Tuesday, February 3, 2009

WOO HOO!!!!!

I just had to post a quick bit on our t.v. because I am so dang excited. We have had this tv for about 2 years now and it just all of a sudden would not turn on. Well, we did some research (with the help of a great friend!) and were able to diagnose the problem and purchase the parts to fix it for a grand total of $6.50. Compared to the 200-300 dollars it would have cost us to take it to a professional this is very reasonable, don't ya think?! My husband and I took the back of the t.v. off and he put the new parts on and Voila the darn thing works like new. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!!!. I totally feel like we can do anything now. I just had to share because you have no idea how excited I am about not having to watch t.v. on my daughter's 13-inch pink princess set!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Who Am I?

My little family has always been really good about having dinner together every night. Because Brian and I own our own businesses this has never really been an issue. It's nice to know that at the end of a long, hard day we can all come together for this time. Unfortunately, what ends up happening more often than not in our house is that dinner time becomes a pretty unpleasant experience. Kids fighting over where they're going to sit, what color plate they will eat off of, etc. Dad yelling for them to be quiet and to use their napkin instead of their clothing to wipe their hands and faces. And Mom asking everyone to "please just get along and be happy because I did not slave over this meal just to listen to you all be miserable!"

So, that said, the other day I decided we were going to play a game at dinner to lighten things up a little bit. I wrote a bunch of random names/characters/etc on little slips of paper and taped one each to everyone's forehead. The game was called "Who Am I?," and the person had to guess what name they had taped to their head. Let me tell you, that was the best dinnertime experience we have probably ever had. We all had so much fun asking questions and giving hints and it was a hilarious sight just to look at my whole family with pieces of paper taped to their heads with bright blue duct tape. I wish I would have gotten a picture. Needless to say, we have played the game every night since then and so far no one has gotten bored with it. Dinnertime has become a pleasant time to share together, as it should be, and I hope that we can continue this run (even if we eventually have to change up the game a little bit). So, if you're ever invited to our house for dinner, be prepared to share in the fun!!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Just a few random pics taken over the course of the past few weeks. We have had quite a busy/fun/hectic time with the kids not only being on winter vacation but also having another full week of school off due to the snow! More to come. (FYI: There is another new post directly below this one as well).

Our little diva. (This is a typical outfit and pose/stance for Faith. It's all about the clothes and accessories. Did I mention she's only 4??)
My big girl and I at Sharis after a fun night of skating.
Faith and mommy skatin it up
Noah and Dad on their ice skates. SO MUCH FUN!
Faith giving Noah his haircut!!!

Surprise for Mommy

This is the scene that I came home to last night around 9:30 after returning home from a movie with my girlfriend. I came through the front door and there they all were, my precious, precious family, cleaning, and scrubbing, and scouring, and mopping, and dusting etc., etc., etc. I couldn't believe it. And they all looked so happy, like they were having the time of their lives. They wanted to surprise mommy and they certainly did. I was extremely proud of all of them and so happy that they would think to do something like that for me. (My hubby even said that he knows he takes all the things I do around the house for granted). WOW!!! Now my only question is why can't I get them to do stuff like that upon request???????

She makes it look so fun.
Noah scrubbing the front windows. (And yes, that is still our Christmas tree. What??? Don't judge me!)
She's a moppin queen!!!
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Daddy Saves the Day

At your request here are some pics of my daughter's beautiful vanity set on Christmas Day. No need to take closeups of the vanity itself because my husband did, of course, come through and there is virtually no evidence at all that anything happened to it. I really had no doubt in his ability to fix it good as new, it was just the time frame that worried me!!! The only thing that would evidence the fact that we had a mishap would be on one corner of the table where there are little traces of red fuzz stuck to it. This would be because that particular corner was still slightly wet at 1:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve when I was adamant that we had to cover it with a red Christmasy blankie so that it would not be visible Christmas morn. Whoops. Bri tried to warn me, but I wanted it the way I wanted it. I'm not worried though. I know we can pick the fuzz off and as of yet Hannah is none the wiser about any of it!!!! Just look at her. She is stoked about this beautiful gift and also the little foam curlers that she got with it were a huge hit. I believe they were the first thing she opened and she didn't waste any time puttin em in. This pic, which I'm actually very surprised that she let me take, was probably taken 20 minutes after all the gifts were unwrapped. Who knew that a 5$ box of curlers would be the most exciting thing for my darling 8-year-old?! More on Christmas to come soon!!!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Vavra Christmas Tree '08

I really don't have the time at the present moment to blog all about our holiday festivities, but I just couldn't resist posting this picture of our Christmas tree after Santa visited our home. It's just hilarious to see the teeny, tiny little tree being overshadowed by all those gifts. Personally, I was very pleased with our little tree (about 2.5 to 3 feet) displayed in our bay window this year. I doubt it will fly with the rest of the fam in years to come, however. (One good thing is that it sure does make it seem like we have a buttload of presents doesn't it????)

Monday, December 22, 2008