June 29, 2015

Homemade Lava Lamps

While Stella was taking her afternoon nap, Porter and I tried our hand at making lava lamps. They were pretty easy to make. We just used a jar, water, vegetable oil, food coloring, glitter, and then the super exciting ingredient... Alka-Seltzer tabs!

Making Homemade Lava Lamps

Check out the video below of our lava-rrific fun:

First Blueberries

We got our first (and probably our only) blueberries for this year. Yum!

This digital scrapbook creation was made possible by Melissa Bennett's "Summer Punch" quick page album.

June 28, 2015


Here's my silly little guy looking stinkerific as always!

Smiley Guy
This digital scrapbook creation was made possible by Melissa Bennett's "Sunshine" quick page album.

Family Walk at John Glenn Grove

This afternoon, we headed to Massillon for a family walk at John Glenn Grove. Even though it's almost July, we had to wear jackets. Oh, the joys of life in Ohio!

The Family at John Glenn Grove

After walking a good bit, Stella got bored. Thank goodness Daddy was there to liven things up a bit!

Stella LOVES to Ride on Daddy's Shoulders

June 26, 2015

15 Yards of Mulch

Who knew that moving 15 yards of mulch one wheelbarrow full at a time is neither quick nor fun?

Brian Moving Mulch

June 23, 2015

Paint Crazy

While the kids were drying off from the sprinkler, I thought it would be fun to grab an old sheet and let them go paint-crazy!

Sheet Painting

Sprinkler Moments

Our kids are water fanatics, so when I came across this silly sprinkler today, I had to buy it. It appears to have been a good investment (for $9 at Aldi)! 

Porter and the Sprinkler

Although Porter loved running through the sprinkler, he seemed to enjoy spraying his sister with the hoses the best. I guess that is what big brothers are for!

Spraying Stella with the Sprinkler Hoses

Check out the video below:

Stella's Suckers

Stella's absolute favorite candy are Dum Dums. One can last her over an hour!

Stella's Yellow Sucker
This digital scrapbook creation was made possible by Melissa Bennett's "Summer Punch" quick page album.

June 21, 2015

The Perfect Dog for Us

Blu really is the perfect dog for our family. The kids can walk her, but she never walks them. 

Porter Walking Blu

She's careful, thoughtful, gentle, and true. We love you dearly, our little dog Blu!

Darth Vader Has Nothing on You

Since Brian LOVES Star Wars, the kids and I thought these books would make excellent Father's Day presents:

Father's Day Presents for Daddy

Happy Father's Day, Daddy! We love you with a great force!

June 12, 2015

Porter's Safetyville Graduation

Today, Porter graduated from Orrville's Safetyville program! Safetyville is a week long fun and educational program sponsored by the Orrville YMCA, for the purpose of helping children going into kindergarten in the fall become more aware of general safety practices.

Porter's Safetyville Diploma

We are just so proud of you, Porter! You are going to ROCK kindergarten in the fall!

June 11, 2015

A Real Man

The kids and I went to have lunch with Daddy at work today. After pulling into the Smucker's parking, here's what we found:

Daddy's Bike at Work

Obviously, this is the bike of a man who is health-conscious and loves his babies. Now that's a REAL man, and I am certainly glad he's MINE!

Crazy Locks

Every morning, I put Stella on our bathroom counter and brush her crazy locks. This can take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes... seriously. This morning, I managed to distract her long enough with toys and my toothbrush to braid her hair. What a feat!

Braiding Stella's Hair
This digital scrapbook creation was made possible by Melissa Bennett's "Sunshine" quick page album.

June 6, 2015

Second Backyard Drain

After watching a massive downpour of rain occur earlier this week, Brian made the decision to add a second drain that runs through the middle of the soon-to-be playground area. 

The Second Ditch in Our Backyard

It seems that we are never at a loss for outdoor projects this year!

Our Second Drain

Check out the video below:

June 2, 2015

Throwing Sticks

This afternoon, the kids and I had a lovely walk through Johnson Woods State Nature Preserve.

The highlight of this little outing for Porter and Stella was finding sticks on the path and throwing them into the woods. This made for a long visit at the park, but at least they cleared the entire mile-long trail!