(And that is indeed happy new "ear" ... courtesy of his sister )
A very happy, healthy New Year to all of you and "see" you in 2009.
(At least, when they're not harassing each other)
The next few days will be busy, and there's a lot going on right now.
I just wanted to get this out there while I can, and wish all of you a wonderful holiday season with your family. Hug your loved ones tight, and let them know how much you love them.
A party girl, loving the pretty frocks, fancy hats and Dora-do
And then there was more amazing food at La Bottega (black pasta with octopus in spicy tomato sauce... mmm), scrumptious snacks at Dean & Deluca ...
And of course shopping and more shopping.
The kids want to come with us next time. They can't believe we didn't visit Toys R Us again.
We cannot disappoint, right? (Next time cannot come soon enough.)
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Fortunately, our boy seems to have taken after his father and appears to be fairly popular, at least at this stage of his childhood. His Dad was the kid with the long hair and tight painter-pants, who knew all the cool music, but would still chat with you on the schoolbus even if you wore homemade clothes (a quote from an old friend of his who likes to tease him...).
Not that being popular is the be all and end all, but it certainly doesn't hurt.
The one thing our boy also inherited, unfortunately for him, are his parents' sets of large chompers. Very large teeth, in a small jaw, means major overcrowding, and nowhere for the adult teeth to go. He's got a cross-bite and over-bite ... two for the price of one. As we both needed orthodontic work, we knew braces were in the future for him (and likely his sister) but I wasn't expecting it to come so soon. He's not even 9 years old.
I brought him to the dentist today for the extraction of his two baby eye teeth. Oooff. Those roots were big. But he did so well, the laughing gas didn't hurt, and he was such a trooper. I was so proud of him. These days they do things preventatively, before the bones harden. So rather than waiting until he's older, like when I was a teen, they're trying to shape things going forward.
He's taking it easy now, after playing Wii fit for about 20 minutes (you CAN'T keep an 8 year old down). And he's warned me, apparently the going rate for the tooth fairy for these mega eye teeth is $20 per tooth!!!!
Uh, I don't think so. Wishful thinking, little guy. The $9.99 Polar Bear Webkinz is gonna have to do, buddy!
For more flashbacks, check out my gal pal at Mommy Always Wins...