Thursday, July 31, 2008

SPOON FINDS NEW HOME

As mothers know, requisite multi-tasking often leads to unfinished business. In this case, Maren should have put the apple juice back in the fridge. Instead, she ran to another room to find out what Laurel needed. Upon her return, Brant seemed so pleased with himself. In her distraction, it took Maren about a minute to figure out what Brant was talking about. Lucky for her, Brant doesn't stop repeating something until he's sure you know what he said. "I put spoon in apple juice." The clever little fellow took a spoon out of the drawer, stood on his stool, opened the apple juice container and deposited a spoon in the small mouth of the jug. Was he trying to stir it? If so, he certainly didn't seem disappointed that the spoon dropped in. Maren is consulting authorities on how to remove the spoon without sawing the bottle in half. Life with a two-year old is full of surprises.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Belle??? Surely, Ariel is a better fit


You Are Belle!
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Intelligent and kind. Your beauty goes much further than your apperance. Also, you make judgements of people based on their personality and not their looks. Attaining all the knowledge that you can is one of your major goals in life, but you are also a person who can make things happen.


Which Disney Princess Are You?

Friday, July 25, 2008

MEMORY MADE AT DOCTOR'S OFFICE

It seems every family has a "poop story" in their past. The Cupits now have a good one of their own to remember for a long time.

Laurel coughed for 2 nights in a row. It was a barking cough, preceded by a wheezing sound on the intake. The second night, the coughing was bad enough to make her sick-sick, with the v-word. The morning after the second night, she was vocally miserable and a doctor's visit was scheduled. Brant, while in good spirits, had a small appetite. For Brant, that's a sure sign that something is off-balance.

The family headed to the doctor to hear the verdict on Laurel. Once in the main waiting room, Brant soiled his diaper. Laurel, in the meantime, is curled up in Maren's arms repeating intermittently, "I don't feel well!" She was speaking a little more loudly than her mother would have liked, but at least she was using proper English. So Maren transferred Laurel into the chair by herself and took Brant to the waiting room restroom. The diaper was changed, but it was the last spare in the diaper bag. Next, Laurel was called to the back by the nurse. The nurse had her step on the scale...Laurel protested as she didn't want anything to do with anything except her mom, but she acquiesced at last. Brant then wanted a turn, and the nurse was sweet enough to let him on, too. Maybe she was as curious as so many others about the boy's weight. While the actual numbers will be withheld for the family's privacy, it may be noted that Laurel and Brant are separated in weight by only 2 lbs.

Waiting in the examination room, Brant had his second dirty diaper and Laurel communicated that she needed to go potty too. Off to another bathroom the family went. Maren removed Brant's diaper, thinking maybe she could salvage that last diaper and use it until back home. Not a chance! So instead of doing the smart thing and asking the nurse for another diaper, she put his shorts back on sans diaper. She just hoped that maybe they could make it through the appt and back home before another episode. No sooner had the three of them made it back to the exam room than Brant went for the third and final time...this one was a doozy. Straight down his shorts leg, on his socks and shoes and onto the floor (thank goodness it was linoleum.) Finally, Maren did the right thing and stuck her head out the door and asked for some help and a spare diaper. She had most of the mess cleaned up by the time she asked for assistance, but the nurses didn't look too thrilled. The doctor was wonderful despite the stinky room. He handled the moaning Laurel like a professional. She was diagnosed with croup and a stomach bug. He sent the prescription to the pharmacy via his iPhone (which Brad found very cool) and the family was on their way. It was quite an embarrassing day, but one that will make for laughs for years to come.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

MALL ADDS TO SUMMER FUN

Mommy and Me at the mall started late this year and scratched the face-painting booth, but moms and kids are still coming to enjoy the free carousel rides and Chik-fil-A deals. Balloon animals are available too.

Maren, Laurel, and Brant have made the trip twice this year. The kids ride the carousel until mom is sick of it. Lunch is a treat, followed by a trip to the mall playland, and the obligatory stop in the "Mickey Mouse store."

COUGHLIN FEARS FUTURE

Beijing is only a few weeks away, but Olympic aquatic superstar Natalie Coughlin has more than her medal count to worry about. Little Laurel Cupit has started swimming lessons. With the biggest kick in her age group, Laurel is one to watch. Her first lessons are quite basic, but once this girl masters putting her face in the water, she'll leave the rest of the kids in her wake. She loves her lessons, calming her mother's fears that Laurel would be the screaming child that the instructors couldn't wait to be done with. She still has fears to conquer, but she's moving in the right direction. Laurel has been promised a doll that knows how to swim if she learns how to swim. The rather pricey incentive requires completely unaided swimming from the middle of the pool to the side (face-in). The Chronicle will post week 2 progress after the lessons are done, but here are a few shots from day one.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

FIG SEASON HELPS FAMILY

It was a new experience, but also one that will keep on giving for some time. The Cupits went to a friend's house to help them harvest their daily supply of figs. The family walked away with enough figs to experiment with several recipes. Find the first delicious muffin recipe below. Thanks to Gayle Smith for providing a recipe that even picky little eaters will enjoy!

1/3 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup quick cooking oats, uncooked
2 Tbsp finely chopped walnuts
1 Tbsp margarine (or butter)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine these first five ingredients in a bowl; stir well, and set aside.

1 1/5 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick oats (I used flax meal instead)
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Combine flour, oats, and next five ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.

1 1/2 cups chopped fresh figs (3/4 pound)
1 cup nonfat buttermilk
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg lightly beaten

Combine figs and next 4 ingredients; stir well.

Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.

Divide batter evenly among 18 muffin cups coated with cooking spray, and sprinkle oat mixture evenly over muffins.

Bake at 400 for 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove muffins from pans immediately, and let cool on a wire rack.

Muffins:18.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

WATER RELAXES ALL

Please enjoy this photo feature. To make the publish deadline, explanation and cute quips were omitted from this post.

Necessary explanation for photo below: This darling child followed her mother's instructions to activate the park's motion sensor by waving her hand in front of it. So, she placed her hand on the sensor and waved with the other hand. It created the desired effect; the fountains started working again!



Wednesday, July 2, 2008

PRINCE TAKES TWO PRINCESSES TO BALL


In a feat of diplomacy, Prince Brant entertained both Cinder-Laurel and Sleeping Ainsly at a morning ball at the Woods' Castle in Wyndyshire. They danced and played and feasted on golden noodles. Duke Dawson, though not pictured, also participated in the royal affair. The four budding magistrates will meet again on the morrow at the splash council. They will practice enjoyable hydration and cooling techniques necessary to endure the summer in the Land of Louisiana.

PARENTS PROMOTE CRANKINESS

In a drastic turn of events Sunday night, two parents asked their kids to "get cranky!" Of course, it was all in preparation for a delicious dessert to be accompanied by a glass of water or milk...no whine on the menu.

The formula for cranky bliss is as follows (thanks Patti!):

In a 9" deep pie dish crust (from the frozen section, of course!), mix:

1 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp sugar

Peel, core, and slice 4-6 yellow delicious apples and place in pie crust. Pile the apples higher than the piecrust; when they bake, they will fall into the crust. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the apples.


In a separate bowl, combine: 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 stick butter. Roll the mixture between your hands until little balls form.
The parents in our feature were not daring enough to let the children mix this topping, but they were permitted to drop the ball topping over the apples to form the top crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes until golden brown.