popcorn, pandas and fries

21 06 2008

Another amazing week of firsts for Peter. For the first time in 5 years, we ate in a restaurant… all of us! Ok – it was a McDonalds, but Peter hasn’t allowed us to sit through a restaurant meal since he entered the family 5 years ago. His new-found desire to eat a variety of foods & his ‘settling down’ behaviorally has made this event possible.

Peter has never been to the movies – and I haven’t been for five years as well. Well, today was Peter’s friend Aidan McMahon’s birthday party. Aidan’s choice of party venue was to take his friend to the movies. About a dozen kids went to see Kung Fu Panda today. I showed Peter the online trailers this morning to get him excited, and it worked. He wanted to go to “the panda movie” with Aidan. He was excited about watching a movie in a theater… while eating popcorn! It was not a perfect event for Peter, but it was quite good; he got restless about 2/3 through the movie. He wanted to sit in the top row of seats, then the front row, and back up to the top again. The theater was not crowded, so we did some seat hopping.

After the movie, we all gathered in the lobby to sing Happy Birthday to Aidan & eat cake – Peter participated fully.

“Get your hands out of my popcorn, birthday boy!”

Happy Birthday, Aidan & Way to go, Peter!




2 responses

22 06 2008

That’s awesome!!!
Now we just need to get Matthew to a movie (and without him freaking out due to the noise)!
Maybe we can take the boys to Chili’s…Matthew’s favorite place to eat out…well, it’s the only place we take him to eat out! 🙂

27 06 2008

I’m 24 years old and I still get restless about 2/3s of the way into a movie! I turn into ADD girl or something for about 5 mins and have to really concentrate on the movie and not wander around the theater. I think its the physical act of sitting “completely” or really cloes to completely still for so long. Ahh, well. This is why I usually watch movies at home. That and the price of movie tickets!

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