Productive avoidance . . . I have mastered the art of being completely off-task yet still feeling productive. I have not looked at any of my GoPro footage from our Florida trip. I opened the file folder on my computer and this image jumped right out at me. I sure do miss the ocean:).

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October 2, 2014 - 4:04 am

Kathy - Love the underwater pic…I can see why it popped out at you on the screen.

Hi Melissa, thanks for stopping by (my other blog) to see my Birthday Traditions (www.oursimpleandmeaningfullife.blogspot.com)

I posted my Week in the Life process last year which I thought might help you but as you know everyone is different and Ali has lots of tips. My biggest advice is to have the camera with you, take heaps of photos even if they don’t end up getting used. Take photos of the cereal your kids eat, the school backpacks at the door, dropping them off to school, you eating lunch, the washing etc. I used a template for mine which is listed in the post here. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane




Saturday night was Homecoming at Walnut Hills.  Unfortunately, they passed a new rule that Freshmen are not allowed to attend- even with an upper class man.  Isaac is a sophomore, but his girlfriend is a 9th grader.  Elise already had her dress so they decided to have a night out anyway :).

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September 22, 2014 - 10:52 pm

Kathy - http://www.oursimpleandmeaningfullife.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/priceless-memories-traditions.html

Hi Melissa, beautiful photos…just looking at your B&W pics from your overnight stay. I love looking how the kids change so I’ve included my link above for my “birthday tradition” which I have 9 years running now. Thanks for the reply about the fonts for the “I love you book” and of course I will be doing WITL as this will be my 6th year now.

Beautiful photos of your son and his girlfriend…a very age appropriate dress and she looks beautiful. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

September 23, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Melissa - LOVE your birthday tradition collage!! So awesome that you have been doing “Week in the Life” for SIX years!! You will be our expert. I’m planning on doing a few posts to prepare. PLEASE jump in with any advice you have. This will be first try :). Thanks Kathy!!

October 15, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Ross - Wow! It’s been a while since checking out your photos but they are great as always. Hope you are doing well!

Week in the Life . . . anyone care to join me?


Although I’m not a scrapbooker, I still love checking in on Ali Edwards from time to time.  Her blog gave me the idea for my “10 Reasons I Love You” books.  I love diving into a good project.  I recently read on her blog that her Week in the Life project is happening from October 27th through November 2nd.  I have always wanted to try my own version of this project through photos, film or maybe a bit of both.  I always hesitate to commit to it since our lives are typically insane August through June :).  One of the things I LOVED about my 300Miles project with my sister and Four Speelmans Weekly was that both projects forced me to take more photos of everyday moments.  Many of those images are among my favorites.  I really want to give Week in the Life a try.  Why don’t you join me?  Take a look at Ali’s project HERE .  Don’t be afraid to modify it to fit your busy life. . . that’s what I plan to do:).  Stay tuned!

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September 17, 2014 - 10:41 am

Gail - Your family has so much fun!!! Love them!!!

September 17, 2014 - 10:42 am

Gail - Fun, fun, fun!!!

September 17, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Jodi - LOVE this! Speelman kids know how to ROCK!

September 17, 2014 - 9:47 pm

Anne - Yes and Yes. Thanks for sharing!

October 3, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Jani - Sounds like fun! I’ll join in :) Keep me posted.

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