“Never mistake a wish for a certainty.” Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey
Today was another super busy day for Chickadee. “The Bigs” have Kantorei Kamp this week, so she and I have been starting every day with them in Morning Prayer. After that, she and I went to my favorite branch of the St. Louis Public Library for a little reading time:
There was an extra-special Kamp field trip today, and since I was one of the drivers, Chickadee got to go, too. We toured Powell hall, which is the home of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, had a picnic lunch, stopped for a treat at Ted Drewes, and then heard a Renaissance quartet from the Greenleaf Singers as part of “Make Music Day St. Louis.”
Today was just one busy day in an extremely busy week…I can’t believe Chickadee isn’t as exhausted as I am!
We were all so excited to go back to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament when we were in Chicago last month! I’d been planning on a return visit ever since I came up with the idea for this year’s summer school at the end of last summer, but the visit was even more anticipated once we learned that Medieval Times had debuted an entirely new show!
Some things were the same. There was plenty to see and do before the show started, and lots of opportunities for photos:
But it didn’t take long to spot the biggest difference…there is now a queen ruling over the castle!
In honor of her, my girls wanted their picture taken in the castle’s thrones:
The meal was the same…tomato soup and garlic bread, roast chicken, corn on the cob, and roast potatoes, with pound cake for dessert. I tried the castle’s signature drink, the “Royal Knight,” as well.
Just like last year, we cheered for the Yellow Knight from the Kingdom of Navarra.
There were spectacularly trained horses, a falcon, contests, and jousting…all the highlights we enjoyed from the last show.
But the Queen was clearly in control, and demanded mercy in her castle. There was a surprise twist in the story, which I won’t share for fear of spoiling the show, but I was very pleased with how it was handled.
In the end, the black and white won, and while he wasn’t our champion, he was one of our allies, so that was fun.
This is such a fun activity, and the children are already asking if we can go back again someday. I’m tempted to check out the Medieval Times in Orlando when we visit Florida this summer, to see how the castles are different, but I don’t think I’ll be able to make that happen on such short notice. We may find ourselves back at the Chicago castle in the future, though, because it’s such a good time!
Have you ever heard of “Dapper Day?” It’s an opportunity to get dressed up in your finest and gather at one of the Disney Parks with other people who also love an excuse to get dressed up. I’ve never had the chance to attend a Dapper Day event, but when Pinup Girl Clothing previewed their latest Dapper Day collaboration, which includes this beautiful “Flags Ahoy” print Bella skirt, I knew I would have to add it my wardrobe, and wear it with my blue PUG peasant top. The colors in the skirt are AMAZING, and the print, designed by Justin J., is in some ways reminiscent of a Mary Blair design.
It’s so easy to accessorize this beautiful print. This time, I went with mostly yellow, and added in my new Twiney Rainbow Bubbles earrings from PUG…aren’t they fun?!?
There’s nothing I don’t love about this outfit!
I think it would be loads of fun to go to a Dapper Day event someday, but until then, I’ll be there in spirit and fashion!