Friday, March 28, 2008

Luigi Carson Sharp


Tyler is on a HUGE Super Mario Galaxy trip right now. Even when he isn't playing it on the Wii, he is pretending that he is in the game as either Mario or Luigi. He announced to us yesterday that he would like to change his name to Luigi. Why Luigi you ask? Apparently because his favorite color is green. He has said that he wants to be Luigi for Halloween and would I please find a costume for him now. Also would I please look for some toys of Mario on ebay...they do actually make them I've learned...

It's quite imaginative, he also gets all of his friends (and brother and sister) involved.


He also told me that he wanted to try school next year. For those of you who don't know we have been contemplating homeschool for the last month or so. He went through a phase when he didn't want to go to school at all (it was more than just not wanting to get up in the morning). After much concern and prayer we decided I would homeschool this next year. I really don't feel qualified, but I will do what it takes for my children to be happy and successful as any mom would. Anyway, he said he wanted to try school next year and I figure we'll give it a shot, if he doesn't like it I'll pull him out. I don't want to keep him home if it isn't where he wants to be....after all, this was motivated by him not wanting to go in the first place.


He and Ryli were recently accepted to a new charter school downtown called e-Stem. The school looks very interesting and the education part seems great but the hours and year are long. We'll see....

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Weekend 2008

Tyler had his school Easter Egg hunt on Friday 3/21. Ryli went to work with Shane that day so it was just me and the boys.....and all of the other kids in Ty's class. We had fun but Ty did not find the Golden Egg which was very disappointing to him:(


On Saturday morning we woke up early to go to the Tobler's for an Easter Brunch. We had so much fun, the food was great, good people around & the kids had fun hunting eggs. We were there for about an hour and a half when poor Cannon threw up all over Shane. (this is why you won't see many Easter pics of Bubba) Luckily Shane was able to keep it all on him, we managed to salvage the Tobler's tablecloth and carpet.





After we had worn out our welcome with a sick child we took Shane and Ty to Pinnacle Mountain to meet Aaron and Issac for a hike to the top. Me and Ry and Cannon headed home to get a bath and a nap. Here are some of the awesome pics they got. Shane let Tyler clip the camera to his belt on the way up and Tyler felt very responsible. At the top Ty took pictures of any and everything.....



The boys finally got home around 6p.m. and I had some last minute Bunny errands to run, namely buy eggs to dye for the Bunny to hide! (Cannon slept through the coloring of the eggs)


The Easter Bunny made it to the Sharp house! Cannon finally started feeling better!

We headed to church around 9:45 a.m. for a BEAUTIFUL Easter Cantata during Sacrament meeting, and an ever present reminder of the true meaning of Easter!! What a glorious meaning it is! I teach the 5 year olds in Primary and I was so impressed by their understanding of the story of Easter and the Resurrection.

After church we went to Sue-wee's for the family celebration!


Here is the Queen of Southern Hospitality herself! We can always count on our Sue-wee for the best comfort food around. We had Parmesan Chicken, Lima beans, homemade Mac & Cheese, Broccoli Rice casserole, Spinach and Strawberry Salad and I brought the bread! She topped it off with a delicious (I'm sure) Lemon Bundt cake! We wrapped up the day with surprises for the kids and yet another egg hunt. This time a few of the eggs had money in them and the kids REALLY loved that! Once again, Cannon slept through the whole thing.

We couldn't have asked for better weather the entire 3 days! Thanks to everyone who helped to make our holiday so special! HAPPY EASTER!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Cannon-isms

First and foremost Cannon pooped on the potty today!!!! Without any hesitation he was standing next to me and said, "I need to poop" and I said well do you want to try your potty? He was very excited when I brought his potty out to the living room and he sat down right away. After about 3 minutes of sitting he produced!! He jumped up and said "LOOK MOMMY!" Of course I was not only shocked but so proud of my baby for taking the next step toward big boy-hood. Only another mother would know the excitement of her child pooping in the potty. I have to say this might very well be a one time thing, I don't think he is ready to full on train. It might just be for going #2, either way I'm fine as long as he doesn't take as long as Ty did...

Other funny things, Cannon says Aye instead of yeah. ex: Cannon do want a yogurt? Aye.
It isn't like Aye, Aye Captain, it's more like a Mr. Miyagi (sp) Aye. It's pretty funny.

He is obsessed with any kind of ball, without any sort of "this is what boys play with" kind of training. He is attached to a soccer ball mostly, but recently Shane started to play B-ball at the community center where we can actually go and watch games and Cannon has found a new love. Sometimes he would prefer to bounce the basketball and then have it double as a soccer ball but only if he is wearing his sister's tap shoes. (apparently it hurts his feet)

We have a book called "What do you love" and on every page that question is asked rhetorically, Cannon always answers with "I wuv YOU" to whoever is reading it to him.

In his car seat he absolutely detests the bottom of his pants not covering his socks. So without fail EVERYTIME we get in the car I have to make sure that his pants are not riding up after I buckle him or he will scream. Oh, and if his shoes are untied at anytime, or even look like they're coming untied he lets us know right away.

He doesn't really say his S's, it comes out more like a German "ashhh" or if you where trying to say S only with the back part of your tongue?... One of his signature phrases around here is "okay Mr. Bossy" with his little S thing it comes out pretty funny, also something he has picked up is "oh niiice." Again, insert the S thing.

He is probably the most snuggly of our children, he still falls asleep on us at church(which means he doesn't go to nursery), would prefer to be carried than put in a cart or stroller and still wants one of us to lay down with him at night while he goes to sleep. I'm okay with keeping him a baby as long as possible.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

AMEN TO THIS!!

My soft-spoken mother-in-law sent me this!! I can only dream of the man (or woman) would have the audacity to say this.....

WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO TURN ON THE TV AND HEAR ANY U.S. PRESIDENT, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN GIVE THE FOLLOWING SPEECH? 'My Fellow Americans: As you all know, the defeat of the Iraq regime has been completed. Since congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission in Iraq is complete. This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq This action will be complete within 30 days.

It is now time to begin the reckoning. Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict. This list is short . The United Kingdom , Spain , Bulgaria , Australia , and Poland are some of the countries listed there The other list contains every one not on the first list. Most of the world's nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists later this evening.

Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely. The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war. THEN EVERY YEAR THERE AFTER IT'll GO TO OUR SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM SO IT WONT GO BROKE IN 20 YEARS. The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world Hell holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption. Need help with a famine ? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France


In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at home . On that note, a word to terrorist organizations. Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all your friends from the face of the earth. Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France or maybe China I am ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with France , Germany , and Russia Thanks for all your help, comrades.

We are retiring from NATO as well. I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid parking tickets to sites where those vehicles will be stripped, shredded and crushed. I don't care about whatever treaty pertains to this. You creeps have tens of thousands of unpaid tickets. Pay those tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world. I love New York


A special note to our neighbors. Canada is on List 2. Since we are likely to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want to try not pissing us off for a change. Mexico is also on List 2 its president and his entire corrupt government really need an attitude adjustment. I will have a couple extra thousand tanks and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess where I am going to put 'em? Yep, border security.


Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty - starting now. We are tired of the one-way highway. Immediately, we'll be drilling for oil in Alaska- which will take care of this country's oil needs for decades to come. If you're an environmentalist who opposes this decision, I refer you to List 2 above: pick a country and move there.


It is time for America to focus on its own welfare and its own citizens. Some will accuse us of isolationism. I answer them by saying, 'darn tootin.' Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on the planet. It is time to eliminate hunger in America It is time to eliminate homelessness in America To the nations on List 1, a final thought. Thank you guys. We owe you and we won't forget. To the nations on List 2, a final thought: You might want to learn to speak Arabic.


God bless America Thank you and good night.' If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading
it in English, thank a soldier.

American Futbol

It's safe to say that this is how I will be spending my Friday nights for the next 8 weeks. I get way more into this than a normal mom should...what can I say I'm a natural born cheerleader! And of course a bonus because Shane is the coach, he's so great with the kids, and I secretly think he loves being called "coach". Tyler is much more involved in the game so far this season than he was last season, I don't know if he cares more or just feels more confident in his playing. Cannon and Ryli cheer right along with me on the sidelines. Cannon loves to kick the ball around at home (usually wearing his sister's tap shoes), we think he will definitely be our athlete, tap shoes or not. It's all I can do to keep him off of the field at the games. Open invitation to anyone who wants to come support the Tigers every Friday!

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Spring Cleaning

I decided to clean out my PIX folder on my phone today, read the notes for explanations. Some of these are pretty old.

P.S. I have Shane's hand me down as a phone right now so some of these I didn't even take...


All for the love of e-journaling!
Sleepy boy, snow day 3/7/2008



Our soon-to-be-not-so humble abode
(more to come on that)Chrismas Parade in Downtown Little Rock 12/15/2007Christmas ParadeFestival of Lights Downtown Little Rock 12/15/2007Festival of Lights, Capitol Hill, this event was really cool, they served hot chocolate and cookies and the weather was cold but nice for December. The kids loved it and the Capitol was so beautiful! I wish I could've gotten a better shot with the flag, not to bad for a phone camera I must say though!Tyler riding Comanche at Mac's 6th Birthday party 11/14/2007.

Ryli-isms


I heard Ryli singing in living room yesterday while I was doing some kids closet organizing. I asked her to come see me and when she did I asked her to sing to me while I went through clothes. She said, "Well mom, I was singing to Serafina (her hamster) because she is all by herself without any friends." I told her okay she better go finish singing to Serafina then.

We were in the car yesterday on our way to get a new hamster cage (see explanation below) and she had given Cannon her Snow White doll to ride with. She looked over and here is what we heard from the back seat in a very quiet voice "ohhhh, look how cute he looks taking a nap with Snow White for the very first time." She was talking to herself.


Today she gave the closing prayer in her primary class and she asked for a blessing that everyone would have soft, cuddly beds to sleep in and soft, cuddly pillows to sleep on.
Just a few of the many reasons that I love my little Ry.


(Hamster explanation: I went to clean out the cage yesterday and noticed that poor Serafina was missing the fur on her back side. There were also some scratches so we decided we needed to separate them. We went to PetsMart and found the coolest hamster cage ever!! We also found a 7-week old Chihuahua that we all REALLY wanted to adopt, but Shane said a big fat NO! Ryli is still talking about the puppy she wanted to bring home...)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Winter Days...(maybe a little bitter)

Much to my dismay we had not 1 but 2 snow days last week! I know that my Mountain West counterparts scoff at our measly measurements (probably about 5 inches total) but I was enjoying the bragging rights of having a dry winter! Last Tuesday Ty was out of school and joined Ryli at Gymboree and he was also out on Friday. Thursday Shane was told that since he was supposed to travel Friday that with all of the "WINTER STORM WARNINGS" that he needed to jet out of town ASAP! So he did, and left me with the insanity that unfolds with snow predicted in Little Rock. Needless to say we woke up Friday morning, check that, I woke up Friday morning at 5:45 am, turned on the T.V. to find Ty's school district closed. Anticipating the magical (sarcastic) blanket of white I ran to the window to find the streets covered in nothing but rain. Why would his school district have closed with the only evidence of winter weather being a weather man's predictions, (see above) southerners freak at the idea of snow. Anyway, feeling trapped in my teeny apartment with 3 children all day Friday lead to my desperate attempt to go anywhere but here! The snow finally arrived around noon, and it was really pretty, but the cabin fever was in full throttle and I was GOING somewhere. After a call to JumpZone, the Museum of Discovery and The Wonder Place, there was only one place left. Everywhere was closed down except the Bowling Alley. We met some friends, had a great time, then went to tour the new Wal-Mart Supercenter which is right down the street. It ended up being a great time to visit because it was the Grand Opening day and yet the weather kept the crowds away!
Shane made it home safe late Saturday night, and I managed to hang on to my sanity. Despite our knowledge of the time change we were still an hour late to church on Sunday, for good reason though, we stayed up late to spend time with Dad.....

Saturday, March 8, 2008

The Bro-in-Law turns 30!


A shout out to Eric on his 30th of Birthdays!
How does it look on the other side?
(A celebratory dinner upon our arrival...?)

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Tagged by Michelle

10 years ago:
Partying Way too hard, no direction, getting ready to graduate....not a time I like to talk about, or even think about for that matter

Snacks I enjoy:
Since I cut out refined sugar this might be kinda boring, 365 organic Salt and Pepper Potato Chips from Whole Foods (small obsession), Medjool Dates (a great way to kick up the blood sugar since I don't eat the synthetic stuff, don't knock em til you try em-they are delish), cereal - Flax Seed Crunch, Cheerios, red grapes and fresh out of the fridge gala apples

5 things on my to do today (er tomorrow since it is 10:51 pm):
1. Laundry
2. pick up consignment check (I made over $400 on a huge bi-annual sale, TRIP MONEY!!!)
3. finish menu and grocery list for month
4. get more stars on Super Mario Galaxy Wii
5. pay bills

Things I would do if I were suddenly made a billionaire:
pay off student loans, set up my family, either move to or spend lots of time in Europe, invest, and oh, go crazy shopping!

3 bad habits:
1. being late, I was always so anal about being on time then I had my third child and it went out the window
2. I drive my car down to fumes before getting gas, we have a thing that says exactly how many miles are left and I almost always get it down to 5 or less
3. Shane just added that I leave the vacuum cleaner out with the cord unraveled for weeks after I use it... yeah I do that

5 places I've lived: easy
1. Maumelle, AR
2. Fountain Hills, AZ
3. Fayetteville, AR
4. Woodridge, NJ
5. Little Rock, AR

this was all before the age of 19

5 jobs I've had:
1. Visual Information - U.S. Air Force, where I met my man, loved the adventure, grew me up!
2. Assistant Manager - Gymboree, in Vegas, Lotta fun, loved the discount!
3. Keyholder - Old Navy, in New Jersey, pre-military
4. Hostess - Lone Star, in high school
5. Momma - nothing better!

Things people don't know about me:
~I really wanted to be an Air Traffic controller in the AF, ended up in Graphic Design
~I have my GED and my HS diploma
~I went through a country music phase in high school, can't stand it now
~I would love to go back to school for Interior Design and Nutrition
~I have some fabulous zebra print curtains hanging up in my living room right now that my grandmother and I worked on together last summer (I'll post a picture soon)
~I always wanted to have a great singing voice, I'm always singing around the house and in the car, I think I drive my kids crazy with it!

There you go Michelle, you know that a lot of my answers are not suitable for the blog!! Hmmmm, Natalie, Nate, Kyra, Eric and Sarah, your turn!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

And they're off!

Yes this is our big Saturday night activity! Shane spent the day taking care of the kids so I could have a day off. I left at about 10 am and didn't get home until around 4:30pm. I REALLY needed a break. They went to the park, played the Wii, cleaned the bathrooms and....constructed a hamster maze?! Shane is a much cooler parent than I am, and I'm just fine with that. My imagination would never go there! So right before bed tonight the kids insisted on putting the maze to the test, and the winner was....well you'll just have to watch. (i know you are all on the edge of your seats!)
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