The Weekly Peanut, Issue 99
This week was almost as busy as last, but with only one Disney trip (ONLY, hah!). It was also filled with new and old friends, family, travel, and mostly good behavior. Mostly.
A few months ago an old high school friend found me on social media, and we've been trying to get our families together ever since. When he invited us to a New Year's Eve event catered toward small kids and EARLY in the evening? SOLD.
D was beside herself with the Frozen tunes, the disco lights, the chicken tenders, and all the Other People's Toys. It was pretty much Peanut Mecca.
One of D's Xmas gifts from her Grandparents was broken on arrival, but (Thanks, Amazon) we were able to exchange it no problem and we got D the WDW Fisher Price Little People play set and some Little Disney People to go with it. She's obsessed. It's the first thing she wants to do when she gets home. "MY TEACUPS MY TEACUPS!" Even the Tsums get in on the fun.
This weekend we finally got together with some of Ian's family to exchange Christmas gifts. D was a turd the whole morning and the whole drive over, but once we arrived at Aunt Shelley's she totally turned it around: she shared, she said please and thank you, she played, I was pretty impressed overall (considering how grumpy she'd been all morning at least).
D refused to nap on the way home. Unreal. It was almost 5 pm by the time we got home from Tampa, too. We tucked her into bed a little early and she was out cold almost as soon as her head hit the pillow.
Ian and I were awoken bright and early by our Peanut wake up call. Seriously, most people get to sleep past dawn, but I get this...
Ian had been saying how he wanted a break from Disney after last week's extravaganza, but I didn't. Ok, a Magic Kingdom break, yes, but I still needed my Disney fix. We've discussed that I have a problem, I acknowledge it. We hadn't been to Animal Kingdom in weeks. Surely Ian isn't sick of Animal Kingdom? He gave me a look, but said if we promised to make it an early day he was up for it. He then proceeded to book us reservations for a character breakfast in the park that we'd never tried before, so don't feel like he was too put out by the whole plan. D was, of course, stoked, since she asks to go to Disney pretty much every morning now.
No princess dress, I feel like Animal Kingdom is too... rugged? That's absurd, I know, but I always feel like she gets sweatier and dirtier there than at the other parks. Also we don't do as many character interactions. She did rock a new Elsa top, complete with attached cape.
We had no idea what Tusker House was about, except there would be food and characters. We were led in to a giant breakfast buffet and saw Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy were all making the rounds in safari gear. Cool. Even better? $30 pp (this is cheap for character dining, especially a buffet). Even better? OMG THE FOOD WAS REALLY GOOD. They had all the usual breakfast fare, plus bobotie, a sweet corn grit with cheese thingy that was supposedly african, and a corn beef hash with a cornmeal topping that was actually spicy and SO GOOD. I don't even like corn beef hash, because it usually tastes canned, this was DELISH. Ian and I agreed that, overall, this might beat Ohana as our favorite character dining. Food-wise, it definitely beats Ohana (for variety and inventiveness), but Ohana has slightly better atmosphere and STITCH! The negative to both places is that they both have pretty crappy lighting for pictures. Oh well, you're getting pictures anyway.
Donald made it to the table first. D gave him a kiss that knocked him over. She giggled like crazy. Then I told Donald that he gets way more kisses than Mickey, and he celebrated.
D loves Daisy, too. After all, she's a sassy Donald with eyelashes.
These two and their prom date photo cuteness, I can't even. Finally Goofy was getting close to the table. "Mommy, I get down!" D hadn't requested to get out of the high chair for any of the other characters. I swear, ever since the debacle it's like she's trying to make up for it with Goofy.
They hugged, over and over. There were kisses. There was dancing, because Goofy is her dance partner always. After breakfast I was on a Project Thank You mission to reunite D with her buddies, Dug and Russell. They did not disappoint. Tune in Friday for a full PTY recap.
We went on Safari and tried out the Triceratop Spin (AK's Dumbo ride, D loved it). We were going to meet Pocahontas, but her line got cut off. Next time, Peanut!
Ian wanted to buy new shorts, so we accompanied him to Kohl's. D entertained herself.
We tried out Rock and Brews. I was expecting awful, it wasn't bad. D's kid's pizza and endless supply of crayons got an enthusiastic toddler endorsement.
Finally, D returned to the dentist Tuesday morning for her first full cleaning. She was a total jerk at home, but again turned it around once we were at our destination. She was great for the hygienist, great for the dentist, basked in all the compliments on how good a job she was doing brushing her teeth, perfect all around.
Don't forget to come back Friday for a Project Thank You update, tune in to next week's peanut for another Mommy & Daphne day.