Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Bunch of Other Stuff I Should Have Blogged About in 2009

In May Sam was playing in an adult softball league. His position was outfield. While playing in the outfield he tried to be a hero for his team. He dove to catch a ball and in the process he broke his hand... and he didn't even catch the ball - but don't tell him that I told you that. :-)


In June Sam and I ran the Hospital Hill Half Marathon. Sam is a much better runner than I am - but he is very patient with me and will run slower to keep pace with me. Sometimes he will get a little bit ahead of me, but he will always jog in place and wait for me to catch up. That is exactly what happened during this race. Up until mile 11 he stayed by my side or jogged in place and waited for me to catch up. But at mile 11 he got a side cramp and had to stop. I probably should have been patient with him and waited with him since he was always so patient to wait for me. But he insisted that I run ahead. So I did. I finished the half marathon in 2:09. I beat my goal of 2:15!!!!! Sam finished shortly behind me in 2:11. I like to brag that I beat him - even though in all fairness he very well would have finished ahead of me.
(You know I must be proud of my accomplishment for posting such a heinous picture of myself.)

In January of 2008 Sam was rear-ended while driving his Ford Escort. The damage wasn't huge, but it was enough to consider the car totalled. We were given 2 options: Either we could accept an insurance buyout of $2900 and give our car to the insurance company, or we could take a check for $2750 and keep the car. That was a no brainer! We kept the car. We spent about $75 to fix the tail light and get the car up to code. So for the 20 months between January 2008 and September 2009, Sam drove around a car that looked like this:

In September 2009 Sam's was involved in yet another accident. A guy turned left and pulled out in front of Sam, leaving the front of Sam's precious Escort to look like this:


Obviously the Escort was no longer driveable. And Sam really wasn't too disappointed about it. He always said he couldn't feel like a man in that thing. I, however, was slightly sad to see it go. I will always remember watching Sam pull up driving that car the night that we met. My very first impression of Sam is that he was a super attractive guy who didn't need some big, masculine, expensive car to feel like a man. In a way, the Escort was a turn-on to me.

Anyways, we got yet another insurance payout for the Escort. Between the 2 car accidents, we got $5300 out of the Escort. That isn't a bad deal considering we probably couldn't have sold it for much more than $1000.

Sam upgraded from the not-so-manly Escort to the at-least-kind-of-manly Camry.




All in all, Sam has been a happy guy. Not only did he upgrade from a not-so-manly car to an at-least-kind-of-manly car, he also upgraded from a not-so-manly bedroom to an at-least-kind-of-manly bedroom.

Not-so-manly bedroom:


At-least-kind-of-manly bedroom:





We've also updated a few of our light fixtures in the house. Its not that our light fixtures were ugly, they just weren't compatible with my taste in decorating. This light fixture is my favorite!!!


And of course I've been busy knitting. Here are a few of my newest creations.

Isn't this bonnet so precious? The picture doesn't evn do it justice. (Thanks to adorable neice Aven for modeling!!)


The leggings were kind of an experiement, but I think they turned out so cute.



This is my girlier variation to the typical "Uggs".


This next set is one of my favorites. I searched high and low for a pattern for knit baby cowboy booties. I found crochet patterns, but no knit patterns. So I took it upon myself to make up a pattern. This was no small task. I had experiment for hours before I finally got the shaping right. But I think they look so cute. (Thanks to baby David for posing and looking so GQ in the cowboy boots!)



Finally, I had to do some knitting for myself. I can't claim to have completely created these two patterns, but I definitely mixed them up and added a little bit of Lacey flair. Is it bad to say that I am proud of myself?



There we go. Now I am all caught up on my blogging. For now anyways. :-)


22 comments:

Chloe and Tyler said...

I loved reading the events that happened in 2009, even though I've heard about most of them already. You are a knitting queen Lacey. I was so looking forward to asking you to knit a blessing dress for our baby girl, but since we're having another boy, I'll have to think of something else:)

Jodi said...

You are so dang talented Lacey - it makes me sick! I love the baby stuff, the awesome dress, the new bedrooms... love it all. Congrats on the half marathon! You are my hero for sure!

Every time I read your post I think about how fun it would be to get together again someday. Please let me know if you are ever on my side of this world. It would be such a blast to play with you again. Love ya!

Marc and Liz Anson said...

Okay, so I LOVE the new bedroom!! It's so (dare I say) Beautiful!! (sorry Sam) And all of your knitting is amazing, I absolutly LOVE LOVE LOVE the dress!!!!!

Congrats on finishing the marathon, that is still on my to-do list. One of these days . . .

So we are planning on coming out there in June some time (still working on finalizing the date), can we come see you?

Marc and Liz Anson said...

Oh, I forgot! Can you come decorate my house? I'm serious.

Leslie said...

You are so talented!!!! Love the bedroom too! Thanks for sharing.

Nicole said...

I love reading your blog. That is so cool you ran a half marathon. I wish I could, I just hate to run. I admire everyone who can do that.
And you are so talented Lacey. I love all the baby stuff and the dress that your made. They look awesome!!

Amber said...

Love the Bedroom! You did a fantastic Job! And you are so talented at your knitting! That's a fabulous dress on a fabulous Gal!

Kara said...

My mouth is seriously hanging open right now just thinking about you making that dress! By the way you look amazing in it! You are so incredibly talented it isn't even funny! I'm glad to see that you guys are doing well!

KC Mom said...

What a great update! Can I tell you I have so much enjoyed seeing you show up places with your gorgeous knitted wares on?? You are so talented. And to everyone who is loving that hand knitted dress...you should see it in real life....Lacey looks amazing in it. It really is an heirloom piece.

McAtee Family said...

Oh my gosh - those leggings are to die for. You need to start selling your stuff - it could pay for the dresses and awesome stuff you make for yourself!! I know I would be first in line :)

Mike knows all about not driving a manly car - he has a choice of a malibu or a minivan. I know what you mean about liking the fact that your man doesn't need a big macho guy car to feel good about himself - I like that he is totally fine driving our family cars.

Keep posting - I LOVE seeing your creations!

Russell and Jillian said...

Congrats on the half marathon! That's awesome that you did that. And I love your new look in the master bedroom and the sewing projects! I think you are one of the best decorators. I loved your house when I got to visit...I might need some advice on decorating whenever we get a house (in 50 years probably) haha!

Nicole and Kevin said...

When I first met Kevin, he drove 1986 Mazda 626 - it was a piece of crap...but that is one of the things I liked about him, he didn't need some fancy car and wasn't in a ton of debt because he had bought a dumb car. Anyways, what I was trying to say is I understand what you mean about liking Sam's escort.

Also if you ever sell the leg warmers I want a pair - I LOVE them!!! Your dress turned out awesome, and you look HOT with it on!

Nicole and Kevin said...

I forgot to congratulate you on the half marathon! That is awesome, and I would tell everyone you beat Sam as well :)

Heather said...

I love it all--how well you did in the marathon, your new bedroom (LOVE it), and all of your masterpieces. I had no idea you did the dress! You are SO talented!

Lyndzi said...

Wow, your knitting is so awesome!!! You look so great too. I love your bedroom makeover.

The Adams Family said...

Kudos on the new car, those are always fun. And i love your knitting...that dress is awesome. You should definately have a craft site for your goodies.

Alexandria said...

First of all... a half marathon...you go girl! Second, interior decorating... you're a natural, you need to come visit and help me. Third, insane crafting!! I can't believe the things you've created. you're dress is so cute! You are super talented and beautiful and I had a blast reading about all the fun adventures you and Sam have had. If you ever visit San Diego be sure to let me know so we can meet up. Miss you.

Jennett said...

Way to go Lacey...you are so ambitious--I could use any secrets you might have because I have zero ambition for anything lately--I absolutely LOVE the new car (I actually just traded my camry with dave and I miss it tons!) I also LOVE the new bedroom and most of all the amazing dress you crocheted! That is amazing, but you are amazing. So fun to read what you've been up to.

Sam Ransom said...

Hey I'm running the Hospital Hill this June- wanna join me?

And I'm still in LOVE with your bedroom makeover!

Jordan and Chandra Smith said...

Lacey, you are amazing!!! I love everything you do, come decorate my house...when I get one!I love all your knitting, you should them.

Kelli said...

WOW. That's all i can say. WOW.

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