Monday, August 25, 2014

Well-Coordinated Guys

Porter's first day of Pre-K was a success! His teacher said he did a great job and was very polite. Phew! To celebrate the start of a strong academic career, we had lunch with Daddy at his work. Look at these well-coordinated guys!

Daddy & Porter in Grape Jelly Shirts

Porter's First Day of Pre-K

We just dropped Porter off for his first day of Pre-K. He was so excited to get into his classroom and meet his new friends. There were no tears... not even by Mommy! I am looking forward to hearing his thoughts on the whole experience when I pick him up. I am sure he will have A LOT to say!

Backpacking with Porter

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pushing Porter

Check out this video of Stella pushing Porter on the baby bike:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Lunch with Daddy

It's always a treat when we get to spend lunchtime with Daddy.

Daddy at Work

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Porter the Pre-K Student

Porter will set off on a new adventure starting Monday. He will officially be a Pre-K student at Trinity Christian Preschool & Child Care Center! We are so excited for him... and a little sad that he's growing up so fast.

Porter at Preschool Open House

This evening, we had the opportunity to attend open house at the preschool and meet his teacher, Mrs. Hunter. As an early childhood educator myself, I can already tell that Mrs. Hunter is the real deal. I am so thankful that Porter hit the teacher jackpot and will be a student in her classroom!

Stinkers

Oh, these two! They keep me on my toes ALL. DAY. LONG.

Stinker Porter & Stinker Stellars

Monday, August 18, 2014

Stella's Radio Flyer

Stella is bound and determined to figure out this whole bike-riding thing her brother seems to enjoy so much. I bet in a couple more weeks, she will have it down!

Stella on Her Baby Bike

Check out the video below:

Friday, August 15, 2014

Officially Closed

What a morning! We have officially signed all 112-pages of closing paperwork on our new home in Orrville. We're now 30 days from the big move, and we couldn't be more excited!

Daddy & Baby

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Campus Family Day

This evening, we had the opportunity to visit Daddy's workplace in celebration of Campus Family Day. While we were there, we got to tour the ever-expanding Smucker campus while also enjoying lots of delicious food.

Daddy and His Rascals

The food and tours were great, but I liked the 35% employee discount offered at the Smucker Company Store & Cafe the best. I finally bought the crock I have had my eyes on for the last year!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Our 18-Month Baby Girl

Stella's 18-month well visit took place today at her pediatrician's office in Wooster. She is now 2 feet and 7.3 inches tall (34th percentile), weighs 21 pounds and 13.2 ounces (39th percentile), and has a head circumference of 46 centimeters (43rd percentile).  Dr. Russell says Stella is growing and developing beautifully.

Stella (and Porter) at the Doctor's Office

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Riding the Lodi Outlets Train

Check out the video below of our little family riding the Lodi Outlets train:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sailor Dress Stella

I think Stella looks so lovely in her new sailor dress from Grandma Bev:

Stella's New Sailor Dress

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Being Bad in Plaid

Here are my boys looking good but being bad in plaid!

My Boys in Plaid

Fully Engaged

This afternoon, our landlord wanted to come over and take pictures of the house we are currently renting so it can go up for sale in the next couple of weeks. In order to keep everything in perfect order before the pictures were taken, I let the kids watch Peg + Cat on the Kindle (which is a real treat for these poor, deprived kids who don't get to watch shows very often). As you can see from the picture below, they were fully engaged!

Porter & Stella on the Kindle

Stella's New Threads

Here's our happy baby rocking some new threads from Carter's. It feels like she is growing so fast; she is now in size 18-month clothing!

Happy Baby Stella

Check out the video below of Stella spotting a familiar face on the LCD screen. Around the 45 second mark is the best.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Our Day in Pittsburgh

What a day! This morning, we headed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a few adventures. Our first stop was to Ross Park Mall where we explored the closest L.L. Bean store to Orrville. We bought Porter his very first backpack which will come in handy at the end of this month when he begins preschool. After our time at the mall, we then journeyed to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. The kids had a blast! There are so many exciting exhibits to enjoy, but Porter and Stella definitely liked the Waterplay section the best (as you can see in the photos posted below). 

Porter at Waterplay

For our third and final stop, we headed to one of my favorite places in the whole world, IKEA. Of course, I went in to buy just a few items and left with way more than I intended. I just love that place.

Stella at Waterplay

All in all, we spent over 5 hours in the car today. When we pulled into our driveway, we were all relieved and exhausted. I think the kids... and their parents... will sleep well tonight!