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Life With Wee People: Get Into The Minion Zone


Life With Wee People: Get Into The Minion Zone

Spring is in the air, the tops are off the paint cans and we are painting bedroom furniture in our jammies. When it comes to painting, canvas is just the tip of the ice-berg in my household. I do a lot of painting because my kids write on everything. You can go to sleep and wake up with pen markings on your face (LOL). I try to keep the supplies in the art hamper where they belong but we do go to sleep at night and the shorties know how to cut the lights on so there are days when we win some and lose some (LOL). We have lost a few recent battles, thus we have to clean it off or cover it up like clockwork because the more they see their handiwork the more they enjoy expanding its territory (LOL). 

Imagination is a beautiful thing so sometimes we let it stay on the walls, doors and furniture for a while because we are dead tired of having this little people argument and realize there will be more scribbles coming from the shorties who view their handiwork as art. We are working on that quirky little inappropriate habit and part of the process is including them in the wee people graffiti clean up. They seem to like this process which is why I suspect there is a method to their socially unacceptable writing madness (LOL).

Canvas and canva-pads have been helpful. So have reams of paper and salt and pepper notebooks (LOL).

We had an interesting day trying to get the kids to embrace our agenda... It was quite lovely in numerous, intangible little ways... I laughed a lot because we needed some tee shirts and went to the Gap to replace some of the boys clothing. We are good at killing clothes because we like to play outside a lot. Hyperactive and hyper-local minions are game to try just about anything. :-)

Belts and shirts have been on our Queens Mall agenda for a few days because (a) the boys are going to help me with the Summer Salon at the gallery, (b) Noah and Stephen each lost their pants while running amok in the fields by Lucy's house (how can I not buy them belts?) and (c) the shorties have to wear yellow tomorrow for school.

School trumps any hint of our lingering inertia regarding their capacity for slipping their pants during rough and tumble play, so off to the mall we rolled after playing a brief game of cell phone tag and musical cars with the hubby (LOL).

It appears the only yellow shirts we had on hand until our little trip to the mall were (1) monster trucks, (2) an assortment of bugs and basketballs, (3) various cars and (4) Sponge Bob. I will confess there is a lot of Sponge Bob in my house and I am mentally running from my own inner commentary on the matter (LOL).

It appears that "Plain Yellow" tee shirts did not exist in our inventory for the shorties until now and since Sponge Bob for a school assembly would never do when a plain tee of a single color is required we now are debating the merits of buying tee shirts with no icons so the shorties will be covered in the future. I want you to know that is harder than you think (LOL). Seems our kids are their marketing and advertising bonanza. Licensing images is big business... It's going to be fun to cover the stores that do carry solid tee shirts for kids because it took a while for us to find a plain yellow tee. :-)


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Since we paint every day after school I have no idea how long those yellow shirts are going to stay pristine. Yellow is Stephen's fave color. Noah leans towards blue. My kids tend to change outfits two to three times per day. Each (LOL). It's because we like to run around and usually get dirty in the park. :-)

If you are going to get really dirty on purpose (like we do when we are in the minion zone having mad fun running amok and painting together), make sure you take yourself over to Bath & Bodyworks to get something really soothing that smells nice for bath time later. Your kids will equate the fragrant scrub down as a real treat if you make their bubble bath war a special occasion (LOL).

Yes. We frequently war in the bathroom. Its what they do. They're little boys. They don't want their soap, they want the soap the other person has. Who cares if you open two new boxes of the same exact thing. Daffy Duck syndrome is all about little people yelling, "Mine, mine, mine, mine, miiiiiiiiiiine!!!" Besides, it just isn't fun unless someone gets splashed, tackled and dunked. We all usually get splashed, Stephen tackles Noah, Noah retaliates by dunking Stephen. Then they pretend to swim side by side and I really get splashed... (LOL).

We sniffed a lot of wonderful scents in Bath & Bodyworks while playing the Bear In The Big Blue House game of "What's That Smell..." Turns out my kids like Sea Island Cotton shower gel and lotion. So do I. It's really subtle and quite marvelous... but I digress (LOL). ;-)

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Step one of getting into the little minion zone is doing something mad fun that is part of work but not letting your kids realize they are working and learning (LOL). Today's wee people adventure also included a trip to Home Depot to smell the flowers, pick out some colors, buy paint.

I am thinking a nice portrait of Sandra Bullock as an angel would do lovely over this particular chest of draws. We love Sandy's work and there is a lot of blank space available on the wall adjacent to their bedroom door. This used to be The Lion King corner but Id rather have Sandra Bullock hanging here to distract the shorties. We think she is awesome and have almost every movie she's made.

My kids actually pay attention to her. When Mr. Autism and Mr. PDD-NOS take notice of someone, so do I

It's kinda nice watching their interests develop...



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Comment balloon 10 commentsC Tann-Starr • April 14 2010 10:28PM


Looks like the wee people are in good hands and enjoying mad fun in the minion zone.  I hope they enjoy those yellow shirts.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 10 years ago

And you have two little men, C-Tann. I'm soooo JEALOUS. But it is good to see young ones grow and develop...

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 10 years ago

And THAT is how you get kids to enjoy running errands!  Love it :)

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 10 years ago

I love your posts, C-Tann. But they leave me exhausted. How DO you do all that you do?  You are, quite simply, amazing. -- Tanya in Montreal

Posted by Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager (RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca) over 10 years ago

Wonderful blog about your children! I am sure you and your husband made a great day for them.  Have a great weekend!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Yellow is one of my favorite colors, too. It's such a happy color. It's also a homebuying color. Did you know that, C? I always tell sellers to plant yellow flowers in the front yard because it makes buyers want to buy.

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

Noah has such a charming smile.  Do you have little girls chasing after him yet?

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

Joan, we had fun at the school assembly. I shall have to blog about the kids and their colored shirts (LOL). It was a great wee people show. -)

William, little boys are a real hoot. They are wired differently than girls. Seriously so (LOL). :-)

LOL @ Lisa. We go through all sorts of hoops trying to make life skills interesting for them. My shorties frequently talk me into a lot of little shopping sprees because they enjoy picking out oranges, toys and flowers. Every time Noah opens the refrigerator he expects to see tangerines and/or oranges. Stephen has a thing for goat's milk and yogurt. If that purple box isn't there Step starts in with "the purple milk argument" while bringing you shoes to go outside and get some (LOL).

Tanya, kids will keep you on your toes. They give you absolutely no choice in the matter (LOL). I schedule everything around their schedule and take them with me a lot. They are pretty good little helpers. :-)

Thank you, Lizette. We're having a lot of fun with the shorties. They are very curious little people. :-)

Elizabeth, that is awesome advice. I love the way flowers make a yard inviting. I shall have to pass that tip along and plant some at our house in FL as well. We have to do something about our landscaping. There's not a bulb there. Grass and a couple of palm trees does not make for interesting landscaping (LOL).

Ann, Noah and Stephen are girl magnets. They are also two of the most clueless boys I have ever seen in that respect (LMAO). I have my work cut out for me. Piano lessons are first. Dance lessons are on the horizon. ;-)




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

Love the pictures of the flowers C, I have been working a lot in my yard lately. The minion zone looks like a fun place to me my friend.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

JL, the shorties make it mad fun. I am hoping to get a week end in at my parents soon. Will call you first chance I get when I am in the area. Alicia is in Columbia so I will me hanging out in your neck of the woods for a day. :-)

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

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