the end

December 22, 2010 |  Category:   holidays life the biz

Well, it’s not exactly the end, but it’s the end of 12 hours kitchen shifts, packaging and shipping so it’s the end for us as far as we’re concerned. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S OVER and that we survived. I may or may not have been close to tears the first day we set up at the Flea and Mark may or may not have been close to tears a few times when orders just got too out of control. There were a few moments where we seriously questioned whether it was physically possible or if we had enough hours in the day to get everything done. We need a shirt to commemorate the fact that we survived the 2010 holiday season. All the small Brooklyn food producers do. As crazy as our schedule was, we weren’t alone. It’s kind of nice that way and I guess that’s what’s so cool about the whole scene. People are pretty supportive of one another. Two people we want to thank in particular are Annie Gallo, who was first a blog reader/neighbor and now a friend. Annie jumped in when Mark needed help the last minute at the kitchen and with her help, baked 4000 cookies in an 11 hour shift to fulfill all our wholesale orders and to restock the Flea the next day. The next person we need to thank is Mark’s mom. We haven’t been around to see the kids at all this last week and Lani helped make sure they had plenty of attention, food and quality Grandma time.

It’s quiet now. I’m home with Claudine while Mia’s at school. It’s just me and her, puttering around the house getting the house back in order, cleaning, putting things away, wrapping gifts and placing them under the tree. I’m also getting some freelance work done. It feels pretty mellow and Claudine makes an excellent companion. She’s good for hugs and bursts of silliness. Plus I like to rub her head.

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  • Kayla @ Exquisite Banana December 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Congrats on crossing the finish line! I’m craving some of your goodies but am holding out til a couple weeks after the New Year to ensure you guys get as much as a break as possible 🙂

    Claudine is killing me with her adorableness. Happy holidays to you and your family, Jenna!

  • Selkie December 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Bravo! Happy holiday’s, may the new year be bright.

  • Gillygirl December 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    You guys are awesome. I love reading your blog. Some days it’s the first thing I do. Congrats on surviving the holiday season!! Those girls are so cute. My six yr. old son is also helpful in times of stress which has saved my sanity many a time. Best wishes for you all in 2011. 🙂

  • lingonsmak December 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    wish you a happy christmas and a great new year!

    … the chroched cupcake is great!!

    (do you still have the paperstar I sent you last year?)

    all the best to you and your familiy! katrin

  • Amor December 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Congrats to you Guys! So happy for you, Mark and the kiddos.
    You made it. I wonder if you’ll find the next days boring after all that rush. Haha…
    Merry Christmas 🙂

    Greetings from now-chilly-enough-to-feel-like-Christmas SE Asian Tropics!

  • diane December 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    congrats to you guys and hugs…once again you guys survived another mad season.
    Merry christmas to you and family and hope that next year will be a good one:)
    -Reader from afar,Diane

  • maria December 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I do love your pics

  • Amanda December 22, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Congratulations! I LOVE that feeling after I have accomplished the – seeming – impossible.
    And by the way – your family is so precious 🙂
    Happy Holidays!

  • shruthi December 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your kids and loved ones!

  • mau December 23, 2010 at 12:54 am

    well done! now have a very happy christmas! x

  • Ayesha December 23, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Lovely. It feels so great to know there is a calm end! Which you appreciate all the more because of the craziness before! Have a restful Christmas and New Year!

  • Michelle December 23, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Awww! Her hair reminds me of Anna Paquin’s character in The Piano. 🙂
    Happy Christmas & a Peaceful New Year to you!

  • Annie December 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

    There is really no need to thank me.
    I was very honor to be able to help . Seen the love and dedication that you too have for your business is very inspiring.

  • Emily December 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm


  • Sarah December 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Well done! Finish line – Woohoo! Hope you and Mark get to crash and relax in that order.

  • Renita December 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Happy Holidays!

  • Sara December 23, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Congrats! Have a great holiday.

  • c December 24, 2010 at 1:52 am

    lots of laughter from a child helps relieve stress immensely!!

    Cute Amish outfit.

    Claudia never fails to impress!

  • Anna December 24, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Jenna, please don’t scare people with “the end” titles! 😀
    I love your christmas tree and Claudine is extremely adorable! (as always)
    Merry Christmas 🙂

  • Chuzai Living December 24, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Congratulations!! You must have felt so relieved! I wonder if you felt the same way as you finished a marathon. Love seeing the photos of Claudine. My second girl is also a ham. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Kaho

  • holly December 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Congrate ! You and Mark done great job.
    Thanks to Annie and Lani.