How We Told Our Parents :)

Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I would NEVER pass on a cocktail or glass of wine, especially in a social setting.  That being said, Husband & I knew that our parents would catch on real quick if I all of a sudden stopped ordering a glass of wine at family dinners, so this was the perfect announcement idea for us!  I ordered these super cute wine labels from Etsy, and this DIY project was so easy, even this non-crafty mommy-to-be couldn’t mess it up!
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Here’s what you need:

1. a bottle of wine with an easy peel off label

2. your personalized wine label ordered from Etsy

3. some Goo Gone for any excess stickiness

Here’s what to do:

All you gotta do is peel off the label, wipe down with Goo Gone, and replace label with your exciting news!

Easy Peasy!

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PS ::  I have a GREAT video of my mom when she learned we were preggo, I swore to her I wouldn’t send it to anyone, I probably even told her that I wouldn’t show anyone, BUT… it’s too good not to share.  So next time you run into me, ASK TO SEE IT!!!  You will not be disappointed!!

In Other Dietrich News…!!!

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We’re having a baby!

Baby D seems to be settling in for the long haul and has a super healthy heartbeat, so I figured it was the right time to go ahead and announce our exciting news to the internet world.  I’m officially 12 weeks and 4 days along so I won’t be able to hide this bump for very much longer :) This mommy-to-be has been nauseous for about 3 months straight which is slowly but surely subsiding as the weeks continue to pass, I constantly crave Cinnamon Toast Crunch… literally all day every day, I’m still exercising regularly even though my energy level has not been favorable…  But I feel great!  I could not be more excited about this little miracle growing inside of my belly and I just thank God for His wonderful blessing to our lives!

{Baby D should be making their appearance on or around May 2, 2015}

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Our First Dream Home Is For Sale {Mixed Emotions}

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Well y’all, Husband & I are putting our first home on the market tomorrow… and… I’m sad.  We have known this day was coming for quite some time, but now that it is literally less than 24 hours away, I might just have a breakdown.  With all the renovations, updates, maintenance, and hard work we have put in, we have really made this house into a home.  Our home.

Looking back on the last (almost) five years, I’m thinking of all the good times of having family and friends over for BBQ’s and holiday parties, I’m remembering all the times our dogs would chase each other through the backyard and bringing me fun creatures as gifts, but most of all I’m thinking of my husband and all the loving memories we will forever hold in our hearts for this place.

In this house I have learned SO MUCH about homeownership!  I feel so much braver, and more confident, to handle anything and everything that could possibly happen in a home.  You see, for those of you who may not know me personally, my home is old.  I mean real old.  Built in 1920, you can only imagine all the small details that had been neglected for decades.  Pipes busting under the house (unknowingly) and filling the crawlspace with 3-4 feet of water to where it almost comes up to our floorboards… yea, that happened.  Seams in the flat roof that were not properly sealed which allowed heavy rains to flood into our living room through a ceiling beam… oh yes, it happened multiple times.  Wood rotted windows, mold, remodeling 100 year old bathrooms… my list of craziness goes on and on, but I love that this home helped me grow into adulthood and has taught me to not be scared. In these situations, you just gotta take a deep breath and know that everything can be repaired and/ or replaced.

After the sadness of knowing my house will soon be sold to a new family, and after remembering all the good times (and bad), now comes the anxiety of the unknown.  Will someone fall in love my house the way I did when I first saw it?  Funny side story, when Husband and I first started dating, he brought be back to his hometown, which is where we currently live :), and he was driving me around this town showing me all the sights… and he took me around the lake with all the big fancy houses and when we drove by this one particular house (that was for sale at the time) I thought to myself, “I absolutely adore that house.  I will live in that house one day.”  And sure enough, that home is mine.  But not for much longer… Anyway, back to my anxiety of the unknown… How long will it take to sell?  How many strangers will be in my house at one time?  How am I going to keep this place clean?!?!?!!?!?!!?  <— that’s the big one.

But overall I am SO excited.  I am so ready for a new adventure and new experiences.  Obviously things won’t change drastically, it’s not like we are moving to a far away land… Husband does own a business here and what not.  But I’m just ready for something different!  Here’s to fresh new memories!  Wish us luck!  ;)

So Long Sweet Summer…

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  Although summer tends to overstay it’s welcome here in Florida, we are so looking forward to “fall” even if it only means buying pumpkin scented candles.  This past weekend was spent frolicking on the beach with the mutts and obsessing over the gorgeous weather.  Husband did a lot of body boarding while I chucked the ball around for the dogs.  There were some {small} shark and {big} manatee sightings which is always exciting ;)  but overall it was just another fantastic weekend!  Hope everyone had a great Labor Day!

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^^ worn out pups ^^

Boat Cruisin’ in Phuket

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Soooo… when booking our trip to Thailand, one (if not the most) important attraction I was dying to see were the islands of Phang Nga Bay.  We chartered a boat in advance for one of the days we were going to be in Phuket.  Well, sure enough, the day we were to go out on the boat, there was a torrential down pour and our excursion got cancelled.  I was absolutely devastated.  Sat around moping like a little brat in our fabulous villa overlooking the ocean… I seriously thought my life was over. WOE IS ME!!!

Then, after hours of praying, the next morning I woke up and the skies were clear and the sun was out!  I immediately called the boat company and it was a GO!  Oh boy, did my bi-polar attitude take a toll on Husband… ha ha ha!  All was good in the world!  I was the happiest girl on the planet!  It was everything I expected and more. Hope y’all enjoy the pics :)

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^^ James Bond Island ^^

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^^ The floating fishing village of Koh Panyee ^^

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As this is my final post about Thailand, I wanted to post some pics of the resort in Phuket.  Trisara was pure luxury.  Everything about it deserved the five stars it was rated.  Each secluded villa had it’s own personal infinity pool overlooking the ocean, no detail was ever overlooked, and the service was impeccable.  I will be back. For sure. ;)

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And for the foodies…

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I might post some outtakes from the trip at another time, but for now, thank you Thailand for being the absolute best place Husband & I have travelled to thus far (and we have been A LOT of places i.e. Greece, Spain, France, Netherlands, Canada, Hungary, Mexico, British West Indies aka Turks & Caicos, Turkey, Italy, etc…).  We cannot wait to visit again in the future!