As a family, we've been part of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) for over ten years now. We were invited one event to come out and camp for the weekend and we loved it. Quite honestly, what's not to love? Dressing up in historical(ish) clothes, getting to do arts and crafts, and camping plus shopping for things that have no place in the ordinary world but are still super cool like daggers, swords, armor, and all things dragons, fairies and fantasy.
But it's the people that have kept us going back year after year, event after event. We camp with an amazing group of people every year. We started out as a bunch of single people out having drunken revelries, then we got married, started bringing LW and GG (who the whole clan adored and immediately adopted), then more little kids (our Tweedles included) started popping up and we've moved from the party encampments to the quieter ones with quiet hours. The experience when we go has changed over the years, but we keep going back because we love the people. And after 10+ years, they've become family.
Last weekend we had the anniversary event of our clan - the Scottish kind, not the KKK kind. Just a weekend to spend with people we only get to see a few times a year, to catch up, and be amazed at how the kids have grown. Be excited for good news, commiserate with bad news and do what families do best.. EAT. We had an amazing feast with turkey and all the trimmings, drinks, laughter, good fun and friends. The best kind of weekend.
The best kind of weekend that was made just a tiny bit better by a hysterical and completely inappropriate game GG found. It's called Cards Against Humanity and again I can't emphasize enough how inappropriate this game is. It's a simple game, similar to Apples to Apples, where a black card is read and everyone has 10 pre-written white card to choose from to give the funniest answer. The funniest answer wins the black card and at the end of the night, the one with the most black cards wins.
For example: the black card may read: What is my anti-drug? The white cards could read: Santa Claus or Passive Aggressive Post-It Notes. This is an adult game as some of the answers are much more raunchy than than my examples (this is a family blog after all). So we waited until all the kids were put to bed to play and the game went on until the wee hours of the morning with so much laughter, our stomachs were sore. They were out of stock of the game last weekend, so we simply downloaded the pdf and had the cards printed at staples for under $10. Doesn't get any better than that!
I didn't take any photos from our event. I brought my camera, but was having so much fun, I forgot to use it. Maybe next time. Meanwhile, we went all of last year without doing a single SCA event and this year, I think this year we're ready to get back in the game and do events again. So, expect more pictures to come!