Week In The Life : Thursday


The morning coffee.


The morning screech.


The morning blooms that are just about done.


The morning's second breakfast (yogurt).


The morning goodbyes.


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


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


The morning pick-up.


The morning/mid-day work.


The all day bed.


The mid-day outfit.


The afternoon pick-up.


The afternoon drive.


The afternoon capture.


The afternoon swim.


The afternoon swim wrinkled toes.


The afternoon peonies.


The evening bath.


The evening playtime.


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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  1. Sally

    2010-04-23 10:02:37 -0400

    I've been playing along with this project all week... my kids have HAD it with me and my camera. Getting a little bummed because I have almost no pictures of them today since they are now running and hiding when I come around with the camera. Anyone else dealing with this issue? :)

  2. Kelly

    2010-04-23 10:05:13 -0400

    Love Anna's Wonderwoman T-Shirt!! That's hilarious!

  3. Molly Irwin

    2010-04-23 12:11:20 -0400

    Ali, I love you.
    So much to love here, but first ... the all-day bed is perfection. I need to get a closet mirror photo like this myself. Glad you've shared that.
    Have a great weekend.

  4. Amy Davis

    2010-04-23 12:51:54 -0400

    Can I say thank you for a week that shows such human-ness! I've had stacks this weeks and extra dishes and plans gone awry and I have felt a kindred spirit in your pictures! Thank you!

  5. dawn

    2010-04-23 12:55:53 -0400

    I just realized I used the wrong name to reply to Laura's question about journaling.
    This is for you laura not Kimberley. Sorry for the mix up.

  6. peanut

    2010-04-23 14:26:47 -0400

    I love the idea of this project. I'd like to give it a try in the next month or so I think (I found you a little late to start on Monday). I really like that you have lots of pictures of yourself - I'm always forgetting to get pictures of me. I'm going to have to use my timer more often.

  7. Robin Boling

    2010-04-23 14:53:29 -0400

    Hi Ali, I love your design style and always know I can count on your blog for an inspiration boost. Recently I ran across this interesting idea and thought of you. First of all, have you heard of Photojojo (http://photojojo.com)? It's a site for photography aficionados that think outside the box. In their newsletter they spotlighted a project called "What's in your bag?" See pictures here:
    This is a cool way to capture the nitty gritty of the here and now. My current purse seems to swallow up anything placed inside it, and so I'm thinking this would be a great time to zoom in on all those ordinary things that tag along with me wherever I go.

  8. Heidi

    2010-04-23 15:16:30 -0400

    Ali, I have loved doing this project for the first time. I have found it hard to keep going as the week continued. And I'm usually good at keeping pace but a very busy time for our family (getting ready to put our house on the market). Bottom line -- LIFE :) And exactly what you said about not keeping notes and trying to remember at the end of the day rarely works (not well for me anyway!). Granted, you told me, I should have listened more the last 2 days :) But regardless, I have learned so much about my self, our family, routines and not so routine. And I have truly loved the process even when I wasn't as dedicated to taking photos as I wanted to be. Even then...I stopped with the guilt business because above all else I have realized how incredibly blessed I am living this life of mine!!! Thank you Ali! I can't wait to finish up my week and consider how to put this awesome week in my life album together. Heidi p.s. I still don't know how to use my timer :O should I admit that? ha

  9. Hannah Means

    2010-04-23 15:20:20 -0400

    Wonderful, beautiful, ordinary day! What a treasure this will be!

  10. Cathy B.

    2010-04-23 15:54:44 -0400

    That quote is a treasure Ali! Feels SOOOOO good to know that. :) Thanks for sharing your life, you're always an inspiration and I'm learning a lot from it. I hope you had a good Friday! Cheers! - Cathy

  11. Cindy C.

    2010-04-23 16:28:16 -0400

    Hi Ali, even though I didn't make it this time to participate for this project, I'd like you to know that you really inspire me. You make me realize that beautiful photos don't need formal postes and perfect tidy background. The natural ones are the most beautiful ones!

  12. kris

    2010-04-23 16:32:16 -0400

    I love the honesty of your blog..good days and bad days. Dirty dishes, laundry to do and making breaksftst. The reality of a persons life. Thanks for sharing without the pretense.

  13. Jo

    2010-04-23 23:09:03 -0400

    Great photos as usual Ali and I love the idea of using 'The morning...', The afternoon...' and 'The evening...'. Thanks for sharing your everyday life and inspiring me to capture mine, albeit with less quality photos!

  14. Terri Lynn

    2010-04-24 00:18:28 -0400

    Wow! What a great week so far. I can't wait to see what you do with it. It is very inspiring!

  15. jillconyers

    2010-04-24 00:29:49 -0400

    Every year I love this project more and more. A glimpse at our WITL (in progress)...

  16. Mary Satterfield

    2010-04-24 01:26:19 -0400

    I love the quote you left us with your pictures were great and ordinary just love that. It reminds me of time long ago when my boys were little, now my life is much different without them underfoot. Not bad just different your photos reminded me of those happy times. Have a great weekend!

  17. Cheryl M

    2010-04-24 04:16:39 -0400

    Just came across this and while behind I might try to do this the upcoming week. Wonderful of you to share.

  18. Ashley S.

    2010-04-24 09:08:57 -0400

    Thanks for sharing that quote. I really like it.
    Where did you get your bedspread? It's beautiful.

  19. Beverly Duncan-Midgett

    2010-04-24 09:42:44 -0400

    Just don't know how I missed the Big giveaway information but I have to say that the comments - what makes me exceptional - came today on Saturday at an interesting time. Just attended an event that was being attended by 300,000 women across the county by simulcast. The main event was in Woodstock, GA at an incredibly huge church. The title..."Say Goodbye to Insecurities - You've been a Bad Friend for Way Too Long". LOL!!! Well of the 6 points (S-E-C-U-R-E) the last was: a secure woman is Exceptional in life. What makes me exceptional is my desire to follow Creator God and to become the exception, the "healthy thumb", shed the old for the new!!

  20. glee

    2010-04-24 10:45:58 -0400

    i too love taking pictures, these of everyday life are such a treasure. love the wrinkly swim toes. even more love that little bit of mom/simon down time before swim class. it is such a luxury these days to revel in a chance to have TIME to just sit. thans for sharing and inspiring as always!

  21. glee

    2010-04-24 10:47:15 -0400

    i still have the envelope i wrote that normal day quote on last year, and i recite it regularly!! tfs

  22. glee

    2010-04-24 11:00:10 -0400

    we call them hobbit breakfast (or lunch) as in the hobbits always eat twice as many meals as we do!

  23. Leslie

    2010-04-24 18:35:33 -0400

    wonderful post ... I feel as if I've spent the day with you and your lovely kids!

  24. Melanie

    2010-04-25 00:30:12 -0400

    I loved every single photo. You are the master storyteller and it's beautiful. I was going to participate but after the first day I realized that I couldn't do it this time. I am taking Karen Russell's online Photography Workshop and I needed to concentrate on that. I have enjoyed seeing your weeks photos and look forward to seeing the book.

  25. sandee

    2010-04-28 12:15:57 -0400

    I usually don't comment on blogs, but as I sit here tonight, your week made me cry. Ya see, I have an empty house with 3 nearly grown kids, and I crave the days of chaos and mayhem and crowded calendars and just so much LIFE. I SO remember those days, and miss them like crazy. The novelty of having enough time to scrapbook, work out and read quickly faded when there wasn't anyone around to share my triumphs with...even if it was just a triumph over the finicky coffee maker. ENJOY ENJOY and savor every tired, bliss-filled moment. And...if you need a grandma to come babysit, call me. I need some kids to cuddle. Thanks for the blog--

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