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April 30, 2012

Week In The Life 2012 | Sunday Words + Photos

Week In The Life 2012 | Sunday


We’ve come to the end of another round of Week In The Life.

I’ll admit I’ve felt more motivated in the past to undertake this project. But, but, but…as I round out this week I’ve got a really good feeling in my heart. A feeling that I needed. A feeling that I didn’t really expect or don’t remember experiencing to this degree in the past years I’ve done this project. A lot of my life right now is about creating new pathways. The act of taking on this project at this time has created new pathways and encouraged me to take a look at the choices I’m making and the choices I want to make. It makes me more aware of the possibilities and that I don’t have to continue doing things the same as they’ve been done in the past.

I’ll be taking the next few days to get my photos and words into my templates and hope to share them later this week.

Here’s a look at some of my Sunday photos:

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Week In The Life 2012 | Sunday


I’d love to have you include a link to your SUNDAY of words and photos here. Please link directly to your post vs. your general blog link. Thank you!

We enjoy sharing fresh monthly kits with thoughtfully selected paper and embellishments. Not only is each kit filled with the most current products available, each of our kits includes a custom Scrapbook Circle printable. We love sharing and creating with others who love preserving memories as much as we do.


SPONSOR GIVEAWAYS | I’ll be going through all the sponsor giveaways from the past week and organizing them into a post today that includes all the winners. Hoping to have that all ready to go for tomorrow morning (Tuesday).


  • 1.
    audra said…

    looks like you had a wonderful, but BUSY weekend. I can’t wait to see how this all comes together. Unfortunately, I did not pick up my camera yesterday as much as I had hoped for, however, I’m going with it. I LOVE Anna in her dress with the basketball – precious!

  • 2.
    audra said…

    Also, meant to say your backyard…wow! That just looks like a wonderful space and such a sense of calm..enjoy!

  • 3.
    Heather said…

    These are some of my favorite photos of yours from the week. Love how Anna is in her princess dress outside–we do a lot of that this year too. (In fact I think it’s in my Thursday pics?) Also love the one of you in the garden. Thanks for inspiring with this project. I have tried to follow along for years, and could never quite hang to the end, but this year I did. At first I didn’t know if it made sense (I am doing PL too) but as I sat and looked at all of my posts this past week I couldn’t help but smile. WITL really and truly gives you a look at your life and how you live it–even more than PL does. I found this to be an amazing experience and look forward to making this an annual adventure. For now…I am going to put my camera in a drawer for at least three days!!! I am wiped!

  • 4.
    Sarah said…

    Thanks so much for the inspiration Ali. I now have a week of our lives documented to a degree that I wouldn’t otherwise have. It made me look at our life from the outside and see some places where we could make changes for the better. Thanks again.

  • 5.
    Bec said…

    Love the basketball playing princess!

  • 6.
    Liv said…

    What a great backyard you have! And Anna in her dress playing basketball, love it!

    You’ve done a great job this week.

  • 7.
    Melissa in SC said…

    Love the pic of Anna in the hat holding the m&m’s almost like a pack of seeds. Hmm, a candy tree? Sounds good to me. Funny also to see that Simon is at that stage where he doesn’t want to be photographed so much. I know what that is like. We had a moment on Saturday about the rules for taking photos of my son (12 yrs). They are growing up so fast.

  • 8.
    dawn said…

    Happy Monday Ali,
    Loved your Sunday photos, that one of Anna and her princess dress with the bball is soooo cute, lots of good ones of her today!! I bet you had fun digging in the flowerbeds today, your yard is beautiful. Thank you for posting those outside shots, your yard is a different shape/angles then I thought. The little window they play in faces the backyard, always thought it was the front yard. Great photo of Simon I’m assuming not happy at the moment with his head in hands, I like that you caught that.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts in the beginning of how this week effected you. Glad you could still be happy and find some joy in your heart for these memories. This project makes me think about our life and things that should be changed or not. So thanks always for keeping it real and sharing with us.

    p.s. keep forgetting to ask, does Lucy or George ever mess up or take those legos from the window?? My cat would be all over that!!

  • 9.
    Lori said…

    Love those photos of a lovely Sunday. I really chuckled seeing your little daughter in her princess dress with a basketball! How sweet!

  • 10.
    dawn said…

    forgot to mention that I had my haircut yesterday and brought my camera along. My 23yrold hairdresser loved the WITL idea and was soo excited by it that she wants to do it. I’m going to bring my album in at the next appt. to show her exactly what it means. She’s never heard of blogging and can’t get over that we share and see each other’s photos online. She was happy to help me take photos during the haircut process and I’m glad to have that in my album this week.
    Also at my son’s tennis practice I started talking to some other moms whom I haven’t seen since Sam was in pre-k, so nice to see them again. Anyhow they were excited about this project and Project Life, so I will be showing them my albums also.
    It felt good to share these ideas with others and have them be really interested and amazed by it. I told them they could start anytime, there is no perfect time, JUST DO IT!!
    Just wanted to share these good things with you!!
    Have a good day and I have also taken 4 photos today, couldn’t help myself!!

  • 11.
    Mei Ann said…

    Thank you Ali for sharing this project as well as your beautiful family to the rest of us.

    It has been an exciting week of capturing our day-to-day life in photos. Looking at others’ captured moments from all over the world doing the same project was definitely half the fun. We may be oceans apart and living in different cultures and situations, we are united by our desire to preserve at least a week of memories spent with our respective families.

  • 12.
    theresa said…

    great photos, ali. Thanks for sharing.

  • 13.
    Jen said…

    Love that Anna wore her costume to dinner! I snapped some pics on Friday of my son (4) wearing his cat costume on a hike and out to the cafe afterwards :-) Glad I’m not the only one who thinks this is ok! I have loved participating this week and have managed to get quite a few photos that I really like, as well as jotting down LOTS of little notes that I think will be pretty special in a few years! Can’t wait to get my album all put together!!

  • 14.
    elaine said…

    you have such abeaytiful home. Thanks for sharing it.

  • 15.
    Lisa W. said…

    Oh man I have enjoyed these posts SO much. Although I did not actually “do” week in a life. I am always taking pictures. That picture of Anna in the princess dress and b.ball is priceless. And I have to say I LOVE the one of Simon with his head down and hands covering his face. It may have been a “mad” moment. But it is so cute!!! Looks like a pretty darn good weekend with your kids. THATS what it’s all about:) Happy Monday…I guess, pooring down rain here. REALLY feels like a Monday:)

  • 16.
    Kelly T. said…

    Loved week in the life- thanks for the push ;)

  • 17.
    Paula said…

    Thanks so much for sharing your week, the ups and downs and joys, it’s all so real and inspires me to look at scrapbooking the way I need to – that most real life moments aren’t like the pages in the magazines that sometimes make me feel lacking in some way. Everyone in my house is undergoing change – we are all adjusting to my mom living with us and being ill with special needs. My hubby is adjusting to turning 50 and things not being quite as we’d envisioned from a standpoint of being a couple. My son is struggling to finish his 2 year degree in 3 years and is back to square one not knowing what he really wants to do. He is the most good hearted person but struggles socially to try to find the right girl, kind of fear of rejection. My daughter is in the “woes” of adolescent Aspergers and dreading the start to high school, need I say more. I feel like I am sometimes a buoy to the family and sometimes so overwhelmed by it all along with my full time job and long commute that I just want to scream. Several times a day I find myself wondering what I should have done differently, and many times a day I silently pray. Yet the love is there, the everyday moments are there, there is lots of laughter mixed in the chaos. That’s what a week in the life needs to capture at our house – what it really is and what there is no reason to feel afraid of exposing even though it doesn’t always feel that way.

  • 18.
    Tammy Davis said…

    I love the picture of Anna in the princess dress playing basketball! Too cute!

  • 19.
    kristen said…

    ali – thank you so much for the reminder that we always have choices, we can always choose to change how we’re doing things, we can always create new pathways. i’m struggling with a difficult 13yo daughter right now, & we had an awful week last week. your post reminds me that this is a new week, & i can create new pathways through it. thanks, & here’s wishing you a blessed week. :)

  • 20.
    Kendra said…

    Love the Princess and the Basketball!

  • 21.
    Tania said…

    Love Anna playing basketball in her princess outfit very cute!
    Thanks for sharing all week and being a great inspiration.

  • 22.
    Chrissy said…

    The pictures of the kids just “being” are priceless….

  • 23.
    Dori said…

    I’ve loved seeing all of your photos but Princess Anna playing B-ball made my heart smile out loud. It deserves to be enlarged into a poster! :-)

  • 24.
    Jennifer said…

    Fantastic photos Ali, as always you are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing so much. And thanks for all the super fun giveaways.

  • 25.
    {vicki} said…

    my favorite phot is the one of simon and anna laying in the yard!

  • 26.
    HeidiY said…

    Thanks again for sharing your week & process with us!!! The giveaways were icing on the cake :)

  • 27.
    Ellen Coker said…

    Thanks for sharing your reflections on the process–I so appreciate the inspiration that it brings.

  • 28.
    jennifer said…

    Ali, I can’t wait to see you pull all of this together. I know I’m pooped…excited to put the camera and pen down for a bit, but equally as excited to see what I captured when I attempt to pull this all together. This seems to be the toughest part for me…finding the time to sit down and pull everything together. I’m excited though and grateful for the opportunity to capture a week in our lives. Thank you!

  • 29.
    NANA NASSAR said…

    Just loved! Awesome pics girl!

  • 30.
    Laura A said…

    LOVE the princess playing basketball!!

  • 31.
    Sheryl Coe said…

    I love that you don’t forget to put yourself into your photos. Even if it’s a profile or a shot from above or behind, I feel that it’s important to show that I WAS THERE!

    Thanks for the chance to win, by the way. You’re such a giver. :)

  • 32.
    Randa said…

    I almost stopped on Friday. Was running low on motivation by then. So glad I didn’t! The weekend was full of good memories I’ll be glad to have captured.
    Looking forward to your layout posts later on…determined to see this to completion!
    Enjoyed the week ‘with’ you Ali :)

  • 33.
    anne said…

    looks like a great day! enjoyed sharing your week. :)


  • 34.
    Rinda said…

    Precious photos today – love the basketball playing princess. And congratulations on continuing to look forward and finding the possibilities in your new life.
    I think the project made me grateful for a few things I’ve been taking for granted, but it also made me recognize some of the current conflicts in my life.

  • 35.
    EE K said…

    I agree – the project this year was a bit tough – maybe because of project life, i don’t know. But I am glad I did it, even to get some inspiration of what kind of photos I would like to take more of! Thanks again!

  • 36.
    Lindsey said…

    Diggin’ the shovel photo!

  • 37.
    Julia M. in MI said…

    I love the shot of Anna playing basketball in a princess dress. And my youngest son likes to bring his balnket from bed and walk around with it and play with it around him much like your pitures show of Simon. Thanks for a look into your Sunday. Looks like it was a nice day for you.

  • 38.
    Janet said…

    A beautiful week in words and photos, as always. Thanks for being so candid and sharing your week along with all of us. I really admire you and your work!

  • 39.
    Rebecca said…

    I love that Anna helped you bake bread out of the Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day. My son (3) LOVES to bake (and eat) the bread out of that book. Every time we do it, I hope he remembers it when he is older. :)

  • 40.
    mel said…

    Amazing, wonderful. A great collection of more lovely photos and moments frozen.

    Thanks again for sharing yourself, your passion for memory keeping and your honestly about life as it for you right now.

  • 41.
    Neisa said…

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! This was the first year I committed to do a Week in the Life and am so very thankful that I did. I cannot wait to get all my photos into a book. I organized everything last night and plan on a marathon of scrapping over the weekend.

  • 42.
    Kathy L said…

    Thank you for sharing your photos. I got a chuckle out of the picture of your son sulking. Have a similar one of my almost 8 year old son after a melt down on Sunday afternoon. All part of growing up and learning to deal with his own frustrations.

    LOVED this opportunity. It required a lot of thought and I already know what I would do differently for the next time. LOL. Can’t wait to put it all together over the next week or so.

    Great selection of sponsors. I’ve bookmaarked all of them. Hoping I’m lucky enough to win something.

    Thanks for all of the inspiration. I look forward to being able to take this on at least once a year.

  • 43.
    Danielle Higginbottom-Brown said…

    wonderful photos as usual Ali!

  • 44.
    Leah said…

    Love week in the life! Thank you!

  • 45.
    Ruth G said…

    Ali, I’m so glad to hear that your WIL ended up helping you in ways you didn’t expect! Keep us posted as you put it all together and thanks for all you share!

  • 46.
    Deanna Lynn said…

    Hi Ali-
    As I comtemplate documenting my WIL project I am considering jumping into digital scrapbooking. Can you recommend a photo processing company that is familiar with printing 8.5×11 prints. Most of the companies near me will only do 8×10 or 12×12.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi – try

  • 47.
    Terri said…

    Another year, another week in the life. Your inspiration as your life changes, vividly shown in the photos (that huge number 3 keeps calling to me) and expressed so eloquently in your words, is a catalyst to me. Thank you so very much, Ali.

  • 48.
    Cynthia H said…

    I LOVE that picture of Anna with the basketball! So awesome!

  • 49.
    Vanessa Babin said…

    Ali, you are so inspirational! Loved seeing all the beautiful pictures you shared with us this week! The princess and the basketball is one of my favorites, but I loved Simon’s hand over the face picture because my 35 year old daughter does almost the same thing! I get lots of eye rolls! I act wait to see your finished product. I enjoyed documenting the week because it shows how much time I spend caring for my quadraplegic son! God bless you and good luck in making those choices.

  • 50.
    lee said…

    One of the things I noticed and reflected on as I was going through this year’s Week is the purpose it served (and didn’t serve) for me. When I first did “Week in the Life” in 2010, I didn’t do as much “daily documenting” from week to week – either with my camera or in my planner – so participating in the project was new and insightful. But as my documentation of life has changed – as I’ve come to more actively value the importance of capturing the small moments just as much as the big moments – so has my thought process about “Week.”

    I’m not sure if I’ll make any layouts for this Week – I may just let the daily blog entries stand as my “record” – but no matter what I end up doing with it, thanks for hosting this project again. The simple idea of documenting and reflecting is always worthwhile! =)

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