Last week I told you the plan for Project Life REDO; a project to re-start the (closed and finished) Project Real Life Workshop with some friends. Project Real Life was a 4Expert course by by Becky Higgins I took care of Big Picture Classes. Last week I re-did the Week 1 content, which was all centered around “begin with the end in mind” (the digital card above came with the class). I’ve been reflecting a lot on the subject, and I plan to do a lot of journaling about it this week as I sort out my thoughts. For now, though, I worked through the photo and journaling prompts, which will be included in a weekly Project Life insert using a trimmed down Design A. You’ll get to see the actual pages next week with a Project Life spread, today is all about the documentation.

Because I did these prompts last autumn, I altered a few of the prompts a bit in order to get a bigger picture.

Project Real Life REDO | Week 1 by Megan Anderson

Cleaning the Kitchen My favorite thing is when we all pitch in and clean the kitchen together after dinner (or as we go). But, more often than not, dinner runs late and it’s time to get the kids ready for bed, or we’re out of dishwashing detergent, or some of the dishes don’t fit and we leave them in the sink and on the counter for tomorrow. Which leaves the mess (or part of it) to me, usually to be cleaned up while making lunch the next day. I need to start dinner going before Jake gets home to help if I want to reverse this trend. (The general cleanliness level has very much improved since we’ve started using E-Cloths, I should add!)

Project Real Life REDO | Week 1 by Megan Anderson

Shoe Spot The official shoe spot, in our entryway lockers, is super tidy right now. But since we’ve been gardening, we have a messy trend of piling muddy shoes on the front porch until we clean them, they dry, or we wear them to go tromping through the mud again. We need to get a system in place for this!

Project Real Life REDO | Week 1 by Megan Anderson

Sculpture Poppy is so amazingly talented. After seeing how serious I am about herbs this year, he brought the pot holder sculpture he made for Grammy years ago over. I’m so happy to have something he made and she loved represented in our yard, and I’m kind of obsessed with looking in on the “green babies” a few times each day.

Project Real Life REDO | Week 1 by Megan Anderson

Parking spot Right now there isn’t room for Jake’s scooter and the bikes in our tiny mudroom, so the outdoors stuff is parked all over the place. I can’t wait until we get our shed built so we can park everything safely away!

Project Real Life REDO | Week 1 by Megan Anderson

Dinner We are working hard to try to cook mostly with food found at the farmer’s market and are starting to think forward about what’s in / will be season, what we can grow, and how we can preserve some local food for winter. Planning our meals around these factors has been really rewarding, and Eliza proudly made a 70% local meal mostly herself (I did the cutting): Bison Bolognese. We’re so excited to try this again in the summer with fresh tomatoes from our garden!

Eliza made Bison Bolognese

*The Bolognese recipe is from the Children’s Step-By-Step Cook Book, which Eliza has been reading and cooking from weekly. We subbed bison for beef.

Project Real Life REDO | Week 1 by Megan Anderson

Lazy Hour Jonas and I begin most weekdays after Jake and Eliza have left with a lazy hour. I drink coffee and read blogs / news / a book and he snuggles and watches Kipper or Yo Gabba Gabba. Usually the cat joins in. It’s the calm before the storm, and I love it.

If you’re doing a Project Real Life REDO too, head over to Document Life Workshop to link-up!