A Remington First :: The Beach

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Short and sweet, Remy’s first beach experience was a huge success!  Lots of sunscreen was lathered, fists full of sand was ingested, and never ending facial expressions telling his exact feelings… perfect!  We had a lovely time just relaxing and appreciating our time in the sun.  Hope you enjoy the pics!

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Also!  One of my dearest friends, Sarah, came to visit from Ohio with her husband and kiddos!   So thankful for her and our friendship which has stayed strong even while being far apart!  Her kids are so well behaved and got along great with Bennett!  They are so lucky to have her as their mama- she’s truly the best!

Love you, Sarah- I know you are reading this ;)

Bennett Wesley :: Two Years Old

Two years have come and gone with the blink of an eye.

At 10:15 this morning, my oldest little man turned two.  Today we woke up and had cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  We had our swim lesson, had our two year check up with the pediatrician (B weighs 27.25 pounds and is 38 inches tall), came home and swam in the pool, then ordered yummy pizza for dinner.  It has been a very normal day, yet I have been reminiscing on the last two years and how much my boy has grown.  He changes so much, but I’m really loving the stage we are in.  The stage where he gives unlimited kisses, always accepts a bear hug, squeezes into the smallest space next to me on the couch just to hold baby brother… it is really the sweetest time right now, I hope it continues to get better and better.

To the one who made me a mom… my precious Bennett,

You are such a special boy, everything about you is unique to you.  The way you can keep your excitement for anything under wraps, even though deep down I know you are totally stoked to see and do fun and adventurous things.  The way you can keep your cool around other kids who are losing their sh*t because they aren’t good at sharing, it’s admirable.  The way you can be so quiet in large groups, but get home and you can take the stage for an overly dramatic speech that includes changes in your tone and hand gestures.

Everyone that meets you tells me how well behaved you are, how chill you are, how laid back you are.  Although I know you have two sides, and that when you are home you are much more comfortable and can let loose, it still makes me so proud to hear other people admire your behavior in public.  You are so gentle, not destructive like most little boys (at least as of the last two years- this could change now that we are in the “terrible twos”).  You are much more interested in observing than doing.  But I think that this is more because you like to be 100% confident that you can do something before you do it.  You practice and practice until it’s perfect then all of sudden you are doing things with ease.

You are amazing to me in every way.  I adore everything about you.  You make my life so wonderful and I’m so proud to be your mommy.

Happy Birthday my oldest baby! I love you so much!

A few pictures from Bennett’s Choo Choo Train Party:

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Easter Sunday, Dallas, & San Diego

This little family of mine is FINALLY getting over a horrible cold that has been plaguing our household for two weeks now.  Three out of four of us have been on antibiotics, one had an ear & eye infection, the other just had fluid behind the ears that had the potential of becoming infected, this mama is tired.  It is sheer exhaustion over here.  We have also taken two trips this month, one to Dallas (Remy’s first flight), and the other to San Diego.

Easter Sunday came and went.  Bennett participated in two egg hunts, both boys met the Easter Bunny twice (once at the mall, the other at the country club), we didn’t make it to church on Easter due to our snotty noses and deep congested coughs, but we made the best of it!

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Dallas was so much fun!  Husband was in meetings majority of the time, so it was just me and my boys being tourists.  We went to the Dallas World Aquarium which was awesome!  Bennett loved the sea otters the most!  It’s a beautifully done aquarium, they have a little bit of everything in there, but I would recommend (if you ever go) to not go at peak field trip hours because it was packed at 10:30 AM on a Thursday with tons of kiddos.  We also saw the Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive, seriously one of the coolest things I have ever seen.

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Does anyone else have a child that points as much as mine?

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 And most recently, our trip to San Diego… We of course went to the zoo, checked out Old Town San Diego, ate at Coyote Cafe where we ate some of the most wonderful homemade tortillas of our lives, and Mission Bay for my little man to play at some parks.

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We have had a very busy April and it’s not even over yet.  Bennett’s 2nd birthday party is on Saturday, then we have Berns Wine Fest on Sunday that sold out in like 2.5 seconds, so I’m really looking forward to this weekend of fun!  I know this wasn’t the most detailed blog post, but sometimes just throwing the pictures up here tells the story in themselves. Uploading the pictures to this blog also keeps this mama sane while trying my best to document my babies lives and milestones.  Some day in the distant future, I will have time to blog like I used to, but for now photographs of a moment in time will have to do.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Ballast Point

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Last week we went to Ballast Point with our friends, and I was blown away!  I cannot believe that was my first time there!  My mom had told me that it was awesome, but I guess I just thought, “oh, it’s just another kid park”.  Nope, it’s pretty freaking cool!  Not only does it have a huge playground with 3 very scary, tall slides, it has a smaller playground for little kids, AND a splash pad!  But what really makes this park stand out among the crowd is the pier!  The views of Bayshore Blvd and Downtown Tampa… as Bennett would say, “WOW”!  I can’t wait to take the boys back again.  Lucky for us, it’s so close to our house.

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about Bennett’s second birthday, which is just around the corner.  I have been finalizing some details on the birthday party (it’s going to be SO fun!) and just reflecting on his second year of life.  He is such a special little boy, he brings so much sunshine to my life.  I can’t wait to celebrate him!  Again! ;)

Hope everyone’s week is going well, half way to Friday!

xoxo

Strawberry Passion Organics Farm

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So, today was pretty awesome!  The Florida weather has been killin’ it (in a good way) the last few days, so this little family of mine has been spending as much time outdoors as possible before the blazing heat comes back with a vengeance.  As soon as church let out this morning we ran home, ate a quick lunch & changed, and hopped in the car to head out to pick some strawberries at Strawberry Passion Organics Farm.  This was a first for all of us!  After a few minutes of uncertainty, Bennett reached down and grabbed a ripe, juicy red strawberry and stuffed it in his mouth.  He loved it!  He loved being able to pick whatever strawberry he wanted and being able to eat it right off the vine.  It was really cute!

Remy had a good time too, just looking around from above on Daddy’s chest.  He would get startled every time the breeze would pick up, which is actually super cute when you see it in person.  He definitely does not like being cold, just like his mama!

Now that we have tested the waters of organic produce picking, I cannot wait to take my boys to do this again!  There’s just something so wonderful about picking your food from the source, literally farm to table.  We’ll be eating strawberries for the next week!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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True love is when a mom has her first attempt at matching her boys pajamas for a super cute picture on Valentine’s Day and they are NOT having it… all patience and joy evaporates in an instance, yet somehow, the mom just doesn’t care and posts the photos anyway… yep, that’s true love.

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See Ya, 2016!

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Today is the final day of 2016, and what a year it has been.  So many highs and lows… The highs being announcing Baby Dietrich 2.0Bennett’s First Trip to CaliOur 5 Year Wedding Anniversary Trip here & here, and of course Bennett’s First Birthday!  The lows being selling my childhood home in Houston, celebrating my dad’s 60th birthday without him, and basically just living a whole year without his laughter or hugs.  2016 has seriously been the hardest year of my life so far, and I’m glad it’s over.

On a happier note, I’m feeling so optimistic about 2017!  My cousin/ sister from another mister/ best friend, Kelly, recently got engaged (another high moment from 2016!!) and will be getting married in Hawaii in July, Baby Dietrich 2.0 will be born eventually ;)… maybe they will be a New Years Day baby?!? (mommy’s wishful thinking), Bennett will be starting pre-school when he turns 2, I plan to run a 5k for Mother’s Day (#goals), and my other best friend, Torey, will be welcoming her first baby (a girl!!) in May!  What a wonderful year 2017 will be!

When you think of all the hard times- disagreements with loved ones, work stress, construction problems/ delays, etc… it’s all so petty.  I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, with anyone else… going through life with my wonderful family and small group of close friends is exactly what makes me happy.  Life is hard, and the older I get, the more I realize how important the support from these relationships are to me.  In 2017, I hope to build on these relationships, become a rock for others like they have been for me, I want to be someone very reliable in any situation whether it’s just for a quick phone call or something more serious like a hospital visit.  What it all comes down to is…

I want to be more like my dad.  That’s my goal for 2017.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Years!