Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ty's World

Six years ago tonight Tyler took a very discouraging and unsuccessful journey down the birth canal. Unsuccessful due to the "Sharp Head" syndrome, or Sharp brains, however you want to look at it. I suppose my genes had a little to do with it as well. Finally he greeted us on January 31st at 7:54am via ceserean. Am I really going to have a 6 year old tomorrow? This is always a somber time for me. Time flies so fast, sometimes I wish we had a pause button, or a rewind, or just a little more control.So here I am left with all of the logistical planning while my husband is playing Basketball. He asked for my consent (which I gave) several times before he left me with EVERYTHING to do. I have a 2-layer Pirate cake to design before I go to bed, presents to wrap, and as usual tradition in our house, I blow up a bunch of balloons and tie them on the birthday person's bed for a surprise wake-up. Tomorrow the schedule goes a little something like this:

6:30-wake up, fix breakfast and set up aforementioned balloons
7:00-wake up kids, sing to Ty, he opens 1 present
8:15-Ty to School
8:45-Ryli to school
10:15-Ty's school for lunch, Pizza and cake (custom pirate cake designed by me, YIKES!)
12:00-Go to the Hospital to pick up mom (couldn't they have picked a different dayto discharge?)
1:45-pick up Ryli from School
3:40-pick up Ty from school
4:00-Ryli to dance
4:30-pick Shane up
5:00-pick up Ryli and head to Chuck E Cheese for games
6:30-Birthday dinner for the Birthday Boy at Olive Garden, he finally gets to open the rest of his presents
We gave Ty a choice to do whatever he wanted tomorrow and he chose Chuck E Cheese, then because I refuse to eat their pizza he conveniently chose Olla Garden, his most favorite place to eat! I was happy to oblige. We never eat out anymore and Tyler is craving some breadsticks. Poor kid!

Wow that was exhausting!

Update on Mom:
Yes she is going home tomorrow. I know she is happy and I am too, I'm tired of visiting the hospital with kids. I think she will progress better at home. My dad will stay with her, she cannot be by herself. We will take her to therapy 3 times a week and spend a lot of time at her house with her. Her speech is a little better. She has felt a little sensation in her hand and her left arm is also getting a little bit better everyday. It's a slow process but I know she is getting better.

I'll post pictures of the birthday extravaganza within the next few days! The big family dinner is Friday night!

A cute shot of the kiddos in Gram's wheel chair at the hospital!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


So here it is, my second work of art. Ryli has these great Antik jeans that fit her like a dream except that she is getting to long for them. My children don't seem to grow out....just up. Anyway, I have had no luck trying to find jeans that fit her around the mid section and decided to use some of the extra fabric from the knee patching job that I did to add a little flare
(and length)!
Don't look to close there are some serious flaws but hey, another thrifty victory for me!
Sewing is such a forgiving adventure!
She will spend at least another week in rehab. She is making progress slowly but surely. I'm going to spend the day at her condo tomorrow cleaning and organizing. Hopefully she will be able to come home soon. There was talk of her having to go to an assisted living facility for a while after rehab, I really hope that she doesn't have to endure that!!! Thanks for all of the prayers and warm wishes!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Goodbye Beloved Curls

Well, after many pleas from my husband the curls are no more! Cannon's hair has been growing since birth (2 yrs 1 month) and today I finally gave into the pressure. Honestly it was time. It got to the point that the curl would fall out after about 30 minutes of gel and spray and then go into mullet mode. Yeah yeah, I know we are in Arkansas but mullets just don't fly in our family. So I cried and still do a double take when I look at my baby, or big boy now. I guess by cutting his hair I feel like I'm letting go just a little bit. Oh the pain!!!!! I cherish my children and as much as I hate how quick the time is flying, I love the adventure that awaits.
The verdict: Shane says the short look isn't quite right for Cannon, we'll grow it out again.....hee hee....He's still pretty darn cute!!!!!


Wednesday, January 16, 2008


My mom was transferred yesterday to an acute rehab facility. I was so glad to hear that she would begin work right away. I spent the night at home last night and with my family. I appreciate my life so much.

My mom has a lot of work to do. They therapists do not want us to help her do anything when we are visiting, they have their own way to teach her. She has a strict schedule of getting up at 5 a.m. for a shower, then breakfast, and a morning full physical, occupational, and speech therapy. The occupational therapist told her this morning that it would probably be about a year before she could use her hand again. Kind of discouraging to me but she is still really positive and feels like she is in really good hands.

It is so weird to have to take over another persons life. There are bills to pay, a house to clean, I have to stay in touch with her boss, neighbors, and of course there's Wilkes the yorkie wonder dog (her third child). My dad is taking care of him, thank goodness. That would push me over the edge for sure. Thank goodness for Sue-wee and everyone else who is sacrificing, I'm really grateful to have the best family ever!!

As much as I try not to think about how put out I am by all of this, it sucks. All of it. I can't imagine how bad it sucks for my mom yet she is staying so motivated. Hmmmm, sounds like a lesson. I guess it's time I start giving her some credit.......(most of you know how hard that is for me)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Why am I blogging......

We took off Friday afternoon for a relaxing weekend at my aunt and uncle's cabin in Mount Ida, AR. We really needed a quiet weekend, and for it to be secluded was even better. Everything was perfect, great fireplace to snuggle up in front of, good food, good company and the kids were having a blast. We would be heading home Sunday afternoon or evening until we got a call. It was my grandmother telling me that my mom had been admitted to the hospital, she had had a mild stroke. We had a two hour drive to get back to Little Rock and I of course couldn't help but wonder what she would look like helplessly laying in a hospital bed.

We arrived at the hospital, Shane dropped me off and took the kids home. I opened the door to my mom's room and the anxiety was overwhelming. The whole left side of her body was not functioning. Her mouth was drooping, her hand lifeless and her eyes welled with tears. I was lucky enough to meet her doctor (who we really like) and get a quick briefing of what we would be up against. This was all Sunday morning. Since then, we've been through MRI's, ultrasounds, 2 IV's, family visits, flower deliveries, a walker, a cardiologist, a occupational therapist, a physical therapist, a nurse Rachett (as my mom calls her) and little to no sleep. I stayed with her last night and will tonight also. The prognosis: she will be out of the hospital within the next day or so then straight to acute rehab for who knows how long.

I have the best husband in the world who has helped make it possible for me to take care of my mom during one of the biggest reality checks I think either of us have ever had.

Okay, I realize this might be a little all over the place but I'm sleep deprived, missing my family and on my way to another night of hospital fun. For now enjoy some of our cabin pictures and I'll be back soon.

P.S. Why am I blogging at a time like this, therapy I guess.......

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

a quick trip to the park....

Yes, that is my 4 and 5 year old in
infant swings....what can you do?!

We decided to take advantage of a mild winter day. It hit fifty degrees and my kids have been climbing the walls (as have my nerves) so they were very surprised when I asked if they wanted to go the park. Of course Ty refused to wear a jacket and it was much cooler once we got outside than it felt at my front door, so our park excursion was shorter than planned.

I thought this picture really turned out cool. This park is right behind our apartments, it's beautiful. It is really nice to live on a lake, even if it is an apartment. There is a quote that I have taped up next to the computer and I read it at least once a day to help when I get frustrated with our humble abode:

"When I speak of home, I speak of the place where-in default of a better-those I love are gathered together, and if that place were a gypsy's tent or a barn, I should call it by the same good name notwithstanding"
- Charles Dickens

After all, the biggest blessing is that we have each other....


I'm jumping on the Obama Express and riding it all the way to Washington baby!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

On Lockdown!

Let me start by saying that Shane is in Indianapolis for work.
This morning I went in to Ty's room to wake him up for school. He complained that he felt shaky and that his body was to tired to go to school. So I told him that we would get some breakfast and see how he felt. After going back in forth (mostly with myself) about whether or not I should get him to go to school he decided that he wanted to try. His school starts at 8:15, he made his decision at 8:55. He still seemed pretty lethargic to me but I obliged, I had a lot errands to run including getting Ryli to school in Little Rock, which by the way starts at 9am. Anyway after turning around twice I decided to take him in. We pulled up in the parking lot, I was going through one more round of "Are you SURE you feel good enough to go to school?", and suddenly there was a tap on the window. "Mrs. Sharp we're going to have to ask you to take cover." Apparently there was a tornado touchdown in Oak Grove which is just about 5-7 minutes away and they had the entire school on lockdown. We needed to seek shelter immediately. So I parked, scooped up my 3 babies and went to the nearest classroom which Ty's class just so happened to be in. All of the children were in the head down between your knees position including Ry.
Tyler is terrified of tornadoes, he has nightmares about them (thanks to The Wizard of Oz). You can imagine his reaction to the panic in my voice. Honestly I was scared too. So we sat with his class and sang songs and told stories for the next 20 minutes. I could hear the wind pick up, but the tornado never came. However for added fun Tyler threw up in his backpack in the middle of all the excitement. I was able to leave after the first round and rush Ryli to school an hour late. I kept Ty with me because of the throw up thing but he was fine for the rest of the day.
Shane was texting me through the entire thing. Needless to say I was exhausted by about 10:05a.m and needed a nap. I wasn't going to take Ryli to school but she assured me she would be just fine if another tormado came.
Gotta love the Arkansas winters!!!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

It isn't perfect.....

Merry Christmas to me!!! I got a sewing machine for Christmas and it arrived tonight! I decided an easy first project for an amateur seamstress like myself would be a twin size duvet cover. My little Cannon needed a comforter for his new big boy bed and in an effort to be thrifty I decided to make use of extra sheets that Ty doesn't like on his bed! Fortunately everything matches the pirate theme and all for $0, unless you count the sewing machine, but I don't think I should.... It isn't perfect, but I'm pretty happy with the outcome and so is my little man.

He is doing pretty good with sleeping in his bed, we just have to lay down with him every now and them.

Ty went to work with Shane today just for fun, he had a great time and loved riding the bus home with him.

To jump subjects, I'm so excited with the results the from the Iowa Caucus - Obama and Huckabee!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Where did 2007 go....

I can't believe it is already 2008. Tyler and I have been studying the planets so with the new year comes a whole new understanding of the earth's rotation around the sun. He has been counting down the days until earth gets all the way around then starts over again. Now to explain Leap Year....

We put up bunk beds yesterday for the boys, they were very excited to play on them. Cannon loved the idea of having a big boy bed until it came time to lay down. We eventually got him to sleep in the living room and then laid him down. He slept in it all night, I don't remember the last time my bed felt so big. I have to say that I've slept better though, I think Shane and I were just anticipating his angry cry in the middle of the night. We tossed and turned a lot. He woke up around 7:45am and seemed like his feelings were hurt that we pulled one over on him. In the end, I did miss snuggling up next to him. I love sleeping with my children, nothing compares.

So as far as resolutions go I am always afraid to make them as it seems like a jinx, but here it goes: I'm going to try really hard to cut sugar out of my diet, I'm skeptical needless to say, but I've done a lot of research and I'm really gonna go for it, it really is terrible for your body!! To live more green, I've started taking little steps, recycling batteries, taking my own bags to grocery shop, buying the longer lasting light bulbs. I realize it's not much but baby steps right?!! And lastly, I would really like to stay on top of my blog, we'll see.....

In an effort to help my children understand resolutions, or just goals in general I asked them what they would like to do for the New Year here is what I got-

Ty- got to the Childrens Museum a lot, and go camping

Ry- figure out how to become a REAL princess

Cannon- (I made his for him) Potty train:) and successfully transition to his own bed

Shane scoffed at my attempt to list his resolutions, the only ones he was willing to release to the public are to spend more time in the gym and to spend more time outside.....whatever!