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Cameron Sinclair—Adult male romance sim
Sloppy 4, Shy 4, Lazy 4, Fun 7, Nice 6
Lifetime want—become professional party guest—Achieved
Amanda Cory—Adult female popularity sim
Neat 5, Outgoing 8, Active 6, Serious 3, Grumpy 3
Lifetime want—have 20 simultaneous best friends
Alyssa Cory—Teen female family sim
Neat 6, Shy 4, Active 6, Serious 4, Nice 6
Lifetime want—reach top of education career
Matthew Cory—Baby male sim
Cameron Sinclair was finally comfortable with his role as a father. He didn’t mind holding Matthew or feeding him, even if he did still hate changing diapers. He kept telling himself that he wasn’t a family sim; he liked partying and fun. Yet, even Cameron couldn’t deny the smile that filled his face whenever he held his son.
It was good that Cameron enjoyed caring for Matthew, otherwise he might have ended up raised by nannies as Alyssa and Amanda both had been. Despite her best intentions to be there for her son, Amanda found it very difficult to balance work, her own goals of popularity, and family life. In an attempt to gain popularity while earning money, Amanda opened a small business. The business did allow her to multitask, but it meant that she was hardly ever home for her son. Luckily, Alyssa also enjoyed babysitting her little brother. Cameron always gave Matthew to her whenever his diaper needed to be changed.
Alyssa loved her little brother, and she made sure that he was loved and held enough as a baby. It had been years, but she still remembered what it had felt like as a toddler to go for days without interaction with anyone but her nanny. Things were going to be different for her brother, and things were going to be different in her future. One day she would be a good mother, the kind she had always wished that Amanda could have been for her. She also wanted to go into teaching. She could nurture the poor children that didn’t have anyone to love them. Alyssa had visited Academie Le Tour last year and had decided that she wanted to go to college. Therefore, Alyssa spent a lot of time developing her skills so that she could earn some scholarships. She tried to concentrate on the skills she knew that she would need as a teacher someday.
The final necessary step for fulfilling her dreams was finding the perfect man to be the father of her children. Alyssa knew that she loved George. He made her so happy. Still, she had reservations. He was a fortune sim. Alyssa worried that George would become too obsessed with money and neglect their children. It was odd, she supposed, for a teen to be worried about such things. She should just relax and enjoy his wonderful kisses, but a part of her still wondered if he was the right mate for her. Would he love her always? Would he be the great father she wanted for her future children? Only time would tell.
The little ones always seem to grow up so fast. Matthew was nearly a toddler. As was now typical for her, Amanda wanted to throw the most lavish party in an attempt to make up for the time she had been unable to spend with her son. Of course, everyone else realized that the party was more for Amanda than the baby, but she thought that giving her son the best birthday party ever would show him how much she loved him. Everything had to be just right. Amanda invited as many people as she could. She decided to host the event outdoors to accommodate the large number of invitees. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves as the party opened with a killer party game.
“Cameron, go get the baby,” Amanda suggested. People were going to want to see him before he became a toddler.
“I want him to grow up knowing that he’s loved, not like we did,” Cameron explained. “The responsibility part is still scary, but . . . if you tell anyone, I’ll deny it, but . . . I really enjoy snuggling him. It makes me feel good to care for him.”
The party was nearly ruined as the rain started to fall. That was one disadvantage of an outdoor party. Amanda recovered quickly, though. She ushered everyone inside, even if the house was very crowded. The excitement returned to Amanda’s eyes when she saw Cameron and Gary coming downstairs with the baby. “Time for cake and ice cream, everyone!” she announced.
People began filing into the dining room. Evan stood close to Alyssa. She really had made him feel loved when he’d called that desperate night he’d nearly run away. Then her boyfriend, George, joined them. Evan couldn’t help but sneer at him. George was so beneath Alyssa. Sure, he acted all sweet around her, but Evan knew that George was a fortune sim that only cared about money. Evan had once even seen him stealing out of the register at Emerald Isle Grocery. George wasn’t the type of man that would make the good father that Evan knew that Alyssa wanted. His feelings were all muddled, because Evan knew that he was starting to fall in love with Alyssa. They had been best friends for as long he could remember, but teenage hormones and his recent break-up with the trashy Meadow Thayer changed those feelings he had for her into a crush. Evan knew that Alyssa was the type of sim he could trust to love him for the rest of his life. If only she weren’t dating George. Evan wasn’t the type to try to break them up, though. All he could do was watch his rival and sneer.
As everyone finally crammed into the dining room, it was time for Matthew to blow out the candles. Amanda had thought of everything, blowers and noise makers included. Of course, since Matthew was still way too little to blow out his own candles, Daddy helped.
Matthew was officially a toddler, and he was as cute as a button. Everyone cheered when they saw how adorable he looked. It was obvious that he took after his father in physical appearance. Both Cameron and Amanda had blond hair, but Matthew had Cameron’s angular jaw and the Sinclair family eyes.
In personality, though, Matthew definitely took after his mother. He was an Aries, like her.
Matthew Cory—Toddler male sim
Neat 7, Outgoing 8, Active 6, Serious 3, Grumpy 2
Cameron had hoped that Amanda would want to carry Matthew around with her to show him off to all of her friends, but she was too busy socializing to even think about her son. Cameron gave Matthew a snuggle. “It’s okay, Daddy’s got you,” Cameron whispered.
Matthew clung to his father. He loved his daddy so much.
Matthew started giggling. “Shew, is that you?” Cameron’s nose crinkled at the smell. His son would find it funny to make stinky at a party. He was relieved when Alyssa approached them and offered to take him.
George followed Alyssa as she carried her brother upstairs for a diaper change.
“I love you, Matthew. Sissy loves you,” she whispered as she hugged him.
George thought about his relationship with Alyssa as he watched her care for her brother. He definitely loved Alyssa. She had a great body and was a very fun date. Was she the girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life with? He was unsure. They were so young. He decided to set aside his worries and just enjoy the rest of the party. It ended up a roof raiser, as anyone would expect an Amanda Cory party to be.
Matthew’s time with his mother was still very limited.
Amanda was always busy working on her skills for promotions and making friends.
Still, Matthew enjoyed every moment he got with her. He loved both his mommy and daddy so much.
Amanda’s work at the paper was going well. She began to look around for new jobs and took a position as a Magazine Editor. It was definitely a step-up in the publishing world. With all that she had learned, it was not long before Amanda was finally a Media Magnate. She’d reached the top of the publishing career. Only Amanda could decide if the promotions were worth the time she’d lost with Matthew.
One wouldn’t normally think of Professional Party Guest as the ideal job for a father, but it was working out well for Cameron. He only had to leave the house for his parties on the weekend, so he could spend most of his time with his son. The money he made at the parties was more than enough to help support his family. He never would have thought it possible, but Cameron actually enjoyed staying home with his son. He taught Matthew to walk.
But, he made sure to make it fun for his son. He allowed plenty of time for play time, too. He didn’t want Matthew growing up obsessed with perfection and terrified of rejection for failure like his nephew, Evan, had.
Cameron was luckily enough to be around for Matthew’s first word, too. Amanda was at her business, working on making more friends and gaining notoriety, so she missed it. Cameron had really hoped that Matthew’s first word would be “Dada.” He’d been working on teaching his son that word for a while, but in the middle of play time one evening before bed, Matthew said “Teddy!” Cameron started. His son’s first word! Of course it would be teddy; Matthew loved falling asleep holding his teddy bear. Cameron smiled. There would be time to work on “Dada” later. He was happy to go grab Matthew’s bear for him.
With Alyssa around to help with potty training, Matthew was growing up well.
Amanda’s business was booming. One day Amanda insisted that they leave Matthew with a nanny so that both Alyssa and Cameron could help her with a super big sale day.
Alyssa pulled Cameron aside. “I need to talk to you, Cameron,” Alyssa began.
“I haven’t been cheating on your mom. I haven’t been with anyone else since I moved in!” Cameron said defensively.
The income from Amanda’s business along with Amanda and Cameron’s top of career salaries were making things good for the Cory family. They finally had the money to finish the porch and to make some improvements in the kitchen. Alyssa went outside to begin greeting guests for Matthew’s fifth birthday party when she noticed that it was starting to snow. It was unusually early for snow, but that didn’t stop the heavy flakes from coming.
Matthew’s fifth birthday party was the place to be. With a super popular mom and a professional party guest father, how could it be anything else? Everyone gathered around as Matthew blew out the candles on his cake.
Matthew spent some time getting to know his Uncle Gary.
While the party carried on inside. George made no attempt to keep his hands off of Alyssa in public. He didn’t like the way her friend, Evan, was looking at her. He wanted to make it clear, Alyssa was his.
Matthew’s party ended up a roof raiser. It was fun for everyone.
After the party, Amanda and Cameron took Matthew up to his room. He discovered that they had bought him a brand new bedroom complete with a big boy bed and toys. Matthew went to bed that night a very content little boy.
1. Matthew became a toddler and then a child with roof raiser birthday parties. Cameron taught Matthew to walk and talk. Alyssa potty trained Matthew.
2. Amanda was promoted to Media Magnate.
3. Amanda opened a business to have more time to spend making friends. She has 15 best friends and 4 more friends that will become best friends once the friendship ages. I’m getting close to the 20 best friends she wants.
4. Alyssa has 8 skill points in all skill except for body. She had several dream dates with George.
Previous non-money points 70
Top of career +1
New non-money points 71
New money total for this household to be added for neighborhood points 52,910 simoleons
I am so happy with the way that Matthew turned out. He was an adorable toddler. I’m just sad that the toddler years go so fast. He was soooo cute! He’s super neat, too. He started picking up the house right away after he became a child. Too bad he isn’t nice. I’ll have to have Cameron work on encouraging him.
I let Cameron keep his job as professional party guest while he worked on raising Matthew. I wanted to have him around so that I didn’t have to worry about nannies. I’ll probably let him start on his next career next season.
Getting 20 best friends is harder than getting 20 lovers. Honestly, it is so hard. But, I hope that I am getting Amanda close. At least I have her at her top of career now, so I don’t have to worry about working on that anymore.
Oh, and I edited George from an S3 skintone to an S2. I think he looks more realistic now. I haven’t decided for sure who Alyssa will end up with. She’s one lightening bolt with George and two with Evan. She keeps thinking about Evan a lot. I didn’t want to mix all of the Cory bloodline with the Sinclairs, but I think that they would have really pretty offspring. I have a thought for another mate for George.