The Richter Family

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Left to right: Ramsay Bruce, Sarah, Baldur Richter, Danny, Annika Richter, Cornelia Richter, Buttons

Not the best family picture, but it included all the pets.

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They moved into a new house! It’s much more spacious than the little house where Annika spent her teen years.

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3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, an unfinished basement, and room to expand if they need to.

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Annika had to go right to work, leaving Ramsay home with the kids and all the pets.

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Cornelia found a buddy to snuggle with while her daddy took Baldur inside.

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Ramsay got them both their smart milk.

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Then he took care of the most important skill. They were both potty trained in one go!

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Finally, the kids were settled in at the block table.

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Ramsay was able to pay the taxes. He also looked for a job, but no go. That’s ok, he can stay home and take care of the kids for now.

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He also finally got some new duds. That’s much better.

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Annika got home from work. She’s in the business career, and needed 4 more skill points for her next promotion. Fortunately, she had Tuesday off.

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Ramsay and Annika both have a OTH of Nature, so they put in a nice big garden.

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Annika got to work on earning the skill points for her next promotion.

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The toddlers took a nap.

I made one of their bedrooms the sleep room, and the other the play room.

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Sarah and Danny have gotten over most of their bad habits from living on the street, but they still backslide sometimes.

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She made a fancy turkey dinner to celebrate the first night in the new house.

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Ramsay got a silver badge! Of course, it happened after he’d already planted the garden with tomatoes and cucumbers.

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Shocking! Buttons had a positive interaction with another pet!

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Abhijeet managed to find Annika’s new place to leave her an outing gift.

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Buttons was properly outfitted with a collar, in case the getting along with the dogs doesn’t continue.

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Ramsay stayed up late teaching Cornelia to walk. I think she’s going to be a daddy’s girl.

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Annika woke up with the want to become a werewolf, so she hung out with Balin for a bit. Unfortunately, he ran off before she could get him to bite her.

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“Yes, we’d like daily maid and gardening services, please.”

Annika was no longer a poor teenager, and she intended to enjoy the good income she had now.

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“Here comes the tickle monster!”

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Buttons got promoted to Rescue Pet via a chance card!

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The household earned a rebate of $122 from some solar panels on the roof.

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With a little help from Ramsay, Annika got all skilled up for her promotion.

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She headed down to Spa Bliss for a bit, since the business is still overall a little in the red – probably because she started the business with nothing and pumped all the profits back in. But that’s over now, thanks to setting the ticket price to a moderate $999.

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After about 16 hours, she had earned $100k, putting the store into the black with a nice profit. She also earned a Best of the Best Award…right after she closed the place.

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Working in the garden was a family affair, with an assist from the gardener.

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Ramsay kept working on toddler training while Annika started a portrait of him.

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Both Annika and Ramsay had 2nd LTWs to top the Oceanography career. He was looking for a position in the Natural Science career, but it hadn’t shown up, so he was going the secondary route of working on his fishing badge.

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Annika sat down and bought her second business, although they wouldn’t make it there until the twins were children.

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Always good to have puppy dogs to cuddle, even if they’re stinky.

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More toddler training. Cornelia appears uninterested in learning to talk.

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Ramsay washed the stinky, smelly dogs, and wondered why they couldn’t clean themselves like cats.

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Annika was surprised to find herself enjoying her new family-centered life more than she ever thought she would. Even if she hadn’t woohooed with anyone else since Ramsay moved in.

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Annika had seen how good Ramsay was with the kids, so she felt a lot better going to work on Wednesday.

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Ramsay taught Cornelia her nursery rhyme.

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Lucy Hanby still hates Ramsay for some unknown reason.

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Annika got a promotion! She’s got four more skill points to earn for the next one.

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Ramsay invited his family over for a celebration.

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Birthday time for the twins!

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“Wow, my hand…”

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“…is so big!”

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They’re very cute after makeovers, in practical summery clothes.

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After the guests went home and the children went to bed, Annika skilled while Ramsay tended the garden.

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Cornelia and Baldur had a little time to play before school.

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Their parents had put $20,000 in each of their bank accounts overnight, and so they were duly enrolled in private school.

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Annika took a vacation day to get the skills for her next promotion.

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Sarah became an elder!

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While the kids were still at school, Annika and Ramsay went down to their new business, Richter Nurseries.

All of the flowers, bushes, and trees are for sale except the fruit trees, and eventually the plan is to put in a little farmer’s market and sell the produce they grow at home and at the business.

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They kept the business closed at first while they got the garden planted. Ramsay earned his gold gardening badge, and Annika got her silver badge!

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They opened the business while Ramsay was still watering the plants.

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They didn’t make much money, but earned stars like crazy. It wasn’t long before the place earned a Best of the Best Award.

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We also learned that Ramsay is still not the jealous type, even after his aspiration change.

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It got to be too much work to run the business with two people and keep the garden up at around level 4, so Malvina was hired to help. (I really like this idea of hiring relatives who are college students. It keeps the businesses family businesses while getting the needed help for smaller households.)

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Marylena gave the star that got the business up to level 5, opening a second position in the Natural Science career. Just in time, because Annika really needed to use the energizer.

They ended up making a profit of about $7000, mostly because Annika got a money perk for $10,000.

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As soon as they got home, Ramsay went out to Willow Valley’s newest unowned community lot, the Willow Valley Library (earned by placement of the 24th household).

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I decided that Willow Valley needs the job board now. I’m not going to be able to handle my uni grads taking the whole season to get their LTW jobs.

Ramsay took a job in Natural Science. Since he has a gold gardening badge, he didn’t even take one of the two open spots.

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Of course, he had to place the cow plant. Don’t worry, though, it’s safely fenced in in the basement.

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Turns out Ramsay needed a logic point for a promotion, so he joined Annika on the chess board.

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Danny also aged into an elder. He’s showing his age a little more than Sarah.

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Annika called to have both the dogs retire. They’ve worked hard and they’ve earned their rest.

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“What? A C plus? Oh, no. That won’t do.”

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“Mom, I need your help! I need to do my homework right away!”

“Well, ok, Cornelia…” Annika was a little surprised that her daughter was so focused on school, but she supposed it was probably a good thing.

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“Dad, are you and Mom going to have another baby?”

“I really don’t think so, Baldur.”

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Cornelia decided to sneak off to bed before she got in her mandatory phone time, silly girl.

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Annika helped Baldur with his homework, too, even though he wasn’t so eager to do it.

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Ramsay maxed his logic skill, qualifying him for his next promotion.

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Ramsay and Annika found themselves tending the garden late at night after the kids had gone to bed, again.

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Annika served pancakes for breakfast. Ramsay thought they were delicious, but Baldur was disappointed they weren’t having ice cream sundaes instead.

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Annika got my favorite carpool car.

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“Who are you?”

“I’m the nanny. Your parents hired me to stay here until they get home.”

Annika and Ramsay both worked 9-4, and with big promotions on the line for both of them, I figured I’d bite the bullet and hire the nanny.

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Huzzah! Annika is now a Business Tycoon!

Ramsay also got promoted to level 9.

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Double hug! Aw.

Ramsay then headed back to work for less than 2 hours.

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Cornelia was excited to meet Ezechias Gavigan and hang out with him for a while.

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Ramsay got home with another promotion! He’s topped the Natural Science career and unlocked the Oceanography career!

Now all the sims with those pesky Oceanography LTWs (including both Annika and Ramsay) can just go straight into the career without having to get a gold fishing badge first.

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Reno Day! The garden was enclosed by a greenhouse, and they got a couple of fancy bathtubs as well.

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Annika finished Ramsay’s portrait and started on her own.

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Ramsay maxed his nature enthusiasm in the new greenhouse.

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Buttons got a $10,000 chance card bonus!

That’s it for the Richter household. Next up is the Cooke-Pavlov family.

Stats:

Household: Richter

Businesses:

Spa Bliss, Rank 10

Richter Nurseries, Rank 5

General fund contribution: $12,300 (taxes $10,300, school fees $2000)

Playable sims: 138

Sim multiplier: 67

Population: 9246

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