Diana Banana Pancakes

November 12, 2008

Lost my blogging mojo…PICS AT THE END of the long post

Filed under: family,Ian,random — dianabananapancakes @ 9:49 pm

I lost my blogging mojo. I used to have regular readers, but with changes in my web site due to certain people finding my site that I didn’t want them to find it, I changed the name and addy to my blog many times and lost people each time. Now I no longer have regular followers, so I haven’t felt the need to keep up with blogging.

But, lately I’ve had need to vent, so I will do so…

WORK – SUCKS ASS! I have done transcription for 13 years, right out of college. Its done well to support my family of me and my son, and even when I was married it worked out so great for me, I was able to be a stay-at-home mom and support my son and I for years, but its gotten harder and harder to make the same amount of lines as the small company I originally worked for was purchased by another company and then another big company which is who owns it now. That company has recently changed majority share holders, and now it is owned by a company in India and the troubles have started and I’m working now less than minimum wage for a job I used to bring home $1600+ AFTER taxes and AFTER health benefits a month 10 years ago to now less than minimum wage in the last month. I’m job hunting again, but afraid I will no longer be able to work at home. I need health insurance because I haven’t been able to afford it through the last 5 years when they were purchased by the bigger company. We are suddenly as of Oct. 15th left in the dark, work pool low and not consistent, and I no longer can depend on this job. I hope to find something in the transcription field, but am getting this urge to go back to school and look for something better.

CELL PHONE – someone stole my new cell, motorola RAZR, I only had it 2 months, had some pics of Ian and I and some video of us on there, someone has that, and has listened to my voicemail, and itmakes me oddly feel violated in that way, someone has personal texts of mine, someone has listened to my personal voicemail and has pics of my son and I and phone numbers of people in my life…and the used my cell to go online, 198.00 of data usage and 99.77 of downloads! Thankfully I have AT&T and talked to them as soon as I knew it was missing, they waived my charges thank goodness! I didn’t have insurance and can’t afford a brand new phone right now as my job is shitty as mentioned above, so I’m using a very old, crappy phone, but at least I have phone service again.

LOVE LIFE – is nonexistent. I am seeing someone, have been seeing someone since the last day of Feb. 2008. He is a great guy. I met him in October and over time of getting to know him have really come to like him and care about him. We have seen each other only once a week for most of that time, but in the last 2 months its been reduced to once a month due to work schedule changes and the fact that we live a little over an hour apart. I really like him, though met him in odd circumstances and it involves his friend, who I never dated, but his friend was a FWB of mine for a while, no interest in dating, but this guy I have been spending time with and talking nearly every day I DO have an interest in dating. A few months into it, he said he thought we were dating, so I went with it because I liked him. I still like him, but as things changed (my not having a sitter anymore as my ex-husband decided to disappear from his son’s life AGAIN) and then work schedules and he has always said from the beginning that the distance is an issue. Now 8-1/2 months later its changed from “i thought we were dating” from him to now him saying he doesn’t know what he wants, that the distance is an issue, but he doesn’t know what he is doing with me or what he wants, and he admits to having guilt over the fact that I was his buddy’s FWB, even though I never dated his FWB, while he also admitted a few months ago that if I lived closer he would be over every day if I let him. So, I don’t know what to make of it and i’m sure me being a single parent is an issue as well though he says it is not, he has not met my son and that is my choice until I know we will be a couple, but he admits to not knowing how to deal with kids. He has never been married and has no kids.

IAN – is doing great in school academically, but he has had some behavioral issues of talking and being disruptive, which I figure partially has to do with his father suddenly disappearing this summer again, he has not seen his dad since Father’s day, and his dad has only called him 2 times since then, and then the last time he talked to his dad was 1-1/2 weeks ago on a Monday, his dad told him that he was going to come see him on friday, and he told me the same thing that he was going to see Ian on friday…HE NEVER SHOWED UP. He hasn’t called since. This is how he’s been off and on and now Ian is old enough that it upsets him. He told me “I’m mad at my dad” and I asked why and he said “because he lied to me.” So, its irritating and hurtful to see him acting out because of his loser dad.

EYE CANDY – I just was introduced to some new eye candy in town. I’ve checked out this single dad for a few years, and he’s a really nice guy, but no way he would want to date a girl like me. There are more single women than men in this area, at least less single men who are worth grabbing, who have jobs and are not low-lifes or dead-beats, who are actually responsible and part of their kid’s lives, etc…very few choices here for women in this small town, but the men here have their pick and choose it seems. Well, I was introduced to a new piece of eye candy at a gaming center here in town that just opened. Turns out my step-mom knows him, ha. He used to do computer networking for the small company she works at and that she is friends with him, which I never knew, and so he and I chatted while my kiddo played games at his new gaming center (online video games). He is HOT, and very nice.

Ok, thought I’d share some pics with more to come!

Sunny LOVES strawberries!

First day of school – 2nd grade

go-cart racing – last day of summer spent at the Family Fun Center Grand Prix in South Charleston WV. He had a great time.

Trying something new – I spend way too much money on Ian for little crap that he doesn’t need, so I’ve decided at age 7 he’s old enough to start a chore chart and earning some allowance, this way it curbs my spending on him for little things here and there, and he learns to save up his money when he wants to get something. So far its done pretty well, he will still ask me for stuff here and there, but not as often and usually he says “I can get that in a month!” he’s loving the checking things off the list…

This little thing is one of those sticky things you can get out of the quarter machines at the front of stores, its about 1 inch big, its been on this wall for 3 months and counting, haha…

This is Mr. Turtle, Ian got him in Hawaii from his Hawaii Grandmama, its a sea turtle. He has him in his bed every night to sleep, and now his chore list includes making his bed, and this is what he does with Mr. Turtle every morning.

09/2008 – my dog had to have a procedure, poor guy, he was knocked out with anesthesia and pain meds, was on antibiotics, but now I’m happy to report he has made a complete recovery and is doing great!

09/2008 – tons of motorcycles, its hard to see, but they go WAAAAY back to where the men at the end are standing, there were at least 60+ motorcycles! It was so neat to see, they stopped in our small town for a break. Sorry for the bad pic, its from my cell phone, the one that was STOLEN 2 weeks ago. sigh.
tons of motorcycles

Sunny our puppy, looking out the window like he usually does while waiting in the car-line to pick up kids from school. I swear this is one of Sunny’s favorite parts of the day, he gets so excited when I say “lets go get Ian” haha.
Waiting for Ian

10/2008 – double rainbow driving out of our small town.
double rainbow 09-2008

Kiddo with his new halloween costume! He is a Clone Trooper, not a storm trooper, I have already been educated on this fact. He is “Commander Fox” from the Star Wars clone wars animated movie. He loves it so much he still wears it around and plays clone wars!
Halloween costume 2008

I’ll post more as I have posted a ton already!! catching up since August, so I will soon post more October and starting this month of pics! whew! Enjoy!


August 31, 2008

pics, pics, pics….

Filed under: family,Ian,random — dianabananapancakes @ 11:15 pm

I haven’t posted in a long time, I’m not even sure who if anyone reads this blog anymore…but I will post pics anyway….

Here goes!  there are a ton of them!

Making sushi!  I was craving it so bad, and mom sent me the stuff to make it from Hawaii, so I went at it!

The final product…tons of sushi! lol

4th of July 2008 with the family…
my sister and her boyfriend

Aside from my big chunky belly, I love this pic of Sunny!

We had a memorial for my grandpa, and the neighboring camp had also lost a family member around the same time, so we had a joint memorial for both…

We tossed flower petals that were taken from the funeral flower arrangements,its hard to tell but those are the flower petals in the river…

FINALLY – the pics to my cousin Debra’s wedding to her man Joe! They got married July 12, 2008. It was a fun, beautiful wedding that she put together. She was so beautiful as usual, she’s one of the sweetest people I know….aside from me of course! haha….here’s her wedding pics via my camera –

The men from the wedding party –
the men

My uncle and beautiful cousin

“Kiss the bride” shot

The new Mr. and Mrs.

Cake time.

Oh yes they did!

awwww, they even cleaned each other up! teehee

Little photographer…My cousin’s son, who was 7 at the time of this wedding, is going to be 8 in September, he was so friggin adorable with the camera and all up in the wedding shot taking! I loved it!

First dance as husband and wife

My dad and step-mom dancing

My sis didn’t get much sleep the night before, so she kept falling asleep, hahahahaha, I was so messing with her!

They had karaoke, which actually went over pretty well…even Ian and my cousin’s son went in on it! They had fun doing it, too.

Their photographer, Rachel B., ROCKED! Not to mention she had a wicked cool camera bag! haha, she was very nice and even responded to me online when I had comments to her blog….here’s the pics from her awesome photographer view, she is a great photographer and love her work so much I keep checking her blog for stuff not even related to my cousin. 🙂

Debra and Joe’s engagement shots which ROCKED, they are SO FUN!! I can’t say enough how much I love these pics!! My faves are the one with the blue wall, and the ones laying in the grass.

The wedding shots by Rachel B. Ian even made it into a shot on her blog, teehee….I love the pic she caught of him!

July 26, 2008

GRIPE ALERT….condensed version….

Filed under: Ian — dianabananapancakes @ 4:31 pm

My loser ex has NOT called his son since Ian went to see him on Father’s day weekend. Not a single call to his son to say hi, to say he loves Ian, to say he misses him. NOTHING. I got a call from Ian’s dad’s now ex-gf….she was calling to tell us about Ian’s sister’s 1st b-day party. She asked me if loser has called his son and I said no, she said that’s sad, said that loser-ex has called her to see their daughter. The part that bothers me is that she said he has come to see his daughter a few times in the last few weeks…yet he hasn’t even bothered to call his son to say HI in the last month. Sure we live an hour away from him (his choice, he moved away), but how hard is it to make a call? Its not like Ian talks for an hour, he maybe talks about 5 minutes or so. Am I surprised? Again, actually yes. Why do I let this surprise me? Because he at least would call Ian at least once a month or more here in the last few years, and he was at least wanting to see my son when I would call and say I would be in the area if he wanted to see his son, I could drop by. Now that he’s not living with his now ex-gf, I have no way to get hold of him, and have to wait for him to call Ian. I found out through the ex-gf that he has one of those tracphones which he uses to call her, but he wont use it to call his son. If I wanted to, I could ask the ex-gf for his number, but I’m standing firm in that if HE wants to contact his son, he knows my number. If he doesn’t remember it, he could ask his ex-gf because she still has it.

So, we went to Ian’s sister’s 1st b-day party on Saturday, and the loser-ex didn’t show. Which was probably just to cover his own arse because of how he did his daughter’s momma and her family was all there. But, the part that bugged me was that Ian was upset that he didn’t get to see his dad, he was hoping he was going to be there.

I met the loser-ex’s ex-gf’s mom (wha?) who watched Ian a few times while Ian was at his dad’s and his dad’s now ex-gf’s when they both had school. She told me Ian’s always good with his little sister and that he’s a good kid. Odd to meet someone I never met who watched my kid apparently a lot.

He still hasn’t called his son, yet that very morning before the party Ian’s dad went to see his daughter. his ex-gf told me he was all talking big about he was going to spend time with his daughter before and during the party, but ended up only spending 20 min. with her and then left. So, I guess Ian’s not missing out a whole bunch if he won’t even spend more than 20 min. with the baby.


Ok, I’m done griping about the loser ex for now. He still prefers drugs and alcohol over his family, still prefers lying and cheating over his family, and so he will never change and someday it will bite him in the ass. In the meantime, I will just continue to be the best parent I can be to Ian and try to show him how a parent shows love to their child. He will grow up and make his own judgment about his dad someday, but for now I want him to know that he is loved, and someday he will realize that I did everything for his best interest.

July 23, 2008

late on more pics….

Filed under: cub scouts,Ian,photos — dianabananapancakes @ 6:32 pm

Ok, yet again, I’ve been MIA to blogging… OH and an FYI, I haven’t kept up with the photo 365 challenge that is linked on my side-bar ever since I had laptop problems back in February and it took 6 weeks to get my darn computer back (grrr), and since then I have forgotten my password to that site, haha…so that is why all the photos in this blog instead. 🙂 I also have to update my links as some are no longer working, and a few new blog links to add, so once I have more time to sit her and organize them, you’ll see them.

catching up again, tons more pics!

saw this online and CRACKED UP for some reason it was making me laugh so hard I was in tears….

One afternoon in either late June or early July, Ian and walked to the video rental store, and on the way home we saw this little guy under my car….
a turtle!

Say hello to my little friend…

The chalkboard paint I used to make a chalkboard on Ian’s desk was a hit. I actually took this desk apart and got rid of it, and instead gave him my old craft/scrapbook desk as I wasn’t using it (tear) and the long desk was just too big in his little room, but here’s what he drew before I took the old desk apart, after his fish died.
ian's chalkboard painted desk (old desk)

When I moved my old craft/scrapbook desk out of the living room and gave the desk to Ian for him to use for his homework and art stuff, I kept the part of the old desk for him to draw on, here it is in his room all organized, and it still looks pretty darn good, its been about a month now!
My old 5th grade desk in Ian's room

I took my craft/scrapbook stuff that used to be on and in and around that desk above, and put it in my closet space that wasn’t being used, here’s the breakdown yo….





Early June – Ian’s cub scout day of fun
fishing day
fishing derby 6-6-08

our tent –
we put it up ourselves!

up at 6 am thanks to noisey “neighbors”. They told me “the best part is being up before anyone and enjoying the quiet” and I was thinking, well it would’ve helped if you guys were quiet yourselves, but no I didnt say anything lol.
6 am in the tent 6-7-08

reading a book after breakfast break
relaxing after breakfast

Ian making a rope
rope making 6-7-08

other activities:

Ian’s with the guy in the red shirt…

Ian with a different “coach”
archery, Ian's turn

and yep, I did it too!
me doing archery! Havent done that since I was about 10

BB for badge, didn't make it

End of camp water slide
water slide fun, end of camp 6-7-08

that’s all I’ve got for now. I have a few pics from my cousin’s wedding, and a few pics from Ian’s cousins’ b-day party (pool party) and our day at he city pool, but I haven’t uploaded them yet, so look for them soon! Enjoy!

June 28, 2008

ranting thoughts, vivid memories, loser ex

Filed under: ex,Ian — dianabananapancakes @ 9:06 pm

my ex is a dumbfuck…he doesn’t think about anyone but himself. Even though he’s not with me anymore (THANK THE LORD!!) his actions are now affecting my son. My ex’s gf left him because he apparently got someone else pregnant, while they were together. She called me to tell me yesterday. the reason this affects my son? The ex and his gf have a daughter who is not yet 1, she will turn 1 next month…and he doesn’t do much in the way of helping to take care of our son, and now he’s left this gf of his and got someone else pregnant, supposedly. He denies its his, but even if its not his, he’s leaving his gf and her baby, and not being around much for my son, only to be with a girl who is pregnant? either way, he’s an ass, and his actions will affect my son. I told my son that the ex’s gf was moving out and that her and his daddy got in a fight and she won’t be living there anymore, and he said first “what about my sister?” and I told him she will live with her mommy because she takes good care of her, and Ian said “will I get to see her?’

breaks my heart that I HAVE TO BE CONCERNED about my son’s half-sibling because the ex has no regard for either of his children…and now my son apparently has another half-sibling that he might never know. All because a stupid, lazy, deadbeat, pothead, druggie, con-man of a loser guy, not even a MAN, can’t keep his fucking dick in his pants, can’t put a condom on, and has no regard at all for anyone but himself. When he can’t handle a situation he just ups and leaves and shacks up with someone else. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m the stupid one that married him….but in the end I have Ian, who is a great kid, happy, loving, caring, and always wanting to make people laugh, I have him, and his loser, bad-choice of a father has no idea what a great kid he has, and a happy daughter he has in the other child, because he doesn’t want the responsibility.

everything the ex’s gf told me brought back very vivid memories of what I went through with him myself, and even though I don’t feel sorry for her because she took him back, what I do feel is empathy because I’ve been there. I’ve been the girl pushed around, I’ve been the girl trying to reason with his drugged, high, drunk ass, I’ve been the girl pleading for him to be the man he made me think he was, long enough to get into my house and my finances….I’ve been the girl who lost herself because he constantly goes from making you feel like a princess to turning around and making you feel like an ugly fat cow. I admit that to this day I still have major insecurities that I’m sure are related to his treatment of me….so I feel empathy for her. The words he used on her, “fat”, “lazy” and saying things like he dares her to leave, that she would have to use the army to get him out, because he won’t leave, saying things like she got pregnant on purpose to tie him down, saying things like “go ahead, leave, no one wants a fat bitch with a kid”….those words he said to me too, and last night I felt sad for her, and it made me sad, too, thinking of how this will affect Ian, how once again its up to ME to pick up the pieces of damage he bestowes on my child by trying to maintain contact with HIS ex gf so that my son will not be estranged from his (so far) only sibling he has, and from the sister he loves and talks about a lot….why is this MY responsibility? I’m not the one who is fucking up and lying nd cheating and stealing and doing drugs and not giving a shit about anyone but myself, that’s not ME, that’s HIM….

I do it for my son, who doesn’t deserve to have a father like that…a father who lies, cheats, steals, does drugs, drinks, abuses his women and then turns around and for a while to just keep enough control makes them feel like a princess for a while only to turn around and smash them to the ground again….My son deserves a role model, a man who will show him the real way you’re supposed to treat someone you love, the real way to love a spouse, a man who will show him you’re supposed to be responsible, and you can still have fun in life with little in life. I’m doing my best to show my son those things, but I’m only a woman and I cant show him things a man can show him, I can only do so much. How do I explain to him that his dad fucked up and now we have to adjust again? I can’t.

Ian’s not stupid. He’s 7, but he catches on quickly. He overheard my conversation with Samantha, while he was supposed to be playing outside he came back inside and heard….when I got off the phone he said “dad cheated on her, huh?” I asked him how he knew what that word is and he said he doesn’t know, but when I asked him what it means he said “doesn’t it mean he has another girlfriend when he already had one?” he’s smart….someday he will be disappointed again by his dad when he realizes what kind of man he is. I pray that he doesn’t see me as a disappointment by trying to do what I can and not having all the money to do what I want for him.

Sorry for his complete ramble, I just needed to get it out SOMEWHERE….

June 23, 2008

more pics! catching up

Filed under: Ian,photos — dianabananapancakes @ 4:15 pm

Well, I’m behind on pics so here’s the catch-up…A WHOLE BUNCH of pics.

Just some random shots of Ian:

A soccer game, he was goalie, only 1 goal got past him out of 4. May 2008
soccer goalie 5-24-08

My high-tech kid – using the laptop on the drive to see family – May 2008
my little computer user 5-2008

Ian and I went to see my friend Randy while he was in Columbus. I went to high school with this guy, I graduated 1991, he graduated 1992. It was so great seeing him after all these years, I hadn’t seen him since I graduated….we met up and went to Easton Mall in Columbus, OH. This was back in May 24, 2008
fountain at Easton Mall, OH - 5-24-08

visiting my friend in OH 5-24-08

playing in phone booth in Easton Mall, OH 5-24-08

Ian’s first Gameworks experience at Easton Mall.
Gameworks 5-24-08

Hello, its STAR WARS!!

We hit a deer on the way home, this was Saturday, May 24th. We are fine, the deer didn’t make it. We are so lucky the deer didn’t come through the windshield that was already cracked most of the way length-wise!!

The officer who showed Ian the inside of the cop car and let Ian get in with him, he was really nice (and hot, haha)
trooper showing Ian the "cool car" - 5-24-08

the next morning

ewww, deer fur stuck in there still

glass pieces all over, and they were all over me head to toe. Luckily Ian had his head covered with my sweatshirt because he was going to sleep in the back…thankfully he didn’t see any of the accident.

You can see how much the windshield bowed in –



I have more pics that I will post in a day or two….too may today already!

Hope everyone is doing well. I miss my readers….I need to reconnect.

March 27, 2008

Hey you guys!

Filed under: grandpa,Ian — dianabananapancakes @ 1:29 pm

Sorry, been missin this week. My son is at his dad’s for this week which is spring break for him, and has been gone since Friday, so between missin him and having the place to myself, while its nice to have a break, after a few days it gets dull and makes me not want to be home, so I’ve been getting out of the apartment just for the sole purpose of avoiding being home alone since on top of that I WORK from home so being home all day long alone is…well….boring. So, anyway, I have not taken any pics since Easter, sad right? I need to get back on the ball.

I had a wonderful Friday. I went to Ian’s school about 1 pm to help set up for the Easter Egg hunt they had there, and then went to his easter party and then took him from there to his dad’s. Ian with his egg hunt stash:

I spent a nice Friday evening with someone, went on a hike and then watched some movies, he made dinner. It was such a great evening. I’m not sure if this is going anywhere, but its been really nice so far and I truly enjoy his company and conversation, so I’m going to do my best to just go with the flow on this one.

Saturday I shopped for Ian’s Easter stuff…yes a whole 1 day before Easter, but I nearly forgot easter was this past weekend, but thankfully I had some time as Ian’s going to get his easter stuff when he returns this coming Sunday, the 30th. I can’t wait to see my little kiddo again! I’m missin him like crazy!

Sunday we went to see my grandpa for Easter. IT WAS THE BEST VISIT since Christmas! He was lookin better had strength in his upper body enough that he was pushing himself up to get his coffee and leaning over to put it down, where the first visit to him he couldn’t even lift himself at all, and the one a couple of weeks ago was similar. We could understand him SO MUCH better, and he was even joking around and being GRANDPA, happy, silly goofy man. He remembered us all the whole time and was fine. He didn’t even fall asleep the whole time I was there with my sister. He asked about Ian and asked if his dad is in his life more, so he definitely remembers, which is wonderful. They took him off an anti-anxiety medication and has been doing so much better they say since that was removed. It was a great Easter full of laughs, family, hugs and love. I am so grateful for that.

Here’s a short video of grandpa, I pulled out my camera for a pic, but he was being goofy, so I switched it to video, and no sooner than I did that, he just smiled waiting for me to take a pic, haha. He doesn’t know it does video. My sister Amanda in the chair near him.

A pic of grandpa, right after he cracked an inside family joke, lol, he had us laughing so hard, it was great!

He can’t hear well at all, you have to be RIGHT at his right ear and almost yelling in it. Its exhausting. He has these dry-erase boards to read messages. He had hearing aids, but some dork lost them.

I had some frustration where I couldn’t reach Ian by phone for 5 days, 5 DAYS, but I finally was able to reach him on Wednesday, thank goodness. It was so good to hear him say he loves me and misses me. He told me his dad’s girlfriend dropped their phone in the toilet, haha.

I also called about my laptop which is STILL gone, and they said it will take another 2-3 weeks because THEY NEVER SENT IT IN! They’re mistake because whoever took my info that I filled out didn’t change my number out. When I took my laptop in October to be fixed, I still had a home line. I canceled my home line because no one ever called me on it and I hardly used it myself, so I just shut that off, so when I filled out the new work paper for the laptop this time, I told them that and put my cell number on there, the guy DIDN’T CHANGE MY NUMBER, so when he supposedly needed to call me to tell me it needed to be sent to service (even though he told me that when I dropped the damn thing off) he called my HOME NUMBER, and since its obviously shut off, they didn’t send the laptop to service. I had no idea that he did that, I was waiting the 2-3 weeks like he told me it would take because it NEEDS to go out to service. So, when it reached week 4, I decided to call and check on it. I even called a week before that and they took my number down because they were busy and I never got a call back either. I was so pissed when I found this out, since now it will be another 2-3 weeks. I talked to the superviser, but I’m sure nothing was done about it, we’ll see. Grrr. I want my laptop back!

Anyway, all that aside, I hope everyone is doing well and had a great Easter weekend. Its supposed to rain here for the next friggin WEEK, ugh. I will be glad to get my kiddo back on Sunday.

March 17, 2008

My new baby….Sunny

Filed under: Ian,Sunny — dianabananapancakes @ 3:08 am

So, my friend Christine had this puppy. Girlie has 2 kids and is pregnant with her third, and today decided it was just too much to have the puppy too. I mentioned when she first got it if she wants to get rid of it to call me because its cute…that was 6 weeks ago, and she texted me today asking if I wanted a dog…Ian’s been begging me to get him a puppy, so impulsively I said yes….

Now, I’m kinda getting a sort of puppy remorse…not sure why. But, for now we’re keeping him. He’s cute what can I say. He’s a Chorkie – 1/2 chihuahua and 1/2 yorkshire terrier, so he’s not supposed to get too big.

Some pics:

Ian and Sunny.

and no that’s not a friggin condom someone asked, sheesh, that’s one of Ian’s baby socks, tied in a knot for the dog to play with, gosh people! haha

March 10, 2008

Our weekend….

Filed under: grandpa,Ian — dianabananapancakes @ 4:56 pm

We had a pretty busy weekend.

First off Saturday, Ian had a cub scout awards banquet to get his various badges, including his Tiger Cub Scout badge. The cub scouts had to make a cake with only male assistance, NO FEMALE ASSISTANCE. Well, the only male around us that I could think of was Dad, so I called him “so, dad, how’s your cake baking skills?” and he said “I’ve never baked a cake in my life” and I said “not even cake mix from a box and icing from a box?” and he said “never” and I told him about the rules for this cake bake was that the cub scout had to make a cake with a male counterpart, NO FEMALE ASSISTANCE at all, including clean up. The cake was to be decorated and will be entered in a contest and so dad was very eager to do that with his only grandchild. So I brought the stuff and started snapping pics. They had a BLAST.

cub scout cake bake

cub scout cake bake


the boys cleaning up

Ian’s cake at the banquet earned the “biggest cake” award, and his award was a fishing pole. So, he has his first fishing pole, and I know shit about fishing. Last time I fished I was probably 9 or 10 years old at most. My dad knows how to fish, but in the last 3 summers has worked so much that we never had time to meet up, but hopefully we can get dad motivated this year. Loser-ex has promised to take Ian 3 years in a row, but never has. Loser-ex’s dad is a real good fisherman, but he’s retired and old and doesn’t like to go out much anymore, but maybe I can convince him to go at least once with his grandson. lol.

badge awards

tiger cub scout badge!!

His badge is pinned upside down until he does a good deed, at which point I can sew it on the proper position.

We had crazy snow on Saturday too, but what made it worse was friday all day long it rained NONSTOP and so when the snow started late friday night, there was a sheet of ice already on all the roads. We didnt get hit with the worst of it thank goodness. The worst part was the ice under the snow for our area. (dad’s roof)

and Sunday…sunday I got up at 2:30 a.m. as usual to start work at 3 am (thankfully I work from home!!) and worked till 11 am. Then after that my dad and step-mom picked us up and we headed to see my grandpa who if you remember a couple of weeks ago I posted that he didn’t remember who I was at first last vist, etc. Well, this time it was a good visit with grandpa, no tears…good stuff. He remembered us all the whole time we were there. His speech is worse, you can barely understand him, but he knows what he is trying to say and will repeat it until someone figures it out. Someone lost his hearing aids so he can’t hear and you can only talk to him by yelling right next to his right ear, or writing on a dry erase board. I tried the yelling first but gave up and used the boards. When we first got there, he said “ee-eeh” and we couldn’t figure it out, till he pointed at Ian, he wanted Ian. Ian got up close to him and my grandpa hugged Ian, grandpa pointed to his own lap…he wanted Ian to sit on his lap and he was adamant, so we put Ian on grandpa’s lap. Ian was looking a little nervous because he didn’t know what grandpa was saying where it was hard to understand (grandpa’s bottom lip is hard for him to control now), but I told Ian that great-pawpaw just wants to be near Ian and get some lovin from Ian, and Ian held his hand and smiled at him and I took a pic.

Ian drew him a pic on the dry erase boards of a house with a flower and the sun and wrote “i love you” on it for him, and he read it out loud, barely audible, but we could tell he was reading it, and Ian smiled and my grandpa asked him to draw another picture for him. So, Ian drew one of Ian and his great-pawpaw and my grandpa asked him “is that great grandpa and Ian?” which again wasn’t clear but we figured it out…and Ian nodded yes, and then my grandpa said “which one is me?” and Ian pointed, and then grandpa said “Is that you?” and pointed to the other stick figure and Ian nodded yes, and grandpa turned to look at me and smiled a big smile….THAT WAS SO AWESOME TO SEE. He didn’t smile at all the last visit, it was him sad and scared and confused last time, when he didn’t recognize you there was just a blank look, when he did remember who you were, he would cry because he knows you’ve been sitting there the whole time and then when it dawned on him he would cry and say he loved you, last visit was sad and emotional, this time he smiled….laughed….it was SO GOOD and the way I want to remember it all. It was a good visit overall, not as painful as the last time, I think hugely in part because he knew who we were. He asked me if I lost weight and if i’m on a diet, haha, he said I look good.

It was a good weekend overall, kinda busy, but at the same time very relaxing…I hope everyone had a safe and good weekend as well! Oh yeah, and I lost 2.5 pounds this past week, woohoo lol.

December 20, 2007

bad form

Filed under: Ian,kiddo — dianabananapancakes @ 2:24 pm

Ok, so Ian’s cub scouts had a Christmas party on tuesday, they picked names and were to MAKE something. Ian loves making things, probably gets it from me, though we have a family of people who love to make things and received hand-made gifts, which I’m grateful for!! So, Ian painted a picture frame for the child whose name he picked.

When Ian got to open the gift he received, Ian was THRILLED because the boy knows Ian LOVES Star Wars, and created this frame for him, Ian was so happy with it he came to show me all excited, and proudly showed it off stating he loves it.

So, then a few gifts go by, and a few parents had bought gifts, not a big deal but the thing was supposed to be that the kids MADE something. One mother even kept stating “maybe I should’ve bought more” and I just said “nah, they were supposed to make something.” She is one of those parents who worries all the time what other people think. That’s something I can’t get used to in this small damn town, the one-up-ness (yes, its a word, at least today) and someone feeling they have to “do more”….they are only 6 in this case, and I don’t see the point in worrying. Most people did stick to the hand-made rule.

So, after a few purchased gifts, the recipient of Ian’s gifts turn is up….and he first of all was whining because he was trying to guess who got his name, and after 3tries he got it right, but it was just supposed to be fun, and Ian was literally chasing him around with the gift in hand saying “you were right the last time” and the kid’s mother chasing after him saying “I don’t know what’s wrong with him tonight”….and then Ian finally caught up with him, gave him the gift he made and proudly wrapped himself:

The kid opened it and THREW IT DOWN AND RAN OFF crying some more, which by the way this child’s mother also purchased a gift instead of having the child make one. His mom in the meantime is ooo-ing and ahh-ing over the frame Ian painted. There were other kids who received hand-made gifts, there were only 3 parents that bought gifts. Ian said to me only “he’s acting like a 2 year old” which is something I tell Ian when he throws tantrums, which are far and few between thank goodness. No other kid acted this way at all. This child has done this before with lots of things. Ian was on the same T-ball team as this kid last year, and he would find SOMETHING to whine about pretty much every time we were there, even when he did great he’s whining about something and his mom and dady are saying “I don’t know what’s wrong with him”. Now, his parents are the NICEST people in the world, I swear! They are very giving and I don’t think either of them have a mean bone in their body….so how did this child turn out this wayl? Maybe he’s used to getting his way since his parents are so nice. I don’t know, I just know that later that night Ian proudly put up the frame that his fellow cub-scouter made and stared at it and I said I’m glad you like what he made you and he said “I don’t like it, I LOVE it, its awesome!” and then he looked at me and had that look like he was ready to cry and then came and sat on my lap and DID cry, saying “that bratty kid just threw my frame down, I worked hard on it and he didn’t like it.” I was at a loss for what to say, and so I told him that I know he worked hard on it and that I loved it, and that the boy’s mom liked it too, and I said not to worry about that boy who didn’t like it, because us mom’s loved it and we know he worked hard on it. I told him that I love everything hei makes, and that all his family loves what he makes, and that’s what is important. He seemed ok with it, and then went on and on about the cool star wars frame his friend made him.

The card Ian made for my sister Bobbi:

I bought him fabric markers to decorate some onesies for his new baby sister who is 5months old, and I gave him my PJ plain white shirt to practice on, and he drew me flowers and told me because he knows I love flowers.
practicing with fabric markers - made by Ian 2007

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