Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Frenzy...

Hello Friends!
A hearty welcome....won't you come in?
this is a jam-packed looooong post...so settle in!

front door 

Where did March, April and May go?
It just zoomed past that is for sure! Let me share with you our news from the Pfeiffer Haus!

In March...
Katie and her classmates participated in the quarter finals of the State of Indiana National History Day. Katie researched and created a website entitled "The Reaction to Reforming the American Kitchen by the Revolution of Frozen Foods". Surprisingly she won second place in her category of Individual Website submissions! What this meant is: She got to go to the state finals! WHOO HOO Katie! Here she is pictured with her friend Matt, who also won second place for his paper entitiled "The Seige", which was about the Alamo.

Katie and Matt NHD 

In May...
Katie and I travelled to Indianapolis, Indiana to attend the State Finals for the Indiana National History Day. Shockingly...(we always were shocked!) she again won SECOND in the state for her website in the Individual Website Category. WHOO HOO Katie!
Katie State Finals 

Guess what?!
On June 9-15, she and I will be attending National History Day in Washington DC! What a complete honor this is! But she earned it.... She has worked so hard on her website and has transformed something that was "good" into something that I (and many of her teachers that have evaluated it for her prior to it being submitted to Nationals) into something spectacular! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for her. Will you please send a little prayer to heaven that we have a safe trip and that Katie has good luck in her endeavors? Thanks!

We also celebrated in May...
Mother's Day, here I am with my sweeties.

Mothers Day 

My darling husband...
celebrated his 42nd birthday, I was at a church meeting but my wonderful kids threw an ice cream party for their Daddy.

Daddys Birthday 

My daughter, Katie...
and her entire 8th grade class took their class trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. I was a chaperone and here is my delightful group affectionately called "My Crew"...these kids have all been friends for years and I love each and every one of them.

My Crew 

My baby, Ellie...
graduated from Kindergarten. I almost cried  :,(
Now she is a big 1st grader come August 13 and the only Pfeiffer kid left in Elementary School. She has some big shoes to fill - thanks to the legacy of her siblings.

Ellie

Ellie grad

My Boys, Jake....
graduated from 6th grade earning: Perfect Attendance, All A Honor Roll (for the entire year) and his 6th Grade Diploma

Jake 

and Ian...
graduated from the 6th grade earning: A/B Honor Roll (for the entire year), Music Achievement Award and his 6th Grade Diploma. So very proud of our mannerly, smart, handsome young men. Now they are big Middle Schoolers who will attend the 7th and 8th Grade at Lora Batchelor Middle School come August 13.

Ian 

Sweet Katie...
graduated from the 8th Grade earning: Presidential Gold Award (4.0 g.p.a.), SAT Academic Achievement, Excellence in English, Outstanding Science Award, Outstanding Social Studies Award, Outstanding Band Member, National Junior Honor Society, National History Day State Finalist, National History Day National Finalist and Office Aide. Our girl is so very special, she fills us with pride. She will now attend Bloomington South High School, where I know she will shine as she always does.

Katie grad 

A particularly good photo of us...

Katie and us 

My little blessings...
little gifts from God, each unique and perfect in their own special way and truly "fearfully and wonderfully made".

Kids 

After all these contests, graduations, celebrations, end of year concerts....
I needed a little drink. So I headed to the mountains:

just me 

Now I bet most of you are wondering...
what about The Twisted Stitcher and her stitching? Well to be honest folks, there has been little of that around here lately. I am stitching Diane's ornaments and finishing them too. Here's the most recent - "Ding Dong Bell"  and the only one I can show you. It's a cutie, for sure...I tell you each time I see a new one of Diane's ornaments, I get all excited! And in the past three months I have had a whole lot of excited, as I have stitched 8 of them and finished 9 of them - the whole year's worth of ornaments are now done and let me tell you...SPECTACULAR! Simply spectacular! 


dingdongbell 

I'm also honored...
to have been asked again by Tanya  who sent me this gorgeous stitched piece and I transformed it into this darling pin pillow. This pattern is also available and Tanya does it "two ways" as a pin pillow and also as a gorgeous framed piece. Check it out!

TSH_coverlet houses 

Remember this sweetie...
I just got it back from my LNS - Fancy Works and I am pleased as punch with how it turned out. The ladies at Valley House Primitives  and their gorgeous frames...well they compliment a piece perfectly and this one is no exception! You can also check them out at their BLOG. Thanks Ladies! it is gorgeous! And Diane you know how I feel about Adam and Eve :) a big thank you to you too!

LHN Adam and Eve

LHN Adam and Eve closeup

Speaking of dear Adam and sweet Eve....
here is my beginnings of a very full (I hope) wall featuring them alone.
(top left: Sarah Seifer by the Goode Huswife, bottom left: Adam and Eve by Little House Needleworks, middle: Margaret Pence by the Goode Huswife and right: Creation by Diane Williams from Leisure Arts booklet)

My Adam and Eve Wall 

Finally friends...
please know that I so enjoy your visits, I love your comments and sweet notes that some of you leave/send to me. I am not blogging as much as I used to....not because I'm getting away from it, merely that time gets away from me. My family is my main priority, as I know many of you know and practice yourself. My little birds will soon fly from my nest, all too soon. Before that time, I am sowing my seeds, tending my rows, yanking the weeks and watering heartily so that I may reap a bountiful harvest one day. I'll tend to this (blogging) row as I can, when I can, I know you understand.

I leave you with...
a most wonderous (very) early birthday gift that I was given - this St. Francis statue. My Mom and Mother-in-Law made it possible for me to have this prior to my birthday. Here on my front stoop, I do my best thinking in the peace, quiet and tranquility of the morning and evening. I sit here and drink a cup of tea and think, pray and try to live in peace - just as St. Francis did whilst he walked the earth. I thought it would be neat to share a little piece of me with you...imagine me here sitting and thinking :) It is heaven...just a little slice of it!

st francis

Though...
I may be absent from blogland for vast periods of time, I try really hard to cruise by your blogs whenever I get a chance. You all are never far from my thoughts!

Until then, I'll be keeping my 'hands to work and my heart to God' just like always...join me and may peace follow you where you lead!
Love in stitches,
Vonna