Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Welcome to more MonkeeSims. There are going to be some fairly significant changes made to the MonkeeSims world before too long here. I bought several expansions, including Unleashed, Livin' Large, and Hot Date, and will be installing them in a while here. However, before that happens, we're undergoing a lengthy process of removing user objects that we aren't using at the moment and putting them elsewhere, and reinstalling everything from the top.

I'm not sure which of the existing families featured here will be making the "move" to the new MonkeeSim world, but I'd like to see a few of them reap the benefits of the expanded world (with the increased neighborhood size of Unleashed, having those "extra" houses around won't be too much of an inconvenience). For the time being, though, I've got a couple days worth of posts I can do with the most recent pics from the original neighborhood. Let's get to them, shall we?

It's been a while since the Wilsons took a vacation (at least 11 posts ago), and since Mia Kay hasn't gotten to go anywhere outside the house but school since she was born, it seems only fair she should get a chance to experience something new (like actually getting to meet other children). And so, it was decided that the family would head off to one of the pristine snow resorts they'd visited briefly before. Most of their vacations involved the wooded campgrounds or the beach, where they were pestered by the costumed entertainers, but the snow resort visits hadn't been sullied by any such annoyance yet.

Well, the shuttle dropped the family off at one of the resorts (I never read the names, so I couldn't tell you which one), and off they went. Well, most of them went off. Before she ventured into the unknown, Mia Kay decided to pump her mom, Julie, for some info about the place.

Image hosting by PhotobucketJulie: "No, I don't think you'll see an octopus anywhere around here."

Funny...I thought an octopus had eight arms, but that one has three. Wouldn't that be a "triopus" or something like that? Anyway, the family took advantage of the resorts accommodations by heading to the cramped indoor game room and standing around playing/watching video games. They spend $500 to visit a snow resort with various outdoor attractions, and the first thing they do is waste a bunch of time with video games that they have at home. That makes a lot of sense.

Image hosting by PhotobucketJulie is more fascinated with the weird dude with the mohawk and piercings than anything else.

Well, the family played some carnival games, won very few tickets, bought Mia Kay a more "hip" snow suit to replace that awful Eskimo looking one she had before, then decided it was time to eat. As usual, J.D. did the cooking, and grilled some burgers. Someone suggested they should go boating next, but due to Marty's observation that there was no water nearby, the idea was quickly shot down. Mia Kay noticed that there was a big furry monkey looking thing dancing around and making weird gestures at her, but nobody seemed to notice or care. Funny - they teach her to look out for strangers, but don't seem the least bit concerned about the giant sasquatch thing that won't leave her alone. Talk about mixed messages.

Image hosting by PhotobucketMia Kay: "Maybe if I just ignore it, it will go away!"

Remember that odd looking dude that Julie was so fascinated with before? The guy with the blue mohawk and all the piercings? Well, him and his wife (or significant other or whoever the heck it was he showed up with) got together and were chatting, and I noticed instantly that she was just as odd looking as he was. She didn't have a mohawk, but she did have what looked like a tall swirl of orange soft-serve sherbet where her hair was supposed to be. Who needs the costumed freaks when you've got these guys around?

Image hosting by PhotobucketSherbet Head: "Do you ever get the feeling that someone is photographing you?"

While the rest of the gang was off doing their thing, J.D., Julie, and Mia Kay enjoyed a quiet moment together as a family as they sat down and ate again. There was a lot of eating going on, since the burgers weren't as nutritionally sound as J.D.'s usual fare, and everyone had to eat like three plates just to get full. Poor J.D. spent most of the visit cooking and doing little else.

Image hosting by PhotobucketMia Kay: "Wouldn't it be cool if it rained while we were eating?"

Marty eventually did some grilling of his own. Since the resorts apparently have some sort of magical barbecues that resist the sorts of fires Marty starts when he cooks at home, he was able to complete the process without incident. Ever the courteous (and weird) sort, he decided to put them at the front desk where the souvenir guy was trying to sell his stuff.

Image hosting by PhotobucketMarty: "Just tell everyone they're souvenir Yeti Burgers!

Speaking of yeti, poor Mia Kay still wasn't quite able to shake the big furry thing that kept following her around. It seemed to be convinced that children loved it's dancing, hugging, and other antics, and indeed, I did notice a little mood boost when these things took place...sim kids are kind of weird I guess. Whatever the case, next time I checked up on the group, there was the big fur ball, up to it's old tricks...actually, this one is kind of a new one to me.

Image hosting by PhotobucketDancing and hugging someone is one thing, but sitting on their legs while they try to relax is sort of crossing the line.

I next checked on Kitty to see what she'd been up to (she'd been awful quiet lately). When I located her, she was just finishing up on a snowman, which she quickly ran away from. I don't blame her...just look at that thing! I wouldn't want to be associated with it either.

Image hosting by PhotobucketClearly Kitty isn't famous for her snowman building skills...but the dreds are kind of cool.

When I last checked up on the gang, guess what? Yep...they were eating again. Well, most of them were. Mia Kay was probably off trying to escape the big blue yeti, and who knows what Kevin was doing. Funny...Kevin wasn't in any of the pictures from this little outing...maybe he is the big blue yeti! That would explain why the two are never seen in the same place at the same time! Anyway, we can test that crazy theory out's about time to wrap it up...

Image hosting by PhotobucketKammy: "I hope a burglar didn't swipe Kevin while we weren't looking!"

Well, that's the end of day one of the winter wonderland vacation. We'll let the gang head off to their cramped, chilly little igloos (or is it "igli" plural?) for the night, and we'll catch up with them on day two of their vacation. Stick's sure to be a blast!


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