Monday afternoon as I was sitting at work I was trying to think of something special Hannah and I could do together. I remembered Kayce sharing about her wanting to take Cricket to see the new Disney Winnie the Pooh movie when it came out and I quickly realized that’s what we would do for our evening of fun! A quick scan of the Internet showed we could make a supper time show if we went directly from daycare to the movie. I called Ange to invite she and the boys to come along but they had to take a rain check this time.
I picked Hannah up and told her we were going to see a movie but that didn’t mean much to her. She pointed to her little DVD player in the car and said, ‘OK Mommy. Turn on movie!’ Heh…gotta love 2!
We bought popcorn because Mommy had to teach her all about movie popcorn. It was her first and to say it was a hit would be an understatement!
As we entered the theatre I could see a little niggling of fear in her eyes. It was darker with tiers of seats and very few people there. She turned to me and quickly said, ‘Uppie!’ which I happily did all the time reassuring her that this was going to be fun! We found our seats and she was happy to hop up on Mommy’s lap and enjoy the movie from there.
Soon the lights dimmed and the previews began. Man, I forgot how loud movies are! We adjusted to the volume and thankfully the previews were a wise choice for a ‘G’ rated movie and after a quick little filler movie that she giggled through it was time for the movie to begin.
Mickey filled the screen first which made her day as she called out ‘Mickey!!’ She’s a Mickey gal through and through!
The movie began and we settled in with our popcorn, sippy of apple juice and Hannah safe on Mommy’s lap. The movie was cute with lots of music that she enjoyed dancing to and we both enjoyed it. I can’t remember much about the movie but I can tell you how much I enjoyed watching her wide-eyed, taking in all that she could and happily bouncing to the playful tunes. She occasionally tried the seat next to mine but was happiest on Mommy’s lap.
There were a couple of parts that I thought might scare her a bit (a fairly new emotion that she’s only been experiencing for a few months now) but she did great and when I saw little bits of apprehension in her eyes, a quick reassuring whisper from Mommy or a ‘Oooo, that Tigger sure looks funny!’ comment and all was right once again.
She sat fairly well throughout the movie (it’s a brief 1 hour, 10 mins) but when she did grow a little restless I was happy to let her wander our row a few seats either way as only one other family was behind us and they were about 5 rows up. The other fun part about her being able to wander a bit was that I was able to enjoy watching the freedom she had to dance, wiggle and sway to the music. A treat for Mom who loves nothing more than to catch a glimpse of her sweet daughter when she doesn’t know I’m watching. Such freedom to be herself and I love it!!!
After the movie ended she quickly turned to me and shouted, ‘Again!’ which is her way of letting me know something was a huge hit and she wants to do it again…and again…..and again!
There were some cute little window clings that we found on the way out of the theatre. Hannah enjoyed having her picture taken here too and even gave Pooh a kiss goodbye but unfortunately I missed that.
So, our first movie experience was a great success and we’ll go to a movie again when something appropriate comes out. Hannah kept asking for Mickey so Disney if you’re listening, we’d like a new Mickey Movie for the big screen, okay?
Here’s a little video I took of Hannah asking about the movie. It’s cute to hear her thoughts.
Our first movie was a big success!