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Life With Wee People: My Fave Six Pack

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Life With Wee People: My Fave Six Pack

This stuff is great... We are using it to build a small, portable play area. We are also using it to teach the shorties that they can design portions of their living space to take with them on the road. My kids and I are in Bob the Builder mode and are hanging out with a couple of very talented girlfriends who are helping me plan our list of eye candy to collect during our shopping and ski excursions. Noah needs incentive to learn how to read and we plan to give it to him in spades (LOL).

Can you say, "Autistic photographs," "Snow ball fights," and "Arts and craft time?" My goal is to take my budding photographer out on an eye candy hunt, label what we shoot into a digital scap book, then translate some of those experiences into art for their bedroom. 

This portable project (painting gym panels and hunting for eye candy) is going to take all weekend. It's a working weekend because I have a client upstate and I like to mix business with play-dates for the kids. I am always scoping something for them to do near what it is that I have to do because it gives them incentive to hang out with me while I work. We take turns having fun and today we are going to be hanging out at Joe's creating posts for Localism.

While I figure out what to show you guys later on, I'm creating music icons for Noah and miniature traveling paths for Step, pasting down blue painters tape for the straight aways and using paper cups and paper plates to create S-curves on the flooring panels. They are trying to help me so its very slow going because they really have no idea what we're doing (LOL).

Gonna build the Minion Blur a series of quirky roads so he can drive his hot wheel cars and trains on a comfy, soft surface I can assemble and disassemble at will. He likes patterns and textures so we plan on keeping him busy while we experiment with rug replacement materials. When you have kids who spill and one who is fickle with cooperation regarding the potty wars, at some point the rugs will have to go because some stains are harder to get out than others. Interlocking gym flooring is reasonably priced, easy to clean, thicker than carpet and hands down my fave six pack to paint and crayon. It is also light weight so you can stick it on the walls to increase your soundproofing and make quirky art puzzle pieces. If you haven't caught on by now I paint on just about anything... (so do my kids - LOL). I may even let the shorties do their own gym panels since it's their room we are painting. :-)


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It snowed last night so we have to get our snowman groove on. I love snow and the shorties seem to be taking after their Mama in this respect. This is going to be their first ski trip so we are trying to figure out if we want to do sleigh or tube runs with the wee people after lunch. I love snow mobiles but I don't think Stephen, the Minion Blur, is up for that bit of mischief. Noah would enjoy the experience because every time I pick them up from school he asks if he can drive my car (LOL). We pretend drive in the garage a lot and I may have to add the game room to our list of things to do today because he does drive pretty good on the racing tracks and I could use a round of Time Crisis. Stephen likes Guitar Hero. He doesn't care if the guitar is bigger than he is either. He will prop that puppy against something and strum. Little Dude was plucking at a Cello the other day while we were looking for bongos. I freaked out for a second because he would go for one over a thousand dollars (LOL). I love my little noise maker but had to let him know that was not the instrument for him. I have to find him something more suitable to play with because he likes to sing and is on Noah's Yamaha just as much if not more than he is. :-)

I have a lot of sketching to do if I want to finish their room before Mikey gets back. I took them to Sam Ashe yesterday to take some photographs for reference material and let them play on the instruments while I visualized the make over of their walls. Seems I have to replace all of the Thomas the Train vinyls I posted the other day because Stephen pulled all the icons off the wall and crayoned my freshly painted hall while we were sleeping (sigh). I should have put the crayons away last night and I feel as if I'm starting from scratch. Now I have to buy more paint and cover his latest bit of wall art. At least I don't have to repaint the bookshelves (LOL). :-)

We really had a blast in the music store yesterday and we're looking at some of the photographs we took together after school. The visiting musicians were very kind to the wee people and the little minions got to touch anything that caught their interest. Noah even had a drumming session with a couple of customers while Stephen went crazy on the keyboards.

Gotta go. Will let you guys know how painting the matts and walls are coming along and will take a few shots of the developing layers of illustrations as they progress. I may start with sketching Noah playing the drums. I bet shorty would enjoy that framed over his bed. :-)


Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010








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Comment balloon 12 commentsC Tann-Starr • February 06 2010 09:16AM


I enjoy the music store with kids (usually). If I am not worried about looking for me, they have a wonderful time and experience. :)

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

Hi Carolyn! So, did you bring a drum set home for him? I know, not on your life! Looks like you all had a great time! Enjoy your weekend! :)

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

Steve, I know what you mean. They almost talked me into buying something but I redirected their attention with a cheeseburger and pizza from the deli on the corner (LOL).

Jackie, drums would be great for SC where they have acres to cushion the sound between neighbors. In a  pre-war apartment building little people with drums is not a good idea (unless you are at war with your neighbors - LOL).

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

Hi Carolyn... Your nurturing spirit (and seemingly endless energy) never ceases to amaze me.  You're an incredible mom!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

Carolyn - You are so creative!  And the shorties look good in the music store - love the drum photo.

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

Fun, Fun, Fun... memories with mom... digitized forever!  :) 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago

Why don't you cover the wall with a giant blackboard? Then they could draw on the wall for hours with colored chalk. Or how about those rolls of paper that contractors use to cover the floor. You could cut large strips, hang them over the blackboard and let them paint it. That would give the minions a new work of art on that wall every day.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 10 years ago

Carolyn - I featured this one in Family Ties.  I really need to work on reviving the group soon.  :)  Good stuff, my friend!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi guys! We're back to painting the bedroom and sorting photographs. :-)

Jason, thank you.

Elizabeth, Kathy P said the same thing. My landlord would have a cow so I can't do that (LOL).

Carra, my cyber-babies are in full digital swing. We are having a good time wrecking the place with artwork. I'm keeping those little fingers very busy and will have to hunt for frames tomorrow to put some of their stuff up.

Susan, thank you. The boys make life very interesting. They remind me to frolic and have fun. :-)

Steve, thank you. The wee people rule so we have to adjust our schedules around their schedules. :-)


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

Totally enjoyed reading this post.  Reminds me of the days when my kids were little.  They grow up mighty fast.  One of the things I've loved most about being in real estate is that you can be a Mom as well in a hands on fashion.  Thanks for sharing your adventures with your friends on Fraiche Aire.

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Totally enjoyed reading this post.  Reminds me of the days when my kids were little.  They grow up mighty fast.  One of the things I've loved most about being in real estate is that you can be a Mom as well in a hands on fashion.  Thanks for sharing your adventures with your friends on Fraiche Aire.

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Lola, glad you enjoyed it and we are having a blast painting on canvas together. My kids are a trip. If I get the laptop back from Noah I will upload our latest bit of mischief. He's doing his computer work so I'm hanging out on Mike's computer trying to keep Stephen out of the kitchen. Step is craving donuts and juice boxes (LOL).

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

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