Friday, July 22, 2011

Walkenhorst Cinemas

We had a bunch of neighbor kids over to watch a movie before, then I had this idea to do something more in line with going to the movies, getting popcorn and candy. It wasn't until this week that I finally made that idea a reality. 

Select your movie. We went to the library to rent some movies for the week. Getting movies there is a dicey proposition, you're not sure how scratched up the movie is going to be until you get home. Hey, it's free. 


Make your own tickets stubs. I looked at a bunch of movie tickets to get an idea of the layout I wanted. Using tables in my word processing program, I got what I was looking for. 


Have a concession stand. At ours to purchase a bag popcorn or snack you have to use Movie Moolah. Each moolah is worth one snack.

In an envelope, we place a ticket stub and 3 Movie Moolah. Each boy takes an envelope to a friend in the neighborhood inviting him/her to join us at the movies. 

To get ready we close all the blinds, cue up the DVD, set out all the snack options, pop the popcorn and put them in these bags I bought at Partyland years ago for a birthday party.

At the appointed hour, the audience arrives. I take his/her ticket, then let them past the gate. At the concession stand (kitchen), they pay me a moolah for a bag of popcorn, then each one carefully decides what snacks will accompany the popcorn. "Will it be chocolate raisins, or maybe the Preztel M&Ms? Hmmm, Oozy gummy bugs are yummy. Which one should I get?" They know to spend their remaining moolah wisely, and that they are welcome to return to the stand during to movie to purchase more. 

Our first viewing had some technical difficulties, pausing and skipping, but the boys loved it. Here's a look at our audience. 


This has been so much fun! I'm glad I was finally able to put an idea into action. Looking forward to the next time!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Silly boys

During family devotional~
M: Boys, do you know what the word precepts means?
C: Someone who sips a lot?

While we were having family prayer, Kai released some gas~
C: And please bless K. that he will not fart during the prayer.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Koala Fliers

While getting DJ out of the car -
J to D: Aren't you the cutest baby in the car?
M: Nice qualifiers.
C: What are koala fliers?

I'm sure Coby was thinking of this little guy from the Wild Kratts
His name is Koala Balloon. The Kratt Brothers rescued him 
as he floated down from the sky carried by black balloons.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Liam, what does a rooster say?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

So hot. . .

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The trouble with tribbles

During the intermission of Bye Bye Birdie, we found a wall of photos of Miss R---- City. 
Among them is this picture.
Jake says to me: Looks like two tribbles died on her shoulders.

So the trouble with tribbles is that they might just ruin a perfectly lovely dress.