Dinner and a Movie

by Stefani on 14-February-2008

Today is the one day a week that my guys go to school. Oh, the anticipation of a party day!

They had all their little valentines covered in crayon scrawl and smushed into paper bags. They were in the back seat, excitedly discussing the potential of cupcakes and sprinkles at school.

And then we heard that commercial on the radio again.

I stand corrected. It doesn’t say, “don’t be a loser, be the guy who buys her a diamond.” It actually says, “don’t be the guy who sleeps on the couch, be the guy who buys her a diamond.”

My guys got really quiet and listened intently (they know how I feel about this commercial). I saw a(nother) discussion coming on, all about what love really means, and how sad it was that the man would feel like his wife would be mean to him if he didn’t buy her an expensive gift, or that the woman would think she wasn’t loved if he didn’t.

Know what I heard instead?

First, conspiratorial whispering.

Then, “Mama can we sleep on the couch tonight?”

That kinda says it all doesn’t it?

So, that’s the plan.

When they get home from school we have a really special project to finish (more on that to come). Then, we’re going to dip strawberries (sans chili, thanks) and make dinner together. Then, we’re going to treat ourselves to a family movie night.

Dinner and a Movie

There won’t be any diamonds, and all the men in my family will wind up on the couch. 🙂

I hope your Valentine’s Day also involves being squished into a very small space with the people you love most!

p.s. What’s your favorite family movie? We’re taking suggestions for our Netflix queue!
p.p.s. I love being surprised by this kind of Valentine, don’t you?

jennifer February 14, 2008 at 8:04 am

Swiss Family Robinson, The Parent Trap (original), Freaky Friday (original), Adventures in Babysitting (for the older crowd. My kiddos are 15 & 10). I look forward to seeing what everyone else suggests.

millie February 14, 2008 at 8:05 am

Your boys might be a little young for it, but I love Breaking Away. It’s old and you will laugh at the shorts Dennis Quaid wears, but it is such a great movie.

Any musical is always a hit in our family – Hello Dolly, Sound of Music, etc.

My son thinks the original Pink Panther movies are hysterical, but again, he’s a little older than your boys (14).

Have your boys seen ET? The original Cheaper by the Dozen is also very good.

millie February 14, 2008 at 8:07 am

Oh, I second Swiss Family Robinson. We watched that a couple of years ago and all the kids loved it! I think your boys, in particular, would love that movie.

Sarah Jackson February 14, 2008 at 8:50 am

That sounds like a really wonderful evening, and very similar to our plans as well.

Annika and I slept on the couch last night. Not because I didn’t buy diamonds, but because I was driven out by snoring. And she wanted snuggles.

Movies – any of the old, non-animated Disney movies.

Mary February 14, 2008 at 8:50 am

We love almost all the Studio Ghibli films- 13 were released in the US with a Disney partnership. Spirited Away, Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Castle In the Sky- they’re all favorites of my daughter. Castle In The Sky even has robots, flying war ships, and an Army!

She Likes Purple February 14, 2008 at 9:10 am

OK, I loved this. And even though you may groan, my favorite family friendly movie is Dr. Doolittle 2 (don’t base it on the first–the first was bad!). It’s hilarious. I quote it constantly.

katherine February 14, 2008 at 9:43 am

Jumping in to second Miyasaki = Totoro or Kiki’s Delivery Service. Our family also loves The Iron Giant – especially nice messages in this one about pacifism, artistry, and what it really means to be “Super Man”.

kcb February 14, 2008 at 10:34 am

I second “Spirited Away.” We also loved “Hoodwinked” — an updated detective-story take on Little Red Riding Hood with enough interesting references to keep the parents involved.

The boys can never get enough of “Chicken Run,” any of the Wallace and Gromit stuff, and “The Sandlot.” We enjoyed “The Rocketeer,” too.

Aimee Greeblemonkey February 14, 2008 at 11:01 am

ha, mine involves being allowed to go to pottery class like usual and us not fighting the lines for dinner at our favorite restaurant that is hard to get into on a regular day, much less a *holiday.*

I know, I am soooo sentimental.

Aimee Greeblemonkey February 14, 2008 at 11:03 am

Oh, and Declan is a HUGE Cars fan and we love al the Pixar films. We also loved Flushed Away.

Crystal February 14, 2008 at 11:21 am

We sure like The Goonies. Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Little, and Stuart Little are in heavy rotation in our house as well. Your movie night sounds like a perfect V-day. We are doing much the same only pizza is on the menu as that is Mamas treat to myself.

OMSH February 14, 2008 at 11:54 am

My kids were excited too! I got a Valentine for my sweetie that sings, but oooh, I love the idea of sitting down for a movie night. We’re a bit crazy about snuggling in for movies.

My all time favorite movie is The Man From Snowy River, but it still is a bit over my two youngest kids’ heads.

Lynn February 14, 2008 at 12:35 pm

We have a family movie planned tonight to. My boys have a four day weekend! We always have to squish in a small space to watch movies. We can only watch them on the laptop. All five of us squish on the couch and get our heads lined up just right to see the screen. It’s fun.

When my boys were younger Fly Away Home was a favorite movie.

Deirdre February 14, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Ooh–I can’t wait to get a list of movies from this post.

We love movies that following reading the book–“Secret Garden” “Stuart Little” and “The Wizard of Oz” have all been hits (seems like nothing is really scary if its read first).
“Robots” was a recent discovery, with a good message. Just saw “Annie” the musical, though it was hard to explain Mrs. Hannigan (my boys were horrified). We just saw “ET” recently (after my 3 yr old was in bed)…and now the 6 yr old pretends he has an alien with him at all times.

Jennifer February 14, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Those sound like great Valentine plans. We try to have movie night every Saturday.

My suggestions are Indian in the Cupboard, Cat from Outer Space, Firehouse Dog, That Darn Cat (the original), Homeward Bound. Can you tell my son likes animal movies?

Kristi Richards February 14, 2008 at 1:29 pm

I love The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but you have a great list going. I laugh when I read your blog after being with your son all day. He is such a free spirit in class (in a good sense) and then I read your blog and see why/how. He is such a great kid and so much love just ooozes out of this blog!! I hope I am half the homeschool mom you are!!

Lynn February 14, 2008 at 2:11 pm

I agree with the original Homeward Bound. I don’t really care for the remakes.

Also, we are currently working our way through Planet Earth. Great family viewing there.

molly February 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Well, I was trying to talk my kids into Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but they were resistant. They did like Annie Get Your Gun! and we just started watching Annie (as in the orphan) last night, and will probably finish it tonight. We sat down and watched No Reservations a few nights ago (yes, it has been family movie week with a sick mommy) and I was amazed at how much the kids enjoyed it; I though it was great. I like the idea of expanding their movie tastes as so many kids movies are dumbed down (though I do find potty humor funny at times). Thank you for the Flickr link – Avery and I have been finding hearts in the most unusual places lately. I can’t wait to share the pictures with her.

Heather February 14, 2008 at 4:51 pm

We just watched and really loved zuthura. Also Hairspray was a HUGE hit with all of us.

kristin February 14, 2008 at 5:39 pm

we just finished the same…yes, finished at 7 to put the littlest ones to bed…now i wait for the biggest of them all to join me on the couch. : )

crystine February 15, 2008 at 2:46 am

If your family likes music we are watching the American Roots Music series. Really great music that just might get you out to hear some live or go dancin!

Tracy February 15, 2008 at 5:29 am

That sounds nice, I think that’s what we’ll do tonight too.

Sally February 15, 2008 at 8:00 am

Spirted Away and Wallace and Gromit are faves for everyone. My boys also watch Robots, Babe, Finding Nemo. They will also sit through Hello Down There, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Meet me in St Louis. We were also recently recommended Arthur and the Incredibles.

I love reading about you and your boys – such inspiration. Hope you all have a good weekend.

alice February 15, 2008 at 9:18 am

My favorite family film is My Neighbor Totoro, it is just so wonderful 🙂

Valerie February 15, 2008 at 10:43 am

Love Meet the Robinsons and I just checked out Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from the library – I haven’t seen it since I was a kid a million years ago – looking forward to it.
I love the original Yours Mine and Ours and both versions of Parent Trap are a staple at our house.

Sounds like a fabulous Valentine’s celebration!!

Rebecca February 15, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Hi! I found your blog because you were linked to from http://candlestring.blogspot.com/ . I read your post about the Valentines commercials and I feel the same way! I was just speaking to my husband about the stupid Teddy Bear commercial 2 nights ago. I told him if he EVER bought me a stupid Teddy Bear, I would file for Divorce! I also told him not to buy me flowers for Vday. I see no point in him spending twice as much on flowers just because of a date. We have a happy marriage filled with love everyday, he doesn’t need to be obligated to buy anything for me. He needs to save the money and buy a bigger house!

About movies… Have you seen “The Iron Giant”? Super good. I also love “Spirit” “Flight of the navigator” “Curious George” and “Lassie” with Peter O’Toole (2005)

I enjoyed your blog and I’ll check in with you again! Have a great day

brit February 15, 2008 at 1:43 pm

I hope that I can remember this for when I have young boys as well…it’s so important for us to instill in them what is important (love vs jewelry) and which will hold up better, over time, in stress, etc.

Visty February 15, 2008 at 1:45 pm

You could always rent Blood Diamond and really drive the point home. kidding of course; I feel the same way!

Sally February 15, 2008 at 3:09 pm

And then I forgot A Series of Unfortunate Events, Nanny McPhee and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (we have a movie addict at our house).

t February 15, 2008 at 4:36 pm

The two favorites in my house are Flushed Away and The Incredibles. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of The Incredibles!

Julie @ Letter9 February 16, 2008 at 5:18 am

I always loved sleeping in the sofa bed when I was a kid, but it ALWAYS resulted in embarrassing home videos. I don’t know why but my parents never brought out the camcorder except when we were all piled in an uncomfortable bed, drooling out the sides of our mouths. : )

LaurenC February 17, 2008 at 1:34 am

If you’re a geek like me then you can’t go past ‘Space Camp’ for a family movie.
A young Kelly Preston and a very very young Joaquin Phoenix launched into space by accident along with a bunch of other kids.
I love it!

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