Virginia and Christine found a very nice house for the family. Large enough for all of them though the children would have to share - a room for the boys and one for the girls. With their husbands away so much the women knew they'd have to supplement their income so both found suitable employment.
Virginia always wanted to be a Professional Party Guest as it appealed to her Romantic nature. She hoped to make friends with people like her husband - brown haired with facial hair (though not the women, of course. As long as they didn't wear perfume of any kind as she was allergic to it she didn't really mind. She received her first promotion fairly quickly and soon settled into the job. Christine, on the other hand just wanted to be Popular and to be Best Friends with all of the neighbours (20 sounded a good round number) especially any blondes, wearing glasses but she wasn't too keen on any of those strange plantsims she'd heard about. However, she knew she needed to get a job so went to work for a law firm in nearby Pleasantview where she also received a promotion.
Zara and William both decided to help out the family funds, though Zara had more ulterior motives. She wanted to date as many people as she could, probably about 50, and they all had to be just dreamy and thought that her Pleasurable nature would stand her in good stead - especially any fit blondes (but fat people beware). So she got a job in journalism working at the Clearwater Post, thinking that she stood more chance of meeting people that way and she soon received a promotion. William felt, with his Knowledge skills he could be a top Game Designer so found a job in that field and if he met any red-heads with a love of jewellery that wouldn't hurt. He was a bit scared of meeting any zombies, though. However, on his first day of work a senior colleague challenged him to a game and William, still trying to find his feet, declined. Unfortunately, the boss overheard and wasn't impressed so William lost his job.One day the women arrived home from work to find a mysterious lamp on the front lawn. They took turns to rub it and a genie appeared. He told them they had three wishes that they could make. Virginia and Christine thought for moment then said they wanted peace of mind. With a wave of his hand the genie granted their wishes. As they had one wish left Virginia wished for some money as, even though there were four incomes coming in, there were still seven mouths to feed. Again the genie granted the wish then he vanished back into his lamp and it disappeared.
It wasn't long after this that Virginia received two more promotions. Firstly to Gas Station Attendant, where she was always having to work late and then to Convenience Store Clerk - where she was back working daylight hours. Virginia was really pleased that her career was going well, though she was slightly concerned that her sister-in-law's job didn't seem to be going as well as her own. Christine appeared to prefer to spend her time chatting on the phone to all number of people but Virginia didn't really begrudge her her friendships.William managed to find another job in the gaming career and this time it went a little better. He received a promotion on the same day that Zara received one. William became a Button Masher and Zara was promoted to Internet Movie Critic. Her boss told her, however, that she wouldn't qualify for any more promotions as she didn't have a degree. He suggested that she apply to go to Sim State University where he was sure she'd do well. So confident was he that he promised to keep a position open for her for when she returned. In the meantime she could continue to work at her current job level.
Life continued as normal for the Dempsey family until one night they were woken by the burglar alarm sounding. Luckily it was linked to the local police station who were soon on the scene. After a brief scuffle the policeman took the man into custody and took him off to jail. It was very upsetting for the family but they were just glad they'd installed a state of the art security system.
True to her word Zara began dating and first there was Clay Taylor. They went to a place Downtown called Red's Famous 50's Diner where they had something to eat. Zara got to know Clay and they flirted a little and she had her first kiss with him but she was mindful of her mother's warnings about getting too involved at too young an age. Still, they both enjoyed the Dream Date..
Next there was Ethan Danaher. They also went Downtown but to Sim Bowl Lanes. She and Ethan played bowls for a while, and flirted for a little then they had something to eat. Whilst she was on her dates Zara kept her eyes open and managed to meet a couple more boys whom she hoped she'd be dating sometime soon.
Then it was time for the children to become teenagers. As it was late they decided to forego a party but all the family came to watch Ian's transition to a teenager. He'll be Popular with his peers and Hats and Cleanliness but doesn't like Plantsims. His ambition is to become a Celebrity Chef and Virginia said he'd have to work hard but she was sure he would succeed.
Next it was Felicity's turn. With the family still watching she transitioned into a teenager who was definitely going to be a Family girl. Felicity likes Brown Hair and Formal Wear but doesn't like Glasses. Her brother joked that she'd better hope she keeps her good eyesight then. Being Family oriented Felicity hopes to have at least Three Children who will all be successful College Graduates.Last but not least the family watched Amanda transition into a teenager. Amanda likes Fit, Mechanically minded people but isn't keen on those who don't have a job. Like her cousin, Zara, Amanda has a Romantic nature but she's keeping to herself the fact that she can't wait to start Woohooing and thinks that 20 will do.