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January 10, 2011

AE | The Weekend Lens

Weekends are a favorite time of mine to take pictures.

It’s something about the pace. Something about having the camera easily accessible. Something about keeping my eyes open while still being present in the moments of the day.

Saturday was slow and calm. Low on technology and high on family time.

After breakfast lego time.

A lot of playing happens at this table. I also love that the plate holding both a waffle and a pancake made it into the shot. Weekend mornings usually include at least one of those – this is the first time Chris has made both at the same time.

Anna’s getting into playing with the legos too. Day by day she’s less inclined to just rip the heads off the “guys” as she calls them. This weekend she spent a bunch of time playing with a car and a bus – Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter was her “guy” of choice to drive both the car and the bus.

We didn’t end up embarking on any stop animation filming this weekend.

Hello lovely texture.

A self-portrait right before heading out on my first-ever 5-mile run. It was awesome.


A personal favorite. They were singing “I have a little pony his name is Macaroni.

On Sunday morning I went outside to hang a bird feeder we got on Saturday. I looked down and saw this single bloom.

And then I started to look around a bit to see what was actually happening in our yard. Since this is our first winter in this house I’m even more excited to see what might be coming.

It’s been three weeks since I’ve had a cup of coffee. Crazy.

I stopped just because it didn’t sound good anymore. I anticipate I’ll have it again but right now I’m not missing it.

Chris brought some loose leaf tea back with him from China and I’ve been either drinking that or having hot water with lemon in the morning (which I really love the most).

Wishing you a wonderful week. We’re heading to the Capitol today for Opening Day of the legislature and later on we’ll be watching the Oregon Ducks in the BCS Championship college football game.


  • 1.
    kelly said…

    this weekend consisted of a run to the gallery and studio space,
    taking gabe back to school and some down time watching my favorite
    show…modern family. i really have to get my camera’s back out. i have missed them.

    happy monday miss!

  • 2.
    AngieS said…

    Great candid shots from your weekend. Thank you for sharing. The shot of Anna and Chris reading is wonderful, really special!

  • 3.
    Kristyn said…

    I love peaking into your daily life. We’re so fortunate that you share so many pieces with us. I usually leave my camera silent on the weekends. Based on your captures, I’m missing a lot by doing that. Thanks for the inspiration (as always).

  • 4.
    Katy said…

    Love reading your blog! I love the pic of your little girl playing with Legos. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I used to play with my older brother’s Heman action figures. LOL.

  • 5.
    emily said…

    just wanted to say War Eagle, looking forward to the game.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Emily – I had to look this up because I had no idea what it meant :) .

  • 6.
    Kathy said…

    my favourite picture is of the two of them on the floor singing…I am loving the low angles. Everyday life..aaahhh just wonderful.

  • 7.
    Linda Trace said…

    I love all of these shots in different ways. Anna’s teeny little body in those uber cute pyjamas–TOO CUTE! I just want to tickle her lol (I do the same to my 2 babies too lol).
    I LOVE that shot of Chris and Anna reading,but my fave is the 2 of them on the floor. By the way, I’m super jealous of how clean your floor is haha!

    PS–you look a little too amazing in every photo I see of you…stop taking photos of yourself would you!! (just kidding :) )

  • 8.
    dawn said…

    love these and can’t pick a favorite, love seeing what you share with us. good luck on the game.

  • 9.
    Jill Broyles said…

    This may seem odd, however I have been thinking about your family this weekend because of the Arizona situation. Love and safety to you and your family. We all appreciate our elected officials and need them to stay strong. Jill B.

  • 10.
    Deb said…

    Always love the little glimpse into everyday life you give us.
    I too, have “given up” coffee (none since Sept 18). I feel so much better without it, but do miss it!

    Wanted to tell you about a little project – I didn’t do the December Daily, but did prep a travel journal for our Christmas Vacation. Turned out “awesome” thanks for the inspiration!

  • 11.
    iowajewel said…

    oh, Ali, i want to see and hear a video of Simon and Anna singing “i have a pony, his name is macaroni!” i’ve never heard of it, but it sounds so cute, just the title made me laugh!

  • 12.
    Laney said…

    Ali, you have a beautiful family!

    Also, could you post that roasted beets recipe you mentionned on Twitter? The link doesn’t work because I’m not in that person’s friend list.

    Thanks and have a great day!

  • 13.
    Kathy(kathyb) said…

    I love the photos Ali and how you’ve captured those little glimpses of life.

    How are you finding your Selphy printer? Are you pleased with the quality of the prints? I will soon need to upgrade my picturemate so would love to know your opinion on the Selphy. Thanks.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      So far it seems ok – not great but ok. I need to try it out a bit more -

    • ….
      Kathy(kathyb) said…

      Thanks. I’ll look forward to hearing a bit more about it in due course

  • 14.
    Debbie S. said…

    That bloom is a clematis…not sure the variety…love them but I can’t get them to go in my zone. Lucky.

    Can’t believe you gave up coffee…Goodonya! :)

    Love the photos…Thanks for sharing.

  • 15.
    Kathy C. said…

    Yeah on the no coffee! GO DUCKS!!! :)

  • 16.
    Jan B. said…

    Okay, here’s something a little freaky. On that texture photo? I totally see a man, kind of looking down. On the left side. Do you see it?

    I can’t believe you have blooms already! So enjoyed all your photos – they’re always great.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It was just that single one – hiding behind a post :) .

  • 17.
    Judy Webb said…

    Sorry, we are huge coffee drinkers, for a long time!! My husband is 84+ and I am 71. Your photos are great as always. Congratulations on the 5 mile run. My goal is to be consistant about walking on the treadmill. Have a great week.

  • 18.

    I love the image of Chris and Anna reading….looks like a nice, relaxing weekend!

  • 19.
    Suzie Perrie said…

    Sorry Ali but WAR EAGLE!!! Love my Auburn Tigers… but I still am a fan of yours too. :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I posted this to someone in the comments above – I had no idea what that meant :) . Had to look it up to figure out what you guys were talking about. Both Chris and I went to Oregon State but we live here in Eugene – gotta cheer for our hometown team in a game as big as this.

  • 20.
    Meadowlark said…

    Just another reason why the “other side of the mountain” rocks compared to us. We’re here in the cold Central area… great for winter sports, but yucky for gardening.

  • 21.
    Lana said…

    Ali, what a wonderful weekend sequence. I love your self portrait – your face is a picture of good health and happiness. Congrats on your 5 mile run!

    You are inspiring as ever :)

  • 22.
    Alida said…

    I’ve haven’t drank any coffee since childhood. Seems as if there’s a world out there I don’t know. If you can get hold of any South African Rooibos tea, give it a try. I love it and its caffein free.

  • 23.
    Tamara said…

    congrats on the 5-mile run!! wonderful photos that perfectly capture the feel of a weekend.

  • 24.
    Chris H said…

    Ahhh…5 miles. Good for you. I love 5 miles. 3 is my standard because I get bored. When training for long distance events, though, 5 miles is the hardest to work up to for me. After that, you feel you can conquer the world…or 8.1 more miles at least. Dang. Now I’ve ‘discovered’ I should do another mini. Thanks Ali. Ugh.

  • 25.

    It looks like a perfect weekend. I love those filled with time together, even if we’re each doing our own thing and then coming together throughout the day :) .
    And yea for a 5mil run!!
    Are you planning to do the Shamrock Run in Portland this March? I drove over last year for it (and to cheer my bestie on since it was her first 5K run) and LOVED it. Such a great energy and just fun race. They have a 5K, 8K and 15K. I’d love to do the 15K, but not sure I’ll be ready … so my back up plan is the 8K (which is about 5mil … so you could SO do it!!).
    Happy Running!

  • 26.
    Lacey said…

    Yes! The big game is finally here!! SO nervous and EXCITED! GO DUCKS!!! WTD! :)

  • 27.
    Melissa said…

    I love that your kids are often being creative with Legos. And, of course, Ginny is a great choice to drive the car and the bus!

  • 28.
    Freda said…

    You so remind me of myself and family many years ago. It’s been lovely to drop by (via Mama Craft) – and I hope to come back again. I like the word Light for 2011. Think mine might be Peace. Every Blessing

  • 29.
    bettyann said…

    Ali, thank you for sharing your sweet family with us..take care..congrats on the 5 mile run..

  • 30.
    Kate Burroughs said…

    Love your photos. So sweet with the children interacting. GO DUCKS!!!!
    Aloha, Kate

  • 31.
    sue said…

    One kind word can warm three winter months.
    Japanese proverb

    This nice quote was on my church bulletin this week. Thought you might like it for the one word project.

  • 32.
    Denise said…

    I’m doing a Hipstamatic 365 this year with the iPod Touch I received for Christmas. Sooo much fun, and easy, too…since it’s lighter to carry around and I always have it with me!

  • 33.
    MaryAnn said…

    Go Ducks!!from California !! anychance you could post photos of Eugene today :-) we miss it up there and from what we’ve heard it’s practically a state holiday up there today….would love to see a glimpse of the city’s spirit

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi MaryAnn – we spent most of the light hours today up in Salem for the opening of the legislative session so no photos around town today. There were lots of people wearing green + yellow even in Salem! People are definitely very excited around here.

  • 34.
    Mary Sara P. said…

    Great pictures – love the one with Simon and Anna singing. You take such great self-portrait shots. How do you do it? The ones I attempt to take never turn out.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Practice :) . I think the more you take the better they seem to get. Often I’ll take one and then check it to see if the light is better if I move over a bit – there’s a lot of trial and error and a lot of shots I don’t like ;) .

  • 35.
    Ami said…

    Ali, I gave up coffee other than the ocasional Sunday @ Starbucks, for tea a few years ago. We are fortunate to have a Teavana store in Bellevue Square, but they do have a web site. The teas are just awesome. My favorite is Zingerber Ginger Coconut with Matte Vanna and/or Cocoa Praline Tart w/Cocoa Java Matte. They have such a wonderful collection. You might try them out and just see. Especially if you are on the eastside at any time.

  • 36.
    Carrie Wohlt said…

    I love your blog Ali, I came upon your blog through reading the “young house love” blog. I love you pictures, what canon digital camera do you use? I am looking at getting a new canon in 2011…as well as taking the one little word class. My word is “puppy” we got a new puppy in 2011.

  • 37.
    Wendy said…

    Ali, thanks for sharing…I love the tales of Ana and the lego’s. My daughter is 3 and she is still in “rip their heads off” mode!

  • 38.
    Tiffany said…

    I love all of the pics you have with the awesome Hanna jammies – I just love them too.

  • 39.
    Angie Blom said…

    Wow it is funny to see blooms in January… We have tons of snow here in Toronto . I love taking photos on the weekend .. This weekend it was snow photo after snow photo!! Loved it! Ha I remember my daughter doing the same thing with my sons lego guys! Memories!!

  • 40.
    ale said…

    simon seems to be such an amazing big brother – anna is a very lucky little girl!

  • 41.

    I started drinking an herbal ‘coffee’ which is chuck full of good flavor, nutritious, and roasted just like coffee. I love it! Here’s a link:

  • 42.
    Deb Crofutt said…

    I love how Simon is teaching Anna, she is so lucky!

  • 43.
    Karin Podolski said…

    Thanks for not posting any stop animation yet! I was thinking about you guys (high achievers) last weekend as I helped my 7 year old put together the GATEWAY to ATLANTIS and saying to myself – hmmmm, I can’t even find the right pieces, let alone THINK about stop-animation!

  • 44.
    Kirsten H said…

    I need more weekend photography to happen. Thanks for that.

  • 45.
    Barb in AK said…

    So glad to see you still have some of your Christmas decorations up :-) I love relaxing weekends, too.

  • 46.
    Anna Aspnes said…

    Congrats on the 5 miler Ali. You’ll be knocking out 10 before you know it :) I’m a tea girl myself, but enjoy a cup of coffee first thing in the morning :)

  • 47.
    Jill said…

    love how you captured the feeling of your family throughout the weekend!

    I also love hot water with lemon. When I order it at restaurants, I’m always surprised when they bring it in a glass – makes me giggle!

  • 48.
    Chris said…

    Ali, do you ever use a point-n-shoot camera or is it always a DSLR (not sure of acronym…one of those big, fancy cameras)? I’m looking for a new point-n-shoot that gives me more range and I thought I would see if you had a suggestion.


    • ….
      Ali said…

      I do use a smaller camera from time to time. We have a little Canon Powershot that has been great – the smaller cameras have really stepped up in quality. I don’t know much about any other specific models but the Powershot line has been just fine.

  • 49.
    Diana Willis said…

    Hi Ali,

    Happy New Year!! It has been awhile since talking to you but I wanted to share with you that peppermint tea is fabulous, soothing and so calming. Just the right thing to start and or end your day with and thanks for sharing your weekend photos.

  • 50.
    Vicki said…

    I love looking at the photos on your blog. They inspire me to take better photos. I’m sure you’ve been asked this question a million times but what camera do you have? Thanks.

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