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The Weekly Peanut, Issue 229 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PEANUT

The Weekly Peanut, Issue 229 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PEANUT

Sorry this issue is late.  We were busy ringing in D's 5th birthday in style... but we'll get to that.

Took D shopping this weekend with some of her gift cards.  We caught a story time at Barnes N Noble.  D also picked out a My Little Pony train (she's suddenly into My Little Pony?).  Ian dug up some old Alien toys, which D was not afraid of and started playing with.  A few minute later I checked on her and found this.

Saturday night, mom had a night out at Parliament House to go see Sasha Velour perform (winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9).  When D came into the bathroom and saw me getting ready, she asked where I was going, and I told her. Cue the big puppy dog eyes "I wanna go, too." She's been watching Sasha's finale lip sync on loop all week. Aww kiddo.  I only wish this was at the library so you could come with me.  BUT when I got to meet Sasha later that night, I told her all about D and how much she wished she could be here, and Sasha wished her a happy birthday.  I desperately hope the community continues to embrace more all-ages events with the drag community (someone mentioned potentially a drag brunch at Hamburger Mary's... I might have to make this happen for kiddo at some point).

Sunday was a quiet day.  Originally we were going to go to Animal Kingdom, but we ended up being responsible and tidying up around the house. Or, in D's case, marathoning Project Runway.

And enjoying the fruits of Daddy's garden labors.

When our work was done, we cooled off with a dip in the pool.

By the time we crawled out of the pool we were all wiped, so we decided to treat ourselves to a dinner out.  At Sushi Pop. D hadn't been since she was... 1? Maybe? But she remembered it. 

She got to watch Princess Mononoke, try Japanese soda, taste her first sushi, and eat shrimp tempura for dinner. 

D went back to school Monday, but we got to have a fun evening at one of my coworkers' for a little cookout.  D ate hot dogs and watched youtube quite happily on their couch while we gorged ourselves on ribs.

We let D open one of her birthday presents early: a new Aurora dress.  Of course she had to do some runway walks, take it for a test drive.

July 4th, 2012, 12:01 a.m. : Daphne is born.  July 4th, 2017, 6:30 a.m. "MOMMY WAKE UP IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!" Alright, kiddo. You can open your presents.

We took our time getting dressed and packed for D's biggest birthday surprise: a night at a Disney hotel (it's really her favorite thing, and she's always asking to do it).  We stopped by B3 café on the way for coffee, but also because it's become a July 4th tradition at this point. 

It's going too fast, y'all.  She's starting kindergarten in just a few weeks. SIGH.

We headed down to Disney's Caribbean Beach resort to drop our bags off with bell services and have a look around the resort before our room was ready.  D found out we were staying there that night.  Much exciting squealing followed.

We headed over to Magic Kingdom on the bus system to await our room being ready.  July 4th is one of the busiest days of the year, and while it was definitely crowded, we've seen worse. We even got to watch a Friendship Faire right up from with some Dani cuddles, and cheer on our friends on the castle stage. (It was hot, but the sun went behind a cloud for most of the show, hallelujah).

We'd melted long enough, and our room was ready, so we headed back to the hotel to check it out.  The room layout is almost identical to the royal rooms at Port Orleans Riverside, except D got her own little fold out bed.  We also got to facetime her overseas bestie, Liv.

The resort is under heavy construction, but we got lucky with our room. It was a VERY short walk to the main pool/food areas.  The "Caribbean Cay" area was right outside our room (playground and leisure area) and we had to cross it to get to the pool area (the resort is so spread out, you'd need to take a shuttle from a lot of other areas).

The resort's food court is part of what's under construction, but they had a massive a/c tent set up with a buffet, so that was where we had dinner.

After dinner we made our way to the Polynesian Village resort for D's party.  It's the best spot to watch the best 4th of July fireworks on the planet. 

D got to play in the sand with friends, open presents (including make-up, OMG she's so excited about that LOL).

She blew out the candles on her Power Rangers cake, and got to watch "My Fireworks" surrounded by some really fantastic people.

We said goodbye to our hotel room Wednesday morning and spent the rest of our day at the resort's absolutely fantastic pool.  It had two slides and a fabulous kid's water play area.  This was the first time we were at a resort pool since D really started to get a handle on swimming, and while she started the day with a life vest, it was off very quickly and she was endlessly swimming back and forth between the two water slides.

She cried when we finally had to leave.

Another birthday in the books.  Where oh where is the time going?



The Weekly Peanut, Issue 230

The Weekly Peanut, Issue 230

The Weekly Peanut, Issue 228

The Weekly Peanut, Issue 228