Sunday, July 13, 2014

Playing Catch-up...

~ Dearest Friends ~ 
I did it again...
I disappeared from my blog. Not intentionally, and I'm about to show you *at length* what I was up to. So you might want to grab a drink and perhaps a snack to fortify you :)

MAY 2014:
It was a busy month, as May's tend to be...
end of the school year is upon us and we have final band concerts, honor's nights, graduations, class parties...and so on. Ours was jam packed and I'm still not caught up on all that happened!

Katie got a job at a local business. She works at Lazer Lite Games and Fun. Here she is cleaning the Super Shot game :) She also became a licensed driver! Which worries Mom a little (to be honest) but she is a good, defensive driver and I pray (a lot)!

Katie's Job



Ellie's Honor Day was filled with lots of honors! Her teacher asked me if I brought a wagon to school because I'd need one to haul all her awards home. He didn't lie...Ellie had a lot of awards handed to her that day, but most of all her teacher told me what a pleasure it was to teach her and that he would have missed out in his career had he not had her in his classroom. You know, that makes a parent feel good! Ellie successfully completed 2nd Grade and she will move on to 3rd Grade.

Ellie Honor's Day 2014

Jacob and Ian was promoted from 8th Grade to 9th Grade during their Promotion to High School Night. Here are our handsome boys the evening of their Promotion Ceremony. They also earned a LOT of awards from their Middle School years leaving Batchelor Middle School behind with 3.8 gpa for Ian and 3.9 gpa for Jacob. Way to go boys!

Boys Promotion to HS

Katie was invited to attend Honor's Night at Bloomington South High School, where she received top honors for carrying a 4.6 gpa 5 trimesters in High School. She is in all Honors Classes, meaning that she has carried A+ in all classes for the past 2 years. Can't ask for better than that!

BHSS Honors Night 2014


Late May, Katie was Confirmed in our Catholic faith. Here she is prior to Confirmation with Bishop Christopher Coyne. Katie was a reader during the Mass and got to take a special picture with the Bishop.

Katie and Bishop Coyne

Here she is as she was sealed with the Holy Spirit receiving the sacrament of Confirmation. She now is considered an adult in the Catholic Church. She took the Confirmation name of St. Bernadette and her Confirmation Sponsor was Lynn Hansen, a very good friend of mine at our church. Bernadette is the name of her paternal grandmother and Bernadette was also a wonderful saint. You can read about St. Bernadette Soubirous HERE

Katie's Confirmation with Bishop Coyne

JUNE:
The first weekend in June was the weekend that Ian held his project for his Eagle Scout Award. The project consisted of clearing an area of ground by the backdoor of Faith Lutheran Church Preschool so that when it rains the water will not pool at the backdoor of the Preschool and will also run away from the foundation. All four Pfeiffer children attend Faith Lutheran Preschool and Ian wanted to do his Eagle Project there. Here is the before and after pictures:

Ian's Eagle Scout Project
Ian has his final report on the project prepared and soon he will ask 8 people for letter of recommendations and soon, we are hopeful his project will be approved and he will be an Eagle Scout! :)

The second weekend in June...
found us on the road heading to our beloved St. Augustine for our annual Summer Vacation!!!! We had a fabulous time, superior weather (it never rained once!) and it was just perfect! Here are the kids at the pool in Jacksonville, Florida on the first evening after a 15 hour drive:

Kids at Jacksonville 2014

The first real day of vacation, we drive down Hwy. A1A (which runs all along the coast of Florida) to St. Augustine. It is the scenic way to go and we love to ride along the coast and catch glimpses of the ocean....until we arrive at the mission of Nombre de Dios. We always start our vacation out here at the shrine of the Madre de la leche. This is the first Catholic Church built on American soil. We light our candles in the shrine and we say aloud a Rosary in thanksgiving for a safe trip, for a safe vacation and for our personal family intentions. Last year we had 14 people join us in praying our rosary. This year we only had 4 people join in.

Nombre de Dios

After our annual pilgrimage to Nombre de Dios, we head on down to Old Town and eat at our favorite spot: A1A Ale Works. YUM-O! We always eat al fresco on the balcony that is by the Intercoastal Waterway. Here is Ian, Katie and I on one side of the table:

Ian, Katie and Vonna A1A Ale Works

And here is Keith, Ellie and Jacob on the other side of the table :)

Keith, Ellie, Jacob A1A Ale Works

After eating, the girls and I got some custom fitted toe rings down on St. George Street. I didn't know about it at first, but now I love mine! I can't even feel it and it makes me feel pretty when I look down and see my toes. 

Girls Toe Rings


Happy Father's Day!
The second day of vacation was Sunday and we celebrated on the beach all day and then came in and ordered a BBQ feast from a local spot. Here is Keith in our condo salivating and ready to dig in on his special day! We love you so much Daddy!
:)

Keith on Father's Day

We had lots of fun on the beach:

Sea Watch Patrol...
Sea Watch

Ellie made friends with this man that was fishing on the beach. She would go up to him every morning and ask about what he was catching and how he knew so much, what was he using for bait that day, etc, etc. (there is not a shy bone in the girls body!) One morning he caught a baby shark and he gave it to Ellie to put in a shallow pool to watch while the tide came in. So everyone took pictures with a shark. (NOTE: This made me think twice about going in and body surfing...because if there are babies....that means there are big ones. Of course, I know that sharks are in the ocean, but ..... visual evidence of their procreation is another story!) 

Shark Collage

Katie always writes this in the sand each year and sends a picture to her boyfriend:

K + K

Jake, lamenting that he has no significant other, decided that the next best thing was:

J + PT
POPTARTS! hahahahaha!

We have been waiting for Salt Life to open in St. Augustine. Its an eatery that first started in Jacksonville, Florida and we love it. We finally got to eat there in our beloved St. Augustine this summer! WHOOP WHOOP! My favorite thing on the menu was:
THE OYSTER SHOOTER: a shot of beer, layered with a bit of horseradish, a shot of hot sauce and a raw oyster. Bottoms up people! YUMMY! I loved them - I had two! If I wouldn't have been afraid of anaphylactic shock, I would have had three. But I have a mild allergy to shellfish, so I had to settle for two. (Keith only wanted me to have one, but I vetoed his opinion!) 

Oyster Shooter


On the last day of our vacation, we tried our hand at some Beach Jumping shots:

At Attention...
Beach - at attention

Almost!
Beach - almost

Got it!
Beach - got it

We are getting good now!
Beach Jump - got the hang of it

This one reminds me of the movie "Up!" for some reason and I don't know why...
Jump Up

Look at Ian...cracks me up every time! hahahahaha!
Beach Jump SMILE

Showing off now that we got the hang of it with some: Karate
Beach Jump Karate Style

These shots were so fun! I took 100 pictures and to go through them quickly on the computer is funny! Its like watching a movie :) And we all sit and laugh and laugh! 

Here is the final day picture of Crescent Beach....we wait all year long to go and we are waiting again. But we have our memories to sustain us! It is like a little slice of heaven. And I will bring it out and cherish it every day.
Crescent Beach

July:
I had my 44th (ahem) Birthday on July 5th. I received lovely packages from my friend Pat:
Pat's gift to me

Here is another spectacular package from my longtime pal, Marie:
Marie's Gift to me


July also brings Boy Scout Summer Camp! Here is the boys in front of their tent last week during Family Night:
Boys at Boy Scout Summer Camp 2014

And that evening we stayed to watch the Order of the Arrow ceremony. We were so proud that Ian was "tapped out" that evening! CONGRATS IAN!!!! He will perform his induction "ordeal" next month to become a full-fledged member. He was also named "Exemplary Scout" at the ending ceremony by his Troop Masters.
Order of the Arrow Ceremony ~ Ian 2014

Here are the boys (yesterday 7/12/14), hot, tired (and a little stinky!) after their 7 days at Boy Scout Summer Camp:
Boy Scouts 2014

Ellie...
 has spent the last 3 weeks at her Grandma and Grandpa Pfeiffer's house. She came home yesterday too! (Thank goodness, because I was about ready to go get her myself!). Her birthday is coming up (August 5) and Target was running a great deal on iPad's. Ellie had saved up $320 on her own and sweet talked her Daddy into an early Birthday present to cover the remaining money needed so that she could get an iPad Air 32 GB. Look...her sweet talking worked!
Ellie and iPad Air

Then, being that I have been wanting an iPad Air myself....
I did a little sweet-talking of my own and got my very own iPad Air 32 GB!!! Thank you Daddy!

iPad Air

And speaking of Daddy...
here is that poor hen-pecked sweetheart sporting his new goatee. Isn't he a hottie?! ;)

Keith Summer 2014

OK, so that catches us up in the life department! Now let's get down to talkin' some stitchin'

May and Early June found me stitching and finishing 6 models:
The final 4 Calendar Girls
for
Little House Needleworks.
Oh these are the best ones yet - just you wait and see!
AND...
two models for a  NEW series that Nikki of Country Cottage Needleworks just announced. You are going to LOVE it!!

I've also picked up quite a bit of work in recent months for my finishing service. Always a good thing. I had sort of "retired" from finishing for the general public due to carpal tunnel syndrome and a very busy family life ~ but am hopeful that if I pace myself, I can start finishing again at least a little bit for some clients.

In June I stitched and finished:

"Freedom"
by Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams
copyright 2014
stitched on 28 count Clay Linen
using called for colors
Finished as: Door Hanger
Little House Needleworks_Freedom_door hanger

And....

"Old Glory"
by Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams
copyright 2014
stitched with called for colors
Finished as: Ditty Bag which I filled with greenery and a grubby flag

Little House Needleworks_Old Glory_Ditty Bag filled and hung


I'm currently stitching:
Blackbird Design's (highly popular) "In Full Glory". I have a unique idea on the finishing. We will see if that pans out next blog post!
Current Project


 Summer is...
 winding down for us here at the Pfeiffer ranch. The kids return to school, August 4th..... that is only three short weeks away. Our Monroe County Fair is next weekend, so I am in stitching overload trying to get a couple of more projects signed, sealed and delivered. I have high hopes (as I do every year) to bring home the Grand Champion rosette for the Needle Arts division. We will see...

So folks...
That does it for me, for right now. I'll be back soon with my Fair Entries and their results. It will certainly be here sooner than this post! I'd like to take a quick moment and say a big THANK YOU *so much*  to all of you! So many people have e-mailed me to make sure I was still alive and kicking. That means so much to me! I hope that the wait was worth it :) We are so mightily blessed as a family. So much to be thankful for and I am so full of thanks! We have lived life to the fullest the last couple of months, and none of that, would be possible if it wasn't for our deep and abiding faith in our God and his work in our lives.
I'll be back soon and as always, I'll be keeping my hands to work and my heart to God, as usual!

Hugs in stitches,
Vonna   xxxx

42 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your blog. I love reading about your family and all the great pictures you share. Your stitching and finishing are always amazing. You are an inspiration !! I look forward to your next posting.

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  2. Have the boys been to White stag yet? It is super great training for the Boy Scouts. My son loved it.

    JHM
    http://needleworkerssamplings.blogspot.com/

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  3. Nice to see a post from you. St. Augustine is one of the places on the east coast that I'd love to visit and I enjoyed your pictures of that. The pictures of your kids jumping are funny alright! Bet you had them exhausted after awhile! Your finishing is wonderful as usual and I hope you're successful with the unique finish with In Full Glory. Here's hoping you get that Grand Champion rosette this year. As far as I'm concerned, you deserve one every year you've entered!

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  4. Aren't summer just crazy! Looks like lots of fun and stitching. Isn't St. Augustine fun? I grew up 45 minutes from there and it brings back lots of childhood memories.

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  5. I so enjoyed your post and pictures, my sweet friend! Life sure is good! Thank you for sharing! Hugs! :)

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  6. Vonna it was so worth the wait! I love reading about the Pfeiffer family adventures!! The pictures are awesome. The stitching and finishing as always beautiful! Can't wait for your next update!

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  7. Vonna you have such a wonderful family! Enjoyed the post. Except for the oyster! Please be careful. A friend's wife had mild reactions too, until one New Year's eve when a piece of shrimp caused a severe reaction too quickly to be treated.

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  8. What a great 3 months you and your family have had. Cong to all the young people. Know you and Dad are really proud as you should be. Love your stitching and finishing. I am stitching the Calendar Girls, just a little behind, only on February. I now have all of them though July. I love them. Have a great summer left for you before school starts. Always enjoy reading your blog.

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  9. What a busy few months you've had! I'm so glad you and your family enjoy my area of Florida. After all these years living here, I long for the mountains instead of the beach but we do have some great beach towns!

    Love your husbands goatee - I love facial hair on men!

    The picture of the kids jumping at the beach are wonderful - I so love those!

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  10. Good heavens, I really enjoyed reading about your past months. Wow! The pics of the jumping are the best! lol! So much you all have been up to, lots of milestones reached too. Very exciting. It's so much fun to see how much your kids have grown too. Love hearing about your stitching and finishing too. Hope you keep on with finishing work.... And school starts August 4?? Sooooo early!!!!

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  11. Wonderful post!!! Looks like you've had a very busy time.
    Congratulations to all of your children's achievements, you both must be so, so proud.
    Great photos on the beach, such fun!!
    Beautiful stitching, as always, look forward to seeing how you finish In Full Glory, and fingers crossed you come away with the Grand Champion award from the County Fair, your stitching is just perfect.
    Summer holidays start for my children in 2 weeks, lets hope the weather behaves itself!!!!
    Love to all
    Linda O xxx

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  12. What an eventful and exciting summer you have all had thus far. Congrats to all of the kids on their very impressive accomplishments. You and Keith should be very proud!
    I enjoyed all of your family pics, especially the beach jumping photos...nice work. Someday you should take a mountain vacation. I know a great household in VT that would love to host you and your family! :-)
    Good luck with your Fair stitching entries. Without question you will walk away with ribbons ~ fingers crossed you end up with that Grand Champion rosette!

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  13. Fantastic summer for you and all your family. CONGRATS to your children on all of their accomplishments. WOOHOO!!!
    loved the jumping photos on the beach - soooo cool! Also congrats on all your beautiful stitching and incredible finishes. How sweet of your friend to gift you some over the top Santa ornaments for your tree. Blessing to you all and thank you for sharing.
    love Annette

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  14. A lovely post..full of living life to the full.Congratulations to your kids for their brilliant avhievements.
    Lovely photos of you all,how much your four have grown up!
    I hope your entries in the fair do well and you achieve the Grand Champion Rosette this year:)
    Lovely stitching and finishing as always Vonna.

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  15. Oh my but you have been busy :) Congratulations on all your kid's wonderful achievements! Certainly does make a parent proud :) Your vacation looks like you all had an absolute wonderful time! And as always, your stitching and finishes are just simply beautiful

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  16. Vonna, so good to see your post. You and your family are so inspiring in so many ways. God Bless you and thanks for taking the time to share it. Cathryn

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  17. What a great update! It looks like all of you have been having fun times :) Thanks for posting all your news and lots of photos, I really enjoyed reading your post!

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  18. I enjoyed reading this post & must say that your family is a fantastic example of what a family should be. You are very blessed my friend! All of you are!

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  19. What a wonderful update to read! Congratulations to each one of your children on their accomplishments during the 2013-14 school year. What a fabulous vacation you had to Florida! Your finished are all lovely, Vonna, and I look forward to seeing what you enter in your county fair.

    Enjoy your week!

    Robin in Virginia

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  20. Wow, you've been busy! Your summer sounds like it was fantastic. You have such amazing kids, too - you must be so proud of them. Beautiful stitching and finishing, as always! :D My personal favorite is the ditty bag!

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  21. Goodness...what a whirlwind! Your family is simply delightful! I can just imagine the treasured and joyful time you spend together...each and every photograph reflects love for one another..
    Sending summertime hugs your way ...
    Judy

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  22. Poster family for 'best family ever' award, right down to the toe rings! You must be so proud of your kids. Love those beach shots.

    Pretty stitching as always of course! Hope this is your Grand Prize fair year!

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  23. Busy and wonderful times Vonna you a truly blessed to have such a beautiful family!

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  24. You certainly have a wonderful family!! Very handsome and pretty in addition! I so enjoyed reading about your trip. We lived in Orlando for a brief time and I loved visiting St. Augustine! I hope the rest of the summer is as happy as the beginning for your family and you!

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  25. Yessirreee--that was a long post, but certainly worth reading and getting caught up! Loved it all! BEST picture of all--hubby's goatee! It makes him look more 'stud-ly' --better keep an eye on him! Hugs!

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  26. Fine family times! I see a bit of your joys on FB, but it's great to see it in its entirety! Keep on having summer fun!

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  27. Goodness, you've been busy -- in a good way! Love reading about your family and seeing your great finishes!

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  28. It is good to have you back posting! I enjoyed the photos of your vacation and the fun that you all had. I am looking forward to more of your wonderful finishes as well. Keep up the good work! Love it.

    Pam in KS

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  29. You have so much to be proud of, beautiful children, and beautiful stitching, as always. Can't wait to see your fair pieces, good luck

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  30. Well, there you are! It's great seeing the kids. Every time you post new pictures they seem even more grown up. Looks like everyone had a great time on vacation. Looking forward to your next post.

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  31. I was wondering where you were. Awesome pictures. The kids keep you busy. The pictures of them jumping made me laugh, really cute. Marie sent some wonderful gifts. Happy belated birthday. Your pieces are so pretty. Enjoy your summer.

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  32. My goodness Vonna - such a busy spring / early summer. You must be SO very proud of your children - all the honors and awards and BIG moments in Scouting and the Church! I enjoyed your JUMP photos - the kids get along so well and it is great that you vacation together and enjoy one another. Lovely patriotic stitching - nothing I've yet stitched so my list grows larger still!

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  33. What a wonderful post Vonna. It was well worth the wait.

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  34. glad you had a wonderful vacation down in my neck of the woods. All the things we take for granted like driving over to St Aug for a wonderful shrimp dinner at our fave spot people wait for all year long. We are blessed to be in such a diverse area. You can spend a day in St Aug and feel like you are a million miles away. We do spend 1 long weekend each summer on St Aug beach. Glad to see all your kids are doing so well but sad they have to go back to school in a few short weeks. All your finishes you showed are awesome ! LOVE them all especially your LHN patriotic ditty bag. I have been tempted by the new CCN monthly ornament series and knowing you will be finishing and sharing ideas might push me over the edge. Happy Belated Birthday - sounds like it was a great one getting a new IPad Air - lucky girl. Take care and glad to see your post - Mel

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  35. Nice to see you blogging again. Congrats to your children on all of their wonderful achievements! Your stitching and finishing are beautiful as always. Looking forward to see your fair entries this year.

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  36. What an uplifting post to read...I smiled the whole way through it! You sure WERE busy!! I absolutely LOVE the beach jumping photos...and Jacob + Poptarts...gotta love boys! Congrats to all your kiddos for their many awards & accomplishments :)
    Smiles, DianeM

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  37. What a great catch-up post your wrote. It's always so nice to read and see what the Pfeiffers have been up to. Congrats to all your children on their achievements. You must be such proud parents. Wonderful pictures from your vacation. The jumping pictures are really cool. It must have been a reat time for you and your family.

    Beautiful stitchy things as well. Two wonderful finishes, particularly that little bag. Enjoy your lovely gift from Marie. And have fun with your new IPad.

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  38. Fantastic post Vonna! Looks like you've had a very busy, non-stop but super fun summer so far. Good luck with your fair entries!!

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  39. Wonderful post Vonna, but I especially love the picture of your children jumping in the air. Such joy~priceless!

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  40. Wow, you have been busy! What great family vacation pictures!! It looks like all of you had a wonderful time. It looks like a great vacation spot. I love the beach as well. Your stitching is lovely as always. Your children are growing up! Thanks for sharing the pictures. I especially like the jumping ones.... :)

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  41. I did wonder where you were but thought it may of been your holiday time. Wonderful photos, everyone looks to be enjoying everything that they are doing. Good luck with those fair entries, my fingers are crossed.

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  42. My, what a busy, but fun summer your family is having, Vonna--I'm amazed you have any time at all for stitching. I especially loved the photos of your kids jumping and the Scout photos sure brought back great memories. Two of my sons were Scouts and the oldest achieved Eagle rank--one of my proudest moments as a mother :)

    Love those beauties that Marie sent you--wow!! And, believe me, 44 is not old at all... I'm facing 60 in six short months :(

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