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I love doing Day in the Life monthly, and for 2017 my random number generated day to record monthly is the first. In July, that meant that Day in the Life was on Ava’s third birthday!

I usually just take more photos than usual and jot a few notes for DITL, but this was a full day of activities and I wanted a little more structure. I decided to take a photo (or a few) to represent every hour she was awake and wrote down notes on what we were doing during those times.

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Selected Supplies

For this page, I used cards from Ali Edward’s Day in the Life mini kit for each hour of the day, adding a 2×2 photo and journaling. When I wanted to use more than one photo for an hour, I used a patterned card from that kit or a black and white card from my stash to add a companion photo, then added the time with a clock sticker from Ali’s Time Story Kit.

I usually complete the left page and then the right, but this one looked better running the chronology all of the way across each row.

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Going on here: Waking up ready to party, we sprinkled presents throughout the day and she chose an outfit from her new clothes, in the van with headphones watching Land Before Time, donuts for breakfast, quick best hits visit to the zoo (she’s all about the tigers), touching snake skin, home for more presents (pool stuff–we were on our way to go swimming), cupcakes and presents at Ava’s other parents’, video chatting with her grandma, swimming and playing, home for a rest and opening + playing with Eliza’s present of lots of food toys, relaxing and resting, saying bye to baby T (whom we babysat throughout the day), mac and cheese for dinner, getting silly with a statue, books before bed.

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I love our tradition of letting the kids pick what they want to do throughout the day for their birthdays. Not only does it give them a really fun and special day, but it also really captures their personalities at that age.

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I’m so happy to have this special day documented! This is a fun reminder that Day in the Life doesn’t have to be on a “normal” day. Sometimes it can just be a tool for telling a special story in a different way!