Remington James :: Two Years Old

Y’all, today my baby is two.  I cannot comprehend how time is blowing by me, wasn’t it just the other day that we were heading to the hospital to deliver him?  And it’s not like it’s his first birthday… it’s the second.  He is not crawling anymore, he no longer wakes up in the middle of the night crying out for me, he doesn’t need me to feed him… my baby is growing up and I’m getting the mama blues over here.

This little boy is running into the terrible two with a vengeance.  He is rough and destructive like a tornado and will destroy anything in his path.  He throws temper tantrums and can cry with alligator tears on command.  He should really take up acting.  But then, with the flip of a switch, he can be the sweetest little angel killing you with those big eyes and wide, teethy grin :).  Oh, and boy is he smart.  He knows almost every letter of the alphabet and numbers to 10.  He mimics everything that Husband & I do.  He picked up the phone in our hotel the other day and started blabbering off a bunch of gibberish, pausing between some words as if the other end was talking back to him, then he would say “bye bye” and slam the phone down.  It was so funny!  He loves to do everything that big brother is doing.  If brother is playing trains, he wants to (destroy) play trains, if brother is jumping on the trampoline, he wants to be on it with him, if brother is brushing his teeth, he wants to brush his too.  Not sure if Bennett is crazy about the constant shadow around him, but he tolerates it to some extent.

My Remy James,

You have no idea how much I adore you.  Every single thing about you is absolute perfection and you bring thousands of my smiles to my face all day long.  I have no idea what I did so great in life to be blessed with your presence, but I feel like the luckiest mama in the world to have you.  Your smile lights up a room, your giggles make hearts melt, your little waddle run… I never want it to go away!!  Of course, I wish you would eat more, and whine less, but I know that this phase will also pass and someday I will have to get a deep freezer in my garage to hold all the food you and big brother will consume and I won’t be able to keep it stocked.

I know you are going to do such great things in this world, at least based on your fun loving personality ;), and I cannot wait to see it!  You are so outgoing and friendly to everyone you come in contact with, you like to make people laugh or at least you like to laugh at yourself while trying to make others laugh, you are precious in every way.  You light up my life like the sun.  This Mama loves you to the edge of a galaxy and back, and nothing will ever change that.

Your forever number one fan,








I read a quote the other day, “As you grow up your priorities change. Nights out are swapped for nights in, your circle gets smaller and games, drama, and partying every weekend just aren’t entertaining anymore.  You get to a point when it’s quality, like your career, your relationships, your home, your family and YOU! You want quality now.  Something that’s yours, something real, something you can grow, something you’re proud of.  As you grow up you want a future, not just for now.  As you grow up things change, YOU change… and you start to like it that way.”

What a difference a year can make.  Happy to meet you thirty-one… you can stick around for a little bit.


My Boo’s Birthday


^^ a little birthday kiss ^^



^^ some cornhole ^^


^^ brews with the bros ^^



Husband’s birthday weekend was one to remember!  In fact, Husband said earlier this week that he will not be drinking for a month, that’s how memorable it was!  Ha ha ha!  We had such a great time with our friends and my brother in law came in town from Miami to join in on the action.  We hung by the beach all day and had a nice dinner to finish the evening.  Our friends brought a PEANUT BUTTER birthday cake which is Husband’s absolute favorite flavor, it was a full-on fiesta a la playa!


On Friday night we tried a new spot called Blue Agave where we had tacos and margaritas.  It was alright, definitely the hot spot in town because it was packed!  I’m a little critical of Mexican food since I was born and raised in TEXAS (yes, TEXAS has to be in all caps and bold at all times) and you know, my state is right next to the border so… yea, I’ve been spoiled with the best Mexican food on the planet.  Oh, and my family on my dad’s side is Mexican… so that adds something to my Mexican food snobbery too.  Sorry Blue Agave… but I will probably be back since the atmosphere was definitely fun!





A few days before Husband’s birthday, my gorgeous cousin, Kelly, came to visit me from Chicago!  It was SO good to catch up with her and have some much needed girl time.  Kel, I hope you and Robert can come back and visit again soon! xoxo

30 Things I have Learned from my 20’s

Since my Roaring 20’s are coming to an end and my Flirty 30’s will be here before I know it, I decided to reflect back on the last decade and make a list of 30 lessons learned.

1. If the music is good, dance.

2. Even skinny girls need to work out.

3. Haters are gonna hate… but remember… lions don’t lose sleep over the opinions of sheep.

4. Traveling is money well spent.

5. Drinking and driving is for the birds. Get a cab.

6. Always, always, ALWAYS wear sunscreen.  Or better yet, self tan!  Wrinkles, sunspots, and cancer are not worth your temporary goddess-like glow.

7. Judging others does not make you better than them. It just makes you mean.

8. You do not need to have kids in your 20’s!!

9. Men love (and marry) classy ladies.

10. Take LOTS of pictures! They will be proof that you were once cool.

11. Wine > Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Gin, Beer, Etc…

12. Choose your friends wisely, quality over quantity. I’d rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies.

13. Dogs are a huge responsibility and a great stepping stone before having kids.

14.  Kindness is free.

15. Be thankful & appreciate everything , especially time with loved ones.

16. The sweet, handsome, smart, practical guy (with straight teeth) is the better choice ;)

17. Always splurge on handbags and shoes. (learned this in my late 20’s)

18. Apologize when you are wrong.  You will feel better when you are forgiven.

19. Skipping class/work every now and then to go to the beach is always worth it.

20. If you are wearing a low cut shirt, don’t show too much leg.  If you are showing off your stems, cover the girls up top.

21. Having good taste can outweigh having lots of money.

22. Hole in the wall restaurants are better than chains.

23. Social media sucks and we shouldn’t let it consume our lives.

24. Don’t feel bad for being honest.

25. If the company you work for offers a 401k, take it, and contribute the max amount they will match.

26. Men’s deodorant & razors are WAY better than women’s.

27. Stay in school for as long as possible because the real world is not nice. Or fair.

28. Credit cards are not my friend.

29. When someone approaches you to be on a reality TV show, just say NO!

30. My mom was right… about everything.

5 thoughts…


1.  Fall in Florida is almost nonexistent but when the forecast says the high for the day is in the low 80’s my heart smiles.  The past few nights have been absolutely gorgeous in the 60’s and I even got to wear some boots to dinner on Thursday night!  Florida,  this “cold front” you have been allowing us to enjoy is greatly appreciated and my puppies thank you too!

2. Pumpkin is definitely in my top 3 favorite flavors/ scents.  Everything in my house is pumpkin right now. Cupcakes, coffee creamer, candles… literally everything.

3. This is not The Dietrich’s best season for football. None of our teams are doing especially well, but we are trying super hard to not keep the dark cloud of defeat around us every weekend… :( So, right now we are HUGE Houston Cougar fans!  Go coooooogs!!

4. Husband got his new iPhone last week and I’m super jealous.  Mine was ordered over a month ago & I just got an email that it will not be available to ship until mid- November.  Bummer.

5. I only have 2 more months in my 20’s.