I realized I didn't post an update on the first Birthday Event of the Season: Nathan's movie party at Landmark Cinemas.
It actually went very well. The kids were far better behaved than I was anticipating. I did not have to shush or redirect even once. (I'm starting to wonder if Nathan and his friends were actually temporarily replaced with Stepford children or Pod People.) The staff at the theatre were pleasant and professional. Our snacks arrived late as the movie was starting, but the kids didn't seem to mind. (And neither, quite frankly, did I.)
Everyone liked the movie: Dreamworks' Home. And Dave and I enjoyed seeing it for the second time around. It's still the most efficient alien invasion of Earth I've ever seen. It's done by the opening credits. This time we were able to watch for some of the inevitable gags that animators love to slip in. (Spend 3 weeks animating 2 minutes and see how well you resist the temptation to add a visual joke.)
It was a little hectic and frustrating trying to keep track of everyone in the front lobby as it came time for pickup. Particularly because it was being combined with present opening. But we got through it and no one has complained about misplaced or kidnapped children, so overall, I'm calling it a win.