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April 24, 2012

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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  • 1.
    EE K said…

    Thanks for sharing your day! This is my 2nd year to do this project and I love it!

  • 2.
    Vera said…

    Nice nice nice. Love that you are in these photos too.

  • 3.
    dawn said…

    I love that you had warm sunny photos to start your week, we have cold and very windy temps right now. Please send me some sunshine!! How pretty all the flowers are in your yard, looks like summertime.

    Great self photos of yourself, love the angles you used. I took one in the car just like yours also. Still learning how to use my iphone for pictures and how to download them. Just got instagram last night finally.

    How awesome that Chris and you are both at the practices and he takes these photos for you. Can’t stress enough how good and lucky that is.

    Love the ones of the kids in bed and you and Anna holding hands and Simon hugging you. Great photos to start the week Ali…

    Enjoy your Tuesday!

  • 4.
    DAnett said…

    Thanks for sharing your day Ali, i love your morning picture! Hugs from Hungary :)

    • ….
      Kimberly L. said…

      Hi DAnett,
      My family is from Budapest! I would love to visit Hungary some day! That’s cool that you are doing WITL! I am starting my WITL on Monday because this week is not normal for us. My husband is out of town. I am very excited to start and look forward to continuing the journey by getting inspiration from everyone else! This will be my first time. :-) Enjoy your journey!

  • 5.
    Junih Orr said…

    Beautiful pictures Ali. I learn a lot from you.

  • 6.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    Great photos, Ali! I’m always amazed at how many photos you end up taking through out the day. I guess it’s harder for me to get so many photos in since I’m at work for 9 hours each day and can’t really take pics there, but it would be nice to get that many to have lots to choose from!

  • 7.
    Susan Anderson said…

    George – like any cat- sure knows the good sunny spots in the house. Great photos. Today I tackle using my timer more.

  • 8.
    Annette Green said…

    I have much to learn in the photography department, but this has been fun. I love YOUR photos. I totally “feel” them. Just beautiful.

  • 9.
    Holly Heaslip said…

    I look forward to your posts daily. Your work and life are an inspiration to me.



  • 10.
    joeynumber41 said…

    Quick question about the 31 Things class. How long after the class is over can you access the class? My daughter is having a baby (a boy! due June 8th) and I will be out of town, away from my computer. Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Indefinitely – they don’t close the classrooms (but the teachers don’t continue to participate after the class date and no new content is added).

  • 11.
    ra_life said…

    I took 50 photos yesterday, obviously nowhere near your total Ali, but I really didn’t think I would take that many.

    I have also discovered very quickly that I’m not going to be putting them in my book on a daily basis. In fact I doubt I’ll be adding my link until Thursday! At least that means there will be lots to record ;)

  • 12.
    Lida said…

    What great shots of your WITL. I did manage to take some photos but not as great as yours turned out. I may not be able to complete this though I try every year. Let’s see if I can do it this year.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Morning Lida – please remember that it’s not a competition :) . It’s not about taking the best or the most or on and on. It’s about finding the joy in your own life and practicing “seeing” it through the lens. You can do it -

  • 13.
    Kendra said…

    This is my first try at WITL as well as the format I am using (Instagram only on my iPod). I am planning on using PostalPix (Thanks to a “pick” you had on Papercliiping). I am using the hashtag #weekinthelife. How or where do my pictures show up?

    • ….
      Kendra said…

      I should have said I am using the above hashtag and planning on using Postalpix for printing once this is all said and done.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Do you mean where do they show up on Instagram?

    • ….
      Kendra said…

      yes….where on Instagram do they show up?

  • 14.
    kate said…

    that pasta looks scrumptious!

  • 15.
    Mei Ann G. said…

    Thanks for the inspiration ALi! Great captured moments you have here today. This is my first time to join in the fun. I’m really enjoying it. My hubby is a little amused but because he loves me, he’s playing along too *-*. God bless you and your family always!

  • 16.
    Marie said…

    Dear Ali,
    First time I comment here, although I’ve been coming here for months now, looking for inspiration and dreaming with your projects. I participated in One Little World last year, making also a December Daily (and finished it beginning of January) and I “jumped” into the Project Life adventure (and I’m still on – just finished week 16 before writing this comment), all these thanks to you I can say. I really admire all your creations, they are real inspirations for me. Thank you for everything. And your photos of Monday are beautiful. Again very inspiring.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Marie – just wanted to say thanks for commenting :) .

  • 17.
    Kelly T. said…

    Love this project. Trying to keep up with the photos. off to look for photo inspiration.

  • 18.
    Marcia Scantlin said…

    I enjoyed taking a peak into your life. Thanks for being so open always and sharing.

  • 19.
    Gail J said…

    Love your “everyday” photos, and that you are capturing yourself in them too. I need to be better about that!

  • 20.
    Randa said…

    Thank you for posting your unedited pics. Obsessing over trying to get good shots and spending too much valuable time trying to edit, I think, is one of my biggest hinderances to getting our lives documented.
    Working on that this week.

  • 21.
    Lynn (wearefamilyw) said…

    This post is really inspiring and helpful for me this morning. I too am going through a really hard season. Some mornings it takes all of my focus just to breathe it seems. Because of that I haven’t been picking up my camera much at all. Had no desire to blog. What would I write about, how difficult life is right now? That’s just not a good idea. But, coming to your blog this morning and looking thru the pics you’ve posted, I’m encouraged. I see there is life still going on around me and there is happiness in it in places. Your pictures focus on that. The places where joy can be found. Thank you, Ali.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You are welcome – peace to you.

  • 22.
    Rinda said…

    I started over the weekend (and posted a link to my blogpost about it). You have captured some lovely light!
    If you’re doing a Q&A, I’d love to know where’s the best/easiest place to order prints from my phone (now that scrapbook pictures is gone).

    • ….
      Ali said…


    • ….
      Rinda said…

      Thanks Ali. Off to check it out.

  • 23.
    {vicki} said…

    so glad to know that my son is not the only one holding his hand up over his face when i have the camera in my hand

  • 24.
    Dawn said…

    Wonderful post Ali – am loving your Monday photos! All great pics and love the angles you play with. As always, you inspire us to push ourselves creatively and I can’t thank you enough!

  • 25.
    Angela said…

    I love how you shared about your day. Seeing your kids head off to school and then come home makes me realize how soon mine will be old enough to do that.

  • 26.
    Megan Anderson said…

    Love all the self-portraits! I don’t have a remote, so I have to RUN when my self timer starts ticking down!

  • 27.
    Kimberly said…

    Well I jumped off the diving board, plunged in with all of my heart. Completed day 1 and love it! I had so much gusto that I (mostly) fully completed my pages and are posted on my link : Kimberly’s Week in the life – Day 1 2012.

    Im a newbie, so I will be getting inspiration from all of you!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

  • 28.
    Abby P said…

    Great pictures -especially love the photo of you and Anna holding hands and you and Simon hugging. I have a question: what settings are you using on your camera? Are you using manual mode? Thanks for sharing!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I shoot in AV – adjusting the ISO up and down as needed (anywhere from 100 outside to 2500 inside at night).

  • 29.
    Tori A. said…

    Love the pictures – they always give me inspiration!

    By the way – where did you get your skirt? I LOVE it! It is the style I’m looking for

  • 30.
    Jakki said…

    I’m so mad at myself for forgetting this!!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Start now :) . No rule that says you have to begin on Monday.

  • 31.
    Megan Smith said…

    WOnderful photos! It was a beautiful day in Oregon yesterday that’s for sure. We were outside all day!

  • 32.
    Kary in Colorado said…

    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!

  • 33.
    Deb J said…

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

  • 34.
    anneberit said…

    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!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      That’s one of the things I love about this project – it reconnects me with my big camera :) .

  • 35.
    Kim S (nerdgrl) said…

    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.

  • 36.
    michele h. said…

    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:)

  • 37.

    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.


  • 38.
    Heidi said…

    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.

  • 39.
    susan garner said…

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

  • 40.
    Alexandra said…

    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 ; )

  • 41.
    Deborah said…

    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.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Wonderful. I’ve been there and I know just how powerful it can be to see through the lens again (even when it sounds like the least fun thing to do).

  • 42.
    aliza said…

    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.

  • 43.
    Stacy said…

    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!

  • 44.
    Ruth G said…

    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!

  • 45.
    Brooke said…

    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.

  • 46.
    Lindsey said…

    Inspired by the actual photo count.

  • 47.
    sarah said…

    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.

  • 48.
    Marya said…

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

  • 49.
    Julie said…

    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.


  • 50.

    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. :)

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