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So here I am seated at my drafting table watching my seven year old typing frantically into Google. Every so often he would stop, look over his shoulder at me with an evil look, then furtively start typing again, alternating looking at the keyboard and screen. Now, you gotta admit that alone is enough to make this cheeky Mama want to go over there and check my shortie out but he's seven, speech delayed and obsessed with computers so I try not to interrupt his allotted time. The kid is a stickler about his routines. I do not want to ruin any fun for my son because discovering search engines gave him the incentive to memorize sight words, but that was an evil look. Hmm... wonder what he was thinking... I am very happy that the Internet is teaching my Autistic son how to type while he learns how to read but you have to watch your kids like a hawk when they are transversing the world wide web. Even the three year old gets jiggy with his cybertude sometimes.

Microsoft Office 2003 is one of Noah's favorite programs. He calls it "counting" because he first learned how to count by playing with me on the keyboards. I would pop huge numbers up and off the screen by typing in MS Word. Pretty soon he was kicking me to the curb and typing the numbers in himself.

Ever wonder how you sound to someone else?  My son is a mimic who alternates between conducting class, then attending the class he is conducting (LOL). Sometimes his three year old brother is high-jacked as the student. Echolalic speech can be a hoot when your kid does both sides of the conversation at the same time. If you are bossy, your inflections and attitude will be mocked and emulated. You can learn a lot about your bad mouth habits when the wee ones start quoting you (LOL).

Since Stephen loves Noah, he tries to do what ever his big brother says. Sometimes with unexpected results... Yesterday we had to reset the modem. Our mistake? Doing it in front of the wee people. What was I thinking? Seriously? Every time I turn around I either lose power or lose the connection. Dude even started jacking around with the wide area network router because he suddenly realized those blinky, flickering lights were "pretty." The three year old is speech delayed as well (which may shock you with all the background noise he is able to generate while I'm on the phone), so you get a lot of really short sentences of four words or less. The few words he does knows, he knows them very well and wields them with great volume and spunky attitude.

Today was mad fun because I'm working from home. So far my morning consisted of enjoying watching Stephen wreck the place while giggling and yelling "mine," when he wasn't chasing me all about the apartment to inventory and count hot wheel cars. At some point he decided playing with my hair was going to be his fave exercise in self stimulation (LOL). When he realized I was working more than playing, that soon morphed into feeding the DVD peanut butter and jelly.

Had to time the shorty out. He starts acting cute and giggling all over the place, making eyes and planting kisses, really making nice, so I let him off the hook. I'm thinking baby is making nice and I'm busy so let him frolic because a happy toddler means I can play in the Rain. Big mistake. Dude is loading his food into my toilet. Now I'm doing the stern Mama routine and march hm off to the crib for another time out, shutting down the electronics while fussing, "No choo choo for you. Thomas the Train is all done. Don't feed food to the electronics and stay out of my toilet bowl."

He cries. We make up. He plays in my hair. He chases me around the apartment showing me his prized possessions while giggling and telling me quite proudly that everything is mine. All is right with the world because my sweetie is in Daffy Duck mode and that usually goes on for hours. Distracted, I give him some orange juice because he's my guy pie and that's what he wants... Hmm... What the hell was I thinking? Never give a marginally supervised three year old liquid if he's obsessing over sharing a meal with his favorite electronics. Seriously.

Remember that PB&J moment? I thought we were done with that... I guess I was wrong because while I was on a conference call Stephen the Minion Blur realized I was a wee bit distracted from watching a very cool presentation, so he got it into his tiny little mind to make a "ritual sacrifice" to my computer. What's a little orange juice between electronic friends when you're having fun, eh?

Oh my word... Dude almost disconnected my blogger's butt for the rest of the evening. However, I caught the  little gigglemeister seconds before any major damage could be done to anything besides the rug. He looked so disappointed I almost choked trying to play it down and not howl with laughter. Friggin' kid broke the mute button weeks ago (LMAO). 

Did I mention my kids are crazy? Life with wee people can be very interesting...

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Comment balloon 14 commentsC Tann-Starr • July 10 2009 03:45PM


Wow, very cool.  I had no idea about your "other" sites. Taking this stuff to a new level huh? Very neat. I hope it all pays off! I like the idea of keeping your cyber life around - forever!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 11 years ago

Thank you, Greg. We're having fun e-mailing back and forth and collaborating over the phone. I have been giggling all day. Looking forward to more playtime tonight. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Wow, what a great day...and you still get stuff done. I'm genuflecting as we speak.

Posted by SarahGray Lamm, Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience (Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 ) over 11 years ago

ROTFL @ SarahGray. So, that's how you spell that word... (LOL) I'm surprised I got anything done today. That kid is a pip. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago


You always make me laugh...

and I can so relate....

those little ones...but how could we resist those darling faces looking back at us, huh?  I can't!

Posted by Sheila Moran, SanAntonioSheila.com, RE/MAX Access, 210-32 (RE/MAX Access (Garden Ridge, San Antonio, New Braunfels)) over 11 years ago

Sheila, I am such a mush when it comes to these kids. They know it. They test me all the time (LOL). :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

C - Testing you is THEIR JOB!  Such over-achievers you have been blessed with!!!  That pic of Stephen during his incarceration is precious...thanks!!!

Posted by Amy Salisbury, West Virginia Realtor/Jefferson/Berkeley (Leading Edge Properties) over 11 years ago

LOL @ Amy. They take their job very seriously. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Carolyn - You have a couple of little heart throbs in your midst!  I admire your energy.  I would not have the energy to handle two active little ones.  But then again ... I'm at a point where they could be my grandchildren ...

At least they are doing what children should do ... keep you jumping, keep you guessing, and keep you wondering what  you ever did before you had them.  They are truly a gift.

Psssst - don't worry much about the PBJ in the dvd player - it only really hurts when they poke M&Ms in behind it.  They are SO hard to get out.

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago

ROTFL @ Carol. Especially the ones with peanuts in them. I feel your pain... seriously (LMAO). Oh, the things I have yet to say... ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Little sister- How does it work, can you send me a personal email and do you have to pay for outside blogs and how much does it cost?

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 11 years ago

Big Brother, I will send you a private e-mail and I will call you. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Yo C -  You are on a roll.... Hope things are going well. Will give you a call this week :)

Posted by Roland Woodworth, eXp Realty (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Awesome! Will be keeping an eye out for you Roland. Looking forward to it. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

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