Archive for November 2009

He’s At That Age

What age is he at? The age where teeth fall out on a seemingly weekly basis. In Sam’s case, he lost three teeth inside of two weeks.

Prep work...

Prep work...

Over the years, the kids have become used to concept of me pulling their teeth out. I’ve talked to a few kids Buddy’s age and they all recoil in horror at the idea of their dad pulling out their teeth. Of course, I recoil in disgust at the idea of kids wiggling their tooth for weeks on end until the tooth is finally just hanging by a thread just begging to be yanked out.

Ready, Aim, Fire!

Ready, Aim, Fire!

We don’t use fancy methods at our house – no string and hot coal, no string tied to the door – just plain old dental floss tied around the tooth and Dad gives it a firm yank. I would estimate that our success rate is above 90% and only very rarely do we have to use the method of last resort: needle nose pliers.

Success!

Success!

Fortunately for Buddy, we were successful this night and he is now the proud owner of a gap-toothed smile. About a week or so later we pulled out two of his bottom teeth within two days. He’s got another one that’s loose on top so we could really turn him into a hillbilly if we wanted to but I think we’ll give that one a few more days of wiggling before we yank it out.

Halloween 2009

It was Caroline’s turn to have a fancy costume this Halloween. Nancy sewed and sewed and ended up with the most amazing Dorothy costume ever. The ruby slippers were found on sale at Target. The only problem was we didn’t have a dog for the basket but I fished around in the closet and came up with a dog-like stuffed animal. Caroline makes a really cute Dorothy!

How do you like that zombie look?

How do you like that zombie look?

Sam was a zombie and in the photo above is doing his best zombie impression. Diana was a ballerina and Anne, who was on her last year of trick-or-treating, was a renaissance woman (I think). Anne is at that awkward age where you’re really too old to go trick-or-treating but you just don’t want to forgo all that candy. I put a little pressure on her to not go out this year but she wanted to go with her friends and promised it would be her last year.

This year's pumpkin efforts

This year's pumpkin efforts

Unfortunately, our garden didn’t produce any pumpkins this year so we ended up with a couple of store-bought pumpkins. I decided to do another fancy pumpkin for the company pumkin-carving contest and produced the spider pumpkin in the middle. Amazingly enough, I won the Grand Prize – a gift certificate to TGI Fridays. I was excited about it but Nancy was pretty ho-hum. Fortunately, the kids were impressed with the fact that I won a prize. That’s the good thing about kids – it’s fun when they are in awe of your pumpkin carving prowess. In a couple of years I won’t be an amazing pumpkin carver – I’ll just be the dorky dad of a couple of a bunch of teenagers – but for now I will revel in pumpkin carving glory.