Elkins Dental - October 2019




Early October had me heading to Las Vegas for a couple days of continuing education. Not a bad place for a dental convention, right? I did get to have a little fun at the end of the day, but most of my time at these conventions is dedicated to learning. I got updated on new procedures and technology and learned about different materials we can use for our patients’ benefit. It’s amazing how quickly things can evolve with technology, and it’s great to both feel up to speed on everything and bring that back to the practice. While there is a lot to do in Las Vegas, there’s one activity I find endlessly entertaining: people-watching. No matter how many times I go, I always find it fun to sit and watch the other visitors of this glamorous town. In many ways, Vegas contains two separate worlds: one of people who come to visit Las Vegas and another of people who live there. People who live there hardly ever visit the Strip or go to a show.They tend to stay out of the part of the city that brings everyone in. Well, I hope your October is off to a great start. I’m looking forward to some cooler weather and Halloween fun later this month. We’re not quite sure about our costumes yet, but we still have some time to figure that out. Until then, I’m going to enjoy the season and everything that autumn entails. –Dr. Elkins

It’s hard to believe it’s already October, isn’t it? August and September seemed to fly by.The kids started school and are pretty much back in the groove of their routines again. It always takes a little time for them — and for us — to adjust, but I think we’re there now. Last month, we spent Labor Day weekend on Lake Cascade enjoying the lingering days of summer with family and friends. Some friends of ours have a cabin up there, so we brought the Jet Skis and had a great time on the lake. Evie’s been back at school, and Julianna was working her summer job, so the younger kids came along for the fun. September also brought celebrations for our two birthdays of the month. First up was Beth and then Adam, our youngest. For Beth’s birthday, we went to McCall with our family and had a great weekend there, taking the Jet Skis out again and making sure we got at least one more good day on the water before the weather gets cooler. Adam turned 5 this year, but people almost always mistake him for being older. Like Russell, Adam is tall for his age. He’s in preschool this year and will be starting kindergarten next year. It’s pretty wild to have our youngest almost at that milestone. I was always a tall skinny kid, just like Russell and Adam. Still, I think they’re both going to surpass me. Russell’s already taller than me — he passed me up this year — and I have no doubt he’ll keep growing. With the genes from Beth’s family and mine, our kids are all destined to be pretty tall.

Adam and his donut “cake”

Me and my mom on the Jet Ski on Labor Day

Adam’s favorite birthday present, his Spider-Man costume

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