Toddler Vocabulary Hell

January 17, 2015

The Little Pirate has this weird habit of carrying all her things with her from room to room. When she shows up in the middle of the night and wants to get in bed with us and we’re too tired to argue, she inevitably gets out of bed after we let her in, just to […]

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The More Things Change, the More They Change

January 12, 2015

I’m not even going to bother lamenting about the fact that it’s been almost three months since an update. Excuses are for losers. The Little Pirate really got down with Christmas this year. She’s all about that Santy-Clause character as she calls him. In fact, she’s still talking about him. Because Cool Dad and I […]

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Car Seat Nonsense

October 16, 2014

I’ve had this post in the hopper for a few months and then a debate on a friend’s Facebook wall led me back here to dust this off and hit publish. In a nutshell, there was significant commenting about how one person is a certified safety expert or something and they have “scientific proof” that […]

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The Bad Word

October 02, 2014

It was only a matter of time. I went to pick up the Little Pirate from daycare today and her teacher said, “Can I talk to you?” She pulled me aside and said that the Pirate got in trouble today for saying a bad word. My brain reeled. All I could think was, “Fuck! The […]

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Hardcore and Softcore Parenting

September 25, 2014

Perhaps because I’m a child of the 70’s, I think even though my parents were crazy, the way we were raised was best. Parents today seem generally too permissive. I don’t know a lot about it yet, but with the “Everyone’s a Winner” thing, kids are learning you can get what you want by phoning […]

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Monkey Shirt

September 24, 2014

There is suddenly a two year old in the house with wardrobe opinions. Strong, maniacal, meltdown-inducing wardrobe opinions. They’re not so much opinions as terrorist demands coupled with no respect for how the institution of “laundry” works. Listen up Little Pirate, you cannot, I repeat, you cannot eat a chocolate fudgesicle, let it melt down […]

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Life in Reverse

August 26, 2014

Whoa. Over 2 months since the last post. It’s been busy over here in the Wood Paneled Station Wagon. Much to the Little Pirate’s dismay, the First Mate arrived on July 8. We made it to the hospital with just minutes to spare, the First Mate almost making her appearance in an ambulance on the […]

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The Daycare Update

June 20, 2014

I’m going to be a massive failure at PTA meetings. At least I know this in advance so I can set my expectations low. The Pirate’s Daycare had a meeting – mostly to update the parents on construction on their main location which will bring the kids back together under one roof as they are […]

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Summer! We’re So Glad You’re Here!

June 17, 2014

Also published on the Huffington Post Did anyone hear that thud? It was the real estate market, coming to a screeching halt. Sigh. A few weeks ago something changed. I knew it was coming several months ago because all the signs were there. Spring never really sprung as far as real estate goes. The pace […]

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The Daycare Conundrum

May 01, 2014

When we were little, most moms stayed home with their kids. If kids went anywhere during the days it was to a relative’s house. I’m not sure I knew of anyone who went to daycare, though I didn’t have a cell phone at 2 years old to text my friends and ask them. It was, […]

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