The Bloomer Legacy: 2.9 It’s Not Raining Men

There comes a time in the life of every teenager when your family, no matter how much you love them, becomes downright embarrassing. Instead of the god-like figures who have answers to everything, your parents turn into silly oddballs desperately trying to pretend they are not middle-aged.

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And the siblings are not much better either…

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Peter: “Happy Birthday tooo youu, Happy Birthday tooo youu, Happy Birthday dear daaaaaad!”

Erica needs to meet someone her age stat!

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Queue Peter’s best buddy Jaxen, freshly teenified.

Peter: “Oh wow, you’re as tall as my big sis now! I got to tell her. Ericaaaaa!”

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Erica: “Hi Jaxen! Doesn’t seem like too long since you and my brother were chatting about made up superheroes, who was yours again? Officer Slugleg?”

Peter: “Officer Wormshoe!”

Jaxen: “Thanks kid…”

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Peter leaves the big kids to chat and retreats back to his typing game.

Peter: “Dad, I don’t think Jaxen likes Captain Duckhorse anymore…”

Isaac: “Don’t worry Pete, soon enough the two of you will be on the same page again… hopefully not too soon though!”

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Seems like tonight is the night to be out if you’re a teen in Newcrest, as Erica also meets a girl her age called Jessica.

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Erica: “You guys, we need to go out and see what the neighbourhood is about now that we’re all grown up!”

Jaxen: “Oh I don’t know, I only aged up yesterday. I don’t think my mom would be too happy about me staying out late… Maybe some other time!”

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The girls head out on their own instead.

Jessica: “So this blond guy, what’s the story with you two?”

Erica: “Jaxen? Oh, he’s just my little brother’s friend. They would always run around and act dorky together…”

Jessica: “Aww, so there is no love story there? Shame, he’s kind of cute!”

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Erica: “Feel free to craft your own love story with Jaxen, he’s a nice kid. Just not for me.

I want to have a love story with a capital L! Meet a handsome artistic stranger with a bit of a bad boy edge, and be swept off my feet in a whirlwind romance that defeats all odds.”

Jessica: “That sounds sooo romantic!”

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Random girl #1: “I couldn’t help but overhear what you said, that would be so dreamy!”

Random girl #2: “I know right, it sounds amazing!”

Well tough for all of you, as it appears there’s only females in this town!

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The girls spend the evening chatting away about their dream romances and say goodbye once it gets late.

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Erica stays behind just a little bit longer, imagining she will meet her handsome stranger.

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Sadly the chances of that happening appear to be a bit slim.

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The twins on the other hand are having quite the opposite problem, they can only find little boys their age and no girls to play with.

Kevin: “We’ll play with you!”

Karter: “Yeah! Here comes my monster truck, vrum vrum!”

Gretchen: “You ran over my doll!”

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Charlotte: “You boys don’t know how to play! You should leave and not spread your icky cooties over our beds!”

Gretchen: “Yeah you icky cootie-filled boys!”

Karter: “Whatevs, my monster truck is way cooler than all of your dolls together!”

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From then on, the only boy Gretchen and Charlotte tolerated playing with was their brother.

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.8 Babysitting

Twins are awake, I repeat, twins are awake! This is not a drill! Time to let everyone fight over the 2 available toilets and hope for an accident-free morning.

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Erica tries to get some painting done in her room before the chaos starts fully.

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Mornings are a hectic time in the Bloomer house now. It’s the first day all of the kids are capable of running around and getting into trouble, and both Isaac and Ruby both have to work even though it’s a Saturday. Let’s hope they’re all alive and well by the time the parents get back from work.

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Ruby: “Erica will be in charge, so you kids listen to your big sister and we’ll be back before you know it.”

Charlotte: “Sweet, today is gonna be awesome!”

Since Erica was always great with all of her younger siblings as a child, I have confidence that this will go well. Yes.

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The house is a mess, so first and foremost Erica attempts to fix the shower.

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She then proceeds to clean the kitchen. Look at that poor unhappy face! You were uncomfortable because the room was filthy, it’s either cleaning or that!

I promise this is not the Disney challenge and Erica is not Cinderella!

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Charlotte: “Cheer up big sis! Let me give you a big hug!”

This would technically be a seen as an adorable bonding moment between sisters, but being the little social butterfly she is, Charlotte is not stingy with the hugs no matter who’s the sim in question.

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Charlotte: “Hi people I just met! Would you like a hug?”

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Meanwhile at home…

Gretchen: “Um, Erica, is that meal meant to be cooked this way?”

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Karter: “No I won’t hug you, girls are icky!”

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Erica managed to successfully extinguish the fire, but half of our kitchen’s burnt down and there’s no way she can replace that expensive oven with her pocket money.

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Erica: “Ok listen up gang, here’s the plan. We can’t afford to replace the stove but at least we can try to clean up the mess from the fire before mom and dad get home.”

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As the older twin, Charlotte always felt like she’s the leader of their double trouble team: “Quick Gretchen, follow my lead, I’ll get us out of the cleaning!”

The twins race off and are nowhere to be seen for ages.

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Erica gives up and decides to spend the rest of the afternoon with what she does best; painting. Perhaps if she paints something really good she can manage to sell it and get enough money for a new stove?

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Too late, Ruby’s home!

Erica: “And then this huge fire started and the whole kitchen was in flames…”

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Erica: “But I managed to save the day and extinguish it all! So… it’s really not that bad… in the grand scheme of things…”

Ruby’s eye started twitching: “Did you say fire?”

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Ruby couldn’t even bear the thought of fire in the house. She decided to take a nice long relaxing bath before doing anything else. Because the fire couldn’t get her if she was in the water, right?

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Peter: “Is mommy mad at us Erica? I’m the second oldest one, I should have helped you more!”

Erica hugs her little brother: “It’ll be fine Petey, mom always feels better after a bubble bath!”

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Peter still felt guilty though, so he did some more cleaning… just in case.

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Ruby was feeling a lot happier after her little pamper session. She replaced the oven with her pay check and since the kids didn’t really have anything to eat all day after Erica’s failed cooking attempt, she figured she would make them a good proper meal of… gummy bear pancakes?

Ruby: “They’re the best, right?”

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Ruby: “Oopsie! I won’t burn the house down too… I can cook! I’m the mommy!” She laughs nervously. Ultimately she does succeed and we can all breathe again… what a day!

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Isaac arrives home to a full plate: “Wow this looks amazing Ruby! How did the kids do today, was Erica alright?”

Ruby quickly forms a grin on her face: “The kids were just fine! Erica did a great job!”

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Isaac: “I knew it! Our kids are so responsible and self-reliant! Are we great parents or what?”

Oh Isaac, you gullible man!

 

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.7 Birthdays All Around

As I suspected, two crying babies at the same time can be a handful. The house has never been so smelly and there has never been so much crying and screaming.

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Thankfully Ruby and Isaac really lucked out and have a little helper in Erica, she always wants to take care of the twins.

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But she never forgets about her brother. Erica was born to be a part of a big family and loves every minute of it.

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Whenever she’s not spending time with her siblings, she focuses on building her creativity skill. She’s managed to fulfil her aspiration and has now become creatively gifted! Just in time, as it is her birthday today.

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We’ve invited the Perrins over for the birthday party. Apparently Allen has become an elder already.

Juanita looks peeved, of course. After all this is a happy occasion in the Bloomer house.

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Allen: “I’m actually really enjoying old age. I’ve been able to retire and spend time with the family, and I feel like I’m at such a happy place in my life!”

Ruby tries to hold back tears. Her children are getting older and there’s nothing she can do to slow time down.

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All she can do is celebrate with them.

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Welcome to teenage years Erica! She quite fittingly rolls the Painter Extraordinaire aspiration, and also gains the romantic trait.

Pace: “Romantic, you say?”

Hands of Pace, she’s just a teenager!

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The twins have grown as well. Charlotte has become a genius and a social butterfly, while Gretchen takes after Erica and wants to be an artistic prodigy because she’s an art lover. I have no clue how the household’s become so artsy all of the sudden!

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Pace: “Congratulations on your birthday, you’ve aged up quite well I must say…”

Plummit Pace, what have I said? And what’s happened to the whole “no woman can tame me down” thing anyway?

Pace: “I’m getting old. I found a grey hair the other day!”

You’re so not invited to any more of our parties!

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Erica gets a makeover; aside from a cheeky Insta-lean potion, she also gets a whole new wardrobe and dyes her hair black – I felt that a gloomy romantic and artistic teen would be likely to go for a more gothic style. She shows off her new look to Allen.

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Allen has in fact been very popular with the birthday girls; the twins won’t leave him alone!

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Everyone parties their socks off, Ruby in particular really gets into it with her dance moves.

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Allen: “What is it mom, why have you stopped?”

Ruby: “I’m a bit tired really, I could use a bit of a nap.”

Isaac: “Well how about an extremely non-strenuous slow dance with me?”

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Ruby: “I’d love to!”

With Isaac holding her, Ruby forgets about her lazy trait and they dance the rest of the evening away.

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Charlotte giggles: “Parents… they’re so silly!”

Allen: “I know right?”

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With all of the birthdays in the house, refurbishments were in order. Erica gave her old room to twins, since it was the biggest one in the house and she didn’t really need as much space anyway. As long as she could fit in her brand new easel in her room, she was happy!

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Once the twins were in their beds Maranda stopped by to check on her family. The girls were half asleep, but somehow they could still hear someone reading a bed time story to them at the back of their minds.

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Oh hi cousin Cassiel, we missed you at the party!

Cassiel: “What are you talking about, I’ve been here the entire time! I was just having too much fun in the backyard laughing at the dead people. I mean… they’re dead! Isn’t it hysterical?”

Oh boy…

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.6 Family Matters

All is well in the Bloomer family. Baby number three should show up any minute, Isaac is still a great husband and dad…

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…and has the work routine down: crime scenes, witness reports, interrogations…

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…and, of course, dealing with Juanita’s frequent visits at the police station.

Isaac lets out a deep sigh: “Ok Juanita, what unacceptable alleged crime are you here to report now?”

Juanita: “Oh, none, I just came to invite you and the fam for dinner.”

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Juanita: ‘I just love trolling him!’

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Of course we take up the Perrins on the offer and the whole family goes across the street in the evening.

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Isaac ventures into enthusing about his life: “You know I’ve never felt happier – my kids are little angels, my wife is the most amazing person on the planet, I have another child on the way and work is so fulfilling…”

This is sure to put a damper on Juanita’s mood: “You sure you can’t think of anything? Nobody insulted you at least? Haven’t had to search any disgusting criminals lately?”

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Peter appears to be the first Bloomer who gets along with evil cousin Cassiel: “I think Captain Duckhorse will got space next, and fight some space villains.”

Cassiel: “Oh cool, can I be one of the villains?”

Peter: “Sure!”

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That being said, Peter is likely to remain the last Bloomer Cassiel likes.

Cassiel: “Get out of my house! There’s only room for one princess in here – mommy said so too!”

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Juanita beamed with pride: “My little girl, isn’t she darling?”

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Ruby: “Isaac, wake up! It’s time!”

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I would have thought having the baby delivered at the hospital would help Isaac’s nerves this time around, but no such luck.

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Isaac: “What’s the doctor doing? Is that meant to happen? Aah I can’t watch!”

Doctor: “Sir you need to calm down or I’m going to have to ask you to leave…”

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Baby number three is here… along with baby number four. Oh plum.

Unlike me Isaac and Maranda have no fear and welcome the twins to the family.

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Meet Charlotte, who is slightly older by a couple of minutes.

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And Gretchen, the baby of the family.

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Peter: “Mommy! You’re home! I was so afraid that you had to go to the hospital, I thought you were really sick!”

Ruby: “Not at all bunny, that’s just what happens when new babies arrive.”

Peter: “Babies?”

Ruby; “That’s right! Go have a look, they’re inside already!”

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Peter: “Wow, they’re so tiny!”

Erica: “You used to be just like that! You even wore the same onesie sometimes.”

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Peter: “Hi babies! I’m your big brother Peter! We’ll have lots of fun when you get a bit bigger, and Captain Duckhorse will take you along for all of his adventures!”

Erica: “I’m just so excited the family is even bigger now!”

Least. Gloomy. Gloomy. Sim. Ever.

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Both of the kids took the new arrival pretty well, and they spent most of the afternoon cooing over the babies. I for one cannot wait for them to get past the baby stage!

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.5 Ghosts

Ruby has wonderful news for Isaac – their third child is on the way! I’m sure the couple could handle even more children, I on the other hand, could not. Since the Big Happy Family aspiration does not require more than three kids, baby number three will be the last bundle of joy in the Bloomer household for a while.

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Isaac: “I had a feeling you might be pregnant – you’ve been glowing the past few days. Then again, you’re always radiant my love!”

I swear he’s never mean to Ruby or the kids… maybe he’s undergone a major character change…

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“Tell me what you know you bald plum!”

… or maybe he just compensates elsewhere. Interrogation is Isaac’s favourite part of the job.

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Isaac: “Let’s start over. This is the Goth house… look familiar?”

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He eyes up the suspect: “Are you sure you know nothing about the graffiti there?”

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Isaac: “Ah well, maybe I was wrong. You know what, you and I are going to be great friends!”

Suspect: “We are?”

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Isaac: “Of course not you idiot! I’ll get that confession from you even if I have to punch a hole through the wall!”

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Isaac: “Listen up punk, I know it was you, and you won’t get away with it!”

Suspect: “Ok, ok, I confess… it was me!”

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Juanita shows up at the station. She is disappointed she missed all the action at the last crime scene when she busy changing Cassiel’s diapers and she hopes to make up for it now that her daughter is a big girl.

Juanita: “I’m here to report a crime. A person in the street told me I am not the most beautiful sim in Newcrest! Could you believe it?”

Receptionist: “Um, I’m not quite sure if that would be considered a crime per say…”

Juanita: “What? I demand justice! Is Isaac around?”

Receptionist: “Err, he’s not available ma’am, he’s in the middle of interrogation…”

Juanita: “Unbelievable! What about my husband? He works here too!”

Receptionist: “Why don’t you sit down ma’am and I’ll see what I can do for you…”

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Another day, another criminal locked up. He hides by the cells long enough for Juanita to leave the reception area and then heads home. In a profession like Isaac’s you never know what the next day will bring…

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But Isaac can count on one thing; his little princess greeting him back home at the end of every shift.

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Peter, on the other hand, is normally too immersed in his typing game to notice anything.

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The kids make sure to do their homework before going to bed.

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And looks like it’s someone else’s bed time too, poor Ruby falls asleep after long hours of programming… wait, she’s only been programming for 30 minutes and she’s not even that tired! I keep forgetting that Ruby has the lazy trait…

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Isaac spends some quality time with his father. They discuss the latest happening in the house over a game of chess.

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And Maranda checks in as well. This time Erica takes notice of the paranormal activity in the house.

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Erica: “Peter, I’m telling you, I’ve seen a ghost in this very room. A ghost!”

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Peter: “Come on sis, you’re older than me, you shouldn’t believe in such silly things! A ghost… there’s no such thing as ghosts!”

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.4 Cousin Cassiel

The Bloomer family is patiently waiting in front of their family home while they’re having house renovations done. Peter is sporting a new look as well.

I did not go crazy when he was a born and he is indeed a boy… perhaps he’s just beyond gender stereotypes!

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The house now has a brand new second floor – we’re moving up in the world!

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Isaac and Ruby’s room has moved to what used to be Kirk and Maranda’s room, so they now have an en suite. Isaac’s old room has become the home study/gym/skill building room of sorts.

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As for the upstairs, Erica has taken over the largest room as the oldest child and Peter gets his own room too. There’s also space for second bathroom on the kids floor – once the family gets more moolah – and a whole other bedroom for child number three.

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Peter: “It’s so awesome to be all grown up and walk around! I can’t wait to explore everything!”

Erica: “You’re gonna love it!”

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Kiddie selfie time!

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Erica is a great big sister. I think she must have a hidden family-oriented trait. I still have yet to see her sad from her supposed gloomy trait as well.

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The kids go on to explore their new rooms. Erica decides to move past painting and try out the violin, which produces some interesting tunes… let’s go check on Peter instead!

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Peter: “Captain Duckhorse to the rescue… in his helicopter!”

Whatever you say, kid.

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Look who else made an appearance! It’s proud momma Juanita and her daughter Cassiel all grown up!

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We have Erica go introduce herself to her… niece? I suppose with Allen being her big brother and Ruby being Cassiel’s grandma, it does make Cassiel the kids’ niece, and Isaac’s step-granddaughter… I think I’ll just call her cousin Cassiel for simplicity’s sake.

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Cassiel: “You may call yourself the leader of Newcrest, but I have a master plan for the WORLD domination!”

Correction: Evil cousin Cassiel. Even Isaac is scared of her!

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Luckily our kids are precious!

“Mommy, look at us, we can cross the monkey bars at the same time!”

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Peter meets his long lost brother from another mother on the playground.

Jaxen: “Woah, you invented a superhero called Captain Duckhorse? That is so neat! I’ve only ever thought of Officer Wormshoe!”

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Meanwhile, Juanita and Allen drop by the house to discuss parenting.

Juanita: “Cassiel is the most precious thing little thing in the world! She practically does not need any parenting because she seems to have it all thought through!”

Allen: “Actually, honey, perhaps she could do with a bit of…”

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Juanita glares at Allen: “A bit of what?”

Allen: “Err, nothing my darling.”

Ruby tries to save the day: “Well Cassiel does seem like quite a lovely little girl…”

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Isaac storms in, having just encountered the lovely little girl himself: “Do NOT bring up Cassiel! In fact, nobody talk to me for the next hour or so… especially you Juanita!”

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Seeing Isaac angry is always a highlight of Juanita’s day, so she leaves the Bloomer house with a satisfied grin.

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The kids are still at the playground – the boys have a lot to discuss about Captain Duckhorse and Office Wormshoe. Erica shrugs them off and decides to clean up the area instead – she takes her duties as a part of the Newcrest founder family very seriously!

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As for Isaac, a long evening full of enraged reps is on the cards…

Until next time!

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.3 The Cross-dressing Baby

Ruby was just getting ready to go to bed when she felt a familiar pain. The baby was coming! Luckily, Isaac kept his cool… not.

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He actually ran out of the room in panic, sigh. Isaac, you do realise that it’s YOU who wants a big family, right?

Erica: “Why are you running daddy? Is this a game?”

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Fortunately Ruby did just fine on her own – she’s done it before with Allen after all. Welcome little Peter to the world!

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Isaac crawls back to the room: “I’m so proud of you my darling!”

Ruby’s face seems to be telling a different story: ‘If only I could say the same.’

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In Isaac’s defence, he does seem to be great with the baby and takes care of little Peter so that Ruby can relax and play games.

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Maranda makes an appearance to congratulate the couple on their newborn.

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She even changes the Baby’s diaper like a pro. Forget what I said about Isaac, clearly Maranda is the best caretaker in the house.

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A proud grandma!

This is when I noticed that little Peter is wearing a girl’s outfit… did I not see the gender right when he was born?

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Kirk also checks in on the family and silently observes his granddaughter. Erica does not seem to notice.

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Speaking of Erica, she is becoming quite the little painter. She’s going to reach her childhood aspiration in no time.

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She’s also still just as excited about the baby as when she first found out about the news.

Erica: “Hello little sister, aren’t you the cutest little thing?”

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Isaac: “Erica, sweetie, the baby is a boy, not a girl… I think… otherwise we really messed up with the name.”

Erica: “Oh, ok. I just thought it was a girl because of the onesie… but I guess things are not always what they seem. Boy or girl, yellow onesie or a green one, I’ll love the baby regardless.”

Isaac: “That’s my girl!”

Author’s note: I must confess that the sole reason this photo is included is for me to drool over Isaac’s body. Moving on…

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Isaac: “Hi chief, you’re looking great today, is your uniform new?”

Chief: “You noticed?”

Seems like I’m not the only person smitten with Isaac.

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Isaac’s schmoozing with the chief must have worked because he’s now a senior detective. He’s actually not been mean to anyone in quite some time… looks like the kids have brought out a softer side in him.

On another note, Peter is wearing a boy’s outfit again. I’m really starting to doubt myself and wish I had gone for a more unisex name.

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With Isaac now being senior detective, he works on cases of his own instead of just helping out his colleagues. It appears someone’s trashed the Goth house. And for the first time, Juanita is not around claiming to have witnessed the crime. Dubious… but perhaps she’s just at home with her new baby.

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Witness: “The vandal was about my height…. I mean, so are all sims, but I just thought this information would be helpful.”

This is going to be one tough case!

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I did a touch of renovation at the police station as well because the lack of computers was getting on my nerves. The new layout is perfect for discussing case theories

Senior Detective Bob Pancakes Lookalike: “I suspect the vandal was Juanita… she’s never missed a crime scene appearance as of yet!”

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Ruby is trying to saviour the last few moments with her baby as Peter is just about to age up… moment of truth!

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Peter/Petra has grown up to be a geeky rambunctious scamp! Judging by the outfit it could still go either way, so let me check in CAS and I’ll get back to you… until next time!

Spa Day – First Impressions Review

If you have been wondering whether Spa Day is a pack for you, you’re in the right place. I’ve been exploring what the new pack has to offer all evening, and although I have not yet played enough to provide a detailed in-depth review, I’ll do my best to share as much information as possible along with my first impressions.

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CAS
Whenever I get new content for The Sims, I typically gravitate towards CAS first. More specifically, the hair section. There are three new hairstyles of men (two of which are actually unisex options) and five new hairstyles for women. While the former is quite meh at the very best, the female hairstyles are gorgeous and I can see using several of them on a regular basis. The only small complaint I have is that it is not possible to change the colour of the headband of the female updo with bangs, but alas, it’s adorable nonetheless.

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In terms of clothing, there is plethora of fitness gear for both men and women – 8 new tops and 6 new bottoms for each gender to be exact. In terms of full body outfits, these are mainly robes and towels, which actually act as quite a fun part of gameplay – but I’ll get to that later. Your sports-minded children are less fortunate than their parents and older siblings; they only get one top and one pair of pants (plus a robe, of course).

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Venues
4 venues come with the pack, out of which three are classed as a spa and 1 is considered a gym: The Center of Center Massage, Aham Ashram Yoga Studio, Perfect Balance Spa and Luxe Health Club. All of these will automatically pop up in your library and can be plopped in any of your existing worlds – this includes Granite Falls if you have the Outdoor Retreat pack.  I play tested this and am thrilled to confirm spas are fully functional in Granite Falls, giving getaways a whole new meaning. Hello relaxing honeymoons!

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Depending on the objects placed in the venue, your spa will be populated by NPC yoga instructors and reflexologists whose sole purpose is pampering your sims and helping them achieve enlightenment.

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Objects
Before I jump into the obvious premium content objects, let me get the less exciting items out of the way – there’s an all new kitchen and some very swanky gym equipment, so even sims who have no patience for zen moments may appreciate the new additions.

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One of my favourite new objects came as quite a surprise to me: Lockers. Upon arrival to a spa, your sims will automatically head to the locker rooms to change into their robes and slippers. While technically this is not something that is necessary for gameplay, it adds a nice element of realism to the spa experience. Not to mention, spas are the perfect place to gossip and scheme (so much for the said enlightenment).

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New Gameplay
Picking your preferred way of relaxation is as hard as it gets for your sims with this game pack. This is now tied into the new Wellness skill – the better your sim gets at relaxing, the more they become at one with sim earth… or something like that. Meditation is where the Wellness skill becomes most obvious; while quite boring on its own, if your sim gets good at it meditation will turn into levitation, and ultimately teleportation. None of my sims got quite that far on the –ation scale as of yet, so this is something I’ll need to report on later.

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Unlike watching your sim meditate, yoga is a very entertaining sight, in particular if your sims are beginners. The animations of them struggling to keep balance are priceless. If you sims are willing to shell out some cash, they can ask a yoga instructor to start a class and have a pro show them how it’s done. Note that both yoga and meditation are tied to the new mat objects, s you can’t just do them anywhere. However, this does make me wonder if placing a couple of yoga mats in the park would spark outdoor yoga sessions – certainly worth a try.

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Your sims can now also soak in several types of relaxing and get or give a variety of massages; either on a massage chair or table. The fertility massage could even help you get a jump start on your big happy family. Speaking of which, there is a new woohoo spot, the sauna. Don’t get your hopes up too much though, as the animation for this is essentially having your sims disappear in the mist.

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Final Thoughts
I still have a lot more exploring to do with Spa Day, but I would wholeheartedly recommend getting the pack as it does seem to enrich your sims’ lives quite a bit. While the lack of items and activities for children is a bit disheartening, what seals the deal for me is the way Spa Day compliments Outdoor Retreat and vice versa. I was afraid the two are going to be completely isolated experiences, but seeing how compatible they are makes me very hopeful for future game packs.

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.2 Festivities – #wheresfree edition

Ruby stopped by the Perrin house to introduce Allen to his new sister Erica, and to share the news of another child already being on the way. Turns out Ruby and Isaac are not the only ones expecting – Juanita is pregnant as well!

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Ruby is not phased at all – I suppose far stranger things have happened to her in life. She actually seems rather excited about the prospect of becoming a grandma.

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With a child on the way, Juanita and Allen decide to make things official. Juanita is ecstatic – a whole day of celebrating her! Well, her and Allen, presumably… but mainly her!

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Meanwhile Allen gets to know his little sister a bit better. She makes an adorable bridesmaid and is overjoyed to be a part of the wedding. This little girl appreciates everything so much! I swear I would have no idea she has the gloomy trait if the control panel didn’t claim so – I’ve seen nothing but a huge smile on her face ever since she’s arrived.

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Juanita: “So Isaac, are you jealous that it’s Allen who gets to marry me? This could have been you, but it’s way too late now, look at my massive pregnant belly! I’m having Allen’s baby and you’ve lost your chance for good, no matter how much you desire me!”

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Isaac just bursts into a fit of laughter: “I genuinely have tears in my eyes!”

Juanita is oblivious: “I knew it!”

Pace: “I hate weddings. Yet another man is taken away from his freedom…”

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Meanwhile, Ruby shows off her baby bump to Allen in a much more subtle way.

Allen: “You look great mom!”

Ruby: “I feel great! I could barely believe being alive again, let alone being able to create another life!”

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The ceremony is short and sweet.

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All of the guests are touched… well, apart from Pace and that random guy in the yellow blazer.

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Pace: “Life’s rough…”

Erica: “This is the best day ever!”

Pace: “No offense kid, but you’re so not my kind of bridesmaid!”

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It appears that the news of the event must have spread quite a bit, since some of the guests have come from afar…

Elder: “What a beautiful ceremony! Legacy weddings are always such a joyous event!”

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Juanita: “You’re right, this is a legacy wedding! I’m a part of the legacy family now, one of the Bloomer clan!”

Allen: “Honey, our last name is Perrin…”

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Elder: “Congratulations on your wedding, and the lovely bride!”

Allen smiles: “She has her moments.”

Elder: “There’s actually something I’ve been hoping to ask you – I’m looking for my son Free-Jon and two of his friends, they’ve been missing.”

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Allen: “You’re in luck, both myself and my, err, stepfather work at the local police station here in Newcrest. Let me introduce you and see what we can do.”

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Elder: “Oh, I haven’t realised you’re Allen’s stepfather, you’re so young! But you know what, there’s nothing wrong with falling in love with a woman that’s a bit older than you – believe me, it runs in my family!”

Isaac chooses not to delve into a long-winded explanation and nods instead: “Yes, I couldn’t be luckier!”

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Soon enough, he switches into full on detective mode and takes a detailed report from Elder. When he has all the known information, he promises Elder that he’ll do everything in his power to find his missing son.

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Erica: “Where is Free?”

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Pace: “No woman can tame me! I am free!”

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The day draws to a close, and it’s time for the Bloomers to head back home. The wedding and running into a man looking for his son has made them all a bit emotional.

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Isaac: “My sweet Ruby, every day I wake up and feel so blessed to be with you and the wonderful family you have given me… even though Juanita is now a part of it!”

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The very next day, Isaac discusses the three missing sims with the chief.

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He compiles all evidence and researches all clues. He can’t find any promising leads, and ultimately, he unfortunately has to conclude that Freezer Bunny Wolff Tea is not in his town.

The Bloomer Legacy: 2.1 Changes

Allen moved to a new house right across the street from the Bloomer house. Strictly speaking I’m only meant to move Isaac’s children into the neighbourhood, but Allen IS technically Isaac’s stepson. Also, the challenge rules don’t explicitly mention anything about not being able to populate Newcrest with the children your spouse had before her untimely death and subsequent resurrection… So I call it fair game!

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The home does not officially fall under the challenge rules, but I did try to make it around the appropriate cost for the higher end of the affordable neighbourhood spectrum. I only went over by about 1,000 – the home is meant to cost up to 35,000. Allen had the money, so I did put in a few extra decorative bits and bobs. You know, like toilet paper.

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And here’s the upstairs, with a study/gym area, and a kid’s room for future proofing, should Allen end up having kids.

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Which might actually be on the cards. When I placed Allen in his home I checked his relationship panel, and it turns out he DID end up bonding with Juanita quite a bit at the wedding. So it wasn’t just me thinking they were making googly eyes at each other!

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As for the actual Bloomer quest, Isaac finished the second starter home for his affordable neighbourhood. It may even end there, considering I don’t want to run out of space, but it depends on how many kids Isaac winds up having (since each child will need a starter, apart from the heir).

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Here is the inside, it’s quite a modern simple build with all necessities – even a computer.

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And here’s a look at the neighbourhood so far. As always I will be putting the homes on the gallery.

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Still devastated by Kirk and Maranda’s recent deaths, Isaac and Ruby come visit Allen for support. Don’t expect any from Juanita, she’s positively gloating.

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Allen tries to shift focus by recounting tales of his childhood in the orphanage and various foster homes. Not the most light-hearted choice of conversation topic, Allen!

Also, Juanita, you need to stop grinning so much! So inappropriate!

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Ultimately, Allen realises a comforting hug is worth a thousand words.

Juanita, on the other hand, should perhaps focus on her charisma skill to gain a bit more compassion.

Juanita: “Hey Isaac, look at my new boyfriend trying to cheer up his mom! He’s so dreamy… aren’t you so jelly?”

Isaac: “I miss my mom.”

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The couple gets home after their evening at the Perrin house and gets ready for bed.

Ruby: “Isaac, tonight got me thinking… I missed so many years with Allen. I love having him just next door now, but if I’m honest with myself, I know we will never be able to fully make up for all the lost time.

I can’t help but think of all those years he spent in the orphanage or going from foster home to foster home… He turned out so well regardless, but his life could have been so much different if someone took him in, if he had found a new loving family… it would have made a world of a difference, both to him and to me.

I can’t go back in time and make that happen for Allen, but I know I can make a difference now. I’d like to adopt a child.”

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Isaac smiled for the first time in days: “I think that’s a great idea, my love. The house is so empty now, and I would love for us to give a home to someone who’s in the same situation Allen was back then. I do still want to have children of our own, but I’d love to have a big family anyway. Growing up as an only child was difficult for me, I think I would have had an easier time dealing with things if I had a brother or a sister.”

Isaac and Ruby held each other’s hands. Finally, they could see a glimmer of hope for the future.

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The very next day, they adopted little Erica. Welcome to the Bloomer house, kid!

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Ruby hugged the little girl tightly. She wanted to give her everything she couldn’t have given to Allen. She knew she and Isaac would have other children, but Erica was always going to be special to her.

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Erica wants to be an artistic prodigy, and supposedly she is gloomy. I honestly couldn’t tell, look at that huge smile on her face!

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Isaac wastes no time and reads to the little girl. Erica’s imagination runs wild. She can’t wait to draw all the princesses and dragons that Isaac is telling her about.

We’ve converted Isaac and Maranda’s old room into a room for Erica. It’s nice to see new memories forming here!

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On top of all this, Ruby has some more good news: She’s pregnant!

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Isaac wishes his parents could have seen his little family grow. But perhaps on some level, they will.

Ruby’s thoughts were elsewhere, she wanted to make sure Erica didn’t feel threatened by the new child, only having just joined the family.

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Ruby: “…so there’s a tiny baby inside of mommy’s tummy now, and in a few days, you’ll have a little brother or sister.

But Erica, remember that you are our daughter now, and nothing will ever change that. We will always love and will always be your parents, you’ll just get to be a big sister as a bonus!”

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Erica actually couldn’t be more excited for the new baby, bless her little heart!

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They all have a family dinner for the first time.

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And Ruby makes sure Erica does her homework before bedtime.

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Things are looking up in the Bloomer household again.

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Aside from the new additions to the family, Ruby is also starting a new job. I wasn’t sure what career would suit her personality, but in the end I decided the tech guru path might be a good fit for her. I could see her becoming an eSports Gamer, if she has time for that between popping all those kids, that is.

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As for Isaac’s career, it’s still the same old. Crime scene after crime scene, and Juanita popping up at most of them. Not suspicious at all.

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However, there has been one rather significant change to Isaac’s daily grind. When he gets home after his shift, he gets this sweet welcome now.