Canada Anniversary Trip :: Day 1

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Lake Louise :: Holy moly!  This place was magical!  It was seriously a winter wonderland, something straight out of a disney movie!  Or The Revenant, which was partially filmed in the Rockies… but I will talk about that more in a future post because we actually went hiking in a spot that was in the movie.  For now though, I want to focus on the little slice of heaven from our pics above, Lake Louise.  During the winter everything is covered in beautiful white snow, but I hear (and see from the internet) that during the summer when the ice melts, this lake is the most breathtakingly beautiful blue color, and surrounded by the mountains… oh my!

Driving in on Wednesday night, you really couldn’t see a whole lot.  It was actually quite scary seeing signs warning of Elk crossing, and BEARS!!  The light from the full moon was only highlighting the tips of the mountains which surrounded us on both sides, but that was it, no other light source and really no towns or even gas stations in sight!

We stayed at the Fairmont Chateau (you can see it in the background of one of the pics above) and couldn’t have dreamed of a more wonderful hotel.  Everything was superb, absolute perfection.  I never wanted to leave!  And the view from our room… just look at the first picture on this post.

I can’t wait to show you more from the trip, but with an almost ONE year old getting into everything, it’s going to take me some time, so hang in there and I will post them as soon as I can!


cinco años

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Dear Husband,

Today marks our five year wedding anniversary, and these last five years have been absolutely amazing because they have been spent with you.

The saying “I’m not spoiled, just well taken care of” perfectly depicts my life with you.  Since the day we met, you have taken pristine care of me…  you provide above and beyond what is expected of a husband, and I don’t take this life you give me for granted, not one single second of it.

You are the best partner to have in life.  Smart, trustworthy, level headed, loyal… that’s you, my husband!  Not to mention very handsome :)  Five years and a (very cute) baby later, you are the same person I fell in love with.

Bottom line is, thank God I hooked you in that gross Houston bar back in 2008 (insert winking emoji here).  Sure, I know I bring a lot to the table as well, but you are so wonderful and every now and then you deserve to hear how much of a blessing you are to my life.

I love you, sweetheart.  Happy anniversary!

Love, Wifey


Cuatro Años

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^^ Man oh man, how I love this Man!  ^^

Today marks our four year wedding anniversary, so I thought I would share a few “cutting the cake” photos with my readers.  What a special, sweet day that was…

I look back on the last four years and think to myself, wow!  Look at all that we have accomplished, all the people we have met, all the friends that we have made, all the places we have traveled, all the memories we will keep forever…  and it’s only been four years of marriage!  Of course there are lows (I would never say life is perfect), but when reflecting on our short amount of time as a married couple, I would have to say that we overcome those rough obstacles with grace.  And now, we have a little baby who will be arriving at any moment!  Expanding our family is probably the most exciting experience we will ever have and I cannot wait for this new chapter of life to start!

Husband, you make me the happiest woman in the whole world.  You work so hard and do everything possible to enhance our life together… and I just want you to know, I appreciate you in every way.  I am so proud to be your wife, the mother of your child, and your partner in life.  You are so wonderful!

I love you.  Happy Anniversary, Sweetheart!


In Other Dietrich News…!!!

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We’re having a baby!

Baby D seems to be settling in for the long haul and has a super healthy heartbeat, so I figured it was the right time to go ahead and announce our exciting news to the internet world.  I’m officially 12 weeks and 4 days along so I won’t be able to hide this bump for very much longer :) This mommy-to-be has been nauseous for about 3 months straight which is slowly but surely subsiding as the weeks continue to pass, I constantly crave Cinnamon Toast Crunch… literally all day every day, I’m still exercising regularly even though my energy level has not been favorable…  But I feel great!  I could not be more excited about this little miracle growing inside of my belly and I just thank God for His wonderful blessing to our lives!

{Baby D should be making their appearance on or around May 2, 2015}

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Our First Dream Home Is For Sale {Mixed Emotions}

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Well y’all, Husband & I are putting our first home on the market tomorrow… and… I’m sad.  We have known this day was coming for quite some time, but now that it is literally less than 24 hours away, I might just have a breakdown.  With all the renovations, updates, maintenance, and hard work we have put in, we have really made this house into a home.  Our home.

Looking back on the last (almost) five years, I’m thinking of all the good times of having family and friends over for BBQ’s and holiday parties, I’m remembering all the times our dogs would chase each other through the backyard and bringing me fun creatures as gifts, but most of all I’m thinking of my husband and all the loving memories we will forever hold in our hearts for this place.

In this house I have learned SO MUCH about homeownership!  I feel so much braver, and more confident, to handle anything and everything that could possibly happen in a home.  You see, for those of you who may not know me personally, my home is old.  I mean real old.  Built in 1920, you can only imagine all the small details that had been neglected for decades.  Pipes busting under the house (unknowingly) and filling the crawlspace with 3-4 feet of water to where it almost comes up to our floorboards… yea, that happened.  Seams in the flat roof that were not properly sealed which allowed heavy rains to flood into our living room through a ceiling beam… oh yes, it happened multiple times.  Wood rotted windows, mold, remodeling 100 year old bathrooms… my list of craziness goes on and on, but I love that this home helped me grow into adulthood and has taught me to not be scared. In these situations, you just gotta take a deep breath and know that everything can be repaired and/ or replaced.

After the sadness of knowing my house will soon be sold to a new family, and after remembering all the good times (and bad), now comes the anxiety of the unknown.  Will someone fall in love my house the way I did when I first saw it?  Funny side story, when Husband and I first started dating, he brought me back to his hometown, which is where we currently live :), and he was driving me around this town showing me all the sights… and he took me around the lake with all the big fancy houses and when we drove by this one particular house (that was for sale at the time) I thought to myself, “I absolutely adore that house.  I will live in that house one day.”  And sure enough, that home is mine.  But not for much longer… Anyway, back to my anxiety of the unknown… How long will it take to sell?  How many strangers will be in my house at one time?  How am I going to keep this place clean?!?!?!!?!?!!?  <— that’s the big one.

But overall I am SO excited.  I am so ready for a new adventure and new experiences.  Obviously things won’t change drastically, it’s not like we are moving to a far away land… Husband does own a business here and what not.  But I’m just ready for something different!  Here’s to fresh new memories!  Wish us luck!  ;)


The Big Easy a.k.a. NOLA a.k.a. New Orleans :: Part Two

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What’s a trip to New Orleans without hitting up Bourbon St.?!?  The street performers, the people watching, it’s just the BEST!  We had a wonderful dinner at Cafe Amelie where we had fig preserves, goat cheese, fruit and nut bread to start (YUM!), I had the pan seared salmon with horseradish sauce and Husband had the Louisiana crawfish pasta.  Both entrees were delicious!

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^^ Loved this guys sign! ^^

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And on our final day, we got tickets to Jazz Fest!!  We had such a great time!  I got to see one of my favorite bands, Vampire Weekend, which is an indie rock band and to be honest… most of their songs kinda sound the same (especially to Husband) ha ha ha, but I love them!  Go look them up on YouTube… let me know what you think… ;)

Oh, New Orleans, I hope we can visit you again real soon!

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Tres Años

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Three blissful years.

I swear, it feels like only yesterday we were in the Briscoe Manor chapel with all of our closest family and friends taking our vows.  I love looking back on our amazing day and how much fun everyone had…  We are so, SO blessed in life and in love, and I couldn’t imagine walking this journey with anyone other than you, Husband.  You are the light of my life.  I love you.  Happy Anniversary!

xoxo