I want to begin today with a giant thank you to everyone that has participated, supported and followed along this week.
My plan is to begin printing photos today or tomorrow (just to give myself a bit of a break) and bringing it all together into my album over this next week. The current idea I have in my head is to use type directly on my photos before printing in Photoshop in the same manner that I did last year because I really, really liked how that turned out. That said, once I start working on it today I might go an entirely different route.
Please remember as you start the process of putting your own album together that there is not a right or wrong way to do it. Many people will put their album together without any typed journaling and there will be lots of wonderful examples shared both in the message board of the WITL community, in the WITL Facebook group, Instagram (#weekinthelife), and other places around the web.
Again, thank you. I hope this process of collecting photos and words was meaningful to you.
Here's a look at our Sunday:
Today began with Anna waking up in the sleeper couch I have in my bedroom. The chest is a family piece, currently holding my record player. Ikea frames are waiting for photos. In the hallway an empty shelf I took out of Anna's room is waiting to get moved in to the garage.
Today included Simon waking up way too early again, me telling him he couldn't have screen time (since he woke up and immediately started watching it) and then him going back to sleep in his own bed.
Today I used a blow dryer on my hair for the first time all week. Most often during the summer I just let it air dry.
Today Anna and I ventured out to Costco first thing to gather up supplies for our late-afternoon party with friends.
Toady we also stopped at the grocery store for additional supplies.
Today I noticed that these flowers in front of my house were blooming again for the second time this summer. What a gift.
Today Sam tried to escape a million and one times. He will eventually be an indoor/outdoor cat like George (he was in his previous homes as well) but I want him to have a little more indoor time to get used to us and that this is his new home first.
Today the sprinklers came on in the morning and I started to clean up the back patio for the party.
We don't have a lot of parties here, but it's so great to get together with friends. It's been a priority for me the last few years to make these kinds of things (or just getting together with friends outside of any of our houses) more of a priority. I love the community, the shared history, the laughter of the kids, etc.
Today Simon emptied the dishwasher while I made the marinade for the flank steak.
Today I picked up two new tables at Costco to make the seating area that much longer. I also sprayed the cob webs from the side of the house.
Today I filled the cooler full of beer and San Pellegrino.
Today I bought some flowers to have on the table in the backyard.
Today I found these three in my backyard. One random Sweat Pea, one small white Dahlia, and one sprig of Queen Anne's Lace - all either volunteers or growing up through cracks in the ground.
This made me think of my parents again - my Mom always seems to have one or more little vases of flowers she's brought in from the yard. He little collections are always so great and often fragrant and just such a reminder of how much beauty exists in the world.
Today I used two white flat sheets to create a table cloth to cover my tables before friends showed up.
Today friends showed up.
Today Katie's husband Peter ended up in charge of the grill.
Today I loved seeing my friends inhabiting this space. I loved hearing the kids laugh and run and chase and dance.
Today we shared a meal with each other - all contributing something to the table.
Today I ate in my backyard with friends.
Today we laughed as Simon made his famous face for Katie as she took this photo. He can't do it without laughing now.
Today the yard was full of kids.
Tonight we reminisced, listened to music (thanks John), watched our kids put on a dance show, made plans for future get togethers, and said thank you.
Tonight we left the dishes for tomorrow.
31 MORE THINGS | BEGINS SEPTEMBER 1
Enrollment is now open for 31 More Things. This workshop includes a collection of 31 new prompts, presented over the course of 31 days, that invite you to tell stories about your life via a single word as a jumping off point. Emphasis in this class is on simply practicing your storytelling skills using some of my favorite techniques and getting over your fears of putting words on the page. Some of the single-word prompts include: home, passion, color, cook, paper, mess, etc. Full details here - class begins September 1.
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