WITL 2014: Tuesday Photos + Words

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The Words

6:37 AM I am in a deep sleep when my alarm goes off. Think to myself, “now that was a good night’s rest”. I get up from bed and Pup E Boy immediately takes my place at the head of the pillow. Charlie typically sleeps with us, and during these cold fall nights, I don’t mind him at my feet, keeping me warm. His tail a wags and he yawns. He is such a loyal / loving dog.

7:11 AM Marvel that I am almost completely ready for work when Rowan wakes up. First thing we do is head to the bathroom. Aaron reads “A potty for me” book as girlie sits and listens intently. Oh yes, we are in the glamourous stage of toliet training. Its only been a week, but I wonder, we she ever be trained?

7:37 AM This mornings temper tantrum is brought to you by a banana. Although we were finished breakfast, Rowan had left the table and was heading up the stairs to get dressed, she wanted the banana as soon as I cleared the table. When I said ‘no’, down came the tears. We got dressed and were able to eat more of said banana before leaving for daycare. Good times! Seriously, I can’t believe how much I do before 9 am.

7:57 AM Aaron puts on his shoes – while Charlie clearly dislikes that it is a weekday. I look for my keys for the umpteenth time. Take a few deep breaths and try to remember where I had them last. Rowan runs to the door and then to the car. I love our new house and two parking spots that we have in the back. Rowan climbs into her car seat and I say good bye to girlie. Aaron is doing pick up and drop off today so that I can see clients in the afternoon.

12:47 PM No wonder I’m hungry! Clinic runs late and my tummy starts to rumble. I head to the “Waiting Room” a restaurant at work to buy lunch. I order my favourite: a doc’s salad with tuna and balsamic vingearette. I head back to the clinic for rounds and to prepare for an afternoon of clients.

5:37 PM After having a few laughs with Sonia, I leave the office.  It is foggy and raining and I attempt to run to the car. All I can think about is getting home to my girlie, but I take the opportunity to do some much needed errands for myself that I normally don’t get to do.

6:00 PM I swing by the bookstore and pick up Amy Poehler’s new book, “Yes, Please”. I love comedy and specifically, I love female comics especially Amy Poehler. Between this book and Lena Dunham’s book of essays, my nightstand is overflowing. With all the fun creative deadlines that I have on the go right now, I think to myself, it will be a while until I can focus on “just reading”…and I am totally okay with that.

7:47 PM Finally arrive home after a nightmare commute. With the DVP closed, I was forced to drive the city streets which took for-EVER! I make it home just in time for bath with Rowan. Aaron says that she had a good day but that she chose not to eat dinner. We read 3 bedtime stories and then it’s lights out. Rowan says “Good night! Sweet Dreams Mommy!” I tell her that I wish her the same. Aaron finishes his Spanish homework, while I go downstair to work.

11:00 Blog, blog, blog. Seriously, I am doing a second shift at home. After watching a crazy rap by Daniel Radcliffe on Jimmy Fallon, I fall into bed happily.

Observations

It is amazing how much difference one year makes. Last year, I felt like I was just keeping my head above water as a mother. Although I continue to have these days, they are few and far between. Our family is cohesive little unit.

Gratitudes

1. I am thankful for a partner who is an involved parent.

2. I am thankful for patience I didn’t know that I had today.

3. I am thankful for abundantly full creative life.

Favourite Moment of the Day

When a client gave me a hug and said thank you for helping her.

WITL 2014: Monday Photos + Words

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The Words

6:37 AM I am not ready to get up. It is dark outside and everyone else is asleep. I would like to stay in bed but it is a work day and I must start my day early or we will never get out the door. Oh yes, I have a case of the Mondays – is it coffee time yet?

8:10 AM Daycare drop off and Rowan says, “Burr – I’m very cold Mommy!” I say, “Yes it is very cold Rowan, it’s 3 degrees in Toronto”. Unfortunately, I am distracted – my mind is buzzing with the latest news from Ottawa, the city election and the story related to former Q radio host, Jian Ghomeshi. A part of me, wonders what kind of world we are living in and wishing I could alway protect my girlie from these dangers.

9:20 AM: Arrive at work, in my work attire. Confession: I never know what to wear and this outfit was the third choice of the day. Feeling like I am always late, I run as fast as my swollen ankle can take me into the office. It’s a busy clinic day. In between meeting with clients, I chat with co-workers and return emails. The common theme that runs through today meetings: families being able to access / afford their medications. As a social worker, on any given day, you never know what you are going to face. I enjoy the challenge and helping families get what they need.

3:21 PM Coffee break as I chart on patients I saw in this morning’s clinic. I am aware of the time and soon I will be running out door to go grocery shopping and to vote. It is the calm before the storm that is known as evening routine.

4:47 PM I complete my civic duty and vote. Regardless of who wins the mayoral race tonight, I can not tell you the pride I feel as a woman, every time I get this chance. I am so lucky. Of course, I am hoping for my candidate to win and that at the very least there is some change at city hall.

5:16 PM I pick girlie up from daycare. I love that she runs and gives me a big hug. Sarah tells me that Rowan had a good day and put on her own shoes. Hooray! While sitting in her car seat, Rowan sings her ABCS and asks if we are going “grocery shopping”. I tell her yes! As soon as we arrive home, Rowan hops in the stroller and we head down to the market at the end of the street. Seriously, I love our hood.

6:54 PM I make a quick dinner as Rowan watches an episode of Dora. Yes, it’s Dora, Dora Dora, all the time. Tonight we have breakfast for dinner aka: scrambled eggs / huevous ranchos. After eating, Rowan expends copious amounts of energy, running and jumping, as Aaron goes out to vote. During bathtime, we sing songs and Rowan giggles. Once Rowan goes to bed, I head downstairs to watch the election coverage + blog while Aaron watches shows upstairs on the iPad.

Observations:

As Aaron puts it, before children we were somewhat aimless, with no direction. Three years into parenting, we both know that our top priority is Rowan. Making sure she is well taken care of is what we focus on daily. I can no longer remember what life was like before her, nor do I want to.

Gratitude:

1. I am thankful for the rights I am a afford as a woman in Canada.

2. I am thankful for a supportive family focused workplace.

3. I am thankful for simple family moments, like singing at bath time, that bond Aaron, Rowan and I together.

Favourite Moment of the Day

Hearing that Rowan put her own shoes on today at daycare.

WEEK IN THE LIFE 2012

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THE BASICS: 

So in 2012, I was on my year long maternity leave with Rowan while Aaron was working at a new job and traveling alot for work. As a result of Aaron’s business trip to Utah, I seriously considered not documenting this WITL. I thought I would be too stressed and too tired because I was looking after a 5 month old. I am so glad I didn’t listen to that voice of fear because this is one of my favourite WITL albums!

THE DESIGN PLAN

Full disclosure: I was going through a Real Simple magazine phase and as such, created my album with that aesthetic in mind. Like 2010 and 2011, I documented my week in 8.5 x 11 format and a combination of Gill Sans and Georgia fonts. This album also included our daily schedule with a time stamp and as well as gratitudes and reflections on the similiarties differences from the previous year.  In all this album had 30 or 4 pages dedicated to document each day. Bottom line: I really wanted this album to be easy to read….you know as if you were reading a magazine. Have a look!

MONDAY 

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TUESDAY

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WEDNESDAY

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THURSDAY

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FRIDAY

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SATURDAY

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SUNDAY

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REFLECTIONS

So much goodness in these pages! I can hardly remember what I did yesterday versus what I did with a 5 month old back in 2012. Ha! After completing this project 3 times, I felt that I finally felt that this year, I hit my design groove in putting it all together.  And speaking of which, I waited until July 2013 to compile all the information into these layouts. I am so thankful for my blog to literally be an online diary that I could go back and reference. Thanks for looking!

Week In The Life 2011

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THE BASICS:

Oh the summer of 2011! Although we didn’t know whether we were having a girl or a boy – I was approximately 6 months pregnant with Rowan. We still lived on Lee Avenue and Charlie was our one and only fur baby.

THE DESIGN PLAN:

This year, I stepped up my game plan. Since I was know the proud owner of a fancy iPhone 4, I documented life via Instagram. Yes, I used white border and the Kelvin filter to “edit” all my photos….gasp! I know not the creative decision I would make today, but it captures a point in time. Like 2010, I came up with my own design plan, using 8.5 x 11 page protectors. All I have to say is that “the look” I was going for was “Modern French Country”. Funny enough the album was mostly pink and it turns out that I had a girl. The other conscious choice I made was to journal more. This included detailing our daily schedule with a date stamp and to write down daily gratitudes and reflections on the differences from the previous year.  In all this album had 30 or 4 pages dedicated to document each day. Have a look:

MONDAY

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TUESDAY

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FRIDAY

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SATURDAY

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SUNDAY

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REFLECTIONS

Although I would not make the same design choices now, I totally appreciate the growth in my creative process. I still love this album and that I have a record of taking afternoon naps, just because I could! I love that I documented the excited feelings of my pregnancy and the anticipation of Rowan joining our family. My heart smiles because I see where we were and where we are now. Oh how innocent and well rested I was! HA!

Thanks for looking!

Week in the Life 2010

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THE BASICS : 

My first year of completing WITL, I used my DSLR and a journal to write down some thoughts on the go. I didn’t have any specific ideas of what to capture, I just went about my day taking pictures.

THE DESIGN PLAN: 

I created 14 – 8.5x 11 pages, two dedicated to each day. The “opening pages” had an enlarged photo as well as a reflections from  the day. The second page, aka the “collage page” included some static and action photos. Although I didn’t write a ton of detail, my main goal was just to get something, – anything really – down on paper. Check. Check. As you can tell, I used a repeating design through out using similar product over and over. Clean and simple: Have a look!

MONDAY

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TUESDAY

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WEDNESDAY

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THURSDAY

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 FRIDAY

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SATURDAY

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SUNDAY

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REFLECTIONS: 

Super cool to see what we look liked four years ago. Fun fact: We no longer live in the house on Lee Avenue – nor do I have the time to lounge on the couch but I still have that blue sweater! This first year, I uploaded my unedited pictures to a developer and printed the summary pages at home. It was the big first scrapbook project that I completed. Hooray!