Thursday, September 11, 2014

Together We Stand

      When I was younger, I never understood how so many people of the older generations would say that they remember exactly where they were and what they were doing at the moment when President Kennedy was shot... That is, until that day.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Beware, the ignorance is strong with this one.

I was scrolling down my facebook news feed and happened upon a picture. I continued to scroll, but something about this picture caught my eye. I scrolled back. My friends, what you are about to see here cannot be unseen. The sheer stupidity and ignorance will forever be "tattooed" on your brain. This is what I saw:
"This simply cannot be real" I thought to myself. No way is someone truly this ignorant in 2014.  I click on the page... My heart dropped. Yup, it's completely real. Scrolling through post after post (cuz I guess I'm a masochist like that) I was appalled at the astounding level of hate in her heart. Of her complete and utter ignorance. I'll admit, it made me angry. It made me very angry. But more than anything else, my soul is sad for her. 

Now, if you know me, you'll know that I've never been much for keeping my mouth shut when I think something is wrong, or when I feel wrongly attacked. With that being said...

Dear Ms Anti-Tattoo Hate Monger,

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Struggling to wake up early?

I sure was! I am very much a night owl, and have been for as long as I can remember. As a teen, I'd stay up till the wee hours of the morning, drawing, writing, listening to music, and sneaking the phone into my room so I could talk to my boyfriend all night. Lol Needless to say, this stuck with me over the years.
As an adult, wife, and mama, the struggle remained. Only now, I *couldn't* sleep, so I busied myself til the wee hours of the morning, baking, cleaning, doing laundry, feeding babies.... etc. Or just sitting there doing nothing but enjoying the silence, because let's face it, with a 15 year old, 10 year old, 2 year old, and 4 dogs in my house silence is GOLDEN. Unless they're awake, then someone is doing something they shouldn't be doing. Anyways, each night, I'd:

Monday, September 8, 2014

Confessions Of A Stay At Home Mama #4:

When I make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I still draw hearts in the peanut butter before I put the two pieces of bread together. I do this for my 2 year old, my 10 year old, my 15 year old, and my hubby. They never know it's there, (probably a good thing, because I'm sure my teen would think I'm lame... oh wait, he already does! We're clear, folks. Bahaha) but I know it's there. It's just my little way of sending a bit of extra love along with them.
It's ok, you can laugh at me now.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Negative "Encouragement"

Leave it at home. Or better yet, don't use it at all!
Sitting at my daughter's soccer game this afternoon, above the noise of the game, my ears were bombarded by yelling. Not by kids, but by their parents.
"YEEEAH!! That's it!! Way to GO!"
"GREAT JOB! There ya go!"
"Ohhhh, that's ok! Good try!"
I'll be honest, I'm not much of a yeller at my kiddies' games. I support them with my presence there. I'll clap of course, and when they look my way, I'll give a thumbs up and a smile. But the above are things I love to hear coming from other parents. It's positive encouragement and it is a wonderful thing.
But more and more, what I've been hearing, (especially today) are things like this:
"Stay on your side!!!" (To his own son) "Hey Ref! Maybe you should show him the line so he doesn't screw it up again!"
"Are you BLIND? You could've had that! " (another guy to his own son)
"Oh come on! If you would've kicked it HARDER you would've made a goal. Ugggghhh!! Get your head in the game!" (A woman to her own daughter)
"Stop being a baby and GET AGGRESSIVE!!!" (A woman to her own daughter. This is same mom that was screaming at her young son that he was playing with his friend too aggressive just moments ago. And then she smacked him in front of everyone. He was just being a little boy. But that's a whole nother story)
How does this help our children? What does this teach them?? As far as I'm concerned,

Friday, September 5, 2014

Confessions Of A Stay At Home Mama #3

Even tho I am a stay at home mama and housewife, I STILL don't get everything done.

It seems to be a common misconception that just because you stay at home, that means that your house should always be immaculate. But mine isn't. And as long as I have kids in the house, it probably never will be. Now, I have friends who are able to pull this off, and seriously, my hat goes off to them. But I've never been able to pull that off. Such is life. And I'm OK with that.

The dishes piled up in my sink are a reminder that my husband and kiddies and I have nice full bellies. The ever growing piles of laundry are evidence that we are far more blessed than we probably even realize. The toys scattered all over the floor are evidence that FUN was had. These messes are evidence that we don't just STAY here, we LIVE here. We laugh here. We cry here. And we make messes here.

Since I'm being so honest here, I will say that sometimes I struggle with the mess.  Not so much the mess, more so the fact that everyone just assumes it's my job to clean it all up. Cuz ya know, I'm mom and that makes me the Keeper of Messes. It's not fair! Woe is me!! NOT! It's so easy to get a grumpy attitude because it's all left for me to do, but ya know what? Each mundane task is an opportunity to BLESS my family. Each meal I cook, serve, and clean up... Each load of laundry that I wash, dry, fold, and put away.... these are all labors of LOVE. And nothing says I love you like having a drawer full of clean underoos. You can take that to the bank.

And while I may still grumble sometimes because I'm tired or sick and the house is trashed and the cleaning fairies have long since deserted me, I still catch myself smiling. I smile because these tasks are just one of the many ways of expressing my love and gratitude for all that I have. For all I have been blessed with. And I truly am thankful.

So keep those dishes coming.

Wait, can we at least get a dishwasher first, tho?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Confessions of a Stay At Home Mama #2

Bad: Last night, I went to sleep in the clothes I had worn all day.
Worse: I'm on my way to bed and have absolutely no intention of changing them. Worst: I really don't care.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Photo A Day Challenge

It's been a while since I've put together a photo a day challenge, so I figured it was time. I'd love for you to join in on the fun and be a part of this challenge with me.

I try to incorporate workout photo prompts and healthy eating photo prompts into my challenges, because I feel that it gives me an extra little push to get in a workout or to be more conscious of what I'm eating.

If you want to join in, and you use instagram, feel free to add me! My instagram name is:  @ryanann_livelaughlovelose
And be sure to tag your photo with #LLLLphotoaday

Just a side note, the photo prompts don't have to be taken so literally. For instance, "Smile" could be a picture of you smiling, a picture of someone else smiling, or even just a picture of something that makes you smile. Think outside the box!

I do hope you'll join me!

Love and light! ♡