Every Saturday at our house is dinner and a movie (or game) night. We eat at the coffee table in the living room in front of the TV and either rent a movie or watch one recorded with the DVR from cable. We usually eat pizza (not too messy on LR carpet) from Little Caesar's or homemade. Sometimes we improvise if we're burned out on pizza (it happens sometimes).
Tonight we watched How To Train Your Dragon. It just came out on DVD yesterday. Our family was pretty excited to see it again. That's a real compliment for the movie, because my husband and I are real computer animation snobs. We just LOVE ANYthing that Pixar Studios puts out, but most other CG (computer-generated) movies fall short of Pixar's art and storytelling/subject. If you remember over the summer when I was new to blogging, I took the kids to see How To Train Your Dragon for $1 at the AMC Theaters. We had a great time. My daughter had already seen the movie prior to that showing when my husband and her went out on a Saturday afternoon for a daddy date. They did a movie and dessert. They both had a wonderful time and it made the movie very special to her. It inspired her artistically (although just about anything does!)
The only bummer about doing a movie on a Saturday night is that if we don't start early enough, it turns out to be a late night for the kids to get to sleep. That's when a game night comes in handy. Mommy and Daddy get to decide whether it will be a movie or a game night (although sometimes we let the kids choose). It often hinges on whether or not there are any good kid movies out. We rarely repeat a movie. I think Wall-E was the only one we've ever repeated (for a dinner and a movie night).
Sunday's are a busy day for us. Every other Sunday I volunteer with the preschool kids at church. So I need to be prepared before church for that. Tomorrow is one of my Sundays. After church we come home and eat and then barely have time for the youngest to take a nap before we leave for our newest small group (through our church). When we are done we come home, have a quick dinner and get those kiddos into bed. We are always extra pooped on Sundays from all of the driving and playing (just the kids do the playing.) Our Sunday small group is doing a marriage study based on the book Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. We watch him on a DVD, fill in the blanks in a workbook and then have a discussion. My favorite part about the small group (besides the fellowship) is the FOOD! We each bring a dish to share and yum, yum, yum, I LIKE TO EAT! (If you've seen me lately, you know what I'm talkin' about!) But to be fair, I also like to cook. So it's win-win for me.
Monday nights we have our original small group that meets at our church (the Sunday afternoon one is at a friend's house). We are reading a book by Bill Hybels (senior pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL where my husband and I used to attend when we lived in Chicago.) It's called, Too Busy NOT To Pray. I'm leading the group for now while our main leaders/founders are volunteering to teach a class at our church. I have an advantage in that I've had this book since 1996 or so and have read it MANY times. It's a good book that recommends journaling your prayers while using the ACTS acronym. A= ADORATION, C= CONFESSION, T= THANKSGIVING and S= SUPPLICATION. Let me know if you have any questions about the book or ACTS or journaling prayers.
I'm going to try to get to bed before midnight tonight. It's been difficult to do that when blogging. I know I need to get on a strict schedule, but I haven't sat down to figure one out yet. I want to start exercising again and getting up extra early to have my prayer time in the morning. Maybe you can help me to be accountable? Thanks!