Monday, November 30, 2009


It's always a little hard coming home after being away for a while. This time was Thanksgiving in Idaho with Mike's family. We've been home for over 24 hours and still feeling a bit disorganized and suffering from trip-coma.

Carter slept for 14 hours yesterday and I only wish that I had as well.
It's good to be home.
We miss the family already.
Lucky for us we have no plans to fly anytime soon.
Will post pictures and Thanksgiving highlights in the next few days... Maybe.
Hugs, A

Sunday, November 22, 2009


We saw snow this morning and I think we were the only ones excited about it too! Mostly because we won't have to suffer through the bitter cold and digging our cars out for the rest of the winter. It stuck for about an hour and has since melted away. But I can attest we did see it!

Last night Owen said "Nana" for banana! He's also saying "Mo" for more, "buh" for ball and still saying mama and dada.

Carter has been sleeping in a big boy bed for two days and is doing great. He hasn't woken up in the middle of the night once and has managed not to roll off. He's a big happy boy!

Also saw New Moon yesterday. I liked it, not sure if I loved it. It was afterall my least favorite book in the series. The special effects were so much better this time, there's still some not so great acting but because I love the books it makes me love all of the characters anyways. Maybe I just need to see it again to be sure. It was a treat, thanks Charlotte for taking all of the girls! The highlight so far. :)

That's it. More later and pictures soon enough.
Hugs, A

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Our toddler is mastering the skills of being polite.

I love his little voice. It's hard to say no if he asks like this. Makes me feel like we must be doing something right around here. Thanks for keeping it real and reminding us to be polite Carter.
Love you cute boy!


We've had some busy days this past week. Crazy thing is I can't even recall specific events that made it so crazy, it just was. Everyone is doing well and we're all still trucking along getting things done and trying to enjoy each day together.

Owen, the great remote snatcher. Owen-zilla.
Carter took it upon himself to take care of snack time last Sunday. He got the puffs off of the counter and then dumped them on the floor by Owen to share. SO helpful these days.
After church last Sunday. It was a long morning, I think we all look a little tired. After this photo came lunch and much needed naps. First time for Owen. Falling asleep while eating. I love that he used his hand to cushion his head. Owen also pointed for this first time today.
That's it for now. It's been a night to catch up the blog and after the holidays I'm sure I'll have more to share. Hope everyone else is doing well too!
Much love- the Dilles


Friendships can start just about anywhere.
Sometimes that is just what you need, like a fresh breath of air, a new friend.
Lisa and I met at the gym and quickly hit it off and so did our kids. She has a little boy a year older than Carter, but they still love to play together, and a little girl a few weeks older than Owen. Isn't it funny how things happen? Just one conversation on the treadmill over the summer and from there a blooming friendship. I can't get enough of this girl. We always have a blast together and for the past 11 weeks we've been doing a crazy marine workout. She's become my running buddy and together we went from not running to running a mile in under 8 minutes.
So we decided it was time to go on a double date in hopes that our husbands would also hit it off. We went to dinner and then bowling. It was a lot of fun, in that embarrass yourself by not having any bowling skills, sort of way. By the way bowling on the weekend nights is way more fun with the black lights. Some how gutter balls just don't seem so bad in the cool lighting of the disco balls.
Justin and Lisa.

Mike was the bowling king of the night. Strike after strike and then a spare. He bowled a 147! Where did that come from hubby of mine.Believe it or not a did manage to get a strike, maybe two.
Double date night number two won't be far away. But next maybe mini golf.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Treat or Trick?

Or Trick?
Happy Belated October.

We had family pictures taken in October with our friend Amber, who also did Owen's newborn photos. I just ordered my photos and love them. The two above were out takes of the boys and fit perfectly for October. A little late on the blog, but I still wanted to share. Owen's face cracks me up. Carter is a lot about "mine" lately and learning to "share." Needless to say, the pumpkin didn't make it any farther into our photo shoot.

Photos taken by Studio Celeste ( and highly recommended.


What they are up to this week...Carter is all about snuggling on the couch. He lays all of the pillows out and wraps himself up in blankets and tells me "nite-nite." He loves to watch Dinosaur Train and Sesame Street when he's all bundled up. Every once in a while he'll let me snuggle up with him, it's hit or miss if he'll share his blanket.
He's also into making piles in corners. He takes all of his toys out and puts them in piles, then moves them all over the room in piles.
He puts everything in his pockets and before leaving school on Thursday when I emptied his pockets he had seven little classroom cars in one pocket.
Carter is also in the midst of a vocabulary explosion and is doing fantastic with his please and thank you's.
He loves reading right now, takes two books to bed each night and is constantly asking for "mommy/daddy read more please."
Owen is getting two molars and is a little miserable. Both teeth are on the top and have just started to poke through, I have a feeling in the next few weeks the bottom ones will come as well.
Owen is bottle and formula free now. It's been three days and he's doing really well with the adjustment. We did it slowly and he hasn't seemed to notice the bottle is gone. He's a little unreliable with drinking milk and that has been my only challenge right now. It takes a little coaxing. He's a much pickier eater than Carter was and loves yogurt, hot dogs, peaches and pumpkin pie right now.
He's exploring everything these days and is always on the move. Dressing him is like wrestling an alligator. He has caught on to what toys he wants and now protests when Carter takes things from him and tries to replace it with something else. He loves balls and boxes right now and is becoming very good at putting smaller objects into bigger objects.

We're working on signing still and he's starting to catch on to "all done" and "more." In fact he now will tell you more, "mo." Carter even works with Owen and likes to sign for him.
We're all a little pumpkin pie obsessed. It's only the beginning of November and we've already purchased four pumpkin pies from our local wholesale club. Is that bad? About one a week and even so I have to talk myself into not going to buy another one when we eat the first one that week. I love this time of year for the food. Now if it could just get a little colder so I could wear my long sleeves happily while I am eating pumpkin.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


So I had my hair cut this afternoon by a new person and at a salon.

For the past year a good friend of mine has been cutting my hair during the boys nap time at the house. Spoiled, yes I know. She was fantastic and I'm still sad she moved for more than just hair reasons. :)

It was nice to get out and have some girl time. I still miss coloring my hair but having it shampooed and styled was a treat. The cut turned out great. Just a little shorter than I had planned. My fault, I always think just a "little" more and then after wards second guess myself.

So Mike comes home tonight looks at my hair and tells me he likes it. He then continues to tell me, I'm glad she cut more hair off because now I feel like I got my moneys worth.

He's right it wasn't cheap but I like it. Give me a few weeks and it'll be the perfect length.

Thanks for keeping it real honey.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Zoo.

Happy Halloween!
Halloween night we headed to the other side of town to trick or treat with the Ramages. It had been a while since Carter had seen Tayson and we knew this would add to the excitement of the night for him. We're not sure he really understood what was happening, but he did say "trick... treat" and "thank you." The problem was trying to keep up with the super fast Ramages, Will and Tayson, and once Carter got candy he would just stand there at the door. Not sure if it was the Halloween decor or what. Owen would have been happier walking and not in the stroller, but I forgot to bring him a bag and was afraid the bigger kids would run him over. Seriously, there's no slowing down a big kid on a mission for free candy. We were out for about an hour and that was perfect. Enough time to fill up his car with candy and enjoy the brisk night.

Halloween modes of transportation.
Owen was pushed around. Carter ran, walked, lagged behind and the last few houses Mike carried him door to door. The very last house.
Candy glazed eyes. The saddest giraffe I've ever seen. He was mad I wanted a picture. Isn't his car bag awesome?
Halloween Dry Run a few weeks ago.
Zebra Vs. Giraffe.
Ready, Set, Go!
This was almost a month ago when Owen was still getting the hang of walking and his is just so stinkin cute in the costume waddling around. The boys loved dressing up and playing. Puts a new meaning to our home being a zoo.