the nice hotel room we got. the hotel itself was pretty crappy, but the rooms were sure nice! we stayed up and had a blast hanging out for the rest of the night. between the rowdy people in the parking lot to the crazy animation on tv, we had a fantastic time!
before we went to medieval times we had a little time to kill. having never been to one, jon and i stopped in the huge ikea store. that didn't last long, after about twenty minutes we were both like 'yup, its a store.' and then we moved on...
all the knights parading around the arena, getting all of us to cheer for our designated fighter.
they started off the show slowly, playing a few games; the horses did a few jumps and tricks, the knights would show off their skill by picking off rings from their lances, and throwing flowers to the young kids in their seating section.
then we got to the good stuff- jousting on horseback! as their jousting sticks would shatter on impact, one of them would fall off, which gave way to some hand to hand combat. sparks would fly as they struck each other's swords, fighting until the king declared one of them the winner, eventually leading, tournament style, to the final victor. our guy made it to the final round, but lost in the last fight, and it was thrilling!
the final knight who won the tournament then faced off against the big bad guy to save the princess. sure it may be a bit of a stereotype, but who cares- it was a blast!
amazingly, he waited until we were checked into the hotel room before he tore it open for the inaugural bite!
as the night wore on, even dr. elizabeth weir got in on the action- head first!
after a crazy night of fun, once the fog of morning cleared, this was all the farther he got on the rice krispies treat. i asked him if he wanted to bring the rest with us, but he said no so we packed up our stuff and checked out of the hotel room. of course, an hour or two later he was hungry and wished he still had it...
ledger kickin' back and watching some cartoons with one of his favorite cousins and aunties!
the boys playing with the toys.
ledger showing off the airplane he made!
craft time with the mamas!
riding the carousel with auntie barbara!
having a blast with the kids at the water park splash pad!
going down the big boy slide at the park!
playing on his padpad with his cousin- as you can tell, he is loving every minute of it!
alanna had a friend visit for a day or two and we were able to meet up with them at fiddler's hearth downtown. there just so happened to be an irish band playing that night. it was really cool- they even took requests! which means, of course, i had to make a suggestion, and they played 'my brother sylvest' for me!