Many thanks for all the concern for Brendan and his tooth extractions. Following his sleepy morning, he has carried on as if nothing has happened to him at all. He's very anxious to get those braces and get his teeth straightened out. He's quite familiar with the routine, if he has paid any attention at all to the experience of his three older siblings who have also gone through the pain of extracting teeth, oral surgery, palate expanders, and the actual braces. It's not a fun process at all, but the final product is worth all the pain.
And while Brendan (and the others) experience physical pain, Mom and Dad have the pain of paying the orthodontist. After Brendan, we have the twins who will need work done, and I'm thinking we may have three boys visiting Dr. Brown at the same time! Kirsten will also need work done, I have no doubt. We'll be 7 for 7 needing orthodontia. As I told the girls at the front desk as I was paying for the extractions, I should have married for teeth, not hair! They all enjoyed that line immensely as they could see Brendan's gorgeous head of wavy hair.
DD Melanie had a fun 18th birthday bunco party on Saturday afternoon. She requested everyone wear a costume or dress up and several of the kids came through hilariously. Melanie baked her own cake, then painted an impressionist-meets-Van Gogh style landscape with frosting. Quite unique as you can see, lol!
Early, very early, this morning DH and DS-Geoff, left to drive to Seattle, board a plane, and fly to Japan. They are armed with lots of brochures and maps and lists of things to do. No Hilton Hotel for them - they have found an inexpensive Japanese style hotel, with internet of course. I made DH take his larger suitcase so he'd have lots of room to bring home goodies for those of us left at home! Can't wait to hear from them!