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This movie night was just plain fun. We had been seeing the Prep & Landing commercials for a week so we had time to get good and excited. I found some fantastic printables on the Disney website including a Get-Ready-For-Santa kit, Character Playset and Ornaments.
Zoë got herself (and her very favorite stuffed animal, Twila) dressed up like an elf. I dressed Itty up in a darling Christmas-y vest which she would have none of. Bah Humbug! She looked darling for the thirty seconds she was wearing it. Earlier in the day we made Christmas cookies to enjoy before the movie and they were gooooood. How could they not be? They were Christmas cookies!
The movie itself was great. I am definitely including it in our "must watch" holiday movie list along with Merry Madagascar (hilarious). Is it just me or are the cartoon holiday movies getting much better? I can't think of a single good cartoon movie that has come out since I was little. I mean really, "Olive, the other Reindeer?" Please.
Over the last few months Zoë has started branching out and watching non-cartoon movies. It has been such a nice chance. She is such a sensitive little soul and many of the "big kid" movies frighten or bore her. Kit Kittredge did neither. We loved it. Zoë has recently become obsessed with American Girl dolls and books and was thrilled when I told her that there was an American Girl movie!
As luck would have it, the chairs that we ordered for the library arrived the day of FMN so Zoë and Eden decorated their "clubhouse" for the movie. We enjoyed chocolate chip cookies before the movie along with goldfish crackers that I folded in cloth napkins and attached to little tent poles. (Thanks for the idea, Shannon!) I also gave the girls tiny notepads to take notes during the movie, like a reporter.
My favorite line of the night was from Kelly after Zoë asked him what the depression was. His response? "Honey, the depression took place when Nana was Kit's age. Back then the economy was a little bit better then it is today." Nice.
Admittedly this was another movie that was a "Zoë and her friend" movie instead of us watching as a family. It did teach me one valuable lesson though: don't buy the movie unless you are confident that your child will watch it more than once. I thought for sure Zoë would love this movie and watch it again with me later, but no. She watched it once and it has sat unloved with our other DVDs ever since.
As for treats and props, I bought some delicious truffle cupcakes from the grocery store bakery (they are am amazing resource, just remember to give them 24 hours notice) got out our many pairs of fairy wings for the girls to wear and away they went. Easy peasy!
Monsters vs. Aliens may have been our favorite FMN of the entire year. Not because of the movie (which was fun) but because we got to watch it with our favorite Birrs. We were in Spokane to celebrate Grandpa Birr's 60th birthday and I brought along some movie night supplies. You can't watch a movie with no props or treats. That's just crazy talk!
Thankfully, since the movie had recently been released on DVD there were all sorts of Monsters vs. Aliens props to choose from. I found some eye ball candy during Halloween which made perfect "Bob" treats when paired with blue jello. I also found coloring books at Michael's, and would you believe that Carl's Jr. had toys that coordinated? (If you ask nicely they will sell you the toys without the meals.) It's like all the stars were aligned for us.
Family Movie Night and Halloween really should go hand in hand, at least when you have little ones that don't go trick-or-treating for hours. The sun came out just long enough for us to trick-or-treat around the block, which was plenty of time. Zoë got to see her friends and we were able to get home in time to hand out candy to our visitors. The movie was kind of a no-brainer considering our Halloween costumes: The Scooby Gang. Zoë chose Scooby Doo and the Alien Invaders on streaming Netflix and we enjoyed Halloweenies (get it?) and Scooby Snacks while we watched the movie and waited for trick-or-treaters.