August 17, 2009

Mommy Ho & Ethan

In my mind I'm always referring to Tiff as "Mommy Ho".
The "aunties" and I are so in love with Tiff and Andrew's #1 son, Ethan... and we are SO excited for baby #2!

I couldn't resist but get these candids of Tiff and Ethan on Easter Sunday. They are so cute!

August 15, 2009

Tommy & Liz's Engagement Day Part II

This one's a doozy!

I mentioned this momentous day a few months back but the daunting task of describing everything that happened was a bit intimidating. :) Like I mentioned Liz previously, we've been friends for a while now. I was really privileged to be included and to be there to document their proposal (along with Kabahead photography!). It was a day planned WAY before March 28th, 2009. I remembered that we had a super long string of emails going between the girls because Tommy was so cool to include our circle of buddies (originating from our high school mt. hermon summer camp days). I'm obviously much better with the camera (and made use of myself by taking some pretty nifty portraits of my gorgeous girlfriends) so with excerpts from our emails, I'll let Michelle and; the other girls do the talking...
MichelleKawaye on March 9th:
Hello my lovely ladies
(minus liz),
It is my GREAT pleasure to announce to you that TOMMY VO is
ready to PROPOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
plan is to do it the evening on march 28th.
AGHHHHHHHHH!!! :D SooOooOOOoooOOoo, in order to help him out, I'm going to suggest we move small group from the morning to a dinner at night.

MichelleKawaye on March 23:
I know it's been awhile since the last update, I found out from Mr. Tommy Vo all the info this past weekend...
2:30 - small group at Stace's house
3:30-4 - start to get ready for dinner
5:45 - leave stace's house for the beach
6:45 - arrive at coronal del mar (pictures with Keri Kaba ensue... But shhhhh... Liz doesn't know it's Keri yet. I'm still trying to figure out how to get her to suggest Keri for the photo shoot... we'll see...teehehe)
6:45- 7 - we slowly make our way down the beach until we see Tommy... We stand back while liz moves on...
7:00 - Tommy proposes
7:09 - Sun sets
7:30 - after congrats and some pics we leave the two lovebirds to themselves to enjoy the moment with each other
8:45 - dinner at Las Brisas

Okie okie... that's it for now. I CAN'T WAIT!!!Love love love,chelle :D


My most favorite photos of Stace

Tommy Vo on March 25:
I hope you all can contain your giddiness during small group before the "photoshoot." We don't want to give off any hints now. 3 days and counting.

Re: From Stacie Lew on March 25:
sorry i'll be giddy all the way through..... =P

Cyn and Marissa {all in front of the Lew's House before we left to go to the beach}

Cynthia Tsushima on March 25:
i survived hanging out with liz this past friday...and i didn't blurt anything i'm good for saturday!!! (i know how to act/pretend like nothing big is happening since i did it friday night :) haha) but i did i think it was funny how we started talking about wedding registries at dinner!
can't wait!!! yay!!!

Cynthia Tsushima on March 26:
SO, i noticed that Liz (like anticipated, hahha) is giving all these suggestions for attire for saturday...but shes really the one in the can someone please give REAL direction as to what we should wear???

Michelle Kawaye on March 23 (later that day):
As i'm sure you are all well aware... from the photo shoot email thread :D I got liz to suggest keri kaba(whom tommy has already contracted with to capture the proposal) as our small group photo shoot photographer! hahaha, soooo awesome! Keri suggest Corona del mar (which is where tommy will be waiting) to do the shoot at. I think we're planning to get to the beach a little earlier... like around 6.

Courtney Chow on March 26:
Liz suggested bringing different outfits and putting it together at Stacie's place. I... think color scheme is that important because we're mainly going to be contrasting with each other more than the background. {spoken like a fashion conscious photographer, I know.}

Re: from Michelle Kawaye on March 26:
I totally agree with Court. Liz is having a lot of fun putting together the color scheme so we won't burst her bubble.

She had NO CLUE at all.

Finally had a clue about two seconds later.

The reactions:

You can read Tommy's version of the proposal here:

Marissa Tanizaki on March 28:
Today is looking like a beautiful day ladies. The weather is perfect. Cant wait to see all you

Seriously, a beautiful day!
and the last email on March 30 from Elizabeth Lui: :)
Hello liars.

August 14, 2009

August 12, 2009

I'm a 90's kid...

I found this on Tumblr and while I'm sure I read it before, it just made me smile. This is a shout-out to all the other kids who used to watch Duck Tails and even though you can't remember all the words you remember "Duck tails, WHOO HOO! Good times....
You’re a 90’s kid if:

  • You can finish this [ice ice _ _ _ _ ]

  • You remember watching:
    -Ren & Stimpy
    -Pinky and the Brain
    -AAAAAAAH Real Monsters!-Rockos modern Life.

  • You’ve ever ended a sentence with theword “PSYCHE!”
  • You just cant resist finishing this . .. “Iiiiiiin west philidelphia born andraised …”

  • You remember:
    -Step by Step
    -Family Matters
    -Boy Meets World.

  • You remember when it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.

  • You got super excited when it was OregonTrail day in computer class at school.

  • You remember reading “Goosebumps”

  • You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes toschool.

  • You still get the urge to say “NOT”after (almost) every sentence … not

  • when everyting was settled by:
    -rock paper scissors or
    -bubble gum bubble gum in a dish or
    -daddy had a donkey inky binky bonky.

  • when cops and robbers was a daily activity.

  • when we played Hide and go seek until our legs grew numb.

  • You used to listen to the radio all daylong just to record your FAVORITE songof ALL time. [there was no such thing as limewire/torrent back then...]

  • “Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego?” was both a game and a TV game show.

  • Captain Planet. He’s a Hero.

  • You knew that Kimberly, the pink ranger, and Tommy, the green ranger, were meant to be together.

  • You remember when Super Nintendos andSega Genisis became popular.

  • You always wanted to send in a tape toAmerica’s Funniest Home Videos … butnever taped anything funny.

  • You remember watching Home Alone 1, 2 ,and 3 … and tried to pull the prankson “intruders”

  • You remember watching:
    -The Magic School Bus
    -Reading Rainbow on PBS
    - The Disney Afternoon: Gummy Bears, Duck Tales, Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, Gargoyles & of course Tail Spin

  • You remember when Yo-Yos were cool and you used to play hopscotch on the blacktop at school.

  • You were always wondering where Waldo was.

  • You remember eating Warheads and giant Pixie Stix.
  • You remember watching:
    -the 1st Batman
    - Might Ducks
    -Ninja Turtles
    -3 Ninjas movies. [ROCKY!!!! COLT!!! TUMTUM!!! ]
  • You wanted them to Free Willy and you wanted to play in the Sandlot

  • You remember Ring Pops.

  • You remember drinking Surge, and Tang.

  • If you remember when every thing was “daBOMB!”

  • When they made the new lunchables sothat you could make pizza AND tacos.

  • You remember boom boxes vs. cd players.

  • Making those little paper fortune cookie things, and then predicting your lifewith them.

  • You played and/or collected “Pogs” :)

  • You had at least one Tamagotchi,GigaPet, or Nano and brought it everywhere.

  • … Furbies.

  • You haven’t always had a computer, andit was cool to have the internet.

  • And Windows 95 was the best.

  • You watched the original cartoons ofRugrats, Power Rangers, and Ninja Turtles.

  • Michael Jordan was a king.

  • Trapper Keepers!

  • All your school supplies were “LisaFrank” brand.

  • You remember when the new Beanie Babies and Talking Elmo were always sold out…

  • You collected those Beanie Babies.

  • Carebears

  • Gak was the coolest stuff invented.

  • Lambchop’s song never ended.

  • The old dollar bills.

  • Silver dollars, which were cool to have.

  • You remember a time before the WB....

  • ....but there was Saved by the Bell and California Dreams!

  • You collected all the Troll dolls

  • If you even know what an original walkman is.

  • You remember wanting to sit on the orange Nickelodeon couch.

  • You’ve gotten creeped out by “Are YouAfraid of the Dark?”

  • You know the Macarena by heart. (ADMIT IT. You could do it for a million dollars.)

  • “Talk to the hand” … enough said

  • You always said, “Then why don’t youmarry it!”

  • You went to McDonald’s to play in theplayplace.

  • You remember playing on merry go rounds at the playground.

  • You remember the boy band explosion (New Kids on theBlock, N*sync,Backstreet Boys, 98 degrees, LFO, etc)

  • You always wanted to go on Guts!, Legendof the Hidden Temple, What Would You Do?, Double Dare, or Figure it out!


  • Before the MySpace frenzy …

  • Before the Internet & text messaging …

  • Before Sidekicks & iPods …

  • Before PlayStation2 or X-BOX …

  • Before Spongebob …

  • Back when you put off the 5 hours ofhomework you had every night.

  • When light up sneakers were cool.

  • When you rented VHS tapes, not DVDs.

  • When gas was $0.95 a gallon & Caller ID was a new thing.

  • When we recorded stuff on VCRs.

  • When we called the radio station to request songs to hear off of our walkman.

  • When checking out drawing books and that one book about the rainbow fish from the library was THE cool thing to do.

  • You had slap braclets!

  • Heathcliff & Garfield.

  • ...Before we realized all this wouldeventually disappear.

August 11, 2009

The best German friend....

....I have in the Czech Republic is Katrin.

Most commonly know as Katrin Mellwig. BUT NOW, after this past weekend is officially Mrs. Katrin Lippa. :D And I am so happy for her & her new husband Jirka.
(Here I am cheering on the new Mr. & Mrs... hey, t's weird seeing my own face on the blog. )

I'm giving you a big hug from San Diego! You're going to be an excellent wife. <3

August 4, 2009

A Day at the Museum

So I've already introduced you to my amazingly artsy (and ridiculously stylish sister)...

One thing I really wanted to do with her was go to a museum in Los Angeles while I was home for Christmas. With all that LA has to offer in style, I had never really taken advantage of it while I was living nearby. Granted, I didn't have a car till I moved to San Diego but you get the idea. I reserved her for the day and made it my goal to push myself artistically beyond portraits (which I love so dearly) when we went to MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art). While I didn't stretch myself too far because the main thing I wanted to see was the Vanity Fair Portrait exhibit (WHICH I LOVED!), I was able to experiment juuuuuust a little. And I also discovered that while my sister thinks Modern Art is pretty cool... but its just a little too weird for me. I seriously don't get it and can't make a connection with it. It's ok... it was one of the best days I had with her in awhile.

August 3, 2009

Strawberry Fields, originally uploaded by Courtney Lynn.

Feet that constantly move to music {even when there's none playing}...
Eyes that take the world in all at once
{takes mental photographs on an minute-by-minute basis, thanking God for what He has made}...
Sings in the car, in the shower, in the kitchen {but no good in karaoke}...
Arms that want to fly {but settle for climbing trees}...
Thinking a million thoughts and dreams {but struggling for the words to describe them....}
Loves to write {but abuses ellipses}...

Bright colors make me feel alive. I take pictures.