Monday, January 31, 2011

Gen 3 Chapter 9: A Dream Comes True

Before we reached the club that we decided to visit for our date night, we spent a little bit of time driving around Sunset Valley. I told Ken that I had been thinking more and more of wanting to move into a house, instead of living in the apartment. He was all for it, knowing that we had never actually planned on raising kids there, but we had both been so busy with our careers, we just hadn't got around to looking into buying a house. While driving and looking for vacant houses, we spotted one right across from the beach that I absolutely adored. We found out how much it cost, and knew we'd have to keep saving if we wanted it, but it was nice to have something to work for!

As soon as we arrived at the club, Ken's birthday arrived. Happy Birthday Ken!

He was a little concerned with his new, more fragile body, and gray hair. I told him that to me, he was as handsome as ever! He thanked me with a kiss, then we headed inside.

We were both much more wise this time around, and decided to start with food instead of drinks. I had some Hot Wings that were amazing!

Ken immediately hit the dance floor.

We had so much fun, mingling with the other people there, and snacking, and chatting that soon they were asking everyone to leave, it was time to close up!
Oops! We didn't mean to stay that late. I hoped our babysitter was ok!

When we got back home, We found the babysitter in the boys' room, staring at little Mikinna laying on the ground, with the dried trails of tears on her face as she slept.

"Mrs. Song, I'm sorry, I tried to comfort her, she missed you two so much! The only way I could get her to stop crying was to bring her in here with the boys. She wouldn't let me hold her, she just fell alseep here on the ground. I'm so sorry!"
"It's ok, Miranda,  I'm sorry she was difficult for you! You can go now, I'll take her from here..."

She slipped out the door, and I picked my little sleepy head up and carried her to her crib. I felt so bad that Mikinna had a hard time without us! I couldn't help but feel a bit guilty at staying out late and not being back for bedtime. Mikinna woke as I laid her in her crib, and she immediately reached out for me.
"Yes, honey, mommy's' home, it's ok! Go to sleep, and we'll play in the morning, ok?"
She just whimpered a little and laid back down and closed her eyes.

I really regretted how late we stayed out, when early the next morning I got called in to the hospital for an emergency. I was so groggy from the little sleep I got, but it didn't take long for the thought of going back to work to energize me and by the time I walked in the hospital doors, I was awake and ready!.

By the time I got off work, I realized my actual shift would be starting in a few hours. Instead of going home, I decided to visit my brother at the fire house, and ask if I could borrow his bed for a few hours. It would be much quicker than me running all the way home, and hopefully I'd get some good sleep in before work.

Cadence was thrilled to see me, and showed me to his bed in the bunk room. As I followed him up the stairs, I could barely keep my eyes open. I was so exhausted!

As soon as Cadence left the room, I was out like a light.

The sleep wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be, it turns out that those bunks the firemen sleep on are very squeaky. However, it was definitely better than no sleep at all. I went down to the kitchen and had a quick bowl of cereal before I headed back to the hospital.

At home, Ken was having a dilemma of his own. Tomorrow he was scheduled to go back to work, and he was feeling very torn about whether he wanted to go, or retire, since now he was old enough to do so. He loved our kids, and really, that's where his heart was.

He finally made the decision, called into our boss, and told her that he was retiring. They were of course sad to see him go, but happy with all the hard work he had put in at the hospital. I was thrilled with his choice to be home with the kids, so I could focus on my career knowing our children were in great hands!

I got home in the wee hours of the morning, and peeked in on the boys, who were fast asleep. Then I went to our room, to find Ken laying on the bed, wide awake, waiting for me.

"How did it go at work today?"
"Well, it went well. They asked me to help interview for your replacement."
"Oh, really, well did you put in for the job?"
"Well, I would have, except they asked me to be on the committee to hire your replacement before I had a chance, so..."
"Aw, drat. I was hoping they would give my spot to you, so you'd have another promotion under your belt so..."

"So... what? So we could have another kid?!?"
"Well... maybe... I mean, yes. I'm home now, and if you got that next promotion you could take some more maternity leave for work..."
"Ken Song, we aren't even going to talk about the idea of another kid until I do get another promotion. You know my work is important to me. I love our children dearly, but I don't want to keep putting in on hold to have more babies."
"Ok, ok, fair enough."

So, the next morning, Ken saw the boys off to school, and I read through my latest medical journal so I would be up to speed before work. I was very determined now, that I would get this promotion, so that we could buy that house I wanted so badly! I wanted our kids to be a little closer to the school, and to be close to the beach so we could go there on family outings. I just hoped we'd be able to afford it soon.

After I finished my journal, my stomach started growling something fierce, and I grabbed a plate of Ken's pancakes he made for breakfast. They smelled so good! The only problem was, as soon as I sat them on the table, I looked at them, and instead of growling, my stomach did a nauseous flip.

I barely made it to the bathroom before I started throwing up.
What was wrong with me? I had better not be pregnant!

The nausea subsided, and I managed to make it to work that evening without throwing up anymore. My boss needed me to go by the school, and hold an after hours meeting with the staff their to share with them how their new health care plan worked at our hospital. No one at work liked this task, because it was usually a long, boring night of answering a million questions, looking over everyone's paperwork, helping everyone understand medical jargon.
When my boss Kerri asked me, she was desperate for the help, everyone else had made up an excuse of why they couldn't do it. She told me if I would do this, she would owe me big time, and so I told her I would. I mean, when I'm hoping for a promotion soon, it doesn't hurt to be on the boss's good side, right?

I finished the meeting, several hours later, and I was completely exhausted, but it went fairly well. I reported back to the hospital as I had a few work hours left, and my boss was stunned that I still came in to finish my shift after the meeting.

Feeling much gratitude towards my work ethic, she told me that to pay me back, she had a conversation while I was at the school with the hiring committee, and they all unanimously agreed that I would be a great fit to fill the position for Ken's spot! I had been promoted! I was so thrilled!
Especially since I was somewhat suspecting that I could be pregnant. It would definitely make pregnancy more bearable if I had another promotion under my belt! This also meant that we should be close to affording my dream house by the beach! I couldn't wait to get home and tell Ken!

A Sim Day later.....

Well, my sneaking suspicion was right. I was indeed pregnant with our 4th child. I know I had told Ken I wasn't sure I wanted more kids right now, but it actually all worked out for the better, because Ken was so thrilled with my pregnancy, he agreed to do whatever it took to get the money together for our new house.

And, believe me, that was a lot. First, we found out that if we sold our apartment fully furnished, we would get a lot more money for it, so even though the new house was VERY modestly furnished, we agreed we'd sacrifice a few nice things to be able to afford the move. Then, Ken did something surprising, he sold his car. With the money he made off of the car, it was just enough to get us moved in. We'd be scraping by for a little while, but once I started pulling in my new bigger paycheck, hopefully we'd recover quickly, and soon have the house furnished how we liked.
It felt alot like starting over, especially because of our dwindling bank account, but I knew eventually we'd bounce back, and by then, this dream house of mine would feel more like home.

This was my view from my front porch in the morning. I swear, I'd never tire of it!

The kids, although they had to give up several of their toys to move here, seemed to like our new house. We made sure Logan kept his easel, and of course Alex had his football, and he was thrilled to finally have a yard to be able to play catch in. I really wanted to get started on decorating the house, but I was saving what little money we had for Alex's birthday present, which was coming very soon! I got him a bench press so he could work out on it. He will be surprised, because when he asked for it, I told him I didn't think we could afford it!

Mikinna seemed to enjoy her new room, we also made sure she had one or two toys from our old house to keep her entertained. 

Soon, she was completely potty trained, and to reward her, we got her a little tiger toy. She loved it!

All in all, we loved our new house, and everyone adjusted well to the move. The great thing about it was, there was so much more to look forward to here. Redecorating the way we wanted, living near the beach, meeting our new neighbors, and of course, welcoming our new little one to the family. Living here was a dream come true!

*buckey's notes*- Well, I was planning on having the Song family move, (mainly because I was tired of my camera angles getting messed up in the apartment) but I had to move them early, because I has some crazy glitches with the apartment! For some reason, Alex and Logan couldn't use the elevators right, and they ended up missing school, and getting stuck right outside of the elevators downstairs! I tried resetting them, going to edit town mode, lots of things. They were both running the risk of starving to death, and had already peed themselves, and then Ken got stuck too! I don't know what it was about that stupid elevator. Anyways, so I got to Symphony before she got home, and had her move the family via the cell phone, and that helped, but I still had to reset Alex and Logan 2 times before they would appear at the new house. Very very strange! I hope the new house will solve the problem.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gen 3 Chapter 8: Logan Comes Home

Thanks to everyone who's voted so far! I will probably be leaving my chapter lengths alone, I just thought I'd ask everyone's opinions to make sure I was on the right track. Anyways, on with the chapter!

I didn't mean to sleep in the day that Logan was coming home. Thank goodness, I have two awesome boys in my life, that took care of cleaning the house and the baby while I slept and got everything ready for Logan to arrive.

A new bed for Logan was moved into the boys room and we actually finished decorating the boys' room so Logan would feel welcome. We knew he had drawn a lot of pictures in the hospital to entertain himself, and he loved it, so we made sure there was an easel in their room as well.

Much to our surprise we heard the front door open, instead of the expected call to buzz someone in. We were both in Mikinna's room, trying to take care of her diaper when in walked Logan, like he knew exactly where he was!

Surprised, Ken turned around and hugged him. "Woah, Logan! I didn't expect you to come in all by yourself! You could have let us meet you at the elevators!"
"That's ok. I knew where I was going."
"Welcome Home, Logan! You can take your time, and look around. This is your home now, so you can explore as you like! But, you might want to start in your room, there's some clothes in there, and... an easel, complete with paints!"
"Oh wow, really! Thank you!"

Poor Logan was just wearing what the hospital could piece together for him to wear home. He had been in the hospital since he was a toddler, so he didn't have any big kid clothes. After he went and got himself dressed, he looked so adorable and healthy! Ken filled me in on how Logan had grown, and what kind of personality he had.

Apparently, he was a bit of a Loner,  which I could see how staying at a hospital with very few kids around would lead to that. He also seemed to have a gift with anything artistic or musical. A real Virtuoso! I made a mental note that for his next birthday, I'd get him some kind of musical instrument.
The one thing Ken said we'd have to watch out for, is that he had learned to pretty much get whatever he wanted out of the grown-ups around him, as they all felt sorry for him in the hospital and wanted to be nice to him. He was a very crafty Mooch, and could sweet talk anyone.  I guess Logan would be keeping us on our toes!

After Logan got dressed, he immediately started experimenting with the new easel and paints we got him. Alex was sweet, and kind of just gave Logan some space to adjust to our house and didn't try to overwhelm him too much. I swear, he was so perceptive about these kinds of situations. He made me proud!

Thank goodness, Logan didn't seem to notice much that I was still in my pajamas, and I quickly went and changed, and made some pancakes to keep around for whenever anyone got hungry.

Soon, Logan emerged from his room, and joined Ken at the chess table. But, being quiet, he just sat back and watched Ken intently, like he was trying to figure out what Ken was doing.

"You know how to play chess, Logan?"
"Well, scoot up closer, and I'll teach you!"
Cautiously, Logan scooted up to the table, and Ken proceeded to give him some beginner chess lessons. They were having a great time together, it was truly a bonding moment!

Later that evening, I overheard Logan and Alex talking in their bedrooms right before bed...
"So, your bed is over here, I hope you like race cars too!"
"Yeah, I like race cars."

"Good. Do you need a night light?"
"Nope, I'm ok. I think sleeping in a real room instead of the hospital is going to be great! I won't need a night light here."
"Good! Ok, Well, I guess we better sleep, we get to go to school tomorrow!"

Alex happily bounded over to his bed and hopped in the covers. I could tell he was excited about school. Logan, however didn't seem quite as enthused. Well, at least no matter what happened at school, they'd have each other, right?

Now, don't get me wrong. I was thrilled to have Logan come and be a part of our family. But, at the same time, I was a bit overwhelmed and wore out. I was very happy to have our little boy, little girl, and now a darling son who we adopted, but at the same time, I was starting to get a bit concerned about my career. Yes, I loved my family, but I also desire to become the best I can be in the medical profession. I hoped after Mikinna's birthday, things would settle down, and I could put my full effort into my career.

After the boys and Mikinna were in bed, I started to head to bed myself, and Ken stopped me.
"Hey there, pretty lady, you busy at the moment?"
He winked at me, and went in for an amorous hug, but I just was not in the mood for that right now. To be honest, I was just too stressed over getting back to work, and tired from being up with Mikinna at night.

"Ken, not right now, I'm exhausted, and a little cranky. All I've been doing is taking care of kids, I haven't been out of the house in forever!"
"Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't realize." I could tell by the look on his face that it really hadn't occurred to him that I might be a little stir crazy. Although he looked a little hurt, he offered, "Maybe you can get out some tomorrow?"
"I hope so." And with that I turned around and went to sleep. I didn't mean to be so mean to Ken, but I really was tired of being cooped up.

I felt much better in the morning. Although I was still a little stir crazy, at least Mikinna slept well, so I felt better rested than usual.
I saw the boys off to school (they were so cute sitting together on the bus) then decided to make Ken's favorite salad to make up for being so short with him the night before.

He came in the kitchen just as I had finished it.
"Hey, I just want you to know, I've just fed and changed Mikinna, she's happy."
"Oh, thanks babe, I appreciate that. I made you some salad for later."

"Thanks! I love your salads. Hey, come here a sec."
I came closer, and smiled. I started, "I'm sorry for being so grumpy last night Ken. I didn't mean to put you off like that..."

"No, I'm sorry, I should have realized you'd be feeling pretty stir crazy right about now. Tell you what, after Mikinna's birthday, let's go out, just me and you, ok? We can go out and celebrate my birthday!"

A date? We hadn't been on a date since... well, the day we got married! I couldn't help but kiss him!

I kept a hold of his hands, and said, "Ken, that would be great. I miss hanging out together, just the two of us. I can't believe your birthday is already here!"

"I miss you too. Hey, at least we can have a little bit of time together today since the boys are at school."
"Oh, you're right! And, I'm pretty sure Mikinna's sleeping right now.."

That's all the conversation that was necessary, we tiptoed to the bedroom, so we wouldn't wake Mikinna, and spent some quality time together.

After that, the rest of the afternoon/evening went much smoother. I was happy just knowing that we'd be getting out of the house soon together, I was looking forward to it so much! And with Mikinna's birthday tonight, I'm sure I'd be back on track in no time.
And, that evening, Mikinna became a toddler!
Happy Birthday Mikinna!

Wow! She got her daddy's hair, and my eyes. As adorable as ever!

Of course, it was so close to her bedtime after her birthday, she immediately demanded to be put to bed, in her normal "demanding" fashion.

Alex had stayed up a little bit later than usual to finish his homework, which we told him was fine, and Logan did half of his, and said he'd do the other half in the morning, he was so tired! It seemed to be hard on both of them to get used to being gone all day long.

After the boys left for school, I spent most of the morning teaching Mikinna to walk. She almost had it, but was still pretty wobbly.

As afternoon approached, I found myself getting more and more excited about tonight! I was so ready to get out and socialize with some other people, and not worry about bottles, or diapers! I was a little sad though, because tonight would be Ken's birthday into elderhood. Although Ken is a little older than me, I did realize that soon it would be my elder birthday, and I was still 4 promotions away from my life's dream.

But, tonight wasn't about being depressed, tonight was about having fun!
The boys got home from school, and poor Alex was so wore out from school, he went straight to his bed for a nap.

Logan on the other hand, went to finish his painting.

I hurried to my room to get dressed and call the babysitter. I had a new dress to wear, and was so ready to go out with my hubby!

As soon as the babysitter showed up, I took one last quick peek at Mikinna, who was playing intently with her toys, then we were out the door! Time to party!
*buckey's notes*- So little Mikinna's birthday snuck up on us! And Ken's too! I almost didn't realize it was his birthday until right before they went on their date. Eep! And I was hoping that Logan would have a completely different look from the family, and he does, I'm so happy with him. :) Don't have much to say this time around, I'll get to work on the next chapter. Thanks for reading!