4.22: Just Like Always

Wow, I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve written anything in here… More than a month!

I guess for a while I just really didn’t feel like it. There was too much on my mind. Which sounds silly, doesn’t it? That’s what this journal is supposed to be for, right? Getting your thoughts down on paper?

But writing about it was just too hard. So I decided to keep the thoughts in my head instead.

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Then things got better. Way better, thank God. But things got busy around the same time too. So writing was really the last thing on my mind.

The semester just ended, so I’ve been really focused on my exams. And I’ve already been looking forward to auditions for our next play. Our teacher hasn’t told us what it is yet, but it almost doesn’t matter. I just can’t wait to be onstage again!

Rehearsals start back up almost as soon as we get back from our holiday break, and I’m already stressing about picking a good monologue for my audition. But Mei and Joel have been helping me, and I think I’ve almost got it narrowed down.

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Anyway, things are definitely good for me right now. Really good, actually.

But maybe more importantly, they’re good for the rest of my family too.

Maman and Papa should be coming home tomorrow morning. They’ve been away on some little island in Greece for their second honeymoon.

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Or first honeymoon, really. They never had a real one… Just like they never had a real wedding either, until a couple weeks ago.

I know they were just renewing their vows, but it still felt really special. For a while, I really, honestly thought they were gonna get a divorce. Even after they started going to counseling, I still wasn’t sure. But now? I don’t think I’ve ever seen them so in love with each other. Ever. It’s so incredible to see them like this, especially compared to a couple months ago. It was beautiful.

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Of course, while I was sitting there trying not to cry, Luc was making me feel like a total idiot. He teased me all night, and just kept rolling his eyes at how sappy the whole thing was. Typical guy.

And speaking of my Bruder… Things are pretty awesome for him right now too. After his band replaced their old drummer, they got a new singer too. And they’re finally recording their first album. Not a full length one yet, just four or five songs, from what he told us. They don’t have a real studio or anything either, so they’re recording it in Florian’s parents’ garage.

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It doesn’t sound very impressive written out like that, huh? But hey, it’s a start! And I’m really happy for him. (Yes, really). I think I’m finally getting over my grudge too… As long as he doesn’t schedule any gigs for opening night of my next play.

And I think Clara’s finally getting over her grudge against me too. Our conversations finally don’t feel as awkward anymore, she’s smiling again, and she’s been back to doing all that silly stuff she used to do – Writing on her blog (she was all excited the other day about getting 500 followers or something? I guess that’s a big deal?), making snarky comments, and listening to her music all day. She’s definitely back to the same old Clara. Which is mostly good.

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I still think she needs to invest in a good pair of headphones though.

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And as for everyone else, I guess there isn’t anything exciting going on. But sometimes boring can be a good thing… I think I’m finally starting to realize that.

Oma and Opa are happy, Gus is adorable as ever, Onkel Stefan and grandpa Josh are flying out to visit next week, and bis-vovó… well, I guess she was right, wasn’t she?

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It wasn’t easy, but we got through it.

Just like we always do.

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Note: And with that, we bid farewell to the teen chapters!

Thank you to everyone for reading and always putting up with all this drama! And there is much more where that came from 😉 I know it can be overwhelming sometimes, but hopefully you all enjoy reading the drama as much as I love writing it! 😀


62 thoughts on “4.22: Just Like Always

  1. Omg I’m so happy this ended on such a good note! I’m going to miss the kids aa teenagers though. But can’t wait to see their adult lives!
    ToCo makes me so happy and fuzzy inside. Amor vincit omnia ❤

    But as glad as I am that everything is so quiet and perfect now, I still don't trust you… What kind of drama is coming up? :p

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    1. Thanks Sonnie!!! I figured every deserved a moment of happiness after all the awful things hay happened in the last 20 chapters or so hehehe. And yes, believe it or not I got emotional taking those ToCo screenshots haha. Thank you for reading! Let’s see what the rest of the gen has in store 😉


    1. Fundie? I don’t know what that means but now I’m intrigued hahaha.

      And yes, things are nice and calm for the Rosebrooks. A nice change, right? 😉 Hehehe


      1. ‘Fundie’ is short for ‘Fundamentalist [Christian]’. It’s a brand of uber-religious, Westboro Baptist/Tea Party, picket abortion clinics, pray away the gay, bible-thumping, fire and brimstone, you’re all going to hell, I hope the apocalypse starts next Tuesday, kind of Christianity. Watch the trailer for [Jesus Camp](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC_yzUWIfzs) (or don’t. It can be a hard thing to watch) if you want to hear it from the horse’s mouth.


        1. Thanks for the info, but how odd that Auggy is giving off that vibe! He’s not even praying in the picture, and even if he was, prayer and religion does not automatically equate to that… :-/

          By the way, hi! Haha what a, uh… “Interesting” first comment on my legacy Lol I hope you’re enjoying it!


          1. I’ve, um, binge-read both of your series in, oh… 3 days? I love it, you’re a great writer and your screen-shot taking ability makes me slightly jealous.

            As far as the vibe, it does kinda look like he’s kneeling a bit and the color scheme of the poster behind him could be interpreted as a person bathed in a ‘heavenly glow’. I see where @Senna may have gotten that idea.

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            1. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my stories so much! That is very sweet of you to say!

              I guess I can almost see where the slightly religious vibe could come from, though I still don’t think prayer or religion automatically makes someone a fundamentalist bigot! Haha

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            2. Oh! And on my dust to dust blog I do have a video in my “extras” section about how I do my screenshots! It’s a bit out of date, as I’ve adopted a few additional tips/tricks since then (and I think my screenshots are even better now!) I am hoping to make an updated one soon! But if you want a few tips (not that I’m an expert lmao) feel free to check it out!

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  2. I adore the pictures of Tobi and Colette so much. They are beautiful ❤ I'm so happy for the entire family. It's nice to see them enjoying life right now, they certainly deserve it 🙂

    I'm looking forward to seeing them all grown up. This was a lovely chapter that put a huge smile on my face 😀 Thank you for that ❤

    However, I'm also looking forward to reading the drama you have installed for the next Gen 😛 The banner looks, wonderful, and as many have noted, it has me intrigued in regards to Gus…Hmm…also, I love the genetics in this family 😉

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    1. Thank you so much Nessy! ^_^ I’m glad you’re looking forward to the rest of the gen!!! 😀 We will see what happens with Auggy/Gus… 😛


  3. Yes, ToCo are back and stronger than ever! I got super emotional taking those shots haha

    And that’s too funny that you shared with your hubby! I’m glad we have another Clara fan hehehe


  4. Sooo happy to see Tobi and Colette. They make my heart smile. ❤
    I'm going to pretend that you're going to let them all live happily ever after for the rest of their wonderful lives.

    But I know Gus won't always just be the "adorable and happy as always" kid.

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  5. “But sometimes boring can be a good thing… I think I’m finally starting to realize that.” Heh, yeah. Good for you. Too bad your creator doesn’t believe that. 😛 lol


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  6. I definitely enjoy reading all the drama! 😁 This was a very sweet chapter. Joce deserves the normality of family life and it seems she’s finally got it. Though that can’t last for long, can it? 😏 that singer in Luc’s band look like a real badass! I can totally see those two hook up. What’s her name?

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  7. HIGH FIVE!! Well done on all the closure thus far ❤ I was hoping to see Stephan at the vow renewal and can I just say how beautiful that pic was ::sigh:: but what I really wanted to say is holy heck Luc has to be my new sim crush out of your cast!

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  8. What a cute round up – I think what makes it is the “some things never change bit” with Joce being annoyed by the loud music haha!

    That picture form Tobi and Colette’s honeymoon is stunning ❤ I'm so happy for them!

    Funny how this feels like a finale, since this generation is long from over! Can't wait for the YA chapters!

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    1. Oh, I forgot to say that I love that there’s new band members in Luc’s band. I bet they now sound totally different, especially considering they have a female singer. I’ll probably picture them to sound like Evanescence just because of the female lead now haha!

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    2. Thank you!!! I’m glad you liked that little call back to Joce’s first journal haha. It definitely feels like a finale doesn’t it? I think it’s because, unlike past generations, the YA story arcs are pretty separate from the teen ones. There are a few themes that stick around for sure (these teen chapters weren’t pointless XD) but the rest of the gen is very much it’s own “story”, moreso than in Gens 2 and 3 🙂

      And thank you for be comment about that picture! ^_^ I replaced the bluffs with that awesome Grecian lot from the gallery and waited for sunset 🙂 Tobi and Colette deserved a beautiful way to celebrate their “new beginning” 🙂


  9. I’m really glad the teen chapters ended on a high note, but that just leaves the door open for what you’re going to do to them as young adults… Your track record with happy times isn’t very good xD

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  10. The honeymoon picture was so beautiful! ❤ I can't wait to see what you have in store for this family next! Loved this chapter though. They really deserved little time to breathe and enjoy their boredom. 😉

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  11. Yay for the next step! Because…*drumroll* Auggy will FINALLY be part of it more!! WOooo! The new banner has made me sooooo excited for this!
    No for not daily updates… 😦
    Oh well the good stuff balances the bad stuff out!

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  12. I absolutely LOVE the new banner and can’t wait to read the next chapter!!! The last few chapters have been amazing as always!! Glad to see Tobi and Colette renew their vows and have another go at making their marriage work. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Auggy and what sort of character he’ll be. I’m excited!

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  13. We all know you’re usually more evil in the YA stages, so I bid farewell to the teen years with some trepidation. . . . poor folks are probably up to so much more suffering. And Auggy!? My poor baby looks so sad in that banner, what have you done with him!? I still like Joce second best though – someone has to stick up for us boring folks who don’t date or do drama in high school. 😛

    And with that…let the drama roll!

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