Turning Negatives Into Positives

It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend so far- to say the least.  In a nutshell, (and I’m nooot going to elaborate and bore you with the details) my family and I got home from dinner Thursday night, to find our downstairs toilet had overflowed and ran for over an hour and half and flooded about 1/4 of our downstairs.  Nice.

Our flooring in our hallway all torn up.  Destruction chic! Ha!

Actually not nice, gross and destructive.  This is the 2nd time in two years we’ve been thru this, so we know what to expect with the clean up and all.  Our poor children are basically having to live in our bonus room upstairs now bc all of the area downstairs is torn up with fans drying out the water damage.  They are taking this strange experience in stride though!

But, my husband and I are trying to turn this negative into a positive.   So we’ve been acting kind of nutty around the kids and thinking out of the box on how to entertain everyone since the TV has been disconnected.  And let me tell you, this takes a lot of creativity when you have 3 small children and no tube.

Vivian – AKA Jem!

Soooo, with all of our belongings that have been shuffled around and dug up from the water damage, we found a random hot pink wig.  Not sure why I have this honestly, but I decided to put it to good use.  My daughter Vivian was the happy recipient of donning this Jem and The Holograms type wig!! This was over breakfast mind you, but we all got a huge kick out of it. She seemed to be at peace with this look.

I used to be a huge fan of this 80’s cartoon- what girl of the 80’s wasn’t??  If you didn’t have the opportunity to watch this cartoon, check out the rockin theme song to Jem and the Holograms above.  And if you’re not familiar with this show, Jem was the lead singer of the band the Holograms, and she had pink hair- I was infatuated with this look around 8 yrs old.

Think Gwen Stefani in her pink hair days:-)  Wait, maybe she wasn’t the pioneer of pink hair- it was Jem!!

Speaking of 80’s, we also decided to get the kids out of the house and take them glow in the dark bowling.  

The boys waiting patiently for their “pink” ball.  Yes, they chose the color pink.

My 3 boys enjoying getting out of the house!

If you’ve never done this, it’s actually really fun.  The music is super duper loud and the lights are off, and everyone wearing any sort of white, glows like crazy.  My boys were big fans of this activity and Vivian didn’t seem to mind the loud tunes either.  It was nice to have something fun to do inside since this really cold weather is no fun in my opinion.

My new hair color and my sweet smiley daughter.

This shot is of my daughter and I at the bowling alley listening to some Britney Spears I think over the loud speakers!  I don’t love that my hair is covering one eye, kinda wierd, but Viv’s face is too cute and it does show off my new hair color.  I used L’Oreal Feria at home hair color in “black” a few days ago and really like how it turned out.  New shiny hair color puts me in a great mood;-)

Despite the inside of our house being in complete shambles, I think my whole family is really taking all of this in stride.  No one was hurt, no meaningful personal belongings ruined, so in my eyes, it’s a win win situation.  We are getting some reaallly good family time by being all squished together in our upstairs bonus room for the next week or two while it is all repaired.  I think we are all starting to appreciate the togetherness and realizing how little we really need in order to be happy.