Katie is still swearing welfare is giving her a hard time over the food stamps and medicaid. None of the family is buying it. We've dealt with welfare here too much. We know how they work and how they treat people. Actually they're very good at working with you as long as you do what you should and if there is a mix up or something they're pretty fast about helping straighten it out. But nooooooo. To hear katie carry on, they're out to get her. phht. Pretty sure it's all one huge dramatic lie woven to make us feel sorry for them and offer to help. This has been going on since shortly after she moved into the apartment. It should have been resolved ages ago. So either she's taken no steps to resolve it........I doubt it as they'd go hungry.........or she's lying to make us think she has no way to feed the kids. Add to this the whole work drama with M........and we're all pretty sure it's a ploy for cash. So we're ignoring it. She's been hard on inviting Nichole to her apartment for dinner. Nichole believes so they can put her on the spot to loan them money. I have a feeling she is probably right. No one else has been invited to dinner. Nichole has made a steady stream of excuses to avoid it and now bedrest gives her the perfect excuse. Katie even got the kids to ask Nichole when they called her at the hospital the other day. easy child tells me katie asked her if anyone around here RSVP to birthday parties. easy child told her the family doesn't because it's a given we'll be there, if not we'd tell her. And that in her experience......people don't RSVP, which is why she stopped inviting Darrin's classmates. He can invite 1 friend and she talks to the parents herself. When easy child asked why she asked about that katie told her she's thinking about changing the party date. The deal with the RSVP.........This is the first time in the kids memory they'll get a birthday party, a real one with guests ect. Of course kayla and alex had them before they left but they were babies and don't remember. Katie and M evidently promised them the world, planned to book the guest house at the complex, did formal invitations to both the kids classes and family......... Katie had asked me if I could pick up the birthday cake on my way to the party. I told her sure if she could give me the cash to pay for it first as I don't have extra cash lying around. Next thing I know she's telling me she's going to make their cake. My guess? They're flat broke. Wonder if they were able to pay their rent. She was telling Nichole that she was panicking because M's work had kept 2 paychecks (phht yeah right) and she needed his money for his half of the bills. Seriously? The man never stays employed for more and a couple of weeks. We're not buying into any of it. They've went through the cash like it's water. I'm on the phone with kayla 5 mins and she's telling me all the stuff mommy and daddy have been buying them.....expensive stuff. She went out and bought kayla one of those hand held video game systems that cost at least 200 bucks plus games for it. Now I'm not one to say a parent shouldn't know the joy of being able to buy their kids a few things when they've done without. But when you're basically living on nothing, in a HUD apartment, and getting food stamps and such you don't go out and buy your kid a 200.00 toy that requires expensive games on top of that. So now we're waiting to see if there will be a party at all. Irritates me. The only "bills" the girl has is her rent and the phone, cable and internet bill which she probably got the same deal as husband and I and it's about 70 bucks a month. No excuse. Doesn't surprise me as I expected it. But it does irritate me. Especially when on about half the amount of money she had coming in last month husband and I managed to pay mortgage, electric, gas, water and sewer, phone, cable, internet, car insurance, trash, and put license plates on my car.........and buy groceries and household necessities, plus keep our cars full of gas and support the furbabies.