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Utrecht, Holland

Utrecht is a city in the central Netherlands that has been a religious center for centuries. It has a medieval old town, canals, Christian monuments and a major university. The Domtoren, a 14th-century bell tower with city views, stands opposite the Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin on central Domplein square. The Museum Catharijneconvent shows religious art and artifacts in a former monastery. It also is a major transportation hub, and with a large train station it has Europe wide connections as well as a direct link to the Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. 
It is also the home of my sister and her family. We enjoy our visits here because the city and surroundings are quite beautiful, and of course we really enjoy family get togethers.  My pictures below highlight our visits to a local garden, the city market, and some local shops. 

“Lordy Lordy, Stacy’s 40!”

Stacy hit the 40th birthday mark, and Dallas (and friends) threw a most excellent birthday crawfish boil.  We all had a great time, well, maybe the crawfish didn’t :)…..

We are so glad to be able to stop by and join in on the celebration.  The company was great, the food was excellent (and the corn a bit spicy!) and more than we could eat.  Thanks Dallas for doing this for Stacy.  Ans Stacy have an excellent new year!

Stacy and Dallas’ wedding

June 26, 2016 3 comments

Our daughter Stacy has been in a relationship with her girlfriend and partner Dallas Ruggieri for almost a decade.  They made the decision to confirm their love for each other with a wedding ceremony.  And, in keeping with their interests, the theme was to be “Day of the Dead”.  Or, as some would say it, a Zombie wedding.

So, we all dressed up accordingly and appeared during one of Dallas’ (the city) hottest days.  Fortunately air  conditioning had been invented and the whole event went off without a hitch (except theirs, of course – pun intended).  Family and friends showed up and demonstrated how popular Stacy and Dallas are – the outfits were spectacular!

With a lot of help from their friends Stacy and Dallas did a superb decoration setup in and around their house.  The whole event was spectacular, and moving.

May I present Stacy and Dallas Riley.  (Click on the small image for a larger view.  It’s worth it!)

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Walk with me in Vancouver, BC

May 13, 2016 4 comments

I’m in Vancouver to attend the memorial service for my oldest nephew,  Alan.   He passed unexpectedly and will be missed by family and friends.  Not the reason for a visit you would hope for.

But since I’m an early riser (and still some jet lag from my recent return from Barcelona), and the weather was beautiful,  I took a nice early morning walk.  Stanley Park is just a few blocks from my hotel, so the obvious place to walk.   Vancouver had to be one of the most beautiful cities ever.

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Looking towards the bay, Stanley Park on the right

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Lots of flowers in the park

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And lots of colors

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My sister in laws apartment

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A heron patiently waiting for breakfast

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Vancouver yacht club

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A skyline view

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Denman strèet. Just about any ethnic food you may want.

Dogs, and Arboretum

February 28, 2016 1 comment

Spring is starting in Dallas area!  Today, Stacy and Dallas invited us over for a brunch and to go over wedding plans.  As usual, good food, family company, and things to look forward to!

The weather was so nice I just had to take a few pictures of the dogs playing outside.  After that, we made a little side trip to the Dallas Arboretum to look at all the flowers springing up.  The Arboretum is a favorite place for us to go multiple time during the year.

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Nikita

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Link

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Hyacinths look and smell great!

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A pink tulip, subtle in the colors

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Pansies always look like they have a face

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Double flower

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A little waterfall

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Even cherry blossoms

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Even Benjamin Franklin looks pleased

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Bright colored tulips

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Colorful flower beds

 

Christmas Day Sleigh Ride

December 27, 2014 Leave a comment

On Christmas Day, the whole Allen/Laninga/Frost clan enjoyed a variety of activities, to each their own. Visiting pawn shops, shopping at REI, and whatever pleases you. Tanya, Jen and Romola (with help from the girls) made home made spaghetti noodles. At dinner, we had a delicious Caesar salad, followed by a spaghetti dinner.

After dinner we went on sleigh ride through the lights of Coppel. The weather was balmy, somewhere around 65 degrees, so we were glad the sleigh had wheels, not runners for snow.

Main Street, Coppell

Main Street, Coppell

Old time Coppel store front

Old time Coppel store front

All aboard the sleigh!

All aboard the sleigh!

Hmm... a different kind of light

Hmm… a different kind of light

Decorations

Decorations

Decorations

Decorations

Decorations

Decorations

Decorations

Decorations

Decorations

Decorations

After the ride

After the ride

Christmas day at the Allens

December 25, 2014 1 comment

This year, daughter Tanya and hubby Shane hosted the Christmas day festivities. In attendance were (naturally) Tanya and Shane, Romola and John (Tanya’s family), Mary Allen (Shane’s mom), Robert Frost (Mary’s brother), Chris Frost (Roberts son) and his son Tyler, Robbie with Lisa, Emma and Brooke and last but not least Leanne (Shane’s aunt with daughter Jen. And of course four dogs…..

First we had Christmas brunch, Tanya’s special baked French Toast with sausage and fresh fruit. Delicious. After this we had a Dirty Santa gift exchange, seems like everyone finally got what they wanted! Then we had the general gift opening. Naturally this was followed by an extended play time with the goodies.

Mid afternoon we had smoked turkey and ham dinner. Lots of side dishes. And, of course a whole side table of deserts…

It was a really nice family day, when we could enjoy each others company and reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for.

Mary, Robert, Shane, Leanne

Mary, Robert, Shane, Leanne

Robert

Robert

Mary, Brooke, Robert, Lisa, Leanne

Mary, Brooke, Robert, Lisa, Leanne

Mary

Mary

Emma

Emma

Brooke, Robert, Shane, Lucky

Brooke, Robert, Shane, Lucky

Jen, Tanya, Romola

Jen, Tanya, Romola

Tyler, Jen

Tyler, Jen

Romola

Romola

Robbie, Emma, Mary, Brooke, Robert and fish

Robbie, Emma, Mary, Brooke, Robert and fish

Emma, Mary, Robert, Shane

Emma, Mary, Robert, Shane

Robert, Shane, Leanne

Robert, Shane, Leanne

Romola, Lisa

Romola, Lisa

Robert, Shane

Robert, Shane

Robbie, Emma, Mary, Robert, Shane

Robbie, Emma, Mary, Robert, Shane

Opening presents

Opening presents

Mary and Robert

Mary and Robert

Leanne, Chris, Tyler

Leanne, Chris, Tyler

Emma, Shane

Emma, Shane

Brooke

Brooke

Emma

Emma

Carving the meat

Carving the meat

Attentive crowd

Attentive crowd

Just a long day

Just a long day

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