If I have three minutes I will stop by any 2nd hand store/thrift shop/consignment store I see. Yes, you can get a good deal but for me it's more about finding beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces. I have found the most beautiful antiques in both furniture and accessories for our home this way. Yesterday I literally ran into one shop and found this vintage ginger jar. Filled with hydrangeas from our backyard they make my heart happy.
We spent three glorious days at Kure Beach with my in-laws, Grandma and Baba Schultz. They flew in from Seattle and stayed at a rental beach house for a long weekend. It was a welcome break from the constant house projects for a few days of relaxation.
Summer and Forrest spent most of their time in this little pool.
I love the ocean view but I love the kids more.
We woke up to rain which was the best gift. I love the rain. Summer and Forrest wanted me to read their cards out loud but I kept crying. Their heartfelt words and drawings are treasures. Their little cards in their own writing said "my mom can smile as happy as a dolphin", "my mom is happiest when I get home from school", "my mom is special because she is deaf and teaches me sign language", "my mom is pretty as an unicorn". They know their mama well. Best day of the year.
With the recent move, Forrest wanted a simple party. He let me decide what theme this year. Since he's had Cars, Cars: the Movie, Pirate, Super Hero, and Legos themes, it was time to celebrate in the Cinco De Mayo style. He requested a lemon cake from the bakery at Whole Foods. We ate lots of homemade Mexican food and played pin the tail on the donkey game again and again. It was a perfect day.
Forrest is absolutely hilarious and always a good time. I am excited to watch his life unfold from the sidelines. I'm your #1 fan, sweet Forrest.
Turning our old "new to us" home into something a little more special for my family. Here's a peek into the before and after of a hard working room - the laundry. The natural light in our laundry room yesterday afternoon was beautiful, I couldn't resist sharing. We're painting all the interior rooms in flat white by Benjamin Moore, "Chantilly Lace". It is a true white-white. When dealing with an older house with imperfections on the walls, flat paint is the way to go.
I woke up one Friday morning (February 2nd) and as I used to do every morning I checked the Realtor app on my iPhone. There it was, that feeling I had been waiting for the last 9 months that this was the right house. I immediately called our agent asking for more information about the house. The sellers were not having any showings until the following Monday. It was Super Bowl weekend after all.
Our agent scheduled a showing for Monday morning at 8. An hour later, our agent walked into David's office to get his signature to make an offer. We bought a house without him seeing it first!
Later that evening after David got off from work, he and the kids and I toured the house for almost two hours. We knew it was perfect for us. The house was built in 1990, has great bones and the floor plan we have been looking for. It is exactly half a mile from the kids' school. The neighborhood is awesome.
We have A LOT of work to do but we're already in love with this home we have found for our little family.
When I was young, Christmas week meant going to my grandma and grandpa's in Florida with all of my cousins and aunts and uncles. We got together for an elaborate breakfast (restaurant far left) at the De Leon Springs State Park every year. On the way back home I took David and the kids there and we had breakfast for lunch. The best part is that I get to tell my kids all about their great grandma and grandpa and we get a little piece of them still here with us.