Friday, August 21, 2015

BOO HOOS AND BUTTERFLY KISSES

Laurel started 6 grade this year at a brand new school. She's trying out for volleyball and seems to like her teachers. Hopefully she'll make new friends soon.

Brant started fourth grade this year. He likes his teacher and we'll switch teachers everyday for science and math. Brant is so easy going.

Laney finally started kindergarten. She couldn't wait for the day to come. When mom asked her how her first day went, she replied, "It was kind of boring." Mom thinks she expected kindergarten to be one continuous birthday party. Knowing Laney she'll still find a way to have fun.

Todd celebrated back to school by going on a field trip with Bowen to the butterfly garden. He loved playing in the water and looking at the flowers. The gift shop was a big hit.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

BOY DROPS CURL

Todd still had his baby hair which included a long curl on the back of his head.  Dad begged for him to get a hair cut as the shaggy unevenness looked ao sloppy. Today we did it.  Todd was a champ and didn't cry or scream.  He wiggled a bit but overall did fantastic for a first haircut!

Before:
After:

GIRL BOINGS INTO NEXT YEAR

Laurel celebrated her birthday with three friends at Boing and Chick-fil-A. G.G. and Mom came along to watch.  It's hard to believe it's been 11 years since she was born.  Laurel is very responsible. She loves to cook and often makes breakfast for the family on the weekends. She is still competitive and athletic. She loves to sing.  Laurel loves baby Todd. His first name of the kids that he learned to say was Laurel :"Wo wo". She is so kind and gentle with him.  I love Laurel and can't wait to see what the coming year holds for her.


Sunday, June 7, 2015

DOCTOR FIXES FOOT

I cut my foot on the facade of the oven drawer. The bleeding lasted all morning so we headed to the urgent care after church.  About an hour and ten stitches later, I hobled out of the office with a surgery shoe and instructions to keep it clean and dry.  The stitches will come out in 10 days. Ouch!

Monday, June 1, 2015

BOY TESTIFIES

Brant took a leap of faith yesterday and bore his testimony in fast and testimony meeting yesterday. He has practiced at family home evening for a while. He and Mom reviewed the FHE lesson on the pew and then he decided to go for it.  He said sitting up there and waiting his turn was the scariest part.  The microphone was a little high because he didn't adjust it for himself, but he did a beautiful job.  Dad and Laney were shocked to see him on the stand.  They didn't see him leave the pew to head up there.  Everyone was so proud of him.  Even a few friends told him , "Good job!"

Friday, May 22, 2015

TODDLER LOVES TO RIDE

Todd doesn't love to get in the car, but he really loves to go for walks in the stroller, even in the house. Laney's friends don't seem to mind pushing him all around the house in the baby-doll stroller. He can climb in all by himself, occasionally getting his meaty leg stuck under a bar.  As of yet, he hasn't mastered getting out on his own, so he just yells until someone comes to rescue him. Then the process repeats.

In other Todd news, he almost always awakens in a cheerful, playful mood.  Mornings are generally his best time of the day.

He still loves his daddy and has learned how to say dada.  This week, as Brad tried to leave to play basketball one night, Todd had a meltdown.  He wanted nothing to do with the woman who nutures him daily, and would only stop his fits when passed into the arms of the provider.  Brad was blissful!  This is quite possibly the only time a Cupit child has refused the tender touch of his mother in favor of Dad.  Todd is full of firsts for this family.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GIFTS KEEP ON GIVING

Mother's day is hard on dads when the mom stays up way too late the night before.  Brad had to wait for Maren to fall asleep before he could put out her presents.  And then, he had to take care of Todd on Sunday morning.  He handled it like the champ that he is.  He also gave me a gift that will last much longer than flowers and chocolate. ..a clean driveway. He spent hours and hours turning our driveway and sidewalks into a white sand beach!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

MOM WINS, LOSES

I used to have ribs at my best friend's house as a kid quite often.  They were so yummy! Obviously, her dad never schooled me on his tricks of gril mastery.  I definitively blackened two full racks of ribs tonight. I'm not sure if I should swear off cooking them ever again and leave the ribs to Sonny's, or vow to become a grill master and make them again monthly. I really really love ribs.

In better news, I hung a new shower head in the kids bath today with total ease.  It is such a thrill that the kids begged to take showers after swimming in the pool.  Focus on the positives, right?

SATURDAYS BRING JOY AND TEARS

Saturdays can be fun and tough at the the Cupits. Mom and Dad try for at least one family activity each weekend, which the children love. They also try to get chores down every other weekend, which the children DON'T love.  Recent fun activities include visiting a local petting zoo, swimming in the pool and having playdates.  Recent chores include cleaning the bathrooms and steam mopping the kitchen floor.  It's funny that the kids spend more time crying and whining about the tasks than actually working. This is most certainly a new habit of the latest generation. In the eighties, children were happy to do anything their parents asked of them and never once complained about work.

PARK PROVES GOOD BOREDOM BUSTER

Laney can't wait for the kids to come home each day and is especially excited to begin kindergarten each day.  She gets bored on days when she doesn't go to pre-k.  Last week we ventured to a park to join some friends.  She was thrilled! The weather was cool and slightly breezy. Such a treat.

TODDLER GETS JUMP START ON SKILLS

Scouts haven't decided if he's a pocket passer or DT.

Friday, May 1, 2015

THE BUSIEST DAY IN A LONG TIME

Central Florida had gorgeous weather today!  Mid-70s and gentle breeze.  Laney attended her kindergarten tour and breakfast this morning.  She's been looking forward to this event for weeks, maybe a month.  She really enjoyed seeing the music room, the art room, a kindergarten classroom, and the media center.  The librarian mentioned that once the kindergarteners learn their sight words, they can start reading Accelerated Reader books and earn points.  Laney knows all about AR points from watching Laurel and Brant.  Laney is very excited to practice those sight words so we can get started on her own AR points.

Here are a few shots of our tour and Laney with the class of 2028!




This afternoon, the trouble started with a phone call from the elementary school reporting that Laurel fell on the playground and needed a parent there before the staff could move her anywhere.  To a mom's ears this equals PANIC.  Mom was about 45 minutes away.  Thank goodness Brad was working at the local office today and could make it to the elementary school in minutes.  He wasn't really concerned until he saw some staff members standing outside waiting for him to wave him through the car line. In the end, it seems Laurel had fallen off a high bar on the playground and landed on her back.  She lost her breath for a few seconds, injured her back and her head. Tonight though, after a heating pad and advil, she's sleeping well.  We'll take it day by day.

Maren attended a School Advisory Council meeting tonight.  These meetings allow a parent to get more inside information and perspective about the goings on at school.  It's also a great way to develop a relationship with some of the staff.  Some parents are requesting that the gifted students should switch to a different environment, where they would attend gifted classes all day every day.  Is that the best decision?

Upon arriving home, Maren found the garage door broken.  It seems a spring has broken and it has to be replaced.  How fortunate that both cars are NOT in the garage!

Brant went on a field trip to Sea World today, too and Brad took a trip down to the temple.  Quite an eventful day!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

POOL SPARKLES ONCE MORE

A day at the pool never felt so fantastic!  After 2.5 yrs of pool ownership, Maren and Brad have finally figured out how to use a pool vacuum!  Yahoo!  And after a decent scrubbing and spraydown, the deck is sparkling, too!  Well, at least half of it.  Just in time for summer!  Pool parties galore. 

Todd is surely going to be a fish as well.  He took two spills in the pool and still came back for more.  Thank goodness Laurel was there to rescue him the first time and Brad scooped him up the next.  Mom will be signing him up on Monday for serious swimming lessons.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SAY IT AGAIN, PLEASE!

Mr.T has thus far limited his spoken word to "he-ya"(here) and "uh-oh".  But today he became the first of the kiddos to utter "mama" BEFORE "dada"!  He says it on command and repeats it over and over. I think he knows how happy it makes his mommy, because sometimes he claps afterward.  The momma's heart leaps every time he says it!  She's praying tonight he doesn't lose his new skill by morning.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

EASTER 2015 ROLLS THROUGH

Easter morning 2015 was a new experience with Todd around.  Food allergies including dairy, egg, and peanut butter required special consideration from the Easter Bunny. We asked for non-chocolate candy at our address.  A few Reese's eggs made it through to Maren's stash, but they have been stored safely out of reach of the candy grabbers!

Brad prepares barricades the night before to prevent the kids from searching the loot before our photographer is camera ready.  Here they wait while Dad grabs Todd and finally gives the go-ahead.

And they're off...


The bunny's going to have to work a little harder next year to create a challenge for Laurel.  
Mr. T caught on to the game right away.
This is the look we see many times a day, to which we command, "Todd, spit it out.  Spit it out, Todd."  You never know what saliva-coated prize will end up in the palm of your hand....lego, marble, bouncy ball, jelly bean.  The jelly beans have to be pried out with intense effort, so usually he gets a pass with those.  
The whole bunch of us ended up outside by 7:30a.m. with bubble wands and LOUD voices.  Sorry neighbors!

Brad HATES to see the kids outside without shoes on.  So, for those of you worried about his tender littel toesies, he was back in the house in minutes getting shod. Is that the right word?
One final pic to send you on your way.  The 11th annual Cupit family easter bunny photo (well, not the official one, but the REAL one.)


BACK IN BUSINESS

The Chronicle has been long out of circulation. It's time for a rebirth.  The Cupit Family happenings are always fun and worthy of recording for laughs now and memories later.  To catch up, the Cupits live in a wonderful home in suburban Orlando.  Baby Todd joined the crew in December 2013.  Brad usually works from home 3 days a week.  Lately, he's been working at home full-time as Momma had a neck injury resulting in disk replacement surgery.

We've been blessed with lots of love and first-class care from Nurse Sandy while Papa K makes sure the kids get where they need to be.  Papa K is also in charge of our little trouble-maker, Todd.  His latest mishap involved the toilet, the remote control for Brant's toy helicopter and Late Night's favorite game- SINK or FLOAT!

Todd has forced the Cupit handyman to reverse the locks on the bathroom and bedroom doors to keep the little stinker out of the toilet.  In the last week, he's figured out how to climb up the blanket chests to climb onto the couch and reach the kitchen counter.  His prize- the cell phones lined up on the counter, supposedly out of reach of little fingers.

Laurel is finishing up her elementary career.  Sob, sigh, sob again!  She plays hours and hours outside after school.  She loves activity days at church and playing with friends or on the computer.  She loves the beach and attends a weekly guitar club class before school.  She loves cooking and is a huge help to mom, especially on the weekends when she cooks breakfast for the family.

Brant is in 3rd grade.  He loves comic book heroes, Harry Potter, and playing outside.  He doesn't love sports but still wants to hang out while the other kids are playing.  Brant loves science and reports he wants to be a dentist, a doctor, or a brain surgeon when he grows up.  He really enjoys scouting and this year started working on his Bear.

Laney can't get to Kindergarten fast enough.  Mom registered her recently.  The tour and welcome breakfast is coming up in about 2 weeks.  Pictures promised!  She also will be screened for placement.  Laney used to be a great reader but lost interest in Mommy school.  Now, she reports that some of her friends in pre-k can read and has decided that once again she's ready to try.  She loves to try math flash cards and anything else that makes her feel like a big kid.  In the meantime, she wants as many playdates as possible.  She is especially social, very well-adjusted, and can hold her own in the neighborhood when playing with the older kids.  In the last month, she surprised her Papa G by running 6 times around the block showing no sign of exhaustion.  She loves to run.  In races on the beach, Laurel knows that Dad shouldn't make the course too long.  "If it's too long, Laney will win." She swims like a fish, and with summertime around the corner, she'll be taking most of her baths in the pool!

The next posts will have pictures.  So happy to be back writing the Chronicle!