Early last week, my husband asked me if I wanted to go camping this weekend. I’m always up for a camping trip, so my answer naturally was, “Sure!”. Within minutes, my husband had us a reservation at a campground a half hour from Scarborough Renaissance Festival.
Camping and a Renaissance Festival in one weekend? Score! Now just to decide what to wear. My husband secretly wants to be a pirate in real life, so I knew that his costume was set. Since the girls had outgrown their pirate costumes from last year, I had to find them something new to wear.
A quick search on Amazon and I had the girls matching mermaid outfits! I could have purchased more elaborate costumes, but opted for simple and comfortable. I didn’t want their costume to make them (and me) miserable all day.
I also found me a pair of mermaid pants! I was a little nervous about wearing such bold pants, but I have learned over the years that nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is out of place at the Renaissance Festival. That’s what is so great about Ren Fest. The attire ranges from everyday clothes to the most elaborate costumes (dragons, fairies, barbarians, etc) and everything in between. I like to dress up, but still want to be comfortable and able to chase two little ones around.
The night before the fair, I made Kora a mermaid tail out of foam to wear with her costume. She loved it and showed it off to everyone we passed at the festival. She didn’t wear it long, but thankfully it lasted long enough to get a picture of her in it with the ‘real’ mermaids!
Throughout the day, I received several compliments on my pants and on the girls’ outfits. As I am the picture taker of the family, I don’t appear in many pictures. This is the only picture of me in my mermaid pants. Aren’t they so shiny? I think I may have to buy another pair in a different color.
The girls had a blast at the festival. Kora loved the mermaids and had to say hi to everyone she saw in an elaborate costume. The dragon Fireflicker was her favorite! Lila could have spent all day at the petting zoo. She loves animals!
We had such a fun, yet very exhausting day. I absolutely loved our pirate/mermaid combination. In fact, I think I’m going to do a little work on making my mermaid costume a little more elaborate before the fall’s Ren Fest.
I’ve had birthdays on my brain for the last month. Both of my daughters were born in March, so I’ve had parties to plan and then host. My birthday is also in March, so I’ve been thinking about that too.
Birthdays are really just personal New Years. I mean, think about it. Your birthday is the anniversary of the day you came into this world. For everyone else on the planet it’s just another ordinary day. But for you? It’s the start of a brand new year!
Your birthday is the day that resolutions should be made. Instead of saying, “2017 is the year that I start (insert goal here),’ we should be saying, “35 is the year I start (insert goal here)”. Your birthday is the day you should evaluate your life and determine how you’d like to improve your life.
That’s what I’m doing. For the January 1st New Year, I made several resolutions, and I’m proud of how I’m doing with them. I plan on continuing those resolutions as well as taking on my Birthday Resolution.
‘What is my Birthday Resolution?’ you ask. 35 is the year I start having more fun. I recently read an article in Good Housekeeping magazine titled “I haven’t had this much fun since I was a kid,” and it has stuck with me. The article was about a woman who had quit gymnastics as a teenager and then decided at age 42 to start taking classes again. She wrote, “You grow up and leave childhood and fun behind. But why?”. As I was reading, I kept thinking that this woman has a very good point.
Why do we as adults abandon things we once enjoyed as children? Why, why? why? Since reading the article, I’ve been thinking of things I enjoyed as a child and what I could start doing again as an adult. Here’s what I came up with:
- Riding my bike – I would like to start riding my bike again. I want to ride for the fun of it and not necessarily for the exercise or to get somewhere. I want to ride just to ride.
- Capture the Flag/Scavenger Hunt – Growing up I played Capture the Flag all the time. It would be so much fun to organize a grown up game. I would probably have to Google the rules on how to actually play the game, since I’m pretty sure we just made up our own rules. I also enjoyed the type of scavenger hunt where you had to go and take pictures of your group with certain things or doing certain things. My mom always made the best lists. This would be an absolute blast to do now. I can picture it now – husbands versus wives!
- Frisbee – Ok, so I didn’t do this much as a kid, but I think it’s fun, so I’m adding it to my list. I’m pretty sure I have a Frisbee somewhere, so I’m going to dig it out and I’m going to start throwing it around.
- Camping – I loved going camping with my family as a kid. I remember hanging out in the tent at night listening to the wildlife. This would be a lot of fun to do with my girls.
- Skip-It – I loved, loved, loved my Skip-It. I have had one for a long time and for a long time I haven’t used it. I sold it in a garage sale last year and I was really sad to see it go. Now with my Birthday Resolution, I am really tempted to buy me another one. But this time I would use it!
- Jumping on the trampoline – I don’t know how many hours I spent on the trampoline as a kid. We wrestled on it, we flipped on it, we slept on it. It was probably the most fun with the water hose on it. I have no intention of buying a trampoline, but maybe I can find someone who will let me come over and play on it for a bit.
The more I think about my Birthday Resolution, the more excited I get! I am making it my mission to enjoy the above activities, but I do not want to limit myself to those things. I want to also start having more fun in everyday activities (like pretending the floor is lava or jumping on the shopping cart and coasting down the aisle at the grocery store).
I’d love to hear your comments if you have any suggestions on having more fun!