Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Schwartz's vs Cold Comfort

Sarah woke up not feeling so well on Friday.  She tried to drink her bottle but exorcist-style threw it up, twice.  Thankfully, Chris got up with Sarah and was letting me sleep in so I missed that fun.  He stayed home with her on Friday since he was off of work and I went out to try to knock out a good portion of our Christmas shopping (not at the butt crack of dawn, I'm not that crazy--yet.)  She did what anyone does when they don't feel good and slept most of the day.  

Saturday, she was into the yucky poo phase of whatever this is.  Still no fever, but her stomach must have hurt because she didn't have any appetite.  The cough was worse making it so she couldn't sleep and she had rubbed her nose raw between her wiping snot all over the place and us trying to get the snot from her nose before she rubbed it all over the place.  

So we cuddled on the couch for most of the day watching Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast.  She'd lay her lion lovie down on me and lay on my chest.  Sophie must have been out of her mind with jealousy!  At one point, Sarah sat up for a moment to look at Sophie while she sat on the floor beside us.  That split second was all Sophie needed and she hopped up and sat on my chest right where Sarah had been laying. Sarah had a look like, hey, what's the deal!  She tried to lay her head back down on me but Sophie was in the way.  Then she seemed really annoyed that Sophie was on top of her lion lovie.  Well she wouldn't stand for that and pulled and tugged until she got her lion out from under the cat.  I felt bad for her, but I pushed Sophie off and continued to snuggle with my sick little girl.

When Chris got home from church she wanted to sit with him while he played on the computer.  

Fortunately she seemed to have a bit of her normal personality back by the end of the day.  She even ate a couple of strawberries for dinner.  We gave all of her toys a lysol wipe bath after she went to bed, so hopefully she'll be back to full health by tomorrow.  But even now while I write this I hear her in there coughing like she's got the black lung.  
Sick or not, have you ever seen a more adorable little girl?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Schwartz's vs Thanksgiving 2010

I'm going to go ahead and put up the one semi decent picture I snapped of Sarah in her adorable Thanksgiving outfit.

As we move into this holiday season, I know this is going to be a weird thing to say, but I am thankful for our rotation system.  A long time ago, when Chris and I were still just dating and my family lived in town, we developed a rotation system.  If the Schwartz's have Thanksgiving the Smith's have Christmas and vice versa.  When everyone lived in town, it meant that the hosting family got first dibs on time and we would not leave there until the festivities were completely finished.  However, now that my family has all abandoned me and left the Memphis area, it means I don't have to feel guilty about not seeing or feeling guilty about planning huge Christmas trips with my family to FL.

I watch as friends of my scurry from place to place on holidays trying to make sure they see everyone for a few minute here then a few minutes there.  Nope, I like our laid back holidays.

Anyway, back to Thanksgiving.  This Thanksgiving I'm obviously thankful for Sarah.  This time last year I was nearing the end of my pregnancy and looking at the pictures I was HUGE, but still able to play a rocking game of wiffle ball.  This thanksgiving, instead of looking like a stuffed turkey, I got to enjoy dressing Sarah up in her turkey shirt Laura made and matching turkey hair bow I ordered.  I tried to show her the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade on tv.  She didn't seem to care much for it, and really neither did I, so I don't guess that will become a tradition.  It was freakishly warm outside so I thought about taking Sarah up to watch Chris play in the annual turkey bowl, but instead tried my hand at making the delicious Cameron's Cream Cheese Rolls.  They seemed to be a hit at the dinner table.

Then we headed over to Ma and Pa Schwartz's for the big family feast.  Ma Schwartz never fails to lay out a great spread with enough food to invite the neighborhood over.  And while I tease her about having a separate utensil for everything (no really, they even have a deviled egg fork) I love that on these occasions she gets out the nice china.  It's always beautiful to see the china out on the table, and the family gathered around.  With the 4 mini-Adams, and our beautiful little girl, we actually seem like we're going to out grown the dining room pretty soon.  I just hope they make sure there's a nice big space at the lake where we can set up a few folding tables to fit the ever expanding Schwartz hoard.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the 11 Month Old

Sweet Sarah, you are 11 months old today!

* You weigh 19 lbs 13 ounces.
* It is becoming increasingly impossible to take your picture because you won't hold still and look at me for one second.
* You are still pulling up to stand using anything that will support your weight.  You've let go a few times but still by accident.  You just haven't figured out how to stand on your own yet.
* You squat while playing with ET's little piano so I know you can stand up unassisted.
* I think you are teething your molars, no one believes me, but some days are just horrible and you drool a lot.  I caved and took you to the doctor to rule out an ear infection (you didn't have one) but he also said your gums didn't look swollen either.  He said it would be odd for your molars to be coming in since they don't usually come until 15 months, but it's also odd that you already have 8 teeth (4 on top, 4 on bottom).
* During this teething you went through a pretty bad week of separation anxiety where you didn't want me more than 6 inches from you.  You've since gotten over that (in fact you are playing happily in your bedroom right now while I type this up) so I think it wasn't really separation anxiety and more you needed mommy for comfort.
* You are very into hugging these days.  You wrap your arms around our necks, squeeze and say "awwwwww".  It's very cute.  I LOVE it.
*  Your favorite books are still The Little Engine that Could, Pouch, and Good Night Moon.  I'm trying to work Star Wars ABC into the mix but only so I can annoy your father by trying to teach you to give Obi-Wan a kiss.
* You've learned to share your food and like to feed mommy and daddy whatever it is that you're having.  You are VERY persistent and know when you dropped it and didn't actually get it into our mouth.  You pick that piece back up from the tray and try again until you get it in our mouth.
* You know the rocking chair rocks and like to crawl over to it and rock it yourself.  The only problem is that's where Sophie sleeps most of the time.  She is not a fan of being rocked by you and has actually hissed at you a few times for it.
* Anytime you are playing you like to "tag home base" as we call it.  You'll randomly stop, crawl quickly over to us and give us a hug, then go back to playing.
* You jibber jab all the time.  It's pretty adorable.  (Until it turns to screaming, then it's not cute at all.)
* You have figured out that things go certain places.  It is really neat to see how you understand where the balls go in your various toys or that the shapes on your little door can be stored is certain spots.  Sometimes you can put them in the right place, but it's hard since you don't have the fine motor skills necessary.
* Likewise, you now know that your paci goes in your bed.  When I pick you up from a nap if it's still in your mouth I take you out of the crib and say "where does paci go" you take it out of your mouth and drop it back down into your crib.
* You know I like to hide things under the furniture in your room.  Every now and then you'll be crawling, think of something and get real low to see what is hiding under there.
* Ma and Pa Schwartz have a peg puzzle you like to play with.  It has shapes.  You know where the red circle goes and put it in it's place perfectly.  If we then hand you another shape to put in you push it away and just take the red circle back out, put it back in and wait for the applause.  So silly!
* You are now just one month away from being a year old!  It is weird to think about that because I still like cuddling with you on the couch while you drink a bottle, but those days will soon be gone.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Schwartz's vs Pizza Hut through the Eyes of a Spectator

Written by Susan:

There are few events in life that truly inspire both fear and awe at the same time. Tonight was one of those events. It started off innocently enough. Natalie and Chris invited us to come out and see the new couches, and catch up on Sarah time. Simple enough. I met up with Steffanie after work, with Cameron to follow after her booster meeting. I know. A booster meeting on a Friday afternoon. That's a whole 'nother blog.

Anyway. Back to the story. I called Natalie while driving through Millington, to make sure that we had dinner arranged. We decided pizza was easiest, so I suggested that she go ahead and order, so we didn't have to wait too long once we got there. Cameron could nuke hers once she got there. Wishful thinking.

Natalie ordered the pizza online at exactly 6:08 p.m. and promptly received an email confirmation, stating the pizza would arrive around 7 p.m. We had  good time waiting, playing with Sarah's awesome toys, and reading books before she went to bed. We then settled into a game of Mario Kart while we waited.

When the pizza hadn't arrived by 7:20, Natalie called to check. She was told, of course, that it was on it's way. Not quite believable, considering when she gave Frank her name, he asked someone else, "Is that it right there?" She gave him the benefit of the doubt, and we continued to play and wait. By the way, Natalie and Chris are Mario Kart fiends.

By 7:40, we thought it was getting a little ridiculous. Natalie called back, and it was then that I saw her true form. Friends, if I ever have a conflict, I know who to call. Within minutes, she had asked for the manager. Frank (see above), not able to get the manager, took matters into his own hands and promptly gave us a discount, knocking the pizza down to $12.02. Not too bad for 3 pizzas. He promised it was on it's way, and we, believing in the unerring goodness of man, believed him. We soon saw the error of our ways.

At 8:10, a new Natalie began to emerge. She, like the rest of us, was starving. Given that by now it had been 2 hours, who wouldn't be. So Natalie kicked it into high gear. With phone 1 (this becomes important), she called Pizza Hut and again asked for a manager and was put on hold. After 6 minutes, she picked up phone 2 and called again, only to be put on hold with that one. After another 3 or 4 minutes, she picked up phone 3 and dialed yet again. With that one, she got corporate, who offered to give her the number to the Atoka branch. She quoted it back to them, asked why she was even talking to them, and hung up. Finally, after than 14 minutes and 21 seconds, phone 1 beeped. It was the driver. Calling to ask directions to her house. It was then that I thought about hiding. I swear I saw her head spin. "YOU'RE JUST LEAVING THE STORE!?!" Natalie then informed the driver that her pizza would be hot and fresh, and that it would be free. Prophetic words. The highlight of my evening, however, didn't come until Natalie asked the driver to put a manager on the phone. When informed that the driver had just left the store, Natalie told her, and I quote, "I want you to walk the mobile phone back into the store and hand it to your manager." Nice. She decided to let her head this way, but only after asking the driver to call the managers (really, you have to think she was giving them fair warning) and have them call her back. She hung up the phone and returned triumphantly to the room, declaring "I have names!"

She then turned back to phone one after she got off the line with the driver and called the store again? A poor, innocent Pizza Hut worker. Natalie asked to speak to a manager.  "Angela or Debra, whoever is closer!" The following are quotes from the ensuing conversation:

Natalie: "Most people would be irate after hour and a half! I gave you two and a half!"

Natalie (upon the pizza arriving): "It's a Christmas miracle! I was beginning to believe that pizza didn't exist!"
Debra (insert innocent tone here): "Oh! It's cute how you said that!"

Debra: "How much credit did I tell you I was going to put on your account?"
Natalie: "I could just name a number! Free pizza for life!"

All's well that ends well, I suppose. The driver did arrive, and Natalie was the bigger person and gave her a tip. Monetary. Not the type that suggests what she could do with her pizza or her managers.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Schwartz's vs Training Wheels

I was so terrified about Sarah walking early, I never stopped to think she might be late. Now, I'm not freaking out and worrying, this is merely an observation. I'm surprised that Sarah's not free standing yet. She pulls up and cruises on everything but she won't let go and stand on her own. Ok, so maybe I am worrying a little; we are going to Disney this Christmas and while I don't want to be holding her in every picture with Mickey or a Princess.

Anyway, Sarah has recently started liking her walking toys. She actually goes so fast in them it was pretty hard to take a picture that wasn't blurry. The problem is that our house isn't a open floor plan so there is not a whole lot of room for her to stretch her newly mobile legs. I've also discovered that while wood floors are great for keeping clean (just a swiffer a day) they are not great for teaching Sarah how to walk with a push toy. It took a couple of days for her to figure out fast the push toy goes on our floors. A one point I actually caught her pushing it while she's kneeling. Goober.

So I took the rare opportunity of it not being freezing cold outside yesterday for her to go out and see what she can really do in her walker. She LOVED having more room to run. I actually considered taking her for a walk in this thing but we don't have sidewalks and I didn't want "let baby run around in the road" to go on my list of awesome mom moments. So we kept it to the driveway.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Schwartz's vs the Best Christmas Cards We Ever Sent

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One of my favorite things about Christmas is Christmas cards!  I love them.  I love going to my box and seeing if we got any in the mail today.  I love setting them up on the mantle.  But I especially love the Christmas cards that have pictures of your family.    A lot of our friends have moved away and so their photo Christmas card goes up on the fridge until the next year.  Then I compare how much the kids have grown and change out the card of the fridge.

I'm super excited to send out Christmas Cards this year.  We usually just send out a box of glitter cards to annoy people (admit it, you hate us glitter card senders) but this year we get to send out a picture of our new family!  To gear up for Christmas cards we went to the Christmas card mini session with Shannon Payne Photography, you can check the sneak peak here.  So now, I just have to figure out how many pictures we are going to cram on the card.  Luckily, Shutterfly, has the traditional fold cards that you can customize with pictures and your own text and the flat photo cards.  I can't wait to send out cards this year!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Schwartz's vs Time Change

Time change is of the devil! I use to L-O-V-E fall back. (I always hated spring forward.) An extra hour of sleep, yes please. Sure I could get an extra hour of sleep every night if I just went to bed an hour early, but that's beside the point. And while I can appreciate the idea of just changing the time on your clock and magically getting some extra time in bed, Sarah does not. She has no concept of the fact that I came in her room and changed the time on her clock and that means she has to stay in bed a little longer. I even kept her out late on Saturday to hopefully make her tired enough to sleep in until the new 7. Nope, bright and chipper, 6 am she sounds the morning revelry. Thank goodness for my sweet, dear, Chris who I hit and said, "she thinks it's 7" as I rolled over and tried to get my extra hour of sleep. He got up with her.

I thought the problems would only last for one day. But here were are, Wednesday, she's making it loud and clear that she is refusing to nap even though she has gotten up an hour early for the past 4 days. In fact, I think she's trying to take this opportunity to drop naps from her routine because they have been few and far between this week.

Believe me, in this house, sleep is sacred.  And we don't get it, we make pouty faces.

What moron invented time change?

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Schwartz's vs Blogiversary

Happy Birthday Blog!  You are a year old today!  And why not, here's how you've grown.

* You have 18 followers.  (Go ahead, click the follow button, it won't hurt anything, it just encourages me to write more often.)
* You are 91 posts long and weigh over 300 pictures.
* In June of 2010, Blogger (where you live) started tracking the number of visitors you have and where they came from.  That was pretty exciting.  Here's the highlight of your google stats:
          -Since then you've had over 3,600 hits.
          -On days when I post you average around 30 visitors.
          -The top 3 places your visitors come from to see you are
           1) Facebook, 2) Eliza's blog, and 3) Annie's blog.  (I know she's
           going to be surprised by that.)
          -You've had visitors from the United States, Brazil, Germany,
            Netherlands, Canada, Russia, South Korea, Denmark,
            Australia, and even Spain.
          -The most common way people search for you is "schwartztastic"
            followed by "may the schwartz be with you meaning."
          -The funniest way someone has searched and found you is
           "indecent exposure at Memphis putt putt."  That one blows
           my mind because I've never gotten naked at the putt putt.
          -The most popular post is your first post.  I thought that
            was pretty odd because that's not a very exciting post
            until Chris pointed out that some people probably click on
            there and then scroll through the rest.

Blog, I'm pretty amazed by you.  I've never been good at journaling, but here you are a year old and still going strong.  I think what has made you so successful is allowing you to be public.  Knowing others are waiting to read you makes me write more consistently.  Also, by knowing others are reading you it makes me more careful about what I say, so I think you will survive where my other journals have not.  (I just recently through away without looking back all the journals and diaries I kept as a kid and teenager.  They were embarrassing no one should be allowed to read them or remember me like that so I pitched them.  I also tossed all of the letters that Chris and I exchanged through our dating years.)

So, Blog, for your birthday and in preparation for your printing, I'm going to work on going back to all your old posts and fixing the grammar errors and typos.  And since I'll be working on that, you may not get any new updates for a while, but you'll be all shiny and pretty and hopefully typo free.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Schwartz's vs Uh Oh, Spaghetti-O's

Do you think Sarah liked them?

We've been having some meal time issues. Sarah has discovered that fruit tastes better than veggies. So she has been tossing her veggies on the ground and hoping that I'll give her fruit for lunch and dinner instead of green beans, carrots, peas, and corn. The game is getting a little old. So I thought, what the heck, I'll just give her a can of spaghetti o's. I'm going to call it healthy because of the tomato sauce, and I bought the whole grain noodle kind. I think to say she liked it is an understatement. But I'll let her tell you in her own words.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Schwartz's vs Halloween 2010

I'm a duck!  Quack!

Halloween 2010 was jam packed with things to do!  I hope this isn't an indication of how all future Halloween endeavors will be.  I opted to just buy Sarah a costume this year.  I'm not crafty and didn't want to stress out over making a costume Sarah would just have to be carried around in.  So thank you Costco for knocking one thing off the to-do.  

Saturday night we went to trunk-or-treat at church with the Joiners.  Sarah was a little cranky faced at trunk or treat when we first got there, but after she saw all the kids running around from car to car she got really excited and would flap her arms and make cute noises.  She filled her adorable halloween bag that Laura made to the brim, and then crashed in the back seat on the drive home.  

Sunday, Halloween,  we kicked off the celebration by video chatting with my parents for a few minutes so they could see Sarah in her costume before heading to the Joiner's church for their fall festival.  Sarah was a bit young for all the games, but she did get to enjoy going down the big inflatable slide with Chris.  She loved looking at all the kids dressed up and running around.  I think she was just dying to get down and run around with Elsie Tate, but unfortunately she's just not walking yet and I didn't want her to mess up her stockings.  After that we went to the Cameron's annual Halloween party.  Iwa was Belle, Kawika was spiderman, and Leilea was venom.  It was absolutely adorable to see those three play with Sarah.  But we couldn't stay there long because we had one more engagement on our party schedule.  So we headed out to Lakeland to visit with Chris's family.  Sarah was crashing in a hurry in the backseat since it was already past her bedtime, but true to form gained her second wind when there were new people for her to play with.  When the boys showed up, Sarah crawled around after them trying to play cars and whatever else they were getting into with them.  We kept her out way longer than we should have and she passed out in the car before we made it to the end of their street.  She slept in her undershirt and stockings last night and still hasn't gotten up this morning (it's an hour past the time she normally wakes up.)  Thank goodness we have a year to recover!

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