Reflections

As we head into Generation Three I just wanted to throw a huge THANK YOU out to all my long time readers, followers, lurkers, and anyone who has ever stopped by just to take a peek!

I have LOVED writing this legacy and I hope you have enjoyed reading it just as much.  You may notice some things have changed on the menu bar lately.  I have changed the format of somethings to streamline things (more or less).

Now that Generation Two has expanded to five kids and three of them have children of their own I decided to make a Cast page.  Click a name in the drop down to go to that Generation.  All direct family members of the Generation Lead will be listed along with pertinent information.

Also, the Family Tree is back.  Please check it out.  It seriously took forever to track down all the family members of husbands and wives of the main family.  I’ll love you forever.  Oh, and the photos are gone.  Let’s be honest…I don’t have time to track people down every time someone ages up or has a baby.  Sorry.

I’m going to come right out and say that I love Penny WAY more than any of my other sim members.  She’s gorgeous, has killer skills, and I’ve been writing her section since she was a toddler.  So her part in this story is really going to be huge.  It will probably be more than 40 chapters.  She’s also got another diary post and prologue.  My bad for the Penny spam.

And now, have some bloopers.

Mollie doesn’t like Garrett…

Or her mother…

Or herself…dem menopause hormones are really getting to her.

HOLY BUCKETS IT’S LYDIA!!!!  Just in case you ever wondered who Mollie really looked like.

Her seriously cried for like 20 minutes after this stupid toy incident.  I thought I might cry too.  That thing is freaky!

So this happened at the Christmas party…

and this…

Oh come on now!

And then Liv pulled one of these while using Pose Player.

And Penny flunked Medical School with a full progress bar and passing all exams.  I made that face, too.

Good times with The Sims, good times.

Chapter 2.37

Note from SweetPoyzin: I really loved hearing from Garrett before and it seems like you all did, too.  Mollie’s birthday post is coming from Garrett’s POV.  Weird, I know.  However, I adore Garrett way more than any of my Gen 3 guys so I’m going to ride this high for another post!  Also it is super photo heavy.  Sorry!

Lucy woke us up the morning of Mollie’s birthday.  Lil’ Bit didn’t care that mommy wanted to sleep in, kiddo was ready for the day.

“Hey, before you run off, I wanted to give you one of your birthday presents.”

“Oh, why can’t we just forget the whole day, Gar?”

“Well, hear me out.  Since you’ve done such a wonderful job of losing all that baby weight I thought I would send you on a trip to the spa.  You can get a makeover, new wardrobe, massage, whatever you want!”

“Is…is that a bad gift?  I don’t mean to say you look bad now or before but I just thought you might–”

“It’s wonderful!  I’ve never been to the spa!  I can’t wait!  I know just what I want!”

“There’s baby food already in the fridge.  Adam likes waffles or pancakes for breakfast.  The bus comes at 7 so have him ready.  I have to go!”

I told Mollie to meet me at her favorite cafe for lunch and she was off.  Good thing, too!  I still had so much work to do for her birthday!

After Mollie left I called in sick to work (I’ve been doing that a lot lately).  Then I got Lucy up and ready and I fed both the kids.  I was feeling pretty awesome about my fathering abilities.  I caught Adam as he was heading out to school.

“Hey, how would you feel about a sick day today?”

“This seems like a recipe for getting in trouble.  Why, Dad?”

“Well, I’ve got a lot of things to do for your Mommy’s birthday and I could use some help.  Are you up for it?”

“Am I gonna get in trouble?”

“Of course not, Nugget.  I will.”

I had to drag a ton of stuff out of the attic and into the greenhouse.  All the plants had died because…well we aren’t gardeners and we had four kids.  So I was going to turn it into a party house/photo studio for Mollie.  With the kids getting older I thought she might want a place to work should she ever decide to go back into business.

And being the awesome kid that he is, Adam kept Lucy entertained while I worked on some new wine for the party.  Before long it was time to rush off to lunch.  Things still weren’t perfect but I needed to show Mollie the biggest and best part of her gift.

I picked her up at the spa and was floored by her makeover.  She looked 20 years younger.  Not that she ever looked old.  Wow, I should not speak.

We went to Mollie’s favorite little Bistro and sat at “our” table.  This was the place where we decided to bring Adam into our family.  This same restaurant was the place we brought our daughter before sending her out into the world.  So many memories happened in this place.

“So, your party starts in a couple of hours and I still have one more gift for you.  Shall we head out?  It might take a while…”

“Oh my…what kind of gift is this?”

“Not that kind.  That is later.  This one is just down the road.”

We hopped in the car and not even five-minutes later we were at our final destination.

“Garrett, I really appreciate you bringing me to the Art Museum but I don’t think there is time to look around right now.  The party starts –”

“Mollie, honey, this is YOUR art museum, cafe, and gift shop.  I bought it for you.  Happy birthday.”

“How the FU–heck–did you afford to buy a whole museum!?  We’ve been selling off our stuff just to get the twins through college and the younger kids birthday gifts.  Hell, Christmas is coming up.  How are we going to buy gifts now!?  How did you afford this place?!”

“I sold the boat.”

“Garrett…we don’t own a boat.”

“No, no we definitely don’t own a boat.”

I may have forgotten to tell Mollie we owned a boat.  More specifically I owned a boat.  However, now neither of us own a boat and she has an art gallery.  Perhaps she will forget.

“Well, it’s about 2:30 now and you know how your mother is always early to parties.  I bet she is at our house right now.  Let’s go home and tomorrow we can bring your photos and get this place ready to go.”

“And while we are doing that perhaps you could tell me about this boat?”

I think I might need to work tomorrow…

I was wrong about Mollie’s mother being early.  She and Victor arrived a bit later and with a surprise in tow.

“Mrs. Lox, I think we should visit more often!  When is my new brother or sister-in-law due?”

“Any day now it seems.  And, Garrett, you’ve been married to my daughter for nearly 20 years.  I’m pretty sure you can call me Liddy.”

“Oh I’m pretty sure I can’t, Mrs. Lox.  Come on inside, you two.  It’s getting cold out!”

Before we could get inside though, Mollie came looking for me.

“Garrett where the heck are you?  The doorbell rang 15 minutes ago!  Holy shit…”

“Wow, Mom.”

“So aren’t you out of rhyming names yet?”

“Actually we were thinking Golly or Jolly.  He’d fit right in!”

“Oh, you forgot to tell me you were birthing an elf.  Does dad know?”

“Oh jeez, Mollie.  Really though the only name left was Polly and your father vetoed that so this kid gets a boring name.  Come on, I want some birthday cake.  Don’t you have some aging to do or something?”

With Liddy’s prompting Mollie went a blew out her candles.  Vic and Liddy got the seat of honor next to the birthday girl.  I mean, she is their daughter after all.

After the candles Mollie disappeared.  She didn’t even have any cake.  I had a feeling she might be having a midlife crisis moment and I went to track her down.

She was cleaning the house.  I knew then it was bad.

When I found her she was scrubbing Cueball’s cage.  I was concerned she might scrub right through the glass.

“Sweetie…is now the best time to be cleaning?  What’s up?”

“HAVE YOU SEEN ME?  Gar, I have wrinkles!  And saggy boobs!  I’m hideous!”

“Sweetie, everyone is done with cake.  How about I kick them out and I’ll show you just how beautiful I think you are.  And then tomorrow we’ll go and work on the shop?”

“Fine.  And you’ll tell me about this boat.  Oh, and you’ll also tutor Adam since you pulled him from class today.”

Only two weeks until the girls got home and I was going to need to kiss ass all 14 days.  I just knew it.

Thank You!

Dear Readers,

Chapter 72 marked the 100th post here on Eternally Yours.   As I prepare to finish out Mollie’s part in this saga and move on the the next generation I am filled with many emotions.  Gratitude for you, my readers, is at the top of my list.

This has been a very important project to me over the past year.  My personal blog, which  has been around since 2010, has fewer posts than this legacy.  Writing this story has sparked a creativity that was snuffed out years ago.  I just needed a boost to get the juices flowing again and now here we are nearly 80 chapters later.

My readers have stood by me through thick and thin.  You’ve dealt with my disappearances, my whining, my writer’s block.  You’ve helped me stand again after my surgeries, the death of my grandmother, and changing colleges and majors.  You’ve listened, you’ve cheered, and you’ve mourned with me.

Most of all you’ve been my friends.  For that I am forever grateful.

Please join me on a walk down memory lane as I take a moment to remember the Lox family and the Hanks family.

It’s a long walk but scrolling to the bottom is worth it!  The last picture is of the young adult Penny and Olivia.  Also if you leave your Sims 3 screen name and a link to your wishlist you will be gifted an item (up to 100 simpoints) from your wishlist.

And the big reveal…

So, there you have it.  The Lox-Hanks legacy through the years.  I appreciate you sticking around for this walk of remembrance.  There will be an official birthday post in the coming days.

Remember to leave your Sims 3 screen name and a link to your wishlist in the comments and you will receive a gift from your wishlist (up to 100 simpoints).

Thank you again for all your support and friendship.  I hope you will stick around for the next generation.

Cheers,

SweetPoyzin

Chapter 2.22

Things were relatively calm in our neck of the woods these days.

I still wasn’t pregnant so I was taking some time to improve my skills.  Liv was becoming a master in painting and I thought I should reconnect with my passion.  I painted all the time as a kid and I thought getting back into it would help lift my spirit.

Liv painted this lovely portrait of urinals.  I was at least painting Garrett!

The girls were getting older.  Their birthdays were only a week away.

Their differences were becoming ever more obvious.  Liv preferred her dolls and artwork over everything.

Penny was more focused on her logic and athletic skills.  She wants to go to Medical school one day.  I bet she can do anything!

They both love the sandbox…for different reasons.  Liv loves to build huge castles.  Penny loves to destroy them.  Ah well, such is life with twins.

Garrett and I decided to sit them down and discuss their party ideas.

Liv wanted something artsy.  Penny wanted anything that was not babyish.  They did not agree on a single idea.

“Girls!  If you cannot pick a party theme I will do it for you!”

“Ok, you pick it, Mommy.  It’s just easier.”

“Mom, pick something artsy for Liv.  Okay?”

Deep down Penny loves her sister…even if she does insist on terrorizing her.

I sent them off to work on their skills and homework.  I had a lot of planning to do!

I started making calls.  We had one week to throw these sweet girls a party and I wasn’t going to let them down!

Bloopers!

I sure love a good blooper reel.  I also love the word blooper.  Here’s some recent mishaps from my legacy.

I seriously have NO IDEA why Mollie is making this face.  NO IDEA.

They both ran over to watch Mollie working with the Gem Cutter and…well…they melded.

Not my sim but this was kinda a funny scene.  She could not get to her job in the hospital because…the hospital is in the way?  She ended up just walking home.

This is what happened when Mollie went into labor.  Men are completely useless during sim births.  Holy cow.

Both Mollie and Liddy made this face when the pregnancy announcement occurred in game.  What the heck?!

Obviously very happy to learn she is pregnant?

This was the face Lydia made when Mollie told her she was pregnant.  She is super happy about her daughter’s pregnancy.

Just a normal day in Moonlight Falls…UFOs and all.

Chapter 2.5

My mommy sense was right about one thing.  We were meeting our child sooner rather than later.  I was wrong on the time. About 2am I woke up with terrible contractions.

“GARRETT!”

I felt like I could barely get his name out of my mouth I was in so much pain.

“Garrett…get my clothes…we’ve got a baby on the way!”

I should be thankful the man was able to hand me my clothes.  Oh my goodness he was a mess.

I drove myself to the hospital while my dad tried to pull Garrett together at the house.  My mom actually went into labor shortly after I did so my dad drove his pregnant wife and my husband to the hospital.

They arrived only just after I did so my dad helped me to the maternity ward.  My husband passed out and was being helped by the emergency room staff.

My little sister was born first.  Colleen Jennette Lox was born at 8:34am.  My mom finally got her fairy baby.

She also thought it would be cute to have Mollie, Ollie, and Collie as her children.  Nice.

Four hours later I welcome our first child into the world.  Penelope Lynette Hanks was born at 12:20pm.

Six minutes after Penny we were surprised to meet our second child.  Olivia Lucille Hanks followed her sister into the world at 12:26pm.

We are so going to need a bigger house.

Author’s Note: The twins were completely unplanned.  There was no fertility treatment, no potion, no kid’s tv, no sauna.  She just randomly decided to have twins.  Awesome.  Which is sarcasm because I am not a huge fan of multiples.

Chapter 2.1

I woke up the morning after the wedding at my parents’ house.  I had to check myself out in the mirror.  I couldn’t possibly be someone’s wife.  I wasn’t old enough for that.  Except…I was.

I kept thinking last night at the wedding that it was all too dreamlike.  My parents had paid for an amazing ceremony with so much food and family and friend and love.  I felt a little bad that Garrett and I didn’t celebrate much with everyone.  But it was out day and we could enjoy it as we chose.

Yep, I was definitely married.  Not only was I someone’s wife, but I was also working in the military, and I had a nagging feeling I was knocked up.

Call me crazy but I am pretty sure I am pregnant.

“MOOOOOM!  CAN WE TALK IN THE GAME ROOM!”

“Mom…you know how you always wanted to be a grandma…”

“Yes…”

“I think I’m pregnant.”

Mom was quiet for a while after I told her that.  I thought she was going to freak out or something.  Obviously it was a little soon after the wedding for this to be…legit…if you know what I mean.

“Your dad is going to kill your husband.”

“Yeah, Garrett doesn’t know yet.  Let’s keep it that way.”

“By the way, honey, I’m pregnant, too.

Erm…

“You are pregnant.  Mom…wow.  What the heck?!”

She really looked happy about it though.  Which is super weird because raising kids really wore her out.  She’s no spring chicken anymore.

“Well, sweetie, you know your dad and I are still very much in love and one thing led to another and–”

“MOM!  Gross.  You can stop.  I know where babies come from.  Obviously.  Gross though.  I mean.  Whoa.”

“Oh honey it’s not any more gross than when you do it.”

“Oh mom please shut up…I am nauseous enough as it is.  In fact, I have to go puke now.”

After another adventure bonding with the toilet I sat in the living room to think.  I could not believe that my mom and I were going to be pregnant at the same time.  It was ridiculous!  I did know one thing, Garrett and I were going to need to find our own home.  SOON!

Oh my God.  I’m going to be a mom.  And my mom is going to be a mom again.  All in the same year.  Ugh.  Too creepy.

Chapter 1.40

Finally the big day arrived for Mollie and Garrett.

Garrett was ready early.  He didn’t seem nervous at all the little scamp!

Victor took Garrett to the venue while I stayed at the house with Mollie to help her get ready.

After making sure Victor was ok to drive after his ridiculous night of partying I went to help my daughter get ready.  I found Mollie giving herself a pep talk in the mirror.

“You can do it.  You’re gonna get married.  You’re not gonna puke in Garrett’s face.  You’re gonna be fine.”

“Oh, Honey, you will be just fine.”

“I love you, Mommy.”

“Ready, Honey?”

“Yeah.  Let’s do this!”

I couldn’t help but take one last look in the mirror before driving Mollie to the church.  Was I ready for this?

“MOOOOOOOOOM!  I’m gonna be late for my own wedding!”

I guess I don’t have a choice!

“Mollie, you look wonderful.  Garrett is a lucky man.  Don’t let him forget it, kiddo.  And you can always come home if you decide he’s a jerk.”

“Thanks, Daddy.  Are you ready?”

“No, but you are.  Go get married.  GARRETT YOU BE GOOD TO HER!”

“Sir, yes, sir!”

After the ceremony I couldn’t help but be amazed at how grown up my beautiful daughter had gotten.

Cutting the cake seemed insignificant  to Mollie and Garrett.  They did it because it was tradition then snuck off to dance alone upstairs.

That’s how I found them.  Dancing together, lost to the world around them.  They were so lost in each other that I couldn’t help but watch in amazement.  I knew that my part in Mollie’s life was over.  Not entirely of course but now she would be on her own and I would take a backseat role.  I’m ok with that.  She will be just fine.

Author’s Note: This is the end of Generation 1.  Lydia and Victor will now just be minor characters in the story.  Mollie and Garrett will take over as Generation 2.  I hope you will stay on for Generation 2 and the story of Mollie.

Chapter 1.39

Mollie and I had been spending a lot of time together in the car.  Between dress fittings, cake testings, and checking out reception venues I felt like we pretty much lived in that stupid car!

A week before the wedding Mollie and I went for her final dress fitting.  I also got a makeover as Mother of the Bride.

So much was going on that things got kinda jumbled in that last week.  Oliver was packing for Art School and Mollie’s friend Dannette talked her into having a bachelorette party the night before the wedding.

Of course the men were not allowed but before going out on their own Garrett got Mollie good.

Being the wild women that we are…we played dominoes for most of the night.  Then Kia wanted to give a toast.

“Alright, alright.  Quiet down.  I have known Mollie since she was just a toddler. She and Garrett grew up together.  Actually, Garrett had a lot of her lovely, pink hand-me-downs.  That was a special time in his life.  Anyway…Mollie you have grown into a wonderful, intelligent, beautiful, outspoken young woman.”

“I am so glad that Garrett chose you to be his wife.  I cannot wait to welcome you officially into my family, even though you have been an honorary member since the day we met.”

“CONGRATULATIONS”

I swear to you there is so much fizzy nectar in my carpet it will be sticky for the next 70 years.

As I stood there watching my best friend and my daughter and my daughter’s best friend I was in awe at how much love there was in our life.  I was infinitely happy at that moment and knew life would be wonderful no matter what came our way.

The boys were at The Toadstool getting a little drunk.  Victor was completely unprepared to marry off his daughter the next morning.  Lucky for Garrett, Vic was feeling talkative.

“Now, Garrett, my daughter wants to be an astronaut.  She got a technology degree so she could join the army and do just that.”

“I know, sir.  I was there with her.”

“Shhh…I’m speaking.  Now I know you two are all doing the hanky-panky already.”

“DAD!  YOU ARE MAKING THIS SUPER AWKWARD FOR EVERYONE!”

“Oliver…shhh…the men are speaking.”

“I am so ignoring you now, dad.”

“Anyway, Garry…if you get my daughter pregnant you better be ready to raise some kids cuz she’s gonna be an assronaut.  I dun care wat you want…she’s gonna go to the moon.  MmmKay?

“Yep.  Yes, sir, Mr. Lox.  Why don’t I drive you home now?”

“Oookie dokie.”

“Ya know, hunny…you look tasty enough to eat in that dress and you smell like fizzy nectar.”

“I think you have had enough nectar, Vic.  Go to sleep.  You are gonna be miserable enough tomorrow with the wedding.  You need to head off the hangover before we get there.”

“Ookie dokie.  Night night.

All in all the day was a success.

Chapter 1.38

Author’s Note: Mollie really did graduate.  Due to a glitch in my game, however, no pictures were obtained.  Sorry!

It was really nice having the kids back at home.  Their diplomas look fantastic on our wall.  We’ve just come accustomed to Garrett being here all the time.  He’s pretty much just moved himself in (that’s just fine with me).

Shortly after Mollie arrived home it was time for another big event…OLIVER’S BIRTHDAY!  I could not believe my little boy was aging to teen.  I was happy and sad at the same time.  Pretty soon we would be empty nesters.

And with another crazy, magical, terrible, incredible sparkle…

…My baby boy got one step closer to being a man.

It didn’t take long for us to settle into our old routine.  Mollie was living with us while we were planning the wedding.  I was glad to see she and Oliver were still close and got along well.

“So what’s going on with school these days, baby bro?”

“Well, I got a full ride scholarship to LeFromage Art School.  HA!  Scored a goal on your stupid goalie.  I told you he was weak!”

“Jerk!  When do you leave?”

“I’m not.”

“Uh…why?”

“I’ll miss your wedding.”

“Ollie, I love you…but you’re an idiot.”

“Don’t you want me at your wedding?”

“Of course I do, baby bro.  But mostly I want you to live your own life.  If that means you have to miss my wedding that’s ok with me.  I want you to follow your dreams and not live in my shadow.”

“Oh.  So I should go.”

“YES, Stupid.  Go call the school now and get you bags pack before I taunt you a second time!  Oh…and I just scored so I win.”

“Humph.  I love you, sis.”

“I love you, too, you big dork.  NOW GO!”

And just like that my oldest convinced my youngest to leave the nest before I was ready.  I know I have to let them live their own lives but I wish they could stay by little babies forever.