Wow! Generation 5! Neat! Thanks to all the readers for their support!
Last time, on The Lightnings – A Quick Alphabetcy, Noah’s time in charge came to an end, and Rachael, the chosen heir aged up to Young Adulthood, and is ready to take over! I’d normally start with a Lightning Check, but since there’s just the two of them, let’s get started!
And let’s go camping! Rachael seems like the camping type. I have her and her father rent the fanciest (or next to fanciest, I can’t remember) place they can find. The tents are super fun, but I’d never stayed at one of the cabins before!
How luxurious! They certainly will not be “roughing it”. They’re having a 3 day retreat.
Noah needs to wee and eat, but Rachael is ready to explore!
I love the little camping “world” it’s so pretty!
I wanted Rachael to go fishing…
But not in that dress!
Much better. That’s our outdoorsy girl!
Yeah yeah, stupid plumbob…
But look at all the fishing women! It’s like a sisterhood!
Oh man – I just got the pop-up that Noah is going to die soon.
This is NOT how I wanted this camping trip to go! Please hang in there until we get home!
Rach does a bit more fishing, then heads back to the cabin to spend some time with her aging father.
But when she got back, she found him laying in the yard!!
Turns out he was just looking at the stars, so I have Rachael join him.
With Rachael’s feet heading off to bed, Noah feels invigorated and alive!
He gets his boogie on to some easy listening music. (This is a terrible screenshot… I’m re-reading my notes like – Huh? What is this?!? I apologize.)
Noah also ventured out to do a little exploring. Nothing of note happened…
…but the night sky was beautiful.
The bills still arrived, even though they were camping.
With all this recreation, the trip, and the pool – the bank account is rather depleted!
Oh, that – and bugs flew out of the mailbox.
Ha ha ha!
Rachael is busy sleeping in, but Noah spotted a lovely park ranger!
He’s old, but not dead!
Noah proves he’s still got it.
And finds love in the great outdoors!
I found it fitting that Noah got one more girlfriend.
He was always such a fan of the ladies.
Rachael works some more on her Angling Ace aspiration while her father is busy romancing up the locals.
Sammy told me to use a fishing guide to make sure I did everything correctly, but since Rachael was a level 5 angler by the time she was a teenager, I decide it was too late, and I’ll just try my best.
I was looking for love for Rachael too…
…But everyone I saw was not to my liking.
I got the other pop-up about Noah’s death, and it will happen any minute.
Rachael joins her father in a lite night game of horseshoes.
I’m so sad he’s going to pass away on their vacation.
Worried about her father, Rach naps beside him while he sleeps.
This made me have feels.
When he wakes, Rachael expresses her admiration for him.
It appears to be mutual.
I’m glad you like the smell of Rachael’s cooking you old glutton you.
I’m going to be sad when we lose him, and before he could become a grandfather!
NOOO! Not yet!
You just ate!
Shouldn’t there be a “you can’t die within so many hours of eating, or you’ll get a cramp” rule?
Oh Noah – farewell, honey.
Thanks for all the cool kids and your womanizing nature. It was a fun generation.
Rachael had just headed out for a jog, so she missed witnessing his death.
Which is good and bad. Good, because she won’t get that terrible “very sad” moodlet… and bad, because she won’t get that terrible “very sad” moodlet. Someone should mourn him, but I don’t want Rachael being in agony for days.
You check your tablet there, Grimmy.
I’m sure it’s his time to go. Just after he got a new girlfriend, too.
Your creepy dementor hands terrify me.
I’ll make sure Rachael takes your remains home. I feel like you were an elder for such a short time.
Meanwhile – Rachie is out for a happy jog amongst the pines.
While her father lies deceased on the kitchen floor!
She stopped to look at this huge… cute… thing…
After a little more fishing, she’s tired and very hungry.
So she roasts a fish!
Hark! A bear!
The bear is named Quinn – sorry bear, that name is taken!
They chatted briefly, but did not get along.
Rachael’s vacation will be over soon, but with no prospects for romance, she does a little more fishing.
Don’t look so happy there – Rach.
That one is not a keeper.
Before I knew it, Rachael was back at home, with her sister Olive visiting.
They had a fun dip in the pool.
Okay, we gotta get a move on here – it’s spouse hunting time!
I head to the museum because I’m not sure I’ve visited this lot yet. I immediately spot the guy in the baseball cap.
His name is Jerrod.
Hard to tell what he really looks like under all that – erm – style.
He dresses like an annoying teenage boy.
Even though he’s already an adult – well, let’s see if Rachael likes him.
I learn he’s a glutton and a mixologist at the Rattlesnake Juicebar. But ugh, his clothes and accessories… Well, I can fix that!
There! Hiding underneath all that douchebaggery was this very cool face!
Not bad at all!
Aw, I already think they’re so cute!
I’m not sure how long before he becomes an elder, but I’m gonna risk it!
HA! His face is adorable.
Rachael’s first ever attempt at flirting is successful!
I have her ask him on a date…
…back to her place! They get their groove on to the stereo.
And now they’re boyfriend girlfriend!
Now, I really like Jerrod, but he’s addicted to milk.
This is like, the fourth glass he’s taken out since being here.
Hey, Noah came out for a visit!
Hi buddy! He’s blue because he’s “sad”, but he looks pretty happy to me!
Jerrod had left and I have Rach invite him over the very next day and…
…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Already!?! Son of a…
Well fine. He may not be the forever man in Rachael’s life, but
she loves him I want his genetics.
With Jerrod now at risk of dying any day, I rush things along with a pregnancy test.
Even if he’s old, I think they’re adorable together.
He strikes a pose, and moves in!
And is initiated to the Lightning house through the traditional “Oh good, more hands, help in the garden” rite of passage.
Rachael helps out, but don’t let her green plumbob mislead you, she’s starving.
Two slices of birthday cake later…
…and the neglected garden is doing much better.
Jerrod: A Fork?
Rachael: He’s so great… (smiles)
Sad Henrietta showed up later that evening.
I send Rachael to quickly cheer her up before she breaks everything. Protip: Cheer up the ghosts as soon as you see them, and then they won’t break everything.
She was very successful, and after she went off to bed, a very confident Henrietta got her boogie on into the wee hours.
So much better than breaking all the appliances.
I think Jerrod is so cool.
For an old guy.
Pregnant, but happy, I send Rachael and her beau off to do some fishing.
Well, swimsuit clad Jerrod went to the nearest bar…
…But Rachael did some fishing!
Cool, she caught a rainbow fish!
I usually have the speed up too fast to catch pictures like this one, so I’m super happy.
OMG OMG What’s happening! The camera has zoomed to Jerrod!
Oh, he’s fine…
Just some townie dying. Jerrod lives to fight another day.
She’s so large already!
And only her second trimester!
Please don’t die.
Uh oh – Jerrod is “dangerously tired”.
I had him take a nap, but he doesn’t seem to be doing well! (turns out he was sick…oops)
Out tending the small garden, it’s baby S time!
I decide to have this baby at the hospital and experience the new GTW way of childbirth!
Here’s the hospital!
I’m kind of excited!
So is Jerrod.
I wasn’t sure what to do next, but I realize she can “check in” at the front desk.
And look! It’s Olympia! She works here!
After checking in, she just wandered around with this heart thingie over her head.
I think it indicates that she’s a patient.
The dad, meanwhile, is having a snack in the cafeteria.
In his defense, he WAS hungry right before Rachie had the nerve to go into labor.
Back following Rachael, I decide this is pretty exciting!
Glue? Is that glue?
I don’t think glue is necessary…
I don’t see a baby, do you?
Oh – apparently it’s some stork game.
Yes – game. The doctor is playing some sort of stork drops a baby game on the machine’s display while it uses laser and glue in childbirth.
Does anyone else think this is super weird?
Because I think this is super weird.
It’s a boy! I name him Simon.
Which incidentally is my cat’s name.
Everyone seems happy enough.
Although I’m a little freaked out.
I’m gonna say, I prefer the sparkle and twirl version of SimBirth.
On the plus side, Rachael and Jerrod returned home with their needs at 100%, so that’s a plus. And good to keep in mind for an ISBI.
And then I discovered this!
A birth certificate! So that’s kind of cool too.
Rachael and Jerrod immediately get down to business and…
…we’re having another one! Yay!
Moments later, Simon hops out of his basket.
It seemed fast to me too! He’s adorable, even premakeover. He gets “neat” likehis mother and has the whiz kid aspiration. (Yes, we need more child aspirations… there’s like… three.)
What a cutie!
I decide that I’m REALLY going to work on the children aspirations, so here’s Rachael reading to little Simon.
Which is super cute.
OMG – Rachael’s face…
You better be enjoying this, kid.
Uh oh – I got the pop up that Jerrod is gonna die soon.
And it came – like immediately.
Unfortunately, Rachael was there to witness his demise.
I was considering pleading for his life, but decided to let him go peacefully.
Then this happened.
Which may or may not be the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen in the Sims. Get your death-y hands off the unborn!
Simon needs to make these “mood potions” for his aspiration.
This was me trying, but his mental skill wasn’t high enough. Oops.
Mother and son play some chess.
The following day, one happy, focused, well-fed Simon heads off to school.
Earning an A is part of his aspiration, so I’m really trying!
Rachael is swimming, but she’ll be fishing soon.
Phew! She’s going to have that baby any moment!
She’s extremely sad, examining the water – and still in her swimsuit.
huge little thing.
Oops. Looks like someone had an accident.
I’m sorry Rachie, I thought you could make it.
Don’t mind that pout! It’s baby time!
I hope it’s a girl!
I opt for the “stay at home and sparkle” birth plan.
It IS a girl! I ask my husband for a girls name that starts with T, and he picks Tori.
Aw. We have a cute little Tori!
Olive stops by!
She actually stops by all the danged time, but since Rachael is sleeping and caring for the newborn, Simon invites his aunt in to play chess with him.
The sad ghost of Noah appeared to meet his grand-daughter.
Aw… too sweet.
He even helps out with the smelly diaper!
Rachael takes a moment to thank her father for the visit.
And she cheers him up too, to protect the appliances and electronics.
Whoops. I’m not very good at keeping the plants healthy.
They look terrible.
A few moments later, Tori ages up!
She has the social butterfly aspiration and the geek trait. I aim for a “social geek” look, and I think she’s adorable!
The little peanuts bond over a game of chess, which is good for both their aspirations.
As Simon needs mental skill, and Tori needs to make a BFF!
Since fishing is the name of the game, I thought I’d see if Rachael needed to visit that secret place.
I had forgotten how beautiful it was.
I wish there was a single lot so you could live there.
She caught a cowberry plant seed!
I can’t wait to plant it!
After fishing in the magic place, she catches a few frogs for bait in Willow Creek.
It was a busy Sunday!
After an all night fishing trip, Rach returns home in the wee hours – to over $5K in bills! The kids head off to school, and I thought about sending Rachael out to look for another partner – but she’s just too tired.
And that’s it for this post! Thanks for reading! Until next time, Happy Simming!