Monday, August 24, 2015

Week in the Life 2015 {Sunday}

Week in the Life is over again for the year. It was weird waking up this morning and not immediately reaching for my camera. But I'm glad that I used my DSLR for a majority of my photos this week, and I'm planning on using it more often in the coming weeks and months. I forgot how much I loved using it :)

Sunday mornings we go to church. Unfortunately, our church doesn't seem to have air conditioning. There are fans, but its really really hot in there. Today was the first day in weeks I remembered to wear my hair up. It helped.

It rained yesterday morning.

We also made a Target run. We have a storage unit nearby, but I prefer that anything we store there go in plastic storage bins. We ran out (again), so we had to stop at Target to pick some more up (again). Its kind of a pain (and kind of expensive!) to keep transferring everything we own to storage bins. But I figure next time we move, and hopefully have a basement, we are going to be very happy that all of our holiday decor and out of season clothes are in storage bins!

I didn't start packing on Sunday though, that's on my list for today.

I spent way too long debating if I should eat yogurt, an apple or goldfish for lunch or mac and cheese.

Catching up on Friday and Saturday's posts.

We decided to bake oatmeal cranberry cookies.


It was a new recipe. The cookies ended up being delicious - with the cinnamon and brown sugar and cranberries, they taste just like fall! I decided they would be perfect for breakfast ;)

At the Farmer's Market yesterday we got a pint of cherry tomatoes in all different colors - red, yellow, orange, purple. We had them for dinner over pasta. Yum!

I tried to take a picture of me cooking every day (I succeeded with the exception of Wednesday). My plan right now is to use these photos in my Project Life for this week, while using the rest of the pictures for my Week in the Life pages.

Sunday wrapped up as Sunday's usually do - hanging out on the couch talking about how quickly our weekend flew by before the week starts again.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Week in the Life 2015 {Saturday}

Friday night we made a plan to get up early Saturday morning and head out to our favorite Farmer's Market.

I love my new shirt from Target. Its light and flowy, and will transition into fall perfectly with a cardigan and jeans, or leggings and my denim jacket.

We had to stop at the bank on our way to the market. Fortunately, its on the way!

The view from our bus ride - Wrigley Field.

Everything looked great at the market. We ended up with heirloom cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, jalepenos, an eggplant and peaches.

And a croissant. Because we always have to get a croissant. Or, more accurately, I always have to get a croissant. AJ usually gets a pastry. This time he got a plum and cheese danish that he said was delicious!

While we were waiting for our train, I tried to take a picture of our shoes. It didn't work out exactly how I imagined, but I love how it turned out!

When AJ and I were in New York last month, he made guacamole with this flavor packet from the grocery store. So he really wanted to do it again, but we couldn't find the flavor packet anywhere in our store. Honestly, our store is small and (because of that, I think), they don't have a variety of items. It can be very frustrating.

He ended up buying the fresh made guacamole from the deli!

I, on the other hand, don't like guacamole, but I do love fruit snacks!

Dinner tonight was nachos (hence the guacamole debacle). I usually just make them in the microwave, but I decided to be fancy and do them in the oven.

We spent the rest of the night enjoying our nachos and watching The Unauthorized Full House Story on Lifetime.

I can't believe it is Sunday already and this project is coming to an end today. I'm hoping to keep up some level of daily documenting (although probably not to this extent!) as we move forward into the rest of the year, since I was so severely lacking in that department this summer!

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Week in the Life 2015 {Friday}

If I took the most pictures this week on Thursday, I took the least on Friday. It was a very quiet day around here. I woke up late, and spent most of the day scrapping, napping and just hanging around the house.

I don't have a scrapbook room or desk anymore (the desk was destroyed in our move from Louisiana to New York). For layouts and things, I scrap at the dining room table. But for Project Life, it is easy to take out the few supplies I need beyond the Project Life plastics and cards and put them on the coffee table and set up a nice space to scrap on my couch!

Ideally I would have been in this picture, but I don't think my 7 months pregnant self could have hit the timer on the camera and then run around the table and couch and gotten back into my seat in 10 seconds!

I even broke out the typewriter. Although the best place for it here is on a trunk under the windows in our living room...I probably should have gotten the ottoman to sit on. But instead, I tried to sit on the floor. Which was fine in the getting down on the floor aspect, but not so great at the getting up off the floor part!

Then it was nap time. Well, it was actually lie on my side and feel the baby kicking time that turned into nap time. Because really, its such a comfortable napping position.

Aaaand a gratuitous photo of my new socks. I recently decided to throw out all of my socks (they were just getting old) and buy all new ones at Costco. I love these funky ones, with the bright colors and stripes!

AJ got home very late - he was golfing with some guys from the plant after work. So when he got home, we decided to just order a pizza, instead of cooking. I never complain about ordering a pizza for dinner! That's what Fridays are for :)

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Week in the Life 2015 {Thursday}

Yesterday, I took the most pictures out of all the days this week. When I was uploading them, I couldn't believe how many I took!

I didn't write my blog post or upload my pictures Wednesday night, so I just did it when I woke up in the morning. Which happened to be super early, because I woke up with AJ's alarm before 5am! Usually when that happens, I fall back asleep after an hour or two, but that just wasn't the case this time. I don't mind being up so early though.

It was one of those late summer almost early fall days where the weather is nice and cool and perfect for opening all the windows. And I spied just a few orange leaves outside the window all the way to the right! (Unfortunately, today isn't so cool and the a/c is back on)

Once I realized there was no way I was going to fall back asleep, I decided to just be up and get ready for my day. I had a quick errand to run, but wanted to wait until I knew for sure that the dry cleaner would be open!

I love that my vanity is now cleaned and organized and it is so much easier to sit down and put on makeup. You might have also noticed that it is in the nursery. The bedrooms in this apartment are so small (but the living areas are quite large!) that its the only place it fits! But I think it could work nicely once the baby is here.

I figured with the cooler weather (it was 64 when I left the house) that it was actually a cardigan kind of day. I loved being able to pull these out of their boxes!

A quick view of what I saw when looking up...

 and looking down during my walk to the dry cleaner.

My new maternity jeans needed to be hemmed. They were the perfect length to wear with a pair of heels, but I'd really rather wear them with flats!

A quick stop at the grocery store for a water bottle.

They started a new policy in Chicago where you can't get plastic bags at the grocery store anymore. Its a good policy, and I understand why they did it, but it can be difficult when you stop at the store for something unexpectedly without your reuseable bags (usually when I'm walking by on my way home from the L and remember that we are out of something). They do have brown paper bags, but they don't have handles, so its hard to carry them home when you are walking!

And then it was time for a nap!

After my nap, I wanted to do laundry, but they'd turned off the water in my apartment building! I don't know why - they are renovating the apartment downstairs and also there were a ton of construction vehicles going up and down our street. So I couldn't do any new laundry, but the laundry that I hung up on Monday was dry and ready to be folded and put away.

Then I spent about an hour unpacking and listening to the Paperclipping Roundtable. I finally finished the last two big boxes (all clothes - mostly mine that went right into Rubbermaid containers for storage). Now I just have a few small ones left, but I need a few more storage containers!

Since I'd done everything on my to do list for Thursday (aside from washing towels!) I just relaxed on the couch for a while.

And painted my nails with another one of my favorite Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.

And then the mail finally came! I've been waiting for this package of pictures to arrive for days (it didn't take an absurdly long time or anything, I'm just very impatient when it comes to ordering pictures!) I couldn't wait to get them out of the package and into my Project Life!

I don't have a dedicated scrapbook area anymore, but Project Life is pretty easy to do on the couch.

Most weeks, one afternoon after work, AJ rides a trail by his work with one of his coworkers.

Since it was a later than usual dinner night, we did breakfast for dinner again. This time, we made waffles! The baby loves waffles, or probably more accurately, the baby loves syrup! Anytime I have waffles or pancakes, the baby throws a dance party!

We finally caught up on Wednesday night's Master Chef. we were watching a commercial. Which wasn't all that interesting ;)

Finally, it was time for bed. 

I'm hoping that I am able to keep up with taking photographs throughout the weekend. That is where the wheels have fallen off for me before! I think tomorrow should go well though, we are going to go downtown to our favorite Famer's Market and I'm really looking forward to taking pictures there!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Week in the Life 2015 {Wednesday}

Its halfway through the week, and this year, this project is still really holding my attention. I think the fact that I haven't documented much this summer has made this week long intensive look at our life even more interesting. Especially with all of the changes that have happened since the last time I really documented what was going on (for me, that was December).

Yesterday, I ended up using my phone a little more than my DSLR.

Like most mornings, Wednesday started out with a cup of decaf tea. I just use our Keurig without any K-Cups to get the hot water. Its easy to do, and the regular tea bags are much less expensive than the K-Cup teas. Plus, I feel like there is less waste with the regular tea bags.

Shower time. I am definitely not brave enough to bring my camera into the shower like Ali Edwards did on Tuesday, but I liked the idea of capturing that part of my day. So I stood outside the door and snapped this picture of our bathroom.

I also love having pictures like this of where we live. We move so often, and I love having pictures of little details like this from our apartments/houses.

I've been trying to make the bed every day. Its definitely not my favorite chore. But I love going to sleep at night in a bed that has been made up, so I'm trying to make this more of a priority.

This Wednesday was a bit out of the ordinary because AJ was home early. He had an emergency dental appointment after breaking a tooth on a peanut M&M in a cookie bar! They ended up not doing much yesterday, since this break actually set in motion a larger set of work than needs to be done. And it was a clean break that already had a root canal, so he isn't in severe pain. Instead, they set up a plan for the larger set of work, and made an appointment for him to have it all done next Wednesday afternoon.

It was nice to have AJ home for lunch. We had grilled cheese. And both of us wished we had goldfish, but we didn't have any in the house!

I actually put on makeup today, which called for a selfie.

Just because AJ was home early didn't mean he stopped working. After lunch, he jumped on the computer to work from home a bit.

On Wednesdays, we always take a bump picture. The location has changed a few times, but now that we have the nursery {almost} set up,  we try to take the pictures there.

Normally on Wednesday afternoons, I go to prenatal yoga. But instead, because AJ was home and the weather was gorgeous, we decided to go for a walk.

I was so excited to see mums for sale. It is a huge sign that fall is on its way! Plus, they remind me of our October wedding.

We stopped for Bagel Bites, which I'd been craving. Not that I really needed them exactly, but I rarely indulge my not so healthy pregnancy cravings {fortunately, most of my cravings have been for roasted red peppers and tomatoes, and I've been able to ignore the ones for Starburst, Tootsie Rolls and Pull n Peel Twizzlers}, so I decided to just go for it.

The rest of the evening was spent laying around on the couch watching tv. I wasn't feeling 100% for most of the afternoon, and our walk really knocked me out, so I didn't take any pictures of the rest of our night. I'm hoping I feel better today, but I am definitely going to take it easy, just in case! I'm hoping my big order of Shutterfly pictures arrives today so I can spent my afternoon scrapping! Fingers crossed :)

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