Here are some pics of the new washer/dryer and the new fridge we got at the same time. Really, the fridge we replaced must have been from 1985 and I think the washer and dryer could have been from 1979 when the house was built! And they still worked, they were just tiny. With three kids (soon), we just needed more capacity, and I'm sure these new appliances are more energy efficient, as well.
We were patient about it and have been in the house for over a year and a half now. Both sets of our parents were on our case about getting the new washer and dryer - so much so that they each gave us money to buy them!!! THANK YOU! So we knew it was time based on the "encouragement" from our families - who knows if we'd have broken down otherwise. :-)