Sunday, December 28, 2008

go ahead, ask me

Yeah, I made it myself. This only goes to show that anything is possible. I haven't always had such a close realtionship with bias tape. I picked up sewing in October when I was forced into saving the day for Cannon and making him Super Why for Halloween. The things we do for our kids, right??!!

Back to the Bias. I used it for a project early on and swore that I would never use it again. Here I am 2 months later making it yes I'm proud of my tape. I'll post pictures of the finished product when I'm, well, finished. It was easier than anitcipated, and way cute. I'm not afraid anymore!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Santa wuz here...

I'll start with the beginning of yesterday. I went grocery shopping. WoW. It wasn't terrible, but I was really glad to get it over with, and surprisingly Wal-Mart had everything on my list. I came home to a bustling house with children full of holiday cheer. They were literally bouncing off of the walls. Me...not so much after Wal-Mart. (church party, with the fake Ty so graciously pointed out)

(can I just mention that on the 23rd I sat in line for 1 hour and 20 minutes to see Santa at the mall. I vowed not to purchase pictures so it really WAS just to sit on his lap. I promised the kids and there was no way around it this year. REMINDER: next year take kids to see Santa at the mall 1st week of December. Also, there was a sign posted politely asking the patrons to not use their personal camera for photos, for the "professional" photos are what make it possible for Santa to make his appearance every year. Well I respected that rule and instead used my phone for what I though was a subtle shot, then my flash went off. It never goes off when I need it!)
(no pictures allowed with the mall Santa:D)
(The temp. was near 70)
Anyway, back to the day of the Eve. We decorated cookies with the Hartzells and Griffins. The men of these families, and my man, worked on a covert operation...let's call it Operation Checkin it Twice. They were successful...eventually. We came home to ready the abode for family company with a pot of steaming hot chocolate and warm home made soft pretzels. DELICIOUS I must say! We gathered to visit and observe the madness that was, well, pretty much the Tyler show. He was SOOOO excited. The children each got to open one present, Poppa read Twas' the Night Before Christmas and the family said their good nights and see you at 9am for breakfasts. The kids surrendered to their sleepiness easier than expected and were all fast asleep by 9:30pm.

We were up until 3 am....
7:15 am Tyler runs in and whispers about the surprises he thinks he has uncovered and then is gently ordered to Ryli's room for the holding portion of Christmas morning. Ya know, I like to turn on the tree lights, turn on Christmas music, put on a sweatshirt, make sure Santa has placed everything properly and then of course ready the camera. We also had to give Bubba a moment to orient himself with the time and day, etc.. The kids lined themselves up in the hall and waited for the go ahead...once received, the frenzy began.
They were very excited about almost all of it with one tiny exception. Cannon rejected his gifts wrapped in bags. He was only interested in the wrapping papered-present variety. He got over it after a while and decided the bagged presents would suffice when they were the last ones left to open. The family came, Sue-wee, Jeanie, Mom, Dad, Blake and Heather. We enjoyed a yummy breakfast of burritos and potatoes. The company left and I was ready for a nap. After nap time I grabbed Ryli and met some friends for Desperaux, it was way cute. Shane and the boys stayed home for an extended nap time and we met at Sue-wee's later for more family time and the traditional Gumbo. It was yummy. We paid a late night visit to the Griffins and finally arrived home around 10pm.

And that was Christmas 2008 for the Sharp's. Couldn't have been better. No sick kids...which is unusual for our Christmas's.

The kids have settled in for a long winter's nap. Shane unloaded his Wii points on some vintage Nintendo games. He's playing Zelda. I have my toes tucked warmly under his leg. I think I might join the children in their quest for rest...Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!(i caught this house whilst driving, I later found out that it stays lit like this year round)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

a very BUBBA birthday

This is how we started our day at 5am,we have a tradition of doing this for the kids on their special day.
Cannon stumbled into our room around 7:30 groggy and he hadn't even noticed the 30 balloons at the end of his bed...oh well.
I carried him right back to his room to show him and he was very excited. Then we came out and pointed out his presents and Pooh balloon and that is how the birthday monster was created.
He opened his presents which consisted of Swiss Family Robinson (his favorite movie), Super Why books, a Leapster and a Spiderman scooter. For the rest of the day he called himself the birthday boy and no one was allowed to touch his presents without permission and it was quite restrictive at that.
The Party:
Cannon invited some VIP's and their families over for pizza, cake and ice cream. The adults had Southwestern Chicken Chili. The kids played hard and ate well. Cannon was REALLY excited about the green 3 cake dad fixed up for him. I baked and mixed and Shane got creative with the knife. Cannon was so excited about his cake in fact that he tried to eat the candles. We caught him hanging out in his chair just munching away on the wax:) After more presents were opened and everyone had gone home we put the birthday boy down for a nap, to which he rode his scooter off into the sunset (or into my bedroom) climbed up on my bed and went to sleep. No one was to ride his scooter while his eyes were closed.

The Christmas Party:
This is the night of our annual family Christmas party. Everyone comes into town. We eat fabulous food, visit, and the kids get to open more presents. We sang Happy Birthday to Cannon (we will celebrate his birthday with everyone after the holidays) and had a wonderful time. It was great to see everyone. From there my super-supportive Shane took the kids home and put them to bed so I could go with the girls and see Twilight...again.

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Now that all of the events are over (all but Christmas of course) I can finally relax. Christmas will be easy...enjoyable. My assignments are complete and the stress is gone. Now I can celebrate the season and enjoy the down time with my family. Merry Christmas to all...

3 years ago...

this night...I was to be found sleepless at the idea of numero tres...and a looming cesarean. YIKES! I sure am glad we have this little guy...he is a very important addition to our us. Well worth the sleepless night of fear and anxiety...a thousand times over...(shane took Cannon to work for a few hours this week while I gave two school Christmas parties, this is what they did. photo quality courtesy of his blackberry)

Friday, December 12, 2008

it's the most busiest time of the year

do i REALLY have to sleep? sometimes i wish i could go without just for a week or two. okay i would settle for a weekend. i feel it my seasonal responsibility to over-commit every year. i never intend on letting things slip. i really do have the best of intentions...

today for example i was about 10 minutes late getting every where i needed to go. if only i had woken up 10 minutes earlier my entire day would've been right on?! i explained this to shane as i sped across town trying to keep with my only 10 minutes late rule to get to dinner when he so valiantly reminded me that i actually woke up 20 minutes late, so in all actuality i had somehow managed to make up 10 minutes...i love him. he is my hero.

we have a special day coming up. not Christmas, although super duper important, but a 3rd birthday of our family caboose. so on top of making this day (the 20th) the most special day of 2008 for bubba, i do still have to plan for Christmas. my plate feels really full and yet i have managed to park myself in front of a movie screen 4 times in the last 3 weeks to watch my vampire beauties. priorities ya know?

have i mentioned how much cannon loves playing with knights? or that every time he goes for a drink or a bite it MUST be in or on green? he LOVES green. he only wants to wear "soft" pants. he is my pickiest about what he wears. he is a sports ball fanatic and will chill with dad in front of a game any chance he gets. on the dad note, have i mentioned that he would prefer to climb in his dad's pocket and be with him ALL the time? shane was out changing the shocks on the car recently (what a man right?!) and cannon stayed out with him in the cold with his tools. tyler tried to lure him back inside several times to play and cannon vehemently refused to stray. he is very loyal. he has a really intense lisp, i'm starting to wonder if we need to start therapy. i'm sure i will miss it when he outgrows it. his life as a toddler has been so different than ty's was. weird to think about.

well, i can either go to sleep, or go work on the 15 art smocks that i'm making for ty's class for Christmas. or i could start the skirt for ry. or, or, or, or,

Sunday, December 7, 2008

begotten not forgotten

Ryli gave her first talk in Primary today. I was more nervous than she was. In fact, she wasn't nervous at all, instead bouncing with excitement. Of course it turned out great with the highlight being the quote from John 3:16 "for God so loved the world, that he gave his only forgotten Son" she exclaimed. How ever was I supposed to keep my composure? Then to look in the back and she Shane cracking up didn't help at all. There was definitely an awkward silence as I hid behind Ryli and giggled, it didn't phase her a bit. Being in the spotlight is second nature for her...WAY TO GO RY!(by the by I've spent the last week sweating over this dress. I found the pattern and loved it, then couldn't find fine wale red corduroy so I "bought it now" on ebay. Then had to figure out button holes on my machine - which actually turned out to be really fun. So here it is Ryli's first homemade Christmas dress...the best part about it is that it's finished and she loves it:I)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

a family affair...

We went downtown on Tuesday for family pictures (thanks Heather!). We were right smack in the middle of 5 o'clock traffic and I have to say I felt somewhat like a celebrity. I am really pleased with the outcome and despite the chilly winds this was probably our most successful (least whiny) family photo session yet!! Now to choose my favorites....oh the humanity!

Any feedback would be ever so helpful friends:)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday and the Day before

I've been up since 3:45am in preparation for the shopping festivities. I love Black Friday, I love bargains and the competition to get the best deal. I only almost got in one fight and it was over sheet sets...silly huh?

Suffice it to say I got more than I planned, wrapped up Cannon's Birthday shopping and most of Christmas for the kids. Now is decision time...what to keep, what not to keep. That is my Black Friday BIG question.
Thanksgiving was spent deliciously in the countryside of central Arkansas. We drove out to my aunt and uncles where we were joined by extended friends and family...a quaint group of about 25. The food was the tastiest I've experienced in all of my Thanksgiving past and the conversation...entertaining.

After the family affair we hung out with our "other" extended family, the Griffin's and Hartzell's. We enjoyed desserts and games, and the inevitable kids loving...and fighting. They really are the best of friends, we know it:)
We capped off the night at our house watching Cloverfield and yet more food consumption surrounded by more friends.
Indeed our Thanksgiving was spent with people that we love and constant reminders of ALL that we have to be thankful for...
Happy Turkey Day Everyone!

Friday, November 21, 2008


I've only been anticipating this event for 8 months, I was pretty excited. I met Becca at the theater at 7pm to pick up my ticket and then was told we couldn't start waiting for the movie until 10pm. My bubble was somewhat burst but I killed the time and we came back at 9:15 and spent about 45 min waiting outside in the frosty winds. We finally got inside and raced (yes, ran fast) to our designated theater and we made it first! Once we were released into the actual theater we raced again to the upper middle seats and had almost the whole row reserved for our group. It was a lot fun. I even answered two trivia questions and got a movie poster and a hat. (don't know what I'm going to do with those now) I think the teenagers were a little embarrassed to be shown up by the crazy mom of 3.
I'm still stewing over the movie...not quite sure of my opinion at this point. I need to get together with the girls to talk some things out. Would I do it again....absolutely. I love indulging my inner child and hanging out with my friends. Count me in for New Moon.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

another dote-iful post

my kiddos were recognized at an Honors assembly this morning...they both picked up 2 certificates. one for all a's and one for good citizenship. pretty big day for them...for me, well, i've always known what good little citizens they are.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

a calendar-ific nite...

So me and the girls got together on Tuesday night for craft night. Teriney found this adorable DIY Advent Calender. I had such a good time making this and I love my finished product. I also had a great time chillin with my finished product I think Joe's advent calendar wore him out, or maybe it was Ruby:)-on a side note, I filled up my little rollerskate of a car for $24 today...crazy, I know-

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

oh whata night...

I can't believe how proud I am of our country tonight.
I've served in the Air force, supported my husband through a deployment to the middle east and observed a war unfold up close.
I have spent a lot of time educating myself on the candidates and issues for the first time.
I chose a candidate and watched him ultimately win the contest, the top prize, the title of President of the United States.
It's exhilarating, refreshing and exciting.
I can't wait to watch this man go to work and blow the naysayers out of the water.
I have faith in this man.
This is democracy. This is choice. I love our country.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Vader, Mulan, and Why 2008

Halloween lasted one whole week this year. Wow. We are still coming down from the high. When I say WE I mean I feel like I'm dragging my children through the mud back to some sort of "normal" routine and they are kicking and screaming the whole way. They don't even want to discuss bedtime much less put on their p.j.'s or brush their teeth.(which need a little extra attention this time of year) Ever Again. The early mornings are close to torture and lets not even talk about how daylight savings time has enhanced the fun.
Okay I know my kids had a great time so I'm glad it came...and now I'm glad it's gone.
Here are some highlights:the beforethe afterthe home made Super-Whytrunk or treatAcxiom's Pumpkin Paloozathe trick or treat crew: Mulan, SuperWhy, Batman, Darth Vader, Dragon Bram

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Today I stood in line for 1 hour and 45 minutes to vote for change and with any luck we will make history one week from today.
I was listening to NPR this afternoon and heard this quote that I thought was really special. Not sure who said it, "Rosa sat so Martin could walk, Martin walked so Obama could run."
What a memorable time this is for us all.

Monday, October 27, 2008

the picture doesn't do them justice

Today Ryli got in the car after school and I immediately notice these...when I asked her why she drew on herself again (a daily occurence lately) she exclaimed "mooom, I just wanted to be like Two-Face from Batman, except half zebra half person."

Well then...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Woolly Hollow is the place to be...

We spent Friday night camping at Woolly Hollow State Park. We hadn't ever been there before but trusted our instincts and...they were right! We brought some peeps along for the ride, the Hartzells, Griffins and Toblers. Also the Toblerone. (see pictures)(h-h-h-hollywood) Rumor has it we were up until around 3am. The adults that is...we had way to much to talk about, and frankly none of us wanted to leave the warmth of the fireside. We had a yummy breakfast of eggs and bacon and perhaps a smore or two. Then Joe took Shane and the kids for a spin on the Tobie (short for Toblerone). Gracias Joe! It was so peaceful to be outside in the brisk fall temperatures, we will be heading back again soon...wanna come?Saturday afternoon Ty and Shane stayed at the park with some friends and I headed home with Cannon and Ryli for a shower and some rest. The boys went on a 3.5 mile hike where they be-friended a snake, I almost passed out just looking at the picture...