Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Stricklands, Week 15 / Goodbye Kirstee And Chevy

Goodbye Kirstee And Chevy

Lot: Strickland - Chevy, Kirstee, Woody, Diane (Elle), Joselyn, Martin, Sacha, and Decota

Last Visit: The Heir

Hello. ASimWen here. On this entry for the Strickland Homestead, I am breaking from the usual narration of the entry by one the wonderful characters from Prosperity Falls. I am going to narrate this entry myself.

Ah. All for sentimental reasons, I suppose. You know how you can read an extremely good book, one you don't want to put down, then you get to the end? The characters are done and happy, and you feel good about it. But yet, you feel sad. You won't read about those characters again that you have fallen in love with. You won't continue to know what is going on in their lives. It is over.

All good things must come to an end. In this entry, I will take a look at the short pixelated lives of my good friends, Chevy and Kirstee Strickland. I feel strange calling them my friends. Hard to believe I was really their owner and boss. They took on a personna I would have never believed I would see in this game....

Prosperity Falls has taken on a life of it's own. When I play each lot, it is point click, point click. The same. When it was time to play the Stricklands, I felt like I came home in Prosperity Falls. I loved it. When it came time to write thier entry for this blog, I could hear them in my head, bossing me around, telling me what to say and what happened. Chevy and Kirstee were a fearsome couple. Strong parents and full of family values. And so in love. Even though they only had two bolts of chemistry, they acted like they had ten.

Some of the pictures for this entry have never appeared in the blog before, most of them have. I hope you will enjoy this entry, as much as I have enjoyed Chevy and Kirstee. Pictures of them as kids are few; as I didn't decide to start blogging until I was 4 weeks into the challenge.

Ah. This is when Chevy and Kirstee first met as teens. Heh. If I were to use a picture like that now in the blog, I would retouch to get the lines out. I remember thinking when this happened, "Oh, I should match these two up." It was convenient. Kirstee happened to come walking by the Strickland House as a teen. I sent Chevy out to greet her, and they were easy from the beginning. I had no forethought that they were both Family Sims. Little did I know what was coming.

This is Kirstee spending time with her dad Marquez. Marquez was poor; his wife had left him and their four young daughters. He constantly struggled to make ends meet. Kirstee was a stronger Sim for it. She helped Marquez juggle younger sisters Pachionetta and Morgan-Rose. Set her up for mothering for life.

It wasn't long before Chevy and Kirstee started University.

College Man Chevy Strickland home in Prosperity Falls visiting his younger uncle Marc-Henry, no doubt doling out wise adivce.

This is such a funny picture. Here Chevy is helping Kirstee get into Greek House. The good old Secret Society handshake.

Kirstee was there for Chevy when his sister Shauntasia passed away from electrocution by a failed attempt on a stereo repair.

Ahhh...all the more that made made Chevy and Kirstee form a bond. That was back in teh day in University before the citizens of Prosperity Falls roomed with their prospective mates. Chevy roome in the Greek house with Tosha Go and Jayrus Capehart. Kirstee roomed with her younger sister, Wild Child Morgan-Rose. Chevy and Kirstee never even slept together in University. That only added to their endearment.

Ah, Kirstee taking the lead here. She had invited Chevy over to her rental on campus. He agreed to marry her. Then graduation came.

Kirstee and her sister Morgan-Rose

Chevy with the other Greek House mates, Jayrus and Tosha.

I had always almost thought that Chevy was too good looking for bespeckled freckle faced Kirstee. But as it is in the Sim World, looks don't matter. I wish it was that way in the Real World. We could all take a lesson, could we not?

Ahhh..yeah this picture is off center. Chevy and Kirstee's wedding photo. Yup, you knew that was comin' right after graduation. My blogging days was still in it's infancy and sometimes I just didn't know what the heck I was doin'. heh

It wasn't long before the babies started comin' for Chevy and Kirstee. I don't know which baby this is. But raisin' babes kept Chevy and Kirstee in their element. They altogether had 10 natural children, and went on to adopt 3 more with aspirations of opening and adoption center. They eventually backed out of that idea, as they really didn't have the money to run one, with only a retiree's income of abotu $900 a day together.

Kirstee did see her LTW early on in their marriage.

She immediately retired. Chevy worked on and off, as money was needed. But he really did prefer to stay home with the children. His LTW was, after all, to marry off 6 kids. That occured in his elder years during the wedding of his daughter Lillith to Manuel Capehart. Although it was a huge thing when it happened, it was of little fanfare in the blog. Note the Aspiration points above his head. It shows being happy marrying off a relative, but it also fulfilled his LTW.

Chevy was now perm plat, after all that baby raisin'.

Chevy aged before Kirstee did, after all, she had a coupla more babies to make. She went on elixir. Eventually, I plied Chevy with it too before he reached is LTW so he wouldn't age so quickly. I wanted them to be as close to the same age as possible.

It wasn't long before Kirstee aged too after giving birth to the last natural child, Martin, who was to become the Heir to the Strickland home.

Chevy and Kirstee aged continued to act like newlyweds, whilst caring for their adopted childen. They had to have something to do, after all, waiting for Martin to graduate University. Raisin' babies is what they did best.

And for a Family Sim, Chevy had a strange obsession with the telescope. He was abducted in his elder years. As you can see, he already had on the chicken hat when he was abducted. However, according to the storyline, he gained a chicken in residence on top of his head planted there by the Aliens. Just another thing that made the Chevy and Kirstee so colorful.

This is a picture that never appeared in the blog. Chevy and Tosha Go were friends in University. As you can see here, they have the 'makin' out' symbol over their heads, and fell in love. That was that wench, Tosha, steppin' in to make trouble. Chevy had come strolling by to see Tosha and Jayrus in their new house. Tosha walked up to him on her own and laid a great big kiss on him. They both immediatly fell in love. Chevy had a two bolt attraction to Tosha as well because she was a Family Sim like himself. But, that never made it to the storyline. He had constant wants to see Tosha, kiss Tosha, but he managed to forget about her after a while when he realized ASimWen wasn't gonna let him see her.

Now we come to the realization that Prosperity Falls has been around for almost 2 years. Yeah. Chevy and Kirstee's children are elders, like them. And they will start dying. I could not let Chevy and Kirstee's children die around them. It was time to say good bye. With a heavy heart. The next few pictures are of their passing at home. Kirstee died on Wednesday, and Chevy lived a few more days until Sunday.

As always, making out like newlyweds. Heh. Chevy and Kirstee never did get a huge kitchen table. They raised 10 kids using this little bitty table and three chairs.

As you can see, right at the time of passing, both Chevy and Kirstee graciously accepted their drink with the little umbrella in it from Grim, and went along to the next phase of their pixelated 'lives.' I am most sad for myself.

Ah well. Now I will give a short synopsis of everything else that occured on the lot this week.

Early on in the week, Martin reached his LTW, and is now perm plat. That makes this lot almost too easy to play now. Both parents are perm plat.

Martin and Joselyn had son number two, named him Decota.

Kirstee did not live to see him, but Grandpa Chevy was there to help with his last birthday. Little Decota aged to toddler in Chevy's arms. He has the Capehart blue eyes, and the Strickland skintone.

Joselyn helped son number one, Sacha, learn to study. Yes, he had a birthday too, to child.

Kirstee and Chevy's adopted son Woody left for University.

Their adotped daughter Diane (the game still calls her Elle becuase I haven't SimPe'd her name) grew to teen and got her first kiss from Keywon Bostic, even though he will eventually marry Sheri Trimble. Diane is a Romance Sim with a want to woo-hoo 20 Sims. That is perfectly OK, since there is no significant other lined up for her.

She left for University too, with Grandma Kirstee looking on. I must say in the two nights Kirstee managed to haunt between her death day of Wednesday and Monday morning, she only scared one sim, and that was several times. She repeatedly scared Diane. Diane had sucked most of Kirstee's skills with the Sim Vac and the two never made amends before Kistee passed. Woody got most of Chevy's as well, but the two were at 100% again by the time he had his Grim party.


And Kirstee.....

Good bye to my favorite Sims ever.

Chevy And Kirstee Strickland. Parents to 13, and Grandparents to 37, and Great-Grandparents to 8

Two Sims who barely had $100,00 in the bank after a life that had been stretched out over 4 generations with elixir before the Heir came home because they preferred to stay home with the family rather than have careers.

Accomplishments this round: TOC and LTW Martin - Science Career. Chevy and Kirstee - passed on in Platinum. One new Sim born, - Decota.


Charity said...

Oh no! I haven't even read past the title but... I don't want them to go!
Sniff. What a beautiful ending for my two favourite characters. I admire them for raising 13 children.
They were the last two original characters to die, weren't they? Well, they will surely be missed by everyone.

ruby said...

Oh Wen, I'm so sorry. I know how much these two meant to you. *hugs*
You honored them well in this update. I had forgotten about a lot of this, it was so nice to reminisce... and that Tosha hussy... Chevy was always so handsome even as an elder.
Holy cow, grandparents to 37?
They lived a good life.

Kerry said...

Awww, rest in peace, Kirstee and Chevy!

Mandie said...

Oh my gosh, that was just about the saddest thing I have ever read! I actually have tears in my eyes! I know how easy it is to really get attached to your sims, and when they die it makes you so sad. I think I actually cried for 10 minutes when my first sim died way back when the game first came out. Of course it doesn't help that the first sim was the pixelated representation of my husband...but still I was so sad! Farewell Chevy and Kirstee, I'll always remember the fun times!

QueenofSimtopia said...

Oh, one moment.

OK I am back. That was pretty sad Wen! How dare you make me sentimental over sims! Especially cuz they aren't my sims! Gee.

Great post. You really stuck this challenge through. You still have a ways to go but this post definately signified to me that the end is near. Sigh.

By Chevy and Kirstee! Lots of grandbabies there!

Katie said...

Gosh. By the end I was all sad and everything because I felt like I knew them, and your love for them really shone through...and then I realized they were game characters. Funny how wrapped up we get in our games, isn't it? But I know how that feels, and sorry they had to go.

PRMami said...

Awwww it's always sad to let go of Sims you have bonded with. I remember going back to the beginning of this hood and reading about them - still need to get caught up though.

My Boaz's Ruth said...

Cretin! You Simvac'd them! They couldn't even take their hard won skills to the Great Beyond! :(

ASimWen said...

Nope...just like Simoleons...ya can't take it with ya. The skills stayed behind to be used again. I always do that in the Falls..if I had an elder getting ready to go, and a teen that needs them, yup, the skills get recycled. Saves me lots of time. I look at it this is the ultimate gift a Sim could give their children or grand children. No? Yes. :) Chevy and Kirstee had a lifetime of service to raising children. They didn't need their skills in death, so they gave even more to the children. :)

Bubbs said...

{sniff} This was a really touching update. {sniff} These two have been staples of the Falls community so long it will be strange not to see them around anymore. Great update! Sorry to see these two go. I know you will miss seeing them around. :)

Mel said...

Wen, I know I'm incredibly behind on your blog, but I just have to say, this is the most touching dedication I've seen yet! You did them a great tribute with this posting! (I think I'm going to steal your idea of sim-vaccing the skills of the elders! I never thought of that!)

Chrissy Brown said...

Adios Kirstee and Chevy