Week In The Life 2013 | Monday Words + Photos



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I'm without my favorite 24-70 lens this week (it was dropped a few weeks back and is being repaired) so all my DSLR shots are with my a fixed 50mm 1.4 (a lovely lens but just not the same). I work with what I've got.

I used either Rab Lab (along with Photoshop) or Pic Tap Go on my iphone for editing these photos.

Without a doubt this project always gets me really thinking about my life (as if I didn't already, maybe amplified thinking is a better explanation). It's through the paying attention that the patterns emerge and that adjustments can be made.

It always makes me thankful.

Without a doubt this project always gets me to take more photos - with intention. Some of my favorites over the years have been taking while participating in this project.

Today I wrote this down: Question assumptions about my life. Not sure exactly where that's going but it felt meaningful in the moment.

I also thought a lot about how I'm almost always telling Anna what to do/what not to do. No wonder she doesn't want to listen to me or wants to do the opposite of every thing I say. I also tell her I love her a lot, but I know my exasperation shows. A lot of my emotional energy right now is going into figuring out the best ways to be here for her and encourage and steer her in positive directions (and remember that she's just four years old and she's through some big transitions right now too with a new schedule and new school). There's a lot of photos of her today. She's mighty.

Here's a look at some of my photos from Monday (from morning to evening):


(self-timer shot) Anna started pre-K last week so we're adjusting to a few things: earlier morning, uniform and no TV before school. After battling for a few days about the morning screentime (lack of) my Mom suggested I read to her while she eats breakfast. This requires that I get up a bit earlier to get myself and all my other before-school-tasks completed. Smooth morning today (and she was actually much happier than she looks in this shot). Thanks Mom.


I drive her to school and walk her to the gym where all the kids begin their day and then into her classroom. Today she kissed my goodbye on my cheeks, chin, forehead and on the top of my head.


I return home to find this young man in his Star Wars robe on the couch with his faithful sidekick (who by the way was out all last night and was ready for an all-day snooze). Today was Simon's last day of summer; Tueday he starts 6th grade.


Morning coffee spill. Hello Monday.


He comes upstairs to ask Katie or me to help with the settings on the toaster and to ask a couple questions about why they call it "the force."


One of the things we emphasized over the summer was making your own breakfast. Buttered english muffin for him today.


Pick-up from school. They have half-days for the first week before moving to full day. She wants to wear the dress/jumper everyday.


After lunch hang out on the couch with Katie and watch Brave.


Quiet time in his room.



She wanted to paint before having her own quiet time. We got her out of her uniform and pulled her hair back (often a fight involved) and a blank canvas. She painted for a few minutes before she was getting way too silly and was ready to move onto something else.


Katie took a few shots of her on one of the white walls in the office.


And Katie also took this one looking into the office. Love it.


And then she spent some time on Katie's lap.


And some time on mine and she kept talking about how snuggly and warm my skin felt.


And then it was quiet time for her.


And work time for me.


Which lasted only a bit until she was ready to go outside and play with her new neighbor friend.



Simon in my size 10 flip flops playing iChess while Anna rides scooters with the neighbor.


The dishes that remained on the counter all day. I almost cleaned them up twice but the dishwasher ended up not "catching" the soap so it ran without soap and I needed to re-run it. And then I was just tired.


She played while I cooked baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese.


Dress up clothes and accessories of course.


And a little TV before bed.


A favorite corner, especially as the sun is going down. I bought that wire wreath from CB2 (I think) last holiday season and wrapped it with white twinkle lights and have kept it up all year. It makes me happy, as does the light coming in from the windows.

Anna fell asleep on the couch. Simon went around around because he misplaced one of his light-sabers. I decided to tuck them in and skip the dishes and get back to reading the book Wild (I started it ages ago and got distracted by life).

Tuesday is a big day as Simon starts at his new school. His attitude right now is awesome and I so hope it's a good experience for him.

I also took some time during the day to print out the This Is Our Life 4x6 journal cards that I'm planning to use for Project Life this week (there's also a This Is My Life set available as well).


Super easy to just open the PDF and print on Epson Matte Presentation Paper. I'm planning to just add a couple thoughts/reflections/observations from each day.


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



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45 thoughts shared

  1. Jennifer K

    2013-09-10 08:46:33 -0700

    LOL I didn't get to cleaning up my kitchen until later in the day either.

    There's just something about the afternoon/evening light coming in, isn't there?

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  2. Debbie S.

    2013-09-10 08:48:10 -0700

    Wow, Simon's feet and Mighty Anna looking straight into the camera. Lovely bunch of photos of your day!

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  3. laura @ luckypennylove.com

    2013-09-10 09:42:10 -0700

    Thanks so much for inspiring us to slow down and look at our lives and document the moments! This is my 2nd time trying WITL, and maybe this year I will complete the entire week! Doing good so far!

    Loved Wild! Such an amazing adventure and life experience!


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  4. Sarah @ TM2TS

    2013-09-10 09:48:17 -0700

    I know the frustration of a dishwasher not using the soap that it's provided with. My husband thinks it's okay to just unload, and I hate that!

    I love the shots with you involved. I keep forgetting about that setting on my camera ;)

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  5. Courtney W

    2013-09-10 10:49:27 -0700

    Ugh! Dishes on the counter... that is SO the scene at my house daily.

    My Monday words + photos can be found here: http://www.beautifulcrazylife4.blogspot.com/2013/09/week-in-life-monday-photos-words.html

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  6. Solgunnf

    2013-09-10 11:12:27 -0700

    Love how you captured your day. You are good at this! I'm in the process of learing how to do it as well as you do. I hope Simons day went well too.

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  7. Dawn F.

    2013-09-10 12:11:24 -0700

    How do you make even your dirty dishes attractive? Let me know your secret!

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  8. Deirdre

    2013-09-10 13:00:53 -0700

    This is the best motivation for capturing every day photos. I'm not doing the full WITL, but will definitely be capturing more everyday photos this week.

    I bet mornings will be easier for Anna when big brother has to go to school too:)

    Can you share a link to the Star Wars robe? I went searching but only found similar adult sized one. I have a 9 yr old boy who would LOVE that. Thanks.

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  9. Week in the Life - Monday - Nap Time Is My Time

    2013-09-10 13:12:53 -0700

    […] Be sure to follow along this week on Instagram as I continue to share my Week in the Life with you. I’m shooting for a daily post as well, but do keep in mind that I don’t typically post on weekends and I haven’t decided if I am going to make an exception this week. If you’re interested in seeing what other’s Week In the Life looked like on Monday, check out the link party that Ali is hosting! […]

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  10. Addie

    2013-09-10 15:29:42 -0700

    Great post! My son also just started 6th grade! Loved the book Wild, especially being from OR! Have a good afternoon!

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  11. Karen Freeman

    2013-09-10 15:43:47 -0700

    Love yr real life photos. Love the shot of you reading to Anna at breakfast time - gotta love our Mum's aye? They just know the right thing to say :)

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  12. J3SS1C4

    2013-09-10 16:26:37 -0700

    Looks like a great day! I love the shots you've included of reading at the table and Simon and Anna curled up watching the movie with Katie! And I love the look of the daily cards in the PL album... I think this might be a good way to represent the week in PL, while still doing a seperate album for WITL!

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  13. Mye

    2013-09-10 16:33:42 -0700

    Lots of awesome photos! I got carried away with chatting with my friend the whole day and totally have forgotten to take a lot of pics! But like you said, better start with a few than nothing :)

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  14. Brooke

    2013-09-10 17:14:36 -0700

    Love reading this. This is my first time participating so I need daily pep talks and new ideas! My Monday was great, my Tuesday wasn't. Love that Katie can help you take pics. I need to give my phone to the kids!

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  15. Christine

    2013-09-10 17:34:26 -0700

    Reading was a major struggle for my son until about 5th grade. His tutor suggested reading chapter books during breakfast. He's almost 18 now and we still talk about some of those books. It was like a two person book club. I miss it.

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  16. A Pyle

    2013-09-10 18:11:34 -0700

    Wow! Simon is really growing up. I believe he was a second grader around when I began reading your blog. I remember reading your post about riding the Polar Express. (This probably stuck because I teach second grade.) He has really grown so much in many ways. I hope he has a really great beginning to his middle school story. :)

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
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    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  18. Jo-Anne from ZA

    2013-09-11 01:21:21 -0700

    Ali i just love this project!

    You are just so real and true to yourself it is truly inspiring....Thank you:-)

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  19. Marcia Scantlin

    2013-09-11 05:23:24 -0700

    Tim's work is pure magic.

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  20. creole wisdom

    2013-09-11 07:46:57 -0700

    Anna looks adorable in her uniform, Catholic school? I loved my Catholic education :)

    I think what you wrote about questioning life's assumptions is so thought provoking.

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  21. Monica

    2013-09-11 09:10:34 -0700

    Ok, love the project but also love the sequin top! Can you share where you found it????

    Happy Tuesday!

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  22. tiffany h.

    2013-09-11 10:02:29 -0700

    Oh how I love seeing and reading your photos+words!

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  23. marcy

    2013-09-11 11:57:54 -0700

    I so so love this Ali!!! Makes me wish I would have made it past 3pm! LOL

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  24. Jenell

    2013-09-11 13:54:48 -0700

    I really like this week. I was so busy that I didn't have a chance to check the blog until now. Thanks for sharing!!

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
  25. cara m.

    2013-09-14 11:41:03 -0700

    ali, you're such an inspiration. thank you for sharing your life in pictures and words.

    and also - i love that planner/notebook! particularly covered with spilled coffee. that's real life!
    would you share where you got it?

    * edited 08/08/14 02:53PM
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