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Week In The Life™ 2017 | Thursday Words + Photos

I love this project. That's all. 

That's how I feel about it tonight as I look back over my photos for this day. I'm so thankful for the "push" to take more photos, something I feel like I do less of overall these days, especially with my bigger camera. Time and life and love and story and even the hard parts are so very precious. Let's be the people that are thankful every day.

Here's a look at my Thursday: 

5:58am // Woke up this morning and found this photo that Aaron texted me at 8:53pm last night. I didn't even make it to 9pm.

8:02am // Fell back asleep for a bit after my first wake up then showered and fed the animals and filled the dishwasher and then walked outside to pick these. Thank you  Floret for selling the best bulbs - I believe these are called "sensual touch." I seriously can not recommend their products enough - the dahlias I ordered from there last year were so awesome. I can't wait to see how the ones I ordered for this summer turn out. 

8:16am // Repeating a photo I took the other day because this is truly a daily thing. Photo taken with my iPhone propped up against a flower vase using the timer.

8:36am // We have a visitor! Stomach bug for Anna = no school. Chris had meetings this morning so she's hanging out here with some Gatorade for awhile.

8:55am // Morning social media check-in for Facebook Groups and classroom forums. Some days I like to sit at the dining table vs. my desk for a change of perspective. I took this one with my iPhone propped up against a flower vase. 

9:52am // More meetings. It's what we do.

11:54am // Lunch. Burrito. Same as yesterday = simple and easy.

After lunch I went back up to my office to continue going down my list for the day. 

When I'm here by myself in the office I usually listen to podcasts. Three of my current favorites include: 

  • Pantsuit Politics // This is a new-to-me political podcast that features a woman from the left (Sarah Stewart Holland) and a woman from the right (Beth Silvers) and I love their super-civil, educated discussions about current political and world events. And PS, Sarah is a memory keeper and has participated in Week In The Life™ and December Daily®. 
  • The Daily // From The New York Times. 
  • The Simple Show // From Tsh Oxenreider of The Art Of Simple (a blog I've been a fan of for years now). General simple living + family life + travel stuff. Tsh has a new book out that I posted about on Instagram earlier this week called At Home In The World - a memoir about how they took their kids on an around-the-world trip for nine months.

That flower painting is a recent purchase from artist  Erin Gregory

1:11pm // Working on Project Life® from last week this afternoon. Printing photos at least.

Currently Aaron's desk is set up in our bedroom while he remodels the space at the back of the garage (I have a really long garage) into his music room/office. I love that we both do most of our work from home.

As usual, this guy isn't far from the action. He's either in his basket in my office or on our bed near where Aaron is working on his computer. Our bed is from Target ( Nail Button Wingback). 

1:51pm // I like it when he comes in my office to plan out the rest of our day. Especially because he's just not hard to look at.

4:26pm // Shopping with Aaron for some boys clothes at Old Navy and this is coming home with me.

He makes me laugh every single day. 

4:45pm // After Old Navy we headed over to one of our favorite local restaurants called Sabai. It's always busy there so we loved going early. 

They have the best drinks. I had a Rangoon Gimlet (tanqueray gin, basil, lemongrass, lime) and he had The Confession (jameson whiskey, cucumber, st germain, lemon). 

Usually when we go here it's dark so it was so fun to have awesome light for photos. I was so happy that I brought along my  big camera. 

Green Green Avocado Curry for him + Pineapple Fried Rice with shrimp for me. 

6:20pm // When we got home Aaron had a meeting with our contractor friend who is advising and helping him on the music room renovations in the garage and I dropped off a couple purchases in the girls room (wishful thinking for flip-flop coming soon weather + these cute little shorts jumpers from  Old Navy) on my way up to my office to upload the photos from our outing. These dressers have been in my family for a long time - at least when I was a young child + probably longer if I remember correctly. This is the first time in many, many years that they have been in the same room. Right now there is also a tv in the girls room that's hooked up to an Apple TV and is only used when they watch a movie together on Saturday mornings or sleepover nights with friends. When we merged houses we seemed to have an excess number of TV's (none of which are hooked up to "regular" TV).

I'm going to wrap up posting at this point for today. When I put my actual album together I might have a few more photos for the evening. 

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  1. elinjanne says…
    04/21/2017

    My Thursday | http://wp.me/p9N07-4X0

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  2. fannyathome says…
    04/21/2017

    Here's my thursday! http://www.fannyathome.com/2017/04/witl-2017-jueves.html
    Thanks for sharing Ali! I love this project!

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  3. cornybeard says…
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  4. Charlie_178 says…
    04/21/2017

    My Thursday story: https://charlielovespaper.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/week-in-the-life-thursday/

    Finding it harder to think of images to capture as the week comes to an end, so thanks for the Inspiration as always.

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  5. AnnaWK says…
    04/21/2017

    You're making me crave avocado now!
    Here's my Thursday in Sweden:
    https://theinkshow.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/week-in-the-life-2017-thursday/#respond

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  6. EssieRuth says…
    04/21/2017

    here's my thursday!
    making videos as i go is so much fun - it's making me enjoy this project more than ever <3
    http://essieruth.com/week-in-the-life-17-thursday/

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  9. legal_memories says…
    04/21/2017

    Great post and pictures - You're so honest and fearless! I love the first picture (wine bottle on the dresser, clothes on a chair, and unapologetically in bed before 9:00 p.m. - I love it!), and the snippets of real life in which additional commentary is so not necessary - like Anna being dropped off because she was sick. Lol

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  10. Ojyma says…
    04/21/2017

    I had a great Thursday and didn't lose momentum in the project!!

    http://www.paperandspool.com/week-in-the-life-thursday/

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  11. donna10 says…
    04/21/2017

    Just gorgeous Ali. Loving looking at your words and pictures. How things have changed for you over the last year.

    Have just finished Friday in Australia so her is my updated blog link. https://notsoseriousgirl.wordpress.com/

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  12. alaynac says…
    04/21/2017

    Great photos, as always. I love the different perspectives on the tables at the restaurant.

    I gained a littled momentum on the Thursday and ended up with more photos than I had earlier in the week. Kind of backwards from how it usually works. Go figure.
    My Thursday's Words and Photos are on my blog! http://www.alaynascreations.co/2017/04/21/week-in-the-life-2017-thursdays-words-and-photos/

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  13. whitehart says…
    04/21/2017

    I really love this project too. I did it first (first year!) because I wanted to remember what my life looked like in 10 years, but now I go and see other people's posts and it's amazing how we can just literally DIVE INto other lives! Especially that most of you are in the US and it gives me such a great approach to life on the other side of the Atlantic. I'm loving this!

    That's my Thursday: http://deuxjanvier.eu/2017/04/thursday-20th-april/

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  14. lime says…
    04/21/2017

    Here is my link to Thursday photos: http://limeblog.net/2017/04/21/thursday-week-in-the-life/

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  15. djsgurl3084 says…
    04/21/2017

    I just love you and the work you do Ali. Thank you so much for opening your life to all of us. You have no idea how much you inspire me. :)

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  16. CasieGutierrez says…
    04/21/2017

    Here is my Wednesday ... ode to an ordinary day! https://cultivatingcasie.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/wednesday-witl-4-19-17/

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  17. FraB85 says…
    04/21/2017

    Love this pictures and my desire to own a camera instead of just my iPhone it's growing more and more everyday, but I'm doing my best with what I have and even if my pictures are not the crispiest or the most perfect I'm really loving how this project is coming together so far. My Thursday is here: https://wordpress.com/post/thetravelingscrapgirl.wordpress.com/3122

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  18. gina200 says…
    04/21/2017

    I just love reading these posts...thank you.

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  19. Mameygirl says…
    04/21/2017

    Sooo inspiring!

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  20. marysara says…
    04/21/2017

    Hi Ali, I seriously love your day and love your taste in shoes. I have the same Sperry Topsiders (love them) and the same sneakers (I got from J. Crew you posted the other day). Seriously and that T-shirt could have been made for me too. Thanks for the inspiration as always.

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  21. CraftyCat says…
    04/21/2017

    Hello Ali,
    Can you provide an estimate on how many photos a day you are averaging. You post about 20 to 30 each day but wondering if you culled the best ones from the many more you may have taken. Thanks enjoying all your photos and beginning my WITL this Sunday.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/21/2017

      Hi! Yesterday I took 51 total shots with my iPhone (that includes duplicates of the same shot where I was working on lighting or composition). I took 26 total with my DSLR (same thing where that includes duplicates). I am culling them down, but I'm not leaving a ton out when I actually post them here. I think doing this project for so many years has taught me how many I want to work with/need to tell the story I want to tell about my day. I won't use more than I post here in my actual album - I might use less.

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  24. picki56 says…
    04/21/2017

    Hi Ali,
    I clicked on the link for the artist and it doesn't work. But can I just say that you and Simon getting all upset and grumpy on your 'oops' page is the funniest thing I've seen all day! You guys made me smile :)

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/21/2017

      Thanks for letting me know! I updated that link in the post above and here you go: http://www.efgart.com

  25. AnnaMice says…
    04/21/2017

    The text "As usual, this guy isn't far from the action. He's either in his basket in my office..." plus the picture of Aaron totally made me think that Aaron spends his days in a basket in your office for a second. :)

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/21/2017

      Ha ha ha!

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