Pumpkin Cheesecake, Muppets, and Football – Oh my!

I have been looking forward to Thanksgiving 2011 for MONTHS!!!

Is it because of the awesome pumpkin cheesecake I had and the lovely family we shared Thanksgiving with? NO – I didn’t know that would happen. I am not actually psychic.

Is it because #3 Arkansas would have a huge game to play the day after? NO – I never would have guessed they would be ranked #3, and they lost anyway. Dammit.

Is it because of the new Muppet movie that opened this week?

YES & YAY!!!!!!! (*insert flailing Kermit the Frog arms here*)

I am discovering that one of the benefits of having children is taking them to the movies as an excuse to see movies that really *you* want to see. (Maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh…)

So, really, though, I am not big on screen time. I am pretty strict when it comes to what I let my five year old watch. She doesn’t get to watch TV every day, and on the days she does it’s usually an hour or less. If it’s ever more than that, it’s because I am sick. Or because it’s the weekend and my husband is watching a football game.

Every once in a while, I let her watch a movie. The Toy Story movies are very popular in this house, and we just bought The Lion King (I mean, *hello* – it’s The Lion King!). I also took her to see The Lion King in the movie theater when they re-released it. Granted, these movies have moments that are not all sunshine and rainbows, but I knew this and took the chance. I was very nervous about how she would react to The Lion King given the tragedy that occurs, but she is FIVE – these subjects are going to come up sooner or later. (She was a little stressed, but I let her sit in my lap and by the end of the movie she was happy again. My lap? Not so much.)

On our way out to see The Muppets. She fixed her hair herself.

I knew not what to expect from The Muppets. Except I knew there was a high probability of it being awesome given Jason Segel’s involvement. BUT I did not know how appropriate it would be for a five year old (again, given Jason Segel’s involvement). Well…

It was only the best movie ever.

BEST. *EVER*!!!

My bias towards The Muppet Show and Jason Segel may be clouding my judgement, but I don’t think so. It was super awesome. You should go see it. And buy it for me when it comes out on DVD.