Typically from about mid-January to somewhere in March there is someone sick in our house. Prior to having kids I got sick maybe once a winter. After kids my winters look like this -> stomach bug, long-lasting cold virus, stomach bug and continued cold virus, cold virus again or continued virus from before( the doctors can’t figure it out). The kids tend to get mild stomach virus, and cold symptoms on and off until March. My husband gets sick maybe one time too. We have been lucky in the past, passing on a bug one by one.. Recently, however our house was bombarded with germs. We were all sick ->AT THE SAME TIME Luckily it was not the flu but it still stunk!
Finally on Friday we all started to feel a little bit better. Not good enough to go to the museum or aquarium, but we were ready to get out of the house. Family movie day came to me right away. It was something I loved doing with my parents but I wasn’t sure my kids were ready.
My big kid (5) has been to the theater before.. He likes it but when we are in the big dark loud theater, he gets frightened more easily. He has always been a little sensitive. When he was 3 he would put the covers over his head and peek at the tv when Swiper the fox from Dora was on the screen. Over the years he gotten braver and can watch shows like Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles without the least hesitation, but when we are in the dark loud theater it’s harder for him to take. Needless to say we are careful about the movies we take him to. We had never taken JR (3) to a movie. JR just started to enjoy TV. Up until about 2 months ago he wouldn’t watch TV AT ALL, then suddenly he became obsessed. So when the idea of a movie popped into my head my husband and I were a little skeptical…
I started checking the theaters for kid friendly movies. The choices were pretty limited. There was one movie that I decided to take a chance on, Wreck It Ralph. Wreck It Ralph is about a video game villain who wants to be good. It was GREAT. There was action, and adventure. It was somewhat predictable but the writing was good enough to keep it enjoyable. The scary scenes, if you can call them that were more tense than scary, which was GREAT for my sensitive 5-year-old. Even my 3-year-old LOVED it. He sat through the entire 1hr and 45 min. I wish more kid movies were like this one! I’m sure we will buy it when it comes out in March
It was so nice to have a relaxing family movie day, especially since we were still recovering. I cant wait to do it again – fully healthy next time … hopefully!