Saturday, May 30, 2009

Fancy schmancy anniversary plans. Try not to be jealous.

Twenty-two years ago tonight, I was here:



Twenty-two years later, ie TONIGHT, I was here:



It's a summertime rite of passage, as far as I'm concerned.

Our kids had never been to the drive in. Although they were curious about how we would actually hear the movie (whatever happened to the speakers on the posts? Does anyone know? Now it's played via a radio station and people around us were pulling boom boxes and portable radios out to hook up .... we weren't that savvy, so we just turned Blaine's truck radio up REALLY LOUDLY and prayed the battery wouldn't be dead at the end of the movie ....) they wound up enjoying the evening.

It was an awesome night for it ... great temps, light winds, plenty of snacks from home, and a movie we all enjoyed. Please take note of the poor couple in front of us, attempting a romantic evening out by going to the drive in, in a convertible. It's very Danny-and-Sandy, don't you think? I'm sure it was extra-special-romantic, sitting ten feet from my kids, listening to them laugh hysterically at the Capuchin monkeys, complain that they couldn't hear and why didn't we bring a boom box like everyone else, rummage through the snack bag over and over and over, laugh some more, and then argue about who was taking up the most room in the truck bed. Although, if that couple truly wanted a romantic evening out, shouldn't they have picked a movie that didn't involve Ben Stiller and museum statues coming to life?



Honestly, I can't think of anyplace else I would rather have been.



Happy Anniversary, honey. Here's to another 22 years of buttered popcorn and overpriced soda.

31 comments:

Amy said...

Congratulations! Your evening sounds perfect!

Danielle said...

Happy Anniversary!

Love Being a Nonny said...

It goes without saying that you had a full Sonic Cup!!! We saw it, you can't hide that from us. I am an addict too. I can spot that cup a mile away!!

Happy Anniversary. Every year, every day is a blessing!

DeborahB said...

Happy Anniversary to you two! I forget, you've been married one year longer than me and Pete. Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary, Kristie and Blaine!! :)

Mary Z

Trish in Leesburg, Va said...

congrats on the anniversary!!! :) We love the drive-in but don't get there very often anymore. Hoping to get at least one night in this summer.

M said...

Our drive-ins are almost all gone.....land is worth so much here they keep turning those drive-ins into houses/condos/hotels. I did treat my kids to the drive-in as youngsters and they remember every movie we went to see....but I don't recall doing it on an anniversary....good choice!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary :D !! (I always remember yours because ours is the same day only one year earlier).

Sherri
www.caringbridge.org/oh/kara

M. McDaniel said...

Happy Anniversary, you two! Wish we had a drive-in close to Atlanta that you didn't have to sit inside your car with a sharp object to protect yourself...kinda takes away from the experience! Glad you guys got to enjoy it!!

M.

Alisa said...

OK- where are you? I pulled this up for Jay to see and it got us remembering when we were first married and we would go to double features during the summer in Utah. I did not know we had a drive in around here! I can't wait to find out where. Jay and I would love to take the kids!
Happy Anniversary- you had no idea what kind of adventures were ahead when you two were taking that photo 22 years ago. But you have made it through some of the more difficult things in life that most people don't experience. Happy Anniversary and best wishes for many more years of bliss.

Jacqueline said...

LOL...you and my mom had the same hair back then! So, I'm guessing you either went to the drive in on S Western or in Guthrie...closest to us is Chickasha, and we love going...so much fun and a much better value than regular theaters. Congratulations on 22 love filled years!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary. We will do some toasting with something other that DDP in just a few short weeks.
Glad it was a fun one. Can't wait!xoKim

Anonymous said...

congrats!

Bree said...

YAY Congratulations!! Looks like you had a great time! I always loved drive-ins when I was little. The ones in our area are gone now Booooo!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful! I really and truly loved that movie also, nice choice!

Jen

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Happy Anniversary..

Just blog hopping today and enjoyed reading your blog...I am posting on our Disney trip so hope you will stop by. Also, the June giveaway starts today...all comments left in June will be in the drawing for the "June Card Box"! You will have to go down a few posts to read about the monthly giveaway.

Happy Sunday!

Cathy said...

We don't have a drive in movie theater anywhere near us :(

Happy Anniversary! Our 15th was last week!

Katie said...

Happy Anniversary Kristie and Blaine!

That looks like a really fun evening. I had to laugh because the second I saw that picture, Grease popped into my head too. :)

Cindi said...

Happy Anniversary!

It sounds like you had a wonderful evening, and I'm thrilled that you exposed your kids to something new. You, as usual, help create memories for them and someday they'll be extremely grateful for all you've done.

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!!

Stacey, Jerry and Alex

Mad Woman said...

Congratulations!! Sounds like a great anniversary to me!

Natalie said...

The drive in! Truly, the bedrock of our nation (well, along with a few other things). The only one I've seen out west is in UTAH when I drive back and forth to my sister's. I should time it so we stop one night. . .in the summer. . .

What a great night! Happy Anniversary!

Bob I said...

What, DDP and not kool aid in the cooler. Also a huge paperbag of buttered popcorn. I bet it wasn't buck night either. Must be double screen with cars 2 rows up parked in opposite direction.

Dto3 said...

22 years and you haven't changed a bit! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

LOVE it!! We'll spend our 20th in a few weeks at VBS...me teaching our youngest in her last year of preschool VBS...my husband teaching our 2 sons in youth VBS. I guess I wouldn't want it any other way....we'll all be where we belong doing what we were made to do!
Congrats!!!!
Patricia, GA

Denise Tidwell said...

Happy anniversary! I am in the middle of a divorce after 18 years...I'm completely devastated and jealous of you...after Haley's diagnosis and my recent battle with lupus, we let the stress and financial burdens drive a wedge. Here's to you guys letting it bond you together. Wishing you many more years of happiness!

Renee said...

Perfect family fun!!! Congrats on 22 years - Happy Anniversary!!!!

Sandie said...

I love the drive in! Last year we also ate Sonic on the way to the drive in. What a damn great day that was.

Happy Anniversary!

krueth said...

Happy Anniversary. What a perfect way to spend it with the kids too... Our drive in movie theatre closed, so sad.

Miscellaneous From Missy said...

Happy Anniversary!!!! :-) Glad it was awesome.

Dianna in Louisiana said...

Happy anniversary!!!!!