7.18.2011

For the love of Honey

We had another birthday to celebrate today. The wonderful and incomparable Kates.

Being the birthday girl, I made it totally her call when it came to how we’d celebrate today. While Pheebs went to school and I headed to work, she chose to spend the day at home, relaxing and reading for most of it.

For dinner, initially she suggested our favorite Chinese restaurant. But when her plans for a day of shopping in Joe Town didn’t work out, she suggested we head there tonight. Her idea was to go for a dinner at Cheddars -- a place we'd never been, a place that everyone we talk to raves about and a place we had yet to try because it’s always so busy we can't get in the doors. We would then do a little bit of shopping before hitting the 7:10 showing of the new “Winnie the Pooh” movie. A film the whole family could enjoy.

I surprised Kates by taking off of work a little early, she picked up Pheebs from the daycare, and we were off.

We pulled into Cheddars at almost exactly 5, just in time to beat the dinnertime flood, and finally got to taste what all of our friends and coworkers have been talking about. Kates had a chicken salad, and Phoebe got the kids plate, which came with three mini corn dogs and French fries. I settled on the steak and chicken fingers, with sides of -- two favorites -- saut√©ed broccoli and mashed potatoes. … I can’t speak for the others, but my plate was darn good. The chicken fingers were so tender and juicy they melted in my mouth, and my sides were just as delicious. The steak, however, was a little overcooked for my liking. Either way, I ate it all and the meal left me so stuffed I might have popped a button from my shirt.

After a couple pit stops to cross a few things off our shopping lists, we arrived at the movie theater.

From never having been to a movie theater before April, Phoebe has become quite the little movie-goer this summer. In addition to our “Tangled” outing last month, she gets the privilege of trekking to a movie with her daycare each Wednesday.

Best part of the pre-movie trailers: Seeing the trailer for the new Muppets movie. Jason Segel. Amy Adams. Can.not. wait.



The Winnie the Pooh film is absolutely charming. And its especially refreshing if you saw Disney's recent stab at a computerized X-games version of the Pooh adventures, which was plain awful.

The new film is so creative in its playful dialogue -- and not just the spoken kind. Like "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" the storybook illustrations and the book type are kay players in the film. And the adventures are just as whimsical and funny for the adults as for the kids.



A definite bonus is hearing Zooey Deschanel's voice on the music, which I had known but forgotten until that first song played in the film.

And watching Phoebe on edge of her seat, soaking in every word and scene never gets old.

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