December 10, 2009

Week 34 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans

I've accepted Carin's challenge, as a Mom, to get back into the picture. The idea is that once a week you take a picture of yourself. Give the camera to your hubby, the kids, the grocer. Who cares. Just pass it off and say cheese. It's that simple. If you'd like you can post your picture on your blog. You can let me know you posted so I can check out your pics. You can check out my previous weeks or Click the button below to add your name to the Linky and take a look at all the others. It is not too late to get in on the fun so grab that camera right now and let's go!

Before I get started I have a little note to Sande... (and anyone else who is interested)

You asked so sweetly and I promised to tell you the story... but the truth is life has been a merry-go-round lately. Mark you calendar and I promise to post the story of why my blog is called Art's Chili Pepper on December 20th.

Happy Thursday!


Now, back to our regularly scheduled post.

Here I am with Elisabeth taking the ornament out of her calender to put on the tree before tucking her into bed. Watch future posts for an explanation of this tradition and how it got started.

And this was our sledding party on Saturday afternoon. You can read more about the fun of our first snow storm of the year here.

Sunday afternoon we spent the better part of an hour trying to get one good family portrait for our Christmas cards. Yikes! I knew I should have done it first thing in the morning when everyone was fresh but here we are. We took about 50 and barely got one good one of everyone. Brianna did take some of Allen and I. Here is one of my favorites.

Now please, please, please... go get your camera and take a picture or two. Til next week, I will leave you with this.

Note to Carin:

Dear Carin,

What happens now? The year is drawing to a close. This challenge has been such a blessing to me. For at least one year of my 18 child rearing years to date, my family will know that I was here! In looking back this morning, I also realized that I took far less pictures of my hubby than I did in previous years. (I need to work on that.) Probably because since everyone else had the camera taking my picture, I didn't have it as much. This inspired us to give cameras to a few of the children who are now having a blast learning the art of photography. Even if we do have a lot of pictures of feet to show for it, this is a gift that will last their whole lives. Carin, my friend, you have touched the lives of people half way across the country, whom you have never met! Did you figure on that, I wonder? I bet not. I have come to love my Thursdays and look forward to those posts so much. I will miss visiting with you and everyone else in the 52 week challenge. So what will you challenge us with in the new year?

Your blogging- picture taking- buddy,




  1. You always have such wonderful pictures of you and your family Kat. Always so sincere and loving. I am thinking of continuing so that those just starting out can continue the journey. It's such an important challenge for our families. Thank you so much for your kind words.

  2. As always.. such great pictures! Looking forward to hearing the 'rest of the stories' :)

  3. awww that is sooo sweet of you Kat! ;) those photos are great wish we have some snow here too! just enough for us to sled hehehe

    cant wait for the story!

    u may view mine if u have time

  4. Great set of pictures this week Kat. I totally agree with what you wrote to Carin...don't know what I am going to do about Thursdays...I have LOVED this challenge.

  5. That is a great picture of you two. Did you get a lot of snow too?

  6. You are just beautiful. THat picture of you and Allen needs to be framed. Gorgeous. How fun to sled. Cute pictures.

  7. Great pictures! Even if the challenge doesn't continue I will still post a picture of myself every Thursday. Habits are hard to break!

  8. Oh Kat you are so sweet!
    I loved all your pictures!
    I stopped regular blogging for a while but I am back and I am participating again in some FUN memes like this one.
    I am so happy to be blogging again and BTW my new main blog is
    Many Blessing to you and your beautiful Family

  9. Kat,

    So many great pictures to go along with some really great stories! Can't wait to go back and read about the tradition with the ornaments. Love the picture of you and Allen! Great memories!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  10. I'm with you on the changes this has made to my life. I used to care about my tummy, my hair, my lack of makeup (strange coz I never wear any). Now I just love being in the pictures- just like you, and just like you I have many pictures of carpets, chair legs and dollies. SOme I'm keeping for posterity!!!
    Keep enjoying Christmastime!

  11. What a beautiful picture of you and your husband!!

  12. Great shot of you and your hubby. I think I will continue this challenge. I love that my kids will have pictures of me (if I ever print them out) but will probably also challenge myself to get more of me and my hubby b/c isn't how this all started? ;)

  13. Hey, Kat, your hair is so pretty in that picture with Elisabeth. I love this pictures every week of you!
    Wow! How festive you and Allen look!
    Love you!

  14. I love the picture of you and Allen! You look so beautiful!

  15. I LOVE the picture of your guys on the sled!!

  16. I'm so glad you did the 52 week challenge. It's let me see part of your life ... I always felt in the past like you were a bit detached from it all. The one with you and Allen is darling, but I love the one of you and EClaire scooting down the hill.

    Love ya, my dear.

  17. Hi, found you via Carin. I too have 7 kids and we are members of an independent Baptist Church!(Lancaster Baptist Church, Lancaster, CA) So... 3 things in common ;) Nice to meet you :)