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Season: Spring
In this post: Amanda “Mindy” Schmidt, Sharon Crabtree, Mark Schmidt

Mindy felt silly, like a child, standing in the mirror practicing faces. She was no longer a little girl barely tall enough to reach her father’s belt buckle. She was now a teenager and if her friends could see her now the would tease her until the end of time.

Sighing, she tried again. Making her eyes as wide as possible, furrowing her brows and trying to make her smile appear nervous.

(154)

“Mindy! Breakfast is ready.” Sharon’s shout from the kitchen interrupted her posing.

Mindy stuck out her tongue at her reflection in the mirror. She acknowledge the fact that no matter how pathetic she managed to lock she was still in trouble. If the mail had not been so reliable and her report card had gotten lost maybe she would have been off the hook. But the chance the school would have not informed her family of her bad grades were probably slim to none.

Breakfast was a silent ordeal, meals had been since Thursday night when her mother had checked the mail. Mindy tried to keep her mind from wondering what kind of punishment was going to be dealt out to her.

Silence was never good. Right?

“Tyson and I are going to take the dogs to the vet.” Sharon’s announcement broke into her musing.

Mindy waited for the other shoe to drop.

“Your dad will stop by later to discuss your grades with you.”

Shit.

(155)

Mindy waited for her father’s arrival. The time seemed to move at a snails pace. So slowly, that she changed the batteries of her wall clock to hopefully speed it up. Only to realize the clock was fine, the batteries didn’t need to be changed.

She groaned out loud and sank to her bed. Silently, praying that this wasn’t going to be as bad as the knots in her stomach indicated.

“Amanda” Mark shouted from the front yard.

She didn’t hear any anger in his voice. Her body automatically did what it normally would do when her father announced his presence.

(156)

“Daddy!” Mindy could help keep the excitement from coming out in her voice. It didn’t matter to her why he was there or that she saw him at least twice a week or talked to him almost every night. Seeing him always excited her. Like when she was a child.

“Mindy.” Mark responded before pulling her into a hug.

(157)

It start off simple with a “Really, Amanda? D’s” and a disbelieving look on his face.

(158)

There was no screaming or shouting. No threat of eternal grounding. Just a stern lecture on the importance of education laced with a hint of disappointment.

Which was enough to make her wish that he had spanked her. She wanted to cry, to blame someone else for her failings but really it was her own fault.

(159)

“Your mother and I have talked about it. You’re going to summer school. We expect better from you from now on.”

(160)

“Really, honey. We know that you can do better.”

(161)

His response had been more positive than negative but why did she feel even worse than before?

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  • I love the fact that even teenage sims run out to great parents when they appear on the lot.  It is such a cute interaction.  I even have several adult sims that do it when their parents stop by, the biggest culprit is Dominique Keyes when her mom Victoria Hale comes over from a visit.
  • Amanda’s grades sucks.  Before I started playing Oasis Valley, my sim kids always had good grades.  But now they only do their homework when they roll the want and since Mindy almost never rolls the want her homework is backed up.
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Season: Spring
In this post: The Whole Schmidt Clan

“What do you think this family meeting is about?”

“Your guess is as good as mine, George.”  Mark answered.  He had been asking himself that all week.  Between running back and forth from Eaton to Oasis Valley to move Lucy’s stuff his week had been exhausting.  Then came his mother’s cryptic call about a family meeting.

(10-141)

“We never have family meetings.”  George voiced his thoughts.  “You don’t think this about Kay being knocked up?”

(10-142)

“What?”  Mark questioned, lining up his shot.  “You’re joking, right?”

“No.  I’m serious.”  George watched as Mark hit the que ball sending the yellow ball slowly towards it target hole.

(10-143)

“Did you tell mom?”  Not knowing what else to say to his little brother.

“Nope.  Not yet.  I  was waiting for the right time.  What do you think about me dropping the baby bomb at the meeting?  Maybe during dessert?”

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Robert told her not to worry and Ella tried but as she chopped and diced preparing the food for the family meeting she couldn’t help but feel a little guilty. No matter how hard they tried or how many hours they put in, Just Desserts seemed bound to fail.

Oasis Valley just didn’t have enough people to support a speciality business like a dessert only shop. It seemed that Robert and Susan had finally came to that conclusion also with her even having to voice her opinion.

(10-144)

She listened to the excited chatter that drifted through the open windows as her brother-in-laws and their girlfriends arrived.

She could hear them ask the question she had asked several times before “What’s this meeting about?”

Robert always answered the same way.  “Let’s wait until the family meeting.”

Her stomach gave a nervous flip.  This couldn’t be good.

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Susan was the last one to sit at the table.  Mentally noting the seating arrangement.  Her three sons opted to seat together, with Robert between George and Mark.  She and the other women, Ella, Kay and Lucy, sat on the other side.  Robert directly across from her.

She tried not to think about the empty chair and the fact that James and William should be seated at the table with them.  Or the fact that if William had been alive they would probably not be having a family meeting of this magnitude.

Instead, she tried to focus on the present.  Not the past and what should have been.  She tried to focus on the words coming out of Robert’s mouth as he update everyone on the family’s finances.

(10-145)

As Robert laid it all out on the table she could not help but think about how she had failed them all.  She doubted that Jennifer Crabtree would ever have this talk with her children.  Jennifer probably made sure that all their futures where financially secure.  Even if she had not agreed with their life choices.

As she listened to Robert tell his brothers that there was money left but not nearly enough.   that her baby, Just Dessert, was wasting away and that the house was eating up what little money there was left.  She could only sit there in silence like the rest of them.

She wanted to tell herself that if William had lived everything would have been different but that was a lie.  Neither one of them knew how to properly manage money.  When they had won the lotto the first thing they did was quit their jobs and brought a big house, followed by putting their children in private school.  Instead of investing, planning and saving.

Robert’s voice stopped, causing her to look up and throw him a reassuring smile.

(10-147)

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Robert patiently waited while the others gathered their thoughts.  He knew there would be a lot of questions.  He would answer as best he could but most of it would depend on chance.

“What does that all mean?” Mark was the first to ask.

“Basically that there is a way to salvage things.”  He answered.

(10-148)

“After much research and talking to a few people.  I have come up with a plan.  The lotto money wasn’t invested properly at the start.  First thing is to put what is left to good use in a high interest bank account.  The interest from that alone should be enough to cover the upkeep of this house.”

He had spent hours, days and week on his plan.  Confident that it would work.  If he could get them to agree to it.

(10-149)

He continued. “Just Desserts, needs to be restructured.  I was thinking of making it speciality restaurant.  That way we could focus on one thing.  It would draw more people and we’d make more money by charging for servings.  Right now people, even tourist, are buying the pies and leaving.  Mom’s spending way to many hours baking to keep up with what little demand there is.”

Susan nodded her head in agreement.

(10-150)

“We probably won’t reap the rewards, but our children should.  When they are older.”

” So, little Georgie should be able to go to college?”

Georges question threw everyone off.  Until Kay gave a shocked gasp and scold him.  “This isn’t the time to make that announcement.”

(10-151)

Robert let the new permeate his brain.  His little brother was going to be a father.

He finally said.  “Hopefully at the very least.  Little Georgie will at least be able to put a down payment on a house.  All the child will have a trust fund and money will be added periodically.  You have the option to add to your kids funds, also.  The house and business will be included.  It’ll be passed down from Schmidt to Schmidt.  The residents will  be in charge of the trust funds.  Apparently, that how all the rich people do it.”

He waited for someone to object.  When no one did he pushed back his chair signalling the end of the meeting.

Everyone followed his lead, the women crowding around George and Kay excited about the prospect of a new baby.

Mark caught up with him in the kitchen.  “I’m so happy I’m not the oldest.”  He joked before pulling him into a hug.  “Do what you think is best.  I’m behind you 100 percent”

(10-153)

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  • The Schmidts have not been to good about handling their money.  My initial plan was for Just Desserts to make the bulk of the income and for Susan and Robert to run it.  But I fell asleep on night playing the lot and lets just say things did not turn out well.  Just Desserts has yet to recover.
  • I am really excited about George and Kaye having a baby.  George is the last of the Schmidt boys to have a child.  Since, George is a Pleasure sim and Kaye is Romance,  I don’t think they will be having a boat load of children.
  • While the family was having the meeting Mindy was babysitting her little cousins.

OT-10

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The Next Move

Season: Spring
In this post: Mark Schmidt, Susan Schmidt, Amanda Schmidt, Lucy (?)

Mark sunk down as deep as he could into the hot bubbly bath.  He wasn’t normally a bubbles type of guy but he knew before even getting out of bed that he would need it. Lucy had said that bubble baths always help her relax, prepared her for the day.  Today would be difficult for him.

He sunk down further into the tub and rested his head against the back.

Mark  decided to walk over to Just desserts and start with the easiest person on his list, his mother.  The fresh spring air, the smell of the trees and blooming flowers reinforced the idea that moving back to Oasis Valley had been a great idea.  The congestion and noise in Eaton made it hard to just simply enjoy nature.

Walking into Just Desserts he found Susan, his mother, standing over the kitchen sink, head down and shoulders slumped.

“Hey, mom.” He said.

He could tell that he startled her when she jumped a little before turning around. “Mark, surprised to see you here.”

“Yeah.  Decided to stop by and see how things are.”

“Slow”

“I can tell.  You look like you could use a rest, let’s have a seat.”

They sat and talked about everything and anything.  The business, his job, the children.  Then she turned the conversation to his relationship with Lucy.

She was digging, politely asking him about the status of their relationship.

“Lucy is moving in.”  He stated simply.

“Ohhh… Moving in?”  Susan sounded slightly disappointed.

“Hoping for more?”

“Ummmm…”

“Not yet.  Moving in seems to be the next logical step.  After that…”  Mark throw up his hands and shrugged his shoulders.

“You take your time.  No hurries.”  She smiled and patted his hands.

They stood and he prepared to leave.

“See you at the dinner next week, Mom.”

Telling his mother had been the easy part.  He wondered if he should have left the bubble bath for later, closer to the dinner time.  Cooking wasn’t doing anything to calm, it was making him even more nervous about telling Mindy about Lucy moving in.  With all the things changing over at her mother house, he didn’t know how she would take him announcing that Lucy was moving in.

The smell of pork chops burning drew his attention back to task at hand.

The kitchen was way to small for the three of them to sit together.  He took his customary seat in the living room allowing Lucy and Mindy talked at the table.  He took the opportunity to listen to them.  They seemed to get along.  He was just hoping that the relationship that they had formed would be enough and that Mindy would not freak out when he delivered the news.

They were seated playing a heated game of SX3 when he blurted out “Lucy is moving in.”

Neither Lucy or Mindy stopped playing for a minute he thought he hadn’t spoken the word out loud.

“Okay.”  Mindy said simply.

That had been much easier than he had expected.

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  • It seems that both Sharon and Mark decided it was time to move on with their lives and enter into serious relationships.  I feared that they would never find someone who they were compatible with but they did.  

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Season: Winter
In this post: Jennifer Crabtree, Sharon Crabtree, Tyson Dawn, Mindy Schmidt, Jason Wilson, Chris Merrick, Josh Merrick

Things in Mindy life were moving at warp speed.  Everything seemed to be happening to fast, changing without notice or her consideration.  The only thing that she knew for certain was that the adults in her life were going crazy.  That was the only explanation, the only reason that her mother would all the sudden announce that Tyson was moving in.

The only one that seemed to think that craziness was the only reasonable explanation for her mothers actions was her.  None of her closest friends seemed to agree.

“Well, how else do you explain it?”

“It’s simple, Amanda.” Jason was the only person that called her by her full name.  Everyone called her Mindy expect when she was in trouble.  Jason was the only other person that insisted on calling her by her full name, he called everyone by their full name.   Sometimes, she had a hard time telling when he was being condescending.

Maybe he just had a major personality flaw, which is was what Chris suggested.  That Jason had a problem relating with people his own age.

“She’s in love.  She wants to move forward with her life.  You didn’t really believe that your mother would pine for your dad forever?  Did you?”

“You know, Mr. Smarty Pants.  Sometimes you can be a real ass.” Chris said not giving Mindy a chance to respond.

“What?”  Jason sounded confused.  Mindy could tell by the look on his face that he was searching for the reason that anyone would be offended by what he had said.

“Not everyone has a television family like yours, Jason.”  Josh snapped.

“I’m only stating the truth.  Statistically speaking, couple who become parents while teens don’t make it.  It’s almost inevitable that they would break up.  Add in a kid and the odd that they will stay together after 5 years is almost null.”

The sound of Jason’s alarm going off interrupted any further conversation.  It was their warning that the school bus with the little kids should be showing up in about 10 minutes.  That it was time to put on her babysitting hat and watch her cousins Becky and Danny.  It was now her job to watch them every Tuesday and Thursday while their mother helped out at Just Desserts.

Mindy watched from the boys make their way home on foot from the bottom of  front steps of her porch.  She sat quietly and waited for the bus.  Tapping her feet and trying not to think about the fact the in less than one week Tyson was going to move in.  That in less than five days she would have to get use to not only sharing her house but also her mother with another person.  She never realized how accustomed she had gotten to it being just the two of them.  Adding a third person into their space just seemed unnatural.

The sound of the bus pulling up jolted her out of her musing.   She jumped up from her spot on the step and made her way to the bus to greet the twins.

Danny award her effort by running pass her barely mumbling a barely audible  “Hi.”

Becky followed him at a normal pace stopping to reach out for a hug.

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“Are you nervous?”

“Nervous about what?”  Mindy answered, they had been silent at the table all night.  Not a word passing between them.

Sharon had been cleaning the house nonstop, clearing invisible spider webs from the corners.  Lamenting the fact that there furniture was not of better quality even though it had served their purpose well for years.

Mindy wondered if her mother was more worried about what the matriarch of the family, Jennifer, than about Tyson.  Tyson had seen the house a couple of times before and still wanted to move it.    She had a feeling that her mother was more nervous about what her grandmother would say about Tyson than what Tyson would say about the house.

And since she can’t fix Tyson, she is fixating on the house.

“Mom, you have done everything that you can.  Grandmother is going to love Tyson and she is has been her plenty of times.

“Not nervous about lunch with Mom.  About Tyson moving in?”

“Oh.”  Mindy tried to come up with something to say that would be reassuring for the both of them.  “No.”

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Jennifer pulled Mindy into a tight hug, holding her close she whispered low enough only for her to hear, “Don’t worry.  You can always come stay with us.  I don’t know that silly child of mine is thinking.”

Mindy cringed.  The glance that Tyson throw in their direction indicated that he had heard what Jennifer had said.  Not that Jennifer cared, she had not made any effort to lower her voice.

“You know sometime, Sharon.  I really worry about you.  You barely know this guy.”

“Mother, really.  We’ve been together for two years.  If I don’t know him by now then I’ll never know him.

Jennifer started to speak but Sharon cut her off again.  “I’m a big girl, Mother.  I know what I’m doing.  Have a little faith in me.”

Jennifer couldn’t help but worry about Sharon.  Sharon had always been her most impulsive child, running off  on a whim to do whatever caught her attention.  Jennifer was convinced that was how Sharon ended up with Mark Schmidt.  His bad boy appearance and sad eyes drew her attention.  Sharon got carried away.  So, far away that she shocked her parents when she announced she was pregnant.

Now years later she finds herself sitting across from Sharon’s new boyfriend, she couldn’t make herself believe that impulsive child was now a responsible women. Sure Tyson’s travel stories were exciting but was he ready to take care of her daughter and granddaughter?

“I wish you would think about this more, Sharon.”

“Mother.  He is moving in.  It’s already settled.  For once, can you have a little faith in me?”

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  • I had so much fun editing this one. Before editing it I thought that it was missing something.  Hopefully, whatever was missing has been found.  
  • Sharon is finally moving on.  I was trying to wait for her to roll the want to marry Tyson.  She hasn’t rolled it yet but based on her personality I thought him moving in would be prefect.  Maybe marriage will come next.
  • Mindy doesn’t have the much longer in the teen stage, but there is a lot going on with both sides of her family at the moment.  So far, she is holding up well.  Hopefully, she can keep it up?

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Season: Summer
In this post: Jennifer Crabtree, Ruth Crabtree-Carr, Holly Green, Sharon Crabtree, Randy London, Peggy Crabtree, Mindy Schmidt

Staring down at his pancakes, Robert tried to convince himself that things weren’t  as bad as they appeared. Yes, the family finances were a mess, and some very hard decisions had to be made. Things could be worse they weren’t completely destitute, still this talk was one he never thought he would have to have.

“What’s wrong, Rob?” Ella was the only person that shorten his name.

He looked at her, chewing the inside of his cheek, trying to decide the best approach.  “We can’t afford to send the kids to Pennington in September. Well we can afford it, but if we sent them to Pennington we might not be able to afford to send any of them to college.”  there he said it and it sounded harsh to his own ears.

Ellas eyebrows drew together, her eyes questioned him.

“The store isn’t doing well at all.  I always knew it wasn’t bringing in tons of money.  I never knew how little until Mom got sick and I had to do the books.  The story doesn’t even cover our daily living expenses.”

Ella didn’t argue, she nobbed and silently chewed her food.

“This isn’t something I want to do, El.”  He paused and swrilled his fork in the thick syrup on top of his pancakes.  “My brothers and I went to Pennington.  I wanted my children to go there, too.  We just can’t afford it.  The money that is left is hefty but not enough.  Not enough for Pennington, college, and our retirment.”

“I understand”  He expected her to say more, wanted her to say more.  She didn’t, she just rose from the table and started clearing the plates.

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The fight Robert predicted would happen once the times learned they were not going to Pennington, never happen.  Danny and Becky seemed excited about heading to Eaton Elementry in the fall.  Credit for that lay in the fact that the kids attended a summer camp and all the new kids they met would be going to Eaton Elemementy once the summer was over.  Including Beckys new best friend, Tiffany Keyes.

None of Danny’s friends lived in Oasis Valley, which meant that he found himself playing with Becky and Tiffany more than he wanted to.

He thought Tiffany was a brat.  She rubbed it in when she won games.

Becky thought he was jealous and being a spoiled sport.

“No, Becky.  You really shouldn’t hang out with Tiffany once we start school.  She’s mean.  No one will want to be your friend if your friends with her.

“Your mad that you got beat by a girl.”  Becky taunted.

“No, I’m not and she cheated.”

“Right”  Becky said rolling her eyes.

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While Danny and Becky spent the summer making new friends.  Robert and Susan spent the summer trying to save the business.  Some days they were there from sun up until sun down.  Some days Robert questioned if their effort was worth it.  Like on those days when customers questioned if the ingredients for the sweets were organic, were the fruits used to make them locally grown.

It was hard running the business with just the two of them.  Robert thought of hiring a nanny to watch Joey and Justin.  While Ella helpped out a few days a week.  Again that was a expense they couldn’t really afford.  That left ella at home watching Joe and Justin.

And waiting for the bus to drop off Danny and Becky.

One or two days out of the week Mindy would come over and watch the kids while Ella helped in the store.

There had been talk of having Mindy help out at the store but she was to young to get a work permit.  Instead, she enrolled in a art program and sometimes chipped in either watching their kids or watching her cousins across the street.  Robert loved when Mindy watched the kids, they loved her and would even clean if she asked them, too.  Which shocked him since he could never get them to clean without a fight

Robert just wanted things simpler.  He wanted to be able to close the spreadsheets and accounting books early enough to read his kids a bedtime story.

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  • The Schmidt’s are not broke by any stretch of the imagination.  They have over 100,000 simoleans in their household account.  But Just Deserts is bring in less than 200 per day and their bills are like 800 simoleans each time.  Add to the gardener, repairman (when needed), taxes, college funds, etc.  The money will not last long.  I am sure when Susan dies she is going to want to the money split in between each of her boys, which would be like 33,000 each.  Robert and Ella will have very little in which to raise four kids with.  Private school also cost 2,000 each kid per year.
  • The rest is Schmidt kiddies pic spam.

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Welcome Back

Season: Summer
In this post: Mark Schmidt, Mindy Schmidt, Lucy Hanby, Robert Schmidt, Becky Schmidt.  (Mark whole family was present but no pictures)

Mark Schmidt had been nervous about moving back to Oasis Valley.  For years he had been in the military following orders.  Never had he lived alone or been truly independent, he hoped his decision to move back and finding an apartment had been the right one.

He was even more unsure after Sharon’s lukewarm welcome at Mindy’s birthday party.  Mark hadn’t expected her to be overjoyed by his presence but he had thought that enough time had passed since the breakup that now they could at least be friends.

Any doubt about the move had disappeared when he saw Mindy, waiting outside for him when his taxi pulled up.

The waited inside for the truck with his funiture to arrive.  They sat on the floor and talked until his stomach let out a loud growl.

Mindy jumped up from the floor. “I’ll make us sandwhiches.  Mon and I brought you groceries.”

Mark had thought about buying food.  Normally he would get takeout, eat in a resturant, or in the dining hall.  He couldn’t remember the last time he cooked for himself.

He got up to keep Mindy with the sandwhiches only to find her swinging from the fridge door.

They sat down to eat their lunch meat sandwhiches in silence.  Mark use the time to reflect on all the moments he had lose while away.  Maybe Sharon was regretting his return because it would mean that he would take some of the time she spent with Mindy.

“What do you think, dad”?

“Thinking about what?”

“A house warming.  Nothing fancy, just family.”

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Lucy was another reason he left the military.  She had made it clear that she wanted something stable and in her book military men were many things but none of them were stable.

Mark watched her face and noted the tired look in her eyes.  He couldn’t imagine what it must feel like to be someone’s maid.  He had grown up with a maid and never thought about how hard it must be t oclean up after other’s, until he met her and listened to her horror stories.

He was happy that they were seated quickly and the menus were shoved into their hands.

“A BBQ in the Winter?”

“It’s barely cold out, yet.  Besides, I’m not having much luck with the stove.”

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Mark didn’t end up having that much luck with the new BBQ grill he purchesed just for the house warming.

His family was nice enough not to comment on the fact that he manage to burn both the meat and the buns.

That was until later that night.

“Next time dad leave the grilling to uncle Robert.”

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Moving On

Season: Fall
In this post: Sharon Crabtree, Robert Schmidt, Mark Schmidt, Mindy Schmidt, Becky Schmidt, Danny Schmidt, Scout

Sharon was excited after her talk with Tyson to start the process of opening up her own Animal Rescue.  She had immediately started doing her homework, trying to find out what permits were required and if she needed special training.  She found out that since Oasis Valley was unincorporated she could pretty much do as she pleased, there were no laws governing the owning of animal shelters.  Doubt began to set in as she drew up list of all the things that she would need to shelter five stray dogs.  Sharon was worried that if she brought all the items, took in dogs and later found out she couldn’t take care of them.  What if she failed?  She couldn’t tolerate the idea of looking like a failure in her families eyes, yet again.

Sharon pushed her plans to the side.  Instead of five dogs, she befriended a little stray she named Scout and started small.  She didn’t tell her mother or sisters what she was doing.  Scout would be her test dog.  If things worked well with him she would add another.

When she wasn’t working or training Scout, she tried to keep busy by occupying her mind studying witchcraft.  Whenever she had free time she would find herself comparing her life with her sisters.  Ruth was happily married to a successful business man about to have her second kid,  Peggy was living the life on her way to becoming a top lawyer.  Compared to them her life was lacking, a struggling single mother working at her mom’s grocery store as a cashier with hopes of opening her own animal shelter.

As Mindy talked about her impending birthday between bites of cereal.  Sharon realized that in a few short years, she would be all alone.  Mindy would most likely go off to college, leaving the house empty.    What would happen to her?  With Mindy gone would it be just her, Scout and her Book of Shadows?

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Sharon had been worried that Mindy would have wanted to have a big party, but when the girl said that she just wanted a get together with family she was relieved.  Since, Mindy’s birthday fell on a school night, Sharon used it as a reason just to invite Becky and Danny, Robert’s kids.  When her mom called and complain she just said “Mindy has school big test the next morning and with too many people in the house she won’t get to sleep in enough time.   We’ll stop by on the weekend and celebrate at your place.”

When Robert dropped Mindy off the night before her birthday she asked him what time he would bring Becky and Danny by.

“Oh, I’m not bring them, Mark is.”  He didn’t look up from the game of Red Hands he was playing with Mindy, otherwise he would have seen her frown.

She hadn’t seen Mark in years.  He never came to Oasis Valley, instead when he was in the area, Robert or Susan would take Mindy to see him.  That had been fine by her, it gave her enough time to get over the disappointment she had felt when he broke it off with her.  She was sure she was over him in fact she was sure that she had never been truly in love with.  Yet, she did not know how she would handle seeing him again.  Sharon hoped that she would be able to at least be polite to him.

When Mark arrived at the house they greeted each other with awkward smiles.  If it wasn’t for the curious stares of Becky and Danny they might have just stood outside looking at each other all night.  Waiting for the other one to make the first move.

Sharon didn’t have to worry about providing entertainment to Mark.  Mindy quickly showed him the house and then kept him busy looking at all stuff in her room.  Danny followed them,  Sharon could him them laughing and joking from the living room.

She and Becky stayed up front.  Her old violin was one of Becky’s favorite objects to play whenever she came by the house.  Sharon gave the little blond girl pointers on how to hold her hands and work the strings.  Looking at her she remember how she use to love to play the instrument,  it had helped her through some rough times.  She use to even use it to signal Mark that her parents were sleeping when they were teenagers.

Now she hardly gave the thing a second glance.  It collected dust in the corner.

Sharon was just happy when gathered them all in the living room to watch Mindy blow out the candles.  She got tired of hearing Danny, Mindy, and Mark talking about all the places he had seen and listening to them asking him questions as the looked at pictures of monuments on the internet. The deed was finally done and Mindy was officially a teenager, Sharon decided that allowing Mark to celebrate this moment was worth it.  Mindy’s smile was just too big for her to regret it and she felt herself starting to smile too.

She had to force herself to continue to smile when she heard Mindy tell Mark as they were saying their goodbyes, “I’m so happy that you are moving back to Oasis Valley, daddy.”

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  • I haven’t figured out how Sharon’s Animal Shelter is going to work, yet.  So, for now I am having her train Scout and using him for extra cash by finding him a job.  In the future I envision that Sharon will adopt the strays (because I hate the stray pets digging up the yards) and then sell them to playable Sims, later.
  • As you can see Mark is moving back to Oasis Valley.  He will go on the semi-playable list.  But I think we will be hearing a lot from him since Mindy is one of my favorite Sims.
  • I don’t know if I announced it in the Crabtree update last time (I’m to lazy to look) Ruth Crabtree-Carr and Joe Carr are expecting their second child.

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