Finishing Out The Wonderful Weekend


After our fun Friday game night and awesome anniversary celebration on Saturday, Sunday after church we decided to take the kids to Chuck E. Cheese.  We decided to bring along Sammie’s little 5-year-old friend (the one who is moving to Mexico – the new one, or New Mexico if you don’t speak 5-year-old), and that turned out to be…  an interesting decision, for lack of a better word – more on that later…

We had a blast at Chuck E. Cheese –  we don’t live really close to any like many people do, so it was kind of a new experience for my kids, and they had a lot of fun.  We found some great internet coupons, and we were able to escape with minimal monetary damages – plus the kids didn’t blow through their tokens nearly as quickly as I had expected; thanks no doubt to my husband’s brilliant token allocating.  My son, who will be 2 in July, just loved Chuck E. and called him “Mouse” pronounced “Mow” like rhyming with “Ow”.  He kept saying, “Where Mow”; it was so cute!  Here’s a video; he’s saying “Right there, mouse”.

And luckily I didn’t capture any of this on film, but I have to give a bit of a public service announcement here.  Sorry if it gets graphic and disgusting, but just remember we had to witness it; you just have to read my blog about it.  If you go to Chuck E. Cheese or just out in public in general, please keep your pants on.  I know it sounds obvious to most of us, but you would not believe how many, er, how much we saw that we did not want to see.  I guess those low-rider jeans are in style, but I don’t like them.  And I especially think that women who have small children should not wear those at all, especially at a place like Chuck E. Cheese where you are constantly bending down to talk to or pick up your kids or squatting to get tickets or whatnot.  Use your imagination if you don’t know what I’m talking about because I certainly don’t feel like describing it.  Thank goodness we hadn’t planned to eat there or appetites would have been lost – YUCK.  Enough said.

We had a great time, except that my daughter’s 5-year-old friend was extremely hyper and by no means a good listener.  She was the kind of kid who made me truly appreciate how well-behaved my own kids are, and I’m still working on un-doing some of the bad habits they learned on the hour-long car ride to Chuck E. Cheese – like putting Mike & Ike’s in their noses and spanking butts.  At Chuck E. Cheese, they have a kid-friendly check-in system, so we wanted to let the kids roam a  little bit, but this was next to impossible since our little friend was the kind of kid who was constantly climbing on the outsides of rides while other kids were on them.  Then, she came up with two little finger rings, and my husband asked her where she got them.  She led me to someone’s table, and I was horrified to realize that she had taken the rings from the table.  Could have been an honest mistake, but I could tell by her face that she knew she didn’t really “find” them – at least she was honest about where she “found” them.  Luckily she had no trouble putting them back, and kudos to Hubby for being so head’s up.  Maybe it sounds mean, but we high-fived each other all day that she is moving.  Don’t get me wrong, she’s not a bad kid and she and my daughter get along great, but our 5-year-old is our biggest challenge behavior-wise and having a friend prone to misbehavior would not be a good thing for her.  Besides, she’s only 5, and she will make other friends – friends that will listen to their parents as well as to their friends’ parents.

Overall, a great day to finish out a fun-filled weekend!  Even though it will probably take me all week  to recover sleep, it was well worth it!  🙂

5 thoughts on “Finishing Out The Wonderful Weekend”

  1. No “New Moon” in the foreseeable future, eh? WOW… I just got the innuendo from that comment. YUCK! Honestly, I was referring to the movie 😉

  2. I don’t think I remember you having a youtube account. I just checked out the other two videos you have posted there as well. No comments though I see on any of them. Cute videos.

    Interesting tidbit I just learned from Wikipedia- I thought that Chuck E Cheese bought Showbiz Pizza, but it was actually the other way around. When Mr. Atari (Bushnell) filed for bankruptcy back in 1984 Showbiz took that opportunity to buy CEC, and eventually renamed/rethemed all their stores with the CEC name and theme.

  3. A while back, I looked up some stuff about Show Biz too since it was a fixture of childhood – get good grades, go to Show Biz. In Kindergarten we took a field trip where they showed us the control room for the robots and what was under Mitzi the Mouse’s sweater – wires. Why you would want to show a class full of 5 and 6-year-olds that the robots weren’t real, I don’t know, but it was a fun field trip that I still remember. When our Show Biz changed to Chuck E. Cheese, it went downhill.
    Feeling nostalgic, I looked up Show Biz, and you can actually find pics on the web and probably videos, I don’t remember. I had a bday party at Show Biz, even though Billy Bob scared the pants off me – it was the claws. Here’s a link to a Show Biz fansite:
    And video:
    Is it just me or do those animatronics seem more advanced than the ones at Chuck E. Cheese here 25 years later? And now that Chuck E. Cheese is down to ONE robot, tsk tsk. There is a whole bunch of Show Biz nostalgia out there – just google it!

  4. We took a trip to Texas IN JULY over my birthday in ’83 I believe went to Showbiz and I do remember Billy Bob and all the rest. The CEC that is in the Fort was a Showbiz before the buyout and there was a CEC at another location. Many a little one had a birthday party there. Yes, the animatronics do seem a bit geriatric, comparatively.

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