Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Isaac's Baptism

This past Sunday Isaac Righter was baptized. Vincent and I, and several of our friends, were honored to stand beside his parents as they saw their son through this special event.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Happy Birthday Em!

Today is Emily's birthday!

So, last night I hung some candles on our tree...
(photo by Andy Montgomery)

...and we threw her a spaghetti party in our back yard.

Emily, I hope you have a great birthday!
I love you!!

P.S. Thanks to those who brought food and drinks!
More pictures on Flickr, and better pictures on April's Flikr...
(it's time I get a better camera :))

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Blitzen Trapper

After a VERY long week of work, I de-stressed Friday night by going to see Marty Marquis and his band, Blitzen Trapper. It was a rockin' show, they blew me away...and it's exactly what I needed; a foot-stomping-body-moving music. Pitchfork has them under Best New Music, and if you haven't heard them yet, go pick up their new album.

Marty surprised me at how hard he rocked out. When people mention him, I always think a) 'oh, such a nice guy', b) he's a quite natured guy and c) everyone got him confused with Isaac Wardell. I would never have thought he's a rocker-outer...mmm...but he is. The last time I saw him, we were at Paul and Mary's wedding, everyone was dancin' and he just sat on the sidelines telling me about what he and his wife were up to. When he told me then about his band, I never thought it would be country-rock, mild mannered indie pop or jagged art-rock. I don't know what I expected...just not this:

(Sorry about the little 'blackness' in the middle of the clip. I was trying to get Meg, Andy and Paul in the crowd...and it just didn't work...)

Anyways, all that to say: Go check em' out (if you haven't). And Marty - it was good seeing you again and nice show, I had such a blast!

Monday, July 23, 2007

A week and a day ago...

...we had a party in our backyard...

... Meg rented a 24ft water slide...

...for Diesel's birthday!

And yes, we all had fun till someone got hurt.
That someone would be 'D', who broke
his hand doing a backward swan dive.

No worries, he's doing okay.
And we still had a great time...
...so check out the pictures on Flickr to see.

As April mentioned, it's funny we are old
enough to afford toys like a water slide.
It's funny we still think we are
young enough to play on a water slide.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Another Friend Makes Me Proud

Here we are at Kristine's art show couple of weeks ago. It was a full house.
Vincent's article on the AVA's Emerging Artist's Exhibit has also come out on the Pulse. So you if want to know more about Kristine's art and the other artists that participated in the show, read the article!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Ruth, My Hero

Ruth is absolutely my hero. This past Sunday she participated in Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon. Ruth swam 1.5K down the TN river, biked 40K on highway 27 and ran 10K down Riverside drive. She was AMAZING, I was so impressed! If I'm correct this is her third race and there are more to come.

This is Tommy: her number 1 fan

This triathlon was my very first one to go see. I was so proud of everyone that participated in the race. I just can't get over what a body is capable of. Craziness. I gotta go see more!

We were so proud of you Ruth!!!

Here below is a video of us cheering for Ruth as she crossed the finish line.
Yes, Ruth had the loudest and largest fan base there.
The announcer couldn't say her name 'cuz we were so loud...sorry dude.
What can we say, we love her.

(I wish I got her as she was coming down the road. But I was so busy screaming that I only got her running by.)

photo courtesy by Mitch the Kate

Monday, July 16, 2007

4th of July Shinanigins

I am behind on my blog postings as I'm just posting about 4th of July. I have a ton of pictures to display from this weekend but I wanted to post these first.
So, the eve of the 4th, some of us walked across the walking bridge to check out the fireworks.
We tried to meet the Righters, but they were in the crowd so we opted to stay on the bridge. I can't believe how many people can fit in Coolidge park. I enjoyed the crowd though, this is the one time of the year where so many people from so many backgrounds come together. I got a kick out of the wide range of fashion...I wish I had to gutts to shoot pictures of each different styles. Anyways, there is something impressive about the masses joining to partake in a tradition together. There are no other holidays where EVERYONE gets together, you know?

The next afternoon, on the 4th, we all went and celebrated Independence Day in a more intimate setting at the Dixon's. We had BBQ, a little game of kick ball...

...a little bit of fireworks...
...and last but not least a little bit of sliding.
Ryan and Abby rented this thing for the 4th of July celebration and we had such a blast that Meg rented it again yesterday...but those pictures will be up later.

So thats it for now. Good night.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Friends in High Places

This is April Roe. She recently started cooking at the St. John's Meeting Place, one of the yummiest and yuppiest restaurants in Chatty. I've always have had friends working there and they have always given me special treatment when ever I go. This past weekend, Vincent and I joined some friends there after Kristine's art show. April was working hard and looked so kick-butt. She's wanted to be apart of the culinary world for awhile, so I'm super proud of her to see her in action. To top it off, I felt so cool as the server brought up a dish- 'from the chef'. Thanks April, for making me feel special. We'll stop in again, soon.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Grandimary, happy birthday!!!

As you can see in these pictures, Grandimary is the greatest grandmother as she is so involved in all of our lives. She has been one of the greatest blessing I have gained in being married to Vincent. I have never met such a great woman with such constant faith in our Father or a woman so loving and stable for her family. I have learned in these past couple of years that she is one person that I will always be able to count on - she is gentle, loving and full of wisdom. If you have not met her yet, I highly recommend you do.

I love you grandimary! I hope you are having a great birthday!

Monday, July 09, 2007

My favorite city in America is...


I visited Seattle a couple of years ago and fell in love w/ it. This was Vincent's first time and he fell in love too. You just can't beat the beauty that surrounds it and its fresh fresh air. I mean, come on! The first thing you see flying into the city is this beautiful mountain, Mount Rainier. I love this city!! It's big, but 'quainty'...if that is a word.

AND, ah, the fresh fruits, vegetables and the seafood. Oh! and there is so much to do! Vincent and I went on walks along rivers and piers, hung out at parks, sought out coffee shops and went shopping for records. If we weren't there for a wedding, there were so many music shows to choose from. I would consider moving, but I'm sure I don't have a good perspective on Seattle weather since I've only been there during the summers.

Anyways, enough about the city. The reason why we went was to see my two high school friends, Becky and Joel get married. The trip was amazing, not only because of our destination, but because of our time with my high school friends. For those who don't know, I went to Faith Academy in Manila, Philippines. The friends I made there have a huge part of my heart. We have been there for each other since way back when. And when ever we get together, it almost like we've never been apart (except for the fact that we are no longer 14 or 15 and lots have happend since then). We have attended each other's weddings, which oddly enough have always fell on every other year in August. (I got married August, 2006; Kip got married August, 2004; Bill got married August 2002 and Alcoe got married August 2000.) Until this year when Joel and Becky got married a year after me in June, and Joey and Becca will be getting married this September. Anyways, every wedding is so special to all of us since it's like a mini-reunion. This one was more special than the other ones for me since I got to share it with Vincent. I got to share with Vincent what I still consider a huge part of my life-my friendships with my high school buddies. It was amazing; Vincent fell right into the groove of things and got to know them more. He was considered one of them, as he and the other guys had usher duty at the wedding together. I couldn't have asked for a better time, especially when my two worlds were colliding...great times. Great times.

So, the company was great and so was the city. BUT, I can't leave out the incredible wedding we were apart of. Becky and Joel had dated in high school a decade ago, but it was only a year ago that God brought them back together. So the whole wedding was a celebration and praise to God, for His provision and faithfulness in bringing the couple a happy ending. Becky found this big tree to get married under and had white banners flying from the tree to the barn, where we had the reception.

The barn it self was lit with lots of paper lanterns and flowers. It was the the coziest wedding.

All that to say, the trip was perfect. It was Vincent and my first plane trip together. I have found myself the most perfect travel buddy.

But travel buddy or no travel buddy, it's always nice to be back home.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

EMERGINGCY: Kristine featured at Emerging Artist Exhibit

My friend, Kristine Zacharias was chosen from a large group of applicants to showcase her art at AVA's Emerging Artists Exhibition. Tomorrow, there will be a Reception from 5:30 - 8:00 P.M. at A.V.A. Come join us as we celebrate Kristine's art.

The show will be up till August 24, 2007.