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Portland, Oregon
Wife, Mother, Writer
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First this happened: Alex finished Kindergarten and is now, officially, in grade school. Oh my. It seems Kindergarten was great for him and he's learned a lot and has become more confident when trying to learn new things. In the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at Dillierama
I am SO ready for summer to start! While many of my other mom-friends are dreading the next three months, I Can. Not. WAIT! Alex has been in afternoon Kindy because when he started school last Fall John was working... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2012 at Dillierama
The sun has finally come out here in the PNW, and we find ourselves in the midst of a Vitamin D high. It's kind of like being drunk. You love everyone, everything makes you happy, your surroundings are suddenly SO... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at Dillierama
When we moved into this apartment, I loved that the buildings were a bluish green color and kind of just blended into the trees and bushes on the hills. We didn't live here long before the complex was on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at Dillierama
On January 1, 2013 I would really like to be able to say that I managed to keep all of my resolutions. To that end, I am adding an element of accountability throughout the year, just a checkin to see... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2012 at Dillierama
I'm becoming increasingly aware of the fact that John and I are very likely living the best years of our lives right now. That today will one day become the "good old days" we look back on with fondness and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Dillierama
I'm asleep, but the feeling of being watched is beginning to rouse me. I'm pretty sure it's Max, he sneaks into my bed every night, but usually he's curled up in my arms with his back against my belly. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Dillierama
Alex's bottom tooth has been wiggly since, what feels like years. He'd wiggle wiggle it all day long, but it wasn't going anywhere. Then I noticed his adult tooth was coming in already, behind his wiggly baby tooth. Like a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at Dillierama
When I wrote about holiday traditions, I completely forgot to write about the Christmas Eve family game! We've been doing it since we had Alex (and I think it's something John's family did when they were younger). Last year John... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at Dillierama
Stay on our current eating plan. We've been doing a Paleo-type diet since October and have been very happy with it. I say Pale-type because while we eat mostly fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and meats, we're still eating some processed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Dillierama
I can't believe this is my fifth year doing this review (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 ) 1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
 Made money by writing. Sure, it wasn't anything exciting or all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Dillierama
For the last couple of years John and I have tried to start some holiday traditions. Strangely, both of us came together with only one or two family traditions to pass down to our boys. Aside from Santa, there are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2011 at Dillierama
John and I started on a diet (or as John insists a "Lifestyle") the first of October. We've both lost weight, but he's been wildly more successful than I have. I suppose my post-baby body just doesn't lose weight the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2011 at Dillierama
A couple of weeks ago John changed his work schedule. He used to work 2pm-11pm (but he'd actually leave for work at noon and come home well after midnight), now he is working 5am-2pm (but he's getting home closer to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at Dillierama
This year John had to work on Thanksgiving, so we had our big meal the Sunday before, which was awesome. Since John and I are following the Paleo diet, we had a sugar-free, grain-free, dairy-free, low-glycemic-index meal. Roasted rosemary and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2011 at Dillierama
Halloween is Alex's favorite holiday by far. He looks forward to it all year and once his birthday is over, he goes into Halloween overdrive. (Max would like me to mention that he likes Halloween, but it's not his favorite... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Dillierama
I'm pretty sure John was the only male, perhaps the only HUMAN in the greater Portland area without a tattoo. Until today: He's been talking about getting a tattoo for years. Back when we were still living in Utah even.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2011 at Dillierama
We started using our fireplace this fall, after 2 years living in this apartment, cursing the fireplace and it's uselessness and bemoaning the huge chunk of space it takes up in our tiny living room, and one day I looked... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at Dillierama
I ask John if it weirds him out at all to look at Max and see a 3 year old version of himself. He says "I don't see it. I don't think he looks much like me" ...Are you BLIND????... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at Dillierama
That boy right there, yeah he's my son. My six year old Kindergartener. What a handsome little boy we have. Or, "medium boy" as Alex likes to refer to himself because Max is a "little boy" and Dad is a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at Dillierama
Alex turned six on September 25th, but Typepad and IE were not getting along and I was having trouble posting about it. They seem to be on a truce right now, so I can FINALLY wish my first boy an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at Dillierama
Jamie has shared their blog The Dillier Man Blog
Sep 15, 2011
He's really loving it so far, he's excited to go every day. For me the transition from being the mother of a toddler/preschooler to school-aged child has been a little more difficult. It feels a bit unreal. Whenever I go... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2011 at Dillierama
10 years ago today I was all set to meet John for the first time. We had been emailing/chatting with each other for the last week or so and we had made a date to meet that evening. At the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2011 at Dillierama
On Tuesday I was complaining to one of my friends durng a playdate that Max just WOULD NOT give up diapers. That I was sure there was no way he'd be potty trained any time soon and we'd be lucky... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at Dillierama