speeding girl

december 2016
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Quinten Siew (26 years), Rebecca (26 years), Scarlett (6 years)
(Kenzie Goss (53 years), Lulu Grimsley (6 years), Bea Woodfolk (5 years))

narrated by: Quint

Back when Scarlett was just three years old, I mentioned going back to school to Rebecca, maybe doing a doctorate. She felt we were past that stage in life, and that my two year degree was sufficient. I enjoy being a paramedic, and South Metro has a great crew to work with, it just seemed natural to try and get promoted within.

But Rebecca had a point, and we are finally getting to the point of paying off our student loans and mortgage. At some point we need to start saving for Scarlett’s own college education, not adding more to mine. So I did something that I knew Rebecca wouldn’t approve of, I quit my job.

I had called Violet-Adele to arrange a meeting where I proposed she pass on a good word for me at her work. She’s head architect on some pretty big tickets, and it wouldn’t be difficult to give a nod in my direction to any one of the people she knew. It was awkward since Rebecca had a falling out with her after some alleged feelings for Reed Welsh were admitted.

The entire meeting was awkward, I hadn’t been the most clear on the phone on why I wanted to meet, and I think she had thought Rebecca was coming along. When I admitted that Rebecca didn’t even know I was here, she seemed a little put off.

I thought it was going to be a waste of time, when she conceded that she could get me a job if I didn’t mind working hard. There was always an opening in the Road Construction crew, most men didn’t make it long before their bodies gave out or they found something new.

I accepted. I waited until my last day of work at South Metro before I told Scarlett and Rebecca. As I expected, Scarlett didn’t mind that her Daddy wasn’t going to be saving lives anymore, she thought building safe roads was equally impressive.

Rebecca was nowhere near as easy to persuade. I knew she wanted me to discuss this with her first, I needed to be sure I could make this leap. I didn’t want her to worry, and I wanted to make a grand gesture that I was taking care of her and Scarlett.

She saw it as me sneaking behind her back with Violet-Adele, and conspiring against her. I got the feeling that the only issue was that Violet-Adele knew about the job change before she did, because after all of it was said and done she was fine with the actual job change.

But the work is exhaustive. After my first week on the job, Rebecca got sick of my whining and drew me a bath with some bath salts.

Violet-Adele called to congratulate me on my first week, she didn’t receive any complaints about her recommended hire, and she hopes I keep up the good work.

She doesn’t have to worry though, I may have been late to this grown up party, but girls mature faster than boys. I don’t intend to quit this career. The hours are long though, especially in the beginning, I leave before the sun is up, and come home as the sun is beginning to set. We had to hire Gretchen back as a nanny, but it’s only for an hour before school and after school.

Scarlett loves Gretchen, a whole adult to dote on her, hired for the specific purpose of taking care of her. Unlike her parents, who get tired after a long day of working, Gretchen’s job is Scarlett and playing games.

After Rebecca’s miscarriage, we talked of trying again for another baby, but in the end, Rebecca didn’t want to make that leap. She’s afraid that it will happen again, statistically, one miscarriage makes you more susceptible for another. I imagine there are many people who continue past a miscarriage to have a full family, but Rebecca is a nervous wreck over the mere idea of trying.

We decided we would adopt this time around, Kenzie Goss is our social worker and is finishing up our homestudy visits. This particular visit is all about Scarlett, and how we think she will adjust going from an only child, to sharing the limelight.

Rebecca was a little stumped on how to respond in the best way. We are both honestly concerned over her adjustment, even if she does deal well with it, she’s rather demanding of our attention.

She’s very whiny when she has to do things she doesn’t deem as fun. Often Rebecca will allow Scarlett to sit in the front seat, and take the back seat herself. She really shouldn’t be doing this now, but with another child in the car, this just won’t work.

Then there are times that Scarlett can be considerate, and overall just a sweetheart. Earlier this month, Rebecca came down with a viscous flu, she’d come home from work and fall asleep in her uniform on the sofa. Generally Scarlett demands hugs, a book, and our undivided attention as she recounts her day. But instead, she let Rebecca sleep, and did her homework quietly until I came home from work.

A piece of me worries that a sibling for Scarlett may not be the best thing for her, or maybe it would be the best in the long run, but she’ll think it’s the worst. I admitted to Kenzie that I’m concerned about raising a child that is an unknown personality as well, another attention seeking child may add more conflict to our dynamics.

Part of the homestudy included Kenzie asking Scarlett’s opinion on everything, and as much as we were concerned over her responses, she was very exuberant to have a new sister. She said she would be okay with a brother, but a sister would really be the better of the two. She then prattled on about her best friend, Lulu and how her little brother, Jake sometimes chews on their dolls heads and makes them slobbery.

As Kenzie left she told us that we passed the homestudy. She also assured us that the best parents always have qualms about being able to provide the best for their children, and believes we will do just fine with two children. Now we just need to wait until there is a baby who is in need of a home.

To celebrate, we took Scarlett to the park across the street.

Next on Rebecca’s mind is buying a bigger home, now that the homestudy is over with. I know that our two bedroom house isn’t really big enough to add another child to, Scarlett’s room is packed with her trinkets and treasures. It’s just another big thing though, every time I knock one thing down, she’s setting up two more.

I’d like her to slow down a little with all the planning, and just enjoy this moment we are in. I feel like she’s also three steps ahead of me, and I’m still trying to get my barrings on the last stage we just flew past.

She’s been doing really well selling her pottery to Myra London who then sells it at her Farmer’s Market Stand.

She even has upped her order to be larger, and Rebecca is now stressing if she can fulfill this next large order. Eventually she wants to run her own pottery business, but I’d like her to enjoy this time where she’s in the beginning stages of her art career.

I’d like her to feel honored and proud that locals enjoy her creations, and that Myra thought of her to make this business deal. Instead she’s just anxious to get to the next stage, and worried if she’s doing well enough where she’s at.

Eventually she wants to quit the diner, but she’s been saying that for years, and I’m not sure she really ever should. She doesn’t seem to be doing well with the stress of this pottery arrangement, and I imagine being an owner adds a whole other slew of responsibilities.

Besides I’m not sure Scarlett would be easily persuaded to accept her quitting. She loves going to the diner and sitting at the counter with Bea and pretending to be adults as they order from the menu.

The two girls are pretty inseperable when they have the opportunity to play together, Bea lives in South Port though, so it’s usually just the weekends when Hazel and Rebecca are working together.

Scarlett spends the most time with Lulu from down the road, they are in the same grade, and are constantly trying to charm sleepovers from the parents.

For winter break we let Lulu stay for two nights, and the girls were beyond thrilled. Rebecca made Christmas cookies, and I arranged with a local company for a surprise.

I kept telling the girls I had a surprise for them, and after their cookies I pretended that surprise was a new holiday flick they hadn’t seen. They couldn’t wait to watch it.

It was nice having the girls oohing and aahhing over the movie, if having two kids can be nice like this, then I’m looking forward to it. I also think another little girl would be equally nice, I like seeing Scarlett having a playmate. Of course, a son would be equally great too, I guess this is why we don’t usually get to pick the gender, just couldn’t decide. During the movie, Rebecca kept whispering to see if I’d paid a certain bill, or if I’d looked at the homes section of the newspaper that day.

The big surprise was a fake Santa for the girls. I had seen a billboard while working on filling pot holes, and decided to call. He came for an hour, ate the cookies, and asked each girl what they wanted for Christmas.

I’m pretty sure this just made us the coolest parents at the Grammar School, and to top off the good parent feeling, Scarlett told Santa she only wanted a little brother or sister for Christmas.

I hope we don’t have to wait too long for that wish to be fulfilled.

I’m back! Sorta! I started playing this household back in June, and redid the Construction Career from MTS in my spare time back then. It’s based on my soon-to-be brother-in-law’s old career in carpentry. I needed another middle class type of job, that could support a family rather well eventually, and this is would be it for Quint.

See, even he was interested in changing to this career:

Still no baby for these guys, no trying, and no oopsy baby, so on to the adoption they go. Lips are sealed on all of that though, as I still need to make up my mind. I built their new house back in June too, so it will all be ready to go once things get set into motion.

I’m going back to once a week updates… I hope. I have crazy amounts of unpacking ahead of me, plus a trip, and you know, being social to my new neighbors (who are seriously wow. awesome! I’ve never lived in suburbia before, they bring you food and wave!!). But once a week shouldn’t be too horribly impossible… *crossing fingers*

Thanks for reading!! πŸ™‚

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14 thoughts on “speeding girl

  1. LOL! Enjoy the food and waving πŸ™‚ I enjoyed this update and am so glad you’re back. So much to comment on. I love that he’s switched careers and can’t wait to see how this new career plays out, I am just as anxious about the adoption as well, so they’re adopting a baby then, no sibling groups or older children? I am also anxious to see the new house as well, can’t wait to see what you’ve done.

    1. Thanks Starr! It’s good to be back! I’ve missed my sims for sure, and everyone elses too! It’s still a bit hit or miss with it all though, it’ll be nice when we have a better rhythm. Sadly school is starting up right quick again, which you know about with your own studies. Summer is too fast of a season!

      As for what they will adopt, if I go one way, then it’s going to be a baby… if I don’t go that way, then they would do a toddler. I’m leaning to baby, and you know, I can’t wait to see the house! I built it, and only snapped a picture of the outside, I really can’t remember the inside well at all!

  2. I’m glad you’re happy in your new house and that you have nice neigbours. πŸ™‚ Wow, food! I actually do live in the suburbs, but no one’s ever brought me food. I’m in the wrong suburbs, I think!

    Eeek, I was pretty sure Rebecca wouldn’t take Quint’s up and quitting his job and moving onto a new one very well, though I can see his reasoning. I hope he’s serious about construction and that he does stick with it.

    I’m looking forward to seeing how this adoption thing plays out for Rebecca and Quint (and how Scarlett copes as well). I think Kenzie knows what she’s doing, seeing she’s approved them but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be all sunshine and roses for them either.

    Also, I’d never noticed Bea’s profile before and she might be even cuter from the side than she is from the front. Look at that little button nose!

    1. You’ll just have to move to the south Carla! Everyone is just sooo kind… the eye contact is like… the oddest thing ever! People in the north don’t do eye contact, not long eye contact anyhow.

      I believe Quint will do well with construction, he really wanted promoted but needed more education, and I just didn’t see that happening for him. So I used Starr’s method to find him a career, and then Violet-Adele was a natural to give him a step in the right direction.

      Bea and Lulu have my two favorite child noses at the moment, I’m pretty sure Roman has that cute button nose too.

      Thanks Carla!

  3. Glad to see you back! Good luck with all the unpacking and settling in.

    I hope the adoption goes well for them. I’m excited to see whether they get a boy or a girl and how it all plays out. I’m sure Scarlett will eventually adjust to having another kid around the house, though it may be hard at first. And I’m glad Quint is doing well in his new job!

    Like Carla, I noticed Bea’s profile in this post and she has such a cute little nose. So adorable. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Shana! I’m very excited to see how things play out, I am really leaning in one direction, just need to bite the bullet, and get on with it! I’m very curious how Scarlett adjusts, I think a little sister might be beyond sweet for her, but then I think Quint with a little boy, would be nice too… I’m really awful at trying to pick what I hope for!

      I adore Bea and her little nose too, I had to make sure to get the girls together, they are close friends but live so far apart. I think of them as the “Princesses” of the diner!

  4. Unpacking sucks! But I’m glad you have such nice neighbors to bring you unpacking snacks :). Rebecca is very intense isn’t she? I’m glad Quint is excited about this new job and I hope he sticks with it. I don’t think Rebecca could take another announcement like that! I can’t wait to see their new addition πŸ™‚

    1. Agreed! Unpacking sucks! Please let me shove things into boxes, and then never have to unpack them! Rebecca is always planning, and running rather faster than Quint. He was still rolling wants to throw a party, and hang with pals when Scarlett was a baby. I think if they hadn’t rushed into marriage/parenthood so quickly after their community college, that she wouldn’t have had to pull him along so much. He’s very keen to have a baby now, and be the “man” of the family.

      Thanks Jen!

  5. I can’t wait for these two to have another kid! Scarlett seems like such a sweetheart, and I know that she’ll be a great big sister.

    The christmas was very cute. I love that Santa came. πŸ™‚

    Great update!:)

    1. Thanks kat, the Santa was totally unplanned! I’ve never had him show up before, Lulu was spending the night, and so Rebecca made some christmas cookies (being Winter Break and all) and lo, there was Santa. I had to take control of him so he’d stop peeing! haha. Next to have show up is creepy new year baby, lol. No clue how I could ever explain that one off though, haha! Probably a moment to ignore.

  6. Glad you’re getting all settled in and making friends with your new neighbors! Suburbia can definitely be nice at times, but watch out because those nice neighbors can turn on you in a heart beat! Ever seen Desperate Housewives? Heehee.

    Loved this update! All of your sims are so gorgeous and I just love your custom content. Beautiful pictures as well. I really hope they adopt another child, and I’m secretly hoping for a girl. I think it would be cute for them to have 2 girls!

    1. Thanks fortune, I do hope we can make good friends with some, and at least keep a good relationship with the others. I have only seen some of the first season of Desperate Housewives, knitting needles right? Haha, yah I’d like to avoid that… though I actually knit irl, so maybe it’d be me doing the crime. ;P

      Thank you about my sims, I like them, and as for custom content, I definitely blow up my computer with it. It’s a sickness, really. I think two girls would be really sweet, the only thing I dislike is how far apart the kids will be from one another, but in the same breath, I do like it, cause it’s realistic in ways too… I’m just so glad to be playing again!

  7. I’m glad you’re settling, and that your neightbors are nice! That’s always a plus πŸ™‚

    When you said Rebecca got the flu, I was thinking she might be pregnant πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to this adotion, I want to know more about it, since I wil have an adoption in SimsVille soon as well, and I have no idea how I will do it yet πŸ™‚

    I loved the whole sleepover, with the santa visit, and the last picture of Scarlett hugging santa is just too adorable!!

    Did you do a lot of adjusting to the construction career?

    1. Thanks Tanja, I have the flu traveling through my hood, so many of the families have it, and it all started with the grammar school update! I sent that girl Riley home asap, but she’d already spread it to the McCarthy twins… and it’s still popping up. If Rebeca hadn’t stayed sick for longer than a day, than I wouldn’t have wrote it in at all, but she really wasn’t doing well. A piece of me hoped it was pregnancy, pregnancy is always easier than thinking up adoption! Looking forward to seeing your upcoming adoption, not sure who will get to theirs first in real life time. I’m thinking mine will be in September (of real life before I get to that part of the session.)

      For the construction career, I made it sort of a Carpentry Career, I gave it a uniform (the orange plaid shirt that Quint is wearing on the phone from MTS), and a pesky vehicle to boot, that isn’t working properly. I need to take the time to actually fix that… I based income similar to the police career, both hard working-non-degree jobs. There are VERY long hours in the beginning, and it takes a lot of physical work (Quint came home tired and smelly).

      At the end of the day, I needed this to be the kind of job that breaks a mans body over the years to bring food to the table. My BIL went to school to be a carpenter, and bounced from road construction to carpentry, with different seasons, and weather changes. So it’s kind of a mixed bag here too.

      These are the job titles, arranged by what tends to get paid more (on average) in real life:
      Road Construction Sign Placement
      Road Construction Equipment Operator
      Cement Mason
      Sheet Metal Specialist Carpenter
      Drywall Installer
      Building Inspector
      Contractor Superintendent

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