Goodbye to Our First Home

28 Oct
© Photo by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

Cedro in his first bedroom (26 October 2011 // Los Angeles, CA)

It has admittedly been an extremely hectic, stressful and emotional month getting our family packed up and ready to live in the Big Apple.  “It takes a village…” And it did!  Thanks to all those who helped with what felt like Mission Impossible.  Couldn’t have gotten out the door today without you.

Brad and Eirene, you’re our heroes for being our live-in support staff this past month — First, for taking care of Cedro and sharing your love and attention and positive energy during this crazy time.  Thank you for making it possible for me to get work done by taking him out and distracting him with walks and park visits!  Thank you for cooking and sharing amazing meals.  I have never enjoyed kale so much!  Thank you for doing all the heavy manual labor necessary to get the apartment in shape worthy of our security deposit back.  We appreciate you taking down our office shelves, spackling, making constant drop-offs to our storage space, clearing out your bus to make our Amtrak shipment happen (17 boxes of 563 lbs. of our crap!), for packing up the kitchen (who would’ve known we could fill 12 boxes of non-food items!?!) and last but not least, for steamcleaning so that our black carpet looked beige again!  You guys moved mountains and made miracles happen for us!  Thank you!

Thanks also to Derrick and Jules who magically appeared when I needed extra hands to help weigh the boxes to make sure we didn’t exceed the Amtrak limit.  You came to say goodbye to Cedro and instead, you got sucked into carrying boxes weighing btwn 25 – 60 lbs. while standing on a crappy bathroom scale!

Extra special thanks to my sisters.  I hope this won’t be the last time that we live in the center of a 1 mile radius between the two of you!  Lisa, thanks to you for sweeping in and taking Cedro for long chunks of time at critical moments so I could get work done and for the legendary despedida dinner!  I’m still dreaming about the deep-fried mac-n-cheese cubes with panko batter and amazing beef stroganoff!  WOW!   And to Ging, for anticipating all my needs without me asking.  I appreciate all those days that you came to help me with marathon packing sessions.  I feel like those were the most productive days.  And thanks for all the passes to Cardio Barre, 24-Hour Fitness, Bar Method, and Your Neighborhood Studio so I could exercise and feel healthy and not be driven to drink instead!

So I survived this rough month relatively unscathed thanks to the love and support of dear family and friends.  Luckily, I had my angel baby boy with me the whole time.  No matter how stressful this whole experience was, he would cheer me up without fail.  The photos in this post were taken after everything was almost out of the apartment.  I was sad that we were leaving the home we lived in when Cedro was born, but he was laughing and shrieking while popping out behind the closet doors.  He was having so much fun!  Seeing him happy makes everything else melt away.

It doesn’t matter where we are as long as we’re together.  There was a time when I never thought I’d live in LA and now, I’ve grown to love it and miss it!  I’m sure it’ll be the same with NYC.  Even though I consider myself a New Yorker, I’m daunted by the thought of living right in heart of Manhattan with a toddler, but I’m sure Brian and I will cherish the adventure.  B landing a Broadway gig is going to be so great for our family. Goodbye to LA for now.  We’ll be back for sure!


© Photos by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

Cedro's temporary playground --- our empty bedroom closet (24 October 2011 // Los Angeles, CA)

One Response to “Goodbye to Our First Home”

  1. Pearl Simard October 28, 2011 at 10:42 PM #

    safe journeys you guys!! you are so bicostal!! i hope i can come see you all soon in the big apple. . . best of luck!

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