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Week In The Life™ 2017 | Wednesday Words + Photos

Every other Wednesday around here is the transition day for Simon and Anna when they head to Chris' house after school for the rest of the week (they are with me for ten days and then with Chris for five). It's a schedule that has worked well for our family overall. This is one of those Wednesdays. The other kids will also be with their Mom from this evening through the weekend and they will all be back here again on Monday after school (they have their own schedule that these days, as a result of everyone working together, often overlaps with our schedule). 

I vividly remember how challenging and heartbreaking it was adjusting to this new reality of life without kids all the time. It was so, so hard in the beginning to let them go. Eventually the story evolved and I learned to embrace it for what it was: my reality. Now this time represents an opportunity for me to rest, to work so I have more time available when they are back again, to hang out with Aaron or other friends, to travel, to clean up, or to go to yoga anytime I want. 

People make it through things. 

Here's a look at how my Wednesday unfolded: 

6:52am // The morning pet-feeding rush.

7:02am // Waking up seemed to be a bit more challenging this morning.

7:33am // Miraculous recovery. Ha. Actually it was a pretty okay morning minus the reminders to keep doing what they are supposed to be doing to get ready. Anna has Easter Mass at school today and she's actually wearing the dress I wore when I was baptized + received First Communion. Thanks for saving that Mom.

Silly hugs between the girls before heading off in different directions for the rest of the week.

Isaac + Elliott have been sharing this room since they moved in and they are both looking forward to having their own space. Once they get their morning jobs done they are able to have some screen time before it's time to leave for school. 

On Wednesday's, because Simon has a late start, I get to walk Anna into school and to her classroom vs. just dropping her off and continuing on with Simon. It's a fun ritual that we both like and she loves the chance to be exclusively in charge of the music on the way to school. 

8:32am // On Wednesday's Simon's late start means I take Anna to school first and then come back to get him. I love that I get some time with each one individually as they start their day (and he loves to sleep in). There's hot cocoa in that mug there and a breakfast sandwich wrapped in the paper towel. Aaron drives the other three to their school and we wave as we pass each other coming + going on the highway. 

9:07am // 📷 by Simon. I might have been singing "Oh Shelia." 80's on 8 (sirius station) forever - Simon's daily station of choice.

9:17am // On Wednesday mornings I have recently been trying to catch a Level One yoga class at my favorite local place after I drop Simon off at school. It has literally taken me years to put myself first in this way - especially during "working hours." I am trying to keep making that choice. Katie has really helped and encouraged me in this area in my life and I will be forever grateful to her for a million different reasons. I love going and I love how I feel both during and after.

The daffodils I bought at Trader Joe's yesterday are fully opened. 

Katie's here on Wednesdays. Top knots are not a requirement to work here. 

12:12pm // Found some of those chocolates. Ate them after leftovers from Taco Tuesday. 

1:10pm // Experimenting with other shots at my desk since I spend lots of time here. The planner I love and use for all my work stuff (family stuff goes onto a digital calendar) is a Get To Work Book

In the middle of a 1.5 hour video conference meeting with our wonderful brand manager Christy from Inked. All kinds of fun things in progress these days.

3:18pm // Back in the pick-up line again waiting for Simon. On Wednesday's (whether they are staying at my house or not) I drive him and a friend to their Minecraft social group that's run by a very awesome local autism organization called Bridgeway House

5:11pm // Getting Simon's stuff back into his room. Aaron spent some time late this afternoon to start moving Simon's stuff back into his room that got new carpet on Monday. 

5:49pm // Things get pretty quiet here when all the kids are away. Some times I spend a lot of the time working and some times I spend a lot of time playing and some times it's a mix. Tonight it's dishes and shrimp pasta and watching basketball on TV with Aaron. 

And wine. 

7:03pm // Went looking for Sam and found him on Anna's top bunk bed.

The rest of the evening Aaron and I sat in bed and watched basketball. A pretty darn good evening. And as I look back through my photos I see that I didn't take any of Aaron today. Putting that on my list for tomorrow. 

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  1. elinjanne says…
    04/20/2017
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  2. fannyathome says…
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  3. Anne82 says…
    04/20/2017

    I am so looking forward to these posts everyday!

    You look gorgeous in the picture of you waiting for Simon in the car by the way! Awesome shot.

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    1. birdnscrap says…
      04/20/2017

      Wow, I was thinking the same thing!

  4. whitehart says…
    04/20/2017

    Love your photos from the office and the joke about the hairstyle ^^ I'm spending a lot of time alone in my studio too and I feel a bit dah as to how to record the workday in a more interesting way. So I made funny faces. But I don't really want to make funny faces. Anyway, my post is here: http://deuxjanvier.eu/2017/04/wednesday-19th-april/ Loving this project so far!!

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  5. cornybeard says…
    04/20/2017
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  6. JNeufeld says…
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  7. Ballfieldmom says…
    04/20/2017

    "People make it through things"
    I needed to hear that! And it might be a prompt for one of my days! Thanks Ali!!

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    1. Jeannew says…
      04/20/2017

      Agree! Great words fo me right now.

    2. ValDee says…
      04/21/2017

      Stood out for me as well-a definite prompt!

  8. nirupama01 says…
    04/20/2017
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  9. JenHart says…
    04/20/2017

    Great photos, love the people get through things. I remember the anger and fear and heartbreak at being separated from them and then it was cool and then I began to really enjoy it and found a little hobby called scrapbooking :-)
    My English Wednesday: https://scribblesstickingstitchingstroking.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/week-in-life-2017-wednesday.html#comments

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  10. SusanB says…
    04/20/2017

    Sharing my thoughts about my WITL so far here: http://littlethingsbigdays.blogspot.com/2017/04/week-in-life-so-far.html

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    1. carrieW says…
      04/20/2017

      Susan-for some reason I can't seem to leave a comment on your blog, but wanted to say thanks for sharing all of your great layouts (love your style) and your thoughts on scrapbooking. I really enjoy all that you do.

  11. CasieGutierrez says…
    04/20/2017
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  12. onehappymama says…
    04/20/2017

    Yes, people DO get through things. LOVE that!
    Love your photos and stories, too!

    Here are my photos + stories from yesterday: http://www.one-happy-mama.com/2017/04/week-life-2017-words-photos.html

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  13. lime says…
    04/20/2017

    On we go with the week, here is my Wednesday: http://limeblog.net/2017/04/20/wednesday-week-in-the-life/

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  14. soonermama says…
    04/20/2017

    A little bit fewer photos today, but did take a video and think it is a fair representation of our Wednesdays: http://athomewiththerichardsfamily.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-witl-wednesday.html

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  15. donna10 says…
    04/20/2017

    Well Thursday is hump day for WITL and so far so good. This is my Thursday https://notsoseriousgirl.wordpress.com/

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  16. Untiedt says…
    04/20/2017

    I'm loving WITL posts. I look forward to them each day. So much Inspiration. I did have a question though on your process. When you create the WITL album do you predominately use the images & text from your blog? Do you have an idea of how many photos you want for each day to put in your album? Thanks Ali. :)

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/20/2017

      Hi! Yes - I will literally copy + paste the text from my blog (makes it super easy). Sometimes I print the text on the photos and other times I make a separate journaling page and collect the text all together there. I don't usually use every single photo.

  17. jessfo says…
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  18. dgatmon says…
    04/20/2017

    So grateful to be doing this project for the 3rd year and seeing my full whole life reflected back to me. LOVE what you wrote on top about the heartbreaking challenge of adjusting to life without kids all the time and the process evolving over time. So grateful for these truths you share that reflect a deep experience I share, and the reminder that people make it through things. Thank You Ali!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/20/2017

      You are welcome :). Thanks for being a part of this community!

  19. barefootscrapbooker says…
    04/20/2017
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  20. Borcherding says…
    04/20/2017

    Is it weird that I thought the same thing about "where's Aaron?!"....lol!!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/20/2017

      Did you see my Instagram post this morning that he took of me sleeping at 8:53pm? HA!

  21. ktstamps says…
    04/20/2017

    I love me some 80's on 8! Sometimes my kids have to endure the 40's music! I love Sirius! Wonderful pictures!

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  22. AnnaWK says…
    04/20/2017

    Oh how I love this week and the photos and the stories. I've been doing Project Life for the last four years but Week in the life is still special!
    Here's my Wednesday in Sweden:

    https://theinkshow.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/week-in-the-life-2017-wednesday/#respond

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  23. leannelee says…
    04/20/2017

    love the people make it through things.... Tomorrow is my switch day. It is never easy, and this week I am going to take the mentality of this is my reality... Embrace it for what it is and what it can be... Thank you for the words....

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/20/2017

      And do something fun that you like to do - or just breathe :).

  24. baersgarten says…
    04/20/2017

    here is my Project Life spread for Wednesday: http://baersgarten.com/blog/?p=5826

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  25. jeley2 says…
    04/20/2017

    I got all choked up reading the top of your post. I've learned so much about how this project lets you watch time pass as I follow your family. My last three weeks in the life have been: finding out I was pregnant, living with a newborn, and now frantically chasing a one year old around the house. Thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart, for letting us come along with your own week in the life, and encouraging us to capture our own stories of "right now."

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/20/2017

      You are more than welcome - thank you for being a part of this community :).

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