Another post about Week in the Life – the concept by Ali Edwards 🙂 I started putting together our week in the life, and it is a big task! I am so glad I took so many notes, and also so many pictures. I have found that I have really looked deeply into what I do every day, and what we do, and it is amazing how much we cram into the every day! There never seems to be much downtime at all, until the kids are in bed at night! I have been honest in all the documenting, so if there were naughty kids, drawings on walls, baby oil in hair, it is in there. There is no sugarcoating any of it.
From another perspective of documenting – I also wanted to keep a ‘right now’ focus and look at things like groceries, what we consume and how much of it, and what our ‘trends’ for food were. It has been interesting looking at just how much food we go through, and reassuring in many ways. They are getting enough fruit and vegetables! To put my Week in the Life together, I have used the kit that Ali Edwards had for sale, and have just added in stuff from my stash. I have enjoyed using the pocket pages, only wish that I had more provided as I have a great deal of journalling to add in and also I wanted to print out my blog posts from the week to add in. I will work that out ;). I have also one for each day a 6×8 digital page and a collage. So I need to get those printed off to finalise my album.
My album is just blue cloth. I found this in the packaging – it is also cloth and have just glued it on. I am actually not sure where it is from! But I like it there. For my cover page, I have used the 2×2 inch page protectors and some PL cards.
I have got random photos on the back of this page from the week that I really like. They tell their own story so I have no journalling on them. I am nearly finished this! I have found that it does take time to get through each day. I have tried to document as much as I can in the morning/afternoon/evening card provided and still have so much to say some days. The stories might seem a bit boring now, but I know that in a years time things will have changed significantly, so it will be amazing to have a little insight into what it was like. It was also not a normal week for me as I had annual leave so finished work Monday morning at 0400 hours. So no more night shifts for the week. But I am not going to let that hinder this. I have work in there, but it is not the sole focus of the week.
Here are some pages from inside – I still have to finish Saturday and Sunday and also get the daily pages printed.
Over the course of the week I kept tallies (roughly) on some things. Little things for some, but they make up so much of my day! Here are a few Moloney Statistics!
Foodwise – over the week we consumed –
5kg of Bananas
4.5 kg of apples
3kg of grapes
1kg of potatoes
2kg of carrots
12L of Milk
8 loaves of bread
2kg of yoghurt
500gm of cheese
500gm of rice
1kg of mince
2kg of chicken
1kg of fish
1kg of weetbix
450gm Nutri grain
400gm Special K
And the list goes on….
Then other things, or incidentals that are basically a part of my every day –
Text messages sent – 185
Phone calls – 24
Loads of washing – 5 (7.5kg front loader)
Emails answered/received – 192
Time in car driving kids around – 3 hours 20 mins
Time spent waiting for kids between ‘things’ – 2 hours
Time spent doing groceries – 3 1/2 hours (incl travel)
Coffees bought – one (sad huh?!)
Cups of tea – 20 (over the week, some higher caffeine than others…)
Muffins baked – 18 (and all eaten by kids!!!)
Time spent cooking/baking – 8.5 hours
Dishwasher used – 9 times
Time spent preparing lunches – 2 hours
Bandaids applied – 6
Monsters scared away – 4 (one was even a ninja monster, so I had to get creative)
Lullabies sung – 10
Hugs – stopped counting at 50 as it was getting crazy!
And so many other things that I am still compiling. I have notes. Lots of them. This will take a bit of time to really portray the week. And I really want to try and work out how to make more or get more page protectors so I can add all of this in. Because this is the priceless part! It is amazing seeing what really makes up your week!