Thursday, August 28, 2008

commissioners note:

I just logged on to our Fantasy Football homepage for the first time this season and read this...Shane is the Commissioner...YIKES:)

"Since we have a few new faces, I wanted to take a chance to introduce everyone to everybody:

Nathan Sharp: This 6’5” hunk with a goatee is in his sixth season in the Laces Out League and is the only team to never have changed its name. We all hope he doesn’t have the same policy with his underwear. This playful Aquarius likes foot rubs, scented candles, watching Anne of Greene Gables and listening to Hannah Montana.

Eric Sharp: Eric’s middle name is George, which has absolutely nothing to do with fantasy football. He is a linguistics expert, speaking 73 computer languages as well as Kling-On. He has bionic ankles, likes poetry and a someday hopes to visit Uranus. His favorite songs are: Lenny Kravitz – It’s Not Over Till it’s Over, Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner, and any Hillary Duff song. He is also getting his MBA at BYU with an emphasis in not-liking-school.

Caiti Sharp: Caiti holds a special record in the Laces Out league – most consecutive seasons coming in 2nd place, or as we like to call it – first loser. Four out of the leagues six seasons, Caiti has found herself on the losing side of the championship game. Maybe it’s just bad luck. Maybe it’s just blind luck she even made it to the championship. We may never know. She enjoys the dark, sleeping, and “happy” brownies she swears are made with oregano (yeah right).

Kyra Sharp: Kyra is excited to have finally graduated high school, finishing in the top 90 percent of her class. She has one fantasy football championship under her belt, proving the old adage; “even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.” Kyra enjoys eating tuna from the can, raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings, talking to animals, and spitting. Someday she hopes to marry one, two or all three of the Jonas Brothers.

Tim Robinson: This tall dark and hansom dude from Big Sky country finished second last season. In fact, it may have been his first ever season with a winning record. He lives in Montana during the off-season and says he loves the freedom of the hills and the fact that he can pee outside and no one cares. He loves stray dogs, Clay Aiken music and a spirited game of bad mitten.

Val Robinson: This is Val’s rookie fantasy football season. She’s Tim’s newly acquired spousal unit and has already become know as his better half. She loves playing music and can play 17 different instruments including those gigantic horns on the Ricola commercials. She also enjoys not liking sports, Sudoku, and for Tim to take showers.

Kristin Sharp: Kristin may be only 4’8”, but her level of passion for the sport of fantasy football is off the charts. Roses bloom where she walks and the sun shines brighter when she’s around*. She’s also one of the most fashion savvy fantasy football managers in the world. This feisty Leo likes lima beans, zebra curtains and laughing at the expense of her incredibly cool husband who she wishes would turn into a vampire named Edward.
*no bias or gratuitous “point earning” intended

Travis Nilsson: Travis joins Val as a new addition to the Laces Out league; however, he’s no rookie to fantasy football. He’s a graduate of the University of Utah and has an MBA from Wake Forest where he won grand prize in a Sorbet contest with his “Ludicrous Lime” sorbet. This handsome Demon Deacon likes pina coladas, taking walks in the rain, and the taste of Pepto Bismol. He’s an expert cowbell player and loves hanging out in Ikea because one of his ancestors founded the store in Sweden in 1943.

Dayna Sharp: Dayna gets the Iron (Wo)Man award this year for spending yet another season managing a team while pregnant. She’s somewhat of a role model for Val because Dayna began her fantasy football career with absolutely no football knowledge and has progressed to the point where she took third place last year (that’s a bronze medal if you’re in Beijing). She enjoys alligator wrestling, calligraphy and knife fighting. She also won a Nobel Prize for her accomplishments in turning Nathan into a socially acceptable and half-way-normal human being.

Shane Sharp: Last but certainly not the least is the charming, good-looking commissioner of the Laces out League, me. As you all probably already know, I’m kind of a big deal. I have several championship rings and up until last year’s debacle, I was on track to be the league’s only dynasty. I enjoy eating dessert, not running, and playing the drums in Rock Band. I refuse to watch the Olympics because the air quality is too bad in China and I think clothing for pets should be outlawed. I recently quit my job and have a lot of free time (hence the length of this message). "

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

black beans and lessons

(yesterday morning)
the kids started school over a month ago. so far things are going well...well. the adjustment of getting up early and going to bed early is never fun for anyone and it seems like every Sunday night we have to start all over. yesterday was no exception, it took Ryli about 15 minutes of pleading to get out of bed. she finally did, but her day did not end so happy.

(on the way home)
you know when you pick the kids up from school and you go through all of the same questions, How was your day? What did you learn? Did you eat all of your lunch? What friends did you play with? (and for Ty) Did you get in trouble for playing in the bathroom?...anyway, after asking all of these redundant questions I got all of the same redundant answers.

(at home)
Ryli came wanted a snack when she got home from school. the rule for a snack is as follows: if you ate all of your lunch at school of course you can have a snack. well she didn't so she couldn't. so for the next 30 minutes she whined about unfairness and injustice and hating lunch. she finally ate the rest of her sandwich.

(later)
the kids are chasing each other, Tyler slips and pushes Ryli. she falls and hits her head on the baseboard and gets a big goose egg. she screams bloody murder for a while, i give her some ice and a drink of water and she calms down.

(cooking dinner)
i start preparing some black beans and rice (ry and cannon's fave). Ryli asks to help. so i scoop her up on the counter. she pours and mixes and stirs...and explains. she starts, "mom there was a really mean girl at recess who tried to SNATCH the chalk away from me." of course i need more information "what happened Ry?", "well I was playing with the chalk first and this mean girl came and took it from me, then the teacher came and told me to give it to her, and then she kicked me!" her chin starts quivering and the flood gates open...poor girl.

immediately I want to go and fight this mean chalk-stealing girl and her teacher! but I remembered the lesson that I taught on Sunday about being a good example and letting your light shine. i gently reminded her of these words gave her a great big hug and told her i was sorry that she had had such a bad day and how good she was at making black beans and rice...

(lesson)
if you ask the same standard questions everyday you will get the same standard answers. i suppose they do get old. however if you get some assistance with preparing dinner you might find out what really happens at school...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

stoked

they're going to win...

Friday, August 22, 2008

los cumpleaƱos felices mi amor



Today my Shane turns 32! I woke up at 5am and went to Krispy Kreme for a surprise sugary breakfast in bed. Those of you who know Shane know that he is a freak for sugar. Anyway, here is what he woke up to, a special oreo donut, a football shaped chocolate covered creme filled, a maple (which he later complained was probably a day old) and a glazed. He has been snacking on the rest of the dozen throughout the day today:) The kids were so excited. Tonight consists of a dinner at Larry's Pizza (one of our favorite places to eat) and dessert at our house later with friends. I'm so grateful for this day!!!:)

para el shane, las rosas florecen donde usted anda

Monday, August 18, 2008

desserts in reverse...

i made cantaloupe sorbet last night with my ice cream maker. it was yummy. i imagine the lime sorbet would've been yummy if it would've frozen. i made a smores cake on saturday to share with the gardner's...it was also yummy. friday night we celebrated me and shane's birthday with the fam and had lemon cake and chocolate chip cake, these were the yummiest because i didn't have to make them:) but the yummiest of all goes to the lima beans from friday night. sue-wee really knows how to work the limas...and although they aren't a dessert at all, i would choose them over a dessert any day of the week(this is larry, he's a lima bean)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

employed

that is...both of us.

Shane here:as a Senior Public Relations Manager...congrats my love:)

me here:

On Thursdays I will help out with the pre-school program from 9-2. Cannon will be able to come with me as a student for free, and Ty and Ry can also attend other classes for free. This couldn't be a more perfect set-up:), plus I get paid!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

land o fun...

We woke up at 6:30am on Saturday morning to hit the soccer fields with some friends, I was almost bullied into playing. The only fun that would've been had would have been the men laughing at my lack of skills. Although if you put me on a field with 6-year olds I can tear it up. No pictures from that...

Then we went to a birthday party at the "Funland" in North Little Rock. It really was fun for the kids, they had a bunch of mini-carnival type rides. All permanently secured to the ground. The kids thought they were at the fair. I guess that is one less thing we have to do this fall since "we've already been":)

ryli and caroline

and finally the bubba and his cupcake

Monday, August 4, 2008

r.i.p. serifina

This morning I woke up and went into the laundry room. I noticed a thud as Chip was running his wheel and when I went to check it out I noticed poor poor Serifina. She was actually curled up in the wheel no longer breathing and Chip was running with her in it. I was saddened to think how my little Ryli's heart would break when we told her, so we decided to wait until tonight to break the news. Shane was less than slick when Ty asked if we could bury her. His first response was something along the lines of, "i already did in the trees by our house." After I looked at him obviously disapproving, he changed the story and said this, "actually Ty when animals die the best thing to do is put them in the garbage can and let the trash men bury them at the dump for us..."
Okay.
Apparently Shane and I need some spiritual guidance because I just looked him like he was crazy and the only thing I could think to say was that Serifina is probably sitting on her very own cloud watching her right now. My little Ryli responded with "everytime I see a little cloud I'm going to think of Serifina." She had huge tears in her eyes. Poor Ryli. It hurts when your children hurt.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

breaking dawn...my 30th year begins

Well I'm 29. Not-so cool, I would rather be 28 or 31, or even 30. The anticipation of the 30's threshold is a little melancholy for me. I do however feel like this year will be one of our best. It's important to stay positive...right?
To help me feel not as melancholy, I asked Stephanie Meyer to release the last of the Twilight phenom saga as close to my birthday as possible. She agreed. And so, the Breaking Dawn party was planned, executed and a success, if I do say so myself:)

I am such a lucky girl to have such a fab husband, great kids, and amazing friends. Shane took me out for a surprise yummy dinner at Brave New Restaurant and a little shopping. We got home around 9pm, got the kiddos tucked in, and people started showing up around 10pm. It was so much fun!Holly and Kristen brought me a delish cheesecake (my fave) and I was surrounded by most of my favorite people. (those missing you know who you are:) Some spouses came along to keep poor Shane company, I made them serenade me with the birthday song for a piece of my cake. You bet I did!Around midnight we went to Barnes and Noble for the release of Breaking Dawn. We had so much fun being crazy girls, and I turned 29 with a bang. Life is good my friends...(p.s. thank you to stephanie meyer for the coincidental plan, it was perfect)