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My Three Year Old Has Discovered Texting (LOL)

My Three Year Old Has Discovered Texting (LOL)

So I'm in the shower when I hear the home phone ring and my girlfriend's voice comes through the answering machine stating, "Either you are off your meds or shorty just sent me another text message."

She starts laughing her a$$ off because she knows that Stephen, the Minion Blur has my cell phone. The fact that I didn't answer the home phone either means (1) he drowned it in the toilet again, (2) it's hidden somewhere in the Minion Zone or (3) I am scrambling to get the heck out of the bathroom before my Sprint Rant takes a five story dive out the bedroom window compliments of shorty (LOL).

BTW, we learned our lesson from the last time and no longer leave the microwave, toaster or infrared cooker plugged in (ROTFL). However, we have been experiencing technical difficulty with peanut butter lately... (sigh)

My son has three favorite things that he loves to do: (1) eat ice pops, (2) watch DVDs, (3) engage in the ritualistic sacrifice of electronics. The latest casualty are the surround sound speakers that used to grace their bedroom. Don't ask. You really don't want to know. Trust me. That really, really whomped (LOL).

What you probably do want to know is what exactly is the Minion Zone. Hmm... let me think... it's very complicated (LMAO). I shall be back later to explain that PDD-NOS phenomena in great detail. There will be numerous disclaimers and a Wordy C warning not to try this at home. Seriously. Thinking like a three year old is dangerous but I digress... (LOL).

Did I mention that my three year old has discovered texting? Yes, I do believe I did... Now I fear we have to add sending text messages as a forth PDD-NOS addiction. The sad thing is he's really good at it for someone who can't read or spell (LOL). He works that phone like a pro and enjoys responding to other peoples replies (is it the little fingers engaged in occupational therapy or the freaked out Mama that gets him off?). If I don't get my phone back quick enough he can fire off six or seven of those puppies while running away, squealing with delight because he's being chased.

Text chasing... Shorty gives that phrase a whole new meaning (LOL).

It appears that he has also discovered the fact that if you type a letter my phone anticipates the word by frequency of use. Thus, strange sentences and bogus conversations are formed instantly (to the delight and amusement of my friends). He told one I was "waiting outside" so she came home looking for me. He sent "OMG" to another so she started texting back in rapid fire: "?" "??" "What?" "WTF?" before she finally got frustrated and called me. Imagine her surprise when Stephen answered my cell and proudly announced, "Car. Look at the car? My car. Mine... MIIIIINNE." then abruptly hung up. This ritual was repeated three times before I realized he wasn't talking to Noah (LOL).

News spread quickly of his exploits. Thus, the text wars began. Now my girlfriends interrupt my day with pithy comments like, "I'm outside... or am I?" and "Mine. My Car. OMG Caaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrr" (LOL)

Did I mention we are very easily amused? We are you know. We all vicariously raise and supervise the wee people. Time to meet my clients. Last thoughts before I go?


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Comment balloon 19 commentsC Tann-Starr • January 16 2010 09:49AM


My 3 year old updated my FaceBook status a few days ago from my iPod Touch. These lads can navigate my laptop, blackberry, and iPod at 3 years old. And to think I was playing with a piece of cardboard at this age.

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) almost 11 years ago

ROTFLMAO!!! I was playing with spoons... :-)

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

C - your stories always make me laugh. And bring back fond, and not so fond, memories. You have to wonder what's going on that you DON'T know about. LOL


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

And I really thought that my kids tested me! They are NOT, repeat NOT, allowed to touch my electronics. I have had to put my foot down and stomp hard but they respect the limit. :0) It is an everlasting source of entertainment what they come up with isn't it? Mine suffice with the vcr/dvd/cd players and that is quite entertainment enough.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) almost 11 years ago

You crack me up!  I recall the adventures of having little ones in the house many years ago, but you bring back the memories all too vividly.  With distance I can laugh at things that weren't always very funny at the time.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) almost 11 years ago

Lol, too funny.  I mishandle my smartphone & it makes calls as it jostles around.  All without a 3 year old to help. 

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) almost 11 years ago

C, hilarious and to be honest, I'm glad my rug rat is all grown up and out of the house because I know I don't have the patience for that kind of amusement anymore.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) almost 11 years ago

With  the 5.7 year old and the 1.8 year old, I can identify...  I don't think my mom had to lock away things that we have to lock away... like one end of the house. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

I am reminded of back in the days when mine were that age.  I really miss those days. By the way, great Kodak moment.  

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque almost 11 years ago

Oh my, he is so cute.  How can you rant write an entire post about .....  Okay, okay.  I remember the joy challenges of parenting.  Love him.  Before you know it he will be grown up with a three year old who will love coming to visit.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

I hate when pint size juniors are techier than I am....but then...he has a good teacher./Mother/realtor/mentor...blog on...have a prosperous weekend !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 11 years ago

Aren't little ones great? A few years back my son decided to buy a $400.00 signed autograph of Ronald Regan on Ebay. I had to sell the seller my son did it when I wasn't in the room and most sellers do not believe that one because that is a widely used excuse when they have buyers remorse, lol. And your son is a cutie-pie!

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) almost 11 years ago

Jackie, the wee ones are a trip. I am having my second childhood. :-)

LOL @ Sally and David. He downloads and uploads too. I have to lock him out of the laptop. I caught him changing a setting when I went to the bathroom. He's discovered the function hot keys and pops a bunch up to type in the fields. That boy can be mad scary sometimes... He's going to be a wiz when he gets older. :-)

Mary, cute and cuddly with a deadly disposition towards all things electronics (LMAO). Shorty is sometimes too curious for his own good (LOL).

Thank you, C Lloyd. He was freezing the back of his throat eating as fast as he could. I kept telling him to slow down but he saw it as me trying to swipe his spoon (LOL).

ROTFLMAO @ Lane. Come to think of it I remember there being locked of sections of the house when I was growing up. Hmm... Was I that bad? Should I even ask them? (LMAO) ;-)

Nick, they are a trip. I am cracking up right now. Stephen is throwing fruit snacks at me trying to get my attention. I have to go time him out. I know he wants me to chase him. I am waiting for him to edge closer before I pounce (LOL). Shall return in a few... ;-)

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

G will come into the kitchen in the morning and start making himself breakfast.  It would be funny if there wasn't the possibility of getting hurt. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Lane, you get that too? Stepen walked passed me yesterday with a gallon milk jug. He popped the top and started chugging right out of the container. I yelled at his Dad, "this is all your fault!" because he would always stand with the door propped open against his hip and drink OJ out of the container. I keep telling him they watch what we do and he shouldn't drink out of the containers.

My three year old was thrilled to discover he could handle it without spilling a drop. I'm doomed... (LOL)

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

I alternately miss and don't miss those days, based upon how moody the HS'er and JSH'er are.  Just put the seat belt on and enjoy the ride.

Posted by Jesse Skolkin (Independent New York State Certified Real Estate Appraiser) almost 11 years ago

LOL @ Jesse. It's a wild ride...

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

Hello C - Great post.  Our not quite 2 year old came into our room this morning and told us that she needed to check her email!!!

Posted by Andy Chaudoir, Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas (Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas) almost 11 years ago

ROTFLMAO @ Andy. Too funny! :-)

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

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