File this under things I would never have done with my first born: when Peanut was just over three weeks old, I took her to her first movie.
I was home on maternity leave, my husband was really busy with work and Pumpkin, then 2.5, was out of school for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I’d been hearing a lot about this new Disney movie called Frozen, and I wanted to take her. I figured, it’s a kids’ movie, so hopefully if the baby gets fussy nobody would notice (or mind). Peanut nursed once or twice and slept the rest of the time. For Pumpkin, it was the start of an obsession.
After the movie came the soundtrack. At first, she only wanted to listen to the songs with words. Then she wanted to listen to the whole thing. She even went through a phase where she only wanted to listen to the instrumental music. She got the DVD in her Easter basket, and soon was able to describe the scene based on the soundtrack. This was impressive for a kid who is only allowed to watch TV on weekends, and in limited amounts. “Let it Go,” of course, was always a favorite, but she really loved the reprise of “For the First Time in Forever.” When we’d ask her what song she wanted to listen to, she’d say “Please don’t shut me out again!” She made sure all her grandparents and aunts saw the movie … we even watched it outside at Biltmore Fashion Park last December. Her signature pigtails were gone in favor of an Elsa braid. Acting out the parts is still a thing.
When I read the Mommy Shorts post on going to see Frozen on Ice, I knew we’d need to go if it came to Phoenix. So I talked to Santa, and he brought us four tickets for Christmas, along with new Frozen gear for the girls to wear.
And on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, exactly two years after our Frozen journey began, we went to the show. I didn’t know how Peanut would do (she did not do great at The Nutcracker) but now I can honestly say that watching the girls’ reactions was the best part. Pumpkin was glued to the show the entire time, so into it she didn’t even sing along. Peanut had to move a bit, going back and forth between me and Mr. G, but she loved it and watched the whole thing. She was excited to see Mickey and Minnie at the beginning and end, and yelled “Elmo” when Nemo came out, which was hilarious. When Pumpkin heard “Please don’t shut me out again,” she bounced up and down and waved her hands with excitement.
It was the best. I’m working on Santa for Disneyland tickets next.