Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Turner 2 Family Season 7

Klaus Turner—Adult male knowledge sim
Gemini personality
Sloppy 4, Outgoing 8, Active 8, Serious 3, Nice 7
Lifetime want—Max out 7 skills

Tiffany Turner—Adult female knowledge sim
Aries personality
Sloppy 4, Outgoing 5, Lazy 4, Playful 6, Nice 6
Lifetime want—Reach top of Education Career

Philip Windsor—Adult male pleasure sim
Sagittarius personality
Sloppy 2, Shy 3, Active 9, Playful 7, Grumpy 4
Lifetime want—Fifty dream dates—Achieved!

Amaya Windsor—Adult female romance sim
Taurus personality
Neat 5, Outgoing 5, Lazy 3, Playful 8, Grumpy 4
Lifetime want—Reach top of Slacker Career

Check out the Turner Family Tree to refresh your memory of the extended Turner family (updated for season 7) or check out the Windsor Family Tree for the Windsors (still the season 6 version).

In the last update—These newlyweds were just married last season in an amazing double wedding. They also went on a double island honeymoon. While vacationing, Philip achieved his lifetime want of fifty dream dates. Because the Windsor house is currently so full, Philip and Amaya asked if they could live with their college roomies for a little while longer.

Season 7—Spring

Klaus and Tiffany had difficulty finding jobs in their preferred careers, so they decided to stay home and spend their available time learning. They loved studying any topic.

Amaya had no difficulty finding a job as a slacker right away. She had connections to all of the right people and immediately became a Professional Party Guest, fulfilling her lifetime want.

Philip was prepared to spend years working as a waiter before getting a job as an actor, but his big break hit early. A Hollywood producer let him have a bit part in a show simply because he had a famous party-girl wife. The show became a hit and his character resonated with viewers. Overnight, Philip was an Icon, and huge Hollywood star.

Finally, Klaus found an opening in his dream job as a Dinosaur Cloner in the Natural Scientist field. Jobs that technical were hard to find, but it was definitely worth it. Finally things were just perfect in his life.

He didn’t think that things could get any better until he was promoted to Ecological Guru.

Klaus used the money from his promotion to purchase a vacation cabin in the mountains and invited his brothers and their families to a small retreat for a week. Klaus really missed having more time with his brothers, Will and Daniel. Growing up without parents had made the three very close, but the hustle and bustle of jobs and school often got in the way of family time. A week away from it all was the perfect way to reconnect and for Klaus to get to know his nephews better. Will came with his boys, Harry and Severus. Unfortunately, Shenene had to stay home with her youngest son, Jeremy. Of course, Daniel and his fiancée, Ashlee, both came as well.

The tranquil mountain cabin was perfect for family time. The Turners spent a lot of time fishing and playing games. Even just sitting on the couch and talking or reading stories as the sun set was fulfilling.

Klaus discovered that Severus had an affinity for chess. The boy was shy, quiet, and very reserved. Knowing what Will had told him about Severus’ past, Klaus understood why. He was such a contrast to Harry, who attached onto anyone that even said “hi” to him, immediately wanting to be their best friend. But, there were reasons that Harry was like that, too. Having lost his own parents while still rather young, Klaus could relate. It was easy for him to quickly form a close friendship with Harry, but he wanted that kind of relationship with Severus, too. He tried not to push his nephew, even though he really wanted to make friends with him. The chess table was the perfect opportunity. The child’s brown eyes lit up the moment he saw the board and his uncle asked him to play. Severus had a talent for logic and presented Klaus with an actual challenge during game play.

But, the best part was that Severus opened up as they played. He gradually started talking more and more as they captured each others’ pieces. Finally Severus admitted to having problems in school and asked Klaus about Emerald Isle Academy. Klaus saw a lot of himself in his nephew. Severus was so much shier than he had ever been, but they shared the same love of logic and learning. Klaus reassured Severus that he would love Emerald Isle Academy and proceeded to tell him about the extra classes he could take and the interesting projects he could work on there. They bonded that night and quickly became friends. After that, they enjoyed a chess match together every night.

Klaus had to learn to keep track of time as they played, though. It was easy to play for hours into the night, and Klaus got into trouble for keeping Severus up too late one night. The poor kid passed out in the bathroom while brushing his teeth. Will didn’t exactly reprimand either of them, but he made it clear that there would be a firm bedtime in place from then on.

Of course, they did spend a little bit of time visiting the mountain town. Tiffany loved traveling and wanted to experience it all from local cuisine, to special massages, to tours of the area. She even insisted on visiting a cabin where Big Foot was rumored to live.

The boys particularly enjoyed log rolling. Of course the brothers had to challenge each other. It was normal for sibling rivalry to drive them to demand continued rematches. It was also fun to teach the game to the younger Turners as well.

Philip and Amaya weren’t exactly into nature or the whole family-time thing, but they did still manage to enjoy the vacation. They discovered lots of places to woohoo, including the vacation bed, a tent, the sauna, and a hammock. The thrill of woohoo in new places kept them both entertained for the entire trip.

On the last night of their vacation, the family enjoyed a campfire dinner. They sat around and talked, simply enjoying each others’ company all night long.

Unfortunately, a week seemed entirely too short, and in what seemed like no time, it was time to head back home. There was barely time for a family photo before the airport shuttle arrived to take them back to Emerald Isle.

Philip and Amaya also made sure to spend lots of time with the Windsor family. They were nowhere near family sims, but even Philip and Amaya realized the importance of staying close with one’s family. Philip’s younger brothers and sisters visited frequently. On the weekend, Philip liked playing basketball with James or Edward. Sometimes the boys liked to invite over their friends, too, and they’d have a full out game. Lily, Victoria, and Sophie loved to come over to their brother’s house to play on the swings.

Eventually, Amaya grew tired of being thought of as simply a party girl. She wanted to show the world that she had talent, too. She decided to take a job in the music industry. Before long she would be selling platinum albums; she was just sure that she was going to record a big hit. The only problem was, her super-awesome rocker outfit didn’t seem to be fitting that well. She’d somehow put on weight, even though she was certain that she hadn’t been eating very much lately. If anything, she’d been nauseous and throwing up. She had no idea how she’d packed on the pounds, but Amaya was not going to let that stop her. She was a celebrity, and she would make having a little bump fashionable if she had to.

Unfortunately, Amaya’s size continued to increase until one morning she finally realized that she was pregnant. Amaya pounded her fists in Philip. “You did this to me! I hate you! I hate you! You promised me romance, not babies!”

They both knew that all of the woohoos on vacation probably had something to do with Amaya’s pregnancy. They had been using birth control, but of course, that wasn’t 100% reliable. They’d woohooed so many times recently, the odds were against them. Neither Philip nor Amaya had planned on the pregnancy, and Amaya certainly wasn’t happy about it. But, a new member to the Windsor family wasn’t such a bad thing. Philip was certain that they could move back home with his parents before the baby was born. His mother would most definitely be a doting grandmother and would relieve them of any baby care duties.

Tiffany still could not find a job in the education career. Even though her brother-in-law was the Minister of Education for Emerald Isle, there just weren’t any openings for teachers. Tiffany would have been content to stay home and study and learn all day. Her favorite hobby was her gardening. There were so many things she could learn about nature just by examining her own yard.

However, she felt guilty not contributing to the family funds. So, on a whim, Tiffany put in an application for a job as a scientist. To her surprise, she was offered a job as a Top Secret Researcher. That definitely sparked Tiffany’s interest in knowledge, so she gladly accepted the job. She couldn’t talk about her job much, but she quickly was promoted to the group’s lead Theorist. Some day she wanted to still go into teaching, but for now, she was content learning about top secret alien technology and theorizing about inter-dimensional travel.

Klaus developed an interest in fitness. He enjoyed working out and jogging. Maybe it was because he’d been picked on a few times for being a geek and scrawny little nerd in high school, but Klaus found he actually liked toning his muscles. Knowledge was still his first love, besides Tiffany of course, but his interest in fitness seemed to round him out. It all turned out well for him, because while working out, Klaus finally maximized all of his skills.

Klaus and Tiffany were sad to learn that Philip and Amaya planned to move out before the baby was born. They would miss their best friends. However, that did free up a bedroom. Maybe it would be time for Klaus and Tiffany to start their own family before long.

Season Recap

1. The newlyweds had great success at careers this season. Amaya achieved her lifetime want and reached the top of the slacker career. Philip reached the top of the show business career, and Klaus reached the top of the natural scientist career. Tiffany had less luck and could not find a job in education, which is her lifetime want. Instead she took a job in science as she continues to look for a job in education.

2. Klaus bought a vacation home in the mountains. Tiffany and Klaus worked on earning their vacation mementos while they bonded with the Turner family.

3. Amaya got accidentally pregnant while woohooing with Philip all over the place.

4. Each sim gained some enthusiasm in their predestined hobbies. Philip’s is sports, Klaus’ is fitness, Amaya’s is games, and Tiffany’s is nature.

5. Klaus achieved his lifetime want and an impossible want of maxing all skills.

Points Recap

Previous non-money points 143

+3 top of career, Philip, Amaya, and Klaus

+3 impossible want, Klaus

New non-money points 149

New money total for this household to be added for neighborhood points 150,637 simoleons.

Author’s Notes

Playing with my original 3 Turner boys and Will's children on vacation was some of the most fun I've ever had playing the game. Purchasing the vacation home and paying to take the extended family there was definitely worth it.

Amaya’s pregnancy was completely unplanned. I’m using dice to roll for a 12% pregnancy chance with each woohoo. They did woohoo a LOT on vacation, and rolled up a number less than 12, so they had to try for a baby. She got pregnant. I’m happy with it, but Amaya’s not. However, it does present a problem with them moving back to the oh-so-full Windsor house. Even with George dead and James gone to college, I’m still going to have to move some Windsors out to make room for Philip, Amaya, and the baby. I planned to eventually do that, but now I need to do it before James comes back from college.

I installed freetime on the last day of this round. I just couldn’t wait. It was really fun to watch them discover their hobbies. Oh, and I went ahead and gave Amaya a secondary aspiration, even though I told myself I wasn’t going to play with secondary aspirations until the patch. She rolled pleasure, which makes her even better with Philip now, but does little to change her romancing ways.


  1. Wow, this was a good career week. That's what sucks about all the jobs: the ones you want never seem to show up. The vacation looked to be really fun. Of course Amaya will never change. That's what's so fun about her. *g*

  2. Aww. They all seem to fit together so well. Well done on keeping a romance Sim faithful, although there's still time for her to slip, espeically if she's grumpy with the baby.

  3. No, she won't slip! I think romance sims make the best parents. They tend to autonomously care for their children, and grandchildren, as long as they get plenty of woohoo from their spouses. She will be awesome once the baby comes, wait and see! :) I have confidence in her.

    I enjoyed seeing them all together again, just sorry you can't bring the baby on the vacation. It sounded so relaxing. I was touched by Klaus reaching out to Severus--such a lifeline for a hurt boy. Your uncles and aunts play a great role in your families--makes me want to do a better job keeping my extended sim families together. Sometimes they don't even know one another--how sad!

    Great update--I'm always so delighted to see any of the Turners. They are my favorites.

  4. Such a great story! I wondered if you had started using the "risky woohoo" hack since my sims never seem to get pregnant without trying for baby. But then I read about the 12% chance.

    I agree that romance sims make for surprisingly good spouses once they get over the distress of the wedding. They may be the easiest sims to keep in platinum - the reward for makeout and woohoo are ridiculously high and they often roll several different woohoo wants at the same time so I can lock down one or two for when they need to be in super mood.

    It gets even better with FreeTime! Because if you have a good week (lots of platinum) your needs decay more slowly for the next week.