Once we had finally finished the book I told Abby we could watch the movie. Thankfully my neighbour had a copy on dvd for us to borrow. I wasn't too sure if it was going to be available at the local rental place. In honour of the viewing I had planned another themed movie night, with snacks to match the movie. I even went one step further and bought her a tube of Ruby Slippers lip gloss from my neighbour, the Avon Lady. She thought that was a real kick, let me tell you.
In the beginning I wasn't quite sure what snacks would tie in with the movie and then it hit me. I had that castle cake pan that Mom got me for Christmas. I could mix up a white cake mix, throw in a titch of green food colouring and voila! Emerald City, in cake form. That was the plan anyway. Unfortunately this was the reality....
Multi-tasking Mom that I am. I didn't get around to unmolding the cake until well after it had cooled. Big mistake when dealing with a complicated cake pan that has a lot of little crevices. It did come out of the pan, just in many pieces. I was so disappointed, but luckily I came up with plan B......
Yellow Brick Road cookies. Lemon cake mix cookies (1 box cake mix, two eggs, 1/2 cup oil. Bake at 350 for 8 - 10 minutes) that I shaped into rectangles or variations there of. Abby was very excited about the cookies in a oh wow those are cool kind of way, but I don't think she ate any. Grandma Linda, Mike and I "forced" a few
So Abby loved the movie and remembered so much from the book that she was telling us what was going to happen next. And, shockingly, she wasn't even afraid of the flying monkeys. Why? Because in the book they are good, but are bound by slavery to the Wicked Witch. She loved the music and has been singing the songs every since.
Know what the best part was? The next day we took the movie plus some of the yellow brick road cookies (at Abby's request) over to our neighbour to say thanks for the loan. As the Mom and I chatted Abby and her daughter wandered off into the backyard, but not far enough that we couldn't hear her say, "You know we borrowed a movie from your Mom. The Wizard of Oz. And I liked it. And whenever we watch a movie my Mom makes special snacks for us!" And my neighbour turned to me and said, "It's the little things that are the big things. She'll always remember this." And she is so right, I teared up a little bit right there in her driveway. Thankfully she either didn't notice or was polite enough that she pretended not to notice. It's an overwhelming feeling when you realize that your kids realize that you're creating memories.
Oh and the cool Mom points on this...... HUGE!