Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

August 15, 2008




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.


  • 1.
    Steph said…

    sounds like fun! have a nice weekend with your boys! :)

  • 2.
    Robin M said…

    have a great weekend. and don’t forget to have a nap!

  • 3.
    Sophie said…

    Looks like it was a regenerating getaway…the pic says it all – you all had fun!!! and that’s what counts.

  • 4.
    Margaret said…

    wow that does look nice and so peacefull
    glad to hear you had a great time.

  • 5.

    What a lovely list of “real” person things to do. Glad to hear that you’re starting to feel better.

  • 6.
    Keely said…

    Ali, congratulations! I didn’t realize you were pregnant!! Best wishes to you and your family. Enjoy your weekend!!

  • 7.
    Nora said…

    So looking forward to your weekend creative projects again. They are always so much fun and help me get back into what I love when I have taken time off from creating and reminds me what I love and why I love it and how it has me be a better person…

  • 8.
    anne said…

    You *glow* ali! :) sounds like a great weekend!
    I need to get to Eugene and do Ruthi B’s with you and Jill one of these days! :)

  • 9.
    Michelle B said…

    so happy you are doing well Ali! You need rest and relax – it is not easy growing new life! My husband and I always had a funny joke when I was prego… I would be resting on the couch or laying down and he would say “what are you doing?”… and I would reply “can’t you see I am busy creating life!”.
    You have inspired me to use add some digital elements to my pictures for layouts. Oh and for trying different sizes of pics… made this the other day:
    This for the inspiration! Can’t wait to see what you are up to in Setpember!

  • 10.
    sara said…

    Sounds like a lot to be happy about and thankful for. Thrilled for you and hope life continues to shower you with blessings.
    Can’t wait to check out those other girls’ blog links!

  • 11.
    Tara a.k.a teeleedee said…

    Glad to hear everything is going well. That’s an awesome photo and man you have a lot on your to do list. Have fun this weekend with your boys.

  • 12.
    Tami W. said…

    Glad to have you back. Sometimes you just need time for yourself with the girls. Been to the Oregan coast once, beautiful!

  • 13.
    KatieButler said…

    I’m “late to the party” on this one, but congratulations! I hope you continue to feel better every day. :)

  • 14.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    The picture looks like you all had a blast – such fun….we are heading to Vancouver WA for a weekend retreat . All of us from the store out for a fun weekend.
    Have a relaxing weekend , take many naps and enjoy the baby process.
    Hugs , Carole

  • 15.
    Nicky Anderson said…

    Hope you have fun!!!! Hard to believe that the summer is almost over!

  • 16.
    Linn said…

    Sounds like a good week. Lots of great things…including a purple light saber. What could be better!

  • 17.
    lori peuterbaugh said…

    what a wonderful looking place to spend some time to rest, relax and catch up with great friends!! so glad to ‘see’ you back and great news to hear that you are starting to feel ‘normal’ again.
    have a wonderful weekend with your boys!!

  • 18.
    Becky P. said…

    Looks like you had a lot of fun–glad to hear that you are feeling better!
    I’m so looking forward to some more of your weekend creative projects :)

  • 19.
    sue Treiber said…

    beautiful beach! Wish I could be there with you :)

  • 20.
    Bryan M said…

    As usual, great post and also enjoyed your keynote last week at CKU.
    As for the purple light saber. We have hand-me-over blue and green ones and based on what is and isn’t showing up from online searches you may have a challenge if you haven’t already gotten one–but you did mention “hunt” and “new”.
    So here you go: [Skip to the last if you and Simon are okay with waiting a few days for shipping] Hasbro looks like it’s your deal

  • 21.
    amanda said…

    oh gosh…the energy, spirit and inspiration from all you lovely ladies is just pouring out of that photo! Glad it was all those things for you.
    Have a lovely weekend at home, Ali. xoxo.

  • 22.
    Vida Price said…

    Hi Ali,
    I love the photo! I hope you are feeling better! I never realized being a Mom of 3 was that hard—until last night! I need to find my time again! Thanks for sharing!
    Vida ;)

  • 23.
    Stephanie T. said…

    I had no idea you were part of the ‘love bombers’until after reading Andrea and Kelly Rae’s posts (omg..the picture of Kelly and Miriam…stunning, radiant, so present)…
    I have no doubt you came home with SO much more than ‘good pics’…(wink wink)
    … hope you are over the barfs and moving onto’cruise’

  • 24.
    Crystal said…

    Fun with friends at the beach is always a good thing!
    We passed through Oregon and stayed in Eugene last Saturday night on our way home from the redwood forest. I thought of you the whole time – trying to imagine which house might be yours, where Simon plays, where you shop, and where you take photos!
    Glad to hear you are feeling better now :) )

  • 25.
    kelly rae said…

    ali edwards, i like you. i just do. you are my kind of peeps :)

  • 26.
    Dianna said…

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

  • 27.
    Tiffany said…

    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!

  • 28.
    Latrice said…

    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.

  • 29.
    Kelly said…

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

  • 30.
    caro said…

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

  • 31.
    lu said…

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

  • 32.
    Jupiter said…

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

  • 33.

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

  • 34.
    Joy Buss said…

    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!

  • 35.
    christie said…

    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.

  • 36.
    christie said…

    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.

  • 37.
    Christina said…

    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…

  • 38.
    Diane said…

    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 …

  • 39.
    Michelle D. ARTchixie in OR said…

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

  • 40.
    Cori said…

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

  • 41.
    kellyv said…

    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.

  • 42.
    Marilyn Platt said…

    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,

  • 43.
    Tanya Ellis said…

    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.

  • 44.
    Annie said…

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

  • 45.
    Annie said…

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

  • 46.
    creole wisdom said…

    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!

  • 47.
    Heather España said…

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

  • 48.
    stacy t said…

    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!!

  • 49.
    Sarah M said…

    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.

  • 50.
    andrea said…

    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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