Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

September 20, 2011

Capturing Anna | September 2011

anna pants | the face of two point five

Dear Anna,

Hi sweet girl. Just wanted to capture a couple things about you right now and get them down in a letter.

First thing, we love you so much.

Second thing, you are awesome.

Third thing, you make the best faces.

There’s a million more things of course, but those are the three that are standing out right now.

You are currently two-weeks into your Montessori preschool experience and it’s safe to say that you seem to be happy with it. Each day we drop you off, you give a hug and a kiss at least twice (and the last couple of days you kissed our hands as well) and then you head into the room to see what kind of work you’ll want to do first. You have a very kind, gentle and soft-spoken teacher.

I loved this morning when you walked through the door other kids were saying “Hi Anna!” and “Anna’s here!”

sweet baby girl + her books

Each night you like to have a couple books read to you and then you like to look at books on your own for quite awhile. Sometimes longer than I’d like you to stay up, but it’s for a good cause.

You “read” them out loud to yourself or whatever baby dolls might be hanging out in your bed. Often you mimic whatever you remember about the story or you pick something in the photo/illustration that spurs you to turn the page. I know this because I often stand outside your door and listen. You yell for me when you’re done looking at books to come back in and turn off the light. Lately you’ve been telling me to “have a good sleep Mama” as I close the door.

You still grab and tug and hold onto our ears when you are very sleepy – either just waking up or just falling asleep.

missoni shoes

You are a big fan of playing at the sink. This past weekend you took everything off down to your undies, socks and shoes and played and played. Pouring, scooping, dumping water and asking for more bubbles. More than a little water found it’s way out of the sink and onto the floor. You really, really wanted to get into the sink but I told you that you’re too big for that now.

I love that you’ve got opinions about your clothes. You were pretty particular about wearing the striped green socks with those cute little shoes. Most days I give you a choice between two things. Most days you pick one or the other without too much back and forth.

in the kitchen

You are physical. Climbing. Jumping (you love a small personal trampoline we got for your this summer). Hanging. Jumping. Jumping. Jumping.

You are quick to understand and quick to ask another question “why?” or “what’s that?”

Apple juice is your drink of choice. Goldfish your snack. And broccoli is your vegetable (you really and truly love broccoli – it’s the first thing you go for on your plate). Your current favorite choice for breakfast is grapes and cheese.

You want a kiss from Simon before he heads off for school and love to wave at him as the bus drives away.

You are a bundle of goodness sweet Anna girl. We love you so much.

Love, Mama


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    love this Ali, she is so precious and full of life. she is her own person too which is a good thing. love what you wrote about her and her sweet pictures. thank you for sharing.

    hugs, dawn

  • 2.
    Melissa said…

    Oh my goodness! I absolutely LOVE the way you love her. And those awesomely cute Missoni shoes from Target aren’t bad either! She will treasure knowing all these things about her little-self when she’s much older, especially when she has her own children. Good job Ali!

  • 3.
    Vera said…

    When she’s 18 and reads this, she will surely cry. Tender :)

  • 4.
    Cindy said…

    I have twin almost 2 1/2 year old daughters, and their favorite veggie is broccoli too! I thought they were the only toddlers on the planet who liked it! Not so! :)
    {hugs} and prayers for all of the struggles you’re going through right now. I love that you are memory-keeping in the midst. I do PL too, and love your week at a glance system.

  • 5.
    Lisa W. said…

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….love this! She is a beauty. So miss my little girl being a little girl:) (shes now 17 yrs.:)

  • 6.
    Allyson said…

    Hey Ali

    I’ve been keeping you in prayer. Recently in the midst of a challenging time I found these verses to be a source of great comfort and hope.

    “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called you name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end – Because I am God.”
    Isaiah 43:1-3 (The Message)

  • 7.
    Allison said…

    that is so sweet. i love capturing an age.

  • 8.
    HeatherC said…

    I love the way you capture the little things about your kids that fly past us a million miles a second everyday — I love that you slow yourself down to notice them and to take note of them. I need to do this.

  • 9.
    Kim said…

    So,so sweet…..

  • 10.
    Shelly K said…

    simply amazing, beautiful life….thanks for sharing! Hugs!

  • 11.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    anna make me smile, i can tell she is well loved. :)

  • 12.
    Michelle said…

    That first pic of her freakin cracked. me. up. Even before I read any of your post.

    Of course,as the mother of two girls myself, after i read your post it just struck such a cord with me – with my heart, really – because it was just yesterday that some of those same scences were playing out around my house. Now my daughters are 21 and 23.

    I swear it was just yesterday…..

  • 13.
    NatalieSpring said…

    Loved this! My daughter is 16 months old. Thanks for the post

  • 14.
    Denise said…

    This is so sweet! My daughter{now 18} loved to wear crazy socks BUT she refused to wear matching socks, always, 2 different socks. When I told her they didn’t match she would say “Yes they do, I have another pair just like them!” Seriously! She still loves crazy socks, but now she will wear a matching pair, most of the time.

  • 15.
    cinback said…

    Such great capture of a little soul. I am sad that I did not start scrapbooking till my girls were much older and I cannot remember these details of them anymore!

    Blessings on you, Ali!

  • 16.
    Mikki McGehee said…

    This is such a beautiful blog entry! Anna is so lucky that one day she will be able to see and read this, beyond the fact that it’s such a sweet entry, it really speaks so much about who she is and who she will become.

  • 17.
    Cathy said…

    My daughter loved playing in the sink as well! I let her pull out dishes, spoons, and whisks, and let her “create” to her hearts’ content.

  • 18.
    Suz said…

    Such wonderful documentation Ali! Anna and Simon will love your work for their whole lives. :)
    Take care you.

  • 19.
    Christine H said…

    I love that you focus on what is so wonderful and fun and precious about your little girl right now. This age can be so tough and the challenging stuff can be so loud that it drowns out the good stuff (voice of experience here…3-7 was a tough time for my now 15 year old and I spent too much time on the tough stuff)….keep that focus…

  • 20.
    Jolynn said…

    Very sweet. I wish I would have done more writing like this when my kids were little. She will love this.

  • 21.
    Dori said…

    Precious. Simply precious.

  • 22.

    she is getting so big!
    she’s beautiful!
    I love that you have a little girl!

  • 23.
    Deb J said…

    I love the way you journal about your kids this way. It’s so special and what a wonderful thing for them to be able to see/read when they get older.

  • 24.
    Kim S. said…

    wow. pricelss. I need to do this. right now.

  • 25.
    Melanie K. said…

    My youngest (who is 3) tugs on his ears too … odd! For a while I kept taking him to the doctor to check for ear infections (my second son had to have tubes put in).
    Kids are wonderful, aren’t they? And, as parents, you get to see them ‘evolve’ … so cool!

  • 26.

    Ali, that is so sweet and she will love the fact to read all the things you wrote for Anna. Are not 2 year olds the greatest? We have Mia(my great niece ) who is same age as Anna and they do the sweetest things. Of course being her Aunt I get some stuff second hand. But children are precious gifts of God. It is time like this when I am down or challenges that make it all so worth good and not so good times. You and the family are in my prayers hugs.

    Sharon Dryjanski Phoenix Arizona CE

  • 27.
    rhonda said…

    Anna is such a cutie pie, love her face!

  • 28.
    madeline St onge said…

    Love that baby doll Ali. You had me crying when I read this

  • 29.
    Sandra K. said…

    This is so, so, so, beautiful written. Thanks Ali for given me a reminder to do this also.

    Sandra :)

  • 30.
    lovinglifeat37 said…

    Ali – Just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work. You are such an inspiration to me. I love to scrapbook but have little time with 2 toddlers another on the way and my job as a physician. Your blog brightens may day and I always look forward to your storytelling and all the activity in your house. Thank you for sharing your everyday! Just want to make you aware that you really are making a difference in other people’s lives with this website.

  • 31.
    Andrea said…

    Good crimeny that was a WONDERFUL post! Gave me chills…I need to find my inspiration from you. I am still trying to start PL…I am so overwhelmed by printing things out and the “How to print” piece that all I have accomplished so far is buying the binder and some sleeves. I did get my pictures in the mail yesterday, so now I need to figure out the journaling piece.
    Ali, I love your style, that you share everything with your readers/followers, and that you are SO passionate about what you do and your family! You are an inspiration!!

  • 32.
    Michele said…

    What a beautiful letter to your daughter. She is loved.

  • 33.
    Petra from NL said…

    Such a sweet post! Lovely little details will now be remembered. My favourite part was the “Anna’s here” from her classmates. Sounds like a good bunch…

  • 34.
    Catherine said…

    You go girl for nabbing those shoes! She is such sweet pea, that personality just jumps off the page.

  • 35.
    Kate Ware said…

    So so sweet! Such an adorable little face. You are an awesome Mama, Ali, and an amazing person! Your little ones are blessed!

  • 36.
    Megan Renfree said…

    Gorgeous! Such a sweet wee thing! Your a wonderful mother Ali!

  • 37.
    Paula G said…

    Awww…definitely feelin’ the warm fuzzies. What a wonderful bond you have with your sweet children.

  • 38.
    Anthea said…

    Love this Ali. You always seem to make the everyday to beautiful.

  • 39.
    Sarah said…

    totally love that face. checked back on the blog a couple of times today. Couldn’t help but laugh out loud each time. TOO CUTE!

  • 40.
    Debbie S. said…

    Awesome! What a sweetie…I love the stories of the in-the-zone play… :)

    Have a good day, Ali!

  • 41.
    Michelle L. said…

    Thank you for sharing this, Ali– it actually made me tear up a bit. In the midst of a challenging season, it has inspired me to take a step back and capture all of the good things.

  • 42.
    tiffany h. said…

    so very sweet. thanks for sharing.

  • 43.
    Vicmarie said…

    I’m a 24yr old single woman. No pets (yet). No kids (yet). I want to create my own Week in the life project but I don’t know how to start… Any idea…

  • 44.
    Melanie said…

    What a beautiful tribute to your daughter! I’m sure she’ll look back one day and really appreciate what you wrote to her. I am also in LOVE with her shoes. Do they come in “big people” sizes?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think they did Melanie but I don’t think there were any left :)

  • 45.
    susan garner said…

    Your words just seem to flow. I know what i want to say but its never as nice as yours when i want to write it.

  • 46.
    Bec said…

    Thinking about you and praying your rough spots will smooth out soon.

  • 47.
    Sara said…

    Thank you for sharing such a genuine and heartfelt look into your life. I am one of those people who never tire of learning a bit more about the lives of others, no matter who it is. It really is a piece of history in the making.
    This post has really made me stop and think about my own family and the little stories of us. I would be so happy to know that in 100 years our future generations could be reading about us and learning more about where we all came from. Sadly, I just haven’t been recording these things like I should.
    I get so caught up in the thought of finding that perfect paper, making the perfect page, that I really forget that it doesn’t matter how I dress it up.
    This post is nothing more but words and photos but it is so much more beautiful than the latest papers and embellishments. I can do this. I take photos. I can spend a few minutes a night writing out my thoughts. So, thank you for this!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You can TOTALLY do it Sara.

  • 48.
    Margaret said…

    I have not visited your blog for sometime and thought I might pop over to see what you have been up to. I was shocked to see how much Anna has grown. She is beautiful and so is this post. I wish you both the very best…it is so nice to read a snippet of your lives.

  • 49.
    Carol said…

    Beautifully written Ali. Gosh Miss Anna looks like you.

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