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Life With Wee People: The cell phone diaries of minions and mayhem...


Carolyn Tann Starr 2011

Life With Wee People: The cell phone diaries of minions and mayhem...

If your home is always tidy, neat and clean then God has truly blessed you with time on your hands because mine is usually messy and we're always busy doing something else besides housework (LOL). We do get around to it eventually but my kids have a way of making it seem like you haven't done squat in four hours. It only takes approximately 15 minutes for them to wreck the place so sometimes we leave their toys alone and simply enjoy the fact that the wee people have room just to be little boys playing.

My babies love their solid oak bar stools and can be frequently found twirling in circles at the kitchen counter when not obsessing over the computer, music, art, movies, books, toys and going outside to play. They also have a thing for Walmart... Half of my cell phone conversations usually begin with hubby stating they are shopping in Walmart (LOL). The little minions are becoming really good at getting their dad over there. Kudos to Walmart for catering to the little people with a stellar food and toy section. It's key to getting the kids to drag their parents in there (LOL).

In New York we lived in BJs and Target. I still do so I shall have to remind my mini Floridian transplants there is more to shopping nirvana than Walmart when I get back down there (LOL). ;-)

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I kinda understand why my kids think Walmart is king. Sometimes, there are spaceships in my hallway parked outside the den door where little people pop up, down, in and out pretending to be monsters. Stellar moments like these are usually brought to us by shopping for things we don't need but definiately decide we do want while wandering around in Walmart.

We are all pretend monsters in my household and even have names: Daddy Monster, Mommy Monster, Noah Monster and Stephen Monster (Noah was very practical and efficient in naming us - LOL).

We usually emerge from our respective caves and spend our time chasing each other about while launching towel attacks and running from Stephen Monster (who likes to throw DVDs as if trying to live up to the "Off with his head" mandate from Alice in Wonderland - LOL).

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When he's not launching plastic attacks Stephen, the Minion Blur can usually be found macking the remote controls to the only two televisions in the house (brought on sale from Walmart - LOL).

Poor Noah has been relegated to watching YouTube and Netflix on hubby's computer because Stephen must have control over "the big" TVs (which really aren't that big but big enough).

A little "Thomas The Train" or "Dispicable Me" will never do (unless we're in bed with the laptop - he really, really likes the laptop - LOL).

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One of our favorite parts of the day is when they exhaust themselves to the point of falling out on a couch and napping. Stephen also spends a lot of time camped out on the floor on top of his Sponge Bob blankie. Like Susan Mangigian, he has discovered the value of chilling out in the sun spot (LOL). Normally, they rarely nap because they hate to miss anything but sometimes we luck out.

I kinda know how they feel about not wanting to miss out. I've been missing out on a lot of things while handling business up north. I am due for a run down south but I have to finish my paperwork first. I am looking forward to trading in my virtual cuddles for the real thing.

Watching my kids sleep always brings a stupid grin to my face. They cuddle a lot and are very affectionate when they're not going to war over a hot wheel car (LOL). I think they are amazing little people because battling Autism and PDD-NOS is not easy. We are going to have a lot to talk about when I get there. My trunk is already packed with a bunch of their NY toys so I may get ignored for a couple of hours after I land (LOL). ;-)

Carolyn Tann Starr 2011

Stephen is very opinionated and Noah pretty quiet. Noah chats when he has something to say, unlike Stephen who periodically likes the sound of his voice and will sometimes sing and chat all friggin' day if the mood suits him (LOL). He frequently engages in echolalia while watching movies and can script sections at a time. Unlike Noah, who can phonetically sing and script in other languages while engaged in the habit, Stephen's echolalia is strictly limited to English (which I find absolutely fascinating - LOL). 

Stephen will also tantrum faster than Noah because he cares for every hot wheel car while Noah only obsesses over the computer.

Stephen also periodically has footwear issues (LOL).

Ever try telling beach minions they can't have their toes out in school? Noah (who suffers from Autism) was cool with putting his shoes on but not Stephen. The Minion Blur gave hubby a run for his money about that. As a parent you do not want a tantrum riddled PDD-NOS kid refusing to get on the bus at 7AM (LOL). I will confess to being very happy to have missed that particular melt down (although I did get to hear some of the screaming in the background when I called to check in with the shorties before they got on the bus). Poor, poor Mikey... You must keep hubby in your prayers because it's touch and go when battling with the learning disabled. ;-)

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When they are not melting down over some trivial, inconvenient detail (like parents saying "NO!!!" - LOL) the wee people are marvelous little minions to spend time with. Noah the Net Geek was student of the month and received a lovely certificate for March 2011.

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Noah also discovered he likes being up to his neck in things... literally (LOL).

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Did I mention they're water rats? Not being able to swim I prefer them as rug rats (yes, my parental bias is showing - LOL). I guess I'm going to have bite the bullet and eventually learn how to swim since the shorties have an expectation of living part of their day in the ocean...

In case you haven't noticed we go out of our way to fulfill those wee people expectations (within reason). As parents discovering how to parent on a daily basis our kids make our life an interesting adventure.

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I am looking forward to getting mixed up in what ever the wee ones decide our agenda is going to be.

While I'm handling business in New York my gorgeous guy pies have been keeping me up to speed with lots of cell phone pictures regarding their Florida adventures.

I am about to go on the hunt for some eye candy to bring them up to speed on my New York wanderings. I've been mad busy and up to my neck in paperwork so my phone has been off for three days while I've been on lock down getting ready for the next gallery show. I am almost afraid to check my messages. As usual I am in e-mail hell so be patient while I sort through them and answer a few questions later on... maybe... (LOL).

Will chat with you guys later. Gotta shower and go jogging then get ready for a presentation this afternoon. ;-)

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Comment balloon 13 commentsC Tann-Starr • March 28 2011 10:38AM


NOT fair, they went to FL w/o you???? great timing for them too, just as March turned cold again!

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 9 years ago

Robert, the wee people are on a week break being beach bums with their dad. Then they have to go back to the grind of being students at school, their favorite job (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Lucky minions! 

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 9 years ago

Lucky indeed. Just got off the phone with Stephen who stated his agenda was to shower, buy new giant cars at Walmart and go play at the beach. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Nice tale of  minions and monsaters!  Even I could appreciate the asleep on the couch picture!  They look so sweet and serene......

Posted by Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate, Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming (Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming) over 9 years ago

Brenda, the wee people are a real hoot (LOL). I love when they nap. I also like when they sometimes crawl into bed with us to cuddle and eventually kick us out of the bed (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

I miss when my kids were that little, time flys by fast...

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 9 years ago

Shorty was shaving with his Dad today. I'm sitting in Starbucks about to post a cute picture of Mr. Shaving Cream (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Hi Carolyn... I have said it before, but I am amazed by you and what an incredible mother you are.  You manage to see the wonder in everything about your boys and share it with us here on AR in a way that always warms my heart and makes me smile! 

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago

I am so glad you were able to catch me up on you and your family. I was starting to have "Minion withdrawal". Will say some special prayers for Mikey..he does have his hands full  just like you do all the time.

Talk to you whenever. Good to hear you are so wonderfully and productively busy!!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Thank you for the kind words, Steve. Very much appreciated. :-)

Margaret, will buzz you tomorrow. Swamped. :-)

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