Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Scarborough Faire 2009

Come on girls! It's time to go to the Student Days at the Waxahachie Renaissance Faire! Stop spinning in that chair and let's go or it will be over before we get there.

Wow! This is great! Our first friend? The town crier...

Dumpling was pretty offended for most of the rest of the day after she found out this jester named his dog, "Blockhead."

We stumbled upon this merchant selling psalteries. It was more of a financial commitment than we were willing to make, but she let each of the girls play with it for a minute anyway.

Cuddlebug stopped our conversation cold as we all heard a real song coming from her turn at the instrument! She quickly correlated the strings to piano keys and enjoyed a nice moment outside her sister's musical shadow.

Here we are waiting for the Birds of Prey show which turned out to be one of our favorite moments of the day.

On to the joust! The girls were concerned that someone might die.

And this moment was pretty spectacular!

Now to try her own hand at the rings. Uh...Dumpling...you might want to
l e a n out a little and reach for the ring.

This was her 3rd try...or her 5th...but isn't she sweet?

Cuddlebug rung them on her second try...

...it's what she does.

There were exotic animals to ride; Cuddlebug chose the elephant.

Dumpling picked the camel.

Fifi's dress kept her feet on the ground, so she visited the bows and arrows booth and ended up buying a pretty nice set up from this Christian man. His wife makes the arrows by hand.

Where to now?

Of course! The costume shop! Fifi sewed that dress she's wearing (that's another post entirely) and was intrigued by the professionally made costumes that were for sale. Well, she was interested until she discovered that they were for sale for many hundreds of dollars.


O.k....time is short girls! We had better move fast to fit it all in before the closing cannon boom!
Double time--here's a picture to prove that Mommy was there too...

Everyone but me riding the Crow's Nest...

Cuddlebug gets her brain tightened. Thankfully, when he finished, she was able to correctly answer that 2 + 2 = 4! *Whew*

$1 sanctioned opportunity to hit each other with big, padded sticks...

Cannon blast! Time's up! Get out!

King someone or other. Fifi could probably tell you who...along with his marital and blood lineage for generations in either direction.

And finally...the nobility bade a fond farewell to the common peasants. And home we went to the 21st century.

19 comments:

MiPa said...

Lovely pictures! Thank you for allowing us to visit the faire with your family. (I've missed you.)

Dana~Are We There Yet? said...

What a great day!

I took the kids to the Renaissance Festival near here several years back, and was very disappointed at the paucity of hands-on exhibits and the plethora of inebriated men in tights. Maybe it's different now...

Sue said...

Nice to see you're still alive and well! Your girls look beautiful, and the Renaissance Fair looks like fun. Thanks for sharing!

Terry @ Breathing Grace said...

A positively lovely outing! Great pictures as usual. The girls are lovely. And how great was that about Cuddlebug with the psaltery? I loved that!

I didn't realize how much I missed you, GB!

Then I was talking to my friend Jamala on the phone a couple of weeks ago and she said: "You know whose blog I miss? That Grafted Branch!"

Welcome Back, GB, for however long it lasts.

missy said...

First, SO glad to see what you've all been up to these days...I've missed you!

Second, how beautiful are those young ladies in their dresses?? Wow! :)

It looks like a great day...thank you for sharing it with us!

Madeleine said...

Good to see you all again!

You have been missed.

I think the girls getting dressed up is fantastic! Samuel does not leave the house without his Civil war, Revolutionary war or cowboy hat firmly on his head. And there are times he goes full outfit. To go to Costco. lol

Hence, I love that he is homeschooled. Not ashamed to live it out.

Hope to see you soon.

Heather said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time. Our fair is coming up this weekend. Nice to see you blogging again!

karly said...

I was *so* excited to see a new post from GB on my Google Reader! Yahoo! :)

How much fun you all had! LOVE the pictures, and way to go Cuddlebug on the psaltery!

Lucie said...

Ummmm---that was King Henry VIII, husband of...

Dawn said...

Good to see you and the family again! What a nice fair, compared to the one in the middle of the summer around here.

Tammi Kay said...

Nice to catch up with your family. I always enjoy your posts! Looks like everyone had fun! Your kiddos have sure grown over the past few months. (Don't make us wait so long to hear from you again. 'kay? :) )

Charree said...

Wow! It looks like all of you had a wonderful and busy day. What a neat experience.

Martie said...

Looks like a wonderful day. So good to hear from you again. You have been missed.

Happy Spring!

Brenda said...

Hey! You live and breathe!!! :)

I am SO impressed with Fifi's sewing! Her dress is gorgeous. Wish it would look like that on me.....

Looks like a great day!

Barb said...

I'm seriously impressed that she made her own dress. All the girls look lovely. And these photos are great - almost as good as being there myself.

Betsy said...

This looks like so much fun! Bumped into your blog somehow and I'm glad I did! What a lovely family you have!

valb said...

Wonderful pictures and story of your day. I just happened to be reading a book that has a ren fair in it. It has been years since I have been to one, so it was especially nice to have my book illuminated!

Persuaded said...

hey! you're bloggin' again!

it looks like your day was a "hoot and a holler" as my dear old grandpa used to say;)

jan said...

What an incredible day! It looks like so much fun!