Friday, 26 February 2010

The toro and the toreador

Round 25: Spring 2021

Caterina Nihill is 66, Max is 34, Zaria Royce is 33, Josh Royce-Nihill is 7 and Jessica is 1.
(Asha is 24)

Narrated by Zaria Royce

So far, Jessica has been so much easier to raise than Josh was. She's so easy-going and gentle, whereas Josh was more of the pull-Mummy's-hair-and-then-laugh-because-it's-so-funny model of toddler.

I guess Jessica is sort of similar to me. It's hard to tell when they're so young but it seems that way so far.

Josh is definitely more like Max, and as a result, they're extremely close.

Watching them play together, it's easy to see where Josh gets his mild tendency towards aggression from. Max is like that too, especially when sports are involved. They're both very competitive.

Caterina has been watching the kids lately but she's itching to start working more again.

We'll still need child care though, so I'm considering taking some time off and doing the stay-at-home thing for a little while. We can always get a nanny if I start going stir-crazy!

I got a little annoyed at Max the other night. Asha came to visit and Max could barely keep his eyes inside his head, the way he was leering at her. It just seemed like he was hanging on Asha's every word and he had this goofy grin on his face whenever he looked at her.

I don't usually care when he looks at other women but I wish he wouldn't look at my sister that way. Asha is basically me, minus about ten years and I guess it makes me feel a little insecure.

I tried to express my displeasure while we were all sitting around the table but my narrowed eyes and even kicking Max's leg didn't seem to be making much of an impression.

I tried to talk to him about it later but I don't think he understands. He was reassuring but I think he also thinks I'm being slightly ridiculous. Maybe I am being ridiculous. He was only looking and he's never so much as flirted with Asha. She wouldn't have that anyway, even if he tried.

So I think this might be my issue and part of it might be how unfit I've been feeling lately. I think I still look good but I don't feel good. I used to exercise all the time but haven't done it nearly as much since Josh was born. I think I'll feel better about myself if I make more of an effort to get back into it. Our new house has a fantastic pool, so I might as well use it!

A few nights later, Max announced we were going out to dinner. It was a little late but because Max doesn't get home from work until 8, when we go out, it's usually a pretty late night.

I've never been the kind of girl who was desperate to get married. I always thought Max was probably relieved about that because whenever anyone asks him if we'd ever get married, he'd go on about how we didn't need a piece of paper or rings to show we were committed.

So you can imagine that I was stunned when Max proposed over dinner!

I said yes, of course! I'd never really thought about marriage before but now that I have, I'm so excited about it! Ever since I put the ring on my finger, I haven't been able to stop looking at it.

All the reasons Max was nervous about marriage didn't seem to make much sense any more. We already have two kids together, which is about as committed as you can get, so it seemed silly to him to still be scared of making it legal. So he said he thought about it for a long time and then he finally just asked me.

It was past 2 in the morning by the time we got home but we were both so giddy that we had to wake Caterina and tell her our news.

I think she was happy for us but she was a little bleary-eyed and couldn't work up too much excitement right at that moment!

So now, the wedding planning begins! I've got help with that from my bridesmaids. Asha is my maid of honour, of course but I'll have two other bridesmaids, Cordy, one of my college friends and Olivia, Max's sister. Max and I have already waited years to get married so we're not going to delay it too much longer. Our wedding will be held early next year.

Extra pic:
See, Max really does like Zaria the best! ;) He doesn't check out Asha's ass like that!

And some Jessica spam, because I just have to:

Olivia loves her niece! This was actually the first time they'd met but Olivia was rolling up wants for Jessica like crazy.

  • Title is from The Toro and the Toreador by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.
  • Max rolled this round's ROS Change of heart: change your turn-ons to match the Sim you are most attracted to, whether that's your spouse or not... Fortunately for Zaria, the Sim Max is most attracted to is her. Asha is Max's second highest attraction and their score is 163. He and Zaria have 181, so Max really does like Zaria better than Asha. I didn't want to ignore the ROS completely though, so I wrote it in as insecurity on Zaria's part. They are both fit but because Asha is taller than Zaria, she tends to look a little more slender than Zaria.
  • Just recently in the Valentine's post, Laura commented that she didn't realise Max and Zaria had never got married and in my reply, I mentioned how Max always had the fear and that I didn't think he'd ever roll the want. Well...guess who rolled the want? Crazy! Max and Zaria have broken Madelyn and James's record of time between meeting and marriage. Madelyn and James were together 14 years before tying the knot and by the time Max and Zaria's wedding rolls around, they will have been together for 20 years. They're high school sweethearts. ;)
  • The wedding will be in Autumn 2022, so my estimate is that it'll be posted within the next couple of weeks. I've picked Zaria's gown, and the tuxes for the guys (Max's groomsmen are Wade, Luc and Eliot) but I still need to choose bridesmaid dresses and see if I can find something cute for Jessica to wear. The wedding will be held at home, mostly because of Jessica. Then someone can put her down for a nap if she gets cranky during the reception.


  1. Zaria and Max getting married! I almost squealed out of excitement until I realized it's way past midnight here and other people are trying to sleep LOL

    I never thought I'd see the day that these two are planning their wedding. I think it's super-cool that they waited this long. At least they can be pretty sure that it'll last.

    The pic of Max staring at Asha is so funny, looks like he's eyes are ready to pop out of his head. I cracked completely when I saw the picture of him checking out Zaria's assets.

  2. Awww! How cute! Jessica is adorable! And it looks like everything's going swell for the rest of the family too, congrats on the wedding! That sure took a long time :D

  3. Sari, I never thought these two would get married either! I probably had the same reaction as you when Max rolled that marriage want. I couldn't believe it but I'm very excited to do another wedding!

    My Sims are all such pervs lately. First it was Emil checking out Pamela's ass, then Luc looking down Amelia's dress at the wedding and now Max gawking at the Royce sisters. Too funny!

    Tessa, thank you, I love Jessica! She's a nice mix of Max and Zaria.

    I had a two couples earlier on in Sullivan who never rolled up the marriage want at all but it's more interesting to have these ones that roll it out of nowhere, after years and years of "living in sin"!

  4. Woo! Another wedding! And this one is quite the surprise! Wtg Max for overcoming the fear.

    And aww on the Jessica spam. She is adorable.

    I'm surprised Zaria decided to try stating at home. I think she will do good though with mild Jessica.

  5. Maisie, it was a massive surprise, wasn't it? Max still has the fear but it rolls away a lot. It used to be a constant fixture.

    Zaria's Popularity/Romance, so she's not particularly driven when it comes to work. She won't mind staying home for a while. She's not quitting but she has 6 vacation days saved up, so I'm going to let her use some of them.

  6. Max rolling up that want after you posted that he never had, is like when you tell someone your teenager doesn't like this or that, and then they come in and tell the person they LOVE it. Cracked me up.

    Zaria is lucky. I like the way you wrote it up, but at first I was thinking, Really,Max, her sister??!

  7. Francesca, after I wrote that comment, I thought to myself "Wouldn't it be funny if he rolled that want next time I played him?" And then lo and behold!

    Had Max not met Zaria at a really young age, he probably would have lived a lifestyle similar to what Luc's was like up until a couple of years ago. So he does still likes to look, even when the woman he's looking at his girlfriend's (now fiancee's) sister!

  8. Oh yay! I can't wait for this wedding! I like the way you played out that ROS too - very creative, and I agree, better than just ignoring it.

    And how funny that our very unlikely romance Sims both rolled up marriage wants in the same week, lol! I also love it when they finally roll a marriage want after such a long time. It just feels so much more meaningful and well thought out :)

  9. Going to the chapel and we're ...! Congrats to the happy couple.

    Also, yay for the toddler spam, she's such a cutie.

  10. Laura, thanks! I'm having more fun with the ROS lately because I've had a few that were impossible/boring to do as is, so I had to think a little bit about them!

    I almost said something about Zaria and Max in my comment about Aurora and Adrian yesterday but ended up not mentioning them. But I agree...Sims so often roll marriage wants on their first date, which is cute but it's a little more special when they take their time. And Max and Zaria certainly have!

    Apple Valley, LOL, thanks!

    Jessica's going to be such a pretty girl when she grows up! Max will need to watch out for the boys, I think. ;)

  11. Jessica is such a cute toddler! Definitely ok to post Jessica pic spam! I love the pictures of her and Olivia together. Definitely sweet.

    And Max is such a handsome sim. I don't think I've noticed that before, lol.

    I can't wait to see their wedding. Somehow I never really realized that they weren't married either come to think of it.

  12. Lunar, yeah, Max is a good looking guy. I think he got mostly Caterina's features but Ben's general face shape. I think Josh will end up looking a lot like him as he gets older.

    I don't think you were the only one who didn't realise they weren't married. Every time I update on Zaria and Max, I usually get someone in Comments thinking they're married. And really, they are married, in every way except legally. This will just make it officially official. ;)