Ali Edwards Week In The Life™ project started yesterday. I’m excited to be participating again this year. If you aren’t familiar with this awesome project you can read all about it here. There is a whole community around this project, and yesterday I enjoyed seeing so many people’s stories and photos on Instagram.
It is my plan to share each of my days photos and words here before compiling it all into an album in the coming weeks. I’m using Ali’s daily sheets (scroll down in the FAQ’s to find the link to the PDF to print) to document my activities, thoughts, and observations this week. I am using my two dSLR cameras, a Nikon D700 and a Nikon D5300, as well as my iPhone 6+. Jen and I are also sharing some photos throughout the day on our Instagram accounts: TheCraftyDabbler, JenLevin, and Redhdedscrapks. Be sure to follow us there!
My photo sharing will be slightly limited here because I have two teens at home, and they are not ok with me sharing their photos in this space. I have to respect that. It’s a good thing I like to talk…I can make up for it in words! Haha!
Yesterday was incredibly busy for me. Busier than usual. I was a little bummed that most of my photos were taken on my iPhone. I had 31 pictures on my big camera and 76 on my phone. I also didn’t take nearly as many as I would have liked, but I did the best I could. And that’s ok.
Last night I spent a few minutes recording some thoughts about the day. Here are some of my photos and words from yesterday:
Today was about getting up early and being on the computer…a lot. I had so many emails and last minute things to tend to before the start of school tomorrow. I tried to get as much done as I could early in the morning.It’s unusual for me to have to be on the computer so much in one day, but that’s how today went.
Today was about celebrating Ross and me. 19 years ago today Ross and I met. He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I love the way we are together and it just keeps getting better.
Today was about running errands and getting a few school supplies. Office Depot, Target, REI, and Barnes & Noble were on the list of places to go for books, pens, pencils, folders, and a backpack.
Today was about spending time with my girls and enjoying them on our last day of summer. Today was about going to school to meet the teacher and seeing her new classroom.
Today was about getting Adam ready for school and prepping his planner with his schedule. We know he does best when he knows how things are going to play out, so I had lots of talks with him today to help put his nerves at ease.
Today was about family. I love my family so much. Tim leaves for Australia tomorrow. He’s going to be working there for 9 months. We’ve all been spending as much time with him as possible. We all went out to dinner together at Maggianos after a failed attempt to get into The Cheesecake Factory.
Today was also about going with the flow. I didn’t take nearly as many photos as I wanted. Most of the pictures I took were with my iPhone and in poor lighting. I’m a little disappointed that the day was so incredibly busy that I often forgot to take pictures or that I quickly snapped a picture to capture the moment instead of thinking of a unique way to frame the photo.
My youngest helped me to put it all in perspective when I commented about forgetting to take pictures. She said, “Well, you still have six more days to take pictures.” So true. So true. So glad she said that out loud. This, by the way, is my favorite photo from yesterday.
There is plenty of time to take the photos I need to tell our story of right now. Jen and I are so passionate about recording our stories. We feel lucky to have amazing inspiration and education about storytelling from Ali. There is plenty of time for you to record your stories, too.
Join us in documenting your week. It doesn’t matter when you begin the project. Start now. Your stories matter.