Week In The Life 2013 | Sunday Words + Photos



Wow. Another Week In The Life has come and gone.

First off I want to say thank you for playing along this past week and for sharing your lives via the links below. By Sunday I'm usually ready to be done with the documentation but I'm also usually pretty inspired to see all the images as I scroll back through them.

Now I move on to bringing it all together. Tomorrow I'll share a video tutorial about working with the layered templates in Photoshop and later in the week/next week I'll share my completed album.

I'll also have some more thoughts and general observations for you as I pull my content together this week.

Here's a look at my Sunday:


Back in the office again playing catch up from the crazy schedule of the past week.


I spend a lot of time in that chair.


I took a couple photos of myself using my remote while I was waiting for friends to come pick me up for our Pub Cycle adventure.

I was scrolling through Instagram last night and Amy Tan had a photo of herself where she wasn't smiling and she mentioned that she really was quite happy at that moment in time even if she didn't have a huge smile on her face. I feel that way about this photo.


My friend John organized a Pub Cycle outing with a group of friends.

You peddle the "bike" from pub to pub (we went to three around town). There's no drinking while you're on the "bike" - it's just a super fun way to get from one place to another.


Sara and Sarah. Sara (in the grey) and I actually went to the same high school in Tacoma (Bellarmine Prep) and she married one of my friends from college (Oregon State) Todd. Sarah (in the black) married my friend John and she's also an Oregon State grad.


Heather and Kyle. Friends from college. Love them.


The whole crew.


We've got a really great selection of local breweries here in Eugene. On this adventure we stopped at Steelhead, Hop Valley and OakShire.



Sara and Holly. Holly is another friend from college and she has the biggest heart.


Our happy group.


Then it was back home again for a little more work and laundry folding before Aaron's soccer game.


Kids will be back home again tomorrow after school. Can't wait to see and hug them tight.

You can see all my days from this past week here: Week In The Life


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!

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15 thoughts

  1. Shayne

    2013-09-16 06:06:20 -0400

    Hi Ali,

    I just wanted to say thank you for inspiring me (us) to do this. To capture the everyday. To remember the important, and not so important, and why it is important to do so.

    I've linked up my Sun Post - all about the devastation that occurred yesterday, here on our farm.


    Shayne x

  2. sharon71

    2013-09-16 06:11:58 -0400

    Oh wow Ali! Your Sunday looked much more fun that mine ;)

    I have loved doing this project and I know that it will become an annual event for me. I've been using your templates and they are great.

    Thanks for sharing your week and this fabulous project :)

  3. dawn

    2013-09-16 06:12:56 -0400

    Thanks so much for this amazing project, I made it to the end! My favorite part is looking back at all the pictures, thinking of making a big canvas of all my favorites and putting it on the wall. Felt this way after WITL last time too but didn't do it, thinking this will be the year and count it as my early Christmas gift to myself.

    What a fun day you had, love that you have so many high school and college friends.

    Even I miss seeing your kids pictures here these last days, bet they can't wait to see you either!!

    Can't wait to put my album together now and to see yours!!

    Thanks again!!!

  4. Brooke

    2013-09-16 07:13:43 -0400

    I am super excited to start putting my album together too. First time, good experience. Last night (my Sunday) I did a self timer jump for joy shot of myself to celebrate making it through! It's one of my fave shots.

    Your selfie looks great. Not sad at all. Inner glowing shining right through!

  5. Katharyn

    2013-09-16 07:25:34 -0400

    Um. So, I'm not sure how to ask this question. But I guess the crux of it is that I used to scrap 8 hours a day, document every little moment, I thought I'd found my calling, as I'm a born documenter, a newspaper journo in the real world. I was lucky enough to find success with books/magazines who published my layouts. I've felt the resolute need to document my life since I was about 12. It makes me happy to know I have those memories down on paper even if my memory fails me in old age, or if I die before my time.
    I just found such satisfaction and fulfillment in scrapbooking about my beloved family. Always kept it positive. Lots of journalling. So much so that now my kids are older (one in preschool and the others are 8 and 10) they read their albums with a lot of nostalgia and fond memories. It makes my heart warm.
    But my husband and I separated 18 months ago and even though he didn't feature a great deal in our albums (even three years of my own version of Project 365) because he was never around, I am finding it absolutely impossible to scrap my family now.
    It's like I can only scrap the 'perfect family'. Not our broken one.
    I am no longer with my kids EVERY second of their lives. They visit their dad once a fortnight, and so keeping a Project 365 now feels like a fraud because I am only documenting part of their lives.
    And while I feel more positive than ever about our path in life as a single-parent family, I am not sure what I can say in my albums that won't hurt them to know in the long run.
    We are struggling financially and time-wise, and as such, I cannot compete with the Disneyland Dad approach my husband has taken - no rules at his house, kids get every possible toy they could imagine and they spend 10 hours a day on the xbox watching their dad. :( He lives with his parents, so his mother does all the laundry, dishes, dinners and organising the kids.
    So when I document OUR lives together, I feel like a complete dragon! Much of our time is taken up with chores, attending parent-teacher interviews or me taking them to soccer etc.
    I am just finding it hard to find something to scrap about now. I know I'll regret missing my third child's first tooth, first day at school etc. But how do I go about documenting a broken family?
    How do you do it? Do you include dates you go on (is it a record for you as well, or just for your kids?). At what point do you start to include others in your family albums? What if they are not around in 5 years time, is that healthy for your kids to remember time with them anyway?
    I'm just so confused because my main motivation for scrapping every day is gone, and I wonder how you are keeping it up too, since you are going through the same thing?

  6. Enikö

    2013-09-16 11:15:48 -0400

    Your Sunday was captured beautifully, Ali! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Jennifer K

    2013-09-16 11:50:23 -0400

    WITL is a great idea. I know that on my own, I probably never would have followed through. But feeling like I was following along, with Ali guiding us, I did it! And I'm sooo glad I did this! Can't wait to pull it all together this week. And will plan to do it again next year. :-) THANK YOU Ali!

  8. Nancy

    2013-09-16 12:04:47 -0400

    I am a late-comer to this project, but I love the idea! I will look at past posts and hopefully start this on my own. I have always loved Ali's style and am so glad I just found this blog!

  9. AmberCA

    2013-09-16 12:35:21 -0400

    Wow, a week finished. I really enjoyed documenting my life this week. What I learned is that it's not glamourous for sure, and a lot of it is mundane, but there is a sort of rhythm, and beauty can be found anywhere. This is my children's childhood story, and I hope that it's a good story for them to remember for the rest of their lives. I know my childhood story is good and brings me comfort, I want that for them as well. Thanks Ali, for inspiring so many of us to tell our stories.

  10. Paula

    2013-09-16 12:44:26 -0400

    After work tonight I am coming on back to read everyone's lovely comments and look at the links...this morning I tried to take the plunge since I don't have a blog or do any digital photography except ordering online and texting photos on my older iphone...I went ahead and opened a flickr account, put my little notes under each photo and set up a site...but alas, when I click my link above, Paula Scraps, it didn't work. Ugh, I am not coordinated but I will try again tonight.
    I had such a great time documenting a WITL. Thanks Ali!

  11. KimD

    2013-09-16 13:06:06 -0400

    I went on a BrewCycle tour this weekend too in Portland...lots of fun!!!

  12. alicia johnson

    2013-09-16 19:47:57 -0400

    hey ali!
    okay i've done all the fun work of getting pictures and writing it all down. Now, I have begun the daunting task of sifting thru pictures and pictures and pictures. What is your process of choosing the right pictures for each day? Do you settle around a daily theme? Am I making this more difficult than it needs to be?

    Thank you for any help!
    Alicia J

  13. kelli T

    2013-09-17 17:45:12 -0400

    Ali! I was looking fora new place to print photo, but the offer you gave us is expired! Was that a typo?

  14. Teri H.

    2013-09-17 19:19:42 -0400

    Just curious...what was your major in college?

  15. Carrie Rosalind

    2013-09-20 01:25:22 -0400

    Congratulations on another successful year!! This was my first year participating and I SO enjoyed it - thank you for inspiring me to dust off my "big camera" and get in the habit of taking everyday pictures again.

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