August is here. Which means that the remainder of summer will fly by and just when we’ve established some sort of comfortable summer routine in our days, Fall and Back to School is being pushed at us on all fronts. I even saw Halloween stuff in stores today, but there is still so much that we haven’t done this summer – a trip to the water park off the West Side, a visit to the High Line, a ferry ride back to Governor’s Island. But with September now looming around the corner, Mia, who has started reading simple sentences seemingly overnight, found out by mail on Friday, who her new Kindergarten teacher is. She was so excited to hear the name of her new teacher that it inspired her to get down her beads and make a necklace for her right away.
This summer Mark and I decided to start a new family tradition that we hope we can keep up with even as the business gets busier come Fall – family movie night. It’s no secret that Mark and I haven’t gone to the movies much since we’ve had kids (an embarrassingly low number of times, actually), and believe it or not we only just joined NetFlix a few months ago. We decided on Friday to watch E.T. The kids haven’t watched many movies that aren’t animation based and we had no idea if it’d scare them, but we gave it a try. They were allowed to stay up late, and with bowls of freshly popped corn in their laps, we watched the movie together. It went over well (E.T. totally had to win Claudine over though, because she seemed a initially frightened by him, but he did. Eventually).
Given how well that went, we decided to take the girls out to a real movie theater for a treat to see Up today. Along with our own lameness about not going to the movies, we haven’t taken Mia to a movie yet, though she’s gone twice with a friend of hers. We figured we’d take Claudine because she seemed to have a good attention span for watching live theater performances and movies at home. We grossly overestimated. It started off ok. The theater lobby was exciting and picking out bulk candy by the pound to take into the theater put the girls in a giddy mood. When we first entered the theater, Claudine looked up at the high ceilings as she walked into the dark room and breathed a quiet “wow”. When we sat down, she barely was heavy enough to weigh down the seat. But she sat there through previews and quietly munched on M&Ms. About ten minutes into the movie she started covering her ears and closing her eyes tight. Then she started to cry. I guess it’s been so long time since we’ve been in theaters ourselves and we totally forgot how loud the sound could be. Mark took her out and 5 minutes later brought her back in. She lasted another 5 minutes before she started crying again, this time louder, so Mark took her out again. He waited in the car where she fell asleep while Mia and I watched the movie. But about halfway through I noticed that Mia had stopped munching on her candy. She sat stone faced and I asked her if she was scared, which she denied. About 20 minutes before the end of the movie I hear a little voice say “I want to go home”. 1 minute later and a little louder, “I want to go home. I’m scared”. So after about 8 times of this, each one getting louder (yeah, i was really pushing it), we left. I guess the girls aren’t ready, though I suspect if we watched the movie on our smaller TV at home, they’d be fine. Since it doesn’t look like we’ll be going to the movies anytime soon, this fuels our flat-screen TV envy even more (I think we may be one of the only people we know that still has a clunky old TV).
So…who’s gonna tell me how Up ends?