December and Holidays 2012

After Thanksgiving, it was already time for the holidays here in Atlanta! A lot of things happened in December, I had a party at school, decorated a tree, and even flew to Florida to spend New Years with Mom and Grandma while Dad was at a wedding!

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We had cookies at school!

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Hanging out with Dad at a photo shoot in Marietta, I was feeling sick 😦

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Decorating our Christmas tree at home.

Blog Photos | Miles December 2012 on the OM-D E-M5

Blog Photos | Miles December 2012 on the OM-D E-M5

On Christmas Eve I went to see my friend Leo at his house for a Christmas party with their family, Dad took photos

Blog Photos | Miles December 2012 on the OM-D E-M5

I like playing with Leo’s airplane

Blog Photos | Miles December 2012 on the OM-D E-M5

Blog Photos | Miles December 2012 on the OM-D E-M5

Blog Photos | Miles December 2012 on the OM-D E-M5

Blog Photos | Miles December 2012 on the OM-D E-M5

For Christmas I got some really cool new toys, I love to push the cars!

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Thomas even takes a ride sometimes

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Right after Christmas, Mom and Dad had to shoot a wedding in Texas so Grandma flew with me to Florida for the night. Mom came to get me the next day though after she was done with work, yay!

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I played for a few days with Mom and Grandma in Florida before going back home to Atlanta

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Playing with Mommy’s friend Neesha’s son in Tampa

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With Grandma

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Learning to fish with my Uncle in St. Petersburg

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Mom bought me a trike just like Grandma had so I can drive around at home too!

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While Daddy was gone I helped Mom with chores around the house

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I helped Mom with shopping too

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Tired from playing, Daddy come home soon!

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Thanksgiving 2012 by Dad

Posted by Dad (Zac)

Yesterday was Miles’ first Thanksgiving, even though I really thought it was his second for some reason. The last time we were over at Jessica & John’s for Thanksgiving was 2 years ago and Betty was still pregnant at the time, so I guess that’s why it seemed like Miles was with us last time too. Great food and great company of course. Took along the Olympus OM-D E-M5 for some quick photos and video, which I compiled into this short clip:

Now on this Black Friday we’re sitting at home trying to get some work done and finish up editing these weddings while Grandma takes Miles over to Centennial Park to see the holiday decorations. No days off when you work for yourself I guess, last night (Thanksgiving) we all watched the new Prometheus movie, but of course I was on the laptop editing photos a bit during the film =). Here are the quick edits of yesterday’s photos before I get back to it!

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

These snacks were really good and simple to make! Small little square pretzels, with a Rolo chocolate on top, and then during baking as the Rolo melts you put a pecan on top to smash them together. Great little bite-sized treat!

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

John brined the turkey with Guinness this year, very moist and tasty!

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Miles had A LOT of fun feeding the dogs treats.

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

John also made a really cool cheesecake pie hybrid thing, which was pumpkin pie but with a cheesecake layer beneath, very tasty!

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Blog | Miles' 1st Thanksgiving 2012 | Olympus OM-D E-M5

Miles Had a Good Day!

Today is the fifth class of Miles’ preschool. He still cried a little bit when I dropped him off this morning, even before entering into the building. He dangled on me and didn’t want to let me go. His preferred teacher, Ms. Kay, was not there yet. Poor Miles. 😦 He went straight to Ms. Kay last time when I left him.

After three hours, I was the first parent of his class to pick him up. He was playing toys. As soon as he saw me, he tried to open the door anxiously and then gave me the big hug as always. Zai Jian, Ms. Kay & Ms. Kim. He didn’t waive bye bye to them though.

We always wonder how he has been doing in the class since we can’t see. I know he didn’t draw like other toddlers because there was no work hanging up under his name. Oops.

But we received email and three photos from Ms. Kay & Ms. Kim: Miles had a fantastic day today. His best yet!

Woohoo! Congrats to our little guy. He starts enjoying his school life now.

I am 18 months!

Wow… I am 18 months old as of Aug 24th! I visited Dr. Elliott this Friday. I weight 24 lbs 14 oz, and height 32 & 3/4 inches.

As a tradition, it is time for family portrait like the one we did when I was six months old! Geez, I have changed a lot! It was not easy to take a family photo with me. I just don’t like to stay still for the camera. But we managed to snap a good smiley one. 🙂

Photoshoot by Daddy, finally

OK…I admit that I haven’t blogged too much for Miles, even this blog is borrowed from our fennglongphoto blog… sorry Miles!

Here is another random blog post for the week, at least in addition to the Dragon*Con parade photos I was able to show a few recent wedding photos from Kera & Eric’s wedding at the McGarity House! This past Labor Day weekend, in addition to shooting the parade in the morning and a wedding the rest of the day, on Sunday we headed over to Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee at Walton, which is very odd because it’s inside a gated apartment community. Awkwardness aside from ringing the call box to go to the coffee shop past all of the apartments, once you get there the cafe is overlooking a lush green park with views of the Chattahoochee River! Betty’s classmate Wei tries to get her reading done during the week here and suggested we plan a playdate for Miles and her son Leo while the adults enjoyed a beverage. I primarily took some family photos for them but of course with Miles running around I just had to take some photos of his cute expressions =)

Miles at Chattahoochee River

Miles at Chattahoochee River

Miles at Chattahoochee River

Miles at Chattahoochee River

Miles at Chattahoochee River

Miles at Chattahoochee River

Miles at Chattahoochee River

Miles at Chattahoochee River

Miles at Chattahoochee River

As both of the kids looked on im amazement at Wei’s jumping skills…

Miles at Chattahoochee River

Miles at Chattahoochee River

Miles wasn’t very pleased about having to climb around in the ferns =)

Miles at Chattahoochee River

Miles at Chattahoochee River

After running around in the park area we headed back up to Thousand Hills for a second round of coffee. To compliment the hot mocha I had earlier, I went with the Rwandan Chill to cool down after a very warm afternoon chasing kids. Both coffees were good, though the Frappucino-esque Rwandan Chill particularly hit the spot after working up a sweat. Taking photographs of children is not easy!

Hanging Out with Leo

I haven’t hung out with my buddy Leo for a long time! We actually see each other once a while in the swimming class but we can not really play in the pool. If you remember, Leo is one month older than me and we have been hung out since baby! Here is the previous blog.

Today, we had a photoshoot for Leo. We all went to a coffee shop by Chattahoochee river. It was so beautiful! While Daddy was taking photos for Leo. I was running around exploring! It was so fun!

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Leo had a pink ball so we played with it for a long time.
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After photoshoot, I went to Leo’s home. Other’s toys are always better. 🙂

Leo reads a lot, so let me see what he is reading…

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We read the book together, played the number blocks and made phone calls.

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What an afternoon! I had so much fun. Hope to play with Leo soon!

 

Preschool First Day

It was the first day that I was alone at the preschool. Daddy dropped me off in the morning. He found me Thomas and left me with a quick good-bye. What?! I am alone with strangers! I could not help crying. My teachers are Ms. Kim and Ms. Kay. They are so kind and nice to me. I felt slightly better and got distracted soon by the toys.

I don’t know how long it had pasted, but I saw Daddy’s face again. He was peeking on me. I was very very very upset. How could he just leave me there?! I cried so bad that I almost could not breath. I held him very very tight so he would not disappear. I mean, I like preschool, but I do not want to leave Daddy and Mommy.

Mommy apparently was concerned about my crying at the first day so she wrote to Ms. Kim and Ms. Kay asking how I was doing… urg.. . here is the letter from my teachers:

Miles did really well.  He did cry a little at drop off, but stopped soon after and had fun playing with the marble castle that he was playing with on Tuesday.  There were times throughout the day when he would get a little sad, but overall, he did very well for his first day.  Pick-up can be a tricky time for the children, as well, because they see other parents arriving and get anxious for their own parents.  In time, though, they learn that their parents are coming, too; then pick up is not so emotional.  : )  I think Miles is going to be just fine in no time at all; he’s such a happy and sweet child.

OK… I guess I did ok…hopefully no more tears next time? Who knows. I am a sensitive guy.