Opening pages | WITL album 15

Hello Wednesday

Yesterday I sent off all my WEEK IN THE LIFE photos photos to be printed by Persnickety Prints. I’m eagerly anticipating my packet to arrive here in Norway, but it will likely be another 10-14 days before I can hold the actual prints in my hands. Good thing I have a lot of things to do at work (and on the farm) to keep me occupied while I wait.

I decided to print all of my favorite photos from our week, the ones I posted here during the week + a few other favorites I found on my second look through. After seeing what Annette Haring did with her intro-pages to each day I wanted to go a similar route. The photos I’m sharing here today will be on two pages in the album and placed in the front of each day. I really liked this approach.

Hello Monday Hello Tuesday Hello Thursday Hello FridayCredits all images: Messy Daily Circles by Ali Edwards // font: American Typewriter // a star to give my niece some privacy

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Once the prints are here I look forward to figure out how I want my album to flow. I have a few other enlarged photos as well, and I loved how Ali Edwards glued 4×6 together and included several photos outside of the pockets in her album.

So many good ideas around this project.

This will be the first time (hopefully) were I have a finished album to put on my shelf; it feels so good after several years of trying to move from the documenting process of this (and similar projects) to a finished product without success. This time it was fun to be a part of the “group” that wrote a blog post about each of the days, I’m sure that was one of the things that helped me stay on top of things. I also felt I learned quite a lot working in Lightroom editing my photos + making collages for so many days in a row. That is a new skill to bring to my next project (like the many weeks of Pocket Scrapbooking that I would love to do from this year).

Hello Saturday

This project makes me happy and grateful, as it has done the other years I’ve done it as well. An album in my hand or not; the photos taken gives me a glimpse of how much there is to give thanks for in our everyday life where I try to embrace the imperfectness, the tiredness and the gray/black days that also are a part of it all right now.

Week In The Life | Sunday

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This day started out by the lake. First we attended an outdoor service, then we lingered there. The sunshine warmed and the view is one of my favorites!

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MT had a fun time watching the guys trying to sink the floating deck by being too many on board at a time. They did get wet, but the deck is still floating.

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MT captured me with my phone open. Most days I use it to capture the small and big things that makes up our life. This week I’ve brought with me my big camera (the dSLR) as well. It has been a good photo-week. I really want to keep taking both cameras with me, if not for every small thing, so at least a couple times a week. I love my phone-photos, but most days they can’t compare to my big camera. I also love how MT more easily are picking up the big camera to capture something he sees, than my phone (although he sometimes will do that too).

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The water was quite warm, but I could not convince MT to take a proper swim. I even said we could go a place with less people and deeper water. But: no. So then we waded in the water. First me (top photo), then him.

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When we got back home MT wanted to go play football (soccer). While he was away I found a book and a cup of coffee and found myself a place in the sunshine. I’m desperate to soak up every moment now that summer is at it’s last leg around here and my vacation is over.

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In the evening my mom invited us over for supper and my brother and family came as well. After food and coffee we enjoyed the outdoors and a few of us (me sometimes, but mostly MT, my niece and my brother) threw a Frisbee around with lots of smiles and silliness.

We’re all so busy at times, so it felt good to spend some hours with each other. To laugh, talk and just being together. Connecting. Being updated a little on each others life.

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Late evening we got another beautiful pinkish sunset. Good night!

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At the beginning of this week I decided that one of the things I wanted to capture was ‘where I stand‘-type of photos. For some reason I love those kinds of photos, almost as much as I love taking photos of my coffee mug. Almost. I’m glad to see that the photos from today was me standing with my bare feet – first in the lake; then this evening: in the grass. I love the summer season and bare feet is a summer staple – and favorite – for me.

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Thank you so much for coming by my little online world today and this week!

I’ll be back with more posts next week, but I’m not sure if I can manage to work on the album just yet. It’s start-up season at work, so that will need some attention from me – and the harvest season on the farm have just started, still plenty to do before we can see the end of that. I’m happy to have gathered the photos and put down some words here on the blog. That is a really good start on this project.

It’s been fun!


links: Ali Edwards’ Sunday post – on her site you can find all things related to Week In The Life (and lots of other great projects) | My Sunday 2011

Week In The Life | Saturday

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I woke up early on Saturday. Too early, I felt, so I went back to bed. It was Saturday after all. But then I slept another full night’s sleep and my work day got cut short. I was quite angry with myself, although that did not help the situation much. So after a very late breakfast I heard the harvester and understood that the rest of the day would be about that.

Harvesting season at the farm starts today.

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I brought the camera with me outside. And shot a few moments during our day that actually did make me feel that this day was just right even though it’s started out all wrong.

Below is a current on-a-farm-work-day portrait of us that right now live on the farm; my mom, my dad, my kid and me. Hello!

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Today we harvested the first bit of our rye crops, it’s an old kind of rye with tall straws. It’s called Svedjerug in Norwegian. I hope to mill some of it to flour later in the season. Maybe even put some up for sale. All our crops are organic.

It’s important for the quality of the grains that they are dry, so we measure the ‘water content’ several times. If it is too moist we need to blow air on it to help it dry out properly, thankfully we didn’t need to do that this time. Saves both time and energy.

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As my dad went on to harvest more, we moved on a few other chores on the farm. MT cut the grass. I filled up on water and enjoyed a few minutes in the sun on the front porch before heading in to do a little bit of house work.

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Later we went back to gather some of the straws for my garden and my dad asked MT to help him spread out some of the dust that had gathered where the harvester stood.

He had quite some fun with that task, helping out on the farm isn’t all boring stuff!

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MT and our dog Ferdinand.

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The three of us.

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In the evening we went to pick up some groceries. The sunset was a beautiful one so I made MT go out of the car and capture it for me. I love a pinkish-orange-yellow good night!

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Back home my dad was just about finished with his last lap around the field. And we helped get the crops under roof. By then it was dark (see top right photo on this post). My vegetables needed some watering as well. So it was after 11 pm before I was indoors again; it might have been a good thing that I got some extra sleep earlier in the day after all.

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Night sky. Taken around 9 pm.
Still loving that basked hook attached to our wall.

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Thanks for coming by my little online world today! How are your day going?


links: Ali Edwards’ Saturday post – on her site you can find all things related to Week In The Life (and lots of other great projects) | My Saturday 2011

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