Whoof, getting the kids to school this morning was no easy feat, because we were all exhausted from driving 800 miles over the last three days. We drove to SoCal on Friday, visiting my brother and his family briefly before heading over to Kay’s parents, spending Saturday with them, and driving back on Sunday. We normally wouldn’t attempt such a crammed travel schedule, but the Pilgrim Place festival takes place only once a year, and Grandpa especially wanted the kids to experience it. You don’t have your family forever; cherish the opportunities.
Travel has become much easier over the years. Our latest trick is the PowerBook/Netflix combination: the kids bug their eyes out for hours watching DVDs. For this trip, I got them The Garfield Movie (hey, I don’t have to watch it!), Disney’s Aladdin, and The Court Jester starring Danny Kaye. I grew up listening to Danny Kaye records so I have a certain fondness for him, but I wasn’t sure how an old-fashioned movie would play to a media-saturated generation (like the timing being slower).
The kids love Garfield comics, so they laughed when they saw the characters portrayed in a movie — for the first few minutes. Then the laughing seemed to stop.
Then they watched The Court Jester, and laughed uproariously! And they watched their favorite bits over again.
Finally they watched Aladdin, and seemed to enjoy it well enough.
But once Aladdin was done, they popped The Court Jester in and watched it again… and again!