December 27, 2016

The Henry Clay Estate

For the last couple of days, Grandma Bev has been visiting with us down here in Lexington. We thought she would enjoy touring Ashland, the former mansion of renowned politician Henry Clay. This is truly a magnificent house, and our tour was excellent. I highly recommend!

Lexington's Ashland Mansion

Miss Personality

Here's just a bunch of random photos of our baby girl:

Stella Bella

Stella the Photographer

Stella actually took this lovely picture all by herself:

Daddy at Lunch

Hair Net & Safety Glasses

Stella's favorite part of visiting Daddy's office is wearing his hair net and safety glasses!

Stella with Safety Glasses

December 26, 2016

Looks Like Trouble

These ladies look like trouble:

Grandma Bev and Stella
This digital scrapbook creation was made possible by Melissa Bennett's "Grow" quick page album.

December 24, 2016

Bunny Snuggling on Christmas Eve

For Christmas break, we headed back home to northeast Ohio to visit with our friends and family. Here's Stella all dressed up for Christmas Eve dinner at Grandma Bev's house. She is holding her cousins' new bunny and loving every minute of it!

Bunny Love

December 15, 2016

Stella's Ornament

Check out this beautiful ornament Stella made for us at preschool:

Stella's Ornament

What a thoughtful gift! Daddy and I will treasure this forever!

December 10, 2016

The Power of Dum-Dums

Oh, the power of Dum-Dums! They can turn grumpy, tired babies into sweet, energized lovebugs!

Porter & Stella with Dum-Dums

December 9, 2016

First Kentucky Snowfall

We've now experienced our first snowfall in Kentucky!

Stella in the Snow

December 3, 2016

2016 Christmas Card

Here's the front of our 2016 Christmas card made by my favorite stationary company, Tiny Prints:

Front of Christmas Card

These pictures were taken while visiting Isle of Palms beach. Check out the back of the card:

Back of Christmas Card

December 2, 2016

Porter's First Grade Picture

Porter's first-grade school picture is finally here, and I'm loving it!

Porter's First Grade Pic

December 1, 2016

Southern Lights

Tonight, we had the opportunity to check out Kentucky Horse Park's annual Southern Lights Holiday Festival. It was amazing!

Not only were the Christmas lights superb, but there was also lots of cool things for the kids to do. We got to take a train ride as a family, Stella rode a pony, and Porter got to ride a full-size camel! Check it out below:

There was also a petting zoo that we all really enjoyed. Check out the video below of the kids feeding lots of different animals such as goats, kangaroos, and a zebra! 

November 25, 2016

Taking It All In

This is our last day in South Carolina, and even though there have been many high points through the week, today's adventures certainly topped them all. Here's hoping to visit again soon!

Daddy, Porter & Stella in the Distance

Finding Sea Shells at Morris Island

Morris Island was amazing! The seashells you can find here are just incredible. We all found a few keepers worthy of taking home.

Seashells at Morris Island

Morris Island Lighthouse

The first Morris Island Lighthouse was built at the southern entrance of Charleston in 1767. However, due to the fierce battles of the Civil War, it was destroyed. The second lighthouse, which you can see in the pictures below, was built in 1876.

Daddy & Porter at Morris Island

Although the beacon has long since been extinguished, the Morris Island Lighthouse is still quite a sight to behold.

Stella and the Morris Island Lighthouse

Boat Ride out to Morris Island

After enjoying our time at Folly Beach, we chartered a boat ride out to Morris Island. It was a blast, and we got to see several dolphins along the way.

Riding to Morris Island

Check out the video below for a sweet moment of Stella loving on her brother:

Folly Beach

I could get used to life at Folly Beach! So could the kids...

Playing at Folly Beach

Also, we found several great shells, tons of hermit crabs, and 2 shark teeth while we were there. It's a fantastic beach!

November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Dinner in Charleston

Here's my boy and me enjoying our Thanksgiving dinner at the beautiful California Dreaming restaurant overlooking the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina:

Momma & Porter

November 23, 2016

Carriage Ride through Charleston

For our first trip to Charleston, we thought it would be fun to take a carriage ride through the city. Our horse was wonderful, but our tour guide... not so much. At least the kids had a good time, and we got to see some beautiful sites.

Kids in the Carriage

The video below is of us saying hello to our lovely carriage driver:

Taking Photos at Isle of Palms

This morning, we dressed the kids up and took them to the beautiful beach on Isle of Palms. Our goal was to get a few half-decent photos of these little stinkers for our annual Christmas card.

Little Weirdos

Praise the Lord! We got more than a few good ones!

One Handsome Boy

I got several pictures of the kids holding hands. I just love that!

Holding Hands at the Beach

I saved the best pictures for the Christmas card, but I think these all came out pretty well too.

Love These Kids

Oh, this girl! It's hard to tell from the photos below, but she was absolutely covered in sand by the time we left the beach, including her face and hair!

Sandy Stella
These digital scrapbook creations were made possible by Melissa Bennett's "Carolina Coast" quick pages.

November 22, 2016

Swinging Around

While at Deep Water Vineyard, the kids found an adorable horse swing to try out.

Check out the video below of Stella having a fantastic time on the swing:

Deep Water Vineyard

After enjoying the Charleston Tea Plantation, we headed over to Deep Water Vineyard which is also located on Wadmalaw Island.

Porter & Daddy at Deep Water Vineyard

This place was great! Brian and I enjoyed tasting all of their muscadine wines, while the kids got to say hello to their friendly farm animals.

Charleston Tea Plantation

After visiting Angel Oak Tree, we then headed to the Charleston Tea Plantation located on Wadmalaw Island. We took a trolley tour of the estate, and it was wonderful!

Porter & Stella on the Man O' War Trolley

We thought it was hilarious that our trolley was named Man O' War. If you've spent any time in Lexington, Kentucky, you know the name of Man O' War, arguably the greatest thoroughbred race horse of all time. Turns out, the Charleston Tea Plantation actually purchased the trolley from Keeneland, which is Lexington's famous race track. 

Porter & Stella on the Trolley

On the trolley tour, we got a chance to make a stop at the greenhouse and see how new tea plants are grown. Below, you can also see the kids acting like little weirdos... which is pretty common for them to do when I have the camera out!

Checking out the Greenhouse

Angel Oak Tree

This morning, we had the opportunity to visit Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island.

Angel Oak Tree with the Family

This amazing tree is in excess of 500 years old! It really was awe-inspiring.

Angel Oak Tree in November

Catching a Ride Back

While at Isle of Palms, we walked, and walked, and walked some more! On the way back, Stella got tired. Good thing Daddy's always there to help her out.

Stella on Daddy's Shoulders

Sweet & Rascally

Oh, this boy! He is as sweet and rascally as he looks!

And those eyelashes... I just can't get enough of them!

These digital scrapbook creations were made possible by Melissa Bennett's "Life Is Boys" quick pages.

Isle of Palms Beach

Before heading out for today's adventures, we thought we'd take a stroll along the beach of Isle of Palms. It was glorious!

While there, Stella put her weird side on full display. Oh my goodness, this girl is too much!

November 21, 2016

Fort Sumter National Monument

After touring Patriots Point, we then boarded a paddleboat headed for Fort Sumter .

Ft. Sumter National Monument

I can't say we were all that impressed with Ft. Sumter (mainly because we were pretty tired and hungry at this point), but I'm glad we were able to add it to our travel log.

The Family at Ft. Sumter National Monument

Here's a random photo that I like (for no distinguishable reason) taken while at Ft. Sumter:

Enjoying the Boat Ride

Here's Stella enjoying the boat ride over to Fort Sumter National Monument:

Stella Bella

USS Clamagore Submarine

Our last stop at Patriots Point was to visit the USS Clamagore Submarine (SS-343). In 1945, this sub began its 30 years of service during the Cold War.

Boarding the USS Clamagore Submarine

The spaces were pretty tight, but it was fun to go through.

The Kids inside the USS Clamagore Submarine

USS Laffey Destroyer

After checking out the aircraft carrier, we then boarded the USS Laffey Destroyer (DD-742), the most decorated World War II era US Destroyer still in existence.

USS Laffey Destroyer

Of course, the kids loved looking all around the inside of the ship.

Stella inside the USS Laffey Destroyer

Here's Porter giving me a wave from the top of the destroyer, aptly nicknamed "The Ship That Would Not Die."

Porter on Top of the USS Laffey Destroyer

USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier

We had a wonderful time exploring the USS Yorktown Air Craft Carrier at Patriot's Point. There was so much to see! There was also so much walking, and so many tiny staircases... the kids (and Mommy) were so totally over it by the end!

Captain Porter

Here's Porter in the captain's chair on the USS Yorktown:

Porter on the USS Yorktown

I liked both of these pictures so much, I couldn't pick between the two. So you get blessed with a double dose of Captain Porter. You're welcome!

One Good-Looking Kid