Remington James :: Three Years Old!

I was looking back at videos this morning of my baby, and could not believe all the recorded memories that are now so distant, but feel like they took place yesterday.  For example, I found this wonderful video of Remy taking a few clumsy baby steps on the beach, probably recorded about 2 years ago in Vero, and it just brings so much joy to my heart:

Then there’s this one of Daddy reading one of Remy’s favorite books when he was a baby, oh my goodness!! The sweetness!!

And all of a sudden (I swear I have only blinked one time) and he is three.

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And he’s still got the “Remy Stare”…

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Just the most handsome little boy!!  Even with snot wiped on his sleeve ha ha ha!

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Remington James,

You are the coolest dude in town.  You try hard to make friends with anyone and everyone you come in contact with.  You are so sweet, helping mama in any way that you can.  The other day I had to cut up about 100 sweet peppers for the New Years Eve party we were going to, and you handed me every single one individually to make it easier on me.  I didn’t even have to ask, you just did it!

You love and admire your big brother so much.  Sometimes he doesn’t want you to love him and admire him, but you are persistent!  I’m so glad you guys have each other.  Yesterday, you both played in the pool for hours and just laughed and talked.  It was the best thing to watch as your mama!

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Just like Mommy, you are an avid dog lover.  It seems like lately, every time I wake up and walk into the living room, you are cuddling Sasha on the dog bed.  You love hugging and tormenting her, but I think she enjoys it too :)

Gosh, I just love you so much!  I hate to even imagine my world without you in it.  You bring so much sunshine and happiness to every single day, and I’m the LUCKIEST to be your mama!  I adore every little thing about you and hope you feel how much you are loved by everyone who is lucky enough to know you!  I cannot wait to celebrate YOU this weekend at the beach!

xoxo,

your proud mommy


Welcome, 2020

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On the eve of the New Year I usually do a recap of all the exciting things we got to enjoy throughout the past twelve months, but this year, this brand new year, I just want to express how grateful I am for the life that I get to live.  There are so many wonderful moments, trips, experiences to indulge in talking about again, but really, nothing amounts to how fortunate I am to have my little family.  They keep me grounded, they teach me new things about myself every day- things I want to improve on, things I love about myself, things I need to be more patient with… My husband is such a wonderful anchor, making sure we are all taken care of.  He has been working so hard to give us a life most could only dream of.  He’ s truly a gift.  Every day, he is a gift.  I’m so lucky to have my mom living a half a mile from my house in my same neighborhood.  She is so generous with her time, helps me with the kids whenever I need her, travels with us… she’s just the best of the best.  I have the greatest in-laws anyone could ever ask for.  They make everything so special, I’m so glad my boys have them to make loving memories with. And last but certainly not least, we have the BEST friends, both from the past to more recent friendships- we are SO BLESSED with incredible friendships!

As for resolutions… I hope to forgive myself more for my shortcomings.  I hope to inspire someone.  I hope to bring only joy to the people around me.  I want to work hard at giving back.  Judge less.  Accept more.  I really want to build a stronger relationship with God.  And finally, I want to appreciate every moment, in the moment.

So, cheers to a new decade!  A fresh start!  A chance to be better human beings!

Happy New Year, Everyone!


Santa & Christmas :: 2019

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It was a great year for Santa pics!  The boys were prepped about seeing Santa for about 2 weeks prior to the photos, and they went in prepared with what they were going to ask for and to let them know they have “been good”.

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Husband & I did our annual holiday trip to NYC.  We are both so sad that Barney’s is closing its doors :(, but we got to dine at The Polo Bar which was delightful, and of course saw a show.

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Our friends invited us to the Grand Floridan at Disney to have a Christmas dinner and enjoy all the wonderful decor, it was truly magical!

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Then we did our third annual trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express!

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We baked cookies for all of our cookie parties!

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We saw the Broadway Musical of Aladdin:

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And spent Christmas Day at Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Lakeland with our cousin, Luca!

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It was a Merry Christmas indeed for these Dietrich boys!  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Now it’s time for a NEW YEAR!


Oh, Christmas Tree! 2019

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No lie.  Our tree was up before Thanksgiving, and right now I’m having severe anxiety that it might not make it to Christmas Day without going complete brown and losing all of it’s needles…

But like all the years before, it filled the entire house with the most wonderful of smells and instantly brought all the magic of Christmas with it!  The boys were VERY interested in “helping” me decorate it, grabbing every single pricey glass ornament I own and wanting to place them ever-so-roughly on the lowest limb of the tree (EEEEEK!!! Deep breaths…).  I had to completely have an out of body experience and release control of the situation and just… let it be.

After they went to bed I was able to rearrange everything to where I felt more at peace., and we got some really sweet photos :)

Hey Santa, we are ready for you!


Bergen, Norway

Whoa whoa whoa!  Two posts in one week?!?  Who am I?!?

Bergen was our final stop on the cruise so we decided to hire a private driver and have them guide us through their town.  First stop: Mount Fløyen to ride the funicular named Fløibanen!

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The funicular system was able to take us to the top of the mountain, about 1300 ft, in about 8 minutes.  Once at the top there is a lookout area where you can see the entire peninsula of Bergen.  We were even able too see our Disney ship!  Can you see it in the picture above?

When we got back to the bottom, our driver dropped us in the city center also known as Bryggen where there are many shops and restaurants to enjoy.  It is such a picturesque area of town, I enjoyed all the Christmas shops and the boys enjoyed seeing all the boats! We also walked through the fish market!

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Our last visit in Bergen was the aquarium.  The sea lions really know how to entertain the children!  Highly recommend if you are in Bergen with your kiddos- my boys went crazy over these guys and it was entertainment for hours!

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Here is a picture I got of our ship… I didn’t write much about the actual Disney cruise experience this time because for those who have been following along, we did a Disney cruise through Alaska a year ago and I went into deep detail about how much we loved the Disney experience via the ship.  It was wonderful again this year and we have already got a placeholder for our next one!  It’s the only way we will cruise until these kids are a little bigger…

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That concludes the Norway trip!  I hope that we are able to visit again in the future- I feel we only barely scratched the surface of this great country, but feeling very fortunate to have been able to see and do all that we did with our family!  Thanks Disney!


Pulpit Rock

This hike was intense.  Like, really intense.  No barriers anywhere, even when looking down into the fjord, absolutely nothing holding you back from a fall to your death. But dang was it awesome!

The one day we left the boys on the boat was to hike to Pulpit Rock.  Yes, this is where Tom Cruise was hanging over the cliff in the last Mission Impossible.  It was cold. It was raining. And there were tons of people!  People of all ages and health! It was a long, tiring day, but well worth all the effort :)

Nothing more to say, just wanted to update the blog because pretty soon it will be Christmas and I have really fallen behind on my posts…  Lots of exciting things happening around here!  Can’t wait to update with stuff other than the cruise we took back in September! I mean, since then we have been to Cabo with my in laws, Napa with some of our best friends, and Husband & I did our annual NYC trip last week.  None of those will make the blog, but boy, we have been busy!

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Oslo, Norway

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Oslo is the capital of Norway, so my expectations for this city was pretty high.  We got off the boat in some rainy & cold weather, but we were not going to let that get in the way of a fun day.  The biggest attraction we wanted to see in Oslo was the Vigeland Sculpture Park.  This park has over 200 sculptures which essentially showcases Gustav Vigeland‘s life’s work.  There are so many sweet baby and children sculptures, some are a little creepy,  some show really raw human emotion, but at the heart of the park is the most well known- The Monolith – which was made from a single piece of granite and took three mason’s 14 years to make.  It’s a little strange looking at it up close, all the bodies intertwined together… add to that all the extremely provocative sculptures surrounding it… anyway… look it up, or click the links highlighted in this paragraph to fully grasp what I’m talking about.

The park itself was very picturesque and even on a rainy day the landscape design was stunning.  The flowers we blooming so bright!  I can only imagine how packed that place must be on a beautiful day, it was perfect for a picnic and a game of hide and seek.

The other spot we really wanted to enjoy was a quaint little fishing village named, Drøbak, which is a very traditional Norwegian fjord town.  Very cute, lots of art, and of course a Christmas store open year round!  The boys enjoyed exploring the marina, deciding what kind of boat we were going to get, and devoured some delicious ice cream in the sweetest little shop- no pun intended ;).

All-in-all… It was a really great day in Oslo!