Wednesday, October 31, 2007

BOWLING PARTY IS WORTH A CHEER

Nothing beats a great birthday party for a good friend...unless of course, that birthday party is at the bowling alley! Laurel was very excited for her first "rolling-ball" experience! She loved it. Thanks to some fancy bumper gates, she knocked down pins every time. The most challenging part was putting enough speed on the ball to get it down the lane.










Monday, October 29, 2007

LOLLIPOP MAKES FIRST HAIRCUT A SUCCESS


BEFORE
IN THE ACT

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

Wondercuts did a great job. Brant even took home his first curl in a zip lock bag attached to a special certificate documenting his first hair cut!

BEAUTIFUL WEATHER BLESSES LOUISIANA


Amongst a few other "to dos" on a jam-packed Saturday, the Cupits stopped off at the church picnic at a local wildlife refuge. The weather was perfect and the food even better. Nothing beats southern cooking from those who really know what they're doing.

MINNIE GOLF

Friday night, the Cupit gang headed out to a city park for some Halloween fun. Mini golf was one of the booths set up for the youngsters.

MOTHER LEARNS TO BE WARY OF QUIET

For those wondering, it's yogurt.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

BOY LOVES THRONE

Brant has mastered the art of telling his mother that he has done his business. Then he requests to go sit on the potty and read a book. The current project is to reverse the order of events. Potty first, then business. He is still quite proud of himself for sitting on the potty.

Monday, October 22, 2007

ALL BY HERSELF

The Chronicle proudly presents its first edition of "What's Wrong With This Picture?"

GIRL GONE WILD (RATED G)

Garage sales can provide plenty of finds to entertain little girls! These cute costumes were purchased a few months ago. Laurel (and sometimes Brant) are getting lots of use out of them. In the red dress photo, Laurel is mimicking a dance move on t.v. Note the emotion in her face. For those wondering why the carpet is rolled back- two words- potty training!

PARTY OF SIX BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE

Prompted by a friend's success story of a babysitting swap with 8 children, the Cupits and two other couples started one of their own. The first "party" was held at the Cupit home last Friday night. The festivities took place from 6:30 to 9:30 and included homemade pizza, Shrek, popcorn (HUGELY popular), and plenty of running around! The guests of honor included 2 excited three-year olds, a busy two-and-a-half-year old, a 20 month old who thinks he's one of the big kids and loves to start a game of "scream as loud as you can", a 16-month old who just goes with the flow , and an adorable 8 month old.

The evening proved challenging, educational, and fun for the kids. Brad and Maren learned that good food is very important. Next time they may go for spaghetti and meatballs. Lesson learned: kids are quiet when their mouths are full. Also, Shrek wasn't captivating enough for this group. Elmo and the Wiggles were more effective at settling everyone down. The kids sat still just long enough for the chaperones to recharge. Another lesson learned- Have more planned activities ready like finger painting or playdough. If the kids are doing an activity that requires them to be sitting down it's easier to keep track of them and keep them happy.

One thing the Cupits did right: they put down Laurel for a late nap. She didn't wake up until about a half-hour before the guests arrived. This reduced her irritability factor significantly. Brant will be more rested next time.

The best thing of all about the evening is an easy pick -- The next two evenings of the swap, the Cupits will be enjoying a quiet evening together sans bambinos!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

LAUREL LEARNS ONE ON ONE

Some kids have all the luck. So seems the case with little Laurel Cupit. Laurel was recently appraised by the public school system and determined to qualify for "group" speech therapy once a week for 45 minutes. Based on the child's schedule, the system places them at an appropriate elementary school (preferably close to the child's home.)

Laurel's match is a school about 10 minutes from her home. Her teacher is Ms. Kate. Laurel is Ms. Kate's only student at the moment. Lucky duck! Ms. Kate commented that Laurel's sounds are great already. The hearing aids are undoubtedly helping. Because of the one-on-one attention, Laurel is in essence being privately tutored in not only speech but also the alphabet and related sounds. For example, this first Tuesday she learned the letter G and the "guh" sound. She made a little tissue paper ghost and said, "Go, Ghost, Go!" From parental observation, the learning environment seems almost entirely hands-on and pupil directed. Laurel enjoys the experience. She likes Ms. Kate already!

Friday, October 12, 2007

BEAUTIFUL MORNING ATTRACTS FAMILY TO PUMPKINS (AGAIN!)





On perhaps the most beautiful morning since the spring, the Cupits traveled to one more pumpkin patch this morning. They met their friends Stacy, Ayden and Ian and had a happy time amidst the pumpkins. Brant ended up with his shirt off because it did get a little toasty in the sunshine. The pumpkin patch had plenty of fun attractions for the kids, including a mini pumpkin barn, a dry well, a teepee, piles of hay, a cat, and wagons and wheelbarrows.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

PUMPKIN PATCH PICTURE PERFECT


As temperatures dropped into the 60s and the humidity took a little vacation, Brant, Laurel and Maren decided to make good use of a beautiful October morning. They didn't have to drive far to find a little fall fun. A local church had a field full of pumpkins placed on pallets.

Laurel and Brant didn't waste any time after Maren unbuckled them. They were thrilled to pick up, climb on, and run around all of the pumpkins. Photos proved a little difficult, as the children wanted only to explore this great treasure. The best of the bunch are featured here.




Friday, October 5, 2007

DOCTOR'S VISIT BRINGS GOOD NEWS

Laurel went to see the eye doctor today. The glasses are working! Hooray! Her eyes are straight while she is wearing them. No surgery is necessary for now. The Cupits are so grateful. Thank goodness for wonderful medical care coupled with the faithful prayers of friends and family.

KIDS LOVE TO SIT AT LIBRARY

Brant and Laurel love to sit down at the local library. Mom just wishes they enjoyed sitting inside as much as sitting on the bench outside! They seem to think it's great fun to sit on the big cement bench upon entering and leaving the library. As soon as we go inside, they get a surge of energy and spend about as little time as possible being still. At least they love going to the library!

FALL FEST DRAWS CROWDS

As a very last minute decision, Maren and Brant joined Brad on LSU's campus for the annual Fall Fest. It was a warm, pretty day. Based on the crowds, the event must be counted as a success. The masses did make room for one special little man. Perhaps they hoped this VIP would one day join its ranks.

Brad was thrilled to show off his beloved school to his family. Brant seemed to like it. Laurel was in pre-school during the festivities, so Brant had both parents all to himself. What a fun way to spend a lunch break! Working for a university sure has some great perks!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

PARENTS OF TODDLERS FACE HEALTH RISK

At 8 am Thursday morning, both Maren and Brad Cupit sat in the dental office at 2 different locations. It turns out that both parents have been grinding and/or clenching their teeth lately, resulting in worn down enamel for Brad and a little jaw discomfort for Maren.

Brad's dentist asked explained that this condition happens usually in three different scenarios. 1. Misaligned bite 2. Trauma to the head 3. Stress. While his bite is pretty decent, Brad is 2 for 3.

Maren's dentist asked if she had been in a car accident in the last 5 years. "Yes." He then asked if she was under any stress in the past few months. She couldn't help but smile. He said, "what do you do for a living?" He looked just a little confused when she said she stayed at home. Then he asked how old her children were. Upon learning that she takes care of a 3 year old and a 20 month old, he seemed to understand. He also asked about exercise. Well, this certainly is an area for improvement. Ever since Jazzercise shut down a few months ago, scheduled exercise has been neglected.

Brad's dentist recommended a special contraption for his teeth to wear at night to prevent further damage. Maren's dentist recommended a lifestyle change. Hmmm, add exercise and tell the kids to fast forward a few years? Maybe adding the right amount of exercise will allow both parents to relax...just a little!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

FOOTBALL FACEOFF THREATENS FAMILY PEACE

Well, not really, but it makes a good headline! Last night, Brad wished Maren good luck with her team on Saturday. At first, she had no idea to what he was referring, then all she could think was, "yeah, right!"

It turns out that Brad's well-wish was genuine. For those questioning his loyalty, keep in mind that he did not say, "I hope your team wins on Saturday," or "I hope your team plays really well," he just wished the Gators luck. Does that mean he thinks they'll need it? After the heart-breaking loss to the Auburn Tigers, maybe they will.

Brad also pointed out to his orange and blue wife that that the Gators have only lost 2 games in the past 21...both of those to Auburn. But a night game in Death Valley is maximum home field advantage. Any sports fan in the SEC knows this.

Well, the game is highly anticipated in the Cupit household. One thing is for sure, the Cupits may be a house divided but they are still a family forever.