Maple City Makeover!

Posted On December 31, 2010

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So I’ve been redoing and editing some of the downtown lots (ahem I mean “Maple City”) the ones that Maxis sloppily threw together  made. I wanted to share with you guys some of the new lots! I’ve been meaning to do this project for quite some time, and I am very excited to finally do it!

So first up is Bernard’s Botanical Dining, which got a new exterior and roof.

I really think this works so much better!

Fresh Rush Grocery didn’t get any changes except I removed that awkward restaurant and put in an Apartment Life instant diner.

Oresha Family Dining was my favorite, and I gave it a complete overhaul. I put a flat roof on it so it’s more urban and put new doors and pavement. I gave the playground some life too.

The little myshuno area got turned into a place for local bands and budding musicians to play.

And this is the new dining room:

I even redid that little waiting area since it was so cheap looking.

And the last mega thing was my brand new project…

Maple City International Airport!

It started out as this lot at MTS2, but the only thing that remains now is some of the furniture and the layout. The rest was made over.

First is the ticket counters, which spans half of the first floor.

The cafe is here too, but I left it alone other then some minor decorations and carpet changes. Still tacky, lol!

Upstairs has a large waiting room…


And my favorite, the luggage return! I built it myself, haha!

The luggage return also has some nice waiting areas too. The actual luggage can be downloaded here.

The back of the building is where plans take off…

And come in.

So now all of my sims have a place to pick up and drop off their loved ones before trips! Yay! I’m planning to have Dawn Gothier pick up her parents Becca and Bruce from their two year stay in Takimizu from the airport.

Happy New Year!!!



Posted On December 24, 2010

Filed under abbley, birthday, karlington

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May, Round 2 – mini update {featuring Gretchen Abbley (29), Carmen Karlington (29), Amador Karlington (1 week), Lance Karlington (1 week), as well as Kennedy Cox.}

Gretchen sang a soft lullaby to Lance as she cuddled him in the kitchen. Although the babies had only been home for a few days, Gretchen was already mightily attached.

Carmen burst in with her usual subtly and dragged them into the living room. “Jeez, Gretchen. Keep it down otherwise you’ll wake up Amador. I finally managed to get him down for a nap.”

“It’s not my fault we don’t have a third bedroom and had to stuff both cribs in the bedroom. perhaps if you-” Gretchen began.

“Yeah, I’ve been meaning to speak to you about that. I think it’s a bit selfish of you to not give up your bedroom to the boys.” Carmen chided.

Gretchen looked up at her room mate incredulously. “Are you joking?”

Carmen ignored her and made faces at the baby.

“There is something seriously wrong with you.” Gretchen shook her head while placing Lance in his crib. “Anyway, if I could keep your attention for five minutes, there is a favor I’d like to ask you.”

“Ooh, what?”

“I’m going on a date this afternoon, and I was wondering if… well, if…” Gretchen paused in embarrassment. “If you’d help me get ready.”

“Someone wants to date you?” Carmen blurted, and then faltered at the reproachful look on Gretchen’s face. “Sorry. Sorry, it just slipped out – yes, of course I’ll do your make up and hair and pick out an outfit, ’cause god know you don’t know what looks good.”

So that was how they ended up in front of Carmen’s pink wardrobe while Carmen scanned the contents.

“This dress will be perfect, not to formal, airy and light. Perfect for spring. Go ahead, take it!”

As soon as she was dressed, Gretchen looked up at her, grinning sheepishly. As a girl who didn’t normally care for these things, she was having far too much fun to stop now.

“You look great. You’re really beautiful you know.” Carmen said genuinely. “And I know just what to do with that tangled nightmare you call hair.”

As soon as she was finished, she turned her toward the mirror. “See, what did I say? Beautiful. And I kept the glasses on so at least you keep a little bit of yourself.”

Gretchen really couldn’t keep the grin off her face this time.

* * * *

Gretchen met Kennedy outside the Shuhardt Theater in Maple City for the matinée.

They had a somewhat awkward greeting, but Kennedy’s charm managed to steer things in the right direction as he brought her to the lounge for some conversation before the show.

They got to know one another pretty well in the half hour, and since they had already covered all of the basics during Kennedy’s hospitalizations, they spend the time regaling each other with stories from their childhoods.

All too soon it was time to start the show, and as they took their seats, Gretchen grinned at her date. It had been years since her first (and only) disastrous date, and she was thrilled that this one was turning out to be anything but.

The show was wonderful – it had received rave reviews, and the leading actors awards – and the crowd was perfect, gasping, crying, and applauding at all of the right moments. When the couple on stage finally reunited with each other, Gretchen’s face grew solemn.

She wanted that.

Afterward, they milled about the lobby, Kennedy spilling about how much he enjoyed the show, and her company.

And before she knew it he was leaning in…

and finally, giving her the perfect kiss, one she felt like she’d been waiting her whole life for.

It was a magical afternoon for Gretchen Abbley.

* * * *

They returned to her home shortly after, both giggling with glee as Gretchen unlocked the door. As soon as they stepped inside, they heard a loud snore come from the couch.

“Aw, look at them!” Gretchen whispered. “So cute!”

Indeed there was no other word for it. Napping peacefully on the couch was Carmen, joined by her two newborn babies.

“Oh wow, I didn’t realize you were still living with Carmen. Is she looking for a new place or something?” Kennedy asked delicately.

“Huh?  Oh no, they’re going to stay here in my house. Carmen doesn’t know the father, and needs as much help as she can get.”

“But isn’t that an enormous responsibility? And inconvenience?” he eyed the two secondhand cribs, jammed into the small space. “I mean, this place barely fits the two of you.”

Gretchen took a while to answer. “I can’t kick her out. She’s my room mate.”

“You say that as if it means something.” Kennedy whispered angrily. “You’re not related to her, or indebted – you don’t owe Carmen anything.”

“Kennedy, where is this coming from?”

“I’ve known you for about a year now, and I saw you at the hospital. The number of times she came in, begging for money, or help – asking for ridiculous favors – not to mention how she nearly drove you bankrupt, with all the money she spent on the salon. You used to cry right outside my room. Gretchen, I think she’s using you. And I don’t like to see a girl I like very much be taken advantage of.” He crossed his arms in a final sort of way.

She looked at him tenderly. “I’m no fool, Kennedy. I’m a grown woman, and I’m not some nerdy girl desperate to be liked by the popular one. I’m a nurse who has been taking classes so I can hopefully become a surgical intern, and eventually a resident. When I bought this two bedroom house, yes, I assumed that I would rent out a room and have a normal business arrangement. But it’s become so much more than that. She’s my best friend. I know you don’t see it. but she does so much for me – little things, here and there yes, but she’s fiercely loyal and adds a little craziness to my life. Basically, at this point, we need each other.”

Kennedy whistled. “Wow, I knew you were pretty, and smart, and kind, but I had no idea just how lovely of a person you really are.”

Gretchen shrugged. “I try. I really do try. Now come on, you should get settled in while I see what I can whip up in the kitchen.”

* * * *

I know these two girls have been getting an awful lot of story time lately, but I really know where there story is going and it needs to be told. But after this, they should be quiet for a little while.

I’m happy to finally give Gretchen some peace and happiness! Kennedy always liked her, and I couldn’t have picked more of a gentleman for our reserved Gretchen.

And since I can’t think of a logical place to put this, we had a birthday recently here at Kayton Times:

Candice Engebretsen (remember her? No, I’m sure, it’s been ages since her last update, I’m so slow) finally turned sixty, and became an elder.

I downloaded a hot granny outfit for her since she was always a little vixen.

Thanks for reading! And a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

No One Exactly Like This

Posted On December 14, 2010

Filed under abbley, behind the scenes, birth, harris, karlington

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April, Round 2 – mini update – births! { featuring Carmen Karlington (29), Gretchen Abbley (29), Remy Harris (30), Lauren Brie Harris (30), as well as Kennedy Cox. }

“Gosh, Carmen! That’s a lot of cake.” Gretchen said to her very pregnant roommate, Carmen.

Carmen sat up, her mouth stuffed. She simply glared at her and continued until she had demolished nearly the entire cake.

“Don’t judge me Gretchen.” she finally said, rising to grad another slice. “Unless you want me to say something about your cottage cheese th-“

“Okay! Okay!” Gretchen hastily jumped in.

“And while I’m at it-” suddenly Carmen faltered mid insult. “Oh wow. Ow!”

Carmen began to jump around in pain.

“It’s here! The baby! No!”

Gretchen clutched her heart, feeling quite faint herself.

* * * *

Similar events were occurring at the Harris household as Remy cleaned up breakfast. Lauren Brie had doubled up in pain, and before they knew it, she was in full on labor.

“Hospital, now!” Remy commanded, leading his frantic wife out the door.

* * * *

Remy and Gretchen had never really known much about each other until that afternoon, when they spent two hours together waiting for news.

Finally, after what had seemed like an eternity, Nurse Carver arrived. “Mr. Harris! It’s a girl! You have a beautiful baby girl!”

Remy sprang to his feet. “I do?” he said, almost in disbelief. “I do!” He quickly followed the nurse down the hallway to the nursery.

“She’s gorgeous! Have you decided on a name?” she said excitedly, bouncing from foot to foot. “Here she is!” she handed Remy his first, precious child.

“Wow.” He held her in his arms, his fingers shaking, emotion rushing through his body. “We decided on Theresa, if it’s a girl.” he told Nurse Carver. “So I guess that makes you Theresa!”

“She’s such a miracle!” Nurse Carver squealed, beaming at father and daughter.

Remy turned to the bubbly young woman. “You know,” he said thoughtfully, “You do this every day. How are you so excited?”

Nurse Carver stopped bouncing. “Well,” she answered just as thoughtfully, “It’s truly a different experience each time.” she pointed to baby Theresa. “I just have to remind myself there’s no one exactly like this.”

* * * *

Gretchen had been sitting by herself for quite a while longer when a familiar voice called out her name.


She looked up to find one of her patients, Kennedy Cox, standing beside her. Gretchen went red.

“Kennedy! What are you doing here?”

He looked at her amusedly. “Well I’ve only been a patient here for the last six months, you know. Recovering from a brain tumor. Nothing too serious.”

Gretchen admired his humor and enthusiasm. Kennedy had been her patient for months now. He came to the hospital complaining of frequent headaches, and after several tests, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Luckily, he managed to receive the very best treatments and was finally in remission. Through the whole thing he retained his charismatic charm and wit.

And Gretchen loved the way his eyes twinkled every time he told a joke.

Or perhaps she just loved him.

“Oh, I er… I mean why are you in the maternity ward of the pediatric floor?” Gretchen said, flustered.

“I came for some tests and saw you arrive. When the tests were done I asked where you might be and a nurse said in the maternity ward! So here I am!”

“Oh… okay.” Gretchen kicked herself inwardly for her awkwardness.

“Anyway, I’m tumor free!”

“Oh my gosh.. that’s wonderful! Wonderful!” Gretchen croaked.

“You’ve been a fantastic nurse, and as a thank you, I was wondering if you’d like to come out with me tomorrow night? I have two tickets to see a show at the Shuhardt Theater!” Kennedy asked.

At that exact moment, Nurse Carver screeched to a halt in front of them, clutching her side. “Miss Abbley! Sorry about the wait, but Carmen had twins! Twin boys! Isn’t that just the greatest?”

Kennedy looked at her quizzically.

“My roommate.” Gretchen said in a faraway voice. She was reeling with shock and horror over Nurse Carver’s news. Carmen had given birth to twins. Carmen, who couldn’t support or take care of herself, had brought not one, but two new lives into the planet.

“Oh. So anyway,what do you say?”

Gretchen shook off her displeasure and absolute terror and managed a weak smile. “I’d love to. I’d absolutely love to.

And even though she’d just been dealt what was possibly the worst news she could have ever heard, Gretchen couldn’t help but grin.

She was going on a date! Yippee.

* * * *

Oh no. No no no no no. This was a terrible shock. They cannot afford this! And you know Carmen, she can’t keep a plant alive. I’m more terrified for Gretchen than anyone else, since I think this is all going to fall on her.

Most of the birth updates won’t be this extensive, but I felt that there was a story here. And then Kennedy came over to talk to Gretchen, and she’s had a crush on him forever, and since I am about to put her through hell, I figured I might give her some happiness.

next update is going to be Gretchen and Kennedy’s date! Do you remember when they met? Way back at the beginning of last round!

thanks for reading, and please welcome Theresa Harris to Kayton!

And Carmen’s boys, Amador and Lance. I gave one of them a spanish name since both Checo and Carmen are hispanic. Amador means “lover” in spanish, lol! And here’s a bunch more picspam!

Three new babies, woohoo!

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