For Today : June 21st

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Love this simple documentation idea from The Simple Woman's Day Book via apple likes orange:

June 21st, 2009

Outside my red leaf lettuce is waiting to harvested.

I am thinking...about the content for my upcoming 3-month workshop at Big Picture Scrapbooking called Yesterday & Today & that it is just about time for bed.

I am thankful for...things we don't ask for (or think we want) but get anyway & weekends like this where the four of us are all together with no agenda other than to simply be together.

From the kitchen...ribs tonight cooked low & slow from a Paula Dean recipe (loved it) and ten small jars of freezer jam all ready to go.

I am wearing...jeans & a blue top with white stitching & no shoes.

I am creating...layouts for my column in the October issue of Creating Keepsakes.

I am have some jello for dessert.

I am reading...The Three Marriages (recommended by Jen Lemen)

I am hoping...that both kids will be well enough to go to the babysitter's tomorrow so I can get some things done.

I am hearing...Chris' iphone playing Learning To Fly (Tom Petty) while he checks his email.

Around the house...there is a large pile of cloth diapers on the couch waiting to be put away.

One of my favorite that Simon fell asleep across Chris' lap tonight as the three of us sat here on the couch after Anna had gone to bed. I scratched his back and he was out. I think he gets that from me - I love having my back scratched.

A few plans for the rest of the tomorrow, playdate with Tricia and her kids on Tuesday, Paolo here for a visit on Wednesday, doctor's appointments on Thursday, work Friday

A picture to share...

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50 thoughts

  1. Maureen

    2009-06-22 07:31:43 -0400

    Welcome to Real Life. I love it! You really are wise to recognize those little gifts of the weekend easy time. I 'tried too hard' when I was raising my children and those times slipped away in making sure I was getting things done.
    The pic of Chris and Anna fits perfectly.

  2. Amanda D

    2009-06-22 08:19:48 -0400

    I love this post. You'll be glad to have documented these things!

  3. Sarah

    2009-06-22 08:46:09 -0400

    What an amazing idea for a page! I'm gonna do it! Recently I've been doing more "in the moment" journaling and scrapbook pages, and this has been great inspiration. PS. I'm glad to know that your living room when you're doing laundry looks like my living room when i'm doing laundry.
    Anna is precious

  4. anna

    2009-06-22 09:08:54 -0400

    wow ali; it's nice to see some REAL life from your house. :) you always seem to have so many things so together and nice. thanks for sharing with us!

  5. Kathy F

    2009-06-22 09:40:29 -0400

    Ali- I come here everyday and love your posts....everyday! :) You are an inspiring wife and mother to me. :) I love the way you live your life. :) You make me should post more about your Big Pictue Scrapbooking class. :) Sounds fun!
    I loved the pics you had today! :)

  6. Karen Gartner

    2009-06-22 10:04:21 -0400

    I'm so lovin' your laundry on the couch picture....good to know someone else's couch looks like mine when there is laundry needing to be folded!! :> Ribs were on our menu last night too. Even though it was Father's Day, made a fab dinner, roasting the ribs in the oven and finishing them on the Q. Have a fabulous week! :>

  7. Rachel

    2009-06-22 10:13:17 -0400

    That picture at the top is perfect! What a great way to document what's going in your home right now!

  8. Carolyn

    2009-06-22 10:25:26 -0400

    Really enjoyed this entry Ali, thanks for making me feel thankful :) Gorgeous photo of Anna and Chris :)

  9. Jill

    2009-06-22 10:42:26 -0400

    When does registration start for the class at Big Picture? I want to make sure I get a spot :-)

  10. Sarah George

    2009-06-22 11:05:16 -0400

    Oh Ali I could just squeeze you! Love this blog and I'm so excited to see your new products..woo hoo! I'll be purchasing these: )
    I really love the picture of Anna on the couch with the laundry. :) You gotta love doing tons of laundry.

  11. Marge

    2009-06-22 11:16:02 -0400

    What a great real life picture of Anna!!!! This is EXACTLY what my house looked like when my son was a baby. Really brought back memories (and a good laugh!).

  12. Amy Brock

    2009-06-22 13:16:07 -0400

    Oh my Gosh, the laundry fairy made a deposit at my house, too.

  13. Hope

    2009-06-22 14:45:31 -0400

    Thanks Ali... I love, love the bucket seat and the sofa w/ everything. It really captures a mood. I find myself here a ton b/c I love the simplicity of your layouts. Anna is BEAUTIFUL too. I look forward to October's CK.

  14. Jeni

    2009-06-22 15:05:21 -0400

    Thanks Ali - Love the post and the pictures and the prompts!

  15. Jenna

    2009-06-22 16:40:53 -0400

    Great capture!
    October issue already?! wow! I didn't realize you had to work that far ahead!

  16. Vonda Orders

    2009-06-22 16:55:53 -0400

    if you're amazing scrapbook style wasn't enough - you also use cloth diapers?! - now I really feel inadequate ;)

  17. Ali Edwards

    2009-06-22 17:13:47 -0400

    Yep - and it's actually november I am working on right now (made a mistake when I was writing this up last night).

  18. Melanie Raabe

    2009-06-22 18:06:11 -0400

    loved this post. hope your kids are healthy!

  19. Shannon D

    2009-06-22 18:22:37 -0400

    Love the post Ali, this is my favourite thing, capturing the everyday, you have great ideas and you do it so well. I have been going back reading your early posts it is so enjoyable to do, I have a question though, I don't think I have yet come across a post on rounding corners in photoshop like on your pictures above, have you shared this before. Thank you hope you enjoy your week! Love Anna sitting amoungst all the folding!

  20. Lara

    2009-06-23 00:57:47 -0400

    I love that your house looks like that at times too! LOL!

  21. mermaid

    2009-06-23 06:42:58 -0400

    I'm one of the many, I used to think "only me" who when I had a baby their was laundry to be folded and folded piles. I have 4 kids. Thank you for being so honest.

  22. JustMeAgain

    2009-06-24 23:47:57 -0400

    Ali, this was a great post and a great idea for one of my own. Thanks for your continued inspiration! :D

  23. Sara

    2009-06-25 09:34:33 -0400

    I love this post! I think I'd like to make this idea into a mini-album.

  24. AscenderRisesAbove

    2009-06-27 04:09:52 -0400

    what a fun photo and post! we are having tom petty "music in the park" in a couple weeks.

  25. liveabeautifulife

    2009-06-27 04:58:12 -0400

    cute baby! love the design of your blog!

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