Oh, nice toothbrush, how I’ve missed you

Category : Family

We bought toothbrushes.  Expensive ones.  Ones with fancy settings, multiple toothbrush heads, even a sanitizer.  We spent over $200 on our toothbrushes!  There, I said it.  Who does that?  You could buy so much with $200 or pay down some debt.  We do, obviously.  Why?  Thanks for asking!  Let me give you a short back story (not sure if short is in my forte, but I’ll do my best).

I talked about Anna’s dentist trip awhile back and our history of the dentist but now about our toothbrushes.  :)   Exciting, I know!  Growing up we both just had your run of the mill manual-brush your teeth for 20 seconds so your breath smells of toothpaste so mom will think you brushed your teeth-toothbrush.  Gary and I had different dental experiences growing up but in the end when we got married and were talking about having kids, we had to start a routine of going to the dentist.  So we started out with the 2 for $10 Oral B and Crest Spinbrush battery operated toothbrushes.  They were great when we compared to our manual ones.  They got me through years of no cavities.  Then we decided it was time to upgrade only because Woot told us we should.  On one particular day they had a Two for Tuesday of nicer Oral-B (I think) rechargeable toothbrushes for about $45.  Perfect!  Those worked great for about a year or so until mine wouldn’t hold a charge anymore and Gary’s was running out of gusto.  So we tossed those.  We hemmed and hawed for months on getting the best out there.  So in the meantime, we went back to good ole manual and tried to brush for 2 minutes but it just wasn’t the same.

Our dentist appointments came around in November and there came our decision maker.  Well for me anyway.  I was on about year 4 of no cavities, no nothing.  Then I was hit with 2 cavities.  Granted they got this new fancy light that detects cavities even sooner than x-rays, but still….  And for Gary, he’s been cavity free for awhile but continues to battle with gum issues and other past neglect due to no insurance as a young 20 something.  Since then, he’s been the model teeth guy, brushing twice a day, mouthwash twice a day, flossing each night.  Gold star for the Gar!  Which brings me into our $200+ toothbrush purchase.

Enter the amazing-feels like you walked out of the dentist and more everyday-5 settings-sanitizer-rechargeable-not terribly cheap replacement heads-but so well worth it Sonicare FlexCare Plus and FlexCare (for me).

These toothbrushes have a 2 minute cycle with a 30 second buzzer to change zones so all your teeth get the same amount of attention.  They vibrate instead of spin and clean between your teeth to almost feel like you flossed.  So not to be dazzled by the features of the brushes, they were really to bring our teeth and gums back to where they were and hopefully a lot better!  Our perio charting which shows how healthy your gums are should be out of the 3’s, 4’s and 5’s and down into the 1’s and 2’s. All in all this was an investment into better dental care, to save us from awful root canals and cavities and the biggest one, their bills, in the future.

A remarkable difference from past toothbrushes, especially this last one, is what we’re hoping for come May/June!

First Time Out

Category : Gary

Well I made it out skiing for the first time this year. Alex and I went this past Friday to Caberfae Peaks just outside of Cadillac. I have been watching and waiting for great deals on skiing all fall and found that Caberfae had a deal for this past Friday for all day skiing for just $9.00.

So I left work early on Friday and we headed out to Caberfae. I was super excited b/c it gave me a chance to try out all my new gear. Each year I have been replacing some gear. Last year was the skis themselves, this year was a new coat and helmet, next year will be new boots.

We got there around 5:30 and skied until they closed at 9:00. It was a good solid first time out for the year and gave me a chance to warm up for the year. The snow was much better than I had thought it would be, it being early in the season you often either get very icy or very slushy conditions. The snow on Friday though was a good consistancy which we really enjoyed.

Our next trip is Shanty Creek on Tuesday Dec 21, following that My parents are coming with Christie and the the girls to Boyne Mountain for a weekend of skiing and water park fun, that happens in January. Outside of that I will be fitting in as many day trips as I can afford for the year.

I had to give up skiing for quite a few years, so it is nice to be back into it again and to have a reason to look forward to winter. If you have never tried skiing, you should, it is an amazing amount of fun!

2 under our belt!

Category : Running

Well we did it.  We did our 2nd 5k of the year!  Who knew running could be so addicting?!  So after we ran the 5/3 Riverbank Run in May we were craving to do another run later in the summer/early fall.  Being a novice in the running world, I didn’t really know where to look for a good list of local runs so I suggested we do the Chicago 5k, spend a weekend with the ‘rents and let the girls have some grandparent bonding.  This one felt a little different only because we hadn’t trained long and hard as we did for the Riverbank Run and we all were a little hesistant going to Chicago for a race with 20,000 along with the other millions that live there already.  But…. we’re so glad we did it!

We had been maintaining our training throughout the summer but throw in a vacation/planning and some summer colds in there, we were not as prepared as we hoped to be.  I (Christie) had been picking up the pace on the treadmill in recent weeks and even ran a full 5k on the track the Thursday prior to the race so I was feeling good.  Gary has been battling a pesky sore throat/cold for awhile so couple that with a busy summer work schedule, his training had been less than stellar too.  Either way, we were running it!

Saturday we (Gary, Angela, Alex and I) headed to Navy Pier to pick up our runners packets which contained our official bibs and t-shirts.  The cool thing about this race was that they printed our names out on the bibs…. well all but Alex.  :)   We checked out the expo for a bit, ate some lunch and headed back to SoHo.  We packed in a carb filled dinner of spaghetti and garlic bread and headed to bed early.

The alarm went off at 5am.  Surprisingly, we got up with a bit of ease that morning.  The girls stayed sleeping (but grandpa hit up the couch when we left to keep an ear out for their “I need go potty, mommy” cries), we ate a light breakfast and headed out the door at 5:45am in full running gear with Ryan as our chaperon.   We made into downtown around 6:30am, got shooed out of the parking lot and hit up the meter knowing that when we left, the crazy lady from Walgreens wouldn’t have our car towed.  We headed toward the starting line through neighborhoods and parks, following the loud speakers and music.  As we walked, we gathered more people until we arrived at home base to find around 20,000 runners along with their fans getting ready to put all their training to the test.

While the 18,000+ half marathon runners (13.1 miles, people….) lined up to be herded through the starting line, we hit up the blue boxed bathrooms, checked in our bag of goods and started to get stretched out.  There was such an energy in the air, the temperature was perfect and the sun made it a touch warmer.  We chatted, admired and wondered how we’d do compared to others around us.

We lined up all together as there wasn’t a breakdown of mile times (6 minutes miles, 7 minute miles, etc).  Soon there after, we started moving forward.  Alex jarted around most of the pack, Gary and Angela split and ran closely in their minutes and I found a couple girls to pace myself with.  I had a goal of obviously finishing (as I hadn’t trained as much as I did for the 5/3 run) but an unspoken goal of not stopping.  I was quite confident that I’d beat my 5/3 time by a few minutes and was feeling really good about how well I was running.  It was a nice run through the neighborhoods, along Lake Shore Drive and I was passing people.  In the end, Alex finished in just over 25 minutes and place 90th out of almost 1400, Angela did really well herself and ran it in her record time of 29 minutes, Gary didn’t quite make his goal of under 30 minutes but with being sick, he did it in 31:16 and I finished 3 seconds slower that my first time.  Ugh.  But really, it was awesome that I never stopped and I pushed myself the last 1/4 mile.  We all had a great time, loved the experience and are planning on doing more next year together!

Pics from the official photographers (our own will come this week hopefully):

My First Outside Run

Category : Gary, Running

Well I (Gary) did it today, my first 5k running outside instead of on a treadmill. I did it in about 32 minutes. I am not sure the exact time as Alex timed it for us and he did not say specifically how long it took. The big point is though that I did it and survived, just barely but I survived.

Saturday is the Calvin Spring Classic which I am running in and we ran that same route today. I know now that I can do it and in a decent time too.