Aliyah's passions seem to change monthly. This month it's Cars--specifically Lightning McQueen. Cars is the first, full-length movie we let her watch and she loved it. Her favorite part is making me skip through to each racing scene and exclaiming, "Lipening go fast!" or "Go Lipening go!"
A few weeks back, we were in Target and she spotted some pool toys of the Cars characters. I knew she was only attracted to the fact that Lightning McQueen was in the package so in order to divert her attention to a cheaper option, I took her to the toy aisle and found the cheapest toy car of Lightning McQueen I could find. It was a huge hit with Aliyah, especially since it had a button on the top that, when pressed, Lightning's tongue would pop out. Unfortunately, somewhere in the midst of taking it everywhere for the next couple of weeks, I misplaced it. When I went back to Target a few nights ago, the same toy was nowhere to be found so I settled on the next cheapest option, which had Lightning McQueen (no tongue popping feature though) and another new character from the Cars 2 movie.
Who is this second character? I didn't know at the time, but when she asked I told her it was the Italian Car. She stumbled on saying that for a couple of days, but now that I researched what that character's name actually is (Francesco for anyone who is wondering), she corrects me by saying, "No, Mommy, that's the Italian Car."
Aliyah's shoes have been giving her a blister on her right, big toe for some reason, but lucky for her they make Cars band-aids.
Daddy helped put together a little race course for the two cars this evening and she got a big kick out of it.
We figured that we should watch the second movie just so she could see this Italian Car in action. The movie is terrible. Half-way though Sebastian and I looked at one another and asked sheepishly, "How do you like the movie so far?" No response from either of us. By this time, Aliyah had also become bored and was trying to balance herself between the couch and the ottoman, and we decided to throw in the towel with this Pixar flick. Sort of disappointing. I didn't think Pixar had it in them to make that bad of a movie. Apologies to Pixar, I still love you and will drool every time I see a sequence of storyboards or hear about your newest movie. In fact, I'm already looking forward to Monster's University and The Good Dinosaur set to come out in the next few years.
For now, I'm more than happy to sit back and watch the first Cars movie (over and over and over), which is a classic in my mind. To enjoy the sentimental value I know it will hold for me years from now when I look inside a box of Aliyah's old toys and find these cars is something I'll gladly take.