Week In The Life : Monday


8am : reading books with her (more than one at a time of course).


8:20am : seeing what's happening outside her window.


8:45am : a quick couple of sips and email checking.


8:46am : she's interested in checking email too.


10am : on our way to a weight check-up with her doctor (she's a skinny little thing).


10:01am : from the dashboard.


11:15am : grocery shopping with my girl - she got a cookie from the bakery - man I loved that as a kid.


noon : home again.


1:30pm : late lunch of lentil soup, carrots & ranch, and grapes.


1:45pm : pushing her baby dolls around. 


2:45pm : waiting for him to come home on the bus - my peonies are in bloom - I could not love them more.


2:50pm : here comes the brother.


4:30pm : after a trip to Target he gets down to the business of homework.


5:10pm : acting out the scene from Fantastic Mr. Fox where Mr. Fox and the badger lawyer have an argument (there's lots of growling involved).


5:40pm : gardenburgers with avocado, sprouts and tomato for dinner (simon had a chicken burger)


Monday was a bit of a crazy day for me as our babysitter was sick. Instead of a normal "working" Monday I had a "mama to a really cute & fun toddler" Monday and took care of some domestic things on my list.

I used my camera's self-timer in many of the photos above. Chris took the top photo and I took the rest with the timer. I also used
my iphone a bit when Anna and I were out and about.

I took some time last night to read back through my Monday journaling from 2008 and I definitely want to do some more in-depth, list-style documentation on an hour by hour or task by task basis. Today, I just went with it. For me that meant thinking way too much and not writing enough stuff down as it was happening or soon after - it's really hard to try to write at the end of the day and really capture what I would like to about the day. 

Don't be discouraged if you feel like you didn't "do it right" yesterday. There is no right or wrong. There's always room to change and embrace and adapt and do things different today.

Hello Tuesday.

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SPRING STAMP SALE : I also wanted to let you know that Two Peas is having a spring stamp sale where you can get some of my stamps for 30% off. Here's a few that are all about celebrating everyday life:

Everyday Words We Love by Ali Edwards


Today You Storytellers by Ali Edwards


The Family Circle by Ali Edwards

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  1. Ali Edwards

    2010-04-20 14:33:40 -0400

    Totally right...it's all about what you make time for...and it is totally a challenge with small kids (it's harder this year than it has been in the past because there is just more happening with another person in the family). But man, it is so worth it. You CAN totally do this.

  2. rene Jantzi

    2010-04-20 14:49:34 -0400

    Thanks for sharing your documentation! This is harder than I thought it would be, however, I'm loving it.

  3. wendy b.

    2010-04-20 15:20:00 -0400

    Hey Ali, is it too late to start? I really want to do this but neglected to take more than one photo on Monday and due to a crazy schedule today --- no pics today! Any suggestions?

  4. Amber Lee

    2010-04-20 15:30:48 -0400

    Oh my gosh, just like Tuesday! She is 15.5 months and 18lbs (on a good day). Zero percent on the charts (which is so weird, really zero?) I have a layout planned called 0%. :)

  5. Amber Lee

    2010-04-20 15:31:13 -0400

    Em I was thinking of you and Miri too! :)

  6. Lindsey Parrish

    2010-04-20 15:43:50 -0400

    Ali, I am loving this project! Thank you for all your inspiration. I love the pictures of your daughter. Mine is about the same age! LOVE your house, can you tell me the color of paint in your dining room? Thanks!

  7. Laurel

    2010-04-20 15:45:51 -0400

    Thanks for mentioning the self timer....after I read that the boys and I went to town taking photos of us while reading stories for bedtime...it made that ritual that much more special! Insert several squeals of excitement here! Thanks for the idea. I will use that a great deal this week! I'm so excited to be playing along!

  8. Bonnie

    2010-04-20 17:24:21 -0400

    Hi Ali. Love the photos of your sweet family.:) I also love this idea and while it doesn't fit into my schedule right now (end of semester demands lots of attention from faculty) I plan on keeping this on file for future. Maybe this summer. I would love to capture my days when I am writing (or trying to!). I also wanted to say a big thank you...because of your Christmas digital templates I am thrilled to say Christmas 2009 is finished and it looks awesome! I created a simple theme using your twills and a basic color scheme and focused on the stories (your words of wisdom guided me!) and it is the best book I have created by far. Everytime I look at it I get the same feeling...that it's perfect. Good lessons learned that I plan to keep. Big hugs and blessings

  9. JenRay

    2010-04-20 17:26:31 -0400

    I've been using my remote a lot. Unfortunately, sometimes the focus point lands in the background or something, and I get a lot of trash. But I do have some sweet moments of me with my kids, and I love that.
    I got your journaling cards from DD, and printed draft copies for each day, just jotting some notes right on them. Can't seem to manage a play-by-play, and that is okay.
    Off topic and somewhat random - looks like you have a Subaru Outback. Me too (a 2005 XT), and I need to get a convertible carseat for my (big) son who is about to outgrow his infant seat. I am having a hard time finding something that fits without moving the seat very far forward. What model Britax does Anna use? Is there plenty of room for a passenger in the front? Thanks!

  10. Elizabeth Rosemond

    2010-04-20 18:46:00 -0400

    I'm in the same boat! My baby girl just turned 2 (March 10) and was barely 24 pounds. The doc isn't overly concerned, it's just alarming when your other babies are big (my first was HUGE)!

  11. Ali Edwards

    2010-04-20 18:46:55 -0400

    Hi Jen - we do have an Outback and we decided on the Britax Boulevard CS. There is definitely not a ton of room in the front seat - it's ok...but not spacious. It will be better when we turn her forward facing.

  12. Ali Edwards

    2010-04-20 18:47:36 -0400

    Awesome Bonnie :).

  13. Ali Edwards

    2010-04-20 18:48:55 -0400

    It's never too late to start :). You could start today or next week or anytime. You definitely want to make the photography a pretty big part of the project...I would suggest starting fresh one day this week or next Monday. You can do it.

  14. cinback

    2010-04-20 18:48:57 -0400

    I love the shot of the Simon at the table and the reflection of the flowers on the table. I have a reflection shot on my Monday page too!

  15. Ali Edwards

    2010-04-20 18:49:39 -0400

    They are definitely usable Anne (but not likely as enlargements). I will print some out this week and let you know specifics next week.

  16. Nancy

    2010-04-20 21:23:07 -0400

    Different doctors, different charts?
    Sometimes I think all those charts and things are invented just to make us moms nervous.
    Compared to Anna, Morrison is huge, I just don't understand why they are calling him tiny. At the charts they use here he is at the total bottom, but not below.
    Oh well, as long as I see a happy healthy good-eating kid, I'll try not to worry about it!
    Anna looks like a happy kid, you never know when she might get a grow spurt! They will always keep you guessing... :)

  17. Anne T.

    2010-04-20 22:25:40 -0400

    Thanks Ali. Looking forward to the rest of this week's documentation and creating next week.

  18. Deb

    2010-04-21 01:27:38 -0400

    Monday I did a really great job.
    Tuesday not so much, but I will have a great photo of my Son with his championship trophy (of course I forgot my camera!)
    Will try harder for today!
    Thanks Ali, I am really thinking about this project alot each day.

  19. Missy Brooks

    2010-04-21 08:48:07 -0400

    So in love with this project, and so inspired to see your in-progress posts!

  20. Hannah Means

    2010-04-21 15:48:44 -0400

    What a wonderful thing you are doing! How you will cherish this in the future!

  21. Laurie Montague

    2010-04-22 11:06:26 -0400

    Ali, this is the first time I've participated in this! I can tell you this has really sparked my scrapping, which has been alittle stale. It has also made me realize that even though my kids are grown and gone, I have alot to tell and scrap! I can just imagine, my grandchildren pulling out my week and being totally amazed at how things were 'back then'

  22. Davita Edmundson

    2010-04-22 12:42:43 -0400

    I love the concept too and I will be thinking about how I can make this work for our family. The kit and pieces are beautiful.

  23. scrappysue

    2010-04-25 22:05:42 -0400

    you get better looking as the week gets older - love that ali!

  24. Gina

    2010-04-27 08:48:48 -0400

    I absolutely love the shot of your re-enactment of Mr. Fox with your family. It is always good to see your whole family in shots. A real glimpse of your life. :)

  25. littletoki

    2015-08-05 11:50:04 -0400

    I love going through your old Week in the Life posts. I really want to join in this year but I was having trouble thinking of things that I could document. My weekdays pretty much look identical since they're spent at work. I'm getting so many ideas clicking through your old posts. And it's lots of fun seeing your kids grow up. :)

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