languid days begin

June 26, 2012 |  Category:   life

The girls have a token last half day of school tomorrow and then we’re done. I was just remembering C’s first day of Kindergarten, particularly the look on her face when we left her at the classroom that first morning. Sort of like a deer in headlights, but we couldn’t have asked for a better Kindergarten year and now we have a first and third grader in the house. Crazy! But just as well since Claudine’s pretty much abolished anything she thinks is “babyish” from her possessions. Why do they want to grow up so fast? Have I told you that the tooth fairy has been busy at our house? I don’t think I have. But Claudine wasn’t too excited about the tooth fairy because “all she brings you is money” (not that she refused the money when it was left under her pillow both times). She did build the coolest little container for her tooth using legos. It had clear blocks as a little window so that she could look at her tooth without taking it out.


So summer vacation starts. Hours reading books, playing with legos, building forts and getting wet under playground sprinklers. Camp. More Sunday outings. Our annual trip to the NW. I like summer. What do you have planned for yours?

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  • Sandra June 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

    My daughter has two days left of grade one – like you experienced, it flew by. IT was a wonderful year and a great introduction for her to school. Very happy with how it went. Now summer.

    We have some camps, some trips (to big cities and to cottages) and lots of playgrounds and waterparks and biking. Throw in some crafts too.

    I have had my moments of “how will I get everything done” as I will have much less free time for the next two months but that’ll be fine. It’s as it should be.

  • Jenna June 26, 2012 at 11:25 am

    @sandra Yes, summer is a hodge podge of childcare options and if we’re lucky, a lighter work schedule, but somehow it does all get done!

  • Rachael June 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Hey I just checked out your “Currently Obsessed” and thought maybe you’d have some camera gear on there. Just a thought–anything you are into on here is fair game for inclusion on there!

  • Jenna June 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

    @Rachel I actually have camera gear listed on the FAQ page since it’s probably the question I get asked the most. I don’t have it on there because none of the participating retailers of that program sells the camera, actually!

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag June 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I truly hope that when it’s time for your annual NW trip, the weather here is better — have you heard what June has been like? I think it’s been halfway sunny maybe twice this month. The other day it monsoon-rained. Worst June I can remember in almost 20 yrs! Hopefully thinks will pick up weather wise after the 4th…or in August…

  • Jenna June 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    @Melissa That is why we come in August! Because usuallllly the weather is much improved by that time, even if the beginning of summer doesn’t feel like summer at all. I have sort of kept up with the weather there but didn’t realize it was that bad. I haven’t been hearing family or friends complaining too much ha!
    I must say, I do not like cold summers. I don’t like the heat either, but I like summer to feel like, well…summer.

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag June 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I have turned weather complaining into a hobby or competitive sport — I realize how like an old timer complaining about the weather I just sounded like – ‘worst weather since the summer of ’24!’ or something along those lines — my bar is set really high, I told you I’m from Maui right? Each passing yr I seem to tolerate the Pac NW weather a bit less…:)

  • janine June 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    The weather where you are can’t be as bad as here in Liverpool. Heavy rain for weeks! My children had 2 weeks school holiday a couple of weeks ago and we made it to the play park once – too wet! I’m hoping for some sun because I finally got some saltwater sandals for my daughter after noticing them on your blog last year. They are twice as expensive here and hard to find. Really love them though and so does my daughter. The children have 4 weeks of school left and then we are moving house to a different city after 12 yrs in this house. Sob.
    I loved yesterday’s post about the block party!! I’ve been reading about a scheme here in the uk where streets have weekly road closures for children to have a chance to play out. The wide pavements (sidewalks) you have in Brooklyn look great for playing out though.

  • Linda June 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    first I want to let you know that I enjoyed reading you “mixed race project” website! The way you find the comments besides the photos is just a great idea!
    And I really like reading your blog! As you asked what your readers do during summertime: Me and my little dog Cesar (a pekingese crossbreed) enjoy sunny walks and the fact that the sun goes down really late. Meeting with friends, enjoying the little treasures of life (the sun that shines through the leaves, going to farmers market and buy fresh summer fruits, chilling with a good book on the couch when it gets too hot outside…) Life is wonderful and I hope that you and your family will have a wonderful summer too! Many greetings from the southwest of Germany 🙂 Linda xxx

  • Jenna June 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    @Melissa I know what you mean. I LOVE Seattle but know the reality of the weather. I know it doesn’t bother some people (it doesn’t bother Mark) but after 5 years it did bother me.

  • Christine Witt (Brush Dance) June 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I don’t think I could live in Seattle after hearing so much about the rain rain rain. I moved to the SF area after living in NY for many years – being away from the snow is so – freeing.

    This seems to be the summer of travel for us – many trips to visit friend and family and then an early fall trip to Las Vegas – where adults go to camp! 😉

  • Jenna June 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    @Christine – it’s not really the rain, it’s the gray. I think NY actually gets more rain than Seattle. In Seattle, the weather is just misty. I don’t think I owned an umbrella the whole time I lived in the NW.

  • notsurebut June 27, 2012 at 5:28 am

    A week in the South of France and the dragging of a reluctant daughter on look sees around universities, all the while hoping that we actually see some sun here in the UK though daughter will still be holed up in her room even if the sun does break through were we all like that at 17?

  • kate o June 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    mornings outside playing – lazy afternoons in – pool – bike rides pulling the kiddo in the trailer – farmer’s market – trip to the Santa Cruz and the Sierras – a weekend with family in Kentucky…

  • Annie June 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Sounds like an idyllic summer – ours will be much the same – long lazy days, with a trip of two thrown in. Now all we need is some regular sunshine in Portland!
    I have been sent this by a few people:
    and wondered if Whimsy & Spice had applied – if you have you’d get my vote 🙂
    Annie x

  • Elizabeth June 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    As a teacher I get six weeks off; yay! Three more weeks of school left here. I have tickets to some 2012 Olympic events (beach volleyball anyone?) and am even taking kids from school to see the basketball too. We are then off to Valencia for a beach holiday with our 18 month old. It’s going to be sooo hot but we decided we couldn’t risk a rainy Britsh summer. Have a lovely summer x