My sister and brother in law, Kate and Brian,  moved to New York about 5 years ago with their five month old daughter, Eleanor.  Last week they said goodbye to NYC and moved to West Hartford, CT* with their now five year old daughter, two year old son, and newborn twins (Eleanor, James, Josie, and Felix….there is also a dog, Louie).  As one of my sister’s friends said to me, “I mean, 6 people, 2 bedrooms, that’s got to be a housing violation somehow, right?”

I am incredibly grateful for the time i’ve been able to spend with my family.  Their apartment was more of a home to me than my own apartment.  (I’ve lived in 5 different apartments over the last 5 years…heeeeey nomad lifestyle).  During career shifts/breakups/apartment moves I came to depend on niece/nephew dates to get me through the dark days.  While going through a breakup I told Eleanor I was sad and she looked at me and said, “Well you can play with me Leenie, I’ll be your best friend.”  Similarly, James’s laugh while playing peekaboo, roaring like a dinosaur, or declaring purple as his favorite color never fails to cheer me up.

The definition of awesome is, “extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear.”  I’d say that watching Kate and Brian raise a family in New York has been awesome.  (The fear only came in last week during a 2 day moving session, and mainly because I was being trusted to parallel park a mini van on the UWS).  I will miss them greatly in the city, but I am so excited to see their family grow up in West Hartford.

I never did an official Martin family session in the city.  I did have my camera on me at times and grabbed a few photos here and there over the years.  This is a bit of what the last 5 years in NYC looked like with the red heads.

*West Hartford…this is the town I grew up in, and where my entire family (mom, dad, brother, etc) now live.