Must be fall -- I had my first taste of pumpkin ice cream at our favorite ice cream shoppe on Friday. (YUM!) Also means it must be time for our family trip to the Renaissance Faire! This year it was the fourth annual trip for us and for the first time, all four of us went in garb. We always have a lot of fun at the faire (you can see previous posts here) but I think this one was the best time yet!
Dressing up is so much fun, and finally we had enough of the essential costume elements for the entire family. BJ donned the outfit from last year's school play (still fit, barely!) and BB was by far the fanciest of all of us in a gorgeous gown that Grandma C found for her (thank you so much, Grandma C! She LOVED it!)
I wore the same stuff as last year, S had his fine lookin' boots and a fancy new feather for his cap. (He's had that shirt for as long as I've known him, which is saying something.)
And this year, the kids took pictures of us! A little blurry and off framed, but not too bad!
I love how this has become such a family tradition for us. The kids definitely have their favorite things to do. BJ did the Fool's Maze with S. No pic this year, though -- they didn't have the camera at the time because it was with me and BB. I was introducing her to my favorite thing to do at the faire: the hair braiding! She was so excited that I'd deemed her hair long enough (not to mention her amount of patience for sitting still) that she could do it with me. Her double french braid got done before mine (I'd told the gal to just "have fun" -- and she did!)
Turned out well, dontcha think?
The only things BB liked more than the hair braiding were face painting and meeting fairies.
Waiting to get her face painted...
Ah, a beautiful rainbow! Exactly what she wanted!
It was fairy weekend at the faire, so there was no shortage of folks with wings. BB was absolutely delighted by this, and she decided she wanted to meet as many fairies as possible. So almost every time we saw a person with wings, she'd ask, "Mom, can we go meet the fairy?" Happily, she was cute and sweet enough about it (and danged cute in her dress) so that everybody was very friendly. One gal sprinkled "fairy dust" on her head, and another (talk about prepared!) had a little sheet of stick on "jewels" and gave her one as a "fairy wish" -- telling her as she stuck it on the back of her hand that she should make a wish and when the jewel came off, her wish would come true!
The petting zoo area was popular as ever...
Last year, BB got to meet the queen -- this year, BJ got to meet Sir Richard, a very friendly knight who even let BJ try on his helmet and hold his spear! (Wow!)
Of course BJ remembered the maypole merry-go-round and wanted to give it a go. Thank goodness S doesn't mind getting dizzy like I do!
(And as in years past, except for her first visit, BB didn't want to do it at all, so we watched and she did her own spinning.)
Along with many old favorites, they did have something new -- a bungee trampoline station that fascinated BJ. Here he is getting hooked up with the harness (and looking perhaps a bit nervous?)When it was his turn, he was all gumption. He had a blast, giggling while he bounced up and up!
This year, for the first time, we stayed almost until they closed at 6 pm. Of course before we left, we had to have the kids do the traditional Lady and Knight picture:
Then, BB wanted to switch and be the knight! BJ was a good sport about it, too.
Huzzah! Can't wait until next year! (Though by then, they will have both outgrown their costumes -- mebbe that's just the motivation I need to whip my sewing skills into better shape. We'll see!)