The Movies {The Ordinary Moments}

June 1, 2014



Anyone who knows me and my husband knows what massive film geeks we are. We have shelves and shelves in the house full of movies (greatly reduced since we’ve had children and discovered Netflix). Back in the day we went to the cinema at least once a week; we used to love going to the latest night time showing when it was quiet, buying the biggest tub of popcorn we could, arriving early so we could watch the trailers. We’d go even when there wasn’t anything in particular we wanted to see and we found some great films that way.

Obviously introducing Lucas to our love of film is pretty exciting to us and we were both looking forward to his first cinema trip. He has always been good at watching films at home and will sit through most of them.  Seeing that a Postman Pat film was due to be released I knew this would be our best chance to introduce him to the cinema; my mum very kindly watched the babies so we could both take him. We’re a bit daft like that, both wanting to be there (it also meant we could trap him inbetween us). I had no idea what he would be like, if I’m honest I didn’t have great hopes for making it to the end of the film or stopping him from running to the front to talk to Jess the Cat.

We got our tickets, which he found very exciting, bought his little popcorn snack pack, he settled on a little booster seat with cuddly Bullseye on one side and popcorn on the other. I was waiting for the cries that it was too dark, too loud but after a little persuasion with magic stars he stayed on his seat through the trailers.

The film started and I think we spent more time watching him than the film, his little face was such a picture. Totally engrossed in the whole thing. He got up a couple of times but didn’t try and escape, much to our surprise! I’m sure the novelty will have worn off next time we try it. All in all a great morning out and some precious time spent alone with Lucas. By the time my husband is off work he is really ready for that little bit of extra attention, it’s such a treat to spend some time just the three of us. I was hunting for a giant Postman Pat poster to get him to pose by but just managed to get a crappy phone photo to commemorate the occasion. It was actually a pretty special ordinary moment for us!



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  • Notmyyearoff

    That sounds lovely and I now want to take z to see Postman Pat. We used to be regulars at the cinema pre z too and loved it. At one point we were going every few days with out student discount :D. We now only go once every few months but i get really excited now (which sounds really lame).

    June 1, 2014 at 8:34 am Reply
  • Lina

    I love taking the kids to the cinema – mine are usually more interested in the popcorn than the film though!!

    June 1, 2014 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Anna-Marie

    This is lovely! We love the cinema too, pre-children we were always there, not so much now! We have managed one cinema trip with our eldest and it didn’t go to plan, but maybe next time!? Great post xx

    June 1, 2014 at 8:52 am Reply
  • The Reading Residence

    Boo loves the cinema! She first went when Little Man was just a few weeks old, as a treat with Daddy to see Madagascar 3 as she loved the first 2, and she was golden throughout. We’ve been a few more times since, and I like to take her as a ‘girl trip’ every now & then – Frozen was very popular! I’m sure Postman Pat would be, too, so maybe that’s next on the list x

    June 1, 2014 at 9:06 am Reply
  • Carie

    Oh what a wonderful ordinary moment, and so special because the cinema trips hold such memories for you too. I love that you were both able to go for his first time – and it sounds like the postman Pat movie is going to be a hit!

    June 1, 2014 at 9:17 am Reply
  • Caro

    This is a lovely moment 🙂 Our son is a few months younger and we’re hoping to take him on his first cinema visit when the next Thomas and Friends film is released this autumn – since he’s a Thomas nut! I’m hoping it will go much like this.

    June 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm Reply
  • Katie @mummydaddyme

    Aw I love this ordinary moment Hayley. Myself and Mr E are total film geeks as well, before the girls came along we had one of those unlimited cinema passes and would go every week without fail, sometimes twice if there was lots of films out. Funnily enough it is one of the things I miss the most, although when we do go now it is a treat. I am glad that L was a good boy in his first film, he did well. Mads got scared by an advert in her first one and screamed the place down so we had to leave, but we have been a couple of times since and she is a little better! x

    June 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm Reply
  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Awww what a milestone. Good thing that he stayed in his sit. My son wont stay put. Walking around the whole cinema =P #theordinarymoments

    June 2, 2014 at 10:57 am Reply
  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork

    This is so sweet. I have really fond memories of going to the cinema with my mum so I’m looking forward to taking my little boy when he’s old enough. Which won’t be for a looong while yet – he’s a super-fidget and I don’t trust him to behave anywhere near as well as Lucas did! Lovely to hear you all had a good time.

    June 2, 2014 at 8:33 pm Reply
  • Donna

    I cannot wait to take LP to the cinema for the first time, it will be just so exciting and I think like you I will be watching her face more than the movie! x

    June 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm Reply
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