Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

April 25, 2010

Week In The Life : Saturday


The morning view.


Cartoons and email before breakfast.


As we were leaving our breakfast restaurant I saw this display – loved it.


Good morning sweet boy.


Good morning sunshine.


Time to head for home.


First a little shopping stop.


Thank you Chris for entertaining our two while I try on a couple things.


New, super-fast shoes for Mr. Simon.


The view on the drive home.


The view at home.


Unloading the car.


Anna's helping of course.


Home = lego time.


Home = laundry time.


Home = dinner & exercise time.

Today my main thought is that I love coming home. I love being back in our space even in the midst of laundry and lists and all that other good stuff of our life.

One more day for most of us in the documentation phase of this project. What other things can you capture today that might round-out your week? Have you missed anything that is a really big part of your life right now?

Have a wonderful Sunday.


for a complete list of Week In The Life posts.


  • 1.
    Miguel de Luis said…

    Just a lovely day :)

  • 2.
    Susan said…

    we went away this week too, just overnight and you are so right. there is nothing like coming home, laundry & all! enjoy your day! susan

  • 3.
    mjspizz said…

    i started last sunday so i am finished with my project. time to pick up my pictures and put my album together this week. can’t wait to see yours. i just loved this project!

  • 4.
    stephanie said…

    Love both the travel and the return as well. Love the variety in your pictures this week. : )

  • 5.
    Carolyn E said…

    Yesterday was a blur for us too. We were at my son’s school at 7 am and got home around 4 (but it felt longer!) for his school’s annual Spring Fling. We helped set it all up, manned our booth and then helped tear everything back down again. Man we were exhausted! We all came home and lounged while either reading, watching t.v. or napping.
    I’ve got to load up my pictures, I’m hoping I’ll have enough, it was kind of hard to get photos while moving and doing so much! I know I don’t have that many like you did for your busy Friday…not sure what to do.

  • 6.
    Laser said…

    Thank you for sharing your week. We will start our traveling this coming Friday when we visit our son and family. I plan to take lots and lots of photos of the little things along the way.

  • 7.
    heather said…

    I’m feeling inspired to try and do this this week, even if my life is a bit uneventful normally! might as well give it a go :)

  • 8.
    Stacie Albrecht said…

    I recognize the Anthropologie dressing rooms. Love that place.

  • 9.
    Tracey Monette said…

    It is fun to look at your week. The Nines looks very cool. Wish I had an excuse to go stay there but we live in the Portland area. Actually our sneak getaway is usually up the Columbia Gorge for a night at the Bonneville Hot Springs or a night at Skamania Lodge. As long as there is a pool, my daughter is happy. LOL. I adore to be surrounded by the nature in those areas and the scenery is outstanding and we only have to drive about half an hour! Perfection.
    And I get my own unique perspective of you now from a meeting I had with you when you were on the cusp of becoming ‘famous’. Tracy Kyle was there too. We had lunch together with a group of scrapping women during a CK convention here in Portland. Remembering bits of a small chat we had about motherhood and you only having Simon back then, I am so happy you now have Anna too. It is fun to watch where life has taken you and your family. Since that time I went 100% digital and have been designing happily for several years. And I enjoy peeking at your blog and then seeing what new discoveries the blog hopping that follows usually take me. LOL. (I’ve lost hours of a day that way!!!)
    Wow, all this chat and I haven’t even had my morning caffeine fix…. watch out world. LOL LOL

  • 10.
    kris said…

    Love the whole concept of a week in the life…That photo of Chris entertaining while you try on some Anthro! Been there and done that!
    ps The draw for super fast shoes doesn’tt seem to wane as they get older!!

    • ….
      Caden said…

      Felt so hopeless looking for answers to my quet.ionst..unsil now.

  • 11.
    Yvonne said…

    Dear Ali,
    I enjoyed every post that you write on your weekends. Thank you for telling us stories through the pictures….thank you for sharing :)

  • 12.
    Laura Bruynell said…

    Ali- I notice that you take most of your pics horizontal. When you start to put them in your baseball pages they obviously have to be rotated. Do you take any vertical pics, and if not, do you just rotate the pic and not worry about what you may lose in the process?

  • 13.
    Tina J. said…

    Simon has such a kind face. Every time I see him, I just want to hug him.

  • 14.
    radish said…

    Heather, you are a perfect person to document things. Get out there and photography gas prices, the price of lettuce, your dishes, your entry hall. I would love to know these things from 40 years hence. Good luck

  • 15.
    radish said…

    Ali, glad you photoed the treasured farm land. Have a good wind down day.

  • 16.
    Julia L. said…

    Good question Laura!
    I do not have Photoshop (yet) and I am pretty concerned how my picture will look after cropping them to fit the baseball pages. I uploaded and ordered my first two days from and utilized some of their 4 x 4 size options but I am not sure how that will work. I do not print myself, so maybe the cropping will be part of what makes this album different. A glimpse, not always a complete picture.
    When you look at how professionals photograph food and parties for magazines, I noticed they often use quirky angles and partial photos of food or plates to mix things up.

  • 17.
    Noell Hyman said…

    Did you notice your reflection shows in the laptop of the lego picture? Looks awesome.

  • 18.
    Noell Hyman said…

    I’ve hotel’d in my home town many times now! Do it in your off-season when it’s cheap. It’s a very nice and no-pressure kind of get away.

  • 19.
    MelanieJ said…

    I’ve really enjoyed reading through your posts this week. And I’m glad I’ve captured our week as well. There are a few things I’d like to get today that have been missed–Mere looking in the oven, on the stairs, and me. I’ve only taken two shots of me this week. :)
    Thanks again for the inspiration to do this project.

  • 20.
    patty said…

    probably sounds corny, but i think you are soe C*O*O*L! & i just love your style…creative, decorating, parenting etc. thanks for sharing a peek in your week in a life!
    enjoy your sunday at home!

  • 21.
    jacqueline said…

    ali…thank you for sharing your life with us. you have a beautiful family. i did the project and i truly want to thank you for introducing us to this. it made me focus on the small stuff…and i found out that i love the small stuff. thanks! have a great sunday!

  • 22.
    patty said…

    so not soe…oops! :)

  • 23.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I almost never take vertical pictures – no reason why not I just don’t naturally go that way. I am not worried about what will be lost – I will try to show that specifically when I put my album together this week so you can see how I decide to use which photo where.

  • 24.
    Xnomads said…

    I cannot believe that I completed my week! I have started this project more than once in the past and never got further than a few days. This time, even though I slowed down a bit Wed & Thurs, I didn’t stop altogether and I even wrote up something for each day. Hurray! I’m so pleased. Now the next challenge is getting this into an album in a timely manner.
    Thanks for being my catalyst!

  • 25.
    Lynn M said…

    Ali…thank you for sharing your photos with us this week. You’ve inspired me to pull out the new tripod and learn how to use the self-timer to get me in my pictures for the week.

  • 26.
    Jo said…

    I’ve been really good this time round with taking the photos and writing copius notes. But what I hadn’t been good at was blogging about my progress. So today I’ve been catching up with a few blog posts to document my week day by day, inbetween playing with the boys and general life of course! Looking forward to putting this altogether next week. Enjoy your last day.

  • 27.
    Gemia Carroll said…

    I just wanted to share with you a comment my mother left on my blog in response to my entires for this week; “So everyone always asks me how I feel with you and your family living so far away. Left out and disconnected are the best descriptions. Reading this and seeing the pictures made me feel a part of your lives. It is wonderful!
    hugs and kisses, mom” I never realized how much this journey might mean to others in my life. Thank you for encouraging me to do this. I think I will pick one day every month to document and post. Thanks.

  • 28.
    Alana in Canada said…

    For those concerned with cropping, I find picasa to be invaluable. It’s free and it will allow you to crop your pictures any size you like. I’m finished my week–and the task of facing 700 plus pictures and pages and pages of journaling is a bit overwhelming at the moment!

  • 29.
    Ali Edwards said…

    I love that Gemia – what a great comment :)

  • 30.
    dawn said…

    Hi Ali,
    What great photos you got while away! We sometimes stay overnight in the hotel close to us just to get away with& without kids. They love to swim in the pool and bounce on the beds always a good time. We just got back from Archivers and I found some cool ” family time” things to add to my album. I love going there. I teased my husband about how many pictures I could take in the van for that 50mt drive well 30 pictures which really look great. I’m kinda sad this week is over.
    Yesterday was a bad here at our house, kids fighting, being bored your typical Saturday of us trying to fit together again. By bedtime it all works out. I can’t wait to see what your album will look like. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Hope your having a good Sunday.

  • 31.
    Loretta said…

    Love the couch and wallpaper in that hotel room. What a great day!

  • 32.
    JanineBoyd said…

    I’m not taking part this week – just not a good time right now, but I hope to do it in the summer when I’m not teaching. I’ve loved your photos and posts this week and am especially inspired to try taking a few more self-portraits. Yours rock!

  • 33.
    Nancy said…

    Can’t believe I have journaling for this whole week!
    Now I can go to bed peacefully :)
    Thanks, Ali, for everything you do.

  • 34.
    Silvita said…

    I’ve enjoyed this project so far. Now I’m ready to get this in to an album, a digital one!
    Can’t wait to see your process Ali and that of other commenters!

  • 35.
    Jana said…

    Nice pic of Mary’s Peak on your way home! Busy Saturday for us – driving to Charbonneau that morning, setting up an art show, meeting lots of cool people, getting a fab henna “tattoo”, selling a few things (yay!) then packing it all back up, returning home, unpacking, then driving henna artist (daughter) back to Eugene, then home to Corvallis… Today is recovery day! (+ a hike up & around Bald Hill…) Love your glimpses into your life all week! Wish it’d keep going :)

  • 36.
    Tammy said…

    The sneakers looked comfy and colorful. What kind were they please?
    Alos thank you for the awesome photos> I have gotten into the habit of taking everyday pictures with my phone and uploading them to share and print.

  • 37.
    liz kartchner said…

    I am so so impressed with how well you’ve captured your week!!! Really inspiring.

  • 38.
    AmyGee said…

    MMM…the bloody mary bar photo is fabulous!

  • 39.
    Tiffani said…

    Thanks for such a great week. You always inspire me. Now I just need to upload all my photos- at least the journaling is done

  • 40.
    Kaly said…

    I’ve been enjoying your Week In the Life photos.
    I couldn’t help looking at all the stray socks in your laundry photo and can’t help myself from telling you the greatest tip I’ve ever received from a magazine. It is this: to put all dirty socks into a mesh laundry bag (I have the bag clipped to the side of my son’s laundry basket and fill it up as we toss his dirty clothes in). Zip up the bag and toss it in with your laundry. When your laundry is done, voila! All your socks are still in the bag and there are no stray socks! I always used to find the baby socks inside the rubber front of my front-load washer, and gathering them up as you fold and sort is such a pain.
    Anyway, use it or not, I just couldn’t help myself from sharing!

  • 41.
    Emily said…

    What a great tip for making sure socks don’t get lost! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • 42.
    Emily said…

    As many have already said before me, thank you so much for the inspiration you bring to my life. I have been following along all week and have loved the insight into your life. As I have read along I started to wonder if enough would go on in our life to document the small things, so finally yesterday I made the decision to have a go. I figured I had nothing to lose and a lot to gain. Two days in, way behind the rest of you, and I am loving the process. I love scrapbooking but am not a confident photographer and so over the two days I have taken approximately 200 photos. Because of this project I figured out how to use the timer on the camera I have had for four years.
    So I just want to thank you so much for being who you are and for chosing to share yourself with us! We are very lucky.
    P.S. Not only did I take on the ‘A week in the life’ project but I started a blog too!! A wonderful week of new experiences!!

  • 43.
    PJ said…

    At first i did not wanted to play along this year… to much on my plate already, and i must confess i haven’t combined my album from last year yet (all pictures glued in place already, but it’s still up to the final touches!) But then it occurred to me that – being ill and needing yucky treatment for half a year now – that my completely out of ordered life at the moment deserves to be captured! Hopefully i’ll live for a long time, but if not, than i won’t have missed out on such a good upportunity to leave my family this very detailed document of me! I so wish my mom had left me something like this when she went through all of this too and did not make it! So i started to work (captured even my whole chemo day! i love the process! Thanks for inviting us to join you!

  • 44.
    Melanie said…

    I always feel the same way. I love to travel but I also love to come back home.
    You photos are beautiful as always.

  • 45.
    Judy Webb said…

    Do you get enough sleep? I do not know how you do all that you do!!!

  • 46.
    Jennnifer S. said…

    I had to LOL with the tennis shoes. My boys would choose their shoes on how fast they made them feel. I guess all boys are the same!!

  • 47.
    Jennifer said…

    We all have vary life to have BUSY life. But you show us with no matter what is going on with the life, made time to take pictures no matter what, no perfect capture..
    Way you did.. all way perfect.
    Thank for sharing!

  • 48.
    Lisa Martin said…

    In the picture of Simon at the table with his legos I can just see the reflection of you holding A in the laptop monitor. so cute!

  • 49.

    Ali, How do you take the pictures with you in them? Are you using the remote or setting the timer?

  • 50.
    Vinnie Pearce said…

    wow! that second photo of you in the mirror is just amazing. I just love the light in those curtains and composition is perfect! TFS!

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