April 29, 2012

Wake Up, Daddy!

Porter woke up early this morning and decided Daddy should be up as well!

Wake Up, Daddy!

So Porter headed up the stairs on a mission. He got in our bed and was determined to wake Daddy up! Porter, of course, succeeded!

Porter & Daddy in Bed

Blu believed Porter came to see her, and was a bit more excited for him than his daddy, at least, initially!

Porter, Daddy & Blu All in Bed

April 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, Blu!

Today marks Blu's first birthday!

Our Beloved Blu is 1!

Happy Birthday, beloved Blu!  You are an important part of the Stephen Clan, and we love you dearly!

Baby Blu

April 23, 2012

Colorful Morning

This morning, Porter wanted to color. I love the fact that when it comes to his markers, he is very neat and tidy!  He gets one out, pulls the cap off, uses it, puts the cap back on, and then places it back in its container!

Here he is trying to decide which marker to use next.  Yellow?  Blue?

Of course, Porter's best pal is always near his side no matter what he's doing!

Check out the video below:

April 20, 2012

KONY 2012

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April 19, 2012

Hi, Blu!

Check out the video below of Porter and Blu playing:

April 18, 2012

Two-Year Well Visit

This morning, Porter had his yearly checkup with his pediatrician. All was well.

Porter is now 27 pounds (50th percentile), 35 inches tall (75th percentile), and has a head circumference of 50 centimeters (80th percentile). I love that he has always had a big head!

After we got home from the well visit, Porter wanted to play in the driver's seat. He loves to lock the doors, open the windows, turn on all of my blinkers, and honk!

April 16, 2012

Lovely Yard

Brian has been working hard over the last several weeks to make our yard nice!

He has finished all of the edging, added fresh mulch, planted grass in some of the barren spots in the yard (courtesy of Blu), added several ferns and hostas donated from his mom's yard, and stained Porter's swing set.

This yard is really starting to come together!

April 15, 2012

Sunday Afternoon at Southgate Park

Today, the whole Stephen Clan went to Southgate Park in Green. It was a beautiful day, full of sunshine, flowers, and a warm breeze!

Here's Porter hitching a ride on Daddy's shoulders after a long walk around the park:

April 13, 2012


I am always trying to come up with new things for Porter to play with and explore. Today, I got out a couple of bowls, a measuring cup and spoon, a small whisk, and some flour. Although messy, Porter loved playing with these items for over an hour!

To be honest, Porter does not have very many toys, and of the toys he does have, only a small few were bought by his parents. Although I believe playtime is very important for development, and there are many toys out there that are beneficial in the learning process, I do find that good old household items have an important place in playtime fun.

One of Porter's favorite things to play with right now is an empty Folger's coffee container. He likes to store his trucks inside and carry them all around the house. When he gets bored with that, he uses it as a drum. Organizational and fun, a winning combination in my opinion!

April 8, 2012

Easter Sunday

On Easter, our family enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Grandma Bev's home. She is an incredible cook! Here's Porter and his cousins looking rather precious in their Sunday best attire:

April 4, 2012

Munroe Falls Metro Park

One of the perks of growing up in Munroe Falls is that I had a metro park literally in my backyard. I can't tell you how many hundreds of hours I spent at that park walking the trail. I have always loved being outside and around trees and sunshine. Having this park so close was just incredible blessing to me in my adolescent years.

Munroe Falls Metro Park Playground

Now that I am blessed with a child of my own, I hope to instill in him the same love for parks and nature. We often visit the Munroe Falls Metro Park to walk around, look at the trees and birds, and even play on their Jungle Jim equipment.

Porter at the Park

I hope he will appreciate this park as much as I have. It is truly one of my favorite places in this world of ours.

April 3, 2012

Big Boy Bed

For the last few nights, Porter has been enjoying the freedoms of no longer being confined to a crib with 4 walls. He has officially moved to a toddler bed!

Porter in His Toddler Bed

Blu is also quite pleased with this new arrangement!