Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Schwartz's vs Thanksgiving

This was the first year that some major travel was involved for most of the family to get together for Thanksgiving. The Smith's have slowly, but surely been migrating and freeing themselves from Memphis. 5 years ago, when Chris and I married, my parents moved to Arkansas (they say there was no plotting in the timing, but I'm not so sure about that.) Shortly thereafter Emily and David married and those two have been heading further and further east with each move. They are now in Cookeville. So it was Pete and I holding down the fort here in the Memphis area and having everyone come to us at Thanksgiving and Christmas; it just made sense. Well, Pete and his family skipped town this summer moving to Cincinnati, OH leaving just Chris and me in Memphis. (Oh, I'm sorry Chris...the Memphis area, we are technically in Atoka as he likes to point that out.)

So we all packed up and headed to Emily's for Thanksgiving since it was the most central location (about 6 hours for the parents and Pete). At first, she was afraid; she was petrified. Kept thinking she could never fit us all around inside. But we brought plenty of air mattresses and we expected to be fed. It got loud, when all the Smith's come to town. (Yeah, that should be sung to I will survive.)

There was no need to worry, everyone fit in the house and we had a blast! We're big board game players so we enjoyed Cranium; we divided up into teams by family.

Team Schwartz won!

The next day we went a played wiffle ball with some of Emily's work friends. She was quite thrilled that she brought enough family to field her own team.

It was a hair raising experience and we can't wait to get everyone together again!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Schwartz's vs Roller Skating

Facebook was a flurry of activity as people debated the intelligence of my desire to go roller skating Friday night. The war was also being carried out at both work fronts. Some people were decidedly against it thinking it was too dangerous. Others saw the humor in the situation and understood that I know my limits.

Sure, I'm 8 months pregnant. But remember people, I have been fortunate enough to carry on with all of my normal activities. I go to cardio circuit and step aerobics once a week and yoga twice a week so my heart can handle roller skating and my balance is fantastic. I dare say that I can hold some balance poses such as the tree and dancer longer than some non-pregnant people in the class. Plus, the rink is closed to the general public so it was about 80 kids who if I teach them, they know better than to try to kill me. It would really hurt their grades....

So I donned my spandex skate covers and headed to the Cordova Skate Center Friday night to support our school band that is trying to raise money for a trip to compete in St. Louis.

Chris was there to supervise.

Here is Chris helping Cameron into her spandex skate covers. (There were matching skirts but unfortunately they didn’t come in a size bigger than a 9 year old would wear. HOWEVER Cameron did fit one, but I promised not to post the picture of it.)

I took an entourage with me to form a protective bubble so kids couldn’t get to close.

We definitely got our jam skate on.

And at the end of the night, it wasn't the preggo who fell. It was....

The Schwartz's vs the Pink Avalanche

First, epic fail to us who were going to try to blog once a week. We are a little behind. Can I blame the baby already? Anyway, here is the post that should have gone up last Sunday.

Thank you so much to EVERYONE who came out to the fantastic shower that the Friskillo's threw for us. We had a wonderful time and were overwhelmed with gifts for Sarah. She has so many ridiculously cute pink outfits now that I will be changing her at least 3 times a day just to see her in all of them.

My mom sent my old bunny and a lion for Sarah.

Chris's mom gave us a blanket that his Great Grandma Slade made for our first baby when Chris and I first got married. She passed away a few years ago, so Chris's mom had been holding onto it for this occasion.

We are really thankful for all of our great friends and family and can't wait for Sarah to meet everyone.

The Schwartz's vs the Blog Theme

So as a homage to our favorite show, Chuck, we're going to try to name all of our blog posts as the Schwartz's vs _____________. I feel the need to explain that now because some of our blog post titles will seem a bit weird as we try to fit them into that template.

Now, if you are not a fan of Chuck, you should be. I think we really like Chuck for obvious reasons, I'm a hot blonde and Chris is a nerd. Plus our stint at Best Buy helps us pick up on the humor that is working at an electronics store.

So, we hope you continue to enjoy our blog.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Schwartz's vs Blogging

Hello all! (Assuming there is an "all" out there reading it. If not I'd say, "hi mom" but my parents already told me that they would not be reading my blog.)

As we prepare to expand our family in December most expectant moms go through a "nesting" phase where the get everything ready for baby. Chris and I...not so much. Instead we have done everything surrounding things to get ready for baby but not anything that is actually helpful for baby coming home.

For example, we converted our office into a guest bedroom with the help of my sister so that the back bedroom that was formally the guest bedroom could become the nursery. We bought and cut crown molding to put up in the nursery and poured over 37 different shades of white to paint it, but have yet to select a color for the nursery wall. We went out yesterday and bought Chris a new suit to bless the baby in, but haven't even begun looking for dresses for her to wear while she's being blessed. And of course, Chris ordered my new mom gift in plenty of time for it to arrive before the baby comes so he can give it to me when I first become a mom, but we didn't know it took 8 weeks for crib furniture to come in, so the actual bed she'll be sleeping in will arrive hopefully no later than 2 weeks after she's born.

Then today, Chris turns to me completely randomly while he is playing Wii sports resort and says, "can we name a blog schwartztastic". So here we are finally entering the realm of blogging so that you all (again assuming there is an audience of more than 1) can keep up with the crazy that is about to become our life.

We hope to entertain you as well as keep you informed of how chock full of awesome we are. And since this is our first attempt at blogging I'm not quite sure how updated it will be, but since I am the master at procrastination I'm sure you can check back often to find our ramblings here.

But be forewarned, in case you can't already tell. In 5th grade, Mrs. Strachen, my English teacher wrote the word "verbose" on my paper. I have yet to out grow that problem. In college, Dr. Black told me after senior seminar one day "Natalie, you sure do talk a lot but you rarely say anything of value." This also still holds true to today. So, skim, scan, ignore, just come back often...I implore!