July 26, 2012

Flour Face

I let Porter play with some measuring spoons and flour today.  He got a little carried away.  This video footage is a bit off kilter because Porter was watching himself on the LCD screen.  This kid is such a ham!

July 24, 2012

Fly Killer

Here's Porter, the fly killer:

July 23, 2012

A Glimpse at Joy

With being at the 10 week pregnancy mark, Brian and I were able to get a glimpse at our second bundle of joy!  The baby is measuring properly and had a heartbeat of 173.  We were both thrilled to see images of our little one come up on the ultrasound screen!

Ultrasound at 10 Weeks

July 22, 2012

Getting in the Raft

This month, we have enjoyed several raft rides on Grandma and Grandpa Gauder's lake. Porter absolutely loves playing in the raft, jumping off the raft, and swimming in the lake with Daddy and Grandpa Gauder (wearing his Puddle Jumper, of course). Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures or videos of our time on the water due to my fear of the camera getting damaged. However, I do have this video clip of Porter getting into the raft while the camera and I rest safely ashore. I love the fact that Porter makes even the simple act of getting into a raft a sight to be seen!

July 21, 2012

Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium

On Saturday, we decided to take a drive to Pennsylvania and visit the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium.

Black Rhino at Pittsburgh Zoo

Porter really enjoyed seeing the elephants!

Porter & Daddy Looking at the Elephants

He also enjoyed the peacock sightings. They are not caged, so they periodically show up in random places throughout the zoo and get quite a bit of attention!

Here are my silly boys getting cooled down by standing in the path of a water mister.

Porter found this sea lion statue, and had to give it a big hug! He's such a sweetie!

After a long drive and day at the zoo, Porter was exhausted. Brian put him on his bed, but I guess that wasn't what he wanted. Instead, he pulled down his changing mat from the dresser and used it as his mattress!

July 17, 2012

First Appointment for Baby #2

I had my first OB-GYN appointment today, and it appears that my official due date will be February 17, 2013. Other than that, there's not too much to report. I just had blood drawn and talked with my doctor. The good news is that on Monday, July 23rd, the baby's first ultrasound has been scheduled. Brian and I will get a sneak peek at our little one!

July 14, 2012

Drive-In Movie Excitement

This weekend, our family accomplished a new first (for all three of us)! We saw 2 drive-in movies! We went to Magic City Drive-In Theater in Barberton and saw Ice Age: Continental Drift and Brave.

Porter at Magic City Drive-In Theater

For the first movie, we sat outside under the stars, and for the second movie, we got cozy with pillows and blankets in the car. Porter stayed awake for both movies, and had energy to spare on the way home (which was after 1AM).

Daddy & Porter at the Drive-In

For Porter, one of the highlights of being outside during the movie was finding lightning bugs!

Porter Holding a Lightning Bug

He loves catching them and watching them glow. We occasionally have to remind him not to pull anything off the lightning bugs, or they won't be able to fly away. Such a boy!

Porter Holding a Lightning Bug

July 10, 2012

Akron Zoo

This morning, Porter and I headed off to the Akron Zoo for a little adventure.

"Nice Sheep!"

Of course, Porter was thrilled to see the giant cow (even though it is not real).

Porter Wonders, "How Does This Work?"

Today was the first time we rode the zoo train.  Although Porter doesn't look thrilled in the picture below, he really did enjoy the ride!

What a Face!

Porter is very interested in slides ride now, so he was pretty excited when we came across this lucky find!


While at the zoo, we did a lot of walking. Here's Porter taking a rest with a new friend!


July 9, 2012

Baby Pool Escapades

We finally busted out the baby pool today.  

Porter in His Baby Pool

Although it's no where near as exciting as a real pool equipped with a diving board, it still has merit in the fun department!

Ready, Set, Jump!

Leave it to Daddy and Baby to make even this simple pool into a real "splash!"

Porter Getting Dunked by Daddy

Here's a video of Porter's baby pool escapades:

July 8, 2012

New Bike

This weekend, we bought Porter his very first bike!

Porter on His New Bike

It's just the cutest, little red thing you've ever seen...

Porter & Daddy Checking out the Bike

With the exception of Porter, of course!

Daddy Giving His Boy a Hand

July 7, 2012

Six Years (and Going)

Six years ago today, Brian and I were married. It is amazing how much our lives have changed from that point until now. In so many ways, we are very different people than the twenty-somethings who walked down that aisle (thank, goodness). Although Brian and I have undergone quite a few changes over the last six years, the blessing has been that these changes have brought us closer together, rather than pull us apart.

Anniversary Roses from the Hubby

The truth be known, being married to either Brian or I would be a nightmare for 99% of the population. We are not the easiest people to live with for a variety of reasons. However, with all our faults and hangups, we work together very well. Our individual strengths are heightened, and our weaknesses have less control when we function as a team. I am so thankful that although Brian and I weren't looking for each other all those years ago, God knew we were each other's compliment, and by His grace, our seemingly separate worlds collided in an extraordinary way.

My Anniversary Card to Brian

Happy Anniversary, BriBear! Here's to us continually growing closer in all areas of our lives so that one day we function seamlessly as the power couple God crafted us to truly be. I love you, always and forever.

July 4, 2012

Our Water Baby

Every year on the fourth of July, we head up to Richfield for a cookout and swim with Brian's family. 

Porter Holding on to Daddy in the Pool

This year, Porter learned that he could push Daddy off the diving board.  That really made him happy!

Pushing Daddy into the Pool is Awesome!

Of course, Daddy thought Porter should jump off the diving board on his own. Here is Porter's very first jump into the water:

Soon, Porter was happy to jump off the diving board without Daddy there to catch him:

After a little while, Porter got to the point where he would jump off the diving board, swim to the ladder all by himself, get out, and do it all over again, and again, and again... this went on for quite some time!

July 3, 2012

July 2, 2012

Sprinkler Fun

It's been HOT for the last several days, and with very little rain, our grass is in need of some TLC.  So Brian decided to water the lawn, and Porter decided to water himself!

July 1, 2012

Raft Ride

Several years ago, Brian and I bought a gigantic raft.  We've only used it a few times, but this weekend, we thought it might be fun to dig out and use on Grandma & Grandpa Gauder's lake.
Porter & Grandpa Gauder

I wasn't brave enough to take the camera along on the raft ride, but if only I had, the pictures would have been awesome!  Porter had the best time ever!

Porter & Grandpa in the Raft