Well, our drive lasted from 8:30 until 9 - lots of stops and traffic. Bummer! But dd1 pulled it together and we made it. Jasper was great, somehow!
I didn't let the girls watch anything but PBS until they were older, but somehow dd2 was exposed to Diego. I think at my parents'? Eventually, I let her watch it on occasion. Then she wanted to be Diego when she was 2-3. Got her haircut like Diego, would mostly wear boy clothes and "Diego underwear," got Diego bedding, all the animal rescue toys... My mom loves to shop! It really didn't bother me much.
I've typically been pretty anti-characters. Especially when the girls were little! For watching a few shows- fine. But I'm not big on buying. Jasper doesn't have anything he likes right now, but he still won't watch anything. I even tried Sprout at the beach since it was there... Nothing. He's just not interested. I'm actually kind of looking forward to him caring. It's fun to watch movies as a family sometimes!