Every good and perfect gift is from above...James 1:17

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Brace Yourself

August 2015:
I had put off Zekers getting braces as long as I could. When the top teeth came in so high I knew it was time, regardless of how young he was.
October 2015: 
Phase One commenced
An expander on top and bottom
 Expanders in place, but you can't tell just by looking.
November 2015:
Braces on top
 This boy was an absolute champ. Very rarely did he ever complain about them hurting after being put on, or adjusted every 6 weeks, or what he could't eat.
December 2015:
 braces round 2
The patient patient.
We were very curious observers.
 Finally those top teeth came down enough to put brackets on. Bryan (our orthodontist) told us it would be a matter of days for those two teeth to move down.
 Daggum if he wasn't right!
 January 2016
 March 2016:
bottom braces
 April 2016
May 2016
 June 2016
 July 2016:
the dreaded head gear :/
Once again, Zeke was a rock star. He wore this faithfully every night without (much) complaining. That's a whole lot of hardware in his mouth--top and bottom braces, expander and head gear.
 August 2016
 October 2016
December 2016
January 2017:
Removal day!
That expander on the roof of his mouth is about to come out, too.
 If you look closely you can see the 'permanent' retainer behind his teeth.
Phase One complete
While waiting for his nighttime retainer to be made we celebrated by going out for pizza since he is finally able to eat the crust again. We also had chocolate drizzled popcorn when we got home. I think popcorn is what he missed eating the most.
 Look at that gorgeous smile!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


When you live in Texas, anything that is white and falls from the sky is a reason to squeal, "Snow!! It's snowing! It's snowing!" Social media blows up. Most of the time this said white stuff that falls from the sky is ice.

This January it was actually snow. The tiniest, slightest dusting of snow, but it did not go unnoticed.
For Christmas I put gloves on Zeke and Daisy's list for a gift exchange with my cousin's kids. They thought I was mean to ask for gloves. But look, they came in handy! (Get it, "handy" and we're talking about gloves.)
 There was enough for a snowball.
It was cold enough to make little cheeks and noses red.
 There was enough snow to make snow angels.
 Of course it was cold enough to need some hot chocolate.
 The next day Daisy wanted to go out and play 'in the snow.'
I said it was too cold but Daddy could not say no.
 After playing in the cold {ahem} snow, Lijee sat down to read to Chuey.
Gotta love Texas winters!