Friday, March 30, 2012

At the Table

Look who has joined us at the table!  

At The Library in Houghton, MI
Just like big sister!
Her highchair will never be that clean again.
Remember those apples we picked at Apple Holler back in September ?
The applesauce jars have had her name on them, waiting for this moment. (photo by Matias)

I don't think I'll be spoon-feeding her for long!

Monday, March 19, 2012

A New Bike

Every little boy needs a bicycle...

...and a sister to push you back up the hill!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Weekend Garden Journal

This is our 2012 beginning of Spring picture.

This year we are splitting our garden into three more manageable plots.  Each will be 6' by 16' with a 2' walkway of mulch between them, versus our 14' by 16' from last year.  We are hoping for a bit more organization (and less tomato-green bean warfare).  Here is what we accomplished today:

-pulled up landscape timbers
-took down fence (going to try without a fence this year)
-removed the buried soaker hose
-staked out the new garden beds
-bought/acquired lumber
-moved pavers and began to take up grass

Not a bad start for mid March.  Our next few weekends, however, are filled with travel and Easter, so we are hoping to get the beds in tomorrow, have dirt and compost delivered a week and a half from now, till and then put in the irrigation system.  Then we will be ready to plant.
Sunday Edit- Look, we did it!

We also need to move the strawberries to a sunnier location, plant some rhubarb and are hoping to put in a snacking garden in the front of the house for Violet, who loves to eat right out of the garden.   That will include eatible flowers, peas, beans, maybe some basil...we'll see what she decides on.

Linking up with Ginny's Garden Journal over at small things.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Soooo big!

Violet at 2 weeks.  She weighed 8 lbs, as did the bowling ball.

Violet at 2.5 years, carrying the 8 lb bowling ball!

Monday, March 5, 2012


This weekend we hosted a Surprise Birthday Party for Matt's parents.  Here are a few memories from the day...

Leis all the way from Hawaii- yes, they are real!

Beautiful flowers from a friend

Lots of food and cake!

More beauty from Hawaii

SURPRISE!  No, you're not really here to babysit!

"You lied to me!!"

Lots of friends and family

"You knew about this the whole time?!"

It takes a lot of people to light that many candles!

"Happy Birthday to You!"

It takes a lot of people to blow out that many candles, too!

The Birthday Kids

The Handley clan

Lots of cards and good wishes from friends.

We had a wonderful afternoon.  Happy Birthday Grandma and Papa!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

{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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