Tuesday, November 30, 2010


sometimes my kids prefer to watch a movie on a 7" screen instead of the 40"

i dunno

Sunday, November 28, 2010

tree trimming

This event took place a few days later than originally planned, courtesy of the Thanksgiving bug.

But it happened. Cannon was adamant this year. He reminded us constantly, and constantly asked for us to remind him about the details. The shape of the tree skirt, the types of ornaments...this usually happened when he was trying to delay the inevitable bedtime.

Usually I let the kids hang all of the ornaments, then I go back for a "more even placement" once over. This year I threw caution to the wind and didn't given it a second glance. Except for the occasional acknowledgments and compliments.
I think they did a fine job, and Theo did a great job supervising. The boss.

Friday, November 26, 2010


i spent most of wednesday grocery shopping, baking pumpkin bread (for the bread pudding), and making parker house rolls.

little did i know a virus was brewing in my 4 year old. i woke up several times that night to the sweet cry of my baby. around 4:30am i heard Cannon start calling for his dad and i gave up on sleep.

i went to comfort Bubba, and that was when he asked for a bowl. within a few minutes the bowl was full, and i knew that he would not be particpating in the afternoon feast.

the rest of the morning went something like this, clean up Cannon, nap for me, finish baking, Shane hung Christmas lights outside, Christmas decorations were unloaded from storage, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was the background noise, Shane volunteering to stay home with our sickling, a torrential downpour, me loading lots of dishes, and baby + 2 kids in the car (in the downpour) and driving over to Sue-wee's. we were only about 10 minutes late, and only spilled the vanilla anglaise on the front seat.

i'm not the kind of person who leaves something like that, so after i got everyone and everything inside the warm dry grandmother's house i went back out in the rain to scrub the anglaise out of my front seat.
we enjoyed a delicious meal, and gave thanks.
shortly thereafter, i noticed Ty lying on the couch, lethargic. i decided to get him the heck out of there and run some lunch over to Shane. since he was such a good sport.
i returned to Sue-wee's, had some of the pumpkin bread pudding (which was wonderful), spent some quality time with the extended family and planned out the black friday "experience".
it was enjoyable.

by the time we (by this time it's just me, Ryli and Theo) got home Ty was sick too. Poor Shane.

our friendly thanksgiving celebration was to be postponed.we wrapped things up early at the Sharp house on the great day of thanks. Ryli was bored, i was exhausted, and all three of my boys needed extra rest. plus, i had to get up early for the busiest shopping day of the year. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Eve

We started our Thanksgiving vacation a little early. Shane took the day off and the kids were out of school. We had a lazy autumn morning. We were anticipating a storm, which included a major drop in temperature, which made it especially cozy.

We have a remarkable view of this Japanese Maple right out of the living room windows.
Climbing it has become a regular part of the kiddos afternoon schedule.

Harry Potter has also become a solid part of Ty's schedule. He just finished the 2nd book, it took him 4 days.
While Ty was perched in the tree, the boss obliged Ryli with story time.
This is one of her most favorite things to do.
 Then it was time for Theo to show off his figure with dad.
 This guy is starting to look like his dad, and no, I'm not referring to the rolls. More of the facial profile, we're hearing that more and more these days.

Cannon was busy saving the world up in the playroom. I wasn't able to take any pictures of that, due to the sensitive nature of Super-Hero-ness.

These five people are my treasures. They define all that is good in my life. This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for them...and cozy autumn mornings together.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

capitol tour

Last Wednesday I was invited to tour the State Capitol with Ty and the 3rd graders from his school. Both of my little ones toured as well, so my hands were pretty full. I managed to sling the boss, carry a diaper bag, hold Bubba's hand, follow the 3rd graders, snap some photos, and chew gum all at the same time.

It was difficult, indeed, but I love to be present and available for field trips. Ty loves having us there. Cannon loves being with his big brother and Theo loves his sling.

Everyone's happy.

Hearing our great state's history, and the opportunity to capture some great architectural photos was a bonus!

Here are some of my faves:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Theo: 4 month stats

Theo turned 4 months on Monday. This morning we went for the standard check up, here are his numbers:

Weight: 18lbs 2oz - 95%
Length: 26.5" - 93%
Head Circumference: 17" - 74%
Yep, he's growing like a weed.

Shutterfly: Christmas Cards

The recipe for a great Christmas Card:
Graphic design is important to me. Christmas cards are important to me. Photography is important to me. Fortunately I have found a place to incorporate all three of these things, one stop shopping if you will. During the Holiday season I'm all about one stop shopping.
Shutterfly.com is where it's at. 

In years past I have chosen simple. I prefer something on stationary, or card stock. A photo is a must, with a sweet sentimental message. Although, I love to receive a Christmas letter I'm not one to write them (one of the reasons I blog). Less is more in my opinion.

This year I will be looking for something similar to what I've done in the past. I would like something square, and on thick paper, it can't be too flimsy. A simple, stylish graphic, with the photo being the dominant focus.
Here are some of my faves:

This season fills my heart. Traditionally, part of the season is being able to take a few minutes and catch up with family and friends...even if only through a card. I can't wait to see what other people are doing with their Christmas cards. I look forward to the different styles, pictures, sentiments and updates.

As a bonus, the fine folks at Shutterfly are offering a great deal if you're a blogger, 50 cards for free! Check it out here-

Thanks, Jen!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

you know you have a fat baby when...

you find rolls BEHIND the knees

Friday, November 12, 2010

Wicked Thursday

An extra ticket fell into my lap, Shane wasn't ever really intersted in going in the first place. We were able to join our friends and squeeze a nice dinner in before the show. We didn't want Theo to be jealous, so we brought him along too.

The plan went like this, dinner for us, feed Theo, Shane takes Theo home, I go to Wicked, and get a ride home after. Everything went according to plan...and the show was nice.

My suspicions were confirmed however, I am not a musical person. I thoroughly enjoyed my night out though.
 live jazz music
and finally, dessert

Thursday, November 11, 2010

drawing room:volumes

my new curtains-
so satisfying. next up, recovering the antique scroll bench on the far right.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Furniture Reno #1, before and after

#1-Antique Wardrobe:
This wardrobe was refinished by my dad, for me, when I was a baby. We have moved this beastly piece around for too many years. I've used it in my bedroom a few times, but it's mostly been stored, hence the condition in the pictures.

With boy #3 on the way this past summer, we were in need of more storage in their room. We contemplated our options...buy something new or used, or build something. I almost bought this from Ikea at least 3 different times. Then we decided to try to find something more economical. I watched Craigslist, scoured thrift stores, shopped garage sales and estate sales in search of a "project" to personalize. nuthin'.

Then a few nights, just before the bossman arrived, it dawned on me. We have this great, solid, antique, sentimental, larger than what we have now, piece of beat up finery taking up valuable storage space.

"Let's spruce it up," I asked/told Shane.
(he would be the one doing most of the work, after all)
Then I threw in a bonus, "it could be my birthday present!"
He couldn't say no to THAT, right?!
My pitch was this, "we'll paint it green, then cover the drawer fronts with maps. Then we'll paint the inside white."
"Maps?" he said.
"Maps," I said.
He was in.

He started on it the day we brought Theo home from the hospital. He sanded, stripped veneer, sanded, added and replaced a few things, did some touching up, then painted and painted. Once I started the drawer fronts I decided to take a step further, maps on the backing also. The more maps the better for our family.

I searched high and low for the perfect knobs for these awesome drawer fronts. Again, I wanted something special and inexpensive. My friend made an emergency trip to Memphis to the Pottery Barn Outlet for a backpack for her daughter and stumbled upon number knobs...the set for $5! PERFECT!

The whole project took about 2-3 weeks, with a newborn and three busy children on summer vacation. Shane did a wonderful job, very meticulous, as always. We spent about $35 altogether, including new paintbrushes.


  We couldn't be happier! Shane removed the doors, replaced the caster wheels, replaced the backing, stripped off the veneer, and added lots of fresh paint. I'm glad I can count on him to bring my visions to reality.
Thanks, handsome.

(a little secret, the 22 on the bottom drawer is code for my husband loves me)