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July 29, 2011

Week In The Life 2011 | Thursday Words + Photos

week in the life | thursday


This morning I was thankful for the sun streaming in the kitchen windows.

week in the life | thursday

This morning I was thankful for medication that regulates my body.

week in the life | thursday

This morning I was thankful for hot tea and the beautiful way the steam dances out of the cup.

week in the life | thursday

This morning I was thankful for a quiet moment to read the paper.

week in the life | thursday

This morning I was thankful for a hot shower.

week in the life | thursday

This afternoon I was thankful to hear Simon reading to Chris.

week in the life | thursday

This afternoon I was thankful for Katie’s help in getting ready for a neighborhood garage sale.

week in the life | thursday

This afternoon I was thankful for distractions.

week in the life | thursday

Tonight I was thankful for time.

week in the life | thursday

Tonight I was thankful for dinner out and a glass of wine.

week in the life | thursday

Tonight I was thankful for a walk in the park.

So how’s it going out there? You guys hanging in there?

I got a bit of joy today in looking back at my April 2010 Week In The Life Thursday post. It was fun to see what was different and what was the same.


In a world where the moments in our lives can be transformed into art of the everyday, it’s important that it reflects our own unique personalities. As a designer, I’ve teamed up with key companies to develop innovative products and tools for the papercraft industry. This is your creative journey, time to embrace your imperfections – what you’ll discover will be wonderful, what you’ll discover will be yourself..



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  • 1.
    Laura said…

    Hi Ali! Here are my Thursday’s favorite photos!.
    I love your photos!! I love this project! Thanks for the opportunity to I see my life with detail!

    Week in the Life – Thursday – Laura

  • 2.
    Marie said…

    Lovely pictures!
    Here is my Thursday:

  • 3.
    dawn said…

    Happy Friday Morning Ali,

    Ok just have to start by saying HOW THE HECK DID YOU GET THE SHOWER PHOTO, REALLY YOU ROCK AND ARE SOOOOO INSPIRING!! Seriously love this one.

    I love seeing Chris in there again and Simon’s striped pj’s are always cute. We are getting ready for a garage sale too, it’s a lot of work but the best part is meeting and talking with the families that stop by. We also put our vegetables from the garden out there and the same families come back each summer just for that alone. Good luck and have fun with yours.

    Thank you for your visit on my blog, was going to share the news with you this morning because your kids would love this idea too. It really made me feel better about our days and not so worried that this years WITL isn’t as packed as last years was. So thanks for the comment and it made my day.

    I’m so glad you put Thursday of 2010 in for us to peek again, I remember that day and love it. Also made me realize I miss your quotes and they helped me along. Everyone reading this today make sure to go peek at her link, it’s well worth it.

    Another question if you have the time Ali, after looking at my low amount of pictures for the week on changing my album format, not sure if there’s enough to fill up each day. Since your week has been kinda slow are you changing your mind or rethinking anything now??? Thanks for the help if you can.
    Happy Friday everyone and if you need an idea to entertain the kids check out my blog at I threw a Christmas in July party for my kids and we loved it.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Not rethinking at all – the templates I’m using should still work for the number of photos I have (remember that I’m not sharing them all here – I still have more to add).

  • 4.
    EE K said…

    Hi there. This has been great fun!

    Have a great day!

  • 5.
    Jessfo said…

    I feel calm after reading your post!

  • 6.
    Greisy said…

    Hi Ali

    Right now seeing all the movement around week in the life, it´s kind of sad for me because I couldn´t do it this week… but definitely this will be a project that I´ll do soon :)
    Really enjoying this week in your life! This really inspires me. Joining and enjoying the adventure!
    Thank you Ali for always encouraging us to capture our ordinary life :)

  • 8.
    Sue said…

    Loving this project. My first time and will definitely be joining in again next year. My 4th day was a little bit of a lousy one – but captured it warts and all for my W.I.L album.

  • 9.
    Brandy said…

    Great photos! Love the one of the steam over the tea mug! Here is my Thursday

  • 10.
    Alison said…

    loving this project and still on track with it. I have gout a album big enough to fit a couple of years worth of this project into it

  • 11.
    Erika said…

    I am loving this project so much and I am so glad that I decided to participate this time. Here is a little peek inside my Thursday too

    Hope you have a great Friday!

  • 12.
    Amber said…

    I love these photos. The steam one is awesome. I am thankful for friends while my husband is away to break up a long (and full) week!—thursday.html

  • 13.
    Christina T said…

    I started on Saturday, so I am a little sad that the week of documentation is almost over, but I’m excited about putting it all together. Thank you so much for another year of motivating us to keep up with WITL.

  • 14.
    Jasmine Ford said…

    I love looking at your pictures, you’ve inspired me to seek out some photography classes! thanks for the great inspiration day after day. Here’s the link up to my Thursday:

  • 15.
    Isabelle said…

    I am so happy this year to have décider to joindre the Week In the Life project.

    Ali, today I am thankful that you are sharing your creativity with us.

    This is how Thursday went at our house.

  • 16.
    DAnett said…

    I really enjoy it! I had a lovely day yesterday, and here is my photoes:

  • 17.
    Janet White said…

    My ‘week’ is finished and I’m creating the final pages (posting them to my blog as I get them completed). I ran into a hitch with attitude issues, but once I gave myself permission to just do what works, I’m falling in love with the templates. Of course, your photos are SO very inspirational. :)

  • 18.
    Monica said…

    Here is my Thursday! Thanks for inspiring so many with this project Ali!

  • 19.
    cassiopee said…

    Great pictures! Here is my Thursday:

  • 20.
    Arlyna said…

    Your photos are very inspiring and really making me look at capturing things i would not normally take photos of.

    I always end up with less day time photos as I keep forgetting to take photos until it is time to go home… do you have any tips? I find this experience a bit more challenging than the December Daily because I don’t seem to get enough photos of kids in it except in the evening…

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think that’s pretty normal if you are a working mom :) . I felt like that yesterday and since it’s my reality right now I’m going with it. Remember that this project can be more about you and less about them – my albums are from my perspective and is really more a week in my life. A week in my life includes my kids and what’s happening with them but it’s more about what’s happening with me – does that make sense?

  • 21.
    Denise Laborde said…

    I love all the (self?) portraits you ve included of yourself this year!

    I started on Sunday and yesterday was my least documented day. It is harder than I thought to keep this project present in my mind while on vacation ;-) But no stress over here. It’s all good.

    Particularly liked Tracey Clark’s WITL disclaimer yesterday:

  • 22.
    Lara said…

    Lovely collection Ali. Love the car mirror shot and you’ve reminded me to look up more with the birds photograph! Here’s my Thursday:

  • 23.
    scrapthat/dolly said…

    Love the steamy coffee pick and your “distractions” picture :)

    • ….

      Where is the linky tool for today? I loved seeing the list of of people’s posts from each day. I haven’t had a chance to check many of them out, but really love seeing the different and similar directions people go with their Week in the Life.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I updated the post to include the linky.

  • 24.
    Mandy said…

    The first picture is adorable, love your white kitchen. Looks bright and peaceful!

    Week in the Life – Thursday 7.29.11

  • 25.
    jennifer said…

    I’m enjoying seeing what everyone is doing; I’m not participating this week but will do another week soon.

  • 26.
    Sara Mangan said…

    Love your pictures, Ali!! I took this class from you at CKu-Chicago. I love to look back and see how life has changed. Thanks for helping us all capture the every stuff.

    I captured a moment between my husband and daughter that I just love. I posted it here:

  • 27.
    Melissa said…

    I sure am! Here’s my post for Day 4 :)

  • 28.
    Colleen Ryan said…

    I am loving this week of capturing photos – as usual, the week didn’t turn out to be as ‘usual’ as I’d expected … the day to day varied a little more than it normally seems to. Though I wonder if that might always be the case and I only realize it now that I am capturing the moment by moment of our days, and perhaps I normally just ‘forget’ the varations.

    Here’s a glance at our Wed & Thurs pics:

  • 29.

    Hi Ali love the photo in the shower totally awesome….I had a slow day yesterday with pictures and felt as though I was losing steam. I heard myself saying “oh it is not important to take a picture of Ace hardware” and than it dawned on me I need to see the number things I do in the day. Also it was out of the ordinary because I had a leaking water pipe and had the handyperson come to repair the leak. I had her picture on Monday so I did not take another picture. So my goal today is for more photos and to stop judge what photos to take and snap away! Thanks for your support and love the pics of Anna and Simon. blessings & hugs

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Love that perspective.

  • 30.
    Laura A said…

    I always love your photos, Ali!! This is my first time doing WITL and I am loving it!!!

    Here’s my Thursday.

  • 31.
    Beth said…

    Love your photos!

    Here’s mine for Thrusday:

  • 32.
    Susan Anderson said…

    Inspiring as always…yea how did you get that shower photo? Here’s my Thursday;

  • 34.
    Mandy said…

    Still love the first photo, peaceful looking.

    Had to re-post, forgot a picture!

    Week in the Life – Thursday 7.29.11

  • 35.
    Mae said…

    I love the steamy cup photo you took.

  • 36.
    Amy Lynn said…

    Thanks for your words of encouragement and support Ali… I am still trying to stay focused, but as the week goes on, it does get more challenging. Life has a way of “interrupting” what you have planed! This is my first year doing WITL and I really love it. It is so much fun to slow down and look for the little things that are happening all around us everyday. I have noticed through this project, that there are so many small events/interactions that make up our day and who we are that end up being forgotten two minutes after they happen. This project not only gives you a real glimpse into a week in your life, but an honest look at who you are in that moment. This project has been very theraputic for me, it has changed me in ways that I am only just beginning to understand. These words seem small in comparison to what you’ve given…but thank you Ali.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Amy Lynn – that’s such a big part of the reason I do this project each year for myself.

  • 37.
    teresa said…

    I can say that I am Thankful for the rain we have gotten the last 3 days to help COOL this midwest town down a little from this heat/humidity and also to bring out the beautiful flowers!!

  • 38.
    Renie in MN said…

    Friday~~something extraordinary about me~~I didn’t get soooo frustrated I x’ed out of the page trying to find where to comment!! Well, I did once…then went back to my facebook page and there was another post by T!m with another link..still complicated. :) One big extraordinary thing about me is I will be married to my wonderful hubby for 45 years tomorrow, July 30th~~well the truth of the matter the extraordinary goes to him to hang in with me for 45 years!! Man, I am getting old!! {{this comment is likely in the wrong spot, but whatever-I never win any of these anyway}} Have a wonderful weekend!!

  • 39.
    Jenny said…

    This morning I am thankful that I read your post. Charming, simple, and feelings of gratitude. Simply lovely photos and words.

  • 40.
    Marcia/cmriker1 said…

    I LOVE your steam photo (absolutely wonderful!) My days are definitely the same most of the time, however, I realize that in five years my MOTS of today will probably be quite different than my MOTS then, so it is definitely good to document it now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 41.
    cindy said…

    rad steam & shower shot!!!
    still going strong here…though, i think my family is ready for me to retire my camera & they should know that will never happen..hehe.

    here is my Thursday:

  • 42.
    Colleen F said…

    I have to say that I am really enjoying seeing the pictures and reading about the different days. It is so fun to see what is important to others. I have been following WITL for several years now and have always wanted to try and complete this project. I am hoping to start on Sunday and complete it next week along with another project.

  • 43.
    Michele H. said…

    omg…anna is hilarious! love her comment about the “sprinkler”. just gotta love kids at that age and the things they say:) beautiful photos and words.

    here is my thursday:

  • 44.
    Bevie Pearl said…

    I am enjoying seeing your photos. I really like your gratitude/thankfulness photos. That is a great idea to include and think about when documenting the day. :)

  • 45.
    Fran Camero said…

    Love your blog. I read it every day and look forward to your pictures. Thank you so much for sharing your talent, your family and your photos with us. Also, thank you for an opportunity to win some Tim Holtz blog candy.
    God Bless

  • 46.
    Carol said…

    Your photos are great. I love this idea of documenting your day! Thank you

  • 47.
    Andi Sexton said…

    It’s been fabulous taking this weeks photos and documenting our lives…lots of thoughts actually in my head!

    And.. Just returned from my morning walk and took my camera! lovin’ it…

  • 48.
    Jen V. said…

    Ali, I love this post, your post from last year, and especially that quote! If ever there was a motto for this project, I think that quote should be it! :)

    I’m thankful for you – for being an inspiring teacher to all of us. For encouraging us to look at life a different way. For challenging us to capture everything that is important. I don’t know you, and I’ll probably never be lucky enough to meet you, but you have made a difference in my life that I will cherish through this project. Thank you for being you!

    Here’s my Thursday post:

  • 49.
    Ellie A. said…

    Such a wonderful Share. My Thursday is going to consist of 2 pictures as it was a not feeling to good kind of day. Ha.. But I did journal so that does count right? Here is my Day 4 which DID have loads of pics. I can’t wait to do this again next year & compare!

  • 50.
    teri said…

    i love checking out all the week in the life projects. i hope next year i’m brave enough to try one of my own.

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