Friday Fun! Edition: What I Plan on Doing this Weekend

TGIF everybody!! And may I say, welcome back to my sweet friend, Friday.  In celebration of the weekend’s arrival, I have a short list of “activities” (which I feel are more “slacktivities”) that I’m looking to participate in this weekend.

So here it goes, in no particular order:

  1. Sleep. A lot.  And generally laze around since we have no plans. Hallelujah!
  2. Watch “Entourage”, the movie.  It’s about time. Husband and I plowed through the series earlier this year so that we could go see the movie. Then we missed it. So we’ve now had to wait until it was available to rent on Apple TV. Don’t tell me if it’s disappointing…I just don’t think I can take it.
  3. Build a fire in the fireplace. Because it’s finally getting into the 80’s in South Texas and that combined with minimal humidity equates to a chill in the air.  I might event bust out my furry house shoes. And, Woody (the wood guy–you can’t make this stuff up) is delivering our annual woodpile tomorrow.
  4. Watch “Spy” with Melissa McCarthy. I have no idea why, but it looks entertaining and she makes me laugh.
  5. Sleep in.  I know I mentioned this before, but this is just how serious I am.
  6. Let sweet Pearl girl run her little 20 lb. legs off in the backyard and enjoy not being in her kennel all day. Her zooms are out. of. control. y’all.  She’s just inches from getting nicknamed “Air Bud.”  This will also give Lola some alone time to sleep. Which is being taken rather seriously in our house right now if you haven’t picked up on that.
  7. Maybe….MAYBE….if I’m feeling motivated, I’ll swap my spring/summer clothes out for the fall/winter stuff.  It’s about time, but let’s be honest, this is ambitious. Also, I’m not sure what is going to be worth unpacking in terms of a growing belly. All things elastic and drape-y, feel free to hop into the closet.  Wouldn’t it be AWESOME if our clothes and closets came alive like on Beauty and the Beast and would just swap out for us?  I could keep sleeping if that were the case.

Truthfully, I feel like I might get held to this list now that it’s in writing so I’m going to quit while I’m ahead. This is plenty for me to work on over the weekend, especially with that frivolous #7 getting tossed in there! Hope y’all enjoy it and get some relaxing in, too! Until next week…

Wedding, Puppy, and…

…now it’s time for a baby!! I’m thrilled to be able to talk about this on the blog now since it’s been the all-consuming news in our lives for the last month and a half!  Clearly I’m already using the baby as an excuse for something, but I couldn’t very well write to you everyday “I’m exhausted, a bit nauseous, and yet starving all at the same time” without provoking the obvious questions.

I am all of those things, though, and have not much other news to share so you can see how this blog would have been a little empty and boring with me just telling you, “I got in bed at 8pm last night…” with zero follow up. True story.

So yes, Husband and I are expecting a little sweet pea around May 4th, which is conveniently close to the well-celebrated-in-San Antonio, Cinco de Mayo.  So we will get to celebrate with margaritas!  Obviously we haven’t had enough excitement yet this year so we are adding in a little something extra.

In all seriousness though, we are so excited and feel very blessed and can’t wait to share it with everyone as we stumble through parenthood, one dirty diaper at a time.

That’s all for today I think, but now that the band aid has been ripped off, feel free to comment on anything that helped you with feeling like all you wanted to do is lay in your bed for a sweet forever with intermittent breaks to the restroom.  I’m all ears.

Just a little throwback photo of the parents-to-be!

Just a little throwback photo of the parents-to-be!  

I ate my words…

About 100 times over.  The night times are going pretty well with Little Girl, but during the day she gets a little ticked at being in her kennel and tends to make a mess. Which is ok because I understand she has a baby bladder, blah blah, but it doesn’t change the stink in the room. We are going through candles like a pioneer household.

Oh! And on that note, we WERE a pioneer household for about 15 hours last week.  We had some major thunderstorms and flooding last week (which is great for the yard, so no complaints) and the dogs for certain thought that the sky was falling.  Which it might have, because when I got home from work on Thursday afternoon we had no power. Great news and just what you want to come home to after a long day at work.

I won’t bore you with the details, but it involved NO power (and 2 empty promises from CPS) for 15 hours straight, along with Husband and I and the puppy and her kennel, loading up and going to my parents house for the night. (We left Lola to enjoy some peace and quiet for the night.  She probably threw a party.)  The next day at 7:30am the power was restored. On our house and our neighbors. Because lucky us–we were the only two on the block to be taken down.

Luckily we had a backup plan because sleeping in a house with no power and no AC in South Texas as the summer is winding down is what you might call brutal.

So back to the girls…here’s how they’re doing together now:

lolaandpearlThe closeness is coming along.  What you can’t hear is Lola’s bark, which sounds like she swallowed a kazoo and it less than intimidating. Which is why Pearl feels free to own her.

Some of my favorite times look like this:

PearlchairThe zooms are over and she’s out for a solid hour or two…sweet nectar of the gods!  I love her dearly, but her energy is unmatched.

And here’s one more for the road….when Kazoo and Little Girl are knocked out. Also known as the Golden Hour.

sleeping dogsY’all have a great afternoon! I’ll try to crawl out of the kennel and post a few things this week.

Puppy Love

I have to say…I love Pearl for her relentless efforts. Lola IS going to love her if she has anything to do with it. 

Persistence is the name of the game, folks. The sisters shared a room last night (Pearl in her kennel) and the crying was at a minimum. 

So…sorry to move the big dog out but whatever gets us all a night without incessant whining is what we’re all looking for.

Bonus: we didn’t have to wash Pearl’s bed this morning because: no accidents. I hate to brag, but I think we have a genius on our hands.

Watch me eat those words tomorrow. 

Step by step…

We’re getting closer!! 

To tolerance…not really love. As Husband put it “Lola doesn’t really have the mothering gene.” As demonstrated below.

So true. I think of her like Samantha from Sex and the City. Not interested in children and she loves her own space.

That being said, she’s being a great big sister. If you like the kind that ignores you and thinks you’re a pest. 

But hey, we’ll take what we can get.

Day 1: Bonding

We are starting slow but so far so good! Lola is tolerating Pearl and clearly…Pearl is the new girl in school just looking for her bestie.

There were some MAJOR whines and cries last night but it’s amazing what some ocean waves in both of our sound machines on our phones can cover. We did, however, wake up to some lovely messes in the crate. Totally expected but we’re now investing in candles.

It’s currently raining and we know we’ve made the right decision because both dogs love doing what we love to do in the rain, as documented below.

I think Pearl is hoping to join the plastics and Lola “Regina George”‘s crew. Any day now. Any day. 

Pearl Day: The Ultimate in Friday Fun!

IMG_5624Happy Pearl Day to you! What’s more fun on a Friday than getting a puppy???  I think the answer to that is nothing. It’s way better than shopping because clothes don’t love you back.  Nice handbags and shoes, maybe, but not clothes.

So today we finally go and pick up that little ball of fur we’ve been talking about for what seems like forever.  Truly though, as my sister put it, this has been the longest anticipation ever.

It’s reminiscent of the scene from Austin Powers where the guard is screaming because he’s about to be rolled by a steam roller…that is going so super slow and not actually about to hit him.

That’s what this wait has been like. And it’s likely that tomorrow we’re going to actually feel as though we’ve been rolled by a steam roller.

But then you look at this face and forget about it all, right?  Maybe?

One thing I do know is that the days of leaving my shoes around the house are up. As are Lola’s days of being totally undisturbed.  I also know that we have invested in baby gates that look awfully funny when people come over and there has been no puppy or baby there. So I guess what I’m saying is, we’re ready to have Pearl home.

Stayed tuned for more adventures of Pearl and Lola in what is sure to be an interesting new twist of fate at the Schulze household.

And just in case you’re looking for something fun to shop for this fine Friday:

tory bagI’m dying over this bag. There is a whole new line of these to obsess over. Check them out here.

Also, JCrew Factory is having a sale…and if you’re not familiar with the Factory clothes, well, get there.  They’re essentially JCrew from a few years ago before they got so super proud of themselves (as told by their prices).

And finally…Calypso St. Barth has an additional 30% off their sale prices–up to 60% off total. Which makes their clothes semi-affordable and able to join the ranks of your closet.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go buy puppy chow.  Because that’s my hot fall item this year.

Friday Fun!

See. I told you!

It’s another Friday and another weekend is all bright and shiny ahead of us! We are also t-minus one week out from bringing Pearl home.  Also, my nephews birthday is tomorrow and the celebrating continues! We had his birthday party this week in the smoldering South Texas heat but none of the kids seemed to notice.  They might have noticed me throwing up off the side of the carousel if I’d had to take one more ride, though.  Tight turns and high speeds add up to trouble for people over a certain age.  Like 5.

Oh, and my birthday is Monday, but that’s not exciting anymore. And I’m not saying that to get an “aw, that’s not true, let’s celebrate” reaction.  But I’m always accepting of gifts so feel free. 🙂

There’s really not much else to say today because I’m just ready to get to the weekend and a nice glass of wine.  Is that bad? (Don’t answer that if you’re answer isn’t “of course not!”)  Have a great weekend everyone! More pics of Pearl to come and maybe a few birthday obligatory celebratory pics, too.


New Weekly Theme

So after reviewing the blog this morning, I realized that I wrote two posts in a row titled “Friday Fun.”  One had an exclamation point so I was clearly a little more pumped up that day and ready for a big weekend.

So with that in mind, you’re guaranteed to get a least one expected post a week now dubbed “Friday Fun!” And they’re all going to have an exclamation point because what isn’t awesome about Fridays? Nothing.

Expect some reflections on the week, maybe some pics and links to whatever I’ve been online shopping longing for.  (Husband, this could be some great insight to a birthday gift, just saying. :)  )

That’s all for now! We just “assembled” Pearl’s crate and are slowly preparing for her majesty’s arrival.  Coincidentally, I had a dream last night that my sister, Poops, robbed our house and stole our TV and laptops all just for fun. Totally normal.  No one could understand why I was irritated by this in my dream either.  If that’s not a psychology trip for you, I’m not sure what is.  So basically, as long as Pearl doesn’t run off with our TV, DVR, or laptop we should all coexist just fine.

Here’s to hoping for that!

Friday Fun

You know what rounds out a pretty exciting week?  Getting to video chat with your baby bro from work! LZB has finally joined the 21st century of technology and they’re running some video conferencing. And naturally, I had to test it out as seen here:

IMG_5587You can barely see us both, but we’re there. Most of this call was laughing because I’m going to take full advantage to “pop-in” and say hello during the day.  I’m laughing at my computer just thinking about it. Next goal: family video chat.  It’s going to be epic. If you know us, it’s next level hilarious.

Also happening this week was the early arrival of my new niece, GM!  Which she is. She is definitely general manager of our family as of right now.  We are all in awe of a GIRL joining the family and we were also expecting her in about 2 weeks.  Thankfully she is perfect and was able to come home immediately so that we could start obsessing over her.  Her parents are champs and her dad will sue you if you even think about booking a date with her.  2045 is currently the year that may be considered.  We love you GM!!!

AND…because I think he may still be the only one reading this, happy belated birthday to my dad! Yesterday was his birthday and he was celebrated in style with all THREE of his grandchildren and his family. We are so so thankful for you dad. You have and continue to be such a great example for all of us. Love you!

Also upcoming, and I apologize because I feel like these are all things that I’ve been meaning to post, but just haven’t had the time.  I’d love to tell you about something exciting that I’ve been busy with that’s kept me from writing, but I’ve got nothing. I blame the heat.

So…as of August 14th, Husband and I are expanding the fam to include Miss Pearl!

IMG_5539Lola is going to have to warm up to her but look at that face…I don’t think it will take long. We are so excited and also a little freaked out and taking inventory of all of the items in our house that may or may not disappear in the near future. It sounds like we’re about to harbor a fugitive and not a puppy. Which is yet to be determined, I guess.

Other excitement from the week:  in a total rush to get to the office yesterday I dropped my Bobbi Brown eyeshadow palette on the bathroom tile floor.  As you can imagine, that didn’t go so well.  The result was me saying every word in the book that could make a sailor blush and a nice, thick coating of dark makeup in the white grout.  Let’s just say that Thursday had already won before I’d left the house.  This picture best describes my mood yesterday:

IMG_5584BUT…It’s Friday now!! We have zero plans so far this weekend which is so welcomed after a packed week.  We’re going to go hang out with Pearl on Sunday and hopefully a body of water will be in the plans somewhere in there. Have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend as much as I’m going to!