Monday, September 22, 2008

Scotland the Brave!


Scotland the Brave!
at the 2008 Renaissance Festival


Yesterday our family went to Bonner Springs, KS to the Annual Renaissance Festival. We had a good time. We met some good friends up there. All of us have Scottish roots so we thought it would be a great time to see some of the "highland games" being presented. Matthew came in fourth place to the Haggis throwing contest. There were some games, but not as many as we thought there would be. There were a lot of men in kilts. One of the things that the boys did was taste haggis. Haggis is a traditional Scottish food that is basically the innards of a sheep, mixed with spices and cooked inside a sheep stomach. Yuck. Two out of three liked it. I didn't even try it. It was really nice to hear the bagpipes playing in the back ground. Even though it was a somewhat nice day, (it was great to see good friends), I think we will be heading to a different type of Scottish Highland Games next time. In the state of Missouri, there are literally hundreds of festivals available to enjoy. Until next time.....
~Gayla

Saturday, September 6, 2008

New Shoes

It has been very exciting at our house over the last two months. In August, Maggie got her letter from her ballet teacher, stating that she was ready to begin pointe class. What an exciting time in a little girls life. Before embarking on this journey six years ago, I never realized just what a milestone this was. We went up to Kansas City and had grandma (my mom) go with us. Mom had been a dancer when she was younger and she and Maggie were able to share in this experience. She started her class today and I will have her post her experiences later on. Way to go Maggie. ~Love Mom