Archive | August, 2011

So I Think I Can Dance!

22 Aug
© Photo by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

Lunchtime cruise on the "Spirit of Chicago" // 11 July 2011 // Chicago, IL

I am very proud of the fact that I can dance before I can walk!  I’ve caught the Ibañez-Nishii Dancing Bug!  Whenever I hear music that I like, I shake my head from side to side and bounce up and down or raise my hand up and wave it around.  I have many musical toys and I know exactly which buttons to press to get the music going.  But in general, all it takes is for someone to say, “Music!” and I can get my groove on without any music at all.


18 Aug

MMMmmmmm, originally uploaded by ardiddy aka Cedro’s mama.

MMMmmmmm, originally uploaded by ardiddy aka Cedro’s mama.

MMMmmmmm, originally uploaded by ardiddy aka Cedro’s mama.

MMMmmmmm, originally uploaded by ardiddy aka Cedro’s mama.

I’ve discovered that I like Crab + Artichoke Dip and…….. live country music! (El Dorado Hills, CA // 18 Aug 2011)

Lolo, Please Pass the Beer + Chips…

15 Aug

Lolo, Please Pass the Beer + Chips…, originally uploaded by ardiddy aka Cedro’s mama.

cedro, lounging in his own personal lawn chair in the living room today.

Thank You, Lolo + Lola, for Cedropalooza + Cedro’s Park!

12 Aug
© Photos by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

Thank you, Lolo + Lola, for the best party ever! (06 August 2011 // Folsom, CA)

I can’t believe a week has gone by since I turned 1 year old!!!  I am still on Cloud 9 from the best birthday party ever!  Thank you for all those who were able to celebrate with me.

Most of all, I am so thankful to Lolo and Lola for their blood, sweat and tears, working so hard all summer long to transform their backyard into my very own park paradise.  You can just tell by the fact that Lolo is 20 shades darker than the rest of us!  During the day, he would be hauling truckloads of materials from various stores and assembling everything under the hot Sacramento sun and then at night, he would be researching online for the best party supplies for me.  And Lola did an amazing job with the menu and coordinating the decorations and party gift bags. I LOVED the 60-lb lechon!!!  And wow!  My birthday cake had a huge picture of my smiling face!  Awwwww!

"Is that all really for me????!!! YUMMY!"

Lolo and Lola really went all out for me!  They thought of everything!  Of course there was “Cedro’s Park” — a 4-level cedar playground including a great sandbox!  Did you know that Lolo rented a truck to haul TONS of special non-toxic rubber as the foundation?  He also created a wooden border to contain the rubber and sand and covered each piece of the border with custom cut foam swim noodles in my favorite colors – blue and green – in case someone were to trip and fall.  And we can’t forget the 12 x 12-foot bouncey house with over a hundred colorful balls!  What a great surprise!  That was a huge hit!  Then there was also the custom sun shades, water misters, electric fans, and new patio furniture for both the adults and the kids to keep us all comfortable in the hot afternoon weather.  Lolo even designed custom cement weights complete with safety covers to anchor one of the patio canopies.

© Photos by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

Cedropalooza Backyard Project! Lolo + Lola's yard had been virtually empty except for rosebushes and fruit trees since 1985!

I appreciated all the details and had a blast and I’m positive that everyone at the party did, too!

© Photo by Brian Nishii

So glad Tita Ging was at my party! It wouldn't have been the same without her!

Special thanks also go out to Tita Ging, Lolo Oscar, Lola Marlene, Lolo Nelson, Lola Baby, Tita Kathy, Lola Sally, Tita Estela, Grandma Carol and Grandpa Vic, Tita Ann Lyn and Lola Ligaya for all of your help and/or contributions with getting the yard ready and/or preparing goodies for my DELICIOUS birthday feast.  I know you worked hard for me!  Thank you!

I hope Lolo and Lola realize how much I love and appreciate all their hard work.  Each day that I visit them, without any special training from Mama and Papa, the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is I reach out for Lolo and point to my playground that he lovingly and painstakingly assembled for me.  I make a lot of noise until he takes me out there.  And then when Lola comes to join us for a little bit, I get upset if she has to leave us.  I want us all to play together!

I can’t wait to spend the next couple of weeks with them!!!  I know Lolo and Lola think I’m too young to remember my 1st birthday, but I hope they know that they obviously have a special place in my heart because of all that they’ve done for me.  I love you, Lolo and Lola!

© Photo by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

My first time in Cedro's Park when I first returned from Chicago! Can you tell that I LOVE MY PLAYGROUND! Thank you, Lola and Lolo! (25 July 2011 // Folsom, CA)

Roadtrip Back to Napa w/ Ate Nuna!

7 Aug

Roadtrip Back to Napa w/ Ate Nuna!, originally uploaded by ardiddy aka Cedro’s mama.

Happy 1st Birthday, Cedro!

5 Aug
© Photo by Brian Nishii

05 August 2011 // Calistoga, CA

Dear Cedro,

Today, you are 1 year old!

I am so proud to be your mom.  If I ever had any doubts about myself and my abilities, those all disappear whenever I look at you.  Because of you, I am able to say that I’ve done something right in my life!  You are a sweet, smart, beautiful and healthy baby boy!  I am enjoying watching you grow.  It is an amazing miracle to see myself and your Papa in you.  You are so special and wonderful that we would want to have another kid, but if for some reason we couldn’t, our lives would be so fulfilled with just you!

Here are some fun and interesting things about you:  When someone says, “Music, please!” you find the buttons to activate the music on your toys and you love to dance (shaking your head side to side and bouncing your body up and down).  You are obsessed with drumming.  Every surface becomes a percussion instrument to you.  You are also obsessed with cars, trucks and trains.  You love the sound of horns and sirens.  Sometimes, you even try to copy the sound with your humming.  You have always enjoyed eating and you often get impatient that you aren’t being fed fast enough!  Lately, you have been enjoying trying to feed yourself AND feeding other people.  You know the sign for “milk,” “water,” “more,” and “hurts.”

You are a thrill-seeker.  You love being chased, climbing stairs, playing peekaboo and being spun around or tossed up in the air. You aren’t walking on your own yet but you can easily turbo crawl and you often stop and turn around in your “Cleaopatra” pose to check to make sure that someone is following or chasing you.

You love to point.  When you grow up, that will be considered extremely rude, but right now it’s extremely cute.  You like to point at trains, dogs and waiters.  You can point out who Lola and Lolo are, their grandfather clock, and the playground that Lolo built for you.

You are definitely an affectionate boy and you love to kiss, but your kisses are big open-mouthed attempts to bite!  Yesterday, you bit your Ate Nuna so hard on the cheek that you left a big red mark and we had to ice her for an hour! But for the most part, you are a sweet boy.  Unless you’re tired, you don’t have a problem with being carried by other people.

One day, you’ll be a big boy and later a grown man.  You’ll have your own life and I won’t get to spend every minute of every day with you.  Until then, I’m enjoying this time when I know that I’m the one who knows you best. I can always count on the fact that you’ll reach for me no matter what.

I love you, Cedro.  Happy 1st Birthday!

Love, Mama


Reunited w/ My Cousins!

1 Aug

Reunited w/ My Cousins!, originally uploaded by ardiddy aka Cedro’s mama.

I’m tired and cranky but happy to be with my Ate Nuna + Kuya Issei again!!!!