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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...

Monday, November 24, 2008

magical again

I had forgotten how much I loved Christmastime until this year. Having Roan has brought back much of the excitement I used to feel. I remember lying underneath the tree in the dark, except the lights from the tree and looking up into the branches, pretending to be a small Tinkerbell flying through it.

He was so excited to see Santa (according to Roan, Santa is called Christmas) at the mall and since then, he's noticing the local decorations. We put up our tree and decorations (and took our holiday photos) on Sunday (we started on Saturday night) and he was so excited. He took many of the ornaments and was pretend playing with them. We did have a few casualties, as far as broken ornaments, but that's because I tend to stay away from the fancy stuff. Up until this year, we've had no issues with Roan touching the ornaments, but every day since I've found abandoned ornaments around the house. He also loves the tree lighting every night. So sweet!

When we finally got all of the ornaments up on the tree and turned it on, he said, "Beautiful!" It was so sweet! Finally, someone who appreciates my work! Unfortunately, I'm not much of a decorator and I tend to lean on the haphazard side, even though I love pretty things. The following are some photos from the night.

Below: He actually wanted to pose for photos with the bare tree. And yes, ours comes with lights. One day we'll have a real one, but for now...this is all that I can take.

Above: we took a Ka-cup (cupcake) break and thus the chocolate food marks on his cheeks.
Above: Roan's favorite ornament--Frosty.
Below: sneak peak of our holiday photos.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


How can this sweet little face already be such a trouble-maker? I got notice that he had to be separated from another boy at school and the bus because they were fighting. I feel so conflicted over this.

The bus driver told Mary, his daycare provider, that she thinks it's the bigger boy (not Roan). Roan doesn't have any issues with this anyone else, but the big one does. The little one (Roan) is only defending himself. Mary says, "What's a little guy supposed to do, but stand up for himself?"

Here's our conversion:

Me: What happened?

Ro: I fight.

Me: Why?

Ro: He pull my hair.

Me: So you hit him?

Ro: Yes.

Me: Did he hit you?

Ro: Yes.

Me: Is he your friend?

Ro: Yes.

We have our first parent/teacher conference on Monday night. I have no idea how it's going to go.

On another front...he loves baking with me.

Friday, November 14, 2008

impromptu test shot

I like to think that one day I'll look back and think this is so silly, but I was so excited to see this on my blogroll this morning when I opened the link to the Parentdish blog. Roan's photo was chosen as the "Image of the Day"!

I took a fun photo of Roan in his new hat--the one that Roan will be wearing in our holiday photos/card and just loved how sweet and happy it made me. He's actually wearing his PJ's and I have no idea how the background turned out black. It was taken in our office.

Here is the link: http://www.parentdish.com/2008/11/13/image-of-the-day-furry-friend/

I don't know how I feel about being referred to as "his".

Monday, November 10, 2008

preview: 1st engagement

A couple weekends ago, I had my first engagement session. I have to say that I really enjoyed the session! B and J were so fun and open to doing whatever I asked and it was so refreshing to see a couple so genuinely in love.

I also love it when clients come to the session with coordinating/complimentary and colorful clothing! It really helps to make the photos stand out.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

v family preview

A few weeks ago, I finally got the chance to meet the V Family. M designed my beautiful logo for me and due to my inexperience, I bugged her over and over again for the file in several formats. I have so much to learn...and so much on my list of things to do before I can be successful at this photography thing.

I loved this photo (below). They are such a cute family and this was such a fun shot! We only had a short session...almost a mini, but I managed to get some really fun shots of the family.

I even managed to get a shot of the family car in the background. I think it was the one that is cut off a little though. Around the park, it was resident parking only so we all parked illegally. In the middle of the session, a patrol car came around. All of a sudden, Dad disappeared. By the time I saw where he was, he was halfway to the car.

I can still hear Max's cute little laugh.
I think the Twin Cities is about three weeks ahead of us in Autumn weather. Our yard, finally has brown leaves like this down here.

Monday, November 3, 2008

golden autumn day

Roan learned about the candidates today at daycare. I asked him who he was going to vote for and he said, "Obama!" I thought that was hilarious! Seriously, no prompting from me at all.

We went for a walk yesterday morning while Choua fixed lunch. Seeing Roan enjoy the unseasonably warm autumn day, made me nostalgic for the endless days of my youth, when my biggest worries involved my not letting my sister catch me dancing to music in our room because she'd tease me to no end.

I think he loves being outdoors even more than I did when I was little. I feel so blessed to have such a sweet, happy, little boy. Words cannot even begin to explain how much I love him.

I don't know if it's more evil that I enjoyed taking this picture so much or that I actually took the time to put it into a storyboard. In his defense, I keep his jeans on the loose setting so that he can pull them off to go to the bathroom on his own. It's hard to see here, but he's got a little crack going on. It's so cute!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

fun in the leaves

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I could tell that he would love playing and jumping into leaf piles when he instinctively ran through the small pile that had gathered, naturally behind our house. All the while, yelling "Whee!" with joy.

On Saturday, Choua and Roan gathered up the leaves and called the neighbors over to have some fun.

Jackson kept jumping into the pile every time we would gather it up, before his sister and Roan were ready so this one time, below, Victoria jumped in first. You can see in the first photo, on the left, Jackson walking over to Mom, in tears. In the second photo, he's laying on the ground while Victoria and Roan are playing away. Ahhhh...classic!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

unfortunate x2

I lost my CF card with the photos from Halloween last night. :( It's somewhere at Millenium Park.

I also missed my chance to vote early. :( We went Thursday night but I decided to eat first and then they were closed. So I planned to go on Friday afternoon, but the polls closed at 11:30a.