Friday, October 19, 2007

Venturesome Vacation Ventilations...

{title translated: adventurous vacation utterances
simplified: all about our fun vacation} ;o)



What a busy week we've had!
But we've enjoyed every bit of it.
The children and I arose Monday morning
and 'hit the road' around 6am.
Quite a few hours later, we arrived at our destination.
We checked into our hotel, unpacked,
and headed out to visit our aunt.
On the way, however,
the children were excited to stop by
the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
This is a 'sport' that our children
have found a bit interesting
(courtesy of a few "passionate" friends)
so they were excited to see the speedway
and since we were right there
I decided to give it a try.
It was all locked up but a friendly security guard
opened the gate for us and let us in.
The children were fascinated to see
a few of the race cars practicing...


We watched for a little bit, thanked the security guard,
and left to visit with our aunt and family.
We had a lovely time of fellowship!

The next morning, we arose early
to head to an exciting destination...
the Carolina Renaissance Festival...



We were, first, greeted by a lady playing the bagpipes...


Before the gates opened,

"the Queen" made a public welcome
and a shot from the cannon was fired.
Then we entered the gates, into the village...


There were many shops to visit, games to play,
rides to enjoy, music to hear, performances to see,

food to smell, animals to pet, things to learn, etc...
We enjoyed it all very much.

Here were some photos from our day...

...Watching a performance...



Afterwards...


Trying to climb...


Leonardo da Vinci's flying machine...


Enjoying the celtic harp...


Listening to the knight...



Posing for a picture...





Preparing for a joust game...


I'll just take the ride, thank you...



!VERY excited to meet our
online friends...




the boys...



Ally and
Brittany

Enjoying the "real" joust...


Hand-to-hand combat...



Learning archery...



Riding the giant rocking horse...



Not quite their knight-in-shining-armor...


It was such an enjoyable time!

Afterwards, we enjoyed much time
of food and fellowship with our wonderful friends!

On Wednesday, we visited our ancestor museum
and hope to share a few photos of that soon.

Until then, I thought I'd share a sign
that we saw at the Renaissance Festival
and it cracked us up...




LOL



15 comments:

MyHubbysHelper said...

Hi Christina,
Your trip looked so fun!!!! I'm so glad that you had a great time and Ally really looked so nice in her dress, she looked like she belonged in the Renaissance. I look forward to hearing more about your trip!! Have a great night and a wonderful weekend! God Bless!!

Karen said...

My hubby would've loved hearing those bagpipes. He wants a set of his own! He already owns a couple of tin whistles and plays them excellently. We enjoy a lot of Celtic music. I'm glad to hear you all got home safely. If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by my new homeschool blog at:

www.homeschoolblogger.com/SALT

Take care and I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!
Karen
http://thetagblog.blogspot.com/
www.homeschoolblogger.com/SALT

Anonymous said...

hello my new friend,

Thanks for the sharing the pics! I savoured every one! So so nice that there are such fairs organized there. Such a good learning experience for the kids. My son would've LOVED the knights and jousting and all that!

Blessings!
Suwei
from Singapore
http://apieceofcake.typepad.com/homeschooling_in_sg

jean said...

Hi Christina, welcome home! Such a blessing to read your family's vacation.

Thanks for sharing!

Pam--in Jerusalem said...

It looks like you all had a lot of fun! I'm sure your children will treasure the memories that they made.

Were there many other people wearing costumes besides your kids?

Bren said...

What a wonderful time. I love Ally's dress and cape. She did a beautiful job!

Melody said...

It looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

I just now realized which festival you attended - it's right in my neck of the woods and I never made the connection until you mentioned the speedway (rolls eyes). Oh well, right? :O)

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Anonymous said...

Hello All,
I'm glad to see you made it back home. We had a wonderful time with you and the kids! Our prayers are with you and Bill. Come see us again sometime. I loved played "Dutch Blitz".

Love,
Aunt Becky

Mrs. C said...

What a wonderful excursion! The children's costumes look fantastic, and I'm sure it made the day even more delightful. Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!
Blessings,
Mrs. C

Tina said...

Wow, my boys would have LOVED that!

Kim said...

I enjoyed the pics!

Amy/BookLover said...

Looks like you had a great time!!! My sister loves knights! She would of had fun!
Amy

Tracy said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures with us. It looks like a wonderful(and educational) time! Ally looked great in her dress. Did she make the top part as well?

Grafted Branch @ Restoring the Years said...

Great pictures!

HsKubes said...

Mrs. Bowman (myhubbyshelper) ~ We did have lots of fun. ;o) Ally was thrilled to be able to dress up likek that, especially after the work of making the dress. ;o)
I saw there were no more posts on your blog. I hope you are doing well. Praying for you.

Karen ~ We did enjoy the music that was there.
I hope to stop by your new homeschool blog soon. ;o)

Suwei ~ I'm so glad you enjoyed the pictures. ;o) Yes, it was a great learning experience and great fun! My son loved the knights and the joust, too. ;o)
Thank you for leaving a comment. It was great to hear from you. ;o)

Jean ~ Thank you. ;o) I'm so glad you enjoyed visiting with us. ;o)

Pam ~ Yes, lots of fun. ;o)
There were some others that were dressed up, too. It was interesting to see all of the Renaissance costumes.

Bren ~ Yes, it was a wonderful time. Thank you regarding Ally's dress and cape. She enjoyed the finished products. ;o)

Melody ~ I had no idea it was in your neck of the woods! Maybe next year? ;o)

Aunt Becky ~ We had a wonderful time, too! We enjoyed playing Dutch Blitz, as well... really gets your heart pumpin', huh? lol Love you! Feel free to come visit any time. ;o)

Mrs. C ~ Yes, it was wonderful. Thank you. ;o)

Tina ~ I'm sure your boys would love it, too. It was lots of hands-on fun. ;o) Thank you for visiting.

Kim ~ So glad you enjoyed the pictures. ;o)

Amy ~ Yes, we did have a great time. If your sister likes knights, she would have really enjoyed herself. ;o) There were quite a few there.

Tracy ~ Yes, it was a wonderful and educational time. ;o) We were glad to have gone. Yes, Ally did make the top part, as well. ;o)

Grafted Branch ~ Thank you. ;o)


~ Christina

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