Life in Holland Michigan

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Figured I should photograph tulips sometime during Tulip Time

Well, we’ve had a busy past few days. Aly danced Friday night at Centennial Park, twice at the same park on Saturday, which also hosted an art festival, and we also spent a bunch of time at Kinderplaats on a beautiful Saturday, with Grandma Jan and Grandpa Bill there to help share the fun. Today, Aly danced twice more, this time at Kollen Park on the stage during another visit to Kinderplaats, with surprise guests Lizzy and Kevin.

Friday Night Dancing

Nora was excited to dance

Nora was excited to dance

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Flying Leah I

Flying Leah I

Flying Leah II

Flying Leah II

Six pairs of socks and wooden shoes are not as comfortable as flip flops

Six pairs of socks and wooden shoes are not as comfortable as flip flops

This is Aly's eating-fries-serious face

This is Aly’s eating-fries-serious face

After Aly’s performance, we headed down 8th Street to find the good carney food. We had a selection of fried goodness, highlighted by a red velvet funnel cake, which was truly amazing. Life changing, emotionally and cardiovascularly.

Kinderplaats

Kinderplaats is the “children’s festival” on the Saturday/Sunday of the opening weekend of the Tulip Time Festival. We’ve been going there since before Aly was born with Devin, but our kids love it. It moved to Kollen Park a few years ago and is packed with fun free things for kids to do, though not everything is free. We began with a tour of various county and local vehicles.

Ladder Truck Basket

Ladder Truck Basket

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Kinderplaats at Tulip Time 2015

Sheriff's Boat II

Sheriff’s Boat II

Sheriff's Boat

Sheriff’s Boat

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County Plow Truck

County Plow Truck

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Hopefully the only ambulance ride for these two!

Hopefully the only ambulance ride for these two!

Feeding Goats and Sheep

Feeding Goats and Sheep

Farmer John's Farm Show, a true highlight of Kinderplaats every year

Farmer John’s Farm Show, a true highlight of Kinderplaats every year

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Sno Cone = Happiness

Sno Cone = Happiness

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Grandma Jan helping Leah decorate her hardhat

Grandma Jan helping Leah decorate her hardhat

Tulip Time 2015The Lakeshore Makers had a booth with a 3-D printer working, and also stations for kids to make Big Red-shaped buttons that were actually circuit boards. Aly picked her LED light choice from five, then Harvey helped her assemble the switch, battery, resistor and LED onto the board with a soldering iron. She loved it!

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Leah then took a turn at the bounce house, which is one of the things you actually have to pay for, but was well worth the money.

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Saturday Dancing at Centennial Park

Jan & Bill's friends Don and Bonnie met us at the park

Jan & Bill’s friends Don and Bonnie met us at the park

After the first performance, we toured the booths filling the park. Aly worked hard selecting some clothes for her American Girl dolls, but I suggested to Leah that we head to the Sandcastle toy store downtown for her to find something. We did that and picked up some fudge on the way back through the park, which the group snacked on while we waited for the second performance time to start.

Aly takes shopping seriously

Aly takes shopping seriously

Snack Time!

Snack Time!

Grandpa Bill holds a spot in the front row for Aly's performance

Grandpa Bill holds a spot in the front row for Aly’s performance

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Leah figured out a new way to drink from a water bottle

Leah figured out a new way to drink from a water bottle

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Leah shows off her two new friends, both named "Baby Paci Blankie"

Leah shows off her two new friends, both named “Baby Paci Blankie”

Sunday at Kollen Park

Aly's pre-show concentration face

Aly’s pre-show concentration face

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Figured I should photograph tulips sometime during Tulip Time

Figured I should photograph tulips sometime during Tulip Time

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Aly teaches Auntie Lizzy how to do the kinderdance

Aly teaches Auntie Lizzy how to do the kinderdance. I have video of this as well which I will produce at some point.

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Finally, The Carnival

UFO Flying

UFO Flying

Hi Daddy!

Hi Daddy!

Woohoo

Woohoo

Happy Motorcycling

Happy Motorcycling

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