Saturday, January 1, 2011

Looking back, looking forward

Goodbye 2010!
I didn't get a chance to post yesterday, so I want to document some of the milestones from the past year for my own personal records (feel free to skip ahead...)
* Jake completed second grade with flying colors, and started a great third grade year. He has a wonderful teacher, and I have seen him really deepen his love of reading and writing this year thanks to her.
* Michael quit coaching football after 18 years. This has had such a positive effect on our family.
* I transferred from an elementary school counselor position that split me between two schools to a middle school counselor position at one school where I am the only counselor. And I love it. It has been a long time since I have really enjoyed my job as much as I am enjoying it this year.
* I learned to knit. I have wanted to know how to knit for years. I enjoy it as much as I enjoy stitching.
*I started some of the home improvement projects that have been lingering on my list for awhile.
*Jake had a successful little league football season, playing his first year of tackle. His team won the LL superbowl.
*We traveled some... two trips to Disney, several weekends away to Gatlinburg and Franklin.
*We became DVC members this year... a big dream of mine realized. :)

Great year over all.

Hello 2011! I am looking forward to the goals that I want to accomplish this year.
I won't go into my personal goals at this point, but I would like to share some of my stitching and knitting goals. Mainly I want to keep track of what I finish. I didn't do a good job of that in 2010. I didn't document all of my finishes here so I have an incomplete list for the past year. I am going to be better about that this year. I will start new things. That is a given. I started something new today as a matter of fact. More on that later. But there are a lot of things I want to finish this year as well.

My main WIPs that I would like to complete this year are:
  • BBD Anniversaries of the Heart
  • PSS Paradise Lost
  • SP Sarah Woodham
  • GH Ellen Birdseye
  • RM Quaker and Quilts
  • CHS Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow
There are more, but these are the ones that I am going to focus on first.

I also want to frame things and hang them on my walls. I hope to frame the things I complete this year and add them to my decor.

My new start for today is Carriage House Samplings Her Sampler. I have wanted to stitch this design for a long time, and I have seen it stitched lately on a couple of blogs. I decided that it would be a perfect new year start for me... not too big, not too small... hopefully easily finished soon. Pictures soon to follow....

That's it for me today. I am going to take down the lingering Christmas decorations and get my house back in order. Then I think I will see if we can make some fun... maybe dinner out combined with some shopping.

Happy New Year to all my readers and friends. Hope this year finds you and yours happy and healthy!


  1. Best wishes in the New Year, Kellie!

  2. I'm excited for you Kellie that you have had such a great year! Here's to 2011 bringing you more of the same!

    I can imagine that the not coaching thing has had quite an impact on the autonomy of the family. Even though that is such a great endevour (sp?) , it can leave one feeling robbed of time that the rest of the family could have had with them. I imagine Mike went through quite an adjustment.

    Happy New Year!

  3. Your 2010 sounds like it was a good one. I'm so glad you got a new position at the middle school and are happier now. And your Jake -- good for him loving to read. I wish my son had had a teacher who induced a love of reading in him too. Your stitching goals look good too. I hope your 2011 is a wonderful year for you and yours!

  4. Sounds like you had one busy, busy year, Kellie! I hope 2011 is a wonderful one for you and your family and I look forward to seeing your stitching :)

  5. Sounds like you had a great year, Kellie. Having a job you love is really such a rare and great thing these days!

    Have fun with your stitchy goals. We'll be watching your progress!

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  6. Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to seeing the CHS you're working on.

  7. What a great year 2010 was for your family, Kellie! I certainly hope that 2011 is everything and more for you and yours!!

    I like your wip list...also I have Her Sampler started and hope to finish it soonish! Good luck with yours!

  8. Love your WIP list - glad 2010 ended on a positive note with much needed changes for your family - I'm glad you learned to knit - I adore knitting - it's part of my life and the zen I achieve with knitting is unlike any other needlework endeavor - I hope you continue to grow and learn in that craft and that you have many happy stitches in 2011 - Melody

  9. Best wishes for you & your family this year, Kellie! I love your WIP list AND your new start. Can't wait to see pics!