Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

July 30, 2011

Week In The Life 2011 | Friday Words + Photos

week in the life 2011 | friday


Before this week began I’d intended to focus more on the words this year. As it unfolded I found that for me it was easy to rely on the Daily Sheets for basic documentation and I actually wrote less than I might have without the sheets. That said, it will be interesting to see what happens when I go through the process of bringing it all together next week. It might be that by having the basic documentation on the Daily Sheets I’ll be prompted to tell more stories because I have more starting points.

Or maybe for this year the Daily Sheets will be enough.

week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday

Katie and the kids adventured to the coast today and she took a bunch of photos along the way. She’s been awesome throughout this whole week writing things down and taking photos.

week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday
week in the life 2011 | friday

Here’s to a really great last two days of Week In The Life 2011. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Would love to have you include a link to your FRIDAY of words and photos here. Please link directly to your post vs. your general blog link. Thank you!


Sweet Shoppe Designs is one of the best known and well loved digital scrapbook stores in the industry. With nearly two dozen top of the line designers creating new products each and every week, you can count on them to make your memories sweeter! In addition to gorgeous products like full-size digital kits, hybrid printables, fonts, quickpages and more, Sweet Shoppe Designs also offers a full range of services including a thriving community, a gallery where scrappers can share their work, a blog that features daily inspiration, and a monthly challenge system which encourages participants to think outside the box in terms of the pages they create and stories they tell!



  • 1.
    Lara said…

    Such wonderful pictures Ali and I love your necklace!

  • 2.

    I think this is the first time I am seeing a photo of Katie! Great idea to include the care-giver in this adventure. I love that photo of Anna in front of the red door.

  • 3.
    dawn said…

    awww love these beach photos of the two of them. what a great and fun filled day they had. Katie is awesome with them and for taking these pictures to help tell the story of their week. Little Miss Anna is so sweet with her hair and dress, Simon is handsome as always. I love the necklace too.
    Happy weekend to everyone, this week went by fast.

  • 4.
    Erika said…

    great photos Katie!

  • 5.
    jennifer said…

    great shots!

  • 6.
    Susie Leggett said…

    What a blessing Katie is for your family. It is so apparent that your kids love her, and that she loves them too.

  • 7.
    Robyn said…

    That Katie is a CUTIE PIE! What lucky kids to have all these creative, cool women in their lives! You, Katie, your mom and sister…Lucky little ducks!

  • 8.
    J Allen said…

    Love the beach photos, hard to believe someone somewhere needs a jacket! Here in middle America the high yesterday was 108! Simon is sooo stinkin handsome!!! Just sayin! Have a great weekend!

  • 9.
    taniawillis said…

    so awesome to see that we’re not the only family that goes through several outfit changes in a single day. love that you have that captured in this series of photos. :)

  • 10.
    Jakki said…

    On one of the beach pictures, the wind looks like it is going to blow Anna away…..LOL I love the photo of Simon and her walking down the path holding hands…beautiful shot

  • 11.
    Gretchen said…

    Yay! Another great day. What is that brown stuff in the bowl? Looks interesting.

  • 12.
    Sarah said…

    That posed picture of Anna by the front door is too adorable. My favorite. You capture so many random and candid moments it’s refreshing for that little pose!!!
    Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  • 13.
    Debby said…

    Love you pictures. I can’t believe I am still taking part in this, even though some days have been a little slower (with less pictures and less documenting) than others.
    I was wondering, do you edit any of your pictures? Adding maybe a little extra color here & there?

  • 14.
    Sara Mangan said…

    I have to say I love the daily sheets you made this year. They have really helped me document things better and have everything in one place. In years past, I have had little notes everywhere. Thanks again for this project, Ali.

  • 15.
    Dee Cummins said…

    Love this day of your photos. Sweet Shoppe Designs is new for me, but definately will check them out. The colors & design on the tag layout really caught my eye/interest! Thanks, Ali.

  • 16.
    Nancy lee said…

    Love your beach pictures Ali and your black and white means to me that this is a serious business;)….

  • 17.
    Ellie A. said…

    Love your pics.. I just can’t believe your kiddies have sweaters on! Its Hot & Humid in NY.. They look so cozy & make me wish for fall weather :)

  • 18.
    Amy B said…

    This is my first time doing WITL, but unfortunately this week didn’t work for me. I am feeling a little sad that I’m not in on the excitement! I’m going to start in a couple weeks, and in the meantime, I am so much enjoying soaking it all in as you post it. I can’t wait to start mine! And hopefully I don’t feel too lonely while I’m doing it on my own!

  • 19.
    Lisa W. said…

    Photos are priceless. And to FINALLY see a picture of Katie. Your so lucky…I know you know that:) She is darling just as I pictured!!! The kids look SO happy, truly enjoyed!!! AND so loved seeing Lilly run out the front door!!!

  • 20.
    Julia L. said…

    Love the beach pictures. I’m in Southern California and the beach isn’t warm either! The sun does not even come out til noon at the coast most days, unusual for July.

  • 21.

    The pic of Anna in front of the door is a KEEPER.

  • 22.
    Susan Anderson said…

    Do you print your WITL layouts in glossy or matte finish? Thanks.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I can go either way – I think last year I did glossy.

  • 23.
    peanut said…

    Is that Lily running out to meet Simon? It’s lovely to see her.

    Those pictures from the beach are so lovely. You’re lucky to have an accomplice :) I’m realizing that my records are very much from my point of view and there are things that I’m not there for that I miss.

  • 24.
    Lindsey said…

    Love the photo of Simon in the tree- so adventurous!

  • 25.
    Elizabeth said…

    Love your photos…have a great weekend too!

  • 26.
    Anja said…

    Ali, everyday i´m SO looking forward to see your WITL-post. I´m so deeply in love with it! Can´t wait to see the whole album yet. ;)
    And Katie did a great job with the photos on the beach. Love them, your kids are so beautiful!!! :)
    I would love to know Ali if you edit your photos or if they are all SOOC?! If you edit them, would you mind sharing how you do that if that won´t take to much time? :)
    Thanks in advance! :)
    Greetings from Germany

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi – these days I find that I’m lightening most of my photos just a bit using levels. I just drag the right side in a bit on the scale and most of the time that brightens it up just enough. That’s it…I’m not interested in spending more time than that messing with my photos.

  • 27.

    I am just stumbling across your blog. I follow you on twitter but am not sure how I started ANYWAYS, this is genius and I love it. Unfortunately I discovered this yesterday so I will have to begin on Monday I think and I will be on my own.

    One thing I am not sure I understand is: Is this something you do one week per year or more often?

    On a side note your family is beautiful and I love the navy and white dress you daughter has on. ADORABLE!

    Thanks for SO MUCH inspiration. I look forward to next week being my WITL.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Becky – welcome! This is a once-per-year project (it’s too time consuming to do it more than that for me). I am doing a year-long project called Project Life which is more of a week-at-a-glance. You can check out my archives of that project here:

  • 28.
    Barb Dean said…

    Great photos! I’m getting inspired to maybe do my Week in the life soon, one week in August! Thanks for the continued inspiration!

  • 29.
    Anja said…

    … oh and would you mind telling me what lense you are using? :)
    Thanks again!
    Take care

    • ….
      Ali said…

      24-70 2.8

  • 30.
    Ashley said…

    THANK YOU for sharing this idea. For giving me a goal, and a jumping-off point. Thank you for inspiring me to do this. I am loving it (even though it’s a ton of work!) and at the end of the day when I look through the photos I’ve taken it’s just the best.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I love the end of the day when I upload the photos too – it’s magic.

  • 31.

    that is so awesome that katie was helpful in writing stuff down and the photos she got are FABULOUS! and she’s super cute and looks so fun to be around! i just LOVE LOVE LOVE this project! I looked back at the album I did in the fall 2008 when I did it and I LOVE IT SO MUCH! this week I have not had time to edit any of the photos, blog or anything. I have been more focused on homeschooling stuff(preparing!!) and living life. but next week I plan to get the photos printed and work on the journaling. The writing prompt sheets helped ALOT!
    thank you Ali for doing this, I LOVE IT!

  • 32.
    kimberly said…

    Your daughter could seriously model kids clothes–she always looks so happy :) I love the variety of pictures this week, places, things, family, you…super inspirational!

  • 33.
    Alexandra said…

    Hi Ali!
    quick photography/camera question…
    I’m going to upgrade my EOS Rebel XT (it’s about 6-7yrs old now)
    and I’m not sure if I should take the leap to the 5D. How did you decide on the 5D and are you happy that you did?
    I’m pretty sure I’m going to get the 24-70 lens but I’m waffling on which body to get.
    Any advice would be welcome.
    Thanks so much :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Totally love the 5D – it’s a lot heavier which took a bit of getting used to but I don’t regret upgrading at all.

    • ….
      Alexandra said…

      Thanks, Ali!

  • 34.
    Sandra K. said…

    What a great photo’s.
    If I look back at these few days I see what I normally take for granted. The little things. Things like, the little notes my girls write to me often. that my littlest one always leaves 30 cc of milk in her bottle!!! I’ve got a long list written down. Sometimes our days are like a rollercoaster and now I can look back at some great pictures.
    Thanks Ali!

  • 35.
    Jane said…

    Love them all Ali – hope you have some great shots of Lily – after your close call with her I guess it hit home how much she is part of your days and weeks.

  • 36.

    Hi Ali,
    I love how you remember to take simple photos of the everyday things, like the watermelon, shoes,Simon and Anna running and the take for granted type things. Like water the garden or laundry time. I managed to remember a some of those things but I have this urge to make the photo look good. I forget this not portrait photography!!! I am focusing more on the everyday activity. I had a “aah moment” in the pool doing exercise. I was floating on my back and out of the sky a feather land next to me. felt it was a celestial sign! I was able to keep the tiny feather and get a photo of it! I thought hmmm maybe my guardian angle or sign form above. Funny thing there are no trees or was there a bird to be seen anywhere????
    thanks for all you inspiration. anxious to put it all together and see the finished result. Have a great weekend blessings and hugs,


  • 37.
    Allison M. said…

    Gorgeous photos – your kids are such cuties! And LOVE that necklace you are wearing.

  • 38.
    Michele H. said…

    i feel the same as you with the writing – thank you for the pdf sheets. they’ve been super helpful!

    beautiful photos – love the one of Simon in the tree and Anna in front of the door. Adorable!

  • 39.
    Babz510 said…

    Ali, the photos are perfection but where did you get that bag…? LOVE IT!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      TJ Max.

  • 40.
    Anastasia said…

    Your pictures are truly amazing – they look as if you spent time making them to look perfect in Photoshop – have you?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Definitely not spending a lot of time. I often adjust the levels (I can do that in Aperture – the photo management program I use) to make the photos lighter and sometimes I crop, but that’s about it. The two black and white ones were taken with photobooth and my iphone, respectively.

  • 41.
    Margie S said…

    I, too, love the daily sheets. I haven’t been very good the past two days at filling them out, but I have written something and am going back in a few minutes to fill in some blanks and catch up on today. THANK YOU!

  • 42.

    I love the one with you starring off … seems very authentic to me :)

  • 43.
    Roberta said…

    Really enjoying this week and the entire process and can’t wait to assemble my album.

  • 44.
    Lola said…

    Is it cold there I see the children have on Jackets?

  • 45.
    Petra from NL said…

    Cool shot of Simon in the tree.

  • 46.
    Susanne said…

    Thanks to your dailiy-sheets I have at least some documentation. This was a crazy week for me dominated by sickness of the children and a lot of work. I have no idea what to do with my notices, so I am courious of what you will be doing.
    I have made quite some photos, so i am looking forward to get it all together in some album.
    Thanks Ali for motivating me to do that!

  • 47.
    Drinoleto said…

    Hello Ali,
    I don’t know what is going on…I post my photos, come here comment your posts, leave a link of my blog and I never manage to see my comments and neither the link to my blog.;((
    Have a nice day!
    Thank you,
    Best wishes,
    Dri Noleto

  • 48.
    Brooke said…

    I think we all need a “Katie”! From her point of view it sounds like an awesome job and from yours she seems to be perfect for your family. Sweet!

    I love your necklace too.

  • 49.
    glee said…

    Not only is Katie a blessing to you in many ways; but she is a darn good photographer too! wow! you lucky dog!

  • 50.
    Melanie G. said…

    Your WITL captures are beyond inspiring!
    I’d love to know where your necklace is from, if you’re willing to share?

Post a comment