Friday, December 28, 2007

Some Christmas Pictures

Ok, so I've been lazy and haven't taken the time to downsize the pics and upload them, so I did that tonight. Hope you enjoy them! I've got more to upload, but I figure this is a good start.

First, this is our tree this year. Yeah, we chopped a lot off....yeah, it looks like the top is sticking through the ceiling....yeah, we love it! We like our funny trees! We go out and hunt for them and chop them down (ok, so Zach does that, I offer moral support - i.e. "Are you SURE I'm going to like it?") and not to mention they are free.


We had our annual Christmas party again this year also. We had a fun group. Only one couple wasn't able to make it at the last minute due to illness, but everyone else we invited was able to come. Melissa and Aaron, Teresa (Aaron's mom), Seth and Tina, Jason and Becca, and Mary and Keith came over for some food and drink. It was a great time!

Seth and Tina

Grandma Griffin aka Teresa aka Ranga (according to Peach) with Donavyn

Keith, Mary, Becca and Jason listen intently as Zach reads The Night Before Christmas and wait to see when to pass the gift. If you've never experienced a Very Merry Koehler Christmas Party, you just wait!!!

Our family picture in front of the tree right after everyone leaves the house from the party. Isn't the outfit the cutest? Aunt Becca sent that for Donavyn. She sent a matching set for Gabriel, unfortunately he wasn't here to be able to wear it. The hat and shirt both say "Baby's First Christmas". Unfortunately these are the best pictures I got. Maybe I'll put her in it again just for a photo session. Thanks, Aunt Becca!


The morning of Christmas Eve we woke up to about 6-8 inches of snow. I had to shovel a path to let the dogs out. Yes, Mom, I did go out in just a sweatshirt and a wet head. I know...I could catch pneumonia and die...I know, but the dogs needed to go out and Zach was feeding Donavyn and it wasn't really all that cold out. Yes, a Florida girl saying it was snowing and it wasn't cold. Go figure. This is about 8 hours later or so. The snow was dumped on us so much throughout the day I had to shovel us out again. I could show you the same picture as the one above this one with the outfit in this one, but I figured this one is funnier. We, make that I, had to shovel snow out of the house. As I opened the sliding glass door it all fell inside. Notice the oh-so-stylish Muck boot. Most people prefer the Xtra Tuff (as can be seen on the Dorval's blog), but I like my Mucks. They are neoprene and tighter and they are black, not to mention they aren't Xtra Tuffs.

I ran into Aaron and Theresa while at Safeway and they had just decided to have an impromptu get together that night at their place. Have we mentioned how much we love these guys? Melissa and Aaron are great. We had a great time. It reminded me of the Christmas Eve family party at my parents house every year. It was exactly what I needed - they have truly become family. It was a lot of the same crowd as was at our party.

Seth and Katie - they just got engaged. CONGRATS!!! You should see her ring...beautiful! Instead of a diamond, he got her a ruby in an emerald cut surrounded by diamonds. Very pretty!


Morgan the cutest Rein-dog! She didn't mind these a bit! Too funny!

Look what Santa left under the tree for us! The cutest cloth diapered baby around! Those are the Fuzzi Bunz, we LOVE cloth diapering!

She loves the Exersaucer Grandma and Pawpaw sent her! She plays in this daily and even falls asleep in it sometimes. I'll have to upload those pics soon.

Ok, so this wasn't really taken on Christmas, but a couple days earlier for our churches Candlelight service. I LOVE this dress! She looks so cute. She'll be able to wear this one for a few months too. We got a 3/6 month, but I can't believe it fits her so well already! She is getting so big!

We did take the "Today I'm 3 months old" pictures, but haven't uploaded those yet. I'll try to get to that tomorrow. Got a video to upload as well.

Love you all!!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas from the Koehler's!

Wishing all of you the best Christmas ever. We love and miss you all. It's been a quiet Christmas this year. I'm sure it will be the last quiet Christmas we have for many many years to come though. Here it is, 4:30 and we're still in our pj's. It's a beautiful, sunny day outside, after a couple days of snow.

Enjoy these pictures from the last week or two!

Ok, so pics will come later. Sorry they are causing me grief again! Love to all!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

You'll love me again!

Warning....VERY much picture heavy!!!

Ok, so Delinda has been after me to upload some video of Donavyn, so here it is. I'll work on getting the video of Gabriel (yup, from JULY) up this week. I just figured out how to do it. This video includes some from when she was just under a month old and some from last week - at two and a half months. It is about 5 minutes long....sorry about that, but I figured our family would enjoy it being long since no one has seen her in person.

Ok. Now for the pictures. I'll include some...ok, a LOT of photos from the last few weeks also. Pics of our tree will come soon.

Donavyn fell asleep on me before going to the base Christmas party. Melissa watched Donavyn for us.

We didn't really have too much fun at the base party this year, but whatever. We made the most of it and were silly. Note to those throwing parties...just because the sound CAN go up to 11, doesn't mean it should. I left with a headache. We may skip the party next year, but it's the only time we can get dressed up so we'll see.

Us at the table getting ready to eat. At least the food was good, but we had both been on a diet for a few weeks already and it was hard to eat it all because there was so much - not necessarily a bad thing.
This is Becca before the raffle prizes were drawn. She was so excited and couldn't wait to see what she would win.

This is Becca after the drawings and realizing that she just helped pay for the prizes instead of winning one. You had to buy the tickets...Zach and I don't play b/c it's not like we are going to win anyway. There are people who go and spend over $100 on the raffle tickets, that's just nutso.

Here we are with Becca and Jason in front of the cheesy tree. It was a sorry excuse for a tree, but it was fun nonetheless. We had a great time chatting with them and the Wallins for a while out in the hall - the only place we could hear ourselves. Ok, I just realized I'm very negative about the whole party thing and yet I have a lot of pictures from it. Like any event you go to, there are ups and downs. Just so happened we did have a good time with them, but just not enough that we wanted to stay very long. I know other people had a great time, maybe we just weren't in the mood for it.

Donavyn and I went to visit Zach one night at work so she could have her pictures made with him in front of the 60 wearing her 60 onesie. I just love her in jeans. Everyone that looks at her says she looks just like her daddy. She just looks like Donavyn to us though.

Hey, let me fly this thing! I can do it!

Daddy, don't take off with me on here, ok?

Our nakey baby! She is so cute! I think every day the past week or so, she has done something new. From starting to kick her feet more to talking more to smiling a lot and getting close to laughing to crying more to being more aware of her surroundings.

She fell asleep on the ottoman with Zach rocking her back and forth on it. She looks so peaceful. Thanks to Nana and Pops for this dress. It came with a Santa hat and shoes too.

This is from her first sleep in the crib. She slept in there from 6:30 - 9:30 a.m. and this is how we found her. She had pushed her way to the corner and her foot was coming through the rungs. And you notice her little butt pushed way up. She's too cute. Have I said that already? Well...she is!

Father and Mother Christmas were at the Baranof Museum. I think we'll have to go back there to spend time and look around more.

Melissa and Bronwyn gave us a shower at Bronwyn's house. It was a lot of fun. It was our first shower and about 10 ladies from church were there. I'm so thankful to have found our church and the friends we have made through it!

This is for Grandma and Pawpaw. They got this dress for her and when we went to church with her in it, everyone asked if it was mine as a child. I have some dresses of mine as a baby, but they won't fit her yet.

This is Donavyn and I in front of the tree tonight. I was working on getting the pictures downsized and ready to put on the blog. Sorry it's dark, but the ones with the flash didn't show the tree very well....and they showed my double chin more! lol

Oh, and still no news about when we go get Gabriel. Hopefully very soon!