1. Poor Clueless Birdie

    April 17, 2014 by Jennifer Carsen

    We’ve been wondering where all this straw by our front door was coming from, until Eric caught the culprit in the act this morning: A local bird seems to think the top of our mailbox – which is opened and closed at least six times a week – is the ideal spot for his new home.

    Does anyone offer remedial nest-building classes? He is nothing if not persistent; I’ll give him that.


  2. Crazy Baby Wednesday: 4/16/14

    April 16, 2014 by Jennifer Carsen

    Everybody’s got something to hide except Nicholas and his monkey.


  3. Paper Box Pilots

    April 14, 2014 by Jennifer Carsen


    I’m a pretty obscure mommy blogger, yet you’d be surprised at how many pitches I get for various things. I almost always turn them down, unless they involve fantastic family weekends in Vermont or food.

    But today I got another one that I just couldn’t say no to.

    From the time she was tiny, Lorelei has preferred playing with things around the house to actual toys – just the other day we had a magical paper plate trail leading from our living room through the kitchen.

    Nicholas, following in her footsteps, recently had to be divested of both my car keys and a lime we couldn’t pry from his tiny toddler hand (even after he bit a chunk out of it and gleefully shuddered).

    Boxes, of course, are playtime gold, as I’m sure they are at your house, too. The idea behind Paper Box Pilots is beautiful in its simplicity – stickers that your kids can affix to the big boxes they’re already flying around the house in to enhance the airplane illusion.

    And oh, by the way – the founder of the company, Noah Cahoon? He’s 13. In his email to me, he mentioned that he started the company last summer and has already sold to 47 states. The lone remaining holdouts are New Hampshire, Vermont, and Delaware.

    So, Granite State Moms! Green Mountain State Moms! And whatever you Delaware Moms call yourselves! Check out Noah’s site – cute kids (Noah and his brother, Milo), cute product (and super reasonably priced at $6.99), and a great story.

    It’s important to support budding entrepreneurial talent – even (or especially) when it’s not yet old enough to vote.

    I have not received any compensation for writing this post and am in no way affiliated with Paper Box Pilots. We’re all about editorial integrity here at Mommy Tries.

  4. Crazy Baby Wednesday: 4/9/14

    April 9, 2014 by Jennifer Carsen

    A rare moment of repose…


    Usually, things at our house look more like this:


  5. Crazy Baby Wednesday: 4/2/14

    April 2, 2014 by Jennifer Carsen

    Crazy Baby Wednesday meets Throwback Thursday.

    (Monkey Face Then = Uncle Dan. Monkey Face Now = Nicholas.)



  6. Frolic & Detour

    April 1, 2014 by Jennifer Carsen

    When I was studying for the bar exam last year, one of my favorite topics (setting aside the absurdity of calling any part of the process a good time) was the concept of “frolic & detour.”

    The idea, in a nutshell, is that if an employee or agent engages in a “detour” during his or her assigned duties and subsequently harms himself or someone else, the employer is liable – but if the deviation rises to the level of a “frolic,” the employer is off the hook.

    A truck driver who goes half a mile out of his way to get a cup of coffee, for example, would likely be considered to be engaged in a detour. If that same truck driver, however, drives 500 miles out of his way and loses 3 days and $40,000 in Vegas – during which he turns a stranger into a bride at the Elvis Wedding Chapel – that would most likely be considered a “frolic.”

    I was reminded of the frolic & detour concept recently when Lorelei explained the nuances of the daycare potty privilege system to me.

    The 4-year-olds in her class – the BMOCs of the Early Preschool room, in other words – are granted the incomparable freedom of venturing out to the bathroom on their own. This requires a trip through a few other classrooms, up a set of steps, and around a corner down a short hallway. I imagine this journey makes a 4-year-old feel like Lucky Lindy crossing the Atlantic.

    Potty privileges come with a short leash, however, and can be revoked at any time. Lorelei has told me, in hushed tones, of several friends who have Lost Their Privileges (all names changed to protect the frolicking):

    “Madison lost her privileges because she took too long in the potty.”

    “James had the privilege but then lost it because he didn’t come right back.”

    “Allison lost her privileges and then got them back again, but then lost them again because she went to another classroom and visited friends.”

    Lorelei, who turns 4 in June, is eagerly awaiting her chance for potty privileges. She has assured me that she will be very careful not to lose them, having personally witnessed the crushing misfortunes that have befallen various friends.

    We’ll see how it goes. With great power comes great responsibility. Even when it comes to potty privileges.

  7. Crazy Baby Wednesday: 3/26/14

    March 26, 2014 by Jennifer Carsen

    The kid loves his hats (and his plastic corn):




  8. Our Little Man

    March 19, 2014 by Jennifer Carsen

    Nicholas had his 18-month checkup today. As the doc put it, he’s just “racing up the 10th percentile” for weight, near the 25th for height, and near the 75th for head circumference.

    He doesn’t look all that top-heavy to me; I think his chubby Buddha belly does a good job of balancing him out visually.

    We love you, Buddy!

    Nicholas stats

  9. Crazy Baby Wednesday: 3/19/14

    March 19, 2014 by Jennifer Carsen

    Where’s the fire? Lorelei’s on it…we think.

    Lorelei firefighter

  10. Crazy Baby Wednesday: 3/12/14

    March 12, 2014 by Jennifer Carsen

    Frozen flashback: 2013 Nicholas pleads, “No more snow!”