Renaissance Festival

Great big turkey legs, people in costume, neat jewelry, fun shows, who doesn't love the Renaissance Festival?  

The kids and I spent the weekend at the Renaissance Festival.  I have to admit that I was a little nervous at first.  Two small children and one with a peanut allergy at an outdoor festival with lots of people and all kinds of foods.  

Saturday, we went with Shawn's family and Sunday, the kids and I went with my family while Shawn helped his parents with some yard work.  What a good son he is!

While we were at the Ren Fest, Shawn asked the vendors about the turkey legs and whether or not they were peanut free.  After checking with several people, the gentleman came back and replied that unless the turkey ate a lot of peanut butter before he was killed, we would be A-OK.  Shawn also asked about the cinnamon almonds, which just so happen to be one of my favorite things in the world.  Ben doesn't have a tree nut allergy, only peanut, but often, there is a cross contamination risk.  After checking packaging and asking, we found that they were even safe.  I did figure that they were too hard and a choking hazard, so we still shouldn't give them to him, but at least we could have them and not worry about it.

Ben decided that he wanted to ride on the dragon swing that is pushed quite high.  This is great and all, but I have to tell you, Ben is scared of swings at the play ground.  He will bend over the swing and swing on his tummy, but will not put his bum on the swing and let you push him like a normal child.  I was a little worried about how this was going to go.  Shawn's little sister, or Aunt Kel Kel as Ben calls her, rode this swing with him.  He got a little nervous about 2 pushes from the highest push, but really did pretty well and I was proud of him for facing his fear.

He also wanted to ride the camel.  My mom rode the camel with him and I got some really good pictures.  I half expected him to be nervous, but he wasn't at all.  It actually made his day.

My kids are very picky eaters.  Ben doesn't like pretty much any meat, but hamburgers.  When everyone was eating these turkey legs, I didn't expect him to want any, but he did.  We got one, and although I helped him eat it, he ate most of it.  

Sydney, can't eat most foods yet, she's only 7 months old, but has hardly liked anything I've given her.  My sister got a pickle (hmm... pregnant lady with a pickle, imagine that) and shared it with Sydney.  She LOVED it!  

I guess I just really underestimated my children this weekend.  I guess, leave it kids to surprise you.

My mother-in-law's birthday was Saturday.  We started off the celebration with the Renaissance Festival and then went back to her house for dinner, cake and ice cream, then socializing and s'mores by the fire on the back patio. It was a great birthday, at least I thought so.  It wasn't even mine, and I really enjoyed it.  I'm glad she shared it with us.

We had a fantastic weekend and I'm sad it's over, but I'm thinking next weekend will be just as fun and jam packed.  I'm hoping so anyway.


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