Day 9: A trip to the movies!


Today, Parker had a great idea.  He asked Kaitlyn to buy movie tickets for him, Natalie and Becca.  When Kaitlyn asked if she could go too, he decided to invite us all.

So we did it.

As it turned out, Kaitlyn didn’t have to buy all the tickets.  Everyone down to Parker had the $1.50 required for a matinee at the dollar theater.


This was hardly a typical day in our family.  I don’t think I’ve ever taken all the kids to a matinee.  Then again, it’s been a very long time since we lived 3.5 miles from the dollar theater.  We do evening movies as a couple or as a family once in a great while, but this was our first time to go without Perry.  I tried to talk him into taking half the day off of work, but it just wasn’t happening.


I dropped the kids at the front of the building and parked Moby Dick, our great white whale, while they bought 10 tickets to Monster University.


Later that evening I made a double batch of The Common Room’s Bean and Cabbage Soup.  See my big ladle?  It came with my pots & pans, and matches them.  It looks just like a tiny little saucepan, but of course no one would actually use a pan that small.  That’s how I knew it had to be a ladle.


What was on your schedule for the day?  Did you do anything spontaneous this week?

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  1. That soup looks delicious!!! Nom nom!
    Looks like,a lovely day for all 🙂

  2. How fun to have a cheap theatre nearby! Our older kids often are the generous benefactors for our family outings or pizza nights. We just had cabbage soup,too, only no beans and we added celery and corn. Ate it with corn bread, yum! I miss the “big white van” days (when all 9 kids were still home). We’re down to 5 at home and using a minivan. It is cheaper on gas, though 🙂

  3. Amanda Wells says:

    Just out of pure curiosity, did y’all quit with the “mostly skirts” thing?

  4. I’m enjoying the series too. I’m glad you’re back to blogging.

    We have cold, rainy weather and received a cabbage from the CSA yesterday, so the Bean and Cabbage Soup will be perfect for our dinner tonight. I noticed that celery is in the instructions but not in the list of ingredients. I have a few stalks that I’ll use up.

    • Lora, we were out of celery so just skipped it last night. My husband objects to diced tomatoes, so I used tomato paste instead to make the broth richer. And I think it’s better with more beans and less cabbage than the way the recipe is written, but that’s personal preference of course. No matter how you do it, it’s cheap, nutritious and hearty! And pretty tasty, too. 🙂

  5. Great idea for a ladle! I never would have thought to use one of those little saucepans for that. Funny, I’ve been wanting to get one for awhile now to reheat tea and coffee (got rid of microwave to get some extra kitchen space) but now that I can get two practical uses out of it, even better. Btw, I’m enjoying the series!

  6. You crack me up. I think we also have a ladle like that.

    We also drive a Moby Van.

    I thought you’d enjoy this- not too long ago one of his big sisters took our boy to the movies. Then another one did. A day or two later my son was asking me for something, and I told him, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” He said, “True, but it does seem to grow on big sisters.”

  7. MotherLydia says:

    I love your “ladle”!

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