July 31, 2011

Stroller Buddies

Today, we went to the Goodyear Metro Park. 

Blu is still getting used to being on lead (it's not her favorite way to travel). So she hitched a ride with Porter instead!

July 30, 2011

Naptime Blu

While Brian was taking a quick nap on the couch, he was accompanied by a furry, little guest!

Blu loves to snuggle with us! We just adore her!

Check out the video below:

July 26, 2011

Chicago Museum of Art

While in Chicago for a teaching conference, I was absolutely determined to visit the Chicago Museum of Art. My pictures aren't great, but I did have a wonderful time at the museum. It was just amazing to see so many famous works of art on display.

July 23, 2011

Water Table Baby

Porter just loves to play with water! Here he is having a blast with his water table!

He was drenched in less than a minute!

Here's our beloved Blu sitting like quite the lady and staying dry!

July 20, 2011

Our Little Ones

Although this video isn't very exciting, it's one of my favorites!  So cute!

July 17, 2011

Wagon Ride with Porter & Blu

Here's Porter and Blu enjoying a wagon ride pulled by Daddy:

These two are such a cute pair!

July 16, 2011

Silly Baby

For whatever reason, Porter loves to wear the strainer as a hat.

July 15, 2011

Blu's Hiding Spot

Check out the video below to see Blu's new hiding spot:

July 14, 2011

Blu + Porter = Blurry Portraits

For the last 3 days, I have been trying to get a picture of both Porter and Blu together. This task has been daunting! However, after more attempts than I care to mention, I finally got a picture of them both before we headed out to the store. Check it out:

Also, here's a video of the two of them. It is rather precious!

Later in the day, Porter and Blu started playing in the spare bedroom.  Their energy never runs out!

July 13, 2011

Porter & His Puppy

Check out the video below to see Porter play with his puppy:

July 12, 2011

True Blu

Here's Blu with a stick she found in the yard. She loves playing outside with us!

Blu has been a wonderful puppy! She's catching on to house training very quickly, and hasn't had one accident today!

July 11, 2011

Bluberry Blessing

It's official! Blu's full AKC name is Bluberry Blessing, and what a blessing she has been!

She looks a little mischievous in this picture!

July 10, 2011

Porter Meets Blu

After a long drive from Dayton to Akron, our new little Blu met our red-headed Porter.

Here they are nuzzling and giving each other kisses. So precious!

Blu is just a delight! We're so happy that she has joined the Stephen Clan!

Here's a slideshow from our day with Blu:

Baby Blu

Today marks a very special day for the Stephen household. We have acquired a new family member. Meet Blu!

Blu is a 10-week-old blue merle Shetland Sheepdog. Brian and I went down to Dayton, OH today to pick her up from her breeder at Bearfoot Shelties.

She has taken to us very well so far! Here she is fast asleep on my lap. We had a long ride home from Dayton.

Here's a video of her sleeping very soundly in my lap:

With the passing of our beloved Keata Bear, we have all missed the companionship of a four-legged friend. Her death was extremely hard on us all.

Although Blu will never replace Keata in our hearts, we are excited for the new life she will bring into our home, and we look forward to spending many years with her as our friend and family member.

Check out the video below to see Blu getting cozy with Brian:

July 9, 2011

Inniswood Metro Gardens

This morning, Brian and I went to one of my favorite spots in all of Columbus, Inniswood Metro Gardens.

It truly is a beautiful place. The rose garden is quite spectacular, but the walking trails are my absolute favorite part. Over the years, I have spent many hours walking these trails and enjoying the beauty of Ohio's outdoors.

Here's a slideshow of our time in this beautiful garden:

July 8, 2011

Celebrating 5 Years

On July 7, 2011, Brian and I reached the 5 year wedding anniversary milestone. In celebration, we headed down to Columbus for the weekend.

We started our trip off at the Franklin Park Conservatory. It was awesome!

We had no idea a butterfly exhibit was being held, but we were so happy we got to check it out!

The Franklin Park Conservatory is an incredible place!

Check out their website for more information: http://www.fpconservatory.org.

Here's a slideshow of some of the other pics we took while at the conservatory:

July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

For the last 7 years on the fourth of July, Brian and I head over to Richfield for a picnic with Brian's side of the family.

Last year at this picnic, Porter got to experience playing in a pool, and he loved it! This year, we got him a baby wet suit with built in floaters! He looked like a mini super hero in this get up!

Porter had a great time playing in the pool with daddy! They are quite a pair!

Check out the video below:

Also, here's a slide show from Porter's time in the pool:

July 1, 2011

Porter's Wagon

Check out the video below to see Porter playing with the wagon his Grandpa Gauder made for him by hand: