Week in the Life photo project – a little slice of life right now. Normal. Routine. Real.
(Week in the Life – a concept introduced to me by Ali Edwards that has become one of my favorite over the last few years)
Today is the final excerpt from my week of documenting life’s little realities. I spent the week of April 10th taking photos and jotting notes and this past week I’ve been pulling each day together into a blog post. Today I’m sharing
(Easter Sunday as it happens)
Rolled out of bed to make sure the Easter Bunny had hidden all the eggs. Sam fired up the smoker to start on the meat for dinner tonight.
Tyler’s up and wakes up his sister, both happy to explore their Easter baskets from Sam and me.
Roller blades, flip flops, and Ipod case and headphones for Kaitlyn. Scooter, swimsuit and goggles, and the Spy School book he has repeatedly requested for Tyler. Both very pleased and excited.
Bambi was wound up by all the excitement – and by the kids trying out their blades and scooter in the hallway. She needed a long hug to calm down.
Outside to hunt for eggs. Kaitlyn is still better at it than Tyler, though that only bothers him when she beats him to an egg he has spotted and was close to grabbing for himself.
Exploring their loot. Our system is to dump all the candy in a bowl and everyone grabs what they want throughout the day. Some eggs also contained items specifically for the kids. Tyler got a Lego set (Star Wars) and Kaitlyn, a crystal 3D puzzle.
Cinnamon and orange rolls for breakfast.
The rest of the day everyone filled in their own ways. Sam started packing his equipment for his trip and he and Tyler finished off the Pinewood Derby car. (Pinewood Derby is Tuesday night) Kaitlyn tried out her new rollerblades, listened to music, etc. I started and finished an entire book, My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. A light, easy read.
Dinner with the family, entirely homemade by Sam (who likes to spend large chunks of time cooking when nothing else is on the agenda). Shredded pork, homemade rolls, grill fries. Yum.
And that, my dears, concludes my Sunday and my Week in the Life photo project – at least the documenting part of it. As always, it has been a learning experience. Some days are easy to document, some are hard. Some things in the day are happy, some are routine, and some are a struggle.
-not a single shot of all 4 of us in the same photo. I’ll fix that soon. Well, as soon as the husband gets back from overseas.
-had fully intended to take a few portrait-type shots of each of the kids and include a list of things particular to them right now. Truly plan to follow through with that as soon as I get a chance.
-self-timer shots were almost non-existent. Not so much because I’m not wanting to be in the photos this time around, but more likely because they take more forethought and time to set up. All of my photos were definitely “in the moment” and not planned out ahead of time.
-felt weird about asking others to be in photos with me/for me this week. Too intrusive? Sam and the kids are used to me taking photos at random times for random reasons, the other people in my life – not so much. So I have photos of things at the gym but not one of myself and my workout buddy. I have photos of my walk, but not any that include my friend. And so on. I’ll work on it.
I may wish I had taken more/others/been more creative but I won’t regret the photos I did take and can now enjoy over and over again.
I have ordered photo prints and can’t wait to get started on putting it all together in an album. While I wait for those to arrive I’ll be back to working on blog updates for the Great Kitchen Remodel and thinking of more ideas for upcoming Teacher Appreciation (like THIS and THIS) and Mother’s Day. Always something to look forward to and plan for, right?
Until then, feel free to glance through the rest of my week.