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Ali Edwards April Digital Kit Layouts

Have you seen Ali Edwards April Digital Kit?  The egg shapes are my favorite!!!!

Let’s dive into the layouts I made with this kit.  First is our church’s annual Easter Egg hunt.  They divide up the parking lot into color coded age sections.  This year I went with Jacob and about 200 other 3 year olds.  What I love about this photo of him, is all the eggs surrounding him and the look of serious concentration on his face as he looked for the golden egg.  (spoiler alert – he did not find a golden egg and had to be encouraged to pick up a few ordinary eggs along the way.)

Photo of jacob with eggs


 

The second story that I wanted to highlight from April was the story of when we rescued an adorable dog we found wandering near a busy street in our neighborhood.  For this layout I focused more on Dylan’s perspective and how he interacted with him.  The main part of the story that I want to be documented was the kindness that Dylan showed to the dog and the act of service we did that day in rescuing a strangers best friend.

Photo of Dylan with Petey


 

Memory keeping

Friday and Saturday WITL 4.21-22.17

 

I want to remember … the WHOLE reason I memory keep is because I WANT to remember!  For Friday and Saturday, I am using the prompt “I want to remember”.

7:15am // I want to remember that I always feel a relief on Thursday night going to bed knowing that Darrin is home Friday mornings and I can linger in bed just a little bit longer.  This morning is was quiet until 7:30am when Jacob woke up.

 

7:45am // I want to remember that on some Fridays Nathan joins us for a ride to school as his mom heads off to work.  He is the sweetest and kindest boy and we love having him over in the morning.  He and Dylan are playing balloon baseball this morning.

8:14am // I want to remember our families transition from plastic to glass to go containers.  Darrin was resistant at first but he has embraced the change.

9:51am //  I want to remember to have adventures with each boy separate as time and space allows.  About a month ago when Jacob and Darrin were at daddy and me morning for his preschool, Dylan and I ventured to downtown Roseville for vegan donuts at Dr. Bills Vegan Donut Bar.  When Jacob heard about our adventure, he wanted to go.  Today I made that happen and I am happy to have this morning to be with just him.

11:09am // I want to remember these not so little anymore feet and how he still holds my hand as we walk in the cross walk.

11:40am // I want to remember how this smile is innocently joy filled as he goes down the big slide for the first time alone.  And how his little feet get so sweat, making socks optional.

5:04pm // I want to remember the reason I am a pediatric nurse and how awesome kids are even when they are sick.  This medication is used for procedures and today I helped sedated the funniest developmentally delayed little boy.  He was so excited for our trip down the long, light filled sky bridge to MRI.  His laugh and words made my day.  This is why I love pediatrics!

7:25pm // I want to remember how I am always tempted, especially late into the shift, to eat all the amazing goodies co-workers and patients leave for us.  Willpower!

8:17pm // I want to remember quiet literally to chart these medications that I gave and get them off my hand, the only notepad I could find at the time.

On nights I work, I usually get home around 11:30 – 11:45pm and make my way to shower and then bed around 12:30 – 1am.

Cheers Friday!

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Saturday 

7:35am // I want to remember this guys enthusiasm to play his baseball games.  He is dressed and ready to go an hour before we need to be to the field.

 

8:32am // I want to remember that my job as team mom is more than just organizing snacks and reminding the parents about games.  My job is to encourage these little boys and show kindness towards them to allow them to respect and trust other adults in their community.  I represent my family and my community as team mom and I want to remember to do my best for them.

2:01pm // I want to remember my current “work” car which is our old “family” car before we got the mini van.  This car doesn’t get driven much since we only need to on days when Darrin is off work and I am going to work.  She is a reliable, comfortable ride and she is paid off!

3:00pm // I want to remember how Darrin drove the boys down to the bay area to celebrate Cayla and Sherwin’s soon to be arriving little boy.  I am bummed I missed out on the fun and thankful that my family is understanding in knowing working weekends  comes with my job.

5:36pm // I want to remember how technology and social media help me to feel present when I am not physically there with them.  Michelle posted this on her SnapChat feed and it made me laugh out loud at work.

7:49pm // I want to remember my special dinner treat enjoyed in the work break room with a box of gloves to hold up my phone as I watch YouTube videos.  Chipotle burrito bowl with rice, pinto beans, chicken, salsa verde, corn, fajita veggies and lettuce with a side of guac and a few chips.  A celebration dinner to end Week in the Life!

Cheers Saturday!

Ali Edwards design team · Memory keeping

Lens story kit layout


I LOVE this story kit.  I like them all but this one has a special place in my heart right now as I am also working through Ali Edwards Lens of Joy class.  The class and this story kit is helping me to explore the lens that I look at the world around me through.  Am I counting it all joy as scriptures instruct or are there areas where my attitude could use a little tweaking and how can I make these adjustments?  (more on that on a later post, I promise!)

The main story prompts that sparked my story ideas was the prompt of –

Through the lens I see: 

I practiced using this story spark for documenting a day during week in the life and I love how it prompts me to look at my phone and interpret the story of my life as it is right now.

There was moment in our hotel room over spring break where all four of us were in one bed together eating left over chocolate peanut butter cake out of a to go box and spilling crumbs on the white sheets.  THAT is the memory I want to remember.  That feeling of family all together and making memories of joy is what my soul seeks.

This layout is a combination of all those feelings along with an ocean side, rocks climbed family selfie …

 


 

Ali Edwards design team · Memory keeping · Week in the Life

Thursday WITL 4.20.17

Thursdays are part “I go” and part “I work”.  Here is a look at those parts.

6:49am // I go outside to feed Ryder and notice the bright sunlight flooding the backyard.  I am grateful for this yard space and sunshine.
7:18am // I got outside and he knows it is breakfast time.  He lays down and patient waits for me to give the ok to enjoy his kibble.
6:56 am // Before I can go about my chores, I make sure this little one has something to entertain him and something to eat.  Today he gets to play the computer game and has some fruit for breakfast.  He isn’t much of a breakfast eater and usually panics that he hasn’t eaten as we get close to his school.  I always tell him that he should eat more and that I won’t give him a snack (but I always do)

 

7:45am // I go get the Easter basket painting craft for Dylan since he is dressed and ready for school early.  I love that he loves to craft.
8:13am // I go into the car and load up both boys for school drop off.  Again the magic of a new library book on CD has me all smiles.  The boys are familiar with this author and Jacob said his teacher read him the book recently.  Dylan holds the book before his drop off and Jacob will have a turn before his drop off.

 

9:08am // I go through the Starbucks drive through line to grab a special coffee (instead of black drip coffee like most mornings) and a breakfast sandwich.  I appreciate the new gluten free option.
9:52am // I go to get my grey hair covered up.  I could go every 4 weeks to get those stubborn things covered but that isn’t a reality right now.  I treasure the times I do get to have my hair colored.  My stylist, Denise, and I are good friends with kids the same ages. We talk about the kids, are husbands, being working mamas and LuLaRoe clothes.
2:28 pm // I go into work.  Parking is crazy lately and I am parking further and further out.  The advantage is a higher step count and not having to drive around looking for space.  I enjoy the time walking in to mental prepare for my shift.
4:02pm // I go to a unit mandated class called communicating with respect.  Some of our co-workers have said other co-workers don’t treat them with respect so we are all attending this class.  We start the class with a painting exercise which ends up being really fun.  At the end we are instructed to etch on word that we are craving more of into our painting.  My friend Erin and I are sitting right next to each other and write the same exact word – CALM!
10:02pm // I go to my locker to get my glasses since my eyes are getting tired.  I am ready to GO home and GO to sleep.

cheers Thursday!

 

 

Ali Edwards design team · Memory keeping · Week in the Life

Wednesday WITL 4.19.17

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.” Mary Jean Irion

6:38am // On Wednesdays I try to be out of bed before the boys, make my bed and get dressed.  On the days this happens, mornings run smoother.

6:53am // On this Wednesday they played the computer together.  Dylan coached Jacob on how to play “Cat around Africa” and Jacob was happy watch Dylan’s skill at the game.

7:02am // On Wednesday I try to empty the dishwasher before I take Dylan to school.  The routine of running the dishwasher every night and emptying every morning gives me a solid accomplishment to check of at the start of the day.

7:22am // On some Wednesday mornings I try to eat breakfast sitting down.  This morning even read of few lines of my devotional book and took notes on the previous day for Week in the Life.  The reality is the coffee ended up being reheated many many times and the breakfast was half eaten before it was time to leave for school drop off.

8:18am // On this Wednesday, Dylan complained of a stomach ache again before school.  I am not sure if something is brewing of he is having a nervous tummy as we return to the school routine.  Today I am grateful for the magic of a new library book on tape to keep them entertained for the drive to school.

9:01am // On Wednesdays, Jacob and I come back home and have a few hours free to do what we want.  This morning he wanted, what he calls “lap sitty time”, and this means he crawls up onto my lap and settles into a snug.  Todays session called for a book as well.

 

10:34am // On this Wednesday we ventured out of the house to take Ryder to the groomers.  He is long overdue for a trim and wash.  jacob chose to ride his bike and I love his enthusiasm and persistence in bike riding.  The groomer is about a half mile walk from our house and I hope he is as excited to ride home as he is to ride there.  (spoiler alert – he was not and I did not include a photo of me pushing said bike back up the hill to our house!)

 

 

11:25am // On Wednesdays we get a treat.  Today was a Dutch Bros smoothie and a Bill’s donut.  Both are in the same shopping center as the dog groomer and both are our favorite places to walk to for treats.  Jacob walked right up to the Dutch Bros window and ordered himself a green apple smoothie with whip cream on the straw.  And inside Bill’s donuts, he requested an apple fritter sample, a sprinkle donut for himself and a maple bar to surprise his brother with after school.  He is always thinking about Dylan and remembers to get him a treat as well.

 

1:49pm // Wednesdays are the last day of the week that I pick up Dylan after school.  Today I notice this gorgeous flower along the back pathway to his classroom and stop to check it out.  Today we aren’t in a rush to get anywhere and can stop to notice the small things.

2:42 pm // This Wednesday Mama needed a little rest time so the boys headed back to their computer game.  Both have their favorite snackie plates and hydroflasks nearby.

5:15pm // This Wednesday included dinner at the local Round Table Pizza who was sponsoring a fund raising night for our local little league.  I loaded up on the salad bar before I indulged in a single slice of pepperoni.  Dylan ate 4 slices of cheese pizza and they both love the parmesan cheese shaker.

5:29pm // Dylan was happy to have a teammate who has Pokemon cards join us at the pizza place.  He brought his Pokemon card binder in anticipation of some good trades.  I love the look on his face as he considers the trade and looks at what his friend has to offer.

 

8:54pm // Wednesdays are the last night we go to bed together for the week.  I like to stay up and read a little but Darrin is usually asleep by 8:30.  He props his shoulder on my shoulder and we lay like this until my arm goes numb and I roll out of bed to let the dog outside one more time and turn out the lights.

Cheers Wednesday!

 

Ali Edwards design team · Memory keeping · Week in the Life

Tuesday WITL 4.18.17

From where I stand … was my leading prompt for today.  Not pictures of my feet like I intended but I guess that would get boring and repetitive.  Instead I chose to “from where I stand” holding the camera.

6:41am // From where I stand my heart swells to see two brothers cuddling together, the Peet the Cat that was a hot item at bedtime last night and Jacob without covers again.

7:19am // From where I stand I observe a little bed head and a kitchen desk that needs to be cleaned up.

8:27am // From where I stand I witness a comradory that has developed between classmates and I am curious as to what they are talking about as they walk to class.  And yes it is still raining late into April here.

 

8:52am // From where I stand I watch Jacob walk in front of me into his class.  He likes to wear a backpack like his brother even though he doesn’t “need” to bring anything with him.  I am trying hard not to run back to the car in excitement about having 2 hours of freedom after being home with the boys for all spring break.

 

10:10am // From where I stand I see increased weights on my upper body workout as I rest my knee from dislocating early Monday morning.  I was hesitant to workout at all this morning because I was tired and sore but focusing just on upper body and getting in a workout made me feel so much better.  I want to remember that some days, something is better than nothing!

 

11:08am // From where I sit I enjoy a delicious hamburger and a wedding ring symbolizing 14 years of ongoing commitment.  Back to the burger for a minute .. prior to this year I hadn’t eaten red meat in over 10 years but after Stephanie introduced me to a juicy delicious Hawks burger, I have been hooked.  I don’t indulge often but this morning felt like a celebration moment.  Having a wonderful vacation with the boys and my hubby and enjoying the slower pace of spring break, I was celebrating a return to a routine I both like and dislike.  A routine that currently allows me twice a week 2 hour break that I use to feed my body and soul.  And I am so grateful for those moments!

1:28pm // From where I stand, I look down to see a little guy building his confidence in himself as he works through a new Pokemon look and find book from Grandma Nancy.  Later I will send this photo to her as a digital thank you note for giving him this gift.  I also see his favorite snack, “a snackie” plate which is like a kid version of an appetizer platter.  (and coffee warmed up from this morning .. good to the last drop!)

1:46pm // From where I stand, I look up and express gratitude to God for a clearing in the rain and this gorgeous sky that reminds me there is always a new season on the horizon. WE changed, we grown, we learn and we continue to experience the seasons in our life.

2:46pm // From where I stand, I return my book and watch the boys as they say they are returning themselves in the library bins as well.  A little bit about this book – Glennon is a blessed story writer and I love reading about people’s story.  I related to some of her struggles as she explains not accepting her body as it is from a very young age and working through that in midlife.  I love reading how her children changed her for the better and motivated her to become whole and carry on in the name of love.

 

3:37pm // From where I sit, I enjoy some sunshine and the green of the backyard.  I hear the boys inside playing together and possibly making themselves a snack.  I resist the urge to run in and help with snack and instead see how it will turn out.  Instead of getting up, I stay in the moment and enjoy looking through my newest library finds – a book on Wine Country home design.

 

3:49pm // From where I sit, I am served this rainbow platter of snacks from Dylan (minus the blue he says because we are out of blueberries).  Dylan made himself a bowl of cereal and yogurt and helped Jacob get a yogurt as well.  I am proud of their healthy snack choices, the fact that they got it themselves and delighted to be served a snack as well.

 

3:52pm // From where I stand, I see a Goldendoole who is almost 1 years old and is ready for a haircut.

4:25pm // From where I sit, I watch as two brothers fight over the basketball and end up hurting each other intentionally.  It hurts my heart to see this happen most days.  I want to teach them to love each other, to get along with one another and to not bicker!  Not sure how to do that but we are all a work in progress right?

 

7:11pm // From where I stand, I see a loving daddy reading to the boys like he does every night after bath and before bed.  I also see a sneaky husband who doesn’t like his picture taken and is sticking out his tongue at me!

8:37pm // From where I stand, I see a dog who has a favorite spot laying inside the bends of couch and observing how he used to look tiny next to this big couch.  This is our spot to wind down from the day and be together.  We chat a little, we get things done (tonight is ordering baseball photos and registering the boys for church summer camp) and now that baseball season has started, we watch some of the Giant’s game.

 

8:52pm // from where I stand, I love this sight!

 

9:32pm // From where I lay, I start a new book and know I need to get to bed soon.  I love the ritual of reading before bed.

 

And for the photos I didn’t take …

I’ll explain the laughter that we shared as a family as we played a silly made up game with a hula hoop and ballon. I’ll document the pre-bath naked run my oldest did up and down the hallway.  And I am happy with this day and “having my life reflected back to me via photos” (like Ali Edwards says).

Cheers Tuesday!

Ali Edwards design team · Memory keeping · Week in the Life

Monday WITL 4.17.17

 

6:45am // I see Dylan up early and joining me for a snuggle in my bed.  A little snapchat filter for a morning laugh.  I am grateful that he still enjoys snuggling in bed with me.

 

7:15am // I see me cutting up fruit, always lots of fruit in the house.  I see my college alumni sweatshirt that is over 15 years old and still super cozy.  Initially I wasn’t proud of going to a local university that wasn’t anything fancy.  Now I am proud to say I graduated college, I was the first in my family to do so and I did it in 4 years.

 

7:25am // I see my youngest curled up in his footie pjs still asleep.  He always kicks off the covers.  I am glad he chose the footie pjs last night otherwise I get to cuddle with cold feet in the morning.

 

8am // I see an opportunity to draw with Dylan, his preferred activity to wake up to.  I school mornings, I usually am emptying the dishwasher, making breakfast and getting them dressed and don’t have time to sit down to create with him.  This morning is a day off and I am grateful to have the chance to embrace this creative start to the day.

 

8:36am // I see a healthier, more intentional breakfast now that I am counting points on weight watchers.  The point system is simpler than anything I have ever tried and has helped keep me accountable for the food choices I make.  When I eliminated gluten and dairy, I noticed a lot less bloating and surprisingly less arthritic aches in my knees and back.  I am currently experimenting with gluten free waffles and pancakes.  This one is made with powdered peanut butter, smashed banana, an egg and a sprinkle of coconut flour.  Not bad.

 

9:10am // I see two brothers who are obsessed with candy!  Their Easter baskets did not disappoint and this morning they are trading and sorting their candy.

 

11:15am // I see a kiddo who likes to play and jump and run all around Chuck E Cheese.

 

12:45pm // I see three little cousins who have always played great together.  In the middle, I see my niece Jaidyn and my heart is filled with sadness as I remember my brother and that he won’t get to see her growing up.  She is an incredible little girl – smart, kind and strong – I know he would be so proud of her.  I soak up the time I get to spend with her.

 

1:12pm // I see my best attempt as a healthy lunch at Chuck E Cheese.

 

4:12pm // I see a little guy who wanted to paint a craft from his Easter basket as brother and daddy headed off to baseball practice.  He knows I don’t want paint on his shirt so he took it off on his own before he started.

 

6:12pm // I see feet that are almost always covered because they get cold easy.  And as I looked through the lens to take this photo, I thought “well here is a photo of the everyday boring stuff” and then I realized I have complete control over my attitude.  I took a deep breath and expressed internal gratitude for this chore which means I have a solid foundation under my feet both literally and figuratively.  I have floors inside a home and Jesus in my heart, both that keep me safe and grounded in my world.

 

10:11pm // I see a mama that needs to turn out the light and go to bed but someone who loves to read and is really interested in this book.  I am proud of myself for putting down my social media filled phone and reaching for the ink and paper of a written story instead.

Cheers Monday!