March 31, 2013

Daddy & Daughter Time

Here's Daddy and Stella enjoying their quality time together:

Daddy & Daughter

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter! Here's Porter and Stella wearing their Easter best on this glorious day! Stella is wearing a cardigan that was handmade for her by her Great Grandma Gauder. It is absolutely beautiful, with lots of intricate details.

Easter with Porter & Stella

Thanks, Grandma! We love you very much!

March 28, 2013

Best. Shot. Ever.

What a photo! This might not look like much, but for our household, this is the best shot we've ever pulled off! To have Blu, Stella, and Porter sit together peacefully and look at the camera at the same time... AMAZING!

Our Happy Babies

Here are a few others that turned out fairly well:

A Boy, a Girl, and a Dog

March 27, 2013

Wiggle Wiggles

Here's Stella getting her wiggles on in the tub:

Blu's Baby

Since Stella has been born, Blu has gotten no blog time. Poor dog! So to remedy that, here's a picture of Blu acting as a warm, soft pillow for baby Stella. She is such a great four-legged friend!

Stella & Blu

March 25, 2013

The Cutest Pink Bear Ever

Since we got hit with a couple of inches of snow last night, we thought this would be the perfect day to break out Stella's pink cuddly bear suit. It is just adorable! Stella received this outfit from her Daddy's work colleagues. We just love it!

Cutest. Bear. Ever.

Painting Easter Eggs

My parents have "pet" geese on their property that lay beautiful, large eggs. In celebration of Easter, they gave Porter a few to decorate. Here's Porter working hard to make a watercolor masterpiece on his egg:

Porter Painting a Goose Egg

And yes, that is a shot glass he is using as an egg stand!

Painting Eggs with Porter

March 24, 2013

Delightful Baby

Here's baby Stella having a good time in her carrier as we had lunch at Arabica Cafe in Wadsworth. We were worried about how she would do in a restaurant, but she was an absolute delight!

Happy Stella in Her Carrier

March 22, 2013

First Trip to Daddy's Office

Today, Stella took her first trip to Daddy's office. She got to meet lots of new people, and she couldn't have been happier. I think she's going to be quite the social butterfly! Of course, Porter had a wonderful time too. He always likes visiting Daddy at work.

Smucker's Store & Cafe

Above is a photo I took a few months ago of the Smucker's Store & Cafe. I was able to change the effects of this picture through an app I absolutely love called Popsicolor.

March 21, 2013

Fluffy Stuff

Today, Porter made "Fluffy Stuff" which is a mixture of 2 boxes of cornstarch and 1 can of shaving cream. This concoction is similar in appearance to the Cloud Dough we made last week, but the texture and feel are a bit different.

Porter Getting Ready to Mix

Although Porter enjoyed making "snowballs" with this new mixture, nothing could top the start of the activity when he got to squirt the shaving cream into the tub.  Ahh... the simple pleasures in life!

Fluffy Stuff with Porter

March 19, 2013

Wrapped Around Her Finger

Stella has got her Daddy wrapped around her little finger. He is absolutely, over the moon, in love with her, and she seems pretty fond of him as well!

Daddy & Daughter Love

Here's a video of one of their many conversations:

Monkey Bouncer Dreams

Here's our baby girl enjoying an afternoon nap in her monkey bouncer:

Monkey Bouncer Baby


For Porter's birthday, we got him a set of watercolor paints to try. Today, we busted these out, and they were a huge hit!

Porter did a great job of remembering that when he wanted to switch colors he first needed to rinse his brush, tap the excess water off, and then choose a new color to paint with. I was very impressed!

Watercolors with Porter

Great job, Baby! Your paintings are just beautiful!

March 15, 2013

One Month Well Visit

Stella had her 1 month well visit today. She is now 8.61 pounds (30-35th percentile), 21 inches (40-45th percentile), and her head circumference is 37 centimeters (50th percentile). The doctor said that she is looking great!

Our Healthy Baby

March 14, 2013

Office Space

When I am working (or playing) on our computer, this is where Porter likes to be:

Porter in the Office

Oh, this kid!

Especially Clean Balloons

For Porter's birthday, we made sure to blow up lots of balloons for him to enjoy. Today, he not only wanted to play with his balloons, he thought they should have a bath!

Porter and His Balloons

So Porter washed each of his balloons in the bathtub with a wash cloth and soap. They say cleanliness is next to Godliness. If that is a fact, these are some special balloons!

March 13, 2013

Porter's Birthday Video

Happy 3rd Birthday, Porter!

Today our baby boy turned three years old! Normally, we would opt to go somewhere new and fun in order to celebrate this special day. However, with Stella being only a month old, we thought it best to stay home this year. So instead of taking Porter out to celebrate, we brought the celebration to him!

Porter's Birthday Balloons

Porter loved his balloons. I guess it is the simple things that make life so good! Check out the video below:

Porter also enjoyed his birthday cake. As you can see below, he couldn't wait to take a bite out of it!

Porter Taking a Bite Out of His Cake

Here's a video of Porter blowing out his candles:

Setting Up for Porter's Party

Today is a very important day for our household. It's the day our beloved Porter was born! As of now, Porter is taking an afternoon nap, and I am setting up for his party. I asked Porter what he wanted for his birthday, and he said, "Cake, candles, and balloons!" Well, I did my best to accommodate, Porter. I hope you enjoy your special day!

Setting Up for Porter's Birthday Party

March 12, 2013

Beautiful Blanket

Stella is one special baby! As you can see from the pictures below, she received a beautiful, handmade blanket from her extended family out in Arizona. Her great uncle actually made this lovely blanket himself, and we just adore it!

Stella's Beautiful Handmade Blanket

Thank you so much, Uncle Donald and Aunt Ethel for this wonderful gift. We use the blanket all the time!

March 11, 2013

Cloud Dough

While Stella enjoyed a mid-morning nap, Porter enjoyed playing with a new concoction we found called cloud dough.

Porter Playing with Cloud Dough

Cloud dough is super easy to make. All you have to do is dump 8 cups of flour and 1 cup baby oil in a large tub or container and mix together with your hands for a few minutes. The baby oil allows the flour to become moldable. This is a fantastic sensory activity for children, and it also smells amazing!

Cloud Dough

Here's a video of Porter's fun with cloud dough:

Baby Bath

Here's baby Stella taking a warm, relaxing bath in her whale tub:

March 10, 2013

First Walk Outside with Daddy

This weekend was gorgeous! The sun shined bright and temperatures reached the mid-60's. After weeks of the bitter cold, this was just what our little hearts needed. Here is Daddy taking Stella on her first walk around the backyard.

Daddy & Daughter Love

March 9, 2013

Awesome Dad

Here's Brian wearing the Valentine's Day present Porter, Stella, and I got for him this year. We think it's very fitting... no pun intended!

Awesome Dad

March 8, 2013

Life Is Good

The sun is shining, the kids are happy (at the moment), and the weekend is almost here. Life is good!

Handsome Porter & Sweet Stella

March 7, 2013

Perfect Gift

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
~James 1:17
Stella Opal Stephen

March 6, 2013

Loving on Baby Stella

Porter is doing a great job of being a big brother. He is very gentle with Stella and enjoys giving her lots of hugs and kisses. I really think that even at his young age, Porter understands that he has an important role in her life.

Big Brother Love

Awww! Porter just loves his baby sister!

Porter Loves His Baby Sister

I also love the picture below. Here Porter is blowing on Stella's crazy hair because he likes watching it move!

Stella's Crazy Hair Is Fun to Play With!

March 5, 2013

Silly Spaghetti

It's no secret that our family likes to be outside and on the go as much as possible. However, with Stella being only 3 weeks old, and Ohio temperatures being in the 20's to 30's for the last several weeks, we have been stuck indoors a lot lately. So to keep ourselves from boredom, Porter and I have been trying out some new crafts and activities.

Porter's Colorful Spaghetti

Today, Porter and I made silly spaghetti. First, we bought a box of cheap, store brand pasta, cooked it for only 6 minutes (to keep it on the firm side), drained it, rinsed it in cold water, and then separated it into 3 bowls. Next, we got out our neon food coloring and dyed the pasta green, blue, and purple. Last, we re-rinsed the pasta in cold water and then combined all the spaghetti into one large container. As you can see below, Porter is mixing the different colors of pasta together and having a lot of fun in the process.

Colorful Playtime Fun

Overall, this was a pretty good activity. It builds fine motor skills, costs only a few dollars to make, and entertained my rambunctious toddler for about an hour. You can't beat that!

March 4, 2013

Percolating Porter

Over the weekend, Brian thought it would be fun to have a 007 movie marathon while our babies were sleeping. Although I enjoy spy movies as much as the next girl, I spent the majority of the time playing with new apps on my iPhone.

Porter the Percolator

One of my favorite apps right now is called Percolator which allows you to take photos and turn them into mosaics. The image above reflects what I was doing while "watching" Casino Royale.

March 1, 2013

Get It Together, Monkeys!

Here's Stella telling her monkeys to get their act together!

Today's Random Pics

I tried out a new app today, called Phonto, that allowed me to add text to these pictures.

Porter & Stella

I have to say, this is a great app.  It's easy to use, has lots of options, and the best part of all, it's free!