Stock Yard Mama

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Archive for the month “March, 2011”

Booklist for 03/31

So I fear we have made our next to last trip to the library here in Lubbock. Here is our list of books picked for this coming week:

The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill

Gigi: God's Little Princess by Shelia Walsh

When Ruby tried to grow candy by Valorie Fisher

Hush little baby: a folk song with pictures by Marla Frazee

No more bottles for bunny! by Bernette Ford

No more Blanket for Lambkin! by Bernette Ford

Cock-a-moo-moo by Juliet Dallas-Conte

Mickey Moonbeam by Mike Brownlow

The apple pie that papa baked by Lauren Thompson

Water, All Aboard Science Reader by Emily Neye

Hats! by Kevin Luthardt

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New Blog Name??

Okay so as we’re moving out of the West Texas area soon it has been suggested to me that I change my Blog Name so….Any Suggestions???

2011 Newbery Award Winner

So I’ve finally found (the Lubbock library doesn’t always have the latest/best stock) and finished the 2011 Newbery Award Winning book:

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

I truly enjoyed reading this book! In fact I think I might just purchase it and keep it for Addyson to read in the future. I have a tendency to do that…in fact I think most of the books I’ve purchased for her this year are with that same intent:) I just pray she is a reader like me!

Clare Vanderpool does a great job of developing characters and a storyline that makes this book difficult to put down (even for a busy mom). Definitely a must read in my book:)

Deuteronomy 5-6

So I’ve continued reading along my Bible in One Year plan and earlier this week I was blessed to read Deuteronomy 5-6. I wanted to share it with you as it reminded me that we are to Love the Lord God. He has not only commanded us to do so but has proven faithful and Holy through His word, His promises and His people.

Deuteronomy 5

1 Moses summoned all Israel and said:

Hear, Israel, the decrees and laws I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them. 2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. 3 It was not with our ancestors that the LORD made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. 4 The LORD spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain. 5 (At that time I stood between the LORD and you to declare to you the word of the LORD, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said:

6 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

7 “You shall have no other gods before me.

8 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 9 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 10 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

11 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

12 “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do. 15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.

16 “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

17 “You shall not murder.

18 “You shall not commit adultery.

19 “You shall not steal.

20 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

21 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

22 These are the commandments the LORD proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.

23 When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was ablaze with fire, all the leaders of your tribes and your elders came to me. 24 And you said, “The LORD our God has shown us his glory and his majesty, and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a person can live even if God speaks with them. 25 But now, why should we die? This great fire will consume us, and we will die if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any longer. 26 For what mortal has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived? 27 Go near and listen to all that the LORD our God says. Then tell us whatever the LORD our God tells you. We will listen and obey.”

28 The LORD heard you when you spoke to me, and the LORD said to me, “I have heard what this people said to you. Everything they said was good. 29 Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!

30 “Go, tell them to return to their tents. 31 But you stay here with me so that I may give you all the commands, decrees and laws you are to teach them to follow in the land I am giving them to possess.”

32 So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. 33 Walk in obedience to all that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

Deuteronomy 6

1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you.

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

13 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; 15 for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. 16 Do not put the LORD your God to the test as you did at Massah. 17 Be sure to keep the commands of the LORD your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you. 18 Do what is right and good in the LORD’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land the LORD promised on oath to your ancestors, 19 thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the LORD said.

20 In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded you?” 21 tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22 Before our eyes the LORD sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household. 23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. 24 The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. 25 And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”

Quick trip to Fort Worth

So this weekend we made a quick trip to Fort Worth to find an apartment to move into in April. We were blessed to be able to stay with some friends in Keller and Addyson had a blast getting to know her old friend (from the womb) Mia 🙂

We were successful in finding an apartment for our family to live in while making the transition to Fort Worth and awaiting the sale of our home in Lubbock.

We will be living at The Heights at CityView off of Bryant Irvin Rd.

Here’s an image of our floorplan:

We'll be on the 2nd floor with our garage under us.

I’m excited because it is a larger apartment then I thought we would find AND its VERY close to the back pool on the property.

Here are some pictures from the quick 2 day trek 🙂

Traffic...am I ready for it??

Owen picking flowers at the new apartments

Book for the trip - GREAT read! Newberry Award winner!

Twitter?

Do you Tweet?
Did you know there is actually at Twittonary?
Did you know if you use all 140 characters of Twitter than it is called a Twoosh?
Or if you send a Tweet while “Under the Influence” you’ve actually sent at Dweet?
What about Twitterrhea? The act of sending too many Twitter messages…I follow a few who suffer from this 🙂
Do I follow-the right people? Do I follow the Twitterati?
Did you know that when you Tweet you tweet into the Twittosphere?
What about hastags? Hashtags are commonly used to create buzz, many tweeters use it for easy search on common topic. Do you use hastags?

I have been a mild Tweeter for almost a year now and have enjoyed being able to follow celebrates, pastor’s, etc and not have to be worried about being their “friend” but simply enjoy reading their thoughts. I also follow some great coupon/discount tweeters that have helped me save on groceries, clothes, travel, etc. If you don’t already…time to start!

Here are some great people/bloggers to follow if you want to begin:
@everydayfood – Everyday Food Magazine
@goodhealth – Heath Magazine
@couponmom – A Coupon Cutting Mom
@coolmompicks – A great blogger too!!
@Wholeliving – Whole Living Magazine
@bettycroker – Betty Crocker
@dealsplus – Deals and Coupons
@momverstaion

Spring Cleaning – Bedroom

My next “room” to Spring Clean is the bedroom. I’ll be multiplying this by 3, as we have 3 bedrooms.

Here is the detailed list for Spring Cleaning Bedrooms:
1.    Start with the 15 Minute Bedroom Cleanup or for a child’s room the 15 Minute Kid’s Room Cleanup.
This will help get the room into a workable place for you to begin.
2.    Dust down the ceiling and corners.
Consider if the walls in your home need to be washed. Don’t forget air vents, doorknobs, and switch plates. Dust and clean all wall art. Be careful when cleaning framed art and photographs. Never spray cleaner or water onto the frame. The liquid can seep behind the glass and damage the pictures. Instead lightly wet a clean cloth to wipe the frame and glass.
3.    Clean the ceiling fan.
Dust the fan and fan blades. You may need to use a gentle cleanser like Murphy’s Oil soap mixed with water and a cleaning cloth. Take down light fixtures and gently wash and dry them before replacing.
4.    Take down draperies and curtains to wash or have cleaned according to the directions.
5.    Dust down any blinds and other window treatments. Dust down and wash window sills and corners. Wash the inside and outsides of windows. Take down and rinse off screens, before replacing.
7.    Wash all bedding, comforters, mattress pads, pillows, etc.
8.    Vacuum and flip your mattress over to provide even wear. Clean out from under your bed. Replace bed with clean bedding.
9.    Dust down and clean all accent lamps and knickknacks.
Use a vacuum attachment or duster to clean the lamp shade, lamps, and any extra decorative items.
10.    Dust down all dressers, chests, and nightstands.
11.    Clean any mirrors.
12.    Clean flooring.
Dust and mop for hard floors. Professionally clean carpet, or vacuum and spot treat for mildly soiled floors.

Tips:
1.    Either do the closets first or save them for last. Don’t try to get started decluttering in the middle. You might get distracted and end up with nothing done.
2.    Music, an audio book, or a good friend on speaker phone are great ways to help pass the time.
3.    Don’t skip under your bed. For many of us it can be scary, but it has to be done eventually.
What You Need:
•    4 boxes or containers
•    Broom or vacuum
•    Mop or carpet machine
•    Spot carpet cleaner
•    Dust mop
•    Dust cloths
•    Mild cleanser
•    Laundry products for laundering bedding
•    Mirror and window cleaner

Our house is FOR SALE!

Okay so if you’re interested our house is NOW For Sale.

Here are some pictures if you’re interested:

Large corner lot with BIG backyard

Open concept Living

Large open Kitchen

Fun play-date with friends

We have had some GREAT play-dates here in Lubbock with our INCREDIBLE friends so here are some of my favorite pictures from those times.

Owen 'riding' on the Zebra

Addyson doing the life-size puzzle

Proud gal beside the puzzle

Smiling girls!

riding the tricycle

driving the firecar

Bubble time!!

Digging for dinosaur fossils

Lasagna…a grandmother recipe

Two weeks ago I made lasagna for our Lifehouse fellowship and I tried a new recipe from a book given to me from Justin’s grandmother. The recipe I used for the lasagna was not one of her entries in the book but was from a grandmother of one of my good friends so I decided to give it a try (plus my Mother-in-law had already tried it and encouraged me to use it). I’m not a big cheese lasagna person so I loved that this allowed me to put the amount of cheese that I wanted onto it plus this had more meat than a normal store-bought lasagna!!

Here’s the recipe submitted by Elizabeth Vigus
2 lb. ground chuck/beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 buds garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1 large can whole tomatoes, chopped
1 medium can tomato paste
4 tsp. oregano leaves
4 TB parsley flakes
2 tsp basil leaves
1 bay leaf
1 large pkg. lasagna noodles
Mozzerella cheese
Cheddar cheese
Parmesan cheese

Brown ground chuck with onion and garlic. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and spices. Cook on low heat for 2 hours. Cook lasagna noodles per box instructions. Layer noodles, meat sauce, Mozzarella cheese, Cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese. Layer until all noodles are used. Top with cheeses and oregano leaves. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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