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It’s the last Friday before school starts. I’m happy (more than you can imagine), but it’s bittersweet too. It’s been a fun summer. But we’re all so ready for it to be Fall!

Did you do anything fun this week? Our week was super busy.

1. Jordan got her braces. It’s kind of emotional for me, to see her with all that metal, because it’s my genes that gave her that mouth. Way back before we started the process, I thought she would get a palate expander and be done. She wasn’t so lucky. She had to have four baby teeth pulled. She got a palate expander. And we were scheduled for partial braces, just on the top.

When she came out of the exam room on Tuesday she had full braces. The doctor made the decision she needed them.  Because her mouth is that bad.

It’s so bad that, when we first saw the doctor he said “don’t worry, I’ve fixed something this severe before.”

It was either this (and she’ll have them again at 12) or surgery to fix her palate.

So yeah, I feel really guilty. And sad. And hopeful that her self-confidence can weather this metal storm.

{Cheery sidenote: when we left with her new bling she said she thought she was even prettier than before.}

2. I made you some treats this week too. What else would I do?

I freaked you all out with green dessert again.

I made my new favorite lunch.

And remade an old favorite.

3. I’m giving away a doughnut pan that makes ginormous doughnuts. Want it?

4. I haven’t done Flashback Friday in awhile…oops.

This weeks installment: last years’ teacher treat: Apple Oreos.

5. A few things I did this week:

I went rock climbing again. Jordan came too and took pictures. Oh-so-flattering!

The child is part monkey.

I took one for the team and spent a day here. More on that next week.

6. It’s the last weekend of summer vacation so we’re doing a stay-cation. I’m hoping that means I don’t have to cook.

What are you doing this weekend? Have your kids started school yet?

Have a good one, peeps. See ya’ on the flip side.

Kisses!
Dorothy








Comments

  1. aw I am going through it too, and my poor guy needs to have dental surgery first to fix cavities that he should not have. His teeth are so crowded that well, we should have done better. Then he gets braces and I cannot go with as I have to work. I feel so guilty:( So we can suffer together, but she looks so cute with all her metal, mine cries saying everyone is going to make fun of him. But at least we can fix it right, I would hate for them to grow up and suffer with bad teeth. have a great weekend.

    • I know, it’s so hard! Every once in awhile she says she’s “ugly” and it breaks my heart. I just hope the kids are nice! So far they’ve kind of been in awe…so I’ll hope that sticks. Good luck with your little guy!

  2. It’s been a quiet week with hubby on travel for work. I baked (like crazy) yesterday, but now have to figure who to give all of these goodies too:-) The weekend is going to a trip to the Farmer’s Market–I’m behind on making jam for the winter, and more work on my paper flowers for the new book. The weeks pass my fast when you have a deadline looming! XOXO

  3. Great weekly round up. Looks like Jordan loves her new braces. She seems so young to have them though. My eldest daughter is almost 12 (in Oct) and hasn’t had hers fitted yet. She should be having them at some point either late December or next year. That’s because when she last went to the orthodontist when she was 8-9 she still had baby teeth. I can’t imagine why or how Jordan thinks she’s ugly. How heartbreaking. She\s such a pretty girl that always seems to be smiling and happy. Sadly all 3 of my children will have to have braces. I feel your pain. My eldest, Katrina, isn’t bothered or interested in boys but Collette is and she’s always saying that the boys don’t notice her and has said she’s not pretty. Heartbreaking. Trying to nip that in the bud now.

    Love seeing your flashback from last year. Those apple Oreos look fantastic. The rock climbing photos look great. My middle daughter, Collette, is part monkey too. Not sure if I said before, but the minute she arrived I said she had a ‘monkey nose’ haha! She’s had the nickname monkey ever since and certainly lives up to it with her agility and unusual ability to climb everything. She once told her teacher at school that she came from the zoo and hasn’t got fur because we shaved her at birth and chopped her tail off. It’s our little personal joke but how embarassing for her to share that with her teacher. My goodness!

    -Lisa.
    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

  4. Jordan is honestly one of the most confident little kids I know. Most are shy and not personable, but she is and I know she has confidence! (If she didn’t, she definitely wouldn’t talk to me EVER, dress the cute way she does or act like she does). That girl is on fire! And a little metal in her mouth shouldn’t detract from her confidence or beauty! Forreal, every kid has effed up teeth in some way or another. My whole family had braces, and I know TONS of people who haven’t had braces but have seriously needed some. If some brat picks on her for having braces, they’ll get theirs in middle school. Try not to worry because it happens to all of us, and you’re doing the right thing!! Cheer up!! :)

  5. I really want to climb a rock wall now. When I think of a poor little second grader with braces, it makes me sad. But looks like she’s loving it! Happy weekend :)

  6. What a cutie – metal and all:) Stella is actually excited about getting hers! I commend you for surviving sunsplash – for that alone you deserve a cook-free weekend. Happpy back to school – we start on Thursday!

  7. Hi Dorothy! My son had to get pre-orthodonture as well and he’s 17 now and has a great smile! :) He barely remembers those evil braces. They will get fixed, she will get used to them and it is fairly miserable when they get tightened, but with a mom like you who will fix her some fun and yummy soft things to eat, she’ll get through it better than most. We just started school this week. Yuck! :( A staycation sounds like fun. I am so glad to hear someone else who LOVES cooking also looks forward to the “no cooking” breaks. I am always wrangling for a dinner out yet I love to cook and wonder what’s that about! Take care!

  8. My daughter got a palate expander a few weeks ago! Once her palate is normal (?) then we get braces. All an 18 month process! I don’t know who she gets it from I never had braces and neither I’d my husband! Oh wait she sucked her thumb for 7 years, duh! Luckily our orthodontist is my daughter bff’s dad. He is going easy on us…
    I am totally making those oatmeal rolo cookies! Yum, how did I miss that post?
    We started school on Tuesday so we did nothing fun this week!

  9. Wow!! Jordan is only a year older than my daughter and she has braces! I’m just glad that she likes them. Is she going to get the rainbow rubber bands?
    We hit the road this morning and drove 400 miles to visit my college roommate. We’ll drive back on Monday :( We still have over 2 weeks to go until school starts! I’m not sure what we’ll do. I feel like I need to push for some last minute family stuff. Go to the aquarium, zoo, or water park since all the other kids will be in school. We’ll have the entire joint to ourselves :)

  10. Hooray for school:-) Jordan is such a cutie and I can see her fun and vibrant personality in all the pics you post!!! She will be a leader in school!!! And huge kudos to you guys rock climbing again. We’ve done it and it’s tiring!!! Love the cute monkey shots!!!

  11. I feel your pain…I mean guilt. My son has bad allergies, which he got only from me. Everytime he breaks out in a rash, or can’t eat something everyone else is eating, I feel guilty :-( My daughter will be getting braces soon as well, but she thinks it’s cool! (we’ll see if she feels that way after actually getting them). Your daughter looks adorable, and if anyone says otherwise, she should kick them in the shins (okay…maybe not!)

  12. Aw such a brave little one! I got braces when I was almost 11 and got them off when I was 13.5, I’m glad that I had them earlier–it wasn’t as embarassing as having them in high school would’ve been. It was tough sometimes but now people compliment how straight my teeth are all the time (and I still have to wear a retainer 3 nights a week, blech). She’ll be fine, in the end :)

  13. Your little cutie pie will soon have any even more beautiful. Our granddaughter ( she’s 13) just got her braces too. Hugs and happy weekend wishes!

  14. I have no doubt Jordan will do great with her braces! These days, it seems like they are practically fashion statements, with all of the different colored bands, etc. She’s a cutie, just like her mama!

  15. She is a doll and b/c you are an amazing mother, she HAS the what it takes to deal – and will thank you profusely when she is 35 and has nice teeth – I didn’t have braces when I needed them, which affected my self confidence all through life – plus I NEVER smiled with my teeth, eVER – not even in my wedding shots – then at 33 I HAD to drop some serious cash for braces but b/c I am VAIN spent extra on the invisalign – then ate beans and weenies for a year. She is gorgeous.

  16. Those apple oreos are so cute! I used to be a teacher before I was a stay at home mom and I would have loved to get those as a gift!

  17. I can definitely imagine how hard that is as a parent to watch your second grader get braces. But when I was in middle school ALL my friends had braces and I thought it was the “cool kid” thing to do. Hopefully the kids at her school will think that too ;) I never had braces and I have fairly good teeth but I still WISH my parents had made me have them because my teeth would probably look so much nicer now.

    It’s definitely a sucky part of parenting to have to do hard/uncomfortable things now even though you know it will pay off later.

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