December 10, 2013 |  Category:   life




This is the point in the holiday season where we operate on autopilot. The main mission being, “let’s get through this.” We set our sights on December 24 when we can finally breathe, and daydream even further into the future by making plans for summer and beyond. It keeps us going when we can talk about future leisure times, kind of like a reward. Because you know this is New York City, I’ve already signed the girls up for summer camp this month. And then suddenly summer starts taking shape and we figure out our West Coast vacation dates and I shake my head half in amusement and half in resignment because where’s the spontaneity anymore?


This year, however, we’re getting through the busy days by planning out a family Hawaii trip, chatting about all the places we want to revisit and making it a reality for 2015. It’s something we’ve talked about forever, but wasn’t sure would ever happen. We are going to make it happen, it’s happening…

The girls can’t stop thinking about it and grandma is excited to show them where she grew up. It’s going to be a long 18 months.

December is such a strange month, busy cookie times aside. It’s non-stop autopilot, but then there are all these end of semester school events and performances that force you to stop and remember, “oh yeah…it’s the holidays! We’re supposed to be festive!”, even though at the moment we’re feeling anything but. But we’re really grateful to be busy right now.
Watching the girls at their ballet and tap recitals take me right back to when I was their age. The world has changed tremendously from the time I was a kid, but certain things about childhood don’t ever seem to change, like dance recitals and school portraits. I can place my 3rd grade class photo next to the girls’ and aside from some of the clothing, you could never guess that there is a 30 year span between the 2 photos.
I’m starting to get a little angsty about Christmas gift shopping. I haven’t even started yet.
*Photos taken at the Museum of Moving Image in Queens, a super fun place to visit with the kids.

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  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag December 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    no worries lovey! that’s why Amazon was invented! is Rainbow Loom a big thing on the East Coast? Apparently it’s all the rage out here in the west, and I’m getting one for my almost 8 yr old daughter b/c my BFF said I had to 🙂

    • Jenna December 10, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      Yes, all the kids here are all about the rainbow loom.

  • Jennifer Sorel December 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    that’s so exciting about Hawaii! Glad you’re making the trip! xoxo

  • Rachel December 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Gah, Christmas shopping…I’ve been trying to get most of mine done online and shipped home to Minnesota, since that’s where we’ll be celebrating Christmas, but even with a nice, neat list and how much time I spend on the computer, I still keep putting it off for some reason.

    And Hawaii is my favorite place in all the world. I’ve been there a few times and it’s been a few years now, but my love shall never fade. SO fun that you’re planning a trip there!

  • Jordan December 10, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Long time reader, first time commenter… and Museum of the Moving Image employee! So psyched to see these pictures on your blog, and glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Lots of fun family programs happening over the holidays, if you’re up for a repeat visit!

    ps– I enjoy the Whimsy and Spice treats at the Museum cafe on a pretty regular basis!

    • Jenna December 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Hi Jordan! I don’t know why we waited so long to visit with the kids – we all had such a great time. Such a beautiful space too!

  • SY December 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Ahh, enjoy Hawaii, it’s the one place the four of us truly relax…the 15 months will fly by faster than you think 🙂

  • Kay December 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Ahh, that’s funny I was going to ask you when you Christmas shop. Truthfully I only just went out for the first time today. Though I did place some online orders yesterday(much more enjoyable!). It has been very difficult to buy for my 11 year old daughter……what the heck do they want?

    Best of luck to you! Hawaii, wow….

    • Jenna December 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      I should really start in October or something. I definitely don’t have time to go to any stores and this year I’m finding I don’t have much time to shop online either. Yes, finding presents for the girls is getting harder as they get older.

  • Kat December 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Hi Jenna! This may sound weird but the other day I saw Mark for a quick second on some show with Andrew Zimmerman about commercial kitchens in NY! Haha, that’s all. But other than that, long time reader and love your blog!

    • Jenna December 12, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Yes, that was him. It was filmed in August at 2am or something ridiculous. Andrew tweeted and instagrammed our cookies that night, but I guess our mention on the show got left on the cutting room floor…ah well.