Finally, the last update of my 2014 week in the life album! I’m so glad to have this in the books. More of my overall thoughts about the project at the end, but first here is a typical Sunday for us.
Sunday mornings involve finishing up whatever chores I didn’t quite get to the day before (this day it was washing diapers) and lots of playing and lounging with the kids before getting ready for church.
Then we all head to church! We meet in an elementary school currently. Liam goes in the nursery and usually Meredith sits with us for a few minutes to hear the songs and then will go to her preschool class. This particular Sunday was family worship, so all the kids were with the congregation until after the children’s sermon. Meredith went off to class hand in hand with one of her friends.
After church it’s kind of a toss-up as to what we do. This day I took the kids for a quick errand to get new shoes, and then after playing outside for a bit and some fighting, Meredith actually took a nap in her own bed (which never happens) and I got Liam down to sleep at the same time (which also rarely happens)! I used the downtime to do some crafting.
Then for dinner we went over to David’s parents’ house which happens at least once per week and Sundays are a common day for us to go.
When we come back from dinner we immediately go into get-ready-for-bed mode, and then it’s time for sleep.
For the end of the album I just put in some patterned paper and signed my name at the bottom.
Okay! So. This was a really satisfying project and I definitely want to keep it up. The intense gathering of information and photos during the week isn’t so bad. Putting together this album, however, took way longer than I expected and it really hung over my head. I am hoping that part of the reason it took so long is because it happened right before the holidays and then came January which is a crazy month for us. I think if I do this earlier in the year I’ll be able to finish it more quickly.
I really like the album size (6×8) and using the kit that Ali Edwards put together. I will probably continue to use her kits. I do wish they had a paper pack in them because I needed more filler cards than were in the kit, so I might just buy a paper pack that coordinates next time. As I mentioned several other times, I don’t think I will go with all black and white photos again, although it was a cool experiment.
Finally, I might take less photos next time around, or print less. There are only so many you can include in the album. Or I might do more digital collages or journaling with text next time. I need to do something to make the process go faster, but I’m not sure what yet.
My next memory-keeping project is to put together our 2014 December album. Maybe I’ll finish it in time to share for Christmas in July. ;)