Friday, March 20, 2009

Let's Talk About It Over Tea


Lot: Strickland.4 - Jeannie, Remington, Felecia, Benjamin, Tony, Tonya, Kari, Demeter and Dameon

Last Visit: The Failure - Felecia Strickland graduated from University and moved in with her sister and husband, Jeannie and Remington Toyonaga. Felecia did not have a fiancee, so she spent her time helping Jeannie and Remington with training the dog Demeter for it's job, and helping out with baby Tony. She couldn't find a job in her chosen field of medical, so she went into science with Jeannie. (Gah! Knowledge Sims!) Eventually she met the man of her dreams, Benjamin Long, fellow Knowledge Sim. Alien X made sure that everyone knew the cheesecake was no longer working in Prosperity Falls.

Jeannie's family tree

Remington's family tree

Felecia's family tree

ASimWen: Hiya Felecia! Errr....should I come back later???

Felecia: No, ASimWen, I will be ok in a few seconds. I think I am pregnant. GAWD. What is dad going to say? (Bulldog Strickland)

ASimWen: I am sure he will be happy about getting another grandchild. Um, the question is, how is the baby daddy gonna take the news?

Felecia: Ah. I am going to break it to him gently. I think I will take him on vacation and tell him there. I also have a reason to celebrate. I finally got my dream job!

ASimWen: Woah! Congratulations, Ms. Chief of Staff! So where are you going to go on vacation with your dream man?

Felecia: I think we are going to go to the Orient. I have never been there.

ASimWen: Well good luck Felecia!~ See you when you return.

Later on vacation.......

Felecia: Hiya Bennie....thanks for joining me on vacation. We are going to have so much fun..

Ben: Well it's my pleasure, Felecia. Hey, what you say we start off things with a nice relaxing massage?

Felecia: Oh that sounds great. My back is a little stiff.

Felecia: Mmmmm oh my goodness...this feels so good...... *snore*

Ben: This ramen is great.... *slurp smack*

Felecia: Oh yummy...this warms me up from the inside out!

Felecia and Ben play mahjong with some questionable company

Felecia throws a coin in the Spiritual Shrine of Odd Blessings in hopes it will bring her good fortune in breaking the news to Benjamin about the baby.

After a full day of sightseeing Felecia takes the evening meal in the hotel room whilst Ben showers. Then it hits her.

I know for sure I am pregnant! thought Felecia. Oh Ben! You are my baby's father, please do not disregard us. I am carrying your little one.....

The next day Felecia spent most of her time in the hotel room fighting the morning sickness. Ben took her tired state as jet lag and spent the day swimming in the hotel pool and using the sauna facilities. That evening, Felecia felt much better and suggested they leave the hotel and go take tea. Since she had spent so much time alone that day thinking everything over, she felt she knew exactly what to say to Ben.

When Felecia and Ben reached the Immortal Zen Garden to take tea Ben decided to have a little fun with the fountain whilst Felecia set up the tea table. Felecia observed the bubbles flowing over the rim of the fountain and knew that Ben would be a fun father to his child.

Felecia decided to cut to the chase, not to put it off any longer. She explained to Ben why she had been so tired on the vacation. She told him that she was going to have a baby.

Ben was surprised when he was hit with the news. His first immediate thought was the child Zakel he had with Felecia's Aunt Diane. Diane had not demanded anything from him, but he had been thoughtful in sending money her way every week in support of his daughter. And this was something he intended to keep doing. What would Felecia want?

Felecia assured him there was no one else....he had been her only love. Right then Ben knew he as in it deeper with Felecia than he had been with Diane. Diane had many lovers (romance sim) and was content to move on to the next man. Felecia was a different kind of woman.

Ben acknowledged to himself that Felecia was probably telling him the truth, and that he was the father of her child. At that moment he found her to be beautiful as her face flushed in a slight embarrassment. He assured her that their child would have everything all parents want for their children. He or she would want for nothing. He then suggested they go back to the hotel and dress for dinner . He was going to take her out to a fine meal, as the vacation was going to end the next day.

The meal was going along smoothly. They dined at the Flaming Dragon Hotel, the atmosphere was quiet and relaxed. The perfect setting for......

Felecia's heart pounded, as she knew it was now or never. Ben had seemed to take the news of the baby well; and had reassured her that he would take care of everything. She decided to press her luck and ask him to marry her. Well, she knew that was a little backward, wasn't the man supposed to ask the woman? However she came on this vacation prepared with a little bit of bling.

Ben seemed surprised at her proposal and smiled a silly school boy grin.

Much to Felecia's relief, Ben's eyes sparkled as the slipped the ring on his finger. And he agreed he would marry her and be a proper father to their child. He mentioned at the moment he didn't have a large cash flow as he was at the low end of his job, and he did send money to Diane every week for Zakel. Felecia smiled sweetly and said, "Welcome to my home, Ben. I too do not have much money. I share a house with my sister and her husband."

Felecia knew her sister Jeannie would welcome Ben as a member of the family. Her husband Remington, Felecia was not so sure of. But it was too late. Ben was on his way.

And so it was settled. The evening ended with a toast to the future. A bright future for everyone.

The airport shuttle arrived the next day to transport Ben and Felecia to the airport to catch their flight back to Prosperity Falls. Ben knew he had made the right decision the evening before when he agreed to marry Felecia. He was light on his feet as they exited the hotel.

Back home.....

ASimWen: Yes Felecia, your baby with Ben is making itself known.

Felecia: Yeah, she sure is.

ASimWen: You said 'she'. How do you know it is a girl?

Felecia: Why wouldn't it be? Of course it is a girl. Women's intuition. (And the fact that my game loves to spit out girls like there is no tomorrow).

ASimWen: So how are things going with Ben?

Felecia: Great. He moved in yesterday. He is fitting right in.

Jeannie: Ben has been a great help in training Dameon. That mutt has got to earn his keep. He and Demeter do not get along, no puppies. Anybody who lives here has to work, even the dogs.

ASimWen: So Jeannie, we haven't talked in a while. How's things with you?

Jeannie: Great. A birthday party is starting in a few minutes. Mom and dad are coming. It is a double birthday party for Tony and Tonya. Ah. I hear the doorbell.

Madalyn: Daddy, be nice now.

Bulldog: I can't help it Mommie. I thought we raised alla our younguns to respect the institution of marriage and family, in that order. Neither one of these two respected that. It pains my heart when I think of it.

Madalyn: But think of this. Both of our girls have men that are living up to the responsibility of their children and supporting them. At least they aren't being left high and dry. *Thinking of Diane Strickland...what a layabout with so many men, and popping babies out like there is no tomorrow*

I suppose Mommie. Okay, I will try to keep my trap shut.

Jeannie: Hi dad, hi mom.

Bulldog: Jeannie are things? That man of yours takin' care of bizness?

Madalyn: Shhht! Daddy!

Bulldog: *Ahem* I mean, you and the kids look great, Jeannie. House looks good too.

Tony: Mom! Dad! It is time to blow out the candles~!!!!

Everyone sings Happy Birthday to the kids

Aspiration: Family
LTW: To Raise 20 puppies or kittens

Tonya Toyonaga, green girl in green pj's

The evening proceeded with lots of partying and merrymaking, and Bulldog managed to keep his disappointment to himself regarding the marital status of Felecia, and the fact that both of the daughters in this house were pregnant before marriage.

A few days later.............

BEN LONG....... Gah! Why did I ever do it???????

Ben: Errr..... because you and I were hawt for each other????


Ben: Felecia. We have been engaged for a long time now What you say we have a wedding here at the house? Make us both honest parents to Kari?

Felecia: I thought you would never suggest it Ben!

Soon after the birth of Kari, the wedding commenced........


Madalyn (Capehart) Strickland, Mother to the Bride

Bulldog Strickland, Father to the Bride
Elijah Strickland, brother to the Bride

Randy Strickland - Brother To The Bride

Royce Strickland, Brother To The Bride

Brother Randy again, and Tony Toyonaga, Brother in law To The Bride

Lia (Strickland) Bostic and Rebecca Strickland, Sisters To The Bride

Rachel Strickland, Sister To The Bride and Tony Toyonaga, Nephew to the Bride

Melissa (Strickland) Wheeler, Sister To The Bride

Erin Strickland, Sister to the Bride and Felecia (Strickland) Toyonaga, Sister to the Bride. Felecia is in the back, to the left. I didn't get a good picture of her.

Tonya Toyonaga: Green girl in a green dress, Step-Niece to the Bride

Mmmm the cake is good! Tonya patiently waits to get a peice.

Two Strickland brothers Randy and Elijah, share an inside joke about someone.

Melissa rubs her revealed in the last update from her house, she has a second bun in the oven.

Felecia not only learns the chest pound greeting from her mother during this party, but also perfects the bow greeting she was exposed to in the Orient. She gained two memories of learning greetings.

Several of the Stricklands sat down to watch TV. Yes, it is a harmless hack.

The fish tank is a big point of interest during this wedding party

Bulldog: So Tony, what are you going to do with your life?

Tony: Well Gramps, I think I want to be a veterinarian. I want to raise and take care of animals.

Bulldog: Uh-huh. Make sure you marry your fiancee first before you have sex.

Tony turns ten shades of red. Gramps I don't even have a girlfriend yet. I am only sixteen!

Bulldog: Just givin' you a peice of advice boy. Good things come to people who are patient.

And so the wedding party ended, a roof raiser.

ASimWen: Well Felecia, it looks like things are rolling right along for you and Ben. Errr...Kari is playing in the dog food.

Felecia: Yes indeed. See you next week ASim.


The first promotion Felecia gets under the medical career field was a String Me promotion....errr...when was the last time she ever SAW Tanu????? This shows me that a Sim can get a String Me promotion off someone that is already their good friend, and haven't seen them in a long time.

Jeannie reaches TOC

Demeter reaches TOC

Hobby plaque for Felecia

Accomplishments this round: Two new Sims - Ben and Kari. TOC for Felecia, Medical. TOC for Jeannie, Science. Hobby plaque for Felecia.


Anonymous said...

what a lovely vacation, in spite of morning sickness! After one vacation with a pregnant sim like that I've never braved it again. But I liked the way it progressed, with the engagement.

Benjamin Long is a knowledge Sim in your game? Weird, I thought he was always romance.

Kerry said...

Ben Long has been a knowledge sim several times in my game--I didn't know he was ever romance!

I like the way you handled the engagement, Ben's thoughts about his new child, and the happy ending. It seemed very believable and real. Tonya sure loves her green clothes! Perhaps she should dye her hair green, too?

Liked Bulldog Strickland's thoughts, too, and the way his wife "Mommie" tried to keep him in line. Very true to life for a certain kind of dad.

SirenPrincess said...

I really loved the pictures of them talking about the baby. It's great when you can capture pictures of them actually talking about what you want them to. Great job!

And the pic of playing maj-jong with the Charlatan. That's hilarious.

Infinity-Nevermore said...

I liked this update. Very sweet and true-to-life. I'm not surprised about Bulldog, though he makes me smile. He is one of the original Strickland 10, so he was brought up with some basic family values that he sticks to. However, as Madelyn pointed out, at least their husbands took responsibility for their children without being made to.

ruby said...

great update Wen!
nice vacation, funny majong player! and whew thats some serious milestones you've got going
I dunno how ya do it .. 20 puppies or kitties.. really? eesh! better you than me.
i have yet to get my pets working right. they still pop out of bed. none of my families can have animals. *shrugs sadly*

Minty said...

Ben looks a LOT better after a makeover. Perhaps the beard takes the focus off that nose. Can't wait to see how the baby turns out!

Rachel said...

Poor Bulldog. His girls just aren't as traditional as he is. Love his conversation with Tony.

Who knew Ben Long cleaned up so well?