Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Grand Haven: An afternoon at the pier

I have always loved Grand Haven--walking the pier is one of my favorite things to do. On another daddy-daughter afternoon, we went out to Grand Haven and walked the pier. It was a bit rough, so we got splashed several times and Franny was thrilled, though it looks like she's screaming in the picture above.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Holland's "Big Red," up close and personal

I have seen "Big Red" many times, but it was always from the state park in Holland. I recently heard that the lighthouse had changed ownership and that now the public had an easement to visit the grounds of the actual lighthouse, so I decided to take Frances and give that a try. It was well worth the visit. Its a bit of a challenge to get to the lighthouse, because parking is very limited and its a half mile hike to actually get to the lighthouse, but we did it and it was a great afternoon adventure. Here are some of the pictures.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Dinner at "The Bib"

Franny's daycare teacher Miss Chris wanted to make sure Franny got to enjoy a meal at "The Bib" on Gun Lake, which is a restaurant we don't frequent. Anyway, she gave us a gift certificate and said she wanted to see pictures of Franny at "The Bib." So here goes...

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Tulip Time

Here are some pictures from Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan. It's kind of funny, but I've never had much to do with Tulip Time, and this is the first time I've ever actually been in Holland during Tulip Time. My mother was from Holland, and so many of the locals look at Tulip Time as an absolute zoo and a nuisance, that it was never something I'd wanted to participate in. My mother always told horror stories of the blisters she'd get on her feet from while wearing wooden shoes, and marching in parades, it never seemed appealing until Franny came around. One of these years, I'm going to put her in a dutch costume and take her picture by the tulips.
We went to Veldheer's, and got Frances her own pair of wooden shoes. She wasn't interested in wearing them for very long.

Here's Suzanne and Frances at Centennial Park in downtown Holland, by a bunch of orange tulips. Frances did not want to be set down at all. Crowds still make her nervous.
Frances enjoyed Kollen Park on Lake Mackatawa more than she did Centennial Park, because there were no crowds. Here she is, checking out the tulips. Tulips are everywhere in Holland during Tulip Time. My great grandfather used to work for the Holland City Parks Department, and it was his job to plant the tulip bulbs along the streets and sidewalks of the city. If you're caught picking in tulip in Holland during Tulip Time, the fine is $35, per tulip. Once some poor man was in the news because he had a car accident and his car skidded into one of the city's tulip beds, and his fine was in the thousands.
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