Posts Tagged With: Skagit Valley Highland Games

Giddy-up!

As Soapfi continues to grow, she inches up on those minimum height requirement charts and more fun activities are open to her when we go places. We were delighted to find out she was big enough to go on her very first pony ride while we were at the Skagit Valley Highland Games. It was the best $4 we had spent all day – she was ecstatic.

We had been concerned it would turn into one of those things that sounded better in concept than in execution. That she would be excited right up until she actually got on the pony, and then it would morph into one of her “it’s scary” episodes. But she remained enthusiastic the entire time, from waiting in line for her turn, clear up until it was time to wave goodbye to the pony.

Early on she was concentrating fiercely on keeping her grip on the saddle horn, but by the fourth or fifth time around she was feeling brave enough to practice her parade wave!

The only downside to the experience has been for Mommy, as I am now the de facto pony around the house, and she likes to go for rides… a lot!

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Knights That Go Tee-hee-hee

The Kingdom of An Tir had best watch out – I present future SCA Baroness of Aquaterra – Mz Soapfi!

Over the weekend on our way home from the sprint car races (Which apparently made a bigger positive impression that we realized (or thought possible considering the bump to her noggin). We have been told that all Soapfi wanted to talk about Monday at playschool was getting to see the cars go fast – this conversation was accompanied by visual and sound effects that included (but was not limited to) running in circles really fast and making “vroom vroom” sounds.) we stopped off at the Skagit Valley Highland Games for all of ninety minutes.

The original plan was to keep our five year streak of getting T-shirts unbroken, and for Daddy to get his haggis fix. Lucky for us, it morphed into watching Soapfi have a blast being a kid, starting with the tried and true game of “dress up and pretend”.

It was a hard fought battle, but in the end neither the grass nor Daddy could defeat the mighty arm of Mz Soapfi!

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Crash and Burn

Things looked promising when we arrived. Soapfi was delighted to see her good pal Penzilla again, and seemed to be quasi interested in the actual races. She wasn’t as bothered by the noise as we had anticipated so the ear protection didn’t stay on her head all that long. It appeared that fun would be had by all……

Then there was a crash & burn in turn three – only a few races into the evening and poor Soapfi fell trying to sit on one of the benches in the stands and smacked the back of her head against it – all bets were off trying to calm her down. No permanent damage or blood, but not exactly the outing we’d hoped for.

Daddy & Soapfi headed back to the hotel pretty soon after the fall, and not wanting to completely waste our entry fee, Daddy was kind enough to suggest that I stay and catch a ride back to the hotel with Penzilla & family. We stayed for a few more races, a few black flags (which is apparently a big deal – I can’t say I’m all that up to date on my dirt track racing rules and regulations!), and one crash that completely tore off the top foil and sent the crash cage azz over tea kettle across turn one.

We also left before the end of the races, which enabled us to have some fun trying to extricate our car from the parking lot.  The raceway parks everybody four deep in the middle of a field so if you’re not lucky enough to park at the beginning or end of the line (which was the case for Daddy & Soapfi), you have to be a bit creative if you want to leave early.

Thankfully the folk who go to these races on a regular basis appear to be of the trusting sort.  The car between us and the exit roadway had been left unlocked, allowing us to jump in, release the parking brake, push them back out of the way, get our car out, and then push them back into place – so thank you whomever you are, because the four of us really didn’t want to have to lift and carry your car out of the way, even if it was a small sporty thing!

On the upside – we stopped by the Skagit Valley Highland Games on the way home the next day and had some fun that made up for everything , but more about that tomorrow!

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