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You’re never fully dressed without a SMILE


Thursday was a BIG day at Patchwork farm. It was a day filled with so much to report that I must break our day into three posts. The first big event of the day revolved around Rusty.

It was Molly’s 16th birthday, and much was planned for her special day, but before we could begin celebrating the birthday girl we first had an appointment to keep…

With Dr. G, our well loved orthodontist.

After two years of being a “brace face” Rusty’s pearly whites were being set free from their metal shackles, and it was time to see what our big bucks paid for.

It was an early morning appointment. His appointment was at 8:10 but we had to leave by 7:10. Before leaving we gave him his “Your braces are finally off” gift, a basket filled with sticky, chewy candy and gum that he has had to abstain from for the last two years, as well as a new toothbrush and floss to go with all those sugary treats. 🙂

He put on his Dr.G shirt, gathered two years worth of Chuck Bucks, and we drove to our appointment. I knew he was facing the removal of his braces with mixed emotions. He was excited to have the braces removed but a bit nervous about the actual procedure to remove the brackets.

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When we arrived Rusty checked in and was quickly whisked back to a chair to begin his transformation.

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Soon I was called back for the reveal and to go over follow-up instructions and retainer care.

I couldn’t believe how his looked had transformed. He looked so different from the 12 year old he was when the braces went on, not to mention the transformation from thirty minutes earlier as my son with braces.

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Rusty age 12.


Dr. G, you do beautiful work!

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Then Rusty was given a treat bag and allowed to fill it with previously “forbidden” candies the staff had laid out in buckets by the front desk for the patients that were having their braces removed that day.

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Then it was time for Rusty to cash in his Chuck Bucks.

Chuck Bucks are:

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Rather than spend his Chuck Bucks on smaller prizes Rusty decided to save his up for the last two years. He had 100 bucks to spend and he knew just what he was going to cash them in for…

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A $25.00 ITunes gift card.

He has been wanting the Walt Disney World Official Album  (a soundtrack to all the music that plays on the various rides at Disney World- Rusty’s favorite place on earth!) for months now and just needed the funds to purchase it. His Chuck Bucks made the purchase possible and he was thrilled!

After we were done at the orthodontist’s office we headed to the grocery store for some post-braces purchases. I asked Rusty a few weeks ago what foods he has missed eating most since he has been in braces. He told me the top three foods he missed were:

Eating apples (uncut), corn on the cob, and popcorn.

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So we picked up those three items for his celebration lunch.

Then it was home to show off his new smile to the other kids.

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Lookin’ good, Russ!

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Showing off his new retainers 🙂

Dr. Gulland’s Birthday Party


For family night this week we spent the evening with our orthodontist (and his staff), celebrating his birthday.


Yes, you read that correctly. 🙂

Every year our orthodontist celebrates his birthday by inviting all his orthodontic patients to a night of roller skating, laser tag, bumper cars, etc. ..on him! He offers this free night of fun as a way of showing appreciation for his patients and their families. It is so generous and completely reflective of how his office does business… and why we continue to do business with them.


Dr. G’s office is 45 minutes from our home, and while there are closer places we could take our children to get braces, we consider it a worthwhile time investment to drive to Dr.G’s office. We love him, we love the work he does, we love the staff, but most importantly we love what he stands for. He is a man of character and so he gets our business.

We have been attending Dr. Gulland’s birthday celebration for many years, first because of Grace being his patient, and now because of Rusty. Rusty is scheduled to have his braces off in a month but we will probably be back at next year’s birthday party because Ozzie is the next one in line for braces. 🙂

Dr. G rents out the Olympic Fun Center near his office. It is a huge building filled with an abundance of fun for kids (and adults). There is roller skating, a climbing wall, laser tag, bumper cars and a huge climbing/play set. All the kids have their favorite activities but the treat is that they don’t have to choose. They can try everything, since it is all included in the evening for free.

I was worried that perhaps we wouldn’t be able to attend this year because of my physical struggles lately, but Grace offered to drive and then I was able to just sit, watch, and take photos while the kids played for two hours. It ended up working out well.

Here is a glimpse into family fun night with Dr. Gulland:

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Happy Birthday, Dr. G!

Skating with Dr. G


On Tuesday we went roller skating with Dr. G.


Dr. G is our family’s orthodontist. Dr. G blessed Grace with a beautiful smile and is now working with Rusty. We have been patients at his office for the last 5 years. His office is 45 minutes away, and although there are closer orthodontist in our town, we love him and his staff so much that I find the drive well worth it. I appreciate all the extras that are offered. I feel like my business is appreciated and I like the focus on patients and community that is made a priority.

One special event that the office offers is an annual roller skating party in honor of Dr. G’s birthday. They rent out Olympic Fun Center for a night and invite all their patients and families to come and enjoy a night of free fun.

Olympic Fun Center has a roller skating rink, a rock climbing wall, laser tag, a play area, and bumper cars. Toby wasn’t able to join us because he was in Ohio picking up lumber for the job he is working on, so it was just the kids and I. The party lasted from 4:00- 6:30pm, and the kids had a ball!

Here is a look into our fun evening:

Love these kiddos!

Love these kiddos!

Skating fun:

Grace and Molly

Grace and Molly



Tyler and Rusty

Tyler and Rusty

One of the games they played was the dice game. The skaters kept skating until the music stopped. Then they had to pick a corner to skate to. The ref then rolled a giant dice. If the dice rolled the number of the corner you were standing in then you were out of the game. Look who was the winning skater!

Way to go, Tyler!

Way to go, Tyler!

The kids also enjoyed some fun playing laser tag:


Bumper cars were an extra big hit with the boys:



Molly was the only one who braved the climbing wall. She made it all the way to the top!

Go Mo!

Go Mo!

Tyler was disappointed to discover he was the only one short enough to play in the tubes. He really wanted his siblings to come play with him, but despite that he still had a lot of fun climbing and sliding:


Our current Dr. G patient:


Thank you Dr. G! It was a really fun night!


Grace is no longer “Brace Face”



It has been a long road…about a year longer than expected due to some stubborn 12 year molars that waited until Grace was 15 to make their appearance but the day has finally come…

Grace is no longer Miss Brace Face.

Wednesday night Miss Grace was dealing with mixed emotions as she prepared for bed. As excited as she was to have the braces off she was feeling a bit sad and scared. It wasn’t the process of having them removed that upset her, or fears that she wouldn’t like the result.. she just felt like she was saying goodbye to a part of herself. They were such a big part of her look for so long that she just couldn’t imagine not seeing them when she looked into the mirror.

I understood what she was saying. The day before she had her braces put on I felt the same way. I didn’t want her to lose her “Gracie” look and I was afraid that by altering her smile we would lose the look God gave to her. It sounds so silly but I could understand what she was saying. Her is Miss Gracie’s initial intake photos at Dr. G’s office.

Gracie's intake photos at Dr. Gulland's office. She looks so little.

Gracie’s intake photos at Dr. Gulland’s office. She looks so little.

The next morning Grace woke up more excited and less unsure. We dropped off Ozzie at school and headed to the orthodontist. There was time for a quick “before photo” before Grace was called back.  We waited in the waiting room for 1 1/2 hours as Gracie had her braces removed and was fitted for a retainer. I was called back to meet with Dr. G and go over instructions and follow-up care. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the end result of three years of work. What a beautiful smile! After we received the information we needed we headed back into the waiting room where Molly had a gift to give Grace that she bought a few weeks ago. Knowing how much Grace has missed chewing gum Molly bought her a pack of her favorite flavor.


After her appointment we made one more stop before we had to drive home for piano lessons. When I asked Gracie what foods she missed most while having braces she said, “corn ON the cob, salt water taffy and caramels.” Since we are in the wrong season for good corn on the cob we stopped at the candy store for a bag of caramels. Gracie ate one as soon as we got back to the car and declared it the best thing she has ever eaten.



After piano lessons we left to pick up Ozzie and head to Rusty’s Taekwondo lessons. Molly and Tyler stayed home for some special one on one time. After getting Rusty settled I drove Gracie and Ozzie to Great Clips to get hair cuts. Gracie decided that she was going to grow her hair out while she had braces and then get it cut, for a dramatic new look, on the day her braces came off.  She was growing it out so that she could donate it to Locks of Love, a charity that takes donated hair and makes wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy. The donated hair must be at least ten inches long. Gracie was nervous that her hair wouldn’t be long enough to donate but it was plenty long.

Gracie's hair bound with rubberbands and ready to be cut.

Gracie’s hair bound with rubber bands and ready to be cut.

The end result was adorable!

Grace with her hair donation.

Grace with her hair donation.

When we arrived home she was eager to show Toby. He thought she looked pretty but wasn’t thrilled about how grown up she looked…spoken like a real dad. 🙂

For school Grace had to submit a photo for the yearbook. The deadline was yesterday but she wanted to wait until her braces were off and her hair was cut so at 8:30 at night we were doing a photo session so that she could submit her yearbook picture before the 9:00pm deadline.

Here is the result… Gracie’s 9th grade yearbook picture.

My Gracie...beautiful inside and out.

My Gracie…beautiful inside and out.

A look back at our vacation with Dr. G!


Last week we had a blast vacationing with cousins but they weren’t the only ones we knew at the shore..we also had Gracie’s orthodontist popping up at many of our vacation destinations.

Hey there, Dr. G!

Hey there, Dr. G!

We love Dr. G!  He and the staff at Gulland Orthodontics are always coming up with fun activities, community service projects and monthly contests to make the “braces experience” a bit more fun. This summer they are having a “Doc on a Stick” contest. We were given a Dr.G face on a stick, reminiscent of Flat Stanley, that we then photograph while on our summer adventures. There is a cash prize offered for the top three photos so Dr. G joined us on vacation and had all sorts of crazy fun!


Here are some of the places he popped up at this week..

At the shore:


Hey there, Dr. G!



On the rides at the Ocean City boardwalk. He was quite the thrill seeker!




On a rainy day at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum:


Dr. G  “photo bombing” a poor old lady. He is such a ham!


..and her husband 🙂


It seemed everywhere we went he would pop up!


We even stumbled across him at the beach. He was buried in the sand, enjoying the sun.


Well, Dr. G, it was a blast. We laughed.. we cried.. we ate boardwalk fries. Thanks for the memories! 🙂