Spirit Animal Award

Holy cow, I can’t believe that I have been nominated for the Spirit Animal Award. This is the first time I have been ever nominated for anything like this; ever! Thank you to chealsycat for the nomination. If you haven’t checked out her Goldilocks and Bears, then you are in for a real treat!


Spirit Animal Blog Award Acceptance Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to their page.

2. Post the award picture on your blog.

3. Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you.

4. If you could be any animal, what would it be?

5. Pick and notify ten nominees.

About Me

Let me see. I don’t usually like talking about myself, but here it goes. I am an ER nurse, happily married, living in Texas, with my husband and our animals (two dogs, two cats, one bearded dragon and one Beta fish).

I love to read. I always have. Right now I am rereading some of the classics. Now that I am older I have a better appreciation for them, where as before I read them because I had to for school.

I have been playing The Sims since the original, and for each and every time I have always been socallucyfan. I always have n less than 3 different stories running though my head, and The Sims has been the best way to let express them. Unfortunately, most of the stories are never finished (or even published) because I am soon on to another one. But The Sims 3 has given me the best opportunity to let these stories come to life.


What My Blog Means to Me

First off, I am still blown away that people actually want to read my blog. The blog is still in it’s infancy (and I am still learning as I go), but I am proud of how far I have come.

As I have said before, I never set out to create a fairy tale legacy. I found a link to the Cinderella Challenge, and being the Disney fanatic that I am, decided to give it a try. The more I played, the more I fell in love with the characters (even Missy). And I wanted to continue Cindy’s story past the challenge. Thus, Once Upon a Legacy was born.

But what I love the most is the different people that I have met. I have enjoyed reading blogs, and stories, and legacies, and challenges, and combinations of all of the above from all different kinds of writers.

If I could be any animal; what would it be?

This one is super hard. I love animals, so it almost impossible to pick just one. I would love to be a ferret, and nap for 16 hours a day. I admire how smart dolphins are, how family oriented meerkats are, and how sassy my terrier can be. When I go to the gym I have the eye of the tiger.

But if I had to pick just one animal to be my spirit animal, it would be a butterfly.  Not only am I a social butterfly in making new friends, but these past few years I have been through a lot. I won’t bore you with the details, but from those challenges I have been able to grow as a person. I am a stronger, better person. I have come out of the dark and on to the other side looking better; just like a butterfly.

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My Nominees

Okay, this has to be my favorite part. Chealsycat nominated little ol’ me, and I want to give a shout out to a few of the blogs that I enjoy. I tried to pick stories that haven’t been nominated before (the key word here is tried). Now I feel like I am rambling. So, without further ado, my nominees are:

~ A Reverie: The Cohen Legacy by Peach77   This is such a well written story, it instantly draws you in. And the photos are just stunning. I am hooked, and I can’t wait to see how this one turns out.

~ Dark Blood and a Not So Bright Future by Thesimsaren123  I am always in awe of anyone who attempts the ISBI challenge, because I can never complete it (I guess I am too much of a control freak). This is hilariously written, and I never get bored of seeing what these silly little sims will get themselves into.

~ Different Winters by LilyShadowWriter Just like the title leads you to believe, this is a different type of legacy. This is a Difference in the Family Tree Challenge Legacy. LillyShadowWriter does a fantastic job at creating a captivating story around each generation and their career goals.

~ Forever in Time by sweetnightingale This story originated from a Bachelorette Challenge, and picks up with the happy couple’s wedding. I won’t give away the whole story, but it is a must read.

~ Light the Way to Heaven by blamsart This blog just recently hit it’s 3 year anniversary. And after reading a few chapters it is easy to see why so many people are hooked on this long running legacy.

~ Listening to My Heart by sandybeachgirl   I have to admit that I found this legacy after I started reading her other story Back to Life. I later realized that it is an off shoot of the current generation’s story. Listening to My Heart shares each generation’s love story, often times set to music.

~ Ridiculous Times of Layla and Harris by Gaiahypothesis  I don’t know what I like more. How well this Wishacy is written, or how gorgeous all of these sims are!

~ Tart ISBI by oxJennxo It’s another ISBI that I’m obsessed with, but this one has a colorful Berry twist.

~ The Year of Mimosa by notjustabook   This is a new story that is just starting out. The story of Nikodemos is as unique as his name (and his looks). I can’t wait to see where this story goes.

~ Whispers in the Wind by MischiefTheKitten  I love this rainbowacy, which is now on its 7th generation. The writing is superb and the pictures are beautifully taken.

Chapter 15. Adding a Limb to the Family Tree

After a long wait I would like to introduce you all to the newest member of the Charming Family and Once Upon a Legacy. Her name is Stella Renee Charming. She is a genius who loves the outdoors. Her favorites are purple, fruit parfait, and Indie music.

Cindy and Ryan couldn’t be happier.





But Stella cries more than any sim baby I have ever had!! She cries nonstop. I don’t know if it is some kind of a glitch or what. Not to mention, as soon as she starts crying my dogs starts barking.





But before Cindy, Ryan, or I go crazy it’s Super Butler to the rescue!!





The time flew by, and before they knew it, it was time for Stella’s first birthday.

Everyone in Appaloosa Plains has been invited to the birthday celebration. They all came bringing warm birthday wishes, and tons of presents. Fay has been invited, but bad weather has delayed her plane.

Even without Fay the party must go on. Cindy and Ryan were enjoying the party, celebrating with Ryan’s teammates and the rest of the town. And for once, Stella didn’t cry all night.

The whole night was spent with everyone taking turns cooing over how adorable little Stella is. Cindy carried her precious baby girl to blow out the candle on the cake while everyone watched and cheered.

She was just about to blow out the candle when the door flew open and a familiar voice called out, “hold it right there!”





In the doorframe stood the last person Cindy and Ryan thought that they would ever have to see again.

“Anastasis!” Ryan hissed.

“What are you doing here?!” Cindy demanded.





“I am here for the same reason that everyone else is here.” Anastasis sneered. “I want to see your new baby. And I have a gift for her.”

“We don’t want anything from you.” Ryan stepped in between Anastasis and Cindy.

“But I have a very special gift for this little one.” Anastasis flashed an evil grin, which made Cindy hold Stella even tighter.

Anastasis paused for a dramatic effect while everyone in the room held their breath. Then she continued.

“What I give this little brat is a curse. Before Stella becomes an adult, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and she will die! And there is nothing you can do about it. You lose everything, and I win!!”

Every single person was frozen in fear. When she finished her speech Anastasis moved her hand over Stella. A eerie green light glowed over Stella’s head, turned into glass, and penetrated into her skin. Then in a dark cloud of smoke, Anastasis disappeared.





“There has to be something we can do!” Cindy cried. “What are we going to do?!”

She and Ryan were both in a panic. Their lives have been turned upside down in less than an instant. They went from total bliss to utter terror. Luckily, help has just arrived.

“There may be something I can do.” Fay consoled Cindy. “Unfortunately once a curse has been cast it can’t be undone. But I may be able to alter it.”

Fay pulled out a wooden stick from her bag. It looked like an ordinary stick, but when Fay started waving it around the tip glowed a blue green. Cindy realized that her godmother had a magic wand.

“As a Godmother, I was given this magic wand, but I have never had to use it until now. Missy wasn’t evil as much as she was selfish and stupid. But this curse comes from a very dark evil fueled by hate. It requires something special to alter the curse.” Fay explained as she waved her magic wand. “Stella will not die when she pricks her finger on the spinning wheel. But instead she will fall into a deep sleep.”





As Leader of the Free World Ryan’s father did his part to help his granddaughter.

“I hereby declare that all spinning wheels be destroyed.” he proclaimed. “Search everywhere, to the ends of the world, and burn each and every one.”

“But I am afraid that that will not be enough.” Fay interjected. “Anastasis has gotten a hold of some very dark, and very evil, magic. And she will stop at nothing to hurt Cindy, Ryan, or Stella.”

“But what else can we do?” Ryan asked.

“There is only one thing you can do.” Fay replied. “You will have to give up Stella.”

“No!” Cindy screamed. “I will not give up my baby.”

“Anastasis will not be able to harm Stella if she can’t find Stella.” Fay put her arm around her goddaughter. “I know of a safe place far from here where stella will grow up with a loving family. They can take care of her and, most importantly, they will keep her safe.”

Everything is going too fast for Cindy. She knew what she had to do, and it is the last thing that she ever thought she would have to do. Cindy thought that the sorrow was behind her. That Missy and her evil stepfamily were done for. That she had found her Happily Ever After with Ryan, and together they could have the family Cindy has always dreamed of. But now she is forced to give it all up.

“I know that it is the only way to keep Stella safe,” Cindy felt defeated. “But I feel like Anastasis has won.”

“Not at all.” Ryan consoled his wife. “We will see Stella again. She will live a long, happy, healthy life.”

“She will be surrounded by family who loves her.” Fay said. “Anastasis may have some powerful magic, but we have something stronger: love. And love always win!”





Now there is nothing left to do but watch as Stella ages up into a toddler. Cindy and Ryan both gave her one last kiss on the cheek, then they watched as Fay took her away.





So, this is the end of Generation 1. I can’t believe that my first generation is already over.

At this time I just want to give a big thanks to all of you, my awesome readers. This blog started out as a sort of an experiment (since I have no idea what I’m doing). I didn’t expect anyone to actually want to read this. So, thank you again for the likes and the sweet comments. And as always, have a great day or night depending on when you are reading this.