For Theo's first birthday, Jenn and Sanyo threw him a fun birthday party with the best theme (one that brought back so much nostalgia): "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" (by Eric Carle). It was perfect for Theo, because just like the caterpillar in the book, Theo loves to eat food! I loved how Jenn had prepared all the foods from the picture book with matching illustrations printed and displayed next to them. Joanne made so many colorful cookies that also looked exactly like the ones from the book (they looked too good to eat!). Jean painted a photo backdrop for the kids (and adults!) to stick their faces behind so they looked like caterpillars eating various foods (lollipop, slice of cherry pie, sausage, and cupcake). Everything was so creative & fun! After enjoying some tacos, Clay and I had a great time relaxing by the pool as we watched all the kids swim and Jack jump through the floaties (made us feel a little like we were at Sea World lol). Theo was so good during the cake cutting as he took photos with his mommy & daddy and all his grandparents. By the time we finished taking family photos, he was so ready to dig into his homemade blueberry smash cake that Jenn made just for him. "The Very Hungry Theo" sign next to him was way too fitting. Happy 1st birthday, Theo! Can't believe how much you've grown since the last time I photographed you when you were just one day old!
Celebrated Mia turning 1 year old with a Mermaid-themed birthday party! Clay and I helped make some simple seaweed skewers using some green sour belts on the morning of. All of the under-the-sea-themed foods that everyone prepared came together so well: mermaid mac 'n' cheese, octopus hot dogs, crab croissant sandwiches, starfish sandwiches, hermit crab strawberries, dolphin fruit cups (the dolphins were eating gold fish crackers), oyster & pearl madeleine cookies, grape kelp skewers, and colorful coral reef veggie tray. Everything on the table looked so good, especially with Joanne's teal & purple mermaid cake and assorted mermaid sugar cookies. Of course, the birthday girl looked cuter than ever that afternoon in her new mermaid outfit that Jenny found for her. Mia's grandma Jean made the most amazing photo booth backdrop for the occasion. Such clever use of streamers for seaweed and swimming pool noodles for a vibrant coral reef! Mia was the perfect little pearl to be placed on that light blue oyster. Had a lot of fun capturing her waving around her dinglehopper! Happy 1st birthday Mia! In your first year of life, we've hardly ever seen you cry, fuss, or get stranger danger. You are one of the sweetest babies that your Uncle Clay and I love to hold (and party on the dance floor with at weddings).
This Monday August 21, 2017 afternoon, my dear friends Jenn and Sanyo gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby boy, Theodore James Fong! Clay and I had just gotten back from our trip to Mexico and we were both so happy & relieved to hear that the entire delivery process was smooth and that both Jenn and baby Theo were doing great!
The very next day on Tuesday, I got to visit this precious little one-day-old. Even though many of my close friends have started having children, the miracle of birth still never ceases to amaze me. Getting to witness and hold a newborn always fills me with so much wonder and awe. And of course, I am always so crazy proud and impressed by my friends when they transition into this new life stage of parenthood. When I arrived at the hospital, Jenn was already up and about in her room, so surprisingly active for having just given birth the previous day! I watched as Sanyo changed Theo's diaper and cradled/comforted him after he got his afternoon shots. Tending to a helpless infant came so naturally. I already know that both Jenn and Sanyo are going to be amazing parents to this little one! And just from the back-to-back visitors from yesterday, I also already know that Theo will be so well-loved. He really does have a lovable personality from what I've noticed so far ;). The entire afternoon yesterday, he was so calm (barely cried) and curious. I documented as he slowly opened his eyes wide and started looking around, taking in all of his surroundings. He kept looking at me quietly as I took photos of him and even made Zoolander's Blue Steel face for a quick moment. I hope he knows that his Auntie Kim is so ready to spend more time with him whether it's during the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale, day trips (or half day trips) up to SF, and of course, family camping trips to Yosemite when he's old enough!
On the morning of New Year's Eve, I was happy to help take some family portraits for the Mok family. I actually have been taking annual family photos of Fred, Judy, and their four kids since the winter of 2010. I can't believe it's been that long and that we've managed to keep up with this every holiday season! This sixth year, Judy wanted to have a larger family portrait session including Fred's parents, YC and Min, and Fred's brother, Jason. It was quite a special opportunity to be asked to capture 3 generations of the Mok family on the last day of 2015. My favorites were definitely the silly ones in front of the grandparents' doorstep ;) One of these days, I'll have to compile photos from all the previous years to show how much the kids have grown, but for now, hope you enjoyed these and happy new year!
This Monday afternoon, I got to give a family photo shoot to my dear friends, Elanor and Edwin, and their one year old son, Asher! Ed's parents also joined in for some fun and they definitely shared so many sweet and endearing moments with their grandson :) I was so glad to be able to capture little Asher doing some of his most favorite activities with his family. At one year, he's already loving his books so much, he can read them over and over...and over again. He's also got quite a few words under his belt, including "bubbles" and his favorite... "more!!". Aside from his red doggie pacifier, he has three favorite stuffed animals at the moment: Morton the sheep from England, Snowflake the little white owl, and Lord Waddlebury the giraffe (that is also a blanket). When El asks him what sound Snowflake makes, he knows to answer with a little "hooo hooo." And the greatest thing of all, Asher can even sing one special little tune that he learned from his mommy...wa-wa-wa wa waaah! There's just too many lovable things about one year old Asher right now to note and to remember, but hopefully these pictures will help to keep some of these memories!
Just capturing as I go.