Today my Big is on a camp out, at a drive-In movie theater with her Girl Scout troop. That means my Little and I are home by ourselves. My girls are three and half years apart and had I planned this better, this is not the age gap I would have purposely chosen. I mean right now it’s actually pretty nice because for the most part they get along well, and my Big helps out with her sister…most of the time. But once we hit those challenging teenage years I will have a 13 and 16 year old in my house at the same time! All I can say is that their dad better get his act together before then, and/or maybe I’ll have a wonderful “glutton for punishment” by my side to help. Until then, I am blessed at the opportunity to spend time individually with my girls and date them. I don’t get to do it often, so I take advantage of it when I can.
Earlier today I came across an awesome app on my phone while looking for show times for Pete’s Dragon. It’s called Atom. This may be one of my new favorite apps and when you sign up you actually get a FREE movie ticket!
What is particularly cool was that my ticket, being the adult one, is the one they gave me for free! It get’s better. I was able to buy all of our concession stand items on the app too! After I purchased our tickets, popcorn, soda and candy, (Don’t judge me, today was my cheat day.) they texted a QR code to my phone. Once I got to the movie theater, I walked right up to the VIP Atom line, they scanned my phone and got to making our order. The lady said they normally get a message on their end and get it ready around the time of your movie. Now that’s what I call awesome! As I looked around and saw all the lines full, and my movie about to start, I just walked up to the busy counter and was taken care of right away! After getting our goodies, we then walked over to the lady who collects tickets and she scanned our code again, and off we were to find our seats. This was quiet possibly the best going to the movies experience I’ve ever had. I can tell you that Atom, just made it easier and more likely for me to head out to the movies.
Pete’s Dragon was a movie I enjoyed with my mom when I was a kid, and it was truly magical to get to share that with my Little tonight. She cried, I cried, and at one point she even said, “I want to go home, I don’t want to see what happens next.” (During one of the sadder parts of the movie.) and cuddled me a little more. These are the moments to cherish. These are the moments that you blink and they are gone. We laughed, we cried, we cuddled and I have to say I can’t wait till it comes out on Blue-ray, as it’s definitely one to own.
Of course she was exhausted by the time I got her in the car to headed home; the rain dancing all around us, the heater blaring so my windows don’t fog, and country radio playing in the background. As we pulled up the house I looked in the rear view mirror, and thought man is she big! I realized at that moment that in about a month this Little will be 4 years old, and I won’t be able to carry her into the house while juggling my purse and keys much longer. Soon enough she won’t even want to tell me where she is really going, or who she is really hanging out with. So tonight I carried her inside for one of the last times I will have the privilege of doing so. Tonight it wasn’t the chore and struggle it normally is, tonight it was pure privilege.