It is finished!! What a full week – I haven’t taken this many pictures, or finished this many blog posts in a long, long time! Glad I did it, and glad it’s done! I feel like this photo challenge motivated me to capture a great collection of photos depicting what our life looks like right now. But I think it will be fun to just go through the day today without having to run for my camera all the time!!
I seem to finally be slowing down a bit with the number of photos I take in a day! I thought it would happen much sooner, so I’m pretty happy that I’ve lasted this long! Friday was really different than normal, because the girls had a sleepover at Ben’s parents’ house, so it was just Everett and me for most of the day. He seemed a little lost – took me by the finger, and went into every room in the house when he woke up from his nap, as though he expected to find his sisters hiding in the bathroom!
Whoa, you’re getting the unedited version of photos today! Something’s not working with my editing program, which makes me sad, because I love seeing how much better a photo can look with a few little tweaks. Oh, well. An opportunity to wrestle down perfectionist tendencies.;)
Yesterday was my first day of this week long photo challenge, and I wrote that I wanted the motivation to take more pictures. Yikes, it’s working!! I shared over 20 photos yesterday, and I’ve got another huge batch of Tuesday’s pictures.
Last night I asked Ben, “Does anyone really need to see this many pictures of our family?!” And he said, “You never know who’s going to find it interesting!” Which is true, because I’ve been reading Ali Edwards’ blog for years, and every year, I love seeing the photos she takes during “Week in the Life”. Never met her in my life, but I’m always interested in seeing her beautiful photos of what she does throughout the day.
This is the week, you guys!! It’s been a few years since I’ve done a “Week in the Life” photo challenge, but I’ve loved it every time. The idea is pretty basic: take a picture of everything you do every day for a week!
Ah, yes. It’s that time again! Remember A Week in the Life from last year? I also tried it back in 2010.
For those of you who weren’t around back then, here’s the deal: A Week in the Life is an idea started by Ali Edwards, and involves photographing everything your family does for an entire week. Her ability to capture the most ordinary, normal, everyday kind of stuff, and making it beautiful, inspired me to give it a try.
Yes, it’s a ton of work, and I’m kinda sick of my camera by the end of the week, and kinda think I’ll never do it again. But then we get out the photo books a year later, and I can’t believe how much life has changed. It’s such an awesome way to document exactly where we are so that years from now, we’ll be able to remember it so much better.
The girls change.
My photography changes.
How we live a normal day changes.
It’s just interesting to me. So we’ll do it again! I was going to start yesterday, but halfway through the day on Sunday, I realized I’d taken so many pictures that day already, I’d call it the first day of Week in the Life.
I’ll be sharing my photos with you this week, not because I think everyone needs to see every single awesome detail of my life, but because I would love to pass on that same awareness I’ve gained from others – all of life can be beautiful, and every moment is awesome, and some day I will look back on this all with a full, full heart, and I will be so blessed.
So here’s a look at Day 2:
I try to start my mornings earlier than the girls, but when Ben leaves earlier than normal for work, I tend to fall back asleep, and am woken up to Kaylia’s “whistling” – she can’t really whistle, but she thinks she can, so she lets out this cheerful, birdlike sound, over and over again, until we all crowd into bed with her, and start the day with some snuggles.
Possibly my favorite time of the day!
I emptied the dishwasher…
…and then it was time to get Anika going on her school work. She needs to learn a lot about writing this year, and so she is starting her very own blog! She loves the idea, and so do I, because she will learn so much without ever even realizing it!:)
After lunch, we made paperdolls. This is Anika’s latest passion. She’s been reading The Silver Chair, from the Chronicles of Narnia, and every day, she asks me to make her a few paperdolls. She, in turn, makes Kaylia a set of paperdolls.
…and then we headed outside. They had a snack while I did some weeding. We were waiting for my mom to come pick them up – they stayed at my parents’ place for the night, which was extremely exciting, and it was hard to wait until she came at 5:00!
Honestly, I did not want to go. I had a headache, and a loud room full of people sounded extremely unappealing. But once we got there, we met so many fantastic camp people I haven’t seen in a long, long time, and it was such an amazing evening of reconnecting with lots of old friends. The food was great, the camp video brought a massive lump to my throat, and the worship time was awesome. I came home happy and satisfied.
And then we went to bed. I’m hoping my sweet girlies had a good night, too!
Anything lovely, ordinary, and enjoyable about your week so far?
For those of you who actually like knowing about our lives in this much detail, here’s our afternoon schedule, along with a million pictures:
Getting my lunch ready to take to the lodge (my chicken was still in the oven, just in case you’re worrying that I only live on vegetables) :
On our way to the lodge:
Kaylia eating lunch/playing with spoon:
Hanging out in the lounge after lunch:
Rest Time – Anika lies on the couch telling stories and playing with her dolls while Kaylia naps and I read/nap/do yoga. I love it that she still talks to herself all the time!
Wake-up time – Kaylia is not her happiest when she wakes up from a nap!
Snack time – this always improves her mood. And no, she is not eating styrofoam, as I’m sure someone will ask. She loves rice cakes:
My snack (and no picture of Anika’s snack – she was eating hummus straight out of the container, and had a weird look on her face, so it didn’t turn out to be a very good picture) :
Sidewalk chalk time:
Bonding with Tiki time (she went and sat there all by herself) :
Playing with friends time – Anika and Chloe are pretending to be horses, and are giving Natasha a ride:
And that was our afternoon!
Even though I only took pictures in the afternoon, I still ended up taking 96 pictures! Don’t tell Ben. He thinks I’m out of control…