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1/2 Year Old!!

May 30th, 2011

Hello- My name is vannyB and I am 6 months old!

{Stats: weight 20 lbs 3 ozs and length 28 inches}

I currently enjoy sitting up on my own, taking long walks in my stroller, and eating oatmeal cereal.

I’m also really good at getting on my hands and knees and rocking back and forth.  {I’m teasing my parents into thinking I’ll be crawling soon.. I’m gonna keep them guessing for a little bit longer.}

I love to smile, talk, and fake cough at my mama, my  dada, and my doggies- especially Bailey-Dog.

Future plans include eating some avocados and sweet potatoes and possibly sleeping through the night.  Oh- I also plan on taking up swimming as it is my new favorite hobby.

But more on that later…

{ps.. this is my pouty model face that my daddy taught me…}

xoxo vannyB


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Baby vB

My Green Thumb

May 23rd, 2011

So I was starting to feel like we lived in the “ugly house” on the block.

And not because of the house, but because of the yard.

Look at this thing- It was out of control!!

So with my trusty assistant in tow {see her hiding in the above photos- pink baseball cap?} we were going to get this yard straightened up!

First stop- the greenhouse! We needed some color to liven up that border.

Then it was time to dig, trim, and mulch!

CeCe might have gone a little crazy with the hedge clippers, but she promises it will grow back.

I’m loving the final product!

The “missing” hedge really opens up the porch, but no longer hides the fact that the railing needs to be repainted…

And of course the grass needs to be cut again, but just pretend like you didn’t notice that either!

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Yard/Garden

Viva La France!!!

May 14th, 2011

I’ve still got piles of dirty laundry to get to, but I’d rather report on the fabulous trip that Mr. vB and I just returned from.  {I tried to condense the vacation into as few words as possible, but this still might be the longest post to date.  Just Warning ya!}

As a “reward” for exceeding my sales goals last year, Mr. vB and I (along with 135 others) were treated to 5 days of pure luxury in the South of France by my company. 3 days in Monte Carlo, Monaco and 2 days in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France.

Let’s start in Monte Carlo.

We arrived on a Tuesday Morning just a bit groggy thanks to 2 Flights, one of which was overnight, teamed with a 6 hour time difference.  But none the less we were stoked to be on vacation!  We were then whisked from the Nice airport and taken to the beautiful Hermitage Hotel in the heart of Monte Carlo. {only about a 30 minute drive)

After checking in, we grabbed a quick {4 hour} cat nap and then got gussied up for the Welcome Reception.

Our Hotel room was the size of a postage stamp, but my teammate Toni’s room was ENORMOUS!  They even had a private terrace that overlooked the main harbour and Palace.  {that’s where the above photo was taken} Needless to say we hung out in their room ALOT!

Here are Toni and I in one of our many refined moments of the trip.

We were “raising the roof” and/or maybe patting ourselves on the back for winning such an awesome trip!

PS.  you can’t really tell from this photo but Toni is 7 months prego.  She was such a trooper during the trip and I think I complained more about my feet/back that she did!

After a great night of sleep we were up bright and early the next morning to go on our first tour.  We headed out to see the sights of Monaco as well as surrounding cities.

The Bay of Angels

Eze, France

What a view from this mountain top perch!!

St. Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco

(Where Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier}

And the Royal Palace..

{look the prince is home- the white flag is flying above the turret}

Then that evening we got gussied up again, this time for the Black Tie Awards Dinner at the Hotel de Paris.

What a fun evening!

We even caught a model photo shoot, just over the patio…we all gawked, but didn’t recognize either model.  Do you?

The 3rd day we trekked out again in the morning, but this time we headed into the city of Nice.

Did you know that Nice is the 5th largest city in France?  I didn’t.

While in the city we stopped at a few churches, a farmer’s market and drove past the Modern Art Museum.

Then once we got back into Monaco, we took a boat taxi through the harbour over to the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium (Musee Oceanographique).

What amazing Architecture!!!

By the end of the day we were EXHAUSTED!!

All the energy we could muster up was to order room service and hang out in Toni and Mike’s {fabulous} room.

On our last morning in Monte Carlo, we walked around and took in a few more sites.

The Grande Casino

The Hotel de Paris

The Hermitage {our hotel again}

More models?

And then we were off to the Four Seasons in Provence!

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is about 1.5 hours from Monte Carlo and took us through the countryside of France.  We literally thought we were in the middle of nowhere until this came into sight.

The Four Seasons was AWESOME.

Instead of hotel rooms they had villa’s.  And you got to your villa via golf cart!  How cool is that!!

This was the door knocker to our villa.

And when I saw villa I should really say small house.  We had a foyer, a living room, a dining room, a patio, a bedroom, a closet that was the side of our hotel room in Monaco, and TWO full bathrooms.  Really???

We spent the rest of the afternoon checking out the resort grounds.

The Spa

The Pool

The Crazy People from Virginia

And before we knew it, it was the last day of the trip.

We ventured out that morning to another town called Saint Paul De Vence.

It was really neat because they infused Modern art throughout the entire village.  But of course I didn’t get any good photos of the art to share..  So instead here are the vB’s and Eubanks…

And check out the view of the Alps!  {Hi Mike- Hi Toni!}

Once back to the resort, we had a lovely lunch and then I headed to get my relaxation on!  Someone had to test out the spa!

Our last evening was spent going into the City of Cannes for dinner.

The vB’s, The Eubanks and the Yare’s- looking good!

And then 24 hours later we were back home.  What an amazing week of seeing new sites and staying in luxurious places, but I was itching to get home to my boy vannyB!  He stayed with my parents at their house in Newport News.  Luckily we still got to see him twice a day…

So there you have it! Our trip in 874 words and a mere 70 photos.  Not bad!  Now the pressure is on to qualify for this year’s trip!!   Anyone need a chair or keyboard tray??


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Mr.vB, Mrs.vB

I haven’t forgotten…

May 11th, 2011

Don’t worry- I haven’t forgotten that I owe you guys a recap on our trip to France.  The post is almost finished.  It’s just taken WAY longer than I expected to condense a week’s worth of fun into a post that won’t take you an hour to read. It will be up by this weekend- PROMISE!

In the meantime we’ve been busy over here at Chateau vB.

The siding has started going up on the back of the house and it looks awesome!  Here’s a sneak peak through the guest room window.

We’ve also done a bit of landscaping in the front yard.  Here’s a sneak peak of that too!

Last but not least, I had a fabulous Mother’s Day!

Mr. vB and his mini-me took me out for a picnic lunch.

vannyB got his first spin in a swing..

I think he liked it.

The diaper bag wedged behind him probably wasn’t too comfortable, but otherwise he would have slid out!

This is one of the funniest photos from the outing…

If van had a text bubble over his head it would say something like, “What stinks?  Hope it isn’t me.”

And this is a favorite.

I’m normally behind the camera but finally a pic of me and my boy!

You can never get/give too many kisses right?

All-right let me get back to my France post… Bye!

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Baby vB, Home Improvement, Mrs.vB

Happy Mother’s Day!!

May 8th, 2011

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mums…

She is a beautiful, talented and amazing woman.  Some of her many talents include sewing, gardening, cooking, playing scrabble, and babysitting her grand-boys.  I hope that I can be half the mother to vannyB that she has been to me!

Also have to give Mother’s Day shout-outs to my Mother-in-Law, my sister’s-in-law, and my many girlfriends that are mothers or soon to be mothers!  I love you all!

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Family, Mrs.vB

My bunny…

May 3rd, 2011

My bunny is growing like a weed…. I can’t believe he will be 6 months old on the 18th of this month!!!

Every day he does something new.  Sucking on his toes, rolling from his tummy to his back, he never ceases to amaze me!  But one thing he is not doing is looking more like his momma.

He is definitely his daddy’s son.

It’s a good thing his daddy is so cute!

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Baby vB

Out of Touch and Loving it!!

May 3rd, 2011

So I was “off the grid” last week.. No TV, No Internet, No Cell Phone, No Laptop, No Email, No Blogging, Not Even Facebook {well, maybe only once!}

No I didn’t fall into a deep dark hole. I actually took a once in a lifetime trip with my hubby to the South of France courtesy of my company.  It was awesome!!  The only down side was that vannyB couldn’t go with us.  It was an amazing trip, but I missed my boy terribly.  Good thing I was preoccupied with the amazing scenery.  Here are a few teaser shots..I’ll recap the whole trip later this week!

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Mrs.vB