Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pella Tulip Time 2016

This was my first time to any Tulip Festivals.  I grew up in Michigan near Holland Tulip Time and I thought this would be all tulips and people dressed in dutch costumes.  It was worth it to go.



Here are some girls doing a Dutch dance.


And this is Iowa so there are tractors.


And purple tractors.  Look up Tim Hawkings Pretty Pink Tractor when you are board.


And a huge flea market, well craft market.  I miss real flee markets with old stuff.  The girls wanted these chairs for their dolls.  Not at $18 each darlings.  We can make that.  That was my issue there, most of the stuff I could make that I liked or at least knew how to make on the cheaper side of things.


Yes there were tulips.  They were pretty.  Height of season wat 2 weeks ago.


I have the stuff to make this but I was happy to cool off with the refills and help out the boy scouts. the tall guy in train shirt is our tour guide and Ryans brother Jeff.  He made the trip really good.

 Root Beer and Cream Soda were yummy.  Anna lives in that UTLX hat of Daddies.  She has claimed them as her own.


There was your carny food there and some authentic stuff too like fried meats and donut like things.  I don't remember the names but you get the idea.



Play grounds are a good thing where kids can climb and play.  Then us adults can rest and chat.  This place was huge.  There was also a pay play ground for little ones and bounce houses.  We are dutch so we like free.


More tulips and Lilly has the cream soda.  Look a tractor.


There was a parade and I am glad to see our troops.  They deserve our respect.


Local bands, Anna enjoyed seeing the flute players since that is what she is playing next year in 6th grade.


Floats and windmills of course.  We didn't go in the windmill, way too many people.  It looked beautiful.  Jon kept pointing out its flags.


More dutch people in the parade.



My way to ride...






We got to see family too, that is another post.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sunday Drive part 2

Here is what I took with the Nikon D3200.  I want to look up how to take night picture too.


A tree through a combine?  How long was that there?


Someone is watching me.


Where is my camera?


The epitome of Iowa, tractors in the field.


Got to stop and take pictures of lawn art.  I think this is a pullman and a boxcar in someone's yard.



My beautiful daughter, her world is so young and new.  She amazes me with her fresh perspective on life.


A cool two track, reminds me of being in Michigan.  


The focus on this Nikon D3200 is really good.  Oh yes this is another train picture, I had a boxcar, I had to find something to pull it...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Drive

We got a new camera this spring and it kept saying lens not attached even after taking pictures for a while so I went for a drive to take pictures of these great looking flowers this spring and try to replicate the problem.  I had a our Nikon D3200 and Anna had her dad's Olympus.  Here are a few of the pictures Anna took.



Jon came too.  He wasn't happy we dropped Lilly off at a birthday party at a bounce house and he had to come with me.


Lilly keeps calling dandelions sunflowers.


He got happier later on with Anna hanging out with him.  He is such a cute ham.


We went past places with chickens, donkeys, horses and goats.  We even found a peacock graveyard.  I thought that was too creepy to take a picture of and so did Anna.


There are some interesting things in peoples yards.


And the wind goes through your hair at 30 miles an hour.


I thought this was such a cool train picture off of Mitchell.


Machinery at the local junk yard.


A cool stack of cars.


She was on the other side of the van and took that picture.  This reminds me of the dolphin tree on at the cabin my in laws Lois and Larry have in Manistee.


I will put up the pictures I took tomorrow.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

How to Save Money during Spring Break

I have 3 kids and 2 of them are in school.  When I was young Spring Break ment sleeping in and running around outside.  Now it seems like road trips and Disney Land.  Well that is what I thought but I don't think its as true.

Here are some ideas we are thinking of this week:

Movie Theater - It offers discounted admissions on Tuesday to everyone, Thursday for students and one of the insurance agencies American Family has a special movie for $3 or free with their discount page.

Grout Museum - $1 to each one to get it in or a discount of $60 for a year membership which is ASTC reciprocating program of 350 museums in 20 countries.  We have gone to Shed Aquarium and Field Museum in Chicago with that and the COSI in Ohio.

Projects - Our neighbor gave us a dresser and we are going to convert it to a shelf for the girls for their bedding and towels.

Books - we enjoy reading and Anna is the co captain of the Battle of the Books so there are a few she needs to finish before the end of the week.

Homework - Anna has Math and Lilly gets to work on her Journal which consists of glued in stuff and glitter maybe.  Also practicing her letters.

warm sunday

 Today we took advantage of the warm day to work on building projects.






Monday, February 15, 2016

Kids Hutch - Finished

I got miffed that I didn't get the door to close but yes I did finish it.  Ever work so hard on something and then just kind of give up in the last step?

Turns out it doesn't matter the door doesn't close perfectly.


It won't, too many Legos in there along with dreams, friends and neighborhoods.



 I put my heart into this and I am not perfect but it is ok.



The bottom doors close fine. They hide Lilly's treasured jewelry she got from Aunt Fran and our Cousins Betsy and Kathy.



Friday, December 18, 2015