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The Braces are Off!!

It’s been 23 months since Miss K first had her braces put on.  But, let’s start from the beginning….

We went to one orthodontist and he just treated us like crap.  His patients while we were there seemed to be very snobby and his staff most certainly was.  We knew that fixing kiddos teeth was going to be a lot of work.  We were prepared.  However, this ortho wouldn’t even talk to us.  I asked him what he was going to do and what he expected and he said he didn’t know.  They did all the prep work and told us to come back.  We went to our next appointment and the ortho still wouldn’t talk to us.  When we went to leave, we commented that we were active duty, but only for about another year.  The receptionist jumped up and said “you’re retiring?” and we said “yes”.  She started freaking and said, “well that changes things and we’re going to have to charge you MORE”.  We couldn’t believe it.  She had us pay something and said that when we came back, she’d have the new amount.  Next appointment, the ortho didn’t want to talk to me to discuss the treatment for kiddos teeth.  In fact, he’d never seen her….only his dental hygienists had to this point.  When we left, we weren’t happy and I told the receptionist that we’d let her know.

A while later, we went to our dentist for our regular 6 month cleaning.  We told him what happened, so he contacted the orthodontist.  The jerk told him that we refuse treatment!!  Are you kidding me!?!?  I told the dentist about the money and about how the ortho had never seen Miss K, much less explained treatment to us.  He told us to forget this ortho and go to another one here in town and said that he was just as good.

Being treated the way she had been, kiddo had no desire to go back to get her teeth fixed.  We continued to have our regular 6 month cleanings and our dentist just kept reminding us that her teeth really needed to be fixed.  We knew this, but it never was an issue for her.  Despite how messed up they were, she just kept on smiling.

Moving ahead about 2 years after our first orthodontist experience, Miss K mentioned that she thinks she’s ready to get work done on her teeth.  Our dentist again tells us about another one here in town.  We schedule an appointment and go…..to be greeted by the nicest staff there was!!  They did x-rays and we talked to the ortho immediatey.  He said that he didn’t think that he didn’t think he could do what we needed.  Luckily, we had an appointment with our dentist very shortly after and we told him.  He said that he’d talk to the ortho because he knew that he could do it.  He was young and have new methods to help her teeth.  Not long after that, the ortho office called us and said that he has agreed to see us, so we scheduled the first appointment.  We were greeted immediately and they even remembered our names (remember, we weren’t patients yet)!!  The orthodontist told us what he planned to do, as long as we understood that her teeth wouldn’t be “perfect”.  We agreed, so financial came in and told us the cost, how much insurance will pay and how much we’re left with.  She explained that the ortho does take monthly payments and that we could pay it off in a year, which was half the treatment time.  

We never had an issue with payments, staff, or anything else!!  One time, they accidentally took a double payment out and called to let us know and asked if we wanted a check or some other method to get the money back.  I had a check in 3 days!!  The entire staff was always nice and friendly, answered any questions that I had, and kept us updated.  Now here we are 23 months later and the braces have come off.  Miss K’s teeth are beautiful!!  Forget not being “perfect” because they look great and they’re perfect to us.  He told her that she was a great patient, having never broken a wire or bracket…..and didn’t have “stained” teeth when the braces came off.  That means that she kept them nice and clean!!

So why are we so happy??  It might be shocking when you see what it was as compared to what they are now.  Take a look at the before and after…..

Before & After Braces

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Miss K’s teeth were messed up….period.  She’s got the ideal smile now and her smile is just as beautiful as she is.  We got her retainer today and go back in 6 weeks to check it and if there’s any tooth movement.  We’re expecting nothing unusual because she’ll take care of them.  We just can’t thank the orthodontist enough.  He has forever changed Miss K and we’re all so happy and thrilled with the results.

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Labor Day Weekend Wrap-Up

Labor Day is always considered the last holiday weekend of summer.  If this weekend’s temperatures are any sign of it, then it’s true.  Saturday was in the 100’s, but then we woke Sunday morning to a cold front…a real one!!  The high temp on Sunday was 40 degrees cooler than Saturday.  It was amazing and it was great!!  The 80’s feel so good and I wouldn’t care if it was like this year round.  I know without a doubt though that the heat will be back because this is only the beginning of September.  Relief is great though!!

With the cool-down and lighter winds, the fire was contained on the Wildlife Refuge.  Most of the fire departments went home and there was just some smoldering left that they had under control.  Then the cool North winds blew Sunday and reignited the smoldering embers.  The Wildlife Refuge was once again ablaze.  They had to call in all the departments that were getting their first rest in days.  For the time that it was contained, the damage was at 20,000 acres and 10 homes burned.  Those figures will be changing.

The transformation of Miss K’s room is complete.  She officially has the room of a teenager!!  I must say, I really like it.  Things are arranged really nice and she’s got plenty of room.  The chair that we found at Kohl’s for a steal fits in there perfectly and it suits her.  That means that I got my rocking chair back and is now placed back in my room.  This time through, we’ll be able to use it!!  While kiddo was trimming down the things that she kept, we got rid of some things in our room as well.  I love it when I can see progress!!  I do believe that Miss K is thrilled with her room and that she’ll be happy with it for the time she has left at home.  The way it is now, it’ll continue to grow with her and she can move things to change the configuration of it.  It’s perfect for a growing girl!!

Sunday, we were all looking forward to a night race at Atlanta after church in the morning, but it was rained out.  Go figure that they don’t need rain and the East Coast has flooding from the hurricane.  Then they get more rain from Lee that we could have desperately used, but instead it goes East.  Anyway, after the rain delay, they postponed the race until Tuesday.  Should be interesting to get that in BEFORE school!!

Today, we were surprised by our good friends Tim and Dee.  We knew that they were supposed to come down soon to move her mom into their home.  We however, didn’t know that they were already here!!  She asked me on Messenger what we’d be doing and I told her nothing unless we went to the Refuge to see the fire damage.  We skipped that since it was on fire again.  Good thing because in the afternoon, the doorbell rang and there they were!!  It was awesome to see them and we’ll be taking them to dinner tomorrow night.

It was a great weekend and we enjoyed the extra time off with Lean Green.  Our family is truly blessed and it’s times like this that we appreciate the most.

What did you do for Labor Day or the weekend??



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Changing from Kid to Teen

Miss K is fully making the change from kid to teen.  For quite awhile now, we’ve been trying to tell her to get rid of the kitchen and all that goes with it in her room.  She also has TONS of Barbie stuff that never gets used any more.  We’ve told her and told her that she’d have more room if she just gets rid of what she doesn’t “play” with any more.

Well finally, the change has come….and in a BIG way!!  We started early this morning moving everything out of her room that she no longer wants or uses.  Much of it she wants to keep for her future kids, but some of it is going to charity or the thrift store.  The main thing she wanted added to her room was this big round chair we have up in the attic.  It’s been there for a couple years and she’s always said one day it’d be in her room.  Well, it didn’t fit!!  It was way too big, so I had a brilliant idea….or so I thought.  I made Lean Green clear off the rocking chair in our room and bring it to her room.  Well, she loves it!!  So I’ve lost my rocking chair….and his dump area for clothes and things he doesn’t know what to do with.  It does look good in Miss K’s room though and it was in there when she was a baby.

We also added a 3-drawer dresser/chest to her room.  She’s always had the multi-colored plastic storage drawers in her room.  Well, they’re looking old and broke down now, so a change was needed.  We put the new dresser drawers between the rocking chair and her bed.  She’s got a lamp, her jewelry box, the alarm clock, and a few trinkets on it.  It’s very teen!!

I’m a very visual person in that I can see how things will fit….or not fit….into a space.  I kept telling Miss K that I didn’t want to move the bookcase because it fit perfectly where it is.  She wanted it moved though and her tv put in that corner so she can sit on the bed or in the rocking chair to watch tv.  So, we went to move it and the bookcase fell apart.  I don’t know what went wrong, but Lean Green and I just looked at each other and kicked the stupid thing.  So tomorrow we have to go find another bookcase because the room can’t be completed without one.  We have books down the hall right now!!

Then came her main dresser.  She wanted it next to the tv stand.  I told her they were going to touch and not look good at all, but Miss K insisted.  So, we moved it.  Yes, it looked like crap!!  There’s that crazy momma visualizing again and of all things, being RIGHT!!  The tv came out of the corner and the dresser went in the corner along the wall.  And of course, it fit perfect and it looks great….with no clutter.  Imagine that!!

So now the room change from kid to teen is complete.  Well, almost!!  She wants a real lamp for next to the chair so she can sit and read.  We also need to get a new bookcase for her.  Then there’s moving a few things around and a little more sorting of what goes where, as far as keep or donate and so on.  It looks good though and Miss K is really happy. 

Momma, well, she’s not so sure that she likes seeing her girl grow up so fast!!



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