25 June, 2013

Summer - The Inexpensive Way!

 This is my first week having my daughter back at home since the school year ended. We didn't want to waste anytime after spending yesterday at home. I have to tell you, I'm still SUPER apprehensive about this whole staying at home thing. I don't know why, but it's been REALLY hard to shift gears thus far.

I was told this weekend that lots of successful people have made it because they jumped off into the unknown. I'm old enough to know better unfortunately, but apparently still too young to care because I'm at home this week. On the flip side I'm excited for next week as my daughter will spend the week at her father's house and I can go back to work.... Did I mention my two weeks was up two weeks ago??

I spent all of Monday washing and folding laundry while watching day one of the George Zimmerman case, which is big news here in Florida. Well, thanks to Court TV, it's probably big news in a lot of other places as well. So, after a day spent doing laundry (and as proof miracles never cease - I actually put it all away too) and yelling at my tv screen, Monday was like THE. LONGEST. DAY. EVER. I hate to say it, but I was bored. Seriously bored.

Grace played inside most of the day because it was SO hot outside here in Florida. I mean RIDICULOUSLY hot. After folding a load of clothes I checked on her to find her creating a collage on her bedroom wall made of clay. By the end of the evening she had fashioned it into a rabbit, and each splotch of clay has a smiley face carved into it. She's so artsy fartsy and I love it.

I was one of those moms that refused to make my kid color in the lines because I felt it inhibited her freedom of expression. There are times when I wish she'd limit that freedom - mostly when she's disagreeing with me, but it's really let her spread her artistic wings and she comes up with some pretty cool designs, like this one:

It's a RABBIT. Don't you see the orange "eyeball" and the red "nose"???
 Doubly making this project neat is that I thought back to my OWN childhood and I'm pretty sure MY mother would have had a coronary if she'd walked into my room and found clay all over the wall. So, OF COURSE I had to encourage my OWN kid to keep right on going.... Sorry mom. I know you read this blog.

Given that we are now operating on one income, we have to watch the money even closer. That being said, with a little research, it's amazing how many inexpensive activities there are out there.

I came across a free/reduced movie program for kids last summer and we just never took advantage of it. I was working full time and so getting to these movies at 10am was really difficult. So this summer now that I'm NOT working (as much), I've got plenty of time to make it. You can locate the Summer Movie Express for Regal Cinemas here: MOVIE EXPRESS WEBSITE.

If you don't have a Regal Cinemas near you, go to google and put in "free summer movies 2013" and you should find the links you need to theaters in your area.

This weeks movies were "Mr. Popper's Penguins" and "Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked". They are shown on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 am.

Regal Cinemas does not do the "free" movies, but the movies are $1.00 per ticket. You can't beat that! Here's a shot of my receipt as proof:

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" was full, so Grace and I were treated to "Alvin And The Chipmunks". It was great. We REALLY had a good time!

On our way out we came across the movie poster for another movie near and dear to our hearts:

 When the first movie was finally being shown on tv, Gracie's dad and I watched "Monster's Inc." OVER AND OVER... I'm surprised she wasn't quoting the movie by the time she was born, we watched it so many times. That being said, to see her at just shy of ten years old standing next to the poster for the prequel to this awesome movie was really, well, emotional. I have LOTS of wonderful memories of her dad and I and my pregnancy from the summer/fall of 2003 and it's really amazing to see how much wonderful time has passed since then, along with all the changes to our life we've had since then - most for the better if I do say so myself.

We will be going to the movies AGAIN tomorrow to see if we can catch "Mr. Popper's Penguins". I actually haven't seen this one. My daughter says she has seen it, but she refuses to tell me anything about it. That being said, if there's a particular movie you want to see, you might want to go a few minutes early so you aren't locked out due to lack of seating.

Stay tuned because I have OTHER programs and activities that I'll be sharing throughout the summer. If you have any you'd like to recommend, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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