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Week In The Life™ 2015 | Monday Words & Photos

Just a couple of details before we dive in to my Monday words and photos:

I'm shooting with a  Canon 5DMKII with a 24-70 lens and an iPhone 6+. Any editing done to the photos is done in Photoshop using Curves and/or Levels or using RadLab

The themes I noticed today with my own photos as I went back through them tonight: hands ( photos of things in hands as well as hands doing things), shots looking down, people sitting around the table, and embracing the dark and light.

In sharing my photos today I'm going to share different things I might have been thinking related to taking the shot or the story that lead me there or another observation. 

Here's a look at my Monday, starting with the ceiling fan in the photo above which is pretty much the first thing I see each morning: 

So hard to get up today. I'm a morning person and it was harder than usual. My kids don't go back to school until after Labor Day so we are still on a summer schedule (which means very little schedule) but I still have to get up to work. This shot is with my iPhone using the lesser of the two cameras (hence the grain).

I love this bedding - sheets from Target and stripped duvet from Ikea. 

Dressing in my closet. Self-timer with camera sitting on my bed looking into the closet. 

Yeah, there's a window in my closet. 

As I mentioned above, I'm continuing to work on seeing light and letting the dark be dark and the light be light. This is one of my favorite shots from today.

My Dave's bread was moldy, much to Aaron's dismay, so we went with smoothies instead. 

Daily dose. Thyroid. Birth control. Vitamin D. Allergies. Omega 3.

Aaron and Audrey and me at the table. In and out. Here and there. It's part of our lives right now. Sometimes it's just me here in this house and sometimes there are seven of us. We talk about taking the leap. Fear is currently holding me back; love keeps me moving forward. 

It was not lost on me when I uploaded this photo that the main headline in my local paper read "room to grow."

Aaron and Audrey move on with their day and Katie arrives. 

We head upstairs. Email. Facebook. Conversations. Laying out the plan for the day. Chatting. 

I always seem to have more stuff on my side of the table.

Waiting for the kids to return home after being gone on a camping adventure with Chris. 

Welcoming Anna (Woody, Aaron's dog, was helping).

Chris giving Simon a big hug before leaving. 

Hugging and loving and them giving me the gift of a photo of the three of us. 

This is what we do. 

A major favorite shot of the day for me. I moved her room around last week and did some re-organizing in there when she was gone this past weekend so that when she came home she'd get to see things new again (mainly toys separated into baskets with like things: ponies in one basket, other animals in another, Playmobil people in another). It worked.

Today when she came home she grabbed the iPad and chilled out in her bed for awhile. 

I'm conscious of what re-entry might feel like for Anna and Simon. I don't know exactly what it feels like because having more than one house was not part of my growing up experience, but I do know what it's like to be gone from the house for awhile and to come home and just want to chill. So I give space for that to both of them. 

And then we usually have popcorn for dinner. 

Simon had lots to chat about. He's pretty much either totally into us or totally not and today he had stuff to share. Mostly it was about how he had saved up enough money from odd jobs at Chris' house to be able to buy a couple new lego sets. He and Katie did some research and we both laughed when he mentioned something about the spinning "wheel of death" while they looked up where  the new Scooby Doo lego sets were available locally on the computer. 

And he was awesome for me in front of the camera today.

Meet Sam-I-Am - our newly adopted 5-year-old cat. He came home with us from our local Humane Society last week officially as Anna's cat. Currently he's living in the office as he acclimates to our house. He hasn't met George yet but he and Woody are getting along just fine when Woody is visiting.

Hanging out. Watching Scooby Doo to get ready for his new lego sets.

Sleeping in one of his favorite spots around the table. 

This one plays and plays and plays. Today I saw her carting this baby doll around (one that I moved to the top of the toy crib pile when cleaning out her room) with the bag and happily engaging in some sort of imaginary play. 

She's one that would almost always prefer a playdate. <

I did a major Costco/farmers market run on Sunday to stock the fridge with food. It has been awhile. I also chopped up a lot of the fruit to make it easier to access. 

Simon likes cantaloupe and watermelon and strawberries. No raspberries or blueberries. 

Anna likes it all but was disappointed that I didn't give her any pineapple. 

Lunch plate. 

Back to work upstairs. 

An order of embroidery floss arrived for a workshop I'm teaching in France next month (the class is called Book Of Joy and we'll be doing a tiny bit of hand-stitching). Katie and I picked out our favorites - hers had a lot more pink than mine. 

Chris took Simon to Toys R Us to pick up the lego sets. He sent me a few photos of the process. He also told me that when they pulled up to my house Simon told him, "I think I'm going to enjoy this."

Books for Anna. Legos for Simon. 

I remind her regularly to please not stand on the couch. She is usually in motion. 

She also loves this corner spot for reading and watching. 

While working during the afternoon I would get up and walk out and see what was happening. 

I love looking into both the kids rooms and capturing them with the door as a frame doing whatever it is they are doing at the time. The whole concept of "looking in" is one of my favorites. 

I also took a few other shots to show you as examples of different angles. 

Here's a shot that is straight down on her head. This one shows more of what she's actually playing with vs. the overall scene. 

And one more where I laid on her bed and held the camera down to be able to include her face.

I like all three - each tell a piece of the story of her play. 

Legos at the table. He almost always builds the sets here and then eventually moves them up to his room (or I move them up to his room when I need the table cleared). 

Snack. 

During the afternoon I filmed a video for the next mini-class release called Love You Because. You can read a bit about it on the mini-class bundle page here

I often put my hand down on my project before filming to make sure the focal point is correct. 

She was ready for a little more interaction by this point in the day. And ready to go to the pool. 

But first George had a vet appointment (Sam has one tomorrow). 

On late-summer afternoons after I've finished up work we often head to our local swimming pool. It was near 6pm when we got there today and it was basically empty. 

Simon often brings a book and does a bit of reading before jumping in. He always looks for the shade. 

We don't stay too long - maybe about an hour. I love that it's so close that we can jump in the car (or bike) and be there in just a few minutes. It's a relaxing place for all of us and seems to help as we transition to evening. 

This is a good example of an imperfect self-timer shot. My focus point was off (on the towel) but I went with it anyway. Reading  Essentialism, which is awesome by the way. 

And no, I didn't get in today.

Sigh. 

I'm telling you, every time I do this project there are a few shots that stand out over all the others. This one + the one of Anna in her bed up above are two of those I absolutely adore. 

Man feet. With flip flop tan lines. 

The story here is that this is the first summer Simon has ever worn flip flops. Before this summer he never liked the way they felt on his feet/between his toes and for whatever reason this season I bought him another pair (as I've done every year even when he wouldn't wear them because I guessed/hoped that one day he might like them) and he has worn them just about every day. 

Cleaning up a bit while making dinner. Frozen pizza and fruit. 

Sometimes we eat with legos and books and flowers all over the table. 

Reading out loud to me in my office while I work on this post. Reading = win. 

Playing one more game before bed in the red Pottery Barn over-stuffed chair with his name on it that he's had since he was two or three. 

Uploading, editing, writing this post. Ready for bed. 

Dated word on the top image in this post available here. I just added "words and photos" using the font Mrs. Eaves. 

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55 thoughts

  1. HelenP says…
    08/18/2015

    Love the shot of Chris and Simon hugging. Love the idea of you and Aaron and your families moving forward together, in one place. Love the evolution I can see in your photos from this time last year, and the year before, and the year before.

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  2. jessiw says…
    08/18/2015

    Love all the photos as usual. Is that an original fisher price house in the photo in Anna's room? My daughter has my original one from when I was a kid!

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  3. Scrapjo says…
    08/18/2015

    I love how great you are at documenting and getting everything on photo. Your days always seem so extremely well thought through. This is my first year doing the project and I feel like I'm forgetting tons of things, but I am doing my best.

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  4. abragg79 says…
    08/18/2015

    Lovely photos and words! I love the one of Simon buying the Legos. Mainly because I love that he's holding the money properly - not all wadded up. Bravo for teaching him how to properly handle money and pay for things! ;)

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  5. mste8096 says…
    08/18/2015

    Oh Ali I just adore your words and photos posts. Possibly more so than the final album ;-)

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  6. thecraftytokyoite says…
    08/18/2015

    Always love your photos and words. Makes me excited to have a family of my own one day to document :)

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  7. heyecho says…
    08/18/2015

    "Fear is currently holding me back; love keeps me moving forward." Those are the words for the win. Love it Ali. Great Looking Monday

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    1. Jeannew says…
      08/18/2015

      Agreed. Great words!

  8. Carolly says…
    08/18/2015

    Ali!!! Those shots of Simon are incredible. He really is showing off this week ;)
    And now I am totally jealous that you have a window in your closet!
    This is my 2nd year participating and I'm just so so so happy to be a part, to be inspired . (Heart emoji)

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  9. lhenkin says…
    08/18/2015

    Ali, I love the way you share your life. This is magic!

    Leora

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  10. hgauvin says…
    08/18/2015

    Love the picture of Simon and Katie! Simon has a beautiful smile.

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  11. mlionnet says…
    08/18/2015

    Hi Ali... I notice most of your pics above are landscape in orientation... one of the things I'm struggling with is which way to take my pics and how they will then fit into the album... any suggestions on this?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      08/18/2015

      Out of 100 photos yesterday I took 2 vertical. It's just the way I almost always look through the lens. When it's time to put photos into my album I will crop some to fit the vertical orientation of some of the pockets. I don't really think about that much at all since I know I always shoot horizontal (usually with space around my subject that makes it easier to crop) and I've been able to make it work in the past.

    2. mlionnet says…
      08/19/2015

      Great - thanks so much for that! :)

  12. angymuse says…
    08/18/2015

    JUST DO IT ALI! i absolutely love you and aaron. life is funny like that but im so glad you arent reallllly listening to your fear.. you hear it but its getting drowned out by time that passes.. soon enough itll be completely mute and i cant wait to see your journey with aaron continue to grow. i dont want to over step since you share so much with us already but yesterday i was going through your blog post and thought to myself if you guys were ever going to have a baby? anyways. awesome first day. anna usually steals the show but simon! oh man hes really embracing this and i know you must be loving it!

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  13. abbypimentel says…
    08/18/2015

    I just love the smiles Simon is giving you, and that photo of Anna on her back with legs up against wall - awesome! Love that you and Aaron are thinking about the future - I'm sure the Ali-Edwards-blog-community wants nothing more than to see you happy...you SO deserve it. Here's to WITL!

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  14. Bookworm says…
    08/18/2015

    Beautiful photos and stories. I love the one of Simon hugging his Dad and the two of the kids at the pool deck where you shot right at their face level.

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  15. mtercha says…
    08/18/2015

    Great photos. But your words...awesome, inspiring. Michelle t

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  16. lidohdee says…
    08/18/2015

    Wow, just wow, Ali. So enjoy reading your posts and seeing your take on life through the lens. I always walk away encouraged and smiling.

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  17. TracieClaiborne says…
    08/18/2015

    Love all of these! My faves are Anna and Simon close-ups at pool. I love it when you get down low for a pic!

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  18. Lize says…
    08/18/2015

    So many great photo's, I don't even want to single out one. But really love the one of you having supper around the table. And Simon's smiles. This Monday especially feels so very real life. This project is so worth it Ali! I'm already seeing new angles, themes and stories I haven't thought of before, and as a PL'er I've been feeling I've captured all of them.

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  19. Murray says…
    08/18/2015

    Ali, Please share the source for the album with the grey butterfly. Thank you.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      08/18/2015

      It's available in my shop here: http://aliedwards.com/shop/albums/canvas-album-6x8

  20. thenerdnest says…
    08/18/2015

    Gorgeous captures!

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  21. Jeannew says…
    08/18/2015

    I have so many thoughts on this wonderful post- the picture of Simon in the pool is everything. Your words are so honest and true. You are doing so much right now- I'm getting posts of this, dec daily, 31 things, new classes- yet you seem so relaxed in your day. You are an inspiration! This is my first time doing WITL. I love it. Thank you.

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  22. gina200 says…
    08/18/2015

    LOVE seeing these. Thank you for sharing. I've asked in many places about help with self timer shots and imperfect photos. So thank you for sharing your timer shot at the pool - shows me that it can still look great and tell the story. That being said, I took a selfie of myself after I ran yesterday and my husband said it's probably one of the worst photos of me he has ever seen... LOL Guess I showed how hot I was. And how bad I am at selfies! I also took one of my feet. :)

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      08/18/2015

      Don't take on that you are "bad" - you are practicing!

    2. gina200 says…
      08/19/2015

      Thanks. I'll keep practicing. My kids laugh at me and how funny I always look in them. Gives them something else tough about at least.

  23. gina200 says…
    08/18/2015

    Also love how much you pack into a day!

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  24. MartiWhite1 says…
    08/18/2015

    I started my first WITL yesterday, I took about 15 pictures and love all of them, met a new dog (love) and talked to an old friend, pictures of both. I am so glad I documented that yesterday because I may not have if I wasn't doing this project.

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  25. dianelynn5 says…
    08/18/2015

    I love Simon's Adventure Time t-shirt! One of our favorite shows. Thanks so much for sharing such a large part of your life and thoughts. Your posts are so very inspiring.

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