It’s already June, the summer is here, it’s the end of the school year, the days keep on going by so quickly, there’s so much to do at work, but you know what… by the end of the week, no matter what, I’ll be on VACATION for two full months.
It seems like our minds have been on over-drive for Lighting McQueen, Mater and their friends for the last couple of weeks. We’ve known about Cars 3, the new Disney/Pixar movie, coming out for almost a year now and the boys have been counting the days for at least the last 30 of them.
We had planned on seeing the movie on Saturday night at the drive-in, cause watching Cars in a car is a must! We actually saw Cars 2 in Lake George 6 years ago at the drive-in with 6 month old Liam sitting/sleeping on my lap, and we loved it! But on Thursday night, after a long day at work I decided to surprise the boys with a last minute trip to the theater to watch the movie premiere. They were ecstatic. And we all fell in love with the movie, all over again.
Two weeks ago, at 1 am, while not sleeping and scrolling on Facebook, I found a meet-Lightning-McQueen-event at the Kanata Canadian Tire. The next morning, we had breakfast, packed our toy cars, drove to Kanata and got in line. We arrived early, so by 10:05 we had already had our picture taken. We then played with remote controlled Cars for a little while before driving back home. So happy we had decided to go early… we did NOT end up waiting an hour and a half like some of the other moms did.
After meeting McQueen, the boys started to watch the two Cars movies and play with their little cars non-stop. So let’s just say that my summer Camp Woods tradition is back and last week was Cars week! The boys bought cars from the new movie with their chore money, we played games, they wore matching pj’s (of course my fav!) and then it was drive-in time!
We spent Saturday morning buying treats and fun drinks, baking a cake and making McQueen eyes for our car (a must for watching Cars at the drive-in, right?). Brian was really not impressed with my suggestion (more like me begging to do it!!!) to install the McQueen eyes right before entering the drive-in lot. Well, I think he may have considered doing it for a second, but then said no! That did not stopped me… cause that’s the first thing I did right after he had stopped the car!
It was really hot and humid, but thankfully the rain and storm held off. So while I was installing my McQueen eyes, Brian was installing something almost as essential as popcorn at the Gatineau drive-in: nets on our windows! At our local drive-in there are two large movie screens, hundreds of cars and a lot of mosquitos… or billions of mosquitos as Brian kept complaining about before, during and after the movie. So we ate tons of crap and sweets with the saltiest popcorn ever! It was just great. The boys and myself seated in the front while Brian and Jojo watched the movie on the back seat with their own wine mini-bar! We had to crank up the air conditioner once in a while, but beside that, it was pretty quiet other than the casual KA-CHOW the boys made every time they saw McQueen doing something funny!
I didn’t expect crying during Cars 3, but boy I did. I was so nostalgic… and, you know what, it was not only because of how much I love McQueen… but more because things are changing so much, the boys are growing up so fast, and the world seems so messed up sometimes, all around us, while all we’re actually trying to do is to find our place and be healthy and keep on enjoying small things that make us happy.
Well, there are no better things in life than spending a Saturday night, all snuggling in our car, making memories and laughing all together. I hope the boys will remember these summer nights for as long as I will. ‘Forever could never be long enough for me; together could never be close enough for me’ as long as I have them both sitting on my lap for an entire movie at the drive-in! (BTW, lyrics from the group Train).
So, for all Cars Movie lovers, this new movie is a must. We will probably end up seeing it again in the theater in the next few weeks. And so should you! But until then, we will continue to have fun, to enjoy life and summer, while keep on racing to the finish line… KA-CHOW!!!