Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
- Jakey: Standing in the lobby at church yesterday Jacob would not stop clawing at my mouth saying "Uh-oh." He was desperately trying to take my tooth out of my mouth and he looked worried about the problem and won't be deterred.
- Talking: The flipper was made just a bit too loose, but I decided to deal with it hoping it would only be a few short months so when I first got it and wasn't used to holding it to the roof of my mouth with my tongue it fell out every time I tried to talk.
- Kiddie Kisses: Moms and Dads typically like to snuggle their little kids in their arms and give them a peck on their squishy little cheeks. Even a gentle kiss pushes the tooth just enough to dislodge it from position so my tooth falls to the bottom of my mouth.
- Good Night Kisses: I wear a night guard to sleep with because I grind my teeth so hard at night that I have actually chipped pieces off of three of my teeth. I've always considered it a less than sexy nighttime accessory. I try to kiss Brian goodnight THEN put it in and roll over to sleep. I never thought I'd prefer it. Now my options are the night guard kiss or a toothless kiss. I won't kiss Brian toothless. I have standards. That's just too weird. All of a sudden the night guard kiss got very appealing.
- Night Time Talks: For a couple days post surgery I was to wear the flipper to sleep so the swelling wouldn't overtake my mouth and make it impossible to fit the flipper in. Then I was supposed to take it out to sleep. With the delicate gum graft I was scared to wear the night guard fearing it would tear the grafts. It didn't take long to realize that without a front tooth I sounded like the kids in the Christmas song "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth." When talking to Brian at night I quickly learned what not to say. Words with the letter "s" "v" and "f" are to be avoided at all costs. I learned that I should say, "I liked it." instead of "It's very fun." Of course, by now I've actually learned to compensate and can say those letters lots better toothless.
- Senses Overload: When the weather warms and the sun is shining for the first time after a long winter everyone is antsy to get outside. Most people however have the whole sneezing phenomenon from senses overload when they first hit the sunshine. When I first go outside on a super sunny day, I sneeze. Typically three times. The air rapidly exiting my mouth tends to go up over the flipper from the back side and creates a tooth projectile shooting it out of my mouth if I don't have enough warning or can't cover my mouth with my hand to catch the tooth.
- Nose Blowing: Same thing as the Kiddie Kisses. Pressing even slightly on my upper lip dislodges the tooth.
- Dining in Public: We have had lots of people to the house for dinner since the tooth extraction. I wish I could have captured the looks on peoples faces when over pleasant dinner conversation they first glance and see the black hole when a tooth used to be. Sometimes their eyes pop. Sometimes their brow wrinkles. Sometimes they do a double take. All of them realize instantaneously "Oops. I shouldn't stare" and divert their gaze playing it cool, but dang it's funny to see.
- Dining at Home: I take my tooth out to eat so I don't break that expensive little gem. Even my family does double takes sometimes when they forget about my new look. Maddie is the best. She will notice and giggle and cover her mouth with both hands and tell me I look so silly.
- Bubble Gum: I don't chew often. Ben got a pack of Bubbilicious gum for his birthday in April and he immediately gave it to me. It was tempting but still new to the situation I put it away in the cupboard. I knew it was there and it kept calling to me. After two months, I broke down and gave it a try. Immediate disaster. The gum stuck to the roof of my mouth dislodging the flipper with each chew. Not only that, it would fall and turn just a little bit so that when I bit down again I would chomp on it sideways making the edges jab into my gums and hurting me. I quickly relented and removed the flipper planning to continue enjoying that luscious, juicy gum. It went okay until I did exactly what you are supposed to do with Bubbilicous. Blow big, huge, strong, amazing bubbles. That didn't work at all. Just try the motions with your tongue. You push the gum up against your front teeth and push your tongue through the mass of gum and blow. Problem is, I'm missing one of those two key front teeth. Dang it. I managed two bubbles before calling it quits and tossing the gum in the trash. What a waste of a perfectly great piece of gum.
That's all I can think of right now. I'm grateful for modern medicine that will eventually give me a new tooth. Actually, I'll end up with three of my front four top teeth replaced by the end of this saga. My next appointment is this Friday. They will x-ray to make sure the bone graft took well and has grown natural bone into the matrix of freeze dried human donor bone. If it looks strong and healthy they take the molds for the next stage of my series of surgeries. We schedule it for two weeks later. On that day they will drill out all that new bone I just grew and implant a steel post. In the pictures it looks a bit like something you would see at Home Depot in their nuts and bolts section. The final tooth will literally screw right onto it. I'm crossing my fingers that we're ready to go and the bone is healthy. I've got to get this moving so I can recover and we can be free to leave for Singapore.
Though I knew Ben wanted to buy some we hadn't made it to the store and he wasn't overly insistent. Then he went to Connor's birthday party at Pump It Up and his gift bag had three silly bands inside. He was elated and we were now solidly in the silly band camp. Within two days he broke one of them by stretching it really, really far. Tears were shed. Before I could get to the store with his cash in hand, they discovered Aimee. She is their supplier. She stalks the stores searching for cool new packages of fun shapes that Ben would like or Maddie will go nuts over. They have letters, numbers, kitchen utensils, cars, princesses, fairies, jewelry shapes and more. Some are even glow in the dark. We had Aimee watch the kids for us last night when we went to hear Representative Rob Bishop of the US Congress speak at the Temple Visitor Center. She brought a whole grocery bag of silly bands to "trade" with the kids. Ben reported back this morning that "I didn't actually have to trade any with Aimee. She just gave me lots more so they go almost to my elbows." Yeah. They love her and apparently, we love silly bands.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
This certificate of Competence is hereby presented to
Angela Sue "Cutie Pie" Robinson Zufelt
for her amazing ability to
Make Kids Cry
Congratulations on achieving this superior level of performance.
We look forward to many great accomplishments in the future.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
- This program rocks!! The kids had a blast and want to go again today!
- It really was free except for shoe rental. Now that I know I can handle three kids in a bowling alley, I'll just go buy "bowling shoes" and save the rental fee for them and me. Apparently I don't have to get fancy shoes for them, they just need a dedicated clean pair so there is not dirt on the bottoms to scratch up the lane. Simple enough, any pair will do.
- Two full games might be a little too long since they had to enterain themselves by running up and down the carpeted area in the corner to keep from fighting with each other for the last seven frames.
- Maddie has to use the bathroom before we leave. (She went there, insisted she had to lock the door so I couldn't come in, missed and peed on her pants, screamed for me to come in and help her, I refused to get on the ground and wiggle under the door, told her to get off the toilet and open the door, twenty minutes later we come out of the bathroom, wet pants and tears on her face, now permanent grumpy scowl on mine.)
- Jakey can dance! He loves the music. He loves the fan blowing out air on the ball return. He super LOVES to push the red call button so the attendant has to walk down and check on us. The sweet guy brought down a beverage lid and taped it over the red button to try to save his sanity and make it so the kids would notice the button anymore.
- A great time to go bowling is when everyone else is still in school. Most the time there was only one other mom with two kids in the neighboring lane. When I was taking my turn Jacob snuck to their snack table and climbed up to see what they had. There was a single soda cup. Jakey leaned and leaned closer and closer until I nabbed him from the table. No harm done, or so I thought. Five minutes later the little seven year old boy came over to me holding the soda and started yelling at me, "THIS IS SODA!!! OKAY?!?! IT'S OUR SODA!!" Dude. Take a chill pill. What the heck do I care? My kid didn't even touch you or it. Chill out.
- Don't go bowling on the same day as a camp meeting. I physically juggled Jacob for over two hours in the morning wearing my patience thin. Then two and a half hours in the afternoon at the bowling alley? My back is really, really sore this morning.
- This time I skipped the camera not knowing how hard this bowling thing was going to be with three kids. Next time I think I have enough hands to bring a camera.
- NEVER and I really mean NEVER EVER go without Lucinda, Anthony and Becca. I couldn't have done it without Lucinda holding Jacob so I could bowl and help the little girls with their turns. She bowls in a league, so she is master of those dang ancient machines and putting names in a computer from the ice age. The kids loved having their best friends with us to play together.
Monday, June 14, 2010
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Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Jacob was a wild man with the dancing and everyone there enjoyed watching
his moves all night. Eventually he found the drinking fountain in the hall
complete with a stool to help him get up. Lovely. I really loved the
centerpieces made of fruit. The kids loved it too and ate every piece of
fruit at our table.
They got in bed at 10:15 pm. Way too late. And the two big kids were up at
6:30 this morning. Can you say mandatory naptime today??