Monday, August 18, 2014


We drove to Asheville for a long weekend shortly after we moved. It was exactly what we needed to get away from all the stress of the move. We slept and ate a lot. Perfection in my book.
While looking through these pictures on my iPhoto this morning, Forrest randomly said, "I love Grams and Granddaddy's house. I want to buy it." I think that sums up how special their home is. I love that our children are creating memories of visiting their grandparent's home in the mountains. I have similar memories of visiting my Dad's parents in Florida. I can still remember the smell of their backyard, full of orange trees.

Monday, August 4, 2014

We're moving!

Our little family has a BIG announcement - We're moving!
It all happened so fast. When we put our house on the market, it went under contract in 3 weeks. A few not-so-pleasant bumps later we closed on our house this morning.
We've lived in this house for almost 10 years. We brought home two babies to this house. It's been my home to raise our babies for many years. Those were wonderful years. When our house went under contract, we decided to rent to give us time to find the right house for our family. It wasn't an easy decision to sell our house. A combination of reasons made us go into this direction. Sometimes change is good and we knew it was time.
We can't wait to start this new adventure!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Happy 9th Birthday, Summer!

This sweet girl turned 9 on July 22nd. She woke up to balloons in her room in her favorite color (a tradition) and a few birthday gifts. She's a girly girl through and through. We opened gifts and then Summer wanted to spend the day at the beach so we took balloons and treats with us for her birthday. I love this little girl with my whole heart. She is sweet and kind to those around her and that's what matters to me more than anything else.
I love you, Summer.

Monday, June 30, 2014


Last Sunday we dropped off Summer at a Girl Scout camp, about two hours away from home. She stayed at camp until Friday. The longest she's ever been away from home. This picture was taken the first time we saw Summer at camp pick-up. She was all smiles and high-fiving Forrest right before the closing ceremony. Every time I wave them good-bye, whether it be at camp or school, I hope they'll be happy and safe. I always think of this quote, "making the decision to have a child is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."

Friday, June 20, 2014


1. EVERY school day Summer and Forrest leave the house a few minutes early and say, "we'll be at the bus stop!" I then pick them up by the mailbox at our long driveway entrance. Love them.

2. Caught red-handed! Saw light peeking through Summer's bedroom door as I was checking on the kids this evening.

3. Summer didn't want to go to swim team tonight but she didn't hold it against me for long - each lap she would sneak in the heart sign to me on the sidelines. Love her.

4. Post dinner neighborhood bike ride. Is it summer yet?

5. For 2 years, EVERY morning I drop off my Forrest at school, I give him a hug and a kiss and then as he turns to head out the door, he turns right back and says, "kiss-hand, mama" - which means he wants me to kiss the palm of his hand... from the book, "The Kissing Hand". I never, ever will forget it.

6. She's almost a 4th grader! My sweet Summer this morning. I went outside to find her just like this, eating her cereal before the last day of school. The sign of a very happy and excited girl.

7. Father's Day. These little kids have been blessed with the most loving, kind, fun and devoted dad. He puts his family first and I'm grateful that his example is what they will always associate with what a husband and father should be.

8. First day of summer camp. I gave them both lots of options but they each had their mind set. They wanted to go back to Marine Quest camp again. Love these two.

9. Swim team season has officially begun!

This is a very random update. Just some things to catch you up on...
The rest of our summer has been filled with lots of time outside. If we're not at the pool, we're at the lake or the beach. Between all of the water activities my washing machine is running all the time. If you want to see more of our everyday adventures, since I'm not so good at blogging these days, you can follow me on Instagram. I'm @joyschultz

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sharky Towel

As I was getting Forrest out of the bathtub this evening he requested the "sharky towel". It's actually been a favorite towel of Forrest's since he was a toddler. As I wrapped him up in it, I noticed that it's barely long enough to cover his buns. So strange but just that realization made my chest tighten. He'll always be mine.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

With Me

I woke up last night around 3am and couldn't get back to sleep. Whenever this happens I always go check on our kids, make sure their blankets are on them, give them kisses on their foreheads and whisper that I love them in their ears. Summer's room was my last stop last night and as I was kissing her forehead she said, "I love you too mommy" then she lifted the blanket up, scooted over and whispered, "just get in here with me". I love this girl with my whole heart.

Sunday, May 11, 2014


A few days ago while we were playing outside in the front yard, Forrest walked up next to me and said, "mama, every time you see me kick the ball, that's me saying I love you".
I melted.
I have really hard days just like every other mother out there but that's what makes the moments like this one, even sweeter. I really love being a mom.
Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Happy 7th Birthday, Forrest!

My Forrest turned 7 on May 5th. My BABY is 7?!?! I can't stand it. He woke up to balloons and a few little gifts. His favorite gift was the motorcycle and police car set from the Lego movie. For his birthday he wanted to go swimming and he wanted a square cake with lots of sprinkles and number 7 candle on top so that's exactly what he got. Forrest is my sidekick and my little companion. He gives me unsolicited kisses and hugs all day long and loves to snuggle.
He's the best Mother's Day gift I've ever received.
I love this sweet boy.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

One More Sleep

We have been counting down how many more sleeps until Forrest's 7th birthday. The first thing he said when he woke up this morning was, "only one more sleep 'til my birthday!" A few months back, I bought a vintage plate that says, 'happy birthday' in the center of it. I thought it would make birthdays a little more special if every year the kids get to have their birthday meals on this pretty plate. I showed it to Forrest and let me tell you, he has NOT forgotten. It makes me smile... and Summer tells me how much she LOVES the gold on it and speaks of this special plate with almost a sense of reverence. She can't wait for her turn.

For the last two weeks Forrest has gone to the chest in the kitchen where I keep it a few times a day and just stares at it, asking when it will be his birthday so he can use it. Today I finally let him get it out. I am happy to report that we now have it all washed and ready for his birthday breakfast tomorrow morning. How sweet are the simple pleasures.