Colorado, Family, Life in Holland Michigan, Strawberry Loves The Great Outdoors, Travel

Timelapse video of 3+ months

I took all the JPEGs still on my camera from the last 3.5 months and made them into a timelapse movie.


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Maine 2019 Pt 2

Ann, Will, & Maggie arrived on Tuesday so the whole clan was together in town.


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Maine 2019 Pt 1

It took us about five hours to drive from the New Hampshire mountains to Stonington.


Astrophotography, Family, Travel

Two Days in New Hamster

En route to Maine (more on that later), we made our first visit to New Hampshire, which Leah adorably calls “New Hamster.”



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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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


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: 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: February 2019

Here are some of my favorite pictures from February:


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: 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: 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

Christmas 2018 – Holland

Christmas 2018 – Milford

Christmas 2018 – Rochester