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...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

oh my bento!

I have been consumed by the is my 1st bento box for my botnik.Here in Little Rock the bento box is not easy to come by so I improvised and made my own. We do have a Container Store with these look-a-likes, except that it was way to plain for the girly so we located some rub-on transfers that said Ryli all over them and rubbed away. Here is the result (although you can't see it very well) there are butterflies, flowers, glitter and birds. Ryli was very surprised to open her lunch on Wednesday morning and find this. This is way to much fun, I highly recommend it. In fact Shane is in Vegas this week and the one place that I really want him to visit is the Sanrio store to get me some bento goods!

Friday, October 10, 2008

things that made me smile

just today:
ry came out of her room smiling at 6:30am

a hot new trailer for Twilight

cannon happily agreed to put his shoes on to get ready to go this morning without arguing

this juicy couture hoodie i found at savers for $5.99+20% off living in a place where i run into 4 different people that i know in the same day in different parts of town

the convinience of being able to hop off of the freeway for an emergency potty break at sue-wee's

learning of a surprise that shane has in store for an early christmas present
(i think this might be his most generous work yet:)


just to name a few...

Monday, October 6, 2008

the fruit of HIS loins

a little humble bragging for my pleasure...i get irritated with the mom's who brag about their child's' intelligence as much as the next guy, but this is my blog and for the sake of journaling i must confess!
(so if you would like to be spared the maternal boasting abandon post here:)

i have spent a few moments in the past resenting the generous size of my kids heads but today i have been enlightened. my children got all of their brains from their daddy. we had parent-teacher conferences and although ty should have had a few last year they weren't substantial enough to be considered official. so today was a first for us. we were confirmed in something we've known all along, our kids are smart. they have both tested in math and reading and have exceeded the average national level (which isn't saying a whole lot) but still.

ty is reading on a 3rd grade level and working math on a 2nd grade level. he is one of three in a 3 musketeers group with timothy and devan (pronounced daven) as the partners in crime. he has gotten into trouble for playing in the bathroom and writing on his desk (two 0f the big ones) and seems to have a problem keeping his hands to himself. we have frequent conversations about the last one. his flavors of the year are bakugan, pokemon and ben-10. he also has a problem with trying to sneak toys in his pockets before heading off to school and had been caught for that as well. in general he has a great love for books, learning, socializing, rough playing, recess and even a structured schedule (it would cramp his style to ever admit that).

ryli is reading and working math on a 1st grade level but more impressive than that is that she is loved by everyone that knows could you not. she has not a ill-intentioned hair on her head, speaking of hair she recently gave herself bangs. naturally she is the teachers pet and ms. stuart even left the room one day for a minute and came back in to find ry standing on a chair counting out loud at the other kids because they were being to loud. she has already started her christmas list which is interesting not because she is starting so early but because everything on her list is spelled phonetically. her good friends include lucy, maddy, miranda and caroline. her favorite things to do are dance, gymnastics, "art" projects and treat everything and everyone who will let her as if they are her very own baby. she is a soft spoken leader and has the most contagious giggle. i think we'll keep her.

although cannon has no tests to speak of he is a crack up. lately his obsessions have been swiss family robinson (not sure where that came from) and pocahontas. he always has to have his sword for the "savages" song so he can pretend to be a native american. i'm glad that he is so fond of his native american heritage. i think he might be warming up to the idea that he has to socialize outside of the circle of trust with his weekly trips to gymboree to assist me in the pre-school program. he would tell you his best friends are his daddy, bram, jonas, and henry. when he doesn't want to eat anymore dinner he has been known to run away as fast as his little legs will take him and do what we call "the bourne roll" under his bed thinking that we don't know his little tricks or his favorite hiding spot. it's actually pretty funny to sit and watch him think he is getting away with something. i have finally gotten around to getting his immunizations started...yes he is almost 3. it has been terrible, i really should've started them at 12 months when i wanted to. i like to think of it as divine intervention not procrastination.

with that i would like to wrap up my bragging post. i promise to give it at least another full 9 weeks until the next parent-teacher conference to do this all over again...HA! my kids are the bomb!!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

a bento obsession...

i have discovered a new thing to collect, obsess about, and build's called bento boxes.
there is this sweet little japanese girl in my gymboree class that i teach, her name is sarah. she is always bringing the most clever little lunches and i am always so excited to see her mom's latest lunch box creations. the bento box lunch offers portion control, a green alternative (no baggies to throw away) and a little creative luv from a momma to her child. obviously not one of my three would touch the sushi or rice forms used in the traditional bento boxes but i think that there are great ways to "americanize" the bento by using things like mini cookie cutters for sandwiches, and some of the really cute food picks and sauce containers. most of all is the adorable bento box itself. i am so excited to build up my collection and hopefully get my children a little more excited about eating in general. we are a bit desperate to add variety to our kiddos diets at the sharp house and i think this is a hobby i could really get into...
(thanks flickr for the borrowed photos)

said shane

"I feel like they are insulting my intelligence by trying to convince me that she is a legitimate contender."
well said my love.