1.2 – Lawn Living

Last chapter we left off with Dawn’s very first day of morning sickness.

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Knowing just how expensive her little nudger would be, Dawn decided to try her hand at fishing.

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She wasn’t too successful… only a few tiny fish and some driftwood.

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After making a phone call to join the Astronaut career, Jimmy joined in the fishing fun, but was even worse at it than she was.

Jimmy –  “I blame it on the bunny slippers”

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Later that night, the morning sickness finally got to Dawn.  Or I guess it could’ve been the disgusting mess that they’ve left all over their counter.

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Ahh.  Much better.

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After cleaning up, Jimmy was super sweet and gave prego-mama a nice massage to ease that tension.

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The next morning, Dawn invested in a lovely new bassinet in preparation for her little one… who, judging by that ginormous belly of hers… was due any day now.

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They also got a tv.  In hindsight, Dawn wished they hadn’t.

No walls + loud noises = no sleep.

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Jimmy spent the whole night planting a beautiful (and lucrative) garden for his lovely wife… mostly to make up for waking her up early that morning.

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D’awww pouty face!  Lawn living is the worst.

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Just as Dawn went into labor, her darling husband decided to fall asleep.

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But once she saw that adorable little face, she forgot all of her troubles.

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Welcome to the world little Arya Keenan.

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Ahh… no walls.  Gotta love it.

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They spent a majority of Arya’s infanthood with their fingers in their ears.

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On the bright side, though, their garden was beginning to grow beautifully…

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and they still found time to love on each other…

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but sleep… sleep wasn’t a luxury they could afford.

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Dawn – “Totally worth the lack of sleep.”

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After a couple more paychecks, some fossil and frog hunting, and selling some of their gardening goodies, they were finally able to afford some walls and a few cheap lights!  It isn’t much, but it’ll do.

(Note the bassinet in the living room)

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Not long after the remodel, Arya aged up to a child.

(I’m really not fond of that… a child jumping out of a bassinet.  Seriously EA?!  Bring back toddlers!  /end rant)

The little family took a trip to the library so Dawn could get some gaming skills up and Jimmy could work on his logic.

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A bed for Arya was added in the living area.  She didn’t seem to mind that she didn’t have her own room.

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Dawn still took trips to the park to grab whatever free food she could.  When you’re living on a lawn for so long, you get used to the handouts.

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After work one night, while Arya was busy with her drawings, they snuck away into their room for some cutesy lovey stuff.

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(seriously, you two… stop being so adorable!)

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Apparently it didn’t get much further.  The next morning, Jimmy’s hot-headed nature had him stomping all over the place.

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There was another small remodel done to the house.  Arya got her own room and they finally got some new flooring and wallpaper put up.  They also got a new computer so Dawn could do her programming at home.

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The garden gets out-of-control amounts of weeds.  Like whoa.

(It seems to take a lot more time to garden than it did in the Sims 3)

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I forgot to mention, but when Arya grew into a child, she gained the Bookworm trait and her childhood aspiration was Artistic Prodigy.  So, she does a lot of this.

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and some of this, too.

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She also enjoys playing video games… like mother, like daughter.

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Although it’s cute that she takes after her mom, it makes it a bit hard for Dawn to get her work done.

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So she kicked her out to go eat her dinner and chat with her dad.

Jimmy – “One day soon, you’ll be the one out here slaving in the garden.”

Oh how sweet.

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We added in a small dining table (so they’d stop standing around or sitting on beds to eat), and a chess set to enhance that “focused” moodlet more often.

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Arya kept beating Jimmy and he couldn’t figure out why.

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Boring gardening stuff…

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Uhm… why is your plant glowing?

Dawn – “I talked to it.  It’s evolving into a ‘very nice’ plant now.”

Oh okay.  That makes sense.

(Side note, this is a pretty awesome feature.  I hated having to replant the better quality seeds all of the time.  Kudos, EA.)

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Hip-bump!

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More violin skillz.

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Brace yourself.  Super-cute-lovey pictures are coming.

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No more lullaby… so we’ll see what Dawn’s pregnancy test says in the morning!

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…. to be continued.

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