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Month: October 2009 (page 1 of 3)

dinosaurs live!

Yesterday Aidan and I took advantage of one of the free days at Brookfield Zoo. It was a great time to go–the weather was fairly warm for the end of October, there were no crowds, and we got to see the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit in its final days. We hadn’t been there since last November so it was fun to explore all the exhibits and the animal houses. Aidan was slightly disappointed when the giraffes and hippos weren’t out and the pachyderm house was closed, but we saw tons of other animals, including alligators, wombats, kangaroos, apes and monkeys (and yes there is a difference), macaws, bats, penguins, etc. And traveling back in time millions of years ago to see life-size dinosaurs was pretty cool too! Here’s some pictures of our field trip.

no x-rays, no service — seriously??

Well, today I took Aidan to the dentist for a regular check-up and cleaning. Overall it was a good check-up — no cavities, five loose teeth, one new molar, and everything looked healthy. However, the moment when I said we didn’t want x-rays I was then informed by our dentist that if we decide not to get x-rays at the next cleaning we will no longer be accepted as patients at that office.  Seriously? Seriously! I was flabbergasted. Now I should say that our dentist was not entirely obtrusive or overly rude, but there were several comments that made me feel as if I was being bullied and coerced into something. It’s not that I don’t think x-rays are never needed, and I’m sure at some point we will get x-rays, but at this time we chose not to and I think we should have this right.  One thing I do know is that when it is time for our next cleaning (or for that matter when we do decide to get x-rays) we will be doing so with a different dentist–one who respects our decisions.

a giddy-up birthday party

Last week Aidan rode his very first horse! He was extremely excited (and a bit nervous). I was so proud of him for deciding to try it. The event happened at a birthday party for one of his good friends, Autumn, who loves horses. Here’s a picture of him.

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