As I said in my steppin’ out saturday post, we took Landon to the movie theater for the very first time this weekend. Naaman and I were nervous nellies about this adventure. Landon has been obsessed with the Cars movie for months. Wanna hear the cutest of cute? He calls him “Lightning Queen” instead of McQueen. I hope he never changes it because it makes me laugh.
For awhile there, he would wake up and immediately request milk and the Cars movie. At least he knows what he likes!
I was a bit surprised when he saw the trailer for Cars 2 and actually “got” it. A new movie with the red car?
Naaman and I discussed it. He would be nearly three-years-old when the movie debuted. So we started talking it up and saying what a “big boy” he was to be going to the movie theater soon. We told him there would be popcorn and a big screen. And they turn the lights down so we can see the movie better.
Our plans were set long ago but finally . . . opening weekend was here!
He was upset that the movie didn’t start right away. We had a choice between 3-D and the old-fashioned way to see movies (ya know, without glasses?). We chose the latter. We felt that the bigger screen and theater might freak him out. But that meant waiting an hour for the movie to begin. Oh my word, he did not like that we bought the tickets and left.
Naaman went straight into the theater with him to get acclimated before the lights went down. I walked in with a huge bag of popcorn and he seemed fine. The previews came on and took too long, as usual. Then they had a mini Toys cartoon, which I also thought took too long. All together it added about 30 minutes to the run time and I wasn’t sure he’d make it through the whole thing.
I almost cried again as I looked over and watched him digging his tiny hand into a huge bag of popcorn. He looked so little in the big movie chair! When the movie came on and he saw all his favorite characters he started pointing and smiling. The waterworks started up again. He was just so happy!
We did end up having to leave early. His eyelids were getting heavy and he started asking to leave. We tried to stick it out but realized it wasn’t that big of a deal if we didn’t stay until the end. We had a great time anyway. I truly enjoyed spending some one-on-one time with my little man before he turns three. As a mom of two young kiddos, the times that we’re alone are few and far between and I think it’s important to spend special time alone with them.
I’m so proud of my son. He’s growing and doing new and exciting things. I can only imagine what the next year will bring.
More popcorn, perhaps =)