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September 11, 2013

Week In The Life 2013 | Tuesday Words + Photos


NUMBER OF PHOTOS FOR TUESDAY | 68 (about half & half)

Today was a whirlwind that began a little before 6am and ended sometime after 10pm.

I chose this week because I knew it was going to mark the beginning of all kinds of new things for each of us. Anna at her new school. Simon starting middle school. Driving a whole lot more. Schedule adjustments. I knew I would be tired. And I am.

It was one of those days when I was reminded again and again how lucky I am that Katie is a part of our lives.

It was one of those days where I missed some photos in the evening. I attended events at Anna’s school and the kids were hanging out with Katie and Peter. Katie took the last one shown below when I got home.

It was one of those days with bedtimes that kept extending into the evening. There were tears about a missing light saber and tears about Katie going home.

It was one of those days I wished things would slow down.

It was one of those days I negotiated and asked for help and said yes and said no and advocated for love and supported and felt supported.

Here’s a look at our day:






















Showering at 2pm.








Celebrating (first day at Middle School – 6th grade).






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  • 1.
    Jo said…

    Such a busy day. Love your one word captions and photos.

  • 2.
    dawn said…

    Love your Tuesday’s pictures and words! Nice to see Chris was there to celebrate with Simon too. I drive the kids to school now too, new for us and adjusting to it well so far.

    I wish we could all have a Katie with us each day, she is the best. What a great mom she will be one day, she is learning so much already with your kids.

    Hope you had a good night sleep Ali, breathe and enjoy this new day!

  • 3.
    Fanny said…

    Nice pictures and words!!
    I love Simon’s “squeezing” hug to you and Chris. Sweet! ;)

  • 4.
    Stacey said…

    Simon looks so happy! I hope it’s the start of an amazing year for him.

  • 5.
    Mel said…

    Lovely words and great photos.

  • 6.
    Mye said…

    Nice pictures! I love that you are able to include yourself in the pictures. I’m trying hard to get me into it too :)

  • 7.
    Brooke said…

    Loving participating. Finding new angles and perspectives. Giving my kids (one of them a crazy 2 year old) my prized new phone so I can be in more shots. Getting the tiredness too. Our weeks are so varied, it’s fun to look at it this way.

  • 8.
    Krystyn said…

    Oh how I love that last pic with your cat!! I need to try for one like that!! Great pics Ali!!

  • 9.
    Paula said…

    Only a few photos here yesterday, but that’s ok, lots of journaling captured – boy was it ever a day! Behind on uploading photos but that’s ok too – it will get done and I won’t remember looking back if I was “on time.” Happy I am making this happen and unperfect does not = give up!! My sweet girl turning sweet 16 today! Good things happen every day, even on 9/11.

  • 10.
    Terri Bremer said…

    George makes me smile!

  • 11.
    Jenny A said…

    Congrats on Simon having a good day on his first day of middle school! I remember I was more stressed out than my son on his first day of middle school (my son has autism too). I even took the 1st day of school off from work, which I didn’t do when both my kids started Kinder. I was told in my parent support group that middle school would be so much easier because our kids will love the strict schedule classes compared to elementary. Example – 1st period is always English, 2nd period is always Math, etc. I didn’t believe it LOL and now it is so true! My son is now in 8th grade and he LOVES middle school. There definitely was some adjustments we needed to make but for the most part, he is very happy. Looking at your pictures reminding me how stressed out I was when I was in your place. You are an amazing mamma!

  • 12.

    Beautifully captured. 2 photos that really caught my eye – the last one (kudos to Katie, what a sweet shot!) and the one of you, your son & his father. I grew up with divorced parents and having moments & photos of all is a treasure. It says a lot. Hope today goes well!

  • 13.
    anneberit said…

    Tuesday left me tired as well, but I got a few photos in that I love. And I’m sure I wouldn’t have taken them if it was not for this project. I’m few on words though, as I didn’t write down anything, but I’ll embrace that for what it is.

  • 14.
    Megan Anderson said…

    I think it’s awesome that you chose to document such a BIG week, even though that means that it’s even more exhausting for you. I think sometimes we forget to document some of the most important stuff because we’re so busy. You rock!

  • 15.
    Abby P said…

    I look at your photos first thing on the PC every morning — gives me inspiration as to what to shoot for WITL. Thanks for that!

  • 16.
    karen c said…

    :D the praying picture; gotta love that cat! Super-Katie!

  • 17.
    Samantha L said…

    This is my first year doing WITL. I love it so far! I was curious what settings you use on your camera to get the evening shots (like the first one) mine don’t seem to be as crisp as that… Or they seem to be yellowish from the lighting in my house.

  • 18.
    Debbie said…

    Love the pictures of your day!! Thank you for sharing so much with us all.

  • 19.
    TracyJ said…

    L.O.V.E. your documentation, Ali!

  • 20.
    Shannon P. said…

    One of the things I love about you is that you share the real picture of what life looks like and you encourage me to as well. A lot of my days look like the one you just described and I’m not afraid to document it because of you. Thank you for the vulnerability that requires. I just said a prayer that Wednesday will be a little less hectic for you :)

  • 21.
    Courtney W said…

    Beautifully captured. I am SO inspired by how well you and your ex-husband can interact. I know it can’t be easy, but you both seem to be so mature in making things work for your children. If only every divorced couple could figure this out! You should write a book :)

    My Tuesday words + photos:

  • 22.
    Jennifer said…

    Looks like a perfect day!

  • 23.
    Donna said…

    Love the single word with each photo.

  • 24.
    Jennifer K said…

    You got some great photos capturing a busy day! And I just love the cat one, too funny.

  • 25.
    abbeyviolet said…

    I love this. Still. Every year. Even when it is hard.

  • 26.

    love how you just posted a verb for each photo description!

    laura @

  • 27.
    Karen said…

    Gosh, how those kids have grown! What magic food did they eat over the summer? Simon looks so tall and Anna is growing too. Where has all the time gone? So excited for them (and you) about new schools. My son just started 8th grade (he’s on the spectrum too) and yes, we’ve had some bumpy times in middle school but it’s been an overall positive experience for him. They have so many more opportunities to express themselves individually (clothing, class selection, clubs & activities) in middle school. I have found that the biggest challenge is that there are more teachers and other staff he (and I) have to deal with than in elementary and keeping track of assignments becomes more of a challenge too. Develop a good system to help him keep on top of it and enlist someone at school to help if needed. Organization and communication is the key to keeping things sane.

  • 28.
    Beth Holmes said…

    I love so many of these photos. I love the photo of you and Chris together with Simon because as a child of divorced parents it is so great that you can be together in the same room together for your child — my parents cannot do that still — after 15 years. I love the perspective/angle of the shot of you standing at the kitchen sink and want to copy that one. I’m a librarian so I love the photo of Anna with all the books! And who doesn’t love lego minifigs. Thank you for sharing your life with us and inspiring us!

  • 29.
    amberca said…

    Love it! I am feeling super busy right now also, and this project is helping is some sort of odd way to focus on what’s important. I love taking stock of what is really happening in my life, what am I spending my time doing right now. Thanks Ali!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Totally what it does for me too.

  • 30.
    Dana said…

    This is wonderful. Thanks for inspiring me to capture the fleeting moments of the everyday.

  • 31.
    Patti L said…

    wow, lots of intense things going on in your home….then you see George just sprawled out everywhere! cats have the life.

  • 32.
    Jo-Anne from ZA said…

    Wow, beautifully captured! Looks like it was a day filled with great excitement and lots of precious moments:-)

  • 33.
    Leanne in CA said…

    Wow, you made it through! A rough but good day. Hang in there!!

  • 34.
    Nancy said…

    Ok, clearly I’m overwhelmed too be cause I DID NOT notice George in that final photo until I went back to see what people in the comment section were talking about. Uff da. I think I need a vacation! Love the photos + words.

  • 35.
    Debra said…

    What a cool cat!

  • 36.
    Jenell said…

    I really like how you get yourself in the photos. I hate having my picture taken, but know how important it is. Love Anna’s head in the bathtub and George in the last photo.

  • 37.
    CJ said…

    Sorry your day was long and hard, but you are doing a great job I think. There are some lovely photos there. Good luck to Simon in his new school.

  • 38.
    Teri H. said…

    Oh, man. That George cracks me up.

  • 39.
    Sarah @ TM2TS said…

    I love the color of your toenails. :D

  • 40.
    Mary in IL said…

    How you always find new perspectives to photograph from is so inspiring! Thanks Ali!

  • 41.
    Laura CD said…

    Wow, 68 great photos! I love your week in the life project!

  • 42.
    JoLynn said…

    Participles! Yeah! Love this!

  • 43.
    Sarah said…

    the Celebrating the first day of 6th grade photo, just made my heart ache for you and your family. So much has changed but its wonderful somethings do stay the same – love for our children.

  • 44.
    Andrea W said…

    I love this! Thanks for allowing the links to blogs. I have sincerely enjoyed clicking on them and reading and seeing about others’ days. Thanks for the inspiration Ali!

  • 45.
    Nicole Russell Willis said…

    Awww that hug from Simon! I love his hands wrapped around you guys.

  • 46.
    Michelle L said…

    That picture of Simon looking at his schedule with his buddy is so cute! IT’s so awesome that you were able to capture that!

  • 47.
    Lisa W. said…

    Beautiful…just simply beautiful!!!

  • 48.
    carine f said…

    love the way you’ve describe your day photos and one word.
    thanks for sharing, it is always inspiration

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