Baby T says, "A little girl can have a phone!"
Apparently, she learned this from an informant at preschool.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
We went to Waxahachie's Scarborough Renaissance Festival today as a very, very early birthday gift for me (my birthday is in June, after the Faire closes). C has been there before for two school visits, but this was a first visit for the rest of us. Here are some notes:
- so hard to get into the parking lot! so far from the entrance!
- C wore her purple flower wreath from a previous visit to the Faire, a purple shirt, carried a purple foam sword, and eventually picked out a purple painted parasol
- almost no cell phone looking!
- so much smoking!
- This was a Celtic theme weekend, so there were hundreds of kilted men, including lots of men in the famous Utilikilt (it's like a hybrid between Dockers and a traditional Scottish kilt).
- lots of great Renaissance costumes with a sprinkling of non-Renaissance costumes
- iffy toilets (they told us to put the toilet paper in the baskets, not the toilets--eww!)
- I spent a lot of time shuttling myself and Baby T to the bathroom.
- We saw a falconry show
- C and Baby T rode a camel together
- C and D did bungee jumping (they've wanted to try it for years)
- C and D enjoyed fried ice cream
- there were also a number of impromptu battles between the kids, as we brought along our foam swords--they got pointers from a kind stranger
I was keeping a particular eye on the musicians, as C has a particular interest in Renaissance music, and there's a possibility that she could eventually play at the Faire. Going in, I was wondering about what kind of instruments are typical. I'm not sure if this was typical (it being a Celtic weekend), but I saw a number of harps, modern guitars, a mandolin (?) and a ukulele. I didn't see an actual lute, as far as I could tell.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Here's what happened yesterday:
- My husband drove C and D out to C's horse therapy out at the ranch.
- I took Baby T to campus where Baby T scootered amidst prospective new students and their families (I did NOT expect that). We met an out-of-town internet friend and her preschooler and infant, had lunch (also amidst the prospective new students and their families) and then did a loop at the zoo. It was over way too soon. They're from the Houston area, so hopefully we'll be able to meet up again in the next year or two.
- Baby T has acquired her entire set of 8 Octonauts, and really really really wants a playdate to play with her new set.
- In general, Baby T has an insatiable appetite for life. So, we make cut-out cookies (C took Star Trek insignia cookies to school for First Contact Day) and a couple days later, Baby T wants to do it again. Or we did our zoo outing with new friends and she's clamoring for playdates. More more more!
- I haven't planned the summer yet, but we are all hoping to travel to the West Coast in June and there should also be a couple weeks of gifted camp in June for the big kids. My husband will be teaching some courses. I have gotten Baby T into a one-day PDO program that promises lots of water play. Beyond that it's a bit hazy--I do know that I'd ideally like to get Baby T into a swim class, because she's showing a lot of water skills.