September Round-up

September was a whirlwind! The last few weeks of summer seemed to drag on (we had so much rain!) and then suddenly it was time to go back to school. September is always a flurry every year - getting back into that routine of busy mornings and afternoons - pickups and after-school activities. Lila is taking the bus home a few days a week this year, and that was another new (but good) addition to our routine. Logan hated waiting until mid-September for his pre-K program to start, but it finally did, and he is so happy to be back there with all his friends. I can’t believe this is his final year at nursery school! Both kids came down with the requisite back-to-school colds, but luckily they weren’t too bad. Before we knew it, October had arrived!

FAMILY HIGHLIGHTS:
- We went to Copake for Labor Day weekend and brought Tank up there for his first visit - he was so good!
- School started for both kids
- We joined the Restoration Farm CSA program and picked up our first shares
- We visited Captree State Park
- We enjoyed our local street fair (the kids loved the big inflatable slide and climbing wall)
- The kids were happy to start up their dance classes again
- We visited the fall festival at Hicks’ Nursery and went on a hay ride
- We went to a fall festival at Sands Point Preserve, where the kids rode horses and Logan was stung by a bee (but he was very brave!)

CREATIVE HIGHLIGHTS:
- I bought a bunch of art supplies and began art journalling. I have no idea what I’m doing, but its fun! I am playing with watercolors and pens and colored pencils. Logan has joined in as well.
- I am still editing away at summer work and dreaming of some downtime this winter when I hope to refine my session offerings and update my website

BOOKS READ:
The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown

FAVORITE INTERNET FINDS:
The Best Fall Movies

15 Self-Care Strategies for Better Work/Life Balance

Let’s Talk About Back to School Stress

15 Children’s Books That Help Build Self-Esteem

30 Essential Apple Recipes for Fall

Gratitude Revealed

GOOD EATS:
I was on a Trader Joe’s kick so…
Easy Trader Joe’s Recipe: Carne Asada with Pepper and Corn Salad

Five ingredient Trader Joe’s Shrimp Tacos

CURRENTLY MAKING ME HAPPY:
- morning and evening walks with Tank
- Eric putting the kids to bed
- all the podcasts
- art journaling
- reading (currently “Slow” by Brooke McAlary)
- de-cluttering (I took four bags of clothes to donation over the weekend!)
- being largely off social media (I deleted Facebook and Instagram from my phone)
- block scheduling
- therapy

FAVORITE PHOTO CAPTURES IN SEPTEMBER:

GOALS FOR OCTOBER:
- finish up most of my client work for the year
- carve pumpkins
- plan Lila’s birthday party (7!)
- continue de-cluttering the house and organizing for the winter
- renew green card (did it yesterday!)
- self-care, self-care, self-care


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.