The Louie Family

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James, Merlin holding Derrick, Eldred

James is invisi-pregnant. I’m hoping for a single baby, as I’d like this family to stay fairly small.

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Merlin spent the early morning hours with Derrick, working on those all-important skills.

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Once Eldred got up, he got to know his little brother at the block table.

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The dads managed to keep themselves busy.

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After Derrick went down for a nap, Eldred invited over Ezechias Gavigan so he could fulfill his want to make friends with him.

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Merlin was pretty stinky by the time he managed to get fit.

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Everybody needed an evening nap.

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This time, James was the one to work on toddler training in the middle of the night.

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The boys made best friends on the block table.

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The Fairchilds came over for Family Sunday.

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Eldred got to know his cousin Eric over a game of chess.

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Merlin had a perfectly pleasant conversation with Davis, while the others hung out on the couch.

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Eldred was happy to keep his little brother amused when he woke up his nap.

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A platter of delicious, Celebrity Chef-prepared hamburgers finished up Family Sunday.

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Later that night, James woke up with labor pains.

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He gave birth to a baby girl named Maybelle.

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But he’d just gotten out of bed, and he had to make the bed right then.

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Merlin picked up Maybelle and gave her her cuddles.

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The second crib was recolored in pink, because James and Merlin were so excited to have a girl and determined that she would have the best and pinkest of everything.

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James and Merlin headed down to their store and sold backyard stuff. They made about $2000 in profit, and got the store up to level 6.

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Annika bought a bunch of stuff. That’s probably a good thing, since she has a brand new, empty house.

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Back home, I learned that children can slide down the bannisters of regular stairs, too.

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Eldred and Merlin spent the morning hanging out, while James got in his daily required social time.

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Eldred headed off for his first day of school (private, naturally), while Merlin went to work.

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James had the day off, but had his hands full taking care of an infant and a toddler.

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Eldred brought Sharla Ottomas home from school. They were friends by the time she had to head home.

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Merlin came home with a promotion to Business Tycoon! Willow Valley residents are going to have to start buying some more businesses.

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James was busy with some last minute nursery rhyme teaching.

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Birthday time!

Rada Pederson stopped by, so she got to be there as well.

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Derrick grew up well, and looks like a nice mix of both his dads.

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Derrick got his own bedroom upstairs.  Maybelle will get the room that’s currently the nursery when she grows up.

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Derrick got a makeover, while Eldred finally got some new clothes. They’re both adorable.

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There was time for a late dinner of pork chops – with, of course, discussion of astronomy – before bed.

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Eldred left his homework for the last minute. James helped him with it before school while Derrick skilled.

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Merlin achieved a long-desired goal of maxing his body skill.

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Then he had to go ride the helicopter to work.

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James took a vacation day to stay home with Maybelle.

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He also was able to spend some time at the flower bench while she napped, and earned his silver badge.

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The boys had a great day at school, and Eldred earned an A+.

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Lyosha Parker came home with Derrick. His first friend!

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Merlin got a $40,000 bonus! He also brought Rosemarie home, and Kir Pavlov stopped by to play.

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Kir and Eldred had a great water balloon fight.

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That night, it was time for Maybelle’s birthday! Unfortunately, due to glitches, she didn’t get to grow up with cake and her whole family watching.

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Merlin finally got her grown up a while later. She’s cute, although she did inherit Merlin’s fat face.

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Maybelle got her smart milk and a makeover. For her toddlerhood, at least, she’s stuck with pink everything.

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Merlin got started on her skill training right away.

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For Reno Day, the family got a new eat in kitchen, with a bigger table that will be able to accommodate the whole family.

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In the morning, Merlin helped Derrick with his homework while James got Maybelle ready for the day.

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James and Merlin decided they might as well both take vacation days, and spent the day together.

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Another great day at school, and a shot of the boys looking handsome in their spiffy private school uniforms.

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Maybelle was very obliging of her dads’ love of pink, enough to grow up in pink PJs.

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The kids enjoyed some time on the block table before bed.

That’s it for the Louie household! Next, we have the Goodies.

Stats:

Family: Louie

Business: The Better Backyard, Rank 6

General fund contribution: $9700 (taxes $7200, school fees $2500)

Playable sims: 124

Sim multiplier: 56

Population: 6944

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