Friday was a big day for us: more than a year after losing my firstborn (and lots of feet-dragging on my part, I can acknowledge), we have adopted a new dog. Ludo is a middle-aged cocker spaniel we got through a local rescue. He is sweet, low-key, and totally unmoved by D's antics. All the things I wanted in a dog but was starting to think wouldn't exist in one package. He and D are becoming fast friends. D Loves to shout LUDOHHH, LUDOHHHH! EAT! (One of his fascinating quirks is that he does not scarf food, but stands over it and has to be coached to eat it. D loves to copy me when I do this.)
Speaking of D... speaking.... the past week has shown a marked leap in her speech patterns. D is composing sentences and even attempting words that are more than two syllables. Rather than just trying to repeat words we throw at her, she's trying to repeat entire phrases and even mimic inflection. If I didn't know better I'd say she was mocking me (my daughter? Mocking? No way!).
We woke up Saturday with no firm plans to do anything. Then we realized *gasp* we were about to enter two weeks worth of black out dates on our Disney Passes and it was our last chance to go, like, EVER* (*hyperbole) so I hopped on the DisneyExperience App, booked some FastPasses, and off we went to Epcot (Ian wanted redemption for our last trip). Rode Spaceship Earth first and, obviously, kept it classy.
By then the world showcase was just opening up so I thought maybe we'd run up to Norway and see if we could get in the line early for Elsa and Anna, you know, since D is such a big fan of Frozen now.
The line was already 4 hours long. Apparently they let people start lining up to meet them at 9 am, even though the princesses don't even arrive until after 11. Holy. Bollocks. The guy managing the line told us all this, then he also mentioned that, since we were annual passholders, we might be interested in knowing that Anna and Elsa were going to start doing meets at Magic Kingdom and that Fast Passes would be available for that. Oh hell yes. I will say that, so far, they are ALL BOOKED (at least on the weekends) since I started checking (through mid-May!), but I'm going to keep at it, gosh darn it!
D's consolation prize was to ride Maelstrom. Trolls! Boats! We took her in the store and I was sorely tempted by the literally-can't-get-anywhere-else Anna and Elsa princess dresses. My self-control to leave empty-handed was truly impressive. We grabbed lunch at the flower & garden booths and hit Nemo. At that point we were nearing nap time so we started trying to wrap up the day. Ian was on a mission to get himself a Disney shirt for our park outings. D started losing her damn mind. She loves to run laps when she's loopy. Literally. Loopy. Hah!
On our way out we noticed Pluto doing pictures and with almost no line. What the heck. "D, do you want to meet Pluto?" "Pluuuuutooooo!" Take that as a yes.
Ian sort of managed to get her initial enthusiastic hit-and-run hug for Pluto. Once I convinced her it was ok to go spend more time with him she was totally into it. Hugs. Pets. Kisses. Pluto got the full D treatment.
We kicked off Sunday with a yummy brunch at Cask & larder, of course. D made weird faces at me any time I tried to take her picture.
D went on a nap strike so we braved the potential for stormy "weather" to go wish our friend Adison a happy first birthday. D finally got to wear the outfit we'd intended for her to wear for her own first birthday (it was too big until now!). D did remarkably well, bravely playing with new kids and only slightly being a ball hog. She crashed hard when we finally got home.
This week has been lovely so far. D runs hot and cold with what she will or won't eat, but we're trying to roll with it. Have I mentioned before how much I love my day care? One of the girls sent me pictures of D wearing a hat on Monday because it was "cracking [her] up."
There you have it. The busiest week/end ever. Tune in to next week's issue to find out WHAT WE DO WITH OURSELVES WHEN WE ARE BLOCKED FROM GOING TO DISNEY (probably go to Universal :P).