the longest days of the year

June 24, 2013 |  Category:   life

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Seems like we haven’t had a Brooklyn weekend close to home in awhile. Saturday was like a preview of summer vacation. With a light freelance schedule lined up and the business heading into a slower summer season, I only enrolled the girls in camp for three weeks; the rest of the time we’ll just wing. I think this might be the first year that I’m not really worried about childcare or fretting about how we’ll fill the long summer days. I’m actually looking forward to a slower pace and not dealing with the early morning rush to school (and no packing lunches for awhile!!). I’m planning on looking for free or cheap things to do in the city for them and for me and just explore. I can take them to museums (and thankfully most museums are free for kids). Maybe we’ll even check out some art in galleries in Chelsea (wait…are there still galleries left in Chelsea? This is something that I haven’t done in 10 years, before the kids came along). We could window shop and look at pretty things, duck into cafes for cool drinks when we get hot and tired, and lay on the grass at the park and read books.

 

Ok, am I totally romanticising the summer with the kids? What about the whining, or the fighting or complaints that they’re bored? Yeah, maybe. But I don’t know…I feel like the girls are at that magical window where they’re big enough to do things with and are game to do anything, but small enough to still want to hang out with their mom (because you know in an eye blink, I will totally be uncool and boring and they won’t want to hang out with me anymore). But we did just that on Saturday. We shopped at the farmer’s market for sugar snap peas and peonies, stopped by the library to check out some books, and read them on the grass in Prospect Park while eating pastries. Maybe by mid-July I’ll be running to camp eager to drop them off, but so far? It’s been good.

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  • Melinda's Musings June 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Great shots! Looks like a wonderful weekend. I spent a few hours at Prospect Park as well on Sunday. Beautiful weather.

  • Sounds like a perfect day! June 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I will be in Olkympia from the 3rd of July to the 22nd and will look forward to seeing you. Marie 🙂

  • Jen June 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    It’s such a sweet spot—the kids are old enough to enjoy some of the things we do, and yet like you said, are young enough to still think we’re cool. I love it. Gorgeous photos.

  • G. June 25, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I’m so looking forward to summer, and dreading it’s end. The kid is done with preschool, and we have a couple of vacations planned. Other than that, she’s in camp for 3 weeks, 2 weeks home with me (will have to juggle work and her… what was I thinking!), and then off to Kindergarten. Even as I type that last part, my heart breaks a little… I don’t want to let her go! But, we will make the best out of the summer, and I get giddy just thinking about it.

  • Kiana June 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I’m so glad you three are having fun. I remember my dad used to takes us to the beach, public gardens, and museums during the summers because we couldn’t afford to go to camp, we just went to summer school because it was free (I think now you can’t go to summer school unless you’ve failed the year, is that correct?). I still remember those days fondly and I’m sure your girls will too.

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