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I listen to my Reba McEntire station on Pandora everyday to and from work.

I love Reba. LOVE.

Have since I was a little girl.

I’m not ashamed of her so don’t say anything bad about her, or I will stab you.

If you aren’t familiar with Pandora it’s the most amazing “radio” app ever.

You pick a person/song/genre and it does the rest. Giving you songs that are like what you entered. You give songs the thumbs up or thumbs down and it figures out what to play from there.

ANYWAY for the part I am ashamed of.

One of my suggested songs is called “Could’ve been me” by that annoying little twit Miley’s daddy.

Yup, that would be Billy Ray Cyrus.



Mr. Achy Breaky Heart himself.

It’s a great song and I LOVE LOVE it.

I know those of you who know me in the flesh are embarrassed for me.


Love you guys!


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Last night I started preparing dinner, not sure where that wild hair came from.

You see, I don’t cook. I don’t like cooking and I am not good at it, maybe from a lack from practice but nonetheless a craptastic cook. Unless it is Lasagna. I like making it and I have been told I make the best lasagna a lot of people have ever tasted.

We had decided earlier in the day that we would have chicken strips (not healthy but delicious), bok choy, and sweet potato fries.

Joey made sweet potato fries last week for the first time as a healthy alternative to regular potato fries. They were good but not crisp enough.

I think Joey was in shock when I was taking over in the kitchen. He is our house cook and very good at it.

He was micromanaging me from the couch and got yelled at for it. HAHA!

I made the below recipes and although it took me WAY longer than it would take a normal person , I am shocked at how freaking good it all was.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries – I think the key here is too make sure that the fries are thin cut and that you don’t crowd them.

Fried Chicken Strips – I used Panko instead of saltines. I made the mistake of turning some pieces too soon and then their breading fell off. Live and learn.

Bok Choy a.k.a. Chinese Broccoli – I didn’t have white pepper powder and don’t know what it is really but the bok choy was bomb without it.

Joey said it was yummy, but he a) may have been nice because I actually cooked b) said nice things to encourage me to cook more often or c) a little of both a and b.

I also made Leo some cooked carrots, he liked them a little bit but is going through a phase where he spits EVERYTHING out.

Have you cooked anything lately? Do you cook?

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9 Months

Leo turned nine months on Tuesday last week and wow is my baby getting big. We went to his nine month appointment and he is finally starting to catch up with other kidlets his age. He is now in the 75th percentile for height which I had noticed, I swear he shot up in the last week.

We were worried about a bump on his head that started out as a little red dot that became raised between 2-6 months. Then the bump doubled in size overnight and had us really concerned.

I spoke with the doctor about it and he said that it is a capillary hemangioma; he told me not to google it because I would upset myself. What was the first thing I did when I got home?! We are actually very lucky that Leo’s hemangioma is minor and in his hair so nobody actually notices it unless they touch his head.

Leo is speed crawling, pulling himself up and surfing between furniture. I’m betting he starts walking at ten months!

He LOVES the Goodnight Show on Sprouts; I think he has his first crush on Nina. He can be in full melt down mode and if he hears her voice he instantly calms and crawls over to the t.v. to give her his complete attention.

His personality is starting to come through and this kid is definitely my son. He is STUBBORN. Sometimes it is hilarious and other times it is frustrating.

Anything non toy related is way cooler than his actual toys. The vacuum! He is obsessed with the vacuum; he wants to touch it and chase it which is hilarious. Yesterday, I put the hose attachment on and was letting it suck his skin all over which I thought would be scary as hell. Nope, he freaking loved it and was giggling the whole time. He wants to be INSIDE the dishwasher, when the door is down he crawls on top of it and tries to get inside. He likes all of the buttons on the DVR box and is constantly changing channels and putting the t.v. on settings I don’t know how to get back from.

When he is tired he blows raspberries on my skin while he sings his good night song to himself. Makes my heart melt.

If he wants Joey’s attention and feels like he isn’t getting it quick enough or Joey is across the aisle at the store he will make a grunting noise. Joey will grunt back and we have a full on grunt session going. He doesn’t do it for me. I love how him and his Daddy have their own special, albeit strange thing going on.

He loves being around other kids. At Gymboree he crawls up to other kidlets and wants to touch them; sometimes not so nicely but I think it’s all out of curiosity.

I could probably go on for days about how awesome he is, so I will stop myself here and give you his 9 month picture.

This one was chosen because it is indicative of his “ignore mommy and daddy” behavior. He knows you are calling him and he doesn’t give a “f”. This is where the frustrating part of him being stubborn comes in.

Here are my favorites from the rest of the shoot.

Usually he doesn’t have a prop but he LOVES the color yellow and wouldn’t give this bubble stick up and when I took it away from him this is what I got.

Then things got worse.

I win bad mom of the year award for this one. I’m still upset about this and the evidence of it happening lingers on his poor face.

I was more than an arms length away from him and he flipped himself over the arm of that chair.

I didn’t catch him in time.

He landed so awkwardly…oh god. Killing me to recall it.

He screamed his head off and I thought for sure he had broken his neck or was completely damaged in some other way.

I feel like this reads a tad dramatic and maybe it is but it was our first bad fall and was so incredibly scary.

After giving him the boob he calmed down and became our normal little boy again after awhile. We watched him for dilated eyes and anything out of the normal.

Besides the huge strawberry goose-egg  on his face and a bit of a weird red bruise on his nose he was fine.

Now that you have read that awesome saga and judged me, you can click here to see the rest of his monthly pics.

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BBD #11 – Excuse me, Sir?

Cruising into work listening to my awesome country music, bopping my head to the tune.

Train stops and the man sitting diagonal from me gets up and drops something as he is exiting.

I go to stop him and start to reach down to pick up the item for him.

My brain processes what it is and my mouth instantly shuts, hand recoils, and I turn and stare out the window.

I mean what else was I supposed to do?!


Excuse me, Sir?

You seem to have dropped your CONDOM!

Who would that have been more awkward for?!

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Three years

August 14, 2009:

I was breaking the law by talking to my mom on the phone while driving to my favorite Mexican restaurant Casa Vega. I was telling her about the guy that I was meeting up with and how I wasn’t sure if I should be nervous or not.

Sept 2009 – LA County Fair

I was arriving 15 minutes early and figured I would grab a drink in the bar and hang out while I waited for him As I swung into the valet I said “Mama, I think he beat me here and if that’s him, he is HOT!”

May 2010 – Lakers Playoff Game for Joey’s Birthday

It was him, he was smoking hot, and from that first date we were both hooked.

June 2010 – Housewarming Party for Joey’s Dad

We did the dance and song that young people especially in big cities do which is try not to be serious, not let the other know how into them you are, and overall play it cool.

July 2010 – Houston’s in Culver City

It was just an act. HAHA!

July 2010 – Vegas for my birthday

We broke up for a couple of months when we first started starting dating and the week after we got back together, I found out that I needed to have a major surgery. At the time I wasn’t sure exactly what was wrong with me and was scared it was going to be a bad outcome. I was sure that this was going to be too intense and that Joey would bail. He didn’t. He stood by me, stayed with me the night before the surgery, took me to the hospital, and visited me often while I was recovering.

September 2010 – The day after we moved in together

When people would ask me what made Joey great when we were first dating and I would tell them that he SAW me.

Snookie and a Jewish Rapper

Not the one I show everyone, but the real me. He did from the very first date which was incredibly unnerving and amazing at the same time. He also treated me with such kindness. I didn’t know that was something that could completely endear someone to me,  but it is not something I have been shown very often in my life. Especially from a man.  Joey constantly surprised me; insisting I move in with him when I had to vacate the place I was living quickly, being happy with his shock when we had the “WHOOPS! I am pregnant” moment.

November 2010 – Joey took me to Pennsylvania to meet his mom

August 14, 2012:

My life is different in every way. Different city, different job and different responsibilities (I’m a mama).

Writing this post while my baby is watching Super Readers and his Daddy is reading the news my heart is filled with love, gratitude, and appreciation. I know Joey doesn’t know that it is our three year anniversary which I think is kind of funny and super cute because men don’t remember these dates.

I am a lucky girl to have a man in my life who loves me, loves our son and shows it everyday in every way.

May 2011 – My first visit to Washington D.C. (3 months pregnant)

Joey has a big job putting up with me.

June 2011 – Malibu (4 months pregnant)

On my best day  I am still bitchy, dismissive, petulant and have a mood that changes 12 times.

He takes it in stride most days and loves me anyway.

09/10/11 – At Joey’s BFF’s wedding.

He is an amazing father which doesn’t surprise me, I knew he would be a good dad. However, the time and care he puts into Leo, the things he wants for him are things I’ve never seen first hand in a father.

January 2012 – First Night out after Leo was born

Not to portray us as all sunshine and rainbows, you pair up two people that are incredibly aggressive, strong minded, strong willed and you have a recipe for the knock down/drag down fights. We have them.

July 5, 2012 – My 30th Birthday

At the end of the day though there is no one I would rather spend my days with, build a life with, raise my children with, and fight with.

Happy Anniversary Joey, you are the love of my life and I love you to the moon and back!

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