I spent last week hanging with my family in Michigan, where spring really means one thing! Tulips.
Ryenn and a LOT of Tulips!
I grew up 20 minutes from Holland, MI, and last week was their annual Tulip Time Festival, where Dutch people from all over the world come to pay tribute to my favorite flower, and all the traditional Dutch pageantry that goes along with it.
Ryenn and Fries!
My niece Ryenn wasn’t very interested in the the pageantry, however. She took turns running up to each blossom to give it a squeeze, and running up to our huge cup of fries to shove one in her mouth!
Emily and Baby Nolan!
Which is a lot more than Baby Nolan did! My nephew wasn’t as into it.
PS – My sister in law Emily here is using her son to hide her baby bump! She is having another little boy in August!
Me and Ryenn STYLIN’
And I’m still getting use to there being TWO babies to play with! Here I told Ryenn to pout her lips because we just put lip gloss on, but she still isn’t too good with words.
Well, I had no intention of taking a nearly 2 week sabbatical from the blog, the longest break I’ve ever taken from the blog in it’s history, but in retrospect it was pretty necessary. I went to Michigan for a week, had the Holla Knits photo shoot for the Fall Collection in Michigan, came back to Minneapolis with my family for a visit here, then immediately started packing up my apartment and moved on Friday.
And things are coming together in our new apartment. It would be looking a lot better if I hadn’t been glued to my computer all weekend working on the Holla Knits collection that launches Monday, and my Craftsy workshop for my Ridgewood Reversible Shawlette pattern. It’s been a little mad around here!
So our apartment! We kinda started talking about trying to move into a new place, and then BAM! We found this one and signed the lease before I really realized that moving the weekend before the Fall Holla Knits Collection launched would be a bad idea.
Ringing it at twice the square footage of our previous apartment, with a big porch, on a quiet street, in a great neighborhood, in a smaller building, only a few blocks away from Lake of the Isles, closer to PT’s work, and with a parking spot, we kinda couldn’t say no.
This was my first big girl move. I hired movers! Because I’m too old for this shit.
And the best part of the new apartment?
I’ve got a work room. An ENTIRE ROOM for my yarn and crafts and work table and storage and ALL OF IT! I know, it’s a mess right now, but it’s going to be fantastic. I’ll take more pics when I’ve got it all organized!
So I’m late to this Instagram party because I’ve had a blackberry for the past two years, but with my phone upgrade came an Instagram download and a new obsession. It’s FUN! It’s fun because all the people I follow so far pretty exclusively share pictures of cats, food, and yarn.
Feet Swift, Blue Toes
Miss Tara Shade and her Baby Jerome!
Automated Teller Machine Machine
Dropped Stitch On Purpose
PT and Pudge Rodriguez
Find me on instagram at: allysondykhuizen
One of the best things about having a blog is that you get to look back at any date and read all about it. Like two years ago when my godson and nephew Baby Nolan was born.
Baby Nolan and Mater
And time waits for no man, not even the cutest baby around. He turned two on Saturday and his mom Emily threw him a big Cars themed party.
Cars Cake Decorated by my Mom!
Mater Tastes GOOD!
I wasn’t really into him when he was born, and didn’t even meet him until he was a couple weeks old. But today, an entire two full years after he was born, I’m pretty in love. He is pretty funny and sweet, and really into playing outside and pushing cars around. And licking frosting off cars. Pretty much anything that has to do with a car he is all about. And now he is two!
This weekend my family and I headed to the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, a place I hadn’t been in a million years, to watch Baby Nolan and Miss Ryenn look at animals.
Miss Ryenn and a very friendly pigmy goat!
Baby Nolan loves pigmy goats, too.
Seriously, Miss Ryenn and the pigmy goat was the cutest thing ever.
My mom and Miss Ryenn!
Miss Ryenn stole the show because Baby Nolan was mostly scared of the animals and all the zoo commotion. I’m sure next year he’ll be all about it, though!