The Weekly Peanut, Issue 102
It's been an interesting week for the Peanut.
Thursday and Friday... my God... my kid was... incredible. It was like nothing I've seen in... ever. She was sweet, she was polite, she was thoughtful, she was generous, and she was endlessly adorable and entertaining. It made Ian and I a little aggravated that she was entering into such an awesome phase when we were due to leave her all day Saturday with her grandmother. I needn't have feared, our window lasted a mere 48 hours, but we promised ourselves we'd have to remember that our kid had the capacity to be that wonderful.
D's memory is getting impressive. It's nowhere more evident than her "reading." She's definitely started memorizing her favorite books.
She's also making leaps and bounds when it comes to more extended phone conversations.
Trust me; for her, this is a conversation. Daphne got to spend Saturday with Grandma Kadi while Ian and I enjoyed some grown up time at the parks with some grown up friends. My God. If you'd told me 3 years ago that I would ever write a sentence like that about my life...
Feeling guilty about D's Disney draught, we packed up Sunday morning and headed down to the parks. We started out with Pirates (which D whined she didn't want to go on, then had a great time, as always), then Peter Pan. When we got out of there we realized that Magic Kingdom was UNSEASONABLY absurdly crowded. What the deuce, it's January, the parks should be relatively empty? D had her royal outfit change before an adventure on the carousel.
We decided it was time to try out Philharmagic with D for the first time in months (since she's been less reluctant to wear sunglasses lately). We had to help her keep the glasses on, but she reached out and tried to grab the 3-D jewels which was so fun to watch. Can't wait to do it again!
D was hungry before most normal humans would be for lunch. The food may be largely inedible (unless you're a toddler) at Pinocchio's Village Haus, D loves watching the view of It's a Small World. While calling out the colors of all the passing boats, D caught sight of something a little disturbing: a Minnie Mouse doll floating face down in the water. "OH NOOO! MINNIE! SAVE HER!" Uhh... uhm... I'm sure Minnie is just snorkeling, kid.... O_o
We had FastPasses for other things but D was a but... nuts. So we took a walk to the racecars. Exiting the racecars I caught sight of my favorite little blue alien. D, want to go see Stitch? "Nooo... can't." Oh, ok, well Stitch is my special friend, so I'm going to go give him a big hug. "NO! STITCH MY FRIEND! I HUG HIM!" Yes, this is the dynamic with my kid right now.
D hugged and danced with Stitch.
And she lost her mind some more. The park was crowded, my kid was bananas, let's throw in the towel. Daphne broke into incoherent song on the monorail.
We stopped at Kona Cafe at the Polynesian for the first time for lunch. D was exhausted and draped herself across my lap to watch the iPad while I tried to eat without dropping too many crumbs on her head.
Monday dawned and Daphne was back to, well, this...
What prompted this? We got in the car to go to school. Yup. Mean mommy.