Woo jumping forward and then hopping back and then going back even FURTHER! So I posted October, now it is time to check back at our yearly date to the festival. In 2016 we not only went with Ravyn and Shandai (as has become tradition), but we ALSO brought along Sean and Ted who were down on a visit from Canada. This was Sean’s second time (he and Ken had a short visit the previous year to the festival) and Ted’s first. I think we gave them a good experience… everything from jousting to beer to random sights seen. And Shandai and I snuck away for some girls only time shopping.
This year we went as simple travelers… no fancy lady corsets for us this year (thank goodness). In fact, this is a costume I may re-do for the next year. Not so “correct” but much more comfortable. Though I will probably add some colour. We shall see.
And Ken showed his knees… thanks to a loaned kilt.
We had lovely food.
AND I got my hair braided.
I actually managed to keep the braids nice for over a week! (Image below is NOT a full week later)
Less photos than usual… but no less fun… and MERMAIDS!!
Monday the 14th was the first day of our VBS at our own church. We did make sure to go over on the 13th after all the other fun stuff and help set up.
The whole experience was pretty amazing. We had a Monday through Thursday program of half days. 9am to noon. One thing it DID show us is that we really do enjoy our flexible beginnings in our mornings. Our homeschool day starts BETWEEN 8:30 and 9… depending on our eating schedule and if we all have a late evening.
The kids were broken up into 4 groups and we had kids in each one. I was in charge of following along with the littlest ones. Ages 3-5… lots of adorable energy. By day 4 they were rather fed up with the routine. I think it was really the little guys’ limit at that point. It was nice though, while the twins were together it was fun for the other 3 to spread their wings a little. And since Echo was only MOSTLY potty trained I really had to be there anyway.
We had various stations… science, craft, storytime, music, snack and games. I was the only one who was attached to an age group and not a station. Each day there was the same rotation for each group so it was nice and consistent.
There was lots of creativity… snacks were themed as well and the pastor was there to open 3 of the 4 days. We had one day with no water due to road work but we managed! And the science teacher brought owl pellets for the big kids to dissect (just like we had seen on Dirty Jobs… the boys were so excited!).
So here are the pictures… I tried to get a bit of everything and everyone. So much fun!!!!