Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mrs. Davis' Class Goes to the Pumpkin Patch!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tear ;'o(

Once in a while I like to go through my Snapfish account and look at what Addison was doing when she was Brody's age.  I came across the first picture and it moved me.  I just can't believe that was our big girl right around the same age Brody's at right now.  When I look back at these pictures they actually help me live in the moment with both of my babies since I seriously feel like "I just took that picture".  I'm just so proud to be the mother of this little girl.  I can't thank all the people who are constantly telling me what a sweet girl she is and how much they love her enough.  I'm just so happy to have her in my life and the constant "I love you mom" makes me feel even better that we are doing a good job raising this little girl.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Baby Bro!!

I CAN'T believe my baby brother is 29 this year!  He's doing so many amazing things with his life and I couldn't be prouder of him.  He's got a great job that he's excelling at and the most important thing is he has the BEST girlfriend a sister could ask for.  I swear our family is patiently waiting for him to propose and make her officially part of our family.  She's seriously that great, which through the years and past girlfriends its been hard for his big sisters to approve of.  Anyway, this isn't about Kelly but I HAD to mention how much I LOVE HER! 
I'm so excited that he's actually coming here to celebrate his birthday with the Vranich family.  Addison has been talking about Uncle Graaag for the past 3 days (b/c I seriously have been trying to hold off telling her since she would ask me everyday if he's coming "today").  She looks at pictures of him and explains, "mommy this is your brother, but this is MY uncle".  She's truly so proud and I couldn't be happier.  Anyway I'm looking forward to my baby brother getting to do lots of golfing with John and then celebrate his birthday tomorrow with lots of my friends and make it as special as possible.  I LOVE YOU GREG!!!!

One Lucky Mommy!!

So, honestly how is this not the most beautiful girl in the world?  ;o) 

I am so lucky to have little Miss Addi in my life. As she gets older the more I fall in love with her. She is constantly cracking me up, not only is she funny, but she is the most loving little girl. I once again have to express how blessed I feel to have such a special person for Brody to look up to. Addi loves her little brother so much and in return my little guy is a little lover too. I'm constantly telling him he's such a love bug, he loves his hugs and kisses and he especially loves playing with his big sister stealing lots of hugs at the same time. I have such a great feeling about these two and believe without a doubt they will be looking out for each other forever and always.
Anyway, not only did we get some great shots of Brody at the cider mill, but of course we had to take some of my gorgeous Addison. I am so intrigued by her beautiful blue eyes. I wish I could take credit for this beautiful feature, while I believe it comes from my genes I must say its her Tete these eyes mostly resemble. Both Natalee and Addison seem to have these white blue eyes and I love it. I love it even more when they are captured on camera. Addi was so awesome helping me make Brody laugh and once again give him a tight squeeze to tell him he's safe! She once again took some amazing pictures that I will treasure for a lifetime!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Hansthum Little Guy!!

Thanks to Claudette Ginter (my nieces & nephew's step-mom) we got some great 1st birthday shots of Mr. Brody.  He did so awesome considering he had a double ear infection and little did we know he was also fighting a virus too!  We got to do the photo shoot at my favorite place in the whole world...the Cider Mill.  I love Michigan Fall and most importantly going to the cider mill.  While we were only there during the photo shoot it was awesome smelling the donuts and then seeing the apple cider being created.  If I wasn't so exhausted at the end I would of let the kids "run" around, but we'll have lots of opportunities in the years to come to enjoy Michigan in the fall.  I'm pretty tempted to bring this cider mill concept to Florida since I still can't find a place even close to what we have in Michigan.

I still can't believe my baby boy is already 1, I love him so much and it doesn't hurt that he's pretty cute too.  Anyway we had a great day and captured some pretty amazing moments of the Birthday boy!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Let the Juicing Begin!!!

Well, I've come up with a new way to help me get rid of this baby weight that I gained from Addison (that's right not from Brody, but Addison).  I'm totally cool with Weight Watchers and still want to follow this concept, but I'm finding when its time for dinner I've only ate a banana all day we all know that's not good.  I never do it on purpose, but it seems to happen more than I want.  Then there's the other problem where I haven't ate all day and by 3pm I'm eating everything in sight!  So, I'm killing two birds with one stone.  I decided to eat a healthy breakfast, juice all day (since my juice is ready to just pour) and then have a healthy dinner.  Day 1 began on Monday and it went pretty good.  The juice we created the night before was awesome!!!

Day 2 didn't go as great.  The juice we put together was awful, I couldn't even try to down it.  So, I ate a banana and cheese stick in the morning, but then didn't eat anything else until dinner.  Didn't want to go that route, but it was a busy day and didn't have much time to prepare anything.  I'm pretty sure I stayed within my WW points though.  ;o)
Today seems ok.  I had a breakfast sandwich, once again because I wasn't able to eat anything until 10am and I was STARVING.  Now I'm sitting here with my second glass of juice which turned out ok, but not as good as Monday.  I'm going to stick to this for as long as possible to see if I notice a difference in my numbers, but of course like everything else I do I want INSTANT results.  I'm for sure looking at this in a positive way, at least I'm getting lots of fruits & vegetables! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


I'm finding myself completely torn on whether or not its time for me to go back to work.  I had my first interview today and while I was extremely happy with how it went, I'm feeling as most people do when going on an interview...doubt.  I went in there excited and explained how passionate I am doing whatever role I play.  There were a couple of times within the interview that I was feeling a little less confident, but I feel that I've done everything I can possibly do to "sell" my qualifications.  I'm so lucky to have a husband that stands by me and feels that if it was meant to be it will happen.  I completely agree and feel that I will take any extra moment I possibly can to spend with my kids and enjoy the million tight hugs that I get from Mr. Brody throughout the day.  I think this whole process has made me realize that being a stay at home mom isn't so bad its actually a blessing that at times I've taken advantage of.  If I don't get this job, I'll continue to look because to be honest the extra money and perhaps better benefits than what John's company has will be worth it.  Brody's 1 now and I know he knows how much I love him and even if I have to leave him from 7:30-5:00 he's probably going to be even more excited to have time with his mommy once I pick him up.  So, I have to say I'm in a good place, going through the pros and cons of working and I just truly believe that God has a plan for me and my family so all I can do is follow my heart and believe that everything is going to turn out how its suppose to!

Monday, October 10, 2011

It's a Small Anniversary!!

I can't believe it was 2 years ago today that Natalee and Chad were married!  What a beautiful day and evening.  Natalee made the most beautiful bride and our lives were beyond touched by the love coming from both Natalee and Chad.  I could not be happier to watch my sister not only become an amazing wife, but now an astounding mother.  The Small wedding was incredible but more importantly their life has been nothing short but blessed!

What I love most about fast forwarding 2 years is...the new red head addition.  I love seeing this happy little family and watching my handsome Godson/Nephew continue to grow and be a happy.

I love you guys so much and hope you had a fabulous 2 year anniversary!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sick Days at the Vranich House!

Well, with Addison being really sick Saturday night and Sunday morning I had to come up with some fun ideas of what to do with her so I wasn't hearing "where are we going" 100 times throughout the day.  I decided it was time to bust out the life size coloring house that my dad had bought her for x-mas last year.  I guess it was smart of me to not open it right away because she was so excited that the same coloring house that Grandpa has at his house is also at our house!  I went to the store in the morning and bought some new paints, crayons and markers so she could enjoy her day of resting and then playing too when she had the energy.  It was a huge success and even Mr. Brody got a kick out of it!

In between coloring on the big house I had also bought some small pumpkins for Addison to paint so we could use them as decorations throughout the house.  She was so excited and I must say...John was too!  The two of them did an awesome job while I took pictures and observed John's OCD habits of making his pumpkin just right to depict his 2 favorite college football teams.

While this has been a really rough month of sickness for the Vranich house, I must say my kids are pretty good even when they're sick.  Addison doesn't let a little bit of vomit stand in her way of bouncing off the walls and begging for chocolate (she's crazy).  It was Brody's turn to get the stomach bug last night.  ;o(  As soon as we put him in the bathtub to clean him up he started going crazy having a great time in the water.  I wish I could take an ounce of their good moods even when their sick because now I think I have a sinus infection and of course I feel like the biggest baby!  I really hope this is the last week of sickness, I want our fun life back!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Watch Out Paula Creamer There's a New Golfer in Town

John and Addison went actual golfing on Saturday and it was a huge success!!!  Addison had so much fun and was beyond excited to be riding in the cart next to her dad along with swinging her club as hard as she could!  John said she was even able to hit it about 40 yards at one time.  I'm so proud of her for trying something new and I think the best part for her is she gets so spend some quality time with her daddy all by herself.  John seriously wants this to be come a Saturday tradition...of course I brought him back down to reality (she is only 4 1/2).  ;o)  However, this has actually inspired me to start taking lessons and finally get back out there and play.  I can't wait until the day all 4 of us can go out there and play together!

 As I said Addi had a blast, she not only had fun golfing, but she also enjoyed the fun things that she found out on the course.  I can only picture her trying to get close to all the birds and just enjoying all the new things she doesn't normally get to see while sitting at the pool.  I love that she's been so open to this, it makes John excited and happy too since he's been thinking about this since the day we found out I was pregnant with her.

All and all it was a huge success.  John said she would play a hole and then she would take a break, play a hole and go exploring, by the end she was down for the count and ready to go home.  That tells me she had a great time and can't wait to get back out there with daddy again!