Today is the last day of Week In the Life 2015 and I wanted to share a comment I left on Ali Edwards' blog:
"I've been loving the WITL project all week - I've done it in the past - but I think this time has been my favorite. My family has only been mildly annoyed with the photo taking overload this week. Until - just now - I was uploading photos to my own blog to document WITL & my 12 year old daughter came in to see what I was doing and then I showed her my blog posts and then your WITL video and your blog posts and then she said "Awww - now I get it" and then after a few minutes she lit up and said "Mom! When does this end?" And I told her today was the last day. And she said "We have to go take more pictures right now!"
Thanks for all this inspiration this week. It has been awesome."
Today I took lots of pictures for the 7th day in a row.
Today we went to church so Allison could see old friends and her old favorite teacher and afterwards we walked through the graveyard so I could show her where her great-grandfather is buried. We actually had church in a different room but I did talk a picture - so I used this old photo from the chapel to bring home the fact that we were at church - I didn't take photos during the service today and the old photo was from a school concert last year.
Today she and I have lunch at Lime - her favorite - and she shows me the rap songs she likes on my iPhone. This week we've taken all of their devices - iphones, ipads, laptops - away so they can get back into the school mode. We aren't sure how long we'll have the devices on restriction but everyone - even the kids - are on board with this plan.
Today Mac is frustrated about the locked up junk food pantry and fridge. Allison helps him out with the locks and shows off her Manga drawings. Later her puts a lock on my bathroom faucet which doesn't at all interfere with how it works. It is just a little symbol that he's not a fan of the locks.
Today the whole family goes over to the little island in the boat.
Today I manage to get a photo of the whole family with the self timer while we explore the mangroves on the island - there is a tree fort that the kids sometimes go up into - I've set my Canon point and shoot to self timer and put it on one of the ladder slats of wood going up the tree. We didn't make the fort but someone maintains it pretty well so the kids feel safe going up there - I've never gone up but my sister did when she was here.
Today Jessie is a happy dog - she's been to the island. We've learned that if we are planning to go out to dinner on the boat - which means she can't come - we have to bring her for a short ride first so she doesn't go pout in her crate - which she once did for an hour after we didn't bring her on the boat - it is very clear that she is sensitive and has feelings - so we are now careful to make sure she gets a ride whenever we take out the boat.
Today she is mastering the art of the rooster tail.
Today she is into posing for pictures.
Today it is a tight squeeze to get into Sea Critters and it is a family effort to dock the boat.
Today we had dinner at Sea Critters - a restaurant I've been going to since 1988 when it was called Mermaids and where we've taken just about everyone in our families - my dad, my grandfather, my mom, her husband, his parents, and on and on and on. Lately, the prices are higher and the food isn't as good - I used to get a lobster roll here but the last one I had was so underwhelming that I get the salad now. Even so, we still love it here. It feels like a tradition when we eat here.
Today he tried to make me laugh - this is his main mission in life.
Today he and I snuggled and held on tight while she drove the boat home really fast - in this photo she's just slowed down because we saw a pod of dolphins near a man and his dog on a paddleboard - and since we do that sort of thing and don't like it when boats go by us fast - she slowed down.
Today we saw the sunset from the boat.
Today she jumped in the pool - he did too but I got a photo of that earlier this week.
Today they played together in the pool - and I tried to get one of those poolside photos like Ali
Edwards takes - but he made a goofy face - which I guess I should just embrace already - notice she is finally on board with this photo taking thing and is smiling. I don't ask them to smile - I just say "put your faces over here" so I can take a picture - the expressions are all their own choices.
Today I took underwater pictures of Mac - he can stay underwater for so long despite that he has asthma.
Today we ended the weekend with a family swim. Afterwards Mac played Wii games in his room, Allison drew Manga at the kitchen counter and Charlie and I watched the Bachelor in Paradise.
That's all for now on Week in the Life. I'll hopefully order prints or a photobook this week to put all of these words and photos into a story book.
Thanks for stopping by.