April 30, 2013

Just the First of Many

For this lovely lady, I believe she will see many a rose in her lifetime!

Just FYI:  I did de-thorn this rose before giving it to Stella to play with!

Small Victories

Today's pictures of Porter and Stella are not my best, but at least they're not blurry and no one is crying. Small victories!

Here's a video of Porter and Stella in their version of a duet:

April 29, 2013

April 28, 2013

Getting Cozy

Here's Daddy and Stella getting warm and cozy on this rainy afternoon:

Daddy & Stella

Check out the video below:

April 27, 2013

Red Roses for Momma

My boys surprised me with a special gift today!

Porter with Roses

April 26, 2013

Father & Son

I just love these handsome guys!

Father & Son on the Stairs

April 25, 2013

Who's the Boss?

Here's Stella showing her blankie that she's the boss:

April 23, 2013

Clean Baby

Here's Stella looking good after her warm, morning bath:

Clean Baby

After these pictures were taken, all craziness broke loose as you can see from the video below:

April 22, 2013

Backyard Babies

The weather is certainly getting nice here in Ohio! Today, the kids (Porter, Stella, and Blu) enjoyed a beautiful afternoon of sunshine and warmth.

Blu Bear

We took a few random pictures during our backyard adventures. Here's my boy (with tree roots and bark in hand) and his faithful friend by his side:

A Boy and His Dog

Also, Stella enjoyed sitting in the shade of a large oak tree in her favorite bouncer.

Stella Bella

It was a lovely day!

April 21, 2013


After a lot of thought, Brian and I have decided to put our home in Ellet up for sale. This has come as a difficult decision, but one we feel is ultimately best for our family. Don't get me wrong, we love our home. We think it's absolutely adorable. It has charm, character, and fits our needs almost perfectly. The only problem--our home is in Akron, and Brian works in Orrville.

For Sale Sign in Yard

One of the cornerstones of our family is quality time. We take the amount of time we have together very seriously by keeping the number of distractions that force us from being apart at a minimum. This is one of the reasons we did away with television/cable over a year ago. Although we would sit in the same room together watching a program, there was really no quality time going on. I have to say, one of the best decisions we have ever made as a family was dropping cable all together. We had no idea the hold it had on us until after after it was gone.

Our Ellet Home

For the last several months, it has become obvious that there's yet another distraction we need to eliminate. Brian spends over 300 hours a year driving to and from work, and this is time we want back. Although it is painful to see the "For Sale" sign in our yard, we know that we need to move closer to Orrville, if not to Orrville. Obviously, the housing market is not in great shape right now. We realize that it will only be by the grace and hand of God that our house sells. But regardless of what happens or the time table God uses, we feel that we took the first step towards reclaiming more time together.  Where God takes that from here is His business, but we look on with anticipation to see what He does!

April 19, 2013

Sleepy Princess

Today, Stella had her 2-3 month well visit with her pediatrician. She now weighs 10.36 pounds (25th percentile), has a height of 22.75 inches (75th percentile), and her head circumference is 38.5 centimeters (50th percentile). Dr. Post says she is growing beautifully!

Sleeping Stella

For this visit, Stella was given two vaccinations in the leg. Although they were quite painful, she took them like a champ! However, these shots made her very sleepy, and she slept most of the day.

April 16, 2013

Looking Good in Green

Here are my babies looking good in green!

Our Kids

These pictures were taken right before we headed off to Orrville for a family lunch with Daddy. I told Porter he had to smile, or we wouldn't be able to leave. I'll admit, that's a pretty manipulative move, but I knew it would work! Porter loves visiting his Daddy at work!

Our Kids Collage

April 15, 2013

Morning Baby

Stella is one happy baby in the morning!

Morning Baby

April 13, 2013

My Little Girl

Here's Stella dancing to her favorite song, My Little Girl, by Jack Johnson:

April 11, 2013

Mommy's Little Cupcake

Here's my little cupcake wishing everyone a happy Thursday!

Little Cupcake Stella

Porter's Solo Dance Party

Here's Porter getting down with his bad self!

April 9, 2013

Naked Baby

You never know what you'll see when you look in our windows!

Naked Baby

April 7, 2013

Meadow Trail

The weather is finally starting to warm up here in Ohio! Today was in the low 70's, and we were able to open all the windows in our home and let the fresh air pour in.

Porter Walking on Meadow Trail

Also, this afternoon we took a stroll along the Meadow Trail found at Munroe Falls Metro Park. It was medicine for our souls to be outside with the sun shining bright over our heads and a steady breeze keeping us cool.

Where's Porter?

We seem to have lost Porter, but luckily, we gained a box!

April 6, 2013

Grumpy Face

Porter wasn't overly thrilled to sit for pictures today, but even with a grumpy face, I think he's still the cutest red-head around! As you can see, he eventually broke down and gave a smile when Stella managed to wrap her arm around his. They are so sweet together!

Porter & Stella

Little Socks

Check out today's video of baby Stella and her little, pink socks:

April 5, 2013

Our Pretty Girl

Here's our pretty little girl in her adorable Carter's outfit:

Our Pretty Girl, Stella

April 3, 2013

New Size

Stella is growing fast! She has officially moved from size newborn to 3 month clothing.  It's been a blast seeing her in all new clothes. Here's an outfit that Stella received from our friends, Dave and Steph. It's just adorable!

Stella's New Threads