midsummer, heatwave, back to routines

July 15, 2013 |  Category:   craft life







I’m alone in the house for the first time in almost 3 weeks. Feels a little strange, you know? But the girls have started camp today and it took a bit of effort to get back on some sort of routine, complete with earlier bedtimes. If you told me that my kids would be the sort of kids who sleep in till 9am, I would have thought you were crazy. This, after years of waking up at 5:30 am as babies and 6:30 – 7am as their usual wake up times. It’s not often that I’m up before they are and I found myself peeking into their rooms the last 2 mornings, wanting to poke them because I couldn’t believe they were still asleep.


I’m attempting to get back into my routine as well since the girls will be in camp for a few weeks. This includes getting back to exercising which I admit went down the crapper ever since school got out. I’ve been indulging in all the bad habits – drinking iced coffee like it’s water, getting to bed at 3am. I’ve got multiple work projects going on right now, so I’m welcoming the quiet and the return to some sort of schedule.
Mark and I discussed last night how crazy it was that we’re in mid-July already. We’re starting to see signs of Back-to-School marketing and sales which is always slightly annoying because we still have almost 2 more months of summer vacation left here in NY. For us, vacation has only really just begun and I feel like we’re always being rushed towards the next season. Plus it’s going to be a million degrees all week as we head into a long heatwave. Fall feels so far away.
Speaking of Fall, these photos were taken at Hiho Batik in Brooklyn last October. It was just a few days before Hurricane Sandy hit so the photos got completely buried in hurricane madness and I only just rediscovered the photos the other week. The last photo is a picture of the finished shirts that the girls batiked at a birthday party last Fall. This week, they’ll be doing more fiber arts and textile designs at camp. Makes me want to go to camp too. We definitely didn’t have such cool summer programs like that when we were kids.

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  • Barbara July 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Jenna! Rarely comment because I’m a lazybones and I hate typing on an ipad, but I love reading your blog– lovely photos and writing.
    this camp looks great.. my mother was an art teacher and always said ” there are no mistakes in art” so I love seeing that up!

    My daughter was at ballet camp and nature camp through the Chicago park district is year, and I definitely felt a little envious dropping her off! Haha enjoy our little break of peace and quiet.. (and really, would it be so bad if iced coffee flowed from our faucets? Mmmm…. 😉

  • Wendy July 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I miss camps :) They are among my best memories. However, I used to go to overnight camps. But it was so much fun : 3 weeks away from my parents, in a part of the country I didn’t know. Great days.
    Have you ever thought of that kind of camp for the girls ? They might like it when they grow up.
    I was a councellor at camps too after I turned 17, and we had camps with 5 yo. It broke my heart. I think 8 or 9 is a good age though :)

    • Jenna July 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      well yes, see mt previous posts a few posts back. My older one does want to go, however, sleepaway camp is not something we can afford right now.