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October 1, 2008

Week In The Life : Wednesday Photos + Words


week in the life : good morning lily by you.

week in the life : reality by you.

week in the life : coffee with chris by you.

week in the life : coffee with chris by you.

week in the life : doctor's appointment by you.

week in the life : headlines by you.

week in the life : lunch by you.

week in the life : high-five by you.

week in the life : after-school play by you.

week in the life : wednesday homework by you.

week in the life : wednesday night swimming by you.

- Simon was up before the alarm today. When I got up I found him on the
couch cuddled up under a blanket where he had gone back to sleep after
not being able to locate the Darth Vader mask.
- Bagel. OJ. Clothes on. Wait for bus. Off to school.
- Working on financial spreadsheet. Working on establishing a budget.
- Chris checking out Facebook.
- Emails.
- Shower.
- Chris tells me “I like it when you are funny.”
- We head out for coffee and to my OB appointment.
Starbucks: decaf pumpkin spice for me, cinnamon dolce for Chris.
- Wait 45 mins for doctor ☺.
- All good at the appointment. Measuring a bit big which she said was a
good thing. Lots of political banter (love that about her). Will be
going to OHSU for second level II appointment on Friday.
- I love that Chris comes to the appointments with me. I love having a bit of time with him to grab a coffee.
- Planning to cook homemade chicken noodle soup tonight.
- Work on Designer Digitals releases for this weekend.
- Simon home at 1:45pm (every Wednesday). A high five to Chris as he leans out the window from the living room.
- In the house. “Stayed in green.” And into the Darth costume.
- “I am the best Darth in the whole world.” According to Simon.
- On comes Empire Strikes Back.
- Nap time for me on the couch.
- Chris goes to a meeting. I cook dinner (did the homemade chicken noodle soup and it was great). Simon does his homework. Fix Simon’s dinner.
- Chris comes home + we head to the indoor swimming pool. A Wednesday night tradition.
- We leave there with Simon in his PJ’s. Home. Brush teeth. Read book. Prayer.
- Work a bit more.


So how’s it going? Are you still playing along?

I know it is a challenge to keep going. I find that by this evening I have found my rhythm. I am not capturing everything, but it is enough to tell a pretty complete story about our lives right now. I am not obsessing about the photos or the words or the stuff (I barely have any this time around)…just letting it become a part of my day without overtaking my day.

In the comments section of the last post Dena asked about stuff. So far I have very few things: a couple receipts, a copy of the paper, grocery list, a few things Simon has brought home from school. It’s not a big deal if you don’t have a ton of stuff – in the end we will just be working with whatever we have collected.

Make sure you are getting yourself in some of your photos. Use your self-timer or have someone in your family take some shots of you. You are a major part of this story.

Hope you are enjoying this journey.


A complete list of posts related to the week in the life project can be found here.


  • 1.
    kat said…

    love love love this project! can’t believe i’m doing it now, during an insane week of traveling prep and being 8 weeks pregnant. but so fun. kinda worried how i’m going to get all my favorite pictures in- any tips???

  • 2.
    Wilna said…

    love this.

  • 3.
    Heather Prins said…

    Still clicking away. It felt weird at first, but it is getting easier to get pics of me doing stuff. I think revisiting this idea every now & then is a good thing!

  • 4.
    Stacy said…

    Hi Ali,
    Yep, I am still following along but feeling kind of overwhelmed…arrghh…I haven’t stressed much about it, still feel somewhat overwhelmed by it for some reason. That said, after looking back on the photos of this week so far I am grateful I have them and will be making an album with them b/c they truly do capture a moment in time and a “slice of life” so to speak. I have to say again…I just love your photographs. They are so “real” and there is a certain quality in them that I just love! Thanks for this project and letting us follow along on your week!

  • 5.
    heather said…

    I am stillg oing strong. I am actually finding the more days I get into it the more pics I take.
    I am not the best photographer, but it’s going good.

  • 6.
    Christina K. said…

    Thanks, i’m still hanging in their, this has done wonders for me, i’m still thinkin’

  • 7.
    Elizabeth said…

    Hi Ali,
    Thanx for the constant inspiration. Love checking your blog regularly. Still chugging along…with the pics and the words. I’m actually enjoying the process, find it kinda relaxing. Everyone around me, especially my boys are asking why I keep taking these “odd” pictures of random things….by day 3, they’re use to it now, even the parents and teachers at their school…they all know me as the lady with the camera. I’m finding this “assignment” as a really eye opener of how all the “little things” in our daily routines make it a one great big, fantastic, opportunity to capture our life.
    I’m also learning new things about my camera too…like how to use the timer…loving it! Thanks Ali!

  • 8.
    Katie said…

    Oh. My Goodness. Your OB’s office looks very familiar. Is that office across from Sacred Heart? Clinic for Women?
    Oh those anxious days of doing nothing but preparing, growing and waiting.
    I am going to try and get my lists and pic’s up on my blog tonight.
    You are an inspiration!

  • 9.
    sara said…

    So I have found the fact that I can’t leave the house and I’m not able to do “more” a bit challenging. Literally every photo looks the same every day, so I’m changing the challenge to fit my life and grouping the photos into categories instead of days (Food, life, disability, connections and, of course, the dog). It’s totally giving me a new perspective on things to photograph and how to look at aspects of my surroundings. It’s been really interesting.

  • 10.
    Rachel Smith said…

    I am just adoring this project. I love your style and your photos. I am having fun trying to think of new ways to capture to little things so that I don’t have the same photos over and over each day. It’s amazing how fleeting life is, and I am so grateful that I’ll have a documentation of this time in my life, with my husband and my 11 month old daughter. I also think I’m going to use some of these pics to do the project Stacey Julian suggested, The Present to Me. Thank you for the ongoing inspiration and encouragement. Wow! Love it!

  • 11.
    Melanie J said…

    I’m really not stressing about it too much. Trying to follow along. Tomorrow I fly out to my grandmother’s funeral–so that will be interesting to have that part of my week.
    I had to laugh at some of your photos from today. We had a messy bed this morning and I thought about capturing it, didn’t–but wish I would have. And I had an OB appointment today as well–37 weeks!

  • 12.
    Kristin said…

    I wish photos were as well composed as yours, but I have really stretched myself to think more about the composition of still life during this project… today I spent 5 minutes in the car trying to get a good shot of the CD (sticking out of the CD player so you can read the words) the kids like to listen to in the car.
    I also had my son’s swimming instructor take a picture of the two of us in the water (we are in a parent & child swim class) — a little embarassing, but I am glad I have one :) I have had to do a little explaining about why I am walking around with a camera all the time and taking pictures of strange things like the gas pump, groceries and my daughters’ cubby at school.
    Since it seems like we have a never ending supply of paper flowing into my house, I seem to have quite a few things in my artifacts pile — target flier, coke bottle wrapper, clothing tags, cereal box, to do lists, and lots of “projects” from my 3 year old. Not sure how they will all fit in, but excited to try.
    Thanks for posting all of this, Ali — I started working on recording “a week” last Thursday before I even saw your post. I knew I would need stuff for a CKC class and last Thursday was the last possible day I could put it off until and still get a week in… once I read your posts I felt like I had more direction for the project and was much more enthusiastic and serious about capturing life. I spent a while tonight printing photos and I am very excited to see how everything comes out!

  • 13.
    Brittany said…

    This project has been so inspirational for me. I live by myself, so sometimes it seems a little ridiculous to record the nuances of my daily life. However, I am really liking how much attention to detail I am paying to my day. A year from now, will I remember that on October 1, 2008, Oregon was considered one of Obama’s states? Will I remember that I wore a red skirt to work? LOL! It’s the fun stuff. I also made a point to use my camera timer to capture myself while I work. Being a teacher it got a bit tricky, but looking at a few of the images I captured…it’s so cool to see myself in action. I never usually have too much of a problem taking random pictures of myself…but I’ve never used the timer at work. That was fun, something I hope to repeat.
    Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  • 14.
    Lady Scrapsalot said…

    QUESTION: When it comes time to make the album I’ll be missing pictures of my daughter’s preschool, which we went to twice this weeks and both times I forgot the camera. If it was you would you “cheat” and take a picture say next week and insert it, or just leave it out all together? I suppose I could photograph the art she came home with…
    BTW My kids love the camera around all the time. They keep yelling while I’m driving “Mum! Look! A fire truck! Take a picture! Quick!”

  • 15.
    gardenymph said…

    Hi Ali,
    Yep, and I am loving it. I feel like I’ve been handed a very important assignment and I am enjoying the “work” that goes into it. I am in a little bit of danger of burning out, simply because I have been taking so many pictures, and then staying up way too late to sort through them and blog about it. I’m going to try to be a bit more minimalist tomorrow.
    I have to say that your OB visit pic really jumped out at me. What a familiar scene/feeling. I wish I had thought to capture that for myself at the time. Lord knows I’ve spent enough time in that exact pose on a similar table, waiting.
    Glad everything is going well. :~)

  • 16.

    I have only one camera, and it’s a big one. I find myself not taking it out of the house, especially in the city where I might get mugged. It’s just too cumbersome to take shopping when I’m balancing other bags, too obvious to have hanging around my neck on the street.
    So I am focusing just on what my home is like this week. The garden full of veggies, a tree dripping with plums, laundry, kids playing in the play room, home-improvement projects half done, etc. I’m photographing mundane things I never considered important, and corners of rooms that are often out of focus in family candids.

  • 17.
    margie said…

    I can’t tell you how much fun i am having…the kids are involved,Grant Aslett is involved it’s been a blast! My DT members are having a ball too…I love getting shots of them documenting!
    This is the perfect week to do it…Change is in the fall air…lots going on, nothing going on…perf!
    love you girl…
    thanks for inspiring…
    kiss kiss
    ps man wow nice boobs!

  • 18.
    Carrie said…

    I will be taking your “Week in the Life” class at CKC Seattle, and I’m so excited to have a bit of a headstart on some of my ideas. I jumped into your blog a bit late to start documenting this week (I’m so totally compulsive with correctness that I have to start on a Monday or I’d be fretting the whole time-not a good quality in a scrapper, oh well, I make it work), so I’m going to “see” how you and the other folks work out the kinks and then I’ll jump in feet first on Monday! I’m probably most excited to help my very sweet, yet dilusional, hubby understand that teaching 5th graders all day isn’t a job where I just sit down and give orders! :-) I can’t wait to give my students the camera and see me through their eyes during the day. I’m going to save my lesson plans from the week for my “stuff”. Do you think it would be weird to enlist my sitter in this endeavour? My little guy is 15 months, and while I am pretty up to speed with how his days go, it would be fun for me to see how he spends his days with her. Maybe a set of layouts where there is the mommy working day, daddy working day, and Oliver playing day all in the same format so you can “see” where we all are at the same time in a day? Fun, fun!

  • 19.
    Carrie said…

    OK-I just said I was a 5th grade teacher in the previous post, and then realized how horrid my grammar was! HA! And to think I get after my students for not proofreading…

  • 20.
    Kristin said…

    I am still taking lots of photos and loving it!
    Though i have been getting some strange looks sometimes at the photos i have bene taking when out. I have been taking at least 80 photos a day sometimes over 100. Have only collected some receipts from shopping over the past days, but have photographed the mail.
    Can’t wait for the weekend to get started organizing!

  • 21.
    Jerrie said…

    I am having so much fun. What a wonderful project. I didn’t get quite as many pictures today as the last two, but enough I think. I am so excited to put the album together! I always have my camera with me and take random pictures often so that aspect at least is easy (I don’t really notice the stares as I whip out my camera in Fred Meyer!).
    Thanks for the inspiration and the gathering of like minds!

  • 22.
    Jessica Stoops said…

    I am chugging along, today has been harder to write down stuff. I keep on taking pictures and need to go back and look at them. I am hoping the pictures will help me remind what I did not write down in words.
    My husband is away so this week is not totally typical…but it does show how our lives are when he is away. I hope to get more pics of me when he returns.
    Thanks for the challenge and sharing, Jess

  • 23.
    Nicky H said…

    I”m still going- I have my 12×12 pages DONE for Monday and Tuesday! I would love it if you could check out my blog!
    This is so awesome! I love this project! Thanks SO MUCH for hosting and having all of us do this with you!

  • 24.
    Latrice said…

    This is still fun so far!!LOL!! I like to blog it so then that way I’m writing my journaling at the same time. Maybe it would help some other’s too!! I’m posting my pictures and then rethinking through my day and it happened and tyrping it right out. I’ll be glad at the end so I can send my pictures off to shutterfly and start putting this all together.
    That reminds me I do need to collect more stuff. I’ve been doing more facts, like grocery bill, weather and thought!!
    Thanks Ali. This is a blast. BTW I finally got your book. Even though I was not 1-10 at CHA. I hosted Happy Hour at CKMB. Loving it!!

  • 25.
    Kathleen Noriega said…

    Yes, still going. This is awesome! I urged my friends to join along and the funniest thing happened to one of them. Yeah, you!
    You know who you are ( I’m sure she will be reading this)
    She was at the store documenting and taking photos when a stranger came up and said “Hey, do you know Ali Edwards? Are you doing the project, too?” I’m sure there are hundreds of us documenting our lives this week. How awesome to be part of something so big and so personal. Thanks again for the encouragement and the motivation.

  • 26.

    Still following along. But I have to say; It’s hard to make decent (and interessting) pics when you work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. It brings me back on earth and realise that I don’t want to do this (working 40 hours a week) for the rest of my life. I hope that within 5 years I can do this project again and be happy about the photo result…

  • 27.
    vanessa said…

    It’s harder then I thought but I am greatful to be doing it. I add in Stacy’s project too.
    Who knew our lives would be so intresting and different from day to day.

  • 28.
    sannika said…

    Still going. I’m a bit disappointed in my photos – it is soooo dark here in Finland this time of year that with my skills the photos are not what I’d like them to be. But I know the album will be interesting anyway, so I keep on taking the blurry & dark photos :-) Happy about a few successes as well. I still love the idea of this album and even before finishing this album I think I’ll do another one later.

  • 29.
    Johanna said…

    I’m still going strong :) I have to remind myself though that not this project is my week, but my week is this project! I am terribly good at procrastinating and fiddling around with my camera, forgetting what it actually was I was doing and documenting. Working on it though! I even had a few ideas how the album could come together, which I love, as this is my first scrapbooking project and I was a bit anxious to do it “right” before starting this. A perfect chance and a challenge, as well! It’s not hard for me to take “enough” photos or collect “enough” stuff, but to keep focused on my day (setting priorities is my weak spot). So this is what I am trying to achieve!

  • 30.
    Kelly said…

    Hi Ali,
    I was wondering if you could post a copy of Simon’s communication book or email it to me.
    I am trying to improve communication with my daughters kindergarten teacher I think this would be perfect!
    Congrats on your pregnancy, she is one lucky girl ;)
    Hugs from Germany,

  • 31.
    Nora said…

    I’m still playing along, taking photos every day and I have also uploaded them every day + edited some to put on Flickr and in my blog. I don’t write much each day, I just make a short list of what I’ve done and where I’ve been:)

  • 32.
    Thinkie said…

    At the beginning of the week I’ve made lists of what to take pics of and they help me not to forget about things but mostly I’m just clicking as I go along. My husband is also taking more pics of me than normally because of this project. One of the pics I’m shooting daily is the view from our livingroom, it has a great big window and that view is one of the things we love most about living here. Sometimes we just sit and watch the clouds sail by for a little while. I always keep a journal (not the kind with feelings but about what we do, so it’s easy to write journalling for our photoalbums and I don’t have to worry about forgetting things when I’m behind on those), but now write more detailed than normally.
    I’m going to scan the covers of the dvd’s we watched/cd’s we listened this week and try to find the logo’s of the shops I’ve been to.
    I’m thinking about making an album about how it is to live here, still in doubt to make this project a part of that, keep it seperate or make it part of the 2008 album.
    I think most of my pics look horrible ’cause I don’t have a lot of patience these past couple of days to really take time and compose a pic, and the lighting is often horrible (autumn has set in, it’s really rainy and clouded and despite of the big windows it’s so dark I have to turn the lights on during the day sometimes), but that’s ok, these pics are snapshots of everyday life and I’m going to have small prints of most of them anyway.

  • 33.
    kim Faucher said…

    still snapping away despite the rolling of eyes from a few family members and a few places that actually won’t let me take camera.. so Im doing a ton of still shots to tell the story better
    need to write a bit more..
    still having fun!

  • 34.
    Jan said…

    Hi Ali,
    I love this project! I love the calendar on the clipboard! Where did you get the calendar? Love that!

  • 35.
    Nora said…

    Lady Scrapsalot: I know you asked Ali but I just wanted to give my input..hehe. I would totally cheat and take a photo later. Like right now I’m headnig to the gym but not bringing my camera, so I’m just going to use the photo I took of the gym when I walked past there yesterday:)

  • 36.
    Sandi said…

    Still playing along and enjoying it!

  • 37.
    TeresaP said…

    I did the first 2/3rds of the day…. now with all your inspiration here… I am planning to do this next week! :) I will be a week behind you all :)

  • 38.
    Nicky Anderson said…

    Enjoying the project – have slowed a bit on the pictures, but like you feel I will have enough to use. Don’t have a ton of papers yet this week, very little mail – a skating receipt and not much else. Looking forward to help putting this together.
    Have a great day

  • 39.
    Steph H said…

    Hey Ali!! I started yesterday because I was already working on a monthly album for September. So I decided to document the first seven days of October this way.
    I love that it’s giving me more fun time with my camera instead of just nonstop shooting for work.

  • 40.
    Jessi said…

    Still playing! I’m having a hard time remembering to write things down, though. And when I do finally remember, I feel like I have nothing to say. My routine is the same everyday. Oh, well…..

  • 41.
    René said…

    I started last Saturday and have been keeping up well. The challenge is making me take a fresh look at my life, why I do the things I do, and question whether or not I need to do some of the things I do. I am enjoying this very, very much!!

  • 42.
    Carol In Loveland said…

    Ali, Thanks for the inspiration to do this project. Besides the fun of capturing our lives right now, it’s started some interesting conversations about WHY exactly I have a camera at the bus stop, etc. Also, I’ve had my camera to catch some precious moments not related to my family – like the two darling little girls laying on a blanket while their mom worked in our CSA gardens. Beautiful!
    I do have a question. I love all of your little close ups of daily life. They make for neat compositions. I haven taken some of those, but I need tips on how to make the “big picture” photos (of an entire room or whatever) come out looking well-composed. Sometimes these seem to be the ugliest shots, but also the most interesting down the road. Thanks again for the inspiration! Carol

  • 43.
    Heather said…

    Ali -
    This week has been amazing — I find that I am so much more aware of my day and sometimes even the choices I make (hmm.. do I really want my kids to remember chicken nuggets for dinner or roast chicken — not that I am making changes for the week, but I am thinking more about the choices we make all the time. Was so made at myself yesterday when we went for a walk on the perfect fall day and forgot the camera! Ugh! I love reviewing my day every evening and my parents who live far away love receiving my photo composites every night.

  • 44.
    jennyg said…

    Having so much fun with this project. My camera has been, dentist, school, Target, mall, kitchen, trashcan, laundry… Thanks for the inspiration and your continued posts! It would be fun to do this the same time next year to see how my life has changed just in 1 year! Thanks again…Jenny, TN

  • 45.
    Amanda J. said…

    I’m playing this week :) . I’ve been using my remote to take pictures of myself or me and my friends together.
    One thing this projects has taught me is to be more THERE. Does that make sense? Maybe more present is a better word. I’m enjoying the process very much.

  • 46.
    scrapwordsgirl said…

    Still here, Ali!! Yesterday got photos of our local Wal-Mart where I do most of my shopping, my Mom’s 70th birthday and a few other things. I am becoming more aware of my daily life and my surroundings. Keeping up with the journaling, too. Today my husband and I leave for a mini break for our 16th anniversary!! Looking forward to those photos I take. Also can’t wait to create this next week. AND I have several receipts from yesterday, too!!!

  • 47.
    Kelli Lee said…

    It is going better than I expected. As the week progresses I seem to get better, ecspecially after I figured out the self timer thing. Take a couple shots of each picture I want just in case I need to choose in the end. As for the question about “stuff” here are a few things I have been keeping, receipts, grocery list, city newsletter, cable bill that arrived on day 1, I printed out the weather report for Wednesday, a happy email from a friend, the packaging of my favorite tea, a candy wrapper of the candy I was snacking on durning my scrapping on Tuesday, the AC wrapper from teh album I bought for this project, a extra envelope from the bank stop I had on WEdnsday….just some of my stuff.

  • 48.
    jennyg said…

    ps..What will you do for the first page of the album?..I noticed on some of the past albums from your class that there was a calendar. Thanks~Jenny, TN

  • 49.
    Niki Rockson said…

    Hi Ali
    I am enjoying this little challenge alot. I was wondering when you use the trading card page protectors do you cut your pictures to fit or get them resized somewhere. Thanks

  • 50.
    Becci Longstreth said…

    I absolutely love your clipboard calendar! Did you make the calendar pages yourself? The simplicity is wonderful!!

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