On the potty training front, we have had lots of #2 issues. With the traveling, swim diapers, and transition to the new classroom, we've had regressions and problems. Nate had a major breakthrough and filled up his sticker chart, so we told him he could get a new toy or go to a movie in a theater. We watched previews online (again, what did parents do before the internet?!) and he chose "Up."
I took him last night and it was just as fun for me as it was for him. On the way there, he talked a mile a minute. He was so excited about getting tickets, getting candy and popcorn, and the enormous screen. The hardest part was getting him to whisper when the movie was on. I lost count of the number of times he yelled out something in excitement. I couldn't believe how much better it made the movie to see it all for the first time through his eyes. Afterwards he talked a mile a minute on the way home and told me he was going to get another sticker chart and fill it up to see another movie.
Music to my ears!
The movie was wonderful. I cried twice and Nate was so enthralled by the big screen he didn't notice. He had to use the restroom during the long fight scene at the end, which worked out perfect since he was getting scared. On the walk to the bathroom, Nate asked why the people were hitting each other with sticks and I was so proud he made it to 3 years 4 months without knowing what a sword fight is. I know he won't keep this innocence forever so it was a touching moment.
It will probably be a long time before Alex sees a movie in a theater. He is so sensitive that he breaks down into sobs when there is even a hint of scary music. And there is no way Alex will see Up in the theater, it was too scary for him. This made the date night with Nate even sweeter, knowing it was a special event for just the two of us.
For locals, we went to the dollar theater just south of the fairgrounds. Turns out Tuesday is recession night at the concession stand! It was $7 for two tickets, a popcorn, a drink, and candy. If you're considering going to a movie but not sure how your kids will do, I would recommend this venue.