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Sunday at the Movies

Posted Aug 20 2012 1:13am
I told my older son that I would set aside one day each month for him and I to spend together once my little son was born. I want to have a nice balance with both my sons, not neglecting the fragile needs that my newborn has, but not neglecting the expanding needs that my older son has either. After all a 12 year gap is quite big.

Once I saw that ParaNorman was coming to theaters, I immediately asked my son for our monthly "date" to be this movie viewing. So being the frugal mommie that I am, I decided to go to the matinee on Sunday morning. Oh! And being the cheap fat-ass mom I am, I hit up the dollar store for some movie candies to stash in my purse.

Now why did I do that? Partially because I know that movie theater candy can be rather pricey, but also because I wanted to share a fun snack with my son. And what is more fun than Twizzlers and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups? Well, for one thing I used to stop at my local health food store and pick up trail mix or if I felt like getting crafty, I would make my own. I would put sandwich baggies with trail mix in my purse and a few bottles of water and we may get a small bag of popcorn. My son being me excellent support system that he is, never complained and welcomed the idea.

So what made today different? Could it be the feeling of entitlement that I have now that I carried my second child, and underwent labor? Could it be the rush of adrenaline that I got knowing that I was actually going to leave the house without baby in tow? Or could it be sheer laziness or scurrying to get to the movie and grab a prime seat?

Whatever the reason, I can't seem to find an excuse. With each Twizzler, I kept saying to myself, "They are fat free". When I ate the Nut Roll, I said, "But nuts are protein packed, aren't they"?

Once the movie was over my son wanted to go over to the arcade and play some video games. I thought it was a good idea, because I secretly wanted to pick up a basketball at the Basketball Free-Throw game. After my son was done playing his 15th round on Pac-Man, I asked him if he wanted to try the basketball game. He said, "Ok" despite his non-athletic skills. In a random chance that I could get a shot of free throwing, I picked up a basketball and shot away. Now what happens next is beyond an explanation as to why I need to get back into some physical movement.  I toss the basketball and it ricocheted off the protective gate that keeps the balls in and bounces right into my son's head! Luckily enough, he wasn't hurt and didn't even mention the incident to me. Defeated and embarrassed, I moved along to the sidelines and went back to watching him play yet another round on Pac-Man.

After it all, I think I am going to come up with an action plan for our next movie theater trip. I went over to to look for some great alternative snack ideas, and this is what I came up with
  1. Bring bottles of water. Scope out the nearest water fountain for a mid-movie refill.
  2. Pack some snack bags with dry cereal. This, I am sure my son wouldn't mind as well.
  3. A couple of graham crackers with some peanut butter for dipping.
  4. Fruit! What happened to fruit? A banana, apple, orange and especially grapes!
I am sure that these ideas are going to keep more money in my pocket, and less calories in my belly. Oh! And I am not shooting another basketball, until I have practiced without my son around!

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