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Saturday, July 7 - Friday, July 20, 2014
We go on an amazing vacation!
One day in Istanbul, Turkey and 11 days in Italy!
We take a group selfie on our 14 hour flight on Turkish Airlines.......after
take-off, we're served Turkish Delights!
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
We arrive Istanbul, Turkey for a 23 hour layover, and take a free Touristanbul
Sponsored by Turkish Airlines!
We start out with Turkish Coffee (really good!) and a simple Turkish Breakfast!
We then walked to the Blue Mosque. Women had to wear saris to cover our head,
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
With our tour guide Yaprak.
Then, we had a Turkish lunch at Sehir Restaurant, before heading back to
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
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
Sydney backstage as Raya on Opening Night.......Sydney's Pokemon bio and
Had fun decorating our home with Christmas
Christmas with Lolo and Lola.....with Mom and Dad
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.
We gave Grandma piano keyboards for Christmas!....Wtih my cousin Jeremy,
Jonathan, Sarah, and Samantha on Fremont Street!
Thanksgiving 2013 - Las Vegas
With Grandpa & Grandma at Fresh Cup Cafe in
November 23, 2013
We attend Ms. Daniel's wedding . It's a Classic Hollywood Theme!
We had fun dressing up...........checking out
the wedding cake.
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!
With cast members Luke, Will, Kristin, Oscar, and Aubrianna.
Performed in Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps."
here to see them perform the film in 8 minutes.
Sydney as Agent Melinda May from Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
Trick or treating with Angie and Alana (as snails.)
Sydney Gets Straight As on Her Report Card
and Excellent Marks for Work Habits and Cooperation!
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
It's a 6 hour drive & we arrive the campsite around 3pm.
With Angie......the trees are tall!....Roasting marshmallows!
It's our turn to cook breakfast, so we have bacon, sausage, spicy
sausage, scrambled eggs,
hash browns, toast, melon & strawberries, OJ! Yum!
Auntie Ming cooking her bacon over the pitfire.....then showing
off her mosquito net!
Dad & Mom...........Auntie Ming & Uncle Eric
Auntie Rachel & Uncle Mitch........Uncle Howard & Auntie
All the parents around the pitfire.
With Michaela and Angie around the pitfire...with our hot chocolates!
A bird pooped on Auntie Rachel! Eww!....Auntie Ming takes cover!
Photos by Angie
With Hope, Cooper, Angie, and Michaela.
We found this really cool tree that fell down and formed
Photos by Uncle Mitch
Having fun with Angie......Roasting hot dogs with Michaela.
Uncle Eric & Uncle Mitch showing off their carving skills.....Mom
& Auntie Ming
Uncle Eric & Auntie Ming sporting their cooking center!....Smores
Auntie Rachel & Dad w/their roasted corn! Camping is all about
It's the Zees & Hsiehs last day, but we stay an extra night
with the Wus!
Auntie Anita & Uncle Howard cook breakfast....w/my walking
stick that Dad carved for me....
all the kids' walking sticks.
Look over there!............We're having too much fun!
Eating ice cream in a Redwood Tree!
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"
Sydney falls in the water a 2nd time.....w/Angie having fun leaf
Dad bathing in the river!
Had so much fun doing Rock Art!
So cool looking!
Wednesday 7/10/13 - Our Last Day
This is the view we woke up to in our tent. We hear birds chirping
& a woodpecker!
We cook "Eggs in a Bag" camping style! Before....and after!
Sydney & Angie are sad that camping is over.
July 4, 2013 - Sydney turns 12 years old!
Celebrating Sydney's birthday at Auntie Chanel & Dave's
4th of July party.
Chocolate Cake from Porto's
Sydney celebrating with her friends Angie, Kathy, Masha,
Audree, & Melody!
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
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.
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
Passion Fruit Wasabi Mustard.
We also love their Passion Mango Butter & Passion
Fruit Habanero Jelly!
We stop by the Kauai Kookie Factory in Hanapepe.
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
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
We stop by the Kauai Coffee Company in
Kalaheo - Hawaii's largest coffee estate.
Sydney enjoying guava ice cream at the Kauai Coffee Company.
We stop by Kauai Chocolate Company in Hanapepe to try
their famous Opihi chocolate:
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...
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!
We all had a blast!
Click here to see a 40 second clip!
Then, off to another beach....Lydgate Beach!
Lydgate Beach has
2 pools surrounded by rocks.
Great for swimming & snorkeling.
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
at the Kauai Coast Resort in Kapaa, where the locals
go for a special night out.
Mom & Dad celebrating their 14 year Anniversary.
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!
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.
A beautiful view hiking up the Kalalau Trail.
Sydney taking a short break on our hike up.
We hiked 1/2 a mile, then had our picnic lunch with a
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
Sydney giving a thumbs up for Ke'e Beach!
Based on a local's tip, we get shave ice from Tege Tege
The owner is Eitaro and he's from Japan.
He makes his own organic natural syrups, and he hand shaves
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!
Dad loves the carnitas!
We stop by the Kauai Products Fair in Kapaa...
and I get this beautiful Hawaiian print dress from the Memories
There's a really nice lady there from Thailand, named Aek.
We get merienda from The Right Slice bakery in Lihue.
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
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!
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.
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
nut pancakes w/guava syrup, fresh papaya & baked goods from
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!
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!
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.
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.
Pineapple, Mango, Coconut natural syrup flavors
over macadamia nut ice cream!
It tastes pretty good, but we like Tege Tege Shave Ice
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
After a short 15 minute walk on lava rocks, we find Queen's
The view from Queen's Bath.
We stop by the Ishihara Market in Waimea.
We get spicy lobster poke, chile ahi, chile cucumber,
Nick Castillo, a local musician, helps us out.
Waimea Canyon - the "Grand Canyon" of the Pacific.
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
We love their spam musubis and fried chicken (skinless
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
January 3, 2013
Sydney makes her first investment in precious metals.
Here she is with her US Silver Eagles!
Years Eve 2012
with the Fox Family in Frazier Park. Sydney went sledding &
built a snowman w/Dad & Hunter!
With the Hsiehs, Wus, and Zees
w/Michaela, Hope, & Angie....Sydney wakes up to see Santa's
mom & dad, w/Auntie Tami, Grandma, Grandpa, & Uncle Scott
& Uncle Scotty.
Sydney starts a business with her friend Ronnie
making hand-made hair bows.
one week, they triple their investment.....and get personalized
Sydney & her friend Ronnie are zombified.
They performed Michael Jackson's "Thriller" routine
for their school's dance class.
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
Sydney enters award-winning acting coach Diane Christiansen's
Monologue Competition & wins!
presenting the award to Sydney - a 16 week scholarship!
September 2012 - Sydney's 6th Grade Science
She baked a four layer cake to show the
different layers of the earth.
2012 - Sydney Starts Middle School
loves having her own locker.
2012 - Sydney loves her new bed!
July 25 - 28, 2012
Sydney at the Apple Film Camp.
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
They love thrill rides!
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
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!
4, 2012 Sydney Turns 11 Years Old
celebrates with her friends Angelina, Kathy, Melody, Angie, Michaela,
June 18, 2012
Sydney graduates from Balboa Magnet School
Sydney with mom & dad.....with Lolo
Sydney w/her 5th grade teacher Julie Klein
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!
have a private driver drive us from Salt Lake City Airport to Park
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!
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!
hang out at The Montage Pool....Sydney pretends to be a pool statue!
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.
Welcome Dinner is out on the Grand Lawn. All our meals had amazing
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!
of the fun activities we did was archery, and horseback riding!
dinner at Prime Steakhouse w/our friends Jerry & Jenn....with
Scott Schwerdt, President of the Americas.
The Montage....a family vacation we'll never forget.
During the summer, Sydney took hip hop dance
classes at Degas Dance Studio.
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
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
Sydney and family; Sydney with the "Iron
Chef Chairman" Mark Dacascos.
2012 Sydney performs in Balboa Idol w/her friends Kathy, Angelina,
sing & dance to "Dynamite."
here to view their act.
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.
Sydney w/Matt King (voice of Coach Yang Fang)...Sydney
w/voice director Paul McCusker.
February 2012 - Photo by Mitchel Wu Photography
Years Eve 2011
w/the Fox Family in Frazier Park.
In Cerritos...Auntie Tami, Uncle Scotty, &
Grandma checking out Sydney's new iPad.
The food table; with the Light Family and
the Fox Family.
Sydney as a genie....trick or treating w/her
friends Angie & Alana.
Sydney is elected 5th Grade Historian at her school.
September 10, 2011
Sydney goes to her first LA Sparks women's basketball
game & loves it!
w/mascot Sparky....We were randomly chosen at the game & won the Pirate
Booty Treasure Chest!
Sydney attends her first personal growth seminar
Dani Johnson's First Steps to Succes
learns about business, finance, how important relationships are,
and most importantly, people skills!
She increased her value in the market.
We meet Dr. Joseph Chang, author of the New York Times
Best Seller "The Aging Myth"
Sydney becomes a union member!
July 22, 2011
Sydney works on Cartoon Network's "Secret Mountain
She voices Friendly Slog in the episode "Friendly
Friends Happy Clean Fun."
With Elan Garfias (voice of Friendly Festro) &
Pat Duke (voice of Fart)
Sydney gets to see a special screening of
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Sydney turns 10 years old!
Angie, Angelina, Emily, Kassidy, Abby, Michaela & Kathy...Sydney's
Harry Potter themed birthday cake created by Kipp.
with Lolo, Lola, Grandma, and Grandpa in Cerritos
April 10, 2011
Sydney performs in Balboa Idol w/her friend Kathy.
Click here to watch
them sing & dance to "Freak the Freak Out"
Years Eve 2010
gets to stay up until midnight to celebrate!
We spend Christmas at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel!
Sydney helps cook a Thanksgiving meal!
Sydney with Bat Girl Angie..,,,,,Sydney with
Sydney wins 1st place in her school's PTA Reflections
The category is Film Production & the theme was
"Together We Can..."
wrote, produced, directed, voiced, and edited this short video
"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"
Sydney hanging out with the crew; Sydney
in the makeup chair.
Sydney works on the music video "That's Beautiful
by Jaron and the Long Road to Love
on the set with her co-actor Elan; Sydney with Jaron David Lowenstein.
July 28, 2010 - Sydney works on Disney's
Special Agent Oso
With voice director Kelly Ward.
Sydney voiced 5 year old Mia in the episode "Freeze
Dance Royale" and recorded at Studiopolis in Burbank, CA.
4, 2010 - Sydney's 9th Birthday
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!
Sydney's sleepover with Michaela, Angie, Kassidy,
Christmas 2009 - Las Vegas
April 11, 2010
Sydney performs in Balboa Idol w/her friends Kassidy
here to watch them singing "Magic"
Sydney dresses up as the evil Bellatrix Lestrange
in Harry Potter
with Michaela and Angie
August 31, 2009
highlights in her hair!
and so does
July 2009 Las
the Shark Tank Pool at the Golden Nugget!
At the end of
the 3 story water slide!
June 26, 2009
to see a special screening of
& THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE
May 30, 2009
fishing for the first time!
four fish and feeds the family!
May 11-14, 2009
the recurring role of Camilla Parker in the radio show
Adventures in Odyssey
a lot of fun recording three episodes at Salami Studios.
April 26, 2009
in Balboa Idol w/her friends Nathan, Abigail & Gillian.
a grand entrance on the red carpet.....on stage.
here to see them dance in "We're All in This Together."
April 4, 2009
her grandparents in Santa Barbara
April 2, 2009
as Granny in her 2nd grade class production of Little Red
Sydney sang a solo song..........with Hanna and Angelina
March 28, 2009
Sydney at the
Sarah House Gala in Santa Barbara
With her mom.........with
Katie in the Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader videogame!
Sydney had a
lot of fun recording the smart-a** remarks.
at the Fox Family's!
Sydney gets to stay up until 12 midnight for the
With Griffin, Oliver, and Terisa.
We celebrate in
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!
Sydney playing with friends in a condo in Las Vegas.
Sydney as a Venetian Performer w/her classmates............with
Sydney with her Venetian mask.......with her candy!
an IQ test at school and is identified as intellectually gifted
the 95th percentile!
She is eligible
to attend a gifted middle school!
July 21, 2008
a new bed for herself!
Sydney loves her new big bed!
Sydney's blanket...........sitting on her Love Sac
Sydney celebrates her 7th Birthday!
Daddy makes a Tigress (from Kung Fu Panda) cake!........Sydney
with her gifts!
Sydney with all her friends after taking a karate
To view Sydney's
school webpage, go to www.JenniferAquino.com/balboa
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Sydney works on
the film "Lollipops..."
Getting her microphone wired........getting direction
from Ron Yuan
Playing dead.......with the director Ron and Susie
& Aidan (Sydney's pretend family.)
Beating up on the "bad" guys!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
10 inches of her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Sydney's before picture ......... with Kassidy who
also donated her hair.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Sydney works on
a Domino's Pizza commercial!
Sydney in front
of her trailer............and on the set
Easter 2008 in Cerritos
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.
Click here to see
them perform a cheer dance routine to "Best of Both Worlds"
March 20, 2008
her first sleepover and invites her friend Kassidy
They have a
pizza & salad dinner, put on a play, and then had movie night!
they had pancakes, Canadian bacon, & fresh fruit!
January 17, 2008
on a limo lunch!
The limousines await!
Kassidy & Sydney with other students............getting
Sydney & Kassidy are so excited!.........They
arrive at Souplantation for lunch!
What a treat!
January 9, 2008
Purple Belt Class
Sydney is now in the intermediate class with orange
belts.......learning how to do a sudo chop
Sydney's 1st time sparring -- she has fun!
December 26, 2007
her 3rd tooth while eating dinner in Utah!
Cerritos with Lola & Lolo
Getting her Floam from Santa..........with Grandma
and Auntie Tami in Utah
With Auntie Jani, who gave her some awesome presents
including a Nintendo DS Lite!
Sydney playing in the snow..........playing with
Thursday, December 13, 2007
for her Purple Belt
in junbi in front of the Black Belts.....Sydney executing a round-house
kick as part of her sparring techniques.
After a week, we find out that Sydney passed her
test and receives her Purple Belt!
Sydney accepts her belt from Ms. Moulton.
We celebrate with a dinner from In-N-Out Burger!
the turkey.....Sydney & Mommy as twins
Lola, Lolo, Kipp, Sydney, & Jenny
NOVEMBER 4, 2007
IN HER FIRST KARATE TOURNAMENT
waiting to perform in the Forms competition........Sydney performing
in front of the Black Belt judges
In Forms Competition, Sydney wins First Place!
Sydney in Judo Sweep competition......Sydney scores
her first point!
Here's a sequence of Sydney throwing Ali down in
the last round.
Sydney wins 1st Place in Forms and 2nd Place in Judo
We are so proud of her!
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
September 24, 2007
her 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
Sydney got to
ride California Screamin three times in a row!..........with her
1st grade at a new school
July 9 - 16, 2007 KAUAI, HAWAII
We take a family vacation and stay in our condo in
near Kalapaki Beach.
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.
Sydney in Kauai..........with
Griffin in our condo's backyard
With Mommy at Wailua Falls........with Daddy at the
Grand Hyatt Kauai on Poipu Beach
Sydney at Anini Beach on the North side.........at
night near the Marriott on Kalapaki Beach
Sydney takes a hula lesson at the Grand Hyatt...........Sydney
is sad to leave Hawaii
SYDNEY'S 6th BIRTHDAY
Sydney has a Karate
Birthday Party........she loves assisting & demonstrating!
Sydney licks the candles of her birthday cakes!
Daddy spent two days making cakes of Katara &
Ang of Avatar!
June 22, 2007 - Solvang
June 23, 2007 - Santa Barbara
We go with Uncle Oliver, Auntie Terisa & Griffin
to see the
Summer Solstice Parade
Sydney graduates from Kindergarten and receives a
Theater 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
Sydney on the pool deck..........Our Welcome Aboard
photo with Lola & Lolo
loves her bunk bed!.........Formal night with the family
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!
We walk around Catalina Island........Lolo treats
us to ice cream from Lloyd's.
Sydney poses in front of the buffet during the Platinum
& Diamond members reception.
Sydney being a ham with Ken, the ship's Shopping
Many of the crew members knew Sydney!
We see La Bufadora in Ensenada.
Sydney waits for her shrimp tacos......and drinks
from a coconut!
Sydney buys some churros...........and gets her hair
LA Times Festival of Books at UCLA
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.
Sydney and classmate Evanne perform in the school
They do a cheer/dance to Hannah Montana's "Best of
Easter 2007 at Cerritos
Sydney poses in between hunting for eggs!....posing
next to her Easter basket
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.
Sydney with Jake & Shane..............family
Sydney sitting on the tube.........she goes tubing
with Jake & Shane & loves going fast!
March 30, 2007
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
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
Sydney gets driven to the Green Room.........and
is excited to get to sit in the make-up chair!
Sydney receives a Stila lip gloss!............with
makeup artist Ellis
more pampering on the set of Fantasy Land........finally
working with the photographer Diana
more photos at Snow White's Grotto........Sydney
is joined by some friends!
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Sydney receives an Academic Achievement Award
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!"
January 1, 2007
We ski a second day at Deer Valley
Sydney is skiing much better & skis all day!
Monday, December 25 - Thursday, January 4, 2007
We spend 10
days in Utah
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
Skiing with Uncle Dan and Auntie Mia
Sunday, December 31, 2006
We go to Gorgoza tubing park.....Sydney, Jackson,
& Zander celebrate New Year's Eve at the Canyons Buffet
DECEMBER / CHRISTMAS 2006
Auntie Marie & Uncle Val plan a special Princess
Day for Sydney for receiving high scores in her 1st report card
Sydney is in the top of her class for reading, writing,
Sydney in Cerritos............she gets Moon Sand
Click here to see Sydney
perform in her 1st talent show
DECEMBER 14, 2006
for her yellow belt
With Mommy......with Emily before their yellow belt
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
week, Sydney gets her yellow belt.......her first class as a yellow
December 5, 2006
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!
her classmates celebrating the 1st Thanksgiving.........in Cerritos
OCTOBER / HALLOWEEN
Sydney at the pumpkin patch..........dressed as the
evil princess Azula from Avatar at her 1st school dance
Michaela, Sydney, and Angie.......trick or treating
Day of Golf Lessons
24 - Saturday, September 30, 2006
We have the most
amazing vacation at Walt Disney World!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
On our last day, Sydney has her first experience
trading pins @ Downtown Disney.......Sydney is sad to leave Walt
a new bed & a new room layout........her snow globe collection
Friday, September 8 - Sunday, September 10, 2006
We visit Las Vegas/Henderson
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
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!
In front of the talking statues in Caesar's Palace...........posing
with the Venetian performers
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Sydney starts kindergarten
Sydney loves school and her teacher Mrs. Levine
Friday, August 4 - Sunday, August 6, 2006
We visit San Francisco
on the Golden Gate Bridge.............we ride a cable car
clam chowder at Fisherman's Wharf............at Ghirardelli Square
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.
JULY 4, 2006 - SYDNEY IS 5 YEARS
44.5" (75th percentile)
42.5 lbs. (75th percentile)
June 19, 2006
visit to Disneyland / California Adventure
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
gets ready for her recital at home.........showing off with the
hanging out with her friends backstage..........hamming it up on
Sydney's ballet group
June 17, 2006
At the annual
joins the karate family.........Sydney with Emily & Hanna
June 13, 2006
Sydney Graduates from Kirk of the Valley Preschool
says when she grows up, she wants to be a Ballerina Princess
up to the big kids class from kinder karate
her Mother's Day card & present
May 12, 2006
Sydney's first voiceover audition
She reads copy for a Lego Land spot....................with
Sound Booth director Seth
May 1, 2006
visit to Disneyland
She gets to
go with her friend Angie
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!
April 16, 2006
to in-line skate @ John John's 6th Birthday Party
ready for the egg hunt @ Heritage Park..............Sydney's basket
out her loot.................with Mommy
APRIL 7, 2006
Sydney visits Adventure City in Anaheim
Sydney loves all the fast rides & roller coasters!
Sydney is writing her letters better at
4 1/2 years old.
Sydney starts to read:
at, bat, cat,
hat, fat, mat, sat, pat, rat
With Lola & Lolo in Cerritos.....................With
Grandma & Auntie Tami in Utah
in her first Holiday Concert @ Kirk O'The Valley Preschool
great -- singing loud, doing the hand motions, and bowing at every
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
to tie her shoes, button, zip, and snap clothes.
She loves to cook, help clean up, and do "something
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
Sydney's 2005 Kirk O'The Valley Preschool Photos
@ 4 years old
Friday 12/9/05 Sydney's 2nd trip to Disneyland
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
Friday 11/18 - Sunday 11/20/05
Camping for the first time at McGrath State Beach
With Mitch, Rachel, and Angie
We all had a great time camping! And Sydney
had a blast playing with Angie!
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
October 2005 Visiting the Pumpkin Patch
October 2005 Sydney visits Kipp working on
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU
October 2005 Sydney visits Kipp
MY NAME IS EARL
Sydney's favorite part of visiting sets:
19, 2005 Sydney goes to LegoLand
with Daddy, Uncle Eric & Michaela
September 13, 2005 Sydney starts
at Kirk O'The Valley Preschool
Sydney wins the Book Fair contest by guessing 114 candy frogs in
2005 Sydney visits Kipp working on the
BARBERSHOP set @ Paramount Studios
Sydney got to call the set "Turn off your
July 2005 Sydney takes her 1st Karate class
Sydney in joonbi position with Ms. Moulton
Sydney doing a karate kick!
July 2005 Sydney takes her 1st Ballet & Tap Class
doing a fish pose!
JULY 4, 2005 - SYDNEY IS 4 YEARS
41.75" (90th percentile)
38.75 lbs. (75th percentile)
Sydney's 4th Birthday at My Gym (again)!
May 2005 Sydney visits Utah & gets a haircut!
March 11-13, 2005 San Diego Wild Animal Park
With Oliver, Terisa, and Griffin
Sydney feeds a lorakeet
JANUARY 2005 - SYDNEY IS 3 1/2
40 3/4" (90th percentile)
Weight: 35 lbs. ( 50th-75th percentile)
Sydney starts pre-school part time at Bright
She started two half days a week, then to three half
days a week.
In the mall with
Thanksgiving 2004 in Cerritos
Maleficent, the evil queen in Sleeping Beauty
2 - 22, 2004 Three weeks in Hawaii!
the Fern Grotto in Kauai
We saw a rainbow every day in Hawaii!
hula lesson...Sydney went swimming every day; this is at Ke'e
Beach in Kauai
Lolo and Lola @ Kintaro's Restaurant in Kauai.......With the Fajardo
family in Oahu
the set of LOST with Uncle Dan
With Zander & Jackson
2004 Sydney has her 1st Dental appointment & she does great
with Dr. Strauss!
JULY 4, 2004 - SYDNEY IS 3 YEARS
39" (90th percentile)
Weight: 34 lbs. ( 75th percentile)
We celebrate Sydney's 3rd Birthday
at My Gym!
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!
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).
Sydney visits the set of the feature film ONLY THE
9, 2004 Sydney's trip to San Diego
Sydney at LegoLand; watching the sunset from our
writes her first letter "H", and attempts to write her first word
like the owl in the book "Mr. Brown Can Moo."
2004 EASTER - SYDNEY IS 2 - 3/4 YEARS OLD!
Sydney looks for eggs @ Lolo and Lola's house
Sydney learns some new songs: Que
Sera Sera, Let it Be, Kumbaya, Material Girl, Open Your Hear to
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
2004 - SYDNEY IS 2-1/2 YEARS OLD!
Height: 37 1/4" (75th percentile)
Weight: 31 lbs. ( 75th percentile)
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!
to play games; her favorites are: Don't Break the Ice, Hi Ho
Cherrio, Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Cootie, Mr. Potato Head
Sydney paints Xmas cookies with Daddy!
Eve 2003 Sydney's gifts in Cerritos. With Lolo, Lola,
& Auntie Marie
Day 2003 more gifts in Utah, and more gifts @ Uncle Gary &
With the snowstorm, we lose power for a day,
so we roast marshmallows in the fireplace!
with Auntie Tami! And Sydney plays Go Fish with Grandma!
9, 2003 Sydney's 1st Movie Premiere to see "Looney Tunes"
carve a pumpkin; painting Halloween cookies
Auntie Ming, Mommy, & Michaela. With Bugs Bunny
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
"I"m a Little Teapot," poops & pees in the potty, starts sleeping
in her toddler bed, twist opens & closes lids.
2003 Sydney's 1st visit to Disneyland!
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
1, 2003 Sydney goes for a swim @ Michaela's house
21, 2003 Sydney's 1st visit to the Beach - Topanga Beach
loves the beach! She loves playing in the water & in
Sydney in the ballerina outfit that Auntie Connie
& Uncle Denny gave her
- August 18, 2003 Sydney visits Utah.
This is the 3rd time she stayed in Utah without her
She spent 1 1/2 weeks in February, and 2 weeks in
Swimming in her pool @ Auntie Tami's house
August 14, 2003 Sydney rides all
by herself @ Lagoon
"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."
JULY 4, 2003 - SYDNEY IS 2 YEARS
28 3/4 lbs. ( 75 - 90th percentile)
35" (75th percentile)
celebrate on the 4th of July in Cerritos
a big bite of her Birthday Cake!
Daddy waiting for her fireworks @ Cerritos Regional Park
Sydney with her
UCLA shirt. Celebrating Sydney's 2nd Birthday @ home on July
@ 22 1/2 months
Sydney can sing
the entire "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" song. And learns "10 Little
Monkeys Jumping on the Bed."
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!"
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."
Sunday, April 20, 2003
@ 21 1/2 months
Looking for Easter
eggs in Cerritos
APRIL 4, 2003 - SYDNEY IS 21
Height: 35" (75
- 90th percentile)
Weight: 27 lbs. 6 oz. ( 75 - 90th percentile)
" ( 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
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
JANUARY 4, 2003 - SYDNEY IS 18
(75 - 90th percentile)
Weight: 25 lbs. 3 oz. ( 75th
Head Measurement: 18.7" ( 50 - 75th percentile)
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!
ready to potty-train her!
SYDNEY'S 2nd CHRISTMAS 2002 @
We gotta get mama to hold the digital camera
so that daddy can be in some of these photos!
Sydney opening her gifts Xmas
eve in Cerritos
HAVING A WHITE CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS IN UTAH
What happened to my summer swimming pool
Playing with Pagan & Zero
in the snow
After coloring with markers & crayons,
Sydney tries fingerpainting in Utah!
(That Baby Tenda table is still coming
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
Sydney goes trick or
treating for the 1st time
Sydney checks out her
Sydney inherits Mommy's love
for french fries!
@ 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"
Weight: 23 lbs. 14 oz. ( 75th percentile)
Measurement: 18.5" ( 75th percentile)
October 22, 2002 Sydney
gets her 11th tooth: lower right first molar
SEPTEMBER 9, 2002
@ 14 months
getting her 1st haircut by Auntie Connie in Utah
August 22, 2002
first word was "baby" @ 10 months old.
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
SYDNEY NOW HAS 10 TEETH @
12 1/2 MONTHS!
24, 2002 - upper right first molar
31, 2002 - upper left first molar
JULY 5, 2002
TAKES HER FIRST REAL STEPS @ 12 MONTHS
months of cruising & taking 1 or 2 steps,
starts to walk & takes 6 steps!
4th of JULY 2002 - SYDNEY'S
1/2" (75th - 90th percentile)
Weight: 22 lbs. 2 oz. ( 50th
- 75th percentile)
Head Measurement: 17.9" ( 50th percentile)
patriotic cake baked by daddy!
shot of the 1st celebration party........it looks like Sydney will
be a pro-Golfer!
2nd celebration on 7/4/02 at Grandpa & Grandma's house
eats her birthday cake
checks out her plate & determines that it's "ALL GONE!"
The 3rd Celebration
Another Birthday Cake baked
by Daddy..............Sydney's friends:
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 ATTEMPTS TO FEED HERSELF
feeding herself some fresh peaches.....
asked "How old are you?" Sydney points "one!"
JUNE 4, 2002 - SYDNEY IS 11
Sydney is good at finding
the most minuscule things on the floor
MAY 4, 2002 - SYDNEY IS 10
3/4" (90th percentile)
Weight: 21 lbs. 2 oz.
( 75th percentile)
Head Measurement: 17 3/4" ( 50th percentile)
Sydney starts to clap her
Sydney poses in her cool car..........playing
Sydney playing with Grandpa
APRIL 14, 2002 - Sydney gets
her 7th tooth - lower right lateral incisor
APRIL 22, 2002 - Sydney gets
her 8th tooth - lower left lateral incisor
APRIL 13, 2002 - SYDNEY
@ 9 MONTHS IN OUR NEW HOME
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.
MARCH 31, 2002 - SYDNEY'S
FIRST EASTER @ 9 MONTHS
standing after changing into her OTHER Easter dress!
MARCH 4, 2002 - SYDNEY IS
EIGHT MONTHS OLD
FEBRUARY 27, 2002 -
SYDNEY IS CRAWLING!
1/4" (90th percentile)
Weight: 20 lbs. ( 75th
- 90th percentile)
Head Measurement: 17 1/4" ( 50th - 75th percentile)
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
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.
JANUARY 4, 2002 - SYDNEY
IS SIX MONTHS OLD
(95th percentile -- did she shrink from last month?)
Weight: 19 lbs. (95th percentile)
Measurement: 17" (75th percentile)
January 9, 2001 Her First
Taste of Solid Food
Height: 27 1/2"
(over 95th percentile -- off the chart!)
DECEMBER 4, 2001 - SYDNEY
IS FIVE MONTHS OLD
SYDNEY'S FIRST CHRISTMAS
Weight: 17 lbs. 10 oz. (90th percentile)
Measurement: 16 1/2" (50th percentile)
is sitting up on her own.
NOVEMBER 24, 2001 - Sydney gets
her 1st teeth @ 4 1/2 months old - two bottom center teeth
SYDNEY'S FIRST THANKSGIVING
is about 17 pounds--same as the turkey!
Sydney is smiling more.
NOVEMBER 4, 2001 - SYDNEY
IS FOUR MONTHS OLD
Height: 26 1/2"
(above 95th percentile -- off the chart!)
Weight: 16 lbs. 10 oz. (90th percentile)
16" (50th percentile)
Sydney just started teething
& enjoys putting everything in her mouth.
Height: 24 1/4"
OCTOBER 4, 2001 - SYDNEY IS
THREE MONTHS OLD
Weight: 14 lbs. 1 oz. (90th percentile)
15 1/2" (50th percentile)
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.
15, 2001 - Sydney's Baptismal
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
SEPTEMBER 4, 2001 - SYDNEY
IS TWO MONTHS OLD
Weight: 11 lbs. 7 oz. (75th percentile)
15" (50th percentile)
These photos were taken
on August 25th, in the beginning of her 8th week.
Sydney started smiling
after she was six weeks old.
From birth, her weight gain
is from 6 lbs. 5 oz. to 7 lbs. 11oz , which puts her in the 25th
AUGUST 4, 2001 - SYDNEY IS
ONE MONTH OLD
she grew 1 inch from 20" to 21" (50th percentile)
she grew 1 inch from 13" to 14" (25th percentile)
Sydney's Birth Announcement
Kipp & Jennifer Shiotani
are proud to announce the birth of their baby girl
on the 4th of July 2001
6 pounds, 5 ounces
Providence St. Joseph Medical
Delivery Notes for July 4, 2001
11:00am Jenny starts to have contractions
that feel "different"
We time them at about 20
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
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
become more painful & Jenny is asked if she wants any drug pain
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
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
5:02pm Kipp comforts
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
She is named Sydney Kohana
Kipp cuts the umbilical
Jenny is relieved that
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
Sydney's first photo
Right out of the oven
Sydney's first kiss
Sydney on her way
Jennifer@UCLAlumni net or firstname.lastname@example.org