This year's Tulip Time was an exhausting one. Because of the early spring there was not very many tulips in bloom. The peak was a little after Easter. I did manage to get one picture of the tulips.
It was difficult because of the number of tourists in the area. This year the kids were not as involved with the parades. Zadok was only in two. He walked with his class in the Wednesday and Saturday afternoon parades. Iris was in the Friday night parade walking with the Girl Scouts, even though she has not been one for a while. All her friends were walking and I think they wanted more people to pick up trash later. She seemed to have a good time. It is nice that she is old enough that she does not have to be supervised the entire time. I gave her money and she hung out with her friends. Easy.
Zadok had to have a dutch costume for marching in the parade. I went to the costume exchange a little late this year and all they had left was a very used costume for $65. I did not buy it. I went the true Dutch route and went to the thrift store and bought items and modified them. I got a larger striped button down shirt and some baggy black pants. Here is what the shirt looked like before...
This gives an idea of the chaos before the parade. I title this picture "Boys in Black Hats"
I had several quilts in the show and even though I have shown most on the blog before, it is nice to have pictures of them all when they are hung nice.
This one is my favorite of the year. Every seam is matched perfectly, the quilting is beautiful, and I love the colors. It placed 5th in the viewer's choice for large quilts. I called it "Cabins by the Seaside"
On the family front, Nathan is in Germany this week working with Vermeer. This is his first time over seas and I am happy for him. I got a call this morning saying he arrived okay. When we were packing I insisted that he take basic toiletries with him like shampoo and soap. He insisted that the hotel would have them, but packed them anyway. When I talked to him this morning, he said that he was glad that he packed them because the hotel he is staying in is a dead ringer for the happiness hotel from the muppets. I hope he has a great time!