November 30, 2013

Sand Babies

After our walk on the pier, Porter was anxious to get to the sand. He has been wanting to use his sand toys for quite some time and was ready to try them all out. Porter and Stella played in the sand for over an hour and would have easily played for another if we would have let them. They were definitely made to enjoy the beach!

Sharing Sand between Siblings

Here are my babies playing in the sand:

Myrtle Beach State Park Pier

After our walk on the trail, we headed to the Myrtle Beach State Park Pier for a quick look. 

On the Myrtle Beach State Park Pier

Although the pier was nice, Porter enjoyed this sleigh pulled by seahorses the best!

Sculptured Oak Nature Trail

This year, we decided to check out the Myrtle Beach State Park for the very first time. We began our time at the park by taking a stroll on the Sculptured Oak Nature Trail.

Porter at the Entrance of Walking Trail

Here's Daddy and Porter leading the way for Mommy and Stella in the stroller:

Daddy & Porter Walking

The trees found on this trail were just beautiful, and Porter enjoyed climbing as many of them as he could!

Porter in a Tree

Rocking Blue Sweatshirts

Here's Daddy and Stella looking like a perfect pair in their navy blue sweatshirts!

Matching Daddy & Daughter

November 29, 2013

Freezing Cold Ocean Water

Porter has been desperate to get on the beach since we arrived yesterday. We tried to tell him that the ocean water is rather frigid these days, but he wanted to experience it on his own. He actually withstood walking in the water quite well until he fell in and got his clothes all wet. He didn't seem to care until he was done playing and suddenly realized he was frozen to the bone. Needless to say, the way home was a bit miserable... for us all.

Porter Loves the Beach

Breakfast Tradition

A Myrtle Beach tradition we have acquired is to have breakfast at least once at Akel's Family Restaurant. The food is always good and the service is tremendous. Before heading to the local outlet mall for a morning of Black Friday madness, we headed straight for Akel's to get fueled up for our shopping adventure!

Akels Breakfast in Myrtle Beach

Here's Daddy trying his very best to feed our little darling breakfast:

November 28, 2013

Ready to Party

After a good hour and a half of unpacking, we're ready for a night out on the town. We might even get real crazy and stay out until 8PM!

Daddy & Stella are Ready to Party

Great Place to Stay

Brian found us a great place to stay in Myrtle Beach. The condo we're renting (it's the blue one) is absolutely beautiful, and the neighborhood is quiet and well-kept.

Our Home Away from Home

Although there are many great things about this condo, the best would have to be that it is only 2 blocks from the beach. Great find, Hubby!

Beautiful Neighborhood

First Stop in Myrtle Beach

After 11 hours in the car and multiple stops for restroom breaks and feedings, we have finally arrived to Myrtle Beach! Before even finding our condo, we headed straight to the ocean for a quick hello.

Seeing the Ocean with Daddy

We're Getting Close

After leaving at 4AM for our trek down to South Carolina, we're making great time! Here's Stella at a rest stop in North Carolina. We're getting close!

Driving Miss Stella

November 27, 2013

Traveling in Style

We're less than 12 hours away from our Myrtle Beach road trip, and we're in full blown packing mode. Since we're traveling as a family of four now, Brian thought that the Civic would benefit with an extension. He is so proud of his new cargo tray!

Our Stylish Civic

November 24, 2013

Beloved Stellars

Check out the video below of my beloved Stellars:

November 21, 2013

Camping in the Attic

Brian decided that our attic would be the perfect place for a father and son camping adventure! He set up the tent so that he and Porter could camp-out in our very own home, without the snow or sludge that likes to come during these cold, Ohio months.

Tent in the Attic

Their first camping "trip" will be this weekend. Brian is super excited, but we're keeping it a secret from Porter until the actual day. He's going to freak out!

November 18, 2013

Sippy Cup Cheers

Here's Porter and Stella engaging in their daily sibling high jinks:

Best. Cheeks. Ever.

Not that I am biased, of course, but I think this kid takes the cake on the best set of cheeks to ever be seen!

Stella and Her Cheeks

For the Love of Blu

Porter certainly loves his dog, Blu. Although these pictures may say otherwise, she really loves him too!

Porter & Blu

Such a Pair

A Boy's Best Friend

November 15, 2013

Stella's Red Balloon

Check out this video of Stella and her red balloon:

November 13, 2013

Little Lumberjack

Here's our little, red-headed lumberjack!

Porter the Lumberjack

November 12, 2013

Paint Stamping with Porter

Today, Porter tried his hand at paint stamping. He used lemons, oranges, apples, and even potatoes to help in his design. Nice!

Paint Stamping Fun

Bulldog Princess

For this picture, we thought "Bulldog Princess" was an appropriate title!

Bulldog Princess

Sweetie Pie Stephen

Stella is such a sweetie pie!

Sweetie Pie

November 11, 2013

Nine Month Baby

Nine months ago today, my darling Stella was born. It's been a good nine months!

Nine Wonderful Months of Stella

November 7, 2013

Digging Through Old Photos

Brian has been asked by Smucker's to put together a presentation on his Olympic Training Center experience. Smucker's recently became an Olympic sponsor, and they are excited to have Brian share his story with the staff. We've been looking through old Tae Kwon Do pictures to add to the presentation. Here are a few of my favorites:

Brian's Tae Kwon Do Days

Daddy & His Baby Girl

Here's Stella enjoying having her Daddy home for lunch:

Daddy & Stella

November 5, 2013

Gailey Park

Today, Porter did his best to properly evaluate the playground found at Gailey Park in Orrville.

Porter the Evaluater

Although there was plethora of viable playground equipment options for a three-year-old boy, the climbing wall far surpassed all the others from Porter's perspective.

Porter on the Climbing Wall

Overall, it was Porter's opinion that Gailey Park has a "good playground." I guess that says it all for this evaluation!

Porter at Gailey Park

Toasty & Warm

Here are the kids staying nice and toasty while watching their favorite show, Curious George.

Toasty & Warm Babies

November 2, 2013

Silly Siblings

Just a Saturday at the Stephen household: