Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Texas Renaissance Festival

On a gorgeous day in the beginning of November, I loaded up the boys in the wee hours of the morning and met my dad and family at the Renaissance Festival (in a small town North of Houston).

Here's the group shot, although it was taken at the end of the day, when most of the boys were no longer wanting to wear their costumes.


Despite this pic, Chance and Chandler were excited to use their knight costumes once again.

Chance thought this bird was real. So cute.
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One of my favorite things was watching the blacksmiths work. It was a bit mesmerizing.
Texas Renaissance Festival

I loved my nephew William's expression as he watched them.
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The blacksmith shop had great light, too.
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Charlie was dressed as Hiccup from "How to train your Dragon" movie - LOVE that movie, by the way.

The boys had fun with these:
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Charlie loved this. Chance and Chandler chickened out at the last minute...
Texas Renaissance Festival

Things I didn't photograph: riding in a swing as a family, a fire-whip show, sword fighting (with "soft swords"), etc...

All the kids (plus my sis Anna) got to ride an elephant!
Texas Renaissance Festival

Ring pop, for the win!
Texas Renaissance Festival

Charlie gnawing on his ring pop, with Nana and Big Daddy.
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Chandler, trying on Charlie's Hiccup hat.
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Anna with William in his Hiccup costume, also sucking on a ring pop.
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Yet another pony ride. Chandler was thrilled, yet again.
Texas Renaissance Festival

Chance, too.
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If memory serves correctly, Charlie rode twice. Lucky boy!
Texas Renaissance Festival

Dad making me proud, on Big-Daddy-rrazi duty,
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We watched jousting, and that night we watched a fireworks show as well. I even played with delayed flash a little bit...
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And then it was time for the 3+ hr drive home. If I could do it again, I wouldn't do it alone. Driving that far plus walking so much made me so sleepy! We left at 5:30 am Saturday and didn't get home until 1:30 am Sunday. Not safe...Next time, I think I'd rather stay overnight in Houston and go for 2 days.

I was worried it'd be too cultish, too sexual, too...Renaissance...for the kids, but it really was fairly tamed down! It'd be worth going again.

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