Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Mish Mosh: Rachel Ray and Lucia pictures

So, a few weeks ago I had tickets to a taping of the Rachel Ray show. I took the day off from work, and along with my mom, my sister and cousin-in-law Stephanie, we hightailed it into the city. Of course, nothing really went smoothly, since the bus was late, we couldn't get a cab until my mom prayed one into being, and none of us had a chance to eat breakfast, so we almost expired right on the set. The thing with getting tickets to these talk shows, is that you are not guaranteed entry, regardless if you have tickets or if you are coming in from out of state/the country and had to fly and book a hotel room to get there. So, I was petrified of being late, and not getting in. We saw a couple from Germany who got there too late and didn't make it in.

This let's you know you are waiting on the right line.
The security guard. He didn't notice my covert picture taking. Ha! Got you security guy person! Take that!
Andrea and I waiting on line, faking happiness, since we were about to pass out from starvation.
Stephanie, contemplating ways to kill me if I took her picture. HA! I am still alive!
Andrea actually threatening me.

You weren't allowed to take pictures in the studio, so I took a picture of this portrait of her dog in the waiting room! Ha again! Take that Rachel Ray! I promise I am done with the HA's. Too much coffee this morning.

After we were done taping, we made a beeline to Ellen's Stardust Diner. Andrea really wanted to show Stephanie the singing waiters/waitresses, and I was dying to pay too much money for mediocre food. Mission accomplished on both ends.

Me and mom. Do we look alike? Everyone is always telling us that we look alike.

Stephanie and an adorable looking female. Wait! Is that me? Why, thank you for thinking I am adorable. You are too kind, my loyal reader.

This is Lucia on her actual birthday. We went to Friendly's for lunch, and she wore 3D glasses.
Her first cake. I forgot to take a picture of it, so it had already been cut. It was strawberry, and delicioso.
The family blowing out the candle. This was a replay, by the way. The original shot was taken in the dark, and you couldn't see a thing.

The crowd eagerly awaits cake.
Lucia receives her second birthday present.

It's a doll! She seems perplexed, but that is only because she has not figured out how to put it in her mouth.

Cake number two at Casa Soto.

This is not a reenactment.
I think me likee the cake.

A picture of Lucia in her new fall jacket.
Ok, and now I leave you with one of the funniest videos ever. Ok, it's no baby dancing to Beyonce, but I was laughing. It is Andrea and Stephanie dancing at Ellen's Stardust. Enjoy.
**UPDATE** I just saw the video again, and I don't know what is wrong with me. It is not that funny. I need a nap.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009


And She's One!

One year ago, at this very time (11:00am), I was getting ready for my noon appointment with Dr. Gallo. Two hours later, Lucia came shooting out into the world. Literally.

Coming home from the hospital.
The following pictures are of Lucia opening up a present that her Aunt Shelley gave her. We haven't really planned for a major party for her. Just maybe some kind of cake tonite with my family, and tomorrow night at the ritual dinner at the Sotos.

She has discovered her gift!

But wait! What is this? An Elmo card?

Taking it over to the couch for a better view.

Walking around reading the message from Aunt Shelley.
And now she rips it. She does that to everything she loves. Luckily, Gideon is still intact.

Speaking of Gideon, how is he dealing with all this birthday fuss? Especially, since it's not all about him?


Well, he's not impressed.

Here are two videos. In the first one, she is opening her present. In the second one, I am attempting to get her to stay still to get a shot of her in a tiara. However, she is not having it.

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