The Traditional Easter Pirate Battle

Gray Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has a couple of ships in town at the moment: The Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain. The Lady Washington is better known as the H.M.S. Interceptor from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. The organization hosts tours and does excursions on the old ships, and some of those excursions are mock sea battles.

This seemed, to us, to be a good way to spend a holiday afternoon. And we were not wrong. There were canons fired, ropes pulled, sails hoisted, rigging climbed, sea shanties sung, t-shirts sold, and complicated sailing maneuvers performed by the crew of our ship against the crew of the other. We were on the Lady Washington, since once the kids found out about the Pirates connection the Hawaiian Chieftain might as well have been made of poop, and not of the deck variety.

I already posted some pictures to Instagram, but since I took 500 and only posted 8, maybe you want to see some of the others. So here: I’ve curated a special collection just for you.

Emily takes selfies just in case I don't take enough pictures. She hasn't actually met me.
Emily takes selfies just in case I don’t take enough pictures. She hasn’t actually met me.
I take selfies because I can.
I take selfies because I can.
Erin belays while hoisting.
Erin belays while hoisting.
Ship stuff.
Ship stuff.
"So many fish to impress with my rendition of "Part of Your World...so little time."
“So many fish to impress with my rendition of “Part of Your World”…so little time.”
"You know who's stupid? The people on the Hawaiian Chieftain! What dorks! What  imbeciles! What...they're sailing right behind me, aren't they?"
“You know who’s stupid? The people on the Hawaiian Chieftain! What dorks! What imbeciles! What…they’re sailing right behind me, aren’t they?”
Sweet dance moves.
Sweet dance moves.
The enemy.
The enemy.
The captain regales Erin with a story in rhyme. She bails after 10 stanzas.
The captain regales Erin with a story in rhyme. She bails after 10 stanzas.
Erin was probably the crew's favourite passenger, against their will.
Erin was probably the crew’s favourite passenger, against their will.
The Captain and Tenille.
The Captain and Tenille.
Erin belays more hoists.
Erin belays more hoists.
She is legitimately helping the crew hoist a sail here.
She is legitimately helping the crew hoist a sail here.
She is not-so-deliberately wondering what would happen if she just let go when they weren't looking.
She is wondering what would happen if she just let go when they weren’t looking.
Adrian was hopped up on Drammamine, so was not nearly as active as First Mate Erin. He kept a low profile and mostly hugged Emily. Adorably.
Adrian was hopped up on Drammamine, so was not nearly as active as First Mate Erin. He kept a low profile and mostly hugged Emily. Adorably.
More ship things.
More ship things.
Enemy ship, spotted through the ship things!
Enemy ship, spotted through the ship things!
This is Tarzan. He was in charge of firing all of the guns. He was awesome.
This is Tarzan. He was in charge of firing all of the guns. He was awesome.
"Oh no! There's no way for me to get to that ship and charm them into submission!"
“Oh no! There’s no way for me to get to that ship and charm them into submission!”
The enemy, through more ship things.
The enemy, through more ship things.
Now they're just playing. Ooh, look at me sail by you. Ooh, can't catch me.
Now they’re just playing. Ooh, look at me sail by you. Ooh, can’t catch me.
Sneaky little bastards.
Sneaky little bastards.
Adrian was not impressed with Tarzan's accuracy, or decibel levels.
Adrian was not impressed with Tarzan’s accuracy, or decibel levels.
But Tarzan was pretty great at using that stick thing to light the powder.
But Tarzan was pretty great at using that stick thing to light the powder.
Captain Cool As A Cucumber.
Captain Cool As A Cucumber.
Captain Skeptical.
Captain Skeptical.
Did you forget the enemy, or ship things?
Did you forget the enemy, or ship things?
Here. I've made the ship things the focus of this picture of the enemy. On purpose. This is art.
Here. I’ve made the ship things the focus of this picture of the enemy. On purpose. This is art.
Dingbat.
Dingbat.
Proof that I'm not on a boat called the Hawaiian Chieftain.
Proof that I’m not on a boat called the Hawaiian Chieftain.
Seriously, Erin was like an extra hand on this boat.
Seriously, Erin was like an extra hand on this boat.
Super interested in whatever is going on up there.
Super interested in whatever is going on up there.
Tarzan. Because shut up, that's why.
Tarzan. Because shut up, that’s why.
Emily has jokes.
Emily has jokes.
Adrian has adoribosity.
Adrian has adoribosity.
And they both have adoriquadiquacity.
And they both have adoriquadiquacity.
This guy is about to jump on the ship, all swashbuckly.
This guy is about to jump off the ship, all swashbuckly.
"SWASH!"
“SWASH!”
Captain Dork Hat. Sorry, Battle Hat. He called it his Battle Hat.
Captain Dork Hat. Sorry, Battle Hat. He called it his Battle Hat.

Erin has already asked how old she needs to be in order to join the pirate circus.

Erin Crafts One Ring to Rule The Mall

Erin and Adrian had a shortened school day on Thursday. Rather than bring them home and watch them play Minecraft, I decided to bring them up to San Francisco for the afternoon.

Our friends Alexei and Marie (Uncle Shopkeep Alexei and Auntie Shopkeep Marie, as I refer to them on Twitter) own a shop in the city (thus “shopkeep”, which would be a strange nickname if they had nothing to do with a shop). They sell jewelry and clothing at Fiat Lux (Twitter @fiatluxsf, Instagram @fiatluxsf), either making or finding great pieces, and have recently moved their jewelry making to a studio downtown. I had never seen the studio, and Alexei hadn’t seen the kids in a while, so I brought the kids to see where Uncle Alexei sometimes makes things.

Fuck yeah Saturday, bring it. Rich & high with Daisy's Diamond Pebble, Scosha's Halo, Claire's Black Diamond Bateau, D&I's Petite Pavé & our very own house made Littlest Evil. All available in shop & online at www.fiatluxsf.com. #girlpower.
Fuck yeah Saturday, bring it. Rich & high with Daisy’s Diamond Pebble, Scosha’s Halo, Claire’s Black Diamond Bateau, D&I’s Petite Pavé & our very own house made Littlest Evil. All available in shop & online at www.fiatluxsf.com. #girlpower. From the Fiat Lux Instagram.

Erin, ever-curious, immediately wanted to know what everything was and what it did. So Uncle Shopkeep Alexei helped Erin make a ring.

Alexei's assistant, Anna, shows Erin some metal that will be made into a ring.
Anna, a jeweler at Fiat Lux, shows Erin some metal that will be made into a ring.
Alexei shows Erin how the metal is fed into a steampunk contraption.
Alexei shows Erin how the metal is fed into a steampunk contraption.
Erin works the steampunk contraption.
Erin works the steampunk contraption.
Erin is delighted by the transformation of the metal.
Erin is delighted by the transformation of the metal.
Erin clips the metal into ring size.
Erin clips the metal into ring size.
Adrian helps.
Adrian helps.
Alexei solders the ring into one piece.
Alexei solders the ring into one piece.
Erin mallets the ring flat.
Erin mallets the ring flat.
Erin hammers the ring flatter.
Erin hammers the ring flatter.
Erin tries on her ring.
Erin tries on her ring.
Erin sands her ring smooth.
Erin sands her ring smooth.
Erin takes over the world of Elves and Men.
Erin takes over the world of Elves and Men.

Emily is now the proud owner of an Erin original (it was Erin’s plan all along to make a ring for her mom, because that’s how this kid thinks all the time). Emily is currently invisible, and leading the assault on Gondor.

So, who wants Erin to make a ring for them? Keep following Fiat Lux on Twitter and Instagram and let Alexei know that you want an original Erin Burns ring. Or you could buy any of their other rings, if you’re looking for a great piece of jewelry instead of a ring that will give you the power to turn invisible. Whatever floats your boat.