I am thankful for the time I spent this past week resting, relaxing, rejuvenating, chatting, laughing, watching, walking, listening, and eating on the Oregon coast with an amazing collection of creative, inspiring, blogging women: Andrea, Jen, Karen, Kelly Rae, Andrea, Mati, Myriam, Jen, Brene, Jen, Alex, and Tracey.

I am cleaning out the refrigerator.

I am planning new weekend creative projects that will begin again in September.

I am listening to Simon tell me stories about his time this past week with Grandma + Grandpa.

I am going on a hunt with Simon for a new purple light-saber.

I am restocking the fridge + picking up some fresh flowers at the grocery store.

I am keeping the laundry going.

I am thinking about signing up for one of Aby's online organizing workshops.

I am feeling better and coming out of that early-mid pregnancy fog + sickness.

I am looking forward to a weekend at home with Simon + Chris.

50 thoughts

  1. Dianna

    2008-08-15 18:02:07 -0400

    GOT to get to Oregon someday...
    Happy to hear your weekend refresher did the trick*!*

  2. Tiffany

    2008-08-15 18:31:29 -0400

    Welcome back Ali!! Sounds like a busy but oh so much fun weekend! Don't you just love spending time with family!?! I'm glad that you are starting to feel better. Hopefully the next few months fly by and we get a cute new Edwards to see! Can't Wait!!! Anyway, have a great weekend and I'm glad you had fun! I certainly missed you and your updates! Oh and totally can't wait to see what you come up with for September. I don't know how you do it but you are an amazing scrapper!

  3. Latrice

    2008-08-15 19:02:04 -0400

    Where did I miss that you were preggers?!? You probably hate that work. I know I do, but it just came out!! Congrats!! If I had know I would have said something at CHA. Simon will be a great big brother.
    p.s. What is going on at CK? Lizzy K, Becky, now you all pregnant. And Ali Davis. I need to get a job there so I can get pregnant. Geese girl! Enjoy every moment.

  4. Kelly

    2008-08-15 19:21:53 -0400

    So jealous of time away with a bunch of 'cool' chicks. I might just have to setup a little get-away for myself soon :)

  5. caro

    2008-08-15 20:51:59 -0400

    what a stunning 'girl' photo. made me feel GREEN.....
    also, the quote today is tremendous. gonna lift it somewhere!

  6. lu

    2008-08-16 01:36:00 -0400

    I have seen so many pictures from the trip...looks like you all had an amazing time and it was soul altering.

  7. Jupiter

    2008-08-16 01:57:09 -0400

    Yay for new weekend creative!
    Early pregnancy blahs are the worst. Glad you're coming out of it :)


    2008-08-16 03:26:53 -0400

    cute photo! Looks like you all had a great time!

  9. Joy Buss

    2008-08-16 04:46:01 -0400

    What a beautiful time you had with your friends. My girl get away is long over due. You inspire me to pursue a time at the Ocean to be with friends and relax!

  10. christie

    2008-08-16 06:54:41 -0400

    Wow! It's always so nice to spend time with good friends. It always amazes me how much I've missed my family and appreciate them more when I've been away for a few days...have fun with your boys.

  11. christie

    2008-08-16 06:58:08 -0400

    Wow! It's always so nice to spend time with good friends. It always amazes me how much I've missed my family and appreciate them more when I've been away for a few days...have fun with your boys.

  12. Christina

    2008-08-16 07:37:05 -0400

    Glad you had some time to relax and recharge this week. :0) Also, sorry I won't see you in October at Momento Arts -- I was looking forward to it! Next time for sure...

  13. Diane

    2008-08-16 10:13:54 -0400

    A belated congrats to you and Chris! I was just checking up on blogs and read this post and I'm like, what? Read more to catch up on this exciting news!! So happy for you guys! Take care of youself! Can't wait to keep following your blog ...

  14. Michelle D. ARTchixie in OR

    2008-08-16 10:32:25 -0400

    That photo looks like a great group of friends. I think you deserve a little "nesting" time now.

  15. Cori

    2008-08-16 10:37:42 -0400

    Hey Ali,
    what a great fun pic from the I right thinking it is Cannon Beach area? folks are Canadian x pats living in Scappoose. I have the good fortune of visiting every so is a truly beautiful are so fortunate to reside there!...remember to rest up and enjoy being pregnant!...okay try to when you are feeling good!...take care.

  16. kellyv

    2008-08-16 14:48:42 -0400

    Hi Ali,
    I have just been browsing your blog as I do too often and I just wanted to say that I really appreciate the fact that you seem to be able to keep it all real. I love the fact that your scrapbook pages are not all about textbook perfect photos and gobs of gooey embellishments. I just really appreciate the fact that your life doesn't happen in portraits, either (just like my life) and I guess that is why I love the whole 'life art' concept, too. Anyway, thanks.

  17. Marilyn Platt

    2008-08-16 17:20:27 -0400

    So nice to hear from you. I heard you were on a restful retreat. Then I found out it was by invitation only, bummer. The coast is my cup of tea and Cannon Beach is so gorgeous. My daughter and family live in Woodburn b/c she is in Vet school in Corvalis. When I visit we take the girls to Cannon Beach. My dream is to live on the coast. A nice piece of heaven + wonderful friends =,s peace and joy. I hope you experienced tons of laughter and shared all of your stories. I can see my scrapbooking technique or lack of one is changing. It's focusing on the little things I do that make me the person I am today. I put my camera on a tripod and set the timer. I have some funny shots and I'm using them on Shutterfly making one of your books. Life happens in the little everyday things we do. It has taken me time to step back and observe myself in order to know that I do little things all day long. I appreciate your candor and ability to invite all of us into your life.
    Thanks Ali,

  18. Tanya Ellis

    2008-08-17 01:45:11 -0400

    CONGRADULATIONS on your baby news Ali. I remember those horrible sick days at the beginning of this year. I'm now 9 weeks approx. away from having my little bundle.
    Here''s to better days for you.

  19. Annie

    2008-08-17 02:34:39 -0400

    sounds like very happy times indeed!!!
    can't wait for the weekend creatives to come again!!

  20. Annie

    2008-08-17 02:34:56 -0400

    sounds like very happy times indeed!!!
    can't wait for the weekend creatives to come again!!

  21. creole wisdom

    2008-08-17 05:20:07 -0400

    Looks like a lot of fun, Ali. Love that picture. Glad you are feeling good. Cleaning out the fridge always makes me feel good : )
    PS- it was a BLAST taing for you at CKU-Provo!

  22. Heather España

    2008-08-17 18:28:49 -0400

    Oh, how FUN! You got to hang out at the beach with Andrea?! I'm jealous.

  23. stacy t

    2008-08-18 00:43:58 -0400

    i highly recommend Aby's workshops. I've taken three of them and love her ideas - she's such an inspiration. I especially loved her one last Nov about Organizing for the Holidays. It made my holiday season less stressful and much more enjoyable and I was able to journal for the 25 days of Christmas - that's never happened before. It was amazing. Looking forward to the holidays this year!!! that's never happened before!!

  24. Sarah M

    2008-08-19 07:54:11 -0400

    Okay you are killing me here. I have looked at half only of these women's blogs and it is crazy how awesome all of them are. THANK YOU for sharing your time with them and their blogs. I am inspired in so many ways and full of tears too.
    Here I go to read the other half.

  25. andrea

    2008-08-19 08:28:18 -0400

    so great meeting you on person, my friend. looking forward to pdx adventures with you and miss kelly. soon soon soon. xo

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