the start of summer

June 30, 2015 |  Category:   life









And just like that, another school year is over and summer vacation is here. Where does the time go, we all ask ourselves. I see it on the Facebook posts of my friends and in the school yard at pick up on the last day. The faces of some of the 5th grade girls – tentative, a little bit vulnerable, clutching on to their friends (some for the last time, I’m sure) – was a bit heartbreaking. I felt for them because we’ve all been there and I still remember what it felt like to transition from one school to the next. In those transitional years, the arrival of summer vacation is mixed with celebratory relief, but also some anxiety at the unfamiliar that’s to come down the road in 2 months. As an adult you think how glad you are to not have to go through those awkward school years again, but when you have kids, you do sort of relive it again through them. Sometimes it feels completely surreal and weird.


We started off summer this weekend bumbling around the North Fork of Long Island, stopping at familiar spots that we hadn’t visited in awhile. The weather was unusually cool, but the pace of summer was undeniably present.
Being at the beach in that particular area made me think about the summer we rented a house when the girls were small. Perhaps it’s because we had just attended a 5th grade graduation ceremony, but I was feeling extra nostalgic. I asked the girls to humor me and hold hands down the road like they did so many years ago in one of my favorite photos of summer. I wanted to compare the photos and see how they’ve grown. Cheesy, I know. They rolled their eyes and groaned at me, but they did it after some coaxing. Just to humor their sentimental mom.


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  • dolittledesign June 30, 2015 at 10:38 am

    How they have grown and how we have aged…

  • Jen June 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I’m not a parent but I would have done the same thing regarding your bottom photos. Kids truly are vivid reminders of the quick passing of time. This post took me right back – to the transition from the tight-knit mostly positive and innocent experience of elementary school to junior high of cliques, braces, acne, mean boys. Although, I’m sure it’s a totally different experience for kids today.

    • Jenna July 1, 2015 at 9:07 am

      I don’t think it’s actually that different for kids today in terms of all that stuff. In fact, I do wonder if it’s a bit worse with social media? We shall find out….

      • Jen July 1, 2015 at 1:04 pm

        I am so glad there was no Facebook and instagram when I was in high school (and college). I can’t imagine the kinds of pressure (and perhaps regrets) kids face with social media.

  • Ana Bacelar July 1, 2015 at 5:10 am

    glup! I understand yours thoughts exactly. I have two girls 6 and almost 8, so we are living that moments you mention… we start to guess what’s to come… 🙂
    I also cut their hairs short for now…… ah!
    thanks for sharing Jenna

  • Dee July 5, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Oh Jenna,
    These photos are so precious and beautiful. It’s bittersweet watching our kids grow up….. sigh. I’m watching mine and sometimes I want to cry because I miss babyhood, toddlerhood, etc. But we have the memories in our heads, in our hearts, and in our photos. Your precious girls are turning into lovely young ladies–and almost as tall as their dad. Amazing! Have a happy 4th of July weekend.

  • Britta July 6, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Oh thank you for sharing. And for sentimental mother memories being recreated. Love.

  • Melissa July 7, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Hello! We are thinking about making a trip to North Fork for the first time. Is there an inn, motel or hotel you would recommend? Thank you!

    • Jenna July 7, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Hi Melissa, hope you have fun on the north fork! Unfortunately we don’t really know any inns to recommend. We have rented houses in the past, but we usually take day trips since it’s only about an hour drive from my parent’s house. So sorry not to be able to help.

  • vandegee July 8, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    We are always on the hunt for decent pastries on the north fork and always come up empty handed… Gone are the days when Aldo made delicious croissants… Where are those pastries in the post?

    • Jenna July 8, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      Those store shots were taken in Mattituck on Love Lane. Haven’t tried the pastries, though, but the street also has a nice cheese shop.

      • vandegee July 9, 2015 at 9:15 am

        Aha! Thank you!!!