January 06: Life and Death (pt. 2)

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The deed

Halfway through January Thomas, Lauren, Eva and Jasper had a meeting with a notary to discuss house matters and sign over the purchase deed. Thomas and Lauren had always known this day would come, as Phyllis had made it very clear she wanted her eldest grandson to inherit the house.
Thomas and Lauren also owned a small bungalow in Appaloosa Plains which they had always used as a holiday home, but intended to move there permanently now. So, all in all, everyone was happy to be there.

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The notary explained all the steps required…

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…and asked if there were any questions.

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Since no one had any, it was soon time to sign the papers.

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Congratulations, Eva and Jasper, you are now the proud owners of a house in Star Thistle!

The Dress

It was only a few days later another noteworthy day for Eva presented itself: it was time to go out and look for The Dress!

She was very excited over breakfast.

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“And I’m obviously not telling you what it looks like, Jas. I don’t even know yet myself. I might go for white, but maybe not! But it wont be red or anything, don’t worry. Or black, I’m not getting a black dress either. I mean, it’s a wedding, not a funeral, right?”
– “Im sure whatever you’ll choose will look gorgeous on you, dear” Jasper replied, secretly glad he could go to work in bit…

Two hours later, Eva met her “entourage” outside the Bridal Store. She had invited her mum Patty, mother-in-law Lauren, sister Sarah and best friend Abigail along for this big day.

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The Wyler ladies were particularly excited.

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“I hope she’ll pick a princess gown” Patty said
“But she’ll look great in something tightfit too, mum” Sarah chipped in.

There Eva was in her first dress.

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“Hmmm… I like it, but I don’t love it…”
The entourage agreed.

Onto dress number 2…

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“It’s rather plain…”

Many dresses later, Eva emerged like this…

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She looked rather happy and turned around to her ladies…

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“What do you think…?”
“You look stunning Eve…”
“This one is amazing!”
“Wow, just wow…”
“What do YOU think?”
“I love it… Girls; this is my dress!”

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Excitement all around!

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Sarah embraced her sister.

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“I’m so happy for you, Eve!”

After the dress was properly fitted, Eva took her girls for a cup of coffee. Unfortunately Lauren had to go back to work. She had already missed too many days with Phyllis’ funeral and all and still had a lot of loose ends to tie before she’d move.

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“Okay, so now all I need are shoes. Oh and maybe a tiara. And obviously flowers. And…”
Yes. Eva was all about the wedding…

The house

When the end of the month drew closer, Thomas invited his sister to come and pick out the things she wanted to keep. Obviously Thomas and Lauren couldn’t take everything with them to their Appaloosa house and Eva and Jasper were likely to want a fresh start and give most of the stuff left behind away to charity.

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“Well, I would like some of the pots and pans, but other than that, I don’t think there’s anything I need” Olivia said.

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“The only thing I’d like to bring is mum’s chair and that trunk that used to be in our old bedroom. Remember that? I have no idea where it went though…” Thomas said.
“Isn’t it in the shed?” His sister replied.
“I have no idea, I’ll have a look.”

After they divided the assets, Olivia obviously stayed for dinner.

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It was the last week of January when the moving van arrived: Thomas and Lauren were moving to Appaloosa Plains.

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Lucas had come to help his parents move and before long everything was loaded into the van.

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The movers went ahead as Thomas and Lauren said goodbye to the house.

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Lucas hugged his mother and father and wished them a good trip.

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“See you soon, mum.”
“See you soon, son.”

And off they went.

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That afternoon, after work, Jasper and Eva went to the house to start the clearing process. They couldn’t afford to waste any time, since they really hoped to move in before their wedding in May.

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It took hours, but then the house was completely empty…

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…and the front yard was full of stuff ready to be collected the following morning.

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The next day Eva and Jasper had builders over to discuss the work that need to be done. They’d do a lot of DIY themselves, but there were some big jobs they’d rather leave to professionals.

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Eva was quite clear in what she wanted.

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“So, the kitchen needs to come out and the walls need to be stripped and we want a proper entrance. I’m not sure how that would work with the stairs though.”

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“Well, miss, we can take the stairs out and then put in a new one and flip it round so you enter it from your new hallway.”

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“And do you also want a new kitchen put in, or will you do that yourselves?”
“No, we definitely want a new kitchen put in, but we have yet to pick it out.”

And so, on the very last day of January, work was well under way. Will it be finished before May? Time will tell…65

January 06: Life and Death (Pt. 1)

After an eventful 05, January 06 was quite slow paced. Not a lot happened. The things that did happen though, were rather lifechanging for some Honeycomb residents. For them, January 06 was either all about life or all about …

The passing

In the very first hours of 06, while outside the fireworks were still lighting up the sky, lovely grandmother Phyllis felt it was time to leave this world…
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When Thomas came down to check on his mother, like he did most nights, he soon realised she had passed… Lauren immediately realised something was wrong and rushed down to console her husband.2

Once the initial shock wore off, Thomas knew he had to inform his sister, she’d want to know.3

Olivia had just gone to bed that New Years Eve and was able to answer her phone quickly. Will was already sound asleep.4“Hey Livvy, it’s Thom… Listen.. umm.. I’m afraid mum has… umm… left us…”

Olivia, feeling distraught, couldn’t contain her emotions and burst out in tears, waking her husband.5Will immediately embraced his wife.
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“Will… It’s mum… She… she… she di…”7“Oh honey, I’m so sorry… At least she’s at peace now, right?”

Olivia knew he was right…

The baby

Despite 06 starting off on such a sad note for the Adams en Richardson family, elsewhere the year was about to begin much happier.
A few days into the new year, Morgan woke up feeling “different”. She immediately knew what this meant; her baby was coming!

Knowing births can take a while, Morgan first made herself some waffles.8

After she had finished her breakfast, she gave the dads-to-be a call to inform them of her current status.9

“The baby is coming?!” David uttered on the other end. “We’ll be right over!”
“Don’t rush, it could still be hou…” Morgan didn’t even get to finish her sentence, because David had already hung up.

And indeed, Morgan just barely had enough time to get dressed and there they were.
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“Are you okay? Are you in pain? Should we go to the hospital?!”
– “Relax! I’m fine! Contractions are only mild so far, this could really still be quite a while.. Have a seat…”

11“It’s really not like in the movies, guys, I don’t have to rush to the hospital straight away. I’d rather just sit on my exercise ball for a while. Apparently that helps.”

And so she did.
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But a few hours later, contractions suddenly got a lot more painful…13

Causing Bradley and David great distress…14

Clearly, the time to go to the hospital had now come.15

Four hours after arriving at the hospital, little Jonah was born. Named after Morgan’s great love, Jonas. Even though the dads were still quite in shock from the whole ordeal they had just witnessed, little Jonah had three, very happy parents!16

Morgan, Bradley and David had already agreed Jonah would spend his first months living solely at Morgan’s house with his dads paying him frequent visits.
Since the birth had been rather uncomplicated, Morgan was soon able to take her son home. Her dream had finally come true.
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A week later, Susie and Louise came to visit and Jonah got to meet “his future bride”, or so mums Morgan and Susie joked. 18

From pregnant friends to mum friends…
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“We sure did…”

The funeral

While Morgan was busy adjusting to new life as a mum, the Adams and Richardson families were gathering to say goodbye to their mother and grandmother.

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Thomas and Olivia were still quite upset…21

But for the rest of the family, it was a chance to catch up again.22“So Finnegan, I hear you have a new girl?” Lucas said to his cousin.
“I do! Her name is Jada, she’ll join us later.”

After a ceremony in the church, Phyllis was buried at the cementery. 23

Remembering their mother and grandmother moved the family more than they had thought.24

Once everyone had said their goodbyes, the family went back to the Adams’ house.
Lucas played with the chicks for a bit. 25

Eva consoled her father-in-law…26
Lauren had made a delicious pumpkin pie which the youngsters of family especially enjoyed. Including Jada, who had come to support her boyfriend.27
After the pie, Lucas spoke to Finn.28“Wow man, you sure did well, Jada is hot!”
“Bit too young for you though!”

Meanwhile, Eva and Jasper had gone for a walk through the house. After all, it had always the plan they’d get the house after Phyllis would have passed. And while she didn’t say it out loud (and hated herself for even thinking it), Eva felt the timing had been sort of just right, as they were about to get married in May…29

Eva and Jasper had always loved this house and had discussed what they’d do with it several times before. They agreed they wanted to keep the original details and feel of the place, but would still make some small changes…30“We need lots of light, Jas! So light walls and …” 
Eva rambled on for quite a while…

More excitement for Eva in…
part 2

January 05: Ice Ice Baby (Pt.2)

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part 1

In the next few weeks there were more and more people all over town who tried on their ice skates. This was not without reason! At the end of the month there would be an ice skating event on the canals! Lots of people, such as Lexie, wanted to gain some skills before this day.

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After School

Two and a half weeks into January there was something buzzing at The Beehive. Someone, in some class had the idea to visit the lake at the waterfall this afternoon. Apparently it was frozen over. That hardly ever happened! So the news went round and more and more people adopted the plan to visit the lake after school that afternoon.

It sure was busy!

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Groups of friends, parents with young children, couples, it almost seemed like everyone was there!

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Seth was being very careful…

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…but he still needs a bit of practice…

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The highschool seniors, Seth, James, Daniel, Jill and Sarah, have been this group of friends ever since they were 5. Suzan is also a highschool senior, but she has always been part of a different “group” and is quite a different type of person anyway. But these five have been friends (and as we all know, in some cases a bit more than that) for ages. This year is the last year they’ll enter as teens, as they’ll all graduate high school this June. But it’s not June yet, it’s January. And after the afternoon on the ice, this group of friends decided to spend a bit more time together and go out for pizza.

pizzaJill took the fact James sat next to her to mean something, but he seemed to just have a fun night of food and chats.

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After pizza they also went to the cinema. Seth had to go home though, which was too bad.
It was very quiet in the cinema. Probably because it was so cold outside.

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When they chatted for a bit after the movie, Daniel seemed very distracted by his phone…

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The Ice Skating Contest

On the last saturday of January it was time for the Ice Skating Contest on the canals. We meet Daniel again, as he and Sadie had agreed to meet early that morning on the playpark halfway between their houses, before going to the canals. Whatever it was between them was still just between them (well, and Esme and Martha, who saw them kissing on NYE and obviously Rachel, who Sadie had already told, but hey) and so they still met in secret.

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Daniel was so happy even, he felt his dream came true. Awww…
(Isn’t this just the cutest moodlet?) 

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Down by the canals it soon got very busy. Stands had been put up where people could help themselves to hot chocolate or soup to keep warm.
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Dylan and Amelia, being the town’s most “famous” sports personalities, were going to judge the event.

Everyone was allowed to skate on the canals freely, but Dylan and Amelia would be watching closely and choosing winners in three categories:
– Best spin
– Best backwards skating
– Best couples spin

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Soon, lots of people were skating. Some  really good, others not so much, but at least everyone was having fun.

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Meanwhile, I caught a certain young lady destroying a snow angel by the side of the canal… Oh Ellie

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The scores are in! People gathered in front of the pancake house to hear Dylan announce the winners…

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In the category “Best spin”, the winner is…

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Luke Bennett! For both his skill and the fact that he wasn’t distracted by people falling all around him.

In the category “Best backwards skating”, the winner is…

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Ruby Murray! For daring to skate backwards even on busier spots of the canal and doing so without bumping into anyone!

And finally,in the category “Best couples spin”, the winners are…

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Brother and sister Jake and Abbey Atkins! For being fluent and synchronised!

Winners group picture time!

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In the midst of all this business, Sarah pulled her cousin apart.

“Look Dan”, she said, “I have to ask you. You’ve been acting a bit… weird lately. You’re so distracted and sometimes we just can’t reach you at all. I was beginning to get worried, but earlier this afternoon I saw you talking to Sadie on the bridge and I couldn’t help but think, is there something going on between you two…?”

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Well, what’s a boy to do when asked so straight forward… So yes, Daniel confirmed there was indeed “something” going on between him and Sadie.
“So”, Sarah asked, “is she your girlfriend now?”
“No… I mean, I don’t know… We haven’t really talked about it…”
“Well, do you want her to be your girlfriend?”
“Yes, I really do…”
“Then make it happen! And no more of this secretkeeping!”

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Sometimes, Sarah can be a bit like her mother
But Daniel appreciated his cousin’s advice and was glad he no longer had to hide.

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There was only one thing left to do:

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“So I guess what I’m asking is… do you want to be my girlfriend?”

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Of course she wanted that!

And with that, the first month of 05 was over. Well nearly….

Surprise, surprise

On the last day of January there was a little surprise at the Bennett household: Spider and Snow became parents to a little foal! Awww! His name is Cinnamon and Susie couldn’t be happier.

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Bring on February!

January 05: Ice Ice Baby (Pt.1)

January in Honeycomb Valley consisted of hardly anything but snowmen, skating and romances, so in other words: Ice ice baby!

The Morning After…

After what, you ask? Well, after New Years Eve of course. There were few loose ends to tie here and there… Instead of the morning after, we could just say new years day, yes. Same difference. 🙂 Say what? You don’t know what happened on New Years Eve? Then read this first.

Seth and Sarah

Awww, Seth is such a lovely boyfriend! First he gave Sarah a necklace for their anniversary and now he made her pancakes for breakfast as well. Which his dad and sisters enjoyed too. But where is Hannah…?

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Still in bed? And she didn’t even have a big NYE party… Hannah has not been well lately… We’re not sure what’s wrong with her though. Hopefully she’ll get better soon. Elliot brought her breakfast up to her for when she’d wake up…

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Daniel and Sadie

Dan‘s new years kiss had had a good response from Sadie, but after that moment they both had to go home quite quickly, so the first thing Daniel wondered when he woke up was if it had just been for the night or if Sadie actually felt the same way about him as he did about her.

So he sent her text, saying “Goodmorning beautiful girl, did you sleep well? 🙂 Xxx”

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Sadie was just up as well and was actually contemplating if she should text Daniel when her phone beeped.

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Oh happy day! She sent a text back: “Hey :)) Yeah, thanks. I had a dream about you… ❤ xxxxxxx”

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Daniel, happy to get her text, decided to give her a call and ask her out on a date.

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Sadie of course said yes, which pleased Dan to no end.

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We’ll check back with Daniel and Sadie later!

Luke and Susie

Susie had a bone to pick with her boyfriend about last night.

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“And I just felt really old… And you were talking to and dancing with all these younger girls… Now, I don’t want to be the jealous girlfriend, but I’m just scared you’ll like them more than me, because they’re not so old…”

about last nightLuke let Susie rant for a while and when she got up to clean the dishes and finally stopped talking, he managed to get a word in.

don't worry“First of all, you’re not old. Secondly, you were the most beautiful girl at that party. Hey, you’re the most beautiful girl at any party! And I’m sorry if I didn’t pay enough attention to you, I really am. I just get caught up and don’t realise these things.”

move in with me“And then another thing, you’re here all the time anyway, how about you move in?”

Susie was overjoyed by this question!

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Hmm, we’ll leave them be for a second and go see someone else this morning after…

Emmett and Abbey

After last night, Emmett thought his changes with Abbey might actually be turning. So like Daniel, he too sent a text the next morning. His was far less romantic though and just said “Awesome party :D”

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Upon receiving this text, Abbey sent back :”Thanks. I’m glad you came.”

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Wow, Emmett, you may be right…

***Note: Since both Emmett and Lucas have shown interest in Abbey, I decided to let her wishes decide who, if anyone, she’ll end up with. After the New Years Eve party she suddenly had the wish to “kiss Emmett”. Well, well, well…***

How the Day Went On…

Daniel and Sadie

From the moment they met later that morning, it was clear to both Daniel and Sadie it had not been just a New Years Eve kiss…

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They started their date by skating on the canal

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And even tried a spin (and failed)

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drinks and cakeThey built a snowman

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And had a snowball fight

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Around 2, they needed to go back to Daniel’s house, because they were to have rehearsal with the band later.

While Seth and James weren’t there yet, Daniel and Sadie used the garage/rehearsal space for a different purpose…

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Seth and James arrived together and were let in by Dan’s dad, Oliver, who sent them straight through to the garage.

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Daniel and Sadie were able to pull away from each other just in time. They didn’t want anyone to know about them yet -it was still so soon- and were especially unsure how their bandmembers would respond. For now, let’s keep it between us.Screenshot-48

And The Hot Wings rehearsed just like they always did. Here’s hoping you’ll get lots of gigs in 05, guys!

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Luke and Susie

Susie’s day was already made after Luke asked her to move in with him, but it got even better when they decided to take Spider and Snow out for a winter-y ride.

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They went to one of the lakes where they first built a snowman

ls snowmanAww, it’s beautiful! Very deserving of a picture! Under the watchful eye of Boy of course.

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Boy also watched when Susie and Luke tried the ice.

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Susie was a bit wobbly.

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But Luke turned out to be a real pro!

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It seems Boy was a bit jealous though… Judging by the way we found the snowman…

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When it got dark, Luke, Susie, Spider, Snow and Boy headed back home (and I’ve never seen those signs on the rocks before…)

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Boy apparently needed some one on one attention, so when they got home, Luke took Boy out to their favourite place behind the church.best friend boy

Awww, Boy… She may be his favourite girl, but you’re still his favourite Boy. 😉

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When fresh snow began to fall, they walked back home.

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More ice in…
part 2

January 04: A Winterwedding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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And it was time to get married!

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

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Time for cake!

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The bride and groom spontaneously started waltzing.

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

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