Since today was so beautiful and sunny, I took the kids to Freelander Park in Wooster, Ohio. Porter had a great time at the playground, while Stella and I snuggled under a shady tree. Before we left, I was able to convince Porter to pose for a few pictures with his little sister. He was mostly all smiles, but Stella... not so much!
Stella had a well visit today at our new pediatric office in Wooster. She is now in the 20th percentile for weight (15.2 pounds), 35th percentile for height (26.2 inches), and the 55th percentile for head circumference (43.5 centimeters). She had three shots and took them like a champ. The doctor said that Stella is a very strong baby, and she is ahead in many developmental milestones. You go, Baby Girl!
After visiting Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area, we then drove about 10 miles east to Christmas Run Park, which is also located in Wooster, Ohio. The playground at this park is awesome! As soon as Porter got the go ahead, he was off and running from one section to the next. He never slowed down long enough for me to snap even one picture of him!
Stella, on the other hand, was a much easier target for photos. Here she is keeping warm in her bear suit and sitting in the umbrella stroller:
This morning, I took the kids to Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area located in Wooster, Ohio. I figured with a name like Funk Bottoms, we needed to experience this place at least once in our lives!
If you are able to locate the unassuming entrance of Funk Bottoms, then you will follow a one-lane, dirt road over a quarter mile to the observation tower. Inside the park, there are many different kinds of birds (I guess, even some bald eagles, but we didn't see them) and wildflowers to observe. However, if you are three-years old, the only thing worth observing is how big a splash you can make when throwing a stick into the water!
Today, Grandma Bev came for a visit, and we all had our first experience at the Pine Tree Barn in Wooster. Inside the main building, we had a delicious lunch at the Granary Restaurant, and then toured the furniture store. Also, we took a small stroll around the grounds. I have to say, both inside and out, this place is just beautiful!
Our dear friends, Bart and Lori, gave us a beautiful housewarming basket filled with delicious goodies for an Italian feast! Not only did they hook us up with a fantastic pasta dinner, but they also included bread and dipping oil, olives, and a Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon (the good stuff).
Bart (or Bark, as Porter prefers to say) and Lori, you guys rock! Thanks so much for this incredibly thoughtful and scrumptious gift! We enjoyed every bite!
Porter's room at the new home in Orrville is just about complete! Brian painted the walls a light shade of blue and repainted the ceiling white. We also added two wall decals that I just love from a shop found on Etsy.
The floors were actually the trickiest part of the whole room. In this house, all of the floors are wood, but only the outside edges are finished. With the rooms downstairs, we were able to find rugs that would cover up the unfinished floors. However, for the rooms upstairs, finding rugs to fit proved to be much more difficult. So after trying a few different things, we decided to buy carpet tiles to cover the entire floor of Porter's room. This actually turned out to be a great and cost-effective idea! We found the tiles at Building 9 in Massillon, and we couldn't be more pleased with how they turned out!
Sometime this afternoon, Brian will be coming home from his travels for work. Although he was only 2 hours south in Columbus for the last few days, it felt like he was on the other side of the world. We are ALL so excited to welcome him back home!
Also, here is a video of Porter showing off all of his current ouchies:
Stella loves to play in her jungle saucer on our front porch! We often put her saucer out here when we need to water plants or haul items from the car to the house. It keeps Stella safe while freeing up our hands in order to get work done.
I've always wanted a front porch, and now that I have one, I hope to never live without one again!
After their breakfast, the boys started working on landscaping our home in Orrville. As of now, the house has no decorative plants or shrubs. It's rather plain, but with Daddy and Porter on the job, it won't be for much longer!
Last night, we bought 25 bags of mulch and a dozen various types of plants. We figure this will give us a good place to start.
Within walking distance from our new home, we have a fantastic playground that Porter loves to visit. This playground is found at Orr Park, and it has a lot of fun things for a curious, red-headed boy to explore!
One of the best perks of living in Orrville is that often Daddy is able to come home during lunch time (since his office is only 1 mile away). The kids and I absolutely love this! Not only do we get to enjoy Daddy's company, he also brings us yummy food from the Smucker's cafeteria!
Today, Daddy had been hoping to take a quick nap on the couch after he ate. However, Stella had other ideas, as you can see in the video below!
Brian is one great husband! He has been working non-stop to get our house in Orrville to an ideal condition. Here he is power-washing the the cement steps of our back entrance:
I can't even list all of the things Brian has done to the house since we have moved in! Just in the last few days, he has painted the ceilings of our kids' rooms, painted the walls to our upstairs atrium, fixed a leaky sink in the bathroom, installed DRIcore sub-flooring in the basement, dug out a large (and ugly) stump in the front yard, trimmed the trees and shrubs in the backyard (which was a big task), edged the sidewalks (which has probably never been done since the sidewalks were installed), and started power-washing everything in sight! This man is a keeper!
Welcome to our blog! Here you will find the adventures of Brian, Autumn, Porter and Stella. Together, we are THE STEPHEN CLAN, a family who loves the great outdoors, exploring new places, rough housing, dinners out, and discovering God's fingerprints on our daily lives.