Elkins Dental - December 2019




The weeks around Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of the busiest times of the year for me at work. We try to help everyone use up their dental benefits before the end of the year, so I gear up for some long days. Working on my stained-glass projects — and now working on my guitars — helps me relax and recharge between reservations. Right now, I have a couple of guitars in the planning stages. One of my best friends asked if I would want to help him with his next build. He was a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, so the guitar is going to have a Black Hawk design as a tribute to his time in the Army. He hasn’t done pearl inlays before, and since that’s the part I’m most comfortable with, I’m going to help him with them. I’m excited for this project.The design is going to be pretty amazing, and it’s cool to work on it with one of my good buddies. We’ve been friends since we were about 12, and we played guitar together almost that long. We grew up together in Nevada, and he’s currently stationed with the military in Italy. Beth and I are hoping to visit him in the next year or so while he’s still there. Have you noticed how the older kids get, the more tech-oriented (and consequently, more expensive) the gifts they ask for are? Each year is a little different as they get to a certain phase of life — iPods, then cellphones, then computers. Adam, thank goodness, is still in the phase where he’s happy with any kind of toy. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized I enjoy giving gifts a lot more than getting them. When someone asks what I want for Christmas, I’m kind of stumped.There isn’t a lot I want these days other than time to work on my projects, trips with Beth, and weekends when the whole family is together. With that, I’m going to get back to work! I hope you have a very happy holiday season with your family. Merry Christmas, –Dr. Elkins

Wow, the holidays just fly by, don’t they? October came and went full of activities. We had a fun time on Halloween with two pirates, a zombie, and a kitty in tow. I have to tell you, it was strange only having three trick-or- treaters at home this year. Our kids are growing up! Now that Russell is taller than me, he doesn’t feel like he can get away with trick- or-treating anymore. And Leila, though she’s only 12, felt uncomfortable asking for candy, so she dressed up and walked around with us but didn’t go up to the doorsteps. “Have fun while you can,” I try to tell my kids. Before they know it, they’ll be on the other side of the doorstep. There’s an assisted living complex in our subdivision, and each year, the residents who want to participate sit outside their rooms on Halloween and welcome trick-or-treaters.The kids have a fun time participating, and you can tell the residents enjoy seeing the energetic kiddos come through.

Adam as the pirate, Jocelyn as the cat, and Leila as the zombie

Beth and Adam in their pirate costumes

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