Week In The Life™ 2018 | Thursday Words + Photos

Ah, Thursday. 

So many things to be thankful for in all of our daily lives. One of my favorite ways to approach one of the days of this project is to simply look through the lens and literally see the things I'm thankful for in my life right now. That's the story I'm telling today. 

I'm thankful that Anna often wakes up in a cheerful mood and she's awesome at saying "I love you."

I'm thankful for the calla lilies that came from my parents house at the beach and come back to life again and again here in my yard. 

I'm thankful for blackberries and almond butter and a gluten free oatmeal mix I really like (Bakery On Main Unsweetened Instant).

I'm thankful for uninterrupted work time when I actually meet my deadlines. 

I'm thankful for my scrapbook table (originally from Ikea) that has survived so many projects. 


I'm thankful for Anna's school and the fundraising luncheon I attended today. I'm also thankful fro the opportunity to share a little piece of what I do with that community. 

I'm thankful for this go-to snack of a beef stick and kombucha between pick-ups. 

I'm thankful for the stories she shares with me after school. 

I'm thankful for the white walls + long dresses + then changing back into my yoga pants and hoodie. 

I'm thankful for kids who play music and dance. 

I'm thankful for this guy's commitment to his scout meetings (today he was working on some assignments for the Family Life merit badge). 

I'm thankful for easy to follow recipes. Tonight I made One Pan Chicken Sausage Veggie Bake With Potatoes. It was a major hit for everyone, including the pickiest among us and I will totally make it again. 

I'm thankful for iChat and the ability for Anna and her cousin Gabrielle who lives on the east coast go get a chance to face to face chat. 

I'm thankful for a car that's big enough to haul this crew around and thankful for Aaron, Audrey and Elliot going to Anna's season-end soccer practice where parents and families face off against the girls. 

I'm thankful for the awesome cheer that Anna's coach started years ago: Soccer Chocolate Kittens Always Keep Trying

I'm thankful for this guy who puts up with me taking photos like this. 

I'm thankful for this table that is great for eating, for art, for puzzles, and for work. 

I'm thankful that the quiet that follows the chaos. 

I'm thankful for this guy's super kind heart. 

I'm thankful that this guy is still down with me taking photos of him. I asked for permission tonight and it was granted. Taking photos of him in/on his bed with the main light source coming from his bedside table lamp is one of my favorite things. I also love that he has a pile of books next to his bed just like me. 

Today was full. It had a bit of everything including walking around the track while Anna was at soccer so at least I got in a little bit of movement. Looking forward to a bath + book after I finish up this post. 

As always, thank you for being part of this community. 


You are invited to share a link to your Thursday words + photos in the comments below.

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  1. northcarmen says…
    05/11/2018

    Beautiful, Ali! :) I enjoyed seeing some new photo angles, and, as always, reading your stories. :)

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/11/2018

      Thank you!

  2. bearcatlady03 says…
    05/11/2018

    Love the clipboards on the wall in your office.

    Here is my Thursday:
    http://www.mandyjoyloves.com/2018/05/week-in-life-2018-thursday.html

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  3. CarolineMcD says…
    05/11/2018
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  4. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
    05/11/2018

    Thanks for showing a week that's so "real" - as you always do. It encourages us to take the same types of photos vs getting only photos that make each day look effortless. Each day is full of effort, beauty, crazy, joy, aggravation, and one-of-a-kind moments. Even the routine moments never happen exactly the same. Bottom line - thank you!!!

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  5. Nanuja says…
    05/11/2018

    Thank you for sharing, very inspiring

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  6. fannyathome says…
    05/11/2018

    I love it!! Here's my Thursday: http://www.fannyathome.com/2018/05/a-week-in-life-thursday.html. Enjoy the weekend Ali!!

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  7. cornybeard says…
    05/11/2018

    A really beautiful post today, Ali.

    Here's my Thursday: http://shesees.co.uk/week-in-the-life-2018-thursdays-stories/

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  8. rosiechristine says…
    05/11/2018

    The way you wrote about your Thursday is really calming for me. Deep breath...let's go Friday.
    http://rosiechristine.com/2018-week-in-the-life-thursday-may-10th/

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  9. Senovia says…
    05/11/2018

    I am super thankful for this project and your inspiration. I have completed the project at least 50% of the time, and the other times I have taken a lot of extra photos that I am so thankful for before quitting. 😂 Anyway- thanks again for more inspiration as your family has changed and so has mine (even if it's just moving around the country and kids growing up.). I love seeing the way our family has changed over the years through this project. THANK YOU!!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/11/2018

      You are welcome!

  10. KatieFindTheGoodEveryday says…
    05/11/2018

    Reading your daily posts helps keep me inspired for this project!
    I’ve shared my Wed + Thu photos and details as one post...https://www.findthegoodeveryday.com/more-week-in-the-life/

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  11. Storyboard_c says…
    05/11/2018

    Ah! I am thankful for this project and you sharing your story with us. I am still hanging in there with your insight of this is not a sprint but a marathon. Especially when our stories change.

    https://www.storyboardc.com/blog/2018/5/10/week-in-the-lifethursday

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  12. loveyarn says…
    05/11/2018

    Ali is there a link for your IKEA scrapbook table. We are having a home built and I'm having a scrapbook room . Love each of your daily posts , thank you for sharing your life with us .

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  13. Cookingmylife says…
    05/11/2018

    Ali, I haven't done a WITL this year but always, always, love reading yours - for you honesty and appreciation for what is. You are one of my favorite people on this planet for your willingness to share yourself. Love.

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  14. agnes_and_co says…
    05/11/2018

    http://etagnesraconte.blogspot.fr/2018/05/une-semaine-en-2018-les-photos-de-jeudi.html

    your photos are awesome!
    My children don't live at my home.... and I'm a little sad to have not been able to make this project during their childhood

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  15. nirupama01 says…
    05/11/2018

    That is so cool you shared your work at the school luncheon!!

    http://avinashhecker.blogspot.com/2018/05/week-in-life-thursday-photos-wednesday.html

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  16. darvij1 says…
    05/11/2018

    Awesome!

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  17. vicki_dalton says…
    05/11/2018

    I'm THANKFUL for You-Ali!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/11/2018

      Thank you!

  18. ileanais says…
    05/11/2018

    Always inspiring-thank you!

    Also curious where you buy that spinach sausage. Sounds wonderful!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      05/11/2018

      Pretty sure I got it at Whole Foods.

  19. PoochPatrol says…
    05/11/2018

    The picture of you and Aaron and that caption put a smile on my face. Thank you, Ali. :)

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  20. emilylyc says…
    05/12/2018

    I'm interested to see how I'm going to fit all these photos in and album. It's been such a great practice in watching and noticing and even fixing a few things I didn't realize needed fixing until I actually paid close attention. Thanks Ali! This has been so fun. http://www.enjoyingtheprocess.com/?p=2274

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  21. scrappysuenz says…
    05/12/2018
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  22. Klimperklein says…
    05/12/2018

    I love love love this post, Ali! I can’t quite say why, but it actually made me tear up - in a good way though. Thank you for this awesome project and for sharing your days with us! :)
    Jana

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  23. argirl says…
    05/12/2018

    I am a day late with Thursday but here they are....

    https://stiglets.blogspot.com/2018/05/thursday-words-photos.html

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  24. sracinez says…
    05/18/2018

    Thursday was tough - my end of the school year exhaustion is showing and I'm feeling very done with it all. But now I've captured these feelings for all eternity on my blog. Haha! I hope the next week in the life project falls in a different season. I'm not always this "over it" and need to capture that alternative.
    http://behindeveryday.com/thursday/

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