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Test of Time Challenge Part 1, Round 10

It has been a while since the last Orchard Valley update! Now that there is more than one house per family (for some families, anyway) it’s taking longer to play, plus I’ve been busy. But a lot of things happened during this five-day round!

I did introduce a couple of new families this round since I didn’t marry/reproduce as strategically as I should have, and I already saw problems coming in the next generation. I am hoping not to have to create more than one single Sims in the Roman era (I want all of my families to have roots to the Neanderthals) so the Morris family and the Adams family will be popping up this round, and then hopefully no more new Create-A-Sims in the foreseeable future.

Let’s begin with THE MORTONS:

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Tasha grows up and marries Bram Smith.  Orlo kindly gives her a $1,000 dowry, even though he can’t afford it and the Smiths are well-off…

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The kids are growing up fast, and Orlo becomes depressed and lonely with Tasha gone. He needs a woman around to help him care for the little tykes.

Ruthie Smith and Brooke Morgan are both available, but he isn’t really all that into either of them.  Ruthie is from a really good family though, and she is looking to get married since she has recently suffered a heartbreak.

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So they get married, and with her comes a $5,000 dowry!!! He’s practically a wealthy man just for marrying a Smith!

They have a baby, and it is a little girl they name Danielle!



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The lovely Kenna Smith becomes an adult, however with the shortage of men, there are no good prospects for her and it looks like she may not get to move out and begin a family of her own… Kenna does not take this realization well, while her brother tells her to relax, more than likely at least one of the tribe-ladies will die in childbirth and then Kenna can swoop in and nab her husband.

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Kah and Gur both die of old age, but they leave lots of money to their children, which significantly helps them out in the social climb.

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While everyone is mourning, Tasha and Bram have their first baby together! It’s the first of her births she has really been excited about…

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She was also pretty excited about marrying well. After all her years of toiling and suffering, she deserves an easier life.

Stupid Dinah Smith, on the other hand, is determined to make her own life harder. She slept with Arnold Bishop (her sister’s husband) again…and got pregnant by him AGAIN.

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A birthday and a birth!! Roy and his young wife Callie have a baby boy that they name Calvin!

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Miana and Calvin are both growing up so fast–they become toddlers, and Roy is finally so very happy with his life and his perfect little family… although he would love another son.



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In terribly sad news, raven-haired Pebbles Black has complications with her pregnancy and suddenly dies before she is able to give birth. 😦

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Though saddened by the loss of his wife, Darius is still young, his family still small, and his former girlfriend Brooke Morgan is in the market for a husband. Darius goes over to her cave for a party and ends up making some poor decisions, but also one good one–he proposes to Brooke, and she happily accepts!

They get married, exchanging woven bands, and just after they consummate their marriage, they receive some unexpected news.

Brooke’s mom is pregnant again!

By Darius.

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Twins Lilya and Lorella grow into cute little kids, and Kalomina is finally old enough to help out in the garden.

Poor Brooke becomes pregnant and gets to experience being pregnant at the same time as her mother, and by the same man. She can’t believe that Darius would do such a thing, and his pitiful excuse that he was mourning the loss of Pebbles and wasn’t in his right mind is wearing thin.

She gives birth, and it’s a healthy baby boy that they name Gumo.


As if the place isn’t crowded enough with THE MOORE FAMILY, AND THE KENMORE FAMILY… THE MORRIS FAMILY came onto the same scene this round…

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Jayla gives birth to a cute baby girl (they had wanted a boy) named Jillayla!

Her younger sister Khana is quite a beauty and the witch doctor predicted Khana would be the most fertile of her siblings, so given the shortage of husbands, an excellent hunter named Abraham Morris comes in from a neighboring tribe, hoping for Khana’s hand in marriage. She likes him well enough and he seems pretty nice, so she agrees to marry him!

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Unfortunately for Khana, shortly after they move into their own place and she becomes pregnant, Abe meets Delilah Black-Smith! He can’t believe how beautiful she is. They become friends, since she is married, but then he finds out that her husband has actually cast her aside for a much younger woman, and only keeps her around because she has nowhere else to go.

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Khana gives birth to a baby girl named Khanella, and when the baby isn’t a boy, Abraham announces he has made a decision.

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Despite traveling here specifically for his young wife, he sets her aside, and marries Delilah, making her Delilah Morris.

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Young Khanella becomes a toddler while her mother Khana is reduced to a glorified housemaid.

It’s a hard harvest, many of their crops dying in the extreme heat, and both Abraham and Delilah suffering from heat stroke.

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Shortly after giving birth to a healthy baby, poor Delilah suffers another heatstroke, and that time…loses consciousness. Delilah perishes!! 😦

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With Delilah gone, Khana resumes her role as Abraham’s wife, and now mother to Khanella and young Sterling.

Back at the original Moore home, Jayla becomes pregnant!

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This pregnancy is rough on Jayla and she nearly dies in labor! She manages to pull through, and welcomes a baby boy named Thorne! Jayla is so relived that she had a boy, since she doubts she will be able to have any more babies, and Levi was a Moore, not a Kenmore.

Alonso is also greatly pleased to finally have a son to carry on his name. He wants another, just to be safe, but Jayla is in no condition to have another child…

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Jillayla becomes a toddler, and now adult Ajani becomes good friends with her brother-in-law.

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But then Alonso nearly dies of heat stroke! It’s Ajani who pleads with Death to spare Alonso, confessing that she loves him and won’t be able to bare the loss.

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Death decides to give Alonso a pass, and as soon as he is revived and realizes Ajani saved him, Alonso takes her in his arms and gives her a great big kiss!

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Understandably, his wife is mightily displeased.

It doesn’t matter. Alonso tells her that he wants to be with Ajani, who can still give him babies, and heartbroken Jayla takes to her room, feeling betrayed by the sibling she sacrificed so much to raise.

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Jillayla grows up, but she is not a happy child, unlike the sole Moore male, Levi, who watches pleasantly.

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Ajani becomes pregnant by Alonso, but as soon as she finds out, they find out Jayla is pregnant as well… since they aren’t bringing in nearly enough food in their small garden, and he hasn’t had a lot of luck hunting lately, Alonso goes to work for the wealthy Woods family, as a way to bring in a little extra food each week.

While working there, he meets Rachel Woods, the wife of Rock.

Rachel is pregnant, but while he’s working there, they develop a sort of friendship, and one day when she brings out his lunch and no one else is around, they cross the friendship line quite irrevocably….

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The affair goes on for a few months and then Rachel gives birth to a daughter named Lyra! Unlike most of the other men, Rock isn’t even disappointed that it’s a daughter, and is so happy to meet her…

Then a couple of weeks pass and Alonso’s time helping out draws to an end, and after putting Lyra to bed, Rachel packs a sack with a few things and slips outside.

She leaves her husband and new daughter, and runs off to be with Alonso!

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Rock went after his wife and hauled her back home, furious that she would betray him with another man–and the help, at that!

But Rachel can’t be reasoned with. Even her family (the Hamiltons) threaten to cut Rachel off if she abandons her husband and newborn daughter, but Rachel lashes out at Rock, telling him she never loved him and she would rather die than spend another day as his wife. Rock is horrified, and that time when Rachel leaves, he does not go after her.

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Rachel moves in, not even realizing she is displacing not one, but TWO women, both of them sisters, both of them pregnant by Alonso.

Jayla gives birth shortly after Rachel moves in, and Alonso suggests that since there isn’t a lot of space in the small home, maybe Jayla should consider moving to the Women’s Home/Morgan House (for discarded women).

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Rachel and Alonso are in their own little lust-bubble.

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Ajani is absolutely devastated, and Jayla knows she stands no chance of holding onto her husband, so she packs what few tokens she has collected over the years and kisses her newborn son, Jonah, on the forehead before leaving her family home and heading to Morgan House.


THE WOODS FAMILY, short one member….

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Rock Woods, general good guy, manages to rescue his younger sister Selma from the ruthless kidnapper!

Now a teen, the girl immediately sets her sights on Gabriel Bishop, who charms her (his father wants an alliance with one of the Woods girls, he doesn’t care which). Selma is a bit damaged, after spending years with the wretched Tyron Whitman as her slaver, but she’s a resilient little thing.

She confides in Gabriel that sometimes because of her family’s money, people try to get close to her for the wrong reason. Gabriel agrees that’s awful, but hopes her sister Rena won’t tell her that he has been flirting with her too, not wanting to put all his eggs in one basket….

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Rock was too devastated when Rachel left him to take another wife, so now Lyra is a toddler, and she is still basically motherless.

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Wilsa and Asher are just the cutest little kids around! Wilsa becomes an animal-loving child and Leah and Barney find out they’re expecting again, which triggers a certain sadness in Rock, who wants more children of his own.

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Deciding it’s time to stop moping over Leah, Rock calls up his childhood friend, Kenna, and invites her over for dinner. He has heard she’s looking to get married, and he remembers her being a loving, beautiful woman and a natural nurturer, so he wants to see how she interacts with Lyra.

Things go very well, and before she leaves that night, Rock proposes! Kenna happily says yes! 🙂

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Although it’s certainly customary to rush into marriages, having been burned before, Rock takes his time before marrying Kenna, wanting to make sure she wants no one else. Kenna is patient and waits for him to be ready.

Leah and Barney have another baby girl, and name this one Fiona!

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Rock and Kenna marry, and not only is he rewarded with a lovely, faithful new wife… he also gets a $10,000 dowry for marrying into the Smith family!



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There is a lot of drama.

This house began as a normal family, then became a sun-worshiping house of religion? cult? something. Finally it became convent-like in that they seemed to collect women who were found useless for one reason or another, but then they started hosting some wild parties, and it became more of a… less-than-savory house-of-fun…for the gentlemen, more like.

For Belinda’s 13th birthday party, Lela Woods and her maybe-boyfriend Jali Whitman show up. Everyone walks on eggshells around Jali Whitman, who is known for his short temper and his knack for jumping to conclusions. (He’s also “dating” Lela’s sister Rena, so…)

When Jali overhears Jayma Black telling Lela that she doesn’t think Jali is a good guy to be hanging around, Jali overreacts. He attacks Lela for listening to Jayma, and tells Jayma she better keep her nose out of his business, or else.

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Even though she has done nothing wrong, Lela begs Jali to forgive her, and he’s pretty much a jerk about it, telling her not to hang out with Jayma Black anymore and he’ll think about forgiving her.

Belinda regrets ever inviting Jali to her party.

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Later that night, Jali viciously attacks Jayma, and he ends up killing her!

Lela comes outside when she hears all the commotion and can’t believe what she’s seeing!

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Lela wants to leave him, but at the point she is too afraid to, so instead she keeps her mouth shut and goes home.

The following day, however, she comes back to the Morgan house with Bree, who is still talking about Belinda’s crazy birthday party. Lela’s sister Rena comes over, and since they barely know each other, they decide to hang out!

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Then their other sister Selma stops by! The sisters can’t believe they’re finally getting a chance to get together, and even more unbelievable, it doesn’t come up that Rena and Lela are both dating the same dangerous boy, and Lela and Selma both lost their virginities to Tyron Whitman (Jali’s father).

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Then TYRON stops by!!! They all get to talking and damaged Selma begins to revisit the weird, Stockholmy crush she developed on Tyron.

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But it’s BREE who invites Tyron to sneak inside when no one is paying attention for a little…fun. Tyron can’t believe his good luck–Bree is gorgeous!–and takes advantage, but neither of them counts on Tyron’s former lover (Bree’s mother) to walk in on them!

Momma is furious!

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Jinella and Jayla are both living at the Morgan house, but Jinella meets Richard Hamilton outside one night after dark and they flirt a little bit. She really likes him, but knows that marrying a Hamilton is out of her reach.

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Another little girl! This one is named Meadow.

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Bree Morgan finally grows up–age-wise, at least. Tryon likes what he sees, but Momma is still furious at her daughter.

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But Bree doesn’t care. She’s enamored with the idea of Tyron, so when he asks her to marry him, Bree says yes! She moves to Camp Whitman without looking back, and instead of worrying for her daughter, Momma cries because Bree stole her boyfriend.

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Luckily by the time adorable little Meadow will be old enough to steal Mommy’s boyfriends, Momma will be too old to care. (The irony that this child is her SON-IN-LAW’S is apparently lost on Momma, who feels both of her eldest daughters failed her. Hopefully the youngest two won’t!)


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Brooke suspects she is already pregnant, but since she and Tyron are tying the knot right away, it doesn’t matter.

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After a rough pregnancy made no easier by the brutal conditions of Camp Whitman, Bree gives birth to a boy named Jerome!

Tyron decides to give Barak Morton back to his family to make room for his own brood, and decides to take a “break” from enslaving kidnapped children!

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Jinella’s daughter Vanessa becomes a toddler, and Jerome becomes a toddler as well, and Bree realizes that her husband is old and no longer as impressive as she thought he was.

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Bree decides to just end it all one night, but Tyron walked in before she managed to succeed. He saves her life, and Bree thanks him. She can see so clearly now! The answer isn’t to kill herself…

“Honey, what do you think about kidnapping some of the Smith children?”

Revenge, after all, is a dish best served cold.

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Hunter holds his newest baby brother, Brian, while Vanessa is just happy to be a big sister!

Bree, through with being a brood mare for the time being, begins to plot her revenge…


And at the BISHOP HOME…

Gerta inherits money from her dead parents, which pleases her overly ambitious, social-climbing husband.

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With Gerta out of commission during this pregnancy (and Dinah also knocked up) Arnold pays a visit to one of the village whores, a young one named Kimberly. Although he didn’t realize that his son had a crush on the girl, he probably would have still slept with her even if he would have known.

The girl became pregnant with Arnold’s child, and when she gave birth to a boy, Arnold agreed to take the son in, since another boy meant more clout to the Bishop name. The baby was named Kevin.

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Gabriel is bitter about it, despite his own betrothal to one of the Woods girls, most likely Lela, if she can manage to stay away from that dirtbag, Jali Whitman.

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Gerta also gives birth to a boy, and they name him Kurt (inspired by Kah and Gur).

It soon becomes apparent that while Gerta tolerates “the whore’s baby” she does not love or want Kevin. At all.

Also apparent: Gabriel’s resentment of his father is not going away, and Gabriel takes to caring for Kevin since his mother doesn’t want to and his father is too busy. He tries to get in touch with Kimberly, even tries visiting her at the whorehouse, but he isn’t able to locate her or find out what happened to her.

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Meanwhile, Max becomes a teenager and Calah becomes a child.

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If Gabriel doesn’t come around to being the heir, it falls to Max, but Max starts studying under the tribe’s witch doctor… he’s kind of a bad egg.

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Kevin and Kurt become toddlers, and Gabriel (still not over it, still unable to find Kimberly) suggests that he and Kevin move out on their own, and he will raise his baby brother like his own child. He will still be a Bishop, so his father’s all-important legacy will be safe, but Gabriel won’t have to live under the same roof anymore, and Gerta will be free of the daily reminder of her husband’s unfaithfulness.

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Gerta agrees–under one condition. He has to marry Lela Woods.

Even though he cares for Lela, he accepts the terms bitterly.

Then, to spite his father, he rejects Lela’s dowry, preferring to be penniless than to further his father’s agenda.

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Max is pushed toward the Woods girls as well, since his brother had screwed up the financials, and Arnold no longer trusts him or his new marriage to solidify an alliance.

A bad egg himself, Max becomes seriously entangled with Rena Woods, who fancies herself in love with him, and then comes onto her sister, Selma–Gabriel’s old flame.

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Max consults his magic to see what his future holds, and it’s foretold that he must become “familiar” with four more young ladies before his path will become clear.

Brandon becomes a teen, and he’s actually a normal kid. He develops a crush on Selma, but she is thoroughly distracted by “bad boy” Max and isn’t interested.


And keeping up with THE HAMILTONS

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Poor Selma, she is out fishing with Richard Hamilton, who is a really unhappy youth, and finds his–unwelcome–attentions shoved upon her quite forcefully.

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On the way home from that fishing trip, he is attacked by a rival tribe who beats him within an inch of his life and steals his fish. Luckily Selma didn’t come back with him, or she probably would have been kidnapped again!

The Hamiltons fear that Richard will never recover from his attack…

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The witch doctor finally tells him he will live, but he may not be able to have any more kids. When Richard is confused and says he has no sons to begin with, the witch doctor explains he has one on the way.

Richard pays a visit to Jinella, thinking the medicine man must mean her, but Jinella assures Richard she is not pregnant…

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Figuring the man must just be wrong, Richard goes about his life, and comes of age–finally 18!

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Then Michael finds out about the day at the lake with Selma Woods… and it turns out SHE is very much pregnant. Michael brings Selma–reluctantly–and her new daughter back home to show Richard, and he is none too pleased. He tells Michael he wants to be with Jinella, not Selma, and Selma assures Michael she has NO interest in being with Richard the rapist.

Richard apologizes and asks if her family wants the baby, since it’s just a girl. She informs him her family isn’t full of jerks like his family, and her family value their sisters and daughters,  but admits she’s hoping to marry well, and if they want to care for Orchid, that would be fine with her.

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Enter the ADAMS family!

Richard wants Jinella, but Michael forbids the marriage.

When Richard meets the newly married–and newly moved to town–Yolanda Adams, he knows he must have her! She’s stunning, and she seems to like him, too.

He offers her new husband a house in exchange for Yolanda. The man accepts (he was only married to Yolanda because she was the last single woman in the village) and Richard and Yolanda become engaged!

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Owen has other interests of his own. He spotted Gerta Smith-Bishop by the watering hole one day and knew he had to see her again! She is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen…

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Orchid becomes a toddler!

Richard marries Yolanda and goes to let Michael know that she’s pregnant (so he will be able to have another baby!) and Michael is still displeased. Yolanda has no surviving family, and does nothing to further the family name.

Then Richard gets an idea to smooth things over a bit. Instead of watching Owen and Gerta Bishop carry on their affair, Richard suggests introducing his wayward sister Rachel to Owen and seeing if she bites. True, the Adams family won’t help the family legacy any, but the Hamiltons could help them if they were all intermarried…

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Owen prefers Gerta, but Rachel is really pretty too! Before long, the two of them are making out, and Richard lets Alonso in when he comes looking for his betrothed.

Alonso can’t believe his eyes! Owen tells Alonso to get out, and Rachel is torn…but she stays with Owen, since Alonso is mad at her anyway.

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When Owen impulsively asks Rachel to marry him, she agrees and they marry right away.

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Rachel becomes pregnant, and Yolanda gives birth to twin girls!

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The twins Hannah and Hazel, grow up so fast!

Back at the main Hamilton house…

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Fasil becomes a toddler, but then spoiling the joyous occasion, stupid Phillip picks a fight with Thomas Till and kills his own brother!

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Pregnant Mara becomes deeply depressed over the loss of her son, and resorts to magic…

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THOMAS TILL comes back…but as a zombie!!!!!

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The cursed Hamilton family…

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And baby Nicholas becomes a toddler! Hopefully his generation will overcome the Hamilton family curse…


Round 10 TOTALS:

  1. Smith: $159,339
  2. Woods: $123,169
  3. Hamilton: $109,428
  4. Bishop: $57,887
  5. Black: $44,538
  6. Morton: $44,527
  7. Morgan: $29,849
  8. Whitman: $29,560
  9. Moore/Kenmore: $26,009
  10. Adams: $21,471
  11. Morris: $11,012

Test of Time Challenge Part 1, Round 9

It’s time for the ninth round of the TEST OF TIME CHALLENGE!

Instead of the typical 5 day round, I had to do 4 day rounds, because I’ve been too busy, and the extra day makes all the difference. Also, I knew I was going to have to build a new house for at least one of the now-adult Gen 2-ers, and I just didn’t have time to mess with it. But I finally finished round 9! And what a round it was.



Orlo and Ajani have a little boy, and since her deceased father was Kaz and his deceased father was Baz, they name him Daz!


Kev and Bree Morton have a little boy that they name Edward, and Barak is none too pleased at having a new sibling. (Barak is quite high maintenance.)


Although he’s married to young Bree, theirs was more of an arrangement since their loved ones betrayed them than anything else, and when Delilah Black starts flirting with him, Kev’s head is easily turned.


So enamored of her–and surprised that a beauty like Delilah would want him–Kev proposes to Delilah! Sure, he’s technically married to Bree, but she’ll understand!


But then Kev catches Delilah outside kissing Roy Smith!! He’s so mad!

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Being in better shape, Roy beats Kev! Delilah is sad, and Roy feels a little bad…

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Daz becomes a toddler, and Barak becomes a child!


Then Edward becomes a toddler but the child stealer sneaks in while everyone is distracted and steals Barak!!!




When Alonso Kenmore got kicked out of the Hamilton house for having relations with Tisa Hamilton, he moved in with Jayla and the rest of the Moore children.

Alonso starts dating Jayla (single men are hard to come by in Orchard Valley) and when he proposes, she is ecstatic! It’s not the chance to save her family name that Levi was, but a chance to have her own family with a handsome man.


Levi becomes a toddler!



The Hamilton family is cursed, There’s no other explanation for it. The more money they get, the more their family seems to die off.


…But they keep on keepin’ on! Thomas Till Hamilton becomes a toddler, and mommy and daddy are thinking of expanding the family again, but they’re running out of room. Consequently, the youngest Hamilton sibling, Callie Hamilton–Tisa’s last ditch effort at giving Till another son–is moved out of the Hamilton homestead and into the kooky Morgan household. Mara questioned Michael”s decision–word around the village is that Momma Morgan is missing a few screws and runs around the house with something called a lamp shade on her head worshipping some Sun God–she knows it’s the only way to have another baby, so the youngest Hamilton girl is shipped off to live with the Priestesses of Light (um, whatever).


Rachel Hamilton becomes an adult! Upon entering adulthood, she discovers she has a teensy tiny crush on the ambitious Arnold Bishop, and of course he appreciates her standing–she’s a Hamilton, after all; that’s top of the food chain–but doesn’t pursue an affair since he has bigger ideas for a stronger Hamilton alliance.

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Tisa Hamilton dies!!!! She lived a good life, and her surviving family members will all miss her.

As soon as Tisa dies, the village rock-reader drops off ANOTHER magic lamp to the Hamiltons! Another opportunity for wealth! But… Michael has heard rumors that the genie’s dark magic can bring dead family members back, and he contemplates using the genie to bring his mom back…


They grow up so fast! Thomas is a child and Mara is pregnant again!!


They have another little boy, and they name him Fasil!


Now let’s see what Callie Hamilton is up to at the MORGAN HOUSE….

Now that Kev Morton is dead, young Bree is a widow. Leaving Edward behind to be raised by his Uncle Orlo, Bree returned home to live with her own mother and siblings again, but she carries a lot of anger with her–anger at Bram for leaving her for Tasha Black, anger at Kev for marrying her and then planning to leave her for Delilah Black…curses upon the Black family, as far as she’s concerned!


Jayma Black comes over to help celebrate Callie’s birthday, and just seeing her really sets Bree off.

When Roy Smith–Bram’s older brother–comes over and begins flirting with Callie–they have a little flirtationship going on–Bree is furious. She never even liked Roy that way, but Roy is the same man who murdered Kev over Delilah, and now here he is flirting with Callie. They’re all the same!

Callie becomes pregnant soon after her birthday, and although she’s nervous, she’s also excited. Unaware of Bree’s resentment, she gushes about how Roy said that once he gets his own cave, he’s going to move Callie in with him so they can get married and raise their baby together–and make lots more, she adds with a blush and a giggle.

Bree hauls off and slaps her, and Callie is stunned. She opts to walk away, and retires to her room for the night, but makes a mental note to tell Roy that they might need to move their plans up a bit…


But Roy doesn’t take her concerns seriously and tells her the cave isn’t ready yet, just two more weeks and it should be ready.

They have a baby girl and name her Calisa!


Callie is so pretty….

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The same night that Roy tells her two more weeks, Bree picks a fight with Callie…and wins.

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Callie is murdered by stupid Bree Morgan, and although Roy Smith drops to his knees and pleads with the Grim Reaper to spare his beautiful Callie, the Reaper is not in a forgiving mood… Callie Hamilton is dead, leaving Roy alone to raise their daughter.


After Callie’s death, spirits are subdued at the Morgan household until it’s Brooke’s birthday. Her ex-boyfriend Darius comes over to celebrate with her.


Unbeknownst to Brooke, who is now a grown woman, her mother is unable to handle the spotlight not being on her, and she hooks up with Darius in the garden–even though he’s not only her daughter’s ex, but also married!



Roy Smith is mourning the loss of his girlfriend, the mother of his daughter, and also trying to figure out how he’s going to raise a daughter. His twin sister Ruthie suggests that they move into his new place together so she can help him raise Calisa.


Since Callie is gone and he still needs to carry on his family name–and give Calisa a mother-figure in case his sister ever gets married–Roy marries Delilah Black. He did kill a man for her, after all.

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She’s excited to start her new life, but Delilah is under the impression Callie was just a hapless fling, and is not aware of any lingering feelings Roy might have for her. Especially since, you know, she’s dead.

While attending the wedding, Ruthie Smith finds love in the garden with Barney Woods! It’s looking like maybe her brother’s concern about her getting married aren’t that crazy after all…


Calisa is growing and growing–and looking more and more like her mother every day.


As time goes on, Ruthie doesn’t understand why her relationship with Barney isn’t progressing beyond stolen kisses, and then while she’s in town one day, she sees him with another woman. When she asks her friend Mara about it, Mara tells Ruthie that Barney is married to Leah Hamilton!!!! And they have a baby, and another one on the way!

Ruthie is crushed.


Also crushed, Roy Smith. It’s Calisa’s second birthday, marking two years since Callie’s death, and despite being married to someone else–and they’re even expecting their first child together–he can’t seem to stop missing Callie.

On top of missing his younger love, Delilah–9 years older than Roy–is having a difficult pregnancy, leaving Roy to question whether or not they’ll even be able to have anymore children. He explains that he wouldn’t hold it against her or anything, but the survival of his family name does depend on him and so far, he only has a daughter…


Then one day when he’s talking to Michael Hamilton while they’re out hunting together, he finds out Michael has another magic lamp! He was going to use it to bring his mother back to life, but since shew as old and had lived her life, he didn’t, opting instead to save the wishes for more wealth, since they’re never comfortable in their wealth.

Floored, Roy demands, “You mean you can bring someone back from the dead?”

Michael explains he hasn’t tried it and has heard it can go rather badly in some cases, but yeah, supposedly he can.

Roy then pleads with Michael to use his magic lamp to bring his sister Callie back to life! He tells Michael he will give him anything he wants if he’ll do it, and even rushes home to see how many fish he has save up to offer as partial payment. He comes up with an offer of 14 fish–including some giant rainbow trout–and 2 old boots, and since it is his sister and Roy is so desperate to marry her, Michael acquiesces and wishes his sister Callie back to life…


Roy thanks Michael, telling him he’s welcome to fish in his pond or stop over for dinner anytime, and asking for his permission to marry Callie. Michael mentions that Roy is already married, and indicates his pregnant wife in the background (who is none too pleased with Callie’s resurrection) and asks Roy if he intends for Callie to be his second wife. Roy says he can’t exactly kick Delilah out while she’s pregnant, so for now, yes, she would be his second wife, but once Delilah delivers her baby, she could move back in with her family. Roy only wants to be with Callie.

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Roy and Callie get married!!! Calisa is growing up so fast, Roy is eager to have more babies with his teenage bride.


When Calisa becomes a child, her mother is there to see it!


And when Delilah delivers a daughter, she knows that her time is up. Roy won’t keep her around when he has the younger, prettier Callie around to give him all the sons he could ever want.

Their baby girl is named Miana, and she’s a little cutie. Delilah hopes she will at least be able to visit, though she knows it’s Callie who will be raising her daughter.


At the OTHER/ELDER Smith house, Kyle Bishop becomes a child, and the lovely Kenna Smith learns how to fish from her brother-in-law, Arnold Bishop. Sure, two of her sisters have had babies by him, but certainly he wouldn’t be greedy enough to put the moves on a third. Besides, Dinah is obviously a spinster, but Kenna… great things are in store for Kenna, she just knows it.


Bram finally becomes an adult! His love, Tasha Black, is so excited that they will finally be able to live together as husband and wife….


And THE LUCK OF THE WOODS FAMILY is really quite remarkable…

While Sims all over Orchard Valley seem to drop like flies, every single member of the Woods family is alive. SURE, two of the daughters have been kidnapped, but they’re both alive and at least mostly unharmed (Lela did almost die miscarrying her captor’s baby… but Rena seems to be doing pretty well!) and even the founding couple remains alive.


Also, their kids are ridiculously adorable. Like Asher Woods, who just became a toddler! Look at that face! That weirdly blonde head of hair! Asher is just what an heir should be… but they still need a spare.


Rock Woods comes of age. Now it’s time to find a bride!


Enter Leah’s little sister, Rachel Hamilton. Since the Hamilton family and the Woods family are so prestigious, they have already married off one daughter and one son, why not make it two? Rachel and Rock seem to hit it off!


So before long, Rock proposes! She says yes, and they have a small, intimate wedding.


Sadly, Wilma dies. The first member of the Woods family to die…but she lived a good life and got to see even her youngest son married.


When they have a baby girl, Leah and Barney decide that since both of their mothers (Tisa and Wilma) died recently, they should name the baby after them, so the newest addition to the lucky Woods family is little Wilsa Woods!


Sadly, shortly after Wilsa’s birth, Fred dies, presumably of a broken heart…

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Rachel becomes pregnant, Asher becomes a child, and Wilsa becomes a toddler, carrying on the tradition of being an absolutely adorable little one!



Marrying Pebbles Woods moved this family up in the world, and she and her husband Darius have twin girls that they name Lilya and Lorella!


But the joyous occasion is darkened when Blossom Black dies of malnutrition!

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Lilya and Lorella! Such cuties. Mama Pebbles is pregnant again, and they’re hoping this one is a boy!


But… it’s another girl. They name her Kalomina, but despite the financial gain of marrying Pebbles, Darius begins to worry about his family name being carried on… he is the ONLY Black male to carry on the name… he’s been working hard to make their garden profitable, but what good will it do without a son to pass it all on to?



Jinella becomes pregnant by Tyron Whitman.


They have a cute little girl and they name her Vanessa!


Rena Woods becomes a teen!


Jali Whitman also just became a teen, and he thinks his childhood best friend Rena has suddenly gotten hot.


First kiss!!

Even though Rena is only slightly attracted to Jali, she’s wife enough to know that as long as he likes her, she’s safe from his lecherous father’s advances. She doesn’t intend to be the next teen mom at Camp Whitman.


And last but not least, THE AMBITIOUS BISHOPS!


Arnold and Gerta Bishop now have three strapping sons–Gabriel, Max, and Brandon–and of course, one daughter.


The kids playing with their cousin, Calisa Smith.


While Arnold was initially very unimpressed with having a “useless” daughter, he is beginning to rethink his position when he realizes his daughter is pretty cute, and she has Smith blood running through her veins. So, although he hoped for a fourth son initially, a pretty daughter from a good family could prove to be useful… after all, the Hamiltons have boys, and down the road, certainly Michael and Mara will be looking for a cute wife from a good family to marry those sons… why not Calah?


Gabriel becomes a teen–my, how time flies!–and Max is none too pleased about it. Or maybe it’s that his dad made him invite Phillip Hamilton over to play, and he’s kind of a dork.

And Arnold the Ambitious didn’t stop there. Rena Woods, kidnapped daughter of the Woods family, would be a perfect bride for Gabriel when the time comes. Even though she’s technically “seeing someone,” Arnold encourages Gabriel to woo her and invites her over for Gabriel’s party.


Things progress exactly as Arnold wants them to, and before long, Rena is swooning in Gabriel Bishop’s arms.

Now, if Arnold can lock down an alliance with the Woods family through Gabriel and Rena, and a marriage between his daughter Calah and one of the Hamilton boys, after marrying Gerta (and having a son with Dinah) Smith, Arnold the lowly orphan will have successfully arranged marriages with the 3 most powerful families in all of Orchard Valley!! It’s all coming together….



  1. Hamilton: $105,425
  2. Woods: 103,618
  3. Smith: $88,235
  4. Bishop: $43,616
  5. Black: $40,405
  6. Whitman: $26,121
  7. Morgan: $24,075
  8. Moore/Kenmore: $21,535
  9. Morton: $18,850










Test of Time Challenge Part 1, Round 8

This round of the TEST OF TIME CHALLENGE will begin with the MORTON FAMILY, where much more is going on than is typical of The Morton house!


Kev approaches Tyron Whitman about Tasha, and they come to a pretty fair deal–5 lemons, 5 boots, 10 fish, and Tasha has to come over 4 times a week to help out in the garden until the next girl at the camp becomes a teen and can take her place.

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Kev agrees to Tyron’s price and Tasha is so happy to be free again! Well, sort of. She does still feel indebted to Kev since he rescued her from captivity, so she wants to give him the son he needs to carry on his family name.


Tasha becomes pregnant!! (For the second time before her 16th birthday, and yet again with a man she doesn’t love, so she isn’t very excited, but Kev is.)


After her less than serious flirtations with Richard Hamilton and Rock Woods, Tasha meets Bram Smith and it’s essentially love at first sight. Even though she’s pregnant with Kev’s baby, Bram is there to support her, rubbing her back after a long day working in the garden at Tyron’s place.


Orlo grows up! Now Both Morton boys are adults. Orlo likes Ajani Moore, and decides to have a baby with her since neither of them have any other prospects.


Tasha has the baby and is delighted when it’s a boy!!!! They name him Barak, and Tasha feels that her debt to Kev has been paid.


Tasha and Leah Hamilton are besties, even though Tasha flirted with one of her brothers (Richard) while with another, and is now about to break Kev’s heart….


Leah meets Barney Woods again (who was also interested in Tasha first…) and they really hit it off now that they’re adults!


Barak was unlucky enough to get his mother’s complexion…



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Brooke and boyfriend Darius Black are hanging out, and Belinda becomes a child.


Then there’s an unexpected road block when Bree’s boyfriend Bram hooks up with Kev’s live-in girlfriend and baby-mama Tasha! Kev is devastated when he sees Tasha outside in a liplock with the younger man, and demands to know what’s going on. Tasha explains that she gave him a son and that’s what he wanted, right? Now she wants to be with Bram since they’re in love…

Bree is equally as displeased. In a world where finding a husband is your only chance of carrying on your lineage–and in a family of all girls–marrying into the wealthy Smith family had been a very exciting prospect. Not only that, but Bram claimed to love her!


Each in the throes of heartbreak and without really even knowing each other, when Kev approaches Bree and suggests that they marry, she assumes she isn’t going to get a better offer, even if Kev is the poorest landowner in all of Orchard Valley…at least he does own some land, and there’s always the possibility that together they can build a more prosperous family…




Lela Woods becomes a teen, so pregnant Tasha can finally stop coming to work their garden while the kids are occupied with the orchard, fishing for food/profit and cleaning the house. Little sister Rena is still new to the harsher conditions and is not a fan.


Hunter becomes a toddler!


Trella dies!! She and Tyron were having minor issues because she had convinced herself he was a sort of good guy, just misunderstood, but when she was carrying Jali outside she spotted him a little closer to Lela Woods than she was comfortable with, and quite aware than her own little sister will be coming of age very soon… They had a fight about it and hadn’t made up before she died. Tyron feels terrible!


Jali becomes a child! He and Rena Woods are best friends.


Trella’s little sister Jinella becomes a teen, and quite a pretty one, too!

Although Lela is slightly older, Tyron looks to Jinella to fill her sister’s shoes as mother of the brood.

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Lela nearly dies but Tyron pleads for her life and saves her!


Hunter becomes a child!


Over at THE MOORE FAMILY, they’re still recovering from Kaz’s death… though the inheritance boosted their position in society.


Twins Khal and Khana become teens! Yay! The ladies will be happy to have another potential suitor.


Poor Jayla is so lonely that she consults a rock-reader about her love life. The woman tells Jayla a tall, dark and handsome man is in her future and sets Jayla up on a date.

The date goes TERRIBLY and leaves Jayla even more depressed.

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Unfortunately, Khal picks a fight with Khana and Khana emerges victorious. Khal dies. 😦


In her devastation over her only living brother’s death, Tyron Whitman shows up and she ends up…charmed by him? Considering her family name is about to die out and she’s clearly not going to marry, Jayla sleeps with him in hopes of conceiving a son.


And she does! Even though his father is his dead aunt’s husband, baby Levi Moore is born, potentially saving the Moore name!


And over at THE WOODS FAMILY….


Leah Hamilton marries Barney Woods! Her dowry is only $94 but they don’t need the money.


They have a blonde-haired boy named Asher Woods!


All three generations! Fred and Wilma, Barney and Leah, and baby Asher!



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Darius grows up!

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Ursa dies!


Darius meets Pebbles Woods for the first time as an adult, and they decide to spend more time together.

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Although he’s unsure about moving so fast, Darius proposes to his childhood friend so they can get started on their family. He’s the only Black male, so the family name depends on him (and Pebbles also has black hair, so she fits right into his family).


Jayma becomes a teen!




While her pregnant sister is at home resting, Dinah begins an affair with her sister’s husband, Arnold Bishop!

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Dinah finds out she’s pregnant, and when she gives birth to a boy, they name him Kyle Bishop.


Kyle becomes a toddler!


Ruthie and Roy become adults!




Gerta gives birth to another boy! Brandon Bishop! Now, in addition to Kyle, Arnold has 4 sons! Maybe his family has a chance at rising up the ranks after all!

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Brandon becomes a toddler and Gerta gives birth to their first daughter, Calah. Arnold was hoping for another boy, but Gerta is pleased to have a daughter. Sometimes her husband is just too single-minded in his ambition…


And finally, at HAMILTON HOUSE….


It’s a sad day for the Hamiltons. Patriarch of the family Till Hamilton dies. 😦


Our generation 3 heir, Phillip, becomes a toddler!


Mara is pregnant again, and this pregnancy is really taking its toll on her. With Till gone, they needed some outside help to keep up with the gardens and the orchard. Michael found nomad Alonso Kenmore and he was willing to work for only room and board, so he came to stay with the Hamiltons to help out.

Unfortunately, the very lonely widow Tisa is attracted to Alonso, and they end up sleeping together. Consequently, Michael kicks Alonso out, and he must find somewhere else to live.


When Mara finally gives birth, it’s to another boy, and they name him Thomas Till Hamilton in honor of his grandfather.

Since she nearly died several times during her pregnancy, Mara informs Michael that they need to take a break before they have anymore kids.



  1. Hamilton: $92,766
  2. Smith: $87,834
  3. Woods: $70,089
  4. Bishop: $41,499
  5. Black: $32,778
  6. Whitman: $21,187
  7. Moore: $20,549
  8. Morgan: $18,885
  9. Morton: $17,119





Test of Time Challenge Part 1, Round 7

Okay, this round took longer than the last few rounds–some births, some deaths, some random events. A lot happened!

First we will check in with the BISHOP FAMILY!




Ambitious master gardener Arnold Bishop and his new wife Gerta attempt to climb the societal ranks and earn their fortune by expanding 3 new garden plots and being a baby boy factory. As soon as Gerta had Gabriel, they started trying again, and she had another baby boy named Max!

With two toddlers, Gerta had to call on grandma Kah to come help out with the boys so she can get some rest.

Before long, Gabriel grows into a child, and baby number 3 is on the way!




Dinah grows into an adult!!! (She does not seem to like Bree Morgan, however.)


Perhaps it’s because Bree started dating Dinah’s younger brother Bram?


Kenna becomes a teen! There are too many teen girls in this tribe, and not enough Sims who are attracted to each other. Before long, there may be arranged marriages….


Now, given my abundance of girls, obviously what I needed was more teen girls! I created one last new family in my attempt to keep separate blood lines (especially since Tyron Whitman is having babies with everyone this round…) THE MORGAN FAMILY!

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The Morgans moved to town, but the father died as soon as they moved in, and the mother decided to move on to the neighbor who stopped by to greet her and welcome her to the tribe… Tyron Whitman! Now, since Tyron Whitman almost died without descendants in the last round, he decided maybe he should reproduce in case something happens to him.


Mrs.Morgan becomes pregnant! Tyron isn’t planning to leave his camp (plus Trella Moore got really jealous when she found out about them, and came by and stole her morning newspaper?), however, so the single mother continues to be a single mother–in addition to her teen daughters, Bree and Brooke, she is pregnant with another baby. Maybe it will be a boy, so the Morgan name won’t die out….


Aaaannnd…. it’s a girl! They name the new baby girl Belinda Morgan!


Brooke is proud of herself for catching a big fish for dinner, but she doesn’t prepare it well…


She dies of food poisoning? I guess? Her mother pleads with the Grim Reaper to spare her, and he decides to give Brooke one more shot at cooking fish…


Belinda becomes a toddler! She’s a little cutie with Momma’s hair and Daddy’s eyes…not that he’s been around much since she was born….




It’s time for Delilah to grow into an adult! The first in her household to grow into adulthood! All the of ladies in the Black family pose for a photograph.


Jayma becomes a child, and Tasha sees Jam’s ghost!!!

Then, tragedy strikes, and the Whitman camp strikes again–kidnapping Tasha and Jayma right out from under their mother’s nose!


Ursa is getting older, and now that her children have been taken away again, she’s more depressed than ever. She consults the village doctor, who tells her she doesn’t have much longer…




Trella finally becomes an adult, but the happy event is overshadowed when her brother Jali dies!


Obviously that’s sad, but when her brother dies, Tyron is there for her, and without wasting any time, they decide to get married! She’s basically like his wife anyway, so they might as well make it official so he can carry on his family name with a son.

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Tasha Black becomes a teenager, and what a little cutie she is! Shortly after her birthday, Tyron’s assistant shows up and argues with him, telling him that Ursa Black is nearing the end of her life, and he should be a decent person and at least give back her youngest daughter, who is her dead husband’s namesake. Tyron agrees to send Jayma back home, but insists on keeping Tasha, especially now that she’s a teen and more useful around camp. Jayma is returned home, and Ursa is overjoyed.

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Tyron has a baby (Belinda) with Momma Morgan. Trella was not pleased, even though this was before her 18th birthday. Now married to Tyron, she and Tyron have a baby of their own–and it’s the boy that he wanted! They name him Jali in honor of her brother who died…

In less pleasing news, Tasha Black also ended up pregnant, and Trella can only assume it’s Tyron’s baby…


Marvin Black dies! Now all of the boys who have been abducted to Camp Whitman have died as teens…all of the girls have survived, however. RIP Marvin Black, Jali Moore, and Steve Hamilton!

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Tasha also gives birth to a baby boy! Tyron decides to name him Hunter Whitman, and she’s cool with it. Not like she particularly wanted to have a kid at 15 anyway… In an uncharacteristically kind moment, Tyron allowed Tasha’s dying mother to come over and meet her first and only grandson since she might not live to see anymore of her grandkids… Although obviously not pleased with how she got her first grandchild, she is so happy to get to meet him since she was afraid she wouldn’t live to see it (Delilah seems to have no prospects).


Jali Whitman becomes a toddler!


The current Whitman clan. Now Lela Woods is the only child he has, along with Tasha and their son Hunter, and Trella and their son Jali. Now that his legacy is secured with an heir and a spare (not to mention an illegitimate daughter out there somewhere), looks like it’s time for some new recruits….




As per the usual, there is not a lot going on with Kev and Orlo Morton. Kev (the eldest with the black hair) is not attracted to anyone in town, but since he will be aging up soon and has to start a family if he wants his name to live on, he hosts a fishing party for Kenna Smith and Bree Morgan, but is not impressed with either of them.


But then his younger brother brings home Tasha Black, whom he discovered having a heat stroke while she was out gathering wood for a fire that night, and Kev actually finds himself attracted to her. He has the oddest urge to flirt with her, and when he does, he’s pleased as punch that she flirts right back! Before long, he’s asking her on a date, and she says she’d love to, but she’s not sure she can get away again… She goes on to explain that she’s a prisoner at Camp Whitman–and even has a son by Tyron Whitman, despite her young age. Instead of being scared off, as she expected, Kev promises her that he will go to Tyron Whitman and he won’t leave until he agrees to let Tasha leave if she really wants to be with him.

More because she’s excited by the prospect of freedom than Kev Morton, she eagerly agrees, assuring him she would love to come live with him if he could free her from Tyron, but she doubts he will ever let her go.

“You let me worry about him,” he says, puffing out his chest, and for the first time, Tasha is immensely pleased with her feminine wiles.




Mara Forrester becomes an adult, and even though the night before her birthday she shared a kiss with Barney Woods after her professed his love for her–just to make sure that it was really Michael she should be with before she ran off and married him–Mara packs her things and leaves to go marry Michael Hamilton. The Woods family is kind enough to provide her with a $2,000 dowry since she’s an orphan.


One night while Wilma is out gardening, Tyron’s assistant sneaks into her house and kidnaps Rena!!


Tasha Black accompanies Rock home one day, and he’s quite taken with her! (Unfortunately, so is elder brother Barney…)

Tasha finds both of them more attractive than Kev Morton, although when Rock asks if she wants to go out with him, when she explains her situation, he most certainly does not offer to pursue her freedom from the dastardly Tyron Whitman, leading her to think despite her flirtation with the brothers, she should probably play it safe and stick with Kev…


Barney becomes an adult! Unfortunately, with Mara and Trella being the only grown women he’s attracted to, and not wanting a teenage bride or a married woman, Barney is presently without prospects…

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Selma and Pebbles grow up!


Fred and Wilma Woods with their two grown children, Barney and Pebbles!



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Richard Hamilton becomes a teen! And Callie becomes a toddler!


The Hamilton heir Michael Hamilton finally comes of age!


Michael and his aging parents, with Leah in the background reading to Callie and younger son Richard going to bed. He’s a touch jealous of his brother, given that technically he was born on the wrong side of the blanket, so Richard feels he should be heir.


Till Hamilton with both of his sons, the heir Michael and the younger son Richard.


Michael wastes no time marrying sweetheart Mara Forrester and she becomes his wife!


Richard becomes infatuated with Tasha Black (it seems he should get in line…) but instead of just a little flirtation, Richard is a bit more aggressive and shares his first kiss with Tasha. Just as infatuated as he is, Tasha wishes she could be with Richard, but he certainly isn’t old enough or strong enough to stand up to Tyron, who she suspects is responsible for all of the teen boys who have died at his camp. Not that she wants anything to happen to Kev, but he’s older and he seemed more determined than the handsome boys who only flirt with her. Despite being more attracted to Richard, she thinks it’s wisest to stick with Kev…even if her heart says otherwise.


Callie’s birthday!


Mara gives birth to a son! The first Hamilton child–and heir–of the third generation, Phillip Hamilton!


What a beautiful family! Michael, Mara and baby Phillip will be leading the next generation. Hopefully their family can work their way up past the Smith family, and eventually they can be the ruling family in the future!


Lastly, THE MOORE FAMILY, who had a very bad season.


Ajani becomes a teen and Khal and Khana become children.

Sadly, everyone except Jinella has caught a sickness. The young ones seem better equipped to fight the sickness, but elderly Kaz is having a hard time recovering.

While Kaz is weakened and everyone is sick, Jinella is kidnapped!

Then, as if things aren’t bad enough, an earthquake triggers an avalanche and before they know it, half of their house has been crushed and most of their crops lost!


Kaz does not survive the avalanche, but he was able to tell Jayla about money he had hidden before he dies, so despite their losses and having to rebuild a smaller shelter, the kids still come out ahead financially.


  1. Smith:  $71,517
  2. Hamilton: $66,808
  3. Woods: $54,759
  4. Bishop: $35,984
  5. Black: $25,248
  6. Moore: $22,855
  7. Whitman: $17,004
  8. Morgan: $16,547
  9. Morton: $14,811


Test of Time Challenge Part 1, Round 6

This was quite an eventful round for nearly all of my households! Every family’s founders are now elders, so generation two is about to take over…



Kenna becomes a little cutie!


Ruthie and Barney Woods get cozy! (Looks like there may not be the big fight over Mara Forrester between Michael Hamilton and Barney Woods that I was worried about…)


The Smith family gets a genie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There goes the Hamilton family’s sure-thing lead in the run for eventual emperor!


Bram also grows up to be a teen!


Kah Smith becomes an elder!!


Unexpectedly, Ruthie dies of starvation! But her mother pleads for her life, and the Reaper decides to give the teen another shot…


Dinah, Bram, and Ruthie!


Now it’s time for Gur to grow old! My first family to have elders!


After her near death experience, Ruthie is feeling much less inhibited and decides to call over her secret crush, Tyron Whitman, the dastardly kidnapper! (She must be going through her bad boy phase…)


Then it’s time for the eldest daughter, Gerta Smith, to have her birthday to celebrate becoming an adult! They make it a real celebration, inviting over friends/neighbors to celebrate with Gerta!


Inexplicably, Gerta picks a fight with poor Arla Moore and Gerta wins… bye bye Arla! 😦


Gerta all grown up with her mom and dad! These are her last days at home before she goes off to marry Arnold Bishop! Mom and Dad will miss her so.

Over at the BISHOP HOUSE….


Lovebirds Gerta Smith and Arnold Bishop waste no time getting engaged!


While they’re at it, they tie the knot, with only her sister Dinah as a witness! Arnold is an overachiever and is eager to start his family, since being the only male–and only member–of his family, the family legacy and the Bishop name rests on his shoulders. the sooner they get a son, the better!


The newly married couple, Arnold and Gerta Bishop!


She is pregnant pretty immediately!


And they give birth to a baby boy named Gabriel on the first try! The family name is safer now, and the first member of generation 3 is born!!!!!!!

On to the MOORE house….


While attending Gerta Smith’s birthday party, Gerta murdered Arla in a fight…


Twins Khal and Khanna grown into toddlers, although now they are motherless…. luckily they have a big sister who can help raise them…


Jinella becomes a child while Kaz becomes an elder! (Gerta Smith is there, as she wanted to extend her sympathies to the family…)


Jayla has a crush on Orlo Morton, even though he’s younger than she is and doesn’t seem all that interested in her…


Then it’s time for Jayla to grow up and become woman of the house!


Since Arla died, it’s just father and daughter for this “All Grown Up” portrait….

And at the BLACK FAMILY….


Tragedy strikes! While cooking dinner, a horrible fire consumes basically the whole kitchen, all of their appliances/counters, AND Jam and Blossom Black! 😦


After Ursa begs the Grim Reaper to spare her loved ones, he agrees to spare Blossom, but her husband Jam is gone forever…


Faced with the loss of her soul mate and single motherhood to her children and the one she is pregnant with, poor Ursa has a nervous breakdown, the last flowers he surprised her with still visible in the distance. 😦


Marvin becomes a child…. with a smashed in nose.


A baby girl is born, and Ursa names her Jayma after Jam…


Big sister Delilah helps out with Tasha and the new baby while Marvin and Darius are in school out learning to hunt.


Blossom becomes a teen!


Ursa is devastated when the kidnapping tribe learns of her single motherhood and comes to take her children away! They take Marvin and Tasha… but when she tries to take Jayma, Ursa finds her fight, and she fights the woman, taking back her baby while the woman runs off with her other two children!


Since Arnold Bishop has married Gerta, Delilah decides to explore other options, like ROY Smith, Gerta’s brother.


Ursa becomes an elder!


An elder with a baby…


The years pass, and her baby Jayma grows into a toddler…


Ursa finally gets comfortable being an elder…


And then one day, miraculously, Tasha shows up on her doorstep, having escaped Tyron WHITMAN’s camp of stolen children!

Meanwhile at CAMP WHITMAN


Tyron has quite a sizeable brood at this point…Lela Woods, Tasha  and Marvin Black, Steve Hamilton, and Trella and Jali Moore.


Jali Moore and Steve Hamilton both become teenagers!


Unfortunately, Steve is a huge jerk to TRELLA and hits her right in front of everybody just because he’s angry. Trella is hurt.


Tasha Black and Lela Woods both grow up. (Tasha is as cute as a button! Lela needs new clothes, lol)


His assistant reports back to him, and while she’s informing him of the goings on, Tyron hears a scream from inside the shack where the kids sleep.


Steve Hamilton dies!


After Steve’s death, there’s a heat wave and nearly everyone is hit… everyone except Tasha Black, who escapes while they’re having heat strokes and heads back to her home…


After the losses this round, the WHITMAN clan is down to Marvin Black, Lela Woods, and Jali and Trella Moore…


Trella is less and less a prisoner and more the tribe’s mother. Tyron gruffly informs her shortly after Steve’s death that his death was no accident; Tyron didn’t like the way Steve treated Trella so he slipped a little something extra in his rations that night.

Trella isn’t sure how to respond…


THEN the unexpected happens–Tyron dies of heatstroke!! While Marvin demands to know if she’s crazy, Trella falls to her knees and begs for Tyron’s life to be spared.

“Trella… we can go home if he–” Marvin tries logic, but Trella persists, and the Reaper grants her wish…


Trella was already his favorite, but now that she’s saved his life… he can’t believe it!



First love… Mara Forrester and MICHAEL HAMILTON, heir to the Hamilton fortune…


With news of the Smith family’s new fortune, Till is feeling less sure of his family legacy and he tells Tisa he wants to try for another son. To make room for a baby, she moves her sons from her previous marriage out into their own place.

“Will you boys be okay?”

They assure her they will, and she gives them a few gifts to get started…


Tisa’s last pregnancy!!


Rachel Hamilton is a beauty!


They welcome a new baby, but it’s a girl, not a boy, and there is no time to try again. They name her Callie!


THEN Tisa and Till become elders!!

AND lastly, the WOODS FAMILY!


They welcome a daughter named Rena!


She becomes a toddler and their next and last baby is also a girl; they name her Selma!


When the kidnapper comes around, Fred warns her off and tells her not to come back.




ROCK becomes a teen!


Selma becomes a toddler! RENA becomes a child!! They grow up so fast!


AND Fred and Wilma grow old…

Stats as of Round 6

  1. Smith: $69,457
  2. Hamilton: $60,525
  3. Woods: $50,776
  4. Bishop: $35,170
  5. Black: $22,535
  6. MORTON: $16,350
  7. Whitman: $16,327
  8. Moore: $14,749

Test of Time Challenge Part 1, Round 5

During the 5th round, I started to think more about my second generation, since the elders are one round away from being…well, elders, and my next generation is preparing to age up! It bothered me that there would be kids just floating around (that were taken away by the social worker) so I decided to solve that problem as well as my overall lack of a criminal element in my Neanderthal community by creating the Whitman family, run by Tyron Whitman, and he is the one who “takes” all of the kids now when the social worker shows up. So this way the kids can all grow up at the right time and two generations from now it won’t still show two live children who never aged up after they were taken from their parents.


The BISHOP family…


Arnold Bishop isn’t immediately sure which of the Smith sisters he favors–Gerta and her younger sister Dinah look almost identical and they’re both pretty cool girls. He decides to hang out with them all together to see who he enjoys being around more.


Gerta it is! Arnold informs Gerta that once she’s ready, he would like for her to move out of her family’s house and in with him so they could start their family as soon as possible. (What can I say, he’s a real romantic…)



Welcome baby Tasha!


Darius grows into a teen boy! Little sister Blossom is unimpressed (but at least her nose isn’t deformed anymore…)


Baby Marvin becomes a toddler! Growing up so fast!



Kev Morton grows into a teen, and reminds me that now he is the oldest of the only two remaining Mortons… consequently, before long, he and his brother will be moving into their own household to continue their family lineage.


Rachel got her mother’s eyes. She grows into a child and remains the second and youngest Hamilton daughter. (Michael is the heir, even though technically at the time of his conception/birth, he was illegitimate. At the moment it’s looking like he will be marrying Mara Forrester, although Barney Woods is also interested in her and they do live in the same house…)


Leah Hamilton–after being rescued from her kidnapper by her father–has grown into a young woman. Tisa thinks she needs a little help learning how to style her hair and darken her eyelashes from time to time, but she can show her all that…


Richard, the youngest of the Hamiltons, grows into a child!


Orlo Morton becomes a teenager. Older half-brother Michael Hamilton is unimpressed, and Leah is too overheated to pay much attention.


Quite unexpectedly, Till Hamilton has a series of heat strokes and dies!! But, his beloved wife Tisa pleads for his life….


She wins and Till is given a second chance!!



After losing their kids, Kaz manages to retrieve his baby daughter, Ajani! Sadly, Trella and Jali are still missing and he was not able to get them back.


Jayla is so glad to have Ajani back, and she’s growing up so fast!


They have a baby girl named Jinella–the first of their children to have Daddy’s complexion!


Jinella is ADORABLE. Before long, she is a toddler and Arla is expecting again!


Ajani becomes a child–she looks pretty solemn here!


Finally, Arla gives birth to twins–a boy and girl that they name Khal and Khana!



The kids are all growing up and becoming teens, and it’s time to throw Roy and Ruthie a birthday party. (Ruthie’s giving the peace sign.)


Roy! He looks pretty cool. I think he needs a pair of sunglasses 😉

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Kenna becomes a toddler and Bram becomes a child!



Wilma and Fred have a baby girl named Lela, and they debate whether they should try to have another one…


But heat stroke hits everyone in the household, and that sneaky woman from the child-stealing tribe comes and takes Rock and Lela away!!!!!


Fred is furious!!!!!! He manages to get Rock back, but he can’t find baby Lela! 😦

Which brings us to the last family and latest addition to Orchard Valley, the villainous, child-stealing WHITMAN household…


Meet Tyron Whitman, stealer of neglected children all over Orchard Valley. He’s a bit of a slave driver, but he gives them a place to sleep and food to eat at least once a day…


Life for Whitman’s kids certainly isn’t easy–no fertilizer for crops, not enough beds for everyone (one person can sleep on the couch while he enjoys his roomy double bed), only one meal served a day, and they have only enough shelter for sleeping, so their chance of heat stroke is probably much higher. Not to mention, they have all been taken from their families…

At this point, he has Trella and Jali Moore, and Steve Hamilton.


Former tribesman Gur Smith comes to visit, but has no idea that Tyron is the child thief. He obviously doesn’t ask, and leaves before the kids get home.


Trella Moore becomes a teenager! Now she can take over as sort of the mother of the group of stolen kids…


His latest and youngest addition: little Lela Woods!

For the final standings in round five:

  • Hamilton: $50,345
  • Bishop: $29,334 (will likely fall due to being the only Bishop in town)
  • Smith: $24,971
  • Woods: $23,957
  • Black: $22,087 (moving on up!)
  • Whitman: $15,314 (thanks child laborers!)
  • Moore: $13,725 (obviously this family is very bad with money!)