Tooth trauma

I have bad teeth. Bad as in prone to cavities even though I brush and take care of them. Hubby on the other hand has great teeth. 34 years old and never has had a cavity in his life. I can count on one hand the number of times he's been to the dentist in the 16 years I've been with him. I go every 6 months. It's clearly hereditary and he got the luckier hand. Of our 4 kids they seem to be split in who's teeth they got. Well, as far as the health of their teeth. Unfortunately, I'm thinking they all got my too-many-big-teeth-in-a-not-quite-big-enough-mouth-so-we'll-jumble-and-look-goofy teeth. Poor kids. As far as healthy teeth go though, Madi and Sadie seem to have it made. Neither of them have had a cavity yet. Then there are Eli and Teagan. Eli's had a number of fillings already and I'm sure there are more in his future.

Then there is Teagan. I've spoken before about her tooth woes and our endless trips to the Pediadontist in Oklahoma City. I had so hoped that the crowns would protect her little sick teeth and she'd eventually lose them and big healthy grown-up teeth would come in. No such luck. If things continue this way for her then she's in for a future of spending a fortune at the dentist.

She started complianing on Friday afternoon that her tooth hurt. It was one of the silver crowns, part of what we call her grill. She's got enough silver in that mouth to melt it down and make one heck of a fancy necklace. Of course, what can you do about a toothache on a Friday afternoon? Pretty much nothing but wait until the dentist opens again on Monday. Then because Monday was a holiday and apparently >the day to be at the dentist we took the first available appointment yesterday. I took her to a friend here in town to see if he could pinpoint the problem before taking an entire day off to drive to OKC.

After having an x-ray taken Dr. Zach pulled me aside to tell me that Teagan had an infection under her tooth and the tooth would have to be removed. He was willing to move things around and do it right then so we told Teagan he was going to "wriggle" her tooth out. That didn't go over so well. She's never lost a tooth before and I'm not sure that she'll ever tell me if she has a loose one even if she does after her experience yesterday. I was smart enough to go sit out in the waiting area so she wouldn't be looking at me with her big sad eyes and crocodile tears. Bless her heart, I could hear her screaming all the way in the front of the building. She drew quite a crowd of nurses and office employees to the door wondering what was going on.

Luckily, we got it out and Dr. Zach said the infection all came out with the tooth. Gross! He said it wasn't really that uncommon because when she'd had the crown originally put on they had done sort of a mini root canal. Because this was on a baby tooth they couldn't dig too deep without the risk of harming the adult tooth so there were some tiny little holes left that bacteria apparently got in.

The nurse cleaned the tooth off and put it in a very fun glow-in-the-dark tooth holder that Teagan carried around with her all day. I'm not sure I've ever seen a tooth quite as big as this one that came from Teagan's little mouth...silver crown, root and all!

Luckily we didn't have any tooth fairy issues like we've had in the past. I think that probation letter we sent the tooth fairy a while back after she made one too many mistakes must have scared her straight. At least for now.

So Teagan is the proud new owner of a $10 bill (Mommy told the tooth fairy she really did deserve a little something extra for all she'd been through). She also got to wear Sadie's bracelet that has a cute little polymer clay girl-tooth on it to school today so she could share her news with her class.


Girl Runner

Three weeks into my training schedule and running is quickly taking over. I had forgotten how addictive it could be. It doesn't take long before it seems as though you are eating, sleeping, and dreaming about running. And I don't even like it! Ugh.

Something happened today though that reminded me of one reason I like running. As someone who loves to shop, I was reminded today about all the fun gear you can get for running! Did you know that there are charms for bracelets at all the major races? Yep. One could choose their runs based on the charm they may be able to add to their bracelet. I do think that I'll need to travel to Germany at some point just so that I can be the proud owner of this adorable cuckoo clock!

Another thing you get to stock up on? Shoes! What girl doesn't love a great pair of shoes? Not this one, that's for sure! I love shoes. No matter what size I am they always fit. I go through too many shoes to splurge for anything very pricey. I'm all over BOGO at Payless. Gotta love that place. You know what though, when you are running you really must have a good pair of shoes. It's essential. And your husband can't complain about the price of your shoes because his are just as expensive. It's truly wonderful I tell you, wonderful!

Last year Hubby and I went to Tulsa to Fleet Feet and had our running analyzed so that we'd know the proper shoes to get. He now knows that his feet are normal and mine are (surprise, surprise) not normal. I tend to pronate a bit too much so I need a shoe that really supports and stabilizes my foot. We each got a pair last year and those are the shoes that we've worn to run in since then. So we decided we needed to break in a new pair. Yeah! New shoes!

We went to a local store today and I am in love with a pair of running shoes. They aren't the ones I got though. I tried on two different pairs, both Asics. In the end, although I liked the looks of one better I had to go with the other one. It just felt better on my foot. Not that the pretty one didn't feel good. It just wasn't quite as nice.

Here's the one I got. It's orange, which is of course always a bonus since I love my Cowboys. *wink* Feels GREAT on my foot although it runs big so I had to get a size 10 because they run small. Amazing that a shoe in a bigger size has the ability to make me feel bigger. What's up with that?

Here's the one I didn't get. I'm all about the bling. I like things sparkly and shiny and this shoe had just that. I liked it when I saw it because of the gold. Then when I tried it on I realized that the toe and all-over design also had a faux snake skin print on it. Cool!

So here's what's gonna happen. My goal for our first run in April is to finish in 2:45. Last year I finished 2:58. I'm slow but hey, at least I get it done. I told Hubby that if I make my goal I'm buying those shoes. Just a little more motivation to keep on running.


Here I am

I'm still here in case you wondered. I've just been so busy with work and family and well, just life in general! I have thought about blogging I just haven't really had the chance. And every time I start to feel stressed about the fact that I haven't blogged in a while I think about this. That makes me realize that it really isn't a big deal. Although, I know I have people who are bored at work and checking in for an update. So for you I will try to do better in the future so that I can keep you entertained. *wink*

The new year has brought a renewed commitment to eating right and exercising. I lost so much weight last year and sadly it didn't stay lost. It always seems to find me somehow, very frustrating. I think part of my problem last year was that I ran the half marathon in April and then didn't have any more runs planned. I don't like running, I really don't. So unless I'm working toward something and have a deadline there is just not much of a chance that I'm going to keep it up. Lame mindset I know but that's how I roll.

So...in an effort to not repeat my past mistakes I have officially committed to 3 seperate 1/2 marathons this year. I'll be doing the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon again at the end of April. Then the first weekend in June we'll head to the Covered Bridges Half Marathon in Vermont. (I'm really looking forward to this one because it promises to be a beautiful run! Although, I have got to increase my time or I'll be among the last few finishers and I don't want that!) Finally, I hope to finish off the year doing the Nike Women's Marathon on October 19th. I'm not yet registered for this run as it hasn't opened yet. I know that when it does open it will sell out very quickly so fingers crossed that I'm able to get in!

Now, I just need my stupid body to hold up. I swear I feel like I'm about 80 years old sometimes. Last year I had a lot of knee problems right from the start. I took a small break and started back up and just knew to expect my knees to hurt. Then I started having itbs and figure I'll have it again this year but at least I can take some steps to prevent it from getting so bad. So I'm now in week 2 of the current training program and I've developed some sort of awful pain in my right leg. What the heck?! Now, I expect to have some sort of discomfort. If it didn't feel bad sometimes then I'd never have had an issue with exercising in the first place. It's just so frustrating to always have some sort of ailment. As Hubby always says, "There's always something with you, isn't there!" Unfortunately, yes.

So there ya go. A little bit of an update to tide you over till next time. Perhaps I'll even do one this weekend. We've got a 3 day weekend coming up and some bad weather moving in next week. My office is closed during snow days so pray for snow and I'll get an even longer weekend. Yippee!

PS...This morning, I started to put on a pair of pretty silver hoop earrings that I received as a Christmas gift. As I took them out of the package I thought something looked a little off. Sure enough, I was right. One hoop is larger than the other. Is this some new style that I'm not aware of?


God blessed my broken road

I set out on a narrow way many years ago
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road
But I got lost a time or two
Wiped my brow and kept pushing through
I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you
Every long lost dream lead me to where you are
Others who broke my heart they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

I think about the years I spent just passing through
I'd like to have the time I lost and give it back to you
But you just smile and take my hand
You've been there you understand
It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true

Every long lost dream lead me to where you are
Others who broke my heart they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

Fourteen years ago today I was married. So hard to believe it's been that long. Although, when I really think about what we have accomplished as a couple and a family it seems like it has been even longer.

I took this shot of Hubby's hand back in November on our way home from Maine. His wedding band is too big so he occasionally moves it to a different finger. I think most men would choose to just not wear a ring that was too big. But Hubby chooses to wear his. To show the world that he is my beloved, and in return I am most definitely his!

We met after my freshman year in college, just a month before my Mother was diagnosed with Cancer. He was by my side when she passed away 12 short months later and he hasn't left it since.

I think about my high school boyfriend every now and then and how hurt I was when he ended our relationship. How I searched after that for someone. And how I eventually found Hubby. I know that Hubby was made especially for me. The words from this song are so real to me because I wish more than anything that I could take back the time that I spent with other's and give them to him. There is no doubt in my mind though that it truly was all part of God's grander plan.

So thank you to those northern stars who pointed me into Hubby's loving arms. And thank you God, for the man of my dreams!

Happy Anniversary Hubby! I love you more today than I ever thought possible!