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April 21, 2011

NINE | Thankful Thought No.4

Today I’m thankful that Simon has been coming home, giving me a big hug, and then turning around and going right back outside to shoot baskets.

NINE from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

Go, Simon go.

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  • 1.
    dawn said…

    Ali, this is so cool. I love that you made it a mini video for us to see. Did he stop at 9 because that’s how old he is now? I love that he has a sweet spot to stand on each time. Way to go Simon you ROCK!!

    My son Sam loves bball too and when it gets warm out that’s all we do is play bball for months. I actually finally did a layout about this and titled it ” IF THIS DRIVEWAY COULD TALK” and told the story of the games played here and for a change of photos I sat on the ground and took the pictures from their waists and lower really getting some good action shots with their feet off the ground and the ball bouncing. I also took pictures from above them in a bedroom window looking down and loved that effect too. So much fun to play with these ideas, thanks to you Ali and all your inspiration you give us. Have a great day.

  • 2.
    JASA said…

    Love this. =)

  • 3.
    Cindy McDannold said…

    I can’t believe how Simon has grown. I feel like I’m part of the family and happily cheer him on as time goes by. I love seeing his progress and that sweet smile of his. Such a darling child.

  • 4.
    anneberit said…

    Loved the video. Thank you for the download :D

  • 5.
    A.Sanborn said…


    TFS a bit of you with all of us!


  • 6.
    madeline St onge said…

    He sure does rock. Love how he has to stand the the right spot.
    Thanks for sharing Ali

  • 7.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Simon Rocks!!

  • 8.
    Elizabeth H. said…

    Too cute! We always forget to record some of the simplist forms of joy in our lives…

  • 9.
    Kristyn said…

    I love how his voice got louder as his number increased! thanks for an early morning smile, simon.

  • 10.
    Sylvia said…

    Yeah for Simon!!! Thanks so much for the wonderful gift, Ali!

  • 11.
    Jenny A said…

    Pretty cool Ali! Love this!

  • 12.
    jennifer said…

    You must have been so excited…I agree: Go Simon Go! :)

  • 13.
    jennifer said…

    Ali, I’m curious to know what camera and lens are you using these days?

  • 14.
    Patricia said…

    Awesome. Big smile!

  • 15.
    Kristyn G said…

    Great job simon!! Thanks for the download, Ali :)

    QUESTION: I have been playing along on our family blog with the Thankful Thoughts and have been trying to figure out what I would like to do with the pictures and journaling. Do you have any plans for printing your pics + words for a mini or to put them in your family albums?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi! No plans right now – simply trying to be in the moment, capture something I’m thankful for and then move on :) . I might put them together in an album down the road – some of them have gone into my Project Life book – but for now, they are just living here.

  • 16.
    Michelle L said…

    What an awesome little guy!

  • 17.
    Sheila Miller said…

    Thank you Ali for the downloads. Love the Easter ones too.

  • 18.
    AbbyS said…

    GO, Simon, GO!! That was awesome!

  • 19.
    Susie Leggett said…

    Awesome video of Simon, and awesome job shooting hoops. Love the symbolism for his age right now. Did you record this with a video camera or your iphone? I need get more video these days, but always grab my camera by default.

  • 20.
    Crystal said…

    Yay Simon! Loved the video and I normally hate videos. In your class, I actually skipped the videos and just used the handouts. Shh! I’m also wondering about your ‘production’ skills….looks like maybe it was with an iPhone but how did you get the numbers on there? So cool!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Crystal! Oh man – don’t skip the videos in the class – silly – there are tons of little tips I include in there that aren’t included with the handout :) .

      This movie was made using iMovie – easy to add the numbers as a title.

  • 21.
    Alexandra said…

    so cool! our little guy comes home everyday wanting to play basketball too – maybe they’ll play together when you come visit ;)

  • 22.
    Paula G said…

    Simon is THE MAN!!! He’s super fantastic and a delight to watch grow up. God bless him!!

  • 23.
    Ellie A. said…

    GO Simon YOU RoCK INdeed!!! If it would have been me I still would have still been trying for my 1st shot :) GO Simon GO!!!

  • 24.
    Leanne in CA said…

    Love it! Way to go Simon!!

  • 25.
    sarah said…

    you’re awesome simon!

  • 26.
    Sherrie said…

    The video of Simon is wonderful, so happy to hear his voice!

    I love that he shoots 9 for his age. I just started exercising this year at a gym and they have an indoor basketball court. I have never played basketball, but wanted to set a challenge for myself making hoops. I am 55 yrs. old, so I started with a goal of 5 baskets a day. I would shoot hoops until I successfully made 5 baskets each day. Then I increased it to 10 (5 + 5). I am working on that goal now. I will think of Simon when I am making baskets!

  • 27.
    Kathi said…

    Thanks for sharing these.

  • 28.
    ale said…

    thanks for the smile, simon!

  • 29.
    Pam said…

    Oh, Simon certainly does ROCK! This brought tears to my eyes.

  • 30.

    I love your positive and thankful thoughts.
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  • 31.
    Kelly said…

    Love it. Love just the happiness of being a boy that he brings :)

  • 32.
    Gail said…

    Way to go Simon … from a PE Teacher, you’ve got the shot! Love that you are shooting and not throwing … GREAT JOB!
    Ali, thanks for another overlay … my plan is to make a 2011 book of my Thankful “things” :-)

  • 33.
    Amybug said…

    Fantastic! Love the video =0)

  • 34.
    K said…

    My 2 1/2 yr old son came in while I was watching this video. He said ‘that boy’s hooping it up!’ and wanted to watch it again and again. Thanks for sharing.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      love that.

  • 35.
    Sarah said…

    love that you’re capturing stories in video as well…reminds me of “motion scrapbooking” that Izzy talks about in the paperclipping digi show. I enjoy video editing, but don’t do it much b/c I take more still photos than video….but every time i play around in iMovie I love the results. Must try.

    and one more thing….tell Simon he’s dabomb dot com!!!

  • 36.
    jo said…

    Thanks for this – today I am thankful for the safe arrival into the world of the newest and smallest member of our family.

  • 37.
    Carolyn HP said…

    Thanks for sharing such a sweet little moment, I cannot believe over the years how much he’s grown since I’ve followed your inspiring blog & stories… keep on growing Simon!

  • 38.
    Lisa said…

    What a sweetheart!! That was sooo good. I don’t even think I could make 1 basket. . .yet alone 9! Yes, Simon does Rock!! :)

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