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So at last I played the main Champignon household, thinking that Sebastien and/or Claire would die. This is one of the houses that crash a lot (another big house) so I have to save every six hours. It crashed after 24 Sim hours and I reloaded. Anyway, in that time Xavier’s son, Renaud, grew to a teenager, watched on by his mother (who has had a makeover as she gets older), and his grandmother.

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Renaud is a very talented boy. He had accumulated a lot of reward points and on becoming a teen was able to fill in all the slots. The whole family is in platinum all the time. Renaud is an accomplished pianist already, playing like a concert pianist. In a family of musicians, it was likely to be so. Sebastien jammed with him even before his birthday.

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Renaud is a good singer too, of course.

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Sebastien, fearing the end was near, spent lots of time with his grandson.

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Renaud got angry with his grandfather for beating him, the relationship plummeting to -2. The boy needs to grow up emotionally. But he apologised and the relationship got better.

He also joined his father in the gym.

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His mother taught him golf.

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I wouldn’t be surprised if Renaud has maxed out several skills before he gets to university (if he ever gets there).

You’ll notice a lot of the family in swimsuits. They all swum together at one point and the pool was rather crowded. Xavier was in danger of being dived on,

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but all was well.

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Claire, meanwhile, seems to be going a bit senile. She will spend a lot of time gazing at pictures of Sebastien’s ancestors.

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She put turkey in the oven and walked away but luckily the god saw that and made her return before she burned it. Silly woman. She and Sebastien and 79 now, surviving the last two Sim days.

As for Xavier and Ilse, rapidly approaching middle-age, they are still in love.

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I have started a new family at Belladonna Cove, so may blog about it, linking here. I have to remember to take pictures though, something I often forget.

Thanks for reading and following all this time!

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I’m slowly making my way around the neighbourhood. Cezanne and her husband had an uneventful round (although she’s now pregnant, as was her wish).

However, not so happy at her brother, René’s place. It all looked great. Everyone was on top of their homework, René was studying for promotion. Marielle even studied parenting (too late as it turned out). Merivienne, now a teenager, was looking forward to going to university in a few years and had planned to study business.

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It was all going great. Merivienne, however, had been coughing recently, and excused herself from the dinner table to go to the toilet, but was back and chatting. Marielle left to feed baby Felice. Merivienne then said she was going to have a shower and headed upstairs. René and Laurent chatted a while longer then cleared the table.

It looks like Merivienne may have had the shower as she was fully dressed instead of in her pyjamas as before. Everyone was distracted so no-one knew, but then a thump was heard.

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She’d collapsed and died just outside the bathroom. She was just 14.

Everyone was devastated (except Marielle who had gone to bed, leaving Felice on the floor!)

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Marielle only seemed a little sad when she woke up. I expected more grief-strickenness.

The following day was Felice’s birthday and she grew into an attractive toddler.

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Marielle’s new parenting skills had come a bit late. You’d think she would have had the desire to study parenting before having four kids. Now her LTW of having three kids graduate will not come to fruition. After Felicienne died, they had another child to fulfill that want. Little did anyone know, including their god, that they’d lose Merivienne as well. René felt guilty, as he is a medical researcher, and had told others to take their sick relatives to hospital but he hadn’t. He had been lulled into a false sense of security by what he thought was a growing immunity. There had been no other deaths recently, even though several Sims in the neighbourhood were showing the symptoms of flu. So sad.

[Sorry for pic quality. I forget to use Fraps.]

I had not updated the Champignon household before going on a ‘hiatus’. Here are pics I saved for the post, but as it’s nearly a year since they were taken, I can’t remember exact circumstances. Most of them speak for themselves I guess.

Sebastien and Claire are ageing. Not long now before their end has come.

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Claire worries about it.

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They’re making use of the time they have left to spend with family.

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As Ilse just mentioned, Xavier has just published another bestseller, which was delivered to the house.

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They are still very much in love. Their son, Renaud, is increasing his creativity skill (looked on by his ancestors), an almost obligatory skill in that household.

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The family jam from time to time.

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I’m not sure what’s going on in the next two pics.

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I can’t remember if Ilse has a job but she’s catching up with family films.

Marielle went into labour.

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She gave birth to another little girl.

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She called her Felice after the deceased twin, Felicienne.

René was happy, and so was Felice’s big sister.

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Marielle managed to set fire to herself,

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almost making her young children motherless, in what would have been a tragic duplication of René dying by fire.

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Thankfully the fireman got to her in time.

Interestingly, her in-laws at the big house would not have mourned her. No-one there likes her (I checked the relationship status for each of them). They would, however, have felt sorry for the children.

The youngest of Sebastien and Claire’s children, Cezanne, had returned from university with her fiancé, Jerome.

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They moved into a small house,

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and then went clothes shopping.

They are currently unemployed and figured they may as well get married as soon as possible, as Cezanne’s parents were getting old. By the time everything was arranged, it was evening.

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That’s not the hairstyle that I had planned for formal wear, but never mind. Guests were all family members including cousin, Tom Arends.

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Cake.

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Most guests took a piece,

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but Sebastien preferred a snack.

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He looked a bit worried about interractions between his daughter-in-law and his new son-in-law.

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He needn’t have been.

The brothers chatted while watching sport,

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and Xavier got an idea for another novel.

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This is what Cezanne’s hair should have looked like.

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The wedding was a roof raiser.

Jerome is into computers. A perfect career for him would be hacker.

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The only member of the family that wasn’t at the wedding was Elene. Her daughter, Ellie, was now a toddler.

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Elene has her attention turned to the neighbour, Cedar.

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The date of my last post corresponds with the beginning of a new job which has left me less time to play and update.

I’m wondering whether to eliminate the DeMarr family from blog updates as nothing much has happened with that family and I miss them yet again for another update on the Champignon family (a large one, I guess).

So over to René’s branch of the Champignon family. The pics below were taken several months ago and I hadn’t updated, as it was the turn of the Lillards, but again nothing much had happened with them since.

You may, or may not remember their house (below on a rainy day).

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René and his wife, Marielle, having breakfast. I’m can’t remember the circumstances surrounding these pics.

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René was promoted, I think.

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The couple had three children: Merivienne, and twins Laurent and Felicienne.

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The girls below. It turned out they were clones of each other.

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I expect Laurent was too, but he looked sufficiently different and was the heir. The Sim god, however, didn’t want clone girls, so the younger one met with an unfortunate ‘accident’.

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She drowned.

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Naturally, the parents were upset.

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However, Marielle was pregnant again.

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As the months passed, their grief faded a little.

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Nothing is happening at the DeMarr house – they’ve become quite boring lately.

Sebastien invited Rene and his family over. Claire was delighted to see her grandchildren.

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Claire found Merivienne delightfully talkative.

The cousins, Laurent and Renaud, chatted and played.

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Sebastien’s sister, Chantal, was also visiting.

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Rene still seems to look up to Xavier.

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Marielle doesn’t seem to like her brother- and sister-in-law.

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She seems to think that Xavier is a negative influence. She likes her husband to be serious and successful, not mucking about having mindless fun.

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Her brother-in-law is unemployed and irresponsible she thinks.

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What a killjoy.

Merivienne (much to Marielle’s disgust if she knew) was having the time of her life.

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And Chantal was getting to know her great nephew Renaud better.

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It was a pretty successful family reunion.

Meanwhile Cezanne had arrived at uni.

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The only suitable thing she could find to wear was a black dress – not quite what she wanted.

She met what she thought was a cool townie who seemed to have similar interests.

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Ilse still had problems with her in-laws spending lots of time with her son.

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When she finally got some time alone with him, she wasn’t sure what to do.

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But some innate instinct kicked in.

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However, he had grown quickly and his birthday came around too soon.

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Xavier proclaimed his continual love for Ilse in the hope he could persuade her to now have another child.

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Ilse was not interested.

Sebastien and Claire are still very much in love, still going strong.

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Sebastien’s very distant cousin, the icon, Robert Champignon, had died at the age of 72. Sebastien visited the family with his condolences.

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Elene was still popular. In fact she was big on campus.

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One student was particularly interested, Shane Noir. But he would have to act quickly.

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So he took the plunge.

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She didn’t resist. In fact she enjoyed it. During the rest of their time at university, he got closer and closer to her and eventually popped the question.  She accepted.

They returned to Veronaville and moved into an apartment where they had the wedding.

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It was a small affair with no fuss at all (not even any chairs for the guests in the tiny backyard. (Check out that road!)

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But inside was bigger and everyone had a great time.

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Back home, Sebastien held a dancing competition.

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He announced Claire as the winner. I think he was biased.

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Xavier had now written four best-selling novels. Claire and Sebastien read them. The latest, The Road to Hell, was a bit grim for Claire’s liking.

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Sebastien is now 70 but shows no sign of giving up music.

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Not a great deal happening in the main household of the Champignon family, but more than the DeMarr family who miss an update for lack of anything significant to report.

Xavier sold another blockbuster.

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Sebastien and Claire were still spontaneously engaging in random acts of love.

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The second eldest daughter, Cherie, married Muhammed, the son of an Arab businessman, in a small ceremony at the back of their apartment in Bluewater. Claire and Sebastien attended only.  Muhammed didn’t much care for his father and his mother had died.

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Cherie was now Mrs Diwan.

Claire also attended the wedding of Mayor McCullough’s daughter, Penelope, to Sam Champagne.

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Sadly, the eldest daughter, René’s twin sister, Colette, (who had been sent off to the poorhouse years ago) died in the small downtown house she shared with her elderly husband.  She had married him for money when he suggested he had some, but found that he was just as poor as she.

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For Sebastien it was not unexpected. René had been saved so another child had to be sacrificed in the latest round of culls.  He hoped there would be no more.

As for Elene, she was now at university and had grown into a very attractive woman. She attracted a lot of attention from the male students, including Kiran DeMarr.

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She didn’t seem particularly interested in any of them. She was lusted after even by the groom of a wedding she attended (as well as by Richard Lillard at his recent wedding).

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She will break a lot of hearts.

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