the Trigger-happy housewife

Bringing the constantly fantastic and painfully insane together daily!

A garden full of snakes.

We took the kids to a science/rock show in Baton Rouge a few weeks ago. It was a well planned weekend that fell apart when we got stuck in traffic on the New Orleans high rise for HOURS – HOURS people!!!

Anyway, we hit that show with a hard plan to make sure that we got all things taken care of so that we didn’t miss a thing. I was desperate to do the craft – not knowing what it was – but that was the last thing planned because we prioritized the kids. Then we found out that it was painting a rock and, unhappy with drying times and the available mediums, we decided just to take our rocks and paint them later.

Later was postponed and postponed until the perfect opportunity set itself in front of us. Happily, that was Easter Sunday. We sat together that evening and painted our little rocks. We loved it. We will be doing more, clear coating them, and setting them in our next garden when God moves us where He will.

In case you wanted more, here is the small video I made about the trip:

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Simple & yummy!

Real quick, because lately if it ain’t quick it ain’t happening! lol Two fast, fun things to eat:

First up, Banana Cups – basically a banana ice cream made and then portioned out to be portable and quickly accessible!

All you need to make them my way is bananas (very, very ripe) and coconut oil. Of course, you can add chocolate chips, coconut bits or anything that you would like!

Next is a dish I make a lot and I think I shared here before. At least a variation probably! I love to cook for my wife. It makes me happy that even though she is out of town I can still be a big part of her daily life.

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Life lately!

You guys I swear when I make plans it is as if NOTHING can line up. Then, when I just toss in the towel, it comes banging back together! lol Such is life lately:

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Happy birthday, Lou ♥!!!

6/20/80 12:14:11 PMToday is a big day in our house. The beginning of a whole new world. It’s strangely uneventful, normal and slow. Hard to imagine that EVERYTHING has changed, and yet it has. We are now the mothers of a teenager. 13. It’s funny when you look at them through the years and you think, “I miss my babies!” or, “They are so grown up!” Only to look back again six months later and realize how young and small they still were. Somehow 13 seems final. I know she is still our baby, still our child with so much growing and learning to be done. I know that, but she is a teenager now! I am so proud of the little woman she is. She is so full of ideas and creativity. She has convictions and beliefs and – let me assure you – she is entirely her own person! lol She is the tiny human who first made me a mother and I could not be more grateful. Happy birthday, Lou ♥, you are an amazing person and I thank God for you daily!

 

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NOBA Spring Concert 2015

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Where have I been? (April 6th – 10th)

Sunday the fifth was officially my first day with no treatments and I was okay. I was still wrapping up my antibiotic and I was moving on. I decided to take part in The 100 Day Project – which I found on Instagram and was basically to be creative everyday for 100 days. I took this to mean working towards making things everyday. If it was the ground work or the finished product didn’t matter. I started the week with making an up-cycled journal.

Sadly by the time Wednesday rolled in I was pretty bad off once again and having to use my inhaler regularly (often with no relief.)

Being back on the inhaler meant that my hands were shaky and my sleep was awful. So I dug out a lot of odds and ends and decided to create jewelry from the gems I scored thrifting not too long ago. (I don’t think I told you guys about that because I was starting to get sick at that point in the testing week. I will have to try to find the pictures, it was a great thrift! Anyway – this is the first jewelry I have ever made!

On Thursday I got so sick I thought I may have to go to the E.R. and I was legit scared. Thankfully I was able to make it to Friday and scored an emergency appointment with my amazing doctor. I spent some time there – got a whole new round of treatments and medication to take (which I am currently on hence the up all night finally catching up the blog.)

Once again I found myself at a (ridiculously familiar place.)

The kids skip ALL parades except the Irish-Italian Islenos Parade each year. Last year it was rained out and this year they chose to roll anyway. The parade is literally right up the street so I had to let them go. I felt so bad, but it was worth how happy they were.

Also, this:

The car that has been broken for months and we finally had to put like 900 dollars into, it came back home and broke on the way home from church that first Sunday I got to go again! So my wife worked on it and she did a stellar job!

The car that has been broken for months and we finally had to put like 900 dollars into, it came back home and broke on the way home from church that first Sunday I got to go again! So my wife worked on it and she did a stellar job!

 

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#40BagsIn40Days – Day 1, 2, & 3

This is going to be liberating! I am loving it. There are officially 37 days in 2015’s #40BagsIn40Days because Sunday’s are considered “off” days. I have decided to use those last three days to revisit the first three days I am doing. Day one was my shirt drawer, day two my workout drawer and day is my phone files (photos, apps and junk I don’t need taking up space on my phone.) I did this purposefully so that I could get them done, and then in a month and a few days when laundry has been done completely and when I have lived my phone for a while I can re-clean them and be really done!

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Science fun!

Around here Mardi Gras is a full week off of school, however our homeschooling is back in swing Wednesday after! Of course, I kept it light and fun and the girls LOVED building the robots and playing with the tornado. They actually asked for more things to make!

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Pur water is good water.

I’ve been really trying to think about what and how we consume things. My parish doesn’t have a recycle program and I was unable to find anything in our area that we could afford. I hit the road, or Facebook! lol I found out that a local elementary school recycles paper and they were willing to let us bring in our paper. My church recycles plastic and we asked the lovely lady who takes care of that if we could bring in our plastic. Done!

Still I wanted to have access to clean water that wasn’t bottled and I found the Pur at Home Depot. So far, I am good. It installed easy and fast, the water doesn’t taste or smell like chlorine. I am using my quart jar and I am happy! I have to drink two a day to meet my water goal and there is no guilt! Also, while we are recycling I don’t have bags of bottles waiting to hitch a ride to church on Sunday.

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You might have noticed.

I have not been posting as much as I like, I am working on a big post from my last Sunday notes AND my house is in a rapid change state! lol IMG_7852My wife and I discovered that we had a leak about a month ago. While the discovery was new the leak was not and I was devastated imagining the cost of repair. My dad came over a week ago and spent some time with her looking into holes cut into closet walls and flushing toilets and running baths… They found the guilty toilet and traced the leaks. God is SO SO GOOD! We have spent about fourteen dollars and our leak should be a thing of the future! Now, while the cost of the leak is next to nothing the time/labor cost is a twee steep. Luckily my amazing wife has become really adept at getting into the muck and figuring it out.

Now, to offer a huge THANK GOD also for the fact that we have two bathrooms. More than a family NEEDS, but such a blessing!

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