May 31, 2014

Butterfly Magnet

Daddy made lots of new friends on his birthday at the Butterfly Conservatory.

Check out the video below:

Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory

Daddy & Porter at the Butterfly Conservatory

As we walked through the conservatory, we were surrounded by over 2,000 butterflies in 45 different species. It was an amazing experience!


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Happy 34th Birthday!

Here's wishing you a splashing good time on your birthday, Daddy!

Daddy & Porter at Niagara Falls

May 30, 2014

Dinner with a View

For dinner on Friday night, we went to the Keg Steakhouse that overlooks Niagara Falls. The food was good, but the view was even better!

Napkin for Stella's Head

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Niagara Falls Weekend

In celebration of Brian's birthday, we headed to Niagara Falls for a family weekend. We were blessed to stay at Embassy Suites, a great hotel that not only overlooks the falls, but also sits right next to the Falls Incline Railway. This railway allowed us to travel easily back and forth from our hotel to the falls with a baby stroller, diaper bag, and all the stuff that goes along with traveling with small children. It was fantastic!

Brian and I were awestruck by the falls and could have watched it for hours. Of course, the kids were much more impressed with the hotel's pool.

May 29, 2014

Coordinated Pair

Stella seems to love coordinating her t-shirts with Daddy's work shirts!

Daddy & Daughter

May 27, 2014

Headlands Beach State Park

Today, we headed up to Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor, Ohio. Brian took the day off work since Monday was Memorial Day, and we thought it would be fun to have a 4-day family weekend.

The Kids at Headlands Beach State Park

The kids are always happy to be at the beach, even if it's not an ocean beach. They both love the sand and could play in it for hours if you let them. 

Stella and the Shovel

Porter convinced us that he needed to take his digger and all of his sand toys to the beach. He did enjoy having them there, and Stella had a great time playing with them too.

Porter Building in the Sand

Check out the video below of our fun day:

May 23, 2014

Porter's Normal

I asked Porter to stand like normal and smile for the camera. This is what "like normal" means to him:

Just Being Porter

May 19, 2014

Stella's 15-Month Well Visit

Stella had her 15-month well visit today, and all was good. She is now 19 pounds and 14.2 ounces in weight (29th percentile), 2 feet and 6 inches in height (39th percentile) and has a head circumference of 45.5 centimeters (44th percentile). Our baby girl seems to be growing so fast.

Daddy and His Girl

May 16, 2014

Stella's New Baby Doll

Stella got a special surprise in the mail today! Her Great Aunt Darleen sent her a baby doll as you can see in the video below:

Thank you, Auntie! Stella loves her new baby doll!

May 14, 2014

Baby Botanist

Now that our Ohio nights are not falling below freezing, we moved the house plants to the porch for a little extra sun.

Stella in the House Plants

Stella is quite pleased with this new arrangement!

Stella is a Baby Botanist

May 10, 2014

Vintage Tractor Show

On Saturday, our family headed south to Sugarcreek, Ohio for the annual Vintage Tractor Show.

Welcome to Sugarcreek

Porter was very hopeful that he would be able to buy a tractor at this show. He took his money (a few coins he had in Daddy's car) and looked for the right tractor to buy. He found a few that he liked, but was utterly disappointed that 30 cents would not get him very far. 

Daddy & Porter at the Vintage Tractor Show

After the tractor show, we headed to the center of downtown Sugarcreek to catch a glimpse at the World's Largest Cuckoo Clock. It's beautifully made at 23 feet tall and 24 feet wide.

World's Largest Cuckoo Clock

May 7, 2014

Orange & Pink Never Looked So Good

Dunkin' Donuts would be proud of this well-coordinated pair!

Well-Coordinated Daddy & Daughter

Ragamuffin No More

This afternoon, we walked down to the Hy Street Barber Shop in Orrville to get Porter's hair cut. He looks like a new boy!

Porter's Hair Cut

May 4, 2014

Wagon Ride

For tonight's walk, we busted out the old wagon for a ride around the neighborhood. This was Stella's first time in the wagon, and she loved every minute of it!

Wagon Rides with Porter & Stella

Without any prompting, Porter did an excellent job of keeping Stella's blanket on her lap and holding her hand over the bumps while riding. It was a proud parent moment.

Stella's First Pair of Stride Rites

Check out the video below of Stella taking her first pair of Stride Rites for a stroll:

May 3, 2014

Birthday Treat for Momma

For my 32nd birthday, Porter (with some help from his Grandma Bev) made me some delectable chocolate cupcakes with sprinkles. Porter also reminded me, rather emphatically, of the importance of sharing. His argument was compelling enough that the two of us enjoyed the cupcakes together. They were delicious!

Momma's Birthday Cupcakes

May 2, 2014

Just Catching a Few Fish

We stopped by Grandpa's today, and Porter got to fish. He even caught a few!

Porter Fishing with Grandpa

May 1, 2014

Pooped Puppy

After a great visit with his Aunt Darleen, Porter was one pooped puppy! He feel asleep on the couch a few minutes after she left.

Porter Is Pooped

Stella decided her brother should be awake. I love the video below: