Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Our home IS our Castle!

Of Royal Birth

The kids enjoyed a peasants lunch of pocket sandwiches, so called because the workers kept them in a pocket then took them out to eat at meal time. They also enjoyed cool cider from a jug. As they sat beneath the shade of a tree we talked about names and how they were derived. Porters were the ale makers for the king, Millers ground the flour, John's son became Johnson. Although we ate a peasants lunch we were actually of Royal birth!
Years ago while going through my Grandmothers geneology I found a sheet of paper with a partial lineage back to Charlamagne. After a little digging around I was able to fill in the blanks and make a complete 17 page report for each child tracing them back to Charlamagne, Charles the Great.
It was fun to thumb back through time and see all the Kings and Queens in our family tree.
The report was made on a program at Heritage Maker

Princess and the Pea

Since we now know we are Royal we should expect to have super
sensitive skin like the title character in "The Princess & the pea".

Pillows are lined up in a row and the "royals" sit on each and try to detect where the pea is.

Everyone who found the pea was crowned with a priceless golden crown!

Let the punishment fit the crime

Lady Laughsalot
Arrested for jousting unbecoming a lady

Sir Bubble of Bath
Arrested for a very good impersonation of King John

Sir Frank of Furter
Arrested for dirty mouth (and cheeks!)

Sir Canta of Lope
Arrested for pilfering cookies

Let the feast begin

King John makes an appearance

Everyone ate off of trenchers, an unleavened bread that served as plates.

They dined on a variety of meats, cheeses, breads, fruits and juices.

The social elite are sometimes refered to as the "Upper crust". In medieval times those of high social standing were served the "upper crust" or top slice of the bread that sometimes had a flower or decoration painted on it. Korbi show where she stands in society, having been served the "upper crust" of the bread.

Our trashy castle - made from all sorts of trash.

Papa arrived home just in time to be knighted and to join in the festivities.

The Royal Ball

I told the kids a story about knights and castles and how the knights were invited to the dances held there. I mentioned that the knights were on their very best behavior and asked the ladies to dance, hoping to woo them and eventually marrying into the royal family. This worked very well, the little boys tried very hard to impress the girls and win their favor!

The festivities were overseen by the Royal Family.

Someone's bound to get hurt when knights insist on swing dancing in their shiny armor!

What Royal Looks Like

Some say Royalty puts on airs
Think they're better then the rest
Some say they're rich and snobbish too
and have a family crest

That may be true but I can say
that I can surely trace
the noble brow and royal look
upon a babies face

The treasures of the earth belong
to every King who rules
but diamond and gems can never replace
our precious "family" jewels

The knights of old were brave it's true
with deeds done by the dozen
But no one stands as dashing and tall
as when dancing with his baby cousin!


I linked up with:
Under the table and dreaming
Bringing Beauty
Funky Polka Dot Giraffe
Reasons to skip housework
Uncommonly Yours
Lady Behind the Curtain
Free Pretty Things
Fireflies and Jellybeans
The Taylor House
Happily Mother After
Tales of a Trophy Wife
Chic on a Shoestring
Rooted in Thyme
Ladybird Ln
Creation Corner
Tatertots & Jello
Oopsey Daisy


  1. What a fun fun time! I love the pea game. That picture at the end is precious.

  2. Oh my! Can I come to Camp Grammaluvlee? Such fun stuff for all of your beautiful babies!

    Take care,


  3. I'm w/ Bonnie and Trish. I want to come too.

  4. That looks like so much fun. Thanks so much for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Hope you have a Wonderful Easter!


  5. Ok so this is one of the cutest ideas I have seen in a LONG time! What lucky grand kids! Thank for participating in the weekend show off party, your blog was chosen to my blog of the week for this coming week! If you are interested email me!


    I also showed you off today!

  6. This may be the cutest "Royal" party I've seen! You did an awesome job! Geez, could you come be my grandma?!

  7. How creative!! I'm impressed with all the work that went into this royal party. Thanks so much for linking up your party at Happily Mother After! :)

  8. Wow. What a creative royal party!! This is incredible. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  9. How CUTE is that?! I love it!!!! Thanks so much for sharing at my party!!!! Looks like a wonderful theme, and very well done... I may have to use the theme for a party for my little one, soon! To cute not to use!!!

    Have a blessed week!
    stringtown home

  10. I love this! It looks so much fun, and there are so many great ideas! I have four kids, and I really enjoy throwing kids parties, and this will definetly go to my idea pool! Thank you so much!

  11. Wonderful! It was great that you were able to link your family to royalty and then have so much fun with it! Love the costumes and the games. Have to say Sir Canta Lope did not look at all remorseful while in the stocks! But he made up for it in the last photo ---. Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy -- I had grandmas email me last week that they LOVED your ideas. Can't wait to see more!

  12. Wow, looks and sounds like a fun time was had by all! what a neat idea. And the baby prince sure is cute!!