June Projects

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This month I relied heavily on the Ali Edwards June Digital kit to inspire the stories I was going to tell. Luckily the kit was so great this month and I had tons of ideas. The first thing I noticed about the kit was all the Father’s day and Dad related elements – I knew this would be a great opportunity to celebrate both my Dad (page still in progress) and my husband as a Dad. And then, of course, all the awesome summer related elements. The weather has been so lovely here and we have been taking advantage so I knew it would be fun to make a layout celebrating getting summer started.

Here’s a look at how my pages turned out:

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I am really enjoying trying out the 6×8 size for layouts. It really does help focus on the story and takes the pressure off the design, usually that comes fairly quickly after you decide where the words are going to go.  I have never really used this size much for anything other than mini books (WITL or December Daily®) but it has been fun trying it out.

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For this one, I printed out a full 8.5×11 photo of my daughter at the lake and then talked about how our summer is getting started. I enjoyed playing around a little more with the digital elements on this one and used my silhouette to cut out the large title.

I am currently taking the TYPE class from Ali Edwards and have been loving all the ideas for playing with type, you can see some of those in my recent layouts.

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This last page I made using this month’s Ali Edwards digital Story kit, the theme this month is FUN. I was so excited when I first saw this kit, I love the stamps, the sentiments and the colours. I have quite a few pages ideas still for this kit and plan to make a few more when the physical kit arrives, but I was dying to try out this repeated word idea (also from the TYPE class) on this layout. I snapped these silly photos of my daughter the other night when we were out playing in out yard and I knew they would be the perfect fit. I don’t know about you guys, but I have more than my fair share of alpha stickers and this was super fun (like a puzzle) to put together.

Hope you are busy enjoying all the summer!

Brave Stories

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This month I had the opportunity to tell some stories about being Brave. I used the Brave Digital kit from Ali Edwards. 

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I did a 5k road race a few weekends ago, trying to get back into running. I loved the chance to tell a story about that and how it’s been such an important part of my story.

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For the second page I created, I took the opportunity to write a letter to my daughter, both telling her how I hope she is brave in life and celebrating they ways she already is. Once again, so thankful for the opportunity that this hobby gives me to celebrate and cheer on those we love.

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I hope you get the chance to check out this kit, and tell some brave stories of your own.

May Projects

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This month I had the pleasure of working with the new May Digital Kit created and released by Ali Edwards. This kit has so many fun themes within it – Mothers, self-care, friends, it has lots of versatility and I love the colours.

Since I love any opportunity to celebrate those I love I decided to do a page talking about all the amazing Mamas I am so lucky to have in my life. Here is a look at how it came out.

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I also used a bunch of those awesome circles from last month’s Lens Story kit.

Next up, Ali also released a super fun digital word art kit all about pets. This was a timely release for me because we recently adopted a beautiful dog into our family. So I HAD to share that story.

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Thanks for checking out my projects this month, I hope you will check out the new digital releases this month in Ali Edwards shop – so great!

April Projects

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Today I want to share some of the AE Creative Team projects I was working on this month. I created two layouts using some of the new digital releases for April. When I first saw this awesome kit I ,of course, thought I would use to create some kind of Easter layout. However when Easter rolled around I didn’t love the photos I took and decided I just wanted to add them in my regular PL album. I did however have a story I wanted to tell about a gathering we had with some friends of mine from childhood and I loved how I was still able to use elements from this kit to create the page.

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This photo was taken with my cell phone and was pretty grainy so I just changed it to black and white and kept the layout neutral with one pop of colour. So happy to have this story documented.

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After participating in Week in the Life™ all last week, I captured a few photos I really loved (well more than a few – a ton) and decided to take few and tell a longer story (as well as the story I will tell with it in my album). I used word art from the Week in the Life™ Layered Templates Vol 4  to create the title for this layout.

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I was SO happy when I saw this photo of my daughter and me, that my husband took last weekend and knew immediately it would tell a great story. Love how it turned out.

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Next up I created two layouts this month using the Lens Digital Kit from Ali Edwards. I love how this theme can really work for so many kinds of stories. However, as soon as I took this photo of my daughter in her favourite spot I knew it was a story begging to be told.

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I used my silhouette to cut the title out.

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My second layout used another photo taken during Week in the Life™ by my friend.

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I’m feeling super thankful this month for the chance and the push to tell some stories that I know I will treasure and that I also know, I may not have taken the time to record if I wasn’t slowing down and paying attention and a part of the 2017 AE Creative team. 

 

Week in the Life™ – Sunday Stories

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Here we are, the final day of documenting. I had some ups and downs throughout this week – sometimes I was really into the documenting (today) and other times I was less excited (some of the work days). I made it to the end though and I am so glad I did. I am really happy with all the photos together and am really looking forward to bringing them all together into an album in the coming weeks.

Here is a look at Sunday.

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7:13 am | Stella is the first to wake, as usual. She ended up in bed with me sometime during the night. As is our custom when we spend the night with our friends, we get up and get ready to go so we don’t wake them, and they are given the chance to sleep in.

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7:29 am | As we are preparing to head out the door I take a few minutes to try and get a picture of us getting our things on, as I am playing around with the camera I get this accidental photo of the cat, Angus, coming down to see what we are up to.

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7:32 am | Stella remembers that she left her stuffed monkey in the play room, so she goes to find it. I take a self portrait in the hallway mirror.

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8:23 am | We drive home and get breakfast when we arrive. Cereal for Stella today.

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8:58 am | I want to edit some photos, but my compute isn’t turning on, I can’t seem to figure it out so Jason comes to help me. Turns out the power bar that the monitor was plugged into got switched off somehow. Catastrophe averted.

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9:18 am | Stella needs a bath in a bad way from all the fun we had (and dirt we collected) at the zoo yesterday so I fill up the tub and she grabs a bunch of toys. Jason and I both smile to each other as we overhear her playing and chatting away with her toys.

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9:20 am | Jason gets his guitar out for some practicing. He has been so busy with work lately that he hasn’t had much chance to play. I am happy to see him take the time today.

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10:24 am | After a super long bath, Stella is finally ready to get out and dressed. She loves that I am taking photos today and asks if she can pose. I get a bunch of photos. She asks to see after each snap I take and turns into a fit of giggles and promptly asks me to take another. Love this girl.

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10:30 am | She eventually decides to get dressed. She is happy that it is Sunday and she is allowed to wear whatever she wants.

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11:22 am | She is back at her table for some colouring and cutting.

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12:11 pm | Jason gets some work done. Rarely does a weekend go by that he doesn’t spend at least a few hours catching up on some work.

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12:16 pm | I notice the light and our shoes as I head back upstairs after changing some laundry.

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12:25 pm | We empty the dishwasher together, often a shared task if we are both around.

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12:32 pm | We make salads for lunch.

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12:49 pm | We eat lunch together at the table. Stella had a sandwich which she finished before we even sat down.

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1:39 pm | Sunday chores.

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2:03 pm | Jason’s parents stop in for a visit and ask to take Stella to Tim Horton’s for a hot chocolate and a donut. She is super excited. I decide to head out for a run while they are gone.

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3:38 pm | Stella gets back just after I do. She asks if we can “race” in the driveway. I actually love this too and am always impressed with how fast she is.

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3:42 pm | After a while I get tired so she switches to riding her bike for a while. I head in to shower.

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4:13 pm | After I get showered and dressed I find Stella singing and playing her ukulele downstairs. She is always singing and making up new songs. (Note the outfit change, when she found out she would be going out with Grammie and Papa, she decided she needed to wear a skirt).

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4:21 pm | I fold some clothes and change some more laundry.

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4:36 pm | Then Stella and I leave to run a few errands. First we go to the library to return a few books and pick out some new ones. Stella picks out two. One is all about loud noises, which she is excited about because she just learned about fortissimo in music class yesterday.

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5:16 pm | Next we go to the grocery store.

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5:56 pm | After we get home and get the groceries unpacked I start supper. Then its pj’s and a little reading and bed.

Some last thoughts on this project:

In hindsight I wish I had used my big camera more in the first part of the week – I really love the shots I got with it on the weekend. I need to remember that for next time.

When I was able to get some really good photos, it made me even more excited about taking photos and experimenting with my camera. I loved that.

As always I got some amazing photos that will be some of my most favourite, this is one of the reasons I love this project so much.

I loved that my two best friends, while not interested in doing the week long documentation, both chose to do a day in the the life one of the days over the week.

I loved the Week in the Life™ Community and all the support and all the blog posts – having so many like minded memory keepers working on the same project as the same time is just rad. And powerful.

Still just love this project.

Next up I will be working on bringing all the photos and words together into an album. I’m excited to get started.

 

Week in the Life™ – Saturday Stories

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Hello Weekend I am so happy you are here. We had tons of fun things on the go today so lots of great photo opportunities. Today I actually took the time to use my big camera and I am SO happy I did. It makes so much difference. Now I really wish I had took more with it through the week. Oh well. I think I might make a goal to only (or mostly) use it for my Sunday photos.

Here is a look at Saturday.

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6:37 am | Thankful for a few extra minutes to sleep in this morning. I wake up when Stella comes in this morning instead of my alarm.

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6:48 am | Thankful for crafts, always. Stella forgot to show me the crafts she made yesterday at school (celebrating earth day) so she brought them to me now. Love this awesome dream catcher. She also made a few bird feeders. When we went downstairs to take Suka out, she wanted to go out too, so Jason helped her put them up in a few trees in the back yard.

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8:40 am | Thankful for slow Saturday mornings with no agenda and time to read and drink my tea. I am currently working my way through a stack of library books. Sometimes I am really into borrowing books from the library and other times not so much. Right now I’ve got a big stack, and some on hold.

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8:43 am | Thankful for this girl, a big back yard, and her curiosity. She asked to go out on the deck to check if the birds had found her feeders yet. She was still in her pj’s.

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10:15 | Thankful that she likes being near me. I am still reading on the couch after she comes in, so she brings her colouring things into the living room to colour beside me. Suka lays on the floor by my feet.

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11:10 am | Thankful for supportive and encouraging friends and healthy competition. Today my best friend invites me to join a step challenge with my fitbit, which prompts me to get out the door for a run. So glad I did.

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11:27 am |Thankful for this home. I looked at this counter which tends to be a catch all and was reminded that it’s just a sign of a full busy household.

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12:28 pm | Thankful for a full day of fun things ahead of us. Stella and I leave to go to her Saturday afternoon music class.

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12:55 pm | Thankful for this music class. It’s called Sunshine 1 and she takes it through the Music for Young Children program. She loves it and has learned so much this past year.

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12:59 pm | Thankful for her enthusiasm.  She has a recital coming up in the next few weeks and they are practicing the song they will be singing.

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3:25 pm | Thankful for friends who invite us to fun birthday parties. Stella was invited to her friend Lily’s birthday party today that was at the zoo. We all went along. It was pretty cold out and we arrived a little too early and Stella was upset that we couldn’t just go in and see all the animals (as opposed to waiting for all the guests to arrive).

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3:49 pm | Thankful for fun and lightheartedness and no fear. Stella was patting this pony and then it decided to give her a big kiss on the head. She clearly thought it was hilarious.

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4:20 pm | Thankful for friends who get you. Jenna took this shot of us as we were heading to see more animals. I think this might be a new favourite family photo.

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4:28 pm | Just super thankful.

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4:42 pm | Thankful for fun. Jenna and I tried to get selfies with multiple animals at the zoo. I think these goats were looking for a treat.

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7:21 pm | Thankful for this amazing friendship. After the zoo Stella and I drove to visit friends for a sleepover, our last stop for the day. Jemita is making low point oatmeal muffins for us to enjoy.

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9:41 pm | Thankful for nights exactly like this. The girls played for a bit and then watched a movie in bed. They both fell asleep fast. Jemita and I caught up on all kinds of things, chatting for several hours. We watched a favourite show too, before finally calling it a day.

And that was Saturday. One more day to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week in the Life™ – Friday Stories

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I am so happy it is Friday, like serious happy dance. This week went fast but I have been tired and am very ready for the weekend.

Here is a look at my Friday photos.

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6:35 am | I want to remember what Stella’s room looks like. Soon enough this room will change from a little girl’s bedroom to a big girl’s bedroom. This morning I peek into her bedroom to make sure she is dressed before I head downstairs from breakfast. She is already downstairs eating.

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6:42 am | I want to remember that this sweet boy is never far when it’s breakfast time (he likes to give gentle and not no gentle reminders that he is ready to eat too). This morning as I go to take a photo of him Stella decides she’d like to be in the picture too. She has big love for her “brother”.

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7:39 am | I want to remember that I make this almost daily stop at Tim Horton’s for tea. I had got out of this habit early in the year and was making tea at home, but have somehow got off track again.

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9:53 am | I want to remember what mornings in the office look like. Today I am getting some paperwork ready for two home visits I have scheduled for this afternoon.

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10:56 am | I want to remember doing casual day and 50/50 rounds in the office on Fridays. I joined the social committee at work about a year ago and we take turns on Fridays. We collect $1 for casual day (for charity) and then sell 50/50 tickets and that money goes back into the social fund. We’ve started a new twist to regular 50/50 where the winner can give back their winnings for a chance at a better prize. This has definitely made more people interested in playing. I also enjoy getting to walk around and say hello to people in other departments that I don’t necessarily see each day.

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11:50 am | I want to remember the sunshine! I am embracing casual Friday today. I go outside at lunch time today to walk to a nearby restaurant to grab takeout lunch to bring back to the office. Today I get a favourite wrap.

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1:03 pm | I want to remember how good it feels to celebrate others. Today we have a celebration for a co-worker who is adopting and is leaving today for a nine month parental leave. Cake, always.

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2:01 pm | I want to remember that this project helps me to look around more and see things I normally wouldn’t. Today when going to a home visit I notice this funky carpet in the hallway of the apartment building.

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3:37 pm | I want to remember how excited and happy she always is to see me when I pick her up from daycare. Today all the kids are outside playing because the sun is shining and it is lovely out.

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3:41 pm | I want to remember, always, how thankful I am for this girl. We met when she started babysitting Stella for us when I went back to work after maternity leave. She quickly became one of my very best friends. Now I can’t imagine not knowing her or being able to talk & text with her on the daily. Today we stand outside with the sun on our backs chatting for a while before I go.

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3:43 pm | I want to remember how much fun Stella has playing outside with friends. Today the kids turned this old slide into a tunnel and had a ton of fun crawling through it.

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3:59 pm | I want to remember holding hands with this girl. I know soon enough she won’t want to anymore. Today we hold hands while walking into the post office to pick up a package.

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4:22 pm | I want to remember warm afternoons outside with this guy. It is still so lovely when we arrive home today that we stay outside for a while. I clean up the yard and walk around checking our the gardens. Stella runs over to the neighbours house to play with the little boy who was just getting home when we did.

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4:23 pm | I want to remember how the sunshine feels. I sit on the deck for a few minutes while Suka runs in the yard. I listen to Stella playing next door.

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8:02 pm | I want to remember that often snuggling in bed with a good book is my favourite. After getting supper and tidying the house I end up in bed early with my book.

 

And I am so excited to bring on the weekend!

 

 

 

Week in the Life™ – Thursday Stories

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This week seems to be flying by. Here is a look at my Thursday.

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6:16 am | Most days I start the day off with a shower. My alarm is set for 6:00. Today is took me a few minutes to make it from bed to shower.

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6:17 am | Most days I step on the scale first thing in the morning before getting into the shower. I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about this, but for me it works. (I purposely take this shot after the number disappears, because obviously…)

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6:42 am | Most days Stella eats cereal for breakfast. Some days I get it ready for her, some days Jason does. She hasn’t mastered getting it herself yet. Today she is eating when I come down from my shower.

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7:28 am | Some days I take Stella to the bus stop, but most days Jason does. Today he has to run an errand in town before we go to work so I take her to the bus. We walk together holding hands three houses up the street to the bus stop.

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7:30 am | Some days we get flurries while at the bus stop. Stella thinks this is awesome (I do not). She is laughing here about all the snowflakes in my hair.

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7:35 am | Most days the bus arrives right on time and Stella loves taking the bus to school. We really like her bus driver too who is great with the kids.

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7:44 am | Some days we need to gas up before the commute into the city. Today Jason fills up while I run in to Tim Horton’s that is attached to the gas station for a tea.

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7:54 am | Some days we travel together to work. These days are my favourite because we get to talk and usually he does the driving.

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7:56 am | Some days when we are travelling together I read a few pages of my book – I usually always try to keep whatever I am reading with me, because I never know when I might have a chance to get a few pages read. Today I read while Jason listens to the news radio station.

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9:28 am | Most days I finish my tea when I arrive at the office. I really do savour that cup of tea in the morning.

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10:39 | Some days involve reading paperwork at my desk. Today is one of those days.

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1:08 pm | Some days (Thursdays) I leave the office late morning to go to my program in the afternoon. Today the group enjoys a lunch provided by the church where our program is held. I eat this delicious piece of carrot cake as slowly as possible enjoying every bite!

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1:32 pm | Some days I have to leave the program early. Today I am going to a funeral of a client. My day job includes working with seniors many  of whom have various health conditions,  so this does happen.

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3:39 pm | Some days I run errands before going to pick up Jason at his work and heading home. Today I stop at Winners to get a birthday present for a birthday party Stella has been invited to this weekend.

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4:18 pm | Most days we are both so happy to be on the way back home. We usually take turns driving, but today Jason says he will drive home too. Love that.

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4:52 pm | Most days we pick up Stella from daycare. Some days I do, some days Jason does. Today we pick her up together. She is always happy to see us and tell us about her day.

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5:32 pm | Some days I let Stella have a snack\dessert while watching a bit of TV after supper. Tonight Jason had an appointment so we have a quick supper of leftovers and Stella eats well (a continuing battle) so I let her watch a bit of TV.

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6:44 pm | Most days Jason or Stella feed Suka, tonight I do. He never lets us forget that it is that time.

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7:27 pm | Most days this girl’s imagination is so so awesome. After coming in from taking Suka out I snap this shot of her playing and singing to herself in the living room. Again wearing that pink dress up skirt and her new Easter shoes that are too big. She calls them her ballerina shoes and likes to try different poses while wearing them.

 

And that wraps up my photos for Thursday. I definitely took less photos in the evening last night, but I like to think because this is a week long project I still get a good look at my week when I look back over the full seven days.

Each night as I edit my photos and post here I am so grateful for this project and the photos I got and so happy to be in this place right now.

 

 

 

Week in the Life™ – Wednesday Stories

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Hello Wednesday. It’s day three and I feel like I have hit the groove in this week long project. I have been trying each day to get creative with some of my shots (particularly when I am doing the same things each day).

Here’s a look at Wednesday.

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6:07 am \\ On Wednesdays (and most days) I let this guy outside in the morning. He is always very excited to see me rousing in the morning. Today I decide to come downstairs and let him our first thing. He is always quick on this first trip out for the day and anxious to get back inside for breakfast.

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6:24 am \\ On Wednesdays Stella usually gets up with me and waits while I shower, today she needed a shower too since she opted out of bath time last night. Lately she has been choosing a shower over a bath much more often and most recently she is choosing a morning shower over nighttime.

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6:35 am \\ On Wednesdays I have my usual breakfast of a banana and an english muffin with peanut butter. I have been working really hard on drinking lots of water lately so I have a glass with my breakfast today.

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7:05 am \\ On Wednesdays I make a tiny bit more effort when getting ready in the morning since I have a day and evening job. Stella takes this shot of me as I am putting on make up this morning.

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7:58 am \\ On Wednesdays I arrive at work early (between 7:45-8:00) because I leave early for my Wednesday evening job. I get out my swipe card and walk though this door every work day.

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8:41 am \\ On Wednesdays my desk looks like this. My agenda, morning tea and my e-mail open on my computer.

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10:28 am \\ On Wednesdays I usually spent most of my work day here at this desk, planning and making calls. Again with that big bottle of water.

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11:07 am \\ On Wednesdays I continue to work though the morning, still at my desk.

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12:25 pm \\ On Wednesdays (and any other day that I can, now that it’s getting warmer) I join co-workers (a changing cast) on a walk on the trail by our office. It is always such a nice change of scenery to get out of the office midday to break up a long day at my desk. So thankful for the sunshine.

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1:21 pm \\ On Wednesdays I fill up my water bottle again (and again) in our office kitchen.

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4:07 pm \\ On Wednesdays I leave the office early and make the commute home for my Wednesday evening job. I enjoy the sunshine again and listen to the radio today as I drive.

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4:38 pm \\ On Wednesdays I make a quick stop at home to let this guy out after a long day before heading out again. He is always so happy to see me. We have been giving him those new treats that help clean his teeth, he chooses to carry it around for hours before actually eating it.

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5:42 pm \\ On Wednesdays I work as a receptionist at a Weight Watchers meeting in my town. Tonight we are busy with some new folks and a great turnout of regular members. Love this group right now, lots of motivation and support.

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6:04 pm \\ On Wednesdays I do all my paperwork during the meeting. My best friend takes this shot of me without me knowing. Love when friends just get you and this project.

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6:15 pm \\ On Wednesdays I get to see my two best friends at the meeting. Love that they let me get this selfie before they leave.

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7:04 pm \\ On Wednesdays I get home well after supper and it’s almost bedtime for this girl. She is enjoying some screen time and a snack before bed when I get home tonight. Gold fish has been her snack of choice lately.

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7:04 pm \\ On Wednesdays I am so happy to see this face after a long day. We catch up on the day.

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7:45 pm \\ On Wednesdays I tuck this sweet girl into bed with a kiss and a hug and a song.

After that I do some photo editing and hang out with Jason on the couch for a bit and then go to bed myself before very long.

Wednesdays are long days for me. I am always happy to get home and into bed.

I have mostly been using my phone camera for this week and as a result don’t always love the photo colour or quality, so I have been changing a lot of my photos to black and white (much more than I usually would) but I am really liking how they look.

Hope your week is going well!

Week in the Life™ – Tuesday Stories

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I’m back to share a look at Tuesday. If you are just popping in check out my previous blog post for more details. Today I was back to work and my regular routine. I took less photos than yesterday, but still got a pretty good look at my day.

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6:23 am \\ Around here I get out of bed and head straight to the shower. After the long weekend I did not want to get out of bed.

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6:40 am \\ Around here Stella is eating breakfast when I come downstairs from my shower. Jason is up and getting his breakfast. I get mine too. Stella is having toast this morning, most mornings she opts for cereal.

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7:12 am \\ Around here she is mostly getting ready herself in the mornings with just some prompting on what still needs to be done and what comes next. Her least favourite thing is getting her hair brushed. She continues to love that pink velvet skirt which is a dress-up skirt she has on over her pants. She takes this off before leaving for school. Jason takes her to the bus stop.

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7:51 am \\ Around here I spend a lot of time in the car. After a stop at Tim Horton’s for tea I begin my 45 minute commute into the city for work. Sometimes I listen to the radio sometimes I just like to be in my head.

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9:28 am \\ Around here I spend most of my work day here at my desk.

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11:17 am \\ Around here this is my daily view. Lately with a new role I have taken on at work I have been using my bulletin board to hold a lot more of the little bits that I need for different parts of my job. I’ve also been drinking water A LOT more these days. I’ve been using this 25 oz water bottle to keep me on target for my daily water consumption. It seems to help. Daily texts with Jemita and Jenna also help to get me on track (we help each other).

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12:07 pm \\ Around here my co-worker and I got for a quick walk at lunch time. It is not very warm out and we are happy to get back to the office. We break together for lunch.

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3:29 pm \\ Around here I am back at my desk after a home assessment with a client. We just hired a new staff member so I took her along with me.

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5:03 pm \\ Around here the sun is out and I am happy to be on my way home at the end of the day.

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5:37 pm \\ Around here I am so happy to see these faces when I arrive home. I ask if they will take a quick selfie with me and they happily agree.

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6:26 pm \\ Around here we head outside for a bit of playtime before bed. Stella chooses to ride her bike a bit.

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6:27 pm \\ Around here Jason plays catch with Suka in the back yard. This is definitely Suka’s favourite part of the day.

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6:35 pm \\ Around here Stella and I still love to ‘race’, we start out with her on the bicycle and then she decides she wants to run too. We both love this and get winded after a while. She always impresses me with her speed.

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6:58 pm \\ Around her we head back inside for some music homework before bed. Stella has  a recital coming up in May and needs to especially practice her pieces for that.

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7:28 pm \\ Around here I help Jason get our tax stuff organized to take to our account tomorrow. I do some shredding while he gets everything together.

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7:35 pm \\ Around here I tuck Stella into bed. She is tired and falls asleep really quick tonight.

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8:42 pm \\ Around here I have a snack while I edit some photos and get a blog post ready before heading to bed.

That is a look at my Tuesday. I felt like I didn’t get a lot of variety in my daily photos (since most of my day is spent at the same desk) but now that I am looking back through my photos, I feel like it still tells a good story.

On to tomorrow!