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Monday, June 18, 2007
Time Travel, Take Two
On Friday night, we met our friends, Doug & Laura, and their son, DJ, for a quick dinner before heading back out to the drive-in theater. First, we stopped by their house to pick up their two youngest, Sean and Kyra. DJ headed out to a social event at their church. He is fifteen, so it makes sense that a night with his friends is more attractive than a night with all of us. Sera did get a kick out of watching him play peek-a-boo with his napkin as he sat across the table from her. He's such a good kid.

This time we prepared better for the movie. We brought chairs and a blanket. After we parked and got out of the car, we were surprised to see Doug's sister Chellie, her husband, and two of their three sons come walking towards us. They were also out for a family evening. Their youngest is seven months old, so they run into problems trying to get out, too. The kids took off to play. I'm not sure if they just ran around the cars or headed to the playground. The playground is open until the movies begin. We got there about the same time as the week before, but between setting up and visiting, the time just flew. Before I knew it, the movie was getting ready to start.

I hurried to the car to get Sera's bottle ready. She sat on my lap and guzzled down that bottle as the movie got rolling. she had fun playing on the blanket and walking between Jim's chair and mine. When she started to get fussy and do the frenetic play that she does when she's overtired, Jim took her in the car. They watched the movie for a bit before he put her in the car seat and she went to sleep. Though 100% better than the week before, we still learned. I think she would have gone to sleep earlier if we'd just put her in the car seat and went back to our chairs. Our chairs were set up in front of the car. With the sunroof open, we could definitely hear her if needed, but she's used to sleeping by herself in her crib. It's hard for her to sleep while being held because she forces herself to stay awake and play with you.

It was just such a nice evening. Even though the temperatures during the day had been in the 90's, the evening temps were in the 70's...very comfortable with a nice light breeze. The stars were out and so were the fireflys. All around us sat small groupings of people, families and friends, watching the movie. You could easily whisper something to the person next to you and no one else could hear or be bothered. Better yet, you couldn't hear them either. Watching a movie without having your seat back kicked or someone trying to get out of your row or listening to some chatty Cathy give their running commentary was just wonderful. How in the world did drive-ins fall out of favor?

After I wrote last week's post, I saw an article saying that drive-ins are having a renaissance of sorts. To find out if there's a drive-in near you, check out this site.

In case you are curious, we saw this movie. Sorry there aren't any pictures, but they don't allow it at the drive-in.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Colleen said...

You are the 2nd person to have hit the drive in this weekend! I always used to go - so much fun!! I need to find the one around me. Thanks for the link.

Blogger Marcia said...

We saw Surf's Up Friday night at our drive in (Silver Surfer was on behind us...we know someone who wants to see it too)...lots of fun!

-T

Blogger Overwhelmed! said...

Oh, we have a drive-in in our area. I'll have to give it a try! We used to go when I was a kid and we loved it!

Glad you had a nice evening!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to thank you guys... The drive-in was a great idea. This was Kyra's first time going to a movie and she had a blast. She was ready to go back the next night. This was Sean's first drive-in movie and he enjoyed it too. He just couldnt believe that you could watch a movie outside. It was a perfect night! Thanks :)

Jim
While I was in the car trying to get Kyra to go to sleep... we were watching you with Sera. It was so sweet it brought tears to my eyes... She was really restless tossing her head from side to side and you (with all the patience in the world) put your face against hers and she instantly settled down. The look on your face was on of pure unconditional love. Anyone can make a child but it takes a special kind of man to be a father. Happy Father's Day!

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