To properly prepare for the movie, Meg, Clare and I have recently been reading A Bear Called Paddington. It is such a charming book. Once we decided we would go see the movie on Friday (the girls were out of school for a teacher work day), we committed to finishing the book by that time. Thursday evening I read to the girls the last chapter and the more recently written postscript.
Friday morning was not the best start to the day. Everyone was up too early. I was tired and I could feel my anxiety building. I was not sure how I was going to manage to entertain all three girls all day long. Then I had an idea. "Girls," I said, "Let's make this a full Paddington Day." I called The British Pantry, which is a very British tearoom and shop. It is a 45 minute drive from our home, but we had the time. Happily, the tearoom could accommodate us.
We arrived at the tearoom with Paddington Bears (as you can see from the picture above). We all sipped tea and ate tiny sandwiches, yummy fruit and delicate desserts. It was lovely. Following our tea, we bought orange marmalade (of course!) in the shop. Meg and Clare enjoyed looking at the beautiful tea sets displayed throughout the shop. Baby Anne very much wanted to look at the tea sets too, but I fear that would have been disastrous.
We then drove back to DC and picked up my husband from work. Together, we went to the AMC movie theater in Courthouse. This is no longer the movie theater closest to us (we did once live in the neighborhood though). However, it was worth going to Courthouse to enjoy the individual recliners that serve as seats. They are amazing seats for anybody, but particularly for Meg and Clare who have a difficult time keeping regular movie seats down.
The movie was great. Paddington is adorable. The family is loving. It does get a little scary at times due to a taxidermist who wants to stuff Paddington. Four-year-old Clare, in particular, had some difficulties getting through some of the scarier scenes. She sat with her hands over her eyes and I would whisper, "Remember, he is going to be alright in the end." Still, I would recommend the movie to families without hesitation. I do so love Paddington Bear.