Today was the day I had been planning for his "special day". I had told him that if he did all of the reading I'd asked him to do, that I would let him play hooky from school for one day, and I would take him out to lunch and do whatever else he wanted to do. Since he was sick yesterday, I thought today would still be a good day to go; he was feeling better, but I wasn't sure if he was good enough to go back to school just yet.
He decided that he wanted to go to Denny's for lunch, and then go to the movies. The only kids show I could find was Escape from Planet Earth, and it was about 40 minutes from here. So we headed out to get lunch first, and then go to the movies.
The snow was blowing around all over the place, and I was kind of scared driving on the expressway, because I couldn't see very far in front of me. The roads were dry, but the visibility was terrible. Halfway there, Eli said, "I want to see Jack the Giant Slayer!" I asked him what it was about, and he told me it was like Jack and the Beanstalk. I got off at the next exit, and pulled into a gas station to look up showtimes on my phone.
I ended up having to turn around, because it was at a different theater. But finally, we got to Denny's. I let Eli order anything he wanted, and he chose the same thing as last time--a t-bone steak with shrimp. I got an English muffin, egg whites, and fruit.
Eli's steak was SO disgusting; I'd ordered it medium well, but it was definitely rare, and there was a ton of connective tissue and fat. I didn't even complain, but when the server saw it after I cut into it, she said it looked terrible, and she ended up asking the manager to take if off the bill. I took a picture, but decided not to post it because it's gross ;)
After we ate, we went to the mall for the movie. Eli wanted to get a cookie from Mrs. Fields (torture, anyone?). I said we could share one, and he chose the Peanut Butter Dream Bar. We cut it in half, so I ended up eating a tiny square for 10 PointsPlus, but it was good! Then we went into the movie.
I wish I'd researched the movie before taking Eli to see it, but I just assumed it was a kids' movie based on what he said. It was scary, and after I saw Eli put his hands over his eyes about 35 or 40 minutes in, I asked him if he thought we should leave. He said yes, so we left. On the way out, I stopped at the ticket sales counter, and said, "I totally understand if there is nothing you can do, because it's my fault for not realizing this was a PG-13 movie, but it's too scary for him, so we're not going to stay. Any chance we could get a refund?"
I expected him to say no, that I was a moron for bringing a 7-year old to the scary movie when he should be school (parent of the year, for sure), but he was very kind and refunded out tickets. I felt bad that Eli's day was turning out to be not-so-special, so I asked what else he'd like to do. He wanted to go buy a toy, and since his lunch and our tickets were refunded, I agreed.
Eli ended up being really happy with how his day went, though, and I am glad. I think he just liked getting to play hooky from school and hang out together, just the two of us. I enjoyed it, too--it's rare that I spend quality time with just one of the boys! Tomorrow is Noah's turn, and thankfully he doesn't want to go to Denny's. He wants to go to Red Robin, though, which has NOTHING healthy on their entire menu. If I'm going to spend 30 PointsPlus on a meal, it's not going to be on a burger and fries! Maybe I'll talk him into some other restaurant.
I hate getting out of my routine, like I did today--eating lunch out and then being out all afternoon made it hard for me to eat well. Not to mention impulsively blowing 10 PP on a brownie at the mall! Being the day before my weigh-in, I'd pretty much bet that my weight will be up tomorrow; not because of overeating, but usually when I get out of my routine that happens for a day or two.
This is a long post with almost no pictures, so here are a few cute ones of Phoebe: