perfect fall days

November 21, 2009 |  Category:   life





It’s hard to be all pissy on life when we are having THE most perfect stretch of Fall weather ever! Seriously, does it get any better than this? Mild enough so at times you don’t even need a coat, the golden daylight hours almost makes up for the darkness that creeps up on you at 5.

For some reason the girls have been getting up pretty early these days. Not the kind of early that makes you curse at the world and wonder what you did in a past life to deserve such unfairness (I spent 2 yrs doing that as Mia woke up daily at the ungodly hour of 5-5:30 am when she was a toddler), but early enough. This morning, however, I briefly woke up while it was still dark out, but heard laughing and toys being knocked around the floor. I glanced at the clock: 5:52. Holy hell. What were they doing to us – I mean we had both just gone to bed 4 hours earlier. I tried to ignore the sounds of activity in their room and went back to sleep.

When you become a parent, you learn to sleep with one ear open. Maybe it’s a learned behavior that comes from night feedings when you become so attuned to your sleeping baby that any little whimper, squeak or grunt wakes you up, no matter how quiet. I distinctly remember drifting in and out of sleep for the next hour and a half, catching snippets of conversation from the girls here and there: something about breakfast…and peanut butter.

When we finally woke up an hour and a half later (“Daddy, can you wake up?”), we emerged into the kitchen to find the dining room table littered with the remains of breakfast – an empty yogurt container, a loaf of bread left open, 2 cups of water, some plates, a jar of jam and peanut butter, and a whole lot of crumbs. Well folks, seems as if we’ve finally arrived. For the most part, the girls have been keeping to their rooms in the morning the past few months, playing with their toys until Mia sends Claudine in to see if we’re awake (“Miaaaa, Daddy says 5 more minutes”), but this was the first time that they fixed themselves breakfast. “It’s so that you can get more sleep”, saids Mia. “I know you’re still tired”. Thanks, kid.

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  • Lara November 21, 2009 at 1:53 am

    M & C’s grandma and I are sitting here in Seattle and swooning over this milestone. The first time they’ve fixed themselves breakfast…because they “know you’re still tired”. Sigh.

  • marlene November 21, 2009 at 2:21 am

    awesome 🙂

  • Cadmiumgold November 21, 2009 at 4:03 am

    I love the weather at this time of year as well. I live in the tropics and around this time of year the weather starts too cool and have more wind mixed with sun. I love it!!! 🙂

    Your girls fixing breakfast so you guys could sleep makes me go “AWWW!!” You’ve got great kids 🙂

  • leen November 21, 2009 at 4:38 am

    your girls are just too cute 🙂

  • Fog and Thistle November 21, 2009 at 5:57 am

    While the weather is indeed perfect, nothing can top children getting up and entertaining themselves while parents catch some much needed rest. I long for this! I think we might be on the cusp at our house. Amelia got up early one day and played with Leon in his room for 45 minutes one morning while I lay in bed listening and dozing. Soon, I hope! Gorgeous photos as always, Jenna!

  • Chai Ling November 21, 2009 at 6:32 am

    hehe… love what Mia told you 🙂 I could imagine the way she looked at u with her beautiful eyes and told u “I know you’re still tired”…

  • Mary November 21, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Ah, long time lurker here. How sweet is that!

  • RJ November 21, 2009 at 9:46 am

    so sweet!

  • Tej November 21, 2009 at 10:28 am

    How cute is the photo with the crossed legs, little sister copying big sister 🙂

  • martha November 21, 2009 at 11:29 am

    please send mia over stat to teach that to my boys.
    I’ll even send her a plane ticket….

  • heather November 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    oh I adore when children mimic each other. i was the younger sister, so I’m sure I did that often!!



  • Niki November 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Picture #4 is so awesome, I really don’t have the words to describe it.. :]

  • Christie November 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Precious. Simply precious.

  • Ruth November 21, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Oh gosh, the crossed legs are TOO MUCH. Adorable.

  • Sooshi November 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Jenna, you’re the luckiest woman ever! :]

  • linda November 21, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    that’s so sweet!

  • summer November 21, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    this reminds me of my two girls immensely. so sweet.
    glad you got a bit more sleep too!

  • unha November 21, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    so sweeet! now, when can we set a playdate so those good behavior can rub off? ^_^

  • bridgett November 21, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    What a precious story! You have some great girls on your hands.

  • nichole Robertson November 21, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    This is the most delicious post ever. Kids making breakfast? For real? Not having to wake up when they do? My dreams just got a bit more vivid.

    We are *this* close to our kids being able to do this. Alexander is 5, but Liam is still 2, so no go.

    But there is the hope now.

    You made my day!

    I want to buy you a drink now. 😉

  • ros November 22, 2009 at 12:23 am

    aw that’s so cute

  • Annie From Seattle November 22, 2009 at 12:46 am

    🙂 Good going, Mia! If you want to keep that good thing going on weekends, you can set up breakfast the night before….dry cereal, bananas, bagels in a zip lock bag, stuff they can manage. 5 minute prep max. I would fill sippy cups and put them in the fridge at kid heights. They love the freedom, you get some sleep. If you have a tv, that you can preset to cartoons, you can sleep 2+ hours. It’s a beautiful thing for hard-working moms and dads to get a little extra shut eye once a weekend! PS This only gets better, BTW. At 12 and 10, M and D can makes pancakes, scrambled eggs, and bacon for breakfast BY THEMSELVES! You’re on to something good, Jenna!

  • adeline chong November 22, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I can imagine how wonderful it must have felt when your kids verbalised that your well-being was important! My kids are 4 and 22 months, so I await the day my kids do the same, and maybe even fix me a peanut butter sandwich to enjoy in bed?! = )

  • Demara November 22, 2009 at 1:06 am

    ALWAYS love your pictures! And your kids sound too cute. I remember fostering a 7 yr old who always woke up at 5. But we had him soon making HIS own breakfast too. Now in our new place I wake up at sunrise! hehe that is IF we even have sunlight. Jeesh!

  • Karin S. November 22, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    That is hilarious and awesome!

  • MASAE November 23, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Your girls are so precious and you are luckey that you capture the day in photo! I don’t remenber when my children start to do this for us, but they know they are doing something good for their parents, kindness and love.

  • danielle December 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    OH my God, they are the most adorable children in the world!