Thursday, May 26, 2011

Horrible News Update

Ok as some of you know I got some terrible news yesterday about my cousin passing away. If you would like to read go here and find out about everything. I was able to get in contact with my cousin Cindy (Jo's twin sister) and she explained everything to me. Johanna overheard that she was never going to be able to speak again because she had damaged her vocal cords in the accident. Well as a result of her over hearing the devastating news she had an anxiety attack & her heart couldn't handle it so it suddenly stopped working.

They told us that they are going to try & do the burial service on Monday but since it is Memorial Day on Monday we aren't sure, we will find out later on in the day so I will keep everyone updated.

P.S.~I would like to thank everyone that sent out your prayers yesterday. I really appreciate it at a time like this.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Horrible News

So at exactly 1PM today I got one of the worst news ever, my aunt Mary from Maryland called me to tell me that my cousin Johanna Paniagua passed away this morning.

I have been in shock, disbelief,  etc. since I found out.

I never told you guys the story of what happened to her but I guess this is a good a time as any.....

Back in February 11' my identical twin cousins Johanna & Cindy were involved in a horrible accident. Cindy was driving & Johanna was the passenger....according to the Cindy there day started off like any other day, they went to school, then to work, & then Cindy wanted to go to the gym but Jo was too tired to go but since she didn't want her sister to go alone she went.

Cindy asmits that she was speeding, while Jo was sleeping & in an instant she got extremely tired & fell asleep behind the wheel. Resulting in her hitting a tree. Cindy left the scene unharmed but Jo was that lucky. She had 3 broken ribs, a collapsed lung, 2 broken vertabre in her spinal, & the list goes on and on. She had to use a halo box & this Saturday it was finally taken off, but she started to have pain & she couldn't feel part of her body for some reason.

My family is thinking that this is some type of mal-practice but we won't know until we get the autopsy results. Then I will have to fly out to California for the funeral. 

I just ask that you keep my family in your prayers because it is going to be a hard few days, weeks, months, for us. 

Left to Right; Johnny (Lil Bro), Johanna, Cindy, & their friend Simon

Johnny & Johanna

Cindy & Johanna (red hat) on happier days
RIP Johanna Paniagua Oct 9th, 1985 to May 25th, 2011
 We love you & you will always be with us in our hearts!!!

Wordless Wednesday....Graduation Edition

All the studunts graduating with Criminology & Criminal Justice degrees.

My aunt Edith & her granddauughter (my adorable cousin) Giabella.
The siblings (Top Row) Uncle Vic, my mom Miriam
(Bottom Row) Edith, Mary, & Vic's wife Lupe

Lizzie The Graduate

After receiving her diploma

The proud Family

Cousins; Me*Lizzie*Stephanie*Diana*Giabella (Diana's daughter)

Her lil bro Junior*Proud Mom*Proud father Juan*Proud boyfriend Marc

Me & Gia

Lil Sis*Big Sis
Proud Mama

My Weekend In Maryland

I had an awesome weekend with my family, to bad my hubby had drill this weekend so he couldn't go (boo!!!).

Anyways, my mom & I left for our road trip on Thursday night. We were going to Maryland for my cousin's graduation from The University of Maryland. She graduated with a Bachelors in Criminology & Criminal Justice. I'm extremely proud of her for completing her dream.

The ceremnoy was awesome, I took lots of pictures, then we went to the house to set up for her party in the night. We partied like there was no tomorrow cause according to some people Saturday was supposed to be the end of the world so we did it up until 3AM.

Since we didn't die on Saturday the whole family just lounged around all day recovering from our hangovers just talking & joking around.

Sunday I had plans with my husband bake in NJ but since my mother decided to change our leaving time from 1PM to 5PM those plans went down the drain. I was so pissed but it all went away when I saw my husband that night.
Now I leave you with a picture of my mom, me & the graduate.

Im so proud of you lil sis!!!! You did it!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Meet Me On Mondays

1. What is your favorite bagel flavor?
2. If you had an extra $100 right now, what would you spend it on?
3. What is the last thing that you felt guilt about doing?
4. Soft serve ice cream or hand dipped?
5. Are you allergic to anything?


1. Plain bagel only please.
2. Adding it to my savings money & buy myself an IPhone.
3. Not letting my cousin stay at my place when she came to Jersey.
4. Hand dipped
5. Robitussin

Sunday Wedding

My husband & I were invited to a wedding on May 15th. We are friends of the bride, but if there was ever an unorganized wedding; I would have to say that, that one was it.
The invitation said the mass would start at 3PM......well it didn't it started at 4:30PM.
After that the reception was for 6PM but since the mass started late that was going to start late, at 7PM but did it start at the time? Noooooooooo not at all!!! I was getting so aggravated & just wanted to leave so did my husband but I stood a little longer for my mom. The DJ wasn't even ready to set up until 7:15PM, the bride & groom didn't back their apperance until 8:30PM.

We didn't get appetizers until 9:15ish & dinner almost at 10. Mind yout he reception was set to finish at 11PM. We left at 10:20PM. I would have never done ony of that to my guests. The newly weds were lucky that we even gave them money in their card, because I was pissed.......

On a better note, I think we looked good for the occasion 

Thursday, May 12, 2011


My body is in so much pain right now, I'm here at work and can't hardly pick up the is so obvious that I haven't exercised in such a longtime. I don't know if anyone read my previous post on exercise (go here if you didn't) a month ago & I talk about starting to do Zumba & P90X. Well, I started Zumba but was too afraid to start P90X, well I started 2 nights ago. Now my whole body is in pain. Even though I am hurtng I'm feeling awesome, I have so much energy & can't wait to get home to start are day #3. At the end of the 90 day program I will be showing a beforee & after picture to see if there is a difference.

There are 3 specific types of programs, Classic, Double, & Lean; obviously since I' trying to lose fat & gain muscle I'm doing the Lean. It's hard but I'm really going to stick with it & complete the program.

I have never told anyone my weight or size, I can't believe I'm going to do this but I currently;

Weigh: 215 lbs
Pant Size: 14
Clothes Size: XL

I am setting a goal that for my 25th birthday in Jan, 2012 I want to

Weigh: 145 lbs Pant Size; 5/6 or 7/8
Clothes Size; Medium

I have 7 1/2 months to lose 70 lbs & be where I want to be so wish me luck & today is day 3, sore or not I'm still exercising whether it kills me or not I'm doing it, I'm not slacking off at all.

What's Your Song? Wk#12

We are on our third month of What's Your Song Link Up hosted by Amber over at Goodnight Moon. She started this and I have joined the bandwagon ever since so go over to her blog & join in on the fun too. 

My song for this week is Bob Sinclair ~ World Hold On
I love to play this song while I'm exercising. It's such a wonderful motivation song & so much fun.
I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do & try exercising with it, & I promise you that you will actually like to exercise as hard as that The video is a little weird but forget about that just listen to the song.

Monday, May 9, 2011

To Leave or Not To Leave......?

So I have been playing around with the idea of leaving my job at the preschool for a job in my career field which is Medical Billing. I went to school for this & worked in my field for about only 1 year after I graduated school. For some reason or another I was fired unjustly. I was on unemplyment only for 3 months until I found this great job that I am truly greatful for in every way. I love my co-workers, my job, my boss, my hours, the kids, etc. The only downfall is the fact that we don't know if we are going to have a job in the summer because our governor Chris Christie is trying to cut all funds from the preschools saying they are unnecessary & I won't ever get a raise.

My husband & I actually started talking about this situacion on Saturday & he was bringing up a lot of good points. He knows very well that I love waking up to go to work everyday but we recently found a new place & have to buy furniture so that is holding us back for another 2 months on buying my husbands car. We can't continue with the 1 car situacion even though we make it work. So we decided that I would start looking for a new job but if I don't find anything by the end of July I will continue working at the school until the follow summer. 

Wish my luck in this new journey that I am about to embark on now. 

PS~ I started looking on for  Medical Billing jobs & I already found 2 that would pay me btwn $17-$20 starting, that is waaaaaaaaay more then what I'm making now ($12.56). I'm gonna see if I talk to my boss today & start sending out resumes after I fix it.    


Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!!!

I just wanted to wish all the Military spouses a happy day today. We are some of strongest women I know & have come to really to appreciate. Before I married my Marine I knwo that Military wives were special & had it tough, but until I started going through it I came to really see what we go through. This is truly the silent rank & the hardest job in the military. I hope you ladies have a wonderful day next to your husband or get a phone call if they are deployed. 

I love you all!!!!


Thursday, May 5, 2011

What's Your Song? Wk# 11

We are at it again. I can't believe we have been doing this for so long...yay!!!! I suggest that if you haven't joined in on the fun yet head on over & link up with Amber from Goodnight Moon.

Anyways, my song pick for this week is Beautiful by Christina Aguilera. I know I posted on a previous post that I was going to start exercising which have but not consistently. I am really have a lot of insecurities lately about my body. Especially since my mother tells me I need to lose wait almost every chance she gets. I mean I think she means well but she just doesn't know how to say it in a nice way. Anytime anyone talks to you about your weight it bothers but it shouldn't hurt your feelings. I have never been the skinny one in my family. All my cousins are way thinner then me, even on my wedding day I was the bigger one & all my bridesmaids were thin. I just tell my mother that she doesn't know what it is to be my size at my age because she has always been really thin, when she got married she was a size 2. I have never been that size in my life, ever. If I could even reach my goal of being a size 5 I'll be sooo happy instead of a size 14 now. It would be great if I could have someone to work out with at home or go to the gym with, it bothers me that my husband is so thin & in shape & loves going to the gym & I'm not. One thing I am thankful for is my husband though, he loves me just the way I am & tells me that if I lose weight I better not lose too much because he wants so meat on my ultimately it is my decision. He gets really mad when my mom starts criticizing me about my weight but stays quiet out of respect. 

Well I have written more then I wanted to, so please enjoy my pick for this week.  

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wordless Wednesday & We are moving!!!!

So we finally found a place, we have been loking for a new place to move for the past 2 months. I wanted to move to closer to our jobs but weren't finding anything good or in our price range. So on Monday my husband picked up my good friend Diego from work to come over our place & told us about his friend from church that is renting out the 1st floor from her house in Newark (where we live). It's a 2 bdrm w/ everything included except electricity which won't be much to pay. The best part is that we can keep our puppy because she has a big puppy of her own.  When we are finally settled in the new place in June I will show you all pictures.

I know it's not so wordless but I'm just excited!!!!