I learned a trick from a friend that when going to an event, it's a good idea to pick up a related toy to take with you and then when the kids see all the souvenirs, they already have one for half the price. And usually better quality. So I picked up princess dolls for the girls at Costco the night before. Ariel for Jules and Belle for Abby. They were thrilled with their new friends and didn't put them down for the rest of the afternoon.
We got there a little early and found that our seats were taken...by four adults with no kids in sight. (Okay. I would have gone to see Skyfall if I was with a bunch of grownups. But whatever.) They soon discovered that their seats were on the other end of the row and moved. And we discovered that they did have kids with them...sitting in the right spot.
The girls were shaking with excitement and could hardly wait to see what was going to happen. Abby apparently thought it was going to be a movie and Jules thought WE were going to be the ones skating. So the real thing was a surprise and a wonderful treat.
|Ready for the show.|
|My four favorite girls in the whole wide world.|
|The Princess and the Frog was the first story.|
|The frogs and the Cajun lightning bug.|
|On the bayou.|
|Mickey and Minnie introduced the stories. Julianna leaned over and said, "Mommy, Minnie waved at us!"|
|Next was Cinderella. The wicked stepsisters were naughty. They even stuck their tongues out at the audience!|
|I wish I had a fairy godmother. But I wouldn't want a ball gown and carriage. I'd want fuzzy pajamas and a new minivan.|
|So sweet! Horses and carriage and off to the ball.|
|Prince Charming and Cinderella.|
|That wasn't in the movie!|
|Julianna and Ariel at intermission..|
|Belles of the ball.|
|Maximus from Tangled...the third story. The poor guy in the back end must have drawn the short straw.|
|Flynn stealing the crown Mission Impossible style.|
|Skating AND flying?!|
|Mom was a little worried.|
|Flynn and Rapunzel.|
|All of the princesses and their princes.|
|Then we went to lunch at Azteca. Ariel got in on the pictures.|