a week in the life {in progress}

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I saw on Ali Edwards' blog last week that she was doing this project again. I wanted to join in but the week was just too crazy. I meant to start this past Sunday, but simply forgot to, in the chaos of being out of town. I decided to start on Monday, and go through this coming Sunday.

Ali taught this mini album concept as a class at CKU a couple of years ago. I didn't get to take her class specifically, but saw several others' albums from the event and have wanted to do one ever since. Read all about how she puts together her "week in the life" album here.

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So far, I am half-way through my "week". I have figured out how I want to lay out my album (6×6), picked out some supplies, and finished the album cover. I'm definitely doing a more condensed version (hers has much larger pages and a greater number of them) but I'm liking the "short, sweet and to-the-point" approach.

It's been a challenge to remember to take pictures of the "little" things throughout the day this week, but they help jog my memory later when it's time to journal about the day's events. So far, I've learned that my weekdays aren't quite as mundane as I thought they were (presidential debate, attaining workout goals, creating a birthday gift for a friend) but I am still anxious for the weekend that should bring some fun out-of-the-norm stories.

Stay tuned for the finished product!
(Anyone else following along with this project? Link your photos, I'd love to see!)

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book club!

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Last night officially began the book club! A dozen girls came and almost all had read the book! πŸ™‚ I love playing hostess but got a little nervous right before they all showed up – I hadn't re-read the book of the evening (The Time Traveler's Wife) as I had planned to, and I was scrambling to jot down some discussion points. I felt responsible to keep the discussion going – and I felt a bit like a teacher ha.

Fortunately, I didn't have to prompt too much, there was some great discussion and everyone had great input on what to read next! Emily is hosting next month and we are reading Water for Elephants. Some of the girls had a great idea to alternate current books with classics (Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice were at the top of the list!) We will have no problem coming up with good titles in the coming months.

I had the best of intentions to take a group shot, but forgot until after the first couple of girls had to take off for the evening. Em and Tori and I managed a quick photo, and we'll have to get the full group shot next month.

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I have to thank my mom for inspiring me to start this group of girls! Her book club of two dozen-plus women has been together for several years and they have so much fun whether they've read the book or not. Looking forward to continuing this group of our own as all these different girls get to know each other better. My sweet mama even sent this gorgeous arrangement just hours before the get-together. One of the coolest arrangements I've ever seen! Thanks, Mom πŸ™‚

Looking forward to the next read!

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One year later.

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My super-creative friend Megan spent a little time downtown with us last night, shooting tons of fabulous photos! Here is just a sampling – thanks so much, Megan, you’re the best!

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We were all digging this checkerboard wall!

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Happy 1st Anniversary!

We're home from a fabulous weekend in Vegas and about to cut into the top layer of our cake! πŸ™‚

More pics coming soon!

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Beatles LOVE theatre…

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Bellagio fountains

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Gotta love when there's only two of you – each of you has to stop and take a pic of the other!

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Here someone offered to take a pic of us at the Mirage pool. Page was flipping out that I had my camera IN the pool with me!

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Showtime!

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The keys to a happy marriage: lots of love, lots of laughter, and lots of goofiness πŸ™‚
(Taking a forbidden pic in the Love theatre pre-show)

Love you babe! Here's to one year! πŸ™‚

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you’re gonna miss this.

LOVE this song.

So appropriate in our life right now and so many of the lyrics just hit me straight on. I’ve had this layout in my head for a while now…finally got it down on paper πŸ™‚

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This is about as much of a scrap session as my back will allow atΒ  this point. I had to keep adjusting my “scrapping style” – I’d sit and work for a few minutes, then have to stand for a bit…then my back would start to give and I’d start the whole cycle over again. Just to get through one layout – sheesh!

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flood layout

No, I haven't been able to scrap with my back all out of sorts, but I put this together late last week when I met my friend, Megan, for an art date.

I am just getting around to posting it – very simple, but I think especially in this case, it should be all about the pictures, which were taken in IC, CR and DSM. Journaling is very minimal – I think the pics speak for themselves. Funny, but the last time I broke out my paint and big foam stamp letters was to do the layouts on the IC tornado, over two years ago. What is it about paint and natural disasters that I automatically want to combine the two??

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In other news, thanks for the links that people have emailed to me – it's fun to see what other people have bookmarked during their web surfing. Definitely have been doing my fair share of online browsing and shopping while propped on the heating pad on the couch every night. Not much change in the past couple of days, although I can make a lap around the living room with no assistance – baby steps πŸ™‚

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…and then it was fall.

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Well, not technically fall yet, but it suddenly is and feels like September.

Maybe it's the unseasonably cool last couple of days we've had, or the merchandise changes in all my favorite stores. One way or another, it's time to think about trading in the flip flops, iced teas and trips to the farmer's market for long sleeves, cider and football. (Not to mention the fall lineup of our favorite shows – only three weeks until Grey's and the Office – not that we're counting!) πŸ™‚

I am first and foremost a summer kind of gal, but I do have a special place for fall. I love the colors, the smells, and the anticipation of holidays just around the corner. I find that I have to focus very hard on loving fall so I can forget that blustery winter and bitter cold are sure to follow once the leaves have fallen.

We have decided to stay put on 88th Street for another six months. We didn't find anything we loved while looking around, and in the end, we decided we just weren't up for the hassle of moving right now. It will be a great endeavor for the month of March where there is little else to do.

That said, I've let myself dive in and start decorating our current home for the changing seasons. I was going to just skip that part this year in anticipation of packing everything up, but it will be nice to just relax and take in the new season without any major stresses.

This time last year, we were doing bachelor and bachelorette parties, settling into West Des Moines life, changing jobs, planning last minute wedding details, and taking a honeymoon. It was a fun and exciting time, but I am thoroughly enjoying the slower, more predictable pace we have going this year. The two words that keep coming to mind are settled and content…good things to be.

I have a little extra motivation for getting all the "house things" done that I want, accomplished. I've wanted to start a book club for a long time, and finally jumped in and got a group together! We'll be meeting monthly for wine, food, and lots of chatting and since it was my suggestion, I figured I should offer to host first. We'll be starting in October, so that gives me a few solid weeks to get some things done around here before we all get together. At the top of my list: swap out summer to fall décor, find a new floor lamp, and put up window treatments.

Here's to fall decorating! πŸ™‚

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weekend layouts

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"Vino at Gateway"

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"Take Me Out…"

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"Golf" – a work in progress. Thinking I'm going to add a column of light blue brads down the right side, sort of "pointing" to the word Golf.

The scrappers hard at work…
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…and the aftermath of scrapping. Not TOO bad, since we only brought "a few things" up to do a couple of layouts. πŸ™‚

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