Welcome to the New Eden Community Blog

Recently branched off from the older community of Eden, many younger residents have chosen to move away from their ancestoral land to a different location, called New Eden. Although most residents still hold closely to their family ties and history they are eager to start a new life in a place they can make their own.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Winter 2010 - Straight

Christopher (26), Sophie (26), Elsa (4)

 Life was busy in the Straight household.  Even though she was on maternity leave again for her second pregnancy, Sophie was determined not to let motherhood prevent her from pursuing her dream career as a star athlete.

She was a frequent visitor at the Harris' gym and when she couldn't go out to the gym, she would spend her evenings with Elsa watching as she kept fit on her home exercise bike.

She had a tendency to overdo it given her condition.  Her husband was beginning to be concerned about her health and the safety of the baby.

After collapsing as she got off the exercise bike and falling asleep in the middle of dinner, Christopher made her promise to take it easy for the rest of her pregnancy.  She wasn't thrilled about the idea, but for her own good and for the well-being of the baby she agreed.  She spent her freetime over the next few weeks watching sports on TV, longing for the day when she could be a part of the action again.

Christopher kept up with the majority of the housework.  Since he was a stay-at-home dad while Sophie, he took on those responsibilities naturally.  Now that Sophie was home too, he kept up the responsibilities so she could rest and focus on her pregnancy.  One to take his role seriously, he was appalled to find a roach infestation in the backyard from a pile of rotting garbage that didn't make it into the garbage can.  Sophie offered to come outside and help him get rid of them, but he immediately sent her back inside and called an exterminator.  The last thing she needed in her condition was a case of the flu.

Life with a toddler and a little one on the way, didn't leave much time for friends, but somehow friends seemed to invite themselves over anyway.  Rich made himself at home, borrowing the Straight's computer to look up information about movie showings, hoping to take his wife out on a date before their baby arrived.  (And broke the computer in the process...)

It was nice to spend sometime with another guy and bond over video games.

Christopher felt like an old pro when it came to fatherhood and was eager to share advice with Rich who was soon to be a first time dad.

Life wasn't as carefree as it was when they were younger, but Rich could still do the old college cheer as well as he ever could.

Sophie was in a rotten mood.  She'd had sharp pains in her back all day and she couldn't get comfortable.  She wasn't thrilled to see Rich in her house at that moment.  After a harsh greeting, she started to feel bad for snapping at him and instead congratulated him on his wife's pregnancy.

After awhile, Tosha stopped by, looking for her husband.  Unlike Sophie, she seemed in good spirits and acted like pregnancy agreed with her.  Christopher could see Sophie was not in a good mood, so he tried to make her feel better with a backrub.  Apparently he rubbed her the wrong way.  Not feeling well, she didn't even want to be touched.

Wondering if some light exercise would help, Sophie headed up to their home office/gym and hopped on the exercise bike.  No sooner than she had gotten on, she felt a sharp pain in her abdomen and called out in pain.

First on the scene, Tosha was shocked to see that Sophie's water had broken and she was in labor!

That night the Straights welcomed their second daughter into the world.  Elsa had been the spitting image of her father, but Sydni favored her mother.

As soon as she was able, Sophie was back on her exercise bike.  If she wanted to keep up with her career, she knew she had to get back in shape as soon as possible.

She wondered why she had to be the one to put her body through the struggles of pregnancy.  Why did nature leave that up to the woman?  Maybe in most families that worked out for the best, but not in theirs when Sophie was the breadwinner and Christopher was better with the children.  She wanted a large family as much as he Christopher did, but she also wanted her career as an athlete just as much.  She wondered if it was too much to try to have it all or would she have to chose between her two dreams.

Christopher jumped in as primary caregiver of both girls while Sophie jumped into training for her career.

They were both constantly exhausted.

And they still had friends dropping in now and then uninvited.

One would hope their visits would be to see the new baby or to offer a helping hand, but that didn't seem to be the case.

Neither Sophie or Christopher seemed to mind unexpected guests, but they were too busy to socialize.  As long as they entertained themselves it wasn't a problem.

However, their friends needed to realize their house wasn't the party place that it used to be.  They would have to get used to the smell of dirty diapers now and again if they were going to be frequent visitors.

The best moments, these days were the rare peaceful ones like these when both of the girls and mom and dad were able to catch some sleep.

ROS - Sophie Straight becomes addicted to . . . exercise.  (I wasn't sure how I was going to impliment this one.  Maybe I should have been specific like exercise X hours for X days.  It made a lot of sense for Sophie - could not have been a better match.  In fact she was hopping on that bike herself as much as I directed her to.)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fall 2010 - Fall Festival

Fall Festival 2010 - Central Market Square

This year's festival was a fall harvest festival held in the new central market square.  A D.J. was on hand to provide musical for the festivities.

Couples old . . .

and new enjoyed some romantic moments together.

While some sims still can't decide where their heart truly lies.

Much fun was had by all . . .

or at least most . . .

until the festivities had to be cut short due to inclimate weather.

The festival coordinators did take time before calling it a day to give special acknowledgement to the ladies carrying the hood's next generation.  The three pregnant ladies, Robin Harris, Sophie Straight, and Tosha Cormier took a moment to pose for a picture together.

And to also acknowledge the twins in the neighborhood.  It has been brought to our attention that there is one set of twins in each age group (excluding elders).  The adult twins Gareth and Fawn Thayer, young adult twins Felicity and Joy London, teen twins Geneva and Owen Rossi, child twins Bryce and Bridget Ebadi, toddler twins Imogene and Shane D'Sim, and infant twins Jared and Leah First.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fall 2010 - University

Joy London and Felicity London - sophomores, Davis Vanderburg and Genesis Sartor - freshmen
As the new school year started, the students at New Eden University attempted to go on with their daily lives and studies as normally as possible, but the past semesters events, Chase Platz's disappearance and unexpected death still lingered over the campus.

Many students were starting to wonder if the campus housing was cursed as a second accident struck the dorm dwellers.

Davis Vanderburg suffered an electric shock as he practiced his mechanical skills on the cafeteria microwave.  Luckily the shock was only mild.  After a hot meal, a shower, and a rest he was as good as new.

Davis was fitting in with his dorm mates very well.  He and Felicity often had study sessions together.

And he enjoyed having chats and exchanging jokes with Joy.
He felt a strong attraction to Felicity and she seemed to feel the same way.

As his romance with Felicity blossomed, his friendship with Joy grew stronger.  Fortunately Joy and Davis were not attracted to each other in the slightest and agreed that anything but a plantonic relationship between them would be weird.  Joy thought nothing of being so close to her sister's boyfriend, but after Joy fell asleep in his bed one night, he thought it would be better to draw some boundaries with their friendship.

Not wanting to come between Davis and Felicity's relationship or to stumble into a repeat of the past, Joy began looking outside of the close-knit social circle of the dorms for a romantic relationship.  There was one guy in particular that seemed promising, a fellow classmate, named Alon.  They had exchanged a few playful flirts.

which advanced to kisses in the cafeteria.  But the relationship was still knew and Joy was interested in seeing where it would go.

Joy was also starting to think about the future.  Truthfully, she wasn't very interested in school.  She came to college mostly to follow her sister, just like Felicity followed her along to a modeling competition after their high school graduation.  The University was contemplating the idea of allowing a lesser degree upon completion of sophomore year.  She had completed that much, so it wasn't like completely dropping out and her ambitions didn't require an advanced degree.

The twins did everything together, but Joy was starting to wonder if they could use a little space from each other.  Besides her goal was to become a famous actress.  Spending time going to class probably wouldn't be as beneficial to her goal as spending her time going to auditions.

She had a talk about her thoughts with Felicity.

Felicity was entirely supportive of her sister

and they promised to keep in touch daily, if not more often and to stay close, but it was time to start living their own lives.

Meanwhile Genesis' increased attractiveness had not gone unnoticed around campus.  It was the talk of the college and rumors were spreading about her find in the magic lamp.

"I can't believe you wasted a wish on attractiveness.  You were already an attractive girl and there are so much better uses for a rare gift like that," a friend remarked to her.

"Like what?"

"I heard it can bring back the dead and there was that guy in the dorm that died last semester . . . you could give him another chance at life."

Genesis thought it over.  He was right.  Maybe she should use the lamp to help someone else.  It hadn't done her any good so far.  "Alright, let's do it."

The mystery of Chase's death is solved!  He got off on the wrong side of the bike and got trapped under the stairs.  Joy's new man, Alon, almost suffered the same fate.  Luckily I caught him there and let him out in time.