Monday, September 27, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

KIDS STILL HAPPY AFTER PLANS CHANGE

Yesterday morning was supposed to be a big family outing to DeLeon Springs, complete with breakfast at the Old Sugar Mill and swimming in the springs. Unfortunately, Papa bear did something to his neck and an hour drive followed by kids hanging on his back in the water did not sound like the right medicine.

Aunt Cissy was to accompany us and agreed when Momma offered an alternative. Since the kids had been counting down the days till we went to breakfast at a restaurant, we went to a yummy place in town and then went to Aunt Cissy's house. Brant knew that the pinball machine would be waiting for him at her house, but had no idea that this gigantic machine of awesomeness would be waiting in the backyard:
Uncle Lance showed both kids how to operate it and Brant even got to drive it forward. He looked right at home on it. He learned how to lift the loader fast by pushing on the gas. Maybe Brant will have a career in construction one day.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

FATHER PRODUCES SUMMER DOCUMENTATION

Brad's life is complete. A few month's ago he got the iPhone 4. This has probably been mentioned before in the Chronicle, but the significance condones a few more mentions.

As the rest of you gadget-happy people out there know, this phone has great still shot and video camera features. Posted below are a few shots of the family on an outing to the New Orleans Aquarium. Take special note of Laurel's face inside the shark mouth. She certainly was irritated, but it's been too long to remember the source of aggravation.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

SUNSHINE STATE WELCOMES CHRONICLE

The Chronicle's long-time absence, perhaps the longest on record, can be adequately explained by the latest family adventure. The Cupit family has moved to Florida.

Before the move, the summer included plenty of fun activities sans documentation. With 3 children at home all day everyday, Maren has a greater appreciation for home-schoolers. For the record, the Cupit family will never be home-schooled.

Brad spent a few of his "vacation days" after leaving his prior job fixing up the house. He got the kids involved when possible.
Laney achieved a few milestones this summer. She does her best to keep up with big sister and brother by taking about 10 steps at a time. She climbs everywhere and had quite the time on the stairs in the new townhouse until Daddy pooped on the party and installed two fancy-pants baby-gates. She's up to six teeth now and can eat like a pro. She's not very choosy as long as the quantity is plentiful. Make no mistake, Miss Laney gets her point across when something's not going her way. She is full of personality and curiosity.
Laurel is enjoying first grade and seems to be making the transition pretty easily. The biggest change for her is riding the bus. Today was only her second day riding it and there was a substitute driver. She said it was "a little scary." But, tomorrow is field trip day and she's happy.
Brant will hopefully be enrolled in PreK by Monday. Along with a move comes mounds of paperwork to be completed before you can do anything.

There is absolutely, positively no way Maren would have maintained any piece of sanity without the generous help of her mom. Mimi flew down to Baton Rouge to help Maren pack, prep the house (which went under contract in a little over a week!), manage the kiddos and live without a husband for a week. She then accompanied Maren and the kids in the van on the 13 hour drive to Florida while Brad and his dad drove the Uhaul. All of the grandparents have been a huge support.

When the family arrived in the new home-sweet-home the a/c was broken and a few other things were out of sorts, but now almost everything is working well. There are still boxes in every room...nothing like a move to prove you have way too much stuff. Maybe by Laney's birthday the home will be presentable, maybe.

So far, there are two favorite things about the new home.
1. Publix...where shopping truly is a pleasure.
2. "Night Swims"~ that's what Brant calls the evening pool playtime with Brad after work. The community pool is practically in the backyard!

Be on the lookout for more favorites as time goes on.