The Weekly Peanut, Issue 118
House hunting with a toddler is an adventure.
Of course D has an opinion on every house. Especially houses with pools. Or frogs that hang out in said pools. She's pro on those houses, in case you were wondering.
D has also been aggressively asserting her independence in the morning in the form of choosing her outfits. As long as its not grossly inappropriate (IE a princess dress for school or open-toed shoes for the play ground), I'm giving her mostly free reign. I need to have a serious talk with her about abusing the color pink in her outfits...
We received a report from school recently that D had been acting out a lot with her classmates (hitting AND biting). At first I didn't know what to do, since D almost never does either of these things at home or around us. So I sat her down for a serious talk, and at the end I told her that if I heard from her teacher that that behavior was continuing, she would forfeit her Disney privileges. I told her teacher, too, so we could work together to give her the added incentive to calm down and talk about her emotions rather than just acting on them instantly. I repeated the "no hitting no biting" mantra to her every day as I dropped her off at school. I'm happy to report that it seems to be working. She only got one negative incident report: apparently she threw one of her classmate's snacks on the ground. Jeez kid, I didn't even know I had to add that to our behavior contract. I told her since I hadn't explicitly outlawed that act beforehand, that a repeat performance would revoke the Disney privileges (seriously, this is a lot like dealing with students, not being able to hold them to standards you haven't spelled out to the letter). Ian had to work Saturday in Tampa, so after a positive report for D's school behavior, she and I set out for a Mommy-Peanut day at Magic Kingdom.
I was determined to make it for welcome show and attempt to get D in to see the Frozen sisters at rope drop. The monorail and ferry were both shut down, so for the first time ever we were put onto buses for the trip from the TTC to the gate.
We made it for the welcome show, but it was so crowded I was already preparing myself for a beast of a line to make Anna & Elsa not happen. The gates opened and (through some truly masterful stroller maneuvering on my part) I somehow managed to get us near the front of the crowd and into a line that was probably only about 10 minutes long. While we were waiting, D started asking to go see Cinderella and Rapunzel. Sign #1 that (fingers crossed) the Frozen hysteria is finally starting to die down in our family.
Sign #2- D was much more interested in showing off her twirl skills than actually hanging out with Elsa or Anna. In fact, she totally snubbed both of them for hugs initially. It's been weeks since D asked to watch the movie, too.
In the end both Frozen sisters got a hug, but the awestruck hero worship appears to finally be diminishing. As we were leaving the hall D started skipping "NOW WE GO SEE CINDERELLA AND RAPUNSULLL!" Definitely, kid. Turns out D had footwear on the brain...
Then the ladies danced (D has been adding a few new moves to her repertoire), compared other accessories and shared a big hug.
D was on a mission. Rapunzel came over, arms open for a hug, but D marched straight over to the curtains behind her and started peeking around. "WHERE PASCAL??"
Rapunzel didn't miss a beat as they looked around the hall together for the hiding chameleon (D, in true Flynn Rider spirit, called Pascal a frog). Then Rapunzel scooped D into her lap and they talked about playing hide and seek and all the other things that D talks to princesses about.
We headed out of the hall and a quick time check showed me that Princess Tiana would be about halfway through her first meeting window. So we hustled over to the glen, hoping the line wouldn't be too long or cut off.
Not only was the line not cut off, there was NOBODY there! Tiana was just hanging out, talking to her blueberry. I didn't even have my camera ready as D charged that sweet princess who definitely feels like an extension of our family at this point. After a quick hello (and still no people in line behind us), D and Tiana decided that they would work on decorating the plain shrubs behind Tiana with some of "Mickey's flowers."
Tiana decided to be a terrible influence and suggest that D make sure she gets an ice cream as soon as she left the glen. I told her she'd be lucky to get an ice water O_o.
We said goodbye and started heading back toward New Fantasyland for our Enchanted Tales FastPass. On the way we noticed a line for the Tremaines. I didn't think twice about it and was about to barrell past when D asked to stop and meet "dems." I absolutely positively almost cried. D requesting to meet villains? Be still my heart...
The Tremaines are always hilarious. Lady Tremaine, after proclaiming that she had invented fashion, gave D's dress the once over and declared "I Made that dress! WITH MY MIND!" Yes, Lady Tremaine is her own brand of (crazy) magic.
On to ET! D is 100% independent every time we go to "Belle's Library." She stands alone at the front of the group waiting for the enchanted mirror, she charges into the wardrobe room all by herself and stands front and center, then she waits patiently to audition for the role she's after and performs with enthusiasm. Who could deny my little Chip as she enthusiastically hops her way into your heart? Those poor Cast Members never had a chance.
I was so proud of kiddo's performance (like how she snuck in that extra Belle cuddle before holding up the teacup?). She waited patiently in line after to meet Belle. But first, she started petting the little girl next to her. The little girl looked up at me like "what is this kid doing?" D, stop petting that girl. "MOMMY! SHE MY NEW BESS FRIENNN!"
D made friends with another great ET attendant who taught her some new curtsy moves.
D had her moment with Belle. She has totally mastered the "swoon" hug (throw yourself at the princess and hope she catches you). Pardon my little walk down memory lane as I have a "one year ago" flashback with you guys.
We rode Under the Sea with almost no line (seriously, there were tons of people at the park but it was as if we had magic line karma that kept people away from wherever we were trying to go), then D had a quick snack break before going on the Barnstormer (AKA "Goofy Ride"). D LOVES the kid coaster now, giggling like a loon through the whole thing.
D wanted to go on the Astro Orbiter, but I don't do 40 minute lines. People Mover is the best consolation prize.
Next we headed to Town Square to meet up with friends. Not only did D finally get to spend some real time with Bella, we also (finally!) got to meet our instagram buddy Gerard performing with the Trolley Show (we've been trying to be in the same place at the same time for months now!).
After watching the show, D and Bella hung out with the Trolley Kids...
D found out she needed to up her twirl game.
D and Bella played hide and seek with Gerard and Sachi.
And D got some great hugs in with her new friends. After a quick potty break, D noticed Aurora meeting in Town Square (with no line, again, MAGIC).
I am going to give tremendous credit here: Princess Aurora continues to up her game when it comes to the character interactions we have with her. D was all over the place, asking her where her castle was and pointing at the mural, twirling, exploring, and Aurora not only kept up with her but she even encouraged a long meeting. There were several points that I would have stepped in to pull D away, but Aurora seemed to be having a great time looking at EVERY SINGLE FLOWER IN THE MEETING AREA with my kid. She even picked a flower for D. It was absurdly cute.
We headed up to the hub with Bella and her family, let the kids run crazy in the hub grass, watched Move It Shake It, then moved up to the Castle Stage to watch Dream Along and share fruit snacks.
Then we bid our friends adieu as they headed to Star Wars Weekends and we went to use our last FastPass at Dumbo.
Normally at this point D would be turning into a turd and we'd be ready to go. But she hadn't, so I told her we could stay as long as she kept being good. She listened. And if she didn't and I told her we were going home, she whipped herself back into shape almost instantly. She didn't have any potty mishaps. It was... wow. We rode the teacups.
We watched Philharmagic and got a mythical (for us) FOURTH FastPass for Buzz Lightyear (she kept asking to go on it but the line, ew). We found ourselves nearing Festival of Fantasy time and D was still being a rockstar. Yes, mommy, of course she wants to watch the parade and wave at all her friends and get high fives from Jiminy Cricket. Who wouldn't? We rode Buzz Lightyear and I got GALACTIC HERO (max score). Of course, since Ian wasn't there, I had nobody to gloat in front of. At least I got the button as proof.
D was still being great, so we got a FIFTH FASTPASS (say whaaaaat???) and rode Winnie the Pooh. I still can't believe how much we got done on a day that was so crowded. We wrapped up the day with a ride on the carousel, where D surprised me by opting to sit on the bench rather than one of the horses.
By then it was almost 5 and the duration of the day was finally taking its toll on me. I'd promised D if she was good all day she could get a treat, she opted for a Mickey Cake Pop. More accurately, she opted for "PINK!!"
We made it back to the car, but D barely made it out of the parking lot.
D had been asking for spaghetti all week so I treated her (ok, US) to dinner at Stefano's, where D polished off almost all of a GIANT plate of spaghetti.
D was very proud of her new hat at bedtime.
Yeah, it was pretty much the best solo day I've ever had with the kid. So proud of her. Waking up sore all over Sunday was totally worth it.
Sunday we did some more house hunting. D managed the electronic key boxes. She also got to open a belated Christmas present from our friends Mike & Ronni. Not sure if she's doing an Elsa hand here or flashing gang signs. You be the judge.
We also had a quick visit from Aunt Shelley, Ciera, Aria, and Brittany. D looooved dancing with her cousins.
This is how Daphne eats black beans.
Lately if D isn't listening to us, we will just say "Bye, Felicia!" Ian was kind enough to capture her indignant response.
Finally I'll leave you all with a special photo dedication to our friend and loyal reader, Liz, who was quite fond of last issue's bathtime hiding photo. Here's this week's take on ineffective hiding by my daughter.