Originally, our Childhood Memories Date was going to be last Friday, but we postponed it for a week because we’d been so busy. And by the time the night came, I really just wanted a night at home. So, instead of doing my original plans, I modified them a bit so that we could have Date Night at home. Here’s what we did:
First the invitation Jeff got in the shower a couple of weeks ago, written with bathtub crayons:
When he got home last night, he got the first of 3 “assignments”.
“Wanna feel like a kid again? Your assignment: Play a kid’s game with your wife! Choices: Memory, Chutes & Ladders, Candy Land, Trouble”.
We own those games (just in case the nieces & nephews stop by). Jeff picked Candy Land, so we played. It was quite the battle. He won the game – mostly because I kept drawing the candy pieces, bringing me back to the beginning of the game. Dumb little candy pieces! Let’s be honest, there isn’t a whole lot of skill involved in Candy Land…
Then he got assignment #2: “One of the best things about grade school was the Book It! program. Your assignment: Read 2 chapters in your Narnia book. You’ll earn your Book It! Award!”
Jeff & I have been slowly reading through the Chronicles of Narnia before bed…just every so often, we’ll read a chapter together. So, he read me a chapter in “The Magician’s Nephew”. (We just did 1 chapter cause we were getting hungry!) Sure enough, Jeff earned his Book It! Award.
(reading chapter 9) (Jeff with his Book It! Award – He’s a Super Reader!)
Of course, we all know that the reward system in the Book It! Program is getting a personal Pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Well, Jeff & I prefer Godfather’s to Pizza Hut, so on my way home from work that night, I picked us up each a personal mini pizza. Loaded with our favorite toppings: hamburger, pepperoni, mushroom, green pepper and onion for Jeff and just hamburger and mushroom for me. That didn’t seem as much food as when we were kids, so I added breadsticks to the order. The breadsticks were bigger than the pizzas!
(Note: I’ve got a thing or two to learn about picture taking — I should’ve hidden the vitamins and the salt/pepper mills!)
While we were eating, I wanted to play Trouble!, so while not technically an assignment, we played. I won! Again, not a whole lot of skill involved in Trouble.
Jeff’s next assignment: “You didn’t see this as a kid. But you would’ve wanted to. Your assignment: Put on your PJs, grab a bowl of popcord and enjoy Chronicles of Narnia!”
It kind of turned out to be a Narnia date, but that was by accident. We’d been wanting to see the first Narnia movie, so I borrowed it from a friend. We changed into our PJs and grabbed the popcorn I had made earlier and watched the movie. We’re ready for the third one to come out!