Hubby and I were truly blessed when we had our boy almost five years ago. He may not have been planned, but he is the absolute best surprise either of us could have ever dreamed. He was the easiest baby, transitioning through all the tough milestones and the challenges he faced. He has always been the "smiley boy" since he learned to smile at two months old. He loves his daycare, and even more so, he loves spending time with Mommy and Daddy. His Pre-K teacher raves about him almost every day and uses him as an example for the other kids on how to behave and be a helper.
So, when my boy is having a rough time at home or daycare, there is definitely something wrong in his world. When Hubby and I get reports of misbehavior or when we notice he is whining or overly sensitive at home, we know it is time to talk. This past week, almost two weeks, have been "off" for our boy. He has been acting up, crying a lot at home, and even had a time-out at daycare! I know that is "normal" for a 4-year-old, but it is extremely rare for my boy. In fact, the teacher who sent him to time-out said she felt weird even saying the words to him.
After getting through the consequences of his bad behavior and holding him a couple of nights as he cried himself to sleep, we finally took the time to slow down, get our little family together, and plan a Family Movie Night! Some nights I want to give Hubby a break and plan a meal for our family or we need some new ideas. I visited the Nestle meal planner on the Walmart website where I could choose my occasion and choose my meal, then make a list and head to Walmart to shop.
We checked out the frozen meals for dinner to pick out a lasagna and some garlic bread and found a super fun coupon on the Texas Toast. Nothing says movie night quite like a big bag of candy! We were also excited about finally picking up Ice Age: Continental Drift so my boy was stoked that the coupon had Scrat on it!
The Boy and I saw Ice Age 4 in the theater just before it was released (so long ago!) and we loved it! We were excited to watch it with Daddy this time and "introduce" him to Captain Gutt. I had some Ice Age activities for us to play together and we were going to make this the best movie night ever!
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Quick and easy shopping trip and we were headed home to get the party started. We were able to pick up a Stouffer’s Large Family Size Lasagna, Marzetti New York Brand Texas Toast, and FREE Nestle Wonka Candy, plus the Ice Age movie for around $40.
We quickly popped the lasagna in the oven and it was time for the family to spend some time together. We played a little Redwings vs. Blackhawks hockey and then our boy randomly asked to pull this cardboard house back out of the closet. This house was a gift from Aunt B last Christmas and every now and then we pull it out and color some more. Maybe by this Christmas we will get it all colored and set up.
When the buzzer went off from the oven, we made our plates and settled in for the movie. We were stuffed and laughing so hard and it was nice to see all three of us content again. We are heading into basketball season (first practice was on Monday) and I know that means things are going to be hectic. I have been busy every evening with the blog or tired from a bad day at work. Hubby is potentially up for a promotion at work and heading into a busy holiday weekend in the meat market. I know our boy was sensing the tension and this time together was the perfect solution.
How do you plan a quick and easy family movie night?!!
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