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Saturday, November 29


Logan had his first dentist appointment on November 19th and he did great! My sixth month check-up was due and since Logan has never been to the dentist yet I thought it was time he went. The dental office we go to is great! They were so patient with Logan.

I had my teeth cleaned first and Logan was very interested in what Carla (dental hygenist) was doing in my mouth :) He asked a ton of questions while she was cleaning my teeth and she answered all of his questions. She even let him hold the suction in my mouth. She told him step-by-step what she was doing and explained why she was doing it. And she put it all into a child's perspective. For instance - she said the reason you visit a dentist is so that they can check if you have "sugar bugs" (cavities) on your teeth. They want to make sure you brush your teeth because if the "sugar bugs" spend too much time on your teeth they can make your teeth hurt. After they have checked to see if you have "sugar bugs" they then count your teeth and touch them. Once that is done they then use the "tickle brush" (dental toothbrush) to clean your teeth. And when that is done you then get your mouth squirted with water and the water then suctioned out.

Luckily Carla has a 6 year old, a 4 year old and one on the way. She was totally able to explain everything in a way that Logan could understand. Convincing Logan to have the things done to him were another thing though. He needed to be comfortable with what was going to happen before it actually happened. He readily climbed up in the chair and allowed her to put the "napkin" around him. He eagerly grabbed the sunglasses to wear (so the dental light wasn't so bright on his eyes), but he did not like it when she went to recline the chair. They came to an agreement that he would just sit up while she counted his teeth.

Then came the "tickle brush". Carla let him choose between bubble gum and watermelon flouride. He wanted watermelon. She put some on the brush and applied it to his teeth - he did not like the taste of it. So she then got a new brush with no flavor and cleaned his teeth like that. He had her stop about 4 times while she was doing that because "it tastes funny".

After the "tickle brush" came the water and suction. Logan loved that part. He would just lay there while she shot water in his mouth. He would then close his mouth, swallow the water and then open his mouth back up so she could put the suction in. The funniest part is the fact that Carla said most kids hate the suction part of the exam and tolerate everthing else. Logan, on the other hand, loved the suction part and hated the other parts. Thankfully, Logan does not appear to have any cavities!

Unfortunately, I have two cavities that are located on my very back teeth next to my wisdom teeth. Because of this I have to have my wisdom teeth pulled and those cavities filled in. They'll do one pulling at a time. My first one gets yanked on December 2nd. We also talked about getting my implant done this next year. The whole process will take between 5-6 months.

I am SO looking forward to the months to come! NOT!!

*of course I forgot to pack my camera :(


Wednesday, November 26

We'll See If This Works

Here are my scenerios that I hope will work at CVS - they have a great ad for Black Friday. I'm planning to go Thanksgiving Day morning so I hope these things are in stock!

Transaction #1:
(1) Bic Soleil razor ($5.99)
-use $3 coupon
-receive $5.99 in ECB
(2) pack of Energizer batteries (about $20)
-use $1.50 in coupons
-receive $10 in ECB
(2) All detergent (B1G1 Free- $7.49)
-use $2 in coupons
Total: $34 + tax
-use $5 off $25 purchase coupon
-use $15 in ECB (from last week)
OOP: $7.50 + tax
Receive: $15.99 in ECB

Transaction #2:
(2) Aussie shampoos ($5.98)
-use $2 in coupons
-receive $5.98 in ECB
(2) Hershey's candy bars (B1G1 Free-$1)
-use B1G1 coupon
-receive $1 in ECB
(1) Bic Soleil razor ($5.99)
-use $3 coupon
-receive $5.99 in ECB
(1) Garnier towelettes ($5.99)
-use $1 coupon
-receive $5.99 in ECB
(1) Playtex tampons ($3.99)
-use $1 coupon
-receive $3 in ECB
(1) Schick Quattro ($7.99)
-use $4 coupon
-receive $6 in ECB
(1) Zest body wash
-use $1 coupon
Total: $35.93 + tax
-use $4 off $20 coupon
-use $15.99 in ECB from trans. #1
OOP: $2.94 + tax
Receive: $27.96 in ECB

So if by some miracle this is actually able to happen CVS should be paying me about $15 to shop at their store. I'll let you know if it works - wish me luck!!


Monday, November 24

Halloween Loot

I hit Target the day after Halloween to try to find Halloween costumes for the boys for next year. I found a couple of costumes along with some other treasures.

Pictured are:

-2 precarved pumpkins that light up

-2 Halloween colored cake mixes

-Pirate Pete yard decoration

-talking and flickering tombstone

-glow-in-the-dark skeleton pillowcase

-Frankenstein flashlight

-Superman costume

-Dinosaur/Dragon costume

(not pictured are 2 shirts that I bought Logan)

All of this stuff cost $55 - not too shabby if I say so myself!

I also went back the following week and the remaining Halloween stuff was marked down to 90% off! I got some shirts for the boys (2 shirts for under $1!!!), some more costumes for them (a ninja and a skull pirate) and a couple little toys. Not a bad deal - it all cost under $5!


Saturday, November 22

Logan & Daddy

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Wednesday, November 19

Pumpkin Patch

We went to the pumpkin patch back on October 15th. It was a gorgeous day and as you can tell Logan had a blast with his Uncle Taylor!

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Monday, November 17

It Runs In the Family

These were taken back on Oct. 27th. They were both asleep in the living room.

and his Great Grandpa

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Sunday, November 16

Pumpkin Patch Videos

I could watch these all day long. Logan cracked me up every time he went down the slide!

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Wednesday, November 12

He's Sitting!!

OK - so he's not doing it on his own.....yet. But, I'm sure before we know it he will be :) He enjoyed sitting in for about 10 minutes, the whole while watching his big brother play. Thanks Gwen for letting us borrow this!!


Sunday, November 9

Even in Times of Sorrow

There is:
time to wrestle with your uncle

time to play cards with your siblings

time to share your fruit snacks

time to sit down for a home cooked meal

time to play with all your cousins.


Friday, November 7

Mr. Blue Eyes

Mike is still convinced that Noah's eye color is going to change to brown. I, on the other hand, have my doubts.


Wednesday, November 5

All Gone

On October 29th Logan, Noah, my Mom and I witnessed some history for our area. The Memorial Bridge that stood for over 80 years was blown up and sent crashing into the Missouri River. It was an awesome event to witness. We had missed the first section that was blown up (I had forgotten it was happening) so I wanted to be sure to see this one. Here is the video that I took of it from my digital camera.


Sunday, November 2

I've Been Busy

While my family was here some of us got all the apples out of our apple tree. I'm not sure how many we got total, but I was able to give quite a few away. I also managed to make some goodies for us to enjoy this winter. I'm so happy to have an apple tree - hopefully it produces apples again next year!!
Pictured is apple pie filling, applesauce and apple juice. All made from our apple tree!!


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