The Weekly Peanut, Issue 116
Life is crazy right now. We've decided to put our house on the market to see if we can get a decent return on it and upgrade to something a little bigger. The whole family has been in a whirlwind: updating, painting, CLEANING, and as of Monday we are in business. It is EXHAUSTING trying to keep a house perpetually clean. Add in a toddler, and you'll have to forgive me if I'm not super cheerful in the coming days. D, however, seems unaffected and, if anything, is in remarkably high spirits.
Daphne's Grandpa Bobo has been a huge help, coming over on the weekends to help with some of the bigger tasks. We shared a yummy breakfast at Bagel King. D wanted a "pink doughnut!" Trying to explain the difference between bagels and doughnuts to a toddler is an exercise in futility. She nibbled at her bagel, but she spent most of the day stealing pieces of Grandpa's egg sandwich. Yup, D has suddenly decided that she likes eggs. And she's trying (intermittently) new foods. Monday she ate some Sazon pork and rice, Tuesday she ate (wait for it...) CLAM CHOWDER! Here's hoping she finally starts to branch out with food. Jinx jinx jinx. Watch the clip below for an M Night Shyamalan twist ending...
Watch me segue! D's potty training has been going really well... during the day. I experimented with putting D in a pull up instead of overnight diaper and told her she could get up to pee at night. Let's just say I got to change a lot of sheets the next day, so we're going to hold off a bit on pushing the overnight potty training thing.
We went home after breakfast Saturday to work on the house. Had plans to visit friends at Hollywood Studios that evening, so we put D down for nap time. No dice. But wait! Here's a twist...
D napped ON THE WAY to Disney. YOO-REEE-KAH! D opted for her new Pocahontas dress (hooray ebay). After a ride on Toy Story Midway Mania (my score was greatly hampered by the toddler in my lap, that's the story I'm sticking to) and a quick dinner, we headed over to get into position for Characterpalooza. We were armed with a gift for another of our special Disney friends we've been fortunate to see repeatedly over the past year.
Right next to Mulan, we got lucky and D's dress-sake (trying to make namesake happen with a dress, did it work?) was meeting. It was one of the most ridiculously cute meetings we've had yet. D calls the belt on her dress a seatbelt, so she and Poca got into a whole discussion about accessories and running the hidden pine trails of the forest. D pet her hair. She also eyeballed her necklace pretty hard, but thankfully we didn't have a repeat of the Tiana's earring incident.
On instagram some friends tagged me in a survey of Disney related questions to ask Daphne. Who's her favorite Disney character? Elsa. But when I asked her best Disney Friend? Mulan and Ti-nah-nah. So of course, the next character in the line up that D insisted we visit...
As we were walking back toward Tiana, D caught sight of the Evil Queen. "Mommy, dat's da purple one." Yeah, kiddo, that's the queen. Want to meet her? "Oh no... can't." A lot of the time we were with Tiana, she kept looking back over her shoulder, like the queen was going to charge her. I asked D who she wanted to see next. "Da monkey!" Oh gosh, it's been months, but she still remembers seeing Rafiki last time. Sorry kid, no monkey. Who else? "Pluto!"
On the walk over to Pluto she made me give the queen a very wide berth, side-eyeing her the whole time. Honestly, kid. Jasmine and Aladdin were out, too. I thought she'd totally be down for it. Nope. No Aladdin either. Looks like our Fantasmic meet was a fluke. The window for meeting characters was winding down, so we could only pick one more. I asked D who she wanted to see. ".... I meet da queen." Really? Are you sure? Nod. Alright...
The queen remembered D IMMEDIATELY. D greeted her with a hug right away, then stood back and had a VERY serious conversation. "Now, dear, have you been heeding my advice? No smiling?" Serious nod. "I see you have Pocahontas on your gown. She's quite lovely, don't you think?" Nod. "Not as beautiful as me, though, right?" Nope. "Good girl."
They posed for a portrait, the queen repeating her "no smile" warning, which D did not heed. She even gave the queen one last awkward hug before we said our goodbyes. D wanted to stay for Fantasmic, but it wasn't scheduled until late, so we headed home with promises to take her back for the show soon.
Sunday was "work on the house" day. Which meant D got to watch movies while we tried to be productive. We're also reaching the point that if she knows I'm taking video she sometimes stops the performance, so enjoy this sneaky back-of-Daphne's-head performance of "Cruella DeVil."
D was invited to a birthday party for one of her classmates who live nearby. D had a BLAST with the girls, and I met a parent who was planning a big Disney trip that I could talk to about it (thank goodness.) D also got to have a juicebox. And fruit snacks. ALLTHESUGAR.
Ian is in charge of planning this coming weekend. You'll get to hear all about it next week ;).