Martin Bowling: Episode 12

If you haven’t read about Martin Bowling before, go here. If you are looking for the most recent posts concerning Martin, go here.

I’m going to be posting occasional videos on my Opi’s Sims’ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OpisSims/?fref=ts. I put a tester video up recently of Martin’s dance moves. If people like the videos, I may do them often for both stories. 🙂 The stories will still remain here in their entirety, the videos will be like bonus content!

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Raelyn was disappointed to discover only one other person was in the Garden Gnomes club. She was hoping to meet a couple people her aged who liked to be outside…instead she got this random dude (and her own dad, as Martin remains a member).

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Benjamin wants to throw really amazing parties, but in order to do that he needed two things: 1) lots of acquaintances he could invite, and 2) money for supplies. He made progress on the first by going down to the library and introducing himself to everyone he met. The latter he solved by getting a job at a retail store.

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Now that his kids were older and could manage themselves, mostly. Martin began to focus more on the Martineers. They had lost many members over the years due to old age, and he needed to recruit.

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He held a meeting at the pub, and introduced himself to several other people, but he couldn’t find anyone with the right personality.

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Benjamin and his mother watched Lost Dog’s Journey Home together during breakfast on the weekend. From the scenes it looked like it was the Sims version of Homeward Bound.

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Jade has been working hard towards getting a promotion.

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By the end of the week, Benjamin was able to throw his first house party. It went okay, but he wants to strive for better.

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Little Isaac helped clean up the trash after the party, despite being really grossed out by it (he’s squeamish like his dad).

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Speaking of Martin, he is wondering if there will ever be enough extra funds to hire a handyman, or maybe even buy a new toilet that doesn’t break on a daily basis.

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Martin Bowling: Episode 11

If you haven’t read about Martin Bowling before, go here. If you are looking for the most recent posts concerning Martin, go here.

As you may recall from our last episode, Martin’s family moved to Willow Creek into a more suitable home for their size family. Both Jade and Martin were struggling to get promotions at work. Martin and Jade were beginning to feel their age and the twins are a handful.

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The kids sometimes went to the park after school to play before heading home.

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Here is a typical weekday afternoon at the Bowling house before Martin and Jade get home from work. Benjamin is dancing to the music (just like his parents!), Isaac is focused on his homework (he is slightly more studious than the other two), and Raelyn is seeing how fast she can type on the computer.

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All too soon, we were throwing a birthday party for Benjamin. The few remaining Martineers (many have passed away) were in attendance along with Salvador (Isaac’s best friend) and Damien, of course (Benjamin’s best friend).

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It was time for Benjamin to transition into a teenager…what would his grown-up aspiration be?

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Benjamin’s aspiration is Party Animal…he wants to throw and attend awesome parties. Benjamin is gregarious, outgoing and childish (but in a good way).

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Morgan, Damien, Jade and Benjamin played cards during the party.

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Jade has been trying to play more games to improve her critical thinking skills, which she needs to get promoted.

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Eventually, Jade buys a chess table to focus on her skills even more. Still no promotion, though.

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The kids are tired and bored after coming home from school.

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Both the sink and the fridge are broken, and all of Martin’s next paycheck will be going towards their repair.

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Benjamin agrees to watch a kid movie with his younger siblings…he likes that sort of thing.

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Raelyn had an embarrassing day at school, and she tells Jade all about it that night.

Thanks for reading!

Martin Bowling: Episode 10

If you haven’t read about Martin Bowling before, go here. If you are looking for the most recent posts concerning Martin, go here.

When we last checked in with Martin Bowling, the Bowlings were under some financial pressure- broken appliances, lack of promotions, a child, and another on the way.

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Well, the stress continued to increase as Jade and Martin were blessed with not just one baby, but twins! One girl, Raelyn and one boy, Isaac.

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Jade and Martin were very happy with the new additions (for the record, Benjamin was NOT). But it did put them in a bit of a bind…for now the twins could sleep in their room, but where would they put them after they grew out of their bassinets? As you can see, there is no free space in the upstairs…

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And not really much downstairs either…

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So, Martin made the decision to move the family…away from their friends and beloved Windenburg, and to Willow Creek…where they purchased a spacious one-story.

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It seemed as though the twins would be the last of the offspring…Martin was getting too old for this.

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The twin babies now shared a room with Benjamin. Several times a night, Benjamin would be awoken by their crying. He took to playing with clay in the living room instead of drawing at his desk.

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Fortunately, the twins have now transitioned. Raelyn is active, loves playgrounds and sports, likes wearing adorable tees, and wants to form a close-knit friend group like her parents.

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Isaac has a bit more swagger than his siblings. Isaac wants to talk to everyone and have loads of friends. He’ll likely be quite popular in school…as long as his peers don’t figure out how easy it is to tease him. Isaac is very squeamish, just like Martin!

Martin Bowling: Episode 9

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Martin has become the primary cook in the Bowling-Rosa household. He enjoys making Taco Casserole. When Benjamin came along and the Martineers started meeting less frequently, and sometimes at the park, they ran out of cake, so Martin had to learn how to cook.

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Martin took Benjamin with him to the meetings of Martineers in the park. That is where Benjamin first met Damien.

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Damien is a normal, good kid. His only quirk is that he has a fondness for keeping things very neat.

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Damien quickly became Benjamin’s best friend.

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Martin playing chess with a random guy at the park (he turned out to be evil and Martin didn’t like him).

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Despite Jade’s desire to move forward in her career and their limited finances, Jade and Martin decided to have another child. Jade was pregnant after their first try.

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Benjamin had a bad day at school, so when he came home he hid under his blankets for awhile. Eventually, he got up and called Damien who made him feel better.

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Later, Martin helped Benjamin with his homework, and by the end of the evening, he was feeling better.

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Come on!! Their appliances are now getting old and break all the time. It seems like the repairman is over everyday!

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A few days later, Damien came over, and they played “Don’t Wake the Llama!”

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Jade is having another tough pregnancy….here she is at 3am pausing her consumption of taco casserole to rub her sore back. 😦

 

 

Martin Bowling: Episode 8

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Jade and Martin have recently welcomed little Benjamin Bowling into the world.

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Dressed for the office! Jade is not a huge fan of her office attire. Sadly, both of them are struggling to get promotions. Jade’s pregnancy was rough, and really set her back. Martin prefers spending time with his friends over doing the things he should be doing to promote his career.

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As a result of their low-level jobs, they were unable to afford to purchase a new home before Benjamin transitioned into a child. They constructed a wall in their bedroom, giving him a small corner of his own. It only has room for a nightstand, bed, and his activity table. They couldn’t even afford to wallpaper it!

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Benjamin doesn’t seem to mind, though. He is content decorating his walls with his own artwork.

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I think Benjamin looks a lot like his mother, but also a bit like his dad. I’m very curious to see what he looks like as he gets older.

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Benjamin loves bright colors. He seems to have the fashion sense of his dad (sensible sweaters), but the color palette of his mother. His favorite color is pink.

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Benjamin adores his parents. He is very outgoing (just like them), so he spends a lot of time socializing with them.

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They recently went on a family outing to the community pool and had a fabulous time.

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The two lovebirds.

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Jade & Martin spent most of the time chatting with each other in the pool. Benjamin explored the pool area and chatted with some people.

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It is fortunate that their familial bonds keep them happy because the financial situation in the Bowling household continues to get more dire. They’ve suffered a broken radio, television, fridge, shower and toilet recently. Martin had hired a maid to help clean the house while Jade was pregnant, but twice they couldn’t pay her on time and she quit.

Martin Bowling: Episode 7

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After the wedding, life continued on as usual. Martin & Jade went to work and came home (at the same time, thanks to having jobs at the same place). And Martin and Jade continued having their club meetings.

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Not too long after, Jade developed the infamous baby bump- a little Martineer was on the way!

Jade continued leading Partihaus…she spent more time eating chips at the bar, in the bathroom, and chatting than dancing, but Martin’s new moves were enough for both of them.

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Hmm…apparently, in the Sim world, there is a correlation between the “good” trait and red hair. 

The Martineers continued to gather for cake, cards and dancing. Here we see Martin playing with Quinton, Morgan and Annabelle.

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While not an official member, Jade enjoyed spending time with the Martineers. In the above photo, Haleigh is showing her a photo on her phone.

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Jade has been RAVENOUS during her pregnancy. She seems to have been eating way more than pregnant Simmies usually do. Fortunately, the Martineers provide a constant stream of cake.

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As the baby’s arrival drew closer, Jade needed to nap more often.

The Martineers decided to have some of their meetings in the park, so that Jade could have more quiet time.

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Not wanting to fall behind in her work, Jade also was making an effort to work from home to get ahead before the baby arrived.

In the next episode, we will get to meet the offspring of Martin and Jade Bowling!

 

 

Martin Bowling: Episode 6

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It was Martin’s birthday and he threw a party. Martin always prefers to see the best in people, and to give the benefit of the doubt. He invited Jade over to the party.

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He did noticed that he spent a lot of time entertaining his friends and playing host…and not spending time with her. So, perhaps he shouldn’t have been so disappointed by their interactions during her party.

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She got a long great with his friends. Like him, she liked all sorts of people.

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Later that week, he took her on a date…to the bluffs where they first met. They had a fabulous time. At the end of which, he proposed. Jade said yes.

The ceremony was at the Island Bluffs, of course.

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There was dancing.

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And swimming.

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I love how Eliza got a drink that matches her dress!

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There was a chocolate fountain.

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Jade somehow ended up with two drinks!

Thanks for reading!!!

The newest stuff pack is finally on Amazon. I have an Amazon gift card I got for Christmas, so I can get it! Movies and popcorn for my Sims! I think the Martineers will LOVE a movie night.

Hmm…Martin is getting pretty old now- he’s already transitioned to adult. If we want to make this a Legacy, we are going to need to pop out some little Martins soon!!!