It was fun picking up the girls and seeing their expectant smiles. They had a bag
packed with two sets of clothes and pajamas included. I had spied my 6 year old
grandson at Marley and Makyah’s house. He tried to hide behind the sofa to give
me a ‘scare.’
Once he succeeded in my acting surprised, “Oh my, Micah, you gave me a shock!”
He asked if he could come and spend the night? I told him “Cinderella” is not just for
girls, didn’t he wish to come with us? Micah had been jumping on the trampoline with
his two girl cousins. The motion of jumping appeared again, “Please, can you come
pick me up after “Cinderella” ends?”
All the older kids, Lara, Landen and Skyler were at their father’s houses having their
weekend visitations. I mention this because it seems like I have the youngest more
often, which is true. Parents are happy to send them off and have plans for their
own ‘date nights.’
“No” was Micah’s firm answer.
“I will enjoy sleeping over and save my movie time for when, “Home” comes to
the Strand.” (Our local movie theater.)
I did not pursue the whole persuading him to come so Nana would not have to
head towards his house, then to dinner and lastly, to my apartment. I mentally
agreed with him, “Home” with the man from “Big Bang Theory,” will be very
Jim Parsons’ voice while portraying the purple alien with multiple talents and
little legs and arms already has caused me to burst into laughter. The ad where
the alien hears music and ‘cannot control his arms which are up in the air,’ makes
While in line to get our tickets at the theater, we saw several children dressed up
as Cinderella. There was a look on Marley’s face of reproachment. As if I knew
people would dress their kids up for the movies. I should have thought of this, I
guess. This may be a ‘cautionary tale,’ for those other grandparents and parents
who read my posts. Dress them up in their “finery,” maybe add a tutu if you don’t
have a gown for them to wear.
We got in line for the ‘kids’ meals’ which are only $3.50. This includes a paper tray
full of popcorn, a kid’s drink and a full size packet of candy. The girls shocked me,
instead of ordering either fruit snacks or M & M’s they chose the York peppermint
patty candy bars which now have mint chocolate chip filling inside them.
Those two children are such cute copy cats! They also chose Sprite. I had my
usual $7 complete ticket (over 55) which includes medium popcorn and medium
drink and had thrown in (“sh-h-h!) an almond Snickers bar in my purse from home.
When we entered the theater, we chose the back row, which meant we could easily
escape due to bathroom breaks. It was nice to be in the newly renovated side
theater with the comfortable seats and cup holders on both sides on the arms of
the chairs. Someone beside me said, “This is better than my lazy boy.” There was
a younger couple sitting holding hands. I didn’t think they ‘fit’ the lazy boy group,
which is really wrong of me to stereotype the company.
One of the best parts of going to this new edition of Cinderella, was they showed
an animated short about Anna’s birthday from “Frozen” fame. It was not part of
the original film nor was it part of the Upcoming “Frozen 2” movie. (Expected out
in June, 2015.) It was sweet and every time Anna’s sister sneezed little snow blobs
came out of her mouth. Eventually there are lots and lots of sneezes that look a
little like snowmen, two balls of snow and a pair of eyes.
This is a summary and review of the newest 2015, “Cinderella:”
I felt the young woman who played Cinderella was fresh and innocent looking.
I enjoyed the scenery surrounding her country mansion. The setting is lovely
with farm animals, horses, ducks and geese. The characters of her father and
mother were warm and loving. I felt sad, did get teary eyed when Cinderella’s
mother dies. This was so sad. Then, later when her father died, she continued
to work hard on the farm, trying to keep her stepmother and stepsisters happy.
Her attic garret is quite a mess, one where I would not send my ‘worst enemy.’
Since she gives such a wonderful performance, we will see more of Lily James,
the actress who portrays a sincere Cinderella. Her scenes radiate compassion
and caring towards the little creatures, lizards, mice and geese who become her
I think Richard Madden did a great job as Prince Charming. He wants to be
part of the kingdom, not wishing to be a Prince. While hunting with his men,
he sees a stag which Cinderella persuades him not to have it shot. I think
we will be seeing more of Richard Madden, too. His tenderness towards his
father, who is ill, is very well acted.
I enjoyed the role of Prince Chaming’s father, played by Stellan Skarsgard.
There is a nice familiarity when he calls his son, “Kit.” They both show
their affection for each other; as a kind father and loving son should.
I felt you wish to protect Ella from the evil stepmother who is superbly played
by Cate Blanchett.
Here are the girls’ commentaries on the movie while leaving the movie:
“I loved the fancy dresses and the way the Prince lifted Cinderella up
while they danced. I like that Ella learned how to dance from her father,
while she put her feet on his shoes. I want to have pink and white roses
at my own wedding, like Cinderella did!”
Makyah was excited to tell her favorite parts, which surprised me even
more than Marley’s. (Kyah just turned four years old on March 1, 2015.)
“I liked the cute mice. I think the one who likes to eat and carry his
cheese around in his mouth, is so cute. I liked the way the Fairy Lady
(Godmother) turned the pumpkin into the thing (coach) she rode to
the castle in. It broke the building up. (It breaks the walls of the green-
house up.) The mice were funny when they were horses, Nana!”
(My helpful fill in the blanks for the items Kyah was not familiar with.)
Flashlight Hide and Seek. This meant we had to clear the floors of all toys.
I also make little areas available for them to hide in. I take luggage out of
the bedroom closet. I remove the brooms and small vacuum from the pantry
closet. I take the ladder out of another location and I dried the tub out,
after the girls’ bath time. This is one of the favorite places to hide, pulling
the shower curtain closed. Of course, I am sure they don’t realize the
flashlights glow through the curtain, only Skyler and Lara, who were not
here to tell them this, which they usually ignore.
Three children have flashlights, Nana does not. We do take turns and it is
always fun to be the ones hiding. I don’t mind being the one finding the kids.
I like to say, “Looking under the table and not seeing anyone. Hmm…
where can those children be hiding…”
My hiding places are ‘in plain sight,’ since I am not interested in trying to
fit into different tight places. I tend to lie under the coffee table, try to hold
the door of the bedroom (or bathroom) as close to the wall as possible,
while hiding behind it.
My last place to hide was under the blankets on the bed, with pillows
on my head. This allowed a gang of tickling children and hugging, too.
Kyah likes to tag along and hide with someone which I usually ‘assign’
this each time. No one balks because they love the game.
Micah’s rendition of playing Barbie with Ken was hilarious. He had the
dolls join him in the kitchen, the only place cars can roll on flooring.
(The rest is carpeted.)
I find it interesting, the girls allow him to dictate, or direct, every choice. The
car race where the Barbies and Kens were audience while Micah utilized my
school whistle’s shrill noise to designate the beginning of each car race was
a great way to pass about 20 minutes’ time.
This play acting was a new version of his many ideas to make Barbies watch
his performances. Tractor pulls, truck rallies and motorcycle races, along with
once he chose to have an “Alien Invasion” of a pool party the girls had set up.
We enjoyed playing a game of “Storm the Castle.” Micah has made this up,
which uses 10 cards formed into triangles for each person. These pyramids
of cards use the first row of 4 cards as a base in front of you, three cards next,
two cards and one is the top of what he called “castles.” Each one points at the
middle of the floor area. The rest of the cards go in a pile in the middle.
Micah set this up while I was bathing the girls. This has been a new way of playing
a combination of “Go Fish” and “War.” He is still ‘refining it. We have played this
before together, just he and I.
The games (sort of) goes like this:
When you ask for a card of another person, they can look for it, while leaving their
cards turned down. If it is not there, you can tell them to “Go Fish.” If you have a
higher card than the one they are looking for, you can suggest you want to take
on the other person in “War.” Micah is a product of a father who plays video games
so he uses the words, “I challenge you to war!”
It was made up, as we went, since there have never been four players before.
Although it was not very organized, patience and attention was shown by all
Micah allowed Marley to win, since she had both Jokers and both Kings. He told
“In this game, aces are ones and they are ‘losers.'”
Somehow, Nana figures out how to ‘lose’ every card game; so no one else ends
up in last place.
We watched, “Hotel for Dogs,” with Emma Roberts, Kevin Dillon and Lisa Kudrow.
It is an older movie, I did not check when it came out. I enjoyed the elaborate sets
in an antiquated hotel, which must have conveniently closed down and been given
‘condemned’ status. The furniture and different areas created to allow homeless
dogs, in a big city, to have a home instead of going to the pound.
The dogs are adorable and each one ‘worms’ there way into your heart. There
are dogs of all kinds and the 4 children who tackle changing the place into a
habitable one for the dogs.The film is with real people and dogs which shows a
lot of ingenuity, training and imagination. It also means you must suspend your
sense of reality and allow yourself to accept the unique situation. Marley, Micah
and Kyah laughed at the place where the dogs got showers and the location
where the dogs could use the bathroom. There is a ‘chute’ for the poop to go
down into bags, which then fall into a dumpster.
We all spent time together, snacking and staying up far too long into the night.
After breakfast and cleaning up the apartment to Nana’s “Clean Up” song, we
took a wonderful walk up and down steps and across three different bridges,
over the creek and found the creatures we were looking for. . .
We found each other giggling as we fed crackers to the “quackers.”
There were six ducks. We enjoyed the sunshine and the visit came to a close
When I left the library yesterday, I headed home.
I did my laundry, dishes and a few other chores.
But I can safely say this. . .
My one bedroom apartment always seems more empty than usual
on nights after I have had those little ‘munchkin visitors!’