Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Day at the Theatre

My father thinks I MUST be rich and famous since my name is in a book and all. He keeps asking me when I'm going to be on Book TV and reminding me that when that day comes, I need to ask them to "send a car" to pick me up. I haven't asked him who "them" is and why on earth they would send me a car.

The fact that he gets so excited about such things is why he is such an amazing dad. I keep telling my husband I need to sell a few more essays before I'll be convinced the one about my dad wasn't just a fluke. He is such an interesting character and it surly didn't take much skill to write a worthy essay about this more than worthy man.

Still, I decided to do something "fun" and more importantly, out of our normal budget with the money I earned from the essay about my father.

As my writing has slowly (but surly) taken off over the past year I have taken to using the profits for family fun time. The rewards of this are many fold. Firstly, not having to budget in family entertainment to our normal monthly budget leaves more room for other things and, I don't have to feel badly when using this "writing fund" money for FUN!

So what does the sale of a 1000 - 2000 word essay buy a family of 4? Here's the answer in picture form:

2 plain (pink) T-shirts on sale for 50 percent off at Hobby Lobby.
2 child size shirts (from the gals' closet)

1 package of iron on transfer paper for our printer. (Dora images were found FREE online)
1 package of fabric markers (purchased with Hobby Lobby's weekly 40 percent off one item coupon)

4 Dress Circle Tickets to Nickelodeon's Story Time Live! show.
(Dress Circle Tickets were purchased due to the young age of my children, I thought they needed to be close for the 90 min. show to hold their attention.)

1 $6 drink with a straw that could be taken into the theatre (this was a MUST as the knowledge of having something that could bribe the girls to hold off a melt down was needed for this mama!)

2 adults meals
1 child meal
1 milk shake from Fuddrucker's
The chance to take our girls to their first live show was worth a million dollars! Joseph and I are both huge lovers of the arts and especially, the theatre. It was amazing to watch them run about the lobby, exploring this grand place full of so much creative energy!
Anna Clare screamed with joy and threw her hands in the air every time a character she recognized began to sing.
Tessa was out of her seat and dancing and singing along with the entire show. And, although the place with packed with little girls, we received many comments from the ushers on how happy Tessa was to be singing and dancing.

Not only did I get to witness my girls falling in love with something so dear to my heart, I got to watch the joy their daddy had in his face as he watched them watch the show. He did it all with a huge grin of pride, love and joy and he did it all in a PINK shirt with a silly Monkey on the front and Dora and scribbled pictures from his gals on the back. The best part, I didn't even have to ask him to wear pink. He said if everyone else in the family was doing it - he would have it no other way.


Kelley said...

Oh, Holly! What a fantastic way to reward yourself! Looks like your day was a huge success!

Emily said...

Holly I love this! I love the Hobby Lobby sales, I love the theatre, I love that Tessa was singing and dancing and I love the paragraph about Joseph wearing pink. You have an amazing family, and I know why! (because you're an amazing lady-mom). Thanks for such a joy-filled post. I hope this is only the beginning of a lot of family fun. Ha. Yay!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Holly, you are such a great mom, to think of your family when deciding how to spend your windfall. :) And the girls are absolutely precious in their new clothes. So, so sweet!

Just got your FB message and will respond just as soon as I can. I think I have some thoughts that might help.



Sydney said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! We're considering taking our 4 year old to the children's theatre production of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day." I think he'll love it.

As for the Brewers game... We took Alex to his first game when he was just a few months old. They don't seem to mind the noise. And there's so much to do at Miller Park. There's a play area up on the upper deck called Bernie's Playhouse. And you can bring in whatever you need for kids... bottles of water, diaper bag, etc.

prashant said...

Looks like your day was a huge success!
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