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Tyler had his first day of school yesterday and he loved it! He goes twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'm thinking of putting him into three days a week, depending on finances. They had a New Years party, and he made a little New Years bell. It was drying when I picked him up, so hopefully I get to take it home when I drop him off tomorrow. I can't wait to start plastering his artwork all over the fridge. Naturally I forgot the camera. I'm not used to having one, so I didn't think of it until we were on our way home.

I made my final attempt to guilt Ricky into seeing Tyler yesterday. I sent him a picture of Tyler sitting in front of the Christmas tree and titled the email "Remember Me?" Still no response. I'm done. I know I've said that before, and part of me still doesn't want to give up, but what's the point? It's clear that Ricky doesn't want the relationship. Why force my son to visit a man who doesn't want him? I just can't believe that he doesn't want Tyler. I can't wrap my head around it. I couldn't stand not seeing Tyler for months. Missing all these milestones and firsts would be unimaginable to me. First day of school, first bowling trip, the first day Tyler proclaimed that he was a big boy now, first train ride, first time sleigh riding,... everything. Sure, he's bound to miss some of that anyway, with only the weekends. Even so, there's time there to have experiences with Tyler that he's just giving up because he needs his time on the weekends for his friends. And I know it's for that. He's told me he'd rather have Tyler during the weekdays because he needs his time off for him. This doesn't make him the kind of guy I want Tyler looking up to. So why try so hard to get them together? Sadly, Tyler is better off without him.

Update

Tyler - He's doing pretty good. He talks non - stop though, and it's starting to grate on my nerves. Isn't three too young for the "Why?" stage? He made out pretty well for Christmas and I'm not sure where to store all his new shit. We're up to our eyeballs in tracks over here.

Nick - As I mentioned earlier, he got me a much needed camera. He's too good to me.

Me - I had a wisdom tooth pulled yesterday. The dentist wants all of them out. I've got no room in my mouth for them. Half my face is swollen, and I'm drugged up. I had Tyler shipped off to my mother's house because I have zero patience for him today. It was either that, or gag him. Why can't I get through any holiday without getting some sort of injury?

Ricky - He was supposed to have Tyler for Christmas. He has not called, emailed, or picked Tyler up in almost two months. The only way I know that he's still alive is that I continue to receive child support payments. Half of me is glad to not have to deal with him, the other half feels bad for Tyler. He's beginning to forget who his father is.

I got a camera!!!!

Nick got me the Canon SX 110. It's pretty awesome. The memory card it came with though is only 32 megabytes, so I need to get something better.

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On a Roll Today

Here's a pic of Tyler on Thanksgiving.

WARNING: Image may be large. I'm too lazy to edit it.

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This is wrong on so many levels...

... so naturally I'm posting it. Happy Holidays!

Night Befo Crizzmus

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OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG I.FOUND.A.TICK.ON.TYLER!!!!!!

We went hiking yesterday. Found the fucking thing feasting behind his ear this morning. I thought ticks were a summer thing?!? AAAAGH!!!! Nick got it off. Head appears to be attached to it, so I don't think it's stuck in Tyler. Takes 24 hours for a tick to transmit a disease, so here's to hoping it's been less then that. There's a chance. We got to the trails at around 1:30 yesterday. Found the tick at 1:00 today. Half an hour isn't much time, but then you need consider where on the trail Tyler picked it up, and the time the tick took to find that nice, shady, moist spot behind MY BABY'S EAR. That's it, we're never leaving the house again.
No child support. They got one garnishment out of him, and now nothing again. I bet he'll just keep quitting jobs as child support enforcement catches up to him and then finding new jobs knowing he's got two months before it happens again.

EDIT: My brother informed me that Ricky does, indeed, still have the same job. So now either enforcement screwed up, or his job did.

Yes we can!

Tyler sat on my lap this afternoon as I surfed all the victory posts on my friends list (and admittedly gloated over the WHAAAAA!!! posts in certain conservative forums). After viewing pic after pic of Obama, this is the conversation we had.

"Who 'dat Mommy? Looks like Daddy"
"He looks like you too. That is Barack Obama the new President of the United States. It's the highest office of the country. He's in charge of where we live, The United States. That's his job." (Yes, I grossly oversimplified, but he's 3 and I still don't think he got it)
"Can I have 'dat yob?"
"Yes you can!"

Granted I know he doesn't understand what the "yob" really is, but it felt awesome telling him that he's got a chance and meaning it.

Nov. 4th, 2008

History was made today. Someone other then a white male will be President of the United States.

Election Day

Get out and vote. I don't want to hear any bullshit from some swing state with votes too close and machines or people not counting right. Here's to hoping it doesn't come down to one state again.