It was one of those random Popped Into My Brain For No Apparent Reason But Why The Heck Not type thoughts.
It was Lil Diva’s first birthday. My mother had just arrived in town. We needed to eat. I wanted to do something at least slightly festive while keeping The Tackler entertained.
Hey, why don’t we go to Chuck E. Cheese?
CG looks at me as though I’ve lost my mind and gives a wary shrug. “Okaaay.”
Was I insane? I didn’t think so… Three adults to two kids should be a manageable in such a place.. Right??
Besides, I hadn’t had their cake in years and I LOVED it.
We schlepped into Chuck E. Cheese and were immediately branded with a number only visible under black light. It took me a little while to realize they were marking my children as mine.
I wondered…. what happened if it washed off?
We ordered pizza and chose the Gazillion Token Package (well more like 100, but at only 1 token a game, it might as well been a gazillion). The kids immediately hit the floor.
The Tackler immediately tried the bulldozer ride.
He was very confused it didn’t do more movement, but seemed to enjoy the oh-so-long 60 second ride.
Her brother ran off to explore the myriad of games.
With no gate barring her way, she immediately began to climb them, elated to finally participate in her second favorite activity (topped only by removing all of the toilet paper from a roll).
She applauded her accomplishment and then laughed at all of us tiny people on the ground below her.
Ok, so she was happy to be at eye level, but still… You would have thought she was a Queen surveying her domain.
She cackled at her Mimi, who was separated by the plastic “glass”. She made squished faces at us, glorying in her exalted status.
After strutting her stuff in the Queen’s castle (aka the mini clubhouse) she finally saw a prospect. He also displayed the proper amount of adoration that she deserved as the reigning Birthday Queen.
Just look at that grin.
It was just too adorable for words.
The whirlwind courtship came to an abrupt halt when our pizza was delivered.
Lil Diva received her first taste of pizza. She enjoyed the first few bites, then preferred the cantaloupe that accompanied CG’s sandwich.
After inhaling all of our food and watching cartoons on the screens (when did that start?), the kids were ready to hit the play area again.
The Tackler demonstrated a biologically inherited talent for air hockey.
We were so proud. 🙂
I’m still not sure if she loved it, was confused, or was simply hanging on for dear life.
Her brother demonstrated a skill that will come in handy if aliens, crocodiles, or ghosts take over the world. In a way that The Last Starfighter was a test for a pilot, Bed Monsters tested him for this very skill.
Both CG and Lil Diva are so proud of yet another new ability we learned The Tackler had.
He just could not get enough of squirting those aliens into submission. He played that game at least 10 times. Probably more.
Once set on the ground again, Lil Diva booked back to the steps and her castle.
Her Prince saw that she was back in her castle and came running (this according to his parents, who said he spotted her from across the room, pointed, and well, came running). So she turned up the drool and charm a few notches.
Her brother finally tired of slaying aliens and moved on to learning to drive, with CG’s help.
By now it was too late to indulge in birthday cake (side note: I was very upset to learn they no longer made the delicious ice cream cakes from my younger years, which ironically was what I was craving when I first suggested going there). So we compromised and bought an ice cream sandwich and shared it.
At first the birthday girl had the sourest face. Then she licked and smacked her lips and promptly demanded more.
We got home too late (luckily both kids had napped long and late as well). We had eaten junk.
But we had a blast as family and showed Mimi that we really knew how to party.
We have some great video of it too, thanks to Mimi’s new iPhone. Our videographer skills leave something to be desired on it as we weren’t used to it and The Cough makes for some jerky video. I’m hoping to get some of it uploaded eventually.
Eventually. YouTube is estimating about 40 minutes for a minute and half video…..
Yeah… It could be a while.
You’ll just have to take my word and the photographic evidence that being Cheesed by Chuck E. was a roaring success.
Even without ice cream cake.