All the pregnancies had kept Evelyn from performing for a very long time. She had been itching to get on stage again, and enjoyed basking in the limelight.
She had not been idle during her maternity leave, however - inspiration had struck while trying to teach the twins to talk, and the resulting song Wig Wig Wag was a huge success. Admittedly, the lyrics weren't all that much, but it was catchy nevertheless. Fippiny, hippiny, wig wig wag! The crowd loved it.
Rémy usually stayed at home and watched the children. The term 'watching' was to be taken loosely though, because it was a rare occurrence to not see his eyes glued to a book. He took his responsibilities as a father seriously enough to not rush off whenever he felt the urge, but he stilled his thirst for adventure by devouring novel after novel.
Luckily, the boys were easy enough to care for.
On the rare afternoons when the twins weren't at the studio, they could usually be found splashing and swimming in the ocean.
Since that meant they stayed within sight of the house, Rémy saw little cause for concern, so the girls were allowed to spend their time unsupervised.
Soon, little Freddie became a toddler as well. Just like his older brother Francis, Fréderic was diagnosed with the genetic mutation that was so common in the family by now.
Well, as long as they're healthy, Evelyn thought, as she stroked her youngest son's red hair.
With all the children being so close together in age, the birthday parties never seemed to cease. Evelyn didn't mind. It was a great excuse to invite family and friends after all!
Both Eric and Bridgette had grown into Elders, and thanks to the newly acquired wisdom of age, they had decided to bury the hatchet. They would never become lovers again - there had been too much bad blood between them - but for the sake of their children, they now stayed in the same room without fleeing or fighting.
Eric had taken to wearing the strangest outfits in his old age. If his sons Richie and Ben were to be believed, he was some sort of International Super Spy now. People knew to take the boys' wild tales with a grain of salt though - they had shown some very unusual behavior and it was rumored that both of them had the Insane trait.
Francis grew into a child and decided that parties really weren't his thing.
He had a new room all for himself after all, as well as an overflowing bookshelf!
He crawled into bed and read under his covers until late into the night, before finally dozing off.
With Evelyn's once again busy schedule and Rémy's latest obsession with the Inappropriate Manor mystery novel series, there wasn't always an adult around to ensure the children ate a healthy breakfast. The kids approved!
Faye and Fleur also approved of their brother's age-up - to them it meant a malleable extra they could include in their elaborate play-pretend stories and games.
"No, Francis, you're doing it all wrong! You have to sing with feeling, like Mom does! Like this, see?"
Francis' new room was also the perfect place to dump the grimy, old, dusty lamp that the girls had picked up on the recent field trip to the mausoleum. Boys' rooms were full of icky things after all - their brother shouldn't mind one more.
Sometimes the twins even allowed Francis to play in the new treehouse with them, but usually they just dumped buckets of water on him.
Another day, another party!
Esteban might have gotten old, but his political career was going as smoothly as ever. Soon he would be running for Vice President, but his brow was furrowed in concern over the success of his campaign. Right after her graduation, his daughter Rosalind had been knocked up and immediately dumped by her high school sweetheart. She wasn't showing yet, but still, this would certainly not go down well with Esteban's more conservative voters!
Emily's older twin daughters had grown into young adults, but only Rashida showed up for the party.
Nobody invited the young lady in purple, but she stayed to dance the night away regardless.
This time around the birthday party was for Evelyn herself. Rémy had aged up just a few days prior, quietly and with no big fuss. But that wouldn't do for a famous Vocal Legend!
After blowing out the candles, she tried to put on a brave face - she was still young, right? Right?!
Sensing her worrying, Rémy told his wife he still found her as enchanting as ever. And when all the kids were finally asleep, he made sure he showed her, too!
With him by her side, she would always feel young.
These days, Evelyn's performances were usually only at the biggest venues, but she made an exception one afternoon so her children could come and watch.
Faye and Fleur were so proud of their Mommy!
The two battle princesses were all dressed up and ready to go. But where was the big bad monster they were supposed to slay?
With his demanding sisters distracted picking out costumes, Francis had quietly stolen away to bury his nose in a book. He wasn't technically hiding from them, but a part of him hoped that they would forget about him and find something else to occupy themselves with.
He was in luck - the twins could not be bothered to look for him and decided to play on their new trampoline instead.
"I can jump waaaaay higher than you, look!" Fleur boasted, launching herself up into the air.
"You're not wearing green, Fleur. That's bad for brand awareness! I'll tell the director!"
"Then I'll tell Mom that it was you who booby trapped the sink!"
"No fair!" Faye whined.
Félix was very excited to finally be old enough to go to school with his siblings. The boy had always loved learning and showed great talent, as his teachers were happy to report.
Now there was only one more toddler left in the house, and Evelyn lavished him with attention whenever she could. Freddie was her last little baby after all!
Evelyn still made sure to take good care of her social life and met up with her old bestie Karen Kerman. The former party girl was a mother too now. She raised her daughter Nikki, who was about the same age as the twins, by herself.
But clubbing just didn't feel the same anymore if you had a husband and five children back home.
Besides, as much as she hated to admit it, her stamina wasn't quite what it had used to be anymore. Staying up later than normal one night meant risking dark circles under her eyes the next day.
In old age, Emily gained some swagger that she had never known in her youth.
The twins' birthday party was a big affair.
After growing into teenagers, they became even more serious about their acting careers.
When it was Fréderic's turn to age up, Evelyn couldn't help feeling a little wistful.
There he was, her little baby, now a big boy and ready for school!
Still trying to catch up to where I am in game, but I love sim toddlers and children, so I take way too many pictures. And I like keeping up with the extended family and recording what they're up to. Sorry if it was boring! I need to make them live forever by documenting their lives °__°;
Shamelessly showing off more of the kids' rooms again! I had a lot of fun decorating those. There's so much adorable stuff for children, and what better time to use it than a five-children-roll!
Since Francis kept the greenish brown, Fred got stuck with red. It looks weird with his skin, but redheads are neat, so I don't mind keeping those genes around. Weird how I'm okay with dumb mutation hair, while I've started slightly shrinking the kids' eyes with every age-up. Those ginormous Bridgeport eyes were starting to bother me.
You might be wondering why Evelyn is only just becoming an adult when her siblings are Elders already. Well, I messed up a bit. See, Rémy and his parents had secretly been living in Hidden Springs ever since their 'visit' back during Evelyn's childhood. I wanted him to live a proper life before moving him into the legacy family! However, when Evelyn moved to Starlight Shores, I didn't bring the Dutiels along right away, so he ended up being a lot younger than her. But instead of cheating poor Rémy out of some precious days, I decided to buy Evelyn a Young Again potion with her truckloads of LTH points after their first vacation together. She'd wasted so much time dating and there were five children to be had after all!
Ah well, I guess it just goes along with Evelyn's thing about always being too young for her siblings to include her. :)
Emily was kept younger than her brothers by a well-timed pregnancy at the end of her YA stage btw. You sneaky girl, you!
I'll take your guesses now for who the heir is going to be. It might start becoming obvious in the next chapters...