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PostSubject: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:00 pm

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Sophia Ashford. What a tough life she has had. Before she moved to a nicer side of Oasis Springs, her former family died in an alien mind-erasing mishap.
She was lost, quite distraught, and wondered through the abyss for awhile.

However, if Sophia is anything, she is a strong woman who can dust herself off and begin again. Better and brighter.

And so she did. She chose to start with nothing but the clothes on her back on the largest lot in town!
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In order to rebuild again, she went right to work, scavenging the land for treasures, plants, and anything worth value. All in memory of her family, lost, but never forgotten. She traveled the world for a week, never going back to her home because the memories were so strong. She only wanted to go back when she had enough money to at least give her future new family a proper home. And she wanted to be strong enough when she returned.
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She met interesting people along the way (some of which preferred the same outfit).
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Eventually, she began to get her bearings together. She started to grill at the public spaces and became quite a skilled fisherman!
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After about a week of catching and collecting as much as she could, she finally had enough strength to head back to her new, expansive plot of land. However, because she was living in such an expensive part of town, before she was able to build anything, her bills were sky high!
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Luckily, she had enough to pay, and even more luckily, she had just enough to build a small shack. She would have moved immediately, but her lease wasn't up, and she also wanted to wait until she could harvest a few cherry trees before vacating to another lot.
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Before she moved, she also wanted to save up more money - as moving can be quite expensive! So she joined the Tech Guru career. Smile
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After a week of working hard, she was able to get a promotion, harvest the plants she wanted, and move to a more quaint part of town.
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It had a similar feel but felt more like a place she could grow roots before moving back to the lot she coveted.
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And she knew she made the right choice when, during the following week, her next round of bills came in. What a huge difference and a relief!
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Current achievement:
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Sophia is still a bit lonely because she misses her family, but I feel she will continue to gather strength as time passes, and hopefully soon, build a new family who will love her just a deeply.  It is always difficult to build a sustaining legacy, but I'm hopeful that Sophia will make this one the best yet.
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Cheers for the Ashfords! Back from the ashes!


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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:24 pm

This makes me very happy. I have been watching for Sophia's new beginning. Very sad about the tragic end to her previous life. Looking forward to seeing her progress.

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:50 pm

@EuphorialQueen wrote:
This makes me very happy. I have been watching for Sophia's new beginning. Very sad about the tragic end to her previous life. Looking forward to seeing her progress.

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:32 am

So glad she was able to start over.

I had that same thing happen to me regarding the bills. I don't think it has anything to do with the lot. I think it counts all of the stuff they have in their inventory. Did you still have all the stuff she had collected in her inventory when the bills came in?

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:53 am

Hooray! applause Shake the ashes from your hair Sophia and move forward. I can't wait to see more of your progress.

(that painter's reward top cracks me up)

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:41 pm

Wonderful for Sophia! She's smart and resourceful and will surely succeed. thumbs up
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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:22 pm

@MerryWiddow wrote:
So glad she was able to start over.

I had that same thing happen to me regarding the bills. I don't think it has anything to do with the lot. I think it counts all of the stuff they have in their inventory. Did you still have all the stuff she had collected  in her inventory when the bills came in?

Yes, I did, and that definitely added towards the bills. pale However, the part of town your Sims live in does affect the bills. The higher the bulldozed lot price, the higher you pay. It's not a HUGE leap, but it was confirmed by the gurus awhile back.

And I was on the 50x50 lot, which is the biggest. I plan to go back once my Sims have stored up money as that lot is a perfect place for a large generational family.
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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:24 pm

@Buttonsginger wrote:
(that painter's reward top cracks me up)

Doesn't it? Smile Literally every guy in the park was wearing it! I thought I had walked in on a cult meeting! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:59 pm

After another week of toiling at the job, keeping the garden in shape, and passing out a few times, Sophia finally had a couple of days off to have a quiet birthday celebration at home. After blowing out the candles on her cake, she realized that she was not giving her old family proper justice by staying inside. She needed to go out into the world and befriend others who are looking for companionship!
Along the way, she met a sweet guy. Meet Jarrett Blevins. (Trust me, his outfit got changed. Laughing.)
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Jarrett and Sophia became quick and very good friends. He was a great listener, and Sophia enjoyed his company. He is ambitious, romantic, and clumsy. They got along so well that Sophia asked him to move in!
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Because of his romantic trait and his Soulmate aspiration, Jarrett was able to connect with Sophia's softer side and learn about her sad history. Over time, she fell for him and they began going steady.
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Because of his ambitious nature, Jarrett joined the Business career. (Sophia's Tech Guru outfit is quite entertaining to look at. Laughing)
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Soon after, Sophia announced that another Ashford would be joining the household!
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They are both very happy to turn a new leaf and are blessed that the Ashford legacy can and will continue!
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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:16 pm

Hooray ... a Mini Jarrett or Sophia coming soon!

{Strawberries and Pop music (one, the other, or both) seem to lead to more baby girls.
Carrots and Alternative music seem to lead to more baby boys.}

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:22 pm

@EuphorialQueen wrote:
Hooray ... a Mini Jarrett or Sophia coming soon!

{Strawberries and Pop music (one, the other, or both) seem to lead to more baby girls.
Carrots and Alternative music seem to lead to more  baby boys.}

Oh yes! I love that they added the influence of gender in that previous update! Smile
I'm not partial to either; what I always fear are multiple births! hills
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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Jun 07, 2015 5:57 pm

So glad she met someone. Good luck on the new addition.

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:16 am

A match! Congrats and good luck. I love the tech guru outfit Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:27 am

You know there's a baby coming when the father panic-runs everywhere.  Laughing

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Meet David Ashford, our heir! Look at the red hair! Must have been a recessive gene.  giggle

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I gave him the Social Butterfly aspiration because no Sim in any of my games have ever completed it, and I am on a determined mission!

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I felt as if I was neglecting Jarrett's Soulmate aspiration, so he and Sophia went out on a couple of dates to celebrate their love. (I ADORE Sophia's white party outfit.)

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Before you know it, David is a teen...

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...AND another sibling is coming along soon!  HappyTrio

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David takes Sophia out on the town to mark the occasion and kneels on one knee for a big surprise!

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Soon, we cue Daddy Panic. You know what that means!

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Welcome. Leah Ashford, our resident whiz kid!
(This photo of David autonomously holding her when she came home from the hospital transformed  my heart into a million sobbing, happy tears.)

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Onward and upward, Ashfords!


Progress:

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(And oh yeah, I totally CRUSHED that Social Aspiration!)  RoyalWave

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:14 am

Great update. Love all the pictures. Congrats on the social butterfly.

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:41 am

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:49 am

Social Butterfly is (to me) the one most difficult Child Aspiration to complete.
There never seem to be enough Kids to make the required number of friends.

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sat Jul 04, 2015 11:48 am

It's definitely the most difficult for me. My game generates enough townies for it, but I rarely leave the home lot once I get a big family.

Luckily, since a previous patch, when you socialize at work/school, it generates acquaintances, and you can invite them over!
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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:01 pm

Cute kid! Panicked Dads are too funny.
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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:04 am

So! I am back from the Ashes. Rosebud has been achieved by the Ashfords. Within five generations and no painters or writers among them, Sophia and her legacy have achieved success! There are too many photos from the entire four months of play, but I’ve selected (more than a handful of) memories to share with you. (Part 1)

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:31 am

(Part 2) For this particular Rosebud Challenge, I didn't focus on saving or the amount of dollars in the bank. I really enjoyed the family, so I treated it more as a legacy and also bought them whatever that wanted or needed to make it a happy and comfortable home. I adore them to pieces! And that red hair gene stayed with them throughout! :-)

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:35 am

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The Ashfords will continue. I want to see how far Sophia's blood can go. She'd be so proud!
Thanks for watching, and hopefully future Ashfords will stop by and say hello every once and awhile. :-)

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:37 am

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Thank you so much for sharing your adventures.
Congrats on achieving Rosebud in only five generations!

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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:03 am

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Thank you so much for sharing your adventures.
Congrats on achieving Rosebud in only five generations!

Thanks, EQ! It's been a fun ride! I love that I can still see Sophia in the heirs' faces in so many generations later. And I will definitely continue to play them! :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Ashfords from the Ashes   Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:04 am

And yeah, sorry for the picspam! That's actually the twice-edited version if you can believe it! lol.
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