It’s Friday: Beautiful Neat Things

by Jessica on March 10, 2011

in Annabelle,Health and Nutrition,Levi,Photography

My health plan doesn’t cover dental, so I enrolled my teeth as 32 dependents, each needing a complete physical once a year.

~Robert Brault,

What’s on my to do list:

1. Schedule dental visits for the entire family.  I am so so late.   That whole six month cleaning thing?  Hasn’t happened in over a yearish.

2. Schedule doctor’s check ups for the kids (and myself . . . though I’ve noticed my hubby needs me to schedule his appointments too.  Is this a guy thing?  Like, do men need women to make sure they stay healthy?  That they see doctors, etc.? ).

3. Get organized for upcoming photo workshops.  I’ve got at least two coming up!  Yay!  When I’ve got my camera in my hands or I’m standing before a group of or one or two eager students, I am in my element.  I love teaching workshops!

4. Design “proof books” for clients, marketing, and workshops.  This actually fun.

5.  Plan a vacation, otherwise known as “mental health break.”  I need one right about now . . . though it is totally warming up.  Hooray for sunshine!

Meanwhile, as much as I feel like I’m getting organized for the coming weeks, I also feel like we’ve been living at the doctor’s office.  Next week, the kids have two appointments.  This past week, we had three dental appointments.  Tomorrow I have another doctor’s visit and then I need to squeeze in time to go for bloodwork (no biggie . . . hopefully it will help identify or eliminate something).

And then there’s this other thing.  This is a tooth and mouth discussion so scan ahead if you don’t want to read about my teeth, okay?

A dental cosmetic thing.  I feel like it’s totally vain and totally necessary at the same time.  I am scheduled to get Invisalign. First, let me say that I sort of like my smile.  My teeth have never been super straight; I’ve never had braces or worn a retainer before; and, I have a somewhat chipped front tooth.   Still, I’ve gotten by with it.  But then, years ago, while in college and without insurance, I did a stupid thing.  I needed a root canal on my left molar.   At the time, money was tight and I was young: at age 21, a molar just wasn’t worth $3000 to me.

Fast forward nine years.  My teeth are shifting forward; my upper molar is growing and growing down; my dentist says my upper and lower teeth are crowding and moving forward and  that my gums are receding.

I hate hearing things like this and I’ve been hearing things like this from different dentists for nine years now.

So I went for two consultations.  One orthodontist tells me I need heavy duty braces with screws drilled into my upper gum to bring that upper molar back into place.  He swears Invisalign will not address all my dental problems.

The other consultation?  My new dentist.  She says that she’s treated cases far worse than mine (which makes it seem like my mouth is in terrible shape and I don’t think that it is  but anyhoo).  She also says that orthos don’t usually endorse invisalign because they don’t have the kind of contracts that dentists who offer cosmetic dental work do.   Does that make sense?

Here’s where I feel redundantly stupid but practical too.  It costs $1000 to $6000 more for traditional braces than to go the invisalign route . . . so I’m going with invisalign.  Enough said.  But . . . ahhhh . . . anyone have any experience with it?    I want to do the right thing . . . the best thing . . . ultimately, I want my teeth to be healthy and I want to have a nice smile.  Is that so bad?  Am I a totally terrible person for wanting to take care of my teeth and feel good about my smile?  Please say no, please say no.

Oh, and say that I’m a good great wonderful person who is doing something good great and wonderful for herself and that it is totally a good great and wonderful idea for me.  Got that?

Moving on . . .

There are other beautiful neat things going on this week too.

Like this amazing print that I ordered from this lovely artist . . . and this one and this one,

And my new backdrop arrived!  See photos from a recent session with it!  So excited!  I think next is either a gray or black roll.

I found an old GAP gift card and purchased these jeans on a 40% off Wednesday.  They ended up costing me $20!

I’m reading this book to gather ideas for baby photo sessions.  I also purchased a small space heater for newborn sessions so that that babies are cozy, happy, and sleepy.  Which lets parents and me get to play around with props, posing, etc.

We saw this amazing musician this past weekend.  What an awesome concert! Levi and Matt weren’t totally loving it, but we girls certainly had a great time, hee hee.  I loved Annabelle’s purple cowgirl hat.

Oh, funny silly add-on.  The concert was downtown at George Washington University, which is about 30 minutes from our house.  I joked (okay, maybe half joked) with Annabelle that she should consider going to college there so she could attend a great school and be close to home.  I know, I know . . . I’ve got to let go one day . . . but it’s so hard.  Some nights I lie awake worrying about when she starts elementary school (one year away) and I won’t see her for hours on end.  So.  Freaked.

I’m also excited about this baby photo contest hosted by Whole Foods.  I’d love to participate!  . . . but I’ll need to pour over old photos, which could take a few years (I take alottsa photos) to see whether I have any of Annabelle and Levi trying their first foods.  I’d love to see yours though!  Please do let me know if you participate, okay?

Anyhoo . . .

That’s it for now.  I’ve got a kid photo session tomorrow and a newborn session on Saturday.  Have I mentioned how happy I am to have work again?  So happy!  So so happy!

Thank you to the universe!

Talk more with you all next week.

Oh yeah, that Signature Style project with David LaChapelle.  Still working on it . . . but it’s going to happen.  Seriously. I promise.

Love and peace,

P.S.  Photos of my beautiful children for the grandmas.

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Amber March 24, 2011 at 1:16 am

I had braces and head gear and a retainer and the whole 9 yards when I was 12 and 13. And I hated them. Honestly? If I could try another, less-invasive route, like Invisalign, I totally would. Obviously, I don’t have experience with it, but braces are no fun.

Jessica March 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Deanna, I hope your 6 yo is feeling better. It’s so scary when one of our children gets hurt or isn’t feeling well. I know it is hard for me to see my kids not feeling good.

Thank you for the feedback on getting braces. I have so many questions which I’ll have to address before my big appointment. :-)

Jessica March 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Sara, thank you! Of course I agree, :-) I love my babies and their hair too, lol.

Oh, and I am such a list person. It actually makes me feel less stressed to just get everything down and take things one thing at a time.

Deanna March 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I love all the beautiful smiles and laughing that you captured! Glad I’m not the only one overwhelmed with appointments. I just took my kids in for their well checks almost a whole year late – I never would have done that when they were younger, but time flies. We all need the dentist too and then I had to take the 6 yo to urgent care last weekend. Thankfully she is improving and did not fracture her leg, I think it’s a knee strain. And then the orthodontist, which, by the way you do have a beautiful smile, but you should totally get braces if you want them. I don’t have any experience with invisalign though – sorry. OK, have a great weekend!

Sara March 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Can I just say your kids have amazing hair? So cute! And that’s quite a to do list. But I do love lists…

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