A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

MWILF for sale!!

Well, I won. That makes me #winning, right? Has that jumped the shark yet? (yes. yes, it has)

I recently submitted an entry for Zack Gonzalez's design-the-next-mommy-warrior-tshirt contest, and apparently y'all thought it was prettttttty clever. Or no one else entered. Not sure which.

Anyway, you can purchase the shirt I designed for the super low price of $20.00 $16.00!!  Do it!!

Really, go to Zack's website and check it out. OMG, how totally cute would Big Daddy Autism look in this tshirt??!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cancer takes the best ones

Dear Cancer,

Really? I mean, really? Why do you take the good ones? How about the douchebags? Can't you just go after them? 

You suck,
Dani G

I met Tami when the bird was just 5 months old. She walked with me through everything from, "I wonder why she's not rolling over yet" to "I think we'll try taking gluten out of her diet". She and I shared a very special bond that is unique to the nature of our relationship. I remember when she said, "I think I have a lump." We were at the library, meeting in a quiet place to talk. I felt it and said, yeah, that needs to be looked at. That was 3 years ago. She fought a good fight. One tough cookie, that's for sure.

Best attitude ever.

Tami was one of those pink, sparkly, paint-the-walls-of-her-house-purple kind of girls. Always with a smile and maybe a feather boa. Loved and ridiculously adored by her husband Gary, admired and respected by her awesome kids, Danielle and David, and inspirational to anyone who ever met her.

I will never, ever, ever forget Tami, nor will I ever be the same after sharing such a special bond with such a special woman.

Here are a few other times that Tami has made a cameo on the blog:
Relay for Life
Pink Ribbons
Tami's Team

Tami's cancer was associated with the BRCA gene. Same as two other beautiful women I've lost over the last 9 months. Please spend a few moments reading about this genetic mutation linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancers.

Tami kept her own blog about her journey. If you have any interest in seeing how someone could walk through something so huge with such grace and dignity, spend a little time here:
Tami's Caring Bridge

Friday, May 13, 2011

*This Moment*

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. -SouleMama

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Waiting on something good

"I'm waiting on something good to go down
Just waiting on something good."
-Joe Purdy

Yep, I've been pretty absent from this cute little blog. It's not you. It's me. I'm not breaking up with you, I've just needed a little space to deal with some other stuff going on. No biggie. We'll be okay. We'll get through it together, sugar.

Here's what you've missed:

I went to California, saw some friends, saw some family, welcomed my sweet nephew into the world, ate at my favorite spots, visited Disneyland (special needs access pass ftw!), came home to Michigan. Some other stuff happened in between, but you don't really care about all that, do you? Oh, you do? Okay, I'll tell you about it later.

FYI special needs fast pass did not get us to the front of Minnie's line.

For now, I'll tell you that the last 3 weeks have been a bit tough for the bird and you know that a struggling bird makes for a struggling mama bird. Not sure if it's just this time of year (last year at this time, she went through our worst "dip" yet), but the girl is just off. We had a great run of about 4 months without a dip like this, so I'll keep that in perspective. 

So, for now, I'm just riding the ride. Kinda like being on a swing: up and down and up and down. Just waiting on something good.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My mom was hot (still is)

You know how everyone is posting pics of their moms on Facebook in honor of Mother's Day? Oh, no? Well, they are.

My mom is so freaking awesome, I'm not just posting on the ol' FB. I'm sharing a pic here with you all. Thank me later. Oh, and what ever you do, do not call her a flight attendant, she will tell you all the time, she was a stewardess.

Coffee, Tea, or ....
Happy Mothers Day !!

Friday, May 6, 2011

*This Moment*

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. -SouleMama

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Locked up

Hey, remember that time when the bird went into a room and then locked the door 
but couldn't figure out how to unlock the door?

Yeah, that was awesome.
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