“Back To The Barnyard”
Warnings: births, deaths, fires, disasters, stink, hissy fits, a whole lot of pink, and a new NPC.
Previously on The Oceanside Project…
Saturday, Day Six
The farm welcomes a new member to the family, Piggy #4.
Becca Goodacre, matriarch of the Goodacre clan, awakens to the screams of her first born child, Eve.
Evie is still a cutie!
Becca loves spending time with her little one and can’t wait for the one that’s on the way.
Even though the morning sickness and fatigue is kicking her butt.
Becca makes a hearty breakfast for herself and her man.
Then heads back to bed.
Owen, our resident farmer cowboy, finally awakens to work the farm but first…
Owen makes the final payment on his new grocery store and receives the deed!
Owen happily goes about his chores.
Checking the barnyard…
Collecting the eggs…
Milking the cow…
and tending the overgrown crops.
Postman Lars Shadow seems to be in some sort of distress.
Lars: I don’t like these animals. They look at me funny! And look at that scarecrow! I hate coming to this lot!
Little Evie is awake again and crying for Mama.
Go away Calista Beeching, we are not in need of your services.
Calista: I’m here to collect the tears of the newborn. I need it for… science…
Or to put a hex on this family!
Bugs have infested Owen’s crops. Luckily local scientist Minka Yomoshoto concocted an organic pesticide for Owen to use that won’t contaminate his veggies.
This family is about as exciting as watching the grass grow.
Selena Firestone stops by to discuss breast feeding with Owen. Something he definitely DOES NOT want to talk about.
Becca finally got the baby to go back to sleep and tries her best to make Comfort Soup.
Which she burns.
The ladies gag at the soup but Owen doesn’t care as long as he gets food down his gullet.
The Goodacres are also bee keepers now. Owen hopes his organic honey will be a best seller at the store.
I have a soft spot for baby chicks ^.^
The tomatoes are ready for harvest. They still don’t look all that good, but hopefully they will sell.
Becca tries to catch up on some of her own chores before she heads in for the night.
Hoping to attract Alberta the wolf, Owen leaves out wolf chow by the dog house.
Becca doesn’t get to sleep for long…
The dictator must be changed!
Sunday, Day Seven
Crazy arm waving in the middle of the night can mean only one thing…
Becca’s hunger is really low so she grabs a bowl of cereal before heading back to bed.
Owens awakens at 5am every morning to get a head start on his chores.
Up before the chickens!
Some of the weeds are giving Owen a hard time.
After his morning chores are done, Owen heads to Goodacre’s Grocery Store to open it for his first day of business.
The first customer to arrive is the curly haired, Garden Club Adonis Rocky Kotsomiti. He seems to be having a hard time deciding what brand of dog food to buy.
Owen quickly wins him over with his charming smile and “Aw Shucks” personality.
Becca thought it would be a good idea to put a grill on the patio in case customers want to eat their newly bought produce right away.
Owen grills some of his homemade hot dogs as samples for prospective customers to try.
His plan is working already!
George Lambswool, resident chef, saunters into the grocery store. Unfortunately he cannot find the apples that are RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS FACE.
Be still… my heart. Who can this mustached beanie wearing man be? Meet Beckett Graham, secret shopper, and the guy Owen has to impress so he can get a good review.
Owen shows off all of his natural, organic fruit straight off of the farm. George is impressed!
Owen tries to schmooze Beckett but he still seems wary.
*gasp* A customer!
Owen has a wee bit of trouble figuring out the cash register. Math isn’t really his thing.
Owen proudly displays his hard-earned first Simoleon!
Beckett’s taking notes! Owen can’t really tell by his face if he’s impressed or not.
I know everyone loves the potty training faces, but to me this annoyed customer face is the cutest thing ever!
The apple is finally bought and George is a happy sim!
Owen still hopes to sell something to Beckett.
Rocky: Yo, Mr. Goodacre, I’m back!
Rocky might be the only customer you need Owen.
Owen closes the shop for the day at 6pm.
Beckett leaves without a purchase…
but Rocky makes up for it by buying yet another thing.
Owen takes the Wholesale Discount perk.
Then heads home for Sunday Dinner.
While Owen was gone:
Eve is cranky again.
It’s time to introduce Eve to the bouncy noise maker thingy.
She looks thrilled!
Becca is super hungry. Hey, let’s try making Comfort Soup again, Becca!
Great Plumbob woman! Why is soup so difficult for you?
Becca likes having the bouncy in the dining room. She can keep her eye on Evie while she eats.
It’s also a good place to stash Evie while Becca runs upstairs for a quick bath.
Miraculously the fish are still alive and thriving. With all of the animals on the farm and the always pregnant Becca you would think no one would have time to take care of the fishies.
Becca and Evie are best friends.
Eve is growing up *tear*
Back to bed sweet little baby girl.
Daddy’s home from the store…
and Becca starts on the Goopy Carbonara for Sunday Dinner.
Since Becca has no friends besides the two other people living in this house, Owen only invites his bestie Malcolm Landgraab X and Malcolm’s fiance Vivian Moneywell over for Sunday Dinner.
Great job not burning dinner Becca!
However she passes out before she has a chance to serve it.
Like a pro Becca wakes up and continues to serve dinner…
and passes out again. At least this time she’s standing up… Right?
Thank goodness Malcolm and Vivian missed Becca’s fainting spells. Becca knew she would never hear the end of it if Vivian told all of her gossipy friends.
After dinner Vivian and Malcolm head to the barnyard when the coffee tree caught on fire. I haven’t seen a pregnant sim run that fast ever!
Owen valiantly extinguishes the fire and saves the tree.
And this happens… AGAIN!
Still not finishing her food, Becca makes it up to her bed to get some much needed shut-eye.
But it doesn’t last long…
Welp, you tried *gold star*
Monday, Day Eight
Becca awakens early in the morning for her ritual purging of her stomach.
She sneaks in a bit of leftovers for breakfast to curb her hunger before heading back to bed.
Owen hears the cries of baby Eve and gets up to take care of her.
After Becca’s fainting spells last night Owen is really worried about her.
He’ll try his best to take everything off of Becca’s plate today so she can get well.
But even in sleep Becca has no peace. Nightmares about her neighbors make for an unpleasant night.
When I say Becca is having a rough pregnancy I mean it!
But Becca takes everything with a smile.
Almost all of the crops and trees are sickly. Owen is having a hard time keeping up with everything on his own. Hopefully he will be able to sell these apples at the store.
There’s just no rest for the mommy no matter what Owen’s intentions are.
Let’s try this Comfort Soup one more time, shall we?
Owen is ready to get Eve’s transition party started! He invites Malcolm and Vivian, of course, and George and his wife Dawn Lambswool since he and George hit it off so well at the store yesterday.
Becca is just about to sit down with her perfectly made Comfort Soup when she feels the pains in her stomach take over. Her body has completely shut down from lack of food.
Becca dies under the table of her beloved kitchen.
Gee, thanks Paragon, but I don’t think Becca will make it to Sue’s Secret Kitchen on account of her, you know, BEING DEAD!
Owen sprints into the kitchen and finds the Grim Reaper there to take poor Becca away to the Nether.
Owen cries, begs, wails to the Grim Reaper and the Watcher to spare his lovely wife and unborn child.
But the Grim Reaper already holds Becca’s soul in his hands.
If Owen can find Becca’s soul hidden in one of the Reaper’s hands the Reaper will place it back into his true love. Only Owen can save her now!
HE DID IT!
An annoyed and dejected Grim Reaper stays true to his word and brings Becca and her unborn baby back from the Nether!
All of the drama was missed by the party guests as they were fondling the livestock.
Owen reluctantly leaves his Becca in order to get Eve ready for her big transition.
Finally Becca gets to eat. EEEEAAAAATTTTTTT!
With all of the commotion Owen was too late to bring Eve to the birthday cake.
Evie transitions without the cake wearing an appropriate outfit for a future nature enthusiast!
Becca is so happy she was here to see her daughter grow up. She’s so blessed to have cheated death and knows that the Watcher was watching over her and making sure she would come back to her family. Becca decides then and there that she should preach the benevolent love of the Watcher to anyone that will listen and spread her faith to all of Oceanside.
Becca takes Evie to gussy her up a bit.
Eve is a 3-7-9-10-10 Sagittarius. She’s Good (which she gets from both of her parents) and Over-Emotional (which she gets from Becca). Her OTH is Fitness!
With all of the excitement of the day Owen almost forgot to pay his taxes!
The party-goers don’t really seem to be having a great time.
Evie tries solids for the first time. Mush isn’t so bad!
I never want drink the water on the farm…
The poor little birthday cake whipped up by George never got to be eaten 🙁
Well I’m sorry! I had to resurrect someone from the dead, transition a baby, and make sure no one else died. Sorry I couldn’t entertain you to your satisfaction!!
This picture takes away all of my anger. Look at her wittle fingers around his neck! daawwwwwwwww!
It’s potty training time!
She did it!
All is well in the Goodacre home again.
Tuesday, Day Nine
NO BECCA! DON’T DIE ON ME AGAIN!!!
Oh yeah, I totes forgot about the baby!
It’s a girl!
Faith Goodacre has light skin, brown hair, and aqua eyes.
Evie wakes up just in time to meet her new little sister!
Evie is smarter than your average baby! She can climb out of her crib all by herself.
Where are Mommy and Daddy you might ask?
Yep, you guessed right.
Not. At All. Surprised.
After the deed is done Becca bonds with her miracle baby, Faith.
I don’t think Faith approves of what she was just forced to watch.
Evie assaults the rabbit head after she too is traumatized by watching her parents woohoo.
The Goodacre’s added a matching crib in Eve’s nursery for Faith.
Becca’s death wasn’t the only tragedy to hit the Goodacres. Their four fish also perished. Alas, they could not be saved from the Reaper.
Next to the farm is an unused bit of land. Owen thought it would make a great venue for weddings or concerts so he planted more orange trees and set up a gazebo. He calls it The Grove. (Please excuse the levitating animals next door.)
Back at the farm, Becca eats…
and studies The Word of The Watcher (aka Lifelong Happiness) so she may preach to her neighbors.
Whoops! Becca missed trying to potty train Eve.
Because the potty was heinous! Daddy needs to learn to clean up after potty training!
Owen “donates” The Grove back to Oceanside. Vivian gives him a good amount of money for the land!
Becca has some trouble potty training Eve. Maybe Evie only wants her Pa to potty train her.
Becca gives both of the girls well-needed baths.
And it’s lunch time for the girls. Some are more impatient than others.
I think the time in the Nether rubbed off on Faith. She’s quite grumpy in the bouncy.
Owen’s very helpful and puts the girls down for their naps while Becca eats.
Unfortunately two of his cucumber crops perished in the heat of the summer.
Becca heads to take a nap of her own. In her head she’s already coming up with sermons to inspire her soon-to-be flock.
The barnyard is getting really full. Next season Owen will need to slaughter some of the livestock 🙁
Owen gardens well into the night.
Best Buddy Malcolm stops by to have a laugh.
More potty training for Evie.
See, she only wants to potty train with her Papa.
Evie was heading out the back door to munch on dog food when Owen stopped her and gave her a bottle!
Becca awakens and studies the word of the Watcher.
And Owen hits the hay.
Goodnight from the farm!
Notes: I apologize if this update isn’t very funny. I haven’t been feeling too well this past week. I really love playing the Goodacre’s lot. I love all of the gardening and trying to make top notch fruits and veg but it is kind of boring for story-telling. Thank goodness Becca dropped dead or there would be no excitement this round! With Becca’s near-death experience she opened up the Priest career. If you couldn’t tell Becca is Peteran and will open a Peteran Church in Oceanside.
Thanks for reading!