Movies + 2 1/2 Year Old = Nope!

My husband and I are finally almost to the point where we can take the kids out to eat and have a peaceful meal. I have actually had a couple of pleasant meals out in public with them in the last couple of months that didn’t involve screaming, spilling, crying, not eating, crawling under the table, oh, and did I mention screaming. Finally!

The movies, on the other hand, is a different story (for Kenneth at least). Lynden and I love going to the movies. We don’t get to go much these days but we still try to make some time for it. The kids were sick last week and we really wanted to get out of the house, so we decided to go see Coco at the theater on Saturday night. The kids were excited all day, especially for popcorn and candy!

We get our seats and start with the popcorn, which my kids love, and make it through the thousands of previews without anything crazy happening. The kids are chomping on their popcorn and drinking their massive drinks. We get through a little bit of the movie and the kids have to go to the bathroom. Kenneth knows how to whisper but doesn’t realize the movie theater etiquette yet. He very loudly says that he has to poo poo, which means he has to pee pee. I wish he would tell me when he has to poop in the potty but we’re not there yet. I take them both to the family bathroom, they did their thing, and we were back to the movie. I would say we were about half way through the movie when Kenneth (really loudly) said that he had to go poo poo again. Lynden took him and when they got back Kenneth didn’t want to sit in the seat. I whipped out the candy and put some in little cups that I brought from the house for both kids. That worked for awhile. Evelyn was great, but I did have to take her to the bathroom one more time. When the candy was gone Kenneth started at it again. He didn’t want to sit and was being very loud. Lynden took him into the hallway but I could still hear Kenneth. They came back to their seats and guess what, I need to go poo poo was said…..again. Lynden took him to the bathroom again and they were only back in their seats a couple of minutes before going into the hallway again.

Lynden brought him back, and now it was my turn. Mind you, I was really into the movie and didn’t want to miss any of it. I tried to get him to be quiet and sit in my lap but it wasn’t happening. I took him into the hallway and he wanted to go into the main part of the theater. I told him there were monsters out there. Okay, before you judge, he knows I am being silly and it kept him from screaming to go out there. Again, I was really into the movie. I got down on my knee and told him he had to whisper. He started to whisper, but he also laid down and started to roll on the floor back into the theater.  I picked him up and we walked to the very top to sit. Evelyn followed us because she “had” to sit by mommy. He sat there for a good five minutes before going down the steps to his Daddy. He told his Daddy in a very loud stern voice, “I can’t whisper”, and proceeded to say that about five more times. Lynden finally took him out the remaining 20 minutes of the movie and Evelyn and I finished it in the top seats of the theater.

Needless to say, after 3 trips to the hallway and 4 trips to the bathroom, we were able to get out of the house, eat popcorn and candy, and see (most of) a really cool movie.

We may wait another few months before our next family venture to the movie theater.



Do You Have A Plan?

I do cooking lessons with my students that involves the use of a stove and oven. The goal is for my students to learn simple recipes that they will be able to do independently at home. I wanted to make sure they would know what to do if something caught on fire while they are in the kitchen so I e-mailed the local Fire Department. We were able to set up a lesson on how to use a fire extinguisher. The fire inspector was able to come to my school and my students were able to practice on a fire extinguisher that sprayed out water. The fire inspector taught us an important word to remember,PASS.

P- Pull -Pull out the pin

A- Aim -Am at the base of the fire

S- Squeeze -Squeeze the handle

S- Sweep from side to side

My students had a blast learning when and how to use a fire extinguisher. (I had a lot of fun too)

Contact your local fire department for any questions concerning fire safety.

One thing I realized after these fire safety lessons with my students  is that we don’t have a plan at my home if our house catches on fire.  If you are like me and don’t have a plan either make sure you sit down with your family and come up with a plan of action. The American Red Cross has some tips for fire safety:

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

We will be coming up with our plan ASAP!