A Movie in the Park

It’s my mom’s birthday on Saturday, making this “Birthday Week!”  As in, I fully support and encourage all family and friends to celebrate their birthdays all.week.long.  I mean, it only seems natural that we do so as adults, since birthdays don’t get as much attention as they did when we were kids.  Seems like a fair trade off to me.

I’m always excited for my mom’s birthday as I’m partial to July celebrations (wonder why!…) and especially excited this year because the festivities are right up my alley and because I have some really good birthday surprises up my sleeve (Mom, are you reading this?).  And guess what?  We kicked the celebration off last night with a movie in the park.

IMG_4207I should have known it was going to be a good night when I met my family in Louisville and everyone was on time.  That never happens.  Seriously.  It gave me hope that I can put my dad and my sister back on the guest list for my future wedding (cough they are the family’s biggest punctuality offenders cough).  Also…a line of food trucks!  Be still my heart!

IMG_4205I was kind of taken aback by the amount of trucks that were there — nine I think?? — but finally settled on the street taco truck, Comida.  I have a serious taco weakness.  I kind of underestimated how small these tacos were, hence me only ordering one (chorizo!) plus a side of rice and beans, but that just means more room for sangria and ice cream, right?

IMG_4203My mom and my sister grabbed brisket sandwiches and some amazingly delicious French fries — thick cut and salty, just how I like em — at the BBQ truck and then we all camped out on our picnic blanket with some homemade sangria my mom brought with her.  P.S. Can you see my mom’s new diamond earrings?  She had one fall out of her ear earlier this year, so my dad took her for a replacement and white gold upgrade.  Way to go, Dad!  I swear he was also at the movie, despite the lack of evidence.

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IMG_4209Wine-soaked cherries and peaches, yes please!  Oh look, there’s my dad (kind of…).  Told you he was there too.  We hung out with our sangria while we waited for the sun to set and the movie to start.  They were showing Jurassic Park, which yes, I did just see in the theater, but Jeff Goldblum is so worth re-watching it.  My dad concurred that he is the best part of that movie.

IMG_4206How cool is the inflatable screen?  I had just enough to time grab a double scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough from the Sweet Cow truck to share with the girls just before the movie started…perfection.  About halfway through the movie, we started to feel a few raindrops and the wind picked up and that park cleared out so fast.  We stuck it out though.  We had to see who was going to save them all from the Velociraptors, obviously.

Seriously, a perfect night (albeit kind of chilly, especially for the end of July) with my family.  All that was missing was Joey (he was at his softball game) and maybe a second street taco 😛  The best part?  We get to do it all again on Saturday when we celebrate my mom’s actual birthday with tapas and dinner at the Med (always the Med!) and another movie in another park.

Is it Saturday yet?

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Do your birthday celebrations last longer now than they did when you were a kid?

Have you ever been to a movie in the park?

The food truck craze: yay or nay?

Weekend Things

We are having the weirdest spring weather here in Colorado.  Every time I think we’ve finally turned the corner into warm weather, we get a freak snow storm.  On Monday, a bunch of schools had already been cancelled for Tuesday.  We didn’t end up accumulating much at all, but it was definitely cold and I am definitely over it.

Which makes this week’s forecast really funny.

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Or not funny at all.  On Saturday I was out in short sleeves.  Short sleeves!  We were looking forward to Rockies games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but after seeing the forecast, we immediately cashed our tickets in for a few June games.  If it’s still snowing by then, I’m moving to New Orleans.  

But enough about the weather.

It has been an oddly relaxing yet productive weekend around here.  More and more, I am starting to like not having any real weekend plans, except the occasional dinner out or trip to the mall.  We started Friday out with an early dinner, then a movie and a trip to Old Chicago for drinks and the end of the Rockies game with Hannah and Josh.  In case you didn’t know, Jurassic Park is back in theaters.  Bigger (IMAX!), 3D-ier and way more expensive than you’ve ever seen it before.  I hadn’t seen that movie since I was a kid and guys, two words: Jeff Goldblum.

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Well worth the $16, I tell ya.

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To be honest, even though the movie is 20 years old and those two kids are genuinely annoying, Jurassic Park is a classic.  It’s got Steven Spielberg written all over  it and 20 years later, I was still on the edge of my seat through all those T-Rex and Velociraptor scenes.  How can you not love Jurassic Park?

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Saturday involved lots of this, aka eating and lounging.  We also managed to get a run, a trip to the mall and grocery shopping in before settling down with beer and the Rockies game.  We watch a lot of Rockies games, okay?

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We won, by the way 🙂

And then this happened.

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Another movie I hadn’t seen in years!  I had no idea so many well-known actors were in it.  Actually, all I really remembered was that they cover some guy in concrete and drop him into the river.  And that always really freaked me out as a kid.  It was slightly less freaky as an “adult,” but I was distracted by all the odd-looking characters and exaggerated comic strip style of the movie.  Honestly, the movie was better than I’d remembered.  Probably because I actually know who all the bigger name actors are now.

Sunday involved a trip to the Cherry Creek mall, which even smells expensive.  I bought two shirts and two pairs of shorts, all at stores we also have at the mall 10 minutes from where we live, but driving into Denver is always more fun.  I also forced Joey to buy a new pair of sunglasses.  Making him spend money on clothing/accessories is like pulling teeth.  Yet he has no problem losing tons of money gambling…

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He was due for a new pair after this happened on Saturday.

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I mostly agreed to going into Cherry Creek so I could get lunch at some fancy Denver restaurant.  And that’s exactly what we did.  We did a little Yelp! research and headed to True Food Kitchen.  Where there was a 60-minute wait.  Luckily, high top tables were first come first serve and we were able to snag seats next to two girls, one of which was telling the other that she had someone she knew’s credit card and had been paying her rent with it….

I got a green juice.  A “Kale-Aid” to be exact.

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It tasted like a Bloody Mary!  I think both Joey and I were happy because in addition to having green juices and tofu lettuce wraps on the menu, they also had burgers, pizza and lasagna.

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Closed out the weekend with yoga and some Sunday night TV.  If I had a dime for every time I’ve watched the Amazing Race and said “that would be my nightmare!” I would be very very rich.  Hope you all had a fun weekend and Monday isn’t treating you too badly.

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What’s your favorite clothing store?

Have you recently watched any movies you hadn’t seen in years?

Do you have a Sunday night TV lineup?