Archive | December, 2011

New Year’s Eve 2011!

31 Dec

© Photos by Ardith + Brian Nishii

I rang in the new year with my mama and papa in our apartment while a mere 1 million party-goers flooded the streets of Times Square within earshot!  We enjoyed the best of both worlds.  We were out earlier in the evening to stock up on groceries and witnessed the crowds growing.  Thankfully it wasn’t TOO crazy.  I got a lot of attention for my light-up toy (and of course my stunning good looks).  It was like we were part of a parade or the biggest street party!  And then we were able to enjoy our New Year’s Eve in the comfort of our home.  We did laundry in our party hats.  It was a simple but special night.  Happy New Year!

Holidays + Being in NYC

28 Dec

I never thought I would find myself back in New York so soon and with a toddler to boot!  Cedro and I have been here since early November and immediately felt at home.  Beyond the fact that we brought 17 boxes of our stuff from Los Angeles precisely for that purpose, being reunited with B is has been the main reason why this feels so right!  To quote Peaches and Herb, “Reunited and it feeeeeels so goooood!”

It’s clear that Cedro is a city boy.  Our apartment is steps away from the heart of Times Square where he is constantly mesmerized by the bright lights, taxis, fire trucks, police cars, masses of tourists and all the sights and sounds that are so uniquely NYC.  He loves it and that makes me so happy.  It makes this journey all the more worthwhile.

It’s also a huge blessing to have so many dear friends in NYC, many of whom have their own kids.  Cedro has already had a bunch of play dates with his Kuya Kai, Keila and Kuya Mateo.

Kai, Mateo, Cedro + Keila // 11 November 2011 (© Photo by Goldie Gareza)

As a side note, we have also had some star sightings in our few weeks here (apart from the “Chinglish” cast, of course).  Alex Wong of Season 7 So You Think You Can Dance, Heather Graham and Dan Finnerty of The Dan Band have all been within a few feet of us!  I wonder if Cedro will be as starstruck as I am when he grows up?  I ask myself this because he is obviously bound for super-stardom!

But I digress…

We certainly miss our family and friends back in California.  We thank our lucky stars every day that we live in an age where video chatting is possible!  This year, to decorate our rosemary Christmas tree, I made ornaments with family photos… wanted to remind Cedro who the VIPs are in his life despite the fact that he doesn’t seem to need any reminding.

© Photo by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

Family Christmas Tree 2011

Our Christmas Eve was still spent with family — our “Chinglish” family!  Jennifer Lim, the lead in the play, hosted a fantastic Cedro-friendly holiday party at her apartment.  Cedro got a chance to play on a real drum set for the first time!  (Stay tuned for pictures/video soon!)

Our Christmas day was very relaxed.  Brian’s Uncle Richard lives within walking distance of our place and he was able to spend the day with us.  After a leisurely afternoon at home unwrapping presents, Skyping with family in California and Japan, receiving a visit from Stephen Pucci, one of the other actors in the show, we braved the crowds to watch the ice skaters in Bryant Park, see the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, witness the lights and projections on Fifth Avenue, and catch some peaceful moments in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  We were pleasantly surprised to find several restaurants open and concluded the day with a cozy, fireside dinner just south of Central Park.

We had a very good weekend.

Cedro Laughing at Pablo

21 Dec

© Photo by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

Cedro has been sick and coughing for a week, but that didn’t stop him from laughing out loud at The Backyardigans “Cops and Robots” episode today. I overheard him laughing hysterically while I was cooking breakfast.  I rewound his favorite clip over and over and he would crack up over and over. Made me so happy!  This made my day!


16 Months Old!

5 Dec
© Photo by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

At Ate Nuna's 7th birthday party!!! Wearing Kuya Issei's sweater handknit by Grandma when he was around my age! (04 December 2011 // Los Angeles, CA)

  • HEIGHT: 31.75 inches (75th percentile)
  • WEIGHT: 24 lbs. 8 oz. (50th percentile)
  • HEAD CIRCUMFERENCE: 19.5 inches (95th percentile)… They don’t call me Megamind for nothin’!
  • MY FEET: When I landed in Sacramento for our Thanksgiving trip, my Mama couldn’t put my shoes back on my feet!  I think she has given up on lace-up shoes for now and will stick to velcro ones!
  • MAJOR MILESTONES: I am now signing “please” when I want something and I can drink from my straw trainer cup!!!
  • PLAY TIME: I love to connect my toys like a train on chairs or the ledge in the living room.  I also make engine noises when I push my cars and trains around.
  • SOMETHING INTERESTING: I’m really good at squatting.  I do this when I’m walking across a room (to take a quick break) or when I’m checking something out in general.
  • SOMETHING CUTE: I am really good at identifying people.  I can point to people when you ask me where they are.  When Papa, any of my grandparents or my Tita Ging calls, I like to kiss the phone.  I can point out Uncle Danny’s iPad if you ask me where it is AND I’m pretty sure I’ve given his iPad a couple smooches, too!
  • WORDS: “Mama,” “Papa,” “Boo-Boo,” “Cracka” [I have also said “ka” for “car” and “ga” for “gatas” (aka milk in Tagalog)]
  • DISLIKES: Cookie Monster, Angry Birds, Pixar’s Ratatouille, and using blankets.
  • LIKES: all vehicles!  Plus, Thomas the Train, Lightning McQueen, SpongeBob SquarePants and his Bubble Buddy, Yo Gabba Gabba and The First Wives Club (or maybe I just like Diane Keaton).
  • NEW DIGS:  I feel very at home in NYC, but I am mainly excited to be reunited with my Papa!

Thanksgiving 2011

3 Dec
Photos by © Ardith Ibañez Nishii

Good times with family during Thanksgiving weekend at the Yoos!!!

Had a great time with Uncle Danny’s family again this year!  We missed Papa but he was definitely close at heart… We’re thankful for so many things, especially for all of our family near and far.