The Weekend Lens

A date with an old friend to a local winery on Friday.

Some work in the yard.

A run through the sprinkler with my best girl.

More yard work (this time with a helper).

Sunday hot-dog dinner with friends (with costumes + sidewalk chalk of course).

Not pictured above: lots of Indiana Jones (Simon in costume most of the weekend even though it's hot), sleeping in and hanging out with kids, evening swim on Saturday night followed by a viewing of Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (the older one), Anna talking non-stop, and Simon singing songs from The Muppets as loud as possible in the car (it's pretty much on repeat as soon as we get in the car).

27 thoughts

  1. McAmy

    2012-07-16 06:24:23 -0500

    love that picture of you and anna. beautiful!

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  2. Lisa W.

    2012-07-16 07:27:48 -0500

    You and Anna ARE beautiful...your yard is looking amazing too:)

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  3. emily (justem)

    2012-07-16 07:34:59 -0500

    We listen to the Muppet soundtrack no less than 8 time a day at our house... ;)

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  4. slmnontec

    2012-07-16 07:59:14 -0500

    It seems so long since you posted anything on your blog that I thought maybe you went on vacation....you did, but in your own yard! I've already met most of my goals for the summer. It's cloudy today so I'm thinking---FALL.

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  5. kelly libby

    2012-07-16 08:12:05 -0500

    Beautiful photo of you and your little girl. I give you a LOT of credit for getting through the last year with such grace. I'm going through a breakup...and that sucks...i cannot imagine a divorce. Thinking of you and of course, loving your blog. ; )

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  6. Michelle L

    2012-07-16 08:21:09 -0500

    I agree! That picture of you and Anna is lovely!

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  7. Aubrey R

    2012-07-16 08:44:19 -0500

    Ohmygosh, you too with The Muppets?! Those songs are so crazily addictive--and if I never hear "Am I a maaaannnn, or am I a Muppet?" belted out by my girls, it'd be too soon. :)

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  8. Anna-Marie

    2012-07-16 08:45:46 -0500

    Ali - just had to comment that I know life hasn't been easy for you and I hope the adjustment to the new life is going as best as it can but I must say you look absolutely wonderful. I love the longer hair and you look amazing!!!!! I'm sure becoming that athlete again has helped. But I just had to let you know how great you look and I do hope that you and the entire family are doing well!!!!!! Looks like you are having a great summer and I'm really glad for that for you. You have done so much to help me do my best to document my life and now my life with my kids that I would wish nothing but happiness for you and the family!!!!!

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  9. Jessica

    2012-07-16 10:19:49 -0500

    These are some really great photos of your weekend! And I just love the one of you and Anna....so beautiful! You can really see some happiness coming through :)

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  10. Carrie

    2012-07-16 10:32:54 -0500

    Hey friend - you look GORGEOUS in that photo of you and Anna. :)

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  11. Christine

    2012-07-16 10:35:15 -0500

    lovely weekend... lovely pictures :)

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  12. Jenny A

    2012-07-16 10:39:01 -0500

    Looks like you had an amazing weekend. I have to say that my favorite of your pictures are of you and Anna in your swim suits. You are one hot mamma! You are such an inspiration of how to live your life to the fullest even when faced with challenges. Thanks Ali!

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  13. Lalia Harris

    2012-07-16 11:29:55 -0500

    You looks so lovely with Anna. Love how you captured several relationships in these pictures. And two without any faces. The chalk one is adorable.

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  14. Wemdu

    2012-07-16 12:14:55 -0500

    Looks like you had a good weekend. Way to go! You are getting it done, isn't one of your goals to get out with friends more. :)

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  15. SUZANNE

    2012-07-16 12:22:42 -0500

    I have to agree with the others, you look BEAUTFIFUL in your picture with Anna, wishing you the best always.

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  16. Suz

    2012-07-16 16:53:19 -0500

    Looks like you had a lovely weekend with family AND friends! :) :) :)
    Great captures!

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  17. cinnibonbon

    2012-07-16 17:06:57 -0500

    Love love the picture of you and Anna. You look wonderful!!

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  18. Kim

    2012-07-16 21:01:14 -0500

    It's nice to teach the younger generation The Rainbow Connection. :)

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  19. Toni

    2012-07-17 03:35:41 -0500

    Beautiful Ali, have to agree with everyone - I love the photo of you and Anna - truly stunning - a beautiful moment captured, great connection, fun and happiness, two gorgeous girls.
    How precious is life! Love the grace with which you have carried on your life and truly appreciate how you share what you do with all of us to enable us to better live and capture our lives.

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  20. Mel

    2012-07-17 13:04:18 -0500

    Sounds like a lovely weekend- you can't go wrong with vino, friends, family, and a little Mother Nature!

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  21. Angie Martin Hall

    2012-07-17 18:18:24 -0500

    You and Anna are lovely, simply lovely. Glad to see you embracing your new life with your whole heart...and yeah, Simon, I love the Muppets, too, and have been caught singing their songs in the car...and I'm 51 years old!

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  22. Jen D

    2012-07-18 02:40:18 -0500

    Love those photos of your daughter & you!
    My daughter (age 23mths) and son (age 5) ARE obsessed with that Muppets movie. They sing it everyday, continuously. I dream of those catchy songs. Even my daughter, Arianna, will be in the car seat and will do the act that Mary does in the scene for the Happy song. hahaha. =)

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  23. cathicoutu

    2012-07-18 09:47:23 -0500

    Ali~ looks like you had a weekend filled things you love and that is always a good things!!

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  24. Debie Grace

    2012-07-19 20:06:49 -0500

    Your photos are so fun to look at especially with those little kids! :)

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  25. Bev Mascara

    2012-07-21 10:53:43 -0500

    For me...weekends are the only time I get to get pictures of my grandchildren.

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