2018 Make Nine

>> Friday, January 5, 2018

Several knitters I follow on Instagram have made a "2018 Make Nine" collage of projects they plan to make this year.  I think it's a great idea and thought I'd join them!  Mine will be a bit different, with a few sewing projects in there as well...

Details for all below!

Rebel Two

This is the Rebel Two shawl!  I've had my eye on this one since Lesley was conjuring it up.  I had hopes of knitting it last year, but that didn't happen.
I bought the Rebel Two kit from House of A La Mode as a Christmas present to myself, and I cannot WAIT to knit this up!

Original Stormtrooper Kit

#2, #4, #6, and #8:
Quilted Stockings

I have been trying to make family stockings for 5 years.
I originally wanted knit ones, and I've made several... but I've finally decided that while I love the look of a knitted stocking, it's not nearly as easy to get things in and out of.  A quilted one is just more practical - and still beautiful!
My plan is to make them very much like the ones pictured (found here).  I'll buy enough fabric to make a coordinating tree skirt (someday), and additional stockings in the future (you never know)!

Lily Dress

Suzie Sparkles has so many beautiful little girl dress patterns!  I (naturally) fell in love with the Lily Dress.
I had wanted to make it for Lily's first birthday, but I've just got too much else going on right now to try and accomplish that deadline.

Chevron Baby Blanket

I made this blanket almost 3 years ago, and it was such a fun knit!
I decided I wanted to make another one, and keep it on hand as a baby gift.
I wish I could make a blanket for every baby I know, but I can never seem to finish them in time!  I thought I would just start a few and see what happens.  I know sweaters would make a quicker gift, so I'll be doing some of those as well.


This might be cheating, but I'm not really going by any rules anyways...
I started this sweater almost 2 years ago, and it keeps getting put aside.  But I am determined to finish it this year!
I'm not far off.  Just need to keep plugging away...


Isn't this such a sweet and simple sweater!?  I just love it for some reason.
I haven't decided who I'll be knitting it for, I just really want to make it.

So there are my 9 project goals for 2018!  We'll see how well I can keep up with them.  I'll share every time I get one finished!

P.S.  I am having the hardest time clicking "Publish" on this post!  I guess it's because putting this out there puts more of a commitment on these goals.  So here goes...



>> Tuesday, January 2, 2018

I have a handful of posts I'm working on that will be back-dated, like Phe's birthday & Lily's monthly posts.  And then I have several I'd like to post in the future... so hopefully I'll be able to carve out time for blogging in my schedule.  I've got a lot I want to write about, but I never seem to find the time for it.

I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on 2017, and prepare for 2018.  I'm a little behind on it, but that doesn't mean I can't go ahead and do it now!  I waited until December 31st to order my 2018 planner, but it should be here tomorrow... So that's not too bad, right?  I'm really hopeful for this year and ready to make some good and necessary changes in our life.

So here are some highlights from 2017...

January 1st
We started a tradition last year.  We've decided to go to the beach every New Year's Day.
(yes, we went this year, and the weather was NOT like pictured above)

January 9th
My 25th birthday!
Just 8 days before Lily was born...

January 17th
Lily's birthday!!
The picture on the left is the last belly picture I took.  About an hour before I went into labor!  You can tell by the look on my face that I was OVER being pregnant.  My back hurts just looking at that now.
Middle is the picture I used to announce her arrival on facebook and instagram.
Right is the first picture I posted of the girls all together.
(you can read Lily's birth stories and see pictures here)

January 23rd
Lily's newborn pictures (which you can see here).

January 29th
Lily's first train ride!  And the last ride on the Orange Blossom Cannonball, where my dad used to work.

February 6th
Lily's first trip to Disney!!!
L: Her first ride
R: Her first castle selfie!  Hahaha

March 21st
Beauty and the Beast!  Lily's "first movie" (even though she slept beautifully until the last 20 minutes, during which she nursed quietly)

March 25th
Baby shower for Tricia, preparing to welcome sweet Elise!

April 10th
Meeting my precious new niece!
L: Lily and Elise compare size (almost 12 weeks apart)
R: Cody and I holding each other's youngest

April 15th
Georgia all dressed and ready for Star Wars Celebration Orlando
I had wanted this to be a Georgia/Mommy day, but Lily was not taking a bottle yet (who am I kidding, she still doesn't), so she tagged along with us.  I got her this adorable onesie with a James Hance design on it.

Just a few of the moments in our long day.
There was a schedule mix up, and we had to wait a while for an activity, so they gave Georgia this Han Solo plush for waiting so patiently!  People gave us pins and patches throughout the day.  She got a Rey pin from the ewok, and a really cool patch from the pink R2 unit!

We had the BEST day.  We did so much walking.  At the end of the day, Georgia said to me "My legs are really tired.... but I don't want to leave!!"

April 16th
You can see more from our Easter here.

May 12th
I finally finished Lily's blanket just before she turned 4 months old!
You can see more pictures of it here.

May 14th
My first Mother's Day with Lily, third with Phe, and fifth with Georgia.

June 15th
We spent a lot of time at the library this summer!
They had a reading program where you marked off each day you read for at least 20 minutes, and then you had the opportunity to pick something from the book shelf or treasure box, and were also entered to win other prizes.  Phe wound up winning a set of books!

The girls love this statue, which I also loved as a child.

June 23rd
Lily's first trip to the beach!

And our first beach day of the summer.

July 4th
Independence Day!

Lily's first, of course ;)
See here to read about what my brain was going through that day... haha.

July 21st
We sold our house this summer!
It was a lot of work, and I had some wonderful help.  I was SO relieved to have that behind us.
You can see more pictures of our last time at the house here.

August 21st
Experiencing the solar eclipse was SO awesome.  And we weren't even in the path of totality.
You can see more of that time here.

September 10th
Preparing for Hurricane Irma...
We boarded up our house with the help of neighbors and firefighters, and hunkered down for the storm!

I thought it'd be fun for the girls to have glow sticks and necklaces/bracelets for when we'd lose power.  We discovered that the glow sticks were actually very helpful!  We used them when we would go to bed and just wanted a little light.
We lost power for 3 days, which, in the moment felt like 3 weeks.  And we know a lot of people who were without for much longer.
All in all, we faired very well.  There was so much damage around us and in our town.  We're so grateful for God's hand of protection over us.

September 16th
Georgia's 5th birthday!
I posted some pictures of her here.

October 16th
Phoenix's 3rd birthday!
I haven't posted her pictures yet, but I plan to do that soon.

October 31st
Harvest Fest at church!
I was a farmer with my little piggy (I made her hat the night before because I procrastinated and waited too long to try and find her a pig or cow costume!), Georgia was Anna, and Phe was Belle!

November 9th
Jean Marie took our family pictures again this year!
She posted some on her blog here!

November 24th
I completely forgot to get pictures on Thanksgiving day, but we had a family celebration the day after and I got a few pictures of the girls in the front yard.  We love our day-after-Thanksgiving tradition of going to the antique car parade in town!

December 1st
Christmas cookie day!
Every year we make Christmas tree cookies.  A Case family tradition.
This year the girls wanted to make gingerbread cookies as well, so I made them and we all had a great time decorating them on cookie day!
My amazing Aunt Patty sent the kids these adorable aprons, and they just happened to arrive in the mail ON cookie day!  How perfect!?

December 11th
Georgia got her ears pierced!!
This was supposed to be a present for her 5th birthday, but due to crazy schedules, it didn't happen until December.
Georgia did SO well, and her piercer was amazing.  We had a great experience!!

December 15th
The girls and I, all decked out to go see The Last Jedi!!!
We are some of the ones who loved it :D
I made the girls' hats just for this.  Georgia's says "short for a stormtrooper" hahaha

December 24th
All dressed up for Christmas Eve service.
Phe is very difficult to get a picture of lately.
Can't complain about that picture on the right, though. ;D

We got our traditional "under the Christmas tree" Christmas Eve picture!

December 25th
Merry Christmas!
Love this family of mine!


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>> Tuesday, October 17, 2017