Sunday, November 18, 2007

AMERICA'S NEXT TOP YOUNGSTERS ENJOY PHOTO SHOOT


BLOCK AND BRIDLE BRINGS IN BABES

The annual LSU Block and Bridle rodeo took place this weekend with a kid's day on Saturday. Brad passed a banner walking into the office last week. Perhaps there wasn't quite enough publicity or maybe the crowds showed up later. The Cupits perused through the horse stalls, looked at the bulls, and played in the petting pen all by themselves. Sometimes, you just get lucky!









Friday, November 16, 2007

THANKSGIVING FEAST TREAT FOR MOTHER AND CHILD

Laurel's preschool class had their "Thanksgiving Feast" today complete with chicken nuggets and snack packs! Laurel's mom enjoyed the freedom of coming with both hands free thanks to the generosity of Cathi. Cathi watched Brant for a little while so Maren could have all attention devoted to Laurel. Laurel had lots of goodies to bring home, including a special Thanksgiving place mat, a thanksgiving craft, a cereal necklace and an Indian shirt.



DELINQUENT YOUTH SENT FOR CORRECTION

With Thanksgiving less than one week away, the Cupit family has much to be grateful for. At the top of the list are two angelic children. Angels, too, get into scuffles some times. Laurel brought home her first (and hopefully last) "Behavior/Office Visit Report Form" today for a Wednesday mishap.

Maren heard the beginning of the story on Wednesday, when Laurel got in the car in the carpool line holding a wadded tissue. She immediately, without provocation, confessed, "I poked Watts in the eye...cleaning up toys...it was an accident...I went to time out." Maren was sad and disappointed, but after brief discussion decided to forget the incident and resolved to speak to Ms. Tracy on Friday at the class Thanksgiving feast.

Today at the feast, Ms. Tracy explained what happened, but the official report tells it best.

Description of Behavior: She slapped another student in the eye. She said she did it because he wasn't cleaning up and it was clean up time.

Action taken by teacher: Sent to time out and then to the office.

Action taken and plan made by Director: I talked to Laurel about not hitting friends in class. I told her the next time someone didn't behave & mind their teacher-she was not to intervene & try to be the teacher. She needs to keep her hands to herself & let Ms. Tracy handle the problems in class.

For the record, Laurel's mother reports that Laurel has never been slapped at home. Ms. Tracy continued the story telling Maren that Laurel came back from the director's office crying and very upset. Apparently, this was a surprise, as Laurel is not one of the "criers" in class. Ms. Tracy also said that when other children get sent to the Director's Office, some of the kids (including Laurel) want to go, too. They must think it's a special treat. Ms. Tracy confided to Maren today that Laurel probably wouldn't be requesting that anymore!

Laurel seems to have learned her lesson. Of course, the family will have further discussion about keeping your hands to yourself and treating your friends nicely. Apparently, this little event was traumatic enough to keep little Laurel out of the office for a long, long, LONG time!

Friday, November 9, 2007

BIRTHDAY WISHES SENT FROM THE HEART



On the eve of November 10th, 2007, the Chronicle wishes to pay special devotion to some dear friends living large on the Florida beaches. Oh, how our staff yearns to be listening to the waves and reminiscing with the party. Instead, we send our love...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

FAVORITE THINGS SHARED AT MOM'S NIGHT

For those Moms out there, here's a fun suggestion for a great night away from the kiddos. Invite a few friends over with their favorite things. Each guest brings five $5 items. Examples include favorite nail polish, lip gloss, gift cards, hand soap, lotion, etc. Then all the guests draw names out of a hat to swap.

It's a fun opportunity to have a night out and spend some time with the girl friends. Plus, you're guaranteed to go home with some cool stuff!

Monday, November 5, 2007

SISTER AND BROTHER TAKE A REST

Sunday afternoon is a perfect time to take a little rest on the grass...especially in perfect weather. The Cupit children may look calm here, but don't be fooled. The novelty of taking a rest outside wore off pretty darn quick!

A "FAIR" TIME HAD BY ALL

Mom, Laurel and Brant went to the state fair this past week. It was a great way to spend some evening time while Dad was working late, but his presence was most certainly missed. The family spent most of their 60 minute attendance with the farm animals. Laurel and Brant both enjoyed feeding the various animals. The Chronicle's senior photographer filled this photo assignment while concurrently keeping the young subjects within an arm's reach. This is a task fraught with frustration, yet in the end certainly worthy of commendation.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

HALLOWEEN FUN COMES TO CUPIT HOUSE

Here's a fine selection of photos from this year's Halloween celebrations in and around the Cupit house. The season was fantastic and ended this morning with the annual trip to Target's Halloween clearance to pick out some more cute decor for years to come. In truth, I suppose the holiday doesn't end until the last of the candy is eaten or ends up in the trash.

The playdate party was a success and involved painting pumpkins, a leaf fight, cake, and pizza. What more could a kid ask for?

The school party was fun as well. Laurel is a star student (so says her mother) and by observation appears to be an active learner in her class. It's quite interesting how quickly children fall into pigeonholes. Within a few minutes of coming into her class, a visitor can spot the quiet, reserved child by the books, the obstinate child on the floor, the destructive child throwing something, the social children, and a few others. Laurel insisted on being a pumpkin for her school party. Many of the Halloween books she read with her mother had at least one child dressed as a pumpkin in their class parade. (above: Mother's Fav Halloween photo)


Trick or treating was fun for the kids once underway. Brant was upset to say the least about putting on his costume. Pictures were extremely difficult. Brad reports that once on their way through the neighborhood, both kids did great.