It’s time for household 5, the Picaso family.

Left to right: Carme, Matthew holding Mireia, Jessica holding Agnes, and Lluis.

Last season, the Picasos struggled to fit into a two bedroom one bathroom house, so at the end of the season they moved to this lovely place.

The new house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a lot more space. Unfortunately, the family ran out of money, so they weren’t able to finish the interior or fully furnish it.

Since they were out of money, Matthew had to take out a small loan to pay the taxes.

 Naturally, training in the most important skill was first up.

 Then Jessica headed to work, and Matthew was left home with the toddlers.

And this picture is the first time I noticed that Lluis has elf ears. I checked him in the mirror to make sure it wasn’t a hairstyle glitch, but they’re real. Then I checked all the girls, and Mireia also has elf ears. Carme and Agnes have the same huge ears as Matthew. Weird.

 When the triplets went down for their nap, Matthew had enough of a break to meet the welcome wagon, which consisted of Annika Richter from across the street.

“Grilled cheese is delicious, and very healthy, too. The best possible diet is a diet that’s 100% grilled cheese.”

When Carme got home from school, she immediately indulged in her favorite hobby of tub pirating – in a very dirty bathtub.

“Since I’m new to town, I’m really hoping to make friends with my new neighbors,” Annika said over a grilled cheese dinner.

“What about your parents?” Jessica asked. “Are they working?”

Annika took a huge bite of her grilled cheese. “This is a great sandwich, Mr. Picaso.”

Late that night, Matthew and Jessica headed out to open up the store for a few hours. Despite the lateness, the place was quite busy.

They were so busy, in fact, that they had to hire a stocker to help out. They made quite enough money to pay their loan, and even a little more.

When they returned home, Jessica headed to the telescope. She needed logic for work. Surely Matthew wouldn’t mind watching the kids, as he had 3 days before he needed to go back to work.

Inside, Matthew worked on teaching Agnes to walk. He found himself getting frustrated at her slow progress, when there were two more toddlers to train, after all. Why, oh why, had Jessica had triplets?

It’s still Day 1, so they can have a little renovation. The house is loosely based on my grandparents’ house, thus the dividers. I’m not sure I like them, so I might get rid of them next season.

The next morning, Jessica made toaster pastries for breakfast. She wasn’t a great cook, but she was tired of grilled cheese.

“So, Carme, you’re studying elephants today?”

“Make sure your teacher tells you that you shouldn’t go skiing if there are elephants around. It’s very important.”

As they were finishing up, Matthew joined them. “Oh, toaster pastries? Well, that’s all right, I suppose.”

Jessica frowned, but didn’t say anything.

Agnes and Lluis spent their morning playing with blocks, their favorite.

Once again, Matthew was stuck home with the kids while Jessica went to work. It was all right, he supposed, but he wished they didn’t all demand bottles at the same time.

Jessica came home with a promotion, as well as a much needed raise, and fellow businessperson Stepan Pavlov.

A promotion meant more skill requirements, though, so Jessica donned her helmet and headed to the chess board.

“Catch!”

“Argh! You throw really hard!”

As soon as she had her logic point, Jessica sat down to work on Mireia’s talking. She wished she could spend more time with the kids, wished she could be the one to stay home with them. But Matthew was the one who had days off, and someone had to go to work – they didn’t have anything at all put aside for their childrens’ futures.

To that end, Jessica and Matthew spent another late night at the shop, selling hard.

Since they still didn’t have full inventory, though, most of the profit was spent better furnishing the store.

“Damn stray dogs, digging up holes all over the place,” Matthew grumbled as he shoveled dirt into the hole.

“Come on, Carme! We’ve got to make you strong.”

“Oh, I wish I didn’t have to leave. It’s the triplets’ last day as toddlers, and I’m missing it.”

As soon as Carme had gone to school, Matthew put the triplets down for their nap. He had a want to make friends with Amanda Carlson, so he invited her over.

He hadn’t meant for anything to happen.

But Amanda was willing – more than willing – and interested in woohoo for more than just making babies.

“Matthew?”

“How could you?”

“Jessica…I…I didn’t mean…”

“I don’t want to hear it, Matthew.”

“Get out.”

“What?”

“Get out. Leave. We’re through.”

“But…why does Daddy have to go?”

“Well, Jessica, I hope you’re happy now,” Matthew snorted as he walked to the curb.

“And you! Vixen! Get off my property!”

“Whatever, lady,” Amanda said as she walked off.

“Um, I think I hear my mom calling,” Dimitri said, and he hurried away too.

The babies cried bitterly.

Jessica wanted to sit on the floor and cry and scream herself, but her children came first. Agnes and Mireia’s aspirations had bottomed out, and they were due to grow up. She had to get them happy again.

After tickles, cuddles, and nursery rhyme teaching, it was time for a triple birthday.

Agnes

Mireia

Lluis

It was late by the time birthdays were finished, so Jessica packed the kids off to bed and spent some time stargazing, trying to focus on the twinkling stars above her.

Jessica headed to bed, but stopped by the phone. Matthew wouldn’t be here to take care of the kids tomorrow. He was gone.

She had always thought that she would never, ever resort to a nanny to raise her kids – that was for Fortune sims. But she had to work, and they couldn’t be alone for the hour before the bus came. It was only for an hour, and only for two days, until Carme became a teenager.

Jessica settled into bed beside Mireia – there hadn’t been quite enough money to buy three new beds, even after selling all the baby things. She wished with all her heart that she would wake up in the morning, and none of this would have happened.

 After wandering around town for a while, Matthew realized he’d better find a place to stay. He didn’t have nearly enough money to afford a house, but a new apartment building had just opened up, and he could just barely afford a week’s rent.

The cramped apartment reminded him of the tiny house he and Jessica had started their family in.

He lit a fire in the fireplace, but the apartment still seemed cold.

The next morning, Mireia and Carme woke early, and breakfasted on leftover grilled cheese. They chatted about hobbies, carefully avoiding saying anything about their absent father.

When Jessica woke, she immediately remembered her furor at Matthew and that…woman. They had ruined her – left her a single mother with 4 children, and ruined any chance of ever achieving her lifetime want of a golden anniversary.

She had to get over this. A change was in order.

Jessica became a knowledge sim, with a new lifetime want to top oceanography.

Jessica walked out in the hall, and saw her children gazing at an elderly woman. The nanny. Somehow having to call a nanny didn’t seem so bad, now that she was a knowledge sim.

When Jessica got home from work, Mireia ran from the school bus to greet her.

“Hi, sweetie, how was your first day of school?”

“Good, Mommy.”

The kids had brought friends home from school. Jessica was glad; they were able to keep themselves occupied while she pulled the triplets aside one at a time to teach them to study. She had only a brief moment of wishing for Matthew to be there to help, but reminded herself that the new Jessica was strong, and didn’t need that cheating piece of scum.

Jessica’s resolve faltered a little, though, when she burned the spaghetti. Couldn’t she make a good dinner for her children?

As Agnes cleaned up the dishes, she considered that maybe she was in the wrong family. She had 10 neat points; no one else had more than 5. Now that she was a child, she thought she might go crazy living in this house of slobs.

Matthew made himself a grilled cheese sandwich – no need to worry about anyone wanting “variety”!

Since he was single, he figured he might as well practice some pick-up lines in the mirror.

Since he was off work for the day, he headed into the store – no worries about babysitting. He was hoping to make a nice profit. He’d paid only a week’s rent on his apartment, and didn’t intend to stay longer than that – he wanted his own bachelor pad.

The next morning, the girls broke in the new beds that Jessica had bought with yesterday’s salary.

Agnes and Lluis also found ways to amuse themselves.

Jessica was pleased when she earned another promotion at work. She was determined that she would manage things, alone.

Once again, the kids brought friends home from school and spent the afternoon playing.

“Matthew? What are you doing here?” Jessica was surprised to find that she wasn’t angry, just curious.

“Carme invited me. For her birthday.”

Of course. Jessica had almost forgotten about her eldest’s birthday.

As the family gathered around, Carme prepared to spin. She was so glad that Daddy had come. She’d been afraid Mommy wouldn’t let him – that’s why she’d just invited him and not told Mommy.

Carme decided as she grew that she wanted fun. Fun, and lots of friends. And someday, she would be Captain Hero and save the city from crime.

She knew new clothes were out of the question, as there was no spare money in the budget, but she did think she looked a lot better with some changes in hair and makeup.

“I’m so glad you came, Dad. Can we come stay at your apartment this weekend?”

“Sorry, Carme, there’s not enough room. You can definitely come to visit during the day, though.”

Carme then headed to the computer. She wanted fun – but fun cost money, and their family didn’t have any. She needed a job. There was a position as a gofer in the Business career, so she took it. It wasn’t much, but it would give her a little spending money.

Agnes blinked in surprise as she headed to bed. Was Daddy following Mommy into the bedroom? She thought he had gone away.

“What did we just do?”

“I should go.”

“I… Yeah. You should go.”

That’s it for this chapter! Next up is the Pederson family.

Stats:

Sims 45
Households 14
Owned lots 10
Unowned lots 2
Military lot? YES
Business districts 2
Universities 0
Downtown? 0
Sim multiplier 14
Population 630
Uni funds 248600

Careers:

Adventure 1 of 1
Architecture 3 of 4
Athletic 2 (unlocked)
Business 8 (unlocked)
Criminal 0 of 2
Culinary 1 (unlocked)
Education 1 of 2
Entertainment 1 of 1
Intelligence 1 of 2
Law Enforcement 2 of 2
Military 0 (unlocked)
Music 0 (unlocked)
Oceanography 0 (1 special)
Science 0 of 1 (3 special)
Slacker 0 of 1