December 25, 2015

Porter's Handmade Present

For our Christmas present, Porter made us this lovely tea light holder at school:

Porter's Tea-Light Holder

Christmas Blessings

May we joyfully celebrate the One who came as a baby and will return as the King!

Porter Christmas 2015

Here's wishing a very blessed and merry Christmas to you and yours! 

Stella Christmas 2015
These digital scrapbook creations were made possible by Melissa Bennett's "Deck the Rooftop" quick pages.

December 24, 2015

Accessorized for Dinner

Stella is all ready for Christmas Eve dinner at Grandma Bev's. She's even accessorized for the occasion!

Stella Bella

Sunny, Bright and Warm

What an amazing day here in Ohio. It's sunny, bright and warm. I could get used to winters like this!

Stella Outside

Curly Curls

It's surprising how well Stella will sit to get her hair curled. Although, truth be known, getting to play on her mom's phone while they set is a significant help!

Stella in Rollers

December 23, 2015

Polymer Clay Robots

Making polymer clay robots is Porter's new favorite pastime. At the rate he's going, we're going to have a decent-size army of these little guys soon!

Porter's Clay Robot

December 22, 2015

Tuesday at the Aquarium

After our adventure at the Arcade, we headed to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium for yet some more fun.

Our Visit to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium

The aquarium was actually pretty calm today, so the kids loved being able to run around like their little crazy selves!

Running through the Aquarium

Stella always enjoys seeing the tortoises. In fact, I think she likes them WAY more than the fish!

Stella and the Tortoises

But she does like to look at the fish (a little)...

Stella Looking at Fish

Thankfully, Porter is a bit more into this whole aquarium thing than his sis. 

Porter Looking at Fish

Here's Porter waiting for a stingray to pass by...

Porter and the Stingrays

Overall, we had a great trip to the aquarium today. Check out the video below to meet our new octopus friend:

The Arcade Cleveland

On our way up the Cleveland this morning, we thought it would be fun to stop at the Arcade for a quick walk around. The incredible architecture of this place always moves us to awe.

Cleveland's Arcade

Taking Pictures of Stella

Taking pictures of Stella is a bit of a challenge. She avoids the camera at all costs (not sure where she gets that from), so getting photos of anything other than the back of her head proves rather difficult. When I do happen to get a picture of her smiling face, it just makes my day.

Smiling Stella

December 13, 2015

Photogenic Porter

Of the family, Porter is the most fun to photograph...

Porter

Historic Zoar Village

With today's unusually warm winter weather, we thought it would be fun to get out of the house and go for a stroll in Ohio's Historic Zoar Village.

Zoar Store

What a great place! The village is well-preserved, and it's history is rich and fascinating. Below you can see a photo of Bimeler Cabin, the oldest home still standing in Zoar that was erected in 1817. Simply amazing!

Bimeler Cabin

December 12, 2015

Blessing for Today

"May the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow
with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Romans 15:13 NIV

Joyful Stella

Wayne County Humane Society

This morning, the kids and I headed to the Wayne County Humane Society in Wooster to donate a few supplies to the organization. Both Porter and Stella LOVE to play with the kitties!

Playing with the Kitties

December 9, 2015

Stella's Great Idea

Watch out world... Stella has an idea!

December 6, 2015

Silliness at Panera

With these two, silliness follows no matter where we go...

December 5, 2015

2015 Christmas Card

Thanks to Tiny Prints, our 2015 Christmas card was a success:

Christmas Card 2015

December 2, 2015

Just a Wednesday Afternoon

Not much has been going on today, but I did manage to capture a few photos of my sweet Porter.

My Boy

December 1, 2015

Festive Shrub

Daddy and Porter worked hard to create the most festive lilac shrub in all of Orrville!

Festive Lilac Shrub

Missing Our Blu

While we were in Lexington, Kentucky, Grandma Bev was kind enough to watch our dog for us. Although it was just for a couple of days, we were all so happy to get our baby Blu back!

November 29, 2015

Our Lexington Adventure

Today, we headed down to Lexington, Kentucky in style! Since this was a business trip for Daddy, we got to take the Smucker company car which just so happens to be a giant Ford Flex! When you're used to taking trips in a compact Honda Civic, being in a ginormous (and fully loaded) SUV is a real treat!

Ford Flex is AWESOME!

When we got into Lexington, we decided to have dinner at the fabulous Bella Notte. The food was MARVELOUS, darling!

Bella Notte in Lexington

Although the kids liked dinner, they were pretty anxious to get back the hotel to swim. The pool at Lexington's Embassy Suites is just what they had dreamed of and more! Here they are in the glass elevator rearing to go:

Ready to Get into the Pool

Check out the video below for a few moments of their pool-time fun:

November 27, 2015

Best Black Friday Deal Ever

After my digital camera met its demise a few months back, I have been pinching pennies in order to buy a new one. I can't tell you how excited I was to find this Sony a6000 as an Amazon Black Friday deal through Amazon. I love this thing!

My New Camera

November 26, 2015

Not a Baby Anymore

Porter is looking more and more like a little man these days. Sometimes it really breaks my heart that he's not my baby boy anymore...

Porter Growing Up
This digital scrapbook creation was made possible by Melissa Bennett's "Harvest Moon" quick page album.

Thanksgiving Wishes

To all our friends, family, and fellow bloggers... Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Stella

November 25, 2015

Love These Two

This probably my favorite photo of 2015...

Porter & Stella Love

On Break

Porter is officially on Thanksgiving break. Let the festivities begin!

Porter Wendell

November 20, 2015

Keeps Me Laughing

Stella always keeps me laughing while we wait for Porter in pick-up line. This just cracked me up:

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

Wow! What a book! Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago is a real treasure for any family bookshelf. I highly recommend!

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing Book

Sassy Pants

Oh, this child!

November 15, 2015

Booth Buddies

These two rarely get to sit together at restaurants (for our sake and the sake of all the patrons), but today we made an exception while at Dravenstott's Restaurant located right here in Orrville. They actually behaved quite well with one another.

Porter & Stella

Wagon Ride

Our kids are always down for a wagon ride.

Stella & Porter in the Wagon

Early Decorating

For the last few years now, our Christmas tree seems to get put up a week earlier than the year before. If we keep at this rate, we'll be putting it up in October by the time Stella starts preschool!

Our Christmas Tree is Up... Already!

November 9, 2015

Play in the Leaves

What a great day to play in the leaves, and to our children's delight, we have an ample supply!

Porter & Stella in the Leaves

November 2, 2015

Getting to Work

I ran in the house for less than 3 minutes to check on dinner. When I came back outside, I found that Porter had gotten out Daddy's wagon, a few shovels, and a bucket so he could "get to work on the hill." Oh, this kid! He LOVES dirt!

Porter Digging on the Hill

October 29, 2015

Stella's Recycled Entertainment

While I was vacuuming, Stella raided the recycling bin and found an apple cider container. Of course, even though she has lots of toys, this empty jug entertained her for over an hour!

Apple Cider Jug Fun

October 22, 2015

Brian & Blu

Oh ,this dog... she is one spoiled pup!

Blu Needs Love

October 11, 2015

2015 Wayne County Farm Tour

On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, we had the opportunity to participate in Wayne County's 2015 Farm Tour. We checked out the Ron Grosjean Farm & Museum, Moreland Fruit Farm, and Troutman Winery & Vineyard. It was a GREAT day!

Farm Tour Collage

Fantastic Freckles

I just love this guy and his fantastic freckles!

Porter Wendell

Sunshine-Filled

On this incredible, sunshine-filled morning, we headed a mile down the road to Gailey Park so they kids could romp and play.

Playground Porter

It couldn't have been a more beautiful day!

Playground Stella

October 10, 2015

Longaberger Visit

On this absolutely gorgeous fall day, we headed down to Frazeysburg, Ohio with Grandma Bev to visit the Longaberger Homestead. Stella was beyond impressed with this giant basket filled with apples!

Gigantic Longaberger Basket

October 6, 2015

Best Dressed Daddy & Daughter

Oh, these two! They just love to coordinate outfits:

Best Dressed Duo

Biker Babe

Stella thought she was hot stuff today on her big brother's bike!

Stella on Porter's Bike

October 4, 2015

Those Darn Car Rides

Stella has been going non-stop today. She had no interest in taking a nap, but those darn car rides really do her in!

Sleepy Stella

Our Favorite Park

Have I mentioned how much we love Secrest Arboretum? We enjoyed yet another beautiful visit there today and even enticed Grandma Bev to come along too.

Porter at Secrest Arboretum

Porter has a long list of things he must climb when he gets to Secret. Of course, this tortoise would have to make the list.

October 2, 2015

The Biggest Story

I just purchased a fantastic new children's book written by Kevin DeYoung and illustrated by Don Clark called The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden.

The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden

This story is gorgeously written, and the pictures are EXTRAORDINARY. I highly recommend!