September 28, 2015

Night at Ramseyer Farms

After Porter's ice skating lessons, we then headed over to Ramseyer Farms for Orrville's PTO family night.

Playing at Ramseyer Farms

There is so much to do at Ramseyer's for children of all ages. Both Porter and Stella had a great time!

Stella on the Hay Tractor

Ice Skating Porter

Three weeks ago, Porter started ice skating lessons at the Alice Noble Ice Arena in Wooster. He's really enjoying the classes and has already surpassed his mother's skating abilities (which, truth be known, are non-existent).

Porter Learning to Ice Skate

Even though Porter has taken a few good falls on the ice, he has gotten up each time with a smile on his face. We are very proud of his efforts as well as his attitude!

September 27, 2015

Glorious Fall Day

To enjoy the perfection of today's weather, we headed over to Freelander Park in Wooster. The kids loved being on the playground, and Porter even found a great tree to climb. Fall is here and it is glorious!

Porter Climbing a Tree
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Loving Our New Fire Pit

The fire pit is just about complete, and it is WONDERFUL! Way to go, Daddy!

Finishing Touches on the Fire Pit

September 25, 2015

Quick Hello

On our way home from dropping Porter off at school, Stella and I regularly stop by Daddy's office for a quick hello since it's on the way. It is SUCH a blessing to live and work in the same community!

Visiting Daddy at Work
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September 23, 2015

First Library Card

Porter just started an art class at the Orrville Public Library held on Wednesday afternoons. He seems to really like the class, and since we were there (and Mommy was being a bit pushy), Porter decided to sign up for his very first library card!

Porter at the Library
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September 22, 2015

Blu Laughs

I told Blu the best joke today! Don't believe me? Just look at her reaction!

Blu Laughs at Joke
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September 21, 2015

Porter's Service Projects

This week, Porter was asked to complete two service projects for Character Education Week at school. For his first project, he swept out his grandparent's garage (and did a right fine job at it as well).

Porter Delivering Flowers

For his second project, Porter knew he wanted to do something nice for his favorite 99-year old neighbor, Mrs. Clinton. After brainstorming a few ideas, Porter decided that bringing her a bouquet of flowers was the perfect choice. Above, you can see him standing on her stoop, waiting for her to open the door to his surprise. It was a very sweet moment.

Neglected Blog

Our poor blog has been neglected over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, this has been due to our computer AND camera meeting their demise within just a few days of one another. This has been so discouraging to my soul.

Stella Bella
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On the positive note, we have now replaced our computer with one that works much better than the last, but we're a ways off from being able to buy a new camera. Praise the Lord for being able to take half-way decent photos with the iPhone!

September 20, 2015

Building the Fire Pit

Daddy has been working hard in our yard... AGAIN! He's putting in a fit pit for us to enjoy during these beautiful fall nights.

Our New Fire Pit

I just LOVE this guy! He can do it all!

Brian Building a Fire Pit

September 8, 2015

90 Degree Winter Wear

Porter and Stella's winter coats, hats, gloves, and boots came in the mail today from one of our FAVORITE children's stores, Carter's. Even though it's 90 degrees outside, both kiddos wanted to try on their new winter wear. I love this picture of Porter in his boots and shorts!

Porter in His Winter Wear

Stella was also quite fond of her new duds and had no interest in taking them off... no matter how hot it was outside!

Stella's Winter Clothes

September 5, 2015

Fulfilling First Year

It was on this day one year ago that we got the keys to our beloved Orrville home. It's been a wild first year with all of the many projects we've taken on, both inside and out, but seeing everything come together has been quite fulfilling. I am excited to see what the next year will bring!

Blu in the Corner Garden

September 4, 2015

Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Today was Bring-Your-Dog-to-Work Day at Smucker's, so Blu got to experience life at Daddy's office. Of course, being the dignified Sheltie that Blu is, she remained well-behaved, quiet and reserved (mostly staying under Brian's desk so she wouldn't have to interact with the less demure dogs). She is one prissy pup!

Blu at Smucker's

Smucker's recent acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands has been a great blessing to Blu. Just look at all of the free doggie treats she has scored:

Doggie Treats from Big Heart Pet Brands
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September 2, 2015

Stella's 30-Month Well Visit

This afternoon, Stella had her 30-month well visit. She is now 34 inches in height (26th percentile), 27 pounds in weight (37th percentile), and has a head circumference of 47.5 centimeters (32nd percentile). 

Stella at Her Well Visit

Dr. Russell asked if Stella is always so pleasant and good-natured. I told her that she is in which she replied, "What a blessing!" I couldn't agree more!