Thursday, December 31, 2009
We did have some good things that happened. Greg did well on his job this year and had several upgrades. I joined Jenny Craig and got my weight back under control making lifestyle changes in food and portion control. We had several memorable vacations (probably couldn't afford them....but we have the memories). And the boys had several milestones in school and behavior (heading the right way, I hope). So, all wasn't lost in 2009 but I sure do hope 2010 is better both financially and emotionally.
We are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel with my job that I will start on January 4. And I am determined to make 2010 a better year than 2009. My main resolution will be to focus on what's important and get my priorities straight. And those priorities are God and family. Everything else comes second to those. I have realized that if those two things are on the right track everything else will just fall into place. So, with that said...I want to wish everyone a wonderful and Happy New Year. Be safe and be thankful. Like a good friend of mine said, never think that a good deed goes unnoticed. Like the movie, It's a Wonderful Life - everyone has an impact on someone else's life. Make that impact a positive one. Make an impression in 2010. Make that the year that you look back and see all the positive things you accomplished and the good you did. It trully is a wonderful life if you look at all the things God has given us and use them in a positive and helpful way.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Years ago before kids, dept and family commitment I had a life. My husband did, too. Or I thought we did. We could come and go as we pleased. We bought pretty much what we wanted without really worrying about a budget. We traveled a lot and could hop on our Harleys anytime we wanted and go for a evening ride, long weekend ride or a trip across several states (that is if we had the vacation time away from our jobs).
Life seemed very simple back then. We were carefree; free spirits. We paid our bills and showed up for work on time but other than that, we could do what we wanted WHEN we wanted. We could sleep late!! Ahhhh...wasn't that nice. I remember the days when Greg and I slept in until about 9 or 10 on Sat. morning and then we'd fix a big breakfast. Afterwards, we'd watch a movie and then take a 2 hour nap.
We weren't stressed or, at least, not like we are now. Oh, we had things come up that were stressful but to think back on it now, it seems very superficial. The stress we may have endured then was so insignificant compared to what pops up in our lives now.
Sometimes I miss those days. Yes, I do. I admit it. I miss being able to sleep late and come home and not have anything to do but sit and chill out with my husband. I miss being able to do something without being interrupted a thousand times. I miss being able to go to the bathroom without someone barging in on me or hearing fighting and screaming the minute I leave the room. Yes, I miss (as much as I enjoy cooking) just fixing a quick sandwich or popping some popcorn for dinner instead of trying to provide a well-balanced meal for my family. AND, I miss the spontaneity of our sex life (I probably miss that most of all because that is the part that has probably suffered the most).
BUT, even with all these things that I have listed as missing terribly, they are only missed for a millisecond....only long enough for me to remember them. And then I remember my children and my husband and how I can't imagine life without them. I remember how my kids give me joy each day even when they are fighting with each other. I remember the hugs and kisses they give me as they crawl in bed with us at 6:30 in the morning. I remember the questions and wonder in their eyes as they learn something new. I remember the times I make breakfasts of pancakes and bacon at 7:00am as I'm wiping the sleepy out of my eyes knowing that they enjoy those breakfasts so much. (Thanks Mamaw & Papaw! You've spoiled them.) I remember their prayers and concern for their family and how they try so hard to please. I remember the tears from scrapped knees and their huge hugs when I can make their "booboo" feel better. .....AND I remember how all those things make ME feel. They make me feel great. Those things make me feel so wonderful. My life before my husband and kids seems so insignificant.
So, I guess what this amounts to is sometimes we, as parents and humans, don't always feel like our life is good or meaningful or what we had invisioned. Sometimes we think "How did I get here?" What am I supposed to be doing?" At least, that's what I've said to myself. But when I look into my innocent little boys' faces I realize that I'm here for THEM. I'm here to teach them the best I know how. It's not going to be easy but if I just step back and take a deep breath (and say a prayer) it will be OK and I will see the direction in which I need to go. They depend on us and it is SO worth it. All the sleepless nights and early mornings and stressed afternoons with homework, ball games and fighting doesn't seem all that bad when I think of what life would be without them and all the caos....
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
RING in the New Year!! If you have a lia sophia party in January you get to pick out a ring from our collection for FREE!!
AND, the Drop List is out....our discontinued items that will not be in the new catalog coming out in Febuary. You can purchase those items until the end of January. There are sales, sales, sales!!!
December special - Buy 2 items at full price and get up to 4 items for 1/2 price.
January special - CLOSEOUT SALE!! Buy 1 item full price and get 2 items at 1/2 price.
Call me and book a party NOW! You don't want to miss out on these great specials. Hostesses can earn LOTS of free jewelry. (660) 621-5028. Check out my website www.liasophia.com/lindarunnebaum.
I will drive ANYWHERE in Missouri and over into Kansas!!
NOW is the time to do some GREAT Christmas shopping for those loved ones on your Christmas list!!!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Here is a list of things that I am thankful for. I challenge you to go through this same exercise this season. Maybe at Thanksgiving dinner with your family or maybe just in the privacy of your own thoughts. But think about what really matters to you this season and what is really important.
I'm thankful for:
- God and His infinite wisdom and humor.
- my family who loves me unconditionally and always will.
- my 2 sons which have changed my life and fill my days with laughter and endless surprises.
- my husband, Greg, who I am a much better person for having met.
- my friends who I love very much even if I don't see them all the time.
- my country. I am so very proud to call myself an American.
- for those in our military services putting their lives on the line everyday for our freedom.
- for those in the military that have died in past wars and battles that helped to make this country what it is today. May your deaths NEVER be in vain. I love you and appreciate you more than you'll ever know.
- for the shelter over my head, the food on my table, and my bed to sleep on at night. There are so many people out there trying to survive without these basic needs.
- And last but not least....I am thankful for my health. Right now, I am healthy (in all practical purposes...) but if some day that should change, I know that God will be right by my side helping me through the difficult spots.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!
Friday, November 20, 2009
"...One of the scariest aspects of raising boys is their tendency to risk life and limb for no good reason. It begins very early. If a toddler can climb on it, he will jump off it. He careens out of control toward tables, tubs, pools, steps, trees, and streets. He will eat anything but food and loves to play in the toilet. He makes "guns" out of cucumbers or tooth brushes and likes digging around in drawers, pill bottles, and Mom's purse....A boy harasses grumpy dogs and picks up kitties by their ears. His mom has to watch him every minute to keep him from killing himself. He loves to throw rocks, play with fire, and shatter glass. He also gets great pleasure out of irritating his brothers and sisters, his mother, his teachers, and other children...."
Here's another one I think most of us don't think about:
"...A child should not be punished for behavior that is not willfully defiant. When he forgets to feed the dog or make his bed or take out the trash...when he leaves your tennis racket outside in the rain or loses his bicycle, remember that these behaviors are typical of childhood. It is, more than likely, the mechanism by which an immature mind is protected from adult anxieties and pressures..."
Thursday, November 19, 2009
RULE 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!
RULE 2: The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
RULE 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
RULE 4: If you think your teacher it tough, wait till you get a boss.
RULE 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
RULE 6: If you mess up, IT'S NOT YOUR PARENTS' FAULT, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
RULE 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of you parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
RULE 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
RULE 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
RULE 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
RULE 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This was a skating party up at the rink down the street the week before Halloween. One of Vince's classmates had a costume party. Look....my little man is surrounded by all the "older women"...ha! He's such a charmer.
Michael at the corn maze. They had a blast! Of course, Greg and the boys felt like they had to keep hiding in the maze then jumping out and scaring me....lol! We had fun.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Well, on Friday, the kids and I were coming back home from running some errands and found one of our cats, Shadow, out by the side of the road. He'd been hit by a car. He was Michael's cat. And Michael took it pretty hard. But, like the strength of a child, he was back inside in 45 minutes watching TV and completely healed....lol! He did help Greg bury him on Saturday. Shadow was a good kitty. We still have his brother, Blackie and also our big mama cat, Samantha. And now, the little white kitty named Snowball.
I'll post pics when I get a camera. Such is the up and down life of having pets. But I wouldn't want it any other way!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Anyway, a few weeks ago we had 2 more Mojos tie the knot. We all had a lot of fun and it was so great to get together with everyone again and hang out with VooDoo Kitchin. Congratulations Matty and Shanna! We love you!
Friday, October 16, 2009
"Daddy should work for the Highway Patrol."
I said, "Mmmm, why's that?"
Vincent: "Because when people get tickets, that would give us more money."
HaHa!! He's always thinking. You can see it in his eyes....those wheels are turnin'.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
It's a weak excuse for not contacting these friends during this difficult time in their lives. But what do you say?? That's what I struggled with. One of the people was a woman I had worked with and she lost her daughter to cancer about a year ago. I had such a nice conversation with her today and we exchanged emails, etc. so we could stay in touch.
The other person was the husband of a best friend I had years ago in my "running around and partying" days. She's been gone a couple of years now but I have such great memories of our friendship. We lost touch like a lot of people do but hooked up later in years to meet husbands and kids. I had the best conversation with her husband. It was like we were old friends. We had only met each other a few times and it had probably been 15 years since I'd seen him but we talked with ease. I miss Kath. She was a great person and so full of life. In one way I'm glad I didn't get the chance to see her riddled with cancer. Apparently, it wore her down pretty severely and that would have broken my heart. But on the other hand, I would have loved to have been able to say goodbye to her. In a way, today, I did that by talking to her hubby.
My point is, don't EVER take your time here on earth for granted. It can be ripped away in seconds. If you aren't feeling right (physically) or think something is wrong with your body, etc. go to the doctor. Have things checked out. You can't always tell if something is wrong and some illness don't have very strong signs. But, IF YOU DO feel something is wrong, please check it out. And have faith in God. He's there to help you through the rough patches. We may not always know why bad things happen but we can always be certain that God will be there to help us through it.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I picked up the kids from school today and as we were driving home, the boys were picking on one another (nothing unusual) and saying they didn't like each other, etc. Those of you with kids, I'm sure, can relate. Anyway, I went on to say that I thought we needed to go to church more (actually we go quite often but maybe we should start going 3-4 times during the week...ha) because they needed to learn more about how to treat each other and love each other like Jesus would want them to.
Vince says, "I like going to church. It's just so long."
Then he said, "I like the part where we eat and they serve the bread."
I was cracking up!!!! I love the things kids say. I wish I could just bottle them up and keep them forever.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
But now, her days are filled with dressing 3 little girls under the age of 6, preparing breakfasts, lunches & dinners for her husband and children, running the kids to soccer practices and doctor's appointments, paying bills, home schooling, grocery shopping and dozens of other duties.
She doesn't have to juggle the job AND the home life. But the home life keeps her busy enough for both. In this day and age, I think we tend to forget how tough of a job being a stay-at-home mom is. You may not bring in the paycheck or make big important corporate decisions, but the stay-at-home moms are juggling so much while trying to mold their children into descent adults. And that involves making a lot of important decisions.
Hats off to all the stay-at-home moms. You ARE Super Moms in my eyes whether you get paid for it or not.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Now, what I was thinking about was how different my attitude is now. Years ago when I was younger I would have NEVER gone out of the house not wearing make-up. And I would have been dressed in coordinating colors and outfits. I would have never thought of letting anyone see me like that unless it was (maybe) my family.
So, as I smiled to myself, I asked myself, is it courage that I'm letting myself be seen in public like this? Going out with my head up and hoping no one says anything to me or laughs at me. Or is it confidence because I'm older now and comfortable with myself and the person I am inside? Knowing that clothes don't make the person or necessarily say what kind of person they are. Or is it just indifference because I've gotten to the point in my life where I don't care what strangers think or what judgements they might make since they don't know the real Linda Runnebaum? Or, MAYBE, it's a combination of all three...??
Whatever it is, I know that I AM happy getting to the point in my life where I am confident in my innerself and the person I have turned out to be... Even if I do dress in tie-die thread-bare sweatpants and raggy t-shirts...ha!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
After they got done with dinner both boys went into their room and started looking for things to send to Katerin. They wanted to send food. They were so concerned with what she was eating and if she had any toys. They were so interested in sharing with her and sending her something.
Well, this morning on the way to school, both boys said that we could let Katerin move to our house and live. It was so sweet. I said, "What about the rest of her family?" They said, "They can live with us, too. We have room. They can live downstairs and in the spare bedroom.....". I was so touched. I am so proud of my boys and what caring individuals they are. They may be ornery at times but they have such caring little hearts.