The fourth of July weekend the kids and I had nothing planned on Saturday so I decided to brave 3 kids and the movies. Molly and Zach had never been to the movies before so I decided Toy Story 3 would be a good first experience that would, hopefully, keep their attention. Now Molly is a little over 3 1/2 so I didn't anticipate any issues out of her but I wasn't too sure about Zach, who just turned 2.
I got online and checked ticket prices for my favorite theater and it was going to cost me over $35 for me and the 3 kids! So I checked another theater in the area (though not nearly as nice, still OK) and it was only $12 total for the matinée! Wow, is that a difference or what? So I ordered our tickets online, assuming it would sell out, and off we went.
I did not tell the kids where we were going (I love surprises, though I am hard to surprise I find it quite easy to pull one over on others!). We arrived at the theater and the kids were so excited! I was right, it had sold out, but I was safe since I already had my tickets. I emptied out my life savings and bought the popcorn laced with gold and the sodas in the platinum cups (What? They aren't gold and platinum? I really just paid waaaaaay too much for them? C'mon, seriously?). They were very happy and of course the popcorn was almost gone before the movie even began.
The kids did great. Zach was a little fidgety for a bit, but actually slept in my arms the last 30 minutes of the movie. Molly leaned over at one point and whispered, "that's a really, really, really BIG t.v.!" But the rest of the time she cuddled up with Abby and watched the movie.
I really enjoyed this flick. It has been a long time since I've been to the movies. I really just love the escape. The couple of hours of sitting in a (fairly) quiet, dark movie theater just focusing on the movie. I am hoping perhaps Julio and I can find where they are hiding babysitters these days and venture out to an adult movie at some point soon. It's been far too long. I also look forward to taking the kids to movies more often, especially since I've discovered this fairly (with out the popcorn and drinks) reasonably priced theater.
Oh, and I only shed a few tears, actually. I had heard it was a bit of a tear jerker at the end, not too bad...I didn't think. All in all a really cute flick, but hey, it's Pixar, what do you expect?!