The Rainards move into their house in Willow Creek. Recently, in new saves, I’ve been deleting the pre-made households to avoid playing the same storylines over and over again, but I left them this time. The generated townies just aren’t as good.
Irene brings in Adam. I’ll admit I started with a full nuclear family to play with the parenting features and give our future heirs the most to work with. I’m playing on normal lifespan as well, even though I find it dreadfully short, but I’ll work with it.
As soon as she puts Adam down, he wanders off. Adam, after all, is a charmer, and is eager to greet the new neighbors when the welcoming committee arrives. Roman walks in to give his wife a kiss on the cheek.
The two of them talk excitedly about their new home. Irene is ready to start her career as a critic, but as long as Adam’s still a toddler, Roman’s staying at home. It looks like the Bestselling Author aspiration doesn’t require actually joining the writing career, but he may anyway in the future. He’s content being at home, working on his craft.
Roman comforts any anxiety Irene has. Anxiety is Irene’s main game. Insecure about her relationship with her husband, desperate to get promoted in her job, and constantly worried about her children, Irene relies pretty heavily on her husband for emotional support.
Roman relieves her tension by reciting poetry.
Irene watches his performance, clearly enraptured.
Meanwhile, Rosemary is chatting with her baby brother. I’d intended a different path for Rosemary, but she’s taken so well to the mischief skill. She teases her brother about his face.
Adam doesn’t take it well. I haven’t successfully managed a sibling rivalry yet, and I think I might push these two towards that.
A glitch keeps me from actually greeting the neighbors, which is a shame. Irene and Eliza Pancakes might get along fairly well. Rosemary’s aspiration is social butterfly, so the family takes a trip to the local park to help her make some friends.
As usual, the kiddos run straight to the playground, but Rosemary stops short as she sees her first potential new friend.
She waves a hand in greeting, and gets stared down for her trouble.
Max Villareal doesn’t look like he wants to make friends. Everyone knows him as leader of the Renegades, the baddest club this side of Windenburg, and his paint splattered jeans and cool jacket suggest a kid not to be trifled with. Rosemary, happily, begins to trifle.
He doesn’t seem to mind having a new play partner. He’s also in the League of Adventurers, so maybe he’s just happy to play.
Irene takes Adam aside to teach him the basics of language. Unlike other toddlers, he doesn’t throw a tantrum once they start.
Roman enjoys a game of chess with another Windenburg native.
Irene does give Adam’s brain time to cool off and goes to check on her other child.
Did I say check on? She lurks beneath the bow of the pirate ship before bursting forth as the terrible, horrible…
Rosemary isn’t very amused by her mother’s antics. She says goodbye to Max and climbs down. It’s been a fairly successful trip to the park. New friends were made, adventures were had. But it’s getting late, and someone has to cook dinner.
That someone is Roman. As the official snob of the house, he’s voted in charge of family meals. Today he’s making a simple Mac’n’cheese, while nursing a headache. While Irene played with Rosemary, he gave some of his attention to Adam, who struggled a little more with his dad.
Irene walks into the kitchen to chat with husband. She enthuses about the park and their new friends, and he snaps at her as he leans down to stir the pasta.
Irene is less than amused.
An argument starts. Roman rolls his eyes as Irene snarks at him. He keeps stirring though. There’s hungry mouths to feed.
Oblivious to what’s going on downstairs, Rosemary is writing in her diary. She hesitates to write. Her emotional problems haven’t started yet, but it’s only a matter of time before the phases start.
Rosemary decides to write about her new friend Max. He seems so cool. He runs his own club and says funny things. She can’t wait to see him again.
Dinner is finally served, and it seems, at least in front of the kids, the argument is settled. Mac’n’cheese looks great, and Roman takes a seat between his two girls.
Rosemary recounts her day to her parents, though they don’t seem to be paying very much attention.
She watches as they chat together. Irene starts her new job tomorrow, and Roman wants to sit down and start writing. Rosemary doesn’t understand everything her parents say, but their excitement gets her excited for her own projects: her art.
Rosemary is an art lover at heart, and while she plans to befriend every person she can, she also wants to get a jump start on that creative skill. But it’s getting late, and Irene tells her to go take a bath while she reads Adam off to sleep. After the kids are off to sleep, she walks downstairs.
She gives Roman a miffed look as she finds him working downstairs. The argument from before is still on her mind, but he closes everything down and stands up to greet her.
He takes her hand in his and apologizes for snapping at her. Irene smiles.
Roman gives her a look, and Irene leans in and suggests they make their way upstairs.
Which sends a note of enthusiasm through them.
Day one is over, and no achievements were achieved, but I’m getting a feel for this family. Like I said, I created Rosemary with one achievement in mind, and now I think she’ll be going for the maxing out mischief before she reaches YA. We’ll see if we can knock some of the small ones out next time.