Family

Leah Spring Soccer 2019

Leah played in Park Township’s soccer league in April/May. It was a fun season, but as usual for Michigan, featured a few games/practices that were freezing cold, and a few that were blazing hot.

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Colorado, Family, Travel

Spring Break 2019: Colorado

Colorado Springs

We spent the first half of the week in Colorado Springs.

Le Baguette in Old Colorado City
The Penny Arcade in Manitou Springs was a blast and is a must-visit.
The Love Tester didn’t turn out so well for 3/4 of us.
Park in Manitou Springs
Dat’s Italian in Old Colorado City: awesome food and service.
Cave of the Winds

Loveland

Midweek, we headed up to Loveland to stay with Auntie Car and Unkie Doo. We hadn’t been there since Aly was just a toddler, but we had a blast as we always did on previous visits.

After a great week in Colorado, I dropped the girls off at DEN and then picked up my friend Tom for our adventure at Great Sand Dunes National Park, which is coming up in the next post.

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Best Pictures Monthly, Family, Life in Holland Michigan

Best Pictures: March 2019

Here are some of my favorite pictures from March.

Shot from my GRR-DEN flight in early March
And from my return flight a week later.
Our annual visit to the Holland St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saugatuck Dunes State Park, looking north along Lake Michigan towards Holland.

Black River Carnival

Always a hit with our kids (now just kid), Leah brought a friend to the elementary carnival at Black River. Leah even won one of the big door prizes in the raffle.

Leah found a new friend at a local playground.

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Best Pictures Monthly, Family

Best Pictures: February 2019

Here are some of my favorite pictures from February:

Sledding

A rainy evening view from our kitchen

Odyssey of the Mind

For the past few months, Leah has been on an Odyssey of the Mind team with some other kids from Black River. Their OotM team finished their season with a competition at Wayland High School in February, and they did a great job.

Just Leah being Leah
and Aly being Aly

Aly Choir Concert

February featured another fun performance from the Black River choirs.

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Best Pictures Monthly, Family

Best Pictures: January 2019

Here are some of my favorite pictures I took in January:

Leah’s 8th Birthday

Leah celebrated her 8th birthday with a party at BAM, with bowling, pizza, cupcakes, ice cream, presents, laser tag, and arcade time.

On her actual birthday, she celebrated at home with balloons and presents.

Aly and Bob/Catrick/Unnamed Cat
Late January was very cold and filled with snow days of no school

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Best Pictures Monthly, Colorado, Family

Best Pictures: December 2018

Here are some of my favorite pictures from December:

Aly’s winter Choir Concert

In search of dark skies, a couple of friends and I headed east from Colorado Springs in early December to a tiny little park called Paint Mines Interpretive Park, where we shot pictures of the distant windmills and the night sky. It was very cold, but lots of fun.

Paint Mines Interpretive Park at twilight, Colorado
Paint Mines Interpretive Park at twilight, Colorado
Paint Mines Interpretive Park night sky, Colorado. The red lights are the windmills, and the streaks around them are planes – lots of planes heading to DEN.
Leah as a wise man.
The “new” Christmas stair picture, from David and J’aime’s house. Lots of Matilo clan!
The Great Grandkids
um…

Christmas 2018 – Holland

Christmas 2018 – Milford

Christmas 2018 – Rochester

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Best Pictures Monthly, Colorado, Family, Life in Holland Michigan

Best Pictures: November 2018

Here are some of my favorite pictures I took in November:

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Family

Halloween 2018

As has become tradition, Leah trick or treats for half the time, then we come home to hand out candy. We also got a quick trunk or treat in first, with a horse ride and s’mores!

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Family

Leah’s 2018 Fall Soccer Season

Leah’s team improved a ton during the season, and the girls had a lot of fun as well. Here’s the proof:

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Family

Aly’s 2018 Volleyball Season

I got to attend some of Aly’s 7th grade volleyball matches this year, which was quite a bit of fun. She really started to enjoy it by the end of the season, which makes her volleyball-loving parents happy. Here are some pictures I captured.

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