To say that my family loves the Toy Story movies would be a huge understatement. If you follow by blog or are friends with my son on facebook you would have noticed the countdown to the release of the movie. We were looking forward to this for months. We were so excited. These movies have been family favorite for years. We all remember seeing Toy Story 2 on Thanksgiving after cooking and eating our huge meal. We just packed the entire family that was there and headed to the theater. I remember laughing so hard with my brother at "Zerg, I am your father!" I cried. I can't even remember who I was pregnant with at the time but that night holds such great memories for Jason and I and the older kiddos. We had plans to go to one of the first showings of Toy Story 3 at midnight. We invited friends and bought our tickets. Hopefully that very night we would create a few more great memories with all the kiddos as we enjoy the movie together. While the kiddos went out for a bite to eat I set out all the Toy Story gifts. They came home to my little Toy Story 3 display with their new t-shirts and socks. Jumba was the most excited by the display and was heard yelling, "I love it, I love it, I love it!" Over and over again. One of the kiddos said it almost feels like Christmas. So cool to surprise them with gifts when they didn't expect them.
The surprises included rub on tattoos, socks, t-shirts and candies. There was much excitement in the air. At this point no one was tired. That is a fact that would change as it got later but we were all so excited.
All that fun Toy story stuff. Now to prepare for our adventure. Everyone had a bath an then we put on a tattoo and a new shirt. We grabbed our Toy Story Toys from Christmas and packed our Toy Story candy.
We were all getting more and more excited. The closer the time came the slower the clock went.
Our friends arrived and we planned our departure.
Kat and T-man joined our family with Larry and dad being the most sleepy in the group. This is just one of the ways that they prove what great dad's they are. Jason and Larry were tired from a day of work and knew that another day of work was ahead. It didn't stop them they drove us, got us coffee (thanks Larry) and made sure all the kids that met us there felt welcome.
We invited everyone because just like the movie we didn't want any toy left behind.
Once inside we realized that we got there too early. We reserved the best seats in the house for our group of 27 people.
It was now around 11:15 pm and we didn't know how we would stand it.
The perfect seats were saved and then we got bored waiting. Time was crawling by.
What do you do with that many bored people . . . play cards.
Then it was time to go back into the theaters. Our hearts were racing with excitement. With each new preview we grew more and more anxious. Then to our delight a preview was shown for The Voyage of the Down Treader. Go ahead and click the title to see the preview we saw (Thanks to Caroline @ http://mysticalrosedesign.blogspot.com/ for the link). Wow that movie looks awesome and once we get over the excitement of Toy Story 3 we will focus of that one. It was cool to hear the kiddos sitting among their Friends getting so excited as they recognized the Characters.
We even got the kids into place and then even the Toys got ready.
I will not give any plot away but I do want to mention that I loved this movie but found it sad. Andy was going away to college and I couldn't help but think of Pooker. Her siblings are much more important that any Toy but the relationships will change a little. That pain of growing up was a big part of the movie. To my husband that hates changes, he found it a little upsetting.
While standing outside I enjoyed listening to the teens and kids and adults all discuss what they liked and what they loved about this movie. I heard "epic, wonderful, best movie, so good I cried (3 times), sad, not sure - I have to see it again, best one, I missed some characters, awesome, we will own that movie, etc."
I hope that when you get to see the movie that you enjoy it as much as we did. Thanks... to all our friends who joined us. "At least we will be together!"
For the Texas T family and our friends it was a night of adventure and joy. A night of growing up and staying out late. It was a night with pop-corn, new t-shirts, and movie quote contests.
Memories were made and smiles were on our faces as we headed to bed keeping out new Toy Story socks on, our tattoos on our faces and arms and Jumba in his new Buzz PJ's.
Thanks Disney-Pixar for giving us the excuse to act like kids and enjoy our toys again. Thank you for helping us to create great family memories.
This really is a must see. Please make it fun. See it with your family. Take the old and the young together. Laugh together/cry together/create that memory.