Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Banana Split Party for A Different Ryan

It's been a rough week around here. Just rough. With the exception of my perfect child, Ryan, the kids have been a major pain in the butt. Attitudey daughter, defiant preschooler, the whole bit. 

And when my kids give me grief, I become a bit of a monster. I'm a mean Mommy. 

Yesterday I came across the story of another Ryan. A little monkey who doesn't have very long to live and it broke my heart. Read about him here. And watch this. And check out this Facebook page. When you see this child's face you will melt. 

Rather than sending little Ryan cards and stuffed animals, his very strong mom said this:  "Go out and create a memory with your kid. Throw a banana split on the table for dinner. Wouldn't you remember having banana splits for dinner one night when you were a kid?"

So in honor of Ryan's mom Diane that's exactly what I did. I know that Diane would give anything in the world to have the week I'm having with HER Ryan someday. But sadly she's not going to get the chance. Who am I to overlook such a wonderful gift?

She was right. The kids totally freaked out. Check out their faces when they saw what I made for dinner. Heck, I didn't even make Natalie eat the much-hated banana. Totally worth it!

And I hope you all succumb to peer pressure and sugar your kids up in Ryan's name.

SO WHO IS IN? 







23 comments:

  1. I read about it yesterday and was moved to tears. Looks like your kids enjoyed their banana splits and will for sure remember that one day!!!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. You can imagine my husband's surprise when I told him what we were having for dinner tonight.

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  3. Oh, I LOVE their faces!! Yeah, I would rather have a million horrible days with my kids than none at all. I just have to remind myself of that sometimes.

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  4. So. Awesome. Their faces are priceless.

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  5. We're having ice cream for dinner at my house!! Thanks Ali for reminding us all to stop and enjoy!! So many are not as lucky!!

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  6. This makes me get teary. The looks on their little faces are so priceless. I agree..every day is a gift. you dont' realize that quite like you do when you're a mom (even when you have on your mean mom hat.)

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  7. The looks on their faces are just perfect. :)

    We try and have ice cream for dinner at least once a month during the summer. It's just so much fun to spring that on them and I sometimes imagine them talking about it when they're older, "Hey! You remember how Mom would give us ice cream for dinner sometimes?" Those are the memories I want to make and keep.

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  8. Banana splits are my favorite and Jackson has never had one. I'm bookmarking this post to read later when I'm aggregated. Things could always be worse.

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    1. Aggravated not aggregated. Ugh deep breathes and ice cream for everyone.

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  9. Love their faces. Good for you, Ali. I can't read it today. This week needs its ass kicked for pissing me off so much professionally and personally (my kids have been the good ones...almost) and I'm not about to melt into a pile of tears right here in my cube surrounded by men because I'm already at the verge.

    Life is good and life sucks. The reminders to slow down and take it all in and be thankful for your handful of it helps put things in perspective and grows new energy to dig deeper.

    Alas, I'm doing this! I have a girls weekend starting tomorrow and as soon as I get back I'm doing this for Ryan.

    Thanks, Ali! And the pics are good!

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  10. I bet they were so surprised! It really puts life in perspective. Thanks for sharing this!

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  11. Oh I just LOVE the look on their faces!! What a great idea! I needed this reminder today as my 6 year old has been driving me up a wall! Maybe he can have both cookies and ice cream with dinner tonight!!

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  12. I love this. We're doing it this weekend:)

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    1. Their faces are priceless!! Will have to try this.

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  13. This post half made me feel heartbroken about that other little Ryan and half so happy; like a kid again.So lovely! xxx

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  14. Great post, and I'd totally be in if we didn't already have Dunkin' Donuts for dinner.

    I love the kids' faces!

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  15. This is a great idea to share, Ali. I am totally doing this. (Not just because I love ice cream either.)

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  16. a banana split party is the only way to go!! all such great little snapshots :)
    xo TJ

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  17. This is awesome! I feel like I should try it. But my kids are out of town right now, so I have to manage to remember it when they get back :)

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  18. I think this is one of the nicest stories Ive ever read
    Perfect. Your kids faces are breathtaking

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  19. What a wonderful way to build a memory! Ryan's mom had such a great idea!

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