Tuesday, October 27, 2015

An Increased Life

My cousin, Rabbit and I were chatting the other day and we reminisced on days where we would hang out at my dad's house as children. Playing video games and watching fun movies and the like. Rabbit told me "Man, it feels so strange to say this because it feels like it was just yesterday."

He is so true. It feels like memories are just everywhere I look and despite the vivid ones taking hold and reminding of days past, I can still see that life is just expanding everywhere I look. People are getting married and having babies. Babies are growing up and children that I took care of as a babysitter are just living lives that make my heart soar with pride.

Some of the things happening that I'd like to share with you are:

1. Ruben and Bianca Getting Married: I know I know that I shared this with you in a Majesty Monday post, but I just can't help but keep sharing it because I've seen first hand their love story. They started dating a year before Juan and I did so it's like they were going through the same journey as us. They lived together for the longest time after high school so we were definitely thrilled with the fact that they were finally getting hitched!

Bianca was the most beautiful bride and I was so proud of my brother in law and my loves; Juan and Sofia for their parts in the wedding too. This was a huge reminder that life really does go on and now I'm just patiently waiting for the moment that Bianca tells me that another little Ortiz is on the way (that won't be for a while...they are just happy with the two of them for the moment!)

Here are the two of them in the past- Still just as in love as they are now. I'm so in love with the both of them!

2. Chapito's Birthday and Baptism: Who remembers this little chunk? I sure do! I remember meeting him in the hospital the day after he was born. He grew in size and in cuteness making everybody around him fall in love with him. On the 25th he turned one and had his baptism in a local catholic church. It's nice to know that he has the love of the Lord with him and a family that loved him so much to dedicate him to the heavenly Father.

Holy Water being poured on his head.

Extra shot of Sofia sleeping though most of the baptism.
I can't wait to see how Daniel grows and with parents like Chapo and Fatima I know he'll go down the right path.

3. Anastasia turning 2: My niece also turned 2 this October. I really don't get to see her much but when I do I just smile at how big she's getting. Looking so much like her mama in the face. I hate that she and Sofia aren't closer; I really think they would get along so well. Maybe in the future Ahly and I can make sure that they get some quality time together. Things are just going in different directions.

Here's Annie and Sofia in an earlier time: Sofia was 2 this time around and Annie was still an infant.

and here they are when Annie turned one:

I grew up beside my cousins growing up so it's just so strange for her not to be beside Anastasia. I really hope the future shines brighter where they are concerned, but it's really up to us parents.

4. Ryan and Jodi's Wedding- I am so excited about this one! My cousin Ryan proposed to this gem of a lady in July and are planning to have their wedding on the 28th of November. I don't know what makes me happier; the fact that Jodi is a dollbaby and a half and perfect for Ryan or the fact that this man who I babysat for as a child is growing up and making his own life and family. Do I really have to choose?

I have no doubt that these two will be happy as a married couple. They are like a yin yang. Ryan is so reserved and Jodi is just a spitfire of infectious happy energy. They will mellow each other out just right. I can't wait to see where their lives will take them.

5. The Birth of Caiden- Look that that little lovebug! If you guys remember from this post, my cousin Amber was due to give birth to her first child, Caiden Matthew. Well, here he is! Sofia and I got to see him today and got to love on him and see him. He was born on October 26th and was 6 lbs 3 oz. Amber took to motherhood wonderfully and I'm just so proud of her.

Why do you ask?  Because she proved a lot of people wrong...

In this photo is a beautiful woman who is living her life to the fullest but when she was growing up, she didn't take a lot of good paths on her way. So that led to a lot of people making assumptions of her. But she showed them how wrong they were as she started living in a way that was good for her. Having a good job, being a woman of God and having an awesome man by her side and she waited til the time was right for her to have Caiden. If that doesn't speak volumes then I don't know what does! Just watching her take care of her son, proved that she has what it takes to be his mother and to take care of him with love and guidance. I just truly love this girl for what she has become and I know she's going to go far in life!

So what about me? Do I feel like my life is advancing? Somewhat... I would say the best thing happening in my life is the fact that I'm losing a lot of weight. I would say from a few months before I got diagnosed I was about 250-260 in weight. Now in October I am about 210.

So that's a huge difference than before and I'm super stoked about that. I still haven't gotten my license yet but that's coming real soon since I passed my written course online. Though my life isn't going as fast as everybody else's, I really sure that it's coming faster than I think it will!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Majesty Monday || #6

Time for Ruling the Ortiz Kingdom's sixth installment of Majesty Monday; photos of our weekend!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

5000 Question Survey || 151-200

151. What is louder and more annoying: 200 adults talking or one four-year-old screaming?
Definitely the 4 year old. They have a certain screech about them

152. Do you believe the stories about planes, boats and people mysteriously disappearing into the Bermuda triangle? 

153. Who are you the most jealous of?
Other bloggers that are doing so much better than me. But then again...they are my inspiration and encouragement too. So it's 50/50 jealousy.

154. What is the happiest way you can start your day?
Right now at this time it would be without feeling sore in my body

155. Do you ever have moments where you feel like everything is all right in the world?
Sadly, no. I stress about everything

156. Who thinks that you are offensive?
No idea. Maybe my husband when I get angry at times.

157. If you had to teach a class in something, what would you be able to teach people?

158. Have you ever had a spiritual experience (an experience that cannot be explained by science)?
No, not that I know of...

159. Do you believe that this experience was truly mystical or do you think there is some scientific explanation for it, only you don't know what it is?
Read answer above

160. Do you get offended easily?
At times.

161. Would you still love and stay with your signifigant other if he or she had to have a breast or testicle removed?
Oh yes, definitely! That doesn't change anything about my love for him.

162. Do you believe in fate or free will?

163. Do you believe that only boring people get bored?
Not at all

164. Can life change or are we all stuck in vain?
I believe it can change

165. What changes are you afraid of?
My life not advancing

166. Are you a day person or nocturnal?
I'm a bit of both, but right now I'm more a day person

167. What one CD could you listen to for an entire week (no mixed CD’s, it must be an album)? Yanni-Live at the Acropolis

168. Which is worse, working in retail, food service, or an office?
Food Service

169. What's the coolest job you ever had?
Had and still have- photography

170. What is one central idea that your thoughts seem to come back to?
Marriage and children

171. Have you ever wanted to be an actor/tress?
Yes, but only on my own movies

172. If you had the power to control one person and make this person do anything you wanted for a whole day, who would you pick and what would they do?
The President- get America back on track my own way..hehe

173. What star sign are you and what is your sign like?
Cancer- Caring and emotional

174. Did the Blair Witch Project scare you?
I never saw it and don't plan to

175. Are you in constant fear of death?
Yes...I even have dreams about it

176. Does fear of death keep you from building a life?

177. Do you like all your movies to be in wide-screen?

178. Are you a fan of any comic books?

179. At what age did you attend your first funeral?
11 years old

180. What do you smell like (lotion, cologne, sweat)?
A variety of smells, but mostly like soap

181. What are your greatest sources for wisdom?
Books, internet

182. When you were little, where did your parents tell you babies come from?
They didn't tell me anything really

183. What is your favorite band?
Kings of Leon

184. What's the best cheesy 80's song?
Don't really know

185. What's the best kind of movie to see on a date?
Romantic Comedy or an Action

186. Do you like to sit in the front, middle or back of the Movie Theater?
back at the way top

187. Have you ever been inside an abandoned building?
Yes, to take pictures

188. Under what circumstances would you agree to work for free?
Feeding the homeless or taking photos for certain people

189. Candles or strobe lights?

190. Do you think the Lord of the Rings movies are true to the books or did Hollywood change the story too much?
I only really saw the movie so I can't say

191. When you see a stranger on the street does your first reaction lean towards thinking of this person as a potential friend or as a potential threat?
potential threat...always

192. Is it natural for human beings to fear and distrust each other, or is it cultural?
Cultural I think

193. What do you really want to buy?
A new speedlight for my camera

194. You have to choose. Would you be happier marrying someone rich for their money or living in the streets and subway tunnels with someone you love?
Living in the streets with the man I love

195. If someone wanted to understand you what book could they read that would help?
Finding yourself

196. Do you think it’s odd that Americans have freedom of religion and yet call themselves 'one nation under god'?

197. In what sense are you a minority?
I'm not a minority...sorry.

198. Are you anti social?
at times

199. Do you photograph well?
I would like to say yes.

200. Do you think that human beings would survivor through a nuclear winter?
Yes, if they know the right stuff to do.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Writer's Wednesday || Take Two Faves (Spring/Summer 11-15)

My Favorite Parts of Take Two and Call Me in the Morning: Spring 11 and Summer 12-15

Chapter 11

The door opened and Hikaru appeared with a huge smile that disappeared in shock as he saw that the woman in front of him wasn’t Aija. Aija crept closer for a better chance of hearing.

“Nicole…what…what are you doing here?” He asked incredulously. He was not expecting to see his old sex partner.

“Wow…you are alive, Hikaru. That’s just peachy to see.” Nicole said to him, with a bright smile.

Hikaru frowned, still astounded. “How…how did you even know where I lived?” The woman came a bit closer to him and he backed up, his eyes looking side to side for Aija; he knew she was due to come.

“Well, I might have followed you home once or twice from where you work. It’s not fair that you always came to my house, Hikaru.” Nicole explained. Hikaru frowned intensely at her words, crossing his arms.

“You know that was just sex, Nicole. You’re violating my privacy like this.”

“I know it was for only sex…I just came over for a fix.”


His mind slowed to a crawl as Nicole then opened her coat slowly, revealing her pink bra and panties underneath it. Panic doused him like a bucket full of water and to make matters even worse, when he looked up, he saw Aija’s surprised face as she walked a bit forward towards his condo, holding Karma.

“Oh, Kami…” He breathed out, wondering how the hell he got into this situation.

Nicole smiled putting her hands on her bare hips, brown eyes shimmering gleefully as if she had accomplished something. “Well? Are you going to let me in?”

“Fix this!” His mind yelled, finally starting to work again. He glanced at Aija who was standing quietly; waiting to see what he did next with an aggravated look. He looked down at Nicole then and said in a no nonsense voice that he was used to, “Actually no, I’m not going to let you in. I have a prior engagement.”

It was now Nicole’s turn to be stunned. “What do you mean prior engagement?”

Hikaru shook his head; he remembered how dunce she could be sometimes. “I mean I had other plans with somebody else. Cover yourself before someone sees you.”

Realizing that he was indeed serious and he wasn’t letting her in, Nicole quickly covered and tied her coat back up. “Plans? With who?” She asked, her voice almost cracking with emotion.

“Um…that would be me.” A voice called out.

Nicole looked back to see Aija walking towards the two with Karma in one arm. She had finally seen enough and decided she wasn’t going to let some woman ruin her plans. Before she could go into Hikaru’s house however, she felt a hand on her wrist.

“Whoa, wait a minute! Who are you?!” Nicole asked in surprise, having whipped out and grabbing Aija.

Hikaru looked like he couldn’t take anymore shock, but before he could stop Nicole, Aija handed Karma over to him with a determined flash in her eyes. He let the dog go in his house and watched as Aija turned and smiled at Nicole sweetly. Her voice was low and absolute.

“Honey…I’m going to say this as pleasantly and as ladylike as possible. If you don’t get your hand off of me, I’m going to beat you back to the street corner you came from.”

Getting the feeling that Aija didn’t make idle threats, the woman released her wrist and Aija promptly walked into the condo.

Chapter 12

“All right, let me get this straight.” Aija looked up from her smoothie at Shae who looked like she was about to run right to the newspaper publisher with the information she had just received. “You and Hikaru are going out?”


“Hikaru Mizuno. The doctor we work for?”

Aija grimaced, swallowing the fruit drink down her throat. “Yes.” She was hoping that wouldn’t be too much of an issue.

“Stone faced, too good to talk to Hikaru is your boyfriend?”

Boyfriend was a strong word. “Well…we’re dating.” She assured.

Shae cracked up, her head falling back against her chair. “Oh my God, Aija! Since when? Oh! Since the night we played spin the bottle? Cause you know, that kiss was really hot.”

Aija thought back. Yeah, things had progressed from that night, but it had started way before that and before she knew it, Aija was telling Shae all about the first night in the office.

“Aija, you little whore!” Shae playfully shot out. Aija blushed and she smiled up at the waitress that brought her food, thanking her. “I swear that I’m not as much of a whore as you think…well, I take that back. Now we pretty much have sex every other day.”

“Every other day?!” Shae was beside herself. “You must get sore!”

Aija laughed soft, amused that Shae was wondering so much about her sex life.

Chapter 13
 Aija sighed and turned, signaling irritation from her tight stance and pursed lips. Her arms were crossed tightly over her body. “You want to know? Fine. We’ve been talking for what almost a month now? I’m kind of feeling like my feelings are neglected.”

Hikaru’s eyes nearly bugged out of his head in surprise.

“Neglected? What the hell are you talking about, Aija? In what way? I see you almost every night. I kiss on you and care for you so I’m really not understanding what you mean!”

Aija sighed, already through with the conversation. Dinner was going to be eaten out at this moment in time. She walked out of the kitchen, pushing a bit into Hikaru to get by. “Just forget it.”

His hand gripped her wrist and he turned her around to face him. “Let go of me!” Aija yelled out pulling against him. “No, not until you talk to me about this.” He tried to pull her body into his for an embrace, but she pushed him away.

“What are we?!”

Hikaru froze, his facial features unmoving as if he was hit by Medusa’s stare. Aija kept the questions coming.

“Do you even know?!”

Hikaru found that his voice worked still. “Aija…”


Speechless…there was nothing that could come from Hikaru’s mouth then. She had put him on the spot. He just stared at her helplessly because he couldn’t tell her. He couldn’t lie to her.

Aija’s head drooped and her shoulders slumped as she got her answers. Her hand raised up to point at her door.

“Get out…” Her voice was shallow and monotone.

Hikaru shook his head; he didn’t want to leave her like this. He wanted to fix this somehow. Everything inside of his body screamed to protect her but his mind didn’t know how to. He came closer to her, wanting to hold her.

Aija’s eyes glittered then dangerously and she pushed him back gently. “Get the hell out of my house!”

His blood suddenly rushing hot with anger and arousal at the changed woman in front of him, Hikaru glowered at her for a split second and then rushed forward so fast that she barely even had a chance to gasp. He put her hands behind her back with one hand and he pulled up against her body, pressing his cock into her. Both of them let out hard breaths and Aija glared up at him. Her body shuddered against him with suppressed rage. She didn’t like how he held her and she struggled against him. “Get out…just…get the hell out.” She gritted out.

Chapter 14
 Aija nearly swooned at the action, wondering how he could constantly floor her with hotness. “How did you know?” She asked then.

Hikaru gave a chuckle. “Aija, you have always been quite the moaner. I could hear you outside your door.”

“Oh, my Lord.” She gasped out, heat rising all over her face.

Hikaru smiled wide, whispering. “I knew that was you moaning too the day after I fucked you for the first time in my office.”

More humiliation flooded Aija’s body. At the time she didn’t know he lived across the hall.

“That’s not at all embarrassing.” She mumbled, sarcasm lacing her voice.

Hikaru kept his wide smile, taking amusement in her discomfort. But then his face changed into a small frown. Aija froze slight at the change.

“I’m disappointed in you though.”


Hikaru backed up from Aija, leaning against her wall with crossed arms. “You can’t even wait for me to come home, Koi? You have to take care of your horniness by yourself?”

Aija started to look away with shame, but then popped her head up saying, “I have the right. It’s my body.”

Hikaru’s gaze lingered on her jeans which Aija realized earlier that she had left unbuttoned. His jaw tightened and his eyes glittered dangerous sparks of desire. “That’s true. But you share it with me.”

Aija was speechless. Breathless was more like it. She was unable to tear away from his gaze as she felt her inner muscles clench hard with want. “Yes.” she whispered in agreement.

Pushing off of the wall, Hikaru walked up to the young woman, staring back down at her. His nearness was so tantalizing to her senses and she nearly moaned out how eager she was.

His thumb rubbed over her plump bottom lip as he asked her, “You feel like sharing now?”

She only had one answer to that. “Sharing is caring, Dr. Mizuno.”

Her clothes were now somehow on the floor and Aija found herself being pushed back toward her chair near the window, kissing Hikaru’s soft lips.

Chapter 15
“I see you two are on the way out.” Aija noted as she bend down to take her purse out from the cabinet under her desk.

Hikaru tried not to think too much about how many times he had bent her over naked there over the times as Asami moved her hair back from her shoulder.

“Yes! It’s time for me to nitpick more on my brother and his life. It’s long overdue.”

Aija and Asami laughed. “I hear you.” Aija then gave Hikaru a look of pity. “Well, good luck with that, Dr. Mizuno.”

“I’ll need it, Miss Edwards.” Hikaru chuckled out in agreement. He then realized that Aija would be alone for lunch. They usually snuck to lunch together. “What are you doing for lunch?”

Aija looked surprised that he was asking her. “I didn’t really have plans. Shae left with Dr. Dunn a few minutes ago so I missed that ride.” At Hikaru and Asami’s concerned looks, she gave them reassurance. “I’ll just find something in the break room.” She stood up and sighed happily. She didn’t seem to be bothered with the idea.

But Hikaru and Asami were as they looked at each other and agreeing on the same decision, nodded. Asami turned back to Aija, cocking her head. “Aija, would you like to join us? I’ve just got this feeling that you are a fountain of information.”

Aija had widened eyes. “Really? You’re ok with that?”

She looked to Hikaru to see if he agreed with Asami in her tagging along. She knew that Hikaru liked to have his space from time to time and she didn’t want to invade on his time with his sister.

But Hikaru’s eyes spoke volumes on what he thought about the situation. They were staring Aija straight into her soul. “I’d like that a lot. Get your stuff though cause we’re already late.” Aija grabbed her purse with excitement all over her face and ran to the two siblings who smiled wide. Asami put her own purse on her shoulder, excited as well to eat.

“You have any ideas of good places to eat, Aija?”

Aija thought about it and named one, “Maybe Loulay? They have some great eats, I hear.”

“Sounds great to me!”

Asami watched as Hikaru ushered Aija out of the office area, his hand landing right on the small of her back almost possessive like. She then looked up to see the frown of confusion on her father’s face as they exited.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Listing My Life || Wanderlusting

Tokyo, Japan
Corpus Christi, TX
Seattle, WA
A writers conference
drive in theater
London, England

Rio de Janiro, Brazil
A rodeo
Barcelona, Spain
Sydney, Australia
Simply Fondue
Italy (Napoli)
A bloggers conference
Dallas Aquarium
There are a lot more...I just can't seem to get my mind to focus right now.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Something Snapped Session || Amber Bass Maternity

A couple of weeks ago I informed you all that I had a session I wanted to share! So here it is! A brand new maternity shoot with my cousin Amber. She is the older sister of Ehren and Jessica and has been a part of my life for a very long time. She and her significant other, Clint are expecting a little boy named Caiden Matthew this month. I'm sure's she super excited to be a first time mom! Hell, I'm excited for her! I know all too well the emotions of having your first babe. This is actually Clint's second child; he has an older daughter named Elyse, who came to take photos with us as a family affair. Works for me, you know? The more the merrier! We took photos at the Botanic Gardens (can never go wrong with that place) and even though we had to hurry because Amber was needing a restroom, I was very happy with these results. Take a look at this charming little family and this beautiful mother to be.

Nothing like a new baby coming into the world...

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