We went to the Renaissance Faire yesterday.

Wait. Before we go on, I need you to understand that when I say Renaissance, I am saying it like this:

Okay, now that we’ve established that SUPER IMPORTANT FACT. The faire.

I love our faire. Costumes range from tavern wenches to pirates to barbarians to steam punk and no one gets all weird about it–everyone is just having fun. Anachronisms reign supreme (hoops skirts! Did I mention steam punk?) and it is awesome.

Renting this wagon is the best $15 I’ve spent in recent memory. Pulling it around kind of sucked (though Will did most of that because he is awesome) but it reduced child carrying by about 90% and since it was 104 degrees outside I would have paid double.

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Left: Sam climbing the rock wall. Right: Grace was overheated within 10 minutes. Ack.

Will and Sam had a fencing lesson! Sam was actually instructed to make finger guns.

(True fact: Will fenced at pre-Olympic level as a kid, but opted out of intensive Olympic training because he is smart.)

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Left: I took this to show Grace how dirty her face was. She laughed. Middle: Grace makes friends everywhere we go. Right: My new motto.

Aww, what a cute pig thief. Somebody let her go!

Ugh, look at that wench. Lock her up and throw away the key.

Grace started asking if she could ride a horse the minute we got there. And here she is riding her choice of the ponies, Ginger!

Grace in the petting zoo. Will took this picture shortly while I leaned against a tree, trying not to pass out from heat exhaustion.

Me and Grace on the dragon boat. She petted the dragon and called him a good boy in between shrieks of joy.

We ended the day with the jumper. Sam did this two years ago and loved it–and you can tell he remembers.

Grace INSISTED on going too, which made me nervous. I wasn’t sure she would go through with it, and it’s the most expensive ride–but she loved it. LOVED IT. She started jumping before the nice young man could give her a test bounce (which they do for all the little kids) and she didn’t stop until he stopped her when her time was up.

Oh yeah, I took video.

Grace loves jumping! from Annika B. Klein on Vimeo.

Grace’s jump comes to an end. from Annika B. Klein on Vimeo.

It was a long day full of heat exhaustion, and we spent way too much money, but it was SO MUCH FUN. And I think we all avoided sunburn! Huzzah!

And then I slept ~12 hours and this morning I very nearly put cayenne pepper on my yogurt instead of cinnamon.

3 thoughts on “Anachronisms

  1. Laurie Ann

    May 13, 2013 at 12:56pm

    Just when I thought I couldn’t adore your children more, you go and do this to me. The Grace jumping video is just what I needed on a Monday morning. And I can’t believe how big Sam is these days. The fencing…arrghh, what happened to the little guy.

    Glad you have a great time, even though it was eleventy-million degrees outside.

  2. Cazzle

    May 15, 2013 at 11:51am

    I love everything about this post. ESPECIALLY the pony.

    (Btw it took me several embarrassing moments to work out what was up with the pronunciation of Renaissance… sorry….)

    • Annika

      May 15, 2013 at 2:31pm

      Haha! Yes, that may not seem at all silly to a non-American.

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