Mighty Life List
Mar 25 2013

Movie Night at the Barn

This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai.

Do you guys remember this hubbity bubba?

That tiny man turned six in February, and he’s shaving now. He wears my socks. He is big enough that I can no longer carry him in from the car when he’s sleeping. Oh, my heart.

For his birthday I wanted to do a movie night, where everyone cozies up under blankets and you pass warm beverages around in thermoses. My sister has a red barn that was built for maximum quaint-itude, so I bribed Hank’s cousins to clean it out for us (thanks, Trevor and Emma!), and we had the party there.

All the little city kids chased goats and chickens around screaming, swung on the tire swing, roasted weenies, and posed briefly for a Norman Rockwell painting.

We had cupcakes with spray-painted farm animal toppers, fired up the popcorn machine (surprisingly cheap to rent, by the way), and ladled hot cider. As you’ll see in the video below, it was kind of an epic day.

We have video because Hyundai loaned us a car for a couple days and asked if they could film the party. Hank is way into making movies — I’ve been stalling on his oft-repeated request for his own YouTube channel — so I said yes. Of course, I was picturing some guy with a camcorder, hanging out and having cake with us.

Uh… as you will see, they went all out. It was a whole crew with a trailer and thingies to attach cameras to the car. They even complied with Hank’s request to yell “ACTION!” while we bumped up the country backroads. It was all very satisfying and movie-makey for Hank’s taste.

Of course, Hank has been asking about the movie for weeks while they edited everything together. The end result is both gorgeous and a little surreal for me, but he is very excited that you get to see it. So without further ado, Hank’s small screen debut:

Happy birthday, little buddy. I’m so lucky I get to mom you.

19 Responses to “Movie Night at the Barn”

  • Sara Rosso Says:

    I think the video came out nice :) Which movie did you show?

  • Maggie Mason Says:

    Cute, right? I’m glad to have it. And we showed Babe, of course.

  • pyskara Says:

    I read your guide for bloggers, it’s wonderful! :)

  • Cindy Says:

    Ha!! Look what you got to do!!! Cool.

  • Nora Says:

    Oooh, I want to do this too. My husband has a digital projector he uses for his art, and we live in a marina, so it seems natural that we should show a movie projected up on a sail some night. And now I’m going to have to rent the popcorn maker, too.

    On a smaller scale, we did an outdoor showing of The Thin Man for my friend Liza’s bachelorette party a few years back. It was awesome, albeit chilly.

  • GirlsGoneChild Says:

    OMG I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. And you. And Hank. xoxo

  • Maggie Mason Says:

    @pyskara Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  • misstraceynolan Says:

    Hank! You’re a STAR! Wow, Hyundai wasn’t kidding around with this, were they? Great stuff! PS – I have screen a movie in our backyard on my life list already, but it is getting bumped up to “priority mode” after seeing this.

  • Erika @ Chic Shopper Chick Says:

    AUH-dorable. What a great video and what a great way to remember it! Super cute!

  • Tess Says:

    moving picture perfect.

  • Catherine Says:

    SOOO cool!!

  • Shannon Says:

    Whoa, all out indeed! What a gorgeous memory for you both :)

  • Eileen Says:

    LOVE the mini-movie of y’all, and love Babe, too, of course!

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  • Isabel @alphamom Says:

    Happy Birthday, Hank!

    this is so freakin’ adorable. love this. what a great video to have to commemorate his birthday, too. :)

  • Auntie Says:

    Hank has an Oscar in his future for sure! So, how do you get a 6 year old not to look at the camera?

  • alice Says:

    Oh my god. If only he were cuter and/or sweeter. Happy, happy birthday, Hank!

  • Sara B Says:

    Your haircut is still amazing.

  • Gena@BakeAllTheThings! Says:

    Freaking awesome!!!