Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Forrest: First Day of 2nd Grade


Oh boy, can you tell Forrest is excited about being in 2nd grade?! He searched high and low for the perfect backpack. Score! He checked the computer daily tracking its arrival. So cute.
He loves his new teacher and class. I am so happy that they're happy, that's all that matters.

Summer: First Day of 4th Grade


I can't believe my Summer is in 4th grade!!! She loves her new school, teacher and is making new friends in her class. This year she told me she had to get a BIG backpack because in 4th grade that's when you have lots of homework and BIG books. I love this girl so much.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tooth Fairy


Forrest is losing teeth faster than he can grow them back. His cute smile is full of holes. Every lost tooth is just as exciting as the first for him. He screams with excitement and then runs and gets our tooth fairy pillow. That little hole you see in the pillow is where they put their little teeth before tucking it under their pillow before bed. These 2 kids are at such a magical stage right now. It feels like I'm living with little cartoon characters. The best!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Asheville

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

Camp

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

Random

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.