Recipe For Chaos

Real Stories From The Chaotic Front

Movies Anyone?

park, movie, robertMy kids haven’t been to too many movies at the actual theater. I’ve tried taking them before. Generally with my kids it has to be one child per adult. If you knew them you wouldn’t be questioning that statement..You would be thinking ONLY one adult per child???? Last time I took them we had to barricade both ends of the aisle with an adult and sit near the back so Hayden who can’t sit still would be able to run to the bathroom every 11 minutes and fewer people would notice that Caleb will inevitability spill whatever snack he’s chosen before bursting into tears.  Ian…well, Ian would be more concerned with the other patrons than the movie and the back of the theatre provides the least distraction.

Well, I really wanted to try it again. They had been talking about the movie trailer for Night At The Museum Battle Of  The Smithsonian since it came out. I thought, they’ve grown a bit, it should be fine. I lined up my helpers. Grandma, Gavin and Veronica and I even offered to bring  a few of Gavin’s friends. Well, Grandma got a better offer and off she went to visit her sister in law (my favorite aunt so I can’t complain). Gavin and his GF ditched me at the last possible moment. Literally, shoes were on, keys in hand.  So, I pulled on my big girl pants and said…FINE! I’ll take them by myself! (Yes, I was worried but if they know you’re afraid they’ve got you!) We went early to the mall and with a little time on our hands attempted to look in a candy store (OMG NOT) then took two rides on the carousel and put a few quarters in the little kids video rides for Ian.

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I shouldn’t have worried (AS MUCH) Hayden only wanted to leave twice, once with Ian in tow but for the most part it was a blast. I watched them as much as I did the movie. It was adorable. We each got our own individual snacks and the kids took turn dipping Hayden’s Twizzlers and Ian’s popcorn into Caleb’s nacho cheese sauce.

I’d do it again…hopefully not alone…but glad I know I can do it!

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June 6, 2009 Posted by | Day Trips, General Mayhem | 4 Comments

Looking For Something To Do With Your Kids? Maybe There’s A Circus At Your Library

pc120364I can’t speak for anyone else but I always look for inexpensive entertainment for my kids. It was easy with one, but now with the three little ones… Yikes! If I build up the mental stamina I need to take them someplace by myself there is little left of the physical stamina required to entertain them when we get there. This is one reason why I love my library. They always have activities planned all throughout the month for a wide variety of age groups, and best of all they are almost always, without fail FREE! Today the Palos Heights Public Library hosted the Pocket Circus “the smallest circus in the world”  ( ). I only brought my two youngest as my two oldest decided they’d rather sit at home, stay in their pajama pants and Wii…(It was a bonding moment.) The Pocket Circus was a combination of magic, balloon art, clowns and juggling all done by a couple hailing from Argentina.  My kids were enthralled for a full hour. If you know my kids…this is a feat! There was no wandering around, no whining, no asking when it would be over. It was wonderful. One of the benefits of a library show are smaller audiences so your kids have a real chance to sit up close and be picked to participate.  It was so nice to get the kids out of the house after being trapped inside too long in this freezing Chicago weather. After the show we picked up some tacos and a video game. We’re set…for a few more hours at least. So, if you are looking for something to do, Give your local library a chance to save the day…and your sanity.


January 17, 2009 Posted by | Day Trips | , , , , | 1 Comment