Saturday, December 20, 2008


In my attempt to catch everyone up, I'm going to combine October and November into one post. Not too much went on, so it shouldn't be too bad. ***Ok, so I was going to, but I found too many pics that were just too cute not to share, so this is just October. It's my blog and I'll do what I want to, so there. Pbbth.

We started Oct off by going to Anchorage for Zach's sinus surgery. His parents went with us to help take care of the kids while I took care of Zach. He healed very quickly and hasn't had any more problems. It's GREAT! He snores less and he doesn't have to blow his nose a million times a day.

He also installed the desk he and his dad built together. It looks great. We already gave one of our computer desks away, now just to figure out what to do with the other one. It was a wedding gift from Zach's parents and we really love that desk, so we are debating what to do with it.

While trying to organize the office for our new desk, we were busy shredding papers and getting rid of things and while I was out of the room for a bit, the kids decided they needed to help. Gotta love 'em.

Donavyn finally figured out how to get in and out of the chair that Auntie Melissa and Uncle Aaron got her for her birthday. She was so funny. I think she sat in that thing for an hour, just swinging her feet and jabbering. Gabriel just looked especially cute in this shot, I thought.

There was a really pretty day when Zach came home from work early and took us out to Near Island for a walk. It was a nice brisk fall day - all you FL folks probably would have frozen in your knickers though.

We ended OCT with Halloween. Unfortunately Zach had to stand duty on Halloween so he decided to go Trick or Treating with the kiddos dressed as a Coast Guard Helicopter Pilot. I think he pulled it off quite well. Gabriel went as a dragon. He looked a lot like the dragon on his wall. Everytime he sees his costume now he'll run up to it and go "rawr"!! He's so cute. Princess was our "Lil' Stinker". The costume was a bit hard for her to walk in so she was constantly falling down. Everytime she got up though it looked like she was getting ready to spray somebody!!

That should do it for October. We're still trying desperately to get everybody caught up. Some things to look forward to are obviously Thanksgiving and our trip to LA. So much fun!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

A Princess is Laid to Rest

Today, Hadley Fox is being laid to rest. Many of you have been praying for the Fox family and now I ask that you all continue your prayers - only for comfort and peace. Last Friday, December 12, Hadley was called home to our Lord. She had been in so much pain and discomfort for so long that while we will miss her here on this earth with us, it's a blessing that she is now happy and pain-free. There are no tears in Heaven.

Her story touched us all. While I may have never met Hadley, or any of the Fox family, Angela opened up their story and shared their little girl with the world. They have been an inspiration. They never lost HOPE.

You are all in our prayers. We pray for peace, comfort and the faith that you will one day be together again in eternity. I have no doubt that Hadley is dancing and singing in Heaven today.

Rest in Peace, Princess Hadley. You have touched our hearts more than you could ever imagine.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Donavyn's First Birthday Party

Ok, so it's been almost 3 months, but better late than never, right? We had a great time celebrating our little girl. Nana and Poppa were still here and the Griffin's came over and celebrated with us. There were supposed to be several others, but everyone else was sick, working or out of town. So, we had a family party instead. I can't believe how big she is now! Wait until you see recent pics too. And you will soon, I promise. I'm working on it today.

I made the cake - it's not pretty, but it was my first time decorating. I'm going to try to take a class before the girl who teaches it moves this summer. Hopefully we won't be moving either. We're still waiting on the detailer to tell us we get to stay (hopefully).

Oh! And I made her tutu too! Hee hee...sorry, I had to do it. Seriously though, she and Gabriel still like to play with it.

If there are any you want to print from the slideshow, you can just click on the picture and it will bring up the stillshot and you can print from that. They won't have very good clarity if you print too big though b/c I have them as smaller files on here. If you want them big, let me know and I can email them.

So without further ado, here is the slideshow from Donavyn's first birthday party.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Hallelujah Chorus

I can hear you all now. I know, I've taken forever. Here is September - except for Donavyn's birthday party. I'll do that next. It will be mostly in slide show form though.

The month started off with the Women's Retreat at Camp Woody! We had a great time! On the boat heading over with Tina (who was also pregnant at the time and didn't tell us until last week when she was 20 weeks along!) and Melissa.
Me and Abbie
Some of my girlfriends: Bronwyn, Melissa, Dena and Sarah (she was the preggo this year - about as far along as I was at last years retreat - luckily she delivered on time, so it wasn't the retreat that did it to me afterall!)
Donavyn the day I got home. She was so cute playing ball with Snowflake. She just giggles!

Peach and Melissa gave Donavyn Peachie's old dollhouse. Donavyn and Gabriel both love to play with it.

She had this Sailor dress I completely forgot about until the day before this was taken. She wore it to church and looked so cute.

Aren't they sweet?
He enjoys coloring every once in a while.
Where's Gabriel's belly? There it is! He is doing great learning his body parts. He now knows his head, knees, toes, eyes, ears, nose and of course belly.

Poppa and Gabriel became fast friends
Nana's first look at the kids. Snowflake wanted her attention more.
Nana and Donavyn checking email
Playing on the floor
These were Zach's boots when he was a baby! How cool is that?
Aww....isn't that about the cutest thing ever?
Whee! I love when Poppa flips me!
Our big one year old! I can't believe she is 1 already! Showing me where her snack is. She is too smart.
Racing cars.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Family Photo Session

Ok, so to tide you all over while you await our birthday girl pictures, here are the family pictures we had made last week. We used Carol Scott again, the same one who did Donavyn's birth pictures. She didn't take time to crop/edit/touch up since she doesn't know which we'll want to order. Each pose ordered includes one hour of touch up time, so she can make my fly-aways go away (why can't she just follow me around and do this all the time?). Anyway, just click on Beth Koehler under "recent photos" and the password is beth (note that is all lowercase). Man, do we have our work cut out for us on finding our favorites to order!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Catching Up - Post 3

Ok, so here's August for you. Not a lot went on really, so I didn't get many pictures. The first week, Zach was still in Cordova. Here is a pic of a view that he gets when flying there. Pretty, huh?
This is the Valdez oil terminal. The big Alaskan oil pipeline that runs from the North Slope of Alaska all the way to Valdez ends right here. This is where they pump it on to big oil tankers to be shipped out.

This is the high speed ferry. If we get to stay here for another tour the kids and I will go over to Cordova at the end of one of Zach's deployments, then we will take the ferry over to Seward to see what's there.

The most important thing of August....we celebrated our 6 year anniversary. It's funny because we are always amazed that it has been that long, but yet it feels like we have always been together. Zach likes to say that he has forgotten what life without me was like and that he hopes he never has to remember. (Cue "aww")

He asked what I wanted to do for our anniversary and I said "have a picnic on Old Woman" (remember our first experience with Old Woman?). Abbie and Jesse offered to watch the kids for us (aren't they great?), so we took off around 4 o'clock. It was nice to not have two kids hanging on our backs. We did each have backpacks though. We had to carry our food, wine and blanket up there with us afterall. Not to mention the camera and plenty of water and dessert. Oh, and we can't forget the wood we carried up to build a fire to cook our food. Zach made foil packets with salmon, veggies and lemon. And tiramisu, it has a very special meaning for us. It was FABulous! Yeah, I am the one that got the better end of the deal in our marriage. I feel so blessed to have him.

Here we are before our hike. Trust me, the pics of us after we hiked up are NOT all that great. Of me anyway. After just a quarter of the way up the mountain I was really wondering WHY I had to choose this as our date. Why couldn't I be a normal person and just go out to a nice dinner [read: Powerhouse or Chart Room]? No, I had to go on a hike up a mountain to cook my food. You know what though? After all the work, it was wonderful and something I will cherish for as long as I live. What an amazing anniversary with my husband.

Here is our dinner. Can't beat the view either.

Ok, enough gushing....for now anyway. Here the kids are standing on the heater looking outside making sure there is no mischief in the neighborhood. I'm training them well in my ways (I'm known as the neighborhood nosey Nellie). They have to take over since I'm always too busy chasing them to keep up with everyone else in the 'hood now!

The kids played with Bronwyn's tunnel while we were at her house one day and loved it. Bronwyn found one at the Salvation Army and got it for them. Wasn't that nice?

Gabriel had his first icecycle.

Gabriel likes to help Donavyn eat.

We had a date night in. While Zach was out picking up our sushi and dropping his stuff off at the base for yet another deployment, I set up the living room. Laying in bed the night before we were dreaming of our pre-kids days and how we were able to go on dates whenever we wanted and I mentioned I wanted a picnic in ______ (don't remember where I said - some exotic country), so I made one for us. I thought this was way better than a regular date night.

The kids enjoying a nice break from the rain while they could.

Donavyn learned that the music table is made for climbing, thanks to big brother.

And she turned 11 months old! Ack!

Isn't he adorable?Oh, and big news....Kodiak now has WORKING lights. Yup, they do sometimes turn red - or so they tell me. I have yet to be stopped by it though.

And finally, we went to the fair and rodeo. The kids weren't all too thrilled and it was basically a waste of money, but we did get to see horses and Becca's pictures that won 1st place (both of her people category entries got 1st and they were both of Miss D). Congrats, Becca!

Ok, I'll really try to get the next installment in b/c I have the BEST pictures of our ONE YEAR OLD GIRL! Can you even believe it? I can't. Let's just say she really is a little princess.