Tonight we decided to spend some family time together and neither of us wanted to cook dinner. We also had a late evening thunderstorm, so we had to pick an indoor activity.
We ended up having dinner at our brand new Red Robin. Dinner was OK. I had a very good, spicy blackened chicken sandwich, and Mark had a mediocre bacon cheeseburger. Here are the kids – Aliyah wasn’t with us because she was spending time with a college friend (or friends – I’m not sure who…some big sister I turned out to be!)
Then we went to our TINY local movie theater (which is a part of our tiny mall) to see Shrek the Third. The ticket prices were ridiculous ($5.50 for kids 3-11 and $8 for adults), and the concessions even more so. I paid $3.10 for a bottle of water! Now I remember why we don’t do this very often! By the time all is said and done, you’re out $50.
The movie wasn’t even very good! The first two Shrek movies were much funnier. Jonny got bored about 90 minutes into the movie, and Ben was fussy. Jonny, Ben and I actually left early (and didn’t see the end of the movie) and went to the mall’s toy store to look around. We enjoyed looking at the toys more than the movie, I think. I almost bought Ben a set of pom-poms – he had great fun grasping and pulling on the strands in the store. I think I will buy him a doll with long yarn hair instead so he can practice his grasping…
Next time I think we’ll have to think of something better to do to spend time as a family. Any ideas for rainy evenings? Here’s one idea: with the same $50 we could have bought a new multi-player game for our Wii and had fun playing it at home!
One thing is for sure: there’ll be no more movies in the theater for a long, long time.