Today we journeyed northwards to the Charlotte area of North Carolina, where we attended the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival. We go to the Ren Fest every year, but usually we go in October when it's still warm. Today it was quite breezy and chilly, although it felt nice when you were out in the sun.
First we stopped by our friend Nancy's tent - the Hounds of East Fairhaven.
Drew didn't really care that much about the greyhounds, since we have one at home that he sees every day. No, what he cared about were the gold-wrapped candy coins they had set out as treats for visitors - he absconded with quite a few.
Then we met the love of Drew's life - Twig the Fairy.
He flirted unabashedly with her, giving her sidelong glances and batting his eyes and everything.
Yeah, it was quite a display. After we left her, he kept asking about "seeing the fairy again"...over and over and over.
We distracted him with a butterfly ride...
And then we found the sword and shield store and he was in little boy heaven.
He ran around the store pointing this wooden sword at anybody who would stand still, while yelling, "En guarde!"
Then he told Charles to "be a dragon", and when Charles growled, Drew brandished the sword at him and yelled, "Go 'way, dragon!"
Isn't he fierce?
Yeah, we bought the overpriced wooden sword.
"We're total suckers," said Charles.
"Yeah," I said. "At least we got out without buying the shield, too."