Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Princess and the Movie

My mom and I took Ashley to see The Princess and the Frog today.  I'd been telling her all week that we'd go see it on Saturday.  Which was unfortunate because I hadn't looked at the weather report yet.

When I finally did, I saw it was only going to be 5 degrees on Saturday.  That's ridiculously cold. On Sunday, it's supposed to be 22 degrees.  That's still ridiculously cold.  But it sounded perfectly balmy compared to Saturday.  You don't have much to work with in January in Nebraska, global warming notwithstanding.

So I tried to haggle with Miss Ashley.  I said, "It's going to be super super super cold on Saturday.  How about we wait to see the movie until the next day when it's warmer."  But Ashley looked me dead in the eye and said "Mommy, I will wear a sweater.  And my gloves.  And my hat and my boots."

Alrighty then, movie on Saturday.

I shouldn't even have tried to persuade her.  We'd been counting down the days all week and she was so excited.  She'd repeatedly informed me about what she wanted to wear (a princess dress), what snack she wanted to buy (gummy worms), and what she wanted to bring with her (a plastic popcorn holder from the $1 aisle at Target.  And a fake flower to hold).  So really, Sunday didn't stand a chance.

This morning I was able to talk her out of the princess dress, couldn't find the popcorn holder, and the movie theatre didn't sell gummy worms.  But Ashley took it all in stride and had a great time.  I know because she declared that she would keep her ticket stub in her coat pocket forever.  And she had a big smile on her face throughout the whole thing - except for the parts with the voodoo man, because he was kind of freaky.  But most of all, I knew she loved it because once it was over and I was putting her coat, gloves and hat back on she moped and pouted like I had just taken her to see The Princess and the Funeral instead of The Princess and the Frog.

That's how you know when your kid really had fun - when they're more miserable when you leave than they were when you got there.  Hooray!

P.S.  I loved the movie, too.  And I only cried twice, so kudos to me on that.


Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

I'm really looking forward to take my oldest daughter to see this movie (she's 4). The previews looks so good! Thanks for the review and sharing your movie experience. It's foreshadowing of what ours might be like! :)

Amanda said...

Aw, you should have let her wear the princess dress! How cute. My mom actually let me wear purple jeans and red cowboy boots to school and now I'm a graphic designer! Sounds like you guys had a good time. I can't wait to take my girls out on "dates."

Steph said...

Oh how I enjoyed reading that! Even with the pouty ending! Ashley is so adorable and you are such a nice mama!

The Lane Family said...

It sounds like Miss Ashley knows what she wants and does not like to be diverted from that :) What a fun day even if the weather was FRIGID!!! I am sure that is a memory she will keep with her forever!! What a great mom!!!

Kim said...

*warm feeling*I can't wait for days like that with my baby girl!

and btw, she looks JUST like you in this picture. Or, at least just like your profile picture.

mrs. b. said...

what a fun day! but i would be bummed to find there were no gummy worms. theatres get off so easy nowadays!

and she is seriously adorable. SO glad that you had a fun time! i look forward to this kind of stuff, too!

Kari @ p.s. said...

Blogged about taking my daughter to that movie too. I got choked up when the firefly got stepped on. Hurt my feelings. Felt odd crying, but who cares, right???