Life in Holland Michigan, Strawberry Loves The Great Outdoors

Saugatuck Dunes State Park in Winter

I got out to the dunes twice for sunset in February, even convincing Aly to come with me the second time.

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Best Pictures: November 2018

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

Fall colors at Van Raalte Farm
Fall colors at Van Raalte Farm

While in Colorado Springs, I got to do a photoshoot for a friend at the Broadmoor Resort. After it wrapped up, I stuck around and did a bit of night shooting from the hotel.

The Broadmoor Resort at night. Colorado Springs, CO.
The Broadmoor Resort at night. Colorado Springs, CO.

I also finally visited Garden of the Gods on a very snowy Saturday morning. It’s a spectacular spot right in Colorado Springs.

Leah at the annual Black River skating party
We got to celebrate Grandma Jan’s birthday with her in Rochester, before heading to Ann Arbor to take the kids to their first (Leah) and second (Aly) Michigan game on a freezing November day.
We got up on the big screen several times, and Leah even got on TV when we first got to the stadium.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Boatwerks in Holland
Catrick/Bob/Cat With No Name in his adopted home.
Our backyard Christmas lights
A snowy and blowy night at the Holland Parade of Lights

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Life in Holland Michigan

Trick or Treat Trail at the Outdoor Discovery Center

This is a newer tradition, but it’s a great one. The Outdoor Discover Center is a fantastic asset just south of Holland, and they host a Halloween event every year. It was a blast!

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Life in Holland Michigan

Halloween at Van Raalte Farm 2018

As is also tradition, we spent the Friday evening before Halloween at Van Raalte Farm’s annual Halloween event.

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Post Family Farm Pumpkin Patch 2018

As with every year, we made an early October visit to Post Family Farm for pumpkins, donuts, games, and… kittens?

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The Many Faces of Maggie

We were lucky to have Maggie G come stay with us for a few days in Holland. The three girls had lots of fun – as we did we two adults.

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Post Family Farm Pumpkin Patch

As with most recent years, we made an October visit to Post Family Farm for the playgrounds, animals, hay rides, and pumpkins.

But mostly the donuts. All the donuts.

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My Recent Trip to Michigan

After having been away since Memorial Day, I recently spent two weeks in Michigan with the girls. I saw the dazzling total solar eclipse on a Monday (my advice: never miss a chance to be in the path of totality for a total solar eclipse!), worked part of Tuesday, and then headed up to the top of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to spend a few hours photographing the night sky. Here’s one picture for now – more coming on that later in a future post:

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October Family Time in Michigan

After a quick business trip to Tulsa, I spent the last week of October in Michigan, because the girls wanted me to be there for Halloween.

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Life in Holland Michigan

State Tree Climbing Competition

This post is not any sort of recap of the Michigan Tree Climbing Championships, just a few pictures of the girls at Kids’ Climb part of the event, which gives kids a chance to rope climb up into the trees under the guidance of an expert. The event is right around the corner from our house at Prospect Park, and Aly was excited for it to return after discovering it last year.

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