the end of the heatwave

July 9, 2012 |  Category:   life

It was a long heatwave, about a week and a half, but it wasn’t terribly humid so it was *almost* tolerable? Have I gone crazy? I don’t like extreme heat, but I will admit that after bracing myself before stepping outside on a few days, I thought to myself, “oh, this isn’t that terrible”. Maybe I’m just mentally psyching myself out for global warming, who knows.


The girls start camp tomorrow. I think they’re ready for some structured days and time apart, although the last 2 weeks since school has let out have been a pretty good mix of activities, swimming, family time with the grandparents and a little lay around on the couch boredom. Summer vacation isn’t truly summer vacation without a little boredom mixed in. I’m happy to get a quiet house back during the day as I need to get down to work, but I’ll miss sleeping in till 9am. We’re back to throwing together lunches, getting dressed, applying sunscreen (yuck), packing bags and rushing out the door every morning. Maybe that’s why I’m feeling the Sunday night dread right now.
But I will say this: at ages 5 and 8, I’m just about done having any childcare stress like we lived through all those early years. Even if I do have work deadlines, we always manage and the girls occupy themselves for the most part, aside from the occasional bursts of “I’m bored” every 10 minutes that happen once a day. Things are soooooo much easier now.

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  • Jill July 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Great photos, Jenna! I’d also say the fact that you have a couple of the sweetest / kindest / most creative girls probably makes things easier too. 🙂 Happy Monday!

  • nichole July 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I could have written this post!

    The boys are in camp today as well after two weeks of hanging with us at the lake, beach, home, etc. It was really nice.

    We also feel like it’s getting much easier since the boys are older. They can be home and occupied while we work. Wait … is the hard part over? 😉

    BTW, can’t wait to have you guys out to the lake house. Kids will love it.

  • Darcy July 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    my youngest just turned 3 (the two oldest are 5 and 6) and i was just thinking the same thing – things are so much easier this summer. isn’t it nice?

  • sarah July 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    as a recent convert, I can’t tell you how un-yuck spray on sunscreen is! (and it’s quicker too)

  • Christine Witt (Brush Dance) July 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Great pictures – adore the one from up high.

    Parenthood – it gets easier. It really does. (At least for awhile!)

  • Pink Ronnie July 10, 2012 at 12:57 am

    What a cute little lemonade stand! My boys are 3, 2 and 1. Can’t quite see the light at the tunnel yet… 🙂
    Still, wouldn’t change a thing.
    Ronnie xo

  • Lara July 10, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Oooh, I love that first picture taken looking down at Mia, too!

  • Jen July 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Simply sweet. Your daughters are really lucky to have their mom documenting their days in such a beautiful, natural way. My childhood photos are composed of “interesting” shots of me with bad 80s hair and clothes looking uncomfortable and awkwardly posed.

  • kay w. July 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    it’s nice to hear that things have since slowed down (in a good way) for you since the last time i’d read the blog, i’m glad you’re finally getting a chance to breathe and breathe easy.

    the lemonade stand photos brought back memories, serious memories. i too remember the summers being much more intolerable and much, much more humid than it has been, but then again we were in a crappy basement apartment in flushing and then a second level duplex apartment with no AC in jamaica. well, we did have one of those de-humidifying ACs that we had to dump the bucket of water out about every two hours. the landlord’s kids and i once tried to do a lemonade stand at the corner of our street, and we were pretty successful – one guy once came and bought a dozen cups! big money for us kids back then. i can’t remember if we charged a dime or quarter for a cup back then, but i think it was a quarter for a one sized, large red dixie cup – nice to know that some prices have stayed the same all these years.

  • jane July 13, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    As always, I enjoyed reading your post and wow-ing over your pictures. After a weekend of babysitting a 6 month old & a 3 yr old for 2 nights 3 days… I don’t know How you parents do this daily..! It’s absolutely impressive… It’s true love!
    As you said, things are sooo much easier as they grow up and tend for themselves. It will keep being that way, and instead you’ll just be caring & loving them in more complex & different ways… it’s inspiring to see how you’re raising your daughters so lovingly, Jenna…