~Welcome Sweet Friends~
I have been gone quite a long time, and I always know when I've been gone too long because I start getting e-mails, texts and messages on FB from my dear followers asking me...are you OK? Why have you quit blogging? Something hasn't happened to make you stay away?
my dear buddies, I have just been terribly, terribly busy. But in a very good kind of way. And in a way where you can see all the many, many blessings God has bestowed on our lives. I am going to do this in two posts because it was overwhelming for me and it will be overwhelming for you too!
April 14, 2015...
The three Pfeiffer big kids trained from late fall all the way through winter and up to this day preparing to run the Hoosier Half Marathon. That is 13.1 miles on a very rugged course. I don't know if many of you know about the landscape of Monroe County here in Southern Indiana, but it is either up or down, not much flat, so the running of this half marathon is much different in preparation and execution than others in the country.
Here is the official pre-race selfie:
Then Mom took a photo of them standing on the start/finish line, which is right across from Assembly Hall on 17th Street:
The Jared Foundation is a co-sponsor of the Hoosier Half. Jared, the Subway guy, went to Indiana University (which presides in our fabulous city of Bloomington, Indiana) and he was at the race:
No sooner had they ran by....
and I lost them again in this sea of humanity.
(this is about 1/2 mile and Armstrong Stadium is on the right)
They had professional photographers along the route. This is near the end of the half marathon so Ian has ran approximately 10 miles and look at his face...cheesing it up for the camera! This boy with a heart rate of 49 beats to minute could run for hours. He's a dynamo!
Here is Jake...pulling out all stops at the finish line:
Here is Katie at the finish line...she still is looking great but the sun is in her eyes:
Ending Hoosier Half Marathon results:
They ran a smart race by taking it easy. They didn't know what to expect but still for their first half marathon and the course difficulty that it was...these times are fabulous! Way to go Pfeiffer Big Kids!
April 25, 2015 saw us preparing for:
I had to work that weekend so scheduled, hair and nail for Katie in the early afternoon. I got home in mid-afternoon and did her make-up myself (I'm a Mary Kay lady).
Then we got her dressed and here she is:
The big tradition in this area seems to be that the parents play chef/wait staff for the couple or for a group of couples. Katie and Kamryn decided that they just wanted it themselves. So after work, make-up session, I ran down and prepared the table.
Prom Dinner Table:
Then Keith and I together prepared the meal:
For dessert I had Keith make the cupcakes and then I made the homemade butter cream icing and piped it on. They turned out great!
Here they are at the Prom itself and the professional photographer:
My favorite photo of them:
So ended the very late night...it was a fabulous day. Katie had a ball and her gown and the girl in it was utterly stunning! If I do say so myself, she was the prettiest girl with the the prettiest dress.
Of course I know I'm partial :)
Two days later...
On April 27, 2015, Keith and I celebrated 19 years of wedded bliss.
After our wedding ceremony:
I loved Keith so much the day we were married, but that love I felt then was paltry to the love, friendship, devotion and esteem that I hold for him today. My Dad told me this spring when he was visiting me: "I always tell anyone that asks: Von Marie met the only man on the face of the earth that she could live with, and married him!"
That is true...I met him, and from the first moment knew, he was it. So I sat my hat for him and reeled him in! HA! :)
Of course life isn't a fairy tale, but mine...is pretty darn close.
The following weekend...
on May 3, 2015
we celebrated the long awaited Eagle Scout Court of Honor for our precious boys.
Here is their Official Eagle Scout Portrait that I took myself:
Here is a copy of their Eagle Scout court of Honor Invitation that I made myself:
(thank God for PicMonkey, Microsoft Publisher and SAMS Club photo lab..saved us lots of money on invitations)
The Court of Honor Eagle Trail:
these look like no big deal, but to earn each one of those badges takes a tremendous amount of not only effort, but time, learning and volunteering.
Both of the boys chose their Daddy as their Eagle Scout Mentor,
the one person in their life that pushed them to excel, to meet their goals.
...and this photo brings tears to my eyes every time I look at it. I love my husband so very much and he is such a private, humble man.
This photo shows his pride in his boys...and in turn their love for him:
Here we all are together...
it was hotter than Hades in there that day and I had ran all over the place preparing and decorating. So I look a little frazzled.
Their Honor Table...
I framed myself all of their awards and badges they earned over the years and this was our gift to them. These now hang over their beds and they are so proud of it!
A momento to last a life time!
Here they are with their Eagle Tower of Cupcakes...
(I made 300 cupcakes the day before)
Their Reception Table:
(I made cookies for 3 days)
The Eagles were my favorites
(the Ball Jar were bouquets that I made and had scattered on the guest tables - but I forgot to take pictures of those....)
The "Thank You" table...
each guest got a THANKS cookie as a take home treat
Are you still with me?
I know...a lot! and this is only 1/2 way through the story!
Stay tuned for Chapter 2!