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.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Blooming where I'm planted

Last weekend was the 19th annual MTV Video Music Awards. You already know this because you likely haven't been able to escape the Miley Cyrus "thing". Funny thing is, going to the VMAs was a big family event for the G clan when I was a kid. We'd get dressed up and go and have a great time. This year, my mom and I spoke about how much our lives had changed from those days. I've moved out of Los Angeles, settling in a small midwestern town where I couldn't even watch this year's broadcast because I don't have cable. Instead, I sat on my couch, knitting and rubbing my expanding belly. My parents have spent their summer far from LA in northern Idaho. We are all pretty far removed from the fast Hollywood life we once lived. My brother is the only remaining not only in LA, but also working in the music business.

My roots are weird. I almost never discuss that strange, fast part of my upbringing. It's an interesting thing to move away and make all new relationships and a whole new life without people knowing much about your past or from where you've come. Bloom where you're planted, right?

It's always nice to see old friends and school mates succeeding (assuming the huge summer hit is what's remembered rather than being dry humped by a former Disney star), and remembering a bit of what it was like to grow up in the fast lane. But, really, I'm loving my slower paced midwestern life. I'm in the right place for me and I know it. And now I'm off to water our vegetable garden...

Click here to see a photo of my new backyard


Friday, August 30, 2013

*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, August 23, 2013

*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, August 20, 2013

We grew a garden!

We moved 15 days ago. I feel the need to say that it was just 15 days ago in order to justify the boxes everywhere. We're still in the "are you sure this is the best place for the ____?" and "Have you seen the ____?" phase. Still, we are loving our new home. We now have room for friends and family to come visit (hint hint) and, of course, for the baby. We have two favorite parts of the home so far. The deck which looks out to a beautiful protected nature area (there are signs around it that say "protected nature area" and the garden we've started.

It was just overgrown with weeds and such, but Ben and his brother got started on it and transformed it into something really special. 

In the beginning...

We picked out a few plants: peppers and tomatoes


We also planted some lettuce and carrot seeds

We've had a great time watching the process

Looking forward to enjoying the fruits (and veggies) of our labor!





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