Week In The Life 2012 | Monday Words + Photos

Week In The Life 2012 | Monday

NUMBER OF PHOTOS FOR MONDAY | 184 regular camera + 20 or so on my iphone

That's a whole lot of photos.

I felt calm today. I tried not to obsess about the content. I tried to simply be mindful. I grabbed my camera lots of times when I would have normally just left it alone.

I can tell Simon is getting older because he's starting to put his hand up in front of his face and say no.

As you'll see, I'm taking quite a few self-portraits. I used the self-timer on all those shots. I can't find my wireless remote - I need to go through some of my jacket pockets and see if I can locate it. For most of the self-portrait shots I took between one and three before moving on with whatever I was doing in my life at the time (vs. going on and on to get the "perfect" capture). The two of me at Anna's soccer practice were taken by Chris.

These photos are un-edited. There's a few that I'll probably lighten up or crop when I have a bit more time before actually printing them.

I ran out of time last night to get my words scanned in - I'll do that Tuesday morning and add it to this post.

Here's a few of my Monday photos (from morning to evening in order):

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It was a good, regular day around here. So thankful for the sun.

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56 thoughts

  1. Kary in Colorado

    2012-04-24 12:18:46 -0400

    Love these photos--so inspiring. Sorry to hear that Simon is hitting that no-photos age. That is a great trial for us photographers. I have a 16yo son that has been doing that for a while. I think he finally turned a corner when he saw photos from his brother's wedding last spring--everyone was smiling and looking great . . . except him. Truth dawned that photos of him are way better when he participates and now he cooperates *most* of the time!

  2. Deb J

    2012-04-24 12:41:59 -0400

    I enjoyed seeing the pictures of your day. I need to be more generous with the pictures I take.

  3. anneberit

    2012-04-24 13:11:31 -0400

    I've been so bad at taking photos with my dslr lately, thanks to week in the life I'm reminded to pick it up more often. Love it!

  4. Kim S (nerdgrl)

    2012-04-24 13:31:43 -0400

    This is the first time I'm doing WITL. I actually started on Sunday since I was driving home from a conference in Chicago and wanted to record that. I'm not taking a ton of pics (how many of the computer screen at work can one take?) but I AM taking pics. Like others, my hubby is amused but indulgent. I actually took a great pic of him on the patio last evening. I'm also not obsessing about recording...I don't journal a whole lot no matter what so I'm not going to get uptight about not having a lot of words. So far, I'm loving it.

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  6. michele h.

    2012-04-24 14:00:40 -0400

    i'm feeling really calm about this whole project too. i think not putting so much pressure to have an end result at the moment is really helping my attitude as i collect the words and photos this week.

    as for your photos...there is so much to love here ali! the soft lighting in the kids room in the evening is the best:)

  7. Carmen Pauls Orthner

    2012-04-24 14:19:48 -0400

    You have a beautiful home -- I love all the light. And as a mom of a toddler, I am impressed by how clean it looks.


  8. Heidi

    2012-04-24 14:32:52 -0400

    Ali, Every time I do this I am reminded of this crazy, amazing life I have. I find it so easy to forget during the regular ins & outs of life where days, weeks & months seem to go by faster & faster (as I get older & older! ha). Navigating. Making my way and helping these little ones learn & grow & teaching them how to make theirs (as much as they teach me it seems). I keep coming back because of one reason: it never ceases to amaze me that THIS IS IT. THIS IS MY LIFE. (with every emotion under the sun!) So much thanks, Ali. Heidi p.s. Love the photos.

  9. susan garner

    2012-04-24 14:37:06 -0400

    Keep coming with the ideas. I get stuck otherwise!!

  10. Alexandra

    2012-04-24 14:41:35 -0400

    So many great photos - I love the way you captured the light in so many of them.
    Also, hope this doesn't come across as strange to say but... your legs are sooooo great!! You should wear skirts ALL the time. great gams ; )

  11. Deborah

    2012-04-24 15:07:53 -0400

    I saw peace through your photos today; I hope that means healing has begun.

    Thank you for your encouragement yesterday about shaking off my photo-taking funk. Dusted off the big camera and started taking shots of everything. My kids were all excited and kept asking me what we were celebrating, is someone coming for a visit?, is it a special holiday? -- how telling is that. They can't wait for me to download all the shots so they can view the photos on my big SuperMac display. I had forgotten how much we love that. Thanks for re-igniting the fire; I will tend to the flames more carefully from now on.

  12. aliza

    2012-04-24 17:04:56 -0400

    As always I love your photos. I'm a bit sad I won;t be doing WITL right now with you. Just too many day to day things, and it will be a little easier in a month or so. Though, it's more fun with the group.
    Anyway--I love the composition/color shot of your feet and the dandelion. And, I can totally relate to kids not wanting their picture taken. I think we've gotten to a point where they accept my photo-taking, and they tease me about it all the time.

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  14. Stacy

    2012-04-24 17:29:21 -0400

    Wow...Lots of really good shots! My favorites: First pic of morning sunshine coming through the blinds, lunch (looks very yummy and very healthy), Simon having just gotten off the school bus, barefeet in the grass with single dandelion, you kicking soccer ball to Anna, bedtime with Anna. Lovely!

  15. Ruth G

    2012-04-24 17:32:31 -0400

    Ali, it's so good to know that someone else in the world who loves to scrapbook has children that are not always cooperative! I think that's one of the main reasons why I don't have the heart to try project life or week in the life - it's discouraging to me when neither of my kids is willing to allow me to capture their faces without it being a sneak attack! I guess maybe I've gotten too many daily routine type pics already and that's why they've decided it's enough? I would love to see photos like those from my childhood, though, instead of just pulling from my memory, which isn't always that good...Thanks for the encouragement and insights!

  16. Brooke

    2012-04-24 17:39:25 -0400

    It really does find the beauty in your day doesn't it! Love the feel as the shots go from the morning light into day and then night time. Love your lunch. And love Simon's enthusiasm to get home and Anna at soccer - great shots.

  17. Lindsey

    2012-04-24 17:43:22 -0400

    Inspired by the actual photo count.

  18. sarah

    2012-04-24 18:38:22 -0400

    your clematis looks AMAZING, of course i love that photo of george outside (with every photo of him, my my desire for a new b+w furry friend is stronger), and i love your saltwater sandals (wondering if my size 10 feet can pull those off this summer...). what a beautiful day! xo.

  19. Marya

    2012-04-24 19:40:29 -0400

    Your photos are an inspiration! I need to get more variety in my daily photos. The photos of Simon and Anna are precious.

  20. Julie

    2012-04-24 19:48:45 -0400

    When you have a second - sometime in the future - can you do a post on how to take self portraits with a timer? I just don't know how to do this and have a clear shot. Mine are blurry - which sometimes is ok....but any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated.

    Oh maybe you have already done a post or have other website suggestions.

    No rush, enjoy your week and these are lovely moments in time you captured.


  21. Sarah @ 2paws Designs

    2012-04-24 21:19:44 -0400

    Looks like a beautiful day! My 2.5 yo is funny about photos. He'll sometimes cover his face too. But ... when he caught me using the timer yesterday to get a photo of myself, he jumped in front of the camera! Got just his forehead. LOL And then he wanted to repeat. I'll most likely include one of the photos from my multiple attempts (and his multiple jumping in front!) with the story. :)

  22. Teresa L.

    2012-04-24 21:52:32 -0400

    Don't want to make you upset or sad...but I miss Chris in the photos...
    I sent you some energy and respect...and to all single moms. <3

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    2012-04-24 22:10:22 -0400

    What great sponsors. I would feel honored to have any of the products! I love love seeing your kids on a daily basis.

    Ive signed up for "31 Days"-my live is boring-it's just me and my 2 bulldogs. I'm diving in head first! Thanks for the courage.

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