Title: The Stricklands, Week 14 / The Heir
Lot: Strickland Homestead - Chevy, Kirstee, Martin, Joslyn, Carla, Woody, Diane and Sacha
Last Visit: Chevy's Head Gets A Makeover
Martin and Joslyn last seen: University Week 13, Second Entry
Chevy speaks up: Alla mah lahf I have let others do the talkin' in this here thing. Oh wait a minnet. I did some talkin', but thet was a long time ago? Ah kin hardly 'member them days. I wuz just knee high to a grasshopper then. That was right after my momma Placeholder Carla passed away from stabbin' herse'f with a pair of scissors, and my grand-daddy Landell married Brandi. Well, here I am again, speakin' from the other end of the stick. The old end.
You know what? My oldest daugher Synclare is gettin' on in years. Yup, so is a couple of my sons, Fraiser and Niles. It won't be too much longer before the rest of my kids will have white hair and wrinkles like me an' their momma Kirstee, my beautiful wife. Well, Kirstee is the one who took over givin' updates here when my step-grandmamma Brandi died, but this time she just didn't feel up to it. She's tired. We both are. Yuh see, me and Kirstee had 10 kids. Yep, we did. Then bein' all fulla spitfire, we decided to keep right on raisin' kids by adopting. We adopted beautiful Carla, and then Woody joined us. We recently took on Diane. Why, we had started plans to open a foster home, but it ain't gonna happen. The funds weren't there. Me an' Kirstee never put much creedance in earnin' alot of money, like the Bostics or Robbins families in this town. We just wanted to raise our kids in an honest and forthright manner. All 10 of them graduated from University at the top of thier class, and have gone on to have families of their own. Raght now me an' Kirstee have 33 grandchildren. *sigh*. An' some of them are in University raght now, as we speak.
I am just an old man, some call me crazy. They call Kirstee that too. 'Cuz we are a little different. But I always wanted to do something for my kids, other than have more kids. So here it is. I realized me an' Kirstee are nearin' the end of our lives. Alla our friends from our past are gone, and our kids are gettin' to that tahm in their lives too. Me and Kirstee's number is about up. You can count on that.
We realized our old bones can't take raisin' babies no more by ourselves this close to the end. Yuh get to a point where you realize you can't save the world. It is tahm to let the new generation take over. But I still had this thing whirling around in my head. I will let you in on it in a minnit. But for now, lemme tell you. My heir has come home. Martin, my youngest son has returned from University with his gorgeous wife Joslyn. Her daddy is Tryce from the Capehart family. Here...here are the weddin' photos. (pulls out album)
Don't Martin and Joslyn make a purty couple? 'Course I am proud of alla my children, but Martin couln't have brought a more beautiful woman into this house to carry on the Strickland legacy. Erm, did I say that word? Legacy? I 'spose that is what it is. Tain't much here, but memories in this house. In fact, Martin and Joslyn's weddin' was the first full blown ceremony we had here. Me an' Kirstee just exchanged rings like Grandaddy Landell and Brandi did. Nothin' special. I sure enjoyed alla the festivities.
We had cake an' all in the backyard. Yep, I even had a caterer come in and serve up some fine vittles. I knew Martin had brought the raght girl home when she didn't stuff the cake in his mouth. See, even then she was thinkin' of him an' how he looks to the community. Martin is a fine upstanding young man.
Ah spent some tahm after wards talkin' with Joslyn's parents, Tryce and Michelle. Hayelle, that bug man come to the ceremony too. Don't know why, but he took mah seat. *chuckles* Ah finally got 'im to move so I could have a sit and confab with the Capeharts.
Aspiraton - Family
LTW - To Graduate 3 Children From College
7 neat, 8 outgoing, 7 active, 3 playful, 4 nice
Zodiac - Aries
Well, raght in the middla the weddin' proceedin's, Carla had her birthday. Ah guess Ah didn't schedule things raght, the weddin' on her birthday an' all. But she didn't get her feelin's hurt by it none; she is lahk me an' Kirstee. All about family. She loved havin' her birthday the same day her older brother got married.
It was only fittin' thet Carla witness the fact there was a new Strickland on the way. Ah 'member thet mornin when Joslyn rushed into the bathroom whilst Carla was in there gettin' ready for school. Heh. Once again the Strickland house was gonna see a chile' born. Carla hugged her sister-in-law and told her she how happy she was for her. Them two get along.
Well, if anybody ever glowed in pregnancy, it was Joslyn. It sure didn't surprise me none that Martin an' Joslyn decided to start a family raght away. Ah reckon it is in their genes. Me an' Kirstee set a good example.
Martin was pleased as punch with the upcomin' addition to the family. Both him and Joslyn had been workin' hard, makin' good in their careers. Martin was more'in ready to add parenthood to his plate.
It wuz raght about thet tahm when Joslyn got pregnant I decided to get on with it. Ah mean, my legacy an' all. I wanted sumthin' more'in this ol'e house to leave to mah family. I got on the phone an' started investgatin'. I found it. My legacy.
In the meantham, me an' Kirstee's last lil' girl we are adopting joined us. Diane. *sigh* Yup, her name is Diane. Isn't it wonderful her name is the same as one on one of my favorite TV shows Cheers? Ah adopted Carla, Woody, and now Diane. Diane is the last. Yes, no more children for me an' Kirstee. Diane is wonderful. 'Course, me an' Kirstee belive all children are wonderful.
Joslyn got promoted in her career, now Ah reckon she is a purty happy woman. Thet raght there will make my legacy fit in with her and Martin's lahves for decades. Yup. Ah know yer really wonderin' now whut it is. Heh.
Mah legacy. Ah bought a lil' bookstore an' named it after my beautiful wahf. Ah named it Kirstee's Bookstore. She surely does love to read, so Ah thought it fittin'. Ah started goin' to thet place ever day to open it up and let customers in. However, at mah advanced age it was really hard work. Ah had never worked retail before. This wuz really differ'nt for me. Kinda confusin'.
Well, whilst Ah wuz runnin' off to the bookstore ever day, Ah missed the birth of my 33rd granchild. Sacha. A strappin' boy! He takes after Joslyn's family, the Capeharts. But he has the Strickland purple eyes. My eyes.
Martin was pleased as punch that Sacha finally made his way into the worl'. Ah reckon he don't have no favrit TV program to name his younguns after. Sacha's name is sorta exotic soundin', don't you think? I reckon that is the snow leopard comin' out in Joslyn. She thought the name up and said her daddy would be please with the name. Ah am all fer thet.
After Sacha was born, Martin reached the top of his career. He really wants to be a mad scientist, but he wasn't able to git a job in thet filed raght away. He hopes to have one soon though.
Aspiration - Pleasure
LTW - 50 Dream Dates
9 neat, 2 outgoing, 6 active, 4 playful, 9 nice
Zodiac - Virgo
My boy Woody had his birthday. Can't say how Ah feel about his lahf's ambition, but at least he is gonna have fun. Thet's alright. Ah know he will go on to college and do well for himself.
Ah missed thet birthday too. Ah was gone at the store. Here Ah am tryin' to sell Joslyn's daddy a book. A lousy book. Ah wuz sellin' as if mah lahf depended on it. Ah sure didn't lahk thet. Made me real uncomfortable...Ah wuz missin' all kahnds of events at home thet Ah'd ruther be home for. Plus Ah didn't lahk hard sellin' my friends and neighbors.
Even gittin' a good review didn't hep mah feelins none. Although Ah sure wuz glad to git that....that would make it easier to do what Ah wuz gonna have to do.
Ah set there one day on break at the coffee bar and made the decision. This wuz gonna be my legacy. Ah went raght home thet day and gave Joslyn the deed to the bookstore. It was hers and Martin's now. Ah also gave her the deeds to two other plots of land; one fer a grocery store, and one fer a sub sandwiches shop. She assured me she would make a goin' of the businesses. (After Joslyn met her LTW, she spun up 'Own 5 Top Level Businesses').
Mah wahf Kirstee tol'e me thet wuz the best thing Ah coulda done fer the family. She gently hugged me. Mah oh mah, Ah 'member what a spitfire lover she wuz. Hayelle, now we're both gittin' on in age. Everthang is real gentle lahk and low key now. But she's still mah Kirstee. Ah love her more'en anything or anyone on this earth. Even more than mah children. Kirstee has always been number one in mah lahf. Ah could go on about Kirstee. *tear* But you all know. You have known us forever.
Martin is a daddy now. He is the head of the house and Ah know he will do a wonderful job for the Stricklands. Luv you, boy.
Odd Pic Out -
Placeholder Carla cleans up after a playful water balloon fight between Martin and Joslyn.
Editor: I was going to keep Chevy and Kirstee going for selfish reasons. They are my favorites in Prosperity Falls, and I have had a blast with them, even in their elder years. I realized last round thier oldest children will be dying soon. All of their friends are dead. I cannot let everyone die around them. In round 15, there will be a nice farewell to Chevy and Kirstee. I had a hard time writing this entry. I cannot imagine what it will be like next round.
Accomplishments: LTW and TOC - Joslyn - Chief of Staff, perm plat. TOC - Martin - Chief of Staff. Two new Sims added - Sacha and Diane