Family movie night + latest adventures

Sharing a themed Ratatouille family dinner and movie night + what we’ve been up to lately.

Hi friends. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Thank you so much for your outpouring of love and sweet comments, DMs, and emails about Bella’s diagnosis. Even though she’s had a very long and happy life, surrounded by people who love her and just want to feed her the chicken she desires, I’m still gutted by the news. I talked to her wonderful vet tech for for a while on Friday and he gave us an idea of how this will progress and things to look out for. (Basically I need to make her food as appetizing as possible so she’ll keep eating.)

It was a rough week and to add to the fun, I threw out my back. I saw a chiropractor hoping for sweet relief but she only used the little hand clicky thing and it didn’t help. I’m seeing another chiro tomorrow with hopes that she’ll hold me like a baby, pop everything into place, and I can be normal again. (I throw my back out maybe once every 2-3 years and it’s horrible. I’ve been hobbling around since last Wednesday and crying over Bella. I’m a hot mess, let me tell ya.)

One of the few things to get me out of this funk was a family movie night that we’d planned a while back. Before you think I’m creative and crafty, I cannot take credit for this cute idea. One of my friends (a real-life Pinterest mom) has been hosting themed movie nights for her kiddos each week. I thought the girls would love this, so I planned a movie night around Ratatouille – a light-hearted movie that we all enjoy.

I created a menu and movie tickets,

(just made these on Canva)

Ordered some chef hats from Amazon,

and we feasted on grapes, cheese, and homemade sourdough, Remy’s potato soup (recipe is here and it was AWESOME. I used almond milk instead of the cream), classic ratatouille (my first time making it) and movie candy. It was such an easy at-home activity and a fun way to switch up the usual movie night. The girls have already requested their next selections. 🙂 We’re going to do Princess and the Frog this week!

Over the weekend, we had our usual girls’ weekend fun (the Pilot was out of town). P had horseback lessons (she’s getting so good and loves it!), Liv had dance, we met up with friends for dinner at the pool, and Saturday was my dad’s birthday.

We love hanging out over there and the girls always have a blast swimming and playing in the playroom. We feasted on Mexican food, sang, “Happy Birthday” to my dad, and ate volcano for dessert.

This week, we’re back into the swing of things. It’s nice to have a little bit of a routine and predictability even though distance learning has still been a bit tricky. How are you guys doing with the distance learning thing? Any tips or things that are working well for you? I just feel like it’s not a lot of actual instruction and a lot of work/assignments.

Any fun weekly things you’ve done with the kiddos to give everyone something to look forward to? The girls loved weekly “sleep in a tent” nights until the novelty wore off a few months later. 😉 Family movie night is taking the place for now.

Happy Monday and I’ll see ya in the am with a post on how to set up your Peloton or any spin bike.



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  1. Liz on August 31, 2020 at 9:56 am

    My husband and I have been doing themed date nights! We did one recently where we did an online french wine tasting course, ate french food from a nearby place and watched midnight in paris. We also did a “camping” night inspired by you, where we made chili dogs and built a fort and watched the community episodes with the blanket forts. We’ve had good luck on the airbnb virtual experiences- I’d definitely look at those for something to do. We’ve done a cooking class and a themed trivia night. They may have some kid friendly cooking classes that would be fun!

    • Nicole Kump on August 31, 2020 at 7:01 pm

      As an owner of 2 pet rats including a Remy named from that movie, I definitely appreciate the movie night theme! You make movie watching more fun with the cute theme. So creative!

      • Fitnessista on August 31, 2020 at 11:18 pm

        i never put two and two together on your rat’s name. so cute!!

        • Nicole Kump on August 31, 2020 at 11:52 pm

          Thanks! It’s a great rat name =)

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2020 at 11:20 pm

      i love these ideas so much!! the girls would have a blast during a cooking class. that’s such a fun idea <3

  2. Samantha Tully on August 31, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Gina! I’ve been reading your blog for forever it seems like! I have a little yorki-poo named Meeka that is seriously my first child. Reminds me so much of your Bella. I got her as a teeny tiny puppy when I was just 20 years old. She’s lived in my college apartment with me, saw me through many hard times, has moved all over the country with us, has been a bestie to our little human daughter, and she’s just so special. She’s 9 years old now. I know she’s getting older and I pray every single day that we still have many more years with her. I truly felt gutted by your post about Bella. I’m so sorry. She’s a part of your family. Just know I am thinking about you and Bella and the rest of your family. So amazing all the love you’ve given her. She knows how much she’s loved.

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2020 at 11:20 pm

      meeka!!! aww so sweet. they really are family <3 thank you so much for reading for so long and for the sweet words. i hope you know how much i appreciate it.

  3. Heather K on August 31, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    I LOVE this idea to create a Themed Movie Night! We are transitioning into the ‘school schedule’ and I feel like there is very little difference because of continued social distancing and virtual school, still. 🙁 I think my kids would love this themed movie night this upcoming weekend, just to change it up, thanks for the idea!

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2020 at 11:19 pm

      i agree- all the days blend together. it’s fun to add little events to break up the monotony!

  4. Melissa on September 8, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    This is such a cute idea! Love the printed menu and the chef hats! The first time I made ratatouille was the day after I watched this movie for the first time. 🙂

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