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July 26, 2011

Week In The Life 2011 | Monday Words + Photos + Observations

week in the life 2011 | monday


So I wasn’t really sleeping when I took this photo. I did just wake-up and I had strategically placed my camera on my bedside table to take some sort of shot first thing. I’m wondering if this is what the kids see when they tip toe (or stomp) into our room in the mornings.

Here’s a look at some of my other favorites from Monday:

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NOTE: I just updated to Lion yesterday (new Mac operating system) and it’s not making friends with my scanner. I’d planned to scan in my Daily Sheets for today but ended up just taking a photo instead. Once I get the scanner running I’ll scan them in and share them here.


  • Doing with this project with two kids in the summer is a whole different ballgame. I need to get a bit more strategic or I just need to let more things go. I’m also still a bit out of sorts from being gone recently – today was the first day that felt semi-normal in awhile.
  • I find that I’m taking less photos than I have in the past. I’m not sure if that’s a result of doing this project so many times already and knowing that I can’t use them all (I still recommend taking more than you need just so you have choices when it comes to putting the album together). EDITED: I wrote this earlier in the day. When I actually uploaded the photos there were still over 100. It’s really less about the number and more about simply capturing pieces of your day.
  • VIDEO | Something new for me this year is adding in a bit of video. I took a few random videos on both my camera and my iphone yesterday and I think what I’m going to do is put it all together into one video at the end of the week. Any one else shooting any video along with your still images? I started an iMovie project and I’m adding little snippets as we go throughout the week.
  • This project is a really great chance to get more photos of yourself (remember what I said yesterday about your story being important). Use your self-timer, get a remote, set your camera on the ground, pass it to a co-worker/friend/kid/spouse/parent etc and ask them to take a few of you too. Experiment – that’s how you learn what you like, don’t like, etc. I know I’ve found that the more I shoot the more comfortable I am with my camera and the more apt I am to try something a little different the next time (or rely on an old favorite).


Don’t worry if your first day didn’t go according to plan. If you only took a couple of photos - no big deal - start fresh tomorrow. This project is not supposed to be “just another thing on your list” so if it’s feeling that way maybe doing it another week is the right choice for you or maybe it’s an opportunity to adjust your attitude. This project does take a certain level of commitment and awareness as you go through your day.

Also, if you are feeling like your life is boring consider adjusting your perspective. Think about what you wish you knew about your Mom or other loved one – even if they could tell you about their life at a specific point in time it wouldn’t be as detailed or as fresh as you have the opportunity to document your own life right now.


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

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  • 1.
    dawn said…

    thanks for all the encouragement and feelings about day one. that was my day too. took 62 pictures and deleted 10 that were really bad. much different with kids home and all the action they bring to the day. i couldn’t always think about what i was feeling and what to remember because it was just a fast forward day. hoping thru the week i can adapt to this and get more thoughts and pictures.

    sorry for the lack of proper writing at the moment had bad night of sleep and just can’t think straight yet. i enjoyed your photos and have some favorites…
    awesome of anna doing painting and awe of her jumping so high skills, love love seeing simon riding his bike, go simon!! love seeing lily in the pictures so happy she is doing better, and how cool that your nanny is in the pictures. she did a great job on capturing their joy and her love for them.
    does your nanny scrapbook too or do these projects with you??
    Good luck on your day two and wish for both of us and everyone else to have a smooth day.
    p.s. was thinking of using video’s too but not sure how to work it right and how to download it.

  • 2.
    Linda said…

    What a great idea with the movie. If you ever have the opportunity, I’d love to have a tutorial on how to work iMovie. Just when I think I get it, I realize I don’t.

    Also, when taking photos of yourself. Do you use a tripod? Manual Mode? Zoom out? Etc?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • ….
      Gina said…

      yes me too!!

  • 3.
    jennybean said…

    here’s the link to my blogpost for Monday

  • 4.
    Pip Prosser said…

    Seriously, who looks that good in the morning!!?! Can’t believe how much Anna’s hair has grown, she looks so grown up. Loved your Monday photos and also love the link to other people’s photos. Thanks.

  • 5.
    Melissa said…

    Hi Ali – I think the link for Megan’s site is not quite correct, it just took my to a search site.

    Perhaps this link will help people find her

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi – thanks for that link. The one I’m using was provided by WorldWin: and includes info about PaperLayerz. Is that the page you went to?

  • 6.
    Melissa said…

    Wow over 100 photos! I think 10 is heaps for me to take in one day lol!

  • 7.
    Sarah said…

    LOVE the photo of you in the dishwasher with the puppy dog looking so intently at what you are up to. I have two dogs and they love watching what im up to …

  • 8.
    Sherry said…

    The hubs did an awesome job tracking things the kids did throughout the day — thank you for the worksheets!

  • 9.
    Joy said…

    I was all set to do a big thing with WTL this year until craziness ensued; I don’t have anything prepared. And yesterday just didn’t go at all like I expected either- but I’ve decided I’ll just keep snapping and posting the stuff my blog- and hopefully this next weekend I will be able to get it into an album of some sort. It’s more important to *do* it than to worry about what it will look like later!Thank you for the encouragement. :)

  • 11.
    Mandy said…

    Thank you for sharing your life Ali. Monday was my day 2. I have felt less than inspired this year, but I’m going on, letting this year be what it is. Your posts give me a little boost to look at things from a different angle, take random pics I don’t know how I’ll use, and be okay with doing something totally different than last year. My one little word is Gratitude, so I’m thinking about adding some reflective journaling this year as I put the book together about what I am grateful for each day. Thanks for all you do!

    • ….
      Gina said…

      i hear you friend!! Great to read your post and I felt the same way when i looked at the day in review!! It is harder for me through the summer since we don’t have a set routine!!

  • 12.
    madeline St onge said…

    Feel like you were talking to me Ali, my life is very ho hum and I didn’t get that many photos yesterday.
    I am so happy to see pictures of sweet Lily, glad she is looking so good hope she is totally recovered.

    Thanks for all the encouragement Ali

  • 13.
    Carla said…

    Yesterday I took a short video using my Photo Booth in Mac….hilarious! I too took way to many photos but had time to design some color strips using a pic of the album…I am really enjoying this!!

    • ….
      Margery said…

      At last! Someone with real exipetrse gives us the answer. Thanks!

  • 14.
    Sarah said…

    I love how you included yourself in so many pictures. I forget how essential I am to my family’s life.

  • 15.
    Nicole said…

    Even though I’ve seen your approach to this project every year you do it, I always look forward to your first day of photos and words. Perfect, as usual. And inspiring too! :) You have some wonderful natural light in your house!

    I found a photo on the camera this morning that my husband took of me sleeping. Of course it’s kinda dark and a bit blurry, but I think I’ll use it anyways. I appreciate that he is trying to capture some moments on camera too – hee hee!

  • 16.
    Debby said…

    I didn’t take that many pictures either….I don’t have any kids, so I just took pics of things I ate and did, which in the end wasn’t that much.
    I did really take a lot of time to write down all the stuff I did yesterday. Today being at work seems to pose a little more of a challenge, since I didn’t take my sheet with me and am taking pics with my phone today.

  • 17.
    Erin V said…

    I was telling my husband about your scanner problems. He suggested using VueScan. Hope this can help!

  • 18.
    Jacenda G. said…

    I totally took a video of our Superman prayer at dinner! So fun! I don’t know how I’ll fit it in, but it was one of my favorite things of the day! I like the idea of doing a video each day and tying them all together at the end! Thanks for the reminder to get more pictures of me in my week!

  • 19.
    Susie Leggett said…

    Love your Monday shots Ali. The photo of Anna jumping in mid-air is so precious. I actually shot our week in the life last week and was slow to get started. Seems like as the week went on, and I got more and more into capturing our lives, that things really revved up midweek. I felt like I capturing so much more the second half of the week. In fact, the number of photos taken each day increased, as well as my awareness of things around me. I also looked at capturing witl as a challenge to try new things with my camera. Some things turned out and others didn’t, and that’s ok. This is my first year of doing a full week in the life and am so excited to put it all together. Thank you, thank you.

  • 20.
    MelissaL88 said…

    Summertime is absolutely different than other times. I work outside the home, while my husband (who is a Ph. D. student) is home all day with the kids. I enlisted their help with this project and after 1 day, I’m so glad I did. It’s teaching me to let go of perfection and let others help me with my projects! I saw some amazing photos yesterday! And, my husband, who is quite a good photographer himself, is really getting into it. When we were leaving for dinner, he ran back in the house to grab his camera! Yeah!

    • ….
      Michele H. said…

      that is so awesome melissa. my husband took photos with his iphone while he was at work. i didn’t think he would but he came home last night and handed me his phone:)

  • 21.
    Jennifer said…

    Loving this project again this year! Here is my Monday post:

  • 22.
    Susie Leggett said…

    One question Ali, for your shots indoors with low light and a high ISO, do you use any sort of noise reduction software or action on those, or just let them be?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I just let them be – sometimes I’ll make them black and white if they are really off color.

  • 23.
    cindy said…

    love your idea of video…that is my hubby’s area & will have to get him to participate in this with me this week. this is really fun!! great Monday shots :)

  • 24.
    ale said…

    ohmygosh, ali… you look amazing in the morning. could you share some skin care tips? (sorry, i couldn’t help myself from asking, i know this is not that kind of blog)
    love all your photos, specially the ones of simon and anna at the dinner table. and the ones featuring lily – so happy to see her, too!
    and the observations at the end are priceless.
    thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • 25.
    Leora Henkin said…

    Thanks Ali! I had fun with pictures yesterday. Not as good with words. I had to smile when I saw yours. I took a similar pic of my shoes, but my feet were in them. Thanks for sharing.

  • 26.
    Heidi said…

    Ali – loved that you captured some video/s. I also did with plans to incorporate it into my documentation this yr. Thanks for sharing your plans w/ your video. Definitely my fave added part so far this week!! We were also traveling home from vacation (ie, “holiday” here) yesterday so it was a bit crazy and I have very few pictures, but I have lots of notes and am enjoying the idea that I am starting the week with a few less photo days and ramping UP (with photo volume anyway) instead of DOWN as the week progresses :) I found last year I took tons on a few days but not enough on many others. Trying to balance it a bit better now that we are home from vacation :) I also realized I don’t take great photos (I have a little point and shoot and that’s it.) I am finally OK with this cruddy photos after seeing last year’s come together into the album. Less worried about the quality given what I click with and the speed of my subjects ;) lol

  • 27.
    Hannie said…

    Here is mine which I just showed some photos.

  • 28.
    kate said…

    Your images are great. What full and happy looking Monday it was.

  • 29.
    Kim Burningham said…

    i didn’t take a single shot yesterday. oh well today is another day!!!!we are getting ready to go out of town so i am debating if i should chronicle the preparation ??? then i thought it might be fun to see just what it takes to leave town for 10 days!!!

  • 30.

    Ali, Your encouragement and lessons in this project mean so much. i love how looking at the commitment, my attitude, and overall positively engaging in this project is what life is all about. A lesson we sometime forget is shift the attitude and all falls into place. Your photo of setting a timer has made me want too experiment. Do all point an shoot camera have a time? Guess time pull the manual out. Have great story day and look forward to your post.
    Blessings hugs,

  • 31.
    jesa said…

    You look great waking up Monday morning! I have taken pictures upon waking up but not while “sleeping” and now I will. Thank you for the reminder to take as many pictures through out day. I only took about 30 something keeping in mind that not all photos would be used.

  • 32.
    Mary Stanwood said…

    Day one: found that my camera wasn’t charging properly as i was using the wrong charger – only a handful of pics. I love these day in a life projects!

  • 33.
    Gina said…

    I agree with so many people too. The summer has kinda thrown me for a loop and the lack of routine makes me think that there is not much happening through out the day!! but i will keep snapping and i look forward to putting this album together and seeing what it will look like! I am also looking forward to using my OLW for the year and including it into the week!! thanks for all your inspiration!!

  • 34.
    lee said…

    That first picture – of you “sleeping” – made me laugh. I did something similar back in March, while I was at my parents’ house for the weekend. I placed the camera, set the auto-timer, and laid my head back on the pillow…and click! It’s been interesting to see people’s reactions to that picture. Especially when they find out it’s a posed picture, not one someone else took of me. But to me, it did exactly what I wanted it to…captured the sense of rest and good sleep I always get when I’m there.

    Happy Tuesday! =)

  • 35.
    Deborah said…

    I thought I’d do a slideshow at the end of the week with all my pictures, but didn’t think about doing video yesterday…that’s a great idea….I’ll try to start doing some little clips! I am wondering what music would be good to go with the slideshow…any ideas? :)

  • 36.
    Rebecca said…

    I love that you took a photo of yourself right after waking up! What a great idea! I need to remember to take more photos of myself today. :) I’m having a lot of fun with this – thank you!!

  • 37.
    Paula/JeepMama said…

    my little group of friend is starting tomorrow (Wednesday) so we can encourage each other to not abandon it half way or send each other texts to “take a picture now!” Can’t wait to get started :-)

  • 38.
    La'son said…

    Your photos are so nice! And inspiring! I am taking all of my photos with my camera phone and am really enjoying that. Thanks for this project, Ali!

  • 39.

    I love the phot of Simon & Anna looking through past layouts. My kids do this on a regular basis and I need to take pics of them doing it. Thanks for the glimpse into your day.

  • 40.
    abbeyviolet said…

    I took about 100 pictures yesterday, deleted half, put 20 into a slideshow on my blog and that felt just about right. Not sure how I’ll use them yet, but am thinking of video too as at one point yesterday I really wished I was recording my 2 year old’s story of her day for her dad!

  • 41.
    Teri H. said…

    Great photos Ali. Is that Simon riding on the two-wheeler totally now? Woohoo!

  • 42.
    Michele M. said…

    This is my first time participating in this project because I am a teacher and usually just don’t have the time at other times of the year. I felt slightly bogged down at first because I felt like I couldn’t leave the camera–that it had to be by my side every minute. Once I got over that, and let go a bit, I found it was actually fun. Today I haven’t taken as many pictures, but I’m okay with that.

    I do have two questions though–what did you place your camera on to get the shot of you at the dishwasher? (I am experimenting with my self-timer for the first time). And, are you shooting in manual mode or auto? Your pictures always look so vibrant–they’re great!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Michele – I set the camera on a stool in our kitchen. I shoot in AV mode :)

  • 43.
    Lori said…

    ALI – I’m on day #3 of week in life and loving it! Thank you for sharing your pictures from yesterday. Random question Ali – where did you find your purple Nike zip up in pic 15? I have been on a hunt for this thing – i find mostly they zip just at the top, but I like how yours zips all the way up. Plus I love the color :)

  • 44.
    Janet said…

    Ali, your photos are always so genuine and inspiring. Love how crisp and clean they all are and my favorite has got to be a tie between you “sleeping” and Anna hugging the babysitter. So, so sweet. And…you’ve inspired me to grab a shot of the ceiling fan in my son’s room for today. Love your perspective!

  • 45.
    Ashley M said…

    I absolutely love the hopscotch rug in Anna’s room! Could you please share where you found that (if you remember)? I am getting ready to have my very first elementary classroom this fall and would love to incorporate that kind of rug somewhere!
    Thanks and thank you for always posting such amazing ideas and moments from your life!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Ashley – that’s from CB2 (I think) from a couple years ago.

    • ….
      Ashley M. said…

      Awesome! Thanks so much Ali!

  • 46.
    Michele H. said…

    your photos are absolutely amazing! love the one of Anna hugging her caregiver:) such a sweet photo!

  • 47.
    Elizabeth B said…

    Can you share with us the colour of paint in your bedroom? LOVE IT!

  • 48.
    Meg said…

    I was just thinking how dull my day has been – so your advice to adjust my perspective was perfect! I would love to know what my family was doing when I was 7 ( I sure can’t remember!) – so off I go with a new perspective for a new day! Thanks

  • 49.
    MamPug said…

    This is my first time to participate in this project. I took 11 pictures today. To me, my life seems dull but it will be neat to look back in later years and see what our family was doing. Thanks for inspiration.

  • 50.
    Katie said…

    Awesome photos! And can I just ask is that a hopskotch rug in Anna’s bedroom? I LOVE it!

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