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Thank you for visting my blog. When I started this blog, it was just the vehicle for which I had hoped to share photos of our life in Chicagoland with our loved ones, but it has turned into so much more for me. Life is ever evolving in our household and time no longer stands still. Every moment is precious and worthy of being captured and treasured. In addition, through my love of the camera, I have had the opportunity to meet and also capture moments in others' lives. It is my hope, with this blog, that when my memory fails me, the words and photos on this blog will remind of where we were. History...Through My Glass...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

in love with autumn

Just a few more days until we are officially into Autumn. It has always been my favorite time of year. I love the life it brings in all of its colors and the coolness of the breeze. I also love cuddling up and putting on layers.

In the past few weeks, our family has experienced quite a lot of changes. Choua started taking a college course at the local college and Roan started pre-school...or as he refers to it, "New School". In the same week, Roan also started soccer through the local community program. Mostly, he just runs around the gym and chases other kids. However, it gives Choua an extra hour to run while Roan is in class. And I started, slowly, but steadily, taking photos again and trying to build my portfolio.

It was so fun getting ready for school. We had been telling Roan that he will be going to a new school and that we needed to buy him a backpack. He got very excited and on the day we went to meet the teachers and the other children before school started, he looked up at me, from a far, and waved and said, "Bye, Mom". I told him I was staying and he said, "Go". Sometimes, I don't know how to handle Roan's independence. I don't know if I am a good or bad Mom.

We also got bus riding training that day. Roan was extra excited about riding on the bus. As we lined up to go outside, he grabbed my hand and ran to the front of the line and turned around when we got to the bus. Facing, the other kids in the class, he yells out, "Hey! Are you guys ready? Yay" while pumping his arms in the air.

One of the other moms asked me in class if he was my only child. She was surprised when I said No. She said he is so smart (he was very social and talkative that day) and friendly. Choua and I still don't know where he gets it from, since neither of us are that way.

BTW, I took the morning off to stalk the bus the first day of school and peeked in on the class. He seemed to love it all. I couldn't get pictures because I wanted him to start the process as he normally would and didn't want to confuse him so I only got some very bad camera phone pictures from like 100 yards away.

He's been riding the bus from his daycare to school for two weeks now. His daycare provider told me that he is still excited everyday. In fact, so much so that one day when he got on the bus, as happy as he is, the bus driver commented that he was so refreshing because most of the other little kids are sad, quiet and some are crying.

On the potty training front, after several months of unsuccessfully trying, Roan finally went #1 and #2 on the potty. He then started ignoring us when we would try. When we remind him that he can have a treat, he says, "Oh...no thanks" and runs away.

Last weekend, I told him that big boys go pee pee and poo poo on the toilet and that all of his friends at school do so also. I then asked him if he wanted diaper or underwear and to my surprise, he said underwear. We went the whole day with him successfully going on the toilet. I hope this continues.