For Chris's birthday we went to the Michigan Renaissance Festival. We had a good day. Most of what we did was planned around doing things as a family, since Chris and I enjoy a lot of the children's shows as well or more so than the adult shows. We started off the day watching the Ric Roc Zoo show. Eli was very intent on this show, especially the part where Ric tries to stand pieces of timber on end.
The next show that we watched was the Dragon Scales and Faerie Tales show. This is a very cute show for kids. We watched it with Asa last year and both he and Eli seemed to enjoy it this year.
At the end of the show they give the children the opportunity to go up and hug the dragon. I thought Asa was going to do this. He went over climbed the steps onto the stage and started to walk over to the dragon but then he turned and ran over to the side of the stage where Chris grabbed him and I snapped this adorable picture below.
Next we went over to the petting zoo area. Asa liked looking at the animals. On a side note, I was showing Asa some of the pictures of the animals tonight and did you know that birds say cocococo(all birds say this), donkeys say ooooooo (like a cow), goat say woowoowoo (like a dog), and horses are babies well at least in Asa's world they do and are.
A baby goat
Before going out to lunch we stopped to see the Enchanted Statue. Asa was intrigued by her but not willing to get to close. Although after she gave the little scroll to us for him, he would not let go of it until we got out to the van for lunch and only after he had food in his hand.
Eli also took his first nap of the day at this point. Chris carried him in his cloak and Eli fell asleep almost instantly once he was snuggled in next to his dada.
After lunch we headed over to see The Zucchini Brothers. This is my favorite show at the Renaissance. They used to be my second favorite until Don Juan and Miguel stopped coming to the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Doesn't Eli look cute with his dada's cap on his head. Asa also took his nap at this time, needless to say he didn't see the juggling show. (I also took video of the juggling. I'll try to have this uploaded in a day or two and posted to the blog.)
After watching the Zucchini Brothers, we headed over to watch Sir Ryosis. He does a magic act that is rather enjoyable. I didn't get pictures though. We then headed over to have cake with Chris's family. Here we let Asa run around a bit and Eli got passed around, you see him here with his papa.
Following the cake, we headed over to the children's dell for more playing. Here are pictures of the boys as little trolls. Then we have Asa as the knight who slayed a dragon.
Before leaving for the day, we sat down to enjoy the celtic music sounds of Tartanic. This was very enjoyable and Eli fell asleep even though the one guy was pounding a drum two rows in front of where we sat. The poor guy holding that drum, kept saying how numb his arms were after he was done holding it.
As we left, Queen Elizabeth bid us farewell.
We had a very pleasant day out at the festival, this has not changed as we always enjoy our time out at the festival. The weather was pleasant although it did fluctuate between being a bit too cool at times and a bit too warm when the sun came out from behind the clouds. We spent plenty of time taking our jackets off and then putting them back on again. Upon arriving at home, I had to take one more picture of each of my boys in there "little pirate" outfits. Asa's was a gift from Uncle Kirk and Aunt Holly that they found on clearance and Eli's was one I found on clearance, so they were both able to be pirates for the day.