Sunday, August 9, 2015

Cape Cod

(all photos taken with my iPhone)
Back in February I received an invitation to attend one of my best friends' wedding on Cape Cod. Kristi Ann and I became friends when we both attended a private school in Massachusetts during middle school. On the first day of school she and I were in the same class and we were inseparable the whole school year. We went to different high schools and colleges but that didn't stop us. With the kids off from school I thought this would be the perfect summer vacation spot so we left a few days before the wedding. If you've been wanting to visit the island here are some highly recommended places:
If you're lucky like I am to be married to an avid sailor, go to Flyer's Rentals for a day of sailing in the Provincetown Harbor. Guarantee you will see seals.
On the way back to the hotel from Provincetown, we stopped at Moby Dick's for dinner. Hands down the best seafood and kid-friendly place. Then we spotted a drive-in movie in the town of Wellfleet. We watched the movie "Minions" - hilarious. I have memories of my Dad taking me to the drive-in movie theater while we were living in California. I may have missed 99% of the movie conversation without caption but to watch the movie outdoors made it more memorable.
The next day we rented bikes from Dennis Cycle Center. You ride straight out of the shop onto the Cape Cod Rail Trail. We rode a total of 26 miles, it was beautiful and almost all flat. In the middle of the bike ride we took a break and swam in the Seymour Pond.
 Before we knew it the wedding day came. The wedding was absolutely stunning. The wedding was held at a Catholic church on the island and then the reception at the Lighthouse Inn.  A friend of ours brought her nanny so she could babysit her and our kids that evening.
The next morning we packed the car and left the island for the long drive back home.
Cape Cod will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Summer-pie is 10!

My sweet Summer turned 10 on July 22nd.
Summer wanted to have breakfast on the beach so we brought treats and balloons with us. After a couple hours of boogie boarding we went to the Jungle Rapids water park. We stayed at the water park for hours until it closed for the day. For her birthday dinner, Summer requested grilled shrimp, steamed broccoli, and David's homemade mashed potatoes. It was a perfect day.
David and I are fortunate that we were able to take this day off from work to celebrate our girl's birthday. For years David has always taken the day off on all of our birthdays, and now that I'm working full time, I am joining him in this tradition. It makes my heart so happy.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Summer Randomness

Our summer is going by too fast. I wish I could slow it down somehow. A lot has happened since the kids' school got out. When I'm home and have free time (usually at night when everyone else has gone to bed!) I am always painting. Our ceilings, walls and trim are all getting painted in white. I am loving the transformation but it takes a lot of time. Lately I've been using Instagram which is like a quick version of blogging. So easy and so simple. I'm @joyschultz if you want to follow. Here are some random news to keep this blog up to date.

1. A big piece of my heart got dropped off at Camp Mary Atkinson's horse back riding camp for a week. 

2. Schultz Bunch is complete again. Picked up Summer from camp. These two have a special bond. I'm one lucky mama.

3. Father's Day. They ADORE their daddy. Summer: he can fix anything, is always funny and is sweet to me. Forrest: he is always happy, snuggles me every night and helps me have sweet dreams.

4. These two beg me to swim with them and the second I hop in, they take turns getting on my back and cruising around the pool. Tradition also requires that we play the Schultz version of Marco Polo game.

5. The kids' swim meet got postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to a thunderstorm. I then realized that this falls on the same day as their godmother's bridal shower. Summer's eyes welled up with tears when she saw that she would miss her swim meet for the second time (she missed the first one due to camp) but I promised that she would make it to the next one. This evening she finally got on the diving block, dove in and swam her little heart out. She flipped at the end of the lane, as she was heading back I saw that she quickly turned her head sideways and got excited that she was leading - a heat winner!

6. Happy 4th from our home to yours.

7. This day was a good one {and my Forrest has my heart forever}

8. {First day of work warrants a picture on the front steps} I left my full time job right before Summer was born. It was the best, hardest decision I've ever made and I would not trade those ten precious years for anything in the world. I became the kids' cheerleader, nurse, chauffeur, chef, and more than anything their MOM. David supported us 100% and for that I am forever thankful. When Forrest was almost 2 years old I started teaching part time at our local university. I learned so much in the classrooms through the students that I knew I wanted to continue down that path. With the kids now getting older and more independent I knew it was time for a change. I am excited to announce that I'm the Lead Instructor for the new interpreter education program at the local community college. I am SO grateful for my family's support otherwise I couldn't do this without them. Now they're my cheerleaders.

9. Saturday mornings now have a new meaning for me. With me working again, I find we carve family time more than ever.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

5 Years & Counting


Summer has been spending the majority of her summers on the diving block for the last 5 years. It is incredible for me as a parent to watch her grow up competing. When the gun goes off Summer dives in the pool gracefully and makes every stroke look effortless. Sure, she has had some bad days when she isn't happy with her time but she often says, "it is more about perseverance than winning." All her little swim friends give each other encouragement. I have a feeling in a few years when Summer looks back to her swim days she will find that she has learned beyond mastering the art of strokes.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Being a Mom is A+

My kids always beg me to come in school with them in the mornings to teach their friends ASL before the bell rings. The problem is I always look like his (am I alone in this??) So today I went up the driveway as I usually do to say good-bye but this time I was on my bike. I got out my helmet and pretended to proceed to ride as if I was riding to school with them. The kids' faces were horrified!! Priceless! I then started crying because I was laughing so hard, and then the kids' giggles started when they saw I was kidding.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day

The kids and I potted flowers on our backyard deck and then played water games on the trampoline.
It was a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Heart

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.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Kure Beach

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.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mother's Day

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.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Forrest is 8!

My Forrest turned 8 on May 5th {Cinco De Mayo}
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.