The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation
2Samuel 22:47

30 April 2011

A Party Tale

A few weeks ago a cry went out through the land for some of the bravest {5ish yr old} knights to gather for a special banquet and festival

celebrating {sir} Ryland's 5th Birthday.

The cry did not go unheeded, and today

the castle was decked out with the prettiest flowers gathered from the surrounding forest

{or from the North side of the garage}

the finest details were attended to

{such as signing the official knight certification documents}

the royal ribbons were tied

and the Knights of the Round Table, otherwise known as the Knights who can sit in a round circle, gathered for a day of festivities and adventure.

A few training exercises were in order before the great battle, so we huddled around our rectangular 'Round Table' and engineered and built some of the finest cardboard catapults you have ever seen.

We almost lost a few eyes in this training exercise, but you know the ol' saying

'No guts, no glory' and so we pressed on . . .

The knights discussed the many uses of cardboard catapults, such as binoculars to spy on nearby castles.

And then the brave knights headed out into the Concrete Wilderness where a mighty foe is said to dwell. After laying siege to the castle, they began to bombard the walls with a secret weapon. . .


{ was this ever fun!}

After a few minutes of being bombarded with said lentils, we decided to pull out the ultimate secret weapon - Swedish Fish. Nothing like tossing diseased animals {or leftover Easter candy} over the castle walls to scare and persuade an enemy.

As it turns out, the inhabitant of this castle actually likes fish. And mice. So our brave knights decided to eat the fish and go back to lobbing lentils.

{our brave knights and their catapults!}

Still, our young friends longed for more adventure and so we talked about a Coat of Arms and its purpose and designed our own before heading out into the great wilderness.

The knights all decided to make a dragon and a cross their knightly symbols and went to work right away. Who wants to waste time when their is a battle to fight?

With {foam} shields in hand and {foil}swords in fist, they headed out with the King's most trusted {oldest sons} knights in search of a fearsome dragon that terrorizes our backyard. Their reward for being brave and capturing said dragon?

A picnic lunch and roasting s'mores.

I cannot tell you how excited, and a bit scared, these knights were - but brave nonetheless and headed into danger with shoulders straight and faces looking straight ahead.

The king of the castle {the greatest husband ever!} loyally tended to the royal fire pit and. . .

with his shortest squire, headed out into the dangerous wilderness to place a fearsome, inflatible 'dragon' for our adventurers to find - hopefully before too long, as our 'dragon' will only hold air for 32-minutes {yes, we timed it last night! Poor thing has a few holes in it. I wonder how it happened?}

Such courage!

Mission accomplished - they decided to bring him to the castle and try to tame him so we would have something to start a campfire for our hotdog roast and marshmallow toasting.

One of my brave young friends very kindly pointed out, "Excuse me, Mrs. F. Ummm...your dragon, it's really a T-Rex!" with some sympathy in his voice as obviously I should have known the difference.

Sir Ryland enjoyed sitting on his royal beanbag and opening some fun gifts as his King-Dad roasted hot dogs for the hungry group.

Lady Nora - I hope she has a princess party someday. And I hope I will not be too old to be invited. My life with boys. . .

In lieu of cake {oh this made my life easy!} - s'mores! Perfect.

The day went by so quickly, Moms showed up to take their brave and exhausted knights back to their own castles

and they all lived happily ever after.

And that's the tale I have to tell to you!


  1. I love it!!! I've been meaning to write you back about your fabulous party ideas... let me tell you how estatic Chad was at your catapult idea!!! haha Too bad he hasn't had the time to make one. : ( But we are doing the lemon/lime egg hunt!

    You certainly are a Mama of BOYS, aren't you??? Haha Loved the boy who kindly pointed out the T-Rex! And how easy were the S'mores! Great party. : )

  2. Who says a Knight can't protect the Realm and have a good time doing it?
    And then topping the evening off with s'mores instead of mead.Looks like a good time was had by all. Say, did Ryland buy his chain mail at Mercers?They do have many sundry items.

    Love to all the Damsels,Knights in the Feickert berg Sir Dad/Granpa Bill

  3. Love, love, love this, Hollie!! I'm so glad you all survived the lentil/Easter candy bombardment. :) Do you hire out for birthday parties?? Because from late summer to early fall we have a birthday bombardment!

    Btw, I saw on FB that someone uses leftover peeps from Easter in s'mores. I thought that was a great idea!

  4. I do say, "when you have a party!,you sure do have a party!! Wow, that looked like fun!! Love to all Gramma.

  5. The loved it Hollie! So wonderful. Such a blast! Thank you sir Ryland for including us!