The Weekly Peanut, Issue 105
This weekend I decided I was over potty training again. The real battle in our house right now is over food, and there are only so many battles I can wage at one time with my toddler.
Eating. D's favorite way to make me insane right now is to hold food in her mouth and chew it endlessly without swallowing it. Seriously. It makes me want to scream. She's crying in ^ that picture, because after 5 straight minutes of chewing the same bite of food I growled (Ok, loudly) and shut off the TV. And told her no applesauce until she finished her "dinner."
The potty training thing: we decided to just sort of let it go for the weekend. Ironically, we probably had more successful potty trips than any other recent weekend, as well as D being the one to ASK to go to the potty, so go figure. My kid only does things when its her idea. Speaking of Let It Go...
D's continuing to up the production value on her Let It Go performances, this time with costume.
Valentine's Day was VERY busy. We kicked off the day with a visit from Grandpa Bobo. We had Mexican for lunch, and D eagerly tried chips and salsa while repeatedly declaring "IT TOO SPICY!" (yet still shoveling it into her mouth).
After a fruitless naptime (this kid almost never naps for us on the weekends any more, but we still give her "rest" time), we headed down to the parks. We had some Fast Passes for Magic Kingdom and plans to hand out Valentines to friends and cast members.
The parking lot was a zoo. By the time we got on the monorail, Ian and I were already making faces at each other. "Why don't we try to go over to Epcot instead? We'd at least get good food..." Hmmm... well... ok, let's go to Epcot. Go back to the car, park at the Boardwalk since we were hearing horror stories about Epcot's parking lot, too. Enter Epcot... ZOO. A few of the princes are out meeting with their ladies and the line for Aurora and Phillip looked to be about 2 hours. I'm feeling a bit disappointed by now, I knew it would be crowded, but we aren't going to get to see ANYBODY at this rate. We waded through the people so we could eat at the Moroccan quick service (thankfully, a short line). I'm feeling like the day was a total waste, when I jokingly throw out to Ian, "Hey, want to go to Hollywood Studios, I'm sure it's the least crowded..." (HS is Ian's least favorite park, btw). We chuckle at the absurdity of 3 parks in as many hours, and Fantasmic would be starting relatively soon...
I shot a friend from studios a quick message to see if she would be around for Fantasmic. I hear back almost immediately... she tells us to meet the attendant near one of the emergency exits at the end of the show, and we'd be "escorted" to a special meeting. I still have NO idea what all this is going to entail, and I'm TERRIFIED that D will not be on her best behavior. She was kinda spooked by Fantasmic last time, she hasn't napped, she'll be up past her bedtime.... Ian and I stare at each other like we're crazy, scarf down the last of our shawarma and start HAULING back to the car to try and make it to Hollywood Studios.
HS was indeed far less crowded than the other two parks, and we snagged a decent parking spot. I told Ian to run ahead so he could grab something, and I went through security bag check with D. D immediately stood up in her stroller and enthusiastically greeted the security guard. This is a big deal: a man she doesn't know, and D is being nothing but charming to him. She waved her little stuffed animal at him and he played peekaboo with her behind the bag check counter (don't worry, there wasn't anybody behind us). I dipped into my bag and handed David our first Valentine of the day. I'll never forget the look on his face (I get the feeling the security guys don't get nearly the amount of smiles as some other cast departments).
Into the park we go and head straight for Fantasmic. We get seats about 5 rows back and D snuggles into her princess cape with us. "D, do you remember this show?" "Yeah... ISS SCARY!" Uhoh. "Well, kiddo, it may be loud, but just remember Mommy & Daddy are here and there's nothing here that will hurt you, ok?" Turns out I was worried for nothing: D LOOOOOOVED Fantasmic. She loved the fireworks. She loved the noise. She loved seeing all her favorite Disney friends and waving at them.
The show ended. "We see again??" Ha! Sure, kid, but another day, ok? We went down to the exit our friend told us about and told the attend we were here. He spoke into his little radio and said to wait a few minutes. I give him a Valentine. D is being charming. The ampitheater is slowly (it was VERY full) emptying to the other side. Another attendant approaches from down the path. "You guys are here for the meet and greet? Just the three of you?" Um... Yes. "Come with me, please."
You're going to have to excuse the lack of pictures; I had my camera but not my flash and I was not anticipating that we would be meeting with literally NO light, so all I had was my IPhone. The attendant led us up a special path near the side of the stage, we rounded a corner and there they were...
D charged straight to Mulan, of course, who then walked D back to the group and introduced her to everybody. D was BESIDE herself. No signs of tired or cranky, just 100% over-the-moon excited about getting to hang out with all her friends, even new ones.
Yes, ALL her friends. You might recall our previous attempt to meet Aladdin, and how poorly it went back in November...
I had told our friend about this. Apparently, Mulan warned Aladdin not to expect too much from D, but his response was that he was on a mission to get a hug anyway. Sure enough, D worked her way through everybody. When she got to Aladdin, there wasn't a moment's hesitation. Huge hug. I think my jaw hit the ground. I told Aladdin how surprised I was, since last time she was reluctant and he didn't miss a beat, "Oh, well, sometimes I smell like Monkeys, so I get it." D also enthusiastically embraced Dopey (more than once). It was soooo cool.
D took turns handing out a Valentine to each of her friends. I only wish I had more pictures or video, it was such a shining example of the Disney Magic that led me to drink the Disney Kool-aid.
After some last hugs and enthusiastic Thank You's, we said our goodbyes. What did I say a few weeks ago? I couldn't imagine Disney topping itself? Touché. I'm just so honored that I get to share these experiences with my little Peanut as she grows up with such a special extended "family."
We finally headed home, me with blisters on my feet (I accidentally wore the wrong shoes, ugh), D asleep almost as soon as her head touched her car seat. She was so out cold that, for the first time in her life, we let her skip the bath and go straight to bed after brushing her teeth.
I had to work Sunday, but D had a fun day with her Daddy. She spilled some water on herself, and Ian got to see D's wet pants dance...
Ian's mom and Aunt were in town for a convention, so they shared lunch together at a Friday's on I-Drive.
On the way home, Ian was quite entertained by D's "I'm not tired!" face.
Thus concludes another exciting week in Peanut Land. Happy Valentine's Day!