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.

Friday, September 30, 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


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Happy SITS Day to Me!!!

Wow! What a day! It's not only my birthday, but it's also my SITS day!!!

How to Blog

That's right, I'm the Featured Blogger of the day on SITS! If that's how you got here, well then welcome! Take off your coat, stay a while. Can I get you anything? Don't answer that, I can't get you anything anyway. But, please make yourself comfy and have a look around. Then let me know what you think. But, go easy on me. Remember, it's my birthday!!!


Friday, September 23, 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

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Where I'm From

I am from Toll House chocolate chip cookies, from Fox's U-Bet syrup and Thanksgiving stuffing made from rye bread with caraway seeds. I am from Bloomingdale's Little Bloomies underwear.

I am from the valley, the hills, the waves, the salty air, and the smoggy skies.

I am from the bougainvillea creeping along the freeways, traffic, and overcrowded schools; from 72 and sunny. Everyday.

I am from Ellis Island, stickball in the streets and stubbornness, from Kipperman and Hawes and the Gs.

I am from grudge-holders and old photograph hoarders. I am from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Frank Sinatra. I am from LPs and cassette tapes.

I am from summers spent milking cows and throwing crabbing nets off the side of the fishing boats. 

I am from Chinese food and movies on Christmas.

From girls can do anything boys can do and if the holocaust happened once, it can happen again. From if we're not there for them, who will be for us?

I am from the star of David. Two triangles intersecting. From the Jewish family leaving cookies for Santa Claus. 

I am from the pioneers seeking gold in California and Oregon. 

I’m from Los Angeles and Russia and Ireland and Brooklyn, avocados, Nathan's hotdogs, and matzoh ball soup.

From Grandma Weez who created the original Brady Bunch when she married the cute single dad down the street. She had 3, he had 4, and together they had two more. That's nine if you're counting. From Granny who dropped out of middle school to run the household of her alcoholic father and brothers after her mother ran off. From the stewardess who married the passenger who'd missed his earlier flight and was forced to sit in her section.

I am from hippies in Laurel Canyon, retired Jews in Florida, the wonder bread truck driver, and the seltzer king of New York.


And now? I'm from the cider mills, the great lakes, and the snowy winters. I think I'll stay.












Mama’s Losin’ It
this week's prompt:
Where I'm From

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Multi-vitamin Fail

I've tried about two thousand (+/- 500) different kinds of multi-vitamins for Little Bird. The ones that are crunchy, the ones that are shaped like gummy bears, the ones that taste like berries (kind of), the ones that are fizzy on your tongue, the ones that "can be mixed into any liquid". She doesn't seem to like them. At all. As I was ripping apart glancing through the medicine cabinet on a hunt for cyanide morphine dilaudid a decongestant (I'm sick), I found a few bottles of expired multi-vitamins:

pick a vitamin, any vitamin

Do your kids like any vitamins?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Just so you know

"This is fact not fiction for the first time in years"
-DCFC

Ok, not really in years, but I've been holding on to something for a long time that I haven't shared publicly in this here weblog. Since many talkers have been talking (yes, I'm talking to you cute little midwestern community in which I live), many of you already know that I am currently going through a divorce.

Gentle readers (miss manners always addresses her readers that way and I've always wanted to try it), this is obviously not a decision I've come to lightly and very clearly something I've struggled with for a really long time. In fact, the process of separation and divorce has been going on for far longer than most of you'd imagine (even you gossipy gossipers).

What you will not see, hear, or read about is me bashing the great guy and freaking awesome father that I was married to for ten years, whom I'd lived with for fourteen years (almost half of my life, people). Instead, I'll keep sharing with you my experience and I'll try to keep on looking good while doing it.

Please bear with me as I try to figure out and adjust to this new phase of my life. This is a very difficult transition and I'm working hard to find my balance. I do have faith that I'll get there. Someday. In the meantime, I'll gladly accept support, well wishes, compliments on my brains and beauty, etc.

So there you have it, folks. That's what's been going on. That's the reason for the lack of posts, the mysterious allusions, and the "difference" in me. Some people who know me in real life have recognized that I've been a little bit down, like the wonderful director of Little Bird's school put it, "not your bubbly self." (side note: see mom, there are some principals who like me!!) Of course all this is a work in progress. I'm working through it. Thanks for being patient with me.

I have a lot of friends who do know all about this and have thus far offered so much support, shoulders to cry on, and a lot of encouragement. I am so so so grateful. Really. I also have a bunch of friends who are kinda jealous, but that's a whole other story....

*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


Friday, September 9, 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, September 4, 2011

Walk 4 Friendship 2011

What a day! We had a great time at Walk 4 Friendship 2011 to benefit Friendship Circle where we raised a lot of money to support kids with special needs and their families. About five thousand people came out to walk and show support. Of those five thousand, about 60 were signed up on Team One Step At A Time (that's my team!!).

We walked a mile and then over-indulged in hot dogs, cotton candy, and sno-cones!!






I would like to thank each and every donor who helped us raise so much money for this unbelievable cause, as well as everyone who came out and walked with us. I'd also like to thank the people who didn't do either of those things but continue to support and encourage me and my bird.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

See you all next year!


** PS: I wrote this on the bathroom floor while the bird was in the bath and kept saying, "I'm having a bubble bath," even though she wasn't. I just realized that she dumped the entire bottle of shampoo into the water. So, she was right. It was a bubble bath.

Friday, September 2, 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


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