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April 26, 2012

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday Words + Photos

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday


My Wednesday started off with a nice hot shower after getting Simon up and on his way.

Everything shifted around 8:20 am when I got a call that Simon’s neurologist appointment was cancelled (we’ve been waiting over a month) and then as I was getting Anna dressed I realized she felt warm so I took her temperature and it was 102.

Time to go with the flow.

I actually put my PJ’s back on to settle in for a different sort of day.

One of my biggest observations today, especially as I look back over the photos tonight, is that there’s something to be said for sameness.

Some people may see taking the same shots on different days as boring (or feel bored by it). I see it simply as repetition – repetition in design, in routine, in life. It’s those things, those repeated actions and events, that build our days.

I also feel acutely aware, through the photos I’ve taken so far, of the way we live in this house. The rooms we inhabit most, the way I move through the house from one place to the next. Again, lots of emphasis on the rhythms of days.

Here’s a look at some of my day:

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday

Week In The Life 2012 | Wednesday


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  • 1.
    Sarah said…

    Hi Ali, love the picture of Anna stamping, and the three of you sitting round the table. I have become more aware of our routines since starting Week in the Life too.

  • 2.
    dawn said…

    Hi Ali,

    Love that you put your pj’s back on showing your ready to just go with the flow. Hope Anna feels better today! Love the ones of you again, mine aren’t working well for me this time around?? Your pictures had a relaxed way for the day, like that idea!!

    I agree with what you said about the sameness and routine of everyday, I crave this way of life. Today I did my photos and words about what I’m thankful for and it makes me that much more happier to have this project.

    One of the things I’m showing everyday is my front yard each morning while waiting for the bus, each morning is the same yet different, LOVE THIS!! I’m also taking one of the sky each day around noon, different everyday so far. The last one is always the sunset and I always love seeing the different ones each night, my favorite of the day. It’s my way of saying good night to our day!

    Thanks Ali again for all you do and share with us!

  • 3.
    EE K said…

    I love seeing your kiddos look through a scrapbook! I am trying to take photos of the same things from different perspectives. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much.

  • 4.
    Ellie A. said…

    OH goodness I’ve come to a conclusion my Week in the Life is going to be lots more journaling then pictures, but I’m OK w/that as I hardly do get to writing. Today is a new day. Let’s see if I can actually get a few more pictures (hmm didn’t I say that yesterday?)

    • ….
      Pidgen said…

      I’m actually trying something new this year. I’m doing PL but I wanted something different {but still using the basic spread}. So, I am taking ONE photo a day that will fit the 3×4 slot and journaling in the 4×6 slot. I’m looking for more of a schedule and more of an acurate list of things we do each day {I’ve noticed that some of the things we do are falling in the cracks of PL. Not bad — just noticing that you can only fit so much from one day in a 4×6 photo! lol.} Anyway, I’m focusing on journaling too!

  • 5.
    Brooke said…

    I think that there is something homely about sameness too. Hope Anna is feeling better soon.

  • 6.
    Kathy said…

    Ali I can relate to that…… my two kids (James 8 and Sienna 6) also had to stay home sick today so my day changed as well. It didn’t help that I felt unwell either.

  • 7.
    Sandi said…

    I love your pictures. They give me so many good ideas for pictures I want to take. Thank you for all the inspiration and motivation you provide me. Anna is such a cutie!

  • 8.
    Fiona said…

    Thanks for the reminder to look at the things we do every day and try to capture them again, yet differently. Routine gives such wonderful security, to children and adults alike. I love the picture of Simon and Anna looking through scrapbooks! I am working on some so my children can have that same pleasure. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

  • 9.
    NatalieSpring said…

    LOVE all “WEEK IN THE LIFE” links from around the world!

  • 10.
    celeste said…

    i see the lego death star. in my house, there would be a resounding musical crescendo of the star wars theme hummed for days on end if it ever happened to appear! i think that death star deserves its very own page!

  • 11.
    Paula said…

    My week has many similarities and differences, but is parrallel to yours in many spoken and unspoken ways. Thanks for today’s post.

  • 12.
    jennifer said…

    This rang very true … documenting the days makes me very aware of how routine life is during the week. Oh and it needs to be! We all depend on the routine. I’ve been enjoying the week so far. Not too overwhelmed … just taking photos and jotting things down. It will be interesting to see what I captured next week when I sit down to pull this all together. As always, thank you Ali!

  • 13.
    Kim said…

    Speaking of the value in everyday life – have you ever seen the magazine “Seeing the Everyday”? Becky Higgins recommended it on her site and I’ve recently subscribe, anxiously awaiting my first issue.

    Also, love the stamping -that could be my girls except I’m not brave enough (or maybe it’s too Type A) to let them do it on the carpet – hardwood floors only please!

  • 14.
    Erika said…

    I have been dealing with a sick little one and I have been quite sick myself. We have been doing a lot of pajama days here lately.

    I have been documenting my daily life lately and I am amazed at the routine we have. It is most definitely almost exactly the same every day. I love seeing how we do things.

  • 15.
    Susan Ringler said…

    Yes, I guess my contribution today would be to enjoy the age every chance you get. No, it is not fun to be home with a sick child, and it disrupts your day, but you graciously went with it and that is so important. Having a 15 and 16 year old who went to lunch with me yesterday (they had the afternoon off from school because of testing), they quietly said, “Mom, please don’t take pictures in public! We know half the people in here!!!” So I agreed and was made aware again of how fast it goes and the “age thing” with teenagers! Sometimes they are OK with all the pics but not in public I guess. Hope Anna is feeling better today and that they get Simon in quickly. It is so frustrating.

  • 16.
    Michelle L said…

    I love that I’ve picked up on some new routines that I didn’t realize exsisted. LIke the way my youngest goes straight to his room when we walk in the door and pulls out the same 5 or 6 cars to play with. At least these week he’s been playing with the same ones everyday. He has a lot too but it’s always the same cast of characters. I realized that usually when we get home everyone just sort of goes about their business for a little bit and then we come back together for dinner. I never realize what my boys really did until this week! I knew they were playing but I never realized with what or how.

  • 17.
    Mei Ann said…

    Hi Ali,
    Just to let you know you inspire me a lot!. There’s a number of revelations I am getting from WITL project. You see we are childfree {not by choice} and there’s a bit of longing in my heart everytime I look at children’s photos in almost everbody’s posts including Simon’s refusal to look at the camera and oh Ann’s bright-as-a-sunshine smile! At the end of every day, the longing is replaced by deep gratitude for the woderful life that I am blessed with. And most of all the gratitude that these wonderful children are loved and cared for unconditionally by their equally wonderful parents. God bless your family.
    Mei Ann

  • 18.
    Annette said…

    Happy you could be there for them. Hope Anna gets better soon. Love how you captured the day. Seeing them look at your scrapbooks is priceless!

  • 19.
    Marsaille said…

    We had a similar day, although mine included roofers! Loving your WITL this year.

  • 20.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    Love your pics again today, Ali. I hope little Anna is feeling better now as well! And hopefully you won’t have to wait to long to get Simon to a neurologist. Even though your pics are repetitive based on daily activities, I love that it really reflects how your life is right now. There’s nothing wrong with routines and flow at all!

  • 21.
    anne said…

    lol, I should take a pic of all the pills I take!! I am on so many- too many incurable diseases going on over here. All my days are pretty much the same tho, and pretty boring!


  • 22.
    Pam Spradlin said…

    Love your pictures…they are telling it like it is. Thanks for sharing and giving us this idea of how to document our days.

  • 23.
    Deborah said…

    Love hoiw you make even a sick day seem so special. It’s great that you put your jammies back on to spend the day with your sick little one. Hoping she is feeling much better today.

  • 24.
    Chrissy said…

    Awesome pictures! Thanks for the giveaways.

  • 25.
    Rinda said…

    Poor Anna Banana! Thanks for your insight on sameness. I was just thinking about how I was going t title my Wednesday post “press repeat” because it has so many of the same things as Monday & Tuesday. But I know that when I assemble my album these things will all fit together.

  • 26.
    Susan Anderson said…

    That is one of the great things about this process – appreciate right now.

  • 27.
    dawn said…

    Spent some time this morning reading the other blogs and love what everyone’s doing and sharing. So much fun knowing we are all doing the same project but from all around the world and different lives.

    I’m jealous but thrilled for the ones who are doing this with little ones, mine are teens now and for the ones with no kids or single, would have loved to have those times of my life in albums.

    Great job everyone!! KEEP CALM AND CLICK ON…

  • 28.
    cinback said…

    Loving your portrayal of life and missing this project for myself, but I just cannot manage it right now. Thanks for the links to others as they are providing lots of great ideas for this project.

  • 29.
    iHanna said…

    I’m new to the project idea but I am really appreciating how it is teaching me so much on the beauty of my world and how many different things I See and Notice, this week more than last, every day.

    Thank you Ali for doing this!

  • 30.
    Kendra said…

    forgot about the meds. WIll have to take one too.

  • 31.
    Wendy Goodman said…

    I absolutely love the photo of your kids looking at your scrapbook albums. It just reinforces why we do this thing called scrapbooking.

  • 32.
    Deb J said…

    Ali, one of the things that has bugged me is that my life is so much the same from day to day. I don’t mean that there aren’t interruptions and days when I go out of the house for some reason but due to disability I have a more quiet life. I am single, I have no children, and my 84 year old mother lives with me. I never thought to look at the sameness the way you just mentioned. It has given me an entirely new way of looking at things. I don’t mind my life, just didn’t see a reason to document it over and over. Now I can see that the patterns say something about my life and who I am. Thank you.

  • 33.
    Megan Smith said…

    Another batch of great photos!

    Sorry to hear about your sick baby girl and the neurologist canceling on you. That is so frustrating! As the mom of a 10-week early preemie, I understand how having Dr’s cancel on you can be frustrating.

  • 34.
    Trish Drake said…

    Ali, I am so grateful for your post today (though I am sorry Anna was not feeling well and Simon’s appointment was cancelled). My routine is such that I really do pretty much the same thing every week day. And while I hate to bore visitors to my site with the sameness, I take comfort in the peaceful existence that is my life (currently). My sister was taken from us at an early age two years ago and that was a hard year. Routine – sameness – sometimes that’s a good thing. Ah, but I ramble. Enjoy your day!

  • 35.
    Kyle W said…

    Ali- I am really enjoying your posts and am loving this project!! I’m so glad I decided to do WITL this year… I’m having so much fun using my shutter remote and self-timer to get ‘in the action’ shots. Even my husband is checking out what I’ve done at the end of each day- he might even snap a few photos of his time with our little one when I’m at work tomorrow. Can’t wait to see what he comes up with :)

  • 36.
    cindy said…

    good photos…sameness is good. i love the self of you & Anna stamping. hope she feels better quickly!

  • 37.
    mel said…

    Ah yes routine. I agree that we do shy awayfrom it but I’m with you Ali and have taken the same old shots day after day. There is no point in pretending that routine isn’t part of our lives because if wee look back at these albums we won’t get the big picture and precious moments live both in and in-between routine. Hope Anna is all better and another appointment comes through soon.

  • 38.
    Shereen said…

    Aw, bless miss Anna! But it looks like she got to feeling better? I’m enjoying your pictures, haven’t taken very many today myself.

  • 39.
    Ruth G said…

    I hope Anna is better.
    I think part of the interest in repetition (especially with something life Week in the Life) is to help show that these really are events that happen much the same each day and they really do help to shape what our days are like. What happens each morning, each day after school and each bedtime help us to remember that those were our routines, because someday they will change and those routines might be forgotten. What a wonderful reminder of what everyday life is like now for your future selves!

  • 40.
    Ellen Earley said…

    I enjoyed looking at the photo of your children looking at the scrapbooks!

  • 41.
    Lucy said…

    Thanks for the great look at your day — pjs, pouts and all. Sometimes the sameness of the day is comforting. Loving the series and your pictures.

  • 42.
    Leilani said…

    These pictures really made me smile. As my child gets closer to high school age..I am more and more aware that the sick mornings, when the pjs come back on and everyone ends up back in my bed..are the mornings I truly treasure. Of course nobody wants their little people to be sick. However, there is something so special about being at home together recovering away from everyone and eveything.

  • 43.
    Karen said…

    I’m not doing very well on this year’s week in the life. Not many photos taken this week. I have thought about doing it later, my MIL passed away the day before WIL began and I have spent the days since scanning in some of her photo albums, all day every day! Not much else going on for me. That, plus I just can’t seem to get with it this week, makes me want to wait. On the other hand, this week is a look at life as it sometimes is, not always happy. Maybe I’ll do two weeks instead of one. Looking at your photos makes me want to keep on doing this week, thanks for the inspiration!

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