Tuesday, January 26, 2010


We love Showers in our House. Baths are merely a past time. Each night I turn on the water, undress the boys, open the doors, the boys jump in, we soap them up and then they play in the water forever. Most nights we have to turn the water off and pull them out and other nights Carter opens the doors and I have two wet naked toddlers to run down. All in all, I highly recommend it. They can play and I don't have to worry about them drowning each other. Less water to clean up off the floor and they are contained in a safe environment while I am able to enjoy them without getting splashed and tidy up a bit. Now if we do decide to have another baby (not anytime soon mind you), we'll have to move into a house with a bigger shower because right now two is alright, but three little people will surely be a crowd.
Best of all the Kiddos love it!
Half the fun are the crazy smush faces they make at me.So if you haven't tried giving your kiddos a shower... do it. You may have to give it a few days, but they will soon come to love it and I believe you will be singing our praises as well.

Ps- You will need to invest in some suction fish, or ducks, or pebbles for the shower floor. It can get a little slick for little feet and kiddos who may not be the most balanced at all times. Oh, and those alone totally count as a bath toy as well.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Quote.

Our Cute Boys.

It was another Sunday where I had the privilege to teach Relief Society. I always feel refreshed and refueled after studying my lesson and then even more so after teaching and hearing such wonderful comments and perspectives from the ladies in my ward. I'm grateful for my calling. I'm also grateful for the lessons in which I can walk away feeling as though I was able to teach with the spirit, that I was able to listen and share the things that were needed to be heard. This lesson was on God's Love. I really like getting back into the basics of the gospel and this lesson was a wonderful refresher on how each of us are a son or daughter of Heavenly Father that loves us. Although we are imperfect he loves us perfectly and knows each of us personally. What a blessing it is to know that and to believe in that. Here is a small insert from the lesson and from the talk from President Uchtdorf.

No, God does not need us to love Him. But oh, how we need to love God!

For what we love determines what we seek.

What we seek determines what we think and do.

What we think and do determines who we are—and who we will become.

We are created in the image of our heavenly parents; we are God’s spirit children. Therefore, we have a vast capacity for love—it is part of our spiritual heritage. What and how we love not only defines us as individuals; it also defines us as a church. Love is the defining characteristic of a disciple of Christ.

-From President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk “The Love of God,” Ensign, Nov 2009, 21–24

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Some Things...

Some Things about Owen...
  • I believe he may be the only toddler out there that signs for "more" tickles.
  • He's started to pray with us, kneeling down and folding his arms.
  • His new form of throwing tantrums is more like a high school basketball practice drill of "quick feet" accompanied by a high pitch squeal or low growl.
Some Things about Carter...
  • Just graduated from ECI (Early Child Intervention). They have been working with him for a year on his speech. He had his one year evaluation and turns out he is now right on development schedule and no longer needs the services.
  • He's a social butterfly and wants to play with his little friends ALL of the time and will requests them by name. If they aren't available he takes Owen along everywhere. He'll walk into the room grab Owen by the arm and say "come play O-we" and leads him into the other room. No longer is mommy the token friend, he's discovered playmates and enjoys their company way more than mine.
  • Birds. It's the highlight of our car rides these days to spot the birds out of our windows. He does a pretty good impression of them too.
Some things I am in love with right now...
  • The joy and relief that comes with actually following a budget. We've moved to a cash only system and since then it's a lot easier to decide what I really need vs. what I only want. It's hard passing over a $20 bill and it was too easy to swipe my "magic" plastic card.
  • Headbands. I am currently infatuated with this one and am determined to learn how to make them myself. Oh, and I'm also in love with a great scarf, solid sharp white tee and a pair of make you feel and look good jeans.
  • Not drinking coke. I'm cutting back and it feels good!
  • Quiet moments with the boys before bedtime when we read books, sign a few songs and have family prayer.
  • Watching the boys become best friends and seeing their genuine smiles and laughter. How in the world did I, crazy high strung mom, get so lucky?
Some things I am NOT so in love with right now...
  • The fact that I don't have a single photo for this post and haven't gotten my camera out in over a week.
  • Laundry, weeding flower beds, scrubbing floors, dogs with muddy feet, a screaming baby at bedtime or a grumpy toddler in the morning.
  • The harsh reality that it is once again "busy season." So quickly it came back into our lives. I feel like we were just doing the work all of the time, not have Saturdays, say goodnight to the kids on the phone, and miss Mike thing. I'm grateful he has a job, just not as grateful for this time of year.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Set.

Carter is the proud owner of a shiny new set of ear tubes.
He did so well before and after the surgery. You could tell this was our third time to go through this surgery (Owen 1, Carter 2). We knew what to expect and had no questions for the hospital staff or doctor. Gave Carter a big hug and kiss and told the doc we'd see him in ten minutes. He didn't cry when he woke up, just laid there and looked around. The only meltdown he had was as we were leaving the hospital because he didn't want to wear his coat. Go figure. We were in and out in just over an hour. The doc also told us that he drained a lot of gunk out of his ears so we should notice an immediate difference in his hearing as well. Making all of this worth it. Post Op the only thing bothering Carter are the nasty ear drops, but even then, we only have a few more days of those as well. So he's good. We're so grateful for all of the prayers and well wishes for our little guy.

A little unrelated side note that I've been meaning to write down.
Last month I was asked to say the opening prayer during sacrament at church. I walked up there, said the prayer, said Amen, and from the crowd I hear "thank you mommy." It was loud, but oh so cute and melted my heart. Love him!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Round Two.

Tomorrow morning Carter goes in for his second set of ear tubes. It was almost a year ago we were doing the same thing. However, I was much more unprepared, nervous, anxious and scared about it back then.

This time it seems so minor, just tubes, ear tubes to drain the fluid in his middle ear so he can hear and get rid of the ear infections that antibiotics can't kick. Or maybe it's the fact that I know they help and I know we have no other choice, or the fact that this will be my third time to take a child in for this surgery, that let's me be a little more at ease.

I'm still a little surprised his other tubes were just "sitting" in the canal and the ear was full of fluid again. A little disappointed that Carter is the 1 out of 4 that has to have tubes twice. But I know this is the best thing to do. They'll put new tubes in and take the others out.

So tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. we make the journey down to the out patient surgical center for Carter. My mom will take Owen in the morning and Mike will come with us to help and sort out the high deductible insurance bill we'll have from the surgery. Carter's a champ and I know he'll do great. It's a new ENT, so that does make me a little nervous. So, I'm asking, if you're reading this tonight, please keep us in your prayers.

On a lighter note, here are few photos of the boys.Owen and his tongue. Silly kid.
And just for a little fun...
Yes, he climbs on everything these days. He climbed, and stood all the way up on this three times. Each time promptly falling off, only to get back up and try again. I have to give it to him for being persistent, I do however wish he would listen when I tell him No.


Not all afternoons are created equal with two little boys.
Some days are tough.
Some days the only thing to turn it around are some SWEETS.
Like fresh homemade cinnamon rolls.
Made by the best mommy around...
my boys thought so!
Not the prettiest cinnamon rolls around. But for my first try I thought they weren't half bad. Took a lot of time to make and clean up. They were delicious, but next time I might just buy a can of Pillsbury Grands and call it good.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


This is what our boys do in the afternoon...
when they are bored with their toys.
I promise they did this by themselves.
I also promise that we did get them out...
eventually... after we took a picture.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Twin.

A Twin...
BED for Carter!
He's graduated from the crib into his very own big boy bed. It's been 5 days and so far he's still taking naps (shorter ones though), has managed to not roll off and hasn't come out in the middle of the night yet. The first night he was so EXCITED and kept telling us he was ready for "nite-nite." Thank you Grandma Dille for the awesome sheets and comforter making the bed that much more appealing to Carter. It's the biggest attraction on the second floor of the house right now. Making it a challenge to keep both boys from jumping on it and off of it during the day.

Weeks in Review.

The last few weeks have come and gone so quickly. We once again find ourselves starting a new year and with that the very beginning of busy season and I'm a bit sad.

I feel spoiled to have had Mike home with us for two solid weeks. I love the holidays. The lights, the feelings, the food, the gifts, the social gatherings and cheery music. It's always bitter sweet to take everything down and put it away. The house seems sad, empty and sparse, not just because the decorations are gone but because daddy is back at work. But even for that I am grateful. I'm grateful we can start 2010 knowing that Mike has a job and we have a home. Sometimes I feel like we call get caught up in wanting more, bigger and better things, but in actuality what we have is just enough. I'm learning to be happy with what I have, which is good in relations to the new family budget we are trying for the new year. Finding peace with where we are and being more receptive to the blessings I have been given. I am blessed and I thank the Lord each day for giving me the opportunity to be with my family. It's going to be a good 2010, I can feel it.

We did a lot in the last few weeks of December. We finished projects around the house and reorganized ourselves, including a master closet makeover and changing a lot of the colors in the house, ran a lot of errands, spent a lot time just playing with the kids, we went on a few dates with just the two of us, played some racket ball, went to the Houston LDS temple, celebrated the holidays, ate a lot of clementines, and we watched our kids grow before our very eyes.

OWEN 14.5 months.Owen is so much fun these days. Always happy and full of loves. He shakes his head no and shakes his entire body yes. He can sign eat, more, done, and milk. He's still saying a few words but finding other ways to communicate. We started the vacation with Owen getting a pretty yucky cold that lasted for a week and then turned into a double ear infection. It was the first time I had experienced draining with tubes, not so pleasant, but I'm happy he has them. He's all about blankies these days and sleeps with about four and carries one around with him, clutched in one fist with the other hand's thumb in his mouth. Owen is learning how to "play" and is starting to push his cars around and make car noises.

CARTER 2.5 yrs. Carter is a handful these days, well, who am I kidding, he's always been a handful. He loves cars, trucks, little people, snowmen, oranges, nuggets, old school Disney movies, watching football, going to church and playing with his friends. Over the break he's started putting more and more words together and trying to talk in small sentences. I still can't understand half of what he says, but he's still learning and can repeat most of the things I say. Right now his favorite thing to say is, "ah man" and he likes to say hi or bye "guys." I picked him up from nursery on Sunday and he turned to his friends pointed to me and said. "Bye, my mommy's here." I was thrilled! Carter has an imagination and likes to use the laundry basket as a boat and pretend he's a lion. He loved everything about Christmas this year and was a blast to watch as he took everything in.

Here are the boys together in their Christmas sweaters playing with the avent calendar I had growing up.

Mike and the Boys after church.
Owen and I Christmas afternoon. This is the best I could do with Carter. He's not a fan of sitting still to smile. I mean who wouldn't want kisses from their mommy, right?I know there will come a point where my boys will no longer let me pick their clothes out. Until then I plan to continue to rock the matching sweaters and gel their hair.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Christmas 09.

Christmas morning was full of traditions. Opening stockings, matching pajamas, hot cinnamon rolls, omelets for brunch and of course, opening presents to name just a few.

The boys had a blast. Carter thought every present was for him and therefor had a hand in opening all of them. Before you could get there in time he was opening another one, regardless of who it was for. He would open it, look at it, push it aside and say "mine...more presents." Owen was less entertained by the fiasco and maybe opened one. He enjoyed playing with the already open ones that Carter left a trail of.
Opening presents with daddy.
Owen 14.5 months
My mom spent Christmas here as well. She had to run off to work that morning, but opened her new digital camera first.
For Christmas I surprised Mike and had his CPA license framed. It was about time we took that thing out of the envelope and got it on the wall. We, I mean, HE worked hard for that. :)
Grandma Nelson knitted the boys hats.Carter's hat is a little small. Have I mentioned that our two year old is in 4t? Yeah, he's huge, in a tall Anderson sort of way.
The boys sitting amongst there new toys.
It was so nice of our families to send presents and have them under the tree as well. To know that even though we weren't able to be with them we were all still thinking of each other. Still amazes how fast time goes by and that we've made the transition to parents and raising families. We've moved on to building our own family traditions and the meaning of Christmas has also changed for me. No longer is it about what I want, but it's about other people. It's about service, warm wishes and quiet actions. I'm so grateful in the knowledge I have of my Savior and for the opportunity Christmas provides to celebrate his birth. He is the reason we celebrate and I look forward to continuing to teach our boys about the true meaning.

Christmas Eve.

This was our first Christmas at home. Although I was a little sad at first about it, it was so wonderful to be in our home. The stress was taken out of the holiday by not having to travel and worry about flights, weather and packing. We were able to relax and play and really just enjoy our two little boys enjoying Christmas.
Here is the Christmas corner of the living room on Christmas Eve with all of the presents. Until then all presents were stored on the dining room table away from toddlers and dogs. Christmas Eve my mom and I did some baking. I turned around for a moment, just long enough for Carter to grab the bowl of flour. He loves to help in the kitchen these days and insists he get to watch everything.On Christmas Eve both boys opened one present. New matching pj's. (Pictures in the next post). We went for a drive that night to see the Christmas lights and came home and ate Christmas cookies. The boys had no idea what was in store for them the following morning.


Christmas morning was full of fun. Starting with the stockings left from Santa. Carter was most excited about the Cars fruit snacks, and Owen was most excited about what Carter had.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Stay Tuned.

More Posts Coming Soon.
I know it's been a while and you're most likely going through Owen and Carter withdrawals. But don't worry... you'll get your fill of Dille posts in the next day or two.
With Mike on vacation and the holidays I just couldn't tear myself away from the family long enough to find time to post.
We are ok. I promise. Just busy.
So until then, enjoy Owen and his new headphones.
Hugs, The Dille's