The experiences and insights of a family that was formed by divine meddling: a woman who is the 6th of 11 children from UT and a man who is an only child, 1st-generation American and became 1st-generation LDS, met in the Atlantic ocean and well, read on...
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands (Holland)
I'd like to say this was the best trip ever, but I'd be lying. We had decided to try and do this in one day. Normally, it's a four hour drive from Wiesbaden to the Keukenhof. However, we weren't very bright. We decided to go on the day they were having the flower parade, which is the largest parade in the world. I know...stupid huh? We thought it would be cool to see the parade. Well, never again! We left the house at 6am. It took us six hours just to get there and seven and a half hours to get home. So, our little day trip turned into a really long day. However, we had a nice time being together as a family.
I really wish I would have gotten a ton more pictures because this place was truly amazing. I didn't take more pictures though because I felt unsafe. It was so crowded that I worried so much about the kids. The second I would take my eyes off the kids, I would panic trying to find them again. I have never been anywhere so crowded in my life. So, pictures took a back road to my kids safety. :)
The dog in this picture is a friend's. I like to think of her as half ours. We get to keep her every time this family goes out of town. This is the best behaved dog ever. Normally, I'm not a small dog lover. However, coco is just so sweet. My kids love her!
We didn't get to see the parade because it was so crowded that we were standing too far back. I think by a certain point, we all got hungry and tired anyway. The drive home was nice (even though it was seven and a half hours) just to have quiet time with the hubby. The kids fell asleep and we were able to have adult conversation. There's something to be said about being stuck in traffic forever. It was a very beautiful place and I'm glad we did it. We have been to Holland five times now, but never made it to the gardens until now. If we ever do it again, it will definitely not be on the same day as the parade and we won't do it as a day trip. Lessons learned from the Lokodi family. :)