Snapshots of our Week | Mid-Summer Fun

Life is settling back to its routines now that our visitors are gone and it is just us at home again. Lila went to an art camp this week at a local church held by Little Art Studio of Williston Park, and she loved it! It was every morning for two hours, and the kids did projects in different media, all relating to the theme of nature. She came home with a bowl she painted, a little bird sculpture, many watercolor paintings and a journal with her drawings. I highly recommend if you have a little artist at home! Lila will definitely be going again next year, and Logan as well. He was so sad that he couldn't stay with Lila this summer!

The high temperatures have finally broken and we had some overcast and rainy days this week. Monday it was only 65 degrees - a full 30 degrees cooler than the Friday prior! Rainy days are always challenging. We ended up at Target this week as a reason to get out of the house. Lila picked out her backpack for kindergarten! It is from Target's Cat and Jack line and is blue with unicorns on it.

I had read about a new playground in Rockville Center that I was excited to check out because it had a water area (surprisingly hard to find near us on Long Island!). The day we went it was too cold to go in the sprinkler area, but my kids loved the play structures. We will definitely be back!

Later in the week we needed an afternoon activity, and the weather was cool and pleasant, so I decided to drive over to Old Westbury Gardens with the kids. There was an interesting (and a little strange!) sculpture exhibit going on. The kids had fun running around from sculpture to sculpture (very realistic looking!). We also went into the mansion there for the first time, and although it is not quite as ornate as the Coe House at Planting Fields, we had fun looking around.

Kids explore Old Westbury Gardens.
Walking through the gardens at Old Westbury Gardens.

A few shots from around the house. Everyone is still recovering from the busy month we've had!

On Sunday we drove upstate to Copake and we will spend a few days here before heading back to Long Island, where the kids start gymnastics classes on Thursday (they are so excited!). We've been grilling, going to Stewarts for ice cream, hanging by the pond, and yesterday we went to Lake Taghkanic. 

Here are the kids portraits for this week. These are part of an ongoing project I am doing until they turn 18. A portrait a week of each of them, inspired by the project You Are My Wild.

Lila - Age 5, Week 38

Logan - Age 3, Week 8

And that was our 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 or lifestyle videographer on Long Island or in the New York City area to document your family, small business or event, please contact her for more information.