Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

April 20, 2010

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


  • 1.
    nic said…

    love all the shots with you in them – good idea with the timer!

  • 2.
    Tracy said…

    Hey Ali, I’m new to your blog. Love “Week in the life” project! I bought your book “A Designer’s eye” after seeing my cousin’s copy. Love your style, how you things simple and just your love for life!! So happy to be here!

  • 3.
    Petra from NL said…

    The Fantastic Mr. Fox will be a great memory.

  • 4.
    Monique said…

    Love all the shots. This really is a fun project!

  • 5.
    Jo said…

    Hey Ali. I’m still unsure as to how I will journal this week so yesterday and today I’ve been making loads of notes with times, just to keep my options open. I love the idea of the journal cards to highlight moments and made a load on Sunday. Infact using some of those stamps you showed above (gratitude, the details and life) and some others. I have page 4 sorted – I’ve created a simple pocket page with room for extra photo/s on the bottom half, the pp and tab strip across the middle with bits and pieces tucked in the pocket behind it. Hopefully I’ll update my blog later to show it in detail. Great to see updates from your day.

  • 6.
    Calvina said…

    Great photos! Thanks so much for sharing with us. Saturday I went to a craft store and they had the same 3 sets of stamps you mentioned today on sale for 50% off! I scooped them up to use with my project this week. Thanks for all your inspiration!

  • 7.
    stephanie said…

    Love the pics and the day that wasn’t what you expect. I had one of those on Monday, too, with a few extra kids I was watching. (My Monday post is up here:

  • 8.
    dawn said…

    Great pictures for Monday. I love that you used your timer, still need to learn that. How did you get that lunchtime one so perfect of you two. That’s great the way your day went another direction but still got recorded. I noticed that you didn’t mention a nap for Anna, does she nap or was it just not mentioned. I had so much fun doing this yesterday and am having fun today too.

  • 9.
    Lana said…

    “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.”
    I totally with you here, Ali. Last night I printed out my photos for the day, that’s the easy bit – but then couldn’t think what to write. I hadn’t made any notes during the day and was too tired to remember all the details by the end of it.
    So today I have been trying to make notes even if it’s just a few words. Will make things much easier later on, I think.
    Thanks for sharing your day! Looks like you and little one had fun!

  • 10.

    Thanks for the comments about not “doing it right”. It was kindof bumpy yesterday, but we got lots of pics, but very little journaling. Now today my girl is sick. So this is truly going to be a real week in the life. Deep breath.

  • 11.
    Pennyscraps said…

    Great samples, Ali! Love that you used the self-timer – so did you have your tripod set up? A definite idea for me for today….I shot about 76 photos, got them uploaded, deleted blurries and made my notes. I’m with you – I think I need to jot and journal more through the day. But – ONE DAY is in the bag!
    Each of my teenage boys took 3 shots yesterday and hubby shot 7. I love that they are documenting with me! One of my sons also brought me a bathroom pass from school. I love them for playing along with me!

  • 12.
    Dawn said…

    so i was going to start today, but i think i will start after you are done so i have a better idea what and how i want to do this.

  • 13.
    JosieK said…

    You make it look easy Ali!
    I want to try “a life in the day” but I have to really clean my house first! ;)
    Can I just come live with you?
    oh..yea, I have 2 little boys and a husband who would be wondering where I was…yikes!
    Thank you for the inspiration!!

  • 14.
    Pino* said…

    Love all the shots! Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Thanks for all your inspiration!

  • 15.
    Kelly Massman said…

    Love the picture of you and your daughter looking out her bedroom window. Love the ceiling decorations!

  • 16.
    DawnS said…

    Love the picture of you behind the wheel :)
    Also I really like the art print in your office (the Life Art…be awake, be real, simplify). Is it something that you made? Very nice!

  • 17.
    Peaceliving said…

    Ali, I love the ones of you growling together, Simon at the table, and Anna being interested in everything. You’ve definitely captured real life…even the babysitter canceling is “real.”

  • 18.
    Kinsey said…

    What a great way to document your day! I love it!

  • 19.
    Pascale said…

    Love those pictures for your first day. I did my fist “Week in the Life” album with you in October 2008, this time I won’t be doing it but I’ll be following you all through this week. So envious of your peonies!

  • 20.
    Kara said…

    I’m not starting my week until this Friday but I have been working on getting things ready this week. I love your stamps. I’m going to be using the story, the details, the facts stamps to make my journaling cards. I have to say I love that I can scrap a whole week in my family’s life simply and have it turn out so wonderful.

  • 21.
    Suzanne said…

    Sorry Ali, this is the Mother in me speaking here but, where is your seat belt? ;-) I then realized you must have been been parked or else how else would you have been able to take that picture. It made me laugh at myself though.
    I’m struggling a bit taking pictures but I’m going to keep trying. I have a Cannon Power Shot and it is a little big, using the iPhone is a great idea, I’ll have to try that.
    Keep giving us inspiration, I love it!

  • 22.
    Nancy said…

    I LOVE this project! I decided I would do this after I was given some quilting stuff that belonged to my grandmother. She paid $.05 for a big spool of thread. The problem is I don’t know when she made her purchase. I would love to know more about her everyday life. I decided that I wouldn’t let that happen to those who follow me. Thanks for doing this project!

  • 23.
    Stacy Milford said…

    Happy Tuesday to everyone doing “a week in the life…” I can’t believe how many photos I took yesterday & how MUCH I wrote down…& as hard as I tried, I found myself remembering little bits of conversations from last night & adding them to my journaling notes…It’s those little conversations that I wish I would write down normally…& Ali is SO right…if you don’t write it down as it happens, then those little bits of our lives are lost…LOVE your photos Ali…I have NEVER used my self timer; looks like I should learn how! Have a great day :o )

  • 24.
    Stacy Milford said…

    You really don’t have to “clean the house” first…for me, that is what it is all about…keeping it real :o ) I will admit that I cringe when I see a pile of stuff in the background that really shouldn’t be there…LOL…but that is just the way it is!

  • 25.
    Ali Edwards said…

    She does nap – I forgot to take a photo (it was after grocery shopping).

  • 26.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I am not using a tri-pod (at least yesterday). I just set the camera on top of a chair, desk, table, shelf, etc. and shoot from there.

  • 27.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I think that might be my favorite from yesterday.

  • 28.
    Ali Edwards said…

    It is – it was made for my Life Artist book :) .

  • 29.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I was just pulling out of the garage and had stopped in the driveway. Total seatbelt wearer here :) .

  • 30.
    debra s said…

    Ali, I uploaded all my photos from yesterday, but I had 187!!! I think I was must have tried too hard or something. I did also keep a time log, as you did during another year. Today, will be a little different because I captured so much of the routine yesterday….and we’re going out today. Can’t wait to see how this all turns out.

  • 31.
    Lani said…

    Thanks for posting how you got the shots with you in them. Always a challenge for me.

  • 32.
    Jennifer said…

    Very true with there are no perfect way to take pictures.
    I remember your motto.. “it is OKAY”

  • 33.

    Thanks for the update Ali! I can’t believe your peonies are in bloom already! I’ve decided to play along, even though my week started with devastating news. I was going to put the project off until a more typical week, but I realize that this is real life. So, I’m going to document the good with the bad, and hopefully all will work out well.

  • 34.
    Beth H. said…

    I love peonies too — mine aren’t anywhere near blooming yet though!(in Rhode Island) I adore the photo of the pink peonies with Anna in pink next to them — priceless!

  • 35.
    Nathalie said…

    Your photos look so good! I like the idea of putting the time next to them and maybe I will start that today!

  • 36.
    jennifer said…

    I’ve never done a “week in the life” usually just a “day”, but I’m gonna give it a try. I have taken my pictures, but not enough once I wrote down everything from yesterday. But I have recruited help from my girls to take pics during the day. I’m excited to see what all I can do in 7 days! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 37.
    tammy g said…

    My 1.5 year old also loves to look out the window. Birds are a wonder to us.

  • 38.
    Cathy R said…

    Hi, I am a newbie to your blog although I have been a fan for a long time. This “week in the life” is something I am going to pursue soon. Having just lost my father I keep looking at my photos of him and wish I had one more day “average” day with him. I’m thinking I will use some photos to go in an album with the eulogy I wrote.
    MCF’s Mimi

  • 39.
    Karicia said…

    I am uniquely a homeschool mom of two and I love documenting our life right now- together. Love the ideas!

  • 40.
    Amanda Sevall said…

    I’m glad I’m not the only one with a pile of scrappy stuff on the floor of my office! :) Love all your timer pics — what a great way to capture moments. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • 41.
    Katrina said…

    Totally had the “don’t feel like I got it right” day yesterday (and blogged about it). So far…much better day today!
    Also wanted to mention that the $20 that I spent for a remote for my camera is one of the best “investments” that I’ve made. Faster than the self-timer option, and allows you to shoot multiple frames.

  • 42.
    rani said…

    Been looking forward to this!!!

  • 43.
    Deb said…

    Ali, you have such a beautiful family,
    I wish I could go back in time and redo my children’s childhood!
    Your blog is such an inspiration to me.
    Thanks for all the great ideas

  • 44.
    Micah said…

    Thanks for sharing your photos–they’re fun to see. But, even more, thank you so much for spear-heading this project. Just one and a half days into it I can already say that I’m so very glad that I’ve made the effort to join in.

  • 45.
    Anja said…

    So nice pics of your day!
    Really enjoy watching it…
    I will start in another week. But I think it will be not so good like yours.
    Greetz, Anja

  • 46.
    Teena said…

    LOVE to see your day – your family is so very cute! Love the photo where Anna wants to check the emails, too. And the one where the whole family dances. Simply wonderful! :)

  • 47.
    nancy said…

    I had the same thought! I love the concept, not sure how exactly to do it! So I will let you guys show me how it’s done and do it next week! LOL.

  • 48.
    Debi Northcutt said…

    I love your blog and keeping up with your wonderful family. I am so inspired by you! Thank you for all you share.

  • 49.
    kirsten said…

    Had a great day documenting stuff yesterday. I will change up my notes through the week – let’s face it, some days you have more time to write stuff down, some times it’s just a bunch of bullet points!

  • 50.
    elisa said…

    i had a great day yesterday! today is a bit more challenging. but i’m still loving the process. i adapted your journaling card idea but modified it. i have a scripture each day and a Jared sayings each day. my son says at least one hilarious thing each day (he’s almost 5) that i want to capture.

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