Be Careful Where You Sit

From Piper’s morning monologue…

“Dad, nobody wants to sit next to D in my class. He’s one of the booger boys.”

“The what?”

“The booger boys are a gang of boys who pick their boogers and wipe them places. Do not sit near them.”

“I wouldn’t.”

“Also, D sucked on a crayon once. That does not help his cause.”


Piper thinks you might be following her. She knows you love the blog. You may love it so much that you’re trying to get secret pictures of her in action. Walking down the street. Sitting in the car. Dancing on the playground. You can’t get enough.

Yesterday as we were leaving school Piper saw a woman on her front porch with a camera. There was only one possible explanation.

“Ugh!” Piper exclaimed. “The paparazzi follow me everywhere!”

The F Word

Piper told us at dinner last night that she’d heard THE “f” word. Kids at school are saying it. Her teacher is discouraging it but it seems to be contagious.

“First Kayla said it,” Piper said. “Mrs. A warned her. Kayla did it again. BIG trouble!”

“What happened then?” Sissy asked.

“Nate said it, too. Mrs. A told him not to say it again.”

“Did Mrs. A say the ‘f’ word when she told them not to say it?” Daddy asked.

“No. She didn’t have to. Everyone knows the ‘f’ word.”

“What is it, Piper?”


Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain

What goes on in a Piper’s head? I wonder myself. It seems a great mash up. Every once in awhile she pulls back the curtain. What comes out is equally fascinating and hilarious. Piper’s revelations make me laugh so hard espresso shoots out my nose.

Yesterday, from her perch on the toilet, with the bathroom door wide open, of course, Piper yelled:

“Wait. Is RG3 like R2D2?”

It took me a full minute to register that she was mixing the Washington Redskins with Star Wars. And that’s what really goes on behind the curtain.

Jalapeno in Your Business

Last night at dinner I professed my love for jalapenos. It’s a new infatuation. I’m eating them on everything. Salads, spaghetti, fajitas, pancakes. Okay. Maybe not pancakes, but I’m seeking the heat, the spicy. I can’t seem to load on enough.

“You know why don’t you, Mom?” Sissy asked, matter of factly.

“Um. I love jalapenos?” I guessed.

“It’s because you’re getting older. Your taste buds deteriorate as you age. Aren’t you almost 40?” Oh, snap. She DID NOT. I gave her the evil eye and heaped on more jalapenos.

“It’s true, Mom,” Dr. Sissy continued. “That’s why young kids don’t like spicy food. They’re taste buds are stronger.”

“I get it, Mom,” Piper said. “I feel the same way about cannolis. If they were the last food on Earth…well, I’d eat ALL of them.”

Holiday Hits

A few holiday piperisms from the road…

“I heard sleigh bells in the middle of the night. I closed my eyes real tight. Santa doesn’t know when you’re faking it.”

“Ah! I fell down! Now I’m damaged! And my limbs do not work properly.”

“Papa, you smell just like my Daddy. He smells like pizza, too.”

“Alright, Santa. I’m ready for next year. Let the list begin.”

“I really like the beach. Except for the sand part.”

And here’s Piper’s vintage holiday dress from Germany:



Piper is our sage when it comes to all things doomsday.

At breakfast this morning Sissy filled her in on the end of the world as we know it.

“It’s 12-12-12,” Sissy said. “Something big is going to happen.”

“So what? Who cares?” It helps to imagine Piper’s “Scrooge voice.” Then she finished off her waffle. No reason to face impending doom on an empty tummy.

On the way to school Daddy told Piper the rest of the predictions. Why he chose to do so is a worthy of its own post on questionable parenting decisions but that’s not what this blog is about, is it?

“The Mayan calendar ends next week. Who knows what will happen,” Daddy said. “Some people say that the world will end.” The he busied himself staring out the window to avoid my incredulous glare.

“So what? Who cares?” Piper said. “Bah humbug.”

Kids These Days

Just when you think you know someone. Geez.

One of the best things about kindergarten is the new friends. Piper’s made some good ones. She’s kept her old ones, too, but her new ones have brought new friends into our whole family. It’s a win-win. So we were a bit shocked last night at dinner when Piper admitted that her classmate, Madeline, may not be the best influence.

“Madeline knows all the curse words. She said she’d teach them to me, too.”

My fork stopped mid-bite. “What?” I managed.

Dad jumped right in. “Oh? Like which ones?” Inquiring minds want details.

“I think all of them,” Piper said. “How many are there?”

“There’s a lot,” Dad said. “Which ones does she know?”

“I don’t know. But she definitely knows them. I saw her writing them.”

Sissy jumped up from the table and got a pad of paper and a pen. She brought it to Piper and wrote something down. “Is this a curse word?” she asked.

“Yep,” Piper said. “That’s what Madeline can do, too. I can’t wait to use curse words. Madeline is going to teach me how.”

Sissy sighed and handed over the notepad to me. “She means cursive, folks. Not curse words. You can breathe again.”

Niblets and Gravy

“Piper, you really should close the curtains before you change your clothes.”

“It’s okay, Mom. I’ve only got niblets.”


“There’s a big storm on the way, Piper. We may lose power.”

“I’ll eat all the ice cream if you want me to, Mom. Would that be helpful?”


“What did you do at school today, Piper?”

“I chased Andrew. Pretended to do my school work. And tried to take a nap when I went to the bathroom. Same as always.”