Movie Night – Old School


We are fortunate to live in a town that still has an operating drive in theater.  Once upon a time there were between 4000 and 5000 drive ins operating in the United States.  The most recent count I could find on the internet puts the current number at 355.  There are only 14 operating in the state of Indiana.  How sad that this little piece of history will someday soon be no more.  

There’s just something about seeing a movie at the drive in.  Let’s be honest – the sound is pretty bad unless you play it through your radio (but then you might have a dead battery when the movie is over).  People could probably also argue that the picture may not be as clear.  But those things aside – seeing a movie at a drive in theater is an experience.  There’s a feeling of joy, anticipation, and awe that you just don’t get in the traditional big movie theater of today.  Where else do you get to the movie hours before it starts just to hang out and visit with friends and eat while you wait. Image

What other kind of movie theater has children running free on the playground equipment we grew up with.  You know the old school dangerous metal slides and the swings that were made out of wood and didn’t squeeze your bottom.


WeeMan spent time playing in the sand, sliding on a metal slide, and just running in the grass with kids he met there.


The sunset was glorious to watch while we waited.  My grandma used to say “Red sky at night sailor’s delight” She said that meant good weather ahead.


We decided to go traditional with our movie munchies – but our drive in offers everything from popcorn and candy to pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, and funnel cakes.  Can’t get any of those in the regular theater in town!


The movie starts off with everyone honking along to the song “Beep Beep (The Little Nash Rambler)” then the opening screens start to come up.  The first one requests that everyone stand while the National Anthem is played then there are the commercials and the refreshment stand ads and they are all vintage – every one of them.  How awesome is that.  I just wish I had better pictures so you could see what I mean.  

I guess maybe the movie is secondary to the experience of going to the drive in.  Last nights double feature was “Despicable Me 2” and “Monsters U” .  We paid $8 each for hubby and I and $3 for WeeMan.  That’s less than half of what we would have paid at the seven screen theater to see both flicks.  The movies were of course good – “Despicable Me 2” was the best of the two.  I just love the little minions!Image

Of course by the time we got home we had one tired little WeeMan.  In fact he didn’t wake up when daddy carried him up to his bed and tucked him in with his clothes on!





Farmer’s Market Wednesday


For today’s adventure we walked to the local Farmer’s Market.  This is WeeMan’s best buddy and future wife – at least according to them.  Image

There were fresh peaches

ImagePlenty of fresh zucchini and squash.

I came home with fresh green beans, cherry tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, onions, tiny little potatoes, and zucchini for less then $20.  Several yummy meals in the near future.


Of course we made time to stop at our new favorite hang out for a hand dipped cone – (mmmmm blueberry cream pie ice cream = divine) and a soda in a glass bottle.  They have an amazing variety of old time sodas.  They are also pickers and sell the kind of treasures I love.  


Rainy Days

It’s rained at least a little bit every single day for the last two weeks.  Lots of people around here are complaining, wishing the rain would let up.  





Not me though – the farmers and me are  thrilled with the rain.  Our daily showers are usually quick and light – not making things too wet, just wet enough for the most part. Image

Why am I so happy with all this rain? 



Because I can’t help but remember last summer at this time they were canceling the fireworks shows, camp fires and fire pits had been outlawed, my rain barrels had been empty for weeks, and my  poor yard and garden were brown.


In a few more weeks thanks to the nice wet days I’ll be using this basil and fresh tomatoes from my garden 


to make homemade bruschetta. Mmmmm my mouth waters just thinking about it.  



In the meantime, we’ll spend our rainy time splashing in puddles, working on crafts, reading library books, watching shows about ocean animals and dinosaurs, all curled up in our favorite hiding spots – even if that spot is inside a wicker clothes hamper filled with stuffed critters.


Summer Flying By

ImageWe’re staying way too busy this summer between Tee Ball and Soccer, garage sales, school trainings, swimming, and library trips.  But it’s a good kind of busy.  I just hope our summer doesn’t go too fast! I mean where did June go? It’s almost over for crying out loud.  I thought I’d do a nearly wordless update with some pictures of our highlights.  

*popsicles and black eyes (see above)



Splash park days

ImageSoccer games with cousins – our last game was last night.  The kids all got medals and they were so proud of themselves.  

ImageSack lunches in the park – our school corporation provides free sack lunches for every child in several different parks.  The first year I never took D because I thought they were for kids who needed them more than we did.  Then I found out that the more kids they feed, the more grant money they get the following year.  Now we try to go once a week.  There’s just something about those peanut butter sandwiches my kiddo loves.

We’re also taking swimming lessons this summer.  My little man is such a fast learner, but man can he be stubborn!!  He doesn’t like putting his face in the water and he can throw quite a fit about it.  The bizarre thing is he’ll do it when she’s not asking him to.  So it’s not fear.  He dives under and bounces around.  He just hates doing it when we are practicing. 




Summer Daze 2

Today is our second official day of summer vacation and I hope the rest of the days look like today!

We started our day out by walking to the library.  Little man got signed up for the summer reading program and brought home a stack of books to read – all about critters of course!  Mama even managed to grab a couple of books off the adult stacks.  (If you’ve ever taken a preschooler to the library you know that is quite an accomplishment!)

We spent a good couple of hours in the library doing puzzles and reading and then made our way home.  Once we got home we had a picnic lunch in the backyard and started to set up our pool.  

Then it was time for some quiet time to rest up for Vacation Bible School tonight.  While WeeMan rested I was able to do my Bible Study for the day.  I’m participating in the “Anything” Bible study with the Good Morning Girls.  So far I am really enjoying the way the daily reading is set up and the book.  I’m definitely feeling the push to do something – to shake my comfy world up.

I know it’s not very exciting but these are the kind of summer days I live for.

Happy Heart

ImageSummer break has arrived! Friday was the last day for the kiddos – tomorrow is the last day for the teachers as long as I can get my room torn down.  We kicked off summer vacation with a rainy weekend – but between the rain showers we managed to visit the neighborhood block party and WeeMan squeezed in some corn hole.


The day was made even better when we were able to see friends from long ago and far away – they’ve been serving in South Africa as missionaries with Nieu Communities and are transitioning back to the states to do mission work in Boston.  Can’t believe how much their kids have grown.  Made my heart happy to catch up for a few minutes.


There was even a garage band

ImageAnd of course there were hot dogs.

On a completely different note, I just read today that Xanga may be closing down.  That’s where I got my start blogging and that’s where some of my most heart wrenching and joyful blog entries are.  I was blogging there when we decided to pursue infertility treatments for our WeeMan.  Now I’m in the process of trying to figure out how to download and save my Xanga blog.  I can’t bear the thought of such an important piece of my life being lost forever.

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