home on the island

September 8, 2011 |  Category:   friends life travels

We didn’t really travel much as a family when I was a kid. I do, however, remember a few summer weekend outings spent in Montauk or the Poconos, renting out a group of motel rooms with other family friends and their children. It didn’t really matter where we were, really. It was all about hanging out with friends, like on a really long playdate, and a break from routine and everyday life.

These trips sometimes remind me of those childhood vacations full of families and kids. It’s one sort of vacation when you go to a place as a tourist not knowing anyone, but it’s another trip altogether when you spend it with a family who make the place home, no matter how many times you’ve been there. It’s a different, and I would say, more meaningful experience.

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  • Cotton's September 8, 2011 at 2:05 am

    In any case it is a very beautiful place, I love everything driftwood
    have a nice day

  • Reader from Across the Globe September 8, 2011 at 2:17 am

    I love reading your writing, i always find it so related, so sentimental all the time. Just want u to know that there’s someone from across the globe who appreciates what you put into this blog.

  • Mariko September 8, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Your pictures remind me of a peaceful end to a vacation. (I always feel super stressed after vacation, so it’s nice to think it’s possible to feel otherwise!) 🙂 Lovely thought.

  • xj September 8, 2011 at 4:37 am

    the pancake with bacon looks so yummyyy!!

  • Ashlae September 8, 2011 at 8:36 am

    We didn’t do much traveling, either – sometimes I find myself resenting my parents for that; for not showing us the world. Then I wake up and realize they were young parents and traveling is expensive with 5 kids. I enjoy it now, and if we ever have children, I want them to see the entire world before they leave my nest.

    Your photos are beautiful, and I especially love the shot of all of the kids huddled on the couch (while the adults make breakfast?).

  • Chantale September 8, 2011 at 10:01 am

    We didn’t do much traveling either when I was younger. My parents just couldn’t get off from their business for more than a long weekend. But I do remember tons of picnics which always involved amazing bulgogi on the bbq. Mmm.. Your photos Jenna (as always) are stunning! I love these visual trips..

  • Mrs. Kate B. September 8, 2011 at 10:02 am

    We did some traveling with my Dad and it created lots of happy, peaceful memories when it was just me, my Dad, and my brother. I wish we could afford to do more traveling right now with our kids, but maybe someday. They’re still young (5, 2, and in utero) but being able to afford traveling more as they get older is one of my major financial goals, above saving for college even.

  • Mrs. Kate B. September 8, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Also, I want to live in that place. Your photos are so lovely.

  • Atsuko September 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    It is so true. Vacations are something out of daily routines. I did not think about it in that way. When I was small, every summer my family drove hours to visit my great grandmother and grandparents. The destination and members were the same, but every visit was different. As I looked about those days, I am very grateful to have the annual event as a family. As always, I enjoy seeing your pictures and wonderful writing.

  • Cassie September 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    You’re photos are alway so stunning and inspiring to an amateur photographer like myself. It doesn’t hurt that your family is absolutely adorable.

    -from a devoted follower

  • Lia September 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I would love to visit the west coastline! Beautiful pictures! I can almost feel the wind and the ocean smell of happy summer days!

  • Seema September 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    beautiful photographs as ever. I definitely agree with you here. friends and family make vacations all the more meaningful. these photos scream family summer holiday. love these.

  • miriam September 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Island? Whidbey?

  • Jenna September 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    @miriam san juan island

  • molly September 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Man, Jenna. The photos are always great, but these, the trees, the fog, the driftwood, are like a drip to my NW soul. Thanks for that.

  • natalie September 9, 2011 at 2:09 am

    There are a lot of pictures on your blog that are the epitome of family and happiness for me. In fact, I told my husband to look at the screen and showed him some of your pictures. We have a 9 month old with plans for another kid in the future. I want to take my kids to all kinds of places along with my husband so that we can experience all kinds of things, like you and your family. You are able to capture such wonderful things through your photography. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Jocy September 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I agree with Natalie’s comment – you and your family seem very happy. What lovely summer memories your girls will have!

  • Samantha September 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Oh man, those waffles looks tasty.
    Great photos!


  • Clara September 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    That second to last photo is incredible, Jenna. I’d definitely like that framed and hanging in my home!

  • angie September 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    these photo’s are fantastic! thanks for a peak into what looks like a perfect summer vacation get away! you deserve it!!!