Friday, December 30, 2011

Gardening Girls

My Grandfather Koehler taught me all I know about gardening and even though I just have a patio, gardening is something I really like doing and the girls LOVE helping mommy play in the dirt garden in her pots. These shots were captured unknowingly to us by Tony's friend, I loved that she got these shots, they are priceless to me!   

Hopefully I am passing down a bit of a green thumb to my girls as my grandpa did to me!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fun and Friends - in the Bay Area.

We managed to have a lot of silly fun while home visiting my parents
 as well as seeing some old friends in the area.

for one:
One evening Missi and I experimented with my camera, a long shutter setting, and a flash light. This was our result. It was too fun- it had us giggling for a long time!

We got to head into to Palo Alto and visit one of Tony's high school fiends from Virgina and his family, who now live in the bay area. 
Below: Stacie, Lola(who didn't want her picture taken), Tony, Mark
Ellie, Maya, Jason, & Jen

We got to see my friend Melissa and her family who moved up to the bay area for her husband's job just this past summer. Ironically Bailey (Lola and Ellie's best bud ) Grandma lives in the Bay Area too and is a mutual friend of Melissa. So the three families met at Super Franks to catch up and get the kiddos together.
Kathleen, Melissa, Stacie

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Chritmas Day - 2011

Christmas Morning
We woke up Christmas morning at Grandma and Poppi's house. Santa came to their house too. Here is a before and after shot of the morning. I think we all were having too much fun that we did not get pictures during the unwrapping.
Christmas Afternoon
In the afternoon the whole Koehler family came over for our tradition Christmas dinner and gathering. It is always a lot of fun. We all get together, catch up, exchange gifts, have dinner, and this year Santa even came!
Stacie and Great Grandpa. GG, Liam, Great Grandpa. Nanna.
Auntie Ashley, Uncle Jeff, and Grantie. Uncle Lynno. Grandma
The cousins had so much playing together.
All six of them don't get  together all that often and when they do they have a lot of fun together.
Haven, Aiden, Ellie, Athena, and Lola.
The kiddos could not believe that Santa came to Grandma and Poppi's house. It was such a magical experience. Even though Lola and Ellie wouldn't sit on his lap it was all around fun!

Second Round of Presents/ Craziness!

Christmas Dinner!
Grandma did it again and made a great Christmas dinner with three different kinds of meat and all the sides you could imagine!
Parent Table...
Kid table...
Grandparents and Great Grandparents table....
After Dinner Fun!
Me with few of my favorite people....
(Notice Pintrest behind Matt and me- we did that on purpose to document the influence of pintrest.)
Me and Tony!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Eve 2011!

Our Traditional Christmas Eve day is spent in San Fransisco. While mom (Grandma) prepares for the Christmas day festivities, Dad (Poppi) and all the kids head out do some last minute shopping and Christmas decoration admiring in downtown San Francisco.

We head out bright an early to hop on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)- The kids loved riding the "Train!"
 Union Square at Christmas
Missi, Aiden, Tony, Stacie, Lola, Athena, Ellie, Poppi, Haven, Matt, Maureen
The day consisted of Starbucks, Street Vendors, Cool Windows, and a lot of Walking.
 All the kids got Cool new hats!
Of course our Christmas Eve would not be complete without a dance party in Lulu Lemon.
 The kids AND parents we're wiped out!
 We made it home in time to bake cookies with Grandma for Santa...
Poppi read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' to the kids (and me).
 After the story -Aiden, Lola, and Ellie made sure that the Santa Snacks were close to the
fireplace where he would make his arrival.
...Sweet dreams little ones!

Saturday, December 24, 2011


For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Friday, December 23, 2011

Early Christmas

So Santa came early to San Diego- If you did not know. It could have been just our house, but man the girls were sure Happy he did. You see when we saw Santa last week we told him that we all were going to be at Grandma and Poppi's house for Christmas and that we hoped he could come to our home before we left. HE LISTENED and came down our Chimney on 12/20 giving all of us a big Christmas surprise on the morning of 12/21.

The night before Santa came the girls made sure to leave him and his reindeer some goodies. Those goodies consisted on cupcakes and milk for Santa and apples and pretzels for the reindeer (though Ellie wanted to feed the reindeers chicken nuggets). Also daddy was very descriptive on explaining how Santa made it to all the houses and how Santa's sleigh landed on our rooftop and came down the chimney into our living room. Now- if you know our Ellie this was NOT okay! She was not too found of the idea that Santa was going to be roaming around her house while she slept. So in order to get her to sleep we had to leave Santa a message. The message that was written on a post-it note and posted to their bedroom door read "To Santa, Privacy, Lola and Ellie are Sleeping!" Being the considerate child that she is Ellie did state that even though Santa was not allowed in their room he could use their bathroom if he needed to! That was very thoughtful of you Ellie! This whole time Lola was going along with everything- she seemed to be fine with whatever and was just hoping that Santa would come. 

Well Santa did come....

While these little one were snug in their bed.... only be awaken by their very excited parents!.

Ellie was still a bit hesitant to come out (hence jumping on daddy's lap right away), while Lola was jumping up and down and couldn't get out the living room fast enough.

Much to no ones surprise but theirs, they got very spoiled from Santa. A fire truck, ambulance, a tent, books, dolls, play doh, and much more was among the loot!

The girls were great at helping daddy open some of his gifts. The girls made their dad this sign that said "Our daddy's the best" with their hand prints on it.
Mom got the gift of a lifetime- I hope this doesn't sound bad- but it's a day and half of freedom, which included a hotel stay, massage, and a dinner date. Thanks Tony- you knew just what I needed!
I set up a tripod in hopes to get the girls and me together and take a group photos of all three of us in our matching PJ's (gift from daddy too). In my process of jumping back on the couch to be in picture I knocked Ellie in the face with my knee... so this is how our picture turned out! I'm sorry Ellie.
PLAY TIME- we must play with all our new stuff.

Our traditional Christmas Breakfast of Cinnamon rolls and Sparkling OJ
Somehow we managed to make a trip to the park this day too (the girls are loving riding their new bike).
Here is Ellie, saddled up and ready to go out to the park.
Our Christmas Dinner
Italian Crusted Baked Chicken, green beans, and red potatoes with garlic and Gorgonzola cheese.
Even though it was four days before actual Christmas day- it sure did feel like Christmas!
It was a great day!
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