For my first Valentine’s Day as a single mom, I had the best date: Levi. Since it was just the two of us, I thought it would be fun to do a popcorn and movie night.
After dinner, we made popcorn together. I recently got my first air popper and Levi thought it was super cool to see the popcorn come shooting out into the bowl. I think it’s great that I could finally make it the way I want – without all the extra butter and salt. Don’t get me wrong, I totally indulge in a ridiculous amount of butter when I go to the theater, but when I’m home with my son, I want something at least semi-healthy for our snacks.
We settled in on the couch for The Jungle Book. But not before he hogged the bowl of popcorn. He’s only two, after all. We’re still working on the sharing thing.
We snuggled up and watched The Jungle Book (the version from Phase 4 Films).
Levi loved watching Mowgli drumming around the jungle and pointing out that Shere Khan is the bad guy. I thought it was great to see a different version from the one I grew up with – not many songs, but good character development and a cute plot. The voices come from folks that obviously understand kids movies, with title credits like Wallace and Grommit and Bob The Builder. It’s a fun family-friendly film that kept Levi’s attention until we got around to dessert.
Ah, dessert. I think Levi was being a little obvious that he was done waiting.
Yes, my freezer is full of Whole Fruit Sorbet. They have six different flavors and it was hard to pick just one. Plus, it’s naturally fat-free and isn’t obnoxiously sugary like some other desserts I’ve tried. Oh, and it has real fruit chunks in it, so that totally makes it rationalization-worthy (I’m 99% sure I can call it a serving of fruit if I want. FTR, the company makes no claims about that – that’s all me.)
Like the popcorn, Levi wasn’t in much of a mood to share. I scooped him a bowl, but he told me the bowl was mine and took the carton and hid under the dining room table to eat it by himself. I can’t blame him. I don’t like sharing my desserts, either.
We finished off our night with bedtime stories and snuggles. This was definitely the best Valentine’s Day date I’ve ever had.
Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, there was totally a second date already. We watched Horrid Henry together (I got an advanced copy – it will be available in a limited edition Slime Pack at Walmart on March 12th). The movie is based on the children’s book series by Francesca Simon. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a little info:
Plot synopsis: When Henry fails yet again to hand in his homework for the umpteenth time, he inadvertently sets off an unexpected and curious chain of events. He forms an unlikely alliance with Moody Margaret, the infuriating girl next door, outwits corrupt School Inspectors, topples an evil Headmaster, wins a talent contest, and stands up to his ultimate nemesis. With each antic crazier than the last, Henry finds himself inexplicably trying to save the very school which he has always professed to hate.
There are silly songs and slime, so I thought it would be worth a shot to see if Levi would enjoy it. Since it’s geared towards more tween and pre-tween ages, the actual plot went right over his head, but I think the bright colors and high energy helped keep him interested for a little while.
I wish I could say Levi was the first date that’s wandered off on me to play other games, but last Halloween I totally lost my date to Mortal Combat for a while. Maybe it’s a holiday curse? Or maybe boys just have short attention spans, whether they’re 2.5 or all grown up.
How Was Your Valentine’s Day?
Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of the DVDs shown above. All opinions are 100% my own.