Monday, November 23, 2009

Technically speaking

We've had some technical difficulties around here lately, and by technical, I mean as both "technical problems with the computer" and that I am "technically lazy." So before I flit off to bed (by way of folding the giant pile of laundry "resting" on my bed), here are some pics of our trip last week (or maybe the week before, but who's counting??)

I think (and hope) that this is one of the ways I will always remember Graham at this age.

At the end of our first hike with the boys. Graham's legs got tired so he stopped walking. Completely stopped. So poor Evan got evicted from the super baby carrier, and back into the [best thing in the world, but not ideal for hiking] sling. Next time, we won't go look for a waterfall in the freezing rain. Rookie mistake.

Each night of vacation ends with ice cream. Always. And Graham reminds us throughout the day that we will have ice cream for dessert. This is a rule.

I'll be back soon with more, I promise.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

We are pretty safe around here... especially with two SUPERheros in our house. We've had these costumes for a few weeks, and they are almost worn out!

I have to say, I'm not really into the whole scary Halloween business, but I do love seeing all of these kids dressed up.

Evy runs around singing, "Nananananananana, Batman!" And whenever someone says Batman, even if he isn't in uniform, he looks down and points to his shirt where the bat sign should be.

And watching Graham (and all of his sweet little friends) using their imaginations! I don't know where he has picked it up (because obviously he hasn't seen the spiderman movies at this point), but Graham shoots "webs" out of his hands and runs around the house protecting us. I love it!!

Yes, I also think that the Spiderman mask looks like something someone might wear to rob a bank, and I assure you that the mask is going to disappear by the end of the weekend!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Two pictures I have finally caught on "film"

I have been trying to get a picture of Graham actually smiling for weeks now. Not his cheesy smile, or his "photo" smile (which is really more like a smirk), but his joyful, loving life as a three year old smile.
And Evan P. He leads everything with his eyes, and it makes his face just a great thing to watch. Oh, I love these eyebrows!!

Evan's funny dance

This video will make you laugh... or at least it makes me laugh every time I watch it!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall Fun

We headed out the the pumpkin patch on Saturday and as you can see from the pictures, the boys we're a bit out of sorts. It was a beautiful crisp fall day, and I had a hot cup of coffee in my hands, so it really couldn't have been much better.

I promise, Thursday will be the beginning of the alphabet...

Friday, October 09, 2009

Well, I'm already failing...

I went to check my e-mail this morning about a play date that we have today, and when the computer screen lit up, I realized that I had stopped my A post for yesterday, and the boys never napped, so I never got back to it. Hmmmpf. Already behind.

Being already behind, I figure I'll just put some pictures up to take up space. Funny thing. Although I have just committed to getting back into blogging, I have find myself daydreaming about what to write about next...

Back to the play date we have today. Not only am I excited because I adore the ladies who will be there and all of their kids (which is not always the case, indeed), but it is also an impromptu birthday party. Graham loves birthday parties. The sweet sugar deprived child loves any excuse for cake and maybe a little ice cream. We talked about it for most of the day yesterday, and on into the night. It was even the last thing he asked about.

G: "Momma, can I wear my skeleton socks to the birthday party tomorrow?"
M: "Of course. It's time to go to sleep. Good night. I love you."
G: "I will wear my skeleton socks. Does Evan have skeleton socks?"
M: "Nope, only you. It's time to go to sleep. Good night. I love you."
G: "It's ok if Evan doesn't have skeleton socks. Maybe he could just wear clear socks. But he can't wear red socks. No red socks at the party."
Clear socks?? No red socks at the party? Apparently I have missed some of the mores regarding childrens birthday parties.

Back to today. Birthday party day. Graham woke before everyone else. Ran to sleeping Evan's room, opened the door, peeked in and said something, slammed the door, and ran into our room and said (in a stage whisper), "Mom, it is birthday party today, and I'm wearing skeleton socks! And Evan is looking for you because he is awake."

I love my kids. And now it is after bedtime, and I am finally posting yesterdays post, breaking all of my own rules. And here's some pictures of the boys to win you over. Graham is wearing his skeleton socks above. He also decided that he needed to wear his (blue) sandals with said socks. As one of my friends said, "He just needs a metal detector or something."

And Evan just wanted in on the picture taking.

Monday, October 05, 2009

In the Land of Boy

We are currently in the land of boy, and having so much fun. Bugs, pirates, super heros, dirt, cars crashing, mud puddles, dinosaurs, we've got them all.

Evan has really grown up in the past few months, and I don't know what I was expecting, but I can't hardly believe what good friends he and Graham have become. They are buddies. They are hardly able to wait for the other one to wake up from his nap, and as soon as they are together they hug and roll around for a few minutes before getting back to business. Graham definitely takes his older brother roll seriously, and is constantly herding Evan away from "danger." And Evan playing the perfect little brother, wants to do everything Graham does and have everything Graham has... driving everyone around him crazy, because he really doesn't realize that he is one, not three.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Getting back to it...

I have been thinking about this blog post for months now. Months. And keep vowing over and over to start blogging again, if for no other reason than to have a record of the kiddos growing up.

And I keep putting it off. And putting it off. And putting it off.

Now it is time. I am making the commitment. (Can you hear me talking myself into this?) Mondays and Thursdays. New posts. Every week. From now until the end of time. Ok, let's just see how the next few weeks go. And while I'm at it, I might as well copy Katie's blog and do the ABCs of life as I currently know it. At least that way I'll have something to write about.

See you on Monday!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

"Can you say, mustard?"

We love hot dogs in this house. Particularly, Ball Park Beef Franks. Grilled on a charcoal grill. Don't even try to sneak in any other brand past Grady. And we also ignore all of the negative things about hot dogs. It's all about moderation.

So it's not suprising that this morning, when talking about his birthday meal, Evan said (as clear as day), "Hot dog!" and started clapping and running in place. We really love hot dogs.

As this is his first real word, I was pretty excited and called over to Graham. I told him what Evan had said, and Graham, completely unimpressed, looked at Evan and said, "Can you say mustard?"

Happy Birthday, Evan!

Sweet little Evan is one today. I can hardly believe how fast this past year has flown by. He is so grown up, walking and playing and getting into everything with the help of his big brother. But at the same time, he is still a baby, who, even though he doesn't really take a morning nap anymore, crawled up on my lap a few minutes ago and fell asleep.

When I was pregnant with Evan, Grady's sister, Dori, asked, "What if the new baby is as crazy as Graham." I smiled, naively, and said confidently, "God wouldn't do that to me." Well, funny thing. Evan is at least as busy as Graham and definitely more fearless than Graham, so I can definitely classify him as crazier than his big brother. But you know what, God definitely knew what he was doing. Evan fits our family perfectly. He would have been lost in Graham's shadow without his big personality. He is just perfect.

So, here's to Evan. I think one looks pretty good on him.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Now that Evan is fully mobile, the boys relationship has really blossomed. It has been so wonderful to watch them become "friends". It has also been pretty busy, thus the lack of blogging. These boys are busy!

Friday, April 24, 2009

New walking video!

I realize that this is long and I am obnoxious in the background. But, hey, I'm actually posting it, so that is something, right

This video is dedicated to Grammy, Evan's great-grandmother, because she said watching Evan walk was "better than TV."

So, without further ado, turn down the volume, exit after the first minute, and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Evan is walking!

Here is a video I took of Evan walking earlier today. He started taking a step or two last week, and by today he was really starting to take a few in a row. So sweet.

Friday, March 20, 2009

I know...

I know I should tell him not to.
I know I should tell him how dangerous this can be.
I know I should tell him that kitchen chairs stay at kitchen tables.
I definitely know I should tell him never to do this in front of Daddy. ;)

But I can also remember exactly how it feels to drag a chair to this very piano, climb up, and look inside. And I just can't tell him no.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I don't know about you...

But I think this may be the sweetest thing I've seen all day.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

You've found us!!!

Welcome to our new home! Let me show you around.

If you look on the right hand side, there should be a picture. If you click on the picture, it will take you to our web photo albums. From there you can browse around our pictures to find the updated albums. I intend to add most of the pictures to these albums, so check back there regularly.

I also hope to keep up with our goings on a little better now. So, I'll post some pictures on the main page of the website as well. That should cover our bases, and let you keep up with the Dieckert's in North Carolina.

Also, you can comment now. The old website got way bogged down with junk mail, so we had to turn off that function, but now the comments will work. Just click on the word "comments" beneath the post.

Besides that everything should pretty much be the same as the old website. We recently decided (as a family) to retire the websites, so we're here now. Enjoy!

I know this is probably not your first time on blogger, but I also know I will be on the phone with my mom for the next two weeks telling her where to click, so I thought I write it down for her!!