the start of summer (plus a sale)

July 6, 2017 |  Category:   life parenting

First things first: we’re having a 20% off marshmallow sale on our site until July 10th (use code: MARSHMALLOWS) and on Etsy (sale prices as marked). Summers always make me think of campfires (one of my favorite nostalgic smells ever), and no campfire experience is complete without roasting marshmallows on sticks gathered in the woods.

It’s summer. Now that July is here and we’ve settled into our schedule of camps for the kids and (hopefully) a slower pace for us during the summer months, I’m hoping to pick up the projects that I had to set aside for the last 2 months. June was one of those “heads down and work” kind of months for both me and Mark. I barely looked up from my computer all month. Couple that with the end of the school year, June is always one of those transitional months that hit emotionally hard – and this June was no exception, especially with Miss C’s graduation from elementary school. I should expect it by now, but it always takes me by surprise. The last month of school is always a marker of time that is undeniable.

Now that the kids are officially both in middle school, I’m feeling the limited time that we have together now that I can countdown college on one hand. It feels like we really can’t put off those family summer travel plans to Europe and other destinations that we keep dreaming about and trying to save for. At some point soon, summer vacations will be about internships, summer jobs and hanging out with friends. People always say that parenting teens is a lot more work than parenting younger kids, and now I fully understand what that means. School work gets a lot tougher and more high stakes; the balance between letting kids become independent and learning from their stumbles while guiding them to make smart choices becomes trickier. This is all hard stuff. But it’s easy to get seduced by summer days and put all that heavy stuff aside. For now, at least.

The girls are still kids even though they are starting to physically resemble little adults more and more each day. It’s obvious in the way they still like to play on the beach or jump excitedly for ice cream and treats. Really don’t want to rush them into young adulthood, if only for my own selfish reasons. And with that, I feel like my priorities have shifted slightly again this year. Figuring out career, business, and job stuff is always looming in my mind – that hasn’t changed much, but the parenting stuff is more important in a way that’s different than in the past. Because despite all attempts to slow things down, these years will be gone in a flash.

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  • Rachel July 6, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    This breaks my heart a little. My daughter is just two (and I have a son on the way) but I already see time speeding away from us. I look forward to more of your wisdom as you navigate these paths in advance.

    • Jenna July 6, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      You have so much time! I would just enjoy and not worry about any of this until much later. Time does seem to speed up once they enter school, but you’ve got years to enjoy your little ones 🙂

  • chris July 6, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Yes, time goes quickly but you’ll adapt because of your strong ties with your children. My friends and I travel with our adult children and grandchildren. It’s fantastic.

    • Jenna July 7, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Good to hear, chris!

  • Lulu July 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Wow, I cant believe how tall they both are now. And long hair! I started reading your blog when C was still sucking her thumb!!

    • Jenna July 7, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Ha! the thumb sucking days. M is now pretty much my height!