Music Monday and Spring from around my house. ;)

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Did y’all have a Happy Easter? At the time I am scheduling this, Easter hasn’t happened yet. We are going to be going to my folks’ again this year. Instead of ham and all the fixens we are just planning a simple BBQ because we have all eaten ourselves into comas since February. Bring on the May break in festivities! lol

We dyed eggs the other day, the whole group, minus my brother, husband and brother-in-law. Still a large group of egg dyers. ;)

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ANd it took a while, but spring finally is starting to pop up around here.

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And guess what?!?! I have a pink tree. At least that’s what it is looking like. I’m so flipping excited. I’ve always wanted one!

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Sitting outside today taking pictures of the clouds, and I noticed this heart:

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God is Good.

Today’s tune is:

You are I Am by Mercy Me

I love this song. =)

Good Friday

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Isaiah 53:5

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.

-Happy Easter Y’all. Hope you have had a blessed Holy Week as you reflect on what Christ did for you. I know I have. Been through all the emotions this week about it. Sadness, grief, anger, joy, peace, thankfulness.Mostly Thankfulness. If He can forgive what happened to Him, BECAUSE of me, then how can I withhold that from anyone else? How can I not share my joy at being forgiven?

We just watched the Passion of the Christ, and I cried like a baby. I do everytime. Every blow, every slap with the scourge, I know that was my fault.

I know it’s not Monday, but this still falls under one of my favorite songs. We listened to this ALL the time when I was growing up. Ray Boltz was one of my dad’s favorites.

Psalm 105:4 – Print

download full sized file here and here

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Alyson, Brothers B & N, and Sister Little C have been working on memory verses each week, they’ve been having troubles the last few weeks, so I decided that they needed a visual reminder. I sent them this print to use as backgrounds on their phone/tablets. Hopefully this will help. ;) If I remember I will be making these available every week.

Monday Wrap It all up in a bow post.

Well hello there stranger. It’s been a long time.It’s been a crazy busy first 2 weeks of April for us already. This morning we had our first downpour/thunderstorm/hail in the new house! It was weird. Also, it then turned into snow, bordering on a blizzard. No accumulation they said, not very much snow they said. They lied. But I’m sure it will be gone by the time I wake up, if it isn’t already. It was beautiful! And the moisture from it all was a major answer to prayer!

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Biggest news first: My baby turned 13.

I don’t even know:

1) how the last few years have flown by. She is an awesome young woman now. She’s always been shy and prickly, and she still is, but once she lets ya past the shy, she is hilarious. And seriously amazing. She is the biggest help to me with Nephew C, and especially since we moved in to this house. It’s been a pleasure to see the person she is becoming and being so hugely blessed to be her mom all this time.

2) how in the world I have a 13-year-old daughter! My sense of humor isn’t even at a 13-year-old maturity, how in the world can my daughter be? lol

My parents had their 35th anniversary on the 1st, and we had a little get together, although with all of us expanding into families, there isn’t such a thing as a little get together.  4 years ago, my sister told my parents that she was pregnant on their anniversary. Worst April Fool’s joke ever. Best gift resulted from that though (speaking of that gift: nephew c is potty training, and he is hilarious about it.)  So this year what could be funnier than claiming it again, only since she isn’t this time, she had my sister who is pregnant take a test for her, and she wrapped it up with a note. We all thought it was hilarious. The folks? Not so much.lol

There was so much that I was going to say, but ya know? Blank. I have suffered from major migraines the last few weeks, and my brain power is leaking quicker than normal because of it. There are several things I’m looking forward to showing y’all though, including something I built with my dad. But I’m waiting for a sunny day and to be home to do that! ;)

This week’s song is: You are I am by Mercy Me (as of this posting, it was on the .69 song list on iTunes if you are interested!) What is your song this week?

Living Room tour-ish

So we have been living here in the new place for almost 2 months…and I still haven’t showed you much of this place. There are some areas that are kind of sketch; pink and burgundy tired bathroom? with floral cutout border? Yay. Shiny-ish border in our bedroom? Super hot. Fully Wallpapered kitchen with a border, in a farm motif? Be still my heart.

The good news is our new landlord is a nice guy. He already said it would be okay if we painted and stuff, as long as it’s not wild and crazy. Like red…. guess I shouldn’t have asked around my wild and crazy coffee table…lol I reassured him that I am looking for a light gray almost white, because I was looking forward to having the accessories shine this time… well I didn’t explain that part to him… just that I wanted to go with light gray…. The color isn’t bad, it’s just a lot. It changes color all the time, at night it is almost a bright green, and during the day it varies from blah yellow, or aaah yellow.

On that note: Here is our living room right now:

My gallery wall: the front door is to the left, and to the right is our pantry door and dining area.

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The short wall that the couch is sitting on:

 

 

 

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There are vertical blinds covering the windows right here, so not much can go a long this wall. I am researching options for window coverings.
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Then the other wall is where the bookshelf and tv are. That’s it. Yeehaw. ;)

Hopefully I will be able to share pictures of some other spaces we have soon. Our weather hasn’t been super cooperative, and when it has, we have had plans. But I will work on it! =)

Dinner Rolls

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Do you like carbs served with a side of fat? Me too! They are super delicious. Seriously though: there is nothing like a warm dinner roll covered in butter. YUM.

These are Brad and Aly’s favorite things ever. Sometimes we plan our menu around dinner rolls. Serious carbaholics here.

(as a fun side note: my spell check wanted to change carbaholic to Catholic lol )

Print Recipe Here

Dinner Rolls

makes 18-20 depending on size of rolls

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1.  Combine first 3 ingredients in mixer bowl, and let stand 5 minutes or until mixture is foamy.
  2. Meanwhile, heat milk and softened butter in a saucepan over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes or until 100° to 110°.
  3. Add the warm milk and butter, eggs, honey, and salt to the yeast mixture using the dough hook, mix well.  Gradually add flour, using dough hook. let the mixer do it’s thing for 3-5 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes then turn mixer on again for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap, and let stand 1 hour.
  5. Punch down dough, it will be sticky. Turn dough out on a well-floured surface, and roll into balls and place on cookie sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
  6.  Bake rolls at 400° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Brush tops with butter.

Breathe. Just breathe.

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It’s been a busy month here. Seriously. I need to just take the next two weeks and breathe. A Birthday Party. A baby announcement. A wedding. A Birthday Party. Another Birthday Party. That’s just in the last two and a half weeks. This is my side of the family’s busy time of year, from February to the end of April there are 6 birthdays and an anniversary… well now 2 anniversaries. That is a lot of presents, cake, parties, etc… Good thing I LURVE these people lots. My jiggly bum can’t wait for the break of May. June starts another round of birthdays through August. lol Thank goodness there have been lots of trips to the park, and tons of walking, basketball, “dancing” etc… to help ward off some of the goodies.

There were lots of surprises and secrets. I didn’t talk to Brad for almost a week, I kept almost spilling the beans about his surprise gathering and presents. It was awful! Not talking almost killed me. I had to keep making up reasons to be “upset” with him.

 We can now take pictures of the moon in our backyard! Well Brad and I are excited about it! ;)

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Stop Whining Print- Ugly Lemonerd Print

It’s been quite a while since I posted a print. I needed a new one to fill a frame in the living room.

I need to make some decisions about a few things that I am mulling over regarding the prints. I have a few that I think are pretty spectacular…. but do I want to continue with what I am doing? Do I want to make some changes?  Are people willing to pay for them? That’s a good question. But I don’t have answers. I have to decide if it’s worth keeping up with this whole thing as it is, because our situation has changed and I need to make some financial changes for our family……while I wrestle with these decisions you can go ahead and print this out. I need to follow the advice that is on it…So here ya go. :)

Google Doc Link   /   Dropbox Link

(c)UglyLemonerd Print 2014

(c)UglyLemonerd Print 2014

Just a swinging…. & Music Monday returns!

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Ya ever have one of those weekends that are so bad the only thing you wish for is a reset button? Hello last few days. Today is my reset day. I’m starting from scratch from today on. It won’t erase the hurt or brokenness, but it’s time to move onto healing. On Saturday it was so bad, that we took Brother B & Aly to the park to swing, because I needed to just swing away adult stuff. Brother N had company so he wasn’t able to go with us.

Psalm 147:3 (NKJV)

 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

The swinging helped for about an hour. But it was an hour that we all needed desperately.

In the pictures below you can sort of see Aly’s shave that I let her have…. I’m still not fond of the way the stylist shaved part of her top, but it is growing out really fast. So it’s all good. ;)

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This week’s music monday is:

My theme is ::Remember:: 

What is yours?

All You’ve Ever Wanted – Casting Crowns

Hosting Issues.

So my webhost went down unexpectedly. As I’m sure you noticed, or not. Maybe I was the only one who missed me!;) I’m currently weighing my options on what to do.

It’s been a H.E. double hockeysticks couple of weeks here, and I need a mental break. I’m hoping one will come a long soon. I haven’t done anything interesting around here, and haven’t had time to even take pictures of anything. I will hopefully be able to share something interesting soon. ;)

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