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        05-13-2013, 11:05 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Prairie Rose    
    Now here is a very happy positive. :)
    My favorite place to friend Fran's ranch in the Badlands.
    I like to trailer out there and spend time riding and the kicking back in a hammock and listening to Fran and hubby pick their guitars.

    I would live to have a place like that to spend a couple of weeks at with the horses.
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        05-13-2013, 11:09 PM
    Hubby and Fran picking their guitars one evening last summer.
    And, to cheer us all up and give us some more bounce in our step, Fran turns 72 this year--and she still rides her horses at least 5 days a week in those Badlands. :)
        05-13-2013, 11:12 PM
    It is truly a gift straight from God, this place.
    When I ride I see things like this:

        05-13-2013, 11:15 PM
    I forgot to say what I paid for my trailer.


    It isn't fancy and could use a paint job, but overall, sturdy and strong and does the job well.

    Hubby and son fixed it up and re-wired. They did good.
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        05-13-2013, 11:16 PM
    Green Broke
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        05-13-2013, 11:36 PM
    Originally Posted by Roadyy    
    AlexS, is the one with bad in him not showing any improvement yet?

    No he's horrendous. Forgive me if I am repeating myself. I email with family, and I put things on FB, so I forget, but I don't think I've said it here yet, but I might be wrong.

    I only got him Thursday. At the office he called me ma'am every time I talked to him, I asked if he liked to play video games and he said no, he likes to bake. He adorable looking, really small, could pass for about 10-11, but he's 14, and he's good looking with dimples. I am thinking what a cutie. Get him home, he plants himself in front of the games, and I have not heard a ma'am since.

    Sat, take them to a Reading Phillies game. Kid 2 jumps up and high fives the mascot. New kid, kid 4, jumps up so I assume he's going to do the same thing. No, he punches the mascot in the head. Obviously there's a person under that costume, who has just been punched in the head. I grab his arm, but it's too late, the dude has been punched.

    Sun, we are at the inlaws. They are playing football in my inlaws yard. Kid 4 is stood in the neighbors yard. There's no fence, but the property line is pretty clear to tell, especially as my FIL had mowed that day. OK, he might not have thought about that, so I just inform him.
    Later, we bring the kids in as it's getting dark and he comes in with the others. Seconds later he goes out again. I put my shoes on and go out, and call him many times. Nothing. So I go in to get the other kids and Brad to look for him, we are all walking around and I hear Brad yelling, so I know he's been found. He is yelling a lot at the kid. Apparently he was laying down in the back of my inlaws neighbors pickup truck.
    He seems to view the world as his personal playground, and he can do as he likes.

    Smaller, things, he was playing the video games and turned the volume up, I told him to turn it down. He did, minutes later it's back up again. Brad told him to turn it down and if it goes up again, then he's off games. Minutes later, he's off games as he did it a third time.

    There's many more little things, Thurs night, first night in, he shoved my dog. I think I yelled at him about 20 mins for that.
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        05-13-2013, 11:59 PM
    Alex, you have your hands full with that one.
    I expect when God made plans for you, He doled out a ton of extra patience.

    I would probably have banned him from video games for 6 or more months, and had him on his knees pulling weeds for every free moment after school.

    Bless your heart!
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        05-14-2013, 12:04 AM
    Alex, what is this boy's background?

    Truth is, tough as I am, kids hold my heart.
    There is a reason their behaviors form as they do.

    Some of it is peer pressure.

    This type of blunt, open defiance and disrespect goes much deeper than that.

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        05-14-2013, 12:25 AM
    I imagine that nobody bothered to raise the poor boy. I don't know if it can be done at age 14.
        05-14-2013, 01:09 AM
    Celeste, he's actually my second youngest kid ever, usually they are 16 + when I get them, so I have hope.

    I have not one single piece of paperwork on him. I didn't even know his last name until I asked him. The agency has nothing on him, he was on their referral list to take into the program, but with a due date of about a month yet, when school finishes, so they hadn't even responded yet. Thursday he was taken to children and youth and basically signed over.

    The only fact I know is that Mom is 27, kid is 14. I try not to judge people in general in my life. But you know what, I do judge the kids parents, A LOT. So she's clearly young, very young, but heck, I'm only 10 years on her. I think I was 2 years older than she is now when I started fostering. You see that I judge the parents yet? LOL.

    My belief is that the kid has basically raised himself, and done what he wanted the whole time. I don't know that though. I don't do personal family questions until the kids have been here a week, they don't know me yet, and that's not fair to them, as they have no trust. Obviously they don't have much after only a week, but they know me a little and see my intentions.

    It would seem that he knows he's adorable looking, I wish I could share a pic with you all, but I can't. He could pass for 10. And he uses that.

    I am on to him, and there is little about him, I am finding cute. When kid 1, the best kid ever moved in, he was only a year older, and he didn't get any free passes. He does now, as he does so good, but not then. This lil beast isn't getting any either.

    Kid 3 moved in the week before, and he is exceptional. Kid 4 asked for McD's that lunch, and kid 3 said, didn't you hear we are eating out tonight, how much you think that costs?
    That's a rare thing, that a kid can put themselves in my shoes. Kid 4 got sassy with me at one point, I kind of expected kid 1 to say something, kid 3, stepped in between us and said knock it off or you have problems.

    Kid 3 might really be someone. He can empathize, and that's rare. Very rare. He has a ridiculous name, one of those street type names, that unusual and with an phonetic spelling. The first sound is Whack, so I call him whack a mole or Whacka. He takes that. It might seem obvious that he would take a joke, but with street kids who are 15+, they don't take what they deem as being disrespect, these are usually gang kids, and they shoot people for that stuff. I can't take credit for his change, he moved in good. But he came from the foster parent who is my closest friend at the agency, and is a former Marine. He did the change in the kid, and it shows. He's going to be a delight.

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