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05 August 2011 @ 09:18 pm
BaCC: The Higgins Family, Week Six  

Kevin Higgins stared hopefully at his reflection in the mirror. He had lost all confidence in himself when he caught Shelby cheating on him last week. 



Shelby distracted herself by sewing. The soothing motions of operating the pedal could calm her, at least until she thought about what happened last week at Victor Valjean's house.


Carly felt the effects of her parent's discord, and looked for a solution in a dusty, disused book she found on the bookshelf. Skipping the chapters that seemed too grown-up for her, she read most of the book and felt confident she could solve her parents' problem.


The restaurant was doing well, and Shelby thought it was time to hire a full-time server. She didn't want to strain Kevin's hospitality any further.


The new guy had a great first day. No spilled dishes, even an extra tip from one of the customers.




Shelby constantly struggled with her weight. Diet and exercise would always take the weight off, but once she stopped dieting, the weight came back with a vengeance. She wasn't having any luck making permanent lifestyle changes.




One evening, Carly decided it was time to try what she learned out on her parents.




The results weren't consistently good, but at least they could stand to be in the same room together.


What Carly didn't tell anyone was that her parents' arguments made her feel very lonely.


"I wish my mommy and daddy would stop being mean to each other."


She grew up to be a Fortune Sim, whose lifetime goal is to become a world class ballerina.


That night, even though she didn't know it, Carly's wish came true.


The next day Carly invited her long-time friend, Alexa, over.


They giggled and gossiped, like all high school girls do.


Later in the evening, the Higginses had an unwanted visitor.


She sneaked into the house to steal the ReNuYu SensoOrb just outside, ignoring the money tree in front of her.


Then she moved into the kitchen to steal a painting.






The robbery detective, Jennifer something or another, arrived too late. She gave the family a modest reimbursement for the stolen items.


Carly invited Alexa over with something important to tell her.


She was fond of Alexa in a not strictly platonic way.




Luckily, Alexa felt similarly.


Shelby's pregnancy was a surprise to everyone.


But it helped Kevin forget the problems they had been having.


Shelby took the opportunity to visit her businesses one last time before the baby arrived.


"So your mom really believes in the power of a turkey dinner," Alexa said.
"She tries to dazzle everyone who walks in the door."
"Didn't work on me. I'm already dazzled by your beauty,"






Shelby met Royal Prism one evening at her clothing  shop. He struck her as being quite stylish for a Knowledge Sim, and she hired him on the spot. Shelby reasoned that if a Knowledge Sim had the right incentives, they'd stop at nothing to learn all about their trade.


Kevin and Shelby's relationship was on the mend. The couple was excited for the little one.


Fortunately, they didn't have long to wait.


Shelby gave birth to twin boys. Austin was the eldest.


Russell was a little younger.


Carly was a great help around the house, caring for her little brothers while her parents worked.


Once she got back to work, Shelby was quickly promoted.


And before everyone knew it, it was time for the twins' birthday.









Stats:
Playables: 40
Commercial lots: 12
College fund: $51,047
Population: 160 (SM=4)
Sartorial Success - Rank 7, Shelby's Place - Rank 2

Notes:
- I love the police officer's appearance! The skin with the eyes - great combination.
- Also, I was not expecting twins. Shelby must have had cheesecake without my permission.
- Finally, I get to update the BaCC! Christmas in July was a lot of fun, but I'm eager to get everyone caught up with New Jennerica. I have two more households to post before I can start playing again.
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bacc_krowbacc_krow on August 6th, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
That police officer is totally awesome. XD

Twins! C: Totally cute though, I'm curious to see how their face templates shape up in comparison to Carly. Carly looks very sweet by the way, you can definitely see the blend of her parents. I'm glad that said parents could work out their differences, hopefully things will stay on the mend and ACR will stop getting in the way. XD
untidyfanuntidyfan on August 6th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
Isn't she just? I have to marry her into the town, too.

It would be awesome if one of the twins turned out to have a facial structure like Carly, since she prefers ladies and I don't play with same sex preggers hacks. Carly did turn out to be a nice blend of her parents, instead of just a clone of her father as I originally thought. Quite attractive, IMO.

I hope ACR starts playing nice, but of course it probably won't. I have a Romance Sim still on the loose! Also, I honestly thought changing aspiration would have cured Shelby.
Rachelsimsforaranya on August 6th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
Oooooo. I usually have sims learn couples counselling, but I've never seen it in action! *cackles and plots*
untidyfanuntidyfan on August 7th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Same here. It's my first time using it. The first kiss interaction was rejected, but after that, they started to tolerate each other. It's slightly better than apologizing or "smooth talk" for mending a relationship.
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
Aaah! An update! :)
I really like the pic of Carly/Alexa Hug. Cute.
And I agree, Carly is a very good blend of her parents.

I usually use the SimBlender to get a male close friend of the lesbians to be a donor if they roll wants for children, without any woho...because thats fairly realistic in my opinion.

And a small WCIF: Carlys hair looks very maxisy but I am sure its a CC one. So. Where to find?

/gulhare
untidyfanuntidyfan on August 7th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
They are such a beautiful couple. I may use the SimBlender trick, but they have only one bolt, so I don't know if the relationship will stick. If a better match doesn't appear, then they're definitely sticking together.

The hair is a lost & found extract by Windkeeper. It's called the "Long and Soft Hair."
TSR (pay): http://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/293569
Booty link: http://paysites.mustbedestroyed.org/booty/ts2/tsr/windkeeper/hair/
Attic Boxatticbox on August 6th, 2011 07:45 am (UTC)
So neat to actually see the learned skill of relationships in use. I've never used it before. :)

Carly and Alexa are adorable. And I must say that Carly has grown up quite well.

I'm glad that Kevin and Shelby's relationship has improved and then with twins! Oh wow. Always a bit of a surprise! Lucky that Carly is old enough to help take care of them. ;)

I'm happy to see you able to update again! CiJ was a lot of fun but still nice to also get back to things.
untidyfanuntidyfan on August 7th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
It was kind of neat to finally use it. This family really needed it.

Carly did turn out nicely, and now that the family is getting along well, I have high hopes for the twins.

CiJ was a nice change of pace. I'm eager to do it again, but I'm just as excited to get everyone caught up on Jennerica.
Antimaccassar: Merlin - Arthurantimaccassar on August 6th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Such a cute police officer! I'm so glad Shelby and Kevin got their act together! I've never seen Couples Counseling before! Totally going to try it out.
untidyfanuntidyfan on August 7th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
I know! I will have her in the gene pool. I'm so glad they could work out their problems. It took some work, but totally worth it. I wanted them to be a happy, happy family after Shelby's aspiration change, and then ACR had its way.

selenaq13selenaq13 on August 6th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
I agree, Carly did grow up well with a kind heart to want to help her parents mend their relationship <3
Which will be good for the twins!
untidyfanuntidyfan on August 7th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
She did. She became a favorite of mine this rotation. I'm glad she's around for the twins, too, since both Kevin & Shelby work.

Oh, they're moving to a house of yours! They've already been placed in the lot, just waiting for the next rotation.
Katekatee412 on August 7th, 2011 06:21 am (UTC)
Carly and Alexa are really sweet together, and I too had never seen couples counseling put to use!
untidyfanuntidyfan on August 9th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
They are a great couple; I just wish they had higher chemistry.
Mary Catherinetehlobster on April 10th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
This was a great update. Carly is a beauty! The first part was pretty sad, actually, but then Carly learned couples counseling, which was neat. I've never done that! And then Carly/Alexa is adorbs.

Your citizens are turning out to be so unique! I'll have to look around and see if you've uploaded any of the kids!
untidyfanuntidyfan on May 21st, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
Thank you! The improvement gained from couples' counseling wasn't much, but it got them on their way. I loved Carly & Alexa.

And thank you again! I only extracted Hattie Charming and Janine McCormick, but I may upload them some day soon. I wish I had extracted Carly while I had the chance. :/