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Insanity Is Teaching Your Three Year Old Guitar Hero And How To Drive (LMAO)

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Insanity Is Teaching Your Three Year Old Guitar Hero And How To Drive (LMAO)

I am waiting for one of my brick and mortar friends so now is as good a time as any to chat about my day.

Today's after school adventure was by far the best evening we've had out yet with the shorties in 2010. If my simm card wasn't so full I would have filmed this. Seriously!!! I was verbally bashing myself the entire time we were playing there because my kids were mad cool and endearingly funny concerning their discovery that some machines have been upgraded since our last visit. They have this place memorized and tend to get bent out of shape if something goes missing. Stephen, the Blur Minion, will even try to move the machines to look behind them for what's missing so you really have to keep an eye on him because shorty is stubborn and quick.

Hmm... Stubborn and quick may be a serious understatement (ROTFL).

I like this spot because there's lots of shopping and free parking. My Little Minions think this place was built for them and have marked it as a "dibs" item in their virtual play book. Who am I to argue with the speech delayed? My 3 year old is known for his circular arguments. You try to reason and he simply repeats truncated demands, tells you to "be quiet" or "shhhhh" while running circles around you (LOL). If you tick him off he screams in really high octaves and sometimes throws things. Can you say drama? Seriously... I have been tempted to embed him in Wikipedia but the YouTube might go viral (LOL). I may have to introduce him to Opera, but I digress... We were talking about play spots, right? Okay, okay, I'm back on topic (LMAO). BTW, everyone who knows me knows that I have a thing for the Unisphere and the Alice In Wonderland Pavilion so having fave spots to play is okay. Actually, having a fave place to get away to is almost necessary. Sort of like a mental spa day (LOL). ;-)

The only down side to the visit was the fact that after three shots in the game room my camera battery died. That was really bad timing. I even whipped out the back up camera (but that simm card was left in my laptop from this morning) and the sight of the phrase "No Memory" really freaked me out.

Seriously. What if I were on a job instead of out playing with my kids? I rarely do that (forget to return the simm card to the camera), so it seems I am going to have to buy a couple of cards and leave them in the glove box of both cars just in case. I have to say that I am very happy Noah decided to play TomTom today. The game room was an excellent choice. We all enjoyed ourselves for hours today.

Did you know that video-games can be very educational? Even the frivolous ones?

One of my goals is teaching Stephen how to drive. He is car crazy and the purpose is to get him to comprehend left and right as well as staying between the lines. Eye-Hand coordination can be very tricky when you are dealing with hyperactive wee people with attitude and issues. However, if you capture their imagination, you can get them to pick up on all sorts of things.

My kids are visual learners, so I have to keep the eye candy coming while sneaking in an educational moment between play. Games rooms also provide socialization. One fave socialization moment? Another little kid gave Stephen a smile and made the peace sign. Shorty promptly responded by yelling "two" and tried to sign back but instead made an L shape, holding up the wrong two fingers like the kids in Glee making the "loser pose" (ROTFL). I have sooooo gotta work on his social skills because greeting people with the loser pose is so not right on too many levels (LOL).

Today may not be the day to do this (LOL). I tried, but failed miserably. I kept saying Peace and he kept responding Two. I eventually left it alone because shorty is learning his numbers. I don't want to confuse him any more than he already is. It's bad enough nine comes before four but if Two becomes Peace I may be in big trouble later on. My little minions don't un-learn as fast as they learn... Oh, the things I could say here about that but wont (LMAO). ;-)

Noah drives beautifully and can actually stay on the race track so don't let him play with your car keys  (LOL). Stephen is a terror, presents with road rage and crashes into every item as if he would get extra points for road kill (LMAO). Dude giggles when he destroys stuff too. What is up with that??? I really have my work cut out for me with this kid because he obviously needs to channel that into something positive and productive. At least it is never boring and shorty can prove he exhibits the skill set of "aim" (LOL).

I'm thinking no more virtual driving unless it's tennis balls. It appears he may enjoy smashing balls into people (I own a racket and yes, I have been hit by flying balls, hot wheel cars, toilet paper, shoes, socks and soiled pull ups). I am having more inappropriate thoughts on the matter but true is true and three year olds find a lot of strange things funny.

I may have to revise that because I am 44 and find all sorts of stuff funny. I am sooooo easily amused and so are my shorties. If Stephen's flying pull ups are any indication of his skill with a racket then yes, Tennis is a very good idea. Virtual first. Real later. BTW, if you have any words of wisdom about nipping the flying undies issue in the bud, please feel free to share because that quirk needs to go like yesterday (LOL). In a temper tantrum my cutie pie will throw anything handy. Nothing handy? He goes for the clothes or charges in with a head butt. You can distract him, so it's not that bad. Think I'm kidding? Say Pop-Pop to my kid. He likes ice pops and will chirp that with a big grin and tell you to C'mon and drag you into my kitchen. It is a magic poof begone pill to banish all tantrums. Sometimes, a short attention span can be a good thing (LOL).

Hmm... I am really preoccupied with the Tennis idea. I may have to negotiate with Daddy for a Wii. I keep thinking I really want to see Stephen discover that because he likes aiming for people when he whacks items with my tennis racket. I know, I know, bad blogging Mommy (take the damn racket - LOL). We do. Frequently... Did I mention my kids are climbers? Nothing stays on the top shelf for long (LOL)

Hubby stores his golf clubs in the trunk of my car. Smart man (LOL). I think we let them play with the racket because they both are interested in it. Can you imagine the two of them playing Tennis? Should I end this post now? Hahahahahaaaaa! I'm thinking Wii University and Tennis would be a very good thing for them. We can create a Minion Trophy and fill it with M&Ms. Of course, that means I may have to throw out the living-room rug and buy a gym mat because you can get a lot out of Stephen for M&Ms if they have peanuts (LMAO).

Ahhh the things we do for our kids...

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010





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Comment balloon 8 commentsC Tann-Starr • January 06 2010 07:54PM


C, the video game playground sounds like a great place to spend time with your Minions. Hope you have some film next trip!

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) almost 11 years ago

C - sounds like a great family outing. It's amazing what kids remember, at least when it is meaningful to them. This will each you to make sure you camera is ready to go...any time!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Hey C-

Sounds like such fun!  Although my shorties are taller than I am (and had the good judgment to move out years ago), I well-remember that son Jon, was never interested in driving, while the youngest, Darcy loved to steer from the time she was old enough to see over the wheel... 

Those days are precious and their personalities verrrryyyy interesting!

--Sara (now feeling a little lonesome), in San Antonio

Posted by Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS (iTexas Realty Co.) almost 11 years ago

What a fun  read at the end of the day. How the heck you fit it all in is beyond comprehension...you do it with such fun and adventure. Felt like I was right there with all of you. 

Now I am trying to figure out activities for Stephen.

Exhausted from your minions..but wait I haven't even spent any time with them.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 11 years ago

Margaret, you shall. I keep showing them pictures of those classic cars. My boys are hooked (LOL).

Sara, it is a lot of fun watching them discover stuff. Sometimes my relatives start in with the, "If they were my kids I would never let them do that," matra. My reply is always, "they are NOT your kids" (LOL). Sometimes I think I let them run amuck just so I can have a second childhood (LMAO). I certainly didn't have a daily jumping in the bed regimen. The giggles are priceless so I let it slide for a few minutes before distracting them. :-)

Jeff, it was a lot of fun and I was surprised Mike went for the classic arcade games. I am a Time Crisis junkie myself (LOL). Can't imagine spending almost $8K on a machine. Games are big business, eh?

Maria, I am going out of my way to make sure I do. I was thinking it would be fun to try and get them on the machine that makes you dance by stomping on lights. Stephen is always skipping and dancing around the house. He would love that if I could get him to pay attention long enough (LOL).



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


When my son was small, Friday nights we did the skating rink and Saturday nights we did Arcade/Move night - it was a date every weekend......never will forget and wish I had photographs or videos of it - this was many moons ago when we did not carry a digital camera and video camera everywhere we went.  Good for you...and all you had to complain about was your simm card being almost full......lol..........great post......

Posted by Julie Chapman, New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be (DR Horton ) almost 11 years ago

I am so glad those two lucky  little boys belong to you and Mike!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 11 years ago

Thank you, Julie. They are mad fun, eh?

Thank you, Margaret. I tend to think I belong to them too and sometimes suspect they think of me like a pet to play with (LMAO).

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

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