Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

January 29, 2010

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.


  • 1.
    pidgen said…

    i am not a photographer … in fact, i hardly take pictures, but seeing your daily pics, makes me think, “oh, i could have taken a picture of THAT!” :) What fun pics! love the growth chart.

  • 2.
    Cindee said…

    We do the same thing. It is next to our refrigerator. I am going to use that for today’s Project Life photo. Thank you for the reminder! I love our little tick marks and seeing how much our kids have grown through the years (or weeks!)

  • 3.
    Katie said…

    I love these little bits of the everyday, Ali. And that photo of Anna is just too precious.

  • 4.
    Steph H said…

    love the stories! You’ve reminded me that I want to start measuring AJ in the doorway. When I was little, my father still lived in the house that he was born in, so I was measured in the doorway that he and his siblings had been measured in. I wish that house was still on our family and wonder how many layers of paint now cover our growth chart!

  • 5.
    Suzanne said…

    Anna is adorable…fabulous picture!! Congratulations to her on learning to walk — watch out Ali, you are going to be running after her now! My almost 11 month old is trying to walk, I’m enjoying these crawling days when I can sort of keep him away from things….

  • 6.
    Gabi said…

    The photo of little Anna is precious! I can’t believe that she is almost one!
    Love the everyday photos, Ali.
    I’m waiting for my Project life kit to arrive!! I’m in Canada so friend of mine is shipping it to me from US, I can’t wait!!
    I would like to use a corner punch to make curvy corners for my photos. Could you please recommend me a good one, Ali? I’m a hybrid/paper newbie :) Thank you so much!
    Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

  • 7.
    Amy Tan said…

    LOVE the Happiness Project. Met the author a few nights ago and she is incredibly inspiring. Can’t wait to read the book!

  • 8.
    Kathryn said…

    I’m also loving the Happiness Project (the book) — I’m about halfway through. What a commitment for her — lots of great ideas & very engaging! Happy reading =)

  • 9.
    Amanda Susan said…

    The Happiness Project was a great book. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  • 10.
    Yvonne P said…

    Just something to think about. We used to measure our kids in the doorframe. Then we moved and I cried serious tears that I could not take the door frame with me. Serious tears. When we moved into our new house, my husband bought a length of wood, just the standard 3 or 4 inches wide by one half inch thick by 6 feet long. He painted it white and then glued a soft measuring tape in the centre. We now have the piece of wood hanging in our doorframe and we measure the kids on the stick. If/when we move again, that stick is coming with me!
    And yes, my wonderful husband copied down all of the measurements at our previous house and carefully marked them on the new stick. The left side markings are now for my son and the right side for my daughter.
    And being the ‘scrapbooker’ that I am, I used stickers to decorate the stick in the spots where the kids grew so fast that there were spaces. Toy Story for our son and Ariel for our daughter.

  • 11.
    mel said…

    I just finished the Happiness Project! I loved it! Cute little girl!

  • 12.
    Patricia said…

    What a sweet, sweet picture of Anna. Our kids are 15 and 10 and we still measure them :o ) Love to see their growth and they love it, too. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  • 13.
    Samara said…

    What a cool way to document.
    The Happiness Project is on my list for reading soon. Heard about it a couple days ago and knew I would have to check it out.

  • 14.
    Tappin' Tamara said…

    Love the pictures! Thanks for the book reviews-it’s my month to make the selection for my book club and two of those three were on my “maybe” list. I think I’ll do the Happiness Project.

  • 15.
    Leah Larson said…

    I am sure you know this but your daughter is so adorable. Love the smile.

  • 16.
    arrica said…

    Can’t believe it is almost a year! Birthday wishes.
    Internet Explorer user: it looks good to me

  • 17.
    Deb J said…

    Anna is just beautiful. Great pictures and posts.

  • 18.
    Denise Laborde said…

    What a growth spurt Simon!
    Ali, all the photos + words are nice and simple.

  • 19.
    Rosslyn Weigelt said…

    The Book Thief – one of my Mum’s favorites and funny enough she read it because I started my niece scrapbooking, who asked so many questions that she sent my Mum (and sister – her Mum) on the quest to find answers. In the journey they discovered so much about our family tree – some of whom are included in that book! Fascinating – telling the story is SOOOOO important. You are always inspiring that – whether you know it or not.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  • 20.
    con-tain-it said…

    Oh my…it’s so hard to believe that Anna is almost a year old…don’t you just wish time would slow down…just a little :} I just saw “Food Rules” on Oprah and wanted to go see the movie “Eat This” when it was in the theaters…but my oldest son (now 30) went and he was so taken aback my it that he didn’t eat any beef/chicken for over a month. He’s a big meat eater so he tried to eat just fish and got tired of it…lol He needs a woman…real soon…he’s a good catch and likes to cook…ha! I always tried to cook fresh for my kids when they were home and in school and now both boys eat just about everything and both are good cooks…I guess you could say I raised good husbands…my one daughter in-law loves me…and I do her. Have a great weekend Ali and tell Simon to not be in too much of a hurry to “grow taller than Mom”…cause he’ll still be your baby forwever. Fondly, Roberta

  • 21.
    Erica said…

    My grandma did a doorway like yours where she measured all the grandkids. Now that we’re all grown up and some of us have kids of their own, it’s really cool to see. Simon and Anna will cherish those milestone markers just like we do!

  • 22.
    Cindy McDannold said…

    Every single time I see Anna’s sweet face…it makes me smile. You have two absolutely beautiful children.
    I also have used a “doorway measure” for my great niece and great nephews for several years. They love to compare who is growing the fastest!

  • 23.
    Gina said…

    We use the spot between the kitchen and family room to do our measuring – and the kids, like Simon, love to see how much they’ve grown and how much further until they’re as tall as Mommy (yes, I have a mark on the trim, too). I’ve never thought of taking a photo of it. Duh! Thanks for the inspiration, Ali!

  • 24.
    Mary Kay Swadener said…

    off to check out those books on my Kindle!

  • 25.
    Kris Cline said…

    Love the growth chart…neeed to take a picture of ours…inside the pantry…and my 13 year old is 5’9″…he passed me long ago…the prize he got was reaching things off shelves for me!

  • 26.
    Barb M. said…

    Oh, my but that is a pretty baby! Great photo.

  • 27.
    C@rol W said…

    Sounds like LIFE IS GOOD! at the Edwards house. Can Anna really be almost 1 year old? Wow… how time passes. She’s a real cutie pie. :)

  • 28.
    wendy said…

    Thanks for the reminder to take pics of the everyday. I’m dying to find out what Simon thinks is going to happen when he’s taller than you!
    I discovered The Book Thief last year and loved it so much I read it three times. It’s a heartbreakingly beautiful story. enjoy :)

  • 29.
    stephanie said…

    Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed looking at your photos. I am also doing a photo a day and have been taking so many people photos that it was great to see this and remind myself to capture the small details too! Can’t believe Anna is almost 1.

  • 30.
    michelle t said…

    I hardly ever post but…Anna is so beautiful. I know you know, but it brought a huge smile to my face to see her. Yay for meeting milestones! And the Book Thief. What a great book. Have a great weekend.

  • 31.
    Shereen said…

    I just love how Anna smiles with her whole face, cute, cute baby girl!

  • 32.
    Jennifer said…

    Anna is such a beautiful little girl! My baby girl turned one the day after Christmas and there is something about a girl that brings such joy to my life. My boys are my love as well, but that smile of Sophia’s gets me. She is also easy going, but does have her moments. Love the measurement of Simon thing too. I remember doing this on my grandparents door when I was little. :-)

  • 33.
    Jessica B. said…

    Thank you for letting all of us readers into your life and your world. I read the Book Thief a couple of months ago after reading one of your blog posts on it. It was a little difficult at first for me to get into it given the narrative but once I did I really enjoyed it. I hope you do as well.

  • 34.
    janelle said…

    love love love you blog. love love loved The Book Thief. I put The Happiness Project on my to read list as well!!!

  • 35.
    Debbie McIntyre said…

    I adore Anna and her happy eyes!

  • 36.
    Bev said…

    I have that spot on the wall also where the height is marked every few months. Mine is now all grown up and I looka t that and wonder where the time went. I keep trying to figure out a way to keep this little piece of history. A picture doesn’t quite do it, but I can’t see cutting out the wall either.

  • 37.
    debra said…

    loved The Book Thief ! was one of my top 5 reads of 2009
    will have to put happiness project on my never ending to read list…

  • 38.
    Daphne said…

    The Book Thief made me cry! Amazing story!

  • 39.

    thank for sharing…

  • 40.

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

  • 41.
    Jo said…

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

  • 42.

    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. :)

  • 43.
    Christine H said…

    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.

  • 44.
    JillT said…

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

  • 45.
    Rebekah said…

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

  • 46.
    HeatherC said…

    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.

  • 47.
    Stacy Milford said…

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

  • 48.
    Evelyn said…

    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 :)

  • 49.
    Jana said…

    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!

  • 50.
    kim said…

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

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