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Niamhs view

We have a friend who can’t come to pennsic so the kids got my old phone for pictures. Here is a selection from day 1 taken by Dakota and Niamh 

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Pennsic prep – the final 5 days

I had a very productive weekend!  Not only did I get quite a few things sewn, I also found all the garb in storage.  There was a vague worry that an entire box of the current sizes had been deeply buried in storage but I got it out without too much stress.  We might not have perfect wardrobes, but, we will have enough I think.

My plan today is to finish evaluating the pile for who fits what and triple check that each pile is enough of the right things.  Have you ever rushed to pack for a trip and just figured you would take your clean laundry basket?  That does not work, by the way, you think it should be a perfect week of clothing but it really isn’t.  Same concept with my totes of garb, you feel like a pile the height of my child  would yield outfits for the week but some years they grow tall and need skirts and some garb is too warm and you get the idea…  the only way is to stand there with each child and try on all things in the size range.

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The end goal is to have everything packed and delivered to the person packing the trailer by Wednesday.  I feel like an important step, the ‘pack the car’ step will be missing from my life this year, but, I have done extra packing plenty of years so I don’t think my lifetime average will be negatively impacted.

Thursday the plan is to have a clean up the house and hang out day.  I hope my plans actually work out and there are no crazy departures from the normal schedule the next few days.

This is probably not the wild and crazy fun blog this week.  I’m just going to pack and parent.  Next thing after I publish here is to make the list for packing, it has been bouncing in my head but with the house rearrangement, there are not as many notebooks as there once were. I have done this dozens of times but it still looks daunting before you start.  I may go and buy New Totes!  that will jump start the process.  My old ones are getting beat up anyway~

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Just in case you thought we did nothing fun all weekend we did head out to the mall for a little fun.  We had a mission for a special bottle for a friend and since we were at the mall we got milkshakes and went on some rides.  Just enough to be fun, not so much that they got crabby.  Pizza dinner and back to work but I’m glad to be as far along as I am.  All things I sew now are bonus, I don’t totally NEED anything and that is a nice feeling.

I also got a new phone!  My old one was 5 years old and the battery was down to almost nothing.  I had been hesitating because I like all the info and pictures I have on my old phone and didn’t want to start over but they guy at the store had a transfer machine so my new phone is identical and it feels nice to have a phone working all day again.

I’ll try and take a picture of all that I created this week, I’m pretty pleased with myself 🙂  Now I need to get breakfast and the day going, my ‘screen’ time is up!

For my Pennsic Friends

This is a departure from my normal day to day posts to bring you a printable form if you want to play my Pennsic Catch Them All game.

Here is the form;Pennsiccatchthemall (now with flying weapons supplemental!)

Greetings Known World going to Pennsic! If you were ‘going to catch them all’ at Pennsic what would you catch? We have the most exotic creatures all around us, we just have to look. This year I (Duchess Mary from Northshied) am sponsoring a quest for young and old to ‘catch’ SCA style.

The goal is simple – seek and find people from every stage of progression from every kingdom. I have a form to help you keep track and if you bring that form back to the Games Tent by 8/11 whoever caught the most gets a prize.

Truly, the real prize will be the people you meet and the things you learn.

And since we are a digital society if you feel inclined, and, it is not offensive to your ‘catch’ post pictures with ‪#‎Pennsiccatchthemall‬

 

I will have some on site but if you want to come prepared please print at home.  Mine are double sided, yours don’t have to be.  Order isn’t important except the last page is intended to be the cover.

See you at pennsic!

 

Weekend of work

Poor blog, nobody posts on you!

 

For the second week in a row Lars is out of town and in contrast to last week where I felt like the crazy hub of social activity this weekend we are crazy solo.  All little outings fell through and kids were behaving like it was a full moon (it was) and they had spent an exhausting fun week at camp.  Solo parenting is for the birds (although based on my nesting robins, those chicks keep 2 parents busy in their species too).

In the win column – I have major amounts of garb produced.  Thanks to mom who is quietly producing in NY to supplement efforts here, I think I can put away the sewing tomorrow.  I also have one solid box packed and some bits and pieces getting pulled to a gather point for packing in the near term.

We also did a fair job cleaning up.  When they start fighting I say I need to micromanage and we clean.  Sometimes the mess just moves but it’s almost cute to hear Zoe cut me off mid-word to parrot “do it right or do it twice”.   I also seem to have a relaxation issue when Lars is gone.  Two nights straight I got them to bed with reasonable ease, that at least is not a current issue, and instead of vegging out I power clean.  Last night I seriously intended to just do 10min and then go to bed and there was mud by the door from feet and 30 min later I had the floor cleaned and dry using a washcloth and dish towel since I only was going to do “that spot” but then there was “another spot”.

Today is starting better.  It is not raining, it is not 90 degrees and they let me sleep until 7:30.  And hey, the kitchen is clean, so that always helps the day start nicely.

Ps.  output in the past few days;

2 tunics for Lars, 1 over tunic, skirt and choli for me, 2 kid cholis, 5 kid skirts, a hat, 3 hoods, a chemise, various mending points, and 3 kids that are still alive.

kids at pennsic

90% of the people I know who have kids and go to pennsic DON’T bring their kids.  They have many valid reasons and for people in MN (or further) a 12+ hour drive is daunting all by itself.  If you want a ‘vacation’ vacation – leaving your kids home is a good start but also going to a beach in Mexico is a better start since Pennsic is a vacation I NEED a vacation from when I get back.

Lets be honest here.  Me taking 3 kids ‘solo’ was on the crazy side.  Here is a list of the things that went wrong;

  • Someone regressed to the point where she would not use a toilet, I nearly had to go get diapers.  Luckily she would use her little potty but I still ended up just throwing out underwear because I’m not dealing with poop while camping.
  • There are no doors at pennsic.  No bedroom to put a tired child to work it out.
  • I was bitten
  • Someone, in a manic overtired phase, did about 30 laps around camp – 5 were naked, the remainder in a pullup
  • Small feet fall through pallet gaps (but thankfully that pallet was replaced asap by a kind campmate

I was also lucky because I never lost anyone, nobody fell into or dropped anything into the portapotty, and 2 of 3 fell asleep in under 5 min every night.  My kids are also good walkers, love to drink Gatorade (so no dehydration), are very patient with putting on sunblock and nobody got sick or hurt.  The ultimate ace is that I camp in a wonderful spot with infastruture AND my parents so they are at ‘camp grandma’.

There are hard things too like

  • getting them to eat the food that is for dinner
  • removing the dirt layer nightly
  • working around the heat of the day and the freeze of the night
  • lack of internet and electronics

So why do I say it was worth it?  Because they will remember it.  They will remember how much they loved meeting other kids, staying up listening to drums and bagpipes and stories.  They will know people from all over the world that they can only see again there.  They will have a map of this place that they walked and walked burned into their soul.  These things will mean they will want to come back every year, they will feel like they belong.  And I’ll also be there, so, hopefully, at least yearly, I’ll see my grown up kids.

The SCA is something that the whole family can really ‘be’ in.  It is something that is there when you need it and nobody minds if you take a few years off.  You can move from your hometown to anywhere in the world and find SCA, and, while they might be total strangers, they ‘know you’.  It is a powerful network because nobody really ever leaves, they just get less active.  There are plenty of things in the world that have many of the same vurtures but I can’t thing of any that are that whole package.  My parents saw it for what it was and I’m very very glad that they made something the whole family could do the priority rather then all splitting off into our own hobby or sport.

Nothing worth doing is easy all the time and that is Pennsic in a nutshell

if you want to see a few more pictures here is a link; https://goo.gl/photos/c54xaR6y1YJFuB3N6

Starting Summer part 3

We arrived back home from our super long vacation on Saturday just before midnight and yesterday was a blur of naps and laundry and rediscovering the house and TODAY we have to hit the ‘normal’ button.

There is still a whole month of summer left for my kids.  I know lots of kids are back already but we had over 90 days of summer and I think we are making the most of it.

The NY segment was crazy in a Full House sort of way.  7 kids eat a ton and there is no choice but to either skip baths, or, clean 2 at once because even at 10min each that is over an hour of showering.

Rolling into Pennsic was almost calm since my kids were the only kids there for a week, but, there were 19 people and steadily gaining more daily so cooking was still on dinosaur proportions.  Today I made lunch for ‘just 3’ and it felt like nothing…

I posted pictures for most of the last two weeks since my computer was safely tucked away from the potential rain and the inevitable dust and bugs.  For the most part is was a good but it is not what one would call your classic vacation.  On the other hand, what vacation with 3 kids is restful?  Pennsic has enough kids that we found people to play with most days and I’m super lucky that my girls do play with each other pretty well.  The other gift from heaven was the babysitter for an hour and a half a day.  I joke I found her at WalMart but after YEARS of trying to find a sitter ahead of time and either finding nothing, or, people who fell through I was in line at WalMart the first day and the young lady ahead of us, obviously also a Pennsic person, started talking to the kids and I asked if she would babysit.  It was a wonderful find and allowed me an hour and a half to go to the bathroom, shower, and talk to other adults.  It was double good because when the other kids arrived the second week she could add them to the flock and we ALL got a break.  Pennsic is hard on parents but probably worse for those in camp who don’t have kids since they are not used to the constant low-level chaos.

My pictures are trapped in my camera but I hope to have some soon.  I’m back in the normal swing with playdates and working out and projects so hopefully that includes blogging too.