Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, is a delightfully rugged area. 110.1 mi2 former home to the aforementioned president and now home to a host of creatures, some homeless people and a few wealthy families! Most notably; The Ellington family. A family consisting of Robert and Angelica Ellington, and a whole host of foster and adopted kids, as the parents are incapable of having biological children. The Ellington's have a tendency to adopt children from less than savory households or children who have been thrust into the cruel adoption system at an age where they are unlikely to be adopted or children forced into other negative situations. But they love these children all the same no matter their background, disabilities or what harrowing events they have suffered through. The Ellington's didn't always live in the park, but after bringing home their fourth child and after establishing their 'one pet per child' rule, they realized that they had to relocate to a larger more accommodating area, so they moved to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The Ellington family inhabit this large home, however despite being rich the home is not as expansive as could be and so some of the kids have to room together. Rooms Right Side of Hall Bedroom 1 - Robert and Angelica Right Side of Hall Bedroom 2 - Ashley and Daisy Right Side of Hall Bedroom 3 - Scarlet Right Side of Hall Bedroom 4 - Dante Right Side of Hall Bedroom 5 - Zuri Left Side of Hall Bedroom 1 - Randolph Left Side of Hall Bedroom 2 - Jack and Phillip Left Side of Hall Bedroom 3 - Max Left Side of Hall Bedroom 4 - Jason As for schooling, there is a bus stop at the entrance to the national park and it takes about two hours to get their from the family's home. From there the bus takes the kids to Demores Elementary School in a total of 20 minutes, and then to Belfield High School in 45 minutes. And the prospect of school brings a host of pleasant and unpleasant feelings. Who's being bullied? Who's doing the bullying? Is there anyone struggling with tests and class? Coupled with the grand issue of having an array of very different and sometimes clashing children living together, the Ellington family has a LOT on their plate. Morning - 10:00 AM on Sunday in May Weather: 66 F/ 18.8 C Location - Kitchen Fashion Tagged: Anyone in the kitchen Angelica was in her study, hastily typing out the fourth chapter of the sequel to the METech series. Despite having so much fodder for the chapters, Angelica still had no clue what she would name the new book. She'd debated on just letting her kids vote, but their ideas were so diverse she'd probably end up with so many options, she'd explode. So she resolved to just finishing the book and figuring it out. Or maybe her editor could toss some ideas her way instead of just whining about how her fans were waiting for the sequel. Speaking of her editor...The guy had just called her the other day to invite her and her family to a cook out. She'd said she'd have to see, but really...She hated the guys family. His wife was always shooting passive aggressive compliments her way and their kids were little pig noses monsters and Angelica didn't want the reason she goes to jail be because she put her foot up some kids ass for insulting one of her own. Still...She should at least bring it up to her kids, and give them the option of going. Hopefully they wouldn't though...She really, really hoped they wouldn't. "Alright...That is enough for today." She murmured, saving the draft and closing her lap top. She padded down the hall and into the kitchen were some of her kids were eating breakfast or in the process of making it. "Good morning, my little chicken lickens!" She said, sticking her arms out for a hug. She desperately wanted to traverse the room, doling out hugs left and right, but she knew that some of her kids weren't as physically affectionate as her, so she let them come to her if they wanted. "My editor, Toby--You guys remember him right? Skinny guy, with the bowl cut and pencil mustache? Well he called and invited us to a cookout, anyone interested?" Please say no, please say no! Ooh...Or maybe she could make Robert take them and say she got a burst of inspiration and couldn't be interrupted? Location - Porch --> Kitchen Fashion Tagged: (No one) Ashley had slept in the backyard last night. Well not the actual backyard. But she'd slept on the porch in her tent with Roger. The night before, after dinner, she had been feeling particularly nostalgic about her time with her 'before' mom and brothers, so she'd asked her parents if she could recreate the memory. Her 'now' Mom had of course, freaked out and told her 'no' as she hadn't wanted a coyote to carry her away or something, but Dad had negotiated, and when the porch was suggested, Mom had calmed down and agreed. Dad and a few of Ashley's siblings had helped her set up her tent and some of her siblings had even stayed out with her until it was time to sleep. It had been great and it gave Ashley the idea to camp out again, but for real and by herself. Not that she didn't enjoy her family's company, but Ashley liked to wander off by herself occasionally and she was pretty good at holding her own in the forest, so she hoped, that when she brought it up later, Mom and Dad would agree. For now, it was breakfast time. Good Morning She signed to everyone and wrapped her mother in a hug, beaming wide. She grabbed a box of Lucky Charms from the cabinet and poured them into a small bow, along with a splash of milk. At her mother's proposal she shook her head vigorously. She hated the Gallaghers, they were rude and always treated her like she was an idiot just because she couldn't hear.