December 26, 2011

Blu & Jingle

Porter's favorite Christmas present would have to be Jingle, or "Ningle" as he calls it. Jingle is an interactive story buddy that barks when certain lines in his story are read.

Blu & Jingle

Porter just loves Jingle, and Blu is pretty fond of him as well!

December 25, 2011

Stephen Clan Christmas

For Christmas break, Brian and I were focused on getting some work done on the house. Since Brian had a few days off, he worked on patching and painting our dining room and bathroom walls.

The results were wonderful, and we are very pleased!

December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Christmas is almost here!

December 23, 2011


We're thinking Porter is in dire need of a hair cut!

Ragamuffin Stephen

December 19, 2011

Porter's Box

Check out the video below of Porter enjoying the box his Momma's Christmas present came in:

December 18, 2011

Back to Blogging

I've been on a blogging hiatus for the last couple of weeks. The reason? While on vacation, I took well over a thousand images! Today is the first time I even considered getting the camera out of the case!

Life's been good to us though over the last few weeks. Although not too much new to report, Brian has been home a lot more since he is using up his remaining vacation days before the new year. Porter, Blu, and I have been enjoying our extra quality time with Daddy!

Porter's vocabulary is ever-increasing, and he cracks us up with all the funny things that he says. We love that he talks with is hands (just like his mommy). The "stories" he tells are a riot!

Porter just adores Blu. He gives her considerably more kisses and hugs than he gives his mom and dad combined! They are a good pair.

Here's our little monkey. It's hard to believe that he's 21 months now. Brian and I know we're very blessed to have him as our son.

December 6, 2011

The Joys of a Paper Towel Roll

Here's Porter having a blast with an empty paper towel roll:

December 1, 2011

2011 Christmas Card

Here is our 2011 Christmas card made at Shutterfly.  I think it's a beauty!

Our 2011 Christmas Card

November 25, 2011

Final Day of Vacation

For our final day in South Carolina, we headed to Garden City for a last look at the ocean.

This trip was truly a blessing for the three of us. We are so thankful for the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of our daily routine and take the time to enjoy new surroundings and each other.

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

For our Thanksgiving meal, we headed over to the Carolina Roadhouse.

The food was delicious, and Porter had a wonderful time coloring pictures for mommy and daddy!

Later in the day, we went to the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier in North Myrtle Beach. This turned out to be quite an experience!

While we were there, the person on our right caught an octopus, the person on our left caught a 3 foot shark, and we saw a dolphin swim by right in front of us!

Dolphin Swimming By

November 22, 2011

Broadway at the Beach

Today, we decided to go to Broadway at the Beach. It was a lot of fun!

Porter seemed to enjoy the fountains the best.

He stopped at every fountain there and studied each one very carefully!

Porter did LOTS of walking while at Broadway.

All that walking wore him completely out! Here he is hitching a ride on Daddy's shoulders.

November 21, 2011

Brookgreen Gardens

Today, we went to one our favorite spots in all of South Carolina: Brookgreen Gardens!

This place has hundreds of statues that are just amazing. Here's Porter giving a very large pig a hug. So sweet!

Brookgreen Gardens is a majestic place. It is absolutely beautiful, and a delight to visit year after year.

November 20, 2011

Fun in the Sun

This morning, we headed to our favorite playground in Myrtle Beach. It was amazing to see the difference a year can make!

Last year when we brought Porter to this park, he had just started crawling. Now, he is able to climb on all of the playground equipment and keep up with the big kids!

Porter's favorite part of all playgrounds: The slides!

I love this picture of Porter. He looks so stoic!

After our playground adventure, we headed to the beach! Porter seemed fascinated by the sand!

Then, he saw the water! It was all we could do to keep him from jumping right in!

Here's Daddy and baby watching the ocean waves.

Porter loved feeling the cold water hit his little feet!

November 19, 2011

Myrtle Beach or Bust!

After a 10 hour journey south, we have arrived in Myrtle Beach for our annual family vacation! Porter did a wonderful job in the car, and even took a few naps on the way there. So cute!

During our first day at Myrtle Beach, we headed to Barefoot Landing for lunch. On the way, Daddy and Porter found a lovely pond to observe.

Then, Porter found a cow! This, of course, was an amazing discovery for him!

November 13, 2011


Today, Porter's Grandma and Grandpa Gauder took him to see cows. He even dressed up for the occasion!

November 8, 2011

Visit with Grandpa

Today, we headed over to Grandpa Gauder's for a visit.

Porter had a wonderful time!

He got to play on Grandpa's mower and look it over very carefully!

Then, Porter "helped" Grandpa rake leaves.

Grandpa has a lot of leaves for a baby to play in.

Porter had a blast as you can see from the video below:

Also, here's Porter and Grandpa Gauder taking a ride on the Grasshopper:

November 6, 2011

Sleepy Bubby

Today, Porter fell asleep on our car ride home from the mall. I just love his little arm up blocking the sun. It's so dramatic!

The arm falling is pretty good too:

November 2, 2011

November 1, 2011


Porter loves to say "cheese" when getting his picture taken!

Porter says, "Cheese!"

October 30, 2011

Moo Cow

We just love Porter's cow costume!

Porter loves cows! We shop at Acme which has a stuffed cow in the diary section that moos when you press a button.

Porter loves to go shopping just so he can see the cow!

October 29, 2011

2011 Trick or Treat

For this year's Trick or Treat bash, Porter dressed up like a little moo cow!

He just loves cows so we thought this would be the perfect costume for him!

Porter and Blu did a great job of saying hi to all of the trick or treaters and making sure each took only one piece of candy!

The video is so precious: