Friday, January 9, 2009

Mother & Son Bond Over Metal

Originally Harry and I were supposed to get braces together. But we couldn't afford it. So we did his first and then it would be my turn. I've always wanted them. Anyway Harry wore his thru Jr. High and then when he was a freshman he got them off. So last spring I started the process. Mine was a little more involved than Harry's--I had to wear pallet expanders for about 8 months. They're these metal and wire contraptions that go inside your mouth to widen the shape. It was very exciting. I had a hard time eating and talking (I had a very funny lisp). I even lost the hearing in my left ear for a while. Anyway, in the mean time Harry's teeth began moving back because he didn't wear his retainer enough so he had to have his braces put back on. YEAH!!!! So when I finally got all the braces put on my teeth in November-we bonded. Well I don't know if you could really call it bonding- I complain and he calls me a wimp. I ask questions and he tells me to deal with it. He eats anything and everything easily. I struggle over chewing and then can't wait to water pick and brush. Ah, the difference between teenagers and adults!

Christmas Drawing

I know it's January, but I've been so busy I haven't had time to blog. So I've been trying to catch up.

This is the drawing I did for my Christmas card.

I now have 7 little elves that make my Christmas brighter.

And of coarse I still love Bette, the Elf, and the one from last year.

I LOVE Christmas!!!

Santa Pictures

Larsen Family portraits

It's been awhile since we've had a family portrait taken. So this year it was my birthday present. Kelly and Nancee had had their babies and felt like they were back in shape--so it seemed a good time to capture all of us.
It was great! 3 hours at JC Penney with all the little kids! TOTAL CHAOS! We couldn't get everyone to smile, sit up, and look at the camera at the same time.

Back Row: Dave, Harry, Sandi, Mark (Kelly's husband)
Middle Row: Nancee (Dave's wife) with Andrew, Me with Baby Kelly (Dave & Nancee's newest), Rich with Roko (Kelly & Mark's baby), Kelly
Front Row: Nathaniel and Sabrina

And Andrew wanted NOTHING
to do with any of it.