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Mad Poster
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#1 Old 21st Apr 2018 at 8:23 AM
Default Simville - Boring name, exciting place
As some of you may recall from the corruption-rebuild-period I am ridiculously attached to my hood and my Sims, and given the chance I can talk about them for hours and hours until your ears bleed A couple of friends suggested I make a thread here, so I thought I'd give a go and see if anyone else might enjoy hearing what goes on in my hood

Currently focusing on a storyline that involves three households, all of which orginated in the orphanage.

Orphanage
Unfortunately I was kind of crap at taking pictures back when the main characters of this story started in the orphanage, so please excuse the red frame and semi-bad angles in some pictures. They'll be better further on in the story.

The sunflower orphanage is run by matron Lena Norberg. She's a pleasure Sim, hired by the state to take care of children who lost their parents, or children put up for adoption. It's housed some 10 children by now, but I thought I'd focus on three of them. Siri Kim, Stoffe Andersson and Sally-Mae Atkins.

Siri Kim
Siri Kim came to the orphanage as a toddler. She didn't stay long as she was soon adopted by a barren middle aged couple who tried and tried to have children but were unable to. The orphanage require prospective parents to visit the orphanage and hang out with the kids to see who they mesh well with, and in their case that turned out to be Siri.



The Sjöströms are quite introvert and don't really have friends outside of the family, they are happy with each others company. Tom is car mechanic (custom career), in his free time he restores broken down cars in the yard that he then sells. Sigrid is a marine biologist. They live in this lot by Saturnfly, which is perfect for them. They did some renovations to expand the western side of the house so they could have a slightly bigger bedroom and a little bit more space in the living room for Siri's stuff, but all in all it's great. And it shows the kind of people they are, with those small semi-obscured windows out to the street and the fenced off slightly shielded pool area.

Stoffe Andersson & Sally-Mae Atkins
Stoffe and Sally-Mae came to the orphanage as a kids, they were there when Siri came as a toddler. They have no parents or family, and no history of where they were before then (aka CAS xD).



That's all from Simville for now, if anyone finds it interesting I'll post the continuation to stories the three stories

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#2 Old 21st Apr 2018 at 9:26 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by gummilutt
As some of you may recall from the corruption-rebuild-period I am ridiculously attached to my hood and my Sims, and given the chance I can talk about them for hours and hours until your ears bleed A couple of friends suggested I make a thread here, so I thought I'd give a go and see if anyone else might enjoy hearing what goes on in my hood

Currently focusing on a storyline that involves three households, all of which orginated in the orphanage.
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I always love to read about what other people are doing in their game. I don't have anyone at home that I can really talk to about the Sims and I love to find out what others are doing in their game. Sometimes I even get ideas.

Anyway I read with interest about your Sunflower Orphanage, the Sjöström family, and Stoffe Andersson & Sally-Mae Atkins.

I am looking forward to whatever else you choose to share about your 'hood I find what you post quite interesting.

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Curiosity killed the cat,
but satisfaction brought it back.
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#3 Old 21st Apr 2018 at 3:25 PM
i love this so far please post more!

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#4 Old 21st Apr 2018 at 8:07 PM
I've never had an orphanage but it's interesting to see that woven into sims gameplay. Is Stoffe your model sim on the no more acne mod you made? I hope htey find families. If not, will they go to college or gorw up and go into the work force? Thanks for sharing!

Uh oh! My social bar is low - that's why I posted today.

Mad Poster
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#5 Old 22nd Apr 2018 at 12:00 AM Last edited by gummilutt : 22nd Apr 2018 at 12:32 AM. Reason: Typos
Thank you guys! I appreciate hearing that it's not all boring. I tend to think no one would be interested and that it's just a bother, but Ellu assured me this group does love reading hood stories so I thought I'd give a go and clearly she's right

Very well spotted Charmful, he is indeed! These days I always use Sims in my hood as models for mods, I find it makes for more interesting pictures if they are from real environments I spend time and care on at some point (compare to the horribly boring thumbnails on my first mods xD). I was going to mention that the keen-eyed might remember him from the acne mod, so I'm glad someone actually did notice. He wasn't as bothered by his as Sally-Mae, so I figured he'd be more likely to agree to model. A grown up version of Siri is also the model on one of my upload thumbnails, recolors of the same braid she's wearing as older tot/child.

As I said I can talk about them for hours so I'll go ahead and post an update later I should warn that these stories do get mildly dark, because I tend to use Sims to sort of process/figure out people and structures and whatnot. Not all puppies and rainbows, but please stick with me, it's worth it in the end

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#6 Old 22nd Apr 2018 at 12:58 AM
Please keep posting more! Love to read about them!

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No going back now,
Our passionplay is now begun.
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#7 Old 22nd Apr 2018 at 3:00 AM Last edited by gummilutt : 22nd Apr 2018 at 5:26 AM. Reason: Clarification
Continuation of the story, this time focusing on Siri Kim When I play, I assign my Sims traits and personalities beyond what Sims let us choose for them. So when I say a Sim is this or that way, that can be because I view them as such, and play them as such. And fascinatingly often it's as if they learn, and start acting that way on their own. And sometimes they fight you, as was the case with Tom Sjöström.

Siri Kim & the Sjöströms
The Sjöströms are a bit of an old values-type couple. Sigrid does all the cleaning and cooking, and feels responsible for the everyday care of Siri. Tom maintains the garden, and sees himself as the family provider. He really loves his wife, but in the silent unexpressed way. He doesn't know how to cook or clean, and he likes to quietly watch the news or read the newspaper as Sigrid goes about her day, or work on his collection of junk cars out in the yard. He loves Sigrids cooking and will happily gobble up anything she puts on the table. Sigrid is very maternal, always making sure there is food ready and the home is nice and tidy. Before Siri she bought a little hamster so she had some living being she could shower with love when Tom was at work or working on his cars. Little does Sigrid know that when she's not looking, Tom will sneak in a quick clean of the toilet or the shower to lighten her load, and if left unattended he'll rush to give Siri a bath. Clearly he loves his family, just doesn't have the words.

Him and Siri always had a rather sweet bond. He was so proud of his little girl. Having two parents on the brink of elder-hood and no siblings Siri became a bit of a old-for-her-age kid, she liked to come home alone from school and just hang out with them.



Siri is quite a bright kid and interested in science and learning. Realizing this Tom pushes her towards activities that will give her mind a work out. He wants the very best for his daughter, wants her to be something one day. No menial low paying labor for his baby girl. While he is no academic, and spent his life working in fields that in some eyes might be considered low class, he is a real wiz with machinery. He could always figure them out. His employers wanted to promote him to airplane mechanic but his love of cars made him stay where he was. But he wanted his daughter to pursue the academic side of life, and he thought she had the brains to.



Once they had Siri, Sigrid sort of lost interest in work. She always felt like she was abandoning her child when she got up at the crack of dawn to go to her job, before Siri even woke up. Never there for breakfast or to see her off to school (well, 3 out of 5 days no, but to Sigrid it was always the days she had to leave and the days she didn't flew by so fast). She'd always be there to welcome her home after school, with a snack or a hug. But she wanted to be there all day every day. So once she hit elder, she quickly retired from her job to devote all her time to her precious family.



And so time passed. Siri, although now a teen, still preferred coming home after school and just spending time with her family. These days her parents couldn't quite keep up and often needed an afternoon nap, but Siri rather liked just being and always knew how to keep herself entertained..


That's it for today. Hope you all enjoyed it, if you made it this far

If anyone wonders why I write Siri Kim and not Siri Sjöström, it's because I decided that her parents saw giving birth as something miraculous, and that they could hardly believe they were so lucky as to get this child that someone else brought in to the world. So when they adopted her, they decided to leave her name as it was as homage to her heritage and her birth parents. They decided it was up to her to choose, once she was older, if she wanted to take their name or remain Siri Kim. Sometime after they gave her the telescope, she asked them if she could be called Kim-Sjöström. Needless to say her parents were very touched, and happily obliged. So now she's Siri Kim-Sjöström, but when this episode began she was still known as Siri Kim

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#8 Old 22nd Apr 2018 at 9:49 AM
I do know that a lot of people in this group like to read about other people's Neighborhoods and the various happenings in them.

Me I love reading what every one posts, and yours is quite interesting.

I enjoyed reading about Siri Kim and looking at the pictures. The Sjöström Family is interesting and I also think it is cool that Siri asked her parents if she could be called Kim-Sjöström.

for info on changing the Mac Open File Limit check out my post here http://www.insimenator.org/index.ph...html#msg1628939
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Field Researcher
#9 Old 24th Apr 2018 at 6:39 PM
I enjoy reading about what people are doing in their games. I liked seeing how you used the orphanage, and Matron Norberg seems to be a good and caring guardian. The kids who don't get adopted really need that, or do they all get adopted?

Since they got their child so late in life, it's obvious that Sigrid and Tom cherish Siri and want to give her the best life possible. I like their family outings, and how they clearly show their love, even if some of them (TOM!) can't actually say it. I'm glad Siri wants to have their family name in addition to the one she was born with.
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#10 Old 25th Apr 2018 at 1:15 AM
I have always wanted to start an orphanage, but bever figured out where to start Maybe I should be more loose in my hoods, to allow more oops-babies , and they could be sent to orphanage.

Loving Siri so far and cannot wait to see what happens to Stoffe and Sally-Mae <3

I would also like to know, what happens to the kids who are not adopted? Do they go to uni? And does Lena follow their later life also (like in present at Siri's bd)?

~~~~Call me Ellu ~~~

Past the point of no return,
No going back now,
Our passionplay is now begun.
Past thought of right or wrong, final question, how long have we wait before we're one?
~Andrew Loyd Webber (Phantom Of The Opera)

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Mad Poster
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#11 Old 25th Apr 2018 at 12:18 PM
Thanks everyone for the replies, it's fun to read your thoughts. I've never been much of a likes-person, so a comment means much more than a love-mark (though I of course appreciate those who take the time to press the button too).

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Originally Posted by Cher64
The kids who don't get adopted really need that, or do they all get adopted?


Most don't get adopted, only four have been adopted so far. So far no one older than toddler has been adopted, so odds are if you aren't adopted by the time you turn child the orphanage will be where you grow up. I have one Sim that will be adopting two Sims aged as children, but that is still a long ways off.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kukamuukaanmuka
I would also like to know, what happens to the kids who are not adopted? Do they go to uni? And does Lena follow their later life also (like in present at Siri's bd)?


If they aren't adopted it's up to each Sim where they go. Once they are about half way into teenhood they are allowed to move if they want to, or they can stay and go straight to university. Amy choose to move prematurely when she fell in love with townie Emily Falk and the two decided to rent a small apartment together and live there until university. Olivia and Leah Eklund, siblings who ended up at the orphanage after their mother died in a fire, will be staying until university. Story will tell what choices Stoffe and Sally-Mae made. The rest have gotten adopted, or aren't old enough yet

The state puts 200 simoleons in trust for each child at the orphanage every Sunday, which they get access to when they leave. If they get adopted it stays in their bank account for them to use as they want when they become older teens. If they weren't adopted they get access on the day they leave, to help setup their lives. My Sims have extended life spans so if they arrive as toddlers they get somewhere in the region of 2200 simoleons. It's not much, but it gives them something to start with if they don't get adopted. Teens are encouraged to take part time jobs and save their earnings, to further better their chances when they leave.

Matron does care awfully about her charges, and will follow anyone that lets her do so. She hasn't had much contact with Siri since growing up to a toddler, because Siri wasn't there long enough to really develop any relationship with her and as she got old enough to have a say she didn't really feel any attachment to this woman she barely remembers. Matron's walked by the house a couple of times to check in and see things are going well, but once she was satisfied the Sjöströms were taking good care of her and Siri was happy, she let it be. Amy keeps in regular contact though, calling to check in and update matron on her life, and sometimes invites her over for some lunch In fact Amy keeps in contact with everyone. She's very social, and was the oldest of the kids to arrive at the orphanage when it opened so she's always felt like everyone's big sister.

Matron Lena is one of those Sims that the game handles so beautifully all on it's own. She's a very frequent walk-by choice, and often shows up at community lots. The state runs the orphanage, but the budget is tight and doesn't cover much more than her salary, the kids trust funds, and food. No room to pay for improvements to the orphanage. So matron spends a lot of time networking, making connections and reminding the community that the orphanage exists and the important work they do. When they need something the budget won't cover, there's usually someone she's met that she can ask for a donation. Recently she managed to secure funds to refurbish the bathroom, replacing the toilet stalls with fully walled stalls with regular toilets so that the kids can have more privacy when using the bathroom. More than one of the kids feared using a stall, so she thought it important for their qualify of life.

She also did an extensive Christmas-campaign, scoring quite an impressive sum so that she could make the orphanage look like Christmas exploded in it She figures Christmas is when it is the most noticeable to the kids that they have no families, since it's a very family-centered holiday. She does her best to compensate with a thoroughly Christmas-y atmosphere all through winter, Always fresh Santa cookies on the counter during winter! Threw in some pictures of this years Christmas Day if anyone is interested


I started writing up the next update on Stoffe and Sally-Mae yesterday, so that should be out sometime today too. Again, thanks everyone. It's really fun to go through old pictures and recap the storylines. I am very glad you guys enjoy it so I have a reason to keep doing it

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Field Researcher
#12 Old 25th Apr 2018 at 6:25 PM
I like how well thought out your orphanage is, with the trust funds and Matron using her own money to make things nicer for the kids. In addition to what you mentioned about the picture with Santa and Liam hugging, I like to think Santa's thought bubble is expressing what a wonderful person he thinks Matron is.
Scholar
#13 Old 25th Apr 2018 at 7:42 PM
I like your pictures, they are good I think. I think the whole concept of the orphanage is designed well and I like how you develop your story line, it is interesting to read about Matron and the kids.

for info on changing the Mac Open File Limit check out my post here http://www.insimenator.org/index.ph...html#msg1628939
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Mad Poster
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#14 Old 26th Apr 2018 at 5:15 PM Last edited by gummilutt : 26th Apr 2018 at 8:04 PM. Reason: Forgot one picture
Been playing Stoffe's household today, lots of fun, so I thought I'd better post another update so it gets up to date soon.

Sally-Mae Atkins
When we left Sally-Mae, she was at Hot Spot where she met young adult romance aspiration Billy-Bob Sawyer, who put the moves on her. I'd like to warn that Billy-Bob is a shithead, so if you don't like reading stories where those exist that skip this one



And that is where we leave Sally-Mae for today. In the taxi on her way to her new life. She wanted love and a family, and from her perspective she's about to get everything she's ever wanted. Time will tell if that's really the case.

Stoffe Andersson
When we left Stoffe he had recently aged up to a teen, though I forgot to mention his aspiration is fortune. He doesn't have much dreams in the love and family department, his dreams are about money. Although he is very happy in the orphanage, growing up in hand-me down clothes and with communal properties didn't feel great. He admired the richer side of town, with their big fancy houses and glamorous life styles. He wanted to prove to the world he was someone, and his mind that meant joining their ranks. And the fastest way to do that is to become a savvy businessman. So once he got old enough to start earning money, he buckled down and got busy.



That's it from Stoffe for today. Having busted butt all through teenhood he's now made it to college where he is determined to keep his head to the grindstone until he's reached his dreams. Given what he achieved as a teen I have no doubts he's going to get there.

Hope you enjoyed reading this far

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#15 Old 26th Apr 2018 at 6:25 PM
Oh, it doesn't sound so good for Sally-Mae. She's so happy thinking all her dreams are coming true, but I suspect Billy-Bob will break her heart. We already know he's willing to cheat on her.

Targeting an orphanage is pretty low, even for a thief.

Stoffe really has a big plan for himself, and he has the self-discipline to make it happen. It's also good to know that he adds a little balance to his driven life by making time for fitness and play.
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#16 Old 27th Apr 2018 at 6:32 AM
I am not very optimistic when it comes to Sally-Mae and her life, it might be starting out OK, but I think Billy-Bob is likely to get caught and disapoint Sally-Mae.

The orphanage really ought to invest in an alarm. I am sorry that the burglar paid them a visit. I don't have the burglar pay my houses any visits, I think it because I always have someone awake at all hours. I do buy alarms though, I like the one by Simsky where it is a combination smoke and burglar alarm that covers the whole lot.

Stoffe is doing really well, I think he is doing great and it is good that he does do some fun things sometimes. I expect that he will make the Dean's List and Graduate with Honours.

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Mad Poster
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#17 Old 27th Apr 2018 at 3:28 PM
They have invested in an alarm now, so next time thief won't manage to steal quite so many things before cops show up. I was a bit surprised when I realized they didn't have one, I am usually so meticulous about placing them in anything I build. Of all the places to forget,..

And yeah, things look a rather bleak for Sally-Mae at the moment. Really look forward to seeing what you guys think of where the story goes from there I'll start writing on the next update tonight, though no idea if I'll finish. Last post took three days to write, turtle writer at your service

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Field Researcher
#18 Old 28th Apr 2018 at 2:05 AM
About Sally-Mae , there might still be hope! After all stranger things has happened than a total idiot and jerk romance-sim dude has a change of heart when first time holds the little infant Then again does not sound like Billy-Bob, yeah.. but it has happened.

About Stoffe, he better be sure to not fall too fast from too high Yes nice to have high goals, but I am afraid he is aiming too high all at once. He did great as teen, with no "pappa betalar" (dad pays)-backround, I only fear he is aiming too high

And sorry for Lena about the burglar

~~~~Call me Ellu ~~~

Past the point of no return,
No going back now,
Our passionplay is now begun.
Past thought of right or wrong, final question, how long have we wait before we're one?
~Andrew Loyd Webber (Phantom Of The Opera)

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#19 Old 28th Apr 2018 at 9:55 AM
The only thing I noticed was I can read the game textboxes (/‚ÄĘ-‚ÄĘ)/

Else am I just reading along ~

I build small houses *^*
Mad Poster
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#20 Old 2nd May 2018 at 3:24 AM
Haven't been feeling great this weekend so wasn't in the right mood to continue the story but today I finally had some inspiration This time an update on Siri Kim-Sjöström and her parents.

Siri Kim-Sjöström
When we left Siri she had aged up to a teen, and continued her calm happy existance with her two elderly parents. Encouraged by her dad she focused on her studies, and pursued her interests in science. But also always taking time to help her mom keep the house neat, and help with the cooking and having girl time. By the time we resume our story Siri is in the later part of her teenhood, with thoughts of going to college.


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Field Researcher
#21 Old 3rd May 2018 at 12:43 AM
NOOOOO!!! Only a pic from hood view! I was so curios (now I understand the Curious brothers) to see the cabin Siri is hiding
Great update and interesting twist indeed

I hope Tom and Sigrid still manage to visit Siri? And nobody notice if they do visit that abandoned cabin a bit too often?

~~~~Call me Ellu ~~~

Past the point of no return,
No going back now,
Our passionplay is now begun.
Past thought of right or wrong, final question, how long have we wait before we're one?
~Andrew Loyd Webber (Phantom Of The Opera)

If curious, my Widespot+LGU+Bigg City
Field Researcher
#22 Old 4th May 2018 at 8:43 PM
I wasn't ready for the end of that yet! I, too, want to see the cabin and how Siri is getting along. That is some elaborate plan Tom came up with; I hope they don't get caught in such a serious lie.
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#23 Old 4th May 2018 at 11:34 PM




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#24 Old 5th May 2018 at 3:54 AM
I'm sorry Ellu and cher <3 Gotta build some suspense Thank you though, I am so so happy you both like it I love my Siri, she's a bad ass and I can't wait to post the next update. Love the cut-out simsample! Going to have to snag that!

But to keep things even, time for another Sally Mae update! Oh and also I realized I have been spelling their names wrong this whole time. I can never remember if there's a hyphen or not, and apparently there's not so whoops new spelling this time around.

Sally Mae Atkins
When we left Sally Mae she had just got in the taxi moving to her new home with her fiance Billy Bob Sawyer, pregnant and in her third trimester. We know Billy Bob has cheated on her, and might not be the loving faithful man that Sally Mae thinks he is.



Getting rather long so I'll break this one up into two parts. I would have stopped here, but I guess I better not be such a tease this time or I may hear Ellu's "NOOO" all the way from across the pond



That'll be all for Sally Mae today. I hope you all enjoyed the update and seeing where Sally Mae's life has gone since we last saw her. Would love some feedback on pictures this time, do you want to see more of kiddies next time?

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#25 Old 5th May 2018 at 4:45 AM Last edited by Kukamuukaanmuka : 5th May 2018 at 4:56 AM.
I loved the pics!! <3

And no, you see me before hearing, remember the pink sneakers?? :P

Sally Mae.. so gorgeous sim. those cheekbones are so lovely. An Billy Bob, for your information you will get what you deserve. Eventually, you will... Are you really ready to loose EVERYTHING?

ps. the police, Henrik, looked kinda hot, is he married? If not I would make my sims to hint something to Sally Mae :P

Edit: Lulu Belle looks a lot like her dad also

~~~~Call me Ellu ~~~

Past the point of no return,
No going back now,
Our passionplay is now begun.
Past thought of right or wrong, final question, how long have we wait before we're one?
~Andrew Loyd Webber (Phantom Of The Opera)

If curious, my Widespot+LGU+Bigg City
 
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