the summer, it’s going to be epic

May 18, 2010 |  Category:   life

I can’t believe we’re talking about summer already, but here we are, just a few weeks away from Memorial Day, the official start to summer. Every month that passes we’re like what? How did that happen? 2010 still feels like new, but the truth is, we’re headed towards the middle of the year already.

So time is moving fast, but this summer is going to be so epic that I’m half-hearted about wanting it to slow down. June? That month around the corner? Can’t say yet, but it’s going to be c-r-a-z-y. Like possibly heart palpitations crazy.

And when the crazy dies down, I’m hoping that there will be quieter days in July and August and plenty of opportunities for kicking back on lounge chairs with a beer in one hand and a barbequed kabob in the other. Days spent at the beach, evenings spent watching the sunset from the stoop with an ice cream cone and a great summer song stuck in your head that you can’t stop humming. After dinner family walks at dusk. And then in August, just when summer will have gotten exhausting, we’ll be off to Seattle to visit Mark’s family and finally meet with new friends for the last 2 weeks before we buckle down again into routines and everything that the Fall brings.

I had an intense craving the other night: to put on a pretty summer dress and go out on a summer evening to have drinks on a rooftop or restaurant patio. I love warm summer nights when we get a reprieve from the unforgiving daytime sun. It’s still warm, but the breeze is so delicious. I never got used to the cool summer evenings that required sweaters in the Pacific Northwest and it made me homesick for the East Coast even more. Maybe I’m waxing nostalgic on the days before kids when going out in the evenings meant giving into spontaneous whims rather than complicated, premeditated arrangements. We’ll see what happens this summer, but whatever it is, it’s going to be epic.

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  • Linda May 18, 2010 at 2:24 am

    I’ve always loved summers in Seattle. Just the right touch of sun+breeze. We got up to 103 last year (phew!) and that was definitely a slap in the face for everyone.

    I’ve never experienced NY summers before, humid I’ve heard, and I’m sure to experience it some time in the near future. Wish your family a wonderful time in Seattle!

  • Kris May 18, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Been a long-time lurker but had to comment.You wrote something that made me cry

    ” to put on a pretty summer dress and go out on a summer evening to have drinks on a rooftop or restaurant patio.”

    Just that line evokes so many good memories. Memories of a more care-free time. Pre-toddler days. 🙂 And it struck me how it will never be like that again; the way it was when I was in my early twenties, with money and time to spend however I want. I can almost feel the breeze of that rooftop.

    Why is everything so fleeting. All right, waxing nostalgic time over.

  • laura@mtp May 18, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Thank you Jenna, this is just what I needed this morning; a positive post to uplift me! Thank you 🙂

  • Mery May 18, 2010 at 7:20 am

    i love summer nights too, especially in nyc (chicago too)! i used to hate summer, i came from a country that had spring weather all year round, so i used to think i loved winters but i hated summers because it was too warm (and warm is what i had growing up) but honestly, as the years went by since i moved here to the us i loooove summers! alex and i had this epiphany not long ago, that just like in the american teenage movies we grew up watching, summer really is that much fun! …here’s to all of us having a fantastic (and epic) summer!

  • Renita May 18, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Romantic, no?

  • alexandra May 18, 2010 at 9:40 am

    i am sure it will! oh i miss summer . *

  • Lauren S. May 18, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Oh, I definitely understand the spontaneous desires that happen on hot, humid summer nights! I never get it during the winter (which isn’t much in the South, anyways), but on summer nights, usually around dusk, I get a second burst of energy, ready to go downtown and find an outdoor patio with drinks, music, and, hopefully, dancing! I love hot summers in the city: trying to find a pool or AC just to temporarily relieve the 100+F humid bowl of soup in which we exist. Then, only having to walk right back out into the thick heat to get to wherever I am going.

  • Chuzai Living May 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I can’t believe that 2010 is almost half way done… Scary. It’s so true that in pre kids time going out meant giving into spontaneous whims. That was fun. I love the photo. The sky looks gorgeous and the silhouette makes the picture somewhat romantic. Heart.

  • Karin May 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Ah, summer…I welcome you with open arms. 🙂

  • sally May 18, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    So excited to see what will happening in June!! 🙂 And I’m looking forward to seeing you in August!

  • Lecia May 21, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I cannot wait for summer. I’ve been almost late to school with the kids every day this week – can’t get motivated to want to go anymore. I do wish the summer evenings here were warm. Can’t wait for your visit!!