May 05: Changes (Part 2)

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New Home

Isa couldn’t wait to see what her parents had made of the house and ran ahead as soon as the house came into view.

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She was obviously happy to see her dad too, but she was mostly looking forward to seeing her new bedroom.

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She soon got to see it, together with Ethan, because the kids would obviously have to share a room.
new roomI’m not sure what she thinks of it really, but I’m just going to assume she liked it.

Liam was also happy to see his dad again.

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And Liam too got to check out his bedroom.

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While Grace had picked Ethan up from Julliet‘s toyshop, Naomi had made other arrangements. Since Donna was curious to see the house too, she had told Naomi and Colin she would bring Isla and Prince by later that afternoon.

However, as Donna was getting ready to leave, she suddenly saw Prince had FLEAS! Thinking he must’ve gotten them from Pebbles, she couldn’t bring him back to her son and daughter-in-law’s new home all covered in fleas! So, she gave Prince a bath first. Thankfully he didn’t put up a fight.

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And so, an hour later than planned, Donna arrived with Isla and Prince.

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Colin was happy to see his daughter again.

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As was Naomi.

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And Liam was just pleased to have Prince back, even though he had seen him that morning…

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Colin asked his mother if she wanted to stay for dinner, and Donna happily agreed.
Naomi chatted with her mother-in-law, while Colin made salad.

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First dinner in the new house!

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After dinner, Liam had to start getting ready for bed. (Isla was already sleeping)

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Meanwhile, Colin and Naomi told Donna all about their busy moving day. They were happy tomorrow would be a saturday!

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After Donna had left, Naomi read her son a bedtime story. Hopefully he would sleep well in his new bed.Screenshot-267

When both kids were asleep, Colin and Naomi finally had a moment to themselves.

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Across the field, Isa was drifting off to dreamland as well. Finally, all the residents of The Greenery were home.bedtime story

First Morning

The next morning, the Anderson family had their first breakfast together in their new home. Isa had slept well, and Ethan was still asleep! It must be the peace and quiet there…

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The Mason family also had their first breakfast and Liam was already thinking of playing on the field with Isa later.

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Morgan was up too. Very alert of every little out-of-the-ordinary feeling in her body, although she knew it was still too soon to tell. At least she too slept well in her new home.

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As soon as he was dressed and ready, Liam did go over to Isa’s . Both kids were happy to find out their classmates, the Knight triplets, were visiting the eco supermarket with their parents this saturday morning and were obviously very curious to see where their friends were living.

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Liam and Isa showed them around. They visited the cows and The Field.

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And ended up playing here together for most of the day.tag

If you, like the Knight triplets, are also curious about The Greenery, you can now tour it here. From there on out you can also visit the houses where these families now live and see what they made of it, with lots of stuff and little room! The houses can also be visited through their personal pages.

Schoolpictures

A few weeks later, it was schoolpicture time at The Beehive! The pictures in the hallways needed to be changed again.
Gareth took his job very seriously as per usual.
The kids had their pictures taken in their own classrooms, the teens had their pictures taken in the cafeteria in front of the clock wall.

Screenshot-296And here are the results.
Kids:

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Teens:
(Rachel was OVER THE MOON about this picture! Finn put his arm around her! He put. his. arm. around. HER. I don’t think it meant anything to be honest, but Rachel disagrees with me… *sigh*)

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Have you met my dog?

There was a big change for Riley too! Although, this change actually already happened in February, but hey.
In February, Riley’s aunt Abigail went to Sandy Valley for “Le Bal Masqué“. She didn’t pick up any gorgeous bachelors, but while she was in Sandy Valley, she did find out the Desfranges family had puppies up for adoption. Knowing how much her nephew had been wanting a pet, she decided to bring him a puppy. Her sister was less pleased, but couldn’t say no when she saw how happy Riley was.
And so, little, hyperactive Trognon was added to the Chapman family. But since Riley couldn’t pronounce his name, he changed it to PomPom.
These two are having a blast together!

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Riley isn’t the only one in the family in love with Pom though. The little one already knows how to use his cuteness to his advantage with the big boss too.

Put on your saddest puppy face…

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….aaaand SUCCESS!

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And then there’s a fun squeaky chew bone for you too!

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It’s a good life…

Wildlife Education

Earlier this spring, some changes had been made to Honeycomb Valley’s Central Park as part of mayor Newman‘s project “Greenify Honeycomb Valley”. One of the things that had been added was a Wildlife Education Center where teachers or other educational professionals could come and bring children to teach them all about wildlife in and around parks.
Naomi, being all about nature, was the first one to bring her class to the park for a lesson during the last week of May.

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First, the kids sat down on the benches under the tree where Naomi explained what they would be doing today.

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The kids were told to go look for a creature in pairs. It could be a bug, it could be a rodent. If possible, they were allowed to catch it (under supervision) and take it inside where they would study it. At the end of the afternoon, all creatures would be released back into the park.

Nathan and Riley immediately started crawling under bushes…

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…while Ruth and Nick discussed a strategy first.

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In the end, only Nathan and Riley had found a ladybird, but fortunately a chipmunk and an iguana were already available for study in the wildlife center.

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After studying the animals for a while and taking notes, miss Naomi called her class together to tell them about ants.
The kids were fascinated to see the work the ants did underground.

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After they had learnt about ants, they were left to their own devices for a while.
Apparently a sleeping chipmunk was very funny to Ruth and Nick…

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The Moment of Truth

Morgan had been good. She had waited the full two weeks before taking a pregnancy test, but today the moment of truth was finally upon her…

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POSITIVE! She was actually pregnant! After only one try! Wow! She could hardly believe it!
Of course she immediately called David and Bradley and then her brother.

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Congratulations Morgan! I’m sure you’ll be a great mum!
And with Morgan’s happy news, May had come to an end. The busy month of June was around the corner. Why June was so busy? That’s a story for another time.

***Note: I have quite a strict policy about using poses for my sims. I don’t mind posing them for things for which I personally would pose too. And by that I mean, having their picture taken. When you have your picture taken, you strike a pose. Most of the time anyway. So, I have no problem putting my sims in poses for schoolpictures, weddingpictures, portraits etc. However, when I play, I play. I don’t play to write a story, I write a story about what I played. Therefore I don’t like posing my sims for storytelling purposes. I once posed a childbirth that way and ended up not using the pictures, because I felt it “didn’t actually happen that way”. I was moving “statues”. It felt wrong. And so, my no-poses-unless-they’re-having-their-picture-taken policy was born.
But as you can see, this time I’ve made an exception. The pregnancy test poses were so PERFECT for Morgan, as there is no action or animation in game which quite shows the tension and excitement that come with taking a pregnancy test when you really want to be pregnant. These poses did show that and therefore I’ve made an exception to my rule. Just this once. For Morgan.***

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


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Joel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy guests

Here we go…!

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Ah… Success! Granddad Theo seems pleased too.

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

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Father and son bonding moment…

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Brothers bonding moment…

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

Isa

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

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

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

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Party time!!

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

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And there she is! 5 year old Isa!

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

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

Welcome Home!

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 04: Just a Sunday

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

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

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

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

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11:00 am

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

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

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12:00 pm

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

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It was a busy service too.

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Naturally, the Edwards family occupied the first rows.

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

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The kids seemed to like it too though.

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2:00 pm

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

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

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

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

5:00 pm

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

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…and go on a hunt through the neighbourhood.

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

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8:00 pm

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

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

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

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In other February news…

Welcome to the world, little Jayden Harrison!

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

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December 03: Christmas Time

The moment December came knocking, snow started to fall in Honeycomb Valley.
The residents were all too happy about their winter wonderland and took their lovers iceskating…

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…or their little ones to a snowy park. (Honeybee riders! Can you imagine how happy Honeycomb Valley was to receive those?)

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But the best thing about December has to be…

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Christmas! Snowflake day? Nah, For the Honeycombers Christmas is Christmas.

That warm Christmas feeling set in on the afternoon of Christmas Eve when the teens and kids left school in a jolly good mood! The holidays had finally arrived! Presents, good food and, most importantly, no school!

Kyra and Holly decided to spend the cold afternoon at the park, and asked their classmates Logan and Trisha to come along. In the park they ran into Logan’s best friend Jeffrey who was there with his friend Ruby. The more the merrier, especially this time of year, so the six teens spent some time together having a snowballfight.

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Logan and Kyra also tried to do some spins together on the ice.

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At 7, it was time for everyone to go home.

The next morning Kyra’s brothers were up very early. It was Christmas after all! To make sure they wouldn’t break the whole house down, Jacob took his twins to the beach behind their house.

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Kyra stayed at home. She had… umm… something else to do…

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Screenshot-571When they were tired of whacking snowballs at each other, Jacob suggested they’d try to build an igloo.

Nathan was too restless for this job and made a snow angel instead.

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After many hours on the beach, the Cook children and their dad were very cold and went back to the house, where dad played a game with his boys

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Screenshot-580When the turkey was in the oven, the whole family gathered outside to roast some marshmallows at the firepit

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Lucy had to go in rather soon, because she wasn’t feeling very well. And at Christmas! Poor Lucy…

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Despite feeling ill, Lucy still managed to set the table in time for dinner.

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Screenshot-9Which Jacob ate with chopsticks for some reason… I know he’s half Chinese, but this was still quite a surprise!

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Screenshot-22When the table was cleared and everyone was feeling very full, it was time for presents!

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And from the parents to each other

Screenshot-32Those small packages contained various wonderful things. And everyone was very happy with what they had received. Curious? This is what they got!

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The next Christmas day began at the Harvey family house. Charlotte was up very early to start cooking. She may be a master chef, but cooking a fancy three course dinner for a family of nine is quite a job, even for her. So, she started early, still in her pyjamas.

Screenshot-38And, Christmas or not, dogs need to be walked. Since Jones is officially Logan’s dog, Logan was the one braving the cold to take Jones out for his walk.

Screenshot-40They walked their usual route to the play park where they played for a while… (Find Jones, apparently)

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Screenshot-52Back home, Aaron was playing whack your daughter in the face with some snow

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Screenshot-62Around three, they all showed up. Alice and Simon were first.

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The kids were especially happy everyone was on time, because as soon as the whole party was present, it was gift giving time!

Despite there being plenty of seats on the sofas, the gentlemen all decided to sit on the chairs at the table…

Screenshot-72…while the ladies chose the comfort of the sofas (Suzan, I’m not sure that’s an appropriate outfit for your formal family Christmas…)

Screenshot-74The first gift was for Emily

Screenshot-75It contained a honeybee rider. I think Emily might be a bit old for that, but fair enough.

Then it was Logan’s turn

Screenshot-77You may not believe it, but that little parcel contained a bicycle! He was quite happy with it.

The rest of the family was happy with their gifts too, except for Simon, who mumbled something and didn’t look too pleased with what he got.

Before long, it was time to start with the first course of the formal dinner: Bouillabaisse!

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Screenshot-85That went down rather well! Then the second course was brought to the table: a choice of lobster or steak

Screenshot-87Alexander and his family (and Simon too) left before Charlotte could bring dessert to the table, but her mother stayed for a delicious piece of pie!

Screenshot-93After this dinner, the whole family seemed to have grown a dresssize, but hey, that’s Christmas.

That brought Christmas in Honeycomb Valley to an end.

Well, almost…

Because, Christmas or not, dogs need to be walked.

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