as September ends

Since June, one of my favorite photographers and writers, Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks, has been sharing at the end of the month her five favorite photographs.

My sweet photographer friends Xanthe & Andrea both share their five favourite photographs they take every month — isn’t that a great habit? Not just because it inspires fans like me from a technical photography perspective (and really, they’re just so talented), but I imagine that the practice of going through their archives to look at their images more critically to pick their favourites helps them get better as well.

And so, of course, I’m copying them.

I was inspired but never got around to it (or a round tuit – nod to my late father in law) until now as September ends.

Is it just me or does September always seem a little endless? It does. At least it does here under The Big Top and, of course, I have this on a loop in my ear pretty much all month long…thanks Green Day!

Sorry. Off topic.

Me when I sit dow to write lately.

Like our friend, Shaun, here I am tripping down memory lane staring at baby pictures…babies with incredibly big hair.

Think what you may about Greek life ladies, but these ones are fierce, driven and super smart…watch out world!

Whatever will Dr. D. do when the last Scarborough living under The Big Top is straight outta braces?

And while the rest of the world seems to be overwrought over a recent news story about a 13th Zodiac sign, it really isn’t news after all. Regardless of the news, I remain Pisces forever!



Happening here under The Big Top:

The best dentist in Manteca...being THE best dentist because this guy understood Sensory Processing Dysfunction and oral defensiveness without any stressed-out mother explaining it to him and being able to actually put his hands into the mouth of the kid with SPD and oral issues without the kid throwing up or freaking out…gave the news that this kid apparently had been wanting to hear more than anything else in the world right now.

Well, except for perhaps saying you need a WiiU in your life. What dentist would say that? Even a kick-ass dentist like Dr. Lee?

No, he wouldn’t say something like that. But he would say, “Let me get you an orthodonture referral. Do you know Dr. Duong?

Do I know Dr. Duong? I am quite certain that I helped to fund some of the fun and games she has readily available for all of her patients.

Oh gawd! It’s happening! It’s really happening, for the 5th and final time. Someone hold me!

Even Dr. Duong is a little surprised and emotional having known Daniel since he was very small and still being fed by g-tube and of course because he will be her last patient from my Big Top. She’s going to miss us…in 2 or 3 three years…and our money. But what this woman can do with a kid who can scarcely handle anyone helping him with flossing as she worked on his teeth for more than 90 minutes…she’s amazing. It helps that she has watched this kid grow up, knows what he likes and can easily talk to him about the latest cool Lego sets or video games as she installs all kinds of hardware into his mouth.

Orange, red and blue brackets for the win because “they are really cool colors together, Mom” and bands. Extra bonus points being the first one in his class to get braces because, yes, it’s a cool thing when you are in 6th grade.

Metal mouth level, unlocked.

A WiiU gaming console would make his life complete.



a dream come true

Somewhere, out there is an orthodontist who is dreaming of this child’s bite and how they will fix it. Be patient, dear orthodontist, someday your dream shall come true.

good things come to those who wait

Remember when I shared about our beautiful smiles cruise? Of course I made the right choice and the beautiful smiles of my children make it all worth it. I reap the benefits, they reap the benefits and our orthodontist, having three children fom the same household simultaneously under her care, reaps some benefits too. It’s all worth it. Zoë’s beautiful smile is worth it.

Abby just got her braces off and it is worth it when she smiles too.

Jodie still has her braces but someday…

I know they won’t come off in time to enjoy this little adventure in July 2008! Still she will have a lot of fun even if she has to work. Her dance team will be dancing.


Oh my can you imagine the number of hits this post might generate just because I titled it naked? Can you imagine if I mentioned sex or genitalia or something that?
Sorry, I am a little silly this afternoon.
Remember when I had to give up my cruise vacation so three of my clowns could get braces? Fun times!
Well look who got hers off today, just in time for the start of the new school year (next week) and school pictures.

I told her she has to smile without ceasing so we can enjoy it. Zoë is absolutely thrilled and is planning on feasting on taffy and nuts tonight.