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.)
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!)