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When I last updated, I hadn’t realised that the game hadn’t saved before it crashed! So I had to go through the birth again. I took the opportunity to rename the twins to Veles and Verene.

Talking of makeovers, Viran’s hair looks different now.

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He’s a good dad.

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The twins quickly grew to toddlers.

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They played together,

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and get on well (although I’m not sure that Veles is enjoying the hug quite so much).

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Their parents taught them to walk.  They’re only halfway through their toddlerhood and they can walk and talk and, I think, are also potty-trained.

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Over in Bluewater, Viran’s aunt, Demona, died at the age of 77. She had been a captain hero.

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[My game has been crashing fairly frequently. I think it’s cc. I’ve been trying to figure out what’s doing it but it’s very time-consuming, taking my time away from actually playing.]

[PS: I really hate the new blog layout when writing (with the menu on the right-hand side) and when I write a post it doesn’t scroll down so my text disappears at the bottom! I have to physically stop and scroll up to see it. Really fucking annoying. Thanks WordPress.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fucking fix it! I also hate the new reader display.]

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Vrancea soon got pregnant.

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Viran is in the science career but Vrancea hasn’t found work yet.  She wanted a baby. She didn’t expect twins however.  It makes sense. Her father-in-law was a twin.

Viran was at work when Vrancea went into labour.

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Luckily it was at night so Miranda could help out.

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The first baby – a boy, Vacul.

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The second – a girl, Savika.

Miranda introduced her granddaughter to the great outdoors.

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Miranda and Vlad complained about the twins smelling, even lecturing them (but did nothing about it).

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René still hadn’t found an opening in the medical career.  It worried him, especially as Marielle had had a baby girl, called Merivienne. Marielle told him not to worry but now she was pregnant again.

René checked for jobs every morning but there was still nothing.  He tried to take joy from small things such as a warm fire on a cold autumn afternoon.  He made the fateful decision of lighting the fire in the lounge, then going to the bedroom for a nap.

Unfortunately, the lounge room caught fire, unbeknownst to the sleeping René and to Marielle, upstairs with baby Merivienne.

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It had really caught hold when René woke to the smell of smoke, but was unable to call the fire brigade. Some idiot had put the phone behind the stereo and he couldn’t reach it.  He tried, therefore, to put the fire out himself, but then he caught fire.

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Marielle heard the commotion and came down running.  She saw René in trouble and tried, desperately to extinguish the flames that engulfed him.

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But it was in vain.  He perished. Marielle had no time to mourn him as she fought the remaining flames.

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Then the shock set in and she was grief-stricken. Her grief brought labour on early, and she gave birth to twins, Laurent and Felicienne.

The family were devastated. Claire saw Sebastien break down in tears after a phone call and he broke the news that René was dead. Then Xavier heard the crying and came in upon his inconsolable parents. Xavier, too, was distressed. René had always been a nice person, liked by all.  It seemed unfair that of all the Champignon children, René should be the one to die young.

“Can we bring him back?” asked Claire. Sebastien dried his eyes and thought about it. Only the DeMarr family had the power to do so, as they knew all too well. Generations ago, one of the family had been brought back to life as a zombie, to serve as a servant to the DeMarrs.  “I don’t know” Sebastien wavered.

“I’ll go.” Xavier offered.  He knew Viran DeMarr and could ask the huge favour.  Viran’s grandmother had been a Champignon (although the marriage didn’t last).  Surely, they could help?

Xavier visited the DeMarr house during the day, knowing the vampires would be asleep.  Viran could see his friend was distressed and heard the sad tale.  “I’ll ask my father” he said, but could promise nothing.

The family endured days of waiting before Viran got back to Xavier. He told Xavier that his father didn’t know René and so could not bring him back.  Viran, himself, was not friendly enough with René to be able to request his resurrection from the grim reaper.  Vlad would not let anyone else make the request.  It was devastating news.  Sebastien said they had to help Marielle out with the children if nothing else could be done.

Then Viran called them back to say that his great uncle Radu had also had a phone – the resurrect-o-nomitron.  His widow (still alive) might still have it.  Unfortunately, she had no idea who Viran was, so Viran asked his uncle Radimir to visit her.

Radimir agreed.  He wanted that phone for himself anyway.  He called on Merisha and she agreed to give him the phone.  She had no need of it, happy to be a white witch with her two cats.

The original plan had been for Radimir to give the phone to Viran to pass to the Champignon family, but Radimir knew René and had the ability to resurrect him.  At first he’d wanted to bring René back as a zombie, but the rock god offered him a lot of money to give the grim reaper the maximum amount to bring René back.  Radimir did so.  He wasn’t rich and had a family to support.

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René seemed his old self.  He had memories of his family and had the same desire to be in the medical career.  Radimir let him stay for a few days to check he was ok. During that time, René finally found a job in the medical career.

The family were overjoyed.  Sebastien had been so fearful of never seeing his son again, and had felt anguish for the beautiful young widow and young children.  It had been tragic for her.

René moved back home to Marielle and his children.  Merivienne was now a toddler and René had never met the twins before.  However, he didn’t seem to know his wife at all.  He was attracted to her but didn’t acknowledge her as the mother of his children.

Marielle was saddened but patient.  She encouraged his flirting and returned as much as he was able to accept.  It was a difficult period of wooing, due to the constant demands of the children, who needed feeding and clean nappies.

Finally, with much relief, and a hint of amusement, Marielle accepted René‘s second proposal of marriage.

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They exchanged rings in the snow just before René had to dash off to work.

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Marielle was happy.  Her husband was back, he had the job he wanted, and she had the three children she had wanted.  She made sure the phone was accessible and that fire alarms were installed.  She wanted to grow old with him and not risk losing her love again.

Ok, last time I blogged about the Champignons, we met Cheverny’s illegitimate daughter, Cara, and Claire had just had twins.

Well, Cara joined Alexa at the boarding school.

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Ellie-May dropped her off.

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Cara met Alexa again, and the strange green teacher.

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Just as he had done with Alexa, Oliver got Cara into more appropriate clothing – the uniform, and the long hair tied up.

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She doesn’t look particularly attractive, considering her parents’ looks.

Back to Sebastien’s household, Xavier grew to school age just before the birth of the new baby, a girl they named Cherie.

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Cute.

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Cherie got way more attention than the twins ever had.

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Even Cheverny kept an eye on her.

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Or maybe nothing had really changed… (although this could be an old pic of one of the twins…)

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Meanwhile, the twins had grown to toddlers.  Cherie and Rene below.

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Collette (before the birth of Cherie):

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Rene:

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Colette, at least, was taught to walk.

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Some pics of the twins together.

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I think they rejected hugs from each other.

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Next up, the DeMarr family, who have just reached the 10th generation.

 

I don’t think I’ve mentioned Cheverny’s illegitimate daughter.  As you know, Cheverny was seeing female “escort”, Ellie May.  Ellie May’s “colleague”, Helen, had given birth to Jerry Lillard’s illegitimate daughter.  Well, Ellie-May also got pregnant (a bad batch of condoms, they argued).

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The girl was called Cara.

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She grew pretty rapidly to a toddler and is now school age.  She will probably be sent to the same boarding school that Alexa was (forgot to take photos).

Meanwhile, Xavier grew to a toddler.

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He learned to walk and talk.

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Visitor, Kevin Arends, stares at the boy and Xavier stares back.  Random.

Claire got pregnant again.

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She happened to be in the garden with Xavier and playing with Sebastien, when she went into labour.

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She had twins: Colette and Rene.  Xavier was forgotten in the excitement.

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Cheverny below realising he had two more grandchildren.

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The twins didn’t get the best of attention.

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They’d get told off by Sebastien and Cheverny for crying and smelling bad (umm, change the nappy?)

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Even when holding a baby, Cheverny didn’t change the nappy or do anything about it.  He complained and then just walked away, leaving the baby floating in mid-air!

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Even a visitor (Vasilia Champagne) ignored the baby and just grabbed some snacks from the fridge.

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Xavier’s cot no longer fitted in the nursery so he was delegated to a bedroom (and often forgotten about as well).

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Cheverny, for one, was busy reminiscing with Vasilia in the moonlight.

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Unbelievably, Claire got pregnant once again (she secretly wants 10 children – you wonder why when she ignores the ones she’s got).

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Oh dear.  With Claire’s super fertility, it’s likely there’ll be another set of twins.  Where will they go?

Chantal, meanwhile, also got pregnant again.

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Andy was delighted to welcome a son, Daniel.

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Chantilly grew to a toddler.  She’s quite obviously her father’s daughter.

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Chantal was rather cruel, only laughing when the poor girl was so tired she fell asleep in the kitchen.

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Nothing much happening at the Lillard household.  Peter learned to play chess with his dad.

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Everything was ticking along nicely, with Brenda getting a promotion.

It was then the twins’ birthday.  First Penny.

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Then Peter.

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That’s the best-looking Lillard heir for many generations (apart from Jerry, his dad), probably since Alex, Peter’s four times great-grandfather.  Emily’s plan to improve the genes worked.

Alexandra will soon be going to university.

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Meanwhile, the wife of Bjorn’s son, Lars, has had a baby boy, but it’s not Lars’.  She was seen on a date with Daeron DeMarr but he’s not the father either.  The father, surprisingly, is Bobby Arends (one of six children of the late Sally Arends (nee Champignon and Bjorn’s former ‘girlfriend’).

And here I should note the death of Lars’ former stepfather, Hereward Langerak.  He died at the retirement home, age 72.  He had a few brief years with his young wife, Eve.

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Eve is now an elder herself.  Her daughter, Helen, has gone to university, leaving only Eve and Matt at the retirement home.

Eve was never happy with her looks.  She always thought she was ugly compared to her prettier sister, Siouxsie.   She decided, on turning 54, that she would use the cosmetic surgery machine, which a former resident had left there.

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Eve before surgery

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Eve after surgery

 

She was very happy with the result.  She went for a fuller face, which made her look younger.  She wondered if Matt would notice.

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Alexandra still enjoyed teasing her siblings.

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Peter learned to walk (and was potty-trained), while Emily taught her granddaughter, Penny, to talk.

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Then came a birthday for the twins…

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Unfortunately, that day was also Emily’s death day.  She was 74.

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The family were upset.

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Penny cries

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Jerry cries

Bjorn.. well...

Bjorn.. well…

Jerry got electrocuted by one of the robots on the same day.

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It wasn’t the best of birthdays.

It didn’t take long for Bjorn to ease his grief.

Bjorn greets Sally Arends.

Bjorn greets Sally Arends.

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Unfortunately, Alexandra witnessed them kissing and was quite upset (even though Emily was dead).

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Penny came out, wondering why her sister was crying and cried too.

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Then Peter came out to see what all the crying was about and witnessed it for himself.

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They were… doing things… in the tub!

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Bjorn felt like he’d found true love at last.  (Sadly, it wasn’t to last – Sally died not long after.)

Meanwhile, over in Bluewater village, Hereward got promoted to Mayor at the age of about 60.

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He proposed to the much younger Eve Larsson who happened to live in the retirement home with her daughter.

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It was the first proposal Eve had ever received and she accepted.

They married in the backyard of the home one mild evening.

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“What? Can’t an old man find love?”

They ate wedding cake inside.

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Clockwise from left: Eve’s teenage daughter, Helen, Hereward, Eve, Lazaria DeMarr Perez (lawyer), Matt Picaso (scientist).

It was Hereward’s second marriage after living with Emily for a long time (Emily never married).  He figured his wife wouldn’t die before him this time.

Lafitte gave birth to twins.  First a boy, they called Sebastien.  Cheverny finally had his heir.

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Then a girl, Chantal.

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Giselle learned to walk, taught by her grandparents mostly.  (She also learned to talk and was potty trained.)

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She followed her granddad into the snow and loved it.

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Lafitte was promoted to Space Pirate (and not looking too happy about it).

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Unfortunately, she doesn’t get on with her father-in-law.  A shame.  Such a pain when you have two Sims living together who fight a lot.

Radu DeMarr visited and played with Giselle.

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He also played pool with Cheverny.

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Waiting…

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Interesting expressions while waiting.

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In a world of his own.

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What a smile.

Anyway, back to the Champignons!  Giselle had her birthday and started school the next day.

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The twins also grew up.

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Giselle looks at her brother, Sebastien

Sebastien hasn’t yet learned to walk.

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Chantal, unfortunately, got left outside and forgotten for a while.

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It’s ok, wolves don’t attack children.

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Cheverny had a break from his business while the twins were little.

 

Three young children was quite a handful.

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Luckily, however, they all grew up on the same day.  Firstly Alexandra:

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She and her grandfather, Bjorn, get on well.

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Then it was the turn of the twins:

Peter

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and Penny

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Alexandra liked to tease them.

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Emily had a makeover again, better reflecting her age.

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Half-brothers, Bjorn and Romain, playing chess.

I tend to forget about mentioning promotions.  I play, take the pics and as I don’t update this blog until later, I forget details.  Apologies.  If I haven’t mentioned before now Emily was a world class ballet dancer, now retired, and Bjorn a business tycoon.  Brenda is a waitress and Jerry is a prestidigitator (that’s a horrible word).

As mentioned before, Bjorn aged up.

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Alexandra grew to toddlerhood quickly.  She’s pretty cute.

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Bjorn did his bit looking after his granddaughter when others didn’t.

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Alexandra went for a day trip – to her grandmother’s work and back!  Incredibly, after dealing with Alexandra, Emily took her to the waiting car…

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I followed to see if she would put the toddler down…

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Nope.

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Luckily, her work hours weren’t long (she’s a world class ballet dancer) and she got home safely – with Alexandra.  Whew!  Any needs were quickly met (although not by Emily who went straight to bed).

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Brenda got pregnant again.  Jerry argued with her about something – ensuring it’s a male heir?  Who knows.

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Luckily, Brenda had twins – a boy and a girl – Peter and Penny.

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Bjorn’s not a bad granddad.

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(I think the house is due for a makeover.)