Snapshots of Our Week | Exploring NYC & Long Island with Family

What a week we had here! My sister Becky and her husband Dave, and daughter Lucy came to visit, and as it was their first visit to New York, we made sure to show them as much as we could in the time we had. Of course it was the hottest week so far this summer, with temps rocketing up into the mid-nineties, with of course humidity to match. That didn't stop us, though. We had such a good week visiting some of our favorite places both on Long Island and in New York City.

After a day at the beach at Sands Point on Sunday, we spent Monday hanging around our neighborhood - showing Lucy our favorite playground and getting frozen yogurt at our local shop, followed by some time in the kiddie pool. That night we had some friends and family over for a barbecue so that everyone could meet. 

On Tuesday, Becky and Dave spent the day in the city, so we had another day around the neighborhood with the kids. We went out for ice cream, and hit the kiddie pool and playground again. Are you seeing a pattern with our summer activities?? 

On Wednesday we went to the Long Island Children's Museum. It had been a while since we had been there, and the kids had a great time. It was Logan's first time really being an age where he could enjoy all the activities, and it was fun to watch him run around the museum. It was also the first time we had been there during the summer and could enjoy the outdoor water area. The kids had a lot of fun (even though Lila and Lucy both got a bucket of water dumped on them by another kid!).

In between all our activities, there was plenty of lounging around the house.

On Thursday we had a big day. Becky, Dave and I took Lila and Lucy into the city for a special New York day! We went to Top of the Rock, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, and then out for dinner. It was such a good day! I was really proud of the girls. They walked a lot, it was sooo hot, and they really loved the museum way more than I expected!

Thursday was so jam-packed, but even so - no rest on Friday! We hopped in our cars to the Bronx and battled the heat at the Bronx Zoo for the day. Everyone LOVED the gorillas - so many babies, and they were all playing together right next to the exhibit window. We could have stayed there for hours. The monorail was also a highlight - we caught a glimpse of the elusive tiger!

A hot day at the zoo ended with more sprinkler and kiddie pool time in the yard when we got home.

A photo of the three of them in the tub, because I want to remember it. Next time we see Lucy, I suspect they will all be too big to fit in the tub together.

We said goodbye to Becky, Lucy and Dave early on Saturday morning as they headed to the airport to fly back to California. Everyone was a bit somber around the house after that, so in the afternoon we hit Eisenhower Park's playground to try to snap out of the funk. It was a good diversion, but we are still missing everyone very much!

On Sunday we ventured out to yet another playground, this one at a nearby school. We tried to get into the playground at Lila's new school, but it was all locked up. We did drive around the high school though so Lila and Logan could see where they will eventually go to school! We finished off the afternoon with frozen yogurt, of course... and then the kids insisted on visiting one more playground before we headed home.

And that was our VERY BUSY week!


Francesca Russell is a documentary-style family photographer and filmmaker located in Garden City South, NY. If you'd like to see more of her recent documentary family photography, head over to her Facebook page or follow her everyday adventures on Instagram. If you are looking for a family photographer on Long Island or in the New York City area to preserve your family's legacy, please contact her for a session!