Snapshots of our Week | Documenting the Everyday

Last week was a busy one. I helped out in Logan’s classroom on Monday, which is always fun. I love seeing what the kids are learning and how they interact with each other - and Logan loves having me there for his “special day”. He gets to be the line leader that day and a number of other privileges that are saved for just when mom is there. It was a rainy morning, but we still managed to get the kids outside (thank goodness!) to burn off some energy. I was so exhausted by the time we went home!

Although the weather is cooling off, the afternoons have still been so gorgeous. There is nothing quite like that golden autumn late-afternoon light. I’ve been savoring as much time on the porch as possible, as I know winter is just around the corner. Although I am dreaming of a fire pit for the porch to extend its life into colder temperatures!

Tank started a new round of puppy training classes on Wednesday night. The trainer is excellent, and I’m excited to see what we will learn in the next six weeks. Tank is doing great, by the way. He hasn’t had a potty accident in the house in months, he sleeps through the night, and he is so tolerant of the kids squeezing and laying on him. He does still love to steal socks and shoes to chew on, and loves digging up the front yard. He also still has a lot of puppy energy which means we are still working on him not jumping on people so much, but all in all, we are very lucky to have such a sweet, well-behaved pup.

On Thursday Logan’s class had a field trip at Green Meadows Farm in Queens. This is always a fun trip - the kids get to ride ponies, milk a cow, and go on a hayride. Logan had a great time. Its fun for me, too, because I get to catch up with the moms. It’s nice to talk to grown-ups every once in a while!

I worked on Saturday (a family film session in Queens) and then on Sunday we took Tank over to Old Westbury Gardens, where they opened up the grounds for dogs this weekend. It was super fun (and challenging!) walking around with him - and he enjoyed meeting lots of other dogs.

Today I’m home with Logan, who came down with some kind of mystery fever last night. He seems okay today - just run-down, so we are having a lazy day at home, watching movies. Hopefully he’ll be back to school tomorrow.

Wishing you a lovely 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.