Let’s Go Out To The Movies

At the very start of summer we decided we were going to take Clara to see her first movie at the theater. We felt like she was old enough to pay attention through the whole thing and the sequel to her favorite movie at home, Despicable Me, came out in July. Well… it took us ’til September to actually make it happen.

It was the last Friday before school started the following week, so we figured it was a nice exciting event to close Clara’s summer. By some miracle Despicable Me 2 was still playing, so we figured the chances were good that we’d have some little theater all to ourselves (i.e. no other people to disturb). Well, we did have the theater all to ourselves. Only it wasn’t little. How a movie that had been out for so long ended up getting assigned to this giant theater, we’ll never know – but we loved it.

Even though we had full reign of the stadium theater we still thought it would be good practice for Clara to learn not to scream out “I love Gru” everytime he walked on screen. So we employed some of the techniques that our mom-friends had suggested, which mostly boiled down to “keep them busy with food.”

Before we even entered the theater, Clara was already thoroughly enjoying the movie-going experience thanks to this talking display.

It was fun seeing how novel the experience was through her eyes. Everything was exciting. Walking up the stairs to our seats. Chowing down on some movie popcorn. Sitting in the folding seats that were determined to fold her up.

And of course the big screen. There was lots of pointing and marveling at the big screen for a while. Sherry was in mom-mode. Intent on documenting everything, she even hopped up to get some photos from the row behind us. #momsandtheircameras

Even though there was no one around us to disturb, we still practiced being quiet. I won’t say Clara completely succeeded in that throughout the movie. She might have a future career as a film narrator.

Despite being a bit vocal in some parts, she did really well. She sat in her seat nearly the entire time (she got up once to dance with the characters) and we didn’t even have to dig into any snacks other than the popcorn. Our only rough patch was when we had to convince her to take a potty break even though we couldn’t pause the movie. But overall, we’re quite proud of our freshly minted cinephile.

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First Day of School, 2013

It happened again. Our little lady is back in preschool.

And the difference from last year’s first day photo nearly put our jaws on the floor. We knew she had grown, but wow.

Since her monthly photo project stopped at her 3rd birthday, it was fun to break out this other photo tradition and snap some pictures. Although I had forgotten about the weird results when you say things like “smile big!”

“No, like you’re really happy and excited.”

She’s going back to the same preschool she went to last year, though now for three mornings a week instead of two like last year. She’s excited to be back with her friends, to get to know her new teachers, and to uncover all that there is to explore in her new classroom. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say we’re excited to have a couple hours of quiet time/project time/typing time at home. Although our new house is about 15 minutes further away from school now, so we’re definitely noticing the extra hour that it takes to do two round-trips.

Totally worth it though. The girl loves her school and is so excited to be reunited with all of her friends.

Not sure where this catalog model came from all of the sudden. Someone’s giving us a little strut and pose action.

She eventually realized that all of these photos were the only thing that stood between herself and her friends at school, so this is her “can we go now?” face.

So off we went. Oh, and Sherry found her school bag at an Old Navy outlet for $2. She wrote Clara’s name on it with a red sharpie since the school asks for everything to be labeled. How did the whole first day of school thing go for the rest of you guys?

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