The Villaloboses - Round 2


Santiago Villalobos, Elder Fortune Sim, LTW Own 5 Top Level Businesses

Vincente Villalobos, Teen Romance Sim, LTW Become Celebrity Chef

Diego Villalobos, Child Fortune Sim, LTW Grow Up Well

Catalina Villalobos, Child Fortune Sim, LTW Grow Up Well

Dorotea Villalobos, Child Family Sim, LTW Grow Up Well


Last season in the Villalobos home, the children tried to cope with the fact that their parents had died, not realizing the truth that they simply ran away and left them with their grandfather, Santiago. They built some strong family bonds in their grandfather's home, redesigned to accomodate three children and a teen. This season, as winter closes in, Vinnie is scheduled to go off to school, and the children have some birthdays coming up. Santiago's love interest, Roisin Cleary, also makes an appearance.

Drawn closer together by the "death" of their parents and the close quarters at their abuelo's house, the children learned to enjoy doing things together. Dot and Diego were outside despite the chilly temperatures of winter, jump roping and playing cops and robbers.

Cat, meanwhile, spent some time indoors with her big brother Vinnie, who was going away to college soon. "Will you come see us?" Catalina asked, not giving him time to answer before she pushed on. "Are you coming back when you're done? What will you study? Can we come visit you? Can I have your room?" Vinnie rolled his eyes, but the corner of his mouth quirked upward in an amused smile. "Yes, I'll come visit. I don't know if I'll come back when I'm done. I think I'm doing culinary stuff. And..." he paused, trying to recall the other questions. "Maybe, and no." Catalina pouted at the last.

While the children were occupied, Santiago took the opportunity to invite his "crush," Roisin Cleary, over to visit. She was a stunning woman for her age, and Santiago certainly knew how to charm her.

Roisin was both relieved and excited to have Santiago in her life. After so much unhappiness, he had the capability of making her feel like a girl again.

Santiago had to admit, he hardly felt the creaks and aches of his joints when she was around. The children kept him active, for sure, but Roisin kept him feeling young.

So young, in fact, that he couldn't help but pull her tight and lean her back over the couch, kissing her so madly that it left her breathless and trembling faintly from the whirlwind romance of it all. She hadn't kissed anyone but her late husband for so long that she'd forgotten what it was like in the beginning, when everything was still exhilarating and new.

"You're awful, Santiago Villalobos," Roisin teased in her faint brogue. Santiago only tugged her up onto his lap. "And you don't seem to mind, Ms. Cleary," he replied, stealing one more kiss. The sound of the back bedroom door opening made them shift apart quickly, and Santiago squeezed Roisin's hand. "We're having a birthday party for the children tonight. I'd love you to stay." Of course, she did.

In the kitchen, all three children got to stand in front of a little cake Santiago had bought each of them.

One by one, Catalina...


...and Dorotea grew up into beautiful young teens.

Catalina Villalobos, Teen Fortune Sim, LTW Become Hall of Famer

Diego Villalobos, Teen Fortune Sim, LTW Become World Class Ballet Dancer (*snort!*)

Dorotea Villalobos, Teen Family Sim, LTW Become Education Minister

They all had a good smustle, gorged themselves on cake, and went to bed, exhausted but very happy sims. Their luck couldn't continue to be so fantastic, though.

Outside, as they slept, a burglar crept up to the front door, which Santiago had forgotten to lock in the midst of all the party excitement. Jessica Ebadi didn't even have to break a window or even pick a lock. She simply walked in the front door.

What she failed to notice, however, was that the burglar alarm had sounded the moment she arrived, and the cops were outside the house before she could even decide what to take.

The alarm woke everyone out of their happy slumbers, and they ran, terrified, into the living room to see Rosebud's finest grappling with the burglar on their living room floor. "Kick her ass!" Catalina shouted, noting Santiago's sharp look in her direction. "What?" she asked, shrugging, though her expression was guilty. So much for teenage freedoms.

Eventually, justice prevailed, and Jessica was cuffed and taken to jail by the officer.

Nothing was stolen, and they got a cash reward for helping to catch a known criminal, but it still left them all feeling violated, angry, and unhappy as they made their way back to their beds.

The next morning, Santiago decided that a good thing to do with the money they'd received was to buy something nice they could all use, and something that Dot in particular had requested. That very morning, they had a flower bench delivered to the house, and Dot holed herself delightedly up in hers and Cat's bedroom, making lopsided daisy bouquets.

Catalina, always a hardy girl, seemed to recover quite nicely when she noticed that she was now big enough to give her "big" brother Vinnie a noogie. "You're not so big anymore, Vinnie!" she cried delightedly, "You're just old!"

Diego, ever the enterprising fortune-minded boy ("Takes after his abuelo," Santiago had commented, proud as a peacock, the night before.) decided to see if he could find a job in the dance career. He loved playing around with his sisters and making up dance moves to the radio. Maybe he could make money from it. Sure enough, there was an opening position, and he snapped it up. The pay was terrible, but it was a start.

Diego wasn't the only one earning money that day, though. Dot made a smart move passing up some gnarly fish in the cafeteria. "I barely trust the food they make here when it smells normal," she was overheard commenting at the lunch table. "Let alone when it smells like a gym shoe."

It turns out she'd made a wise decision. She escaped food poisoning AND got a fat check for it!

That night, Vinnie slid into the computer chair while his newly-grown siblings cranked up the stereo and danced loudly in the living room. He loved his siblings, truly, but he felt even more cramped now that they were getting older. Not only that, he couldn't stop thinking about getting a girlfriend, and how could he ever get one living in a house that didn't even own a double-bed? Impulsively, he clicked around until he found some scholarship websites. He didn't qualify for many, but it turned out that his good grades would get him a thousand dollars toward his tuition!

In addition, the fact that his parents were "officially" dead, he also got an orphan grant. At least some good came of that lie, he thought.

He made the announcement that night, and his siblings waved him off. Santiago hugged Vinnie before he left, not really surprised at Vinnie's decision to go to college early or his sudden announcement of it. The boy had been pretty solitary since his parents had left, and the weight of the truth lay heavy on his shoulders.

"Be good," was the only advice Santiago gave Vinnie as he watched him climb into the taxi. "I will, Abuelo," Vinnie said, appreciating the old man's understanding and acceptance of his decision.

The house seemed decidedly less crowded without Vinnie's quiet presence, but they still sat down to have meals together, despite the fact they were missing one.

The teens were all miraculously industrious. They seemed to have been imbued with a work ethic not because it was beat into them but because they didn't want to disappoint Santiago. He was the sort of man who only needed to give you a look to straighten you out.

Diego took his first paycheck and put it toward a ballet barre. He checked out a few books on technique from the school library and began practicing at home with the hope that he could maybe someday get into a ballet school.

Catalina was working out a lot too. If she wanted to become a Hall of Famer someday, she knew she'd have to be in much better shape. She wasn't in BAD shape now, but she could definitely get toned.

That day, while the kids were in school, Santiago got good news! The solar panels and wind turbines he'd cautiously invested his money in turned out to be a wise choice for some of the money that the children's parents had left behind. He no longer paid bills but got money back because their green solutions were producing more energy than they could use.

The kids came home with great news too - they all managed to become 4.0 students, with A+s. Santiago's expression told them all they needed to know about how proud he was, but he congratulated them and told them as much anyway.

"With grades as good as those, you could probably go places..." Santiago commented thoughtfully, and the kids knew he was up to something. "Like Hawaii?" Dot joked. "Like a private school," Santiago answered seriously. The kids thought about this. "Would it mean more work?" they wanted to know. "Maybe a little bit, but that will make it easier for you to get into college in the long-run," he answered. "All right, then," they agreed, and Santiago called the Headmaster to invite him over. He dressed in his best tweed suit for the occasion.

"I need your help, Cat," he told Catalina, and she put on her fanciest dress.

The headmaster arrived, and Catalina greeted him warmly, offering to give him a tour of the Villalobos house.

Santiago, meanwhile, worked at making a fine dinner for them as Cat showed the headmaster around their modest but tidy house.

By the end of the night, despite Santiago's first batch of pork chops burning to a crisp, they managed to successfully get admitted into Rosebud Academy. It seemed nothing could keep these Villalobos kids down. At least not with the help from their Abuelo.

The rest of the evening was spent doing some gentle exercise (for Dot)...

...making new pet friends...

...and spending time together. Soon it was time for bed, and they all turned in happily. Another great accomplishment for them this week, and in the morning, they would start at Rosebud Academy.

Their first day, they were immediate successes, as Santiago knew they would be. With the hard work ethic of his grandchildren and their outgoing personalities, they were destined for greatness, it seemed, and built for overcoming adversity.

Catalina even brought a friend home from school, though he didn't stay long because Catalina wanted to see if she could find a job in the athletic field that night. If she wanted to get a head start out of college, it would be smart for her to begin before she even left.

She snagged a job as a locker room attendant and was pleased with how much it paid - surprise to her, but a pleasant one, as she had never been able to earn her own money before. While she was browsing, she noticed that there was also a job in Dot's career of choice: education.

She pointed it out, and Dot got her first job that night too, as a Teacher's Aide. Now all three teens were employed, in private school, and rapidly improving their skills every day. "The sky's the limit with hard work and a good attitude," Santiago counseled that night at dinner, smiling that small, proud smile of his.

That night, while she went out to fill in a hole one of the neighborhood dogs had dug in the yard, she was surprised to see her strange wolf friend come back again. She spent a good long time playing with him, stroking him, and even rubbing his belly. He certainly was sweet, and he took to Dot quickly.

That evening at work, Diego got an interesting opportunity. He had the choice to either choose dance or gymnastics at school. Each had their benefits, but in the end, he decided to expand his horizons, and it paid off.

He gained even more enthusiasm for his chosen career that night and, even better...

Reached the top of his career! The bonus was great, he loved his job, and he loved being able to contribute to the household funds while doing something he enjoyed so much. He was on such a role, he decided to apply for some college scholarships that night, just to see what he might be able to get.

He was shocked to discover he qualified for three different scholarships! "Excellent!" he muttered to himself. "One less thing Abuelo has to pay for." He crashed into bed, tired from all his hard work, and his sisters weren't far behind when they returned from their jobs. They could sleep now and do their homework in the morning. Santiago found himself in the unusual position of having the house mostly to himself that evening.

He decided to invite Roisin over, whom he now coyly thought of as his "girlfriend." Outside, the air was chilly but not as biting as it had been, and he pulled Roisin into his arms for a dance. "Where are the children?" she asked curiously, eyes twinkling. "Sound asleep. They've been working so hard lately. I'm so proud of them," he shared, the it showed on his face.

"They've had a good example," Roisin complimented, then leaned over and made a suggestion in his ear. Santiago pulled back with surprise, but his eyes were delighted. "Have you mistaken us for the teenagers inside?" he teased, but he took her by the hand and led her to the car. After all, it was the only place they could really be alone.

Santiago turned the radio on quietly to a station that played oldies, and they talked for a while. Talking led to holding hands, though, and holding hands led to kissing.

Inevitably, kissing led to...other things.

It was a perfect night, and they kissed dreamily goodbye, not at all unlike the teenagers inside asleep.

The next day, the three kids went off to school as usual and went to their jobs as usual. Catalina came home early with a promotion; she had the highest paying job of all of them and loved giving her Abuelo Santiago a day's pay to help with groceries.

Dot also got a promotion and made no bones about celebrating it. "Check me out, guys!!! I am superteacher, booyah!" she called, spreading her arms wide and boasting. Her siblings merely laughed and shook their heads. "Come on, superteach, let's go somewhere," Diego said, calling up their mutual friend Amber McArthur, to invite her to go downtown with them. Santiago happily approved their outing, only cautioning them to be safe and home at a reasonable hour. "In other words, by midnight," he called with a partial smirk, knowing the definition of "reasonable" differed greatly depending on how old you were.

Amber showed up at the front door, and Diego was shocked. He hadn't seen her since she'd grown up, and she'd grown up well, to say the least. He complimented her pretty dress, eyes wide. "You look great," he said, surprised at how his childhood friend had turned into a beautiful girl seemingly overnight.

"Thanks," she said, cheeks turning pink. "You too." They cemented their friendship with those simple words. Diego, his sisters, and Amber headed out for Sims Gone Wired, leaving Santiago in the peace and quiet of the house.

He settled in to do some pottery, and he managed to earn his first bronze talent badge in pottery.

"Finally!" he breathed. "I can make something other than those stupid, boring plates!"

Meanwhile, at Sims Gone Wired, Diego spent some of his recent earnings on a hand-held game, which he'd craved since he saw one long ago, owned by one of his friends before they moved to Rosebud. Catalina got a cell phone, because she was dying to get all the cool features and capabilities that the kids at their posh private school had. They all sat down and had dinner, then played the various games around the shop.

Diego came up to Amber halfway through the night. "I really meant what I said earlier. You look beautiful," he complimented. She laughed somewhat nervously, but gave him a hug. She meant it to be friendly, but she held on too tight and for a bit too long. Her heart fluttered. She didn't know that Diego's did too.

As they slowly parted, he let his hands fall to hers and swung them gently for a moment.

Without thinking, and without saying a word, he leaned in and kissed her, right there in front of the magazine display. It wasn't planned, and it wasn't the most romantic thing in the world, sure, but it was the easiest thing he'd done all night.

The teens walked home afterward, Cat and Dot with their arms linked, giggling as they walked ahead of the moon-eyed Diego and Amber, following slowly behind, moony-eyed. Life was turning out pretty alright.

Next up, Yuuna, Aki, and Inari continue to regain normalcy and even excell in the Tanaka home!



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Net worth to be added to neighborhood total: $29,060

[[Author's notes: Le sigh, the Villaloboses are the cutest family ever. They are still superclose, Santiago look like he's going to live a loooong time, and everything jsut works out perfectly. These kids are like the workaholic overachievers of the neighborhood. It's really funny how personalities really start to come out for you; or maybe that's just me. I know that any sim could work just as hard, it just seems like it fits these kids. It's hard to explain, but I'm sure all of you regular simmers out there know what I mean.

Not much commentary here, so I leave you with music and bloopers!

This Entry's MP3:
Canned Heat by Jamiroquai (from the album Synkronized and, yes, Napoleon Dynamite. THIS BAND ROCKS!)

Wow, need to study anger management much, Dot? // Santiago's failed first attempt at pork chops was on the floor the whole time the headmaster was there. Whoops! // Haha, old people making out. Gross. :')


Yay Santiago and Roison! I love them together. The kids turned out very stunning although I hope Diego grows into those sharp cheekbones. Dot is going to be a riot, I can tell. P.S. I really like the layout of the house.

HAHA the word verification I got was "sucki" does that mean that blogger doesn't think my comment was good enough, lol

Haha I hope he grows into them too. I was like...jaysus, Diego, you could cut twine with those things! Maybe if I let him get fat, his face will chubby out. But then who's ever seen a fat ballet dancer? :) And thanks about the layout - it was a special.

LOLOL @ the word verification.

They are a really cute family, all the teens always eager to help their grandfather out.

And - old people making out - you´re just too young to understand that it´s cute :)

oh I have Amber I think.. she's glitched for me! I hope you have better luck with her

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