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April 23, 2010

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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Comments

  • 1.
    Heather said…

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

  • 2.
    Wendy T said…

    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!

  • 3.
    Wendy T said…

    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!

  • 4.
    Wendy T said…

    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!

  • 5.
    Wendy T said…

    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!

  • 6.
    sue said…

    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.

  • 7.
    debbi g. said…

    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.

  • 8.

    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.

  • 9.

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

  • 10.
    margaretes said…

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

  • 11.
    tracyg said…

    So very cool!

  • 12.
    Katie Pegher said…

    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.
    http://www.katiepegher.typepad.com
    thanks again ali…. for everything

  • 13.
    nerdgrl said…

    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.

  • 14.

    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.

  • 15.
    Leora Henkin said…

    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

  • 16.
    stephanie said…

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

  • 17.
    Mary Ashby said…

    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!)!

  • 18.
    Amy said…

    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.

  • 19.
    chris gadbois said…

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

  • 20.

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

  • 21.
    dorah said…

    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.

  • 22.
    Jamie said…

    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

  • 23.
    patty said…

    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

  • 24.
    Pennyscraps said…

    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!

  • 25.
    chris said…

    your blog makes me smile EVERY day. thank you.

  • 26.
    kristyn said…

    I sometimes think my days need to be extraordinary to be recorded…thanks for reminding me the ordinary is where the memories are. what a wonderful life you have.

  • 27.
    tracey said…

    Ali,
    I love your home. Clean and simple lines, calming colors with pops of flowery brightness, and loaded with warmth. As if your photos weren’t inspiring enough, seeing the stage on which you live your life makes me want to seriously declutter.
    Thank you!

  • 28.
    tara pakosta said…

    that quote is beautiful. I just love it,
    it made me get tears and the desire to just
    be grateful for my days>!
    thank YOU!
    and I LOVE these photos!
    tara

  • 29.

    I love doing the Week In The Life; I see our world in a whole different light!!! Simple things are good, routines are good, and life is good! I can really relate to the dishes in the sink from the night before!!! It happens quite often … life gets so busy! But, it is a good life!!! We all have stories to tell!!! I love the flickr link; I have posted some of my pictures there!!! :-)

  • 30.
    Lisa J said…

    I just wanted to thank you for doing the Week In The Life. It has been incredibly inspiring and I know it will be something I treasure (as well as the rest of the family) for many years to come.
    It has been great seeing how your “life” has been evolving over the last few days. Thank you for sharing!
    Cheers,
    Lisa

  • 31.
    Lisa J said…

    I just wanted to thank you for doing the Week In The Life. It has been incredibly inspiring and I know it will be something I treasure (as well as the rest of the family) for many years to come.
    It has been great seeing how your “life” has been evolving over the last few days. Thank you for sharing!
    Cheers,
    Lisa

  • 32.
    Lisa J said…

    I just wanted to thank you for doing the Week In The Life. It has been incredibly inspiring and I know it will be something I treasure (as well as the rest of the family) for many years to come.
    It has been great seeing how your “life” has been evolving over the last few days. Thank you for sharing!
    Cheers,
    Lisa

  • 33.
    Lisa J said…

    I just wanted to thank you for doing the Week In The Life. It has been incredibly inspiring and I know it will be something I treasure (as well as the rest of the family) for many years to come.
    It has been great seeing how your “life” has been evolving over the last few days. Thank you for sharing!
    Cheers,
    Lisa

  • 34.
    elaine said…

    You have made photography skills, and gorgeous kids!

  • 35.
    Lisa said…

    Wonderful talents you have to show what’s really important to journal. While I would have NEVER taken a photo of “almost done” flowers, your photo showed them nicely and perhaps added a whole new angle about why you still had them…how long you kept them…where they were from…why you had them…and how hard it is to let them leave. Thank you for glimpses into you and your family’s life.

  • 36.
    Leah said…

    Love the quote. I am having a great time with this project. I never realized how much we did every week. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  • 37.
    Jennifer S. said…

    Thank you for this project. I started this week, then we stopped because our “normal” routine was interrupted by one of the kids being sick. So we will do this next week. I have to say that I love your pictures and how you document life, it has helped change my perspective on the “daily grind”. I also love the quotes you share with us!
    Thank you!

  • 38.
    Miss Niki said…

    I love your photos! How are you getting the ones with you in them? Do you set a timer? I too love photos and have taken so many already this week that I’m not sure how I will complete my book now….I had an idea and a plan but now I’m not sure. Could become a combo of a variety of ideas. I got really bad at taking pictures of “stuff” during Project 365 and am now trying to take more of the people. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • 39.
    Joni Possin said…

    I can’t express the joy you bring me each morning with your family photos. I lost my husband in January and mornings seem to be the most difficult time of the day for me. However, your photos have been a sunny highlight that I look forward to.
    I started taking photos Monday for ‘my week’ album. But that’s as far as I got… can’t seem to focus on one thing long enough. My DD Gallery is just sitting there. The desire is there just not the… whatever one calls it.
    Keep the photos coming… Anna is such a ‘little you’!
    Joni

  • 40.

    Beautiful, Ali. I love these photos – so many ordinary joys – and that quote about the “normal day.”

  • 41.
    Sandi said…

    Love the quote!! My world was turned upside down last year, due to illness, & I was having a difficult time trying to record life “now” as my WITL. The quote reminded me, that I will someday appreciate “this” time!

  • 42.
    Jenny said…

    I love your pictures, too! :) I’m in awe of how you’re able to capture the light in your photos. That picture of the evening bath is superb. How in the world do you do that? My bath pictures always come out dim and blurry if I don’t use the flash, or way too bright and washed out if I do. What settings do you use on your camera to get such great light?
    The quote is wonderful. I’m going to save the ones you’ve posted this week and may include them in my Week in the Life album. Thank you!

  • 43.
    alexandra said…

    so many great photos – I especially adore the one of Anna in the bath – that’s one to frame!!
    thanks for sharing the quote – I’ve read it here before – it’s so good.

  • 44.
    jennie said…

    love that quote. totally making that my FB status today! doing my WITL at the end of may…working full time makes it hard to capture daily stuff of my kiddo, so choosing a week we will be home more, even if that is not a “normal” week for us.

  • 45.
    Crystal said…

    I love this!! This is the way most of us live daily and you have captured it perfectly and what great pictures!!

  • 46.
    Stacy Milford said…

    Great post again Ali…BTW you look great! Hmmm…how to squeeze a workout into my everyday??? Gotta work on that…LOL! Guess what I did last night when I got home from work? Yep, took a photo of the dirty dishes piled in the sink & then got busy with the cleanup chore…looking forward to TGIF…though it started out a bit bumpy things are looking up…@ least the sun is shining!!!

  • 47.
    Ruth said…

    I am so inspired by this project! Even though my routine is fairly similar every day, I am loving taking the time to look at my world through the camera lens. I am noticing so much more going on around me. Thank you!

  • 48.
    Sharon Osborn said…

    I love the photos too Ali, but I love the quotes even more :) Thank you for sharing them this week. The “I Really Love Quotes” lady.

  • 49.
    Joy Buss said…

    What is ordinary? Not sure since every day brings new…and yet the same routine. Crazy how in the midst of journaling my week, I see a routine mixed in with the chaos of a busy family of 5. Love this quote. Today I embrace ordinary…and chaos! Happy Friday Ali!

  • 50.
    brandy said…

    ali, let me just say that i am thrilled to do this project. it is my first time and i am loving it! i learned how to use my self-timer (pathetic, i know) and i dug out the tripod that i have had for approx. 6yrs. and never even took it out of the bubble wrap! u have gave me the little push that i needed. and the pictures and encouragement really help! i was delighted to see lil anna’s shirt on thursday…both my girls had the same wonder woman shirts yesterday! i let them wear it just so i could save the old navy tag for my “stuff”! thanks so much, u are such an inspiration!

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