Life in Holland Michigan, Strawberry Loves The Great Outdoors

Sand + Ice = Interesting Photos

These pictures were taken in March 2013 at Saugatuck State Park. The ice along the beach had broken up and was being battered by 4 or 5 feet waves driven by a strong and cold wind. There were areas of open water along the beach, small pools amid the thick ice blocks, and there were very thin chunks of sand coated ice bobbing through these pools. The dragging ice also left some very interesting patterns on the sand, both underwater and where it had pushed up on shore.

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Family

Bedhead

Need I say more?

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Life in Holland Michigan

Holland St Patrick’s Day Parade

It’s all about the cold

Well, that’s how it ends up anyway. It seems we freeze every year at the St Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Holland, despite the fact that the small scale of the parade means we can park right on the parade route and stay in the car until the parade starts. This year was no exception, with a breeze from the north making 27 degrees feel a lot colder. Aly decided that sitting on the curb waiting was too cold, so she got her booster seat and sat on that instead.

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Life in Holland Michigan, Strawberry Loves The Great Outdoors

Saugatuck State Park in Winter Redux

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Travel, Walt Disney World, WDW Feb 2013

DisneyWorld Feb 2013: A rainy end

Happy Valentine’s Day

Yes, I spent Valentine’s Day at DisneyWorld with my parents. Don’t judge me. Well, not the whole day, but more on that a bit later. We headed to Animal Kingdom and arrived a bit after park opening, making our way to the back of the park in a lighting misting rain. We got right in line for the Kiliminjaro Safari, where we had probably a fifteen minute wait before boarding our truck.

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Travel, Walt Disney World, WDW Feb 2013

DisneyWorld Feb 2013: Lucky Lucky

Wednesday marked the final day of the IRWD conference, where Neil & I took in some more great sessions on site design and user experience and ate some grape candy from the bowls conveniently located at our tables in the main room. The conference provided boxed lunches on this day, and we sat outside in the glorious Florida sunshine eating our lunch on the lawn, with a couple of fighting little lizards nearby.

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Food, Travel, Walt Disney World, WDW Feb 2013

DisneyWorld Feb 2013: Food trumps fireworks

Tuesday kicked off the beginning of the main parts of IRWD, which had some great sessions and an even better lunch with a new friend from Princess Auto up in Winnipeg. After the conference wrapped up for the day, I drove back to my Disneyworld hotel Port Orleans Riverside, where I wandered down to the pool and met my parents, who had driven over from Siesta KeyΒ to spend a couple days at WDW with me. We chatted for a while in the wonderful Florida sun and then headed to our rooms to get ready for our dinner and trip into the MK, with plans to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes.

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