Saturday, April 24, 2010

CLASS PICKS BERRIES

What does a 4-year-old boy do when handed a bucket at the strawberry farm?

First, this:

Then, lots and lots of this:

CHERUB BLESSES FAMILY MORE THAN SIX MONTHS


She's trying to sit up. She smiles all the time. She's sleeping for 8-9 hour stretches (finally)! She's eating sweet potatoes, butternut squash, rice cereal, oatmeal, bananas, pears, green beans, and on very rare occasion, peas. Carrots and peaches seem to cause a skin reaction, so Maren has other plans for the carrot and peach purees in the freezer. Laurel, beware. Your food may soon have hidden nutritional value!

At her 6 month appointment, Laney weighed 20 lbs, 9 oz. and measured 26 inches long. Her height dropped into the 50th percentile perhaps because she was about to have a growth spurt. Developmentally, she's rolling around everywhere. Her mommy will sometimes find her in her crib on her tummy. It's possible she's becoming a stomach sleeper. She makes the cutest shrill cooing noises and has been heard saying mamama about 5 times. She is the first of the Cupit children to say it before dada. She seems to love the sound of her own voice. As the third child, Laney's lot in her baby life is to spend a bit of time riding in the car transporting the other two children. When Laurel and Brant get in the car, not only does Laney light up, she joins the conversation. As Mom pumps the kids for information on the school day's goings on, Laney begins "talking" loudly. Laurel gets pretty frustrated about this, because it's quite difficult to think while Laney is communicating, much less talk.

For the most part, she sticks to a pretty consistent schedule. Wake up around 7, nap about 10-12, nap again about 2-3, and again a cat nap around 5 before finally crashing for the night close to 8pm. She's easy to please with some toys and a little playtime. Brant is especially good at making her laugh. She loves to play in the bathtub.

Roughly estimated, about 75% of the people who comment on her looks think she looks like Brant. The rest swear she looks just like Laurel. To her mom, she looks like Laney. One thing's for sure, Laney is loved.

Monday, April 5, 2010

LIFE'S A BEACH (AND AN AIRPLANE)

It's true that people need a vacation to recover from their vacation. Maren is exhausted after 4 days in paradise. It helps that the family stayed at a SUPER NICE place. Thank goodness for generous grandparents.

The airplane rides were just as important to the kids as the beach.



They loved taking a spin on the luggage cart with Papa G.



It wasn't long before they were ready for the water!



The kids got plenty of love from Mimi and Papa G before bedtime.



They were bribed out of the water for a little Easter Egg dying.



Lots of dancing during another water/sun break:



Laney was given plenty of attention, too!



The weather and ocean were pretty cold in the morning. It didn't seem to bother Brad and Laurel.



By afternoon, the water was warm enough...at least for a little bit.




Since the kids had the best babysitters around, the parents were able to go out on a wonderful date with delicious food, and every evening the skyline treated us to a beautiful sunset and the sound of waves crashing as we slept. It doesn't get any better than that...