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Life With Wee People: Minion Shopping 101

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Life With Wee People: Minion Shopping 101

My schedule is pretty wild today. The shorties and I have to find a very nice woman relocating from GA a two family house. She wants to go to contract ASAP, which means I need dibs on a house this week so the contract can be signed next week. This also means that I can't take the wee people clothes and shoe shopping like I originally planned because there's no time to squeeze it in. I am juggling buyers on a tight rope (LOL).

I routinely let them pick out their own stuff when we shop and I also let them dress themselves in the morning. Sometimes that is NOT a good thing (LMAO). Not wanting to jip the little minions from enjoying a wardrobe upgrade, I called a couple of very talented friends who where sweet enough to volunteer as wee people personal shoppers. While they run around with my debit cards two counties over, I'm taking a blogging break sitting over here with my laptop watching my kids standing on their table trying to figure out how to read this scale.

I am comepletely clueless, but am reciting the information like a check list to a very lovely lady with excellent taste who is about to provide the shorties with boots and sneakers. I picked them up some blue jeans while I was at the mall earlier and Step also has new undies on the way as well. My boys are blessed with a lot of wonderful friends who look out for them and I can't wait to see what my friends bring over for the wee people later on tonight. :-)

We were poking around looking in this neighborhood after school and have two more to check out before we call it a day:

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I have a thing for Tudor homes and so do my boys so I like to point out home features to them while we roam around scoping FSBOs, off market properties and MLS listings. Every time I watch Noah take an interest in a property I find myself wondering if he might turn into a Photographer, Contractor, Realtor or a  Computer Geek... He could be all four or none. It's up to him to decide, so I'm working on him now to instill the desire to want to be something. Little dude is convinced he definitely is something right now (LOL). The fun part of running the streets with the shorties is the fact that you never know where you're going to make a pit stop to entertain them between clients.

Today I have a stellar pit stop planned for the wee people (once I get them off their table). Ever been to a steak house bakery? Seriously. I love New York City. You can get anything tasty to eat if you know where to go. I am a native with really cool friends who love good food as much as I do so I know where to go to get some. My must do list is very long (LOL).

Today, dinner will be at Cositas Ricas because the fish is excellent and I'm working my way through their menu with the shorties and my gal pal Susana Isakhavora. Sana, my fave guide to all things Jewish and Russian, introduced me to this very cool Latin place. It's an amazing hole in the wall spot to chill in with a wide selection to choose from... I am soooo into family oriented foodie paradise spots with good food that is reasonably priced. There is a lot of shoopping over there so parking is going to be a real challenge if you drive.

BTW, if your kids are a wee bit non-verbal like mine are, having menus with nice color photographs is a must. Stephen, the Minion Blur, likes to point and shout "this one" in a very bossy manner if you let him have a go at ordering. Shorty has an expectation too and will get a bit fiesty if you overlook him and order first (ROTFL). I tend to let them both have a go at just about everything so yes, I know, that is not always a good thing... However, trying to teach them generally works best if I do it in a real world setting because I need them to be able to function if they tag along during a business lunch or dinner.

Noah once had such a bad melt down in public the client and I wrote her offer on my dashboard and ate our food in the car to get him out of the restaurant. Stephen was pissed because he likes eating out and wanted to go back inside (LOL).

Oh well... if you can't have fun at work where can you? (LMAO) At least my kids like to go to work with me and my clients like my kids. They really do think they are mini-Realtors-in-training (LOL). Guess what Noah just said? "Get back to work, Stephen" (LMAO).

Oh crap. Stephen is texting again. Gotta go save my address book and get back on the road. Got a client to meet. We will continue this conversation later. :-)


Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010




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Comment balloon 13 commentsC Tann-Starr • February 03 2010 04:37PM


Oh WOW!  I'm trying to think of something good for dinner and you post that picture.....I want some of that!

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

Ann, when you get to New York we are doing Yotveta, Kyoto, Cositas Ricas and Salute. If we can squeeze in Cocina Latina we will go there as well. I am such a food bandit. I am soooooo turning you into one.  ;-)

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

Oh that dish looks so good - making me hungry, I'd better sign off of here and get some dinner!

Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate over 10 years ago

C- the shoe gadget brought back memories of when I was a wee one getting buying new shoes.  The fish made me hungry for my favorite Cuban place around the corner for my fave fish dish. yummy.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 10 years ago

C - See I get the foot measurement scale. I kept feeding our kids and they grew. Shoes were the leading edge. I even used the same as a boy. Makes me hungry for a fish dinner.

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 10 years ago

I LOL at the phone next to the foot. Nice point of reference. And I can jus tpicture him stepping on it tomorrow ...

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) over 10 years ago

C--what fun, what JOY you have with your children. The photo of the food makes me hungry, and I just had dinner :)

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate over 10 years ago

Awesome. The wee people are hugging their blankies and going to school tomorrow sporting black Nevados and Nikes. Damn if I don't want a pair of each myself. Niiiiiiice  shoes (LOL). Little man is going to be happy to see he has more Cars underwear. Shorty likes to line them up and park cars from the movie Cars on top of them. I can't keep them in the draw where they belong. He knows they belong to him and gets cranky if you make him put them back. Gotta give Stephen points for matching. Too bad he doesn't know he's learning a skill set (LMAO). ;-)

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

OMG! I was reading along and snickering until I saw that plate of food! Girl, that is a heart attack waiting to happen! LOL!

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 10 years ago

C- I love that you make your kids a part of your life! I used to take my kids when they were wee ones to showings also. Now I just have my little miracle glued to my side, where I go, he goes. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 10 years ago

C- I love that you make your kids a part of your life! I used to take my kids when they were wee ones to showings also. Now I just have my little miracle glued to my side, where I go, he goes. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 10 years ago

LOL @ Lisa. My heart is very happy, trust me. So are my taste buds (LMAO). ;-)

Katerina, the glued at your side can be a very interesting experience, eh? ;-)

I now have to update you guys on today's dressing drama. Will be right back. Stephen just pulled cheesy bread out the fridge (LOL). I may not be able to comment until after I drop them at school. Little Dude is very busy making a mess. Geez... :-)

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

Hey C Tann,

I agree, those Tudor style homes are great.  My mother and I came across Tudor City in Manhattan, NY about a year ago...that was a great adventure.  A whole other mini city tucked away, you would never know :)  Thanks for sharing the pics of some great looking food..I need to eat now!  Also thanks for the feature of our video on Club Chaos

Posted by Laura Cerrano (Feng Shui Manhattan NY) over 10 years ago

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