Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sunny Stella

Here's my sunshine baby enjoying the flowers at Inniswood Metro Park:

Sweet Stella
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Let the Adventures Begin

With today being gloriously sunny and bright, I thought it might be fun to take the kids down to Columbus to visit one of my favorite parks in the whole world, Inniswood Metro Gardens.

Inniswood Metro Gardens

Below, you can see the moment when Stella spotted Inniswood's rose garden and went running as fast as her little legs could take her in order to get a closer look:

Inniswood Rose Garden

There are multiple gardens at Inniswood to enjoy. The rose garden may be my favorite, but there is a herb garden that is rather incredible as well.

Inniswood Herb Garden

Of course, the flowers at Inniswood are just marvelous!

Flowers Galore

So many flowers, so little time...

Flowers at Inniswood

I could have taken pictures of these flowers all day!

I Love Flowers!

The kids also enjoyed seeing all of the flowers, but they really wanted to get on the shaded walking trail ASAP. I can't blame them, it was in the 90's today with not a cloud in the sky.

Porter & Stella on Walking Trail

I'm not sure why I love the picture below so much. Maybe it's because it captures something about the nature of my two kids which I don't quite understand yet. You can see that Porter is looking up to carefully inspect a branch, and Stella is looking down to investigate the vegetation beneath her. My heart says there's something to this, but the heck if I know what it is at this time!

My Unique Kids

Did I mention that today was HOT? Oh my goodness, the kids and I did sweat! Stella's hair was actually soaked (truly) by the time we got in the car to head home. With the sun being so intense, we had to take several little breaks along the way to cool down.

Taking a Rest

Even with the heat, I think our little trip to Inniswood Metro Gardens was worthwhile. Now that I am a full-time stay-at-home momma (I quit my teaching job on Monday), I am really looking forward to taking the kids on more mini-adventures just like this one before school begins in mid-August for Porter. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Songwriting Stella

Here's my little songwriting, ukulele-playing, folk singer at it again:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In Bloom

This month has brought me such joy as I walk through my yard and see so many fabulous flowers in bloom. It's just amazing!

Flowers in Bloom at Home

Tricycle Pedaling Princess

Here's our little tricycle pedaling princess:

Glider Fun

We're spending the majority of our days out on the playground. The kids just can't get enough of it, especially the glider!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

It's DONE!

After three crazy long days, Porter and Stella's playground is finally DONE, and we couldn't be more pleased!

Porter & Stella on Playground

We want to thank Grandpa Gauder for all of his help in getting this playground together for the kids. I can't pull them off of this thing!

Our Playground

Friday, July 17, 2015

An Unfinished Playground

Last weekend, both Brian and Grandpa Gauder spent two full days putting up Porter and Stella's new playground. Even with all of those hours, this beast is still not together. So the work will continue this Saturday, and we're all (Porter, Stella, Daddy, Mommy, and Grandpa included) praying that three days will do the trick.

The Unfinished Playground

Even though the playground is not complete, the kids, God bless them, are still enjoying what has been done:

Enjoying the Picnic Table

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bothersome Bathroom Decal

After 6 months of putting it off, we finally hung the kids' bathroom decal. It was every bit as bothersome as we thought it would be, but after all the headache, we are quite pleased with how it turned out.

Bathroom Decal

We are also quite pleased to finally have this task crossed off our to-do list. Now if we can just get the living room painted before 2015 ends, we'll be in good shape!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Anniversary Bourbon

On our wedding anniversary (July 7th), Brian was in Lexington visiting the peanut plant he works with for Smucker's. Although we didn't get a chance to celebrate on the actual day, Brian came home from his trip with one of our favorite Kentucky bourbons. Needless to say, tonight we'll be properly toasting 9 years of marriage!

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Porter's Fish & Aquarium

We have a few new additions to the Stephen household! Check out the video below:

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Pool Time Fun

One of our Stephen clan traditions is to spend the Fourth of July with Brian's maternal side of the family up in Northfield, Ohio. This year was no exception, and we enjoyed a wonderful cook-out followed by a refreshing swim. Here's Daddy and Stella enjoying their time in the pool:

In a Pool with Daddy & Stella
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Gone Batty

Oh, how we hate mosquitoes! After researching various options on how to rid ourselves from these pesky critters, we decided to give bats a try. We've set up two bat houses on the south side of our yard in hopes to lure a nice bat family to our residence. They'll get a free home, and hopefully we'll get a lot less mosquitoes pestering us (I read that just one bat can eat up to 600 mosquitoes in an hour!).

 Porter & Daddy Install a Bat House

Now that we've moved to rural Ohio, it seems we go more and more country with each passing day!

The Stephen Clan Bat Houses