mid-summer

July 18, 2011 |  Category:   life

You feel it, don’t you? The season already seems fleeting and there are still not enough hours in the day, but the heat makes you move slow. The girls are in camp and we’re back to rushed mornings, but this time the day starts even earlier and there is more stuff to pack – sunscreen, towels, bathing suits. I shake my head, resigned to the fact that despite my calculated attempts at a lighter schedule, the days are still full from unexpected client deadlines that pop up because “lighter” means working on 1 or 2 small work projects and not trying to juggle 4. So the mile-long list of tasks that I wanted to do for myself and the business is still left untouched because there is still never any time. But you allow yourself to slack off without any excuses or guilt that you haven’t made a dent on that wish list because, well…it’s summer and everyone moves a little more slowly. I still can’t do it all; I can only do my best.

The summer felt so very long when I was a kid. It seems to fly by now.

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  • ava July 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Such lovely photos! Where were they taken? I’m looking for a non urban wedding venue in near NYC that looks and feels serene. I saw the bride and thought..hmmm…Brooklyn Botanical Gardens?

  • Jessica July 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

    summers here in toronto are sloowwwwww indeed. It was almost 40 degrees celcius yesterday and it was a heat monster in the city!

  • Louise July 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    My daughter breaks up for her summer hoildays this friday and I am too am trying to reduce my work load, so I can be a little more free over the next six weeks to do stuff with the kids in the day and then just do a big of work and blogging in the evenings and when weekend’s allow. It’s hard though isn’t it?
    I just try to constantly remind myself that my kids (aged 6 and 2) will be grown up before I know it and will spend and will want to spend their summers with their friends / in their own rooms – anywhere so long as it’s not hanging out with their mum! Your girl’s are gorgeous and growing up fast, so cherish the moment. You strike me as the kind of person who does just that – but sometime it good to give ourselves a bit of a nudge – I know I certainly do.

  • Cecilia July 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I share your sentiment. Our family life is so hectic this summer and I felt much more summer-y in May before summer even began. I was just thinking yesterday that summer and I might be drifting apart and how can I repair our relationship 🙂

    Love your blog, by the way. So beautiful and so candid.

  • Aya July 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    So true. Where does the time go!?
    Time seems to get faster and faster.

  • Nichole Robertson July 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Our parallel existence cracks me up.

    I was just complaining to Evan that my whole morning is sunscreen, towel and lunch management! We run around like crazy people trying to make sure we don’t forget anything.

    I have got to get things packed the night before!

    And also feeling you on the nickel and diming of just a few small clients and projects.

  • Ana July 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Your Summer posts have been endlessly inspiring.

  • Shelley (EvenAndy) July 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I feel the exact same way. I try to get things done but it never seems like it is enough hours in a day. Plus with 2 under 3, it seems like I am always being pulled in different directions. I think I will give myself a break since it is summer:)

  • Jenna July 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    @ava It is indeed the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

  • Laura July 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I completely agree with this post Time for me is constantly flying by, and I wish I could slow it down so I could enjoy the moment more.

  • bronwyn July 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    School starts up again in a month and I feel like summer just started. I am exhausted this summer. Usually, I plan all kinds of weekend excursions but this year, we’ve hardly left our neighborhood, let alone the city. We just started summer camp today and now I am faced with packing lunch that will actually be consumed five days a week. Then it’s the transition from afternoon preschool 3 days a week to kindergarten at 7:45am 5 days a week. I am calling this the lost summer.

  • Julia's Bookbag July 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Jenna, I recently discovered your blog and I am so enchanted by your images and your writing and your cuter-than-CUTE darling girls!! Happy Day to you and I hope you come over to visit my daughter and I sometime over at our site where we chat about Children’s Books and other tomfoolery 🙂 Aloha and take care, Melissa

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