I love this place. Jeff and I have been going together since we were dating, and I think we’ve only missed one year in that time frame. I even went when I was pregnant with the boys in a dress I modified to fit my very pregnant tummy.
This was Princess’ first year to go to Ren Fest, she went in the Spring to Scarborough.
Before we went in and anyone got dirty at all. Notice even at the beginning of the day Princess was convincing people to carry her. She’s very good at that.
We started off the day at the pony rides, this was what Princess desperately wanted to do. The boys had fun valiantly swinging their swords about. We had to convince them that was a bad plan.
Then we hurried over to the Maze, this is one of my favorite parts, I don’t know why. The kids thought it was great fun to try and find the dead ends. They’d run to the end and then laugh like it was the most hilarious thing they’d ever done.
Of course the day had a few injuries. But, it was an amazingly blood free excursion. I’m a horrible Mom for taking this picture (I’m going to use the 200+ pictures I took for a story book for the kids, this will make a perfect captures kid picture), and I did pick him up as I took the picture.
We went fishing, and poor Princess got splashed by her brothers both times when they threw their fish back. I really need to find a hair thing that will stay in her hair. That and a way to keep it out of her face.
I let my kids shoot a gun, okay it was a paint ball gun, and I think it was actually a cross bow. Superman is concentrating super hard, notice the tongue sticking out.
My little carnivores eating up the turkey leg. I don’t really know what you would eat there if you’re a vegetarian. Of course I’m not, so I don’t look for those types of food.
They got to dig out crystals from the dirt mounds in this “cave.” My plan is to use the whole series of pictures I took in here for when they’re captured and forced to work in the mines in the story I’ll write.
We watched a super cool falconry show, but this is all Princess cared about. She took about 5 other pictures, but I think most of them had the Dr. Pepper bottle in it.
I love these two pictures of Princess. Isn’t she so cute? I think this is the time she was happiest the entire day, except when I let her drink massive amounts of Dr Pepper, which I usually don’t do.
The boys and I rode on the “King’s Swings,” I think it’s called. Regardless of the name it’s a great arm workout, you’re providing all the power of the swing, and it’s probably be easier if someone was seriously pulling on the other side.
We took a time out and while we did the boys worked on holding up pirates.
I just thought this looked cool. I’m thinking this can be a ghost pirate they have to rescue or something.
We watched the joust a couple of times. I really think this is where my boys got their favorite colors from, blue and green: the blue and green knights. The great irony being neither time we watched the joust were we sitting with the blue or green knight (Germany and France), but we sat in England both times. And the weird part is the cheers have been changed around, the Germans used to get the super bloodthirsty cheer, but now Spain has it. Spain used to have the “spiritual” cheer, and now England does.
I personally liked it best when it was Germany cheering “Murder, Murder, Disembowel, Eviscerate!” It just seemed much funnier. And, I also am not remembering that completely right. There’s just something funny about a noblewoman chanting that in her perfect dress.
And, the parasol was my major purchase for the trip. I’ve been searching for one for two years. Finally found the one I liked. Stupid chipmunk face I have.