Big Sky, Montana

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Has anyone been to Big Sky, Montana?!?  This was a first for us and it was incredible!  And cold!!  The highs never got above 30 and it snowed almost every day we were there which was pretty chilly for these Floridians.

The trip was dedicated to skiing with our friends, we stayed in a ski in/ ski out home that was absolutely fabulous, but unfortunately Bennett (who was allowed to start ski school because he is 3 and potty trained) did NOT enjoy it.  Not surprising… it takes him a while to warm up to new things, but he didn’t even give it a second chance.  I’m hoping we can do another ski trip next year and try again, that way Remy will be able to join in on the fun and hopefully encourage Bennett to try.  Although, I must say, Remy HATED being cold.  Every time we went out and played he cried the entire time (see solo picture above ha ha ha!).

I took a lesson since I haven’t skied in over 15 years.  I learned so much in that three hour private lesson than I ever did as a teenager.  I feel like as adults we appreciate the time and energy it takes to do activities like skiing, so we pay attention better as to really avoid hurting ourselves ;).  I didn’t want to go home with two very energetic little boys and a broken leg or hip!  So, I was very attentive and felt like I got the hang of it fairly quickly.  Now… I’m very slowwwwwww.  This mama won’t be going down a black diamond any time soon.  But, I did enjoy myself every day that I got to ski and cannot wait for the next time!  Husband grew up going on ski trips with his family and friends, so he is a fantastic skier.  He picked right back up where he left off and was feeling pretty sore after the first day going down blacks.  He was super sweet and went skiing with me a couple of times and was super patient while coaching me down the mountains.  Love him.

When we weren’t on the mountain shredding powder ;) we were hanging with our kiddos.  We got to experience authentic dog sledding which was an interesting adventure.  It was like a blizzard that day and the kiddos were freezing, so just getting them into the sled was a complete sh*t show.  Everyone was staring at us like, get your kids under control and wipe the snot please.  But once the doggies started running and as long as they were at full speed, my boys were silent and enjoyed the moment and scenery.  It was so beautiful.  I don’t think I will ever need to go dog sledding ever again, but at least I can check that off the bucket list.

Another day was spent traveling over to West Yellowstone where we actually got to drive through the outer side of the national park (gorgeous, would love to go back in the summer) and visited the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.  The boys loved it!  The wolves were stunning and so interactive.  We only saw one bear and he seemed a bit old… but still entertaining for a few minutes while he moved logs around and ate.  Highly recommend if you are visiting the area with small children, it’s nothing fancy but it was interesting.

Most of all, what made the trip so fun was going with some of our great friends and their kiddos.  We spent many nights making dinner at home, warming up in the hot tub, and cuddling up enjoying the log burning fireplace with a nice glass of wine.  We had a great time and hope to visit again real soon!

 

 


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

…And the busiest!  Here is a snapshot of what we have been up to this holiday season!

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New York City

Golf Cart Parade

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Boat Parade

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Gingerbread Houses

Christmas Eve

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Christmas Morning and Day

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It was by far the best Christmas yet!  Hope you & yours had a wonderful Christmas as well!

 


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!


So very thankful…

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Happy belated Thanksgiving, y’all!  We were in Houston visiting family for the holiday (which was SO wonderful), then on Friday I came down with a terrible head cold, so I have been out of commission the last few days… but I’m thankful!!  I’m thankful for my mom who made us dinner last night so that I didn’t have to (AND cleaned my kitchen afterwards), I’m thankful for my husband who works so hard to allow me the luxury of staying home (even though we all know that we parents never get a “sick day”), and I’m forever grateful for my beautiful babies… they make everything sweeter and more special just by existing. Well, not so much when they are throwing temper tantrums and screaming loud screeches while mama has a terrible headache from coughing up a lung… but I’m still thankful for them ;).

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends!

PS I’m feeling a wee bit better today! In case you were wondering… LOL!


Old McMicky’s Farm

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A happy belated birthday party for my sweet boy, Bennett.  We had to reschedule his original party due to Bennett being sick and contagious, but we just postponed everything and it turned out great!  We had lots of family and friends there to help celebrate our THREE YEAR OLD!  He got to brush some goats, had the opportunity (but didn’t) to pet & milk a pregnant cow, had the opportunity (but didn’t) to ride a pony, had the opportunity (but didn’t) to pet a baby turkey, DID take a hay ride by tractor, and DID enjoy lots of cake!

It rained a bit but it actually worked out in our favor because being June in Florida, temps can be brutal.  The rain really cooled us off and brought a much appreciated breeze.  I think all the kiddos had a great time being farmers for the day!

Thank you, Old McMicky’s Farm for such a great venue for Bennett’s third birthday party, and for being so easy to work with to postpone last minute!  We can’t wait to visit again soon!

** Cake & cakepops were made by Sweet Tooth Cakery**


Remington James :: Rookie of the Year!

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Y’all, my baby is one today!  Mr. Remington was certainly our little rookie of the year!  He has brought so much joy and sweetness to our family and we are so thankful for him!  We had a little party to celebrate him last weekend with our family and friends, and as you can see from the pictures, he had the best time!

I cannot believe that a whole year has gone by since we brought this BIG bundle (10lb 4 oz) into the world.  This adorable little boy enjoys smiling, trying to walk, going to music class, eating anything you put in front of him, and playing with big brother.  He enjoys traveling too! Since he has been on this earth he has been on over 20 flights including one long flight to Maui!  This month he will be going out of the country for the first time :).

We could not be more proud of this little guy!  We could not have picked a more perfect addition!  I thought I would be more emotional today, but surprisingly I’m just feeling so lucky to be his mama.  He really is the sweetest angel and I love him so much!

My Dearest, Remington,

Daddy and I adore you.  Just a smile from your face instantly brightens a rainy day.  Your fun loving personality and serious FOMO (fear of missing out) crack us up.  Your brave actions such as climbing and trying to wrestle your big bro are admirable.  I love watching you guys play together and how much you both have grown.  There are moments of such brotherly love, my heart just about explodes.  You are a a very big baby (almost 25lbs at your last dr.’s appointment) but you have an even bigger heart.  I don’t remember what life was like before you were here.  I love watching everything through your eyes (just like I do with Bennett).  Every year is going to get sweeter and sweeter with you here!

Happy first birthday my littlest love!  Mommy and Daddy love you SO much!!

 


Adios 2017!

Dietrich

Here is our Christmas Card photo for this year!  We could not be more blessed than this beautiful life we are living with the health of our handsome boys and the love of each other along with our amazing family and awesome friends!

New Years Eve is here so it’s time for my recap!  The year started off with a BANG with the birth of our sweet *10 lb 4 oz* Remington James, we celebrated six years of marriage in April while in San Diego, Bennett Wesley turned two years old in May, spent Memorial Day in Chicago, July was busy with us in Colorado then Hawaii for my Sister Cousin’s wedding :),  September we travelled to Sullivan’s Island and Martha’s Vineyard (both of which we had never been to before), I didn’t do a post about it- but we did go to Vegas with Sister Cousin Kelly & her new hubby Randy where we got to see the fabulous Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood and laughed with Daniel Tosh.  We visited our favorite pumpkin patch, spent time with Santa, another trip to NYC (where we went ice skating in Bryant Park and got to see Hamilton on Broadway) that I didn’t document but was super fun!  Bennett rode the Polar Express and had a magical Christmas with the boys (pictures coming soon- it’s been a crazy December).  And yesterday we celebrated Remy’s first birthday party with friends and family (again… pictures coming soon ;)).

But with all the fun filled months of excitement, traveling with our kiddos, and experiencing everything through their eyes over the entire year, we close it with sorrow for the loss of my beloved grandmother.  She was such a strong woman with a lot of wisdom to share from her long life here on Earth.  I will always cherish the time I had with her and remember all the amazing conversations we once had.

Thank you, 2017, for all the memories!

Outtakes that didn’t make the blog but are still so special: