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Life With Wee People: Candy Land... What's That Like For You? What Does That Mean?

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Stephen Starr

Life With Wee People: Candy Land... What's That Like For You? What Does That Mean?


Susana Isakharova hosts Stephen Starr and he has a very nice morning playing in her backyard. She owns a wonderful company: Global Play, Inc. I shall be blogging about my gal pal's business  later because we are designing a new logo for her and I am very excited to be doing something useful for my darling of a friend. Chicka is very smart, has a double Masters and works wonders with learning disabled kids. Stephen the Blur Minion has a wee crush on Susana. He is also fascinated with Max, her lovely rotty. I have to carry Step around because if I don't he always tries to get up close and personal with her dog. He has no idea how big and powerful dogs respond to wee people with a tendency to head butt or love tap as a form of affection, so I have to keep shorty in check to save him from himself.

He thinks he is big enough to be walking the dog, but the dog will be walking him (LOL). Do you know what is really cool about her dog? He understands Russian!!! Seriously (LMAO). I am starting to feel like a slacker because a dog learned a foreign language and I just speak English (LOL). Actually, the dog may only speak Russian, but what do I know... I can't even figure out how to get a three year old to play Candy Land and have to ask for Special Instruction from my girlfriend (LMAO). Three week vacation? Summer school over? OMG - Sana, please don't leave me alone with my kids. Seriously! (ROTFL)

Yes, it's true, I need a professional to advise me because my kids are crazy... actually, so am I, but I digress... :-D

I am going to have a lot of fun talking to you about Global Play, Step By Step, and a few other businesses to help wee people out while I walk you through our day by day adventures while school is out. We're going to give going hyper-local a run for it's money because I have to take my kids out every single day on an excursion. We are planning ActiveRain road trips to keep them very busy. If you don't focus your kids they will distract you (LOL). We all know how easily amused I am so this could get very interesting... :-)

ActiveRain is full of incredibly intelligent people, so I am looking forward to visiting with more of you. Smart friends (both on-line and brick-and-mortar) help save my sanity, provide release, escape and are just amazing people to spend time with because you will always be learning something new and/or trying something new. I like new. My kids like shiny. New and shiny is good. Go polish your relationships to new, shiny heights and remember that your friends are the family you get to choose for yourself. I shall be mixing my brick-and-mortars with my on-line family, so I am really pumped up to load the car and start my day. Some of my B&Ms are closet fans of yours, so I am determined to get you guys together so you can all eventually be friends.

Social media is amazing, eh? Do you know that more people talk electronically than in real life? It's true, but I shall have to blog about that later because I digress...

If you don't have any really smart friends, you need to go get some. Start cultivating those relationships now. It will enrich your life and make you laugh every single day. Psssssst... It will also give you extra places to go when you want to park your kids somewhere interesting to play that is safe (LOL). Just sayin... ;-)

Let's get back to the backyard: While we were chilling in the sunshine having fun conversations enjoying the garden view (and trying to keep shorty from picking another tomato) Stephen was wandering in circles trying to figure out what to do next. He lined up rocks. He tipped flower pots. He messed with bugs and tossed some gardening horse poo around. Actually, now that I think about it he messed with just about everything (LOL). I think that's why I decided it was time the wee one got to check out Candy Land for the very first time. We were originally saving it in the trunk of the car for a picnic but this looked like a good time to crack the plastic off that puppy and distract him. It worked. He did some very interesting things with those little plastic people (LOL). Don't ask. Just how much information do you people want from me anyway??? Geez... Be careful what you wish for... I'm know for posting pictures... (LOL)

Stephen seemed to enjoy it immensely. Candy Land can actually be fun if you do what ever you want with it. We wanted to see what his initial reaction would be to the game and it was very good. Sometimes he doesn't take to new things and can be quite destructive. In this instance, Mr. Non-verbal with the moody attitude made up a few interesting little songs of a language only three year olds could possibly understand, played nice then promptly got distracted as only three year olds in a backyard can do.

I love watching his expressions while I try to figure out what is going on in that tiny little mind. My boy's brain is very busy (LOL). He's observant and quick, so don't leave him alone or you will be writing very interesting blog posts after spending money you should not have had to spend to fix and replace stuff (LOL). I am looking forward to when he graduates from Daffy Duck Syndrome so we can start having conversations about things other than him claiming everything is "mine, mine, mine, mine, MIIIIIINNE!" Hmm... why haven't I filmed that? I really, really think I should (LOL)

While visiting our friend Susana and her family, Stephen, the Minion Blur also did his usual "gift of rocks" routine which included love tapping the ground, the house, the exercise equipment (and dinging me and my Nikon upside the head - LMAO). Had I taken the laptop out of the car he would have lined them up along the keys. What the hell was I thinking? I should have pulled the laptop out. That would have been soooo much better that getting tapped with a rock upside the noggin! Not once but twice mind you (LOL).

However, since there were not any electronics around, he took to tossing pebbles and stones about instead. What is it about little boys and digging in the dirt? Sticks, twigs, rocks, bugs... they find it all so fascinating... I kept trying to get him back to the game at hand but quickly realized it had a different meaning to him based upon his perception of what he wanted to do with all of that colorful stuff in relation to the entire yard. We decided rather than teaching him the game, we would let his actions teach us something useful about Stephen. I thought I had him playing nicely when I decided to take my camera out and show Daddy how our day was progressing. Turns out I captured myself getting a love tap with a pebble. Oh well... what the hell, at least it wasn't the horse poo (LOL).

Kids. Ya' gotta love 'em. They make life very interesting... ;-)

Candy Land... What's That Like For You? What Does That Mean? That thought never left my head while Mr. PDD-NOS explored every aspect of the box, the pieces, the board, the cards and even the instructions (LOL). He doesn't care that he can't read. He just likes the fact that he knows which way he is supposed to hold it because he can recognize some of his letters and numbers. My fave part is when he proudly declares that an "A" is an "O" (LOL).

Hasbro makes the game and has a nice little quote on their website that reads, "Explore the colorful world of King Kandy, Mr. Mint and Princess Frostine, where the whole family can play together." I do not know if my whole family can play it together because i have reason to believe we will be subjected to Daffy Duck Syndrome by a rambunctious three year old who always wants what others have. I found myself thinking I like that little blurb when I stumbled across their website. Let's go buy this thing and watch the kids at play was my initial reaction, rather than lets play with them (LOL). Hasbro, I shall try because I think you are definitely onto something here... Besides, I really do like playing with my kids. They are funny as hell. Quirky wee people make my day. Life with wee people is always interesting. :-)

There is brilliance in simplicity. Watching learning disabled kids play can teach you a lot about what drives them, matters to them and gives you leverage to create incentives that will help them focus on performing a task at hand so they can reap the rewards of the promised or inferred payout: getting what they want in the end.

Sort of reminds me of blogging and real estate... Closing escrow is a game we all want to win as we wander through the colorful antics of navigating underwriters, buyers, sellers, lawyers, appraisers, inspectors, brokerage houses and all sorts of interesting third party authorizations.

I think I am playing my own grown up version of Candyland (LOL). I wonder who gets to play King Kandy in my world... Hmm... Does this mean I get to swap out Princess Frostine with the Queen of Chaos? (LMAO). Club Chaos is definitely Candyland in my book. I may have to invent a silly, colorful real estate game. Wouldn't that be interesting? It would give me another excuse to illustrate something. I should paint a game board and go create some playing cards (LOL). 

In the meantime I am now a fan of hearing my kids sing, "candyland, candyland, candy candy candyland." Thank you Hasbro. Thank you, Susana. The Isakharova and Isakharov families ROCK. :-)


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Comment balloon 10 commentsC Tann-Starr • August 17 2009 07:36AM


This is a great blog and you got me in at the title. All I can say is I hope I have grandchildren so I have an excuse to play cnady land again. Loved that game growing up

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) about 11 years ago
Ahhhh I remember Candy Land and of course next will be Chutes and Ladders.
Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) about 11 years ago

C, when are you planning to start your little people on Monopoly?  I love the way you write about your children.  These posts have so much heart!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Thank you, Charlie. I have fun writing about my wee people and my friends. I can't remember playing this growing up so to discover it at 44 is a real hoot (LOL).

Larry, I now have to Google Chutes and Ladders (LMAO). I didn't play that either. Geez... did I miss out or what? (LOL).

Patricia, I love Monopoly! I can't wait to get that going with them. That is a great game! :-D Thank you for the kind words. They are very much appreciated. :-)



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

I love little boys......I get to go play with my 18 month old grandson tomorrow.!!!!  We probably won't be playing CandyLand yet though.  I love that top picture of Stephen.  He is irresistable!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) about 11 years ago

Thank you, Ann. He is a cutie and has quite an interesting little personality. :-)

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

We used to play Candy Land all the time.  I have a feeling that the little minion had his own ideas about the rules of the game and that is great.  Hope you have a good "rest of the vacation"

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) about 11 years ago

One of the beautiful things about a child ... they will teach us to see the world differently ... if we let them.  And your children are so very creative - as is their mother.  :)  Great post, C.  You're a treasure.

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

Paddy, I am determined to come see you. That would be like having ice cream for breakfast (LOL). ;-)

Thank you, Carol. I appreciate your kind words. :-)

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