September 29, 2013

Lovely Locks

Here's our little sunshine with her lovely (and wild) locks on display:

Stella's Lovely Locks
The elements used in this digital scrapbook creation can be found in Mari Koegelenberg's "Sunny Daze" design kit.

September 27, 2013

Park Poses

Since today was so beautiful and sunny, I took the kids to Freelander Park in Wooster, Ohio. Porter had a great time at the playground, while Stella and I snuggled under a shady tree. Before we left, I was able to convince Porter to pose for a few pictures with his little sister. He was mostly all smiles, but Stella... not so much!

Big Brother & Little Sister

Here's a video of Porter's big brother antics:

September 25, 2013

The 6-7 Month Well Visit

Stella had a well visit today at our new pediatric office in Wooster. She is now in the 20th percentile for weight (15.2 pounds), 35th percentile for height (26.2 inches), and the 55th percentile for head circumference (43.5 centimeters). She had three shots and took them like a champ. The doctor said that Stella is a very strong baby, and she is ahead in many developmental milestones. You go, Baby Girl!

Stella's Well Visit

September 24, 2013

Pushing Porter

Here's Stella guarding her territory from her rascally brother, Porter!

Christmas Run Park

After visiting Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area, we then drove about 10 miles east to Christmas Run Park, which is also located in Wooster, Ohio. The playground at this park is awesome! As soon as Porter got the go ahead, he was off and running from one section to the next. He never slowed down long enough for me to snap even one picture of him!

Playground at Christmas Run Park

Stella, on the other hand, was a much easier target for photos. Here she is keeping warm in her bear suit and sitting in the umbrella stroller:

Brown Bear Stella

Funk Bottoms

This morning, I took the kids to Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area located in Wooster, Ohio. I figured with a name like Funk Bottoms, we needed to experience this place at least once in our lives!

Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area

If you are able to locate the unassuming entrance of Funk Bottoms, then you will follow a one-lane, dirt road over a quarter mile to the observation tower. Inside the park, there are many different kinds of birds (I guess, even some bald eagles, but we didn't see them) and wildflowers to observe. However, if you are three-years old, the only thing worth observing is how big a splash you can make when throwing a stick into the water!

September 22, 2013

Pine Tree Barn

Today, Grandma Bev came for a visit, and we all had our first experience at the Pine Tree Barn in Wooster. Inside the main building, we had a delicious lunch at the Granary Restaurant, and then toured the furniture store. Also, we took a small stroll around the grounds. I have to say, both inside and out, this place is just beautiful!

Pine Tree Barn

September 21, 2013

Italian Feast

Our dear friends, Bart and Lori, gave us a beautiful housewarming basket filled with delicious goodies for an Italian feast! Not only did they hook us up with a fantastic pasta dinner, but they also included bread and dipping oil, olives, and a Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon (the good stuff).

Italian Feast

Bart (or Bark, as Porter prefers to say) and Lori, you guys rock! Thanks so much for this incredibly thoughtful and scrumptious gift! We enjoyed every bite!


Sidewalk Graffiti

Here's what happens when you give a rascally Daddy a dirty sidewalk and a power-washer!

Porter's Sidewalk

September 18, 2013

Forehead Kisses

Here's our little Sleeping Beauty getting a kiss on the forehead from her adoring brother:

Too Cute for Words

September 14, 2013

Saturday Family Breakfast

This morning, we had breakfast at Mrs. J's, a wonderful little restaurant in the heart of downtown Orrville. The food was so good, I bet we will become weekend regulars!

Mrs. J's in Orrville

September 13, 2013

Porter's Room

Porter's room at the new home in Orrville is just about complete! Brian painted the walls a light shade of blue and repainted the ceiling white. We also added two wall decals that I just love from a shop found on Etsy.

Porter's Room

The floors were actually the trickiest part of the whole room. In this house, all of the floors are wood, but only the outside edges are finished. With the rooms downstairs, we were able to find rugs that would cover up the unfinished floors. However, for the rooms upstairs, finding rugs to fit proved to be much more difficult. So after trying a few different things, we decided to buy carpet tiles to cover the entire floor of Porter's room. This actually turned out to be a great and cost-effective idea! We found the tiles at Building 9 in Massillon, and we couldn't be more pleased with how they turned out!

September 12, 2013

Feeding Baby Stella

Check out this video of Stella eating her baby food, and Porter providing commentary through the whole event:

September 11, 2013

Growing Up So Fast

Stella's second tooth is already here, and she is sitting up on her own really well these days. 

Our Little Cutie

It's exciting to watch her develop, but sometimes I wish I could press the pause button and keep my baby girl a little longer.

Stella Is Growing Up

Daddy Is Coming Home

Sometime this afternoon, Brian will be coming home from his travels for work. Although he was only 2 hours south in Columbus for the last few days, it felt like he was on the other side of the world. We are ALL so excited to welcome him back home!

Sibling Love

Also, here is a video of Porter showing off all of his current ouchies:

September 9, 2013

Fun on the Porch

Stella loves to play in her jungle saucer on our front porch! We often put her saucer out here when we need to water plants or haul items from the car to the house. It keeps Stella safe while freeing up our hands in order to get work done.

Stella on the Porch

I've always wanted a front porch, and now that I have one, I hope to never live without one again!

September 8, 2013

Old Blog Design

I found a screen shot today of our old blog design and layout. Although I LOVE the new design, seeing this one brought back a lot of warm, fuzzy memories!

Our Old Blog Design

September 6, 2013

Stella's Hot Pants

The picture below shows Stella in one of her new Carter's 6-month outfits. I think it's absolutely adorable, but Daddy says he doesn't like his baby girl wearing hot pants (leggings)!

Stella's Hot Pants

Check out the video below:

September 5, 2013

Digging with Daddy

After their breakfast, the boys started working on landscaping our home in Orrville. As of now, the house has no decorative plants or shrubs. It's rather plain, but with Daddy and Porter on the job, it won't be for much longer!

Last night, we bought 25 bags of mulch and a dozen various types of plants. We figure this will give us a good place to start.

Breakfast with the Boys

Today, Daddy took the day off of work in order to get a few things done at the house. To start the day, Daddy took Porter to breakfast for a little male-bonding time. They had a great time!

Seriously Handsome Boy

September 4, 2013

Orr Park

Within walking distance from our new home, we have a fantastic playground that Porter loves to visit. This playground is found at Orr Park, and it has a lot of fun things for a curious, red-headed boy to explore!

Porter at Orr Park

September 3, 2013

Porter on the Porch

Here's Porter posing for pictures on our front porch. He's such a handsome, young man!

Porter on the Porch

Major Perk to Living in Orrville

One of the best perks of living in Orrville is that often Daddy is able to come home during lunch time (since his office is only 1 mile away). The kids and I absolutely love this! Not only do we get to enjoy Daddy's company, he also brings us yummy food from the Smucker's cafeteria!

Daddy Tries to Nap with Stella

Today, Daddy had been hoping to take a quick nap on the couch after he ate. However, Stella had other ideas, as you can see in the video below!

September 2, 2013

This Man Is A Keeper

Brian is one great husband! He has been working non-stop to get our house in Orrville to an ideal condition. Here he is power-washing the the cement steps of our back entrance:

Brian Power-Washing the House

I can't even list all of the things Brian has done to the house since we have moved in! Just in the last few days, he has painted the ceilings of our kids' rooms, painted the walls to our upstairs atrium, fixed a leaky sink in the bathroom, installed DRIcore sub-flooring in the basement, dug out a large (and ugly) stump in the front yard, trimmed the trees and shrubs in the backyard (which was a big task), edged the sidewalks (which has probably never been done since the sidewalks were installed), and started power-washing everything in sight! This man is a keeper!