SciFi Mama

Adventures in raising a geeky child

“The Bestest Best Day Ever!” July 20, 2011

Filed under: Family,fun,movies,Paige — scifimama @ 5:09 am

Paige may not use the best grammer to describe her Tuesday, but I think it gets the point across.  Tuesday started as only the best day ever, but got even better by the end of the day.  It started with Ronnie and me taking off Tuesday to go on a field trip with Paige.  She’s been asking and asking since the beginning of summer for us to go on one with her.  I was saving it more for the end of summer to see how she would do.  Paige had some behavior issues on the first couple of field trips and her ability to continue going on them was severely jeopardized.  She settled down into things and has been on every field trip this summer.

I also picked today because it looked fun.  Well, as much fun as going on a field trip with 15 assorted 5 year olds can look anyway.  This one was to a painting party place.  Don’t have them in your area?  You’re missing out.  This session was geared towards kids of course, but we’re thinking of going back later after we get a sitter.  The place sketches out your requested picture, in this case a turtle for Paige & Mommy and a monkey for Daddy.  They do have more complicated pictures for adults.  The artist on duty walks you through painting your masterpiece.  When it’s adult time, you can bring your own beverages (alcoholic or not, it’s up to you) and some appetizers and spend a couple of hours hanging out with friends and having fun.  They even do birthday parties as well.

After the field trip we sent Paige back to daycare to get some errands accomplished in peace.  I don’t know a 5 year old who likes to sit at the dealership through an oil change and tire rotation.  I don’t know an adult who likes it for that matter.  Paige didn’t know but we had one more surprise in store for her.  Carmike Cinemas has a promotion where movies during a certain time frame are $5 per person.  And since it’s Tuesday drinks were $1 each.  We went to see Cars 2 this afternoon.  Popcorn is also discounted, but since we have the popcorn bucket we’re good no matter what.  We loan it out to friends and family all year long.

As we picked Paige up from daycare and told her about her surprise her entire face lit up.  Ronnie asked if this was still the best day ever; she replied “Nope! It’s the bestest best day ever!”  I was also told I’m the best mommy in the entire world.  Sounds like we both had a good day.

 

Rango March 9, 2011

Filed under: movies — scifimama @ 5:54 am

I took Paige to see this movie Tuesday.  I wasn’t sure we would see it in the theatre, but then I got a deal for 2 tickets for $9, so I went for it.  The movie itself is actually very cute.  There’s lots of little things in there that only the adults will get.  Like the headstone that says “Hold my beer, watch this.”  How can you not help but laugh at that?  The town is made up of animals, reptiles and amphibians living and working together.  The basic premise is the lack of water in the desert, and the hero, Rango, who tries to help them get more of it.

I don’t want to give anything away.  It’s a Nickelodeon movie, not a Disney.  There are 2 curse words, damn and hell, and they’re said back to back.  I’m not even sure younger kids would notice the words were different than the others in the movie.  My biggest downside to the movie is how long it is.  I didn’t realize that when I got the tickets, if I had, we may not have seen it in the theatre.  Rango is almost 2 hours long.  By the time you add in all the commercials and previews, even not watching the ending credits we were still there for over 2 hours sitting in the theatre.

If you have smaller kids who may not sit still that long, wait for the DVD.  If your kids are older, go for it.  You’ll laugh and have a good time.  The way we survived the length of the movie was I let Paige bring her pillow pet with us.  I lifted the arm rest between the seats and she laid down on my lap for part of the movie.  We may have been able to cut it a bit closer on getting there, but I’m glad we didn’t.  I only thought everyone would be at Mardi Gras.  No.  It was sold out.  Had we waited we would have had to sit in the front seats where you have to look up at the screen the whole movie.  Thanks to Fandango, we already had tickets, so we didn’t have to worry about that.

 

It’s almost Harry Potter time! November 16, 2010

Filed under: Daddy,Mommy,movies — scifimama @ 5:42 am

We’ve been waiting for the final Harry Potter book to be made into a movie.  Or, in this case, into two movies.  Now it’s finally almost here!  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 comes out Friday.  We have our tickets to go see it on Saturday afternoon.  Ronnie’s mom is keeping Paige Saturday afternoon and Sunday.  We get some time to ourselves.  Our way of celebrating that is to go see one of our favorite book series turned into a movie.

I don’t mind that this book is split into two movies.  The book is long and rather complicated.  I get that, really.  I just wish they would release the movies closer together!  I would love to walk out of one and into the next a few minutes later.  Or, show it as a double feature in the same theatre.  Maybe a 30 minute potty break between movies.  No such luck.  We’ll see part 1 Saturday then have to wait months to see part 2.

 

Movie Etiquette July 3, 2010

Filed under: movies — scifimama @ 8:00 am

There are some things that we all know are common sense and common courtesy, but not everyone seems to follow.  I hope when you go into a movie you turn your cell phone to vibrate, or turn it off.  You know not to leave your phone on ring, and at the loudest volume possible.  Another one we all know is not to repeatedly kick the seat in front of you.  A few bumps here and there are expected.  But sitting there bored and kicking the chair?  Not a good idea.

I saw Eclipse Friday afternoon.  I didn’t see any of the other Twilight movies in the theatre.  Honestly, I didn’t think the movies were that good.  I did read the books, and absolutely loved them.  Eclipse is my favorite of the books, so the one I decided to see on the big screen. I won’t give out spoilers, but I will say I’m glad I saw it on the big screen.  It was definitely a good movie.  But, after seeing both Eclipse and Toy Story 3 recently, I think maybe some people need a refresher in movie etiquette.

  • Put your phone on silent.  We don’t want to hear it.  If you may have a call you must get, you can put the phone in your lap or back pocket, you’ll feel it vibrate.
  • Don’t text during the movie.  That huge screen you love on your iPhone?  It’s really bright.  When the rest of the theatre is dark, and it’s a night scene in the movie, your phone is even brighter.
  • Don’t kick the chair in front of you.  Bumps here and there are OK.  If you’re bored, go wait outside, don’t just sit and kick the chair in front of you.
  • Don’t take kids to a more adult movie.  We each raise our kids our own way, but I somehow doubt a 4 year old really needs to see Eclipse.  Especially when she gets scared during a fight scene and screams.  We don’t appreciate it.
  • Don’t talk.  If you just have to talk, try a whisper.  I don’t want to hear your conversation.  It’s not that important to me.
  • Along with the above one: If you’ve read the book, you don’t have to prove to us that you’ve read it and how much you remember.  Comparing the movie to the book during the movie, just annoys the rest of us.  And here’s a hint: You aren’t the only one to have read Eclipse.  I promise you aren’t.  A lot of us have read it, but we manage to keep our mouths shut.
  • If you’re going to see a sequel, like Eclipse, and you haven’t seen the first two movies: don’t go!  Granted, you probably don’t have to see Toy Story 1 and 2 in order to really understand what’s going on in Toy Story 3.  But, if a movie is billed as a saga, and if you don’t live under a rock, you know Eclipse is the 3rd installment of the Twilight series.  
As I’m sitting there watching the movie, an older lady behind me kept asking her friend questions.  Without giving away any spoilers, if you have to ask who Victoria is, and why she wants to kill Bella, Eclipse is not the movie for you.  Start with Twilight and work your way up to it.  You really will enjoy it more. Probably the worst time this happened was when I went to see Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.  It was the midnight opening of the movie.  Some guy obviously wanted to make his date happy by taking her to see it.  It was obviously her idea.  We get to the part of the movie where Arwen, Liv Tyler, is having a vision of her future, and sees her husband and son running through the woods.  It’s beautifully done.  This guy who had been asking questions during the movie started asking who Liv Tyler was supposed to be.  I’ll admit, I started the popcorn throwing.  He got the hint and didn’t ask another question during the movie.  It may not have been as annoying as that, but still, see all the other movies first, don’t start almost at the end.  
If you can’t follow some basic common courtesy, you probably shouldn’t go to the movies.  Movies are getting more and more pricey.  I don’t pay to see one on the big screen only to hear your conversations and watch you text.  I give you the same courtesy since I’m sure you don’t care who’s picking up my child from daycare or what we’re having for dinner.
 

Toy Story 3 June 27, 2010

Filed under: movies — scifimama @ 8:55 pm

**There will be NO spoilers here!**

I must start this with a disclaimer:  I love Disney.  I’m a huge Disney fan.  Disney can do little to nothing wrong.  Mickey was probably one of my first words.  I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve been to Disney World and Disneyland.

That being said, Disney sequels usually suck.  The Little Mermaid was great.  The others they’ve made?  Not so much.  Most of the time I feel they make a sequel just to make a sequel and try to get more money.  Not that they need it.  It was 4 years between Toy Story 1 and 2. I thought both movies were fantastic. I was waiting and waiting for a third.  And we finally got it.  I’ve waited 11 years for the next movie.  I was not disappointed.

Toy Story 3 was high on our list of must see movies this summer.  Honestly, we don’t see many in the theatre; it’s just too expensive.  For us to go to the theatre, it must be a really fantastic movie to us.  I wondered about a friend when she told me she cried at the end.  Another told me the same thing, but seeing that she’s 23 weeks pregnant with twins, I chalked it up to hormones.  As we close to the end, I started to tear up.  As the movie was ending, I was wiping my eyes.  I tried to wipe them quietly so no one would notice.  I glance over at Ronnie, and he’s wiping his eyes as well.

At just under 2 hours it was a challenge for Paige to sit through.  There at the end she got a bit restless.  Luckily a children’s movie is an OK place for her to be a bit restless; she wasn’t the only one.  There were a few kids moving around.  Having her keep on her 3D glasses through the entire movie was an even bigger challenge, one that we didn’t succeed in.  Paige had her glasses on and off throughout the movie.  And in case you don’t have kids, it’s OK, you can still go.  There were lots of adults there without kids.  The ones, like us, who had waited as long as they could to see it.  They were going to see it in the theatre and not wait another day to do it.

 

Earning Shoes June 24, 2010

Filed under: movies,parenting — scifimama @ 8:50 pm

We’ve been trying to figure out when Paige could have her shoes back.  She’s been good here and there, but nothing super special.  Most nights she has a melt down over something horrible, like her peas and carrots are touching on her plate.  Oh!  The horrors!  Peas and carrots touching!  They came frozen that way in the bag, and I’m not separating them out.

Aunt Wii’s sister was over last night and suggested giving her back a pair every 3 days for being good.  Definitely a good suggestion.  I told Ronnie about it and he gave Paige a list of things to do every day.  If she does them every night, then she can pick a pair of shoes from the overflowing Olive Garden take out bag.   Nothing too horrible; in fact very simple things.

  1. Eat supper 
  2. Wash her hair
  3. Bathe herself
  4. Brush her teeth
  5. Listen to bedtime stories
All of that must be done without whining and complaining.  Once she’s told to brush her teeth we don’t want to repeat ourselves five or six times. 
Tonight Paige did all of these.  Whining was kept to a minimum.  Actually, it was more speaking that whining, so it was acceptable.  Paige picked her sandals.  She’s been wanting them the worst.  Every morning she’s asked if she could wear them.  Tomorrow she gets to wear them.  With a dress.  Since she got dresses back on Sunday she’s worn a dress everyday.
Another incentive we’ve put out there is a movie.  If Paige can be good every day from yesterday through Saturday, then on Sunday we’ll go see Toy Story 3.  We’ve planned to take her to see it, but we think she should earn it.  Especially with the attitude we’ve been getting lately.  I hope she can make it.  I really want to see that movie.  I’ve waited 11 years for it.  
 

Summer Movie Time June 4, 2010

Filed under: movies — scifimama @ 9:01 pm

Going to the movies has become very expensive.  Just a matinee for 2 and popcorn will cost close to $25.  Adding in a child and 3D glasses makes it closer to $40.  (We sneak in our own drinks, but SHH! don’t say anything.)  Ronnie and I sat down last month and decided what movies were coming out that we wanted to see.  We have a small-ish list:

Iron Man 2
Eclipse (I’ll see it with girlfriends and not make Ronnie sit through it)
Toy Story 3-D
Predators
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt 1

Harry Potter isn’t coming out until November, but it’s still a movie we want to see this year.  I haven’t enjoyed the Twilight movies a lot, but I have really enjoyed the books.  Eclipse is my favorite, so I’m hoping the movie is really good.  The only one Paige will go see with us is Toy Story. Now that we have seen Iron Man 2, we have no objection to Paige seeing it.  She likes the first Iron Man and actually asks to watch it.  Hey, my kid has a thing for super heros.  What can I say?

Popcorn is just as expensive as a ticket almost.  Carmike cinemas has offered up a popcorn bucket.  For less than the cost of 2 large popcorns, you can buy a large plastic reusable bucket.  Refills are $2.50 each until December 31st.  We did go ahead and invest in the bucket thinking it will save us money in the long run.  We’re also getting our moneys worth by loaning it out to friends when they go to the movies. It’s nice to help each other out.  And there’s no rules that say we are the only ones who can use it.

 

 
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