Sunday, July 31, 2011

Let's go to the movies!

Parker has been having a tough time for the past few weeks with me working...and missing me.  They (whoever 'they' is) say that it is harder on us to leave our kids than it is on them.  Well- maybe that is true......but she has had a difficult time lately....and although it is also true that I am having a very difficult time leaving them.....it takes the dagger a bit deeper when I see her so sad.

One evening a couple of weeks ago, I was leaving for work......Geoff brought the girls outside to wave bye to me.  I backed out of the driveway.....and Parker ran down to the curb.  She said, crying, "Mommy!  I don't want you to go to work!  Pleeease don't go to work."  (I tear up just writing this)  Anyway- I told her I had to go to work, that I loved her so much.....and we went back and forth a bit until I finally had to drive off.  She stood there at the curb....crying....and I watched her in the rear view....until we were too far apart to see each other.  It was like something out of the movies.  She was crying.  I was crying.

Anyway.

I had this weekend off....and when we have weekends off together....we try to pack as much into them as we can.  We decided that I would take Parker on a 'date' today after church.  Well- we didn't make it to church because Grace has been stopped up and snotty for the past few days.

But when 1100 came around....Parker and I left the house and headed to lunch.  We ate at Ruby Tuesdsay's just the 2 of us.  We sat in a booth on the same side.  At one point not long after we were sat....she made a giddy laugh and leaned over and hugged me.


After lunch- we walked over to the movie theater for Parker's first movie-going experience.  We saw Winnie the Pooh.  She knows who he is, I guess,....but we don't watch a cartoon or anything like that......so I think she would have been more into something else that she was more familiar with.

I had wanted to take her to Toy Story 3 last year because she had seen the first 2 at our house and knew the characters, etc.  But, alas, we never made it.  But there was still something fun about today....and how I would tell her that we were 'going to the movies'......and she would ask things like, "are we going to bring the movie home and watch it?"  why you say 'go to the movies'?  'is there a fountain in the movies?"  Those were just a few things she said, but I've already forgotten so many.

I really wanted to get this picture of her in front of the big theater.....and of course, she is blurry and the building is not.  It is hard to see my LCD screen in the sun.....and it was so hot.  So I only got this one.  But wouldn't it have been so good if I had gotten my focus right??


I started making this dress last night with a new pattern and fabric that I got a few weeks ago.....and finished it right before we left.  The straps turned out way too long.  And It was not my intention for them to be this long.  And I am going to rip those seams and fix those straps and hopefully get another picture soon.  Will I ever learn to not try out new patterns in such a crunch?  But I had worked so hard to get it done....that I let her wear it regardless.  And, more importantly, she didn't mind.  ;)


Those are some looong straps!  Haha!
 

I also did not pick out her pink sparkly shoes.  But some battles aren't worth fighting.  ;)



She did ok throughout the movie.  I had never been to this theater....and the seats fold up.....so she was way too small to keep it down.  Which was fine because she just sat in my lap the whole time, but we won't be going back there for a few more years!

She did tell me several times that she was ready to go home, but I would distract her by saying things like "but they have to find Christopher Robins first"....and she'd be fine for a while.  Then she'd ask to go home again.  And I'd say something like....."but we have to see if they find Eeyore's tail"....and she would be ok again.

Once the credits began....she quickly jumped up and walked to the end of the aisle like she was ready to go.  But by the time we got out the doors of the theater.....the fit began about how she wanted to go back into the movies.  It was a little disheartening because we had just had our 'special day' and this was the thanks I got.  And it was hot.  And she was tired.  And I was tired.  And did I mention that it was hot?
So we got in the car and came home.  We had a fairly busy rest-of-the-day.

We made some homemade salsa to go with a few meals we semi have planned for the week.


I actually made dessert and let the girls lick the 'spoons'.



While I was doing other things to prepare dinner- Geoff was entertaining the girls.


I said, "Don't they have a sign or something on those tubs saying not to put your kids in them?"

He said, "Yeh.....but they just say they don't want you to put the lid on it when they're in there."

Me:  (sigh) oook????




I guess I am on a little pizza kick.  We made PW's BBQ chicken pizza yesterday.  And we made her taco pizza today.  I had wanted to make the taco pizza since the day I first saw it, and although it is 'easy'....it's not just a 'throw together last minute' meal. 




We left off the homemade tortilla strips because I was lacking the extra energy to make those and clean it up.  But it was still so good.  Seriously.  Make this.



And finished off the day with sopapilla cheesecake for dessert.  The girls love this.  We love this.  And it's so easy.  It's a no brainer.



I think I might need to go eat another piece of that pizza......

5 comments:

Viv said...

looks like a wonderful day, pizza looked so yummy & of course I 'love' the cheesecake.

Snider Family said...

Looks like such a fun day! I found myself almost tearing up at Parker waving to you. I have the same issue with Reagan. She has never been away from me, never been to school before and she takes it hard if (which is never) I have to leave. It breaks my heart. But there is just something fun about having a day out with your first born. Or maybe it's because she is older. (or maybe its because I only have 1 girl) But I am glad you girls had a fun day out. Maybe we can try a movie when we come home next, sounds like fun to me!

And I love PW. Everything she makes is delicious! We had her grilled chicken paninis last night. So, so good!

Hope you have a great week!

Kristin said...

Love the dress!!
Sorry Parker was so sad when you have to leave for work! :(

That pizza did look really yummy! And sopapilla cheesecake...yummmmm!!

Matt Milstead said...

That is the sweetest story. :) I'm sorry it's been so hard on both of you to go to work. It does help you to appreciate your time together though. I get so spoiled when Matt isn't working/in school and then I'm sucked back into reality sitting alone at home. It sucks. Those small moments really count. Love you all! BTW, Matt and I LOVED Winnie the Pooh!

Matt and Amy said...

That is the sweetest story. :) I'm sorry it's been so hard on both of you to go to work. It does help you to appreciate your time together though. I get so spoiled when Matt isn't working/in school and then I'm sucked back into reality sitting alone at home. It sucks. Those small moments really count. Love you all! BTW, Matt and I LOVED Winnie the Pooh!

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