Saturday, April 25, 2009

Friday Night Mystery #2

This week the kids were ready for another Friday Night Mystery. They handled it great from the start this time and immediately began asking for clues. We got it narrowed down to 1) It doesn't involve water - not really. 2) We aren't staying at a hotel. 3) We aren't going to Woolly Hollow again. 4) We're not going somewhere to play, but it will be fun. 5) We're going to Little Rock. In the car, on the way, I asked them who was excited about our surprise. Sissy immediately began making these surprised and excited faces. I couldn't really capture how hilarious it was; there were faces I'd never seen her make.

She even had Dash, the King of Funny Faces, laughing.
As soon as we pulled into the parking lot at Alltel Arena, Tornado made the correct guess about where we were going because he'd seen and expressed interest in the Disney On Ice: Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey advertisements. And he and I had gone to see The Incredibles on Ice when I was pregnant with Sissy, and he remembered the location. We were about ten minutes late because there was a wreck on I30, backing up traffic. However, I think it was good that it had already started because it was so MAGNIFICENT to open the curtain and walk down the steps toward all the lights, music, and splendor. They were definitely captivated.

Tornado, munching on our contraband snacks - we polished off a big bag of grapes, big bag of baby carrots, two packs of Tofurky jerky, freeze dried pears, a bag of yogurt covered almonds, and a bag of chocolate covered cocoa nibs (That one was almost entirely me.). There was only a moment of freak out over not being able to purchase the $10-15 cotton candy and brightly colored sno-cones. I know; I'm a mean mommy. They soon moved on.
Tornado and Dash always have the same reactions to television, movies, etc. Tornado is roaring with laughter, twisting in his seat, unable to control his amusement and excitement - just as he was last night. When Dash is enjoying himself or interested, he gets very still and quiet, sometimes leaning slightly forward in expectation. Perhaps a slight smile - but mostly just wide-eyed, and he does the thing I love with his little hands held together. He loved the whole thing.

After the performance, most people leave, but those who stay get to watch a "Behind the Scenes" look at the making of Disney on Ice. A sweet girl that Tornado went to preschool with, remembering him from four year ago, spotted us from far away and came to talk to him. She went to sit in the empty seats on the front row, a few rows ahead of us, then patted her seat and motioned for Tornado to come sit with her. I just found the whole thing very sweet, like he was going on his first date or something, I don't know why.

Very fun night! 2/3 of the kiddos fell asleep on the way home. Ryan and I hit the couch for another two episodes of Friday Night Lights. It is our new favorite show. We are just on season one right now. If you don't watch it, I highly recommend it. Definitely a good one for husband and wife to agree upon. We love the characters, and it's the most realistic show we've ever seen.


Aunt Patsy said...

All caught up . . . Guess what i did when the pix of Matt, you, and me popped up! Gotta go carry and chicks and Mama to the run. Love you all, AP

Aunt Patsy said...

Hey . . . I did it! Love again to all of you and hugs to the munchkins. AP

Aunt Patsy said...

Oh my! My first post, and I didn't edit carefully . . . capital "I" and delete second "and". Is it good form to edit one's own comments? Ditto, AP