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April 25, 2012

Week In The Life 2012 | Tuesday Words + Photos

Week In The Life 2012 | Tuesday

NUMBER OF PHOTOS FOR TUESDAY | around 80 (only a couple on my iphone)

A couple things:

This is not a competition. It’s not about the number of photos. It’s not about how much you write or don’t write. It’s about capturing and celebrating the details of your own life – for yourself, for your family, etc.

I didn’t feel like writing much today. I want you to remember, and I keep reminding myself, that this project can be what you want it to be. It can evolve and morph over the course of the week as you find your own rhythm and routine.

Today I thought a lot about creating a sustainable pace. In between dealing with some Simon stuff and some mortgage refinance stuff and some health insurance stuff and some work stuff, I thought about composition. I really took intentional photos today – not photos of everything that was happening (skipped a couple big things like needing to go to Simon’s school for an impromptu meeting in the middle of the day) – but photos that represented the flow and rhythm of the day.

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

Week In The Life | Monday


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Week In The Life 2012 | Tuesday

Saying goodbye.

Week In The Life 2012 | Tuesday

Saying hello.

Week In The Life 2012 | Tuesday

Saying goodbye.

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Week In The Life 2012 | Tuesday

Making coffee.

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Eating and working.

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Jumping for joy.

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And again.

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Week In The Life 2012 | Tuesday

No thanking.

Week In The Life 2012 | Tuesday


Week In The Life 2012 | Tuesday

Breathing deep.

Week In The Life 2012 | Tuesday

Feeling thankful.

Week In The Life 2012 | Tuesday


Week In The Life 2012 | Tuesday

Finishing up the day.

Thank you for being a part of this journey.


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

Settle in for the first podcast episode of “This Memory Keeper’s Life.” We’re talking to Ami Pilon who started scrapbooking with photos from her Brownie camera in 1958 and now pursues a variety of creative activities including art journaling, digital and paper scrapbooking, mixed media art, and project life. Find out what it’s like in “this memory-keeper’s life”–and let us know if you’d like to share you own “memory-keeping life” on a future episode.

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  • 1.
    EE K said…

    Thanks for the reminder Ali. I came to that same conclusion last night when I felt a bit disheartened about the lack of photos I thought I took yesterday. It’s ok, right!

  • 2.
    Sarah said…

    Beautiful photos Ali – I love how you are using the timer to make sure that you are included. I need to try and do that before the end of the week!

  • 3.
    Toni From said…

    I love the “expressing photo”…lol, that is so my son as well, I never thought of capturing it that way. Also, what are you having with your strawberries, it looks delicious?


  • 4.
    Seetje said…

    Thanks for sharing these pictures (and words) of your life. So inspiring…. I took a picture just now using the timer: of me reading your blog!

  • 5.
    Fiona said…

    I love the way you’ve described each of your photos with just one word. Thanks for taking us all on this journey with you, and for sharing yours with us.

  • 6.
    Brooke said…

    These really are life photos and I love that. Also eyeing off those strawberries and hoping that’s cream, but it’s probably something more healthy. I’ve loved to see your lunches in previous WITL’s. Do you make your lunch at lunchtime or have leftovers?

  • 7.
    Annette Green said…

    Yesterday I learned to use the tripod more. Made a big difference. Thank you! I love looking at your life and the beautiful moments you capture. My fave photo today is of your daughter coming back into the house after saying good-bye to daddy. The dog right there, dad in the background, her sweet face, and that banana. Perfect moment!

    • ….
      Stephanie George said…

      LOVE the photo of Anna saying goodbye!! Your pictures of every day life really are inspirational. Loved how you captured the light at different times of the day yesterday. Really gives a sense of morning, noon and night. Love the window shots too. Great job.

  • 8.
    Cynde said…

    Your pictures are great! Simple and to the point. By the way, where did you get the awesome XL dog bed? I have a 115lb bullmastiff puppy who that would be perfect for!

  • 9.
    Junih said…

    Even with limited words, your pictures tell a lot.

  • 10.
    Batice71 said…

    I’m agree it’s not a competition about the number of the photos. I don’t have a lot but it’s sufficiency for me.

  • 11.
    Ellie A. said…

    Yesterday was one of them days as I was feeling well not up to it. Personal stress truth be told made me stay in bed most of the day. I did manage to capture some moments but not as I wanted so instead I journaled. Today is a new day & new canvas.

  • 12.
    Susan Ringler said…

    Amazing! You had a really fully day, Ali. It was not an easy one and mine wasn’t either! I was just sitting here drinking my coffee and realizing how much I didn’t keep track of documentation yesterday as the evening was spent in a two hour argument/debate with my 15 year old! Not an easy thing to record or live through! So I admire how you made such a wonderful array of photos and expression and many with the timers, too! You are such a pro, girl! I will do better today after seeing all you managed to accomplish AND capture. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

  • 13.
    Annette said…

    These are beautiful Ali. Even in the midst of a tough day. I love that you got some jumping on the bed pics! I managed a few of those yesterday. Love that one of you and Anna reading. I also liked that you captured your work day. That’s important too and not an easy thing to capture. Thanks for your inspiration and encouragement.

  • 14.
    christen said…

    beautiful photos!

  • 15.
    Marie said…

    I really love your photos, I got the feeling that I “live” your day through your pictures. Really nice!

  • 16.
    Randa said…

    Love the joy you have caught in your daughter’s face, and what you have captured in a kiddo who’s not so hip on the pics right now. Thanks for the encouragement :)

  • 17.
    Alida said…

    Wonderful wonderful photo’s that speak so many words.

  • 18.
    Tammy said…

    What amazing pictures of everyday life. Your home always looks so incredibly inviting and cozy.

  • 19.
    Debbie W said…

    Thanks for sharing a little bit of your life with us. As we work through the rough patches in our life, this understanding and appreciation of the basics, foundations, and love can see us through…

  • 20.
    Karen said…

    I am so impressed by you Ali – anyone who can deal with a mortgage AND insurance AND still be a loving mother, work and still take pictures for all of us is REMARKABLE. I’m proud of you!

  • 21.
    Susan Anderson said…

    Love Simon asserting his independence. I took a photo this morning of my cat and dog lazing in the sun part of their morning ritual and mine. Love capturing these simple everyday moments that otherwise would go unnoticed.

  • 22.
    Maureen said…

    Your pictures are terrific Ali! I love that you capture Simon with his hand up – my bonus son just makes a not so nice face when he doesn’t want his picture taken and I have alot of those in our books. I wasn’t going to play along this year because my days are spent completely in front of a computer and I didn’t think it was worth documenting but decided early Monday morning to go ahead and give it a shot. I am using your daily sheets but I modified them in Photoshop. I eliminated all of the hours after 4pm (when my work day ends) and that is where I am putting the photos and screen shots that I take during the day while at work. So each day fits on one sheet of paper. I will be adding these to our project life book. It will be fun to see what my work days look like this year compared to what they will look like when I tackle this project again later this year! Thank you for sharing how to do this project Ali!

  • 23.
    Ruth G said…

    Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your journey! I had a similar Tuesday with quite a few happenings that were not photo worthy/appropriate…I’m sure if I’d given it lots of thought (the beauty of the clean walls in the shower, the stack of papers I was referencing on my multiple phone calls, then calls to friends to try and smooth things over it was definitely a day for coming clean in one way or another!) I could’ve come up with pics to take, but I was just trying to get’r done. I totally appreciate you showing what you’ve included and excluded! That helps a ton with my hang-ups about what I would want to share!

  • 24.
    Marcia Scantlin said…

    Thanks for sharing your life and day.

  • 25.
    Lida said…

    I am thoroughly enjoying your WITL. And I am keeping up with it somewhat, when I can remember to do it. Not very good at keeping timelines but I am plugging away.

    Thank you for the encouragement.

  • 26.
    candice said…

    love. thank you for sharing.

  • 27.
    Holly Heaslip said…

    There is such raw honesty to your photos. They speak volumes even in the ordinary.

    Thank you,

  • 28.
    Sharon F. CA said…

    Love the simplicity!

  • 29.
    Jackie O. said…

    Such lovely photos and words to go with them. Thanks Ali for sharing.

  • 30.
    Kristin A. said…

    I wanted to share how I am approaching capturing my words this week. This is my third year playing along with WITL. I love, seriously L.O.V.E., this project. The past two years I’ve kept a Word document up on my computer (I am a stay-at-home mom) and throughout the day would go back and forth documenting the goings on. With that approach I was getting great documentation for each day and loved it. Loved the details and everything I was able to capture. Last year, however, a few days in and got to be a bit stressful for me. I kept up the same approach with the Word document for the duration of the week, but didn’t include quite so much or maybe captured what I could when it was happening and then expanded on things after kids were in bed.

    This year I wanted to keep an open mind to what I was going to do. My hubby, hearing my struggle, downloaded me the AudioMemos free app for my iPad. It is spectacular. Yesterday I went back and forth to an audio memo four or five times throughout the day, was able to do a total verbal dump of everything that was going on and then last night spent time typing it up. Love it, love it, love it and am pretty sure it’ll be my go to way of documenting this week. I would recommend it (or another similar app or program) for anyone having trouble finding time to capture words this week.

    Thanks for a great project, Ali! Thank you for sharing your pictures and weekly journey with us and inspiring and encouraging us to document our own life along with you.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Oh cool – Catherine at Design Editor was tweeting with me yesterday about an app that takes dictation – you talk into it and it turns it into a google doc. I thought that sounded cool too – like that it takes the step out of typing it up. Called “Dragon Dictation”

    • ….
      M said…

      Dragon and similar “dictation to Word documents” programs have been around and used by the medical profession for over a decade. I would guess that by now they are easily affordable.

    • ….
      Kristin A. said…

      Thanks for the suggestion, Ali. I have been loving using this app again today, but love the idea of help with the transcription portion, so I am going to download Dragon Dictation right now (its free, too, which I gotta love!). I am sure the transcription won’t be perfect, but fixing it up should take less time than me typing up the whole thing on my own.

      You’re right, M. My hubby works in healthcare, which is why he thought of finding a voice recording app to use this week for week in the life. Looking forward to trying out this one that Ali is mentioning to see if it helps me with the transcription.

    • ….
      Kristin A. said…

      update: I cannot get good transcription back from Dragon Dictation, so I am curious to hear if you try it, Ali, or if anyone else here has success with it. Does anyone have another one to try? What is also the bummer besides the transcription being poorer than poor is that I don’t see that it’s recording my voice for me to listen back to, so I’d really be lost if I relied solely on this. I’m going back to my AudioMemos app in the morning, but would love to hear if there is something else worth trying.

  • 31.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    Love your pics, Ali, and the way you used just a word or 2 to describe each one. It’s simple and to the point. And I agree that it’s not a race to see who gets the most photos. I decided from the start how I wanted my project to be laid out and know that I only need 17 photos at most per day, so even though I’ve only gotten between 40-70 pics each day, I know it’s more than enough, and I to be honest, it makes it much easier to pick favourites to use, without being completely overwhelmed

  • 32.
    Heather said…

    These are beautiful the moments you captured, the expressions.. amazing!

  • 33.
    Chrissy Hunyady said…

    Love Anna’s jump shots! Love you to Momma!

  • 34.
    Kendra said…

    I just started yesterday. Am doing only Instagram. Our days are pretty much the same one day to the next. So i’ve been taking different photos of each little bit. Some days hubby getting ready, some of the kids getting ready at the same time only on a different day. There’s only so many pics I can take of the same route to work everyday, so I’ve stopped to look around at the traffic lights. I’m seeing things I didn’t see before because I’m paying attention. My iPod and clipboard are my trusty companions. Don’t have a clue about putting the project together, but something will happen when I need it too.

    PS – love the little gold (?) flats you had on in one of the photos.

  • 35.
    CINDY WELCH said…

    I just take what I can, no stress, I work way too much to get into a race. Love your concept. Its real.

  • 36.
    Dori said…

    Your photos are simply stunning! I love the way you incorporate ligt and shadows and camera postion/angle to make your photos come alive. Mine frequently look quite ‘flat’. Lovely, lovely pics! Thanks for sharing them, Ali.

  • 37.
    Jess said…

    These are all lovely photos and capture your life so well. The one which stood out to me is the “pretending” photo. What a special reminder this will be of those days when our children are young. I think you captured the creativity of a child and the love of a mother. I LOVE it! For me, I feel like I’m falling behind, all day yesterday I was running errands and about all I got was photos of the places I went. And, all I’m doing today is homeschooling, which I photographed on Monday. I feel like I”m in a photo rut. I’m trying to think of whether these are photos we will want to look back on. Maybe I need to think out of the box some. At any rate, I’m plugging along :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      My perspective is that the ones you’ll love to look back on are the ones that are the most basic – the simple stuff – what rooms look like (with or without people in them), favorite spots, basic routine things.

  • 38.
    marsha j said…

    love your photos,thanks for sharing.

  • 39.
    Rinda said…

    I realized that this year’s project will be a lot more about me than previous ones. As the kids get older, I just don’t spend as much time with them (plus they’re in a very “don’t take my picture” mode right now). Love the freedom to make this project what I want.

  • 40.
    Paula said…

    So many emotions going through me right now as I “feel” your week, the stated and the unstated, and I both rejoice and struggle through mine …I am not only very grateful for this project but for the sharing of it. It is hard to explain but this sense of community in all you are sharing is actually sustaining so much in me right now. Thank you.

  • 41.
    Tanya McCarron said…

    I am totally enjoying this project and I am not even doing it. I find myself not wanting to work but rather sit here with a cup of tea and read others entries and find inspiration and ideas in others … when I am done the course I am working on (in 1 month) I am seriously considering tackling this project. It seems like such a great way to document the everyday and everything. Thank you to everyone who is participating with Ali and sharing a week in their lives :)

  • 42.
    dawn said…

    These are just precious Ali, what awesome shots you got thru the day of Miss Anna, love love them. Even Simon with his hand up makes me smile and reminds me of my Sam right now, great job with the words for these. Love the ones of you, so nice with the light coming in.

    I agree about the number of photos, high or low it’s the story that counts. Having said that I think having a lot of photos yesterday captured my whole day pretty well and I won’t do this every day but it’s great to see the actual whole day in photos, want to collage it!!

    Sorry to see that Anna is sick today, who would have thought after all those smiles yesterday, that’s what happens though. Hugs to both of you and feel better wishes soon.

    Thanks again Ali for this project, so thankful for it!!

  • 43.
    Jennifer said…

    Those photos of Simon with his hands in front of his face will become more frequent. Both of my kids grew up with me taking lots of photos but now…getting my oldest (16) in front of the camera is out of the question. He doesn’t want his picture taken and goes into hiding when I bring my camera out. This is making Project Life more difficult for me. I have more than enough pictures of his shoes, bookbag, uniforms (on hangers), vehicle, messy room – would love to see pictures of braces, haircuts and things of that nature but he says no so I don’t push – that’s not enjoyable for either of us.

  • 44.
    Kristan Frazier said…

    Love the pic of Anna and the banana. She has such an infectious smile!

  • 45.
    Kelly S said…

    I, too, recognized my older son in those pics of Simon. It really made me laugh! My son Alex, now 13, has decided recently that he doesn’t want his photo taken anymore. He puts his hand up in front of his face or just hides altogether from the camera. I’ve had to start being sneaky and take pictures of him while he is engaged in some other activity. I miss, though, those straight-on, full-face, huge-grin photos. Luckily my younger two children still love to have their pictures taken and often give me the cheesiest smiles ever!

  • 46.
    Kris said…

    I LOVE the picture of you and Anna on the sofa…I also love the blossom cluster above Anna’s bed!!

    and I love that you share this project.

  • 47.
    Hannah said…

    I’m not doing witl as I have so much project life to catch up on, but am loving following yours. This it what I love so much about this style of memory keeping. It’s so much more meaningful and emotion filled than perfect posed family shots. I can fill up with tears just watching Anna and Chris greeting each other, so how much more poignant these moments are when it’s your own family is unmeasurable. Thanks again for your sparkling inspiration to us all. Hannah :)

  • 48.
    Deb J said…

    Some great pictures. It’s interesting that Simon is getting to where he is not wanting his picture taken and feels free to express it with his hand instead of some other way.

  • 49.
    Mallory said…

    Sweet photos! I love how you capture the personalities of your kids right now. :)

  • 50.
    elise said…

    oh my god. fabulous.

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