On Friday Caitlin turned 9. Her party wasn't until the next day due to a scheduling conflict with a softball tournament that was later cancelled anyway. Grrr!
So we decided to celebrate by taking Caitlin and her friend Emma to Hot Springs to dinner and a movie.
Of all the dining choices available in the metropolitan oasis that is Hot Springs, Caitlin chose this:
where she ordered her favorite staple of haute cuisine, a spud...with lots of butter. She decided to mix it up a little by adding cheese. She lives life on the edge.
The adventure continued with a stop at Caitlin's favorite store:
where she found an adorable baby guinea pig that we promptly named Penelope. Caitlin's mean daddy says "NO MORE GUINEA PIGS!" so she and I were very disappointed. We consoled ourselves by purchasing a stuffed crab for Tess the Sheltie.
Mama had to take a detour to Old Navy to purchase some dirt cheap flip flops and Daddy had to detour by Lowe's to purchase some post endcaps for the new deck. (That's a story for another day.)
We also stopped by the party supply store to buy treats for the birthday party but were quickly distracted by all manner of goofy glasses:
(Perhaps this is a good time to interject that Caitlin does not always wear her name on her forehead. Friday was Field Day at school, hence the facepainting.)
We finally ended up at the movie theatre where Caitlin chose to see:
We had promised the girls some candy for the movie and of all the sugar-licious choices, Caitlin picked:
I'm pretty sure we're not related.
Regarding "Up" I really just have three words:
Doug. the. Dog.
I laughed 'til I cried. You see, we have a goofy Golden Retriever and if she could talk, she would BE Doug the Dog.
"Up" turned out to be a really good family flick. I had my doubts, especially since it was 3-d AND nearly two hours long but I was pleasantly surprised. It starts kinda slow and a little depressing but winds up with a pretty good plot line. It also contains some good themes like keeping promises and making people a priority over possessions.
And so the first day of Birthday-palooza 2009 draws to a close.