In case there had been any question of the tell-tale nausea Dot had been experiencing, a baby bump soon appeared to confirm what she already suspected was true. Another baby was on the way.
Zadie and Taye continued to get extremely good grades, even in the new, more difficult private school. They also continued to be quite popular with their classmates, frequently bringing home new friends.
Wait, Taye, WHOA! I thought you said you brought home a "friend" from school!! Taye: What, you can't kiss your friends? Me: Oh, you teenagers and your hormones... Well, don't get too comfortable because...
Dot, your son is going to kill you for not being able to wait just a few hours longer. Dot: I DON'T CARE! BABY COMING NOW. Shoo-flee!
And in that ill-timed moment, a new family member joined the Villalobos household: a little girl, Nala.
Nala arrived not too long before Zadie's own birthday, and the little girl was beyond excited to finally be a teenager. "Now I can go OUT with my friends instead of always having to stay at home!" she exclaimed, though she didn't push her luck when she saw the stern look her father gave her.
As she blew out the candles, she knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life: learn everything she possibly could. She'd already been enjoying soaking up all the knowledge her parents and older brother imparted to her, and she thought she might someday like to be as smart as her dad, who was the smartest guy she knew. And maybe, if she learned that much, maybe she could even have a big important job someday, like being a doctor or head of a hospital.
The one thing not on Zadie's mind on her birthday was how her looks might change as she got older. She'd never cared much about the way she looked. But when her mother looked at her and breathed out in surprise, she wondered what the big deal was. "What, do I have frosting in my hair?" Zadie asked, patting her head. "No," Dot breathed, beaming at her. "You're beautiful!"
And Dorotea was right: Zadie had turned out even more beautiful than her mother, a nubian goddess with a distinctly artistic flair about her. "I'll be beating the boys off with sticks," her normally serious father commented, a glint of pride and a small smile curling the corners of his mouth.
As a birthday present, Zadie got to redecorate her room any way she wanted, and she went for a very distinctive almost Egyptian look. She felt like her bedroom was a perfect little haven now instead of the pink nightmare it had been.
Connor, despite having already reached the top of his career, was not lacking in good opportunities to make money there. A particularly wise decision resulted in a shockingly large bonus of 50,000 simoleons that he could hardly believe was now his. He came home that day in absolute shock as he told the news to Dorotea. They had never been obsessed with money, but finally, they were beyond the level of having to worry about buying clothes for kids outgrowing theirs and buying a new refrigerator if their present one conked out. Dot jumped up and down with excitement when she heard.
To celebrate, the normally stoic Connor decided to indulge in his most current favorite hobby: tinkering. He was in such a good mood that he felt like the concepts sank into his head twice as fast, and he managed to earn a silver robotics talent badge that very night.
Dot, too, was about to come home with more great news that fall season. Having been able to study while she was off her feat on maternity leave, she'd finally managed to achieve her lifetime goal of becoming Education Minister! The hours were better, the pay was better, and she contributed almost $7,000 more dollars to the kids' college funds. It was nothing close to the 50,000 Connor had earned, but it was a hefty sum nonetheless. She almost felt as if they were in a dream.
Having finally reached this seemingly unattainable goal, Dot decided to turn her attention to something else. As the Education Minister, and in her various positions in the school system over the years, she discovered she had quite a knack for the business end of things. So, she passed on her title to another deserving up and comer and took her place in the business world, feeling like if she could have a wonderful family and have achieved her life goal, she could do anything.
Connor, too, decided it was time for a change of pace. He loved his job, but as a knowledge-minded person, he longed to master the arts of many different careers. Entertainment seemed as good a choice as any, so he dove right in without looking back.
As for the kids, not much changed despite the fact that they were getting older. They still frequently brought friends home from school (since Connor had absolutely put the kabosh on school-night outings), and really, it wasn't so bad at all. [Pictured above: Zadie talking to Leo Vinci; Taye talking to Cole Chin]
True to the promise she'd shown in her other career, Dot swiftly reached the top of the Business career! She was an outright tycoon now, and she laughed with an astonished Connor that perhaps she'd been in the wrong line of work all along.
Connor, having not quite mastered the arts of his new career path, nevertheless returned home with a promotion of his own. After all, architect to entertainer was a much bigger adjustment to make than education minister to business tycoon!
The Villaloboses had one final bit of wonder left as fall drew to a close: tiny Nala was growing up and no longer so tiny. She looked like a very neat cross between what Zadie and Taye had looked like when they were toddlers. Dorotea couldn't wait to watch her grow up.
Even if she was the grouchiest one in the house!
[[Author's Notes: WOW. So this house exploded this round, in a good way! This family struggled for so long with promotions, and they lived on such meager reserves for so long that it's really odd to suddenly see them with all this money! I'm happy for them, but I feel like they won't really change their lifestyle at all. They're just not the type. After seeing how beautiful Zadie turned out to be as a teen (I seriously think she's the most beautiful sim in my 'hood), I had to let Connor and Dot have another. Hence, Nala, and I can't wait to see how she looks as she gets older! Genetics are so fun. Stick around for the next house, as I've got no bloopers for you this time!]]