The house was quiet and life seemed a bit too easy with the boys away at Scout camp over the weekend. They weren’t really gone long enough to properly miss them, but they were definitely gone long enough to feel like something was different. As it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend some quality time with our daughter, we decided we should make the most of it.
The thing she wanted to do more than anything was go swimming at Swindon Oasis. The Oasis has slides and she really wanted to have a go on them. But the Oasis is open from 10-6, it takes an hour to drive there, she had a dance rehearsal at 2 on Saturday and we needed to pick the boys up from their camp at 1pm on Sunday. Whichever way you looked at it, it couldn’t be done. She took it surprisingly well, considering she’d had her heart set on it. We will try to go in the summer holidays – she would have much more fun with her brothers there anyway.
So what else to do? My husband, who doesn’t usually go to the cinema with us, started to look into what films were on. He liked the sound of Maleficent. We found a 3.30 showing, which would allow us to get home in time for the all-important Britain’s Got Talent final (my daughter LOVES a TV talent show), grabbed our Tesco free ticket vouchers and set off for the cinema.
‘It’s a shame we didn’t look at the posh cinema,’ said my husband.
The posh cinema is something else. It’s hard to explain how good it is. It costs more, of course (and you can’t use your Tesco vouchers!), but it is so luxurious that it’s nice to pay a visit sometimes. My daughter had never been to the posh cinema before (we’d only been twice ourselves). It’s SO posh they don’t even admit children after 5pm.
I thought the chances of the posh cinema showing Maleficent were slim and the chances of them showing it at that time were even slimmer, but we decided to have a look anyway. And they were showing it at 4pm! We were so excited. We had a drink in the posh lounge before going into the very small cinema with the massive comfy seats and ordering snacks at our seats. For no other reason than we could and it’s just such a novelty.
Maleficent was fantastic. My husband and I possibly enjoyed it slightly more than my daughter, but she was just so happy to be out with Mummy and Daddy on her own, sat in between us as she loves to be.
We’d promised her a meal out after the cinema too. We were all still quite full from the snacks. My daughter was torn between Nando’s and Harvester (which we’ve never been to before, but her friend had told her it was nice). In the end we went to Ask for pizza and pasta, which is a nicer restaurant than either Nando’s or Harvester. By the time the food arrived, my daughter was very hungry and wolfed her food down. This is very unusual – she has a small appetite and is a ridiculously slow eater.
After our meal we rushed home to watch Britain’s Got Talent and she got to sit between us for the whole programme without any boys in front of the telly or talking over it or shouting at her if she started to sing. It was pretty much a perfect day for her.
But she assumed she’d be allowed to stay up to watch the England game afterwards and that was never going to happen!