Granite Falls

My Sims need and deserve a small vacation – so that’s what Griffin was planning at the computer at the end of the last chapter.vacationtimew31

I want them to visit Granite Falls – because it’s more Winterfest-like than Selvadorado and because maybe Griffin can find some of those herbalism plants he needs to maximize his skill.

There’s no lodging I like – and honestly, I’m not even sure there’s a pre-made lodging that fit 6 Sims. I know for sure I’ll be needing to add stuff for EPIC no matter what so instead of using one of the lodges that came with Outdoor Living I place one of my own creations. You can read more about it and find a download link here: Birchen Lodge

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The place is not super big – in fact, it’s quite small and I can barely find enough vacant space to place the Winterfest Tree.

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The Forest Ranger stops by with some tips and info for the family.

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Hmm, well – no time to check up on that rumor about a hermit and the rivers are frozen so there’ll be no fishing either.

There is time for a game of horseshoe before bedtime.

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Well… it’s bedtime for the kids at least…

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During the night there’s a couple of updates from MCCC.

Tatum who had an affair with Cousin Brent’s son has married a guy named Tom Bheeda. I guess he’s one of those very tolerant guys who doesn’t mind that his new wife is pregnant with another Sim’s nooboo.

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Cousin Marcel and his new wife Aniyah are expecting.

The next morning it’s time to celebrate Winterfest – Yay!

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Griffin and the girls decorate the tree.

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Yasmin is making a Grand Meal – the breakfast option looks very yummy so that’s what they’re having.

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Time for a change of clothes and then Yasmin calls everyone to enjoy the meal.

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Aah! So cozy – everyone dressed in their finest clothes, enjoying the meal and the company of loved ones.. the fireplace is quietly crackling in the background.

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Aargh… Vegetarian Sims… could you please just skip the bacon and be happy instead of forcing the entire family to eat that nasty tofurky!!

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Too bad that you feel nauseous, Yasmin – I’m never serving tofurky ever again!

Sade try to cheer up her mother with a small gift.

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She seemed happy and the nauseous moodlet got buried under a lot of other positive moodlets so it’s all good.

EPIC also gets a special treat today.

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Yum – Marinated Sausage Link Chorizo!

It’s time for presents.
Griffin is not very happy about getting a lump of coal. Yasmin seems to think it’s quite amusing.

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Father Winter drops by too. He brings a lot of presents for the family. It’s a good thing that he has magical pockets where anything seems to fit into… the gift boxes must be magical too.

The family spends the afternoon having fun and relaxing – except Griffin who is sent out into the snow to look for plants…

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Goodbye Granite Falls – it’s been nice and oh so pretty!

Back at home, the snow has melted while the family was away.

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This makes it a bit easier to show off all the presents they got.
Two gaming mats, two different digital cameras,  and yet another microscope – again, they didn’t get the counter or the wall section but I needed a place to put the tea maker and the poster.

Griffin did find some unidentified plants in Granite Falls – though none of them were ready to harvest so he had to take cuttings so that he could graft it onto other plants when back home.

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Let’s use some of those Grow Fruits to fertilize these… Joshua and EPIC both seem quite fascinated with what’s going on.

GrandCousin Alissa has given birth to a girl.

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GrandCousin Aron’s son Art, GrandCousin Presley’s daughter Kristie and Cousin Jensen’s daughter Savannah have all celebrated their child birthday.

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