the Trigger-happy housewife

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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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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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Tails is a Sonic the Hedgehog character and by far Lou ♥’s favorite! She loves all things fox and for Halloween we contemplated a mask at Walmart, but in the end I just couldn’t pay ten dollars for it. We don’t have the money and she HATES to wear a mask. I thought, “I will make her a fox costume, only I will make it with two tails and she can be Tails.” I set off to find cheap fabric. I found felt. Felt that cost 29 cents a sheet. I bought eight sheets and went home to tell her what I was thinking. She was thrilled as she loves when we make costumes, and it has been mighty successful if I do say so, and I do! lol

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Halloween DIY

A few years ago, sheesh, actually it was like SIX years ago – anyway – my oldest daughter wanted to go to career day as a veterinarian. We went to the local costume shop and bought her a set of scrubs, fixed her up all animal-like and I sent her off to school. Poor thing, when I picked the girls up that afternoon her costume has ripped and she was embarrassed and sad. The next year when it was “Dress Up as Your Favorite Book Character” she was NOT having a store bought costume, she actually didn’t want to dress up at all. I took the kids thrifting (they LOVE thrifting) and we started picking out clothes we could use for her character. I sewed an apron and a hankie head covering – the whole time telling her if she didn’t feel it would stay put she didn’t have to wear it. At the end of the sewing session she was THRILLED to wear her costume and that felt great, but what felt better was her happy face when I picked her up. Everyone had loved her costume, and it had stayed together. Lou ♥ was beaming! That Halloween she asked me if I could make her costume, it was a Pokemon trainer. Again, it was a hit.

Now, let me say that these costumes did NOT include pattern making or big hitting sewing skills. They were easy, cut and paint, fun costumes and the kids loved them. It kind of became a thing to make/embellish their costumes after that. Mavis, darling! has always been my make-up  and face paint baby, unafraid to let me fancy her up for an occasion!  She’s been a flapper and a spider to name a few, generally with store bought costume elements and a face full of paint! Last year she was a butterfly with a fantastic face paint and store wings. This year Lou ♥ is going as a Tails fox (fox with two tails) and Mavis, darling! will be a mouse. I just drew up their designs and I can’t wait to get into the making!

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Reason #1,896,678 that home school rocks so hard I can’t even describe it: How about collecting science samples at the local park? On a beautiful day? With your babies?

Yep! That would work!

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Happy birthday, Lou ♥!

There will never be the right words to express what I feel, or how blessed I am. This amazing child came into my life and I had no idea how absolutely stunned I would be everyday of my life for the rest of my life. Her intellect is astounding – her ability to grasp and think. Her talent is awesome. Her smile is a gift. Her serious brow and her sense of humor. I am in love – and that word is utterly inadequate – every second. Beyond all of that her Spirit, her kind and compassionate Spirit, fills me with hope for the world.

I love you, Lou ♥! I will spend my entire lifetime trying to show you how much!

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Another day another doctor visit for my poor Lou ♥.

Another day another doctor visit for my poor Lou ♥.

Coughing, fever, tummy ache, general yucky feeling and sore throat brought us in to see the doctor once again. It always sucks when your babies are sick, but the fact that this time it’s being called a virus which means nothing can be done – just sucks so bad. At least when she gets medications I feel like it may take a day or two, but she will get better. Having to ride it out seems endless. Thank God the fever is very responsive to OTC medications and when it is down she at least feels a twee better!

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My oldest, Lou ♥, has been suffering from headaches her whole life. Honestly I never knew a child that would have headaches, but she did. She would complain that the sun hurt her eyes and her head felt funny. We finally had a big one that, as I said, caused us to go to the E.R. and then to testing and a neurologist!photo(4) Well, we finally got back the MRI results and with great relief I am happy to say that it was completely normal. So, complicated migraines it is. Thank God. I knew in my heart that she would be fine, but my human mind was starting to scratch around and worry.

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