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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, November 25, 2011

Spring 2012 - Spring Festival

Spring 2012 - Community Festival

Residents gathered at the local market square for the annual community together.  It was a beautiful day to enjoy the warm spring weather.

Some sims were excited to participate in the hood's first ever cooking contest.  Sophie Straight was the first sim to sign-up.  She could barely contain her excitement.

Fawn was a little less sure of herself, especially when she saw Ivy First's unique and exotic entry.

Rich Cormier filled out the list of contestants with a classic cherry pie. 

In the end, Ivy's stuffed cod wrapped in bacon took home first prize.  But the festival goers were happy to sample all of the entries after the final judging.

Festival time is always a great time to reconnect with old friends and meet new neighbors.

Of course, not everyone got along perfectly all the time.  There were always spats and misunderstandings

and bitter feelings that could not be completely put aside, even for a day that was intended for fun and building a sense of community.

Some single sims took the festival as an opportunity to check out the members of the opposite sex, even if they knew another sim was taken and completely out of their league.

And committed couples that only had eyes for each other were feeling frisky in the warm spring weather.  While some sims approved of the public displays of affection,

others were totally embarrassed and appalled by their uninhibited behavior.

Even though some sims found themselves not seeing eye to eye,
For the most part they were able to look past their differences and have a fun time.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Spring 2012 - Elementary and Jr./ Sr. High School

New Eden Elementary and Jr. / Sr. High School 2012 - Melody Harris - Kindergarten, Elsa Straight - 1st grade, Bryce Ebadi and Bridget Ebadi - 2nd grade, Lance Huffington - 3rd grade, Kendra First - 5th grade, Sierra Thaytowski - 10th grade, Augustus Thaytowski - 11th grade, Dana Todd, Bryan Carson - 12th grade

This school year was going to be a new experience for Hope.  Since the hood had not yet found a replacement for Jessica's position as the elementary school teacher, Hope was going to be pulling double duty.

She gave the older students some brief instruction while the younger children were at recess, then set them up on independent study, doing research papers and preparing oral presentations.

The students had expressed an interest in robot building and the school was able to budget some money to purchase the tools to allow the students to experience shop class as well.

With the older students settled, Hope focused on the younger students.  She knew this must be a confusing time for them, so she wanted to make sure they felt comfortable and felt free to discuss any feelings they had or ask any questions that were on their minds.

She decided to push the desks aside and sit in a circle on the floor and have a little chat before starting their lessons for the semester.

Bridget's metaphor of her mother's passing being like her leaving on a very long trip to a place far away, provided a natural segue to the day's lesson on geography and foreign cultures.

"What are some things you are curious about places that are far away from here and about the sims that live there?"

Bryce spoke up, "I would wonder if they play the same kinds of sports and games that we do."

"I bet they do," Lance added.  "Just think, if you lived where there was snow and mountains, you;d probably go skiiing all the time.  There's no where to ski here."
Melody added, "Other places might have different kinds of birds and animals."

"Those are all good thoughts.  What about food?  Do you think sims in other lands eat the same type of food that we do?"

"No, and I don't think I'd like the kind of food that they eat.  I only like my food."

"You never know," Hope replied.  "If you tried it, you might find something new that you really like."

"I heard in some places around the world, sims eat bugs."

Bryce frowned at his sister.  "That's disgusting.  Can we go back to talking about sports instead?"

"I heard there are even places where sims eat rats."

"Ew.  Seriously, stop it.  Let's talk about something else."

Hope posed another question.  "What do you think about traveling to other nations and meeting sims from around the simworld?"

Elsa thought it would be great to make lots of new friends.  Bryce thought other sims from places far away would be too strange and foreign.

Hope then shared with the students the culture of her homeland, a nation that constantly had to rebuild, that was ravaged by continual storms, and considered the number three, incredibly unlucky.

After their discussion, Hope sent the children to the art room to work on creative projects.

The older students, Kendra and Lance used the easels, while the younger ones gathered around the coloring table.

They were to come up with their own civilization and draw a picture to represent it.

When it was time to break for lunch, Hope continued the international theme, by ordering Chinese food.  Even Bryce, who seemed so adverse to foreign foods gobbled it down quickly and was asking for seconds.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Spring 2012 - McMillian

James (41)

James had been feeling low lately.  Between Jessica's unexpected death and spending his 40th birthday alone, he found himself feeling incredibly lonely.  His day to day life had become so routine.  He got up, went to work, returned home, studied, played chess or painted and then went to bed.  He was glad to recieve an e-mail from his brother Bradford proposing a visit to New Eden.  Bradford's niece Veronika had been invited to show her art work at Fawn's art gallery and he thought it would be a great opportunity for a family visit.

So they made plans for a spring visit, just in time for the spring festival and Veronika's art showing at the very beginning of summer.  James was excited to see Bradford again, and Suzanna, Bradford's lovely wife who was a former resident of Eden herself.  They had in tow not only their neice Veronika, but their own four girls.  He couldn't believe how quickly time had passed.

Laci, their oldest daughter, who had barely started school when he had left Apple Valley was nearly a teenager and a student at the Apple Valley Academy's secondary school.  He couldn't believe how grown up she had become.  And the younger girls, who he'd only met through phone calls, pictures, and internet chats, were getting bigger too. Even the youngest, Lesia, was almost school aged.

The noise and activity five girls brought to the household was something James, who was used to living alone, would have to take time to get used to.

Once they were settled, he took the family out to see the sights around New Eden.  He made sure to point out the school and art gallery that he had designed.  The stopped by the historical lighthouse.

Where the local boys were quick to say hello to the new girls in town, much to Bradford's displeasure.

They walked on to the adjacent beach lot which had just been opened last summer.  It was too cool out to swim,

but they had fun playing in the sand for awhile.

The karaoke equipment was still set up from last summer's beach party.  James and Laci were feeling adventurous enough to try a duet.

They traveled on to the shops where the neighborhood was getting ready for this year's spring festival.

Some sims were already there warming up the barbecue, so they stopped for a picnic lunch.

Laci, Veronika, and the adults joined the other visitors to the park at the picnic tables,

while Lilly and Lora hopped on the swings.

Bradford seemed to enjoy meeting some new sims and sharing the details of their flight from Apple Valley.  By chance he happened to sit next to Suzanna's uncle, Bruce, who had recently relocated to New Eden.  He and Seth First were making plans to start a medical and research center in New Eden.  Bruce hoped that Suzanna could give them some advice based on her experience with the Apple Valley medical center, if she had time before they left for home.

After lunch, they went back to James' house to relax and visit.  The girls were much too excited about the trip to care about resting, so they decided to stay outside and play.

Laci and Veronika were kind enough to keep an eye on the little girls and keep them entertained while the grown-ups went inside to catch up.

"How was the flight?" James asked once the adults found a few quiet moments alone.

"Not bad.  Much better than I expected with five girls along," Bradford replied.  "It didn't take as long as I thought.  The time passed fairly quickly."

"I'm glad.  I really hate to travel."

"Is that why you haven't been back to Apple Valley to visit us?"

"Partially, but I promise I will try to come for a visit soon.  I've just been swamped with work.  Speaking of work, how are things at the law firm?"

"Good," Bradford replied.  "I keep busy."

"I'm sure you do.  I heard you're both on the hood council now.  Congratulations.  I don't know how you do it all.  You both have successful careers, are active in the community, and are raising four daughters.  Wow."

"It is a lot to balance," Suzanna admited.  "But I wouldn't have it any other way."

"So, you think there are going to be any more kids in your future?" James teased.

"Definitely not," Suzanna and Bradford agreed at once. 

"We are most definitely done with babies . . . except for maybe neices or nephews," Suzanna hinted.  Bradford shot her a look.  Before the trip they talked about this and agreed they weren't going to press James on when he might think about settling down and starting a family of his own.  But since James had brought up the topic, Suzanna didn't see the harm of dropping a few hints.

"You might not want to hold your breath on that front, if you're thinking of me."

"How are things with the art student you mentioned?  Are you still seeing her?"

"No, I see her around once in awhile, but she's not for me."

"Anyone else on the horizon?" Suzanna asked.

"I'm not sure.  I thought maybe there was, but . . . It's not that there is a shortage of attractive single women here.  I just haven't really made that special kind of connection yet.  Things just never seem to get more serious than a passing flirtation."

"I'm sure you'll find the right sim one day, James.  Believe me, it can take time, but when it's the right sim, it's worth the wait."

"Oh look, it's getting late.  We'd better round up the girls, it's getting to be the little ones' bedtime."

Before they could make a move to stand the phone rang and James went to answer it.  It sounded like a woman's voice on the other end of the line.  He excused himself and went upstairs to take the call in his office.

"Do you think that was another one of his flirtations?" Bradford asked.  Suzanna shrugged.  Bradford was seriously starting to wonder if James was ever going to find the great love of his life.  It didn't seem fair that he had been fortunate enough to find true love twice in his life time and James had none, but he knew he had to put his protective older brother instincts aside and let James live his life.  All he wanted for him was to be as happy with his life as he and Suzanna were with theirs.

He hoped that he was.

Suzanna and Bradford's visit has been fun.  I've kept them longer than I originally planned to.  I thought of reasons for them stay even into the fall.  They were funny with their conversation.  I left out the pictures where they looked totally annoyed with the conversation as they did most of the time (especially Bradford).  Even at the beach Suzanna and Bradford didn't look like they were getting along very well, but maybe they were just frustrated.  Typical Suzanna and Bradford wanted to jump into bed as soon as they arrived, but I didn't let them.  I had too many other things for them to do.  :P I think James seems content to be a bachelor, maybe it's just me that's desperate for him to get married and have kids (I hoped he'd at least have a girlfriend by the time his family visited).  Even my simself (who was the one calling him on the phone) took it upon herself to try hitting on him.  He wasn't interested.  lol