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I Didn't Really Need to Learn the Hard Way

I will forever remember the exact moment Alexis figured out that which I was REALLY hoping she wouldn't figure out. I knew about it thanks to a little comment from Megan81 on the post about the Drama with the Play Room. Alexis made it really freakin' obvious that Megan was so, so, SOOO right. OMG. She. was. right.

As Mr. Husband slaved (seriously--major kudos to him) over a couple of things at the new house the other day, I struggled to keep Alexis content in a house with no toys, no furniture, and a whole lotta nothing to do. We engaged in a good old-fashioned game of hide-n-seek, and the kid was happy. But, then she stepped into the loft and she found joy. Utter and complete joy.

She figured out that sounds echo from up there. A lot. The best comparison I can come up with is that a normal speaking voice magically transforms into Megaphone Voice. Only louder. And more echo-ey.

Alexis LURVED it. She halted the game of hide-n-seek instantly, and started scoping out just how loud she could get. The answer? REALLY FREAKIN' LOUD. LOUDER THAN A MEGAPHONE. LOUDER THAN ALL CAPS.

Once she realized that the entire tri-state area should be able to hear her, she busted into song and dance. Of course her tune of choice was something or other from High School Musical. It seems that the tiny brain cell responsible for maintaining sanity blocked the actual name of the song. THANK YOU TINY BRAIN CELL.

On and on and on she sang, louder and louder and louder. I sat with my hands over my ears watching her dancing her heart out. It turns out that if you muffle the song, it's pretty entertaining to watch a kid go nuts. Unfortunately for Mr. Husband, he was directly below us working in the dining room.

Let's just say he didn't think to put on some earmuffs.

I'm pretty sure that if I were to try to put the playroom in the loft, Mr. Husband would freak the hell out. I'm gonna have to agree with him on that one.

(Video from tonight when Alexis tried to recreate the scene for Cody. He wasn't amused. Neither was I because while I was editing ten minutes down to one, Alexis heard herself singing and joined in. There's nothing quite like loud off-key singing in stereo.)

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Reader Comments (19)

Ha! Well, it's good you had some warning and found out before ever deciding to put the playroom there.

I have NO idea what she is singing, but it's really freakin' funny.

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllison Says

My Hubby and I are giggling. A lot. Good thing you figured out about the playroom... ALTHOUGH, to play devils advocate, sounds echo no matter what in an empty room. Once its filled up, it won't be AS loud... Go for plan B anyway. :)

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDina

LMAO yeah, kinda knew that was gonna happen ;)

Oh my. Glad you go that figured out before she got to choose where her playroom was/is going.

She's too cute. I tried to decipher what song she's singing, but I have no idea. Thanks to your tiny brain cell for talking to my tiny brain cell.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrinity

Here is what she is singing:

Don't you want it all
You want it, you know that you want it
The fame and the fortune and more
You want it all, you want it, you know that you want it
You gotta have your star on the door
You want the world nothing less, all the glam and the press
Only giving you the best to use.
I want it all
I want it, I want it, Yeah
My name in lights at Carnegie Hall
I want it all

Too bad it's totally lost when she yells it. Oye!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBurgh Baby

awww gotta love the effects of Sharpey on young girls too LOVE "I want it all" from HSM3 (ya i lost that little sanity blocker)

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergeenalyn

I laughed until I almost peed. Thank god mine is 15 now, although that of course raises a whole new set of problems.

Such as the other day..."Mom, what's the best way to give a h*ndjob?" Cue jaw dropping and a momentary blank stare from myself.

"Jeez Mom, I don't want to have sex so I figure that is safe..what's the big deal?"

So yes, that led to a long talk about a lot of uncomfortable and awkward things for us both. lol

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTinyBubble

Guess the decision is made on the playroom now! HA!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElaine A.

She needs a stage! Built THAT instead of a swing set and you will DEFINITELY get your money's worth!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Mommy

I've seen that look on Cody's face before. It's the one you see on pets in those SPCA commercials, the ones where the pets look into the camera and silently plead to be saved.

And the loft thing? Just proves that Alexis reads your blog. You knew it had to happen someday.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatwoman

Oh the joy of echos...*sigh*

Would it make you feel better to know that she sings more in tune than my tone-deaf 11 year old that lovescountry? (I seriously cringe when he gets started...he CAN'T be my one in my family is that tone deaf)

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

funny that I could not identify the HSM song and then my 8 year old heard it and came over and started singing along to Alexis' singing, knowing exactly what it was. Love the loud singing too. My girls have recently discovered singing in the shower, and of course anything they hear on Radio Disney is fair game.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristi

I hit play on the video and Sabrina came running from the other room "Hey, what's that mommy?"

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Smiles

THANK YOU for posting that. That is exactly like Bee! And I am all, OH MY GOD, oh my god, oh my god - you can sing or you can move all about everywhichway at once but please stop doing both because you're driving me insane! Somehow knowing you deal with it too makes it better. :)

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie in MA

I love echos too. If I ever had a big house I would be like Alexis and Adam Sandler on Mr. Deeds. I would invite all my friends over to yell something into my cavernous domain.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOtter Thomas

oh my word, i wanna steal that precious puppy!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhello haha narf

I didn't realize High School Musical was so violent!

Oh, and problem solved with the playroom decision. Maybe you should see how loud she can be in the other options before you decide!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen

Dude - it's not going to be as loud when there's all kinds of stuff in your house. *ducks flying object* I still vote for the loft playroom.

July 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrannyhead

That is sooo stinkin' cute!!!
Monkey is in awe of Alexis! I think he might have a teensy crush on her ;-)
SO cute ;-)

July 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

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