Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

October 12, 2010

Early Tuesday Morning

Waiting for the bus. Giggling while being chased by Dad. Lily wanting to play fetch. Hot coffee. Orange twinkle lights. Anna already off with Kim. Bagel & cream cheese. Teeth-brushed. Hair sprayed with water to keep that “crazy hair” at bay. Papers placed in backpack and reminders spoken to give them to his teacher. Fog. Shoes on. Coat on. Fewer verbal reminders these days than in the past. Conversation about how happy he has been lately. Third grade. Subjects + predicates. Routines. Rhythms. Fall.


  • 1.
    Michelle Wooderson said…

    A lovely little life you have. Cherish it.

    • ….
      Cheyenne Renard said…

      I definately agree you dont know just how wonderful a life you really have until its gone or the children are gown up do cherish it Ali and i know you really do have a great week Simon is so handsome and darling its great to see him doing so well love to you all Cheyenne from Henderson Nevada.

    • ….
      Michelle said…

      Amen to you both. My son will be 17 this Sunday & it seems like just yesterday he was Simon’s age. These are truly magical years…hold on tight….they go by fast!!

  • 2.
    Madeline St Onge said…

    Sounds like the perfect start to your day

  • 3.
    Sasha Holloway said…

    you had me at Bagels and Cream Cheese mmmm .. now off to burn the thought off w/some cardio lol.

  • 4.
    Krystal said…

    Beautiful. This will be great to look back on.

  • 5.

    Sweet post! Inspirational.

  • 6.
    Stacie said…

    Life is good!

  • 7.
    nicole said…

    You make me feel like I sitting right there with you guys, thanks!

  • 8.

    Great pic! And I usually hate mornings, but this is such a sweet reminder as to how great they can be.

  • 9.
    Jacque said…

    blessings, blessings, blessings!! Cherish each moments with your precious family–that is what life is all about!!

  • 10.
    sharongrey8 said…

    I sense a lovely today page coming on :)

  • 11.
    Lisa W said…

    Smiles! I love morning like that!

  • 12.
    Gabi said…

    Ditto what Stacie said: Life is good :)
    Awesome post, Ali! Have a wonderful day.

  • 13.
    Helen said…

    Love these ‘snippets’ of yours……reminds me that I must do them more often myself. I actually have an album entitled ‘Snippets’ that I set up just for this purpose, but it always gets waylaid in my rush to complete everything else. Funny, as its the one album I know will have most value in the future. Children grow so quickly, pass through so many wonderful stages so quickly, its invaluable to record them as often as possible….
    Thanks, Ali – I have renewed passion for my ‘Snippets’ album and am going to see what system I can set up to “make it work”…….

  • 14.
    dawn said…

    What a special morning for Simon to have with his parents. Love this picture with the orange lights, so pretty. Happy Tuesday to your family!!

  • 15.
    Cheryl Rodda said…

    Love it… i need to figure out my timer on my camera… I might actually get in a picture or 2 that way… have a great day!

  • 16.
    Lain said…

    Love the lights in the background! They look absolutely spooky. :)

  • 17.
    Lisa Ridgely said…

    I loved reading this glimpse into your morning – such a simple and perfect way to record that moment.

  • 18.
    KENDRA said…

    WOW! I’m glad I opened this post! When I saw the thumbnail/smaller version on your home page, I thought your house was on fire. Duh!

  • 19.
    rhonda nickol said…

    Happy Tuesday to you and Simon and thanks for putting a smile on mine!

  • 20.
    Ingvild said…

    A wonderful start on a grey tuesday morning. Love the orange lights and all the pumpkins.

  • 21.
    Barb M. said…

    Thanks for the wonderful peek into the Edwards’ Tuesday.

  • 22.
    Melanie said…


  • 23.

    So sweet! Lovely morning and a lovely memory. :)

  • 24.
    Amanda said…

    love the pumpkins and orange twinkle lights. I remember the 25(ish) pumpkins post/page and am wishing you a happy Halloween!! I’m so excited for your siblings to visit your new home and celebrate one of your favorite holidays :) Blessings–

  • 25.
    Denise KC said…

    I love reading about Simon, he’s the same age as my daughter, Dreidynn. She came home with Subject + Predicate work just the other day :)

  • 26.
    {vicki} said…

    This blog entry sounds like a great layout!
    Lovin your hat!

  • 27.
    denise said…

    it is definitely the little things in life that make our lives so special. love this little reflection of your morning. and…i really love your porch. loved the wide planks i saw on a previous picture…now seeing this one i can imagine all kinds of special times being shared here with your family and friends.

  • 28.
    shortie said…

    How utterly routine…and absolutely idyllic!

  • 29.
    gudrun said…

    Love this everyday picture. Love the light and your happy faces. Cherish the little things…. :) Have a great week my friend.

  • 30.
    Naomi Leong said…

    So lovely! I, on the other hand, am rushing through my day with ten thousand household chores to finish… paying the price of playing the Columbus Day weekend away!

  • 31.
    Kristen said…

    ali – i love your life lists! i’m a fellow lister & blogger, & recently guest-blogged a post about flowing with the rhythm of the season that i feel you might enjoy:
    love your work [& have for years]! ~ kristen :)

  • 32.
    Brooke said…

    A great memory! I need to introduce ‘spraying hair with water’ to my son’s routine too. He now has enough hair that it’s becoming necessary.

  • 33.
    kat-in-texas said…

    Ooooh! Love the dusky ambience!!!

    I can’t believe Simon is already in 3rd grade….as much in disbelief as my son is too. Time is whizzing by so fast these days, it seems.

    I wish I could do a blog like you, Ali. You’re a great mom for recording their daily lives.

  • 34.
    Sabrina Kapp said…

    A perfect morning – thanks for sharing!

  • 35.
    Amy K said…

    Oh my gosh Ali….at first glance this photo looked like there was a fire behind you, and I gasped…..then my mind focused…forgive me as it’s early morning here! GREAT photo!

  • 36.
    teresa said…

    Little and happy momments they are the more importants.
    I love come here every day.
    xoxo Teresa

    (Iam a portuguese woman sorry my english…)

  • 37.
    ale said…

    what a great shot! simply beautiful.

  • 38.
    debbi g. said…

    great photo of the two of the angle.

  • 39.
    Sarah said…

    Lovely moments to capture.

  • 40.
    S-anne-born said…

    Beautiful beginning to a beautiful day! Always enjoy the snippets of everyday life here at the Edwards household. Inspires me to be a better keeper of the Sanborn memories.

    Third grade… hard to believe! What a fine youngman Simon’s becoming, Ali.

    • ….
      S-anne-born said…

      PS… those lights are nice, however they have the appearance of a fire!

  • 41.
    Jeni said…

    Love this Ali!

  • 42.
    Leora Henkin said…

    Oh I love this and I love your twinkle lights! Happy Halloween Season to you and your gang!

  • 43.
    Jenell said…

    I love Fall, too. I miss those days getting my kids ready for school, the crazies and the routine! Love this post!

  • 44.
    cat123 said…

    Love the lights in the background !!!!

  • 45.
    Erika B said…

    Ali, I love how you live in the moment. I too am working on taking notice on what is present and just enjoying “what is”. Also looking at your picture reminds me that I need to put out my holiday lights and decor. Thanx!

  • 46.
    Elle said…

    Love this photo + words – such an amazing way of capturing the memory!

  • 47.
    Beatrice said…

    Does anyone knows if Ali replies to any of these posts? I know they’re a lot of comments…

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I do – did you have a question?

    • ….
      Beatrice said…

      haha… Busted! lol…well, I was wondering where do you get all of Simon’s Lego minifigures? and… I love your porch lights! Target?

  • 48.
    Beatrice said…

    haha… Busted! lol…well, I was wondering where do you get all of Simon’s Lego minifigures? and… I love your porch lights! Target?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Most of the mini-figures have come in lego sets. He’s gotten a few of the single mini-figure packages at Toys R Us or online through the lego store.

      Orange lights are from Micheal’s.

  • 49.
    Jill said…

    Hi Ali – question for you, now that I’m on a minibook high (thanks, BTW!). Do you plan to blog-share your album on the road from your Greece trip?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m not sure yet Jill – I might use it for an online class about creating scrapbooks on the road.

    • ….
      Jill said…

      Great idea for a class – I’ll stay tuned :)

  • 50.
    Crystal Cook said…

    LOVE this. This is the inspiration i’ve been looking for!

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