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. 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

March 04: March Merriment

March was a busy month in Honeycomb Valley! So I again bring you lots of little stories instead of one big one.

Sophie’s exchange

In February it was announced that The Beehive would participate in an exchange program with Sandy Valley. Sophie immediately signed up! She got matched with Chloé Degnome and the two girls started writing each other letters:

Sophie-Chloe lettersThen, on the very first day of March, it was time for Sophie to go and meet her new friend.
She was very excited whilst packing her suitcase…

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…and even when waiting for the taxi to take her and her parents to the busstation…

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But once she was there, she got a bit nervous…It was kinda scary and to make matters worse, her brother wasn’t there to say goodbye to her either. Emmett may be a big pain in the behind, but he’s still her brother and they actually get along quite well.

Fortunately, Emmett arrived before the bus did.

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Just in time too, because soon, the bus pulled into the station and it was time for goodbyes.

Sophie goodbyeBye bye Sophie, we will miss you! Have a good time in Sandy Valley and we’ll see you at the end of the month!

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Read all about Sophie’s stay in Sandy Valley here, at Sandy’s non-blog!

A few hours with the Knight family

From watching Loretta with her children, you’d think having 4 year old triplets is a piece of cake…
They play amongst themselves while mum cleans the kitchen.

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Then you spend some quality time with each of them by reading them stories.

Knight kids readingAnd as if the house isn’t full enough yet, you also decide to adopt a second cat…

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Meet Whiskers!
One thing Loretta does not have to do however, is cook. Pierce loves cooking and the family always has dinner together.

Screenshot-141After dinner it’s time for the kids to get some sleep. Bedtime is a two parent job though!

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Holly and Kyra and the horses

Those who’ve read the Christmas stories, might remember that Kyra (and Holly) got riding lessons for Christmas! With it being March, it was finally time to start! Even though it was still a very chilly morning, the girls couldn’t wait to get to the ranch!

They both got up early to get ready!

hk brushAnd put on their new riding outfits!

hk hatDespite the weather not being very cooperative, they still felt very excited on their way to the ranch.

hk bikeAt the ranch they met with Luke, who would teach them all they needed to know.

Screenshot-206Luke assigned Snow to Kyra and Travalda to Holly. After saddling the horses it was finally time to go!

But… getting on a horse is tricky and riding is actually pretty scary at first!

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Screenshot-222After a bit of riding, it was time for the next part of the lesson; taking care of your horse.
However… That required getting off them first! If you think getting on  a horse is hard, try getting off one…

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When they were safely on the ground, Luke taught the girls how to take care of their horses. Kyra and Holly loved this part!

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Cleaning out a stable is less fun though…

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After a few hours with the horses, the girls thanked their teacher for the lesson and went home for a shower.

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When they were all clean and dressed again, they met up in the park. Of course their conversation was about…

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Horses! Both girls are already looking forward to next weekend!

Travelplans

There’s nothing better on a cold, dull, early spring morning than making plans for a warm summer. That’s what Eva and Jasper thought at least. They got some travelbrochures to browse through.

Screenshot-306After discussing both their wishes, it was a tie between Monte Vista (Eva’s choice) or Egypt (Jasper’s choice). They decided to go down to the travelagency to ask Selena, the travelagent, for some help.
Upon arrival, Eva again had to point out to Jasper how stunning Monte Vista looked.

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Selena was very helpful and told the couple that both places were great, but if you visited in summer, Egypt was bound to be very hot. Eva quickly chimed in that her brother and cousin had said the same thing after their trip last summer. Considering that advice and his girlfriend’s pleas, Jasper soon agreed that it would have to be Monte Vista. And so their summer trip was booked!

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Jasper and Eva weren’t the only ones with travelplans. The Chapman family braved the rain and headed over to the travelagency as well.

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They had no idea what they wanted yet and really needed Selena’s advice.

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It had to be somewhere that was fun for the kids, that especially. The boys were immediately excited when Selena mentioned camping. Lillian was less happy with that prospect and needed some convincing, but when Selena showed her a brochure of the camping ground with it’s very own water park on a warm sunny island, even Lillian had to admit that sounded pretty good. Another summertrip booked!

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The Chapman family then headed back home through the rain, but with that summer holiday on their mind, it already seemed a lot less dreary!

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Sophie’s return

Very late on the very last day of March, a bus arrived at Honeycomb Valley busstation. She had returned!

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Avery was happy to have her daughter back safe and sound! (and so was I, I had Sophie in the library when she was “in Sandy Valley” so she wouldn’t walk around town, and I was really excited to have her back!)

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She quickly took her daughter back home. Sophie wouldn’t stop talking about her trip. It had been so much fun!

Of course Sophie was also happy to be home again, in her own room and her own bed. Before she turned in though, she had to unpack her suitcase and put up all her pictures and souvenirs.

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She even put up that picture of Jérémy… Okay, he could be sort of annoying, but he had also been quite nice… And quite cute too…

Sophie went to sleep feeling very tired, but very happy too. And the best part of it all was that next week Chloé would be visiting her for a whole month! How very exciting!

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Ps..

March was done and I was tired, but while I was getting ready to close my game and leave, the burglar alarm at the Wilson residence sounded. Something funny happened then. Emmett got up feeling all brave and went downstairs. He immediately started to fight the burglar and managed to win it too. The tough female police officer then gave Emmett a compliment for apprehending the thief and he in reply started to check her out. This gave me an idea for a future storyline, so I had to share. I even managed to take a few pictures of the event, but they’re not really good, because it all happened so fast.

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