Monday, July 21, 2014

Medieval Times in Dallas

We took Grandmother C. to the Medieval Times castle in Dallas for dinner and a show. Where else can you watch a great tournament and eat an entire meal with just your hands?  

We had reservations and got there before the doors opened.  However, there was already a line to get in.  Our 5 year old was not the most charming about having to be patient in the hot Texas sun!

Family at Medieval Times in Dallas

But the castle is the perfect place to go for summer entertainment and dinner while enjoying the cool air conditioning!  We all donned our fabulous blue crowns and got ready to for a wonderful dinner and tournament.

Crowns at Dallas Medieval Times

No utensils are needed at Medieval Times - actually they aren't even available for you if you want them!  Your fingers are all that you need.  The garlic bread is perfect for dipping into the hot Tomato Bisque soup.  But my soup bowl must have had a hole in it because it was completely empty.  I wish they offered seconds!

Tomato Bisque at Medieval Times

The bisque was followed by chicken, rib, baked potato and dessert pastry.  The food is always delicious here.  And of course, napkins and wet towels are available to clean up with afterwards.

We watched the falconry performance and the beautiful Spanish horses as they danced around the arena.  Of course the jousts and sword fights were amazing too.  I just love the chivalry and pagentry of the performances.

Blue Knight at Medieval Times

Here is a quick video of one of the Blue Knight's battles:

Medieval Times is located at 2021 N. Stemmons in Dallas, Texas.  For more information, please call them at 866-543-9637 or check out their website at  Tickets are $60.95 for adults and $36.95 for children but there are a few promotions going on now that you might be interested in.  
  • Promo code SK39WEB, adults can go for $39.95 and kids for $29.95 through Labor Day weekend.
  • Promo code 35WEB, all tickets are $35, Monday - Thursday only, through Labor Day weekend.
  • Promo code KFWEB, kids go free with a regularly priced adult ticket purchased, Monday - Thursday only, through Labor Day weekend.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Puzzle, Play, and BBQ

We had a leisurely start to the day with a big homemade breakfast.  Grandmother got some fun play time with the kids.  She worked with Rachel on this 100 piece puzzle but she said that Rachel did most of the work.  We talked about how she and I would both try to work the corners and edges first but Rachel starts with the characters first.  She just has an amazing way of solving puzzles.  She's always been really good at puzzles.

Hello Kitty puzzle

We all went to the 2:00 show of The Hobbit.  Nicholas did great.  There was a little extra pep in all of the actors because this was the last show.

On Friday, Rachel had helped me as I volunteered at the flower table in the lobby.  She enjoyed explaining to Grandmother how the small, medium, and large bouquets should be assembled.

Flower bouquets at theater

After the show, we headed to dinner at Hard 8 BBQ in Coppell.  I don't even use BBQ sauce when I'm here.  The meat is smoked to perfection and I think the sauce just makes it harder to taste the delicious sausage, brisket, or ham.

Hard 8 BBQ in Coppell Texas

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Wonderful Day in Grapevine

After breakfast, we took Nicholas to the theater to start getting ready for the 2:00 show and we headed to Grapevine.  We stopped at Vetro Glass Studio to show Grandmother C. how beautiful glass art is made.  We saw some beautiful pieces in the gallery but unfortunately their furnace is being replaced so we couldn't watch any of the artisans at work.

We headed next door to the Grapevine Foundry where they make incredible pieces with bronze and other media.  We had the incredible opportunity to watch the owner, Linda Lewis-Roark, working on the clay sculpture with the live model right there.  The artist has been working on it the clay sculpture for a couple of months already.  Once the clay sculpture is complete, they will cast a wax mold of it.  The wax mold will then be used to make the actual bronze statue.  So amazing!

Grapevine Foundry artist sculpting clay

We browsed around the Grapevine Farmer's Market and sampled some delicious foods.  Somehow we ended up buying a little of everything we sampled!  But the fresh cantaloupe is my personal favorite.

It was about time for our scheduled tea party at Let's Pretend Tea Parties.  Stuart left the girls and headed to a more guy-friendly place like Bass Pro Shops or something.

We started out by picking out our dress-up costumes.  I was surprised that Rachel didn't pick a more "princessy" dress.  She went all glam instead.

She got a little bit of blush and eye shadow.

Then it was time for tea and cupcakes!

Rachel was having a wonderful time!  She picked a vanilla cupcake and had seconds on the raspberry tea.

She kept going back to the costume area and picking out more pieces to add.  I think the purple boa was the perfect addition!

We headed back to the house to get ready for the 7:00 showing of The Hobbit.  Grandmother wasn't feeling well so she stayed home.  My tummy was feeling a little queasy too - I think we may have had too much raspberry tea!  Rachel was tired from our busy day and managed to get her Daddy to carry her into the theater.  Look at that smile on her face!

Little Girl in Daddy's arms

She's a bit too big to easily be carried in our arms but her Daddy knows that there won't be much longer before she will quit asking to be carried so he savors the days while he can.

Little Girl Being Carried By Her Daddy

We had a wonderful day exploring the area with Grandmother.  Tomorrow promises to be just as much fun.

Best Breakfast in Lewisville: Ham N Eggs

Where can you get a Texas-sized breakfast in the Dallas-Fort Worth area?  Look no further than Ham N Eggs, a busy little diner hidden in a strip mall in Lewisville.  They serve breakfast and lunch until 2:00 every day.

We went for breakfast.  There was quite a wait for a table and unfortunately there wasn't a place to sit or even stand where we would be out of the way.  People just seem to hang out near the door in small packs until tables are cleared for them.  There was a steady flow of people coming in for a late Saturday morning.  

Ham N Eggs is famous for their big pancakes and biscuits.  Their pancakes are HUGE.  Seriously, they hang over the sides of the plate!

Ham N Eggs Giant Pancake Breakfast in Lewisville

The five of us each had plates full of food.  But it isn't just about the size of the portions.  The taste of the food is amazing too.

Family breakfast at Ham N Eggs in Lewisville

I had the Texas Sun omelette with biscuits and gravy.  Look at the size of that biscuit!  Their biscuits and gravy are a very close match to our favorite breakfast diner back in southern Louisiana, and that is saying a lot for this truly southern meal.  The omelette and hash browns were perfectly cooked and seasoned.

The prices are very reasonable considering the amount of food you get.  We ate on our leftovers for 2 days!  I love all little diners but Ham N Eggs is probably at the top of my list for the best breakfast in the area.

Ham N Eggs is located at 297 W. Round Grove Rd #190 in Lewisville, TX.  They don't have a website but you can call them for more information at 972-315-1155.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Getting Ready for the Show {The Hobbit}

As we wrap up the first weekend of The Hobbit, I decided to tag along with Nicholas as he got ready for the show.  He starts with putting on his costume.  He wears comfortable shorts and a t-shirt to the theater so that he can just slide his costume pieces over his clothes.  Having clothes on underneath the costumes keep them cleaner so they can go all 8 shows before being washed but it also cuts down on dressing time.

Once he is in costume, he grabs his makeup pencil and gets in line for makeup.  He has simple boy stage makeup as a dwarf.  Once his makeup is done, he goes backstage to hook up his microphone.  I was surprised that he has learned to do this on his own but he does.  He used mic tape to help secure the mic in place.

Children's Theater - Putting on a microphone

Next he heads back down to costuming to finish getting into costume.  He was surprised on opening night to learn that he would be wearing a wig.  He wasn't thrilled with it but he is actually more disappointed that he doesn't have facial hair as part of his costume.  He starts with putting on his wig cap.  The wig cap helps to hold his natural hair in place and give the bobby pins something to grip to.  It also helps to keep the wig clean by putting a barrier between the kids' sweaty heads and the wigs.

Children's Theater - Putting on a wig cap

Next he waits in line while Ms. Joe Ann styles everyone's wigs.  She is the founder of the Actors Conservatory Theatre and the director for The Hobbit so it was neat getting to hear her talk with the actors as she fixed their wigs.  She has so much knowledge and experience in the theater.

Children's theater - getting the wig styled

Finally, Nicholas is ready to perform his heart out on stage as the awesome little dwarf, Bifur.

4 shows down and 4 more to go next weekend!