July 12, 2019

Flashback Friday


In case you’re wondering what Tad’s teeth looked like, pre-braces….

This was the day he got the braces on, in October of 2017.

He has done SO MUCH GROWING in the last 21 months.  The braces were such a sensory struggle for him, but he persevered and is now getting used to wearing the Invisalign retainer (which is its own sensory challenge).  He is definitely a happy kid!

July 11, 2019

Tad’s Braces Come Off!


Now you see them…

… now you don’t!

Tad has been counting down the days to getting his braces off ever since the orthodontist told him a few months ago that he could likely get them off after school got out for summer vacation.  Well, I took him to that appointment when he got the thumbs-up to schedule the removal… which he was NOT happy that he would have to wait to do.  The Webmaster took him today for the actual removal.  The brackets came off, the teeth were cleaned, and he had impressions done for his Invisalign retainer.  He has to wear the Invisalign for the first 48 hours (except for meals), then every night afterward.

That second picture isn’t a normal smile, but it’s what you get when you ask Tad if you can see his teeth.  What a goof.  But he’s a happy goof.

July 10, 2019

Tad Speaks – Insults


Ane and Tad were arguing.  I don’t know what it was about, but the argument ended this way…

Ane: “Suck it up, buttercup!”

Tad: (mad) “Don’t call me buttercup! If you call me ‘buttercup,’ I’m gonna call you ‘honey-glazed!’ ”

Ane had to turn around to avoid laughing in Tad’s face.

Does this mean Tad won the argument?

And happy birthday to Grandma!!!  Hope you like your card and presents!

July 9, 2019

Thumper Reads


It can be difficult to find new books for Thumper to read sometimes.  But sometimes I get really lucky.  While shopping with Thumper at the Amazon bookstore, we found two brand-new releases that we just had to have.

First, a Little Golden Star Trek book???  NO WAY.  MUST BUY.

It’s a kids’ adaptation of the classic Original Series show “The Trouble With Tribbles,” and Thumper was quite happy with the find.

But he might have been even happier with this book.

Thumper really loves the Pigeon books (and most Mo Willems books), and when a new one comes out, it is very exciting!  Thumper gives “The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!” his seal of approval!  (So do I – it’s a very funny and cute story.)

And yes, Thumper can actually read the Pigeon book – his reading aloud skills have greatly improved over the last couple of months.