1. Crazy Baby Wednesday: 4/22/15

    April 22, 2015 by Jennifer Carsen

    The goofballs, playing tourist.


  2. Crazy Baby Wednesday: 4/15/15

    April 15, 2015 by Jennifer Carsen

    Our dapper young gent, out for a springtime stroll.



  3. Crazy Baby Wednesday: 4/8/15

    April 8, 2015 by Jennifer Carsen

    Throwback edition: Our little weirdo.


  4. Lorelei Hearts The ’80s

    April 2, 2015 by Jennifer Carsen

    Sometimes, you don’t realize how utterly crazy a situation is until you’re out of it. College, for instance. My first marriage. And, of course, the 1980s.

    Lorelei and Nana have a Wii dancing game they play together when Lorelei sleeps over. You really haven’t lived until you’ve seen Nana and Lorelei rocking out to Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.” One of the other songs they dance to is the Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star.”

    Tonight, Eric decided to show Lorelei the Buggles’ YouTube video, which led us down a very fun – and very strange – path. Our collective observations:

    Take On Me, A-ha: “The waitress is mad because she thinks the girl has left without paying, but she doesn’t realize she’s in the comic book.” (Lorelei, incidentally, liked this one a lot.)

    Opposites Attract, Paula Abdul: “Where did the two of them [Paula Abdul and her animated n’er-do-well feline companion] meet, anyway?”

    Rio, Duran Duran: “Daddy, I don’t like this one! Let Mommy pick another one out.” (Mommy was the one who found “Take On Me,” with its dreamy beckoning leading man.)

    Push It, Salt & Pepa: “So these are the same three girls as in the Geico commercial?” “This is a very long song considering it has almost no actual words.”

    At some point, we shifted forward in time to Outkast’s “Hey Ya.” I honestly don’t know what was more vexing: Hoping that Lorelei wouldn’t ask precisely what was being shaken like a Polaroid picture, or the fact that she has no clue whatsoever what a Polaroid picture is. (She did, quite reasonably, wonder why Andre 3000 was going onstage shirtless.)

    Maybe tomorrow we’ll give her a ponytail on the side and some preschooler-sized jellies and truly blow her mind.

  5. Crazy Baby Wednesday: 4/1/15

    April 1, 2015 by Jennifer Carsen

    We are pleased to offer an afternoon chamber music series in the dining room.


  6. Crazy Baby Wednesday: 3/25/15

    March 25, 2015 by Jennifer Carsen

    The best seat in the house.


  7. At the Phlebotomist’s

    March 23, 2015 by Jennifer Carsen

    Our family is very lucky, knock on wood, to be a pretty healthy bunch. The one chronic thing we’re dealing with is a very minor condition on my part that requires semi-regular blood draws.

    This means that my standard “out with the kids” rotation of activities includes not only the food store, the library, and the YMCA, but also the phlebotomist. I would arrange things differently except for the fact that they really seem to enjoy it:

    – They get to ride in an elevator – even the short trip to the third floor is a novelty for my small-town offspring.

    – They get to visit the medical park where Daddy had a slightly weird-looking mole removed a few months back, a tale that has become firmly woven into the fabric of our family lore. “That’s where Daddy got his shoulder dug out!” both kids announce as we drive by.

    – They get heartily fussed over by the lab staff (“That’s a really cute stuffed kitty you’ve got there,” one older woman cooed at Nicholas, “but nowhere near as cute as you. Look at those eyes!”).

    – They come away with fabulous swag, including stickers and squeezy balls (which Nicholas mistakenly thought were filled with blood until I put him straight).

    – They get to introduce themselves to receptive strangers like the born extroverts they are (Nicholas, tapping each of us in turn: “I Nicholas, and this Lorelei, and this Mommy.” When we got to the age portion of the getting-to-know-you chat, Lorelei corrected Nicholas’s confident assertion that Mommy is 10 years old. “She’s very older, Nicholas.”)

    – They get to act as enthusiastic cheerleaders for people who perform a largely thankless job day in and day out. Today, when the phlebotomist announced she was all done, both kids literally jumped up and down and cheered, much to her delight.

    They’d probably be all over a trip to the ob/gyn’s, too, but I don’t think I’m ready to have their particular brand of companionship along for those annual pap smears.

  8. Crazy Baby Wednesday: 3/18/15

    March 18, 2015 by Jennifer Carsen

    Lorelei getting into the swing of St. Patrick’s Day with a custom headdress.


  9. Dining With the Indecisive

    March 12, 2015 by Jennifer Carsen

    Scene: The Carsen/Foster family kitchen, Thursday, 6:03 am

    Nicholas: “Mommy, I want egg!”

    Mommy: “What do you say, Nicholas?”

    Nicholas: “Pleeeese…”

    [Mommy takes out the frying pan and starts cooking the egg.]

    Nicholas [impatiently]: “I want egg! I want egg!”

    Mommy: “It’s cooking, buddy.”

    [Mommy sets the egg in front of Nicholas.]

    Nicholas: “I no want egg. Want Life.”

    Mommy: “What do you say, Nicholas?”

    Nicholas: “Pleeeese…”

    [Mommy removes the untouched egg and pours Nicholas a bowl of Life cereal.]

    Nicholas: “No want Life. Want Chex.”

    Mommy [increasingly exasperated]: “What do you say, Nicholas?”

    Nicholas: “Pleeeese…”

    [Mommy pours the rejected Life back in the box and re-fills the bowl with Chex.]

    Nicholas: “I all done eating.”

    Mommy: “What do you say, Nicholas?”

    Nicholas: “Please can I be all done eating?” [Note that Nicholas, to paraphrase John Paul Jones, has not yet begun to eat.]

    [Mommy frees Nicholas from his seat.]

    Nicholas [indignant]: “I wanna eat beckfast!”

    [Mommy reinstalls Nicholas in his seat and slides the bowl of Chex back to him.]

    Nicholas: “I all done.”

    Mommy: “You want to be all done, buddy?”

    Nicholas: “Yah.”

    Mommy: “You sure?”

    Nicholas: “Yah.”

    Mommy [making meaningful eye contact with Nicholas]: “You understand that you are really all done this time, and we’re not going to eat after this?”

    Nicholas [with conviction]: “Yah. I all done.”

    [Mommy removes Nicholas from his seat and redeposits him on the floor.]

    Nicholas [before his feet even hit the ground]: “I wanna eat!”

    Mommy: “No, you’re all done. Go see Daddy.”

    [Nicholas trots into the living room.]

    Nicholas: “Daddy, I wanna eat but Mommy say I all done eating.”

    Daddy: “Did she say why, buddy?”

    Nicholas [genuinely bewildered]: “No, I dunno.”

    Nicholas, snacking on his own terms.

    Nicholas, snacking on his own terms.

  10. Crazy Baby Wednesday: 3/11/15

    March 11, 2015 by Jennifer Carsen

    Have kitty, will travel.