Sunday, September 27, 2009

"Let Mommy Clarify," by Cannon Lee Chiang

You see, my Mommy is not as competitive as my Daddy. You know what she did on Father's Day? Well, she dressed me in Boston Red Sox AND Tennessee Volunteer gear. She took lots of pictures of me, and I mean lots. You have probably seen the post about it. I was like, "Ok, Mommy, enough pictures!" but she kept on because really wanted Daddy to know how much she and I love him. She FRAMED 2 of these pictures for Daddy to put on his desk at work.

Actually, I begged her to put me in that burnt orange outfit much sooner. I said, "Mommy, it's ok that that onesie is kind of thick and would be better for cooler weather. I want to wear it NOW!" But she waited and continued to dress me in all of Daddy's favorite outfits. She is so selfless.

So...I just want to let all of you know that my Mommy says that I can be a fan of both schools and that I don't even have to like EITHER of them if I don't want. My Daddy is another story. Please pray for him.

Ok, well, that's all for now. Peace out.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Let the Battle Begin has started! The battle for the allegiance of Cannon Chiang!!! I (Oliver) am working against the odds since I'm in enemy territory but the lure of Tennessee Orange will be strong. How can he resist it!!!! We've got the Red Sox covered for sure. Now it's time for him to become a Volunteer!

On the first "cold" day here (yesterday), Leslie was going to take Cannon on a walk and wanted to cover him up a little more and she emailed me the Tennessee hoodie picture at work. As one can imagine, it made my day to see him covered in such a perfect shade of orange!

However, today she put him in a Texas onesie today! The decision is ultimately up to Cannon but the power of persuasion is STRONG when you're a VOL!!!! All it's going to take is for him to see Vols run out of the "T" and he will be a Vol for life!!!!

Game on!!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Happy Half Birthday, Cannon!

Ok, so as you may have observed, Oliver and I are not the best bloggers. I am better about posting pictures on facebook, so if you are not my facebook friend, let's do something about it.

There is much to update. Cannon turned 6 months yesterday! I can't believe it. Half a year already. This is such a fun age as we can play together more and he's very expressive. And I have to tell you, I think we have a genius on our hands. One day I discovered that if I started singing, "Pat-a-cake," while patting my legs, Cannon would do it too. Soooo cute. Of course we have shown it to all who will watch. Well, the other day, I figured out that even if I don't pat my legs and just sing the song, he catches on and starts patting his hamhocks, I mean legs. Future Valedictorian, say you?

I am also trying not to obsess over these "milestones" I read about in all the baby books. Every baby has their own way and timing of doing things. I was all stressed out that he wasn't rolling over yet. While visiting family in Houston, my physical therapist cousin showed me some exercises I could do with him to encourage him to roll. Doubtful, I did them with him every day. Last week at the dr's office, I had him on the examining table and voila! He rolled over! I thought it was a fluke, so I brought him home to try again. He did it again and again! Yea Cannon!!!! Of course I called Ollie right away and put Cannon on display as soon as Daddy came home.

Before now, he has only been eating rice cereal once a day to get used to the idea of solids. Yesterday we tried sweet potato and you should have seen his face. What is this food that actually has taste?

He is such a sweet baby and I thank God for him everyday. I have begun to pray that like Jesus, Cannon would grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52).

Sidenote: on Labor Day, we all dressed up in Red Sox gear to get free chicken sandwiches at Chick fil a. My parents were in town. Good thing Ollie had enough shirts for everyone!

and some five month pictures, since I think they are great!!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

4 months

Oliver here...and this is post is on a whim because I love these pictures and wanted people to be able to see these. The second picture is one of my favorites. Of course Cannon knows karate...It's innate after all...He's Asian!

We love the fact that he's also large...I mean chunky and squeezable. He's well on his way to blocking for Peyton's son for the Vols!

We are so thankful for him and that he's such a good baby and that he sleeps so well and is only fussy when he's tired or hungry.
Cannon unlaxing

We call this Cannon's "HEY YEA!" pose

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Father's Day

Cannon was such a trooper as I changed his clothes multiple times for a Father's Day photo shoot. I am pretty proud of myself for not sneaking in some burnt orange in the mix. I let Oliver believe TN orange is the "right" orange...just for the day. It was Father's Day, after all.

Some dear friends who knew Oliver during the Umbro days sent Cannon his own pair. They actually sent two pairs--one for now, and one for him (an adult XL) to grow into. Ollie said he'd try them out 'til then.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Little Fan

Our friend Cheryl sent Cannon some Red Sox gear. She sent a tiny cap and a Pedroia shirt. Ollie can't wait for Cannon to be able to wear them. Thanks, Cheryl!

Friday, May 29, 2009


It's been a long time. I have like 3 unfinished posts saved, but it's been so long that they all seem outdated. So...I begin again, and hopefully I can get something down before Cannon wakes up from one of his catnaps. He takes like 4 or 5 thirty minute naps a day. I asked him if he would prefer to take 2 longer naps, but he didn't say anything. I'm not complaining, though, because little guy sleeps like a champ at night! At 10 weeks he started doing some 7 hour stretches, and by 11 weeks, he's doing 9! One night this week he slept 7pm to 7am straight through. I woke up at 5 to make sure he was still alive. I do this alot. First I peek my head in his room to hear him breathing. Step two, walk up to his crib to watch his chest rise and fall. Step three, hold my hand in front of his nose to feel his breath. Anyway, I couldn't believe he slept that long at just a little over 2 months! He hasn't done it again, but like I said, I'm not complaining about the 9 hour stretches he does consistently instead.

I still can't believe he's ours. Ollie and I used to say that we were expecting his real parents to pick him up and thank us for babysitting him. BUT, I am so glad he really is ours. Right after he was born, the doctor placed him on my chest. All I remember is crying uncontrollably and saying, "Thank you, thank you, thank you." Thank you, God, for this precious gift.

He is smiling and "talking" alot now. I love putting him on my chest and talking about what we're going to do that day. He usually tells me he wants to eat, dirty some diapers, play, and sleep. So that's what we do.

I love watching Ollie with him. He loves to put Cannon on his bent legs and talk to him about the Vols and the Red Sox. He is a great Daddy and a great husband. There have a been a couple of times I have seriously flipped out (hormones, or just me?). I have cried, "I don't know who I am!" Ollie is so patient with me and loves me through my exhaustion, emotions, and loopiness.

I will try to post a good sampling of pictures. I saw the ones O posted a while back and Cannon looks so leeeetle. At our last dr. visit 2 weeks ago, he was 14 pounds and 23 inches.

12 week sonogram

On the way home from the hospital

About 1 month old

Two months old

one of my favorite pictures so far!

Why are Mommy and Daddy making all kinds of funny sounds? I'm smiling, ok?

Melt my heart. No, that is not a baby toupee.
Whew! Post complete.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Cannon's version of "Flipping The Bird"

First Blog Post Entrance Into Parenthood

Well, it's been over two weeks since Cannon entered this world and Leslie and I(Oliver blogging this one) are still in awe of him especially watching him change every day. I come home every day from work and wonder what happened to Cannon and who this new child is because he looks so different from the day before. It still feels like he is not ours and someone is going to come and pick him up and thank us for babysitting him for the last three weeks.

It's been surreal everyday and each day is filled with joy as well as frustrations of him getting to know us and us getting to know him. However, we're excited to see what the future holds as he grows and we learn more about his temperament and personality. I pray every day that I trust God and give Cannon over to him knowing that he ultimately belongs to the Lord and not to us but God has given us such a gift by giving Cannon to us and seeing what it means to be a father. It has definitely made the sacrifice that Jesus made for us even more amazing knowing that God willing sacrificed His Son to reconcile us to Him! It makes the Gospel that much more real and substantial to me when I slow down and think about it!

It's been great to have Leslie's mom here and I know that I am feeling some anxiety knowing that she is leaving tomorrow and we're going to be taking care of Cannon on our own without any experienced help for the first time. However, it's got to happen at some point so this week will be it and I know that it'll be fine. Sleep deprived but fine! Please pray for us if you read this blog. We covet your prayers and our thankful for those of you who have anticipated his arrival along with us and hope that, if you haven't met him yet, that you get to meet him soon. We're excited for him to meet all our friends and are excited to see him grow into a God-fearing man one day as well as the next All-American Offensive Tackle for UT (and we all know which one I'm talking about!!!!!!).

Monday, February 23, 2009


So let's talk reflections. First, let's talk about the reflection I saw of myself as Ollie and I walked past a window on our way to Korea House the other night. I couldn't help but exclaim, "OH MY GOSH." Ollie responded by saying, "Yeah, Babe. Your stomach HAS gotten a lot bigger lately." So brave of him. I knew he was right, and I wasn't offended. Cannon has grown so noticeably these last few weeks. I seriously don't know how my belly can grow any more, but my guess is that it will. I seriously thought today that I need to carry some heavy duty lotion in my purse because my skin stings so much during the day from all the stretching.

Today as I was chillaxing on the couch, I decided to take some video of my belly as Cannon rolled around. I thought maybe I could trick him into performing for me. I promise every time he starts moving like crazy, the moment I point it out to someone, he stops. I felt like Elmer Fudd trying to be vewy vewy quiet to sneak up on my little bunny.

Then I thought I would take a picture of my feet from my perspective. I couldn't stop laughing.

Anyway, went to the doctor this morning. I love my doctor. He is so kind and compassionate. Clearly loves what he does. He said that he expects to see me at my next appointment (next Monday), but that Cannon will likely come next week! I feel both excited and nervous. I could have my baby boy in my arms next week! If not next week, then probably the next! Either way, that is so soon!

Today I hung out with Mandy, Caroline, and Luke. Caroline was so precious. She said, "Cannon birthday party?" Mandy answered, "Yes, Cannon is going to have a birthday party really soon!"

Oops...I fully intended to "reflect" on more, but I'm going to bed.

Ok, I can't believe I am posting this picture, but what the heck.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Oscar Ruminations

As many of you may know, I (Oliver) love to watch film and have been trying to make my way through the films that are Oscar nominated films. However, I have little to no desire to see The Reader and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Milk is a possibility and so is Doubt but there are many factors that have kept me from going to see them such as time, lack of desire, money, and getting the house and myself ready for the arrival of Cannon.

This years list of Oscar films have been very thin. I have been extremely disappointed in what I've seen so far. Other than Slumdog Millionaire and The Visitor, every thing has been disappointing and uneventful. I feel as if this downward spiral is a result of the writers' strike last year and the trickle down effect to this year. The problem with the films these years is that the acting may be spectacular (i.e. Gran Torino, The Wrestler, and Frost/Nixon), but the stories overall are too thin to move for the two-ish running times of the film.

I'll take the fact that Clint Eastwood is doing great work as an actor in the twilight of his career but the story and the character he portrays are so extreme that the resolution and climax are too big of a leap. It is too far reaching. It's interesting seeing Eastwood dealing with the subject of death in the last couple films that I've seen of his (Gran Torino and Million Dollar Baby). His struggle with life after death and how that relates with the decisions that we make in this life are interesting, but the film falls flat on its face. Gran Torino is a two hour film that needed half of its length to get its message across. There is a redemptive overtone to the film but the story leading up to the resolution left me bored and empty when the climax of the film happens. I emphasized the fact that you have to have great acting with a great story and not allow one to fall by the wayside. A well told story should draw you in. It's not supposed to keep you at a distance. I never found myself ever relating with any of the characters or empathizing for them.

Same goes for The Wrestler. Mickey Rourke is fantasatic as well in this film and I hope that he wins the Oscar for his job here. I also love Darren Aronofsky and all the films that he has directed. However, even though Rourke's life embodies the character of Randy "The Ram" Robinson, the story, just like Gran Torino, spun its wheels for most of the one hour 45 minute running time. Rourke is very real and the story is much more down to earth and tangible than in Gran Torino because of the dysfuntion in his life and the despair he feels from being an over the hill, broken down wrestler and being an absentee father to his daughter. The story was too packaged. You see how The Ram is broken down physically and emotionally throughout the film but his digression is scattered and underdeveloped. The depth of detail with his daughter and his life outside of wrestling is disappointing because it doesn't give the depth to The Ram that the story around him deserves. If we are to empathize with him, there needs to be more to his character than the fact that he is a wrestler who is past his prime and who pines for his days of being in the limelight.

Frost/Nixon is an interesting story and the premise of the interview between David Frost and Richard Nixon coming together was fascinating but it's a topic that is more well suited for a documentary rather than a feature length film. It was educational to me since I knew nothing about these interviews or anything about David Frost. However, this film didn't have enough substance to warrant its two hour running time as well. I don't know if my life is getting too busy that I can't set aside two hours for a film. I just believe that if a film is going to be two hours, it should move and develop the story and characters to warrant it. A story should flow; not get bogged down and spin its wheels over the same plot lines and issues that have been revealed or resolved.

All these films are definitely worth seeing if you want to see actors at their best (Eastwood in Gran Torino, Rourke in The Wrestler, David Sheen and Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon). However, if you want to see complete films, you need to see Slumdog Millionaire, The Visitor, and Frozen River. This films stand way above the rest this year because, in my opinion, a great film will stick with you way after you have waled out of the theater or way after the credits have stopped rolling. Each of these films have done that for me this year. I just rented Frozen River last night and it hasn't left my mind. It's a devastating film. Melissa Leo, who plays the lead in the film and is nominated for best actress, is wonderful as the mother in this film. She plays a mother who is desperate and at her last straw perfectly. She is right on the edge throughout the film on whether her life is going to come crashing down around her or not and the decisions she makes draw her closer and closer to that edge and she brought me there right with her.

The premise of Frozen River is centered around Ray Eddy (Leo) who is a wife who has been abandoned by her husband a week before Christmas. Her husband is a gambling addict and left with all the family's money. What makes matters worse is that they had just put a down payment on their dream home, a double wide trailer home, which they are endanger of losing because she doesn't have the money to pay for the rest of the down payment for the delivery of the home. In the midst of her despair she goes looking for her husband and runs into a woman, Lila, who found her husbands car with the keys in it. Through circumstances, Ray finds out that Lila smuggles illegal immigrants across the Canadian border outside the jurisdiction of the border patrol because she lives on an Indian reservation. Ray ends up getting caught up into the trafficking of the illegals as a result teetering on the edge of doing what is right and legal or what she deems best for her and her two sons. The film and characters draw you in and the reality of the situations and decisions that Ray makes hit you right between the eyes. She wants to do what is right but also realizes the enormity of the decisions that she is making and the impact it will have on her and her children. What is the right decision? It is heart wrenching to watch these lives spin out of control but it also shows the reality of the ambiguity that can confront us if we allow desperation and the world to control us rather than God. It shows what a lack of hope and the absence of grace can do to lives. It also shows how decisions that we make have repercussions and that we are responsible for the decisions that we make. The fact that we have a Creator that has gone the distance for us, gives us hope and should never allow despair to reign over us.

Slumdog Millionaire, The Visitor, and Frozen River are films that will make you look deeper into our lives and search out the Truth and find freedom from what the world tries to tie us down with. There can be freedom and that is a wonderful truth!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

34 weeks!

People have said that they've been able to learn a little bit about the personality of their baby while in the womb. One friend said that she would feel little hand strokes inside her belly. When her baby was born, and to this day, he strokes her neck while she's cuddling him. Another friend said that his mom felt him tapping his foot while she was pregnant with him. He's now an amazing musician whose primary instrument is the drums!

I think when Cannon is born I will have "a ha!" moments. He'll do something and it will make sense what he was doing inside of me. Right now he is Mr. Roly Poly. I can sit down and he'll give me a show. Of course as soon as I ask someone else to watch, he stops. Babies are smart. They don't like to perform on command.

I could be wrong, but I think Cannon is going to come before his actual due date (March 12). I would like him to bake at least until 37 or 38 weeks. It's crazy to believe that that is only about 3 weeks away. I keep telling Ollie that our lives are about to change and we don't EVEN know how much. Are we ready? I think we are as ready as we can be. Sure, there are things I want to do around the house first. My mom is coming in a few days to help me organize and get the finishing touches on Cannon's room. But as far as being "ready" in other ways, I think we are. I am comforted knowing that God is sovereign. He loves Cannon more than we ever will. When he was just a little peanut, God knew him. Every day is written in His book, before one of them has even come to be. He has clearly provided for Ollie and me thus far. Of course He will provide all we need to raise Cannon. We are so thankful for friends and family who walk with us. Friends who will remind us we are not alone and that we are not crazy. (Please!) Friends who will pray for us and help us point him to Jesus.

I just can't wait to meet the lil' guy!

Check out these photos my friend Sharon ( took for us last week!