A Cloudy Day at the Movies with the girls
15 Oct 2013
We love to do things as a family, but our schedule is quite busy. What this means is sometimes, it does not permit us to do things as a “complete” family.
On top of school and work schedules, our evenings are quite busy:
Monday: Rachel has Girl Guides and Lauren has Sparks (back-to-back)
Tuesday: Swimming lessons for Rachel and Lauren (back-to-back)
Wednesday: we are free!*
Thursday: Choir practice for Wendy and the girls (back-to-back)
Friday: Wendy and I lead the Senior Youth Group at our church
Last year, Rachel had Brownies on Wednesday, and Lauren had Sparks on Monday. This year, we were able to get them both in groups the met on the same day.
My job as senior community manager for Ford Canada often has me at events in the evening. This makes for a long day for Wendy. But it’s all about balance, and we work well as a team.
Every once in a while, I like to take the girls out to the park, or to the movies, or do an activity… just the 3 of us. This allows Wendy to have some down time, or do something for herself… go out with friends, reading, writing her blog, or even something as simple as enjoying a peaceful non-interrupted nap.
Wendy does the same. As important as it is to do things as a family, it is also important to have that personal time with your kids… without your significant other. This allows some personal bonding time.
Wendy and I do not compete for the kid’s affections by trying to one up each other. Everything we do is discussed with one another beforehand. We love each other very much, and we love our kids. Doing the best for all of us is key.
We also realize that there are some events that will take us away from our family for the day or weekend.
In this case, the Blissdom Canada social media conference was happening in Mississauga, and many of Wendy’s friends were attending. Wendy did not buy a ticket this year, as she has commitments on Friday evening (Senior Youth Group) and Sunday morning (Teen Talk) at our church. A few others that could not attend the entire conference, but still wanted to see others who were, all got together and met for dinner. She had a great time with friends.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is one of our family’s favourite movies. We have watched it an infinite amount of times in our house, and on camping trips.
I knew how much they liked it, so I didn’t tell them where we were going. I just said, “okay girls, hop in the truck… we’re going out.” Of course, it was followed by, “where are we going Daddy?”
When I pulled into our local cinema, they both screamed out “we’re going to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2!” I followed it with “That’s right! We’re going to go see Flint Lockwood!” in my best Earl Devereaux imitation (voiced by Mr. T in Cloudy 1, and Terry Crews in Cloudy 2).
The girls love going to movies… but like most kids their age, it is tough to keep them engaged in any movie. I remember taking them to movies and half way through, them wanting to leave.
Not this time… their eyes were glued to the screen. Lots of cheering, laughing, and singing along. It could not have been a better choice for a Saturday evening.
We all really enjoyed it. I was thoroughly impressed on how they were able to carry the storyline from the first movie, and incorporate all the characters.
What are some of your family’s favourite movies, and how do you like to keep your kids engaged when your significant other is away?