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Did Laundry, Played Football, Scoped New Construction, Painted A Room, Painting Furniture...


Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Did Laundry, Played Football, Scoped New Construction, Painted A Room, Painting Furniture...

The cool thing about having curious kids is that you can just about get them to try anything. Stephen, the Blur Minion, was on laundry detail today with Noah the Net Geek. Since he likes placing quarters in the parking meters I figured I let him put them in the washing machines. What the hell was I thinking? Dude wouldn't stop (LOL). I distracted him with the fact that the laundry room has a hidden bathroom. His face lit up like a Christmas tree. We had electronics in the laundry room (my cell phone) and he started trying to get the door open like a three year old on a mission of extreme importance. I soon had to distract him from the distraction but nothing I did was as interesting as seeing the inside of that bathroom. Shorty was spending an inordinate amount of time eying the door knob and contemplating the padlock ( which Step couldn't reach it but still tried to break in on several occasions - LOL).

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When he wasn't having fantasies of drowning my cell phone in someone else's toilet, he was prolonging the agony of doing loads of laundry by picking my pockets and sneaking quarters into the machines to extend the wash cycles. I did previously ask what the hell was I thinking, right? That was my stupid mommy moment of the day (LOL). His antics kept trapping us in the basement for longer than expected and killed our work schedule (which I kind of didn't mind in the end after I got over having my emotional cows - LOL). 

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Desperate to escape the laundry room, I resorted to playing football in the snow with my kids between wash and dry cycles. This, of course, would result in more wasted work time and laundry (LOL). Thank goodness the snow has been steadily melting and I don't mind slacking off if it's for the kids. We had fun but I am feeling it. Stephen tackles with his head. You can only take so many head butts before you really start running away from him for real. Dude never gives up either. I think the diving in the snow part whether he had the ball or not was kinda cool. It is 41 degrees and the snow is melting so I can't wait to see what it looks like in the morning when I drive the shorties to school tomorrow.

They will be going in early (yes, I am trying to get rid of them - LOL). I will not be picking up brokerage keys, showing any properties (might not answer my phone) and am taking the day off to relax and paint. The boys have been helping me paint which means I have been getting very little painting done. I need to finish my projects because I have to roam down the East Coast for a couple of days and do not want to return to this after a road trip. I know I am behind in my schedule and kinda don't care because we are having mad fun and I need to spend more time with my kids. They think they have real jobs. I have to remind them there is more to life than working with Mom (LOL). ;-)

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We did do a run to Brooklyn to check out some new construction (this is why they think they have a job - LOL). My boys love construction sites so it's a mutual Bob-The-Builder love run because I am always scoping real estate and they like everything physical about my industry. It's second nature to them. We like playing something we call "I-Spy a New Condo/Co-op" (LOL).


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Of course that means I have to let them do something constructive. If they do what I want I have to do something they want so I let them run amok with the rollers in their room. Yes, that little exercise resulted in more laundry (LMAO).

Stephen seems to think that attack of the minion roller is a game we all like playing (not). Is it the squeaks of surprise or the squawks of terror that turns his grin meter on? Even when I scowl he laughs. It's like he knows he is about to get away with it. Anticipation and all that jazz... He doesn't do it all the time but does it enough to disrupt our concentration and progress. I was really pissed off about the hall but I digress...

Noah is a very careful painter and seems to really enjoy helping out. Stephen, in sum and substance,  is a nut job who needs lots of direction. Don't let my complaining fool you because shorty loves to paint and can paint if he wants to. We are into equal opportunity arts and crafts in my house. Who knows what his talent will be when he grows up. I am not going to stifle Mr. Creativity, especially since he is so enthusiastic about slinging color. He's somewhat manageable if you give him a small job (sometimes small projects become really, really big ones - LOL) The giggles are usually a dead giveaway that attack is pending and we usually go into protective, defensive stances (but shorty also knows how to attack in stealth mode).

We are painting furniture together. He's learning something from this. What? I do not know (LOL). We have to do it in thin layers, then pull the paint up so what is underneath can show through as a distressed sort of finish. This is going to take a while because we have to do light colors to bleed through and highlight the dark layers. The top and trip are in progress. Cool, eh? We have to sand it down lightly and stain it a couple of times to make it glossy once all the under-colors are done. You can do a lot with thin washes of latex and acrylic on wood. Little fingers make interesting textures when you give them a wipe and have them dab the paint off while you are putting the paint on.

I am staying home so I can draw leaf patterns on the front and side so we can continue the project. Will let you see the final result when we're done. Just be warned it may take a while. The bookshelves are going to be fun. :-)

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Comment balloon 10 commentsC Tann-Starr • February 21 2010 08:10PM


What a fabulous fun filled day C !!!!!

I bet all 3 had a great time :o)

Great pics and commentary as always !


Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 10 years ago

I'm not a laundry fan, but I'd do a week's worth of laundry before I opted to paint ;) In fact I have a few things that need to be painted ... including my entire house lol.

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

Sheldon, it was great fun. We giggled all week end. :-)

Steve, I feel your pain. I bet Mikey will too. Hubby is in FL painting our house with his Dad and Sister. He will be back in a couple of days so I can scoot off and take a crack at a few East Coast projects that need my attention. He says he is really starting to feel it so I get what you are saying about having to paint the entire house. I may go down and do some painting as well. I am itching to do something artistic with it. I now have a den that needs my attention. Never had a den before... Who knows what I'll do to it. I have very talented friends (LOL).

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

C - I'm exhausted just reading what you get done in one day!!  It reminds me of the those good ole dayw when my two boys were full of that much energy and curiousity.

Posted by Julie Dumaine-Russell (RE/MAX Alliance) over 10 years ago

"emotional cows" aahhh yes. How is it that children know how to push those buttons better than anyone else on the planet? ... aside from husbands and/or ex-husbands >=)

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

Hi C, Now I need a nap and it's 8:14 a.m. lol. You had a full day and I also love seeing new construction. Have an awesome day! :)

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

Donna, the wee people are a trip. :-)

Lisa, if you only knew the half of it. :-)

Jackie, enjoy your day as well. Me and the shorties are on lock down. Not feeling well but should be getting over it soon. :-)

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


If you're lacking info on new contstruction condos in Brooklyn, check out streeteasy.com.  A subscription is only $10 per month, and there is a lot of information available to non-subscribers.

Posted by Jesse Skolkin (Independent New York State Certified Real Estate Appraiser) over 10 years ago

Looks like there was a fun filled weekend for all. I have grand kids and they are a handful but they are a joy as well.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic (www.mrbrownsellsgr.com) over 10 years ago

Jesse, thanks for the link. My kids love construction sites and scoping properties. The really like bob The Builder. Construction trucks fascinate them. :-)

Robert, kids are such a treat to be around. I love the way they think. :-)

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

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