Cleveland ConCoction was a success for me and the kids. As you can see the outfits turned out pretty well. On Friday I picked the kids up from school early and we headed up to Aurora. It was about a 2 1/2 hour drive which is pretty typical for when we do SCA events up there so it wasn’t too bad of a drive. It was also the first actual trip in the Suburban so I was a bit nervous about it but it did well. Although the “Service Engine Soon” light did come on during the drive home, but since all the other gauges were reading normal and the engine & transmission sounded/ran fine I wasn’t too concerned. (read the code and it looks like the distributor cap will need replaced, no biggie)
The kids program was amazing again this year. The older two had fun playing games with the other kids and even got to have some fun with a green screen this year. Riley stayed with me the whole time. There wasn’t an inside pool this year to entertain him but we managed. However, we did have a mishap with the tv and had to change rooms. The second room actually worked out better due to the tv being up higher with doors that shut to keep him out. I should probably also mention that my middle child locked us out of our bathroom in the first room as well. I had to actually have maintenance come and take care of it. Luckily it didn’t happen with the second room but the lock was different and was one that could be easily unlocked if needed. It’s really the little things that make the difference with traveling with kids and special needs kids at that. Am I a bit insane to do so solo? Maybe, but we managed. I didn’t lose my mind and everyone had fun. The kids are already looking forward to next year.
Date Night with Hubby
Hubby and I did manage to fit in a date night this month. We’ve been trying to be better about that. This month we did a paint your own version of the chosen artwork for that class. We both had lots of fun painting. I’m not much of an artist. I struggle with stick figures, if that gives you any idea of how great I am at it. But Josh really loves art even if painting isn’t his go to. But he loved it and we will be going back in the future.
We are pagan here so I like to get out in nature whenever I can. I wasn’t able to really walk around in nature as much as I wanted to due to the weather but did manage a bit of time. I’ll take what I can because every little bit adds up.
Keep Calm and Ceilidh On (SCA event)
We were able to make it to an SCA event south of us. Lunch was delicious. The fighting was fun to watch. The older two got along well with some of the other kids that were in attendance. Riley did well sitting or staying with me even in the gym with all the noise from the fighting. It was well attended and had a few classes with some A&S stuff on display as well.
The kids and I were also able to make it to this month’s Cleftlands Dessert Revel. They met a few new kids there and had fun with the kids they normally play with up there too. Hopefully we will be able to make it up to next months.
Happy Birthday, Gin Kitty!
Our kitty turned one this week. The kids were adamant about celebrating her birthday. So we bought her some special food (just wet cat food but she doesn’t usually get that) and a toy. Of course she loved the food and seems to like the toy. I’m pretty sure the kids are going to want to celebrate the day we got her as well. So we’ll have to see what they want to do for her then.
March was a busy month. Next month should be a bit slower and less packed with activities. More time to recover before May hits and with that Summer Break soon to follow.
This month has been pretty hectic and it’s only January! The beginning of the year started off with us moving. The circumstances were unfortunate but thanks to family and friends we were able to move everything within a week. Let me tell you packing and moving during the school year was stressful. But we are moved and the kids have also switched schools successfully. All I have left to do is finish unpacking and a bit of cleaning that still needs to be done here.
Thankfully after the stress of moving I was able to spend a day at DeCONpression which is ultimately a convention to help you unwind from conventions or in my case a move. There are classes, panels, game rooms of all sorts, parties and lots of booze. So after an afternoon of relaxation, which meant for the most part sleep, I got to enjoy a party then got to sleep in a bit before heading back home. It was absolutely needed.
This past weekend all of us went to a ‘Not-So’ Regular Event in the Cleftlands. I had managed to put together a few more pieces of clothing for the kids and a dress for me just in time for the event. The older two have picked out time periods and names but my sewing skills need some improvement before I tackle what they are looking for. I’ve gone with pretty basic clothing options so far but have instead been trying to learn how to sew with the different materials. Some materials are easier than others, just like some patterns are easier than others as well. I would also like to have at least one set of outfits with coordinating colors. This is one of the main reasons why I made each kid something new for this event. That being said, I still intend to add things to the outfits but that will be a post for another time.
As always we enjoyed our time at a Cleftlands event. Rori had fun helping with the younger kids and whatever else was asked of her by the adults in charge. She is also in the process of making a circlet. Let me just say, jewelry is farther down on my list to learn and make but I’m glad she was able to find something she wants to learn about and do. Liam had fun hanging out in the kid area for most of the day. He did get to try some rapier fighting/exercises. Rori, however, was a bit sad she missed out but hopefully she will get a chance in the future. Riley walked around with me throughout the day. There were several open rooms on the main level that we visited when he became over stimulated as well as a few trips to sit in the car. But he did a good job the few times we went in the main room with the fighting. I got to enjoy watching some of the fighting and even was able to sit down for some of it. 🙂
Next up: Cleveland ConCoction
The kids and me were able to make it to the Cleftlands Rapier Classic (November’s Dessert Revel). This is not our local SCA group but we’ve enjoyed visiting Cleftlands before so I thought we could venture up there during the week, kids in school and all. It’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive but I’m used to being up late on Wednesdays so that part wasn’t a big deal. We hopped into the car about the same time we usually do on the day before for our local SCA practice/meeting but headed up north. We got there a bit after the suggested time and with some help found our way around. The older two played with some of the other kids that were there while Riley ran around some of the other areas of the building. Liam did end up having a meltdown but overall the kids and I had a good time. I was hoping to make it to this month’s Dessert Revel but I think we will have to skip it. Next month, a new year, hopefully this can become a regular thing for us.
Another year of working Trauma complete. This is the first year I only worked one night and I also did very little scenes. Three flogging scenes to be exact. The week or so before my left shoulder had popped itself back into place while holding Riley before one of his therapy sessions. It made a lovely sound and was a bit painful but I had been in some pain with it before, hence the shoulder pop. It was sore for a while afterwards so I really was avoiding swinging a flogger with that arm for too long. I wasn’t as helpful as I usually am but that’s life sometimes. But…this is also the first year I actually saw more than one performance. The few I saw were really good. As someone who self suspends I really want to give suspending with that rig set up. Maybe in a few years.
Red Dragon plans were canceled for us this year. I spent the night before out and by the time I got home the freezing rain had started. Yuck! With lack of sleep, shitty weather and kids being up way to early we opted to stay home instead. The pictures from the event looked like everyone had fun though. 🙂
This past week our local shire had a garb night and dance lesson recently and while no dance lesson happened I did manage to get some photos of the kids walking around in library where we meet in their sca garb. Being a book lover, I loved this idea and am glad I was able to get some photos like that. I tend to take a shit ton of pictures, my phone has close to 8,000 photos on it, but this is just a few. A new camera is something that has been on my list of things I want to purchase for years but until I get to buying myself one my phone camera works for now.
What’s the next event we plan to attend? I’m not sure yet when it comes to me and the kids. Josh will be attending an embroidery class tomorrow which he will enjoy and if there are handouts I will enjoy looking at them. I’m slow moving on what I’m deciding as far as a persona or clothing in general. I have been given a sideless surcoat that I think I’m going to make a kirtle (?) for it. Sewing clothes is still foreign for me but I think that is what I’m looking to make. We have some extra fabric that I think I can manage to make one out of, hopefully. The kids still need some new clothes made so as soon as we can purchase more material that will be happening too.
Happy Belated Halloween & pumpkin spiced everything!
So we have been busy here making a few pieces of clothing for SCA events. It’s looking like it’s about time to make a few more pieces of clothing for upcoming events plus we really do need to continuously make clothes if we plan on going to Pennsic this coming year, which we do. That being said we have made it out to 3 events so far with a mix of clothing we made and clothing that has been given to us.
Our first event was…
Cleftlands Standard Bearers XXVI
We had fun meeting lots of new people. The kids had fun meeting and playing with the other kids that were there. I was able to watch some of the fighting while Riley slept. Overall we felt welcome and would go to another event they hosted. The drive was about 2 1/2 hrs so not too bad.
The second event was…
I ran around after Riley most of this event. I was able to watch about 10-15 mins worth of the fighting while I ate some lunch, which was awesome. Hopefully next year I will be able to watch a bit more of it. The hound course was neat and even Riley enjoyed watching the hounds run for awhile. Let’s see… the older two had fun watching court and playing with some older kids. Josh did a bit of volunteering. I’m sure we will go back next year but with a tent and a few more things to help with keeping the kids busy and hydrated. (2hr 15min drive)
The third event was…
Haunted Tower 3.5 : Purgatory
The kids had fun running around outside, yet again. Liam did tryout the throwing weapons area and wanted to go back. Unfortunately we weren’t able to do that but since he seems to like that I think thrown weapons might be the focus for him at this point. I do own throwing knives but he seemed to favor a different type of throwing weapon over knives so it looks like we might need to buy something different. That’s okay. 🙂 Neither of the kids have tried the heavy combat fighting yet but I’m sure that will happen at some point. Josh had fun spending the day talking to others and watching the fighting. Since the location was smaller than Harvest Days, I did manage to see part of The Hunt which was interesting. (45min drive)
The next event we plan on attending is Red Dragon. We still need to purchase some sort of shade but all of that just takes time. So for now we are going and enjoying what we can.