Monday, April 26, 2010

A Surprise Saturday Family Night



For the past month I continued to see the Disney On Ice: 100 years of Magic on TV commercials. Ernest and Robert love every show on the Disney channel. More Robert now that Ernest. Ernest is getting older and is growing to like Disney XD now, but he still enjoys Mickey Mouse Club, Special Agent Oso and Handy Mandy. Robert is completely and totally into Mickey Mouse.

Anyhow, Ernest and I decided that it would be a great to take the boys and make it a surprise. I think I was more excited about our family night than Ernest was, but so glad we did it. Last time I went to an On Ice event I took Cordell to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They were big back then and he too was in awe of them. Especially Raphael. That was his favorite one. So with that in mind we bought tickets and planned our family night this past Saturday.

Ernest was very curious about his surprise to the very moment that it started. Robert on the other hand was just happy that he was going on a road trip. We had to drive to Pensacola, FL which is only an hour away from Mobile. However, once we got there we didn't have a lot of time to eat at Golden Corral so we had to rush. It was a little funny because the boys were both asleep, yet like clock work Ernest woke up the minute I mentioned where we were. Robert on the other hand was a big challenge when it came to waking up. I had to start feeding him in order to wake him up. And even then it took a cup of juice to get him smiling and talking. Basically, juice is my little boy's cup of coffee. I know sad, right? It was adorable though.

The Pensacola Civic Center wasn't packed like I thought it would be, but parking spaces were not easy. What amazed us was how we walked past Disney On Ice with Mickey Mouse decorated booths and signs, yet neither of them noticed. On any normal day they would recognize Mickey a mile away and get all excited. Not this time. I think they were just curious about what their surprise was.

Now, it is hard for me to explain to you the reaction my little boys had the minute they heard Mickey's voice and saw him come out on the ice. We weren't in our seats yet. Ernest just looked and smiled, but Robert? Well, he had a look of pure astonishment on his face. Even after we did sit down his eyes didn't move until Donald, Mickey Mouse and the rest of the gang left. It was a look for Ernest and I to remember that is for sure.

I personally enjoyed it along with Robert. They did scenes from Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Pinocchio, Mulan, The Incredibles, and The Lion King. They included It's a Small World and an introduction of a few Prince/Princess. I say a few because they left out The Princess and the Frog and Sleepy Beauty. Two they should of had. Both of my Ernests' got just a tad bored through the show, but it was still a lot of fun.

The boys even got a few souvenirs. I bought them each a toy and a mug of their choice. Of course all Robert wanted was Mickey Mouse. Little Ernest got Buzz Light Year toy and a Mr. Incredible mug. It was worth the large amount of money I spent just to see them both very happy and enjoying their special night.