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May 9, 2014

Day In The Life | Words & Photos

AE_Blinds

6:28AM

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.

AE_AnnaCloset

AE_SimonWake

6:45am

Wake up Simon.

AE_Morning

AE_Coffee

7am

Breakfast. Kids had toast and strawberries.

AE_BreakfastTableBW

7:20am

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

AE_Car

7:35am

Pull out of the driveway.

AE_AnnaCar

AE_SimonCar

AE_Drops

AE_AnnaSchool

7:50am

Walk Anna into school.

AE_Target

8:35am

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.

AE_SimonSchool

8:50am

Simon heads into school.

AE_DIshes

9:30am

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

AE_Books

Remember that the basket of library books are due today.

AE_Sit

10:09am

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).

10:25am

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

10:27am

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

10:40am

Call from dermatologist about my new insurance number.

AE_Stamping

AE_Layout

11:25am

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

AE_lunch

1:35pm

Drive over to Jimmy Johns for lunch.

2:47pm

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.

AE_Mail

2:50pm

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

AE_HappyThoughts

3:03pm

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

AE_AnnaCar2

AE_AnnaILPC

3:45pm

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.

AE_Laundry

4:45pm

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.

AE_HomeAgain

AE_Mama

5pm

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.

AE_George

AE_StillRaining

AE_Hangout

AE_MakeDinner

5:30pm

Start dinner.

AE_Outside

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

AE_Garden

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

AE_Cala

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.

AE_Peonie

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

AE_Dinner

6:00pm

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.

AE_popcorn

6:30pm

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

AE_Movie

We watch Adventure’s In Babysitting. Their first time. My “too many to count” time.

AE_Transition

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.

AE_Mirror

I captured myself in a mirror in a dark hallway.

AE_AnnaPrayer

Prayers with Anna.

AE_SimonNight

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

AE_NightNight

10:05pm

Lights out after finishing up this post.

A COUPLE NOTES

  • 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.

Comments

  • 1.
    dawn said…

    What a great day of photos for you Ali, loved them. Even the rain looked pretty! We had a surprise hot summer day here, much needed and wanted after a week cold. I used both my phone and camera, have been pulling out the camera more often now. The warm weather did make me lazy, just wanted to sit outside and enjoy it so most of the photos are from outside. Thankfully for having my camera handy for a few “precious” moments I would have missed and a fun one of a turtle I saw walking thru our yard.

    Thanks for letting us share our day with you, so glad I played along. Can’t wait to see what you do with yours, a mini album would be fun!

    Happy Friday and early Mother’s Day!

  • 2.
    Brooke said…

    Thanks for sharing Ali. I totally forgot but might choose a day next week. I did a day in the life last year and really loved to be able to look back on my life from a different perspective. Those business cards sound awesome.

  • 3.
    Alida said…

    Great photo’s. Some things overlapping with my own days, some very different (eg, we’re out the door about an hour earlier – no fair) :) Love the variety in light in your photo’s.

  • 4.
    Pink Ronnie said…

    Really enjoyed this glimpse, Ali.
    Ronnie xo

  • 5.
    michelle t said…

    Wasn’t sure if I wanted to read today. I can get jealous of the normal day to day everyone else has. My life’s a lot different. But I’m happy I stopped to read. I take my kids to school/bus stop. I don’t go out beyond that, but I do laundry. Yesterday was a banquet for my son’s baseball team and another reminder of what I miss. But I decided to choose a day next week. And I think I might make a small mini album, my first one. Maybe a little art journaling. Thanks for the inspiration. Oh, if it would be a good idea for you, could you please do a post on letterpress? I’d love to see. Thanks. Michelle t

  • 6.
    Jenny A said…

    I love when you do DITL! And I love just reading about your day. A couple of things: wearing work out clothes but not working out – totally had me cracking up. I’ve done that so many times but am too embarrassed to admit it. And second – you will be coming out with your own Letterpress!! I’m jumping up and down!!!! Thanks for sharing your day with us :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Don’t get too excited about the letterpress :) – I really just meant that we were going to order a plate to make some business cards. No immediate plans to design/sell them.

  • 7.
    julie said…

    I actually did this today with photos and using the daily log sheet. I also drank some green tea and man, was a WAY more busy than usual. haha. It was fun even tho it was only me and I realized I can get a lot done if I’m focused and drink my tea. Ah…the lessons you learn ;)

    Again thanks for sharing your ideas and your life.
    Julie

  • 8.
    Amanda Rose said…

    Gorgeous account of your day. I’ve done some in the past, and it made for great documentation. My favorite part of your 5/08/14: ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING!! “Babysittin’ Blues! Baby baby, babysittin’ blues!”

  • 9.
    donya said…

    Thank you for creating this, Ali!

    It was my 3rd or 4th time really participating and for some reason this time was my favorite. We had a good day planned and I didn’t end up documenting a ton, but the parts I did were great.

    At the end of the day I was imagining just how different my days will be years down the road, as my little ones are 1 and 4 right now.

    You are so inspiring, Ali.

    My day is here: http://iconosquare.com/viewer.php#/tag/donyasdayinthelife/

  • 10.
    Tracey said…

    As always, it’s so awesome to get a glimpse into the regular, everyday life of someone who inspires, as a mom and as a “family historian”. You remind us to pay attention to the little things all around…

    Love that Simon wants to start a movie club…that’s right up my son’s alley, too. Can I ask how you get movies? Do you stream? We’re looking for a good way to do that. Right now it’s Netflix through the Xbox, but I’m looking for a better selection and delivery. Any advice would be so appreciated!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      We do Netflix or rent via the Apple Store using Apple TV (and we also own quite a few).

  • 11.
    Theresa said…

    Ooh I love your low-light photos! I squealed a bit when you mentioned custom letterpress plates – I had some made for our wedding invitations, from the Lifestyle website, and they turned out amazing! I would LOVE to see you design some letterpress products, Ali!

  • 12.
    stephanie said…

    Ali, thanks for sharing and spearheading this. I love these projects and appreciate so much you triggering me to do these kinds of days. We homeschool and it’s so easy to get swept away in all the stuff I need to check off. You would think that with a camera/phone in my hand I would be more distracted, but honestly, it helps me be more focused and present with my people as I guide and direct our days. So, thank you. : )

    (I blogged mine here if you are interested: http://herdofsteph.blogspot.com/2014/05/day-in-life-may-8-2014.html)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Loved reading about you day Stephanie – thank you for sharing.

  • 13.
    Julie E said…

    Karen Russell has a great PDF on low light shooting in her store called “Making the Shot: Low light Shooting”. It will explain everything you need to do to get great shots in low light.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Oh cool – thank you.

  • 14.
    Gina said…

    I loved reading about your day and I too loved your comment about not changing out of workout clothes but not working out…guilty here too. How does the day get away? Also interested in low light photography. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve never done a day in the life but after reading some of yours, I just love the idea and hope to do one soon.

  • 15.
    Nirupama said…

    I always love when you encourage me to do this. Seeing a glimpse into your day and the way you document is fascinating.

    I made a mini album out of my days in the life and it was super fun!

    Can’t wait to see what you make!

  • 16.
    Cathy Zielske said…

    I wish I had something like this from when my kids were younger. You know? I mean, crap, I know you were doing this YEARS ago, and I wish I would have done it too. Might have to do one now. Yep. I might.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Do it.

  • 17.
    dcorder said…

    I love ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING! Funny movie. I totally forgot to do DIL yesterday…so I’m working it today. It’s all good right? Grin.

  • 18.
    Nancy Beck said…

    Hi Ali!

    Is the stamp set shown in this post available as digital product yet? I didn’t seem to have any luck finding it.

    You are always such an inspiration…Just can’t get enough!

    Nancy

  • 19.
    StacyK said…

    Ali, since you have both the vagabond and silhouette cameo, do you think its redundant? I have the silhouette portrait, and hardly use it, but it seems much easier to use one of the manual die cutting machines and have been contemplating buying one, but thinking it might be redundant. What do you think??

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi StacyK – I use them for completely different things. I use the Vagabond (or intend too – we just set it up yesterday) for embossing and now for letterpress. I use the Cameo for cutting and it allows me to use all my own personal designs that we don’t have dies for (Technique Tuesday has a few). So for me, totally different uses.

  • 20.
    Stacy said…

    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.

  • 21.
    Addie said…

    Really enjoyed this Ali!

  • 22.
    Deb Watts said…

    I love this idea! wonderful.

  • 23.
    Teresa L. said…

    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. ;)

  • 24.
    nicole said…

    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!

  • 25.
    Kimberly said…

    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:)

  • 26.
    crystal moody said…

    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:
    https://crystal-moody.squarespace.com/blog/2014/5/9/day-in-the-life

  • 27.
    Leanne in CA said…

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

  • 28.
    Lisa W. said…

    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.:)

  • 29.
    Ann E. Ford said…

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

  • 30.
    Emily said…

    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:
    http://scrapper-emily.blogspot.com/2014/05/day-in-life-may-8-2014.html

  • 31.
    Carol said…

    Loved doing this. Such a purposeful way to see the value in our mundane and excitement. Here’s a link to my ditl.
    http://www.carolynchastain.blogspot.com/2014/05/day-in-life_9.html

  • 32.
    jody said…

    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.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yes!

  • 33.
    Melissa said…

    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.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      They loved it!

    • ….
      Julie said…

      I too, LOVED, Adventure in Babysitting and after reading this was encouraged to watch it with my 8 year old. He zoned in on the “Thor’s a homo” line. “Whats a homo?”, he asked….I am glad our language is more sensitive now than when we were kids. Everyone is better off for it.

    • .
      Ali said…

      I definitely gasped at that one when I saw it again and immediately said out loud, “we don’t say that word.” Great opportunity for a conversation about name-calling and kindness and acceptance.

  • 34.
    Carla Conroy said…

    Enjoyed this.

  • 35.
    Jennie said…

    Loved seeing and reading about your day! Here’s a link to my DITL: http://www.jennierosedesigns.blogspot.com/2014/05/day-in-life-may-2014.html.

  • 36.
    northcarmen said…

    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.

  • 37.
    helen said…

    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;

  • 38.
    Cara in NJ said…

    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!

  • 39.
    Morning Dew said…

    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.

  • 40.
    4thehunts said…

    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!!

  • 41.
    Mel J said…

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

    http://melgetsscrappy.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/a-day-in-life.html

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