was a stay in your pj's as long as possible and just put some cookies in the oven kinda day. I have a confession to make, for the past 5 weeks Jerry and I have missed Dexter! This is what happened :: one Sunday, Jerry and I sadly missed Dexter so we said oh next week we'll watch both. Then the next week came and we missed it again, so 5 weeks later it was a Friday night and the finale had just aired, so I told Jerry I can't take it anymore we gotta watch! Last night we had a little Dexter marathon, omg it was soooo worth it. THE END!! I mean never in a million years would I have seen that coming. Only problem was the last episode ended at 2am. Ardo woke up at 6:30am. Needless to say I dragged a big part of the morning. While Ardo was napping, I thought I wanna bake something, then I remembered the cookie mix we had in our fridge and yumminess was born.

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Then Ardo got in a box and started screaming. His favorite thing. It was a good day.
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our christmas cards

This year I couldn't decide on one Christmas card. I knew I wanted a chalkboard inspired card and after scouring the internet, I found two that I loved. Instead of flipping a coin, I just decided to go with both. I didn't know who would get which card and I liked that. I decided quickly I would just go with two cards, but deciding on which picture was a challenge. I probably sent about 15 emails between both shops before finally making a decision. Thank you ladies for being patient! I'm so happy with the outcome.
 Sidenote:: On this blog and around our home and some family, our little guy is known as Ardo. But on Christmas cards, birthday invitations and thank you's I just go with Jerry III. It's tricky but we make it work.

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As you can see from the pictures, I wasn't kidding about the open mouth pictures. =)


last weekend

We had a few (dozen) pictures taken of us for our Christmas cards. I was so so happy with our pictures I wanted to share a few we weren't able to use. Terri was our photographer. Terri is the sister of Logan and Oliver's mom :: are you still with me? She took our pictures last year, but since Ardo was only 8 months he wasn't as interactive as he was this year...he was a HAM this year, and really enjoyed his time outdoors and in front of the camera. Funny thing is I warned Terri right before telling her lately Ardo hasn't been happy with the camera. I was going to be content as long as he looked, so when he started smiling, I was overjoyed! Most of his pictures came out with his mouth open. He was screamed this happy excited scream for the first part of the shoot, then was distracted by the grass the rest of the time. I can't share all of the photos, because I sent out all of our cards yesterday, Yeah I was really on top of it this year...not! But here are a few...

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If you are in the Los Angeles area and would like to book a shoot with Terri, you can contact her here!


horses and merry go rounds

I think I understand now when people say they love the toddler phase. Of course there are things that are hard, but watching your baby develop into a toddler is one of the funnest things. Ardo is learning new things every single day and everyday he takes an interest in something else. Right now these little rides (below) are his favorite. His face lights up when he sees these. He can get a little crooked sometimes when riding so we have back up just in case (notice my sister waiting on the sidelines). But for the most part we let him do it himself!

oh and ps a little update on his sleeping, I happy to report Jerry and I got him back on schedule and he's going to bed around 8:30-9:00, with very little fuss. Only thing is, hes still waking up in the middle of the night. He cries we let him come in our bed and he goes back to sleep. Now if we could only break him from waking up in the middle of the night, sleep life would be perfect!


no doubt


(sorry the picture isn't super clear, but it was the best out of the bunch) 

This happened. I went to a No Doubt concert. Backstory:: I've loved No Doubt since I was a young teen. I'm going to say 13 but don't quote me. 13 feels like the right age tho. All throughout high school a couple of friends and I saw them in concert 5 times. YES 5. For being in high school and having no job, that's a lot. The 5th time was senior year and it would be my last time for 10 years. When their newest album came out in September (on the 25th, my birthday) I thought I have to see them when they tour. Thanks to my good friend Amy, and her lightening fast clicks, we got tickets. The concert was at the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal. If you've never been to the Gibson, let me explain. The Gibson is a very small venue compared to the others here in Los Angeles. The times before when I had seen no doubt it was almost always at the Hollywood Bowl, which hold in the upwards of 18,000. The Gibson holds about 6,000. You get the idea. I had been there one other time when I saw Kathy Griffins stand up act, but I'd never been there for a concert. I was blown away. So intimate, so amazing. The energy in the room was filled with excitement. Gwen Stefani even read some of the signs people held up. That's how close everything was. She also called one girl on stage who got pictures and hugs from everyone...lucky! This concert was different, listening to there music live reminded me how grown up I am. What a difference these 10 years have made, how far I've come as a girl, a woman, a mother, a wife (soon to be). It may sound like a little much but I was just overcome by my feelings. Another factor to my feelings is I kept thinking this will probably be the last time I see them in concert, if not EVER, in a really, really, really long time. Jerry and I are having our wedding next year (if all goes well), we want to have another baby, I just have this feeling. But man, if that's it, what a way to go!


decorating gingerbread cookies

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We are approaching Ardo's second Christmas and his second time decorating gingerbread men. My Aunt started this little decorating tradition when she became a grandma to Logan 5 years ago. Since then we have added two new little helpers to the bunch, Oliver and Ardo. Last year Ardo was only 8 months, so he didn't really "decorate" he kinda just sat there and reached for everything. Wait...he did that again this year except this year he was successful at snatching fondant and sprinkles. I can't lie the adults had just as much fun decorating. Traditions for the little guys are so sweet. I'm trying to get a few ideas together for this years Christmas morning. So far I'm thinking hot cocoa and snowman pancakes.



I've been fighting a cold the past few days, I put my boxing gloves on and tried to get this cold out of my system but the dang thing won't leave. In all my years on this earth, I have never in my life been sick as many times as I have since becoming a mom. Isn't being sick as a mom the worse??? Ardo wants to give me a million besitos and I think, with every kiss, I could get you sick, and then it's really over. I decided to stay home from work today, except staying home with Ardo is less rest and more work? So my mom (bless her) picked up Ardo for a few hours so I could just rest. Nothing else. I laid in bed for hours watching tv and resting. I wasn't all alone tho cause Goliath joined me. Except I think he thinks this is a marathon napping session. Whenever I don't feel well I always gather up a few cold fighting items. I don't know how or why, but they always make me feel better.
1. Squirt :: Less sugar tasting than sprite and sierra mist and always settles my stomach.
2. Crackers :: To eat with soup or eat by themselves. Also works for me as a stomach settler. (For some reason colds and upset stomachs for me go hand and hand)
3. Menudo :: This is an important one. Heavy enough as a meal and if medicine needs to be taken but still a soup. Some people don't like the meat in the menudo. I am NOT one of those people. I don't always have spicy but when I have a cold I enjoy spicy to clear my nose and throat up. Canned is always a must to have on hand but of course I enjoy fresh menudo whenever possible.
4. Tapatio :: For flavor, and to really help clear my stuffy nose.
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At 19 months we decided Ardo could have a little juice in his life. Jerry and I had been tinkering with the idea, and I know we're late in the juice department, but Ardo already eats graham crackers, and fishes and nilla wafers (his favorite) like they are going out of style. Once we introduced other things besides fruits and veggies, he never looked back. So when it came to his drinks we've limited him to milk and water. Ardo has always been on the smaller side too so we push that whole milk on him. Sunday morning we were eating a McDonalds breakfast and Ardo came up to us and wanted some juice. I looked at Jerry and he said, "up to you?" so I let him have a sip, since we haven't given him juice the look on his face when he tried orange juice was hilarious (probably should have watered it down). But by the third sip he loved it. Aren't we the best parents ever? Wait all this time to let him try juice, and then the first juice he tries is from McDonalds!
Sidenote:: not sure why he came so close to the camera but I was cracking up!


Shabu Shabu

These cold nights call for some warm food. In my city, asian restaurants are a dime a dozen. Last night a few friends of mine went to a little gem called Tokyo Shabu Shabu.
Just in case, shabu shabu is: Hot pot dish related to the Chinese fondue and the sukiyaki. Thin slices of meat and vegetables are
boiled in a common pot, then usually dipped in sauces. (thank you internet definitions)
To my amazement two of my friends have never had Shabu Shabu?!?! What? We ordered the "special" which is basically lots of meat and veggies for two people. So we ordered two. At Shabu Shabu you get to choose the broth you would like to cook your food in. When the server said it would be 5 more dollars for spicy broth I decided to stick with water.....um, MISTAKE! Lesson learned? Never be cheap when it comes to flavor. Oscar was smart and ordered spicy broth, we kinda all took over his side. The evening consisted of very grown up conversation. We had a few topics we needed to address, the grown up part was, everyone had something to say and everyone was heard. I really enjoyed it. I have to admit it was a nice dinner, because I was actually able to pay attention. Sometimes its nice to be able to go out with friends and have dinner and know Ardo and Jerry are having daddy time. Anytime I'm not with Ardo (excluding work)I always get that much needed recharge, simple things like that make me a better mom. Once we were done being grown ups, we acted like high schoolers again, a very nice balance. You know what I notice? Whenever I get around old friends I start to act like I did the day I met them. I can't help it. And I kinda like it that way. =)

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Something happened the other day. I know I said I wouldn't be mentioning Ardos not sleeping through the night anymore but I kinda have too. As I've been writing the past few weeks have been really tough on Jerry and I. It's not so much Ardo not sleeping as much as it is the crying. If he was just awake, that would be one thing but when he's crying and carrying on that's what makes things hectic. So the other morning he woke us up at 7am. We got up with him gave him breakfast and then started to get ready for the day. Around 8:30 Ardo had a crying fit. Jerry was trying to console him but he was kinda throwing a little tantrum, so I told Jerry to leave him and let him cry. I was in our room getting ready and our room shares a wall with the neighbor (we live in a duplex).

Our neighbor is a single woman in her early 30's. She is quiet as a little church mouse, she never has guests over, she has no kids or pets so its easy for a single woman to stay quiet on her side. Us on the other hand we have a 19 month old (cranky) toddler, two dogs, and, US. I think we try to be respectful to our neighbor but are we the quietest? I doubt it.

So back to Ardo's fit, Friday morning he was carrying on and I told Jerry to just let him cry. The next thing I hear is 3 bangs coming from the wall. I wasn't exactly sure if it was the neighbor at first. I quickly jumped up and asked Jerry if someone was here? No. Then I peaked outside to see if the neighbor had a visitor? No. Then I got mad. The neighbor had banged on the wall. I got mad because my initial thought was, "I'm so tired! I'm already dealing with my cranky tot, and now I have to deal with "disturbing" the neighbor." I have to admit my initial reaction was to bang on the wall back. That was the 17 year old inside me. But I didn't. Ardo stopped his fussing we finished getting ready and off we went. The whole day I thought about my neighbor and our situation. I had a feeling at some point if Ardo kept going the way he was going, we were going to hear from the neighbor but I always figured, she would come over, or write a note, so her reaction surprised me.

By Sunday I thought, during the week I'll go over to my neighbors and talk to her. I'll apologize, but the problem I was having is, I don't know how to make it stop. I don't have a solution. I've been thinking of a solution for the few weeks and nothing is working. Sunday night there's a knock at the door, yes it was my neighbor. (P.s. want to know what Ardo was doing? He was crying in his room because I was changing his diaper.) Jerry opened the door and spoke with her. She brought us CUPCAKES and just wanted to talk about the noise. She said, she understood there isn't that much we can do, but wanted us to be aware she can really hear him through the walls. She asked if maybe instead of bringing him into our room as he's fussing if we could maybe take him into the living? She apologized for banging on the wall but she said she was frustrated that morning and just reacted. Jerry apologized to her and told her Ardo was going through a fussy, wake up all throughout the night phase. He said we try and get him calm as soon as possible but sometimes he just wants to cry. She said she wanted to have an open communication with us. I was so relieved, because we did feel bad, and I guess our walls are thinner than we thought (I wonder what else she can hear from our bedroom????) I really appreciated her coming over. It's nice to know she wanted to make us aware but she wasn't angry and she understands as much as she can about what is going on over here. Will all crying stop? No never, but we are trying over here.



Thanksgiving was a good day. We had a small gathering at Helens house for thanksgiving. Just family, and one friend. Looking around our table I was feeling very thankful for the people family around me. And my Ardo, who has been doing everything he can to make me crazy (he is almost succeeding) but of course I am thankful for him. My little guy. And Jerry, who catches me when I do fall into crazy mode. If it wasn't for Jerry I don't know how I could ever stay balanced. Lots of food this weekend. LOTS! Not just Thanksgiving food either Jerry and I used the weekend to indulge. So Im using the next few weeks to um, not.

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ps I took no pictures of our food...I dont know why, it's very fitting for a Thanksgiving post. oops!! I do have a picture of our lunch on Saturday tho, if that counts?
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Tired and Blogging

Hey folks, okay so I'm not trying to beat this subject to death but I have to be honest. I haven't been in a blogging mood lately. My last post was a week ago and I was complaining about Ardo and his wonderful new sleeping habit. Because of his sleeping habit, I've been so tired lately. Really tired. It seems my lack of sleep is really starting to catch up with me. I think because Ardo is older and has much more energy, when he wakes up throughout the night and then he wants to play throughout the day it takes a lot out of me. In the months prior to this sleep change after work we'd take Ardo to the park, let him get some energy out, feed him, bath him, storytime and then bedtime. Once bedtime hit I would do what I could around the house and then some blogging. But these past few weeks, I haven't picked up my computer, at all. I have no creative juices flowing right now. And I have to say I hate this feeling. This phase of waking up at almost 19 months feels like a killer. I've mentioned before when Ardo was a newborn and waking up on a 24 hour schedule, I was fine. I was never super tired, I guess I just expected it so I dealt with it fine. For a year I woke up in the middle of the night, and rarely was I tired the next day. But, now, now it's a different story. Thank you to everyone who keeps encouraging me that this is just a phase and it will pass. I was sharing with a friend recently that after 19 months I still feel as tho I'm trying to figure out how to be a working mom. You know whats crappy about being a working mom when your toddler won't sleep, YOU HAVE TO BE AT WORK AT A CERTAIN TIME. On the days Ardo doesn't sleep and I see the time ticking away, all I can think about is I have to wake up for work in 5 hours, then 4 hours, then 3, then before I know I'm in the shower getting ready for a full day. Once I get to work I have to ... you know, work! I'm thinking, I'm expected to function like a regular human being when I'm actually a zombie with lip gloss on?
Okay I promise this is the last tired post from me.....for awhile. =)
I felt a post like this would recharge me, and honestly just writing these words out, I think it's already working.


when my child won't sleep...

it's the hardest time of the day. Ardo has never ever, been a great sleeper. When he was a newborn, literally weeks old I can remember someone asking if he was a good sleeper? I can remember thinking how absurd I thought that question was seeing that he was weeks old. When Ardo woke up every 2-3 hours on a 24 hour schedule, I remember thinking how normal that was. As the month went by Ardo got better, but sleeping through the night was NOT something he wanted to be apart. So he woke up once a night every night from 8-12 months. After 12 months, shockingly, he started sleeping through the night. I couldn't believe how much sleep I was missing out on. Since about 12 months we've had a regular routine for Ardo, play-bath-book-sleep. That's our routine and its worked for us, but lately Ardo has off set our routine. He's waking up in the middle of the night screaming. SCREAMING!!! Just in case you didn't notice the first time. Can I just say the worse way to be woken up in the middle of the night is by your screaming toddler. Something I've mentioned before on this blog is how Ardo doesn't sleep in our bed. For the most part this is a good thing, but when it's 2am and you have to be up at 6:45am to start getting ready for work, all you want is for your tot to sleep....ANYWHERE! I don't know what to do at this point except to ride it out. I almost wish him waking up was more consistant like it was back in the day (10 months ago) only because at least I knew what I was in for, at least then he was consistent. This way throws me for such a loop. I think the worse part is, this isn't teething related, this is just random wake-up-and-Im-scared-mom-come-get-me stuff.
Oh Ardo, please sleep through the night little one.
Please, please, or at least if you have to wake up maybe be less cranky?? You pick. =)

How do I get these two reversed?? (and yes Goliath is under the covers ... what? he's cold)
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oh that Dexter Morgan

Confession time, I WATCH TELEVISION!!! Yes I watch tv and I always have. I have to say the more blogs I followed the more I saw how many people we're not watching tv. At first I felt a little ashamed reading blog after blog with no television in their lives. I actually admire people that watch very little to no tv. Its something I probably could never do simply because I'm not that person. I enjoy tv, and I watch EVERYTHING. From golden girls and I love lucy to housewives I watch it all. I will say I don't watch the way I used to, with a toddler obviously you can't and I pat myself on the back that Ardo shows very little interest in tv right now. (must be his daddys influence) But my favorite show right now and for a long while is DEXTER! I love me some Dexter Morgan. In case you've never watched, Dexter is about a serial killer who only kills bad guys. That's the shortened version, its such a well scripted, well acted show. And I'm obsessed. I didn't watch the first few seasons, I had heard about it but I just didn't get into it, my brother would tell me all the time I needed to watch. I moved to Alabama and Jerry couldn't believe I didn't watch. So one week while he was off from work we had a Dexter marathon and watched 3 seasons in one week! From then on I've been hooked. If you don't watch I highly suggest you do. You'll find yourself really rooting for a serial killer and completely justify why he kills. Or if you're like me, when certain characters come on, you'll want him to kill them (i.e. Lila oh I still hate her!) Okay confession time over. =)
P.s. Anyone else watch Dexter? What did you think about Sundays episode?


color run

color run

Saturday was the color run in San Diego. I use the word "run" very loosely, because we didn't run, we walked very quickly. I didn't know what to expect. I've volunteered for the Revlon run/walk many years, but they don't douse you with color every mile. I wish I could have taken a video of each color and us going through it. The more excited and the more "woooo" we said, the more they gunned for you. I don't know why I thought they would be squirting paint on us, it was actually colored corn starch, and I have to say it made the clean up a lot easier. Next color run we are definitely going to bring a sheet to sit on for the drive home. Although the clean up was easier because we were able to dust most of it off, it was still a whole lot of color. After the run we went to grab a bite to eat, the looks on the faces of the people we passed were hilarious. After about an hour all the color meshed together so instead of colorful, we basically looked like zombies. Whatever, I still enjoyed my tacos!

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I didn't know what to anticipate this Halloween. I was excited for Ardo to actually be able to walk and say please (he doesn't know how to say please but he can sign please). I don't think Ardo understood that when trick or treating you are not going over to the local neighbors for a sit down visit. Every house he tried going inside! Most of our neighbors are elderly so they welcomed it. Needless to say he slowed us down just a bit, and so much for him walking around the neighborhood, Ardo was a slow poke! He was so fascinated with all the kids out and all the costumes, this mama banana wound up holding her monkey most of the time, switching off with daddy banana and Jerrys cousin. Regardless of the extra exercise, we had such a great time. The look on Ardo's face when he received candy simply for standing at the door, was priceless. Oh what to do with all this candy our Ardo can't have just yet. We're donating most of it to Jerry's work, I have NO self control.

ps just a tip, if you ever, ever decide to dress like a banana for Halloween, be prepared to be harrassed ALL.NIGHT.LONG! I'm not kidding when I say people were honking and screaming BANANA outta their cars, and from across the street, again ALL.NIGHT.LONG! So worth it tho, my little Banana-Monkey Family.

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Halloween ... last year

Last year was Ardo's first Halloween. Since I wasn't blogging just yet (I had thoughts but I just wasn't ready) I wanted to share a few pictures before I share this years. Ardo was 6 months old and the tiniest little lion. We went trick or treating, or trick or pushing (he was in his stroller). Oh he was so little and sweet, kinda a cry baby, but mostly sweet. Mama was the scarecrow, daddy was the tin man, and Ardo was our cowardly lion. I have big plans for us tomorrow and trick or treating. Mainly they consist of Ardo walking up to the house and open his candy bag. We don't let him have candy yet so I wonder who's gonna eat it??? Well if Jerry and I have to make the sacrifice I guess we just have too!! Last year we also put Ardo in a pumpkin, that has been one of the best executed ideas I've had. I sure hope baby #2 will be small enough to keep the tradition going. (I'm not pregnant just thinking ahead)
Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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someones following me

I think Ardo has a little soft spot in his heart for pigs just like his mama. Or maybe when we go out I constantly point out pigs and then we buy him pig balloons for fun? Either way, I'm happy. I'm sure you guys have seen these little animal balloons at the mall. They're really cute and way easier to walk than trying to walk Goliath. My mom put the weight of the balloon inside Ardo's shirt pocket, he's having the darnedest time trying to figure out how that pig is still behind him!


honest toddler

Is everyone keen to honest toddler and no one's told me about it? The other day I was emailing with my cousin and we were both complaining about our tots. For some reason both of our boys are having a hard time at bed time. For awhile now Ardo's routine is the same, eat. play. bath. bed. But these past few nights have a been a killer. We put him down and he cries and cries. We take him out of his crib, settle him down, put him back in and then the cries come back. Tuesday after work Jerry and I took him to the park to play, I thought maybe he has more energy to burn. Finally after four days, he went down with ease. Oh what a beautiful night that was. Anyway back to Honest Toddler. My cousin sent me the link and said "you're going to die laughing." OMG, dying I was. Honest Toddler is on twitter and tweets from the eyes of a toddler. The funny thing is I talk about Ardo all the time and I impersonate his inner monologue. I was laughing so hard at the tweets because so many days I've thought he was thinking the same thing! I've told him more than once, please dont grow up. I've also held him so tight he makes that, stop-hugging-me noise. They also have a website, but I haven't read too many stories yet.  I did catch the poem, You Look Prettier When You Smile. Im hoping to catch up on more stories, but for now the tweets have me rolling, some of the hilarious ones I found were ::

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Jumped off the kitchen table. Turns out believing you can fly isn't enough. Thanks for the lies R Kelly.

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Accidentally said I wanted an Awful for breakfast. Meant Waffle. She laughed in my face and told Facebook. :(

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Dear Toddler Clothing Manufacturers, WE HAVE BIG HEADS.

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What is a bathroom door, really. Other than a love barrier.

and my personal fav ::

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The awkward moment when mommy hugs you way too tight for way too long and whispers something creepy like "Don't grow." Get a grip.

You can Follow Honest Toddler on Twitter here. I'm getting my daily dose.

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