Supernerd's sister is known as Auntie Lolo, because when Mars was small that was the best approximation of her name he could manage.
Auntie Lolo loves her nephew and niece very much, and sometimes when her rostered day off coincides with school holidays, she meets us at the cinema and we all see a movie together. Mars and Venus look forward to these outings so much that Venus will ask me every day how many more days to go until we're going to the movies with Auntie Lolo.
Most recently we took the children to see Frozen, and they loved it. They came bounding out of the cinema (after I had forced them to watch the entire credits, just in case there was a little surprise at the end - we weren't disappointed) and they were singing the songs and recreating their favourite parts of the film all the way home.
As usual, their first question was "Can we see it again? Can we go back into the cinema right now and watch it again?" and their second question was "When will it come out on DVD?"
When we got home I found the soundtrack on Rdio, so we've been listening to that a little bit. I'm always amazed, although I suppose I needn't be, by how quickly the children can learn the lyrics to a song. While I found "Do you want to build a snowman?" entirely enchanting during the film, when the children sing it over and over and over I begin to wish we'd never seen it.
When Frozen won the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, I mentioned it to the children because I thought they'd be interested to know. Then I had to explain what an Academy Award actually is, and I thought that'd be the end of it.
But last night while Venus was in the bath and Mars was in the shower, Mars launched into a version of "Let it go" which mainly featured mangled words and farm animal noises instead of the actual lyrics.
Venus chided him:
"Stop it, Mars. That's an Oscar-winning song!"
I'm sure Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (the writers of the song) would be very proud. I know I am.