Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New Braces, and Construction, and Thankfulness

Could this smile be any bigger? Janelle is thrilled with her new braces, which she got a week ago Monday. There is no complaining at all, even when we have to turn the expander to stretch them every day. She loves them, especially the bright pink elastics she chose herself. After two weeks, we will go see the orthodontist again, and if he feels her jaw has expanded enough, he will apply the wire to hold her new smile in place. I was completely terrified of this as a child! I'm so proud of my brave girl!

As you can see in the above picture, Janelle played the "foreman" on the weekend. Chris took advantage of our summer-like Thanksgiving weather to build shelves for the shed. Yes, it took time away from work on the basement, but this had to be done before winter weather set in. And what better way to spend a weekend of 25C heat in October! Connor was a super helper, and I gave a hand now and then when I could pry myself out of my lounge chair. I had to soak up every bit of those last rays of sun before Autumn decides to stay!

I am thankful for so many things this year. Thankful for the shelves Chris built for the shed so our garage won't be such a tight squeeze this winter. Thankful that we enjoyed such gorgeous weather on Thanksgiving weekend. Thankful that Janelle is happy about her braces and not hurting and whining. Thankful that Connor made the competitive basketball team and is happily out practicing his shots daily. Thankful that my basement is getting closer to finished every day. Thankful that we were able to have a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner in Burlington with family whom we are now able to see on a somewhat regular basis. Thankful that the MacPhees will be here in just over a week to share another turkey with us, and make lots of precious new memories. Thankful that my Mom and Dad are able to leave today to embark on their long awaited train trip across Canada. Thankful for friends, old and new, that are only a phone call away, or just down around the corner. Thankful that London is finally feeling like home.

Why are you thankful this beautiful autumn?
My birthday gift from Lori, which she gave me on Sunday.
I love it so much I just had to post it here!


  1. It was great seeing you and the family at Thanksgiving. I am sure Lori will be glad to see the Family portrait on your wall. - Patty

  2. Janelle is indeed a very brave child! I think you should build on her enthusiasm by making things like brushing her teeth and flossing interesting to her. Make it fun and kid-friendly so she’d always enjoy taking good care of her teeth. You can buy her toothbrushes that feature her favorite cartoon characters. That’s a good start!

    Cody Zieba

  3. The braces looks good on Janelle. But it's been almost two years, and I assume that she's a lot more beautiful now without her braces. How long did she have to wear those? It seems that wearing it isn't a problem to her because she's enjoying it. I think it was because she got the brace style she wanted.