Saturday, March 7, 2009

Movie Night at the McCrackens

It is no secret that my husband doesn't like going out on dates. That is unless the dates include standing in freezing weather at some equipment auction, in that case, he's all for it. So through the years I have taken the kids in small groups to do "date night with mom!" Tyler & Mason have gone on several dates with me, bowling, out to dinner, movies, different stuff like that. Emily & I occasionally do a girls night out with a little shopping thrown in. Amy is the baby and since she is with me 24/7, we have many lunch dates & park dates. For some reason I don't think I have had a date with Alex in a very long time. Probably since he started school.

Yesterday Alan suggested that I surprise Alex with a date night, just Alex & Mom. Sounded like a great idea to me. So after I picked him up at school and sprung the big surprise on him, he says,

"Oh, That is so awesome! Can we bring dad? And the boys? And the girls too?" I gently explained that date night was just for him and me to spend some time together. He was a little let down by that. Then he said that would be fine, could we go to McDonalds, and bring Amy too so he would have someone to play with. Well OK then. So I asked would he like to rent a movie and get some movie theater type snacks at Wal-Mart, and then we could do a movie night at our house for the whole family.

Yes! This is going to be the best date ever mom. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
Hey what can I say, some of my best ideas come on at the spur of the moment.

Off to McDonald we went for our date dinner. Just Mom & Alex & oh yeah, Amy. Where I proceeded to purchase two happy meals, of which, one went 80% uneaten. When will I ever learn. It isn't that they don't like chicken nuggets, it's just that running around and screaming in the play place occupied most of their time. After the customary 5 minute warning, they came back and ate up a bit more of their food and off we went to Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart is the motherlode for Theater Style snacks. We got Fruit Punch, Pepsi, and Sierra Mist for our drinks. We picked up a case of Mega-Butter style microwave pop-corn. We got ice-cream treats, and we finished it off with huge packages of different kinds of movie theater candy. We were determined to have the best Theater Snack Bar in the valley.

The tricky part came when we went to find a movie. We had planned to rent "Space Buddies" and "Beverly Hills Chi WaWa", but apparently every other family in the Montrose area, had the same Movie Night at home plan that we did. It must be the economy. Finally we found a couple of movies that would make for a good substitution. "The Original Pink Panther Cartoons" & "The City of Embers". After watching an hour of pink panther I called it a night. But the party animals stayed up much later.


Shannon said...

That sounds like you guys had a great time. What wonderful memories your kids will have as they grow up.

meNmykids said...

That is great! What a nice date with only mom. Kids are so easy to please.

Tish said...

Having as many kids as we both have, I think it's important to spend some special time with each one. Unfortunately, I haven't been doing that like I should. Thanks for the reminder!

Mom of 3, Aunt of 14 said...

I recently had a 20 year old remind me of a time when she had stayed the night with me over a decade ago. I curled her hair and she wore one of my satin night shirts. ( she didn't have anything to wear to bed) She said she felt like a princess that night. Guess what I'd forgotten all about it but she still remembered how special she felt all these years later.

Neena said...

I had started reading your last post a few days ago, but I got interrupted. I'm afraid I'll have to skip this time, since I am trying to get caught up on everyone's blogs and have a limited time in which to do it!

Sounds like a good time. Isn't that funny how sometimes when you want to do something special just you and one other person, and that small other person wishes for many more people to share in the fun! It's happened to me before with my little siblings. Sounds like you had fun.

michelle said...

We love movie night and Macdonolds $1.00 movies.

Aunt Peety said...

sounds fun :)