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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Asher and The Trouble with Teeth

I just had the biggest sigh as I sat down the type this post.

Teeth trouble.

My face is presently experiencing spastic cringing as I think about our little visit to the dentist. If read my post here about fears, you'll notice the dentist was one of them (and now it's all too validated!)

I took Asher to the dentist for a cleaning this week. Vaughn and I had noticed some darkening in the crevices of his back molars while we brush his teeth that we were a little worried about, but we were still hopeful...after all, they are just baby teeth, right?

After his cleaning (which he did great!) the dentist calls me in and proceeds to show me a number of cavities in sweet boy's beautiful in multiple (i.e.many, several, numerous) cavities. I'm still so horrified I can't even share it with the blog world.

The dentist then begins to talk in code about the procedures (again, plural!) because he doesn't want to scare Asher and he advises ME not to talk to him about the details of drill and fill.

Terrifying, right? I can only imagine what goes through a 4 yr olds mind as they sit in a big dental chair for an extended amount of time getting shots, drilled and filled.

It absolutely makes me sick to my stomach.

I'm ushered back the waiting room, digesting just how Asher could have X amount of cavities.

And you know when small kids have cavities, who does the finger get
pointed at????

A beaming Asher gets delivered back to me by the hygienist. He has a new superhero toy from the treasure chest.

Ready for the part where go from horrified to mortified?

Hygienist: Did Asher go to bed with the bottle when he was a baby?
What I said: NO! Never!

What I thought? Omg, they think I am completely retarded. Doesn't everybody know you're not supposed to put the baby to bed with a bottle? Should I tell her I nursed Asher for a whole year and then he went to a sippy cup with the exception of ONE bottle we kept at bedtime until he was 18 months old?

Hygienist: Does Asher drink excessive amounts of juice?
Me: No! He gets one cup of juice, one cup of milk and the rest water.
Hygienist: You can always water down the juice he gets.

What I'm thought? Omg, I cannot believe this!!! She totally thinks I am the worst mom ever. Should I tell her we already do water down the juice? We always have....mostly in the effort to make it go further because it's one way I can cut our grocery bill down. My niece even refuses to drink the juice at Aunt Jill's house because it's watered down.

And here's where I go from mortified to miffed.

Hygienist: Does he drink a lot of coke?
Me: NO! We are very strict about what he eats and drinks.

What I'm thinking? OMG, I'm gonna crap my pants. Coke? Who gives their kid coke? I've never ever given Asher a coke. He doesn't even know what a coke is! Vaughn and I do try so hard not to feed Asher junk all day. I don't even let him have chocolate milk!

Hygienist: Make sure you are brushing his teeth twice a day, especially before bedtime.

At this point, I have no words. Obviously, she thinks I am lacking some pretty basic parenting skills and I don't really feel the need to give a play by play of our day (from brushing teeth after breakfast, to the lack of coke drinking, to brushing our teeth again before bed) to a complete stranger who probably won't believe me anyway.

Mortified. Horrified.

I called Vaughn and told him and he's in disbelief too.

He called his cousin, who is a dentist in his hometown, to tell him the situation and ask what he thought. He asked us our teeth care regime, which our dentist never did. He assured Vaughn it sounded like our oral healthcare routine with Asher was just fine and that some dentists are more aggressive at treating even the smallest signs of tooth decay. He also urged us to get a 2nd opinion from a trusted dentist if we could.

We've already decided we're going to travel the 3 hrs to south GA and let Vaughn's cousin give us a second opinion. It's someone we trust and even if the news is still bad, at least we we know it's not for an over aggressive dentist with a drill!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Party like a Superhero

When I blogged my Top 5 Posts of 2011 I realized that Superhero parties are in hot demand. I made a long and detailed post about Superhero Party Ideas here. However, when I posted about the actual party, I focused more on my little man and less about the details like decorations, etc.

I wanted to go back and give some detailed pictures of what we did so maybe this can be helpful to other people planning
their own little Superhero party.

The adult tables. There was one more not pictured that hadn't been set up yet...nothing like waiting until the last minute, right?

Close up of the tables.

The kids table. I made each kid a cape that is placed under their plate. The one closest to you in the pic is pink for my niece.

The table is not finished in this picture, but you can see the Gotham City scape we made out of cardboard.

Superhero's Only! sign for the front door.

Gift bags for party guests. I don't even remember what we put in the "Little Superhero" bags, but we put a yummy trail mix in the bags for "Big Superheros."

Banner I made out of scrapbook paper, red ribbon and superhero clipart I found on the internet. I still have all the images on file, so if you are interested, I can email them to you.

No party is complete without a Superhero cake. Asher requested Spiderman, Batman and The Hulk. He loved it!

And if you're in the Atlanta area, don't forget I can make this cake for YOU too!

You can see my cake and cookies blog here at The Happy Caker!

I was at max crafting potential for his party. There were so many other things I wanted to do, but ran out of time! All in all, I thought his party was a hit and Asher did too!

I can't believe we're closer to h
is 5th birthday now than his 4th. He's already told me he wants it to be about BUGS!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

10 Day You Challenge-7 Wants

Ok, I'm going to need to make this one short and sweet. I've spent way too much time blogging about myself instead of my sweet family. Maybe it's been a nice change of pace for the 10 people who read my blog! Ha!

1. I want a healthy family. I guess I should say I want my family to remain healthy

2. I want to be my children, my husband. I want them to think I'm the best thing since sliced bread. I want to be a woman whose actions are worthy of such adoration.

3. I want to be financially sound. And I'm hoping this doesn't require me going to work outside the home to get there!

4. I want to be a better friend (Thanks, Shaped by Grace!). I have all the excuses in the world why I'm not and none of them are good!

5. I want to put others before myself, be more thoughtful and less selfish.
Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

6. I want to be successful in my endeavors. Wife, Mom, Daughter, Friend, Business.

7. I want to be content just where I am...presently. Too often I find myself thinking and hoping for tomorrow and future days, and I fear (oops, that was a whole 'nother post, wasn't it?) I miss out on the here and now.

Told you it would be short and sweet. Up next, 6 places!
BUT, I think I need to shine the light on my sweet kids next and what we've been up to!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Back in the Swing of Things

We've not been up to much lately. Just trying to get back into the routine of things after the holidays.

I loved how Mc and Asher were playing (nicely!) the other day. It was so sweet!

I was really sad to take down my Christmas stuff. I always seem to feel this let down after the Christmas season is over. I love all the gatherings, the excitement, the build-up, the twinkling lights, cheerfulness...Don't get me wrong; I know the reason for the season is in my heart all year long. But after Christmas, we have to suffer through bleak, cold winter days. It's just not my thing.

Maryclaire LOVES her new baby dolls.

Maryclaire is wearing me out. She's been sleeping terrible for weeks now and I'm tired. And it's winter and it's cold which just makes me want to stay in bed and hibernate!

Little sister on big brother's heels-Love it!

Oh, but these cute things seem to get me out of bed every morning...even if it takes me a couple of cups of coffee until I can really enjoy them!

10 Day YOU Challenge-8 Fears

These first few fears come rather easily. I don't think I'm alone in many of these.

1. Someone in my family getting sick or hurt. My parents, my children. Day after day we are inundated with stories of sickness and tragic accidents and I DAILY give thanks to God for his protection over my family.

2. Spiders. Seriously. If it's bigger than the size of my little pinky nail, it terrifies me. I can't even get close enough to stomp them death. I usually throw things at it... mostly shoes. Other times I try to coax Asher into killing it...and often he'll cry and tell me he wants to put it in a jar. If neither of those two work, I get out a can of Lysol or some other cleaning substance and spray the heck out it until it stops moving.

3. Being out of control. I have serious issues. 'Nuff said.

4. Failure.

5. And along those same lines, I fear what other people think of me...especially if I fail.

6. The Dentist. While my teeth might look ok, I've always struggled with healthy teeth no matter how much I brush and floss. I seriously fear the white knuckles/death grip on the chair fear.

7. I fear getting sick...cancer or some other debilitating disease that might make me unable to care for my children, my family the way I'm supposed to...the way I desire to.

8. Being a parent. Or not being a good enough parent...scarring my children through some unthoughtful action, not investing enough in them, failing them on some level, not being able to protect them them from this (sometimes) cruel world.

Up next, 7 wants (only 7???) Kidding!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

10 Day YOU Challenge-9 Loves

Nine things I, seems easy, but it's not???? I mean, OF COURSE, I love my family, God, my kids, my hubby...duh! Totally a given, right?

So, I'm trying to dig a little deeper here and it's a little more difficult than one would imagine. Here goes...

1. I love the last 10% of decorating cakes and cookies the most. Weird? No, not really. The last 10% is adding in all those little details that really make all the difference...really make what you're creating come together.

2. I love those people you meet that you automatically feel connected to. I hope that doesn't sound weird. You know, when you meet someone and the conversation flows so gently, like someone you've known all your life? I love that.

3. Mail. Real Mail. Like letters and cards. I think I've gotten less than 1/2 dozen REAL pieces of mail this whole year. I loved everyone of them.

4. I love special days like Valentine's, St. Patrick's, July 4th, Easter, etc. Really, anything that gives me an excuse to do something cute and crafty with my kids and celebrate with a special treat or small gift.

5. The feeling of finishing a project or marking something off my to do list, even if it's just catching up all the laundry (come on, mama' know what an good feeling that is...even if it's just for a moment). I am very task orientated and love the feeling of getting "stuff" done.

6. I love waking up and drinking my coffee before my kids wake up. Do I usually do it? No way! The rarity of it probably has something to do with why I savor it so much!

7. Hotels. Nice hotels. I am not referring to your local Super 8. I love staying in nice hotels, having someone else make the bed and tidy up, bring you fresh towels, those little bottles of relaxes me just thinking about it!

8. The beach. Love, love, love the beach. I get giddy like a 5 yr old about making sand castles and then something about the drone of the waves just relaxes my soul. It's by far my most favorite place.

9. I love being doted on. Who doesn't? It's the simple thing like when my hubby fixes me a cup of coffee in the morning or my mama sends me home with a meal so I don't have to cook. I don't mean being doted on with expensive gifts ...I'm not that type of girl.

Next on the 10 day YOU challenge, Fears!

10 Day YOU Challange

I'm already behind on getting to this "assignment" (story of my LIFE these days, right?) but I think it's a really neat idea. I got this idea from Shaped by Grace . Don't know her? You should! Please check her blog out here or her facebook page here. I promise, she won't disappoint. So, the challenge looks like this:

Follow me? I'm hoping to get all 10 posts done by the end of January. Wish me luck. This will definitely be a challenge as my time for blogging seems to get shorter and shorter as the days fly by.

So, without further ado, here are 10 know blog worthy secrets...not skeleton in the closet secrets (who me? skeletons in the closet...don't pretend you don't have them either-haha!)

1. I like hip hop/pop music. Really, I do...Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Kanye, M.I.A., Eminem, Drake, etc. In the words of my hubby, I'll listen to whatever "the man feeds me." In my defense, I do not to listen inappropriate music when little ears are also listening. It's just for me.

2. I am cheap....and thrifty. Really, really, cheap and thrifty. Partly because I'm broke and partly because it's the way I am. My newest favorite store is Goodwill. I am not kidding.

My sweater? From Goodwill!

3. I like beer. Yep, that's right...a well crafted beer. Not real girly, is it? I know. I mean, I'm not talking I sit down with a 6 pack here. I like to enjoy the taste of a good at a time. I'm a complete lightweight!

4. I hide sweets. From my hubby, from my kids. If you know my hubby, you know why I have to hide my sweets!

5. I am terribly messy. The clutter queen. It's a bad habit I'm trying to tame this year. I've already taken 5 boxes of stuff to goodwill this year...I am trying.

See all my kitchen clutter?

6. I love to sing. I did not say I have a good voice. For the most part, it's my kids who get to listen to me...and they're not really partial at this age, so I don't practice a lot of reserve. Maybe I'm teaching them it's good to have a song in your heart...

7. And dance. I love to dance. Like, shake your booty dance. Again, something only my kids and ***sometimes*** hubby get to see...and only my hubs if I am feeling extra goofy.

8. I have a temper. Me? Sweet, little ole me? Embarrassingly, yes. If you are very close to me, you've probably seen it a time or two. It's not something I'm terribly proud of and something I try to keep a lid on.

9. Along with that temper is a sarcastic smart mouth. Again, those close to me know what I'm referring to...especially my hubby.

This sweet little thing has FOR SURE been sporting her Mama's sassy attitude lately.

Hmmm, can I think of a positive secret??? Seems like I've put a negative spin on the past couple.

10. I am addicted to coffee, sugar and facebook. Those aren't so bad, right? In my defense, I still get up with Mc almost every night and I use facebook to promote and manage my budding cake/cookie/sweets business (<----Click me, click me!). And the sugar bit, well, no excuses there. Thank the Lord I have a quick metabolism and two little ones to run after!

The next blog challenge? 9 Loves!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2011

Happy New Year to all! I can't believe it's January already. I know I'll blink and we'll be all be covered in paper hearts and glitter for Valentine's Day.

Our LAST picture taken of 2011. Ringing in the new year family style!

I thought it might be fun to re-visit my most read blog posts of the past year. I'll countdown from least to most read posts.

Coming in at...

#5. Snow!: I have not idea why this is a popular post, but it is! Maybe it has something to do with that little cutie making snow angels!

#4. Asher's Superhero Party: A little recap of Asher;s 4th birthday party. Apparently, Superhero parties are all the rage these days. Who knew?

#3. Juggling: One of my more serious themed account of a real life mama (me!) trying to do it all...and failing miserably!

#2. Show us your life-Beauty Tips and Tricks: Wow, does this post bring me back. Maryclaire was a mere 8 wks old. I still stand by all these tips and tricks and I'm pretty sure I spend even less time on myself now than I did then!

And the NUMBER ONE POST of 2011 is...

#1. Party Planning Superhero Style : A little post dedicated to ideas for Asher's 4th birthday party. And to think we are closer to FIVE now than we are to four. Wow!