How does the Spencer-Kim Lewis household pay the bills?

None of the household members have a job.
Olivia starts off as a Grade School C Student.

Notably, Vivian has Cooking Skills Level 4,
Dennis has Gardening Skill Level 4,
Eric has Programming Skill Level 3, and
Alice has Painting Skill Level 4.

Alice has started on five skills; the most amongst them.

Olivia has started on her Social and Motor skills.

My initial thoughts are as follows:
the house belongs to Dennis Kim because he is the one who gardens,
so I presume that he owns the land.
He could be a Korean migrant to the U.S.A. and he is an elder,
so that may explain the 55 000 Simoleons in reserves.

On another hand, Cypress Terrace could be passed down from the Lewis family
because Eric wants to be a Mansion Baron.
He may already know that he will inherit the estate.

Then again, he could have married Alice with knowledge that he would inherit this estate.

Vivian and Dennis are around the same age – 85 days (they are a few hours apart).
Alice is 2 days younger than Eric; Eric has 20 days to age up while Alice has 22 days.
Olivia has 13 days to age up.

Olivia is a goofball. So, it is interesting that her aspiration is
to be creative!
I think that Olivia takes after her mother because
in a typical Asian household, the child’s aspiration is often to fulfil
the parent’s aspiration.

This marriage could be in part for convenience because
both Vivian and Dennis aspire to have some form of legacy.

Day 1

I started investigating the matter on the Sunday of Spring.
Their first bill was set at 9121 Simoleons.

I set Dennis to buy 1 seed packet of each – flowers, fruits, herbs, and vegetables.
He planted them in the rain.

Dennis Kim planted a seed.

Eric got a job as a Freelance Programmer.
He completed his first job for 585 Simoleons.

Eric Lewis worked on his first gig as a Freelance Programmer.

Alice finished the first level of her Painter Extraordinaire aspiration.
She finished 3 paintings and earned about 500 Simoleons.

Alice Spencer-Kim painted her first painting.

That makes the household income about 1000 Simoleons a day; still not quite enough.

Vivian helped Olivia with her homework and cooked.

Vivian Lewis cooked her first Garden Salad for the household.

Olivia finished her homework, drew, and played with toys.
Alice even managed to spray the monster under the bed for Olivia.
Then, she went to sleep at 12 a.m.

Olivia worked towards completing her Artistic Prodigy aspiration.

Day 2
Vivian woke up at slightly past 4 a.m. to relief her bladder.
She had a drink and cooked together with Dennis.
In so doing, Dennis acquired Cooking Skill Level 1.

Vivian cooked breakfast together with Dennis.

It seems to be a beautiful day.

Vivian foraged around the estate.
Dennis planted two new plants, strawberry and snapdragon.
He also researched all the plants in season.

Meanwhile, Eric completed his second project and made over 600 Simoleons.
Alice was working on her emotional paintings.

Olivia returned from school with a project.
Eric assisted Olivia with project as he was the only one with time.
Vivian and Eric had turned in for the day; it was about 7 p.m.

Eric assisted Olivia in her school project.

Eric and Alice woohoo-ed tonight.

Day 3
Vivian could not get Dennis to cook with her.
He just went straight for the leftovers.
She went ahead to cook.
Dennis then tended his garden.
Both Vivian and Dennis managed to squeeze in a jog.
And they played chess together.

Alice became a 1-star celebrity.
She is working hard on her aspiration.

Eric takes on his 3rd project – a shady one.
He had to make 2 viruses.

Olivia did not have time to eat breakfast.
She took a packed lunch.
She made a friend and got promoted too.

Alice could not get an excellent painting today.
She did her best.
She helped Olivia with her homework and extra credit too!

Day 4
Alice did not have much progress with excellent paintings.
She completed only two excellent paintings.
Eric didn’t have a chance to get the Level 4 job.
He did a only a Level 2 gig and did not make much today.

Vivian found time to read to Olivia.

Day 5
There was big progresses for all.
Eric finished a Level 4 gig.
Alice finished two masterpieces.
Dennis completed the first tier of his Freelance Botainist aspiration.
Vivian collected many collectibles.
Olivia was promoted to an A student.

Alice painted her first masterpiece.

Olivia did not sleep well today due to the
monster under the bed.

Day 6
It is Love Day.
Vivian and Dennis expressed their love for each other as BFFs.

Vivian and Dennis are BFFs.

Olivia came home so tired that she went straight to bed.

Eric’s gig paid 3749 Simoleons today at Level 5.

Day 7
Vivian adopted a child named Russel.
She changed his name to Orlando. He is now Orlando Lewis.
This was her last attempt to fulfil her Big Happy Family aspiration.
But it is unlikely to come true with her numbered days.

They went to the Snow Festival together.
Orlando went sledding with Olivia.
They got along fine. But nothing more.

Orlando sledded with Olivia.

Day 8
Eric has maxed out the first level of the Freelance Programmer career.
He gained the ability to overclock a PC.

Alice needs two more excellent painting to reach the last stage
of her aspiration.

The household funds have grown to a healthy 67341 Simoleons.
But Vivian and Dennis got the notice that they have reached the end
of their lives.
Make the most of it.

The bills are at 9943 Simoleons now.

Alice and Eric were happy with the state of their family and finances.

Day 9 Monday
The actual first bill was 10 008 Simoleons.
The household had 56 205 Simoleons left after paying the bills.
That is about 1000 Simoleons more than they had at the beginning.
There is not much gain. But at least they didn’t dip into the reserves.

My findings are as follows:
The Spencer-Kim Lewis household is able to maintain life in Cypress Terrace by working together as one. Eric earns an excellent income completing gigs as a Freelance Programmer as he is diligent enough to work 6 days a week. Alice does what she loves most and she is truly privileged to get paid for her passion – painting. Vivian nails the homemaking aspect of the household – cooking and teaching her granddaughter, Olivia. Dennis gardens to provide fresh ingredients for everybody’s good health and also to provide a means of quick cash in case of emergency. Olivia does her part as a student; she studies hard and works on her aspiration. Orlando, the adopted child of Vivian and brother to Eric, brings joy to Vivian in her elder years and companionship to Olivia as they grow up together.

The household has no time to socialise beyond themselves. They are not snobbish. Just the opposite, they are humble, cooperative like cogs in a machine, following the clockwork in order to sustain the level of comfort that they know. To some, this sounds bland. But to the Spencer-Kim Lewis household, this is the only way they know how to live.

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