Today’s subject is the Bruce family!

Standing: Andrea, Dand

Seated on couch: Ramsay, Mhairi, Michael

Front: Malvina

(Sorry for the speech bubbles and such. Had a terrible time with the family photo this season for various reasons.)

As usual, first thing was taxes. Dand was wondering where they were going to get the money, but then he decided to have Michael cash out his move out fund – he doesn’t really need one since he’s heir. So that money was used to pay $12,400 in taxes, with some extra for renovations.

(For the first two families, I chose the heir randomly. But for the Bruce family, since they’re a little more traditional with their castle and all, I decided that the oldest male will be heir.)

This is the aforementioned castle. They added the second story last season, but couldn’t afford to finish it at the time.

For now, the girls have been moved upstairs. They got their own bedrooms and a shared bathroom.

Downstairs, the boys also got their own bedrooms. Also, I finally furnished that pink bathroom that’s been empty forever. The rest of the house pretty much stayed the same.

“But Mhairi, what if I don’t like school?” Malvina asked as she headed toward the bus and her first day of school.

“It’ll be fine,” Mhairi replied. “I bet you’ll love it.”

An hour after the kids left for school, the carpool arrived for Dand. The house was left empty except for Buttons the kitten, who spent the day sleeping.

The boys brought Carme Picaso home with them.

Little Buttons needed a friend, and Baby seemed like quite a nice cat, so Michael made friends with her.

Baby was soon adopted into the family!

The girls brought Isaiah Gavigan home with them. His family had just moved to town.

Carme and Ramsay got along quite well.

As soon as the adults got home from work, those who were old enough to help out headed out to the electronics store. Michael tried his hand at sales.

Ramsay initially took care of the cashiering, but he couldn’t keep up, so Dand jumped in to help on a second cash register.

Ramsay’s LTW is to earn $100k. He’s already over 25k after a few hours at the store, so I’m anticipating he’ll be permaplat by the end of the season.

Back home, Michael discovered he had a passion for music – even though his first scratchings on the violin didn’t sound very wonderful.

Andrea was a little nervous about approaching the telescope – she certainly didn’t want an alien baby. But she needed a logic point for work, so what could she do?

Ramsay decided to try his hand at flower arranging.

The next morning, the kids enjoyed some toaster pastries while the grown-ups slept in.

After breakfast, Andrea helped Malvina with her homework. She had the whole weekend ahead of her, but Malvina wanted to get homework out of the way.

Later, Michael and Malvina enjoyed some TV while Mhairi talked on the phone. Mhairi, like Feofil Pavlov, is friends with half a dozen neighborhood kids.

Buttons grew up into an adult cat!

Carme’s another one of those sims who just invites herself in.

Looks like neither of their pre-existing relationships is exclusive.

The girls wanted grilled cheese for lunch, so Dand cooked up a platter.

Even though she was older now, Mhairi still enjoyed hearing a story from her big brother.

That evening, the adults and teens headed back to the store.

The reviewer came by, and the store earned a Best of the Best Award!

The boys took turns doing sales, and met a number of Willow Valley’s most distinguished residents in the process. By the end of the night, Ramsay’s lifetime earnings were well above $50,000.

The family went home briefly to sleep, and the cats decided they didn’t like each other. *sigh* It seems I will forever have no luck with the pet breeding program.

As soon as everyone was up, it was back to the store for the final session.

Ramsay became permaplat within 3 days of becoming a teenager, and before either of his parents.

The store also got up to Level 9.

Back home, everyone spent a lazy Sunday doing whatever they wanted.

Malvina’s One True Hobby is cooking. She was very disappointed with her failures to make a good muffin.

Mhairi discovered the violin and her own OTH.

Michael invited over Annika…who turned out to have 3 bolts with Ramsay. Romance sim triple bolt trouble!

Success!

Andrea wanted a fancier TV, so they got one.

For some reason, this sent the kids into conniptions. Apparently they were very attached to the old TV.

Malvina eventually reconciled herself to the new TV in time to watch a cooking show.

Andrea made a chef salad out of the produce that had been sitting in her inventory since moving in. Yummy!

Ramsay stayed up late teaching Buttons to come here.

The next morning, Monday, everyone headed off to work and school.

The twins brought Carme and Annika home from school with them.

Love, true love…presumably one of many for Ramsay.

Malvina brought Mireia Picaso home.

Mhairi was the only one who didn’t bring a friend home, but she consoled herself by talking on the phone.

Dand came home with a promotion to City Planner, achieving his LTW!

Mhairi was also the only one to come home with homework. She had a big night coming up and didn’t want it hanging over her head, so as soon as she was done chatting with her friends she hurried up to her room to get it done.

Well, the cats finally got into it.

Baby was the winner. *sigh*

At 6 pm, everyone gathered in the kitchen for Mhairi’s birthday!

“I wish…”

Mhairi became a Knowledge/Popularity sim with a LTW to become a top Artist.

First Uni want! Now I just need a university.

Everyone grabbed cake while Mhairi went off for a makeover.

Mhairi got a new outfit and tried out some makeup, embracing her alien look.

She then headed back to the kitchen to hang out with the other teens.

Malvina was a little sad that her sister had left her behind, but she supposed she would manage. It was only a few more days before she would be a teen, too, after all.

Besides, Mhairi made it clear that she still loved her little sister.

“What…what’s that?”

Andrea clung to the telescope with all her might.

“Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Dand hurried down the stairs. “Kids! Kids! Your mom’s meeting the aliens! Isn’t that exciting?”

Malvina didn’t think it was exciting. She was afraid Mommy would never come back.

It was late by the time the aliens brought Andrea home. As relieved as she was to be free of them, Andrea was terrified that she might end up with another awful alien freak in her house.

She was never going to look through the telescope again.

Andrea was exhausted after her horrifying experience, so she headed straight to bed.

Meanwhile, Mhairi decided that she wanted to see if the aliens would take her to meet them – she wanted to know her other parent.

Soon it was morning, and time for the kids to head off to school.

Dand and Andrea both had the day off, so they breakfasted on leftovers.

Andrea tried to remain cheerful, but it was hard when Dand had to blather on about how much he had enjoyed his time on the alien spaceship.

After breakfast, Dand got on the computer to pay the season’s school fees. 4 kids in private school for 3 days cost $3000. It wasn’t a problem, though; the family had earned plenty of money during the season.

Andrea returned to skilling for her next promotion, although she stuck closely to the chess board this time.

After an uneventful day, the teens returned from school.

Carme’s come home with one of the boys all three school days this season.

Malvina came home with an A+!

Mhairi joined Dand and Michael on the couch to study; if she was going to go to college, she needed lots of scholarships. She would worry later about finding a college to go to.

Andrea was exhausted, and went to bed early.

 As soon as it was dark, Mhairi headed back up to the roof. She was determined to find out who had made her – and the scholarship money wouldn’t hurt, either.

Andrea woke up early and went to harvest her money trees. For the first time, the thought of her horrifying abduction was far from her mind.

“No. No! It can’t be true!”

That’s it for the Bruce family! Next up is the Hamilton household.

Stats:

Sims 59
Households 15
Owned lots 15
Unowned lots 2
Military lot? YES
Business districts 3
Universities 0
Downtown? 0
Sim multiplier 20
Population 1180
Uni funds 321500

Careers:

Adventure 1 of 1
Architecture 3 of 6
Athletic 2 (unlocked)
Business 6 (unlocked)
Criminal 1 of 2
Culinary 4 (unlocked)
Dance 1 of 1
Education 1 of 4
Entertainment 1 of 1
Intelligence 2 of 3
Journalism 0 of 2
Law Enforcement 3 of 3
Medicine 0 of 1
Military 1 (unlocked)
Music 0 (unlocked)
Oceanography 0 (1 special)
Politics 0 (unlocked)
Science 0 of 1 (2 special)
Slacker 1 of 1

 Businesses:

Larisa’s Fish Market Pavlov Rank 10
Five & Dime Pavlov Rank 9
Club C Cooke Rank 10
Cooked To Perfection Cooke Rank 8
Wired Bruce Rank 9
Games Ahoy Hamilton Rank 6
Hobby Horse Picaso Rank 8
Galleria Pederson Rank 6
Cakewich Thayer Rank 6
A Whole New You Carr Rank 10
Miss Nadezda’s Dance Studio Carr Rank 7
Paws Cooke-Pavlov Rank 4
Sunshine Floral St. Pavlov Rank 3
Sleep Soft Fairchild Rank 4
Tots Best Toys Bendett Rank 1

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