I went to the Texas Renaissance Festival last weekend with a friend of mine and her two children. The group of us have gone for the last three years. And I've been many times before that.
The weather was beautiful, so we were really able to see people in crazy outfits. That's always my favorite part of the Ren Fest - the people-watching.
So, my friend's children (for some reason, my grandmother calls them Hank and Hannah*) dressed up this year. Hank was a pirate, and Hannah dressed as a princess. As the day progressed, and they got tired, the costumes started to fall apart.
Here they are in the open-air church on the Festival grounds.
They also played King of the Log and tried to knock each other off.
Hank managed to knock Hannah off the log first.
But then, Hannah got her revenge.
And then, Hank and I tried the brachiating, where you're strapped into a harness and attached to giant rubber bands and bounced high in the air with the help of a trampoline. I've done this before, but I was unable to flip.
This year, however, I had success!
Of course, I was in pain for about three days afterward. That was quite the ab workout.
The children went through the maze, too. Hank got a little lost and had a hard time finding the exit. But he managed to find his way out.
And Hannah wanted a turkey leg. She originally called it a chicken leg (that would be quite a chicken!), but we corrected her.
I could not believe she ate that thing. I think they're disgusting before people start chewing on them, and I wouldn't even touch it. But she ate it! Note Hank's expression, not unlike my own.
We had a great time. And we're already planning for next year's visit.
*Obviously, not their real names.