Bennett Wesley Dietrich :: 5 Years Old

A little over a week ago, Bennett woke up, came down stairs, and the first thing he asked me was, “Am I five?”.  This question seemed to be coming up often and the more I tried to explain that his birthday wasn’t for another week or however many days, the more he would want to know if it was his special day yet.  So, we started a countdown.  7, 6, 5, 4…  days until Bennett’s birthday.  He LOVED changing out the number on the board every morning.  He would tell us how many days were left and count it down for us all the way to yesterday when there was only 1 day left!  How exciting!  He knows that today is going to be special and that he is going to have fun :)

Last night, Husband & I were putting the boys to bed.  They sleep in the same room, in little twin beds on opposite sides of the room.  Ever since Remy was about 18 months (I think?) he wanted to sleep in the same room as Bennett, and I love it.  They are both so comfortable with the other one sleeping close by.  And their room is truly the sweetest little boys room.  Thick, tall (5.5ft) white wainscoting along every wall, navy painted on the upper walls, twin beds from Pottery Barn Kids made out of galvanized steel with wooden sliding drawers to store stuff in underneath,  two large navy trunks at the foot of each bed, a big window in between the two with a custom roman shade and a beautiful Restoration Hardware dresser that looks like it just came off of a 1920’s aviation theme’d movie.  I just adore their bedroom.  Anyway, we were putting the boys to bed, and every night we have to lay with them for a few minutes, hug them, snuggle them…

As I went to lay down with Bennett, I could not wait to chat with him a little bit.  I told him that I could not believe my first baby was going to be five tomorrow.  I was telling him he is becoming such a big boy, which he decided was a good time to compare the lengths of our arms and legs, so we both held our arms up to the ceiling, then our legs, both of which I still win at, but probably not for long.  I then snuggled him a little harder and told him how proud I am of him and started listing all the reasons why… which if I started typing them out right now, it would be considered bragging and some people don’t like that… but I’m going to do it anyway.  I told my son that he is so smart.  He can read books! He reads a new book every week to his teachers on zoom calls and it’s so awesome to watch!  He sounds out the words and follows them with his finger just as he was taught.  Such a proud thing for a parent to watch.  He can completely count to 100 with ease, he knows how to divide things up into even shares, and can cut the most perfect line with real scissors (not the baby kind that really don’t have a blade).  His penmanship is beautiful.  I told him I am so proud of this.  He started out PK4 with slightly weak fingers, so we started working with a tutor and wow!  He’s got that tripod grip down!  He writes anything and everything, doesn’t even need lines, can literally write whatever.  Now will it be super neat… sometimes.  But it’s still something I think every parent is proud of when it happens.  I then told my son that I’m so proud of his mild nature. I love that he does not feel the need to be the center of attention, and I told him that is such a strong quality to have in life.  He is so patient, can entertain himself for hours, and is becoming so independent- getting his own drinks and food, opens his own bags of chips and juice boxes.  He knows how to work the microwave and loves to make bags of popcorn then pours it into a bowl to enjoy while watching a movie.  He can dress and undress himself and knows to put his clothes in the hamper.  He can bathe himself, dry himself off after getting out of the shower or bath… Oh, there’s just so much to be proud of.

The last thing we talked about before bed was all of the details from when he was born.  I told him that he was born at 10:15 in the morning, that he weighed 9 pounds 3 ounces, and that he cried and cried the entire first night we had him.  I told him that he continued to cry and only wanted Mommy for a whole year, that he never wanted to be away from me.  Not even for a second.  He giggled while I was telling him this, but inside I felt a hint of sadness.  I’m so grateful for him and excited for all of his little milestones and accomplishments over the last five years, but something about reminiscing about that infant stage with him, made me realize (again) that he will never be that little baby who only wanted to be with me ever again.  So, I laid there hugging him tightly and kissing his face and telling him how much I love him, over and over again.

And now I’m up at the crack of dawn sobbing, writing this post for his super special 5th birthday, ha ha ha!  In a little bit, he will come down stairs, we will take some photos of just him, family will come over at 2 and the party will start…  I cannot wait to celebrate that beautiful boy!  Until then…  I will enjoy my coffee, blow up some balloons, and listen intently for little feet to start pitter pattering across the hardwoods upstairs, which always gets my heart racing knowing that I will see both boy’s faces very soon, but most importantly, today… I will see my sweet FIVE year old’s face.

I hope he feels how much I love him.  Happy Birthday, Bennett!

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Bennett’s Turning 5!!

 

Sorry about the audio!!  I recorded this on an iPhone, it was windy, and I don’t know how to adjust the music volume in the iMovie editing app!!! Shame, shame.  Just read the questions as they come up, you can hear Bennett’s answers pretty decently… I think?!?

Love my little man!  Can’t believe he’s gonna be 5 tomorrow!


Nueve Años

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Well, it certainly isn’t Tulum, Mexico, our destination of choice for our anniversary this year that had to be cancelled :(, but we are certainly making the most of this gorgeous day that we share with Mother Earth!

Two nights ago, I was scrolling through social media before bed and was stopped in my tracks by my favorite farm that’s located about an hour outside of Tampa, Sweetfields Farm.  I saw that they were having a U Pick event in their sunflower fields from 10AM to 1PM for Earth Day, and I knew immediately that it was the perfect thing for us to do as a family to get us out of the house for a little bit.

It was magical.

 We got there 15 minutes before they opened so we were some of the first ones in.  They made sure that they limited the amount of people could come in and when we left the line was pretty long, so I’m glad we got there when we did.  You could spend as much time as you wanted, there was no rush, and everyone was allowed to pick 3 sunflowers each.  The boys absolutely loved it!

I’m so thankful we were able to do something different to celebrate our anniversary… I’m still not sure how Husband puts up with me year after year, but to say I’m the luckiest to have him would be an understatement.

I love you, Husband, and there is no one else I would rather be trapped inside (for our NINE year wedding anniversary) quarantining with than you. Xoxo.


Homeschool Science 101 :: Butterflies

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I’m sure many of you super mama’s out there have done this with your kiddos already, but for those who haven’t… this was awesome!

So, about 3 weeks ago, when I realized we would be home bound for quite some time, I started to research fun activities for kids that were more step by step learning.  I found this butterfly kit on amazon (of course) and it was a huge hit!  From the arrival of the teeny tiny caterpillars, to when they became chrysalis, then morphing into Painted Lady Butterflies, the kids enjoyed seeing the transformation every single day.

Yesterday, on Easter, was the perfect day to let almost 15 butterflies fly free from our home.  Remy was a little more reluctant to hold them, but Bennett absolutely adored them and was what I called a “butterfly whisperer”!  Not that Remy didn’t enjoy the experience, he just really enjoyed watching his buddies fly away LOL!

Anyway, not the most glamorous photos of the transformation but… it’s science!

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We have one butterfly, “Lefty”, that was born with a severely disabled right wing and he has a friend butterfly who didn’t want to leave him behind that we are still fostering in the habitat.  Something about them has been so sweet to watch and I don’t want to let them go.  I fear that if we let Lefty go, he will not make it very far… he has yet to show any attempt at flying :(.  I will keep an eye on him and continue to feed him fresh fruit and homemade nectar until I feel it’s time to let him go.  Until then…

Please try this at home with your kiddos!  They will love it!


Easter, 2020

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Good morning and Happy Easter to all of you!

Yesterday, I felt the urge to get dressed, put on makeup, fix my hair, clean the boys up, and go ahead and take our family Easter photo.  Normally, right now we would be dressed like the photo above and heading out the door (probably late as usual) to church.  Today we are watching our church live stream on the internet :(… in our jammies… Such a weird time in the world.

We feel blessed though!  Woke up in a safe home, with clothes on our backs, the Easter Bunny made a visit last night, my kids are happy and healthy… life is precious and so, so good!  And thank you Jesus for giving your life for us!  That’s the biggest blessing of all!

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives, and believes in me, shall never die.”

John 11:25-26

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter full of love and health!  Here are some fun pictures from the magic in our house this morning :)

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Cookie Decorating!

Today we picked up an Easter themed cookie decorating kit from our local cake maker, Elises Pieces, and the boys could not wait 2 minutes before opening everything up and getting to work (and sneaking a taste)!  It’s unknown if we will be seeing the Easter Bunny at all this year, so I went ahead and decorated the entire house with all of my Easter decor to make it feel more festive around here.  The boys have been hiding empty eggs and finding them, which has been entertaining.  Poor Bennett went to hide some eggs and proceeded to tell me to go invite all his friends over to find them.  I wish buddy! But this was a fun activity & yummy treat for us!  Kept our minds off being on house arrest for about an hour :)

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Long Time No See

Hellooooooo….

Anyone out there???

I feel like Rose in that horrific scene of Titanic, when she is laying on the board in the middle of the ocean (that clearly was big enough for her and Leo to share but she was too selfish to allow that, and let him die…) but that’s a conversation for another time… anyway, she grabs some other dude’s whistle to let the rescue people know she is alive.  Like, I’m here!  I’m here!

Anyway.

Just checking in to make sure everyone’s doing all right now that the world is officially coming to an end.  Thought I would go ahead a dump the last vacation (aka meeting) pics up from a few weeks back, just to let y’all know that we are alive & well over here and that “Rona” has not got us… yet.  We are social distancing as I’m sure most of you are, and we are going on day 8.  So far it’s been quite normal for us especially since the weather here has been absolutely beautiful!!  Not much of our time has been spent inside, luckily.  Bennett had spring break last week and was supposed to start back at school tomorrow- so tomorrow will be my first day as a PreK4 teacher…. Lord, keep me sane.  His teacher has sent me all of the workbooks, and eLearning info, all I have to do is implement…

ummm…. ok.

I’ll keep y’all updated on that nonsense. But in the mean time, here are the pics from California.  We went for Husband’s meeting in Laguna, decided to take the kids and a nanny, and after the meeting was over we scooted down to Del Mar and took the kids to the San Diego Zoo, which is my favorite.  The trip did have a looming cloud over it knowing that things were changing rapidly with this virus, just felt a little off… but the kids really have no idea what is going on, we have kept them pretty sheltered so far.  I don’t turn on the news hardly at all anymore- too depressing and slightly annoying- so, I decided to take a different approach and control what I know I can, and that’s my household.  I’ll start updating the blog with things that we are doing- school and fun activities- and hopefully inspire some of my readers to let go of what they cannot control.  We need to take back our lives by enjoying the present moment even if it’s not the way we had thought it would be in these unprecedented times.  Stop obsessing over the numbers and ridiculously wrong/ lagging data they plaster all over the media, and enjoy this special time with your family.  Is it an inconvenience in our lives- yes, absolutely. But we can do our best to try to make this tolerable.  And for the LOVE OF GOD!!!  STOP PREACHING TO EVERYONE ELSE ON SOCIAL MEDIA!!!  Everyone has already heard the #flattenthecurve motto- so just stop. FYI: Your manic energy is not going to control people.  They will live how they want until they are forced to do something different.  That’s just my two cents- off my soap box now.

For now- enjoy these cute pics of my babes and pretty scenery.

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Stay safe y’all!