Sunday, June 30, 2013

Talking Up a Storm

Here's Stella talking up a storm!

Smiling Boy

Just a random, smiling photo of Porter from today's adventures:

Smiling Boy

Friday, June 28, 2013

Digital Scrapbooking

A few weeks ago, I mustered up the courage to buy Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. I have been wanting to try my hand at digital scrapbooking for some time now, but I questioned if I could actually do it. Finally, I decided that even if I failed miserably, it was worth the risk. Now, I am totally obsessed and in love with the whole digital scrapbooking process! There's still a lot I need to learn (I haven't even cracked the Adobe Photoshop Elements manual), but the trial and error approach is working well enough for me at this point.

Our Baby Doll
The elements used in this digital scrapbook creation can be found in Erica Zane's "Grow" design kit.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Great Outdoors

Porter has a love for the great outdoors. Jumping in puddles, digging in dirt, climbing trees, finding bugs, and throwing rocks are among his absolute favorite activities. He is all boy!

Porter Climbing Trees
The elements used in this digital scrapbook creation can be found in Jenn Barrette's "Make Your Own Path" design kit.

Sweet Cheeks

These two definitely have the best looking cheeks around... just in different places!

Sweet Cheeks
The elements used in this digital scrapbook creation can be found in Libby Pritchett's "A Spoonful of Sugar" design kit.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cedar Point 2013

A Stephen Clan tradition we seem to have acquired is to go up to Sandusky every summer in June. We check into a hotel on a Friday, spend the day at Cedar Point on Saturday, and then drive home on Sunday. Our tickets to Cedar Point are supplied by the J.M Smucker Company for their annual company outing. This year marked Porter's fourth trip to Cedar Point, and Stella's first.

Daddy & Porter on the Ferris Wheel

Although the picture above has a smiling and seemingly happy child inside of it, the picture below actually captures how our ride went on the Ferris Wheel! It was a little rough, but for whatever reason, Brian and I couldn't stop laughing!

Unhappy Children

After the Ferris wheel debacle, Daddy and Porter went on to ride everything they could at Camp Snoopy. Porter was much happier, as you can see below.

Spinning with Daddy

Here's Porter and Daddy spinning in lots of circles:


Also, Porter really enjoyed riding on the rocket-ship. He was smiles throughout this entire ride!

Porter's Rocketship

Check out the video below:


After riding rides, we headed to Friday's for lunch, and then Daddy and Porter took a swim in Lake Erie. All in all, this was a decent trip. There were some challenges along the way, but for our first overnight adventure as a family of four, we did pretty well.

Friday, June 21, 2013

African Safari Wildlife Park

On Friday, we traveled up to Port Clinton to visit the African Safari Wildlife Park. This was quite an adventure! There is a section of this park where you can drive-thru and feed many different types of animals. Here I am giving an alpaca some treats through the car window:

Feeding an Alpaca

Porter tried feeding the Sika Deer, but they were a little too aggressive for him. You have to really hold on to your feeding cup, or they will rip it right from your hand!

Sika Deer

We're kind of happy that these guys didn't bother to come up to our car!

Stay Away!

Also, I wouldn't want to mess with this Scottish Highlander!

Scottish Highlander

I believe I liked seeing the zebras best. They are fenced off so they can't approach your car, but they're just beautiful.

Zebras

There is also a section where you can walk through the park, and see animals such as monkeys, camels, vultures, tortoises, and a warthog.  Here's Porter visiting with some alpacas:

Porter Visiting with the Alpacas

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Digging with Grandpa

This afternoon, the kids and I stopped by Grandpa Gauder's for a visit. Porter especially enjoyed riding on Grandpa's tractor, and then operating the backhoe. He loved every minute of it!

Porter & Parker on the Tractor

The video below shows as Porter got to try out the levers of the backhoe, and even dig up a large rock!

Shake that Giraffe, Stella!

Stella has a new trick! Check out the video below:

Our Kids Love Water

Just like her brother, Stella loves the water. As soon as she is placed in the warm water of her baby tub, she starts kicking, splashing, and smiling from ear to ear!

Stella's Bath Time Fun

Check out the video below of her bath time fun (and Porter's commentary on the whole experience):

Monday, June 17, 2013

Two Sides

On Father's Day, I was able to get a few nice pictures of Daddy and his babies. Below, you can see some of my favorites. The pictures on the left show the boys filled with smiles and sweetness. The ones on the right show how they really are!

Silly Faces on the Right

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

As Porter would say, "You're a real good daddy, Daddy!"

Happy Father's Day!
The elements used in this digital scrapbook creation can be found in Penny Springmann's "Family Man" design kit.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Month Four Well Visit

Stella had her 4-month well visit this afternoon. She weighed in at 12.5 pounds (25th percentile), measured 24.4 inches (50th percentile), and had a head circumference of 41.5 centimeters (75th percentile).

Stella's 4-Month Well Visit

The doctor says Stella is absolutely perfect. We couldn't agree more!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Back on the Market

So the first sale offer on our home in Ellet did not go through, and now it is back on the market. Brian and I both had a nagging sense that this would happen, but we were still pretty bummed with the news. It is our heartfelt belief that our house will sell when it is supposed to sell. We would have liked that to have been 2 months ago, but hey, God obviously has other plans. I do trust in His timing, but I'll be honest, I relentlessly remind Him how much I would like to move to Orrville!

Our House is FOR SALE... Again
The elements used in this digital scrapbook creation can be found in Kristin Aagard's "Moving Day" design kit.

Another "Blu as a Pillow" Post

Thank goodness for Blu! She is the stand-by pillow for the entire Stephen Clan!

Stella & Blu
The elements used in this digital scrapbook creation can be found in Jenn Barrette's "Dream Bigger" design kit.

Stella's Rascally Brother

Check out the video below of Stella and her rascally brother:

Rained Out

Poor, Porter! He only got to play at this playground for about 10 minutes before the rain came, and we had to run to the car. At least he had a good time during those 10 minutes!

Rained Out at Playground

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I'm Gonna Get that Baby!

Watch out, Stellars! Mommy is going to get you!

Dreaming Big

The weather was perfect today, so we spent most of our time outside. Porter had a blast climbing trees, digging in the dirt, hitting "stuff" with his golf club, and just being a rascally little boy. Stella, on the other hand, enjoys much more peaceful activities such as drinking a bottle and falling asleep in her swing. Now that's my kind of girl!

Dreaming Big with Stella
The elements used in this digital scrapbook creation can be found in Jenn Barrette's "Dream Bigger" design kit.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Naptime Pillow

Blu makes for the best naptime pillow ever!

Brian's Pillow

More Tummy Time with Stellars

We're pushing the tummy time right now!

Tummy Time with Stellars

Squishy Face

We just can't get enough of Stella's oh-so-squishable cheeks!

Squishy Face

Check out the video below for more squishy face adorableness!

Smile for the Camera

Oh, blessed three-year-olds! When asked to "smile for the camera," this is what Porter came up with:

What a Rascal!
The elements used in this digital scrapbook creation can be found in The Shabby Shoppe's "Parker" design kit.

Friday, June 7, 2013

New Shades

Here are a couple random pictures from today. If you notice, Porter is holding a pair of sunglasses in his hands. While at Wal-Mart, Porter convinced Daddy that he needed these glasses to protect his precious eyes from the sun. Oh, dear...

Stella & Porter

I couldn't manage to get a non-blurry picture of Porter wearing his new shades, but he does look awfully handsome in them!

Stella, Porter & Blu

Get Up, Daddy!

All of Daddy's ladies agree, it's time to get up!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Stella's Door Swing

Today, I busted out the baby door swing to see if Stella would enjoy it.

Stella and Her Wild Hair

Stella didn't seem to mind it, but Porter was really the one who go the most use out of this contraption! Check out the video below (the best part starts around the 3:30 marker):

Monday, June 3, 2013

Happy Homecoming

Stella is always so happy to see Daddy when he comes home from work!

Daddy & Stella

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Tummy Time with Stella

Here's Stella getting her tummy time on!

Tummy Time with Stella