Monday, September 08, 2008

The Renaissance Festival

We went to the Renaissance Festival on Saturday with the kids. I had a buy one get one free coupon code that I had used in July to buy tickets online and I printed my tickets out on Friday. Xavier is free until he turns 6 and Olivia is free too. We got there around 10AM, which I think is when they open. It was chilly so we all wore our jackets. We walked around for a bit and looked at some shops.
Then around 11:30 we got soup bread bowls. Dan and I each got one (cream of chicken wild rice). I shared mine with Xavier and Dan shared his with Olivia. We watched a juggling act. We see this guy named Tuey every year. He's been there 28 years. We were sitting in the front row and when he asked for kids volunteers Xavier raised his hand. He said "okay" and when Xavier got up to get the ball from him he said "You looked a lot bigger sitting down". I don't think Tuey realized that Xavier was only 4. So he got up on a ladder and Xavier had to throw the ball up at him. After three failed attempts he had Xavier get up on stage and he threw the ball up at him and Tuey caught it. Xavier was so proud of himself. Then after we'd been watching a while he needed another volunteer and Dan got picked to go up on stage and throw stuff at Tuey on a ladder and then catch things when he was done.
We were going to go see the jousting after that but there was something already going on there and it was so crowded we decided to skip it. Olivia was getting squirmy. So we got some turkey legs (they taste like ham!!). I shared mine with the kids and Xavier at his own.
We walked around some more and looked at the shops. Xavier and Olivia each made wands, this was when we first got there and so they carried them around the whole time. We also bought them each dragon claws there were on necklaces. Olivia loves hers and she kept wearing it all weekend. Xavier likes his too but not as much as Olivia. We also bought Xavier a shield with a dragon on it. Dan colored the dragon in and sprayed it with clear sealer so it wouldn't smudge. Then Xavier announced that he wants go be link for Halloween. So we'll see if I can make a Link costume. We bought him a sword last year at the renaissance.
We also got hot apple dumplings with cinnamon ice cream before we left. I shared with the kids. Then we got some sweet almonds and chocolate covered raisins. We ate some of those in the car.
The kids fell asleep in the car but refused to nap once we got home. They went to bed early though and fell asleep with out much protest. Xavier said he loves the renaissance festival and wants to go back again.

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