The Weekly Peanut, Issue 139
This week we've been putting our feet down about getting Daphne to eat what we eat for dinner. It helps that she's been in a pretty awesome mood for the most part.
I've found that a single dum dum lollipop tends to be adequate incentive to get her to do almost anything. When she's in a good mood. Daphne is all about incentives. If she does something right, and I compliment her on it, her first response is usually, "I get treat??" Daphne. You put your shoes away, you didn't cure the common cold.
Daphne came home with homework again on Friday. It said to "fill the page" with F's. Uhhh... NOT SUFFICIENT INSTRUCTIONS!! Should I make more highlighter F's and let her trace them? We started with that. "NO, MOMMY! I DO MYSEFF! LEMME DO DAT!!" She did a few (backwards) F like shapes, then she wanted to steal the highlighter and do everything with the highlighter. She would start out with an F shape, then when it came time to do the little middle line, she'd go a little nuts and add, say, 10 of those. "MOMMY! I MAKE C'S, TOO!!" Kiddo, that wasn't the assignment...
Saturday we finally returned to Animal Kingdom after 5 months! We had plans to meet up with friends, but mostly to just have a fun "go with the flow" kind of day. D opted to wear her Princess Daphne dress (for twirls, mommy!!).
We made our way up through the opening animal displays and ran into Maddie and her mom almost immediately. Also a cast member with hissing cockroaches. The girls were fearless. We continued to slowly meander back toward Africa when Maddie's family ran into some friends hanging around waiting for a character meet. We finally got to meet Danica and Meg (Instagram friends), and I asked D if she wanted to meet Flik, too. We'd just watched A Bug's Life the night before. "Mmmmm, no. I can't meet him." Alright. Well, Maddie and I want to meet him, so I'm going to go meet him with Maddie. You can hang with Daddy if you want. I got in line with Maddie, Maddie got to meet the big insect (uhhh... can I call him an insect if he only has 4 legs??) first. While I was waiting my turn (don't you judge me, I have been infatuated with A Bug's Life since it came out and have like 5 stuffed Heimlichs around my house), Ian and D came up. "Daphne would like to meet Flik WITH you." Ok. So I held Daphne, and we approached. At first, Daphne hid against my neck, but Flik was FANTASTIC. He took turns tickling Daphne, but then he did the most brilliant thing to get my kid interested that I've ever seen: he walked away and started looking for something. Daphne scrambled down off of me and immediately went to investigate whatever Flik was getting into. Seeds! Daphne was on the hunt with Flik and no longer needed to cling to Mommy. When it was time to say goodbye and let others meet Flik, D was quick to show Flik some love. It's the fastest I've ever seen her turn around for a character that she started out not wanting to even meet.
Even while Danica was meeting Flik, D continued to hunt for "seeds" for him (and kept trying to go into the plants to do so for most of the day, this is what happens when you give my kid a mission she's actually interested in). We had some time to kill before meeting up with Bella's family to see Festival of the Lion King, so the girls played with Meg until she had to go to work. Meg is so sweet to the girls, and we're thrilled to have another friend to visit with at WDW.
After saying goodbye to Meg, we met up with Bella's family and headed in to watch FotLK. That show is still one of the best productions Disney has to offer. The music, the dance, the performers, it's all so great. Daphne was eager to give Bella some welcome hugs before the show kicked off.
After the show the girls played with bubbles.
We grabbed lunch at the newly reopened Flame Tree Barbecue, then hustled over to catch Finding Nemo: the Musical. Again, one of the absolute best shows Disney has to offer; that show blows me away every time I see it. I photographed it for the first time (it was the only time I took out my camera the whole day, go figure!).
It was starting to rain when we got out of the show, so we called it a day. Daphne, neatly tucked into the stroller, managed to avoid the MONSOON that caught Ian and I as we went back to the car. We had to wring out our clothes. "Mommy you all wet. You dirty. You need a shower." Thanks, kid.
Uncle David came over Saturday evening for a visit. Didn't get to spend much time together, as Ian immediately swept him off to a new brewery event while I got the kiddo tucked in. Then we split up again to run errands on Sunday. Did I say errands? I really meant a shopping excursion with my favorite kiddo to all her favorite places. We stopped by the craft store to grab some elements I needed for her Halloween costume, she was VERY well behaved. Then we headed to DA CIRCLE STORE (Target). D did not whine or be obnoxious at any point in time. She did exactly what I always asked her to do: sit in the cart and ASK or POINT if she wanted to see something, and we'd go look. Mostly, D was just super excited about everything. "OOOO MOMMY LOOKA DAT! OOOO LOOK AT DOSE JAMMIES! OOO DAT DRESS! MOMMY LOOKA DAT TSUMTSUM!" D got to choose something to take home, and she opted for a halloween themed Paint Your Own birdhouse. $3. Thank you, Target. When we got home I spread out some paper bags and we had a ladies' crafting afternoon.
Daphne's decorating kit came with 3 colors of paint: Orange, Black, and Purple. I got D a rinse cup, and I showed her how to rinse her paint brush between colors. She started out very enthusiastically painting her chimney purple. Then... I'm not really sure what happened. But she did paint it all. Inside and out. She absolutely loved it.
Daphne's Halloween costume is now fully assembled, and we are both so excited about it. The rest of October is jam-packed with both work and fun plans. I leave you with this little blooper of Daphne "helping" to spray down the tortoises.