Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday, Gabriel and Happy Easter Everyone!

Ok, so the title is long, but I had to get it all in there. This first pic is out of chronological order, but he's the boy of the day, so deal with it! I can't believe he's ONE! We just wish Daddy were here to help us celebrate. So, we really didn't celebrate. He doesn't know he's 1, so what's it really matter? We'll have a birthday party when Daddy gets back home. Doesn't he just look adorable? This is right before going to Becca and Jason's for Easter dinner (caribou roast, salad, green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole...yummy). This outfit is from Aunt Becca, with the jacket from Aunt Dee.
This is Donavyn the day Daddy was due to come home. He is the boyfriend in reference. Isn't this just the cutest shirt? I had it paired with a pair of Gabriel's jeans. I can't believe she's growing up so fast! Oh, and Zach had/has to stay another week since someone got hurt and can't fly now. Bummer.
We went for a walk by ourselves Wednesday! It was the first time we took the Bob out and it was GREAT! Very cold though, but we made it on the long walk.
We put Miss D in the walker for the first time and Gabriel decided he needed to show her how it works. They had so much fun and it didn't take her long to figure out how to go backwards. She did go forward a few times, but I think that was accidental more than anything. Too bad I didn't have the camera downstairs when they first got started.

Gabriel has so much fun with mirrors. (See below also.) He was giving himself high fives. What a cutie!
Unfortunately this is the only picture I got this day. He pulled the mirror over and it caught on the wall just before pinning him to the ground. It didn't hit him, but it scared him pretty good. Momma learned a lesson. Then that night he threw a fit and hit his face on the coffee table, resulting in an ER visit because he knocked his front two teeth back up into his gums.
The next day he acted just fine. In fact, he was playing in the ER waiting for the Dr. He didn't want anyone touching his mouth though...understandably. I just noticed that BOTH his teeth on the opposite sides of his middle top are coming through, or trying to at least. I knew his right one was, but blowing this pic up I realized the left one is too. Teething stages are so fun, aren't they? Donavyn is teething too, but no teeth yet. I'm SO not ready for this!
First Easter pic (there are lots just so ya know). Is this bunny for ME? The Easter bunny knows him well. He got this stuffed bunny holding a soccer ball, a rubber Tonka truck (just the size for his little hands) and the book No No Yes Yes. I think the Easter Bunny knew Gabriel needs to learn not to eat out of the dog bowls since there is a picture of that as a No No. Mommy likes the Easter Bunny especially well for bringing him this book. Don't worry Nana, the Easter Bunny left a note for me to wait until Daddy got home to give him the rest of it!

Donavyn was waiting patiently, and not to mention oh-so-cutely for her turn. Nana sent this adorable dress for Easter. The cardigan came from Aunt Becca (you'll see the rest of the outfit that matches it later).
Ok, so this is the only one I got of them with Gabriel not trying to hit or push Donavyn. Who knew it would start this soon? Though, I'll take it since Gabriel also will go up to Donavyn to kiss or play with her. Too bad I don't have the camera ready at those times, huh?

Gabriel is checking out Donavyn's basket. I think he thinks the ball is for him. Good thing D is such a good sharer. She got a book, ball and stuffed bunny.
They were both going after the grass.
Just before getting ready for bed. She loves the "My First Easter" bunny that the Easter Bunny left for her!

Having fun playing with the grass. I have some of him trying to eat it too, but I couldn't upload them all.

Unfortunately this is the best of the two pics I have left of the three of us. I accidentally deleted the best one. Hmph. I'm so bummed about that b/c it was a good one of the kids and decent of me. Oh well. I've got my arm up b/c I'm trying to get Donavyn to look at Grandma who is taking the picture.

Speaking of Grandma. After Gabriel went down for a nap, Donavyn played in Grandma's lap and then slept there for a while. Unfortunately for Grandma, when she woke up we all realized that Donavyn had leaked through her diaper and right onto Grandma's lap. Luckily Grandma's used to being around babies and didn't mind. Grandma has that special touch to get her to sleep too, that Mommy just wishes she had!

Oh, and I DO have other pictures of Grandma and Pawpaw, but they are on another memory card and I keep leaving it downstairs, so I'll upload them at some point. And I have some GREAT ones of Pawpaw with both kids, but I think they are on Mom and Dad's camera since I can't seem to find them on mine. I'll get those before they leave too.

These are the birthday presents from Grandma and Pawpaw (and the truck from EB). He couldn't seem to decide which to play with so he kept going back and forth. It was adorable. We'll do the cake tomorrow. He was cranky and tired by the time we got home from J and B's. I don't think he'll mind. Sunday's are just so busy.
And I finally caught him standing. This is how he gets himself up. He's almost walking, but not quite. Maybe his first true steps will be to his Daddy when he sees him when he comes home soon.

And here's that last shot of Donavyn in the rest of the outfit to match the cardigan from Aunt Becca. Too cute! I tell ya, she lays JUST like her Daddy.

Hope you all had a very happy Easter, spent with family and friends.


Anonymous said...


I love you so much and I can't wait to see you again!!!

Hug your mom and sister for me!!


Amber said...

Great pictures! Happy birthday to Gabriel!

Donavyn is getting so big, and I can't believe Gabriel is standing!

Mary said...

Great pictures! Glad you had a wonderful holiday.

Happy Birthday to Gabriel!

Becca and Jason said...

It was so wonderful to spend another holiday with (part of) our Kodiak family! Happy Easter to you guys! And Happy Birthday, Gabriel!!!

The Griffins said...

Did anyone tell you your kids are gorgous! Loved all the pictures and it looks like G had a wonderful birthday. You need to watch out because I think the nurses are going to be calling you by your first name at Wal-Mart if you spend anymore time in the ER! Be sure and let us know when you do cake and stuff for him. I can't wait to join you on some walks if all this snow would please melt soon.

Anonymous said...

That may be the cutest corduroy jacket ever ... how adorable! And lil miss Donavyn is such a cutie! Glad ya'll are doing well!

Hannah Presley

Anonymous said...

LOVE the pix! Gabriel looks adorable in his little jacket. We died laughing at Donavyn in the boyfriend tee. She looked like she was laughing out loud! They are so beautiful! Also love the one of you and the kids! Give kisses all around. Love, Delinda

The Little Wife said...

First, YOU look AMAZING! Motherhood looks fabulous on you. Z is a lucky man! The children are gorgeous-but you knew that.

Happy 1st to Gabriel--love the high fives! LOL

Anonymous said...

Hey, it's Savannah!! The babies are getting so big!! I miss them so much and can't wait to see you all!! Give Donavyn and Gabriel TONS of kisses and hugs for me!! Oh, and I LOVE the borfriend t-shirt!! Love you sooooooooo much!!
Love, Savannah

AlaskanPrincess said...

The kids are just precious - it's really neat that you share us with them so often, we get to watch them grow through pictures :) Hope you all are keeping warm up there!

AlaskanPrincess said...

So... that was SUPPOSED to say "them with us"... Lol - sorry