Recently, our family took our first vacation alone since our daughter was born 2.5 years ago. It wasn’t long (two days) and we didn’t go far (4 hours) but it was a change of scenery and we did some fun family stuff.
First, we attended the Virginia Renaissance Faire. This year, M and I went as pirates with purple pirate princess V. Last year, V was knighted at the faire, but opted not to do it this year(there was a HUGE crowd of kids). We did however, make sure to see the joust:
V tried on some armor, attempting to lift the helmet onto her head all by her big self!
Along with all the action and armor, we enjoyed playing with V in the kid’s area where they had coloring, medieval toys, costumes, instruments, bubble blowing, and other fun activities.
After a day of travel back to the Renaissance, we decided to go even further back in time and check out some spectacular caverns at Luray, VA.
I was inspired to write a poem after viewing these two formations, reaching over hundreds of years towards each other.
V was part nervous, part awestruck by the caves, but she did great and started pointing out pictures for us to take.
We had such a good time and I wanted to capitalize on V’s interest for some additional learning. We had a playdate with two of V’s friends (aged 10 and 8) where we spent the day in costume listening to Renaissance music, completing Renaissance themed crafts and baking activities which I will feature in an upcoming post. Additionally, I checked out a book for V on caves, which she enjoyed, Cave Detectives by David L. Harrison.
Though we did not encounter any dragons on our adventures, we are surely prepared through our armor training and cave explorations should any venture our way!