May 31, 2013

Blowing Out the Candles for Daddy

Here's Daddy getting a little help with his birthday candles:

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Happy 33rd Birthday, Daddy! We are so excited to spend this weekend celebrating you and all that you are to us... which is a great deal! We love you, Daddy!

Daddy's Birthday Cake
Porter Adding Sprinkles to Daddy's Birthday Cake

Always & Forever,
Porter, Stella, and Momma Bear Munkin

May 30, 2013

Video Message from Great Grandma

This morning, Porter and Stella got a special surprise. They received a video message from their Great Grandma Gauder who lives in Florida! Below, you can see Porter's reaction when watching this message. The end of the video is priceless!

After Stella woke up from her nap, we were able to get this video as well. Oh, these kids!

May 29, 2013


With the sale of our home in Akron pending, we're beginning to look at houses in Orrville. It has been exciting to think about the possibilities that could potentially await us in this community. Of course, there's a lot that could happen between now and the projected closing date of our Akron home, but it's been fun to dream.

Orrville, Ohio

May 24, 2013

You've Got to Love This Kid

It is currently 45 degrees here in Akron, Ohio. Porter was told that he needed to dress warmly if he wanted to go play outside. Here's what he came up with:

Porter Dressing "Warmly"

You've got to love this kid!

Sale Pending

We have just accepted an offer on our home in Ellet! Although this is exciting, we're trying not to get our hopes up just yet. There is still an inspection and appraisal we need to get through, and the sale of our home is contingent on the sale of the buyer's home (which, praise God, is under contract).

Sale Pending

If everything goes according to plan, we will need to be out of our Ellet residence by June 28th. Regardless of what happens, the next few weeks are going to be rather interesting!

May 23, 2013

Three-Fourths of the Stephen Clan

Here's three-fourths of our little clan, three-fifths if you count Blu!

Three-Fourths of the Stephen Clan

My Happy Boy

Today, we headed over to one of our all-time favorite playgrounds found at Munroe Falls Metro Park.

Porter's Favorite Slide

Porter always loves visiting this playground because there is lots for a little red-headed rascal to do!

Our Little Climber

He is such a happy, little man!

Happy Guy

May 22, 2013

"P" is for Porter

I always enjoy trying out different apps for my iPhone.  This week, I stumbled across an image editing app called Afterlight, which I just adore. I love playing with the filters and custom frames.

"P" is for Porter

Headed East

This afternoon we had yet another house showing (we've had quite a few over the last several weeks). My plan was to get the kids in the car and head south to a new park I wanted to try out. However, once I pulled out of the driveway, east just felt like the direction we should go, and we found ourselves at the beach of the West Branch State Park.

Porter at the Beach

Porter, of course, had a blast! He has been begging for a beach adventure for some time now. I'm glad we had this opportunity to enjoy a beautiful (and hot) day in the water and sand!


May 21, 2013

Rolling Along

Today, Miss Stella rolled from her back to her belly all on her own!

Miss Stella

Time is sure flying by. It's hard to believe our little, baby girl is 3 months now and starting to roll over!

Our Baby Girl

May 20, 2013

Resting on Daddy

Here's a video of Stella resting on her Daddy.  So sweet!

May 18, 2013

Get That Blankie Off of Me!

Here's a video of Stellars telling her blankie off!  I love it!

May 14, 2013

Little One

Here's a video of my little one:

Johnson Woods State Nature Preserve

Today, Porter, Stella and I visited the Johnson Woods State Nature Preserve in Marshallville, Ohio. This was our first time at this park, but it won't be our last. It is my new favorite walking trail! The trees we saw were simply magnificent with several dating back more than 400 years.

Porter Pushes Stella in Her Stroller

Porter decided right from the start that he should be the one to push Stella in her stroller. I was a little hesitant about this idea at first, but I have to say, Porter did a wonderful job. He carefully pushed Stella the entire way, and we walked for over an hour! Every 10 minutes or so, I would ask him if he was ready for me to take over stroller duty. Here's his reply on one of those occasions:

About 20 minutes after this video was taken, I again asked Porter if he would like me to push Stella, and he replied, "Mommy, my job is to push Stellars, your job is to take pictures!" Thanks for clearing that up, Porter!

May 13, 2013

Monday Morning

Today, the babies are off to see their Grandma and Grandpa Gauder, while I am off to buy this week's groceries, finish the laundry, clean the house, do some work for OHDELA, and if I am really lucky, take a nap!

Porter & Stella

May 8, 2013

Hanging Out in Stella's Room

Stella's room was the place to be today! While Stella sat in her green chair for the very first time, it was only a few minutes before Blu and Porter decided to join the party.

Stella in Her Green Chair

Here are a few silly videos. They're not extremely exciting, but the kids (Blu included) are pretty cute!

5 minutes later...

Cutie Pie

Here's my little cutie pie in a new outfit she received from my dear friend, Cindy. It's just the cutest thing!

Cutie Pie

May 7, 2013

Video Tour of Our Ellet House

Here is a video tour of our little home in Ellet:

May 6, 2013

Boys Will Be Boys

With the weather being so beautiful, the kids and I have been spending most of our free time outdoors. One of Porter's favorite outdoor activities is filling his dump truck with mulch from the front yard, and then dumping it in the backyard. This process can go on for hours!

Dump Truck Love

Also, Porter loves to climb trees. Our arborvitaes are regularly visited by this red-headed rascal!

Tree Climbing Porter

Monkey Dress

Here are a few pictures of baby Stella in her adorable monkey dress.

Check out the video below:

May 3, 2013

Taking After Daddy

Here's a cute video of Daddy and baby Stellars:

Happy Birthday to You, Mommy!

Today is my 31st birthday, and I couldn't ask for a more beautiful day! The sky is bright blue, the air smells like flowers, and the sun is shining bright!

My Red-Headed Wonder

I took a walk this morning before Brian headed off to work. I always enjoy early morning walks. The world seems so peaceful at this time. No one is out, but the birds are chirping, and in our neighborhood, the bunnies are a hopping. It's a joy for the senses, and a perfectly wonderful way to start off a birthday!

My Gorgeous Babies

Here's a video of Porter serenading me with song:

May 2, 2013

Our Little Ladies

Blu is so good with the children. We are very lucky to have such a good-hearted dog!

Stella & Blu

Here's a video of Miss Stellars with her dog close by:

May 1, 2013

In Bloom

We've been waiting for this! Our dogwood tree is finally in bloom, and it's just lovely!

Dogwood in Bloom

Akron Pregnancy Services

Here is a video narrated by step-mom, Kaye, who's also the Head Honcho (or Executive Director, to be precise) of Akron Pregnancy Services.  She's rather awesome, as you can plainly see...