 23:00 (11 pm), everyone suddenly thanked Abbey for the great party and LEFT! It’s a New Years Eve party people, you’re supposed to stay until midnight at LEAST! I tried to re-invite them, but it didn’t work. Starting a party at 1:00 is not done, according to EA. Grrrr.
Thankfully, there were still other things going on around town, so continue on to…

part 2

December 04: Merry Christmas… (Pt. 2)

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part 1

Two days until Christmas…

The Christmas holidays had started and with only two days to go until Christmas, Joel decide to check out Winter Wonderland, a place in town only for the winter, and entirely devoted to winter fun like snowboarding and ice skating.

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Joel loved snowboarding! Even though he fell a few times, he always got up to try again.board

After a while, his father Kai came to see how his son was doing. He felt very proud indeed!that's my boy

All this snowboarding sure is chilly, so Kai and Joel sat down for a nice cup of hot chocolate and a warm snack, provided by student Mia who was hired for the holidays.

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It soon got busier. Even Olivia tried on some skates, which is remarkable, since she’s the biggest couch potato in town.mother son

And look who we have here! Chloé was over from Sandy Valley once more to visit her friend Sophie for Christmas.

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The girls tried to skate too, and even felt they could do a spin together!skate

Hmm… I guess you better work on that some more, girls…

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They then decided to give up on skating and have a bagel instead!

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It’s Christmas!

On the morning of Christmas day, Donna got up early to prepare a lovely Christmas dinner. Her son, Colin, along with Naomi, Liam and Isla would be visiting later that day.

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Around noon, they arrived. First they had some tea and cookies…

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…and then it was time for presents!!prezzies

Everyone loved what they got. After presents though, Colin said he wasn’t feeling well and that he was going to go home. Naomi argued for a bit about how he couldn’t do that, his mother went through so much trouble! But Colin left anyway.*

So, Naomi, Liam and Donna enjoyed the meal of soup and pumpkin pie without Colin.

*What really happened was that Colin kept getting a script error and was thus reset. I tried to get him to his mother’s again, but he just wouldn’t show up. Sims..

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Of course little Isla wasn’t forgotten, she enjoyed being with her grandmother very much too.

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In the evening, the bells of St. Clifton Church rang; it was time for Christmas mass.

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It was very busy! Honeycomb Valley doesn’t have many religious residents, but even many non religious ones enjoy the Christmas mass. The lights, the singing…
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Charlotte and Aaron found a little private moment before the mass began…

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Of course the Edwards family occupied the first rows, joined by Ben, who came over from Bonnie Brae to celebrate Christmas with the Edwards.

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Even the balconies were full…

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The Cook/Watson/Bennett family occupying a whole balcony. Even Nathan was sitting still!

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Of course, mayor Henry and his wife Jacqueline were also present.

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John led them all in song.

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The Chapman family, and Lillian‘s sister Abigail couldn’t find a seat anymore, so they were left to stand.

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And then there’s always a few people who can’t stop chatting…

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After the mass was over, Ben went up to John to thank him for a beautiful service.

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One day after Christmas…

We stay with the Edwards family a while longer, because the day after Christmas Ben was visiting their home. He had something to ask John…

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He was quite nervous to ask this question…asking father

…but the answer pleased him to no end!

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After asking her father, it was time to ask Rebecca that all important question. John called the whole family to witness this joyous event…

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Martha made no effort to hide the fact she thought this whole charade was ridiculous!

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Rebecca though, couldn’t be happier, and hugged her fiance tightly!

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And so Christmas was over, but 04 was not! New Years Eve was still to come! But more on that next time…

A note about Ben and Rebecca
Ben and Rebecca have only known each other for 2 months. Normally, I would never engage two Sims this quickly. But since John picked Ben with the intention of him being a match for Rebecca and I felt that in Rebecca’s case “dating” would simply not happen, it only seemed appropriate for them to get engaged. Whenever two sims of mine got engaged before though, the one being asked would be over the moon and jump into their fiance’s arms. I had already decided to ignore it when Rebecca would do this, because I didn’t feel it would fit her. But, to my surprise, she didn’t! She just hugged him tightly! They didn’t even kiss! Since they indeed haven’t yet shared that first kiss, I loved this! This was so appropriate for them!

December 04: Merry Christmas… (Pt. 1)

It’s December, and thus, the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas is upon us! Lots of things occurred in Honeycomb Valley in the weeks leading up to Christmas and there was also something quite exciting right after Christmas. But I’m getting ahead of myself. First things first!

Two weeks until Christmas…

A birthday cake and a very excited looking Pierce can only mean one thing: the triplets are having a birthday!!

Happy birthday Brian, Chloe and Megan!

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The Knights didn’t want a big party, so they just had a small celebration with cake after which the triplets gathered in the backyard so Loretta could take their birthday picture.

From left to right: Megan, Brian, Chloe.

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Mouse wanted to wish Megan a happy birthday too. Or so she thought…Mouse

Bad kitty!!

That night the kids brushed their teeth for the first time by themselves.Teeth

The next morning, it was an early breakfast, because the kids were eager to go outside: the first snow had fallen!

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Matching Knight family slippers.

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Yay, snow! While Brian and Chloe built a snowman, Megan made many snowangels!Snow

One week until Christmas…

The last day before the Christmas Holidays, the Beehive held their first annual Christmas Dinner. A “formal” event for all the teens and high school teachers of the Beehive.

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The gym was transformed into a “restaurant” with lots of tables and buffets. The kids could sit where ever they wanted and get up to get something to eat as often as they liked.

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Everyone came “in style” and of course Holly and Kyra found seats next to one another.

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The teens and their teachers all seemed to have a great time.

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Once everyone was finished eating, the tables and chairs were pushed aside and the floor was open for everyone who wanted to dance.

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Most kids started out chatting though. Like bandmates Daniel and Sadie. He showed her a video she found funny…Sadie-Dan

…and they ended up talking for the rest of the night!

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Meanwhile, James was engrossed in an interesting conversation about guitars with music teacher Benjamin.

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Umm… Holly… When people find the darkest corner of a room for some one on one time, it’s not really appropriate to watch them… (the couple is Finn and Esme, by the way)

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After a while, people actually did start dancing.do a little dance

Martha was having a discussion with her brother.

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While everyone was busy dancing or chatting…

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Sophie felt her book was more interesting…

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Most of the dancing couples were quite likely matches, like Seth and Sarah

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…and Esme and Finn…

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…but this was an unexpected turn of events!James-Jill

Yes, that’s James and Jill! Ex-lovers James and Jill who had a nasty break up at prom, in 03…

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Jill, who never really got over James, judging by the look in her eyes when she watched him perform at her birthday party

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…but despite that always giving him the cold shoulder whenever he so much as talked to her. And now here they were, dancing together. No, slow dancing together even!

After the party was over, James even walked Jill home (such a gentleman) and they ended up having a snowball fight in her backyard.

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Then it was time for James to say goodbye.

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Right… Not so much goodbye then.
And, you know what they say, one thing led to another…

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I hope you were being safe there, James. We don’t want Jill in the same state Ingrid is in

Obviously, James couldn’t stay the night. Finn was staying at Esme’s, but Jill’s parents would be home any minute. Think of all the questions this would raise! So, now it really was time for goodbye.

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Was this just a one night thing, are they getting back together? Time will tell…

Since it’s still not Christmas, click to go on to…
part 2

November 04: Courtship (Part 2)

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Abbey

Remember back in April, when Emmett went on a date with tough girl Abbey? And how she rejected him? She rejected. him.  Emmett couldn’t believe it, no one had ever rejected him. So, since March, he made several attempts to get in contact with her again, but to no avail. Of course, Emmett wasn’t giving up. Not usually one to chase after a girl (“let them come to me, I attract them like moths to a flame, really”), this girl was another story all together. Because of that whole rejecting business obviously. He couldn’t have that. Oh no.

So Emmett tried a different strategy. He went down to the police station…

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“Yeah, so, I would like to work here”, he told the officer behind the counter.
“You’ll have to fill out some forms and take a few tests”, he was told. “Then you get to accompany an officer for a day and if you get approved you can work here and take the course simultaneously.”
“Is that officer Abbey?”

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Abbey herself just got home from work and had taken a shower when there was a knock on her door.

“Hi, I’m Lucas. I just moved into the apartment upstairs and I wanted to say hi.”
So Abbey and her new neighbour chatted for a while. About work and interests. Lucas of course also had to enquire about a Mr. Abbey, to which Abbey laughed and told him that no, there was no “Mr. Abbey”.
When Lucas told her he worked as a scullion at Foster’s, Abbey replied that she really couldn’t cook at all. Lucas, never one to miss an opportunity, immediately offered to cook her dinner the next night.
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The next morning, Abbey took Boris for a walk and then headed off to work.

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There, a surprise awaited her…

“What are you doing here!?”
“I work here now” Emmett replied grinning. “And better yet, I get to ride along with you today!”

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Abbey had no choice but to make the best of it and she and Emmett got in the car and patrolled the town that day.

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Near the end of their shift, they got a message from the station telling them they had to go an interview Onslow Mills, as he was a suspect in the “missing bikes mystery” that taunts Honeycomb Valley.

Umm… Emmett, I don’t think you’re supposed to be texting while on the job… (I suspect he was texting Wesley to tell him he was right across his trailer…)

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Abbey asked Onslow some tough questions which he answered (but I think he was lying).

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Emmett was quite impressed with Abbey’s way of handling the situation and told her so when they were outside again. Abbey in turn actually seemed quite pleased with this compliment.

However, now it was time to go home, since she obviously still had dinnerplans.compliment

While Abbey greeted Boris and then took a shower…

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…Lucas was busy in his own apartment preparing dinner for them.

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There she was.

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They sat down for dinner and wine.dinner

And had a chat.

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But Abbey had been eyeing Lucas’ pooltable! She couldn’t wait to shoot some pool with him! Lucas first decided to go easy on her, but soon learnt not to hold back! This girl is a pro! poolIt was a good night!

Luke

By now, a whole month had passed since that night Luke spent on the roof with Susie. And still, he had not heard from her… So, it seemed, that was really over…
He felt sad. He tried not to let it get him down, but fact remained, he was sad. He really thought she was perfect. *Sigh*

Luke filled Boy’s bowl…

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…And then sat down by his fire.
He was just getting lost in thought again, when suddenly the doorbell rang…

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“Sss… Suse…? What are you doing he… I mean, come in, did you get my texts? No, don’t answer that, it doesn’t matter. I mean, I’m sorry about the ki… I mean what.., uhm…”

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“Just shut up.” Was all Susie replied.

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“Are you… are you sure about this…?” Luke asked.
“I’ve been thinking about it for an entire month. Yes, I’m sure.”

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And with that, she kissed him again, and again, and again, and… well… you get the idea…

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After… well.. that, Luke and Susie spent the whole night talking. About how terrified Suse had been after that night on the roof, about their childhood, about failed relationships, about family, about hopes and dreams and all that jazz.

And when morning came, Susie really was sure she had made the right decision. She had to leave though, she had a job waiting.

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But Luke didn’t just want to let her go and risk not hearing from her for yet another month. He also wanted her to know he really was serious about this.

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“Wait! Do you think that maybe… um.. I could perhaps… call you my girlfriend?”steadyYes. It turned out, Susie liked that idea very much indeed.

And with that, November came to an end. The trees had lost almost all their leaves, so it seemed winter was right around the corner. More on that some other time!

November 04: Courtship (Part 1)

You’d think early spring would be the designated time for blooming love, wouldn’t you? Well, it seems for the Sims of Honeycomb Valley, this time was November. Although, in some cases I guess it’s more lust than love and in others the feelings seem to be very one-sided. And then there’s that one couple, in which case we really can call it a courtship… Curious yet? You’ll have to wait just a bit longer, because the first event of SimNovember had nothing what so ever to do with courtship…

Valerie

It may not have had anything to do with courtship, but it did involve love. Two parents loving their daughter. Their one year old daughter to be precise. It was Valerie’s first birthday!

The whole family came over to celebrate Valerie’s first. Evelyn seems much happier about her child’s first birthday than her sister was 2 months ago.

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After blowing out the candles and unwrapping the presents, the family had cake, while cousins Valerie and Vicky played with play dough. Awww, Justin, I can already see it happening… The girls sticking together and Justin being left out…cousins

Of course, cousin Ellie wouldn’t be Ellie if she didn’t get up to some mischief!
(Ellie started to destroy the pumpkin completely autonomously! It made me laugh. So typically Ellie…)

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This made no difference to Valerie, who had a great birthday either way!

Luke

Two weeks had passed since that night Luke spent with Susie on the roof, and even though he couldn’t stop thinking of her while going about his daily business, he hadn’t heard from her since and kept wondering if he’d made a big mistake by kissing her…

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He had sent her a few texts to ask her how she was doing and avoided talking about that kiss. But even a simple “how was work today? :)” didn’t get a reply.

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He asked Boy for advice.
“What do you think I should do? Should I just try and forget about her? Or should I apologise for kissing her? I still really like her, you know…”
Boy just licked his face in response.

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Because talking to Boy didn’t get him a lot of answers, Luke decided to ask Kyra after a rainy riding lesson how her aunt was doing.
“She’s alright,” Kyra said. “She seems a bit distracted lately, but I guess she’s fine.”

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Little did Luke know that Susie had actually spent all her time thinking about that night too. She tried to distract herself by reading and drawing, but it didn’t really work. She got Luke’s texts but couldn’t bring herself to respond to them.
“He’s too young Suse,” she told herself. “It’ll only lead to another broken heart…”

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Rebecca

Hey, look who it is, Amy and John with their eldest and youngest child at the busstop. And with a suitcase even! Rebecca was leaving  for a few days. She was going to visit Ben in his hometown of Bonnie Brae. Of course she wouldn’t technically be staying with Ben! Heavens no, an unmarried woman staying with an unmarried man? No no, John would never allow it and the thought alone made Becca much too scared. She was going to stay with Ben’s eldest sibling; his sister Edith and her family.
(Lucy was at the busstation too, to pick up Nathan, who returned from a brilliant stay with his friend KamKam in Krampouezh. Read all about that here!)

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After a busride, a change from bus to train in Bridgeport (such an awful place, according to Rebecca) and a few more hours on the train, Rebecca arrived in rainy Bonnie Brae*.

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Rebecca’s train was early, so she had to wait a while before Ben and his family arrived. He had brought his parents and Edith with her youngest daughter Matilda.ArrivalRebecca, Ben, Edith and Matilda took a taxi to Edith’s house.

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Rebecca was immediately very impressed by Edith’s house. it felt so warm and cozy! Oh to have a home like this…

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Edith served some coffee and homemade pies and the three adults sat down so Becca and Edith could get better acquainted. coffee
After coffee, Edith gave her guest a tour of the house. First stop: the guestroom, or, for now, Becca’s room! Rebecca could hardly believe it! Her own room! She hadn’t had a room to herself since she was three and Martha was born! And it got even better still, because this room had its very own bathroom!
After showing Rebecca the room she’d be staying in, Edith took her upstairs to show her the rest of the house. Rebecca loved every corner of it, but was most impressed by the bedroom where Edith’s daughter Bethany and Matilda slept. Oh, she couldn’t wait to create a room like that for her own children!roomBen had borrowed his dad’s car and took Rebecca out to see the town.
They stopped at the local pub; The Shepherd and Flock.
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Here, Rebecca met pub owner Hailey who called her “love” and asked her about life “in the city”. Hayley
It was still early, so there weren’t a lot of customers yet. Ben showed Rebecca how to throw darts.
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Rebecca never liked going out in Honeycomb Valley, but this place sure was lovely.
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After an hour or so at the pub, Ben told Rebecca he had another place to show her. They got back in the car and drove to a hill. At the top of that hill, a gorgeous little house was situated.
“This will be my house”, Ben said. “My grandfather used to own a lot of land in Bonnie Brae and he left this house to me.
Becca was speechless. To live in a house like this was something she had always secretly dreamt of…House on the hill
When they returned, Edith was making dinner. Her two eldest children, 7 year old Bethany and 5 year old Ewan, had arrived home as well, as had their dad, Caleb, who was the local grocer.
Rebecca first felt a bit shy in the midst of all these new people, but the anxiety soon settled when they all turned out to be really nice.familylife
Edith had cooked salmon and made pumpkin pie for dessert. It was lovely.

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After dinner it was time for Ben and Rebecca to say goodbye, as Ben would obviously be sleeping at home, with his parents.
When they were hugging goodbye, Ben whispered to Becca; “I really like you, you’re very sweet.” Rebecca couldn’t be happier.he likes herThe next morning, the family had breakfast, just before Caleb went to his grocery store.

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After Bethany and Ewan had also left for school, Rebecca helped Edith in the garden.

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When Ben came over to pick her up, they decided to visit Caleb’s grocery store.grocer

And then went to the monument.

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Rebecca felt sure she could get used to this place (and this boy 😉 )!

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The next day marked the last day of Rebecca’s stay. Edith and Ben had organised a family gathering in the park so Rebecca could meet Ben’s brothers and their wives and kids.

She met Paul and his wife Fiona (who’s very modern, look, she’s wearing trousers instead of skirts!) and Peter and his wife Maggie.meeting the family

They had a great day, luckily the weather was cooperative! gathering

The many toddlers of the family had fun too!

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That evening it was time for Rebecca to return home. Ben, Edith, Bethany, Ewan and Matilda took her to the station.

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Bye bye Matilda!Bye bye matilda

Bye Bethany and Ewan! Bye Edith, thanks for everything!Bye bye kids and Edith

Then Edith and her kids left, giving Ben and Becca a final moment alone.

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Ben hugged Rebecca goodbye and promised to visit her again very soon!Bye bye Ben

Though Ben’s courtship of Rebecca was the best example of courtship of the month, he wasn’t the only one trying to get the girl…

Continue to…part 2

* About Bonnie Brae
Bonnie Brae is my mum’s town. It’s an adapted version of the gorgeous Glen Donnach, which can be downloaded here. Bonnie Brae is a small village in the country where time sort of stood still. Most of its residents are religious (to various degrees) and a bit (or more than a bit) old-fashioned. Obviously this is a place where our Becca feels right at home!
Most of the houses and buildings in Bonnie Brae came with the town, but the pub and grocery store featured in this story were built and decorated by my mum. The house on the hill is built by me and my mum did the landscaping for it. Edith’s house was already there, but I changed the layout a bit and decorated it, after which my mum added a few details.
She’s still very much building the town up and changing little things to her liking, so who knows, maybe there will be much more to see next time we visit.

October 04: Is it Scary…? (Part 2)

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Halloween at The Beehive

For children, the scary part of October is the BEST part of October! And at the primary department of The Beehive, each class had its own way to celebrate autumn and Halloween.

Naomi and her class 2 had an afternoon of pumpkin carving.

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First they had to empty the pumpkins and then they could, carefully, carve them.
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Riley was the only one of the group to decide on carving a traditional Jack-O-Lantern. Nick wanted to make a silly one, Ruth opted for a cat and Nathan decided to created a ghost lantern.

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In the end, Riley was the only one who succeeded. But no matter, we all had fun right?

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While class 2 was carving pumpkins, Eva gathered her class 1 kids in the hallway to go on an autumn walk in the park.

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Before long, they arrived.

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They did some raking…rake

…and found a squirrel…squirrel

…and obviously Ellie had to give Isa a scare…

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After about an hour or two, they all sat down to have a picnic. They were even joined briefly by Megan Knight who was very interested in what they were eating.
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Lucy‘s class 3 had the afternoon off, because for the eldest pupils of the primary school, a special event had been set up. They got to come to school in the evening all dressed up!
Joshua and Miriam Edwards almost hadn’t been allowed to go, father John feels a celebration like Halloween is so very heathen and he didn’t want any children of his to be a part of it, but Lucy assured him no satan worshipping would be going on and big sister Martha gave her father a piece of her mind too. It was just a children’s celebration! In the end, John caved, but there was no way his children could dress up as witches or ghost pirates. So, Miriam went as a tiger, and Joshua as a hotdog.

First, the group had a very scary dinner…Spooky dinner

…Then, Lucy told a ghost story… (Shhh… We’re not telling John…)

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…and they had their picture taken…

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And then it was time for the best part of the night; Trick or treat-ing! The school had send out letters to all the residents of Orange Blossom, Honeycomb Valley’s main residential area, to ask them to put out a lit pumpkin this night if the class 3 were welcome to ring their doorbell. And yay! Lots of people did!Trick or treat

At the Wyler residence Patty had gone all out!

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At 22:00 the kids and their teacher arrived back at school with lots of candy in their pockets. It had been a great night!

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Esme’s plan

The last days of October marked the start of a week long autumn break for the kids and teens of The Beehive.
Esme had a great plan for the start of these holidays! She called up her friend Martha to invite her over and discuss the details.

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Pretty soon, Martha arrived and Esme told her friend all about her plan: let’s invite the whole class and camp out for a night in the woods! We’ll bring some music and build a fire, it’ll be scary, but awesome!

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Martha agreed. Well, her father would never agree to let her go, but who cares! She’d just sneak out! And so the girls immediately picked up their phones to call their classmates.

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Aiden was in, Jeffrey was in, Sophie was in, Ruby was coming, Finn was obviously going to be there, Esme asked her sister face to face and when Rachel heard Sadie was going, she agreed to come too.call

And so, they gathered in the woods that night. Of course, Esme and Finn were immediately all over each other again, which made Rachel wonder why she agreed to come…

To understand what’s going on between Esme, Finn and Rachel; read the story of Camp Windiwell 03 here)

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“Oh leave them be”, Sadie told her best friend. “I’ve moved on and forgave her, Rach, I think you should really try to move on too…”

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All Rachel could think was that it was easier said than done and how she had always loved Finn more than Sadie had, but she said nothing and welcomed a hug from her best friend.

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It was a fun night. They built a fire, had a dance…

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… sent texts to romantic interests in foreign countries….text

… And Esme and Finn had lots of making out sessions…

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I was starting to wonder if Esme hadn’t planned this whole night just for her own benefit, and when I saw her entering a tent and Finn following, I knew I was right…

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Right… Let’s hope Rachel wasn’t near that tent…
Meanwhile Jeffrey and Sadie tossed a ball around.

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A few hours later, everyone had found a tent to sleep in. Although, in Esme and Finn’s tent there wasn’t much sleeping going on it seems….
Sophie was being tough and decided to sleep outside. But maybe this was just so the beeps of her phone when her texts came in wouldn’t wake anyone else up…

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Halfway through the night however, it started to hail. This was too much for Sophie.

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She quickly went for cover in Martha’s tent.

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Yes, Sophie, nights are certainly getting colder. It’s getting close to November, after all…

Also this October…

Look, it’s Miss Anna, all packed. Where is she going, you wonder? Anna is going abroad for a year. What about Matthew, you wonder? Why? What about him? He has a nanny, doesn’t he…?
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October 04: Is it Scary…? (Part 1)

There’s many scary moments in life; Leaving high school, meeting the guy you might marry, a first date, telling someone how you feel about them, your first driving lesson, taking things to the next level with your boyfriend, and, of course, the great October festival that is Halloween. October in Honeycomb Valley involved all of these scary things. Let’s start at the beginning…

Rebecca

You wouldn’t know by the way Rebecca prepared the family breakfast that morning that this was actually a very special day for her: Today was Rebecca’s 18th birthday. Even more special was the fact that today would be Rebecca’s last ever day of school. According to the Honeycomb Valley school system, children and teens are required to attend school until the age of 18. Once they turn 18, school is no longer mandatory, although you don’t get to officially graduate until 20.
However, Rebecca’s parents felt that a woman’s place is in the home, not in school, so it was decided Rebecca would leave school the day she turned 18. Since Rebecca never really enjoyed school, she didn’t mind this decision at all and actually felt quite happy that morning making her family breakfast.

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After the 6 eldest children of the Edwards family had left for school, Amy and John sat down and waited for their guests to arrive.  John’s friend, fellow vicar Jeremiah Brown from the town of Bonnie Brae was to come and visit with his wife Agatha and their youngest son, the 19 year old Ben…

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And there they were!

The Browns

If you think this visit was a mere social call, you’re mistaken… John and Amy wanted to meet Ben, because John felt this would be a suitable match for his eldest daughter. After all, a grown woman should marry and produce offspring and naturally the spouse needed to be someone John approved of…
Now, he wouldn’t force Rebecca to marry Ben, that would be old fashioned. But at least he did his job of finding her a suitable option.

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Amy would never tell John this, but she cared more about whether Ben was a nice guy than whether he was “God fearing”. So while John was discussing the church with Jeremiah and Agatha, Amy took her possible future son in law apart to get to know him a bit better.heart to heart

It turned out Ben was indeed a nice guy and Amy felt reassured.

At 15:00 that afternoon, John headed to school to pick up his daughter and officially take her out of school. Elliot said he was sad to see her go, although I think he actually had seen this coming…byebye school

After this official business, John and Rebecca went home where the whole family celebrated her 18th birthday. Happy birthday Rebecca! You’re an adult now! It’s scary, but lots of people do it every day!

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We’ll check back with the Edwards family later!

Luke

Rebecca wasn’t the only one having a birthday this October. Luke also got a year older. With all the work at the ranch, he didn’t have time for a big party, but there was one person he wanted to ask for a cup of birthday coffee… So, he sent her a text…
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The recipient of said text was just having a cup of tea on the rooftop terrace with her mother…

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Nancy, wondering what made her daughter smile like that, curiously asked Susie what that text was all about. “Oh, it’s Luke”, Susie said. “He wants me to come for a cup of coffee since it’s his birthday soon… I think he likes me…”Receiving the text

“He’s Kyra’s riding teacher, isn’t he?” Nancy said. “You’re lucky, Suse, he’s a very nice guy!” But Susie wanted none of that.
“Mum! He’s much too young for me, he’s only just 20 (he’s 24…) and I’m nearly 40! (she’s 35..)

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“There is absolutely no way, mum, no way.”no way

Her mother disagreed though. “You’re not ‘nearly 40′, Suse, you’re 35. And besides, it’s just a cup of coffee, no one is saying you have to start a family with him!” (Although Nancy secretly would LOVE to have more grandchildren 😉 )it's just coffee

Susie then decided to go to her favourite thinking spot by the waterfalls to think things over and to draw.

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Yes, he’s young… He’s also cute… But he’s SO young… It is only coffee though…
And so, after a lot of thinking, Susie decided to send Luke a text saying she would meet him later that afternoon for some coffee… A bit scary, but hey, it’s just coffee…

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Luke was delighted to see her!

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He was also very happy with the gift she brought him; a drawing of his horse Spider.

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And so, Susie and Luke had their coffee.

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Luke… You’re staring…

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You’re staring Luke…

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You’re still staring Luke… *sigh*

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Rebecca

A week after her birthday, Rebecca put on her special sunday dress. Her parents had told her she would meet Ben today, the boy her parents felt was a “suitable match”. Rebecca was very scared. She never felt comfortable around strangers and she felt especially uncomfortable around boys, but even her mother said Ben was nice, so maybe it wouldn’t be so bad…

The first person she met was Ben’s dad Jeremiah.

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And there was Ben. Well, he had a nice smile, at least…

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Ben was very talkative, while Rebecca still felt very nervous.

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Ben had planned to spend some time alone with Rebecca as well and took her out for a picnic.Beccas picnic

He even arranged for them to take a boattrip. Awww…. Rebecca was starting to feel quite comfortable with this boy…

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Sadie’s driving lesson

In Honeycomb Valley, the age to start driving lessons is 17. Though some teens wait longer, most are eager to start. This was certainly true for Sadie. So, she headed to Jake’s driving school to have her first lesson. Scary, but good scary!

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She turned out to be a natural!

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Luke

Luke needed a heart to heart with one of the horses. It turned out Raven was willing to listen.
“So, you see, I really like her. Really, REALLY like her. Do you think I should just ask her out? But I’m not sure she’s interested… You know what, you’re right, I’ll just do it!”

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And so he did. And much to his surprise (and mine), she said yes!
Well, actually, she said yes, because her mother AND sister had told her she could always go on one measly date. At least she would have a fun night out, right?
He had bought her flowers, that was a good start…

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But the next part of the date was bowling. Now, don’t get me wrong, bowling can be great fun, but for Susie the fact that Luke had chosen to take her bowling on a date, proved he was still so very young…bowling

Much to her surprise, Luke then took her to a building where he told her they had to use the lift… For a moment, Susie felt scared, he wasn’t going to hurt her, was he…? But she didn’t think he would, Luke was, after all, a nice guy.

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No, he wasn’t going to hurt her. Instead, she was pleasantly surprised to find he had arranged for a champagne picnic on the roof overlooking Bumblebee Quarter! Now, THIS was a grown up date…

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Luke then asked Susie to watch the stars with him…

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Aww, he’s just such a cutie…stars

He had even brought his guitar to serenade her… *swoon*. (It was actually some country folk song, but we’ll pretend it was a romantic ballad, shall we… Sims…)

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Then… Luke gathered all his nerves and told Susie how he had been having feelings for her pretty much since the day they met… And while he was on a roll anyway, he even dared to kiss her!

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Susie was left stunned for a moment and then told Luke she had to go… Leaving him alone on the rooftop, full of doubt…

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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.

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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!

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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.
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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…

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Their sisters were excited though! Even grumpy Ellie!

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.