What about you? Are you pro candy corn?
What about you? Are you pro candy corn?
This post was sponsored by Invisalign® clear aligners. My nephew and mom are receiving complimentary Invisalign treatment as they share their Invisalign journey.It's been a couple months now since I've started documenting my nephew’s journey with Invisalign clear aligners. For those of you who are not familiar with Invisalign Teen®, it’s a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are used to gradually (and discreetly) straighten teeth. My nephew is a theater student who really wanted to have his teeth straightened, but he wanted to avoid the look of metal braces that would affect his chances at getting certain roles.Austin has had his aligners in for several months now. He just started back-to-school at NYU. He's a junior now . . . how did that happen? I caught up with him on his thoughts on the upcoming school year.What does this back-to-school season feel like for you? How is it different than last year?This back to school season is very different for me. It's so surreal that I am telling people that I am a junior now. I really feel like I am growing into the man that I will become. Being in college is odd because you are still growing into being an adult, even though legally I am able to do anything an adult can, except rent a car and go on a cruise alone. This year I am really trying to hone in on my craft and finding ways to build and solidify my own technique as an actor and singer. I also want to focus this year on building my "broadway body," which is where Invisalign comes in!Do you feel like your teeth made progress this summer? Have you had any comments?I feel like my teeth have DEFINITELY made progress! I was away from home for most of the summer, so when I came back at the end, my mother noticed a huge shift in my top teeth and could see the progress that is being made to make room for my bottom teeth to get back in line. In pictures I have posted of me smiling, I have received comments about how straight my teeth are already starting to look. It makes me feel so happy and boosts my self confidence every time I hear someone comment on my teeth! Invisalign is really working to make me into a more confident, brightly smiling person.
September was a full month. It started with my trip to Ethiopia with Help One Now, which was a great success.
Our team really clicked and I felt great about the organization and their local leadership. But best of all, we met our goal! 300 new sponsors for kids at risk of becoming poverty orphans. We checked our donation page just as we were flying home to learn that we’d met our goal and it was such a good feeling. Thank you to everyone who chose to support a family. You are changing lives.
It was so good to get home. I miss my family like crazy when I travel. Of course, I try to make up for it by buying them stuff while I’m gone. Love these traditional dresses on my girls.
We made a family outing to see the Sound of Music singalong at the Hollywood Bowl.
We had a little picnic beforehand. India picked her own outfit.
This was our first time and I can see why it sells out. The crowd was enthused! My favorite part was the whole audience lighting up their cell phone flashlights during Edelweiss and waving them in the air.
I think we’ll make it a tradition.
Another adventure this month . . . we had our first Beer and Hymns gathering in Orange County. I’ve gotta say, I was crazy nervous about how it would go down. To take it from a little idea in my brain to something I invited people to experience was daunting, and I had no idea who would show up or how it would play out. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. We had a great time on stage and I think everyone who came out had a blast, too.
Here’s a little video of the night:
Random interlude of kid pics . . .
This past week we got to attend the opening night of Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland. It was our first time to go to the park during this evening event and it was a lot of fun.
Kids and adults were dressed in costume. India went as Penny from Hairspray, which is her current obsession. She wore her costume at school and none of her classmates recognized who she was, but at the park lots of adults were smitten with her outfit.
We had a great nights and stayed out way too late. Disneyland after dark is my favorite.