Sunday, February 10, 2008

Family Fun

We have had such a busy week, and an even busier weekend. I have been studying hard these days, staying up until 12:30-1 most nights this week in an attempt to keep up with my never-ending workload this semester.

So I am exhausted. The girls have been working hard on Valentine projects this week after we made a trip to Michael's craft store and picked up lots of ribbon, foam hearts and flowers, and oh so many stickers. I let the girls pick out what they wanted, as we do not do this often, and we are set for awhile in the art department! The girls have been using glitter on everything! Often to the point that nothing underneath is recognizable :)

Yesterday we had planned to go to an event called "Baby loves Disco"- a fun event to take the girls dancing! Analese was so excited to go, especially since Daddy could come too. I checked out tickets, which were $12.oo a piece, and decided to wait until closer to Saturday before purchasing them...just in case something were to happen and we couldn't go. Friday I went online to buy tickets and it was sold out.

I could have cried.

Analese was devastated, so it was then my mission to find something else fun for us to do. Most things were nixed by Greg, because of how crowded it would be in a Saturday, and the weather wasn't supposed to be great so outdoor activities were out.

THEN I found it. The perfect activity to make my child forget all about dancing......

NEMO!!! The Disney on Ice show was playing downtown, and had an 11 o'clock showing. It was so perfect. Finding Nemo was Analese's first big movie, and she has always loved it. It was also something that Mara could enjoy as well.

So we ended up paying a bit more then we would have dancing, but the show was great! No pictures to show, for I had planned just to use my camera phone so we wouldn't have to haul a camera around, and then forgot it in the car :(

The show was basically the Finding Nemo movie, with some added songs and dances thrown in. Both girls sat memorized the entire time. Analese would crawl onto my lap for some of the scenes, but then would climb back into her seat once it was over. The costumes were beautiful-they had a scene in the beginning where they dimmed all the lights and you could just see the fish costumes glowing in the beautiful and peaceful!

Afterwards, we took the girls to the one-and only restauraunt where Mara and I could eat. It is a vegetarian place with vegan, soy, and gluten free options. The food is amazing! Both girls were overly tired and barely ate anything. I, on the other-hand, ate almost 2 meals myself since Mara and I were supposed to split them :) Mmmmm, it was soooo good!

The girls never fell asleep on the way home, so we fed them a quick meal and put them into bed. They were asleep by 7:20! It was so nice just to have some downtime. I tried to get some studying done, but Greg and I ended up watching a movie. We watched "Sicko", and I was literally sick just watching how badly our healthcare system is in our country. But I think I will save that an entirely different post.

A great day, but an expensive one!


Lorrie said...

That is so great to hear! It is playing here in March and the kids always want to go when they see the ads, maybe now I will have to take them (:

Julie B said...

they would absolutely love it! The whole show was great-they had great visual effects, like the pelican flying through the air, and a huge whale that "swallows" them up...I was impressed! The extra dances were cute too, and totally fit. I am so happy we decided to go-Analese keeps asking us to take her back to see it again:)

Sharyn said...

Sounds like a great time, Julie! I remember taking Raquel to "The Little Mermaid" on ice and she loved it!! Wow, seems so long ago... but I guess it has been about 12 years!!

Chris said...

Sounds like a great day! I love the days when we wear the kids out, and they fall asleep early. Our kids are getting older and don't tire easily, and when they do, you know it was a good day. The show sounds fantastic. Wish my boys would get into something like that, but if there isn't a ball involved, they lose interest. :)
I'm glad to hear that you took a break from studying to watch a movie--even though it doesn't sound like it was a warm, fuzzy movie. You need a break sometimes.

Jen said...

what a nice day! fwiw, i have morethan one friend who has been to baby loves disco in more than one venue, and they weren't all that enthused about it. said it was REALLY loud. one mom had to leave it was so loud (her kid is pretty sensitive to noise). and at least one of the venues had bubbles over the dance floor, which led to lots of hazardous slipping and sliding. i think perhaps the whole thing is better in theory than in practice ;-) glad you found a good alternative!!!