Monday, May 7, 2012

Holland Tulip Festival 2012

Greenwood Commune Goes on Vacation      

There is a picture of me somewhere in an old photo album at the age of 2, white-blonde, on a sunny day, sitting in the middle of a field of tulips in Holland, MI.  I think I had that image in mind when I suggested to Mike that we visit the Tulip Festival 35 years later, with our own little girls.  Well, we made the trip this weekend, not only with our own kids, but with 6 other neighbors and their 5 children.  We saw not a single tulip.  (They had all bloomed in January.)  It rained.  We didn't even make it to downtown Holland.  But we had a fabulous weekend.  

Douglas Beach, Ho!
 We rented a big house next to a wood that hosted our very own woodpecker and a chorus of peepers.  A large kitchen and a hot tub made it perfect for a vacation with friends.  And, it was just a short walk with the munchkins to get to the beach.
The Descent
Nourit Finding Shells
Oscar Contemplating the Deep Beyond

Ming Ming's Castle

Despite the fact the kids are pictured in bathing suits and playing in the water like it's the middle of a heat wave, an hour later it was too chilly to dine al fresco, so we ate our steak and salmon dinners indoors. 
Convicts or Mimes?  You Decide.

Then, movie night commenced, followed by 6 kids piled into the smallest room for the ultimate sleepover.
There Were 5 in the Bed
Saturday, we braved the rain and visited the Dutch Village.  (It's exactly like the Netherlands.  Honest.)  The kids were really just there for the rides and some shoe shopping.
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Nelis' Dutch Village

Swings at Nelis' Dutch Village (right next to the outlet mall, as seen in the background)

Closest our Feet came to the Tulip Festival
Waiting for Ice Cream in downtown Saugatuck


Nerves of Steel
The Castle (or The Hole)
Sand Drawing
Digging with Antoine
We were offered the option to buy this house...
Traipsing Through Saugatuck State Park for our Third Trip to the Beach

Helen and Hugo

This Beach Comes With a Minstrel

Great Weekend!

For more (and better) pictures of the weekend, click over here  And here.  And then here.  And finally, here.

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