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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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.
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:
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.
Of course, the flowers at Inniswood are just marvelous!
So many flowers, so little time...
I could have taken pictures of these flowers all day!
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.
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!
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.
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
Thursday, July 23, 2015
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!
Sunday, July 19, 2015
After three crazy long days, Porter and Stella's playground is finally DONE, and we couldn't be more pleased!
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!
Friday, July 17, 2015
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.
Even though the playground is not complete, the kids, God bless them, are still enjoying what has been done:
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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.
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
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!
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
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:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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!).