Snapshots of our Week | Hello June!

The first week of June was stellar. Logan was feeling better and we did a lot of fun activities to celebrate his fourth birthday. 

Logan was ecstatic to get back to school after a whole week stuck at home. His last day of school was Wednesday, and it was also his "special day" (Nana and I came and helped out in the classroom) - and his class celebrated his birthday. We brought cupcakes and dried strawberries for snack, and it was great to see him so happy. Logan just loves school - in fact he cried that afternoon the school year was over! I told him not to worry, he'd be back there on Tuesday for two weeks of summer camp.

Lila had a great week at school and was happy that we were able to resume our after-school playground time since Logan was feeling better. On Sunday we went out to Deer Park to a trampoline place to celebrate the end of the school year with her Daisy troop. She got a little prize and some patches for selling cookies. She is looking forward to being in Girl Scouts again next year!

I decided to ditch Whole 30 after almost two weeks and no change in my eczema. I went to the dermatologist and got some prednisone and more steroid cream and am thinking about starting UV treatments. So tired of itchy, sore hands!

Our washer broke so we ended up getting a new one - a front loader - my first! Anything I should know about having a front loader?

I moved the tomato plants and strawberries (all in pots) to the front yard where they will get hit with water from the sprinklers. The backyard is still hazardous and we haven't spent any time back there at all. The tomato plants are starting to grow some tomatoes! I am loving the way our front yard looks this year. The flowers look really pretty and colorful. When we get back from California in July I intend to plant some more in front of the porch.

We had such a fun week! On Thursday Lila played hooky from school and we went to the Bronx Zoo to celebrate Logan's birthday. It was perfect weather for the zoo - cool and cloudy. The kids really enjoyed themselves. We went on the Nature Trek for the first time, which is a series of rope bridges hung through the trees and Lila and Logan loved it! Other favorites including the monorail ride and the Children's Zoo - especially the tree slide and the petting zoo area.

On Friday (Logan's actual birthday), we went to the kick-off for the summer Friday Night Promenade's on 7th Street in Garden City. There were street vendors and pony rides in celebration of the Belmont Stakes that weekend. We went back to our house for cake and ice cream afterward. It was a really nice evening.

And on Saturday I took the kids mini golfing for the first time at Eisenhower Park. There are two 18-hole courses there and we did both - the kids had so much fun! The courses are really nice with water features and pretty landscaping. We will definitely go again!

I finished up a little documentary film about a 100 year old woman living and thriving into her next century - I'm excited to share it with you later this week!

A look at this week last year!

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.