Tuesday, July 06, 2010

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Actually, it was last weekend, and it happened just a few miles from my house, but…

I became the proud wife and mom of two newly knighted Jedis.

Why? Because I’m the coolest wife and mom EVAH!!

I’ll back up. The Star Wars traveling exhibit is in Huntsville this summer at the US Space and Rocket Center. Now the USSRC normally runs Space Camp where kids (and adults) get to train like astronauts. To celebrate the Star Wars exhibit, the creative folks at the USSRC turned some of their Space Camps into Jedi Training Camps. And they weren’t just for kids either… they had Parent/Child Jedi camps.

Now, you know my Geek, by virtue of being a Geek, LOVES Star Wars. He has also brought our child up in the ways of the Force. We have light saber apps on our iPhones so they can do battle in the living room without breaking a lamp. One of the very first pictures AC ever drew for us was of 3CPO and R2D2 (or “R-tooey-too” and "Fwee-pee-oh" has she called them. I think she was maybe 3?). There are conversations about Stars Wars minutiae at my dinner table and I don’t have a clue what the hell they’re talking about. AC went as Princess Leia for Halloween last year. (She prefers Ahsoka, but my limited costume-making skills aren’t nearly good enough for that.)



Meeting an old friend for the first time...


AND the first Jedi class would graduate on DG and AC’s birthday. The Universe was definitely telling me what to get them for their birthday.I signed them up the moment the link went live – which was important, because the camps sold out completely. And it worked out well because that was the same weekend as my reunion, and I took them to camp on my way out of town.




First stop – matching t-shirts donned after check in.

They spent the weekend building and racing Pod racers, training with light sabers, and learning all about the Jedi way of life. (Unfortunately for DG, Jedi camp – like all camps – is actually designed for children, so the beds aren’t comfortable, the food is questionable, and the hours are long. He couldn’t go to work last Monday because he was exhausted. I think he’s the first person in history to call in Jedi to work.)




The counselors -- ahem, the Jedi Masters -- wore their official outfits all weekend. Here the Master leads the young ones to their next lesson in the ways of the Jedi...


Although I was hung over like you wouldn’t believe Sunday morning and feeling like dirt, I crawled my butt out of bed and drove home to make it to graduation where my Geek and his little Geek-in-training were knighted as Defenders of the Galaxy.

AC was the only girl in her entire Jedi class, and was therefore the first female knighted. (Way to shatter the Glass Ceiling with a light saber, honey!)

And since it was their birthday, Smarty Pants made them a special Death Star birthday cake. My Jedis used their new training to destroy that Death Star as well, only to find it had a yummy center!


That cake is just awesome.

So, I'm the best mom and wife ever, and I have very happy geeks -- I mean, Jedi Knights.

Are you a Star Wars fan? Would you like to go through Jedi training? (Y'all know how I feel about camp in general, so unless the accommodations are upgraded to the Hilton, you know it's not for me!)

PC

10 comments:

Playground Monitor said...

Way to go, AC! And LOL at calling in Jedi to work. Did he need a note from Yoda? "Too tired to work, he is."

I've seen all the Star Wars movies, but I'm not what you'd call a huge fan. I remember taking #1 son to see Return of the Jedi shortly after #2 son was born. Only he called it Turn of the Jedi. He had these little Star Wars books with accompanying phonograph records, and he'd play them over and over and over and over. He'd hum the Star Wars theme over and over and over and over. It won't surprise me if he doesn't come up from Birmingham to visit the exhibit.

Jedi camp? Uh... I don't think so. I'm not much of a Pod racer and my light saber skills are as weak as my Pac Man ones. But for those who are into the Star Wars thing, it sounds like a real treat. We're lucky to have it here.

susanwilson44 said...

I read this whole blog with my inner voice shouting "Me! Me! me!" I SO want to go to Space camp and Jedi camp. And that cake just looks awesome, please tell me you didn't destroy the Death Star?

Cheryl said...

By virtue of my age, I loved the first three Star Wars released back in the seventies. Especially Hans Solo. Didn't care too much for Luke... Nope, don't want to do the camp. I am with you - unless it's a Five Star (Not Death Star) accommodation I don't want to participate.

Smarty Pants said...

I think visiting the exhibit is as close as I'll get to Jedi camp. I like Star Wars. DB likes it a little more than me (he even likes the new ones, which I think is odd) but neither of us are fanatics. I like the idea, characters and the cult power of Star Wars more than the actual movies themselves.

Lynn Raye Harris said...

What an awesome experience for them both. No, not a camp girl here. I'm with you on the nicer accommodations. As Cheryl said, five star not Death Star (love that!). I've never even been camping, truth be told. Don't really intend to start now.

Stephanie said...

Congrts on being the mom of the First Female Jedi Knight!
Way to go!

I am not so much on the camping either but am glad they were able to go and have so much fun.

Angel said...

How totally cool!!! Looks like so much fun. Wish I could have shipped my crew off to Jedi Training camp too...

My kids love Star Wars, and the hubby enjoys them too. I like the 3 originals. We're actually going to the exhibit this week while the hubby is off work. My house is very excited. :)

Angel

LA said...

I know they had a great time! What a great way for them to spend their birthday!

Kathy said...

Wow! I'm speechless. This is so totally uber cool!

I remember standing in a line that wrapped around the entire theatre to see the first Star Wars movie. No one knew back then what a fantastic legacy this would be. Well, we knew but we didn't really know. LOL! :D

I'm so glad your Jedi's had a great time.

farmerjaneusa said...

What an awesome story topped off with the perfect cake! It's not the Hilton, but for those that want to learn the real thing with less sci-fi you might want to try this http://www.projectjedi.net/news/item/60-so-you-want-to-be-a-jedi?.html