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?

Ha ha ha!

 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!


Christmas Day, 2016

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This little guy has enjoyed Christmas as an only child two years in a row.  I keep telling him that once his sibling arrives, Christmas will never be the same.  He is going to have to learn to share and be more patient ;).  Since this was his last year with this privilege, we tried to make it extra special for him.  I woke up before him and made his favorite breakfast- biscuits with honey drizzled on top, daddy spent time helping him open and assemble every gift from Santa, then we got ready for Grandma Dietrich’s!

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At Grandma Dietrich’s we had the yummy french toast casserole with the sugar bacon, fresh made hot chocolate with the largest assortment of marshmallows… this preggo was in heaven!!  Bennett spent the whole day with his cousin, Luca, who just turned one on Friday.  Luca is just the sweetest baby in the world!  He always wants to love and hug on Bennett, B doesn’t quite get it… it’s pretty darn funny to watch.

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Santa spoiled this boy!  Can’t wait to see what he’s like next year with all the changes that are about to happen in his life :) It’s gonna be fun!

Merry Christmas!


Christmas Card 2016

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I didn’t have a chance to post these before Christmas, but here are a few of the pictures that we took for the Christmas Card this year!  I can’t wait to go through all of my actual Christmas day photos from yesterday, hopefully I can do that today at some point, but I’m also going to be busy trying to get this house back in order (more nesting) for the newest Dietrich who should be arriving any day!

Wishing you all a very (belated) Merry Christmas!