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Week In The Life : Thursday


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The morning coffee.



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The morning screech.



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The morning blooms that are just about done.



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The morning's second breakfast (yogurt).



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The morning goodbyes.



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The morning's third breakfast for her and first for me.



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The morning unloading of the dishwasher before the morning work-out.



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The morning pick-up.



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The morning/mid-day work.



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The all day bed.



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The mid-day outfit.



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The afternoon pick-up.



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The afternoon drive.



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The afternoon capture.



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The afternoon swim.



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The afternoon swim wrinkled toes.



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The afternoon peonies.



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The evening bath.



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The evening playtime.



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And, the evening snack.


My overwhelming thought about this project today: I love photos.


I definitely recovered from the frustrations of yesterday. Thanks for all the nice comments and I'm so glad that so many of us are familiar with the event known as "waking up in the morning to a kitchen full of dirty dishes from the night before."


Thursdays around here follow a similar progression as Tuesdays - with Simon's swimming lessons in the afternoon. His swimming lessons have become a treasured Mom & Simon time. Rather than the bus bringing him home, I pick him up from school and take him to the athletic club for swimming lessons. Because of the time of the lesson we are able to not be in a hurry - I bring him a snack, we sit in the lobby together, and then we make our way downstairs to the pool. He really loves being in the water (definitely takes after his mama) and is making really great progress. It's a great part of our weekly routine right now. 


And for today, one of my most favorite quotes from Mary Jean Iron that I recite to myself often:


Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.

I wish you a wonderfully normal, ordinary day.


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129 thoughts

  1. Heather says…
    04/23/2010

    Made me smile, which is a feat when I'm cranky from a half night's sleep. Thanks for the lift.

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  2. Wendy T says…
    04/23/2010

    I love the pics of Simon in the pool the Goggles and feet.... precious. My daughter turned 1 yesterday and she has learned to screech and she started to screech as I saw your pic of Anna screeching! Thanks for the idea!

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  3. Wendy T says…
    04/23/2010

    I love the pics of Simon in the pool the Goggles and feet.... precious. My daughter turned 1 yesterday and she has learned to screech and she started to screech as I saw your pic of Anna screeching! Thanks for the idea!

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  4. Wendy T says…
    04/23/2010

    I love the pics of Simon in the pool the Goggles and feet.... precious. My daughter turned 1 yesterday and she has learned to screech and she started to screech as I saw your pic of Anna screeching! Thanks for the idea!

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  5. Wendy T says…
    04/23/2010

    I love the pics of Simon in the pool the Goggles and feet.... precious. My daughter turned 1 yesterday and she has learned to screech and she started to screech as I saw your pic of Anna screeching! Thanks for the idea!

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  6. sue says…
    04/23/2010

    Ali, this is a great week for you. Someday you and your adult children will look back at this album and will love the 'off-kilter Wednesday' and the 'ordinary Thursday' because it is a reflection of life and you captured it for a week. Thank you for sharing and for helping me to get my own 'week in the life' project set up.

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  7. debbi g. says…
    04/23/2010

    one thing i am happy about and had to remind myself of a few time yesterday was that my camera date/time stamps each photo as i take it...will be great to remember the details of the day, if my memory needs any jogging.

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  8. Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY says…
    04/23/2010

    Great snippets from a very full day.
    Love the wrinkled toes sticking up from the pool and the bath that is clearly enjoyed.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  9. www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawkNUMp2urHhhRm_202FZpl1qSS4EHca2js says…
    04/23/2010

    I'm still hanging in there on this project this week!--Enjoy seeing the photos you have taken.

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  10. margaretes says…
    04/23/2010

    Thank you Ali for these lovely and inspiring glimpses into your life.

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  11. tracyg says…
    04/23/2010

    So very cool!

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  12. Katie Pegher says…
    04/23/2010

    hey ali,
    just wanted to pass along my thanks to you for inspiring this project and motivating so many to participate. this was my first time and I was VERY dedicated... I chronicled everything on my blog this week - and guess what happened?
    my traffic doubled... and this morning - my husband actually left me a comment... it was so gratifying.
    check it out if you have a second.
    www.katiepegher.typepad.com
    thanks again ali.... for everything

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  13. nerdgrl says…
    04/23/2010

    Love the pic of Simon in his goggles. The quote made me teary as I know that will be what will happen when our very precious and loved furbaby is no longer with us.

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  14. Sarah Pendergrast says…
    04/23/2010

    Love that quote. For some reason, it is making me teary today. Again, I lovely how the simplicity of yout photos and words tell a beautiful story of your day.

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  15. Leora Henkin says…
    04/23/2010

    Oh Ali, your pictures and comments are very moving. I am sending love to you and your family. Thanks for sharing yourself and your family with us.
    Gratefully,
    Leora

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  16. stephanie says…
    04/23/2010

    Happy Thursday. : ) Am really enjoying this project. Thanks again!
    My Thursday is here: http://herdofsteph.blogspot.com/2010/04/week-in-life-thursday.html

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  17. Mary Ashby says…
    04/23/2010

    I have been absorbing your Week in the Life project and will (hopefully) tackle one myself in the near future... Ironically, I was thinking of the very same quote just the other day as I tried to reflect on what my goals for the project, what I want to capture about our lives, etc. would be. Great minds think alike! :) Thank you for being so willing to share your talents and insights (And ESPECIALLY the little details like breakfast, laundry, and dishes from the night before... That's the real life stuff that Moms SHOULD share with other Moms. Oh, and my 18 month old eats two or three breakfasts as well!)!

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  18. Amy says…
    04/23/2010

    Hi Ali! Love the post. I love how you simply recorded things in a morning, afternoon, and evening perspective.
    Are you going to break them down into times or just keep the day as it is? I love it - it simplifies and amplifies the realness of it.

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  19. chris gadbois says…
    04/23/2010

    Enjoy these days, before you know it your children are all grown up.

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  20. Jessica Woodford says…
    04/23/2010

    I love the quote! Thanks for sharing it!
    www.thewoodfordfamily.com

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  21. dorah says…
    04/23/2010

    Am loving following your week. Just love all your photos of Simon and Anna. You have been such an inspiration and I find I am really enjoying this process. Love the quotes you include every day and have been using them in my pages. Thanks for all you do to make scrapping a much easier process.

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  22. Jamie says…
    04/23/2010

    Hey Ali....random mom question....our little ones are about the same age (nearly 15 months)...and I noticed in your photo what looks like pb toast...I've been wanting to try some pb with my little guy, since none of us are allergic....but the dr. suggested waiting until he's two....just wondering if that's what that is, and if you had any thoughts....
    thanks! Jamie

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  23. patty says…
    04/23/2010

    thanks for sharing the quote...it is a good reminder that an ordinary day IS special!
    A*L*I...i don't know if you show my post before...but i asked where you got that beautiful shower curtain from??? if you don't mind sharing and sending me an e-mail. thanks, i appreciated it!
    again, you are so I*N*S*P*I*R*I*N*G!!!
    xoxo

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  24. Pennyscraps says…
    04/23/2010

    Ali, what a gut wrenching quote! Love the normalcy, love the imperfection, love the embracing of it all, love the quotes.
    Am so enjoying this week. I have never taken this many every day photos of our family in this condensed time frame before now. Thank you for the call to remember and tell - to document life.
    TGIF! Happy Friday to you and all of you!

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  25. chris says…
    04/23/2010

    your blog makes me smile EVERY day. thank you.

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