Snapshots of our Week | The Holidays

The holidays passed by in a blur. It was my intention to slow down and try to enjoy them this year, as they always seem like such a whirlwind. Unfortunately I came down with a nasty sinus infection, which started percolating on Christmas eve, so I wasn’t so present this year after all.

The last week of school was busy, but fun. I finished up all the Christmas shopping and mailing, and attended a gingerbread house-building party in Lila’s classroom. It’s always fun to go to her school - she loves showing me her classroom and her desk and her friends. Logan’s class had a visit from Santa, and he finished up his music enrichment class.

On Friday the 21st, Lila’s girl scout troop had a holiday party, which was a lot of fun. The girls made crafts and played games, and we dodged the rain to get some caroling in at a few houses in the neighborhood. I was so impressed with how the girls’ caroling skills have improved since last year! They didn’t even need any adults to keep them on track!

We spent Christmas eve at Eric’s parents house, and I actually took the kids to their first church service before dinner. We went to the children’s mass at the local Episcopalian church. It was pretty crowded and Lila and Logan grew restless after a while, but I was proud of them for being well-behaved. I think Logan enjoyed it more than Lila. He really liked listening to the music. After mass we went back to Marge and Paul’s for dinner. Lila loved seeing “Santa” drive by on a fire truck, courtesy of the West Hempstead Fire Department.

Christmas morning the kids were up bright and early to open presents. We went over to Eric’s aunt’s house for dinner that afternoon (and more presents for the kids!). Boxing day was spent basically doing legos all day. I started feeling feverish that night and went to bed early.

The next day the kids went upstate with Marge and Paul, and I took myself to the doctor. I had to cancel a photo session I had scheduled in the city, which was a shame as the weather was beautiful that day. I was sent home with a diagnosis of a sinus infection and a prescription for some antibiotics.

I spent Friday in bed watching both seasons of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon, which I really enjoyed (although who watches her kids???). On Saturday Eric and I drove up to Copake, and by the time we got there I really felt like crap. I crawled into bed again and missed a visit from Eric’s cousin and his family. That night we got my doctor to call in some prednisone, which Eric picked up the next day, and a few hours later I felt MUCH better. Just in time for New Year’s Eve!

New Year’s was low-key. Spent in the house in Copake, reading and watching movies. The kids had a dance party and we blew confetti off the ceiling fan in the living room. We watched the countdown in London - the fireworks were spectacular!

And now we are home and settling back into the real winter (although it has been so mild so far!). We put the Christmas decorations away and now I am thinking about what to decorate the house with next. I’m thinking of dried oranges and some paperwhite bulbs.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and peaceful 2019.

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.