Also, here's a sweet video of Stella and her dog, Blu:
Friday, February 28, 2014
Stella will be walking soon! She took about 7 steps today from our loveseat to the desk without any assistance! Of course, the camera was not rolling at the time, but I was fortunate to see it with my own eyes. I tried over and over to recreate the moment for the camera, but did not have much luck. Here's the best video I was able to get:
Thursday, February 27, 2014
According to our J.M. Smucker wall calendar, today is National Strawberry Day. Stella wanted to celebrate by dressing up!
Truth be known, this was just an effort to squeeze every last bit of use out of Stella's strawberry costume from October. We love our little Stella-berry!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
After discovering that the bathroom door was open, Stella seized the opportunity to finally dismember a roll of toilet paper. This has been one of her lifelong dreams.
Check out the footage of Stella's victorious conquest:
Porter has declared himself our official porch sweeper. If any porch sweeping is to occur, he is the one to do it... whether you like it or not!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Today, we took the kids to the Cleveland Children's Museum in celebration of Stella's birthday on Tuesday. Not only were all four members of the Stephen clan in attendance, we were also blessed to have Grandma Kaye, Parker (that's what Porter named his Grandpa Frank), and Grandma Bev along for the ride.
Of all the exhibits at the museum, the Big Red Barn section was our baby girl's favorite. Here's a video of Stella taking her brother on a ride in the tractor:
Friday, February 14, 2014
The babies had their well visits today, and all was well! Porter is 3'5" tall (73rd percentile), has a weight of 36 pounds (61st percentile), and his BMI is in the 37th percentile (which according to the doctor is excellent).
Stella is 28.74 inches in length (35th percentile), almost 19 pounds in weight (34th percentile), and has a head circumstance of 45 centimeters (52nd percentile). Her Valentine's Day could have been better though. She had 2 shots in one leg, one shot in the other, and a finger poke in order to draw blood. Although painful, her blood work was perfect. Praise God!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
My precious little baby girl,
I’m so thankful we have been blessed to have been chosen to be your parents. You have brought an abundance joy, peace, and love into our family. This past year has gone so quickly. It just seems like a few weeks ago we brought you home from the hospital. You, like your brother, have a loud voice commanding attention. You've had a strong desire to be held, carried, played with, and loved on.
It is so interesting to watch you develop into a young lady. Your personality is very clear. You are warm and sensitive, caring and sincere. You are very clever and sweet. You have the ability to light up any room you enter. You are such a happy little person that people want to be near you. You have a smile that makes even the worst day at work seem insignificant. God has wrapped you in beauty both inside and out.
Our family is now complete and we are just at the beginning of a long and exciting journey. Just remember, I will be here for you the whole way and you will always be daddy’s little girl.
I love you with all my heart,
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Brian is blessed! For the last year and a half, he has had the honor of managing an exceptional team in Smucker's Customer Service Department. Recently, they gave him a gift card for Olive Garden (yummy goodness), a bottle of wine (all of which we thoroughly enjoyed), and this beautiful, custom bottle charm that we just adore.
The elements used in this digital scrapbook creation can be found in Creashens and Erica Zane's "Counted" design kit.
Although we're excited for Brian's transition into Supply Chain Planning, his team in International and Smucker Natural Foods will be dearly missed.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Brian and I had an incredible experience this afternoon. We got to see a hawk up close in our neighbor's front yard!
The hawk had just caught a squirrel and was trying to enjoy the fruit of its labor. However, with multiple people (including Brian and myself) gawking at it, he or she decided to take its meal to-go and flew away. It was amazing (although the squirrel may have had other sentiments)!
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Today, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the C.C. Thompson House in East Liverpool, Ohio. The house is utterly extraordinary! Not only is it exceptionally well-maintained, it is also full of beautiful artifacts and interesting stories.
The house was built by Cassius C. Thompson in 1876. Cassius was the founder of Thompson Pottery, a well-known ceramics business in East Liverpool from 1868 until 1938.
Labels: Discover Ohio