Monday, December 17, 2007

NUTCRACKER MISUNDERSTANDING CLARIFIED

This past Friday night, it was Maren and Brad's turn for a date while someone else watched the group of kids. Brad did something extra special. The whole week, he told Maren what a great date they were going to have, but wouldn't give her any specific clues. Maren thought maybe she had figured it out when she saw a news segment about ice skating downtown. "That would be a fun date," she thought.

The night came and Brad was in a rush to leave the house. He told Maren she could wear something nice or jeans. He didn't mention anything about gloves or a jacket, so Maren figured ice skating was out of the question. But, when they got in the car, they headed straight downtown, even to the same parking garage that was used for the ice rink. Maren thought, "I am going to be a little disappointed if we're going skating, and I didn't dress appropriately. My hands are going to FREEZE!" They parked and headed to the event...to the theater! Maren searched for a banner advertising the performance, but nothing was visible. Finally, in the will call line, she saw a little girl holding her nutcracker doll. Aha! They grabbed their tickets and bolted to their seats on row J and smack in the middle. Perfect seats!

At some point during the performance, Brad made a confession. "I didn't know they didn't talk during this...I thought it was a play!" Poor Brad! He and Maren still watched the bayou version of the ballet. After Brad commented that the performance seemed to lack much of a plot, Maren explained that the original nutcracker has a more obvious storyline. On the way home, Brad gently mentioned that he didn't think he'd want to do this every year! Maybe the snow king's tights were just a little too tight!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

KIDS PREFER PIANO

The time of year is here for church Christmas dinners and nativity plays. The Cupits ventured to their ward dinner last night. The food was delicious thanks to wonderful southern cooks on the activities committee, but Laurel and Brant proved more interested in something else. The picture below was taken just before the family was shooed away for disrupting the Christmas play going on in the gym....OOPS!

SWAP NIGHT TAKE 2 GETS BREAK

It was the Cupit's turn to host the children again this past Friday night, and this time the effort was no sweat. The Hutchinsons couldn't make it due to a last minute change in plans, so Maren and Brad were only responsible for holding down the fort with 4 children. Maren recalls looking at the clock at one point and saying, "Wow, it's already 6:30!" Better preparation this time around was a big help, too! The kids played with playdough for a full 20 minutes! This might not seem long to those without children, but in the world of parenthood, 20 full minutes of four children sitting in one place without commotion is something of note. Charlie Brown's Christmas also had a showing at the Cupit Cinema. The kids preferred to enjoy this flick as background ambiance during their playtime in the living room. The toy of choice for the evening was the wooden rocking horse made by Laurel and Brant's great-grandfather years ago. The kids love it!

Laurel and Ainsly took turns singing happy birthday to each other and blowing out the candle (pretend, of course). Here you can see Laurel either keeping Ainsly from getting too close or protecting her control over the "birthday cake", you decide!

It really was a great night. Next time, the Cupits hope to have their bag of tricks stocked for the whole gang of 6.

CHRISTMAS ELF VISITS CUPIT KITCHEN

Apparently, the Christmas elf must have heard some sighs coming from the Cupit household upon the realization that no one took pictures of the first annual Cupit Cookie Exchange.

As our photo editor was transferring some pictures from the camera to the computer, she discovered a pleasant surprise. Thank you, Christmas Elf!

Monday, December 3, 2007

BLOG BREAK BRINGS CONCERN

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

On behalf of our team here at the Chronicle, I would like to explain the slow down of blog posts.

Our photo editor has been suffering amidst creative challenges. Quite simply, her favorite photo subjects are enjoying a rather mellow life at the moment. In addition, the photo editor forgot to take pictures of a few important events.

Maren hosted her first annual Cookie Exchange on Saturday morning. She successfully remained calm throughout preparation and party time! This is a huge feat! Thanks to plenty of help from Brad, the house looked great and the children had a great time playing at a friend's house. Brad volunteered to watch 4 children all by himself, and reported back to Maren that, "It wasn't too hard!"

Last week, the Cupit crew and friends from playgroup headed to the mall for free Santa photos. After quite a long wait, Laurel sat solo on Santa. Brant didn't cry, but when prompted to sit on Santa's lap, he clung to his mother with a death grip. Santa's jolliness was left in his sleigh in the parking lot, but Laurel is too young to judge a good Santa from a bad one. The photo came out ok, but the Chronicle does not employ a scanner. Anyone wishing to view the free photo will have to take a trip to the Cupit kitchen and check out the refrigerator.

The final explanation for the blog blahs is that I, your humble editor-in-chief, have started working again in accounting. I will spend a little time in the office, but most of the work will be done from home. I am very excited about this new adventure. Anyone needing tax services for individual, partnership, or corporate returns should e-mail me directly for a recommendation to my boss. She owns a small firm here in town, and I love working for her.

Please remain faithful to our blog. We will return at a normal pace shortly. After all, this season should bring plenty of photo worthy goings-on!