Saturday, July 7 - Friday, July 20, 2014
We go on an amazing vacation!
One day in Istanbul, Turkey and 11 days in Italy!
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We take a group selfie on our 14 hour flight on Turkish Airlines.......after take-off, we're served Turkish Delights!

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We get our blanket, pillow, slippers, ear buds, a travel kit, and menu........we have amazing food on our flight!

Great entertainment is provided and I watch a bunch of movies during the flight!

We arrive Istanbul, Turkey for a 23 hour layover, and take a free Touristanbul Tour
Sponsored by Turkish Airlines!

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We start out with Turkish Coffee (really good!) and a simple Turkish Breakfast!

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We then walked to the Blue Mosque. Women had to wear saris to cover our head, arms, legs.
We walked out to the Hippodrome Square, saw the Serpentine Column, the German Fountain, the Obelisk of Theodosius.
Then, we went to the underwater Basilica Cistern, Panoramic Terrace, and Topkapi Palace.

With our tour guide Yaprak.
Then, we had a Turkish lunch at Sehir Restaurant, before heading back to the airport.

We fly from Istanbul, Turkey to Rome, Italy!
We stay at Hotel Columbia, not too far from Termini Station.

May 20, 2014
Sydney performs as Joan of Arc in her English Honors class
Costume made by Kipp!

May 9 - 10, 2014
Sydney performs in her school's Dance Concert

April 23, 2014
Sydney meets Casting Director Mark Teschner

Saturday, April 5, 2014
DTASC Shakespeare Festival
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Sydney performs in "Twelfth Night" Large Group Comedy.....Millikan sweeps the awards & wins 1st Place!

Friday 3/21 - Saturday 3/29/14
Sydney performs in "Pokepocalypse" - A Pokemon Musical Comedy
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Sydney backstage as Raya on Opening Night.......Sydney's Pokemon bio and regular bio.


Christmas 2013

Had fun decorating our home with Christmas decorations.

Christmas with Lolo and Lola.....with Mom and Dad
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Christmas in Las Vegas
With Uncle Shin, Cousins Jeremy & Jonathan, Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie Tami, Cousins Samantha & Sarah,
Uncle Scott, Auntie Miriam, Mom, Dad, and Uncle Scotty.
Christmas Dinner at Pasta Pirate Restaurant.

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We gave Grandma piano keyboards for Christmas!....Wtih my cousin Jeremy, Jonathan, Sarah, and Samantha on Fremont Street!

Thanksgiving 2013 - Las Vegas

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With Grandpa & Grandma at Fresh Cup Cafe in Las Vegas.

Saturday, November 23, 2013
We attend Ms. Daniel's wedding . It's a Classic Hollywood Theme!

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We had fun dressing up...........checking out the wedding cake.

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With the groom & bride Joe & Elizabeth......Our wedding table, with Rocky, her mom, Charlie, his mom & sister.

November 2, 2013
Sydney's school Drama Production Department
Competes in the Fall Festival and Wins 1st Place!

39steps cast
With cast members Luke, Will, Kristin, Oscar, and Aubrianna.
Performed in Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps."
Click here to see them perform the film in 8 minutes.

Halloween 2013
Sydney as Agent Melinda May from Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

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Trick or treating with Angie and Alana (as snails.)

October 2013
Sydney Gets Straight As on Her Report Card
and Excellent Marks for Work Habits and Cooperation!

straight As

August 2013
Sydney starts 7th grade and loves it!
She has Science, Algebra, English, History, Dance, and Drama Production.
Here's her new locker that she started to decorate.

Sunday 7/7 - Wednesday 7/10/13
Camping at Sempervirens Redwoods State Park
With the Zees, Wus, and Hsiehs
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It's a 6 hour drive & we arrive the campsite around 3pm.

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With Angie......the trees are tall!....Roasting marshmallows!

Monday 7/8/13

It's our turn to cook breakfast, so we have bacon, sausage, spicy sausage, scrambled eggs,
hash browns, toast, melon & strawberries, OJ! Yum!   

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Auntie Ming cooking her bacon over the pitfire.....then showing off her mosquito net!
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Dad & Mom...........Auntie Ming & Uncle Eric
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Auntie Rachel & Uncle Mitch........Uncle Howard & Auntie Anita

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All the parents around the pitfire.
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With Michaela and Angie around the pitfire...with our hot chocolates!

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A bird pooped on Auntie Rachel! Eww!....Auntie Ming takes cover!

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Photos by Angie

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With Hope, Cooper, Angie, and Michaela.

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We found this really cool tree that fell down and formed a bridge!

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Photos by Uncle Mitch

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Having fun with Angie......Roasting hot dogs with Michaela.

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Uncle Eric & Uncle Mitch showing off their carving skills.....Mom & Auntie Ming

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Uncle Eric & Auntie Ming sporting their cooking center!....Smores w/Michaela...
Auntie Rachel & Dad w/their roasted corn! Camping is all about the food!

Tuesday 7/9/13
It's the Zees & Hsiehs last day, but we stay an extra night with the Wus!

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Auntie Anita & Uncle Howard cook breakfast....w/my walking stick that Dad carved for me....
all the kids' walking sticks.

Group Photos
camping group  

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Funny Face!................................................Strong/Tough!.............
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What happened?......................................Bored............
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Look over there!............We're having too much fun!

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Eating ice cream in a Redwood Tree!

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W/Angie - we go on a short hike on the Redwood Trail Loop.....Father of the Forest
Heigh is 250 feet, diameter breast heaight is 16'10"
Circumference at ground is 66'9"

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Family Photo!

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Sydney falls in the water a 2nd time.....w/Angie having fun leaf boat racing....
Dad bathing in the river!

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Had so much fun doing Rock Art!
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So cool looking!

Wednesday 7/10/13 - Our Last Day
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This is the view we woke up to in our tent. We hear birds chirping & a woodpecker!

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We cook "Eggs in a Bag" camping style!  Before....and after!

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Sydney & Angie are sad that camping is over.

July 4, 2013 - Sydney turns 12 years old!

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Celebrating Sydney's birthday at Auntie Chanel & Dave's 4th of July party.
Chocolate Cake from Porto's

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Sydney celebrating with her friends Angie, Kathy, Masha, Audree, & Melody!

Sydney designs her own birthday ice cream cake!

Congrats to Sydney!
She got accepted into her school's Drama Production Department.
Only 42 7th & 8th graders were accepted, and over 240 students auditioned!


Monday, June 3 - Monday, June 6, 2013

It's been about 5 years since we last visited Kauai in 2007. We're so happy to visit again!

Day 1: Monday, June 3, 2013
We stay at our timeshare condo at Banyan Harbor in Lihue, Bldg J #122.

After checking in, we're hungry, so we go to Fish Express in Lihue.
fish express
We get spicy tuna poke, spicy crab (our favorite!), limu tuna, seaweed salad, brown rice.
There's no place to eat, so we drive to a nearby park to eat it.

Kalapaki Beach - it's right across from our condo and next to the Marriott in Lihue.
It's a great beach for swimming & snorkeling.

For dinner, we go to Hamura's Saimin Stand in Lihue - where all the locals go!
We order the Special Saimin, chicken BBQ skewers, and of course the lilikoi chiffon pie!
We're there for hours because Mom & Dad met the Sebelle family from New York and
the Gilpin family from North Caroline, and they talk for a long time!

Day 2: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
We head south to Poipu Beach, a 15 minute drive.
Sydney snorkeled and loved seeing fish!

We drive west to Waimea to have lunch at Island Taco.
island taco
Kalua pork burrito, and
wasabi ahi taco salad. The best was the home-made tortillas.

We shop around, stop by Aunty Lilikoi in Waimea for their famous
Passion Fruit Wasabi Mustard.
We also love their Passion Mango Butter & Passion Fruit Habanero Jelly!

We stop by the Kauai Kookie Factory in Hanapepe.
kauai kookie

We love their Chocolate Chip Macadamia, Kona Coffee Macadamia, Coconut Krispies.
After some free sampling, we also loved their Rooster Kookies - Guava and Lilikoi (Passion Fruit). The yellow outer part is Lilikoi-flavored and there is a silhouette of a pink guava-flavored rooster in the center.  And their Banzai Kookies -
sake (rice wine), rice crisps (arare), and dried seaweed (furikake).

We stop by the Kauai Coffee Company in Kalaheo - Hawaii's largest coffee estate.
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Sydney enjoying guava ice cream at the Kauai Coffee Company.

We stop by Kauai Chocolate Company in Hanapepe to try their famous Opihi chocolate:
shortbread cookies with a macadamia nut on top, covered in caramel and chocolate.


Day 3: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
We go tubing with Backcountry Adventures!
During our tour, we stop to take a look at a view of...
wettest spot  
Mount Waialeale...one of the wettest spots in the world.

Then, it's time to go tubing!
We go tubing in Kauai's sugar plantation irrigation system.


We went thru 5 tunnels, 2 of them were 1/2 mile long, another was 3/4 mile.
One tunnel we kept our lights off! At one point, we went as fast as 5 mph! So fun!

tubing family

We all had a blast! Click here to see a 40 second clip!

tubing syd

Then, off to another beach....Lydgate Beach!
Lydgate Beach has 2 pools surrounded by rocks.
Great for swimming & snorkeling.

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Sydney loves swimming & snorkeling!

The water at Lydgate Beach is a little murkier, but Sydney saw some large blue fish here!

We go to the Farmers Market at Kapaa.
Organic spring mix w/cream apple, papaya, cucumber, & edible Hawaiian wild flowers!

We have our Celebration Dinner at the Hukilau Lanai Restaurant
at the Kauai Coast Resort in Kapaa, where the locals go for a special night out.
Mom & Dad celebrating their 14 year Anniversary.

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Sydney celebrates her straight A's and orders a black & white sesame crusted Ahi with a tropical citrus sauce
and the Hawaiian Vanila Bean Creme Brulee for dessert!

hukilau food
Ahi Poke Nachos, Opah - Hawaiian moon fish on a bed of fettuccine parmesian sauce,
Sesame-crusted Ahi, & Prime Rib w/Hawaiian salt & secret spices.

Day 4:  Thursday, June 6, 2013
We decide to hike the Kalalau Trail.
The full Kalalau Trail is 11 miles; we hike the first 1/2 mile in about 40 minutes.

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A beautiful view hiking up the Kalalau Trail.

Sydney taking a short break on our hike up.

kalalau family
We hiked 1/2 a mile, then had our picnic lunch with a beautiful view.
This family photo is on our way back down.

After our hike, we go to our favorite beach!
Ke'e Beach is in the North Shore.
The water is a little colder. It's the easiest place to see fish.
There's a lot of colorful fish, and a lot of big fish swimming around you!
Click here to see a one minute clip of the Hawaiian fish I saw.
The fish is called Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, or Humuhumu for short!

Sydney giving a thumbs up for Ke'e Beach!

Based on a local's tip, we get shave ice from Tege Tege Shave Ice!
The owner is Eitaro and he's from Japan.
He makes his own organic natural syrups, and he hand shaves the ice!
We get Coconut, and the flavor is amazing!
It's the best shave ice on the island!

Next to it is Paco's Tacos food truck!
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Dad loves the carnitas!

We stop by the Kauai Products Fair in Kapaa...
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and I get this beautiful Hawaiian print dress from the Memories Kauai booth.
There's a really nice lady there from Thailand, named Aek.

We get merienda from The Right Slice bakery in Lihue.
right slice
We get Island Lime and Mango Lilikoi.
Yummy, but $5 for each slice of pie!

Day 5:  Friday, June 7, 2013
We head for the North Shore again to try another Beach!
Tunnels Beach, rated #1 for snorkeling.
The water temperature is the same as Ke'e Beach. There's more snorkeling area,
bigger fish, more colorful, and a lot of the same fish too.

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Sydney loved swimming/snorkeling at Tunnels Beach.

Sydney on a tree stump shaped as a turtle.
Right after this photo was taken and on our hike back to our car, we saw sea turtles!
Sydney jumped into the water!
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She was so excited to be swimming with sea turtles!

We stop by Ching Young Shopping Village so Dad can get some Hanalei Pizza and we shop around.
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We stop by a Crystals & Gems store too!

Then, off to another beach!
Anini Beach, also on the North Shore,
sits on a blue lagoon at the foot of emerald cliffs!

Day 6:  Saturday, June 8, 2013

Taro macadamia nut pancakes w/guava syrup, fresh papaya & baked goods from Hanalima Bakery!
Coconut turnover, cherry roll, crab roll, ham & cheese roll! We got sweet & savory covered!

We stop by Hilo Hattie's and Dad picks a key that opens the treasure chest! He wins a silver dolphin necklace!
Sydney opens an oyster and gets 2 black pearls!

We go shopping at the Coconut Marketplace and get ice cream at Lappert's!

Syd gets Big Island Inspiration: vanilla bean, brownie bites & chocolate macadamia nut shortbread.
Mom gets Kona Lava Java (Kona coffee & chocolate sorbet). Dad gets a Luau Delight Shake (coconut milk & lilikoi)

We go to Garden Isle Bath & Body, where Dad & Mom talk to the owners Cori & Craig for an hour!
garden isle
Sydney smells all the different soaps & lotions, and re-organizes everything.

It's 3pm and we're starving! Pono Market runs out of food, Bushido Sushi is closed.
We find Olympic Cafe.
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Ahi nori wrap, Kauai wrap, fish n chips! We're hungry!

We try the shave ice at Hee Fat General Store in Kapaa, rated #1 shave ice on the island.

We get Pineapple, Mango, Coconut natural syrup flavors over macadamia nut ice cream!
It tastes pretty good, but we like Tege Tege Shave Ice better.

Day 7:  Sunday, June 9, 2013

Locals think that we're sisters!
We bought these dresses at the Kauai Products Fair in Kapaa.
There's a wonderful lady from Thailand; her name is Aek with Memories Kauai.
Memories Kauai is the first booth with Hawaiian dresses on the right side. Visit her & tell her we said hello!

We took this photo in Princeville, on our way to find Queen's Bath.

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After a short 15 minute walk on lava rocks, we find Queen's Bath!

The view from Queen's Bath.

We stop by the Ishihara Market in Waimea.
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We get spicy lobster poke, chile ahi, chile cucumber, wasabi ahi.
Nick Castillo, a local musician, helps us out.   

Waimea Canyon - the "Grand Canyon" of the Pacific.
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We drive 7 more miles North, to go to....

The Kalalau Lookout....Beautiful!

Day 8:  Monday, June 10, 2013
It's our last day in Kauai.
We stop by Pono Market in Kapaa to get food for the airplane ride home.
We love their spam musubis and fried chicken (skinless & boneless)!
Ken gave mom a flower lei to wear on the plane.

And we love their manju (Japanese sweet pastries)!
Red bean, sweet potatoe, apple, and coconut! Yum!

With Ginger & Kiki at Banyan Harbor.

On our flight home, Mom & Dad were given champagne, Sydney got sparkling cranberry juice,
and we got gourmet Garrett Popcorn Chicago Mix!
A wonderful way to end a vacation in Paradise!

May 15 & 18, 2013
Sydney has her Dance Performance at school.

May 3. 2013
Braces over 3 months.


March 25, 2013
In only 7 weeks, Sydney's teeth has moved a lot!


February 2, 2013
Sydney gets braces!  Dr. Oh & Dr. Curry are great!


January 3, 2013
Sydney makes her first investment in precious metals.

Here she is with her US Silver Eagles!

New Years Eve 2012
Celebrating with the Fox Family in Frazier Park. Sydney went sledding & built a snowman w/Dad & Hunter!

Christmas 2012

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With the Hsiehs, Wus, and Zees

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Celebrating w/Michaela, Hope, & Angie....Sydney wakes up to see Santa's gift.

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With mom & dad, w/Auntie Tami, Grandma, Grandpa, & Uncle Scott & Uncle Scotty.

December 2012
Sydney starts a business with her friend Ronnie
making hand-made hair bows.

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In one week, they triple their investment.....and get personalized labels.

October 2012
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Sydney & her friend Ronnie are zombified.
They performed Michael Jackson's "Thriller" routine for their school's dance class.

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Kipp creates an amazing headless costume for Sydney. She's carrying her head on a plate!...Sydney w/Angie & Alana.

September 22, 2012
Photos by Doreen Stone Photography

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September 2012
Sydney enters award-winning acting coach Diane Christiansen's Monologue Competition & wins!

Diane presenting the award to Sydney - a 16 week scholarship!

September 2012 - Sydney's 6th Grade Science Project
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She baked a four layer cake to show the different layers of the earth.

August 2012 - Sydney Starts Middle School
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Sydney loves having her own locker.


July 2012 - Sydney loves her new bed!
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July 25 - 28, 2012
Sydney at the Apple Film Camp.
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In 3 days, Sydney story-boarded her film, shot her footage (stop motion) with her iPad in the Apple Store, and edited it in iMovie.
She loved her instructors Maggie, Adam, and Monica.
Click here to view her 3:50 short "Live with Fegis & Relly!"

July 14, 2012 Magic Mountain
Sydney's first time to Magic Mountain, along w/her friend Michaela.
They love thrill rides!

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Because we're Discover card holders, we get to enter the park 10 minutes before everyone else.
Our first ride is the popular X2 - the world's first 4th dimension roller coaster with its
360 degree rotating seats & head-first face down drops.

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We had an amazing day at Magic Mountain! Our favorite ride was Tatsu where we
flew at speeds over 62 mph through deep pluges, huge spirals & sharp dives through the Park's mountainous terrain!

July 4, 2012 Sydney Turns 11 Years Old
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Sydney celebrates with her friends Angelina, Kathy, Melody, Angie, Michaela, & Audree.

June 18, 2012
Sydney graduates from Balboa Magnet School
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Sydney with mom & dad.....with Lolo & Lola

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Sydney w/her 5th grade teacher Julie Klein

June 11 - 17, 2012
 We go on an all-expense paid vacation to The Montage Resort in Deer Valley, Utah
Thanks to the anti-aging company I work with!

family grand lawn view

syd mom car
 syd dad car
We have a private driver drive us from Salt Lake City Airport to Park City.

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 When we enter The Montage Resort, we are greeted with "Welcome Shiotani Family!" and Sydney gets to choose a Montage stuffed animal. We are escorted to the check-in area, and we are welcomed with shirts, jackets, computer bags, and cash envelopes!

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We are then escorted to our beautiful suite. We are told not to touch our luggage or worry about tipping because it's all included in our trip! We arrive our suite and our luggage is already on their valets. Within minutes, there's a knock on our door and it's a gentleman wearing white gloves offering us warm chocolate chip cookies!

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We hang out at The Montage Pool....Sydney pretends to be a pool statue!

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Every afternoon, we can roast marshmallows in The Montage's open fire pit and make smores. Everything is provided: roasting sticks, home-made marshmallows (vanila, peppermint), milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and graham crackers.

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Our Welcome Dinner is out on the Grand Lawn. All our meals had amazing food!

And every night, we arrived in our suite with slippers layed out, chocolates by our beds, and we were showered with gifts every night! We were treated like royalty!

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Some of the fun activities we did was archery, and horseback riding!

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Having dinner at Prime Steakhouse w/our friends Jerry & Jenn....with Scott Schwerdt, President of the Americas.

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Leaving The Montage....a family vacation we'll never forget.

June 3, 2012
 During the summer, Sydney took hip hop dance classes at Degas Dance Studio.
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Sydney right before her Dance Recital.

June 1, 2012 Spring Concert
Sydney has been in the school orchestra for 3 years.
She got to perform a clarinet solo in the Spring Concert.

Click here to watch her perform her solo.

May 25 - 27, 2012
Sydney attends an advanced leadership seminar
Dani Johnson's Creating a Dynasty
group dynasty

Sydney learned advanced leadership skills in business, finance, and relationships.

April 30, 2012
Sydney attends East West Players 46th Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner

 at the Universal City Hilton
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Sydney and family; Sydney with the "Iron Chef Chairman" Mark Dacascos.

April 2012 Sydney performs in Balboa Idol w/her friends Kathy, Angelina, & Melody.
balboa idol group
They sing & dance to "Dynamite."
Click here to view their act.

April 4, 2012
Sydney works on another episode of Adventures in Odyssey "The Holy Hoopster."
Sydney has been voicing Camilla Parker since 2009.
She was nominated for Best Actress for the 2010 and 2010 Avery Awards.

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Sydney w/Matt King (voice of Coach Yang Fang)...Sydney w/voice director Paul McCusker.

February 2012 - Photo by Mitchel Wu Photography
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New Years Eve 2011
Celebrating w/the Fox Family in Frazier Park.
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Sydney with Griffin.

Christmas 2011

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In Cerritos...Auntie Tami, Uncle Scotty, & Grandma checking out Sydney's new iPad.

Thanksgiving 2011

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The food table; with the Light Family and the Fox Family.

Halloween 2011
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Sydney as a genie....trick or treating w/her friends Angie & Alana.

October 2011
Sydney is elected 5th Grade Historian at her school.
sydney poster  

September 10, 2011
Sydney goes to her first LA Sparks women's basketball game & loves it!
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The family w/mascot Sparky....We were randomly chosen at the game & won the Pirate Booty Treasure Chest!

August 20-21, 2011
Sydney attends her first personal growth seminar
Dani Johnson's First Steps to Succes

first steps family  

Sydney learns about business, finance, how important relationships are, and most importantly, people skills!
She increased her value in the market.

August 10, 2011
We meet Dr. Joseph Chang, author of the New York Times Best Seller "The Aging Myth"

dr chang

August 2011
Sydney becomes a union member!

July 22, 2011
Sydney works on Cartoon Network's "Secret Mountain Fort Awesome."
She voices Friendly Slog in the episode "Friendly Friends Happy Clean Fun."
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With Elan Garfias (voice of Friendly Festro) &
Pat Duke (voice of Fart)

July 9, 2011
Sydney gets to see a special screening of
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
deathly hallows

July 4, 2011
Sydney turns 10 years old!
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With Angie, Angelina, Emily, Kassidy, Abby, Michaela & Kathy...Sydney's Harry Potter themed birthday cake created by Kipp.

April 2011

Sydney with Lolo, Lola, Grandma, and Grandpa in Cerritos 

April 10, 2011
Sydney performs in Balboa Idol w/her friend Kathy.
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Click here to watch them sing & dance to "Freak the Freak Out"

New Years Eve 2010

Sydney gets to stay up until midnight to celebrate!

Christmas 2010
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We spend Christmas at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel!

Thanksgiving 2010

Sydney helps cook a Thanksgiving meal!

Halloween 2010
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Sydney with Bat Girl Angie..,,,,,Sydney with her loot!

October 2011
Sydney wins 1st place in her school's PTA Reflections Art Program!
The category is Film Production & the theme was "Together We Can..."

 Sydney wrote, produced, directed, voiced, and edited this short video titled
"Slugs and Starvation." She also sculpted the characters made of clay.
She used stop-motion animation. She won 1st place & advanced to Regionals,
Click here to view her 2:50 film.

September 11, 2010
Sydney works on the short film "Gratuity"
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Sydney hanging out with the crew; Sydney in the makeup chair.

August 30, 2010
Sydney works on the music video "That's Beautiful to Me"
by Jaron and the Long Road to Love

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Sydney on the set with her co-actor Elan; Sydney with Jaron David Lowenstein.

July 28, 2010 - Sydney works on Disney's Special Agent Oso
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With voice director Kelly Ward.
Sydney voiced 5 year old Mia in the episode "Freeze Dance Royale" and recorded at Studiopolis in Burbank, CA.

July 4, 2010 - Sydney's 9th Birthday
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Sydney designed her Birthday Cake; Kipp creates the special fondant cake.
Everything is edible (except the mirror) from the jewelry box to the red shoe!
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Sydney's sleepover with Michaela, Angie, Kassidy, and Kathy

Christmas 2009 - Las Vegas

April 11, 2010
Sydney performs in Balboa Idol w/her friends Kassidy & Emily.
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Click here to watch them singing "Magic"

Halloween 2009
Sydney dresses up as the evil Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter

Sydney trick-or-treating with Michaela and Angie

August 31, 2009

Sydney gets highlights in her hair!
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and so does Mommy!

July 2009 Las Vegas
Swimming in the Shark Tank Pool at the Golden Nugget!
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At the end of the 3 story water slide!

June 26, 2009

Sydney gets to see a special screening of

May 30, 2009

Sydney goes fishing for the first time!
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She catches four fish and feeds the family!

May 11-14, 2009

Sydney books the recurring role of Camilla Parker in the radio show
Adventures in Odyssey
Sydney had a lot of fun recording three episodes at Salami Studios.

April 26, 2009
Sydney performs in Balboa Idol w/her friends Nathan, Abigail & Gillian.
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Making a grand entrance on the red carpet.....on stage.
Click here to see them dance in "We're All in This Together."

Easter 2009


April 4, 2009
Sydney with her grandparents in Santa Barbara

April 2, 2009
Sydney stars as Granny in her 2nd grade class production of Little Red
granny1    granny2
As Granny, Sydney sang a solo song..........with Hanna and Angelina

March 28, 2009
Sydney at the Sarah House Gala in Santa Barbara
sydmom    sydginger
With her mom.........with Ginger

February 26, 2009
Sydney voices Katie in the Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader videogame!
Directed by Douglas Carrigan
5voi1     5vo2
Sydney had a lot of  fun recording the smart-a** remarks.
"Just answer it!"

We celebrate at the Fox Family's!
confetti    fox group
Sydney gets to stay up until 12 midnight for the first time!
With Griffin, Oliver, and Terisa.


We celebrate in Las Vegas!
xmas tree    dinner group
Sydney in the lobby of Sunset Station......after dinner at The Carve

We celebrate in Las Vegas!
Kipp's family recently moved to Las Vegas so we visited!
  kids in condo
Sydney playing with friends in a condo in Las Vegas.

halloween1   halloween2
Sydney as a Venetian Performer w/her classmates............with Ghost Angie

halloween3   halloween4
Sydney with her Venetian mask.......with her candy!

Sydney takes an IQ test at school and is identified as intellectually gifted
scoring above the 95th percentile!
She is eligible to attend a gifted middle school!

July 21, 2008
Sydney buys a new bed for herself!
before    after
Before...............and after
new bed    new bed 4
Sydney loves her new big bed!
sydney blanket    love sac
Sydney's blanket...........sitting on her Love Sac

Sydney celebrates her 7th Birthday!
famiily           gift
Daddy makes a Tigress (from Kung Fu Panda) cake!........Sydney with her gifts!

karate group
Sydney with all her friends after taking a karate class!

To view Sydney's school webpage, go to  www.JenniferAquino.com/balboa

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sydney works on the film "Lollipops..."
lolly1    lolly2
Getting her microphone wired........getting direction from Ron Yuan

lolly3    lolly4
Playing dead.......with the director Ron and Susie & Aidan (Sydney's pretend family.)

Beating up on the "bad" guys!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Sydney donates 10 inches of her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths
donate1    donate2
Sydney's before picture ......... with Kassidy who also donated her hair.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sydney works on a Domino's Pizza commercial!

dominos1       dominos2
Sydney in front of her trailer............and on the set

Easter 2008 in Cerritos

easter1     easter2
Sydney finds an egg!

easter3    easter 4
Sydney checks out what's in each egg.........posing with her Easter loot!

April 6,  2008
Sydney performs in Balboa Idol w/her friend Kassidy.
cheer dance
Click here to see them perform a cheer dance routine to "Best of Both Worlds"

March 20, 2008

Sydney hosts her first sleepover and invites her friend Kassidy

sleepover 1   sleepover 2
They have a pizza & salad dinner, put on a play, and then had movie night!
For breakfast, they had pancakes, Canadian bacon, & fresh fruit!

January 17, 2008

Sydney goes on a limo lunch!
The limousines await!
limo2    limo3
Kassidy & Sydney with other students............getting inside.

limo4    limo 5
Sydney & Kassidy are so excited!.........They arrive at Souplantation for lunch!

What a treat!

January 9, 2008

Sydney's 1st Purple Belt Class
purple class 1    purple class 2
Sydney is now in the intermediate class with orange belts.......learning how to do a sudo chop

purple class 3    purple class 4
Sydney's 1st time sparring -- she has fun!

December 26, 2007

Sydney loses her 3rd tooth while eating dinner in Utah!
tooth 3


holiday 1    holiday 2
Celebrating in Cerritos with Lola & Lolo

holiday 3    holiday 4
Getting her Floam from Santa..........with Grandma and Auntie Tami in Utah

holiday 5
With Auntie Jani, who gave her some awesome presents including a Nintendo DS Lite!

holiday 6    holiday 7
Sydney playing in the snow..........playing with Raider

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sydney tests for her Purple Belt
purple1    purple2
Sydney standing in junbi in front of the Black Belts.....Sydney executing a round-house kick as part of her sparring techniques.

purple 3    purple 4
After a week, we find out that Sydney passed her test and receives her Purple Belt!
Sydney accepts her belt from Ms. Moulton.

purple 5
We celebrate with a dinner from In-N-Out Burger!


Celebrating in Cerritos

kipp turkey    twins
Kipp carving the turkey.....Sydney & Mommy as twins

Marie, Val, Lola, Lolo, Kipp, Sydney, & Jenny

NOVEMBER 4, 2007


karate form   form
Sydney waiting to perform in the Forms competition........Sydney performing in front of the Black Belt judges

forms trophy    first place
In Forms Competition, Sydney wins First Place!

judo 1    first throw
Sydney in Judo Sweep competition......Sydney scores her first point!

throw1    throw 2
Here's a sequence of Sydney throwing Ali down in the last round.
throw 3      judo 2    trophies
Sydney wins 1st Place in Forms and 2nd Place in Judo Sweep!
We are so proud of her!


hermione    with Angie
Sydney as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter.........with Angie, a Jedi Knight.

A family shot.  Photo by Mitch Wu.
For more Halloween celebration photos, go to Sydney's school page
at www.JenniferAquino.com/balboa

September 24, 2007

Sydney loses her first tooth!
lost first tooth    first tooth
Sydney loses her lower left tooth........she wiggled her loose tooth in class & Mrs. Albert gave her a container to keep her tooth.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Sydney books another print job with Disney
This time she gets to ride the California Screamin' roller coaster at California Adventure Park!
ca screamin    syd and sarah
Sydney got to ride California Screamin three times in a row!..........with her friend Sarah

September 2007

Sydney starts 1st grade at a new school

first grade      first grade

July 9 - 16, 2007  KAUAI, HAWAII
We take a family vacation and stay in our condo in Lihue
near Kalapaki Beach.
We visited Kalapaki Beach, Lydgate Beach, Poipu Beach, and Anini Beach.
We eat at Hamura's Saimin Stand, Kalapaki Beach Hut, Bubba's Burgers, Tip Top Cafe, Puka Dog, and Shrimp Station.

kauai    griffin
Sydney in Kauai..........with Griffin in our condo's backyard

wailua    dad
With Mommy at Wailua Falls........with Daddy at the Grand Hyatt Kauai on Poipu Beach

anini    fire
Sydney at Anini Beach on the North side.........at night near the Marriott on Kalapaki Beach

hula2    sad
Sydney takes a hula lesson at the Grand Hyatt...........Sydney is sad to leave Hawaii


karate group    high kick
Sydney has a Karate Birthday Party........she loves assisting & demonstrating!

licking cake candle

Sydney licks the candles of her birthday cakes!
Daddy spent two days making cakes of Katara & Ang of Avatar!

June 22, 2007 - Solvang
solvang    shoe

June 23, 2007 - Santa Barbara
We go with Uncle Oliver, Auntie Terisa & Griffin to see the
Summer Solstice Parade
solstice parade

June 2007
Sydney graduates from Kindergarten and receives a Theater Arts Award!
theatre arts award

Monday 6/4 - Friday 6/8/07
Sydney goes on her first cruise!
4 Nights on the Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas

deck    welcome aboard
Sydney on the pool deck..........Our Welcome Aboard photo with Lola & Lolo

formal night
Sydney loves her bunk bed!.........Formal night with the family

chef allan
Our dining table with our waiters Milan and Darnley........With Chef Allan
Sydney fine dines with us every dinner.......she loves the four course meals!.......She had jumbo shrimp cocktail, filet mignon, and even loved the escargot!

avalon    ice cream
We walk around Catalina Island........Lolo treats us to ice cream from Lloyd's.

buffet     shopping guide Ken
Sydney poses in front of the buffet during the Platinum & Diamond members reception.
Sydney being a ham with Ken, the ship's Shopping Guide. 
Many of the crew members knew Sydney!

shrimp tacos     coconut   
We see La Bufadora in Ensenada.
Sydney waits for her shrimp tacos......and drinks from a coconut!

churros          braids
Sydney buys some churros...........and gets her hair braided!

Saturday 4/28/07
LA Times Festival of Books at UCLA
maya and miguel    syd and mae
Sydney takes a picture with Maya & Miguel...........with author Mae Respicio.
Sydney appears on page 110 in the book "Images of America: Filipinos in Los Angeles"
The book can be purchased at www.FilipinosinLA.com and at area retailers and community booksellers.

Friday 4/13/07
Sydney and classmate Evanne perform in the school talent show.
They do a cheer/dance to Hannah Montana's "Best of Both Worlds"
sydney & evanne    on stage

Easter 2007 at Cerritos

hunt    basket
Sydney poses in between hunting for eggs!....posing next to her Easter basket

lola      cinderella egg
Celebrating Lola's birthday........posing with the Cinderella egg that Auntie Marie made for her

April 4, 2007
Sydney 1st time on a boat!  We spend the day on the Solorzano family's boat at Lake Piru.
solorzano    family boat
Sydney with Jake & Shane..............family group photo

tube    tube 2
Sydney sitting on the tube.........she goes tubing with Jake & Shane & loves going fast!

March 30, 2007

Sydney has an excellent second report card, receiving 4s (advanced scores) in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Mathematics, History/Social Science, Science, Arts and Listening.

Thursday, March 29, 2007
Sydney performs in her first school play:  The Rainbow Fish
seastar    play
Sydney's role is the SeaStar, costume by Kipp.........performing on stage with her classmates

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Sydney books her first job:  print work for Disneyland!
driven   pamper
Sydney gets driven to the Green Room.........and is excited to get to sit in the make-up chair!

lip    ellis
Sydney receives a Stila lip gloss!............with makeup artist Ellis

tim    carousel
more pampering on the set of Fantasy Land........finally working with the photographer Diana

grotto    grotto2
more photos at Snow White's Grotto........Sydney is joined by some friends!

Thursday, January 25, 2007
Sydney receives an Academic Achievement Award
writing award
Her teacher, Mrs. Levine presented the award:
"Here at school, we work very hard to become writers and illustrators.  We write, we journal, we paint and color to tell our stories.  One little girl in my classroom is outstanding.  She brainstorms and comes up with ideas before she writes.  She attends to detail in her illustrations.  She writes and she writes and she writes and she writes.  She enjoys it.  And she's not writing just one sentence, but many sentences!  I present this Academic Achievement Award to Sydney Shiotani!"

Monday, January 1, 2007
We ski a second day at Deer Valley
Sydney is skiing much better & skis all day!

deer valley

Monday, December 25 - Thursday, January 4, 2007

We spend 10 days in Utah
ski      syd jax
Friday, December 29, 2006
Sydney skiing in Park City.........Sydney and Jackson learn to ski together
Sydney learns to ski quickly and goes down First Time Lift twice
ski group
Skiing with Uncle Dan and Auntie Mia

Sunday, December 31, 2006
gorgoza       ny eve
We go to Gorgoza tubing park.....Sydney, Jackson, & Zander celebrate New Year's Eve at the Canyons Buffet

princess cake     marie val
Auntie Marie & Uncle Val plan a special Princess Day for Sydney for receiving high scores in her 1st report card in kindergarten. 
Sydney is in the top of her class for reading, writing, and math!

cerritos xmas      moonsand
Sydney in Cerritos............she gets Moon Sand from Santa!

Click here to see Sydney perform in her 1st talent show

Sydney tests for her yellow belt
mom yellow belt    emily yellow belt
With Mommy......with Emily before their yellow belt test
yellow test   

Standing in junbi
before the testing panel of black belts.

Sydney has to miss her cheerleading/dance
recital so that she can test for her
yellow belt.

gets yellow      yellow class
The following week, Sydney gets her yellow belt.......her first class as a yellow belt

December 5, 2006
Sydney gets her first report card, and we have our first parent teacher conference.
Sydney has an excellent report card, receiving 4s (advanced scores) in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Mathematics, and Arts.  She is above grade level and is in the top group in her class for Reading, Writing, and Math.  Her teacher, Mrs. Levine will recommend her to apply to a Gifted Magnet School, and highly recommends that Sydney attend a performing arts school.   We are so proud of her!


thanx kinder     thanx group
Sydney & her classmates celebrating the 1st Thanksgiving.........in Cerritos


pumpkin patch          azula
Sydney at the pumpkin patch..........dressed as the evil princess Azula from Avatar at her 1st school dance
halloween      halloween family
Michaela, Sydney, and Angie.......trick or treating at night

Monday, September 9, 2006
Sydney's First Day of Golf Lessons
golf lesson       swing

Sunday, September 24 - Saturday, September 30, 2006
We have the most amazing vacation at Walt Disney World!

wilderness lodge      pool view
We stay at the amazing Wilderness Lodge......the view from our room....the pool that Sydney swam in every day......and we got to watch the electric water parade from our balcony.
cinderella     snow white
We start out our first day having brunch at Cinderella's castle....We have fantastic food and Sydney gets to meet Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, the Fairy Godmother, and Jasmine.

grand floridian sofa    narcoossees
Sydney having fun in the Grand Floridian lobby........our first night's dinner at Narcoossee's celebrating Kipp's birthday........being on the free Disney Dining plan was amazing....we took advantage and ate at a lot of nice restaurants......I had the Maine lobster, Kipp and Sydney had a great steak dinner!

tree of life

Day 2 - we went to Animal Kingdom; we went on the Kilimanjaro Safaris where we saw free-roaming animals -- giraffes, gazelles, elephants, rhinos, and lions.  This photo is in front of the Tree of Life.   Sydney meets Flick from A Bugs Life.  And  she got to perform and be part of the Lion King Show!  Sydney spent a lot of time digging up bones in The Boneyard.

chef mickey
Our 2nd night's dinner is at Chef Mickey's buffet at the Contemporary Resort, again celebrating Kipp's birthday.  It's a great buffet, and Sydney gets to meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Chip and Dale, and Goofy.
We also got to ride in the very front of the monorail with the driver, and we all got our co-pilot licenses!

epcot      epcot rain
Day 3 - we go to Epcot.  Sydney has an Epcot passport & gets it stamped.  We visit Canada, the United Kingdom where we have a nice relaxing snack & speak in British accents.  We go to France where we buy a dessert at the French bakery. We go to Japan & share some sushi & ginger cake.  Then, in Germany where we shared a bratwurst with sauerkraut.  In China, Sydney meets Mulan & Mushu.  In Norway, we ride the Maelstrom boat voyage.  Then, to Mexico...it starts to rain a little, but we're prepared...we go to Italy, United States, and Morocco.

narnia set

Day 4 we go to MGM Studios.  We go to Journey Into Narnia where we got to visit the set.  Sydney meets Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Leo from the Little Einsteins.  She enjoys watching the Beauty & the Beast show.  Later, we head to Animal Kingdom where Sydney played in the Boneyard again.

wdw pr    wdw pr2
Day 5 we head to the Magic Kingdom again.  Sydney gets to perform & be part of the new "Woody's Roundup" show.  Diana, a Disney PR photographer took a bunch of photos of Sydney and sent us these. Day 6 we go back to Epcot for the International Food & Wine Festival, and have an amazing dinner at Boma at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  Day 6 we check out Port Orleans Riverside and Downtown Disney.

pin trade     leaving
On our last day, Sydney has her first experience trading pins @ Downtown Disney.......Sydney is sad to leave Walt Disney World!

Sydney's New Bedroom
new room     snow globe collection
Sydney gets a new bed & a new room layout........her snow globe collection

Friday, September 8 - Sunday, September 10, 2006
We visit Las Vegas/Henderson
We all have a great time!  We took Sydney to see Excalibur, Luxor, New York New York, the Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand, M&M World, Paris Las Vegas, we saw the Bellagio Fountain show, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the 20,000 gallon saltwater aquarium at the Mirage, Caesar's Palace where we saw the talking statues, Treasure Island, the Venetian, and Sheridan's Frozen Custard
henderson    edna 70
We stay at Lolo and Lola's new home in Henderson..........we surprise Grandma for her 70th Birthday!  We all meet for a surprise dinner at Makino's!
caesars              venetian
In front of the talking statues in Caesar's Palace...........posing with the Venetian performers

Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Sydney starts kindergarten
kindergarten      levine
Sydney loves school and her teacher Mrs. Levine

Friday, August 4 - Sunday, August 6, 2006
We visit San Francisco
golden gate bridge    cable car
We walk on the Golden Gate Bridge.............we ride a cable car
clam chowder   ghirardelli square  
Eating clam chowder at Fisherman's Wharf............at Ghirardelli Square
crookedest street     wedding
In front of Lombard St."the crookedest street in the world".....at Billy & Aileen's wedding
Also, we go to Chinatown, have dimsum there, visited the Fortune Cookie Company, had boba drinks at Ten Ren, rode the double-decker Venetian Carousel at Pier 39, saw the barking sea lions, ate free chocolate samples at Ghirardelli Square.


Height:  44.5"  (75th percentile)
Weight:  42.5 lbs. (75th percentile)

5bdcake    5bdgifts

Monday, June 19, 2006
Sydney's 4th visit to Disneyland / California Adventure
queen    calif advent
Sydney adds the Queen to her autograph book..............with Angie @ California Adventure Park
We have a relaxing day -- rode It's a Small World, the Mad Hatter's Tea Cups, Toontown's roller coaster, visited Mickey's House, relaxed & watched the Parade of Dreams parade.  Then, we watched the Snow White musical.  Afterwards, we headed off to California Adventure where we caught some of the Block Party Bash parade, Sydney got soaked in A Bug's Land; Sydney rode Soarin' over California for the first time & loved it!  We walked through Paradise Pier - went in the Tortilla Factory, Boudin Bakery, rode on King Triton's Carousel, got some fish 'n' chips & waited for the Electrical Parade.  We ended the evening watching the fireworks from California Adventure.

June 17, 2006
Sydney's First Ballet Recital

pre recital    splits
Sydney gets ready for her recital at home.........showing off with the splits!

backstage    on stage
Sydney hanging out with her friends backstage..........hamming it up on stage

recital pose
Sydney's ballet group

June 17, 2006

At the annual Karate Picnic

karate family    emily hanna
Sydney joins the karate family.........Sydney with Emily & Hanna

June 13, 2006
Sydney Graduates from Kirk of the Valley Preschool
grad    grad2
Sydney says when she grows up, she wants to be a Ballerina Princess

May 16, 2006
Sydney moves up to the big kids class from kinder karate
karate master
With Master Nagayama

Mother's Day May 2006
moms day
Sydney makes her Mother's Day card & present

May 12, 2006
Sydney's first voiceover audition
vo 1        vo with seth
She reads copy for a Lego Land spot....................with Sound Booth director Seth

May 1, 2006
Sydney's 3rd visit to Disneyland
She gets to go with her friend Angie
disney rocket      disney tiara
We go on the Peter Pan ride, King Arthur Carousel, Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, It's a Small World, Toontown roller coaster, Mickey's House, Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin (too loud & dark for Sydney!).  We watch the Parade of Dreams parade.   Sydney rides Splash Mountain & Thunder Mountain for the first time, 2nd time on the Matterhorn, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Astro Orbitor, Buzz Lightyear & Star Tours for the 1st time (which she loved!)

April 21, 2006
Sydney tries ice-skating & loves it!
ice skate

April 16, 2006

Sydney learns to in-line skate @ John John's 6th Birthday Party
skate 1    skate 2


Sydney celebrates in Cerritos
egg hunt1    egg hunt 2    egg hunt 3
Sydney gets ready for the egg hunt @ Heritage Park..............Sydney's basket of goodies!
easter floor    easter mom
Sydney checking out her loot.................with Mommy

APRIL 7, 2006
Sydney visits Adventure City in Anaheim
AC ambulance    AC thumbs up

Sydney loves all the fast rides & roller coasters!

AC roller coaster    AC roller coaster 2


Sydney is writing her letters better at 4 1/2 years old.
1/19/06  Sydney starts to read:
at, bat, cat, hat, fat, mat, sat, pat, rat

write      letters


on Tummy     xmas 05

lola lolo     tami edno
With Lola & Lolo in Cerritos.....................With Grandma & Auntie Tami in Utah

santa 05

Thursday 12/8/05
Sydney performs in her first Holiday Concert @ Kirk O'The Valley Preschool
holiday concert      cheer
Sydney performed great -- singing loud, doing the hand motions, and bowing at every applause!
The program included singing:  Jingle Bells, Latke Song, We Wish You..., Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, I'm a Little Snow Person, Dreidle Song, 10 Little Icicles, The Light on the Tree, Feliz Navidad, S-A-N-T-A

@ 4 years old
Sydney learns to tie her shoes, button, zip, and snap clothes. 
She loves to cook, help clean up, and do "something important."
She learns to sing "Seasons of Love'" from Rent, and "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day.
She enjoys her karate, ballet & tap classes.  She loves to do arts & crafts.  She loves her baths.  She loves playing with make-up, nail polish, and hair.  She loves going to Disneyland & LegoLand.  She loves going to birthday parties; she's already gone to four from her Kirk O'the Valley classmates.

Sydney's 2005 Kirk O'The Valley Preschool Photos @ 4 years old
kirk 05    kirk class 05

Friday 12/9/05 Sydney's 2nd trip to Disneyland
matterhorn      aurora
Sydney's 1st time riding the Matterhorn                With Sleeping Beauty Princess Aurora

Sydney loves Disneyland!  She loved the Peter Pan ride, King Arthur Carousel, It's a Small World, Dumbo, and the Astro Orbitor. 
She didn't like the Matterhorn; she loves fast rides, but she got scared when the monster roared really loud in the dark.  And she didn't like the Snow White ride, but she was willing to go on the Pirates ride; most of the time, her head was down.
Sydney wanted to meet the Princesses, so we had lunch at Ariel's Grotto @ California Adventure Park. 
She got autographs from:  Princess Aurora, Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, and Belle. 
And then she also got Hercules' autograph in the Disney Animation Building.

THANKSGIVING 2005 in Cerritos

thanksgiving      toast

Friday 11/18 - Sunday 11/20/05
Camping for the first time at McGrath State Beach in Ventura
With Mitch, Rachel, and Angie
camp group    camp angie
We all had a great time camping!  And Sydney had a blast playing with Angie!
roasting    smores
Roasting marshmallows                                                       Eating smores!

Sydney is Laverna - the evil fairy in Barbie Fairytopia
Costume designed & made by Kipp
Skirt sewed by Lola Linda

Sydney had a blast trick-or-treating with Angie & Michaela

Sydney with all her candy!.............biting a big Halloween cookie!
hcandy      hcookie

October 2005 Visiting the Pumpkin Patch

pumpkin patch    scarecrow pose

October 2005 Sydney visits Kipp working on

what i like about you

 October 2005 Sydney visits Kipp working on

earl       earl craft services
Sydney's favorite part of visiting sets:  CRAFT SERVICES!

September 19, 2005 Sydney goes to LegoLand
with Daddy, Uncle Eric & Michaela

train          shark

September 13, 2005 Sydney starts at Kirk O'The Valley Preschool
kirk     book fair

Sydney wins the Book Fair contest by guessing 114 candy frogs in the jar!

August 2005 Sydney visits Kipp working on the
BARBERSHOP set @ Paramount Studios

Barbershop with Kipp    Clapper
Sydney got to call the set "Turn off your cell phones......ROLLING!"

July 2005 Sydney takes her 1st Karate class

With Ms. Moulton    Karate kick
Sydney in joonbi position with Ms. Moulton                     Sydney doing a karate kick!

July 2005 Sydney takes her 1st Ballet & Tap Class

   toe    tap    ballet bar

   fish pose Sydney doing a fish pose!


Height:  41.75"  (90th percentile)
Weight:  38.75 lbs. (75th percentile)

We celebrate Sydney's 4th Birthday at My Gym (again)!

My Gym      My Gym Group

cerritos     gifts cerritos

May 2005 Sydney visits Utah & gets a haircut!

haircut    pose

March 11-13, 2005 San Diego Wild Animal Park
With Oliver, Terisa, and Griffin                                   Sydney feeds a lorakeet

sd group     lorakeet


Height:  40 3/4"  (90th percentile)
Weight:  35 lbs. ( 50th-75th percentile)

Sydney starts pre-school part time at Bright Horizons.
She started two half days a week, then to three half days a week.

Christmas 2004
mall2       santa04
In the mall with Mommy..................with Santa

Thanksgiving 2004 in Cerritos

Halloween 2004

Sydney is Maleficent, the evil queen in Sleeping Beauty

September 2 - 22, 2004   Three weeks in Hawaii!
  fern grotto       rainbow
At the Fern Grotto in Kauai                              We saw a rainbow every day in Hawaii!

hula           kee
Sydney's hula lesson...Sydney went swimming every day; this is at Ke'e Beach in Kauai            

kintaro       fajardo
With Lolo and Lola @ Kintaro's Restaurant in Kauai.......With the Fajardo family in Oahu

lost       zander jackson
On the set of LOST with Uncle Dan                      With Zander & Jackson

July 15, 2004 Sydney has her 1st Dental appointment & she does great with Dr. Strauss!



Height:  39"  (90th percentile)
Weight:  34 lbs. ( 75th percentile)

We celebrate Sydney's 3rd Birthday at My Gym!

3bdcake 3bdgifts  

June 26, 2004 Sydney decides she wants to wear underwear instead of diapers, and she is instantly potty-trained!

June 20 - 22, 2004 Sydney's 2nd Trip to San Diego - We visit Seaworld!

KJSeaworld     dolphin

2004 - Sydney can recite our home phone number; her new song is "The Reason" by Hoobastank

May 21, 2004  Sydney gets her first haircut at a salon (instead of at home).

lunahaircut    scissors    hairstyle

Sydney visits the set of the feature film ONLY THE BRAVE

mombrave  bravedp    

May 9, 2004 Sydney's trip to San Diego
Sydney at LegoLand; watching the sunset from our beachfront suite.

legoland   sdsunset   

Sydney writes her first letter "H", and attempts to write her first word "HOO"
like the owl in the book "Mr. Brown Can Moo."


Sydney looks for eggs @ Lolo and Lola's house

easter dress   finds egg  easter gifts

Sydney learns some new songs:  Que Sera Sera, Let it Be, Kumbaya, Material Girl, Open Your Hear to Me

She enjoys reading fairy tales; some of her favorites are:  Goldilocks & the Three Bears, Three Little Pigs, Vasilissa & the Magic Doll, The Honest Woodcutter, Jack & the Beanstalk, Princess & the Pea, Hansel & Gretel, Rumpelstilskin

Height:  37 1/4"  (75th percentile)
Weight:  31 lbs. ( 75th percentile)

snow    snow 2

Sydney loves to sing:  So Happy Together, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (Simon & Garfunkel), Amazing Grace, Somewhere Over the Rainbow,The Star Spangled Banner, Annie's Tomorrow Song, My Favorite Things, Do Re Mi, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Albequerque Turkey, Away in a Manger, Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The First Noel, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World, Angels from Heaven, Silent Night, and more!

Sydney loves to play games; her favorites are:  Don't Break the Ice, Hi Ho Cherrio, Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Cootie, Mr. Potato Head

Christmas 2003
dad santa     santa 2003 xmas cookie     xmas cookie dad
 Sydney paints Xmas cookies with Daddy!

xmas gifts    xmas cerritos
Christmas Eve 2003  Sydney's gifts in Cerritos.  With Lolo, Lola, & Auntie Marie

gifts utah     more gifts
Christmas Day 2003 more gifts in Utah, and more gifts @ Uncle Gary & Auntie Jan's

marshmallows     go fish
With the snowstorm, we lose power for a day, so we roast marshmallows in the fireplace!
Sydney roasting with Auntie Tami!  And Sydney plays Go Fish with Grandma!

November 9, 2003  Sydney's 1st Movie Premiere to see "Looney Tunes"

lt premiere  bugs bunny

With Auntie Ming, Mommy, & Michaela.  With Bugs Bunny

October 2003 HALLOWEEN

pumpkin   halloween cookies with mommy

Sydney helps carve a pumpkin; painting Halloween cookies

hook costume   
After being scared of Captain Hook @ Disneyland, Sydney becomes obsessed with him.  She plays with her Captain Hook doll, and she dresses as him for Halloween!  Sydney also wins Best Costume at Chasen's costume party!  She says "I'm gonna get you Peter Pan!"

@ 26 months
Sydney sings "I"m a Little Teapot," poops & pees in the potty, starts sleeping in her toddler  bed, twist opens & closes lids.

September 9, 2003  Sydney's 1st visit to Disneyland!

goofy minnie

Sydney loves Disneyland!  She was afraid of Captain Hook, and she plugges her ears in the Peter Pan & Pirates of teh Caribbean rides.  She loves It's a Small World.  Lola bought her an autograph book & got autographs from Goofy, Captain Hook, Pluto, Minnie, Mickeuy, Woody, Jesse, Tigger, Eeyore, and Pooh

September 1, 2003  Sydney goes for a swim @ Michaela's house

swim michaela   swim2

August 21, 2003  Sydney's 1st visit to the Beach - Topanga Beach

tent   water  sand
Sydney loves the beach!  She loves playing in the water & in the sand!

pink     splash

Sydney in the ballerina outfit that Auntie Connie & Uncle Denny gave her

 ballerina 2   ballerina    ballerina 3

July 29 - August 18, 2003 Sydney visits Utah.
This is the 3rd time she stayed in Utah without her parents.
She spent 1 1/2 weeks in February, and 2 weeks in May.

pool in utah  floating pool tami

Swimming in her pool @ Auntie Tami's house

lagoon1  lagoon 2

August 14, 2003 Sydney rides all by herself @ Lagoon

@ 2 years
Sydney sings "Row Row Row Your Boat," "Rock a Byy Baby," "Baa Baa Black Sheep," "Old MacDonald," "Captain Brown" song, "Bahay Kubo," brushes her teeth with toothpaste & rinses her mouth with water from a cup.  She starts to ask "Are you happy, Mommy?"
Her 7 word sentence:  "No, I want to paint right now."


Weight:  28 3/4 lbs. ( 75 - 90th percentile)
Height:  35"  (75th percentile)

syd2bd with mom      cerritos group

We celebrate on the 4th of July in Cerritos

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Sydney takes a big bite of her Birthday Cake!

dad at park
Sydney with Daddy waiting for her fireworks @ Cerritos Regional Park

ucla  sydney 2nd bd at home   group 2nd

Sydney with her UCLA shirt.  Celebrating Sydney's 2nd Birthday @ home on July 27, 2004

@ 22 1/2 months
Sydney can sing the entire "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" song.  And learns "10 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed."

@ 22 months
Sydney says "See you in the morning!,"  "I pretend," "Good night, sleep tight,"  "Caillou  make a snowball," sings the "So Much Better" song in Elmo's Learning to Share video.  In the car, she says "No Daddy, drive" & "Be careful Daddy."  She says "I love ice cream," "I love dip," "I love Mommy."

April 26, 2003
Sydney goes to Chasen's Wild Wild West 1st Birthday Party!  She takes off her cowboy hat & says "yeeha!"

pony   riding along here i come  yeeha

April 23, 2003
Sydney starts to eat "salad", recites "Jack and Jill", loves to watch Katie Couric in the Sesame Street "Learning to Share" video, says "and then I  make a loop" as she tries to tie shoelaces, says "together" & "just a minute."

Easter Sunday, April 20, 2003
@ 21 1/2 months

Looking for Easter eggs in Cerritos

eyeingeggsb searchingb  

posing oh please


Height:  35"  (75 - 90th percentile)
Weight:  27 lbs.  6 oz. ( 75 - 90th percentile)
Head Measurement:  "  ( 50 - 75th percentile)

Sydney started to say four word sentences:
"I make heart too." (drawing with crayons)

Her longest sentence so far is:

"Daddy eat, and then Mommy eat, and then Sydney eat."

She sings the Blue's Clues Farewell song.  She started to kick the ball & chase it, giggling across the living room.  She says "turn it around" & "upside down," & "now see Mommy."

In February @ 19 months, she started to say three word sentences:
"All fall down!" (playing ring around the rosie)
"How about this?"
"Sydney do it"

In January @ 18 months, she started to say two word sentences:
"Wait me!"
"Woa mama!"
"Sydney help"


Height:  33"  (75 - 90th percentile)
Weight:  25 lbs.  3 oz. ( 75th percentile)
Head Measurement:  18.7"  ( 50 - 75th percentile)

Sydney started learning her alphabet at 15 months;
she now says 20 letters!
She's still working on J, Q, V, W, X, and Y.

She's becoming more & more independent, she eats with her spoon & fork, she loves playing peekabo & riding on our backs, she loves playing with play-doh, coloring with crayons & markers, and of course, she loves her books!
We're getting ready to potty-train her!

SYDNEY'S 2nd CHRISTMAS 2002 @ 18 months

We gotta get mama to hold the digital camera
so that daddy can be in some of these photos! 

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Sydney opening her gifts Xmas eve in Cerritos

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What happened to my summer swimming pool !?!
Playing with Pagan & Zero in the snow

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After coloring with markers & crayons,
Sydney tries fingerpainting in Utah!

(That Baby Tenda table is still coming in handy!)

SYDNEY'S 2nd SANTA PHOTO 2002 @ 17 months

We were happily surprised that Sydney didn't cry at Santa;  
all morning, we showed her who Santa was from last year's photo & it worked!


Sydney now has a total of 16 teeth!
We lost track after she got her 11th tooth on October 22, 2002!

Sydney goes trick or treating for the 1st time

   costume fullcostume
jenandsyd candy
Sydney checks out her loot!

Sydney inherits Mommy's love for french fries!

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fries3 fries4

@ 15 months, she's walking all over the place, talking more, brushing her teeth, playing with her shape sorter toys, but her favorite toys are still books!
Height:  32 1/4"  (90th percentile)
Weight:  23 lbs.  14 oz. ( 75th percentile)
Head Measurement:  18.5"  ( 75th percentile)
October 22, 2002 Sydney gets her 11th tooth:  lower right first molar


Sydney @ 14 months
after getting her 1st haircut by Auntie Connie in Utah
on August 22, 2002

Sydney's first word was "baby" @ 10 months old.
She now has a vocabulary of over 20 words:  baby, moo, boom boom boom, hi, bow wow wow, dako (Japanese for "carry me"), duck duck, uh-oh, grandma/grandpa, ball, apple, dada, here he is, good girl/good boy, wa wa (for water), cracker, uh-oh spaghettio, bye, more, bibig (Tagalog for "mouth"), mama, Sydney, owl, please, Elmo

July 24, 2002 - upper right first molar
July 31, 2002 - upper left first molar

JULY 5, 2002
After months of cruising & taking 1 or 2 steps,
she starts to walk & takes 6 steps!


Height:  30 1/2"  (75th - 90th percentile)
Weight:  22 lbs.  2 oz. ( 50th - 75th percentile)
Head Measurement:  17.9"  ( 50th percentile)

A yummy patriotic cake baked by daddy!

A group shot of the 1st celebration party........it looks like Sydney will be a pro-Golfer!

The 2nd celebration on 7/4/02 at Grandpa & Grandma's house

Sydney eats her birthday cake

Sydney checks out her plate & determines that it's "ALL GONE!"

The 3rd Celebration

Another Birthday Cake baked by Daddy..............Sydney's friends:
Rachel with Angie, Jenny with Heeli, Amy with Penelope, Ming with Michaela

Everyone trying to get Sydney's attention during the object game.....Is Sydney going to be a singer?


Sydney feeding herself some fresh peaches.....
When asked "How old are you?" Sydney points "one!"


Sydney is good at finding the most minuscule things on the floor


Height:  29 3/4"  (90th percentile)
 Weight:  21 lbs.  2 oz. ( 75th percentile)
Head Measurement:  17 3/4"  ( 50th percentile)

Sydney starts to clap her hands together

Sydney poses in her cool car..........playing peek-a-boo!

Sydney playing with Grandpa Kaizo

APRIL 14, 2002 - Sydney gets her 7th tooth - lower right lateral incisor

APRIL 22, 2002 - Sydney gets her 8th tooth - lower left lateral incisor


Between Sydney's 9th and 10th month, she was standing up more on her own, developed two more teeth, started dancing more to music, started pointing at things, holding her phone to her ear, and hugging her bunny rabbit.


With Grandma Linda                           With Mommy

Sydney standing after changing into her OTHER Easter dress!


Height:  28 1/4"  (90th percentile)
 Weight:  20 lbs.  ( 75th - 90th percentile)
Head Measurement:  17 1/4"  ( 50th - 75th percentile)
After weeks of crawling backwards, she goes forward!
FEBRUARY 20, 2002 - Sydney gets her 5th tooth - upper right lateral incisor

FEBRUARY 28, 2002 - Sydney gets her 6th tooth - upper left lateral incisor

JANUARY 24, 2002 - Sydney gets her 2nd pair of teeth - two upper center teeth



Height:  27"  (95th percentile -- did she shrink from last month?)
 Weight:  19 lbs.  (95th percentile)
Head Measurement:  17"  (75th percentile)

January 9, 2001 Her First Taste of Solid Food

After 6 months & after tripling her body weight, Sydney is ready to try solid food.  First we tried single grain rice cereal mixed with mommy milk.  It was a little messy at first, but Sydney turned out to be a good eater!  She loves sitting in her Baby Tenda feeding table--it was definitely worth the money!  Then, we tried oatmeal cereal, pureed carrots, butternut squash, and sweet potato.  Next will be applesauce, and banana.  Then, we'll move onto green veggies, and other fruits such as pears, peaches, etc.



Height:  27 1/2"  (over 95th percentile -- off the chart!)
 Weight:  17 lbs.  10 oz.  (90th percentile)
Head Measurement:  16 1/2"  (50th percentile)

Sydney is sitting up on her own.

NOVEMBER 24, 2001 - Sydney gets her 1st teeth @ 4  1/2 months old - two bottom center teeth

NOVEMBER 22, 2001

Sydney is about 17 pounds--same as the turkey!                Sydney is smiling more.
Height:  26 1/2"  (above 95th percentile -- off the chart!)
 Weight:  16 lbs.  10 oz.  (90th percentile)
Head Measurement:  16"  (50th percentile)

Sydney just started teething & enjoys putting everything in her mouth.


Height:  24 1/4"  (75th percentile)
 Weight:  14 lbs.  1 oz.  (90th percentile)
Head Measurement:  15 1/2"  (50th percentile)

Sydney is starting to sit up.


Sydney rolled over for the first time from her tummy to her back on Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 11 weeks.


Saturday, September 15, 2001 - Sydney's Baptismal
at the First Christian Church of North Hollywood

        Sydney in her baptismal gown.                         Reverend Bob Boch blessing Sydney

Sydney with her Godmother Marie Aquino       Sydney with her Godparents Eric & Ming Zee

                    Marie, Ming, Eric, Michaela, Kipp, Jenny, Sydney, Linda, and Bert



Height:  23"  (75th percentile)
 Weight:  11 lbs.  7 oz.  (75th percentile)
Head Measurement:  15"  (50th percentile)


Sydney started smiling after she was six weeks old.

These photos were taken on August 25th, in the beginning of her 8th week.



From birth, her weight gain is from 6 lbs. 5 oz. to 7 lbs. 11oz , which puts her in the 25th percentile
Height:  she grew 1 inch from 20" to 21" (50th percentile)
Head measurement:  she grew 1 inch from 13" to 14" (25th percentile)
Sydney's Birth Announcement below:

          Kipp & Jennifer Shiotani
           are proud to announce the birth of their baby girl
Born on the 4th of July 2001
6:12 pm
       6 pounds, 5 ounces
20 inches long

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
Burbank, CA

Delivery Notes for July 4, 2001

11:00am  Jenny starts to have contractions that feel "different"
We time them at about 20 minutes apart
2:00pm  Contractions are about 7-10 minutes apart
3:00pm  We decide to head for the hospital
3:10pm  We check in at St. Joseph's Medical Center
3:15pm  We are admitted and sent to Labor, Delivery & Recovery Suite #502
3:30pm   Nurse Cathy's internal examination determines Jenny is already dilated 3-4 cm with intense contractions 2 minutes apart
Jenny is hooked up to the fetal monitor & contraction monitor, and then IV'ed
4:15pm   Contractions become more painful & Jenny is asked if she wants any drug pain relief
Jenny requests an epidural (recommended by many friends who have recently delivered)
Blood is drawn & sent to the lab to determine which epidural to use
4:16pm  Jenny waits for her epidural
4:30pm  Jenny's mom & sister arrive
Jenny is still waiting for the epidural
4:45pm   Dr. Zakari (Jenny's OB) arrives to check on her
Jenny is impatiently waiting for the epidural
5:00pm  Nurse Cathy's internal exam determines that Jenny is already dilated 9cm & will be ready to push within minutes
Jenny is informed that the epidural she is waiting for cannot be administered because her cervix dilated so quickly that it is too late for any type of drug pain relief
5:01pm  Jenny is pissed off
5:02pm  Kipp comforts her
5:20pm  Jenny gives a couple of practice pushes with Kipp coaching her & Dr. Zakari is called to the room
5:45pm  Jenny starts to push for real & Dr. Zakari arrives for the delivery
6:12pm  Baby Shiotani is born
She is named Sydney Kohana Shiotani
Kipp cuts the umbilical cord
Jenny is relieved that it's over
Sydney gets examined, earns high marks on her Apgar test (8-9) & stays in the room
7:00pm  Jenny starts to breastfeed Sydney & is already expressing mommy milk
8:00pm  Sydney goes to the nursery for shots & cleaning
8:30pm  Jenny is moved to her private room, where she stays for two nights to recover

  Jenny holding Kipp's hand after delivery             Dr. Zakari

Sydney's first photo

     Right out of the oven                         Sydney's first kiss

Sydney on her way home......
Email the proud parents
Jennifer@UCLAlumni net or kippshio@earthlink.net