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Life With Wee People: Tickled Pink

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Life With Wee People: Tickled Pink

Today is the day I pass down the silver Nikon to Noah. My budding photographer is eight years old and we're perched on the futon making birthday plans. He is insisting on cheesey bread for lunch. I guess I shall have to ask permission to bring in pizza for his classroom after I drop the boys of at school. He is also insisting, "no shower." Hmm...

Those two words usually mean he's protesting getting out of bed. It appears they both want to go back to sleep because Stephen is howling is head off at 7AM and Noah just turned off all the lights and the shower. As I type this, Noah is wrapping himself back into the blankets and Stephen is throwing toys.

That is not a good thing. Each morning is a challenge to get them into the bathroom. Refusing to walk is a fave  protest that survives the house and usually continues on to the garage and car. Stephen refusing to walk is not so bad because you can snatch the three year old up and carry him off giggling with a few well placed kisses. Noah is the tricky one. He's strong enough to drag you in the opposite direction so it's a tug of war if he doesn't want to go. I have been known to simultaneously carry Stephen up front with Noah in piggy back position up the basement ramp, each of us sporting a bag. My neighbors get a kick out of it because no other Mommy has ever done this in my building. There are days my boys make their "walk the dog" time very interesting. I don't mind that people find the need a curious undertaking because my goal is to get them into the car under 20 minutes  (LOL). Have you ever tried to keep two escape artists lined up and focused on going up a ramp, around a building and down a ramp without stopping to greet every bird, cat, dog, car, bus, airplane they see? Heaven forbid if one of their friends is still waiting for the bus in front of our building. It's over. Thus, sneaking them through the basement past the laundry room and out the side exit is a must do if I want to avoid a tantrum or full blown melt down (LOL).

Today, the tantrum is in-house because Stephen and Noah do not want to shower... The strange thing is once Stephen is finished fighting you tooth and nail about not wanting to go into the bathroom, you can't get him out of the shower once in (LOL). They both have sensory issues and Stephen has a craving for textures so I have to watch him carefully because he can be extreme when it comes to playing with the soap. Water is also a fave element to play with so I have to give him a bit of space (LOL). Drenching is fun to a three year old so I usually sit in the hall on the floor typing away while blocking the bathroom door insisting they "pee pee potty" and take their showers.    

Looking forward to starting my day. I have a birthday to plan. I'm thinking a game room after school would be kinda nice. Noah loves to drive and Stephen is tickled pink over guitar hero. I have a thing for the gun games. Time Crisis is a fave. :-)


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Comment balloon 16 commentsC Tann-Starr • January 28 2010 06:47AM


Hi C,

Your kids look & sound adorable!!!  Just remember they do grow up and life will slow down and you will miss them...   ;>))

Posted by Ann-Marie Clements, Ed.D. candidate, Innovative Proactive Principa (Candidate for an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership) over 10 years ago

Sounds action packed ! Demands lots of energy...and the very special TLC only a Mom gives....Happy Birthday...enjoy !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 10 years ago

Hi C, what an adorable picture! When my son was little I never had to fight with him to get up. Not sure why but glad that never happened, lol. At 8 he wanted his own alarm clock and he used it well. Just get through the teenage years and hopefully you will come through with no gray hairs :)

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 10 years ago


I hope that Noah has a very happy birthday and that his mom slows down occasionally to take a breath! God bless you both.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 10 years ago

Your children are beautiful and you deserve a special seat in heaven a long time from now when your finally get there.  It will have internet access and beautiful cameras so you can take pictures of all of the great food up there!  xxoo  Happy Birthday to my minion nephew!

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 10 years ago

Carolyn, You can truly say there is never a dull moment in your life! But, happiness abounds for you and I am glad. Enjoy the day and the birthday party planning!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 10 years ago


Showers are overrated! I'd rather sleep in too.

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 10 years ago

Carolyn, Happy Birthday to Noah.  And I hope you get permission to bring the cheesey bread for lunch!  I know you have your hands full - in a good way!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) over 10 years ago

Happy birthday to Noah! But, C, I gotta tell ya.... your posts make me tired. My boys are busy, but yours make mine look lazy. :0) How do you keep up? I imagine that you must be quite high energy as well!

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) over 10 years ago

Happy Birthday, Noah!!!  Hope you are able to accomplish everything on your list today.  The cheesy bread sounds like a real treat!  I'm looking forward to seeing some more of Noah's photgraphy.  He just may be the next Ansel Adams!  Love ya,kiddo!  Now go take the world by storm!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 10 years ago

Hmm, do I see a resemblence in this cute face or what. He is adorable and so are you!

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) over 10 years ago

C-Tann - WOW!  What day!  I'm exhausted just reading your post.  I don't know how you parents do it.  Take care of kids and work.  I commend you parents - YOU'RE BRAVER & STRONGER THAN ME!

Posted by Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services (Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA) over 10 years ago

And you can never give enough of "those well placed kisses!" Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 10 years ago

Darling photo. My husband is the same way about showers, and I have to remind him to brush his teeth too!

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Give that little sweetie an extra birthday hug for me!

Happy Birthday Noah! :o)

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 10 years ago

Hi guys. Noah had a wonderful time at school and the wee people have been dragging me everywhere on playdates. We are sorting through his latest pictures and should be posted sometime today. I have to take them to work. We're showing houses. This should be interesting. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

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