7 Quick Takes – Playing Catch-Up! [vol.15]

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One of the hazards of being a work-outside-the-home, sole-breadwinner mom is that sometimes, ye olde blog has to take a backseat to that alternate universe I live in called “Real Life.”  What has had me so distracted that I haven’t popped in over here in a long while?  Well, I’m glad you asked!


My husband, the indomitable Superman, has almost completely finished his degree!  He has one pesky Trigonmetry class left to take (prayers for clarity of thought, peace of heart, and perseverance GREATLY appreciated!) and then he is done done DONE with school!  We couldn’t be more excited! Of course, this meant that I was pretty much working 40 hour weeks and then coming home to be full-time Mommy to four kids under 8 BY MYSELF while Superman watched TV and ate bon-bons in his recliner worked on homework, attended class, and most nights fell asleep at the kitchen table.  So many frustrating nights of torturous exhaustion opportunities for grace these past few months!


Because I am apparently an idiot glutton for punishment fool overextended Mommy, I decided that this Spring would also be the PERFECT time for my three eldest kiddos to play extracurricular sports for the first time.  Ha. Ha. HAAAAAAA.  When were Superman’s classes?  Weeknights and Saturdays.  When were their practices and games? Weeknights and Saturdays.  Do they all play the same sport? No. Do they all play at the same park? No. Were there overlapping game times? Ohhhh yes.  Was there a rotating schedule in my head of who was going to be late for practice *this* time because I haven’t quite mastered that whole bilocation thing yet? Yup. Should I have a psych eval completed before I ever undertake anything this ridiculous again? Probably.   But HOW CUTE IS THIS?!

My athletes and their biggest fan. This was right before the youngest stepped into ants.


Apparently I also felt this Spring was a good time to dive in head-first with Young Living essential oils.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m a little crunchy-minded.  We’ve cloth diapered, breastfed, made our own kefir, made our own baby wipes, gotten addicted to kombucha…you get the idea.  I got this way because my mom is this way, and though I fought her for YEARS on a lot of this “crazy” stuff when I was a teen, more and more I’ve begun to realize that there might be somethin’ to all her witch-docterin’.  One of my closest friends, a shaman (just kidding, she’s not a shaman, but I guarantee you she just giggled reading that), started talking to me about essential oils and how she’d begun using them on her journey to health and wellness.  Over time, she convinced me to try them out, and well…now I am a Distributor and LOVE using them for a variety of purposes.  From supporting healthy body systems, to DIY beauty and cleaning recipes, to diffusing my favorite scents to uplift my mood, I’m hooked.  From time to time, I may mention our family’s EO use on the blog, and maybe even share a favorite recipe or two, but OeLeM isn’t about essential oils, so I won’t beat you over the head with it.  That being said, if you want more info or just want to ask some questions, feel free to shoot me an email at cajuntexasmom at gmail dot com.


As if the crazy weren’t crazy enough…last week also marked my return to college after a five-year hiatus.  So, I guess I need to add “Study” somewhere in my blog title and tagline.  Pray. Work. Motherhood. Study. Caffeinate.  How’s this for a new logo?

ohhhh yeahhhhh.

Yeah, that’s about right.


Remember my quest to lose 100 pounds by my 30th birthday?  I didn’t meet my goal.  But you know what?  50 pounds lighter (and counting!) than where I started ain’t bad.  Update on this soon, in a new post…stay tuned.


Other snapshots of life here in Texas: crazy flooding, my brother returning home from the Navy after eight years, a new sister-in-law, my girls wrapping up their 2nd grade and kindergarten years; my son and youngest daughter digging up worms in the back yard and naming them (nope, not kidding), and the Astros enjoying their first winning season since…since…well, I don’t even know.  I’m currently reading The Princess Bride and texts for my summer classes: Leadership and Something Something Blah Blah Organizational Theory and Development.  I’m also newly obsessed with The Visitation Project podcast – you should check it out!


The countdown is on to Edel and I cannot WAIT to see all of you lovely ladies again.  If you’re going, drop a comment and tell me how I can identify you once we get to Charleston.  I’ll be the lady in a straitjacket, with a textbook precariously balanced on my knee.  Heather will be helping me sip my grown-up beverage through a crazy straw.

That’s it for now!  Time to head back over to Kelly’s for more Quick Takes from bloggers who are much more consistent with the frequency of their posts!

8 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes – Playing Catch-Up! [vol.15]

  1. I can’t believe you’re going to Edel! I’m not 😦 I almost went. BUT, my friend Jenna will be there. Please be sure to give her a hug for me, oh and Mary Lenaburg too! What are you studying at school? I am a lifelong student. I love being in class. And that picture of your little ones, I LOVE it. xo

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    • Cristina – Jenna and I are going to be roomies!!!! So excited to meet her 🙂 I am sad I won’t get to meet you, but here’s hoping you’ll make it to Edel ’17. I have already warned Mary that she’s getting a hug from me, so I will just hafta hug her twice 😉 I am majoring in business. Pretty straightforward, but I know it is going to help me no matter where life takes me – like maybe my ultimate dream of being a lactation consultant and owning my own business? I love learning, too. I have missed school so much! Thanks for stopping by! *hugs*


    • Rita, I finally took the plunge because Elizabeth is 8 now. If I had waited any longer…well, she’d likely have never played. So, the desire to see her get active and play a sport, plus a healthy dose of Mommy guilt, motivated me to keep going. Oh and also a bunch Rosaries. And caffeine.


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