Week In The Life : Wednesday


The morning begins with the perfect yellow breakfast blanket, bagel, & OJ.


Sometimes the dishes remain from the night before.


Often he needs his "crazy hair" sprayed with water and brushed before he heads off to school. Dad is good at this but Simon never likes it.


If she is up she loves to be up on the couch to see him off to school.


Her current carry-around & snuggly loves.


Sometimes he takes care of those morning-after dishes. Lily is never far if someone is doing just about anything in the kitchen.


She was helping me again today.


She plays. Takes them out & puts them back in & sneaks them into her mouth. Sometimes a mark is made in the coloring book.


Laundry. Again.


Up from her one and only nap of the day. Just about an hour.


Sometimes he works from home too. Anna likes to help campaign.


Lunch for her.


Lunch for me.


Back from school. Lego time. Anna and I spent some time in his room today - her pulling things out and me working on organizing the legos. Current organization idea is by color in small plastic drawers (smaller than the ones he is kneeling next too - those there will be for bigger pieces). When something comes up with our childcare I often end up organizing toys, going through clothes, etc.




Love this too.


They play. They chase. They giggle and screech.


She pokes.


Heading to a late afternoon & dinner meeting.


Dinner @ 5pm. We are early eaters.


Baked potato, cheese, & broccoli.


After her bath. She's in bed most nights by 6:30pm.


Watching the popcorn pop.


Wednesday was a challenging day for me.

I think I usually have a harder time on Wednesdays with this project. The initial excitement has started to ware off and I have to constantly remind myself to grab the camera.

On top of that our babysitter unable to make it today (jury duty) - making it two days so far this week that I have been "not working" in my official professional capacity...instead "working" in my Mama capacity.

Know that my life is full of ups and downs and ins and outs and grumpiness and dirty diapers and laundry and dishes and whining and spills (and laughter and goodness and more blessings than I can count). The realities of being a work-at-home parent and working out the balancing act of kids and work and childcare and expectations with a working spouse can definitely be a challenge. This is all part of my everyday life. 

As I was ending my day I came across this quote from Emerson:

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

HA! Seriously. I needed a big time attitude adjustment.

So Hello Thursday! I am welcoming you with open arms and a "spirit too high to be encumbered."


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  1. Johanna Hörrmann says…

    This is interesting. It was a bit of a challenging day (or rather evening) for me, too, so I can fully relate. Have a great day! :)

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  2. Andie says…

    Sigh. You have just brought THIS work-at-home Mom's life to a screeching halt, to stop and smell the peonies. Thank you, Ali.

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  3. Jennifer D says…

    Ali, I LOVE this post. And that quote is something we all need to hear. Thank you for sharing so much of what is real in your life.
    I bet Anna is GREAT at campaigning - so is so cute!
    I've also started losing momentum for this project and need to pick up the camera more. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Crystal says…

    Wow, that picture of Simon is perfect. Perhaps the day was worth it just for that photo. Love that you blog the not so great every so often. That is life, good reminder for all of us. Reminds me of...
    "you take the good
    you take the bad
    you take 'em both
    and there you have
    the facts of life"
    I'm an 80's girl. Hope Thursday goes better!

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  5. {vicki} says…

    I totally relate to the dishes still in the sink and the "crazy hair"---my son has that every morning.

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  6. Carolyn E says…

    Awesome quote!
    I don't think that I got that many pics yesterday (I'm uploading now to see the amount). I've definitely noticed that after dinner, my habit of grabbing for the camera comes to a screeching halt...I did manage one or two pics last night though. Going to try harder tonight to capture our nightly routine.
    Thanks Ali for everything!

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  7. Annette says…

    Definitely can relate and thanks for sharing. It is a new day, isn't it?!

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  8. LindaH says…

    Thanks for the words of Emerson. Really needed that today. Putting things in perspective. Regrouping. Finding joy in the everyday and in those I love. Just thank you...

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  9. Sharlene Piscitelli says…

    Great quote! I really like how you always find something to be grateful for in each day. Thanks for sharing your terrific talents!

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  10. Anne says…

    I love that quote. It's particularly appropriate for my Wednesday as well. Thank you for sharing it.
    Today is the last day for my Week In The Life and tomorrow I start the process of going through everything to see what I've collected. On one hand, I'm excited to put everything together; on the other, I'm a little nervous to see the story that emerges.

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  11. Ruth says…

    Emerson's quote is just perfect! I need to write it down and have it on show somewhere I will see it often.

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  12. kristyn says…

    loving this project and all that you're sharing with us. and the quotes you're sharing are a perfect fit into your day!

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  13. Antoinette Naude says…

    Cannot wait to see your pics everyday. Awesome to see how many people are participating and I can agree with the fact that you cannot always predict how your days will pan out. Thanks for sharing all the joys with us :-)

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  14. Lonely Scrapbooker says…

    Hi Ali. I'm not doing WITL--though I've thought of doing a DAY in the life--but I wanted to tell you two things:
    1. The idea of WITL is enough to make me reflect more on just how I/we live our life/lives in terms of what goes into our every day.
    2. You are so inspiring in your honesty and authenticity. Your example encourages me to also be true to myself, but at the same time as to set higher standards for myself and my relationships.
    You're the real deal and it's wonderful that you are out there for the rest of us.

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  15. Tracy says…

    Love all the pictures that include YOU! How do you make this happen? A timer? Another person? What works best for you?

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  16. Ali Edwards says…

    Me too Carolyn. I think partly because it is so dark in our home (even with the lights on) and partly because I am just tired. I need to remember that one of my favorite layouts I have is one that documents our evening routine with very imperfect photos...that was from a few years back.

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  17. Ali Edwards says…

    One of my favorite parts is looking at it all together...there's magic in the heft of it :).

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  18. Kristyn G says…

    Glad to see we aren't the only ones that sometimes have those left-over dishes in the sink from the night before :)
    And "real" popcorn is the always the best. It's the only thing served in our house!
    Have a wonderful Thursday!

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  19. Ali Edwards says…

    Thank you - I really appreciate that :).

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  20. Ali Edwards says…

    It's all about the timer (and the husband every once in awhile). The more you use it the better you get!

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  21. Anne says…

    Oh Ali, I undertand you so well, being a work-at-home mom of two kids (3 and 5), with a workaholic loving husband...everyday life is not always easy, but we love them so much, don't we?

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  22. Kelley Hartnett says…

    Thank you for the Emerson quote- I needed to read that today.

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  23. Penny says…

    Love the Emerson quote. Love the popcorn popping. Love the dirty dishes. Love that your enthusiasm was flailing a bit - validates that mine was, too.
    Love that I am discovering what JOY there is in our house on a daily basis. Love that I am DOCUMENTING a slice of life. Love that THIS IS LIFE and it's all good.
    Thank you for being real and sharing and spurring us on!
    Now - what camera/lens do you use? I am still envying some of your shots - although I did get a nice one of ME sitting on the porch yesterday by propping a brick on the railing. I'm learning! =) Just wondering your lens as my indoor light still suffers....
    THANKS ALI! Happy Embraceable Unencumbered Thursday!

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  24. Julia says…

    Wednesday was fun for us, crazy April weather in Southern California.
    Got a really strange look from a young dude coming out of nowhere just when I snapped a picture of my cart contents at Fresh & Easy. That made my day. I felt like a mystery shopper.

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  25. Bonnie says…

    Although I am not participating in this project this time, I am enjoying reading about your week. I giggle at the similarities and the reality of life with a little one. I loved the picture of your daughter looking out the window at her brother. It reminds me how much my daughter (7 months) loves her big brother (16 years). Thank you for sharing your Week in the Life! You are an amazing woman.

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