The Weekly Peanut, Issue 141
We have suffered a loss in our family: my cell phone. Bad news for readers? Any pictures I had for this week's issue that weren't already posted to instagram are lost in the ether. Good news? We went to Disney Sunday so I have a ton of pics from my camera. This week's issue, thus, will be especially Disney-centric (I know what you're thinking, HOW IS THAT DIFFERENT?). Between Ian and my friend, Amanda, I've scraped up enough for this week's update ;).
Daphne was invited to her first (not counting Mickey's) Halloween Party at her friend Maddie's house. She dressed as Fix-It Felix.
One of Ian's friends had gotten us tickets to the Party For The Senses at Epcot that night, and Maddie's mom very graciously offered to let Daphne stay and party with them so Ian and I could go. Daphne partied with Meg...
And introduced Meg to the glory that is Hocus Pocus. D's totally got the choreo down. I'll encourage her to audition for the stage show at Disney next year (thanks for the video and pics, Amanda).
Daphne has been on such a good streak lately that Ian decided to treat us with another trip to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (also our anniversary is coming up). We arrived at Magic Kingdom just in time to catch Festival of Fantasy with Denise.
D's headphones? She told us when we were at home that she thinks the shows are too loud, so we told her we'd bring them to help dull the sound. Turned out to be a good choice, even if it was mostly a placebo. D waved to her favorites..
and got some love from the White Rabbit again.
Denise had to get ready for work, but we met up with Amanda and Maddie and went to pick up our wristbands for the party. Just in time to get in line to meet Jack & Sally (they actually start meeting 2 hours before the party, and their line easily gets 2 hours+ long, so we planned to get in line around 4:30). D had seemed to have a change of heart about them this past week; she's always loved the movie, but any time I asked if she wanted to meet them she would say no, that they are scary. Then this week? That all seemed to change. At first she said she'd just meet Sally, but eventually she said she'd meet Jack, too. I'd been down this road with her with Baymax & Hiro, so I was still pretty trepidatious about this meet. I hoped going with her friends Maddie & Bella would help her not be scared. I also brought some special presents for her to give to Jack & Sally (giving presents is her favorite thing!). We met up with Bella and her mom and camped out to await the spooky couple. Bella's mom, Jeanna, had an iPad loaded with movies which saved the day with these toddlers having to wait in lines. Finally it was our turn. I held my breath and crossed my fingers as Sally wobbled over.
Daphne took to Sally right away, handing over the pins. Although she was a little shy with Jack, she didn't try to run or hide. She looked at me, I nodded at her, and she took Sally's hand and walked over with Maddie and Jack for a chat.
I can't say enough good things about those two. Jack seemed to notice that D was a little shy with him, and he eased her into conversation (with compliments to her outfit, of course, flattery works every time). Once he brought up her outfit, D scooted over to him to give him a better look.
I was so proud of her. Jack is a big, spooky MALE, and I felt like there was every reason based on her track record for D to want nothing to do with him. Not only did she talk to him, but she bowled me over when this happened.
I think I cried a little. Jack and Sally are the best. Definitely one of my favorite character interactions at Disney ever.
That first picture? Where D has her hands over her mouth? All of us were trying to get her to drop her hands. Sally looked over at her, told her she ought to lower her hands so we could see her spooky face, and she did it INSTANTLY. Thanks, Sally.
The party hadn't even officially started yet and Ian and I were declaring the night a total win. We decided on a quick outfit change and, by toddler request, an interlude in the hub grass.
We ran into some more Neverland friends. Everybody wanted to fly around the hub grass. Except Wendy. "NO! I CAN'T FLY!" Typical Wendybird...
Up next? Everybody's favorite puppy-lover. Cruella was scheduled to start meeting right at 7 (when the party officially starts), so we headed over to get into her line around 6:30. I had no idea how D was going to do with Cruella; she said she wanted to meet her, but you never know with my kid and a villain. Turns out I had nothing to worry about...
D adored Cruella, and Cruella was absolutely fantastic with the girls. What was the first thing D said to Cruella? "I MET JACK AND SALLY!" Cruella's response, "But you didn't like them as much as ME, did you, darling?" D shook her head. Also don't mind D's dress, she has a drinking problem.
Back at the stroller, D decided to creep on her new favorites. Seriously, she just stood on her stroller staring at them.
Also ran into these cuties while we were over there. There was a solid chunk of time before the first Boo To You parade, so we made a quick trip to the grotto to catch up with that fish. It had been so long since we'd visited Ariel, I'd forgotten D's MO...
Daphne ALWAYS MOLESTS ARIEL. First she felt up her leg, and just when I was noticing that YUP dove face first into Ariel's shell boobs. Ariel was a great sport about letting the girl's feel her "shells." Daphne decided she was only going to make her "fish face" for the pictures.
Decided we might as well stake out our spot in Town Square and give the kids time to eat some food before the parade. The girls went to visit Aurora (and those pumpkins...) while I was on a Starbucks run. D went with Maddie and some friends to participate in the little pre-parade party (there was a video, it's gone with the phone). At last the parade began. Pardon the shoddy pics, it is ridiculously dark and almost impossible to photograph. D was SO into the parade this time...
Did I mention last week that Daphne's favorite songs right now are Oogie Boogie's and Dr Facilier's song? Makes daddy play them every time we're in the car? Well look who came to visit...
Even with her loving the songs, I thought for sure D would be terrified or shy away. Maybe it's Maddie's influence, maybe it's D turning a new leaf in her social abilities, but after this you could have knocked me over with a feather...
Those two aren't even usually in the parade! WIN WIN WIN! The parade was over and we walked in to see Tinker Bell. I knew as soon as the crayon came out it would be Total Toddler Bedlam. I wasn't wrong.
The kids were getting a little nuts by then. Initially we thought we'd try to go meet Lotso, but with them getting like this, we opted to just watch Hallowishes instead. D wore her headphones and loved the fireworks once she settled in with the mufflers. Just like our first party, we used the exiting crowd to maneuver our way in front of the stage for the next HoPo. No hiding for D this time: she wrapped herself in a blanket and watched the whole thing. She sang (mumbled?) along with some of the songs and got the BIGGEST grin on her face when Dr Facilier and Oogie Boogie came out. On a side note, Oogie Boogie was in fine form that evening. He spent the whole time he wasn't the focus of the show trying to steal the spotlight or even making fun of the other characters. Ian and I were howling. We got weird looks from the people around us, but clearly they weren't watching the Oogie Boogie show like we were.
We thought we'd leave, but the last Boo To You was starting back up in just a few minutes. The streets were packed, but when we got to Town Square? Empty. Eh, why not? We sat in the same spot and waited for the parade to start. D was curled up on a friend's lap. I look down... her head is wobbling. She's fading fast. "Kiddo... want to go home?" "No.... I watch parade..."
She was out before the preparade was over. My kid, asleep at a Disney park. This is a wondrous event that hasn't been seen in close to a year. We decided to stick around anyway and cheer on our favorites. Alice still came over and gave D a parting kiss.
Oogie Boogie came over and said Hi to Maddie. I screamed at him that I love him (I do. I have been wishing I could meet him particularly since I was denied the privilege at last year's Villains Unleashed event. Read about our special moment HERE). He came right over to me, opened his arms, and gave me a big hug. I may have screamed a little.
There you have it. I should have a new phone tomorrow. We are ready and raring to go for ACTUAL Halloween this Saturday (feels like we've been celebrating a whole month, oh wait, we have..). See you friends on the other side...