Diana Banana Pancakes

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.

May 25, 2008

catching up….

Filed under: Uncategorized — dianabananapancakes @ 10:23 pm

This was going to be my post on Wednesday April 23rd, but then I got the news that my grandpa passed before I could post. So, now I’m posting, plus adding a few new pics and things….oldest pics are first, newest ones are at the end of the entry…

Woke up one morning to construction workers fixing the roofs….there were a couple of nice lookin guys, hehe, only a couple of eye candy guys….

Ian’s soccer game from 04/19/08, him in action lol, right before he turned 7…
soccer game

Then of course, there’s Sunny, he’s friggin cute and I had to share some pics…oh yeah, and Sunny’s old girlfriend “died”, all her stuffing was out in his cage the next morning, and so he discovered Ian’s cookie monster doll….who is his new freak of the week…..lol.
Ian and Sunny

and my handsome little kiddo, picking me a flower, see, he does it all the time. Gotta love that! well, I do at least.
for mommy

some pics from Ian’s b-day stuff I did – Ian’s b-day cupcakes, lol, I’m an uber-geek. I made 2 kinds of cupcakes, yellow cupcakes and chocolate….the yellow had the green light sabers for the “good guys” and the chocolate cupcakes had the red light sabers for “the dark side” hahaha. Ian didn’t catch it until I pointed it out, and then he said “that’s awesome” lol.
good vs. evil

The other pic is my feable attempt at making a round cake, I’ve always just made them in a square or rectangle pan and not taken it out. Well, when I took the round ones out of the pan, they fell apart as they were not ready to be taken out yet, but I was on a time constraint. I tried to “glue” them back with icing, haha, you can tell where its falling apart, at least it was all towards the back.

We went to Fusion Japanese Hibachi in Parkersburg for Ian’s birthday, that’s where he wanted to go. I ordered sushi…yum. I also had hibachi food, but sushi, yum! lol. No fish in it though, ha.
Ians b-day dinner 2008

My dad, step-mom, me, Ian, Bobbi and Amanda – together again for my grandpa’s funeral. The last time we were all together, Ian was 5 weeks old….
gill family 4-26-08

these boots, hat, and rifle represent my grandpa who had a purple heart from the war he was in the Army. They played taps and did a military portion of his funeral, it was touching and awesome at the same time. My grandpa would’ve been proud.
4-26-08 at grandpa's funeral

My new fave pic of Sunny, our puppy!
our puppy 5-2008

That’s it for today, I will post more in a day or two, because there are plenty more pics…

May 12, 2008

I obviously don’t watch much TV…..

Filed under: Uncategorized — dianabananapancakes @ 1:30 pm

I know this because this commercial was apparently out at the super bowl, but I don’t watch much TV, and this is obvious because the first time I saw this commercial was last night at my dad and step-mom’s house….FUUUUUNNNNYYYYYYY

May 6, 2008


Filed under: grandpa — dianabananapancakes @ 1:30 am

Before I get back to my everyday self in my posts, I wanted to post a song that was sung by my cousin at Grandpa’s funeral. I’m still sad, but most of the time I’m ok. Its funny how even though you think you’re ready and prepared, how much it still hurts. I can type and type about grandpa, and not shed a tear…but I talked verbally about it to my friend Christine the other day, and I started to cry. Isn’t that odd? I will always love and miss the only biological grandfather I’ve ever known. He always made me smile, no matter what mood I was in. He was supportive of me when I left my husband and made my way in life as a single mom, telling me to do what is right for me and Ian, and keep strong and don’t let my ex-husband bully to get his way, stand my ground and love my son. He always had a big hug and a smile and some silly little quip. He smelled of coffee and one of my earliest memories of him was cherry pipe tobacco smell, to this day any time I smell that I think of him, even though he hadn’t smoked that in YEARS. I’m so happy my son got a chance to meet his only biological great-grandparent. This song is the last song on my playlist if you’d like to hear the song. I think I’m going to add these lyrics to a scrapbook page when I can get up the nerve to scrapbook about my grandpa. It will be therapeutic, but for now its just too hard yet.

Dancing with the Angels – by Monk and Neagle
Memories surround me
But sadness has found me
I’d do anything for more time
Never before has someone meant more
And I can’t get you out of my mind
There is so much that I don’t understand
But I know

You’re dancing with the angels
Walking in new life
You’re dancing with the angels
Heaven fills your eyes
Now that you’re dancing with the angels

You had love for your family
Love for all people
Love for the Father and Son
Your heart will be heard
In your unspoken words
Through generations to come
There is so much that I don’t understand
But I know


We’re only here for such a short time
So I’m gonna stand up
Shout out
And sing Hallelujah
One day I’ll see you again


April 27, 2008

My grandpa’s obit

Filed under: Uncategorized — dianabananapancakes @ 2:02 am

Cleo ******* ****

Cleo ******* ****, 83, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord and received his heavenly reward. He served his country proudly and was a good neighbor, a wonderful brother, father, grandfather, stepfather and a loving and devoted husband. He was surrounded by his family at his home when he passed away at 12:04 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2008, following a long illness.

Born at Morganette on July 2, 1924, he was the son of the late Oscar P. **** and Ola Jones ****.

Mr. **** was a decorated veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He received the Purple Heart and several other service medals.

Mr. **** was a retired coal miner and construction worker, and was a member of the UMWA.

Mr. **** was of the holiness faith and attended the Church of God Family Worship Center.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and a lover of the outdoors. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 32.

Mr. **** was preceded in death by his stepmother, Virlie Redden ****; his first wife, Georgia Mae **** ****; two sons, Billy Joe **** and Joseph ****; two brothers, Clinton and Clayton ****, a sister, Mildred **** *****; stepbrothers, Houston ******, Russell ****** and Clayton ******; and a stepsister, Fannie *********.

Survivors include his wife, Betty **** Cadle Flippo ****; two sons, George **** and wife, Sande, of *********** and Ronald L. **** and wife, Denise, of *****; daughters, Diania ***** and husband, Clarence, of *******, Cleo ***** and husband, Mitchell, of *********, Della **** of NY, Rhoda ***** and husband, Johnny, of **** ****, DeeDee ***** and husband, John, of ***** and Katherine **** of ********; stepchildren, Larry ***** and wife, Lynn, of *********** , and Vonda ****** and husband, Mike, of ************; daughter-in-law, Norma **** of ******; a brother, Claude **** and wife, Ester, of ******; stepsisters, ****** of ********** and Litty ****** of ******; 25 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and caregivers….

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at ********* Holiness Church

Military graveside rites will be conducted by the ****** VFW Post 3110 Honor Guard.

April 24, 2008

I will miss him….

Filed under: grandpa — dianabananapancakes @ 2:12 am

I had this fun, happy blog to catch up full of pics and everything today, but then when I was going to do the post, my dad stopped by. My grandpa passed this morning. I’m so sad. My sister is flying in either tomorrow night or friday morning for the funeral which is so far on saturday, date/time not confirmed yet. I had a hard time telling Ian, but he handled it rather well. we both had a good cry and then the puppy started licking him and gave him a good distraction. He was supposed to have a party at his dad’s on saturday after his soccer game, but now the funeral will be saturday morning. My grandpa was a good man, always happy and always ready with a joke, a smile and a hug, smelling of coffee and tobacco and his aftershave. He lived a good life full of friends and family who love him and will miss him.



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April 15, 2008

winterguard – catching up – sick

Filed under: Uncategorized — dianabananapancakes @ 3:48 pm

This video was taken off youtube, probably copyright infringment, blah blah blah…but its on myspace so I’m posting it again because even after 11 years its still a rockin friggin winterguard show! I get may hits to my blog by people looking for this Dante’s show, it rocked then, and is still talked about in the guard circuit today, 10 years later….rocking cool show!

Northmont High School – Dante’s Inferno

I’m sick yet again…bah…but I have antibiotics, hope I will feel better soon. it sucks to have a sore throat from drainage and pharyngitis, and then have to breathe through your mouth because your nose and sinuses are so congested you have no choice, waking up every hour because your mouth is so dry it hurts at times. bah, I hope to be back to myself soon. I know, it could be worse, and it has been, but still not fun lol. I also have an ear infection in BOTH ears and have had a constant headache all day yesterday and off and on since noon today.

My son turns 7 on Monday…7 YEARS OLD….I can’t believe it!

My step-mom’s birthday is tomorrow, the 16th. We are having flowers sent to her office, hope she likes them. Ian helped me pick them out, he loved being part of that process, he even wrote the card, teehee.

I’ve gained weight somehow, I’m hoping its because of that female curse getting ready to head my way, but I was NOT happy to see that.

First soccer game was saturday, Ian did well, no goals, but he did well. Sunday he had another game (make up from the previous saturday), so yep that’s in full swing. Its gonna make it hard to spend time with someone I’ve been spending time with, guess now will determine what it is we are actually doing spending time together, just hanging, or actually dating…who knows.

I think that’s it….exciting I know….

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.

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