Hello, Outdoor Movie Nights

I know this might sound odd, but at the beginning of every summer, we make a Summer Bucket List. I may just have to blog about it soon, but today is not that day.

We've always been pretty intentional about the things we choose to participate in and the places we go. I think it's a holdover from being homeschoolers for so long. There's always a plan.

A few years back, Eric got me the Best Gift Ever. He bought me a projector and a giant screen in order to show movies in our backyard.

One of our signals that summer is really here is when we start making plans to watch movies outdoors on our big screen.

Outdoor movie theater

We usually invite friends and there's probably going to be dinner or dessert, or both. Sometimes we just run over to Costco and buy boxes of candy and set up a concession bar. (I'll blog about that another day, too.)

Outdoor movie night w friends

But what to show?

We determined early on that we would keep the movies family friendly. Comedies? Definitely. Musicals? Absolutely. Animation? Of course. The key is that they must be good stories and have great plots. Or maybe movies that have lots of good lines. We love movie lines.

We choose the kind of movies that we don't get tired of seeing over and over. A mix of classics, action-adventure, cheesy love stories, old-school black and whites, and frankly, they should just be fun.

This Summer Movie List is serious business around here. There's lots of talk and arguments and suggestions. Mostly arguments. Loud ones. With lots of hand gestures.

So, in order to keep from hurting each other we started a list of the ones we all agree on.

Summer movie titles

Which usurped my menu board for a few days, but that's not important right now.

Everyone has their favorites, or what they believe to be the most entertaining. Some of these will never get old.

Summer Movie List

  • The Emperor's New Groove
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Singing in the Rain
  • Megamind
  • The Italian Job
  • Fletch
  • Damn Yankees
  • What about Bob?
  • Superman
  • Hellboy (don't judge if you've never seen it.)
  • The Sting
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
  • 17 Again
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

We're adding to list every day. Any suggestions?

Also, this is shaping up to be a great summer.

“There is a leopard on your roof and it's my leopard and I have to get it and to get it I have to sing.” -Bringin Up Baby, 1938