Monday, September 19, 2011

Apple Holler!!

How it can possibly be Fall once again, and how we can possibly be expecting another Fall baby once again, and how it can possibly apple picking time again I do not know. But all of the above are true, so this weekend was our 4th annual trip to Apple Holler for apple picking, cider and donuts!  

Check out our previous trips to the Holla, and then enjoy some pictures from this year!

The 4 Handleys, soon to be 5.
The Handleys and the soon to be newlyweds!!

The Enchanted Forest

Holy Family Reunion- Linnea, Abbey and Helen
Daddy's Girl!
The wonderful return of reggae man!
It is not a trip to the Holla without Linnea's pie!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Violet is 2!!

We celebrated the big event family-style with a crayon birthday party for our little artist.  Crayons on the loose, paper on the walls, pizza, fruit salad and a crayon cake. Violet got to share her birthday with Great Grandpa Merwin again, as well!

First, the obligatory look back over the years...


And a few pictures from the party:

Getting Ready for Baby!

It seems that with each additional child, there is less preparation required.  Not much to buy, lots of clothes, toys, bouncy seats, carseats and excited siblings ready and waiting.  That said, every new baby deserves a few new things, and preparing is part of the fun!

We've been up to a bit of preparation in the past few's some of our progress:

Our dear friends the Baylors are moving to Scotland, and were kind enough to give us this dresser.  Julie showed up at our house a few days after Violet was born with a big bag of girl clothes that her daughter had outgrown, and continued to supply us with beautiful hand-me-downs for two years.  It seems a fitting gift that we should have a Baylor dresser in our house!  I still had cans of paint leftover from painting the nursery from Matias 4 years ago, so with a few coats of paint and a few Winnie the Pooh knobs, we have added a dresser to our matching nursery set!

Right now, our two kids share a sleeping room and a play room.  We are loathe to give up either at the moment, and since baby will be in with us for a few months, we are going to bide our time deciding on sleeping arrangements.  For the time being, the nursery will be in Mommy and Daddy's room.  The crib is up, the changing table and dressers filled with freshly-washed baby clothes.

A few more things came down from the attic today and are awaiting a trip through the washing machine.  We are just about we just have to wait for this little one to pick a birthday!

...and a quick shot of me and Baby #3 for those who requested it...

 Beyond The Picket Fence

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First Day of School 2011

Happy First Day of School 2011

Violet sporting her new mama-made backpack for her first day
Ready to go!
Matias- 3 1/2 years old

Violet- 2 this week!

Out for a special chocolate-chip pancake breakfast at the Bread Basket (where Matt and I used to go on breakfast dates as teenagers!) 

Friday, September 2, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
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