Week In The Life™ 2016 | Thursday Words & Photos

Making it happen. 

That's a lot of what this project is about. Making it happen and keeping going even when you face fatigue or other roadblocks along the way - or simply adjusting it to make it work for you. My days when the kids are gone are often simple and I'm cool with that. 

Thursday was a good day around here. A full day of outside + work + friends.

Here's a look at my Thursday: 

My parents were up and out early today because they were on East Coast time and I think they were also excited to get home to their plants at the beach. I get it

I was also up early because I like to get up early. I like to get up early even when the kids aren't here because it's the time of day I get the most stuff done ( which is one of the things I love about the summer season when I can start working earlier without the school driving around). This morning I tried to see if my sprinkler issue was something I could maybe, possibly fix myself (or operator error). The main issue was that the last station wouldn't turn off. I ended up calling someone to come out and fix it and they were able to do it in the afternoon so I'm back in business. 

As I walked from the front yard to the backyard these guys were watching me. Intently as you can tell. I think I should probably take my harvest wreath down. 

One of the bushes that surrounds my front porch is just starting to bloom. It blooms right now and then will bloom again later in the summer. 

Sitting at my desk where I spent most of my day. I get it when people ask what to take photos of when they are at work all day. I just take multiple photos of me sitting in the same spot throughout the day to show the passage of time. 

Thursdays are one of the days when Katie works here in the office. Our friend Kim takes care of Graham so we usually have a Thursday morning meet-up for the hand-of. Kim also watched Anna when she was this age before and after Katie was hired - she's an awesome friend and they are the family that always comes over for Halloween. 

This dude is so, so smiley. He's got a whole lot of people who love him. 

Then we work. Today I was working on layouts for the Read  Story Kit™ - that meant back and forth between my computer and my work table as I printed, typed journaling, and then video taped myself putting the projects together for the classroom portion of the subscription. Read will be available on the 15th. 

Both cats were hanging out in the office today. Usually it's just Sam in his basket (see below) but today George took a nap on the desk too. 

My work table with my tripod and camera set-up. The version I have is an older one but similar to this one: Promaster Carbon Fiber. I use an accessory tilt arm to be able to get it in position to shoot straight down. 

In his basket in the office. Most of the day until he wants some love and then he comes over and sits on my lap at my desk. 

Here's what it looks like at 3pm. Not sure what's happening with my face but I was typing journaling for one of my layouts so maybe that's what my face looks like when I type. 

All cleaned up for dinner with friends. One of the things that I've really learned over the last few years is the importance of friends. Super thankful for the chance to go to dinner and hang out. 

Rangoon Gimlets at Sabai in Eugene. The best. Gin + basil + lemongrass + lime. 

My friend Kristin. I've been really lucky to cultivate friendships with Mom's in Anna's first grade. We closed the place down. 

Other things that happened that I didn't take photos of: 

  • iChat with Cathy
  • two phone calls with Chris to finalize our summer schedule
  • the sprinkler dude
  • lunch of hummus + chips + watermelon
  • finishing the day with Aaron

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21 thoughts

  1. mtercha says…
    05/13/2016

    Great pictures!! Michelle t

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  2. TORRSMOM says…
    05/13/2016

    You did such a great job, with your words and photos, capturing all the parts of the "whole." The friend, mother, worker, homeowner, family member, caretaker. Beautifully done!

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  3. hgauvin says…
    05/13/2016

    Nice job! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  4. lasteve1 says…
    05/13/2016

    Seeing your posts everyday helps give me the motivation to continue documenting/taking photos of my day. And I love love love that you posted a sneak peek of the new story kit on here! So excited!! (Although I barely just finished up my craft spreads, and have only used small bits & pieces of tough & wild in project life so far, so I think I might need some serious creating time soon)

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  5. abeatty says…
    05/13/2016

    As I read your post, I wondered how you feel about scrapbooking like this. When you make so much content for classes, and videos, and kits, and magazines...is it still fun? Do you still feel like pages you make for your kids and family are yours for the fun of it, or does it ever become less enjoyable because it is like an assignment? Just thoughts and questions sparked by what you shared today. Thanks!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/13/2016

      It is absolutely still fun. Sometimes it definitely feels like work, but I love what I do (design, storytelling, photography, scrapbooking, etc) and I don't do anything that I wouldn't do just for me/my family. I don't scrapbook other people or do assignments specifically to promote a product - they are all stories I would be telling anyway because it is a part of who I am. But yes - this is my job and it's what pays the bills so there is pressure at times to keep going - luckily I want to keep going :).

    2. mtercha says…
      05/13/2016

      I was wondering this too, thanks for asking, and for answering! <3

  6. justrhonda says…
    05/13/2016

    I liked how you listed the things you didn't capture with your camera. I need to do that. There were some things I just didn't get a shot of and that's ok. I can just list them instead. As always you are inspiring!

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    1. Blissmamaof3 says…
      05/13/2016

      I loved this idea, too!

  7. onehappymama says…
    05/13/2016

    Another great day of photos + stories, Ali! You are beautiful and so glad you had some great friend and Aaron time! :)

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  8. TracieClaiborne says…
    05/13/2016

    Loved this!! As always. :)

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  9. audmac says…
    05/13/2016

    Awesome pics! I have to ask do you have a source for your navy blouse? It's lovely!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/13/2016

      Sure! Here you go: http://bit.ly/1YqLQ7A. It's from Splendid.

  10. teri0604 says…
    05/13/2016

    Looks like a great day! Always love your "realness" it makes me want to keep going on my own project:)

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  11. cabonebr says…
    05/14/2016

    Amazing photos and words. And the variety is super fun! As someone said, this inspires me with ideas and to keep going as well. How did you get that great photo of you driving? This week we made two lengthy trips by car and was wondering you did this!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/14/2016

      For that one I just held out my arm with my iPhone. I have also put my bigger camera up on the dash before and used the timer.

  12. Lisel says…
    05/14/2016

    Love reading your posts, and that you're willing to share so much of your life with us.
    Those Rangoon Gimlets are the best! And they're pretty easy to make at home... found this recipe online:
    http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/drink/drink-cocktail/rangoon-basil-gimlet.html
    The lemongrass paste comes in a tube by the herbs in the produce section at the grocery store. We already have plans to take the pre-made base and the other ingredients with us on camping trips this summer! :)

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/14/2016

      Oh awesome - thanks for that link.

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