Toasted, Tossed and Toileted... I Need A Minion Proof Cell Phone. Seriously...

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My kids are a trip. Noah is turning seven in a few days. The older he gets the more he regresses. Stephen's a bad influence on him. It appears that Applied Behavior Analysis works both ways... Who knew a precocious two tear old could cause so much havoc?

Step is going to be three in a few months. Seriously. I wonder what that will be like. Little dude thinks throwing my cell phone out the window is a toddler sport. Bad enough my calculators are taking baths in the toilet but now the sound of miniature LCD television displays taking a dive has caught his fancy. It doesn't shatter. It makes a peculiar soft yet reverberating "kquish" sound when you drop one from the fifth floor. Then there's the crisp crack of impact from the casing shattering apart and electronics skipping across the roof top of the garage as a tinkle of excitement.

Makes you think something just took a bashing. There is always that strange moment of silence as if everyone in the complex paused to think WTF was that? Happens every time. (Yup. I've suffered multiple crushing, inclusive of miniature DVD players.)

Seriously. Little dude used to drop a lego block or two, but that's not fun for him anymore. Now it's cell phones. My son runs through electronics like some people run through toilet paper. I am bleeding money trying to stay wireless, on-line and entertained. I like my business toys and so does my 2.8 year old. The constant destruction is getting kind of depressing...

Hubby tried to cheer me up with a TomTom for Christmas. Didn't want me getting lost and figured I could save some paper from the map-quest fest. Turns out I'm not happy because now I have to sleep with one eye open to keep the minion blur from floating my TomTom in the toilet or sending it five flights to a spectacular doom. My GPS is a lot more delicate than my cell phone. Woe is me... TomTom should have a chat with Samsung...

I am a die hard Samsung fan. Our Samsung phones have taken numerous beatings, yet somehow managed to survive Stephen the Minion Blur.

They have floated in the toilet. They have taken a bath. They have showered. They have hidden in the toaster. They have materialized from the microwave and freezer. The first time he chucked mine out the window, we managed to find all of the pieces and snap it back together again. I was so distraught, my hubby had to do it for me and we were both amazed when the cracked phone continued to work flawlessly. Unfortunately, the last time my kid chucked my cell phone out the window it hit a patch of ice and the LCD was no more. My sound bit the dust as well and we couldn't find all of the pieces to snap it back together again. It still powered up and vibrated when ever someone called me, so I took the hubby's phone and ran to the Sprint store begging for help to save my contacts before it died completely. Problem was, if they transferred my info into his phone, he would loose his info. Bummer. I was now forced to buy a new phone, which was not in my budget. I only had $80 on me and we had $150 phones (LOL). The chick there didn't give a shit but the guy was awesome. He told the manager about my kid and the manager said I could have a phone that did all the things my old phone did for $50. I went straight for the Samsung Rant in a cool fire engine red. Mommy always has either a red or silver phone. Dad gets all the other colors (LOL).  

Sprint is all digital. There is no sim card. If they steal your phone and you shut it down they can't reactivate and use it. Nice, eh? I didn't know they had wireless back up either. Didn't have it before, but I do now. It took a major effort to retrieve my contacts and I will never not back up my phone data ever again. I really believe if I had a different phone all would have been lost a couple of days ago. Sansung is amazing. I wish I knew who to talk to about making a minion proof phone... I should send them my kid to work in their testing area. I bet they'd learn a lot in one day (LOL). I can't believe my new phone has so many cool features. I added new stuff and it was cheaper than my old plan. :-)

There is a bit of irony in this. My bad little minion did a good thing inadvertently. I got a rebate that cancels out the price of the phone, I've got more minutes, a better plan and an awesome phone. There is another point of order in the irony department: I have a Samsung Rant but I don't know how to use it. Seriously! I have got to change that damn ring-tone! I'm being hip-hopped to death with this teeny-bopper whispery cool snippet of a song that is popular but so not me  (LMAO). I am 43 years old getting picked up by kids thinking I'm not that old (ROTFL). Since when did ring-tones = invitation to rap? Is it me? Did I miss something vital here? Duh?

I am sitting here staring at my two fave toys that I do not know how to use. I am wondering where the hell I am going to hide them from my kids so I can go to sleep tonight. My little dudes get into everything and they will sit with my keys and try every single one because they understand that keys unlock stuff. We are freaking out trying to figure out how the two of them manage to open so many things. Maybe I should duck tape my phone and TomTom to the ceiling in a freezer bag. After all, they are both too short to reach it but will probably start jumping in the bed in their best efforts to try. They always give everything their best effort, especially when mischief and mayhem are afoot.

Parenting a PDD-NOS two tear old kid can be tough. Parenting a six year old with Autism pretending to be a PDD-NOS two year old is no joke either... You should see the two of them fighting over my new phone. They watch the Disney channel on it all the time. Sometimes it is the only way I can keep them both in the bed and focused on trying to go to sleep. Sprint TV is turning out to be their fave night light. :-)

 

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Rainmaker
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Mike Saunders
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C - technology and kids, made for each other. Try a gun safe for your toys.

Jan 22, 2009 11:18 PM #34
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Lisa Wetzel
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Carolyn- the chip is a very good idea - back up everything.  Another clue, my husband and partner and I had the phone company put each others phonebook on the other's phone.  If one is lost or ... in my case ... smash by the rear tire of my Chevy Tahoe .... it's easy to replace in a new phone.  This was much easier than re-entering the whole thing!

Jan 22, 2009 11:22 PM #35
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Barb Szabo, CRS
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Carolyn, Never a dull moment in your house! I can't even relate as I did not have a cell phone when my daughter was 2. I had a "car phone"..you know, actually installed in my car but she never messed with that.I do know someone who liked to keep change in her car and her daughter thought the cd player was a nice place to drop a whole lot of that change...$150 later she got back her 80 cents!

Jan 22, 2009 11:50 PM #36
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Amanda Evans
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You're Erma Bombeck!!

 

Jan 23, 2009 01:33 AM #37
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LaShawn Norden
Keller Williams Heritage Realty - Longwood, FL
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CTS~I'm tired just reading your post! Considering all of the patience you must have, maybe you could share a little with me?

Jan 23, 2009 05:14 AM #38
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Paul Slaybaugh
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When you figure out an adequate bob shelter-type hiding place, please let me know your secret.  These two over here could destroy antimatter if given 5 minutes of unchaperoned time.

Jan 23, 2009 07:13 AM #39
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Sandy Fenton
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Carolyn, you certainly know how to entertain with your stories! 

I was (am) a mean Mom.  I told my son that my stuff is my stuff and his stuff is his stuff.  He learned not to go through my purse.  (I am soooo selfish that way!)  LOL  He tells me I am the meanest Mom of all his friends.  I tell him how lucky he is 'cause ain't nobody gonna love him like I do.  He just laughs.

Anyway, it sounds like you're having lots of fun so don't ever change . . .;-)

PS - have you tried window screens - or have the minions learned how to cut holes through them?  HA! ;-)  I am cracking up just thinking of it.

Jan 23, 2009 08:28 AM #40
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More power to you raising 2 boys let alone ones with varying levels of PDD.  I'm sure life is quite the adventure.  Keep on enjoying your boys.  Your ability to see the humor in life will take you through the tough days.

Jan 23, 2009 10:45 AM #41
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If you find one that is child proof, oh please let me know!!

Jan 23, 2009 12:06 PM #42
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Laura, I came home tonight and could not find the box to put my TomTom back in (LOL). My kids also made off with two sim cards and all of the fire wire cables. I have an inspection I need to upload and can't plug my phone in to retrieve the photographs... The boys are going to really make life very interesting down the road. ;-)

Jan 26, 2009 06:10 PM #43
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Big Brother, I am going to chill with the little hooligans the best way I can. The older the get, the more hopeful I become (LOL).  Wishful thinking, eh? ;-)

Jan 26, 2009 06:12 PM #44
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LOL @ Jesse. Who are you telling! Little dude is on a serious mission (ROTFLMAO).

Jan 26, 2009 06:14 PM #45
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Alisha Harrison
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Wow... I'm tired just reading your post! I hope your cell phone survives! My 8 month old's favorite toys are the remote and my cell phone. I bought her a toy remote and cell phone but NO, that's not good enough. She wants Mommy's. She got her hands on my phone yesterday and it was so drolled up that I had to pop the battery off and let it dry out for a couple of hours! Sounds like it'll only get better from here!! ~A:)

Jan 27, 2009 02:56 AM #46
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LOL @ Alisha. They only want what you want and know the difference between the toy and the important one. :-)

Jan 27, 2009 04:34 AM #47
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My kids have high-jacked my TomTom (LOL). Now there fave question is, "Where am I?" (LMAO)

Jan 28, 2009 01:15 AM #48
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Teresa K. Nelson
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Carolyn, Your stories always make me laugh right out loud! I remember when my now 24 year old son poured my very expensive perfume in the toilet...Glad I didn't have a cell phone then. Thank goodness for Sprint - for sure! Their $99/mo Simply Everything Plan is Simply Marvelous, isn't it! I have a RED Blackberry Curve, which also has Sprint navigation (although I'm not sure how to use it yet!) My darling husband is always dropping his phone into something or another (he fishes alot). We put the phone in a bag of rice - it dries it out quickly! We just got him a new waterproof, rubber edged Sprint phone and bought the $7/mo insurance plan - which includes water submerging. You may want to check into that!

Feb 16, 2009 11:18 AM #49
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LOL @ Teresa. A water submerging plan, eh? That is soooooo useful! ;-)

Feb 16, 2009 11:52 AM #51
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C-

Can we hijack this one?  Funny but, it would be an IDEAL one to hijack--it's about resonding to EACH comment on your posts!!!!  heehee...

http://activerain.com/blogsview/946942/Whenever-I-comment-I-look-for-a-reply-am-I-bananas

Feb 28, 2009 10:00 AM #52
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BTW--I forgot to say that you CRACK me up with your goings-on in your house!  Never a dull moment--I'll bet you sleep SO good when you finally get to bed at night!?

Feb 28, 2009 10:02 AM #53
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LOL @ Debe. I am so re-jacking that high-jack (LMAO). Off to play with Mr. Banana Head. ;-)

Mar 01, 2009 10:03 AM #54
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