A Sunday in Spring

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This weekend started out being a lazy one, which was much needed, but then turned into a very productive one!

I listed things on Ebay, I did my homework, I answered blogger comments, helped my mom in the garden for hours today, cleaned out my car and did the dreaded dump chore!

It was in the upper 60’s on the mountain top today….so I definitely took time to enjoy the sunshine and felt so much gratitude.

 

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Isn’t it amazing when the ground thaws out, wakes up, and comes alive again?

You don’t realize how good dirt smells or how green the grass is until you’ve been deprived of it in the cold hard months of a long winter.

Is that our own faults for not remaining completely present in the moments in front of us? Or is that simply……human?

As humans, like the dirt and the grass, we, too, wake up in the spring again.

We roll over and stretch, yawning out the tiredness the winter brought upon us.

 

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Everyone was feeling the gratitude of the sunshine today….

 

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You could hear it in their songs. Songs of praise for the day we had in front of us…

 

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Perched politely, waiting for his friends to finish their Sunday brunch.

 

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Caught ya little chipmunk….

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Running away from Monday like…

 

What did you do to enjoy this Sunday?

Santorini, Greece Bucket List

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This is going to be a long list and I may add to it as time goes along and the trip gets closer. I will do an update post once I have actually visited with where I suggest to go and pictures from the trip itself.

There is SO much to do on this little island that I have read about, it is hard to compile one list. I am not sure if every single one of these things will happen, but we are going to try our hardest to make every day count as much as possible!

We travel to Santorini from May 10th to the 19th. If you missed my Currently in March post, it has been my dream to go here ever since the first Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie came out and that dream is finally becoming a reality!

From what I have read online (and there are SO many resources out there it’s a bit overwhelming,) there are quite a few must sees and must dos when in Santorini. When I read about all that Greece has to offer and look at pictures, I get chills.

Santorini is only 1 of the many islands in Greece, but with so much to do. It was devastated by volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, creating it’s rugged and cliffside landscape.

Hike from Fira to Oia and see the famous Santorini sunset. (With a bottle of wine)

It has been said that people travel from all over the world to Santorini simply to see a Santorini sunset. I can see why…

Walk the steps from Oia to Amoudi Bay.

I can’t even fathom the beauty of Amoudi Bay when I look at pictures online…

Visit these towns/villages & walk around, shop, eat in: Oia, Fira, Imerovigli, Kamari, Perissa

Each little village seems to have it’s own uniqueness to it and known for it’s own “thing.” We have read that Fira is where the party is at, Imerovigli is great for shopping, and Oia is great for dining by the water and their infamous sunsets.

I definitely want to take full advantage of Greek shopping and maybe visit a farmers market…!

I need to get some beautiful Greek souvenirs and am really hoping to come home with some really once in a lifetime kind of fashion pieces that I can cherish forever and remind me of the trip. 🙂

Beaches: Perissa, Red Beach, Kamari Beach

Santorini is known for it’s unique beaches- many of them are made up of dark volcanic sand, rather than the typical white sand you think of. But they seem to have a beauty all to their own!

Immerse into the history and culture of Santorini. 

The history of Santorini includes volcanos and tons of ancient ruins to explore. If you know anything about my blog so far, you may know that I love abandoned ruins. 

Specifically, I would love to go visit Ancient Thera in Kamari and the ancient archeological site Akrotiri. 

I also definitely want to check out the many museums of Santorini!

As for the culture…

We have read that Greeks are known for their hospitality. They are also very superstitious.

I want to come home with as much Greek knowledge as possible, including some language! I want to learn as much as I can about the Greek Gods and Goddesses. I would also like to feel as much like a Goddess while there as possible.

Scuba Dive down to a plane wreck…

I have to do quite a bit more research on this and it may have to be a day trip outside of the general area we will be staying in- but I definitely think it would be worth it!

Rent a quad or moped and ride around the island. 

Because I can’t think of anything more heavenly than riding on a quad along a coastline with your hair blowing in the warm wind…it is surprisingly cheap to rent a quad for an entire 8-9 days, too. So we can pretty much rent one and park it all over the place.

Swim in the hot springs. 

This is a must for me…

When else will you get the chance to swim in a hot spring other than Greece? Just don’t wear a good bathing suit I have read it tends to stay with you for awhile….. #takethehotspringhome

Food and Drink:

Where do I start?

Here’s just some of the yummies in Greece. From what I have found so far, Greeks love their pastries filled with cheese. Count me in. Also sweet custard deserts seem to be of top priority. Again….count.me.in.

More Greek food to make you hungry.

Among my list of musts to try: Baklava (pastry filled with filo and chopped nuts and honey,) Spanakopita (savory pastry filled with spinach, eggs, feta cheese, onions, seasoning,) and I absolutely need to try an actual Greek gyro, to name a few.

Also…. WINE.

The amount of wineries I have read about whilst doing research is making me so thirsty….

Also. Dinner with a view needs to happen- and is inevitable to happen while in Greece.

“Man: a being in search of meaning. “

-Plato

“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds”

-Aristotle Onassis

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Weekend roundup: Girls Spa day

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What did you do this weekend?

 

It was definitely a busy one for me! And I ate a lot of delicious food. Our area does an event called “Restaurant week” where you can get a 3 course meal for $20 per person!

WARNING: This post will most likely make you hungry. I am hungry while I write this and reliving this food I just ate…is kind of torture. 🙂

 

Friday night we took full advantage of this and went out to eat at a brewery…of course we had to get dessert since it was included, didn’t want it to go to waste!

Mmmmmmm.

 

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The rest of the night was pretty relaxing… Sunday was our girls day we planned for mom’s birthday.

We planned a spa trip and I got an hour long Swedish massage! I have never gotten a massage before and it was incredible.

It took me a little while to shut down my brain, relax, and let my muscles go. But once I did I felt everything melt away.

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We headed to one of our favorite restaurants after and got some pink grapefruit and ginger margaritas and delicious food!

 

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Sausage Rigatoni. MMMM. 

 

Dessert: Before and after.

Mango and coconut sorbet and salted caramel gelato and Butterscotch Budino. Holy crap.

The Butterscotch is something we must get every time we come here….so amazing.

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Girls with happy bellies and a relaxing day 🙂

 

In other news…. 

 

We booked our trip to Santorini, Greece! I talked about this in my last post- and now it’s official.  Excited is an under statement. I feel completely blessed and now it’s time to buckle down and save $$$ and learn some Greek language! We go for 9 days in May =D

I am thinking of writing a blog post of my Greece bucket list!

 

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Also….I have been obsessed with Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran all weekend.  (Listen above!)

It’s such a relatable song and I just want to sing it loud with the windows down while I drive in the summer…..

 

When I was six years old I broke my leg
I was running from my brother and his friends
And tasted the sweet perfume of the mountain grass I rolled down
I was younger then, take me back to when I

Found my heart and broke it here
Made friends and lost them through the years
And I’ve not seen the roaring fields in so long, I know I’ve grown
But I can’t wait to go home

I’m on my way
Driving at ninety down those country lanes
Singing to “Tiny Dancer”
And I miss the way you make me feel, and it’s real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill

Fifteen years old and smoking hand-rolled cigarettes
Running from the law through the backfields and getting drunk with my friends
Had my first kiss on a Friday night, I don’t reckon that I did it right
But I was younger then, take me back to when

We found weekend jobs, when we got paid
We’d buy cheap spirits and drink them straight
Me and my friends have not thrown up in so long, oh how we’ve grown
But I can’t wait to go home

I’m on my way
Driving at ninety down those country lanes
Singing to “Tiny Dancer”
And I miss the way you make me feel, and it’s real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill

One friend left to sell clothes
One works down by the coast
One had two kids but lives alone
One’s brother overdosed
One’s already on his second wife
One’s just barely getting by
But these people raised me and I can’t wait to go home

And I’m on my way, I still remember
This old country lanes
When we did not know the answers
And I miss the way you make me feel, it’s real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently in March

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March has been a busy month! Honestly, I have been very busy lately and that is why I have not had as much time for blogging.

I did not even get to a “Currently” post in February. Check out my last Currently in January post to see what I was up to back then…

But if you live anywhere where this Nor’easter Stella storm hit, then you may be like me, and currently dealing with this…

#Sorearms #3feetandabove

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Currently doing…

I am currently doing a million things at once right now, hence why blogging is once a week at the moment, here’s why! 🙂

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Birthday celebrations for a friend were had this weekend!I left my house, hooray!

School:

Right now I am working towards an Animals & Public Policy certificate which is very focused on Animal law, Policies affecting animal laws, nonprofit administration, etc. I am still figuring school out but I think this is what I am really feeling- the skills needed to work in the animal nonprofit world- I hope! I am also considering a masters in Nonprofit Administration and would like to take both the certificate and classes for that, but school is a ton of work, time, money, etc. It is very hard to go back to school once you are working full time and paying loans and other bills- hoping I will figure this out slowly but surely…:)

Vacation Planning:

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Frankie and I are planning a big trip (his first time out of the country) and we are seriously looking at Santorini, Greece.  Guys, I have wanted to go to Greece ever since I saw the first Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie which was filmed there. (Which was actually filmed in Santorini) We are waiting for his vacation time to be approved before we can book, but we are stoked! Has anyone reading this been? If so- recommendations?!

Awesome reasons to travel to Greece: (Based on my research)

  • Safe to travel to
  • Economically struggling at the moment, so cheaper goods
  • Exploring ruins! Right up my alley… so much history and things to learn here.
  • The scenery-the cliffs, beaches and blue water, blue rooftops in Santorini, the food, sunsets of Oia (or so I’ve read…)
  • Amazing Greek hospitality is something I have read a lot about
  • Greek food!
  • Greeks love to celebrate life

Time to start learning Greek language….

Currently watching…

This is Us.

I promise you you will not be disappointed. Every single episode I cry. That good-hearty, damn I needed that-type of cry. I think it comes down to the show being about the core of family, love, loss, meaning of life, and purpose. It’s just so good, you have to watch it for yourself!

Currently reading…

When I do have free time, I have been reading…

I am not as obsessed with this book and have been taking longer to get through it than when I read my recent faves, “Behind Closed Doors,” “The Memory Box,” and “It Ends with Us.”

It’s good so far and follows the story of an ex couple, recently divorced, whose daughter Anna goes missing.  I have not gotten very far but it seems to shift between their lives and search for her and the kidnappers vague story of taking her…

Currently playing…

I recently picked up a Nintendo 3 ds with my Amazon gift care and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I used to have this game and played obsessively, then sold my ds because I needed money at the time, then immediately regretted it and missed checking on my town and my villagers. (I realize I am strange, by the way) Plus there has been an update since then that allows you to scan cards into the game with certain villagers and you can ask them to move into your town.

Anyway, I have been reconnected with AC New Leaf!

For those of you who don’t know, Animal Crossing has been around for awhile. I used to play back when I had a gamecube…

It is a game where you control your town as mayor and work to make it better- creating new public works projects and ordinances and meeting and creating relationships with your villagers (who happy to be really cute animals who talk to you.)  You can work on your house-paying off your loans and decorating, earning money to do these things by catching bugs, fish, and shaking trees for fruit and selling them. The seasons change in the game too, and there are frequently events and holidays, following real world time.

Does anyone out there play?

I also want to pick up Pokemon Moon…

What have you been up to this March?Share with me!

A Sim Story: Part 2

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Well, have you been wondering what’s been going on inside the world of my Sims? If you missed part 1 of Sergio, Luna, and Aurora’s life story read that first. 

Well, we moved into a new little house in good old Oasis Springs. Right on the creek which is beautiful because you can hear the creek and the summer sounds!

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Aurora has been loving gardening at the new house and we recently got our hands on a “UFO” seed- in Sim world, this means an “Unidentified fruit object” and is supposed to be a very alien looking plant. Apparently they are supposed to be hard to acquire, but we somehow just had one in our inventory- my Sim must have picked it up without me noticing.

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The very beginnings of the UFO fruit.

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Growth!

In work life, Sergio got promoted to Detective! This is only about level 4 of the career track I believe, so he still has some opportunity for advancement.

He has been loving arresting people more than ever and gets paid more to do it now.

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Aurora and Sergio love to get alone time after they put Luna to bed…and celebrations were definitely in order the night Sergio got his Detective promotion!

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They have been enjoying fishing right behind the new house too and we hope to have a whole room of different fish!

 

 

In other news, Luna’s birthday is coming up and she will turn from a toddler to a child soon! We are debating on having another baby soon, but I just don’t think Sergio and Aurora are ready yet…

Plus, they still have to plan their wedding…sometimes they just don’t want to think about it all!

 

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Must keep date night going…. #Karaoke

 

That is about all for now, but there will definitely be more Sim story to come!

Any ideas where we should have the wedding?

Stay tuned…

 

 

500 followers and Spring days

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I reached 500 followers!

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Thank you all so much for your support, you keep me going and wanting to write more and more!

 

I hope you are all well and possibly enjoying the February spring we are having like I have been…

I took off work the other day as soon as I knew it was going to be 70 degrees out!

 

We took a trip to a sculpture park…

It was a glorious, unexpected, sunshiny day of wonderful. The kind of day that makes you love life the way it was meant to be loved.

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This doggy kept trying to bring us his big stick to play 🙂

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Little tiny office people…

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Thank you for being here. Thank you for being always patient and present. Patient when I can only post once a week because I am busy and totally present when you read my post that I worked hard on and decided to leave that thoughtful comment that makes it all worth it. (P.S.- this post took literally a day and a half because of all of the pictures to upload but mostly because my wifi SUCKS. lol….patience duly noted.)

 

I love you all, more than you know. XOXO

 

Why I love being an Introvert

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(Listen while you read, please.  🙂 I pick songs based on my feelings while I write….P.S….Introverts have good taste in music.)

 

 

Remember awhile back, when I wrote my Letter from your introverted [hermit] friend post?

 

I started talking about introversion because I feel like it so important for people like me, who love being alone and actually re-charge their energy from that, to embrace it and know that not only is it okay, it’s actually really cool. 

 

I wasn’t always like this. I used to think I was strange for often preferring to stay home, while everyone else was going out.

 

If you don’t know what an Introvert is, it is basically someone who turns inward mentally (we also tend to overthink a lot) and get their energy back from spending time alone. 

 

 

It was not until recently that I started thinking about all of the benefits and the things I have learned about myself from being an introvert.

While I think part of this is ingrained in my personality at birth, I think I really started enjoying time alone when I started gaming.

Growing up, my mom was in a band and worked late gigs on the weekends and I would often spend most of my Saturdays and Sundays playing Sims to keep busy (back when it first came out 17 years ago!)

I would get so engulfed in the game and could get lost in hours of gameplay- I still do!

 

 

If you are an introvert like me, or even if you are not, maybe you can look into yourself too and see what this personality trait has really done for you! If you struggle with being alone, I really encourage you to begin to get comfortable with it. It will teach you a lot about yourself and who are you.

 

Why I love being an Introvert:

 

1.) Alone time helped me discover who I am.

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I know what I like and don’t like, I have found and developed more hobbies than I can even keep up with (lol) and through these hobbies, I feel more truly myself. When you find what you love and do more of that, everything just feels more sincerely you. 

I think it is an amazing life skill to have to be comfortable and accept your own presence. I frequent my favorite place on earth very often during the summer, the lake! With just myself and my dog Daisy. I used to feel awkward and like people were looking at me- now I read my book, play in the water, and bask in the sunshine and the glory of not caring about any of that anymore and enjoying my time.

Be proud to have plans with just you!

After all, this blog probably wouldn’t exist if I was not alone as much.

 

2.) I have found my creative side.

I used to think being creative meant you were “good” at art- I can draw no more than a stick figure and used to think because I did not have an artsy side, I was not creative. Through growing up and finding myself,  I have realized that art is much more than painting and drawing and my kind of art is planning, fashion, photography, and putting words, pictures, and music together in this here little blog space. Building awesome houses and decorating them stunningly on The Sims counts too, right?

 

 

3.) Who needs people when you have dogs (best friends), anyway?

Does this one even need explanation?…….

The more time out with people, the more time away from my dogs!

Both my babies are introverts too, so this works out for us really well.

 

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Relaxing…

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When we are not relaxing in bed, we are probably out eating…

4.) I never get bored.

My mom always told us when we were little if we whined of boredom, “only boring people get bored.”

She is right. And I have always remembered this. And through my introversion and alone time, I always value it and use it wisely to do what I can’t when I am around other people!

 

 

 

Spring fashion inspiration

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I don’t know what it was about my fall fashion inspiration post but it got 82 likes and people still somehow find it!

I also did a spring inspired fashion wish list post last year and some of the items I never managed to score, like the trench coat and the jumpsuit, so they may have to be added onto my spring wish list this year too.

 

So here’s a Spring fashion inspiration as I sit here on this Sunday looking out at the gloomy weather and wishing I was on a beach somewhere. Oh and waiting for Superbowl snacks….don’t care about football, but I do care about food. Daydreaming about food, beaches, and spring fashion, currently…

 

 

Once again, I look to Alexa Chung, the fashion queen, for inspiration. She can basically do no wrong.

 

Denim dresses.

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Flowy shirts, bell sleeves and loafers.

 

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I want these!

 

 

Ripped everything and fuzzy keychains on bags.

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Embroided Jeans.

Seriously…..how amazing are these?!!

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Dresses with sneakers.

 

 

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Fancy pants.

 

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Kate Spade spring bags.

(I wish I could afford these but look how cute!)

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What fashion are you looking forward to this spring?

The art of love

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“Whatever God or whatever higher power you believe in, they brought us to this earth in a perfect way, and you have to learn to love yourself. Otherwise, it’s an exhausting way to be.” -Callie Thorne

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” I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.”- Lucille Ball

Artist Henn Kim is amazing.

(Also featured above)

And Sara Herranz. See for yourself how amazing her work is!

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Also meet Sveta Dorosheva, who completed the pieces below as well as the first piece of this blog post, which I just think is stunning.

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Catch a boat to England, baby,
Maybe to Spain
Wherever I have gone,
Wherever I’ve been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues run the game

Send out for whiskey, baby,
Send out for gin
Me and room service, honey
Me and room service, babe
Me and room service, whoa
We’re livin’ a life of sin

When I ain’t drinkin’, baby
You are on my mind
When I ain’t sleepin’, honey
When I ain’t sleepin’, momma
When I ain’t sleepin’, well
You know you’ll find me crying

Catch a boat to England, baby,
Maybe to Spain
Wherever I have gone,
Wherever I’ve been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues run the game

Livin’ is a gamble, baby
Lovin’s much the same
Wherever I have played
Wherever I throw those dice
Wherever I have played
The blues run the game

Maybe when I’m older, baby
Someplace down the line
I’ll wake up older
So much older, momma
Wake up older
And I’ll just stop all my tryin’

Catch a boat to England, baby,
Maybe to Spain
Wherever I have gone,
Wherever I’ve been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues are all the same

-Blues run the game by Jackson C. Frank

A Sim Story…

Listening now…

 

 

 

Meet Sergio and Luna Roman.

They live in Oasis Springs, where summer never ends. Ahhhhhh. Oh wait, summer never ends in Sims anyway, does it?

I digress….

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Widowed dad, Sergio struggles to maintain the balance between his Detective life and his dad life. But those hugs when he gets home will always be worth it. 

Especially when your job can be this tough…

He does love interrogating Sims though and bribing them with candy bars until they confess. He gets no better joy in life… besides spending time with his daughter.

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Being a single dad can definitely be hard. And put you in a bad mood at times…

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But time spent together is just priceless.

 

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It was just Sergio and Luna for  a long time… Sergio was still healing from the death of his wife and mother of Luna. He was afraid to let anyone into his and especially into Luna’s life.

 

That is until Aurora came along…

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They met at the Spice festival. Sergio got a babysitter because he needed a night off and needed to try some new dishes! And Aurora went by herself to get some spicy food to remind her of her home land, India.

He wasn’t expecting to meet his next love…

He was not expecting to fall in love with a Secret agent with the “Villian” life aspiration, either….what kind of detective dates a wannabe villain?! He puts sims like this behind bars daily…

It’s okay, he won’t tell…he couldn’t possible put her away. Away from him- and Luna.

A first date turned into a 2nd and a 3rd and it was…magical.

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She was great with Luna, too.

When they met she had the “hates children” trait, but that’s nothing a little Sims cheat can’t fix to put a happy little family together! Time to play God…

 

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Things were going well. 

 

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So well, in fact, that he had decided to propose! He was ready to make them a family.

They already felt like it!

He was nervous as hell, though.

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She had no idea….

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I get this excited for food and martini, too.

 

He couldn’t wait any longer. Before desert even arrived, he popped the question.

(Thanks for desert waiter, but not so much thanks for photo bombing our engagement picture….)

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Success! 🙂

 

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What will come of Aurora and Sergio’s little family? 

Stay tuned… 🙂

 

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