Oh, Christmas Tree! 2018

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I didn’t have time to post these before we left for NYC last weekend, but the tree went up last week!  … And seriously, all of the sudden, the house feels so magical with all the Christmas spirit!

The boys were in awe looking at all the lights and ornaments, I immediately pulled out my camera and started snapping photos of them and their sweet gestures.  They each took one ornament off and played with it for a few minutes, but that was about it!   I’m really surprised they didn’t start grabbing everything and pull the tree down on top of them!  I mean, sometimes these boys can be confused for wild animals…  It’s been up for about 10 days now and everything is still in tact.  This mama (two thumbs pointing at myself) is amazed!

Tree pics from the past can be found here, here, and here.

Has your family put their tree up yet?!? Do you use a real or fake tree?  I always get a real tree.  I’m sure I have written this in the past, but the smell of a live fraser fir is probably one of the best smells of all time.  My whole house is consumed in the scent and I LOVE IT!!!  Sure, the needles are annoying, and the tree will never have the perfect shape… but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I hope the Christmas spirit has hit your homes too!  Happy December, everyone!  It’s going to be a crazy, fun, exciting month!


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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^^ my fave ^^

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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!


Oh Christmas Tree, 2016

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Y’all might remember pictures of Bennett and his first tree from last year.  It was a lot easier to photograph him back then when he wasn’t so wiggly and on the move ;).  But I’m glad we got at least one that shows how much he has grown, and that I actually had the energy in my 9th month of pregnancy with Baby D No. 2 to pick out and decorate another live tree.  Yes, I have already started adding presents under the tree (I think this is part of the nesting process for me). I really am trying to get everything off my “to do” list before this baby arrives!

Here’s a picture of what I look like in real life, after a long day of chasing a very active 19 month old around all day, trying to keep my 3 dogs feeling loved and included, cooking dinner for Husband, cleaning up the house the best I can (or should I say, throwing toys into miscellaneous places where I hope Bennett will never find them again), and trying really hard to not have a mental breakdown from all the stress of construction going on in and around my house…

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Yep, this is real.  Swollen, tired, fat, hair hasn’t been washed since October (just kidding, not really)…

Baby #2, I’m ready when you are… this pregnancy has been a roller coaster for sure, and now that it’s almost at the end, I’m having all kinds of mixed emotions about it.  I feel like I didn’t have the time to document, the way I did with Bennett, which kinda makes me sad.  But I guess that’s to be expected.  And I know I’m going to miss the bump when it’s gone, but right now I could not be more eager to get back into my normal clothes and start feeling good about myself again.  I have gained almost the same as when I was pregnant with Bennett but for some reason, I just feel heavier and when I look in the mirror I see myself bigger than ever!

We had our final sonogram on Friday.  It’s crazy to me, seeing a baby this developed in a pregnancy.  We didn’t have that luxury with Bennett.  I only got 2 sonograms with Bennett- one at 8 weeks and the other at 20.  With this baby we got like…7 I think?  They have been monitoring this one much closer because in the beginning I had a large hematoma which was threatening the pregnancy for quite a few weeks, now they are monitoring the size since Bennett was a decently large baby (9.3lbs) when he was born.  At the final sono they did their calculations based on measurements of the head, stomach, and legs and came up with 8.2lbs for Baby #2 as of this week.  The head is measuring at the size of the average 38 week baby.  Now, I don’t know how accurate these calculations are.  Husband keeps saying, “watch this baby come out and be like 7lbs.”.  Ummm… that would be freaking awesome!  I think my recovery will be a lot easier with a smaller baby!  Men just don’t get it, and they never will.  The anxiety we as women have while carrying, laboring, and delivering a child is something I don’t think men could even handle.  That’s why God put us in charge of this important task in the circle of life.

I pray for my babies (and Husband) every night before I fall asleep.  I still feel blessed to have been able to carry these angels in my own belly for 9 months.  I have had the pleasure of feeling every turn, kick, hiccup, stretch… wow!  That’s pretty darn cool.  And I don’t take this time for granted, but as all the mom’s who know exactly how I’m feeling right now, toward the end things just get harder.  I will be bursting with love when this baby arrives, but I will miss pregnancy again and probably crave creating another human life some day in the future.

Keep my little family in your thoughts over the next few weeks.  I feel like from here on out we are on baby watch!


Santa Photos 2016

It all started with a chocolate chip cookie…

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Probably the best chocolate chip cookie Bennett had ever eaten in his short 19 months here on earth…

I mean… really?  Do you not see the jolly man in the red suit behind you?!?

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Uh oh… stranger danger.

Time to panic!!

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MOMMY!!!

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Maybe we will appreciate Santa and all he has to offer more next year…

(meanwhile… Mommy’s laughing so hard she’s crying over these pictures!!)


Oh, Christmas Tree!

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Yesterday we spent the morning decorating our first tree as a family of 3.  Or 5/6 including the mutts… I, personally, prefer real trees over faux, mostly because of the amazing smell they bring to the household, but the falling needles are having me second guess this rationalization.

B loves looking at the lights and touching the ornaments.  He tried really hard to open one of the presents under the tree, but was unsuccessful ha ha ha.  As I was decorating, I had the Christmas music blasting over the speakers and B could not stop laughing at my crazy dancing!  I think he is going to love Christmas as much as I do ;).  We can’t wait for this weekend, when Daddy can join us in finishing the final touches on the decorations!  It’s going to be a holly, jolly Christmas!

photo cred: Husband


Christmas With The Dietrichs

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^^ My mother in law always has the most beautiful Christmas decor!! ^^

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^^ Probably the most popular gift of the White Elephant ^^

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^^ stolen ^^

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^^ someone wasn’t too excited for their Mickey Mouse Chia Pet ^^

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The weekend before Christmas we attended the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade which goes through the channels of downtown Tampa.  It was actually pretty cool!  I cannot wait to take Baby D next year!

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^^ Probably my favorite boat :: The Polar Express ^^

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^^ 22 weeks and counting! ^^