Niagara Falls

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Good Lawd, this post should have been posted about 3 weeks ago.  Whoops.  That’s my life these days.  It seems I really enjoy pushing myself to endure at least 4 to 5 super stressful things at the most inopportune times, so it delays all life moments from diligently being added to the blog.  My poor kids, I hope they don’t look back at this and go, “well, what was happening during all the lulling moments on here?!?”  I’ll tell you what has been happening behind the scenes: I’m making lunches for summer camp,  taking you to see the latest movies (Lion King and Toy Story 4), martial arts for Bennett, trying to maintain my mom tribe, going to “Meet the Teacher” appointments, playdates at the trampoline park, offering ALL THE SNACKS IN THE WORLD, changing diapers when I know little dude should be going on the potty (grrrrr), swimming in the pool almost every single day… all super fun things!  Certainly not complaining.  But there are a lot of moving parts around here and it seems I just can’t keep up anymore.  And that’s ok.

A few weeks ago, we took the fam up to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls for Husband’s birthday weekend.  None of us had been there before (surprising!) so we were pumped to see what all the fuss was about.  It was spectacular!  The views from our hotel were jaw dropping, and the experience of being able to go under the falls was one we will never forget.  I don’t have the time or energy tonight to list out details of where we stayed, ate, or enjoyed- but this is a VERY popular destination spot for families in the U.S.A. and it would be easy to plan a trip.  Not to mention it is relatively inexpensive to visit!  If you have young kids, it’s a must!

I wanted to tell you guys that for the adults there is a town called Niagara on the Lake that is super cute and quaint.  They have a street full of unique boutiques and restaurants.  All around the area are tons of small wineries that are so charming!  And very kid friendly!  Best of both worlds!  Oh!  And the Butterfly Conservatory was a huge hit!

Bennett’s first day at his new school is tomorrow.  I’m anxious and excited for him at the same time.  His teacher seems super sweet and I can’t wait to see what this year brings for him.  I’ll keep y’all posted!

xx P.S. thanks for following along even when I’m not up to date with our current events, LOL! ‘preciate y’all!


Switzerland on the Bernina!

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This post is LONG overdue, but, you know… life.

Y’all, Switzerland is stunning.  One day on the Bernina Express is not enough, although it was perfect for the boys.  We trekked out of Lake Como, through & up the mountains, where poor Bennett got car sick for the first time ever, crossed into Switzerland, and caught the train.  The views from the Bernina were everything I expected and more!  Looking down from close to the top of the Swiss Alps is like something out of a painting.  It almost looks fake.  Passing through the quaint towns and even enjoying lunch in one of them was wonderful. I swear when we stepped off of the train, it was like we were transported into The Sound of Music, although I know that was filmed in Austria.  The setting was glorious! The boys loved being on the train all day, the adults indulged in all the views from every direction, and it was a wonderful!

I kept telling Husband that we will have to make a trip to explore Switzerland more.  Or maybe even a ski trip?!?  One day was good, but a week would be incredible!


Lake Como, Italy

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We’re back!!  After a magical week at STUNNING Lake Como, we have so much to share!

Can we just start by admiring that incredible view from the villa we found with Luxury Retreats?!?  The first picture really captures the beauty of Bellagio, which is the town we stayed in, and it’s where the lake splits and goes to each side of this peninsula.  The mountains surrounding all of Lake Como really are the icing on the cake for the views, in the distance you can even see the Swiss Alps!

Two days of our trip were spent on the cutest wooden boat with a captain to show us all the sights.  You name it, we probably saw it.  Richard Branson’s house, Orrido di Nesso (aka the secret waterfall), the gardens at Villa Balbianello, and of course The Clooney’s home… we saw it all!  And it was fabulous!  We enjoyed gelato on the steps of Varenna, had lunch at the cutest and quaintest spot that for some reason I don’t remember the name of (whomp whomp) but when I do I will update!

On Sunday, Husband & I took a cooking class (with wine pairings ;)) from a place I found on TripAdvisor that ended up being really fun and full of Americans!  We made pasta, gnocchi, and creme brûlée’s, all of which were delightful.  Highly recommend!  Did I mention or did you notice in the pictures that grandparents of the boys were on this vacation with us?!?  Husband & I were able to go out on dates and do fun things like the cooking class because we had so much help with the boys.  We are so thankful for them!

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When we first landed in Milan it was pretty early in the morning so we had some time to kill before heading to the lake.  We decided to go into the city and admire the Duomo… omg… the most stunning architecture that literally takes your breath away as you turn the corner and it comes into view.  WOW!  On another note, there were tons of pigeons who love the tourists.  There are gentlemen who make a a living off giving tourists handfuls of corn and the pigeons literally flock to you like bombs out of the sky almost nailing you in the head in the hopes for one small kernel.

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There were yummy street carts set up with fresh made donuts and churros that would be split and stuffed with Nutella. My mouth was watering from the moment I smelled the dough frying!

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We also went into Milan one night to see the opera at one of the most beautiful and world renowned opera houses, Teatro alla Scala.  We got all dressed up, had a nice dinner, and enjoyed the ensemble in the historic building.  There was no AC, nor were they selling water… it must have been about 85 degrees in that building, but it was worth it just to say we have been.

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We did a day trip to Switzerland which I will write about in my next post, but I wanted to dedicate this entire entry to beautiful Lake Como, Italy!  I feel like we did it right by going and exploring all of the little towns for the entire week.  We ate so much pizza and drank too much wine ha ha ha… but dang we lived it to the fullest!

Ciao!


Bennett Wesley :: Four Years Old

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Oh, wow.  I’m the mom of an “officially” four year old boy.  Bennett and I have been talking about how he is turning four, for weeks now and yesterday it was official.  He is so pumped to be four… he lets me know that he is “A LOT older than Remy because Remy is only two”.  He and I have been having some really great conversations lately, especially since he has started the “MAMA!!!” chant at bedtime, so basically that means I have to turn around when I’m half way back to bed, to go back to his room and sit (or lay… whichever he is demanding at that moment) with him and talk about powerful life topics like: When will the full moon come back?  How many stars can we count out the window?  Why spaceships countdown like, 5,4,3,2,1 BLASTOFF?  He is in a big time mommy phase where I’m the only one who can help him with any of his wishes and desires.  Daddy will be standing right there with a towel ready for him to get out of the shower because Bennett has of course already announced his willingness to depart from his hour long water escapade, but as soon as he realizes it’s daddy who has the towel… it’s like “how DARE they send this random person to wrap me up in my towel!  I need the peasant woman… MOM!!!!!”

I have been reflecting on the last year with Bennett and how much he has grown.  Not only is he a couple inches taller, he has matured quite a bit!  When he turned three he would barely say a handful of words to communicate, now he communicates SO well with unlimited vocabulary!   He has the best memory, WAY better than mine.  He remembers so many details from trips we have taken, names of people we have spent time with and where we were… some times I have to try to remember if he is correct!  And he always is!  Oh another thing, when he turned three he was still in diapers, now he is a big boy and does his business on the potty (for almost a year now… but still…)!  I’m one proud mama!

Yesterday was different from all the birthdays before.  Instead of having a big, over-the-top party with lots of friends, we decided to be mellow and just have family over for pizza and cake and pool time, which are all things Bennett loves!  He told me he had so much fun that he wants to have “three birthdays this year”!  Cutie!

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My sweet sweet Bennett,

Two nights ago, you went to bed as a three year old and woke up a four year old!  I can’t believe that this time next year we will be thinking about Kindergarten! You are so precious and every little thing about you brings so much sunshine to my life daily.

There are so many sweet moments that you share with your brother these days.  When you guys are playing together and he walks away because his attention span isn’t quite as long as yours is, and you yell for him to come back and play some more… it’s so so sweet!  When I spy on you guys and find you both sitting on the floor in your room reading books, just the sweetest!  When you grab Remy’s feet so that you can play “This Little Piggy” with his toes and you both squeal out with laughter…ugh!!  SO SWEET!

I love that you can spend hours in the pool with Daddy!  I am so fascinated that you guys can hang in the hot tub playing and chatting for so long and never get bored.  You are always down for a new adventure.  When we went to Belize, I wasn’t sure you would enjoy being on a sailboat for 6/7 hours straight, but you completely surprised me and had the best time!  And it’s something you are always bringing up to talk about with me and reminisce on…. that and the seaplane adventure in Alaska… lol

My favorite times with you are when you show a lot of excitement.  Because you are such a chill little dude, it’s few and far between when you really get amped about things.  When you know you are going to be flying on an airplane, when I tell you we are going on an adventure, when you know it’s Tumble Bus day at school, or when you know that we are going to AlliSongs… all those exciting moments for you are so special for this mama.  I love seeing a big smile on your face and will do anything and everything to keep one on your face whenever I can!

I love you so much little man.  I hope you have the best year being FOUR!

xx Mama



The Dietrich Boys Take NYC!

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Approximately number 13 on my bucket list would be to stay in a hotel that completely overlooks Central Park without any obstructions.  Well… CHECK!

Yes, it was excessive.  Just a little.  But dang, it was worth it!

The Dietrich boys painted the town red!  Our weekend started with a trip to The American Museum of Natural History which itself could have taken up an entire day if my boys were that patient.  When researching fun things to do with the kiddos in NYC, I saw that there was a limited time exhibit dedicated solely to the T-Rex!  Bingo!  From the moment we started the walk through, Bennett was engrossed by every little detail surrounding the ideals of this no longer existent predator.  There were sculptures of how scientists believe it was created, what it looked like as it transformed into the beast we know it as today, there were interactive tools that kids could enjoy to learn more, there was even a 3D video-like imagery that took up an entire wall (think maybe 2 times as big as a movie theater screen) of a T-Rex and baby stomping around the woods, breathing heavily, grunting, and staring at you directly like it was there in real life… yep!  That’s what we saw!  It was so life-like, Remy flipped the ‘F’ out!  He was so scared!  Poor guy, it kinda ruined him for the rest of the museum.

We moved on to the entire dinosaur wing, which is the largest dinosaur collection in the world (by the way), where Bennett had to see the Stegosaurus which is his current favorite dinosaur.  We also got to see the newest member to the museum, the Titanosaur, which was discovered in Patagonia, and the cast of this dinosaur is 122 feet long!  It’s only been there since 2016, go check it out next time you are in New York!

On Saturday we spent majority of the day in Central Park.  The boys loved climbing all the big rocks and staring out at the skyline.  We rode the Carousel, which they absolutely hated.  We then moved on to the small, but fun (!!) Central Park Zoo.  Our favorite thing to see was the penguins.  They were SO interactive!  They loved coming up to the glass window and diving right in front of everyone, they really put on a great show for us!

To top off the trip we had a late lunch at Serendipity 3 where we indulged on the frozen hot chocolate (the best!), then moved on to Dylan’s Candy Bar where Bennett got a cotton candy bigger than him!

We had such a great time and did more than I thought we would!  There’s just something about doing all the kid things in NYC that is just SO.MUCH.FUN.  Seeing and experiencing everything new to them is what makes patenting the best!  I don’t know… now that I have my sons, I feel like I have such limited time to share with them.  I want to show them the world!  We are not promised tomorrow, take the trips now! Who cares if they are wearing the latest designer outfits and who cares if they miss so-and-so’s 3rd birthday?  Make the sacrifice, plan the trip, and go.  There’s nothing more educational than traveling.  I promise.  Someone once asked me, “Why do you travel so much?  Do you not like being home?” It really took me aback a little bit and made me judge that person slightly (if I’m being honest)… my response was probably something like…. “uhhhh… because we love it… and it’s awesome!!” but really, I felt happy in that moment with this person, because it’s not every day you get to try to influence someone to travel more :)

Anyway, that’s my daily rant for now!  WE LOVE NYC!  Gotta go pick up my little rugrats from escuela!

P.S. Guess who’s turning 4 years old on Wednesday?!?!?!?


Ocho Años :: Bermuda

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Hey hunny,

How on earth have you put up with me for eight whole years?  I don’t know what I did so good in life to deserve you, but dang… I’m so lucky.  You are so patient and kind to me (except when checking the credit card statements ;) LOL!) and you are always ready for any adventure I throw your way, like renting scooters in Bermuda where we had to ride on the opposite side of the road and where I eventually ate pavement and almost got run over. Yes, that happened.

You are so wonderful and I’m so proud to be your other half…  everyone in the world can see that you are, without a doubt, the better half!

Thank you for taking me to Bermuda!  We stayed at the lovely Rosewood which was the most gorgeous setting, set up cliff-like looking down at the most stunningly beautiful blue water.  We trekked around in a golf cart to the pools and beach where we enjoyed all the different food and drinks at our leisure. Friday night we had the most lovely dinner at the Chef’s table in the kitchen of the main dining room at the resort.  The wine pairings were perfection and the food was impeccable. On Saturday, I had the bright idea to rent scooters, which was actually very nice (until the mishap).  We got to pop in at all the different “secret” beaches and enjoyed some local flair with music and dancing.

It was a great weekend away together!  Looking forward to all the years to come!

I love you.

** PS sorry if I scared anyone with the bikini pic!! #MomBod**