My Current Family- The Kaplans

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I have another excuse for not posting! I’ve been having some issues with Photoshop that I haven’t been able to resolve, so I’m having to work around it. So sorry I’ve been so absent. I’ve been bouncing around and playing with all the new careers in Get To Work. Plus I’ve been so immersed in The Sim Supply’s Rags to Riches Challenge that I honestly have not had time to do anything much.

My most recent family is the Miller-Kaplan Family. I’ve already tried out the Detective and Doctor career (in one family and then separately), so I was already done with those, I thought I’d go back to my 100 Baby Challenge but then one night, I just decided to just start a new Legacy Family. I’m not using any particular set of rules or anything for this family. It’s not even a challenge, it’s just playing.

Let me just catch you up on this family. Mitchell Kaplan and Delilah Miller are my starting pair. Mitchell is actually a mix of Alexander Kaplan and a sim from the gallery who I’ve never been able to find again, but luckily saved in my library, his name is Jason Harvey (i think). So I created Mitchell with their genes, he got the jawline and squarish features from Jason, while his orange hair and eyes are from the Kaplan genes. Delilah is of course one of my sims, who I had originally paired up with Alexander Kaplan, by the way, he is available in the gallery.

So I moved them into Oasis Springs and Mitchell started in the Scientist Career. I have to say, I absolutely loved this career, far more than I ever expected. Just the amount of things you could do, the content that was only available with this career, and the madness of it all was great. While Mitchell worked, Delilah became a Stay-at-Home mom, which is actually her job. It actually lists her career as Stay at home mom which is pretty awesome. I think if you don’t have kids it just says Unemployed :).

So Mitchell worked hard in his career and they gradually updated the more traditional home into a more contemporary style. Delilah did alot of gardening to supplement Mitchell’s paycheck, which really helped early on. It was great that she kept up that gardening skill because later on the items from their garden were used to make his serums at work.

They had their first child Millicent and then a funny thing happened. They tried for another baby and they ended up both pregnant! With Twins! Its even more interesting because while they were both pregnant, she was still listed as the mother and he was the father but he was just carrying the babies. Dayana and Mariya were born to Delilah while Mitchell gave birth to Markus and Magnus. I like interesting names. Meanwhile Mitchell was abducted and came home pregnant with an alien baby and Delilah was also pregnant. She had baby Jax, while Mitchell had Xavier.

Millicent began to really annoy me, mostly because she kept sleeping in her parents bed. So I booted her out and took the annoying twin boys with her, that was the plan anyways, but Markus died in a barbecue grill fire. So Millicent and Magnus moved in with the Caliente Sisters, because….Don married Dayana. I seriously have a thing for Don Lothario. He’s my favorite. I always give him a makeover once he moves in though. A major makeover.

Eventually Don and Dayana moved into a house down the street from Mitchell and Delilah and they now have 6 kids. I moved them out and played their house for a bit and the odd male pregnancy happened with Don as well. That’s how they ended up with six kids! Their first set of kids, Dayana had Delia and Don gave birth to Daphne. Then I worked the household, advancing Don in his career, then they tried for another baby and once it was confirmed she was pregnant I went back to playing my original house. A few sim days later, I come back to play Don and Dayana, they had 4 more kids. 2 sets of twins! It was odd as well because I had no clue what sex they were. I had to to wait until they became children and I gave them makeovers as well as fixing their names. They had 3 boys Drake, Dominick and Donovan. The lone girl in the set is Danyella.

Meanwhile, I married Mariya off to a random sim and moved her into another household. She was almost as annoying as Millicent. After that whole thing with Don and Dayana, I ended up checking out my mods and cleared out most of them. After that, the game seems to have been fixed.

Delilah and Mitchell had 2 more children- Jax and Julliana. When Jax aged up to a young adult, I moved him and his half brother Xavier to Oasis Springs. Jax met Kylie and Xavier met Shay. Xavier is in the medical field while Shay is a detective. Jax and Kylie are the artistic couple, Jax is a writer and Kylie is a painter. They have one child- Karlie, with another on the way.

Since I’ve been playing Jax and Xavier’s houses, as they don’t live together anymore, they live across the street from each other. After Jax and Kylie’s baby was born I checked the family tree and noticed that Mitchell was now an elder. It made me so sad, I wanted to give him and Delilah another chance to be parents and to retire him from the Scientist profession. Currently Delilah is expecting and I hope she has a boy!

Update 100 Baby Challenge: C’mon Logan!

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Get that A already! So since I’ve completed the uploaded version of this house, I went back to playing the 100 Baby Challenge. When we left off we had a pregnant Annabelle and 4 teens in the house, twins Kendall and Logan and another set of twins Mikael and Nikolas. I’ve had the teens living downstairs and doing their homework and extra credit, their skills are where they should be. Amazingly Mikael and Nikolas got their A’s and moved on. Another set of twins was born!

Ninth Pregnancy- Father: Rylan Chase

Ophelia Fox-Chase

Penelope Fox-Chase

So I moved those kids downstairs after they aged up and finally Kendall got her A, so she moved on. Still nothing for Logan. I swear, he’ll still be there for the next generation. Meanwhile I looked around town and found a lot of elderly sims, and managed to meet someone, it sure helps that Annabelle has the Enchanted Greeting. So she’s on her tenth pregnancy now!

Gameplay tips! 

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The Shine On Ambitions lamp which provides Inspiring Decor and the Mathematical Diagram which provides Focusing Ambiance. 

I watch a lot of Let’s Plays on YouTube and some of the most underused items that I don’t see which are available are the lamps which give off auras. I used to under utilize these myself but after realizing their potential I use them in all my houses. These lamps are basically rewards from Sims 3 expansion purchases. When they had a sale at Origin over the holidays I purchased the expansions I didn’t have. So I received all the lamps in my game as a gift. Some are just for decoration but some have an emotional aura that you can enable. For example the University lamp gives off a Focused aura which I put in the entryway so when the kids leave they get the focused emotion. For the bedroom I use the red one, which gives a flirty emotion and really helps when you’re trying to seduce a sim. And for painting I always buy the Inspired one to help my sims when they’re painting. There are of course other items which your sims can study to get those emotions.

They absolutely make your life easier and help when trying to gain skill points or earn money, and with job performance. So if you’re lucky enough to have these lamps, use them. Or make sure you enable the auras for your items.

Update 100 Baby Challenge: It’s a full house again!

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Not too much happened with the 100 Baby Challenge, Annabelle is now an Adult and she had another set of twins.

Seventh Pregnancy- Father: Mike Wardon

Mikael Fox-Wardon

Nikolas Fox-Wardon

Finally a kid with a new hair color! Mikael received his father’s brown hair instead of his mother’s red hair. His twin Nikolas, is a redhead.

They have since aged up to children and now we have 7 kids- the Lothario Triplets, the Larson Twins and the Wardon Twins in the house, six boys and only 1 girl! It’s probably gonna be another few days before we get all these kids out but I’m hoping they all get out within a few days of each other and we can resume the challenge.

I honestly haven’t had much time to play today since its Sunday and I had family over and I worked a bit this morning. Typically I am able to play after work in the afternoon and then when I wake up at night but I’ve been lazy. My schedule should resume as normal on Tuesday.

Update 100 Baby Challenge: Stop setting the house on fire!

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I swear this kid is a firebug! So Georgina came home from school with an A and was exhausted so of course she wanted to cook and she set herself on fire. Again. I have to admit as annoying as she was, she was a huge help with the triplets when they were babies. Luckily our neighbor Mike Wardon had spent the night and was able to extinguish Georgina. 

Meanwhile we’ve got twins in the house again! 

Sixth Pregnancy- Father: Sam Larson

Kendall Fox-Larson

Logan Fox-Larson

Kid Count: 12 (12! And Annabelle is still a Young Adult so I think there’s a definite chance I’ll get 26 out of this generation!)

Update 100 Baby Challenge: The Lothario Triplets?

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Fifth Pregnancy- Father: Don Lothario

Henry Fox-Lothario

Ivan Fox-Lothario

Jaime Fox-Lothario

Just another quick update, after the last update I was left with Fiona and Georgina in the house but then they both came home with A’s so bye bye Fiona and Georgina became a teen. Meanwhile right before Fiona left, Mr. Lothario himself came by for a visit and now we’ve got triplets! On a side note, I don’t know about everyone else but why does Don seem to give multiples? In another one of my games my sim married Don and they had triplets too. This with no fertility reward. I actually did buy it after this pregnancy though.

So that’s all for this update! 

Kid Count: 10

Update 100 Baby Challenge: The first set out!

first4yasHalf empty house! Woo! Poor Donovan! I aged up 4 sims to young adults today but poor Donovan, he’s actually one of the triplets and unfortunately as his siblings were aged up to young adults, he just aged up to a teen. Per the rules you can age up your kids and teens once they get A’s in school. The twins Alexa and Bianca got their A’s the same time Evan and Cecilia did, so I aged them up and moved them back in with their fathers. I’m sure this will not be the case throughout the whole challenge, eventually I’ll just have to kick the kids out but for now it’s working. I tried to pretty them up and fix their outfits before I moved them out but you can’t fix genetics. Look at Alexa and Bianca’s prominent cheek bones, they got those from their daddy Diego. 

My favorite of this bunch has to be Cecilia, she’s so pretty! I hope I have a pretty one like her for the next generation. That sounded über creepy. Oh well. Time to start making babies again. For now we still have Donovan who is a teen, Fiona and Georgina who are still kids and of course the lovely Annabelle. I’ve had a bunch of downtime since I had to raise the multiples so I’ve already got some potential daddies in the works. Don Lothario and a version of Handsome Hank, I’m looking at you!

FYI that redhead gene is strong! Out of the seven kids, so far I only have one non redhead.