It was Miguel's 30th birthday today. He had to work during the day and Z had school but Az and I decided that there was no reason why we couldn't celebrate for him. We went to the Big Park, where the water feature was going strong. I hadn't planned on Az getting soaked but hey, her dad only turns thirty once right? In the spirit of continuing the celebration and because she'd been asking after ice cream all day I got her a popsicle before we headed off to pick up Z and then Miguel.
Az had been gifted a Brave doll at her birthday party, which she had instantly loved without knowing there was a character attached. She grabbed Merida to come with us on her own (though if she hadn't I would have.) When the movie came on Az was instantly transfixed. She held the doll up so she could see the big screen and kept exclaiming, "See?! See?!" Merida the Doll's new official name according to Az is now "Movie Doll." As in, "Bring Movie Doll to bed?"
The kids had a blast at the drive-in. This was Az's third or fourth time, but the last time she had been much younger. She was mostly attentive to the movie, though she did spend some of it running around the small asphalt hills of the parking lot. When The Avengers came on I had Z climb into the back seat of the van so he could lay down and watch from inside with the van parked backwards and Az and I settled in behind him on a bed of sleeping bags. The three of us all passed out not that far into the movie, but Miguel reports it was good.
We didn't get home until after 4 in the morning. Az had slept so long by that time that we did a second bedtime. We read Shoe La La, her new favorite book, and then I tucked her in and she nursed back to sleep, staying asleep for about five more hours. I kept Z home from school and we all continued celebrating by sleeping in nice and late.