Pardon This Interruption….

by Stefani on 2-November-2009

Hi all! I hope that all our stateside friends had a wonderful Halloween!

I can tell you that Frankenstein, Darth Vadar and Sir Ryder, The Royal Knight, had a whopping good time. 

Trick or Treat!

Of course for the mama, it was a last minute scramble…. Darth couldn't find his cape. Frank needed shoulder pads to give him that burly monster look (a most wonderful use for plastic grocery bags if you ask me!) and the knight…. Well he was SUPPOSED to be a soldier, had his costume all ready, and then the day before Halloween he gave me his sad eyes and said, "but mama I don't want to be a soldier, I NEED to be a knight instead!"

See, he came home from the Renaissance Festival with a new shield and sword, and he was just itching to parade them around the neighborhood. So, Halloween eve found me desperately trying to fashion a knight's helmet from cereal boxes and duct tape. In the end, he was pleased with himself, and that's what counts, right? 

There was curb side service, care of Grumpy's Halloween Hayride. Bags and tummies were full of sweets. And then as I tucked them in, sleepy, but smiling and warm, it dawned on me that my throat was feeling rather crummy. 

I spent all day yesterday in bed. Which, save for the aching head and throat, isn't such a bad way to spend a day. 

Of course it means that I didn't prepare for our school week, nor did I unpack from the Renaissance Festival, nor did I write that Crockpot post that I've been promising you. Nothing like starting the week out already behind, huh? 

Bear with me friends, I'll be back tomorrow full of slow cookery stories. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all your recipes and make ahead meal ideas on our last post. You guys are fantastic! 

Until tomorrow then, I thought I'd share a few glimpses of our trip back in time to the Renaissance. 

Troubles Pixie
Renaissance BouncerYe Olde TowneWeavingPaper MakingKnightGlass BlowingPretzel Man

Debi November 2, 2009 at 6:34 am

Amazing pictures… thanks for sharing. Hope you feel better soon.

Lia November 2, 2009 at 6:46 am

Oh…how I love the Renaissance Festival. I used to go every year as a child. I always wanted to live in one of those little thatched roof houses and dress up like a fairy. My boys have been a few times (including last year). It’s just so expensive now! And of course they want to do every ride and buy every weapon they see!

Beth November 2, 2009 at 7:52 am

We visited a Renaissance Festival once when I was a child. I loved it! Maybe next year will be the year we take our kids.

Feel better soon!

amanda November 2, 2009 at 8:03 am

Firstly, Congratulations on Sir Ryder’s helmet. That is pretty swanky for cereal boxes! All your boys really looked ready for the part!

I love the Renaissance Festival. Ours comes in February. Your pictures are really great, I think the overcast sky gave you some awesome light to work with. Gives the photos a kind of mysterious quality.

Thank you for sharing, hope you feel better


barbara November 2, 2009 at 9:56 am

what fun!

Visty Lindgren November 2, 2009 at 11:16 am

Your costumes rocked!!!! Wow.

I’m glad you didn’t catch the plague in the middle ages.

CitricSugar November 2, 2009 at 11:16 am

Feel better my dear!!

Kelly November 2, 2009 at 12:13 pm

get well soon! those pictures are so cool!

Mad Woman November 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Love their costumes. I think you did a marvelous job on the knight’s helmet!
I’ve never been to a Renaissance fair, but that looks like a lot of fun. I wonder if they do anything like that here in NZ?

Sarah M November 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm

you boys look like they had fun!! My kiddos are only 2 and 8 months…so Halloween is kept *very* simple around here…until they won’t let me anymoer :)!
Loved yoru pics of the R. fair, that looks like fun!
Sarah M

Jade November 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm

how awesome does the renaissance festival look!?! will have to go next year!

Jennifer November 2, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Have you been to the Renaissance Festival on one of their “School Days”? Much cheaper tickets, many performing arts groups from local schools and fewer crowds. We went last week with another homeschooling family and it was perfect. Your pictures are wonderful.

Butzeballchen November 2, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Those are great costumes! FYI, your Halloween jokes were the hit of the second grade class last week. Thanks for sharing.

Stefani November 2, 2009 at 8:46 pm

We went on “school days” which is WAY cheaper. Plus… as an extra added bonus, a lot of the weapon vendors are closed 🙂

Stefani November 2, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Thank you, Amanda! I was kind of put out by the light while we were there, but when I downloaded the photos, something about the greyishness need seem sort of “right” for the venue. Who knew?

Stefani November 2, 2009 at 8:48 pm

What day did you go??? We might have run into you! We were there for school days too. Much cheaper and not so… well, so um… real, shall we say? I’ve heard that the regular days can get a bit raunchy for the kids.

Stefani November 2, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Oh yay!!! That totally made my day! It was a bit of a hairy day too, so thank you for that!

Amy J November 3, 2009 at 7:18 am

Stef, I loved your pics! We went to the Festival last week too (on Wed) and my pics are no where near what yours are. I just don’t have the “eye”. Love it!

sarah November 4, 2009 at 1:38 am

great photos, I want a Renaissance Festival too

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