365 : This Week In Photos & Words

AnnaLOW JANUARY 26 : Hello sweet, happy girl. You are a lover of life. Easy-going. You are just a few days shy of your first birthday. Almost-walking without any assistance (you actually ended up walking on your own on the 27th). Silly. Those blue eyes.

I am excited to watch life unfold for you.

Photo © Kim Ackerman

AE_January27Low JANUARY 27 : Currently reading The Book Thief
and carrying around Food Rules
(loved Michael Pollan's other books). Up next: The Happiness Project

JANUARY 28 : Thursday lunch. Turkey, avocado, and some cheese. Pineapples. Most days I try not to eat lunch at my computer. I go to the table. I spread out the paper...and read the news that I have already heard on NPR in the early AM.

JANUARY 29 : This morning I took three pairs of sweat pants (his pant of choice on no-school days) out of Simon's drawers because they are way past the point of being way too short.

We have this spot between our kitchen and dining room where we have been measuring him (and now Anna - who is also like a weed) since we moved in a few years back. He loves being measured. He loves seeing how tall he is getting. He often talks about being "as tall as Mom."

I think he thinks there will be a prize. I need to ask him what will happen when he is taller than me...


All these words & photos are going into my Project Life
album. I am uploading and writing daily (or almost) on Flickr. You can read more about my approach to this project here.

64 thoughts

  1. Kristi @ Visible Voice

    2010-01-30 00:37:36 -0500

    I'm interested in what your review will be on The Happiness Project. Please keep us posted :)

  2. Jo

    2010-01-30 01:11:52 -0500

    Gorgeous and inspiring as ever Ali! I can't believe your little angel will soon be one year old! Jo x

  3. [email protected]

    2010-01-30 02:39:42 -0500

    Love it! Happiness Project is my next book, after current read. One of my bloggie friends is going to set up a blog book club about it, if you are interested. :)

  4. Christine H

    2010-01-30 02:41:11 -0500

    My baby will be 14 tomorrow. He is one inch shorter than me (I'm 5'11"). I think he thinks that is when he will be considered grown up. I wanted to thank you for directed us to Donald Miller. Loving all his books and sharing them with many.

  5. JillT

    2010-01-30 02:48:51 -0500

    Wow. . .is that a killer smile??? She is so big. . .how fast the year has gone.

  6. Rebekah

    2010-01-30 02:53:03 -0500

    Hey Ali. How do you choose your next great reads? Do you have a dynamite reading list you could recommend?

  7. HeatherC

    2010-01-30 02:55:15 -0500

    Love the daily photos -- I need to start doing this. The Book Thief is an EXCELLENT story -- one of those that I am so glad I took the time to read -- I gained a perspective I never had before.

  8. Stacy Milford

    2010-01-30 03:00:03 -0500

    Good for you Ali! I so enjoyed P365 in 2009...I LOVE following your project :o) Great photos of everyday life!!! LOVE it!

  9. Evelyn

    2010-01-30 05:46:17 -0500

    Hi Ali, I've been following your Project Life plans and loving it..remininding me of your Week in Life class (looking at that album gives me such great memories of Provo & class!). Anyway I've tried to order Project Life with no luck and finally find out from Amazon they won't ship to Canada. Tried Beckys site to see if I can order anywhere else but no answers yet. Do you have any ideas where else might have it?? ev in Squamish :)

  10. Jana

    2010-01-30 07:54:27 -0500

    We grew up being measured on a door jamb - when my parents moved out (after probably more than 30 years there?) they took it with them! (after replacing it of course ;)) When we had kids, my parents gave us a wooden height measurer that has a duck head slider that was used on the tops of their heads to position the actual height marks. Once we had it positioned we'd tell the person being measured to "Duck" out from under so we could pencil in their mark. We had it hanging in our dining room/family room for years & it has the kids' height measurements, ours, friends that wanted to be measured, a whole history of heights! It's tucked away while we remodel our room - I'm hoping to find a spot for once we finish, it's such a great "measure" of our family history!

  11. kim

    2010-01-30 09:45:31 -0500

    Oh Ali! The Book Thief is SO good... I'll be curious to know what you think... ~ kim

  12. Alice

    2010-01-30 12:55:29 -0500

    Love the tags...and anything PAPER!:-) Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Karen

    2010-01-30 15:50:07 -0500

    Those are three great books in your pile. My book group (4 couples) loved The Book Thief; I just finished The Happiness Project (loved it!), and am almost done reading Food Rules. It's becoming the topic of conversation in my kitchen!

  14. Heather

    2010-01-31 01:45:39 -0500

    I am really loving "The Happiness Project"....there is something there...enough to get me going on a project of my own. I will have my head in this one for a while.
    I have Michael Pollans "In defense of food" and I haven't yet dived into it. I do believe I will have to get Food Rules. Sounds lovely!
    WOW....Anna is one already?

  15. Jennifer Stewart

    2010-01-31 02:32:56 -0500

    Anna is gorgeous, Ali. She looks a lot like your sister! (and Simon) :)

  16. Andrea Adams

    2010-01-31 03:02:02 -0500

    Another lover of The Book Thief here! I am on the library wait list for The happiness project- what a great idea- taking photos of what I'm reading! Neat way to keep track.

  17. Diane

    2010-01-31 08:40:28 -0500

    Thanks! Looks like fun!

  18. lisa

    2010-01-31 09:21:18 -0500

    Hi there! : )
    Just a couple quickies I had to chime in on:
    *The picture of Anna -Awesome!
    *Your sandwich -is making me hungry : )
    *Food Rules -on my wish list. . .saw the Author on Oprah last week. . .Wow.
    *Love that your height measuring area is visible for guests. . .ours is on the back of our laundry room door. . .we decided on that place so that if we ever moved we would be able to take it with us. {silly, I know} But really like that others can share in the joy your brings.
    Have a wonderful weekend. : )

  19. Mary C. Anderson

    2010-01-31 10:34:40 -0500

    Your daughter is so precious. She has the cheeks that any Mimi or grandmother would love to kiss.

  20. Michelle Palmquist

    2010-01-31 11:36:36 -0500

    Love the picture of Anna, she's adorable, thanks for sharing.

  21. {pam}

    2010-01-31 12:17:47 -0500

    one of my students suggested i read "the book thief" . . . honestly one of the best books i have ever read!

  22. Wendy

    2010-01-31 14:48:02 -0500

    Just wait until he is taller than you! My first born is now 15 and 6 foot 4! I marvel every time I look at him. When he was a baby he was smaller than his own calf! My youngest is a year older than Simon and just waiting to catch up with his big brother. They just grow so fast...
    Thank you for helping me learn to enjoy and celebrate each day with my boys!

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    2010-02-01 12:08:54 -0500

    What a sweet picture of Anna.

  24. Tracy Smith

    2010-02-04 00:06:30 -0500

    I am currently reading "The Book Thief", too! Are you loving it? I am just at the part where there's a turning point with Max - if you're not there yet, that's all I'll say. Good stuff!

  25. Kim

    2010-02-04 09:26:48 -0500

    As the mother of a son who passed me in height last year, there really is a prize. Simon will be thrilled to be taller than you. He will love to have to reach down to hug you. He may even delight in resting his elbow and forearm on your shoulder while smiling down at you. The prize is the delight he'll feel. And if he passes his dad in height, watch out. He'll puff up three sizes!

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