Day In The Life | Words & Photos



Up. I've been sleeping with the blinds open and have been loving the natural light wake-up that happens. Anna had crawled into my bed about 6:15am - ready to get up and wanting me to get her bathrobe.




Wake up Simon.




Breakfast. Kids had toast and strawberries.



Tell them to go get dressed and finish getting ready to leave the house. Help Anna get her things together. Brush teeth.



Pull out of the driveway.






Walk Anna into school.



Between dropping Anna and Simon off there's just enough time for a quick stop at Target. He stayed in the car this time in order to continue watching an Adventure Time episode on the ipad.



Simon heads into school.



Back at home. Finish up dishes. Another cup of coffee.


Remember that the basket of library books are due today.



Start listening to the Throwback Thursday playlist on Spotify. Katie knew all the songs (90's Boy Bands). Work on Technique Tuesday blog hop layout (coming on the 10th).


Simon calls from school telling me he wants to organize a movie club and can he invite some kids over this weekend.


Simon calls again to make sure he can invite Nathaniel too (who goes to a different school).


Call from dermatologist about my new insurance number.




Finish layout for blog hop. Photograph. Start writing post.



Drive over to Jimmy Johns for lunch.


Resolve to figure out how to letterpress some business cards (more like give Katie the job to figure it out using supplies from Studio Calico and the Vagabond). Watch a couple of YouTube videos. Talk about design.



Doorbell rings with UPS delivery of next month's Studio Calico kits.



First successful run through the Vagabond. Super awesome and insanely easy - start researching where we can have our own plates made. Katie freaks out.




Leave the house to go pick up Anna from aftercare and drop off the library books along the way. Her soccer practice was canceled so we stop at Starbucks for the iced lemon pound cake she's been asking for the last few days. Katie picks Simon up from his Lego Robotics Club.



Back home. A day in the life would not be complete without at least one laundry room shot. You might notice that I never changed out of my workout clothes and I never actually worked out. Go figure.




Go through Simon's backpack and find the thing I'm not supposed to see yet. Have a discussion about being flexible about what we are going to have for dinner.






Start dinner.


While dinner is cooking I peek my head outside to see what's happening (rain) out there and take a couple photos.


Looks like someone needs to get out there and weed around those raised beds.


Along the side of the house I have some hostas, white bleeding hearts and these awesome cala lilies my Dad brought me from the beach.


And the peonies that will soon be exploding (in the middle of the frame).



Dinner. Salmon + green beans + oranges and kiwi. Simon eats all the salmon and green beans but stays away from the fruit (not a fan of things mixed together). Anna eats all the green beans and all the fruit and a few bites of salmon. Many of you long time readers know that Simon's diet/eating habit challenges have long been part of our story and I'm here to tell you that he's doing really awesome and has made so much progress. He's grown much more flexible and even though he complains he will eat what we ask him to most of the time.



Tonight we ate dinner on the couch. After dinner there was a request for popcorn. Twist my arm.


We watch Adventure's In Babysitting. Their first time. My "too many to count" time.


I love sitting on my couch and watching the transition to evening. Especially now when it doesn't get dark until after 8pm.

When the movie finished it was time to head up to bed.


I captured myself in a mirror in a dark hallway.


Prayers with Anna.


Legos for Simon. He doesn't have school on Friday so he can stay up later.



Lights out after finishing up this post.


  • I did mainly DSLR photos today just to mix things up - relying on my self-timer a ton. I seemed to be having issues focusing though and that resulted in a lot of blurry images especially earlier in the day (not sure that's user error or something wrong with the lens - one that I've had to have repaired in the past).

  • I skipped the Daily Sheet this time and just used the photos as my guide. Some of the times I jotted down while sitting near the computer and others I keep track of on my phone.

  • Half-way through the day I had the thought it would be fun to sometime just do a morning or half-day. I sat at my desk way too much during most of the day. I definitely got re-energized around dinner time. I'm so interested in light and lack of light. I want to learn more about low-light photography and ways to more accurately capture what I'm seeing. I love the moods it can convey.

  • I'm not sure just yet what I'm going to make with this content. I'm thinking maybe a mini-book for a change of pace.

Thanks to everyone who played along! It's always more fun to do it along with other people.

Check out previous Day In The Life posts here.

45 thoughts

  1. Stacy

    2014-05-09 11:38:06 -0400

    This reminds me that I do such a great job of capturing all the details when we have a day out of our regular routine (like a vacation or a fun event) but not of our day-to-day life. I need to change that when my oldest comes home for the summer. Thanks for sharing these glimpses into your life and for inspiring us.

  2. Addie

    2014-05-09 12:42:05 -0400

    Really enjoyed this Ali!

  3. Deb Watts

    2014-05-09 13:23:01 -0400

    I love this idea! wonderful.

  4. Teresa L.

    2014-05-09 13:51:09 -0400

    What a wonderful ordinary day. I started with a couple of shots yesterday and just didn't follow through with it. Maybe this weekend I will catch up. ;)

  5. nicole

    2014-05-09 14:05:47 -0400

    this is my first time doing "day in the life" and I totally enjoyed it. this is only my second year memory keeping using project life and I was getting bogged down by the fact that not enough "significant" events were happening in our life to capture. this exercise today reminded of how much the little moments count. thank you ali! right exercise at the right time!

  6. Kimberly

    2014-05-09 16:02:28 -0400

    With the help of my mom, who watches my little girl, we did a day in the life for her to include in her baby book. It was so much fun. I would like to do a day in her life every few months or so for the first year to see how much she grows and changes. Of course they will all end up as inserts in her Project Life baby album:)

  7. crystal moody

    2014-05-09 17:12:53 -0400

    I am so encouraged to read that Simon is getting more adventurous with his foods...maybe there is hope that my 8YO will eat something other than the 5 foods he eats daily!

    I played along yesterday and posted here:

  8. Leanne in CA

    2014-05-09 20:34:05 -0400

    Wow, this is awesome and your home and yard are beautiful! Thanks for sharing

  9. Lisa W.

    2014-05-09 20:54:12 -0400

    SO loved this!!! All the simple things of the day that are REALLY such big things!!!! Your home AND yard is absolutely beautiful. I think what makes my heart sing the most is when you capture things, like from day to night, yourself in the mirror, the pic of Anna from your level, gosh I love LOVE that stuff.

    Regarding letterpress, I have NO idea if you will be able to answer this question but it made me think of it immediately exspecially beings it a Tim Holtz product. I recently bought a stamp set from his line, and it's called letterpress. I simply thought it was a stamp set. But when I opened it the letters are made to look like a old press/stamp set, but they are like plastic. NO ink sticks to them so to speak. I have NO idea what you are supposed to do with them, would you happen to know. They were from Joanne's Fabrics, not expensive, I believe $19.99. I never took them back because I love the font, the way they look, and now I am intriqued WHAT they are for. Thank you for your time.:)

  10. Ann E. Ford

    2014-05-09 22:37:09 -0400

    Thanks for keepin' it real. One foot in front of the other . . . one day at a time. ;) @*

  11. Emily

    2014-05-09 23:38:16 -0400

    Thanks for sharing Ali!! This is my first time ever doing Day In The Life and def think I may need to create a separate album for this :) Love seeing this "window" into your life and others' - it is so neat!

    Here is my day as a Stay At Home Mom of 1 baby girl:

  12. Carol

    2014-05-09 23:54:09 -0400

    Loved doing this. Such a purposeful way to see the value in our mundane and excitement. Here's a link to my ditl.

  13. jody

    2014-05-11 15:32:09 -0400

    this is one of my favorite posts. love the layout and thought process. helps me put my day into perspective, i think that it (my day) is to mundane to project life it but this layout makes me think if i just do it i will see that my blah may turn out to be a wonderful reflection.

  14. Melissa

    2014-05-11 16:56:25 -0400

    Thank you for sharing "Adventures in Babysitting" with your children. My twin sister and I wore out our VHS copy and went on to purchase the DVD. We love re-enacting the opening scene of Kris and pretty much have the whole thing memorized. I hope your children enjoyed it.

  15. Carla Conroy

    2014-05-12 02:23:56 -0400

    Enjoyed this.

  16. Jennie

    2014-05-12 12:32:03 -0400

    Loved seeing and reading about your day! Here's a link to my DITL:

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  18. northcarmen

    2014-05-13 20:55:19 -0400

    I enjoyed this series of photos and reflections. :) You have such a beautiful home -- I am jealous of how clean it is! ;) Is it normally that way, or did you pick a particularly clean day, or plan ahead since you knew you'd be sharing photos?! LOL. I have spent the last few days trying to clean a house that turns into chaos central so easily, especially with a 4-year-old whirlwind living in it, plus me away for three days for work last week and then a weekend filled with a birthday party, family meals and Mother's Day (only one of those at my house, fortunately). Ah well -- it is what it is.

  19. helen

    2014-05-14 12:33:40 -0400

    I couldn't follow along, but am doing fine today (14th) I think I needed this to push through the day (my father's B-day and he past away last year, and mom this year); thanks to you, this is the 3rd time I do a DITL;

  20. Cara in NJ

    2014-05-14 20:38:06 -0400

    Loved this. I know what you mean about learning more about low light photography. Karen Russell has an excellent "Making the Shot" issue that covers just that. I think it might be available to past students of her Photography workshop but maybe she would "bend the rules" for you!
    Love your day in the life post. I HAVE to do this!

  21. Morning Dew

    2014-05-14 20:54:51 -0400

    Ali, thank you for inspiring us to tell the stories of our lives and thank you for sharing yours. This was the first time I did a day in the life. The morning was going quite well till the time I was having a calm pedicure and we had to evacuate the building due to a 6.8 earthquake! The day just got really crazy after that so I cannot really say it was a "normal" day but at the end it was a story to tell about my day and the fact that there was no major damage gave me one more thing to be grateful for that day.

  22. 4thehunts

    2014-05-16 04:04:21 -0400

    hi, Ali. I just loved this post and all the pics and commentary. This is the first time I tried a Day in the Life and am now keen to do a mini album! When do you think you will be posting an idea for this or are there links to ones you have done already that I can follow? I am busy doing your "Hello Story" class and love it so much I don't want it to end!!

  23. Mel J

    2014-05-18 16:38:37 -0400

    A very busy day for you with some great captures, I have just blogged mine,,,

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