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:

 


Malibu, CA :: March 2016

This little family of mine!  We had so much fun being tourists in my old stomping grounds!  We seriously did a little bit of everything that Malibu has to offer… except surf… I’ve never been a big fan of the cold Pacific water.  We did go to Pepperdine, ate at all my favorite spots, went hiking, saw some of my greatest friends, and of course did some shopping ;).  It was a blast!

There are days when I reminisce about my time in Malibu.  It was such a special time in my life.  I was finally feeling what freedom was for the first time (my parents were 2000+ miles away!!).  I was meeting people who were totally different from me and grew up in a different world than me.  It was truly one of the best experiences, and I don’t think I would be who I am today if I hadn’t have been brave enough to leave the comfort of my home in Texas and go to college in California.  I never wanted to conform to the norm and get too comfortable knowing that my parents could just rescue me at the drop of a hat.

Someday, Bennett will be at the age where he is figuring out where he wants to go to college and as much as I selfishly will want him to be close to home, I hope that I am brave enough at that time to let him choose his own path and encourage him to fulfill his dreams.

Anyway, once again, Husband & I had a great time with our little buddy.  It’s crazy that his first college visit was to my school across the country when daddy’s school is only a 2 hour drive from our house in Florida :).

 I just know he is going to be a wave!!! ;) Enjoy the pics!

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Showering Baby Dietrich :: Florida Style

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Another amazing shower for Baby D!  My sweet, sweet friend Kelly T. hosted and it was a wonderful success!  She had cute little blue mason jars with pink & white striped straws for beverages, twine & wooden clothespins for pictures of Husband & I when we were babies, and little cards for all the guests to write wishes for Baby D on!  We had so much fun with the ribbon game, where everyone guesses the size of the belly with ribbon and compares it to mine and my cousin Kelly H. (from Chicago) flew down for the occasion and brought a word scramble game that was super entertaining as well (even had to do a run-off since 2 people tied)!  I am beyond appreciative of all the love, support, and gifts for this little baby of mine.  I cannot thank everyone enough!

Just a few short weeks left before we all get to meet this sweet baby!


Showering Baby Dietrich In Houston

 This weekend was spent showering Baby Dietrich with lots of love and presents in my home town.  A little background that some may or may not know about me, I come from a very large family.  Specifically, my dad’s side of the family is huge!  He is one of seven children (all boys and one girl), each of his siblings are married and have multiple children, so the cousins are endless, and I’m so blessed to be a part of it!  A handful of my sweet aunt’s came together and devoted lots of time and energy into making this event for Baby D super special.  And special it was!  I couldn’t have asked for anything better!  My cousin (and bridesmaid from my wedding), Jennifer, put together the games, one of which was “Price is Right” themed- FUN FACT:: in college I was on the The Price is Right. Yes, they called my name.  Yes, I was the closest bidder and got on stage.  Yes, it was back in the day when Bob Barker was still the host.  No, I did not kiss him on the cheek (he was wearing more makeup than me and he was soooo oldddddddd…). No, I didn’t win a car. Yes, I spun the wheel.  Yes, it was heavy.  Anyway, the game was great, we had to price out baby swag and whoever got the closest to the actual price of everything won a bag of goodies!  Cute idea, right?!?  Thanks Jen! You’re awesome.

I really want to thank everyone (even those who couldn’t be there and were spoiling Baby D from afar) for making the shower so wonderful.  It’s a whole new experience when so many people show so much love to your baby who isn’t even born yet.  I cannot wait for each and every one of you to meet Baby in a few short weeks!

xoxo

Please enjoy some of the pics from the shower, sorry some are a little blurry, they are from multiple cameras and phones…

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And for the mommy-to-be’s who happen to be reading along with my journey and want to know where my dress is from, you can find it here.

:)



my bestie was in town last week!

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and this is the only picture I have to prove she was here…

why have I been slacking on the pictures lately??  oh yea!! I made a New Years resolution to be “more in the moment” and “spend less time on my phone”.  so basically, I have been trying to leave my phone alone while spending REAL face time with people. boring!  just kidding. (not really).

anyway, my bestest was in town and we had so much fun!  there were no plans, no fancy meals, no dressing up, just good old fashion girl time.  just like back in the day when we were college roommates and would roll out of our beds and go see what the other is doing, make some coffee, watch Windy Williams & laugh about nonsense. together we caught up on all of the Real Housewives, did some pilates, went shopping!!!  it was an awesome 3 days with my sista from anotha mista.

the dogs clearly enjoyed having her in town as well… come visit again soon, Tor Tor!!  we miss you!!