Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Yes, we are proud

I'm late posting this week, but I have a good reason.  I'll tell you about it after I show you my finish.

Ann Pennsylvania Peacock by Little by Little
35 ct fabric (not sure what it is)
fibers called for

Yes, it's finished.  I have to put the face on, which is printed on paper.  Haven't done that yet.  I love this sampler.


Ok, if all you wanted to see was stitching, you can skip the many many pictures ahead.  :D

So why am I posting on a Wednesday instead of on Monday?  Well, the girl child's graduation was on Tuesday, with festivities happening Monday as well.  (Sorry, Diamond Jubilee.  Missed seeing most of the Queen's celebrations, sadly.)  So I am going to post tons of pictures with as little text as possible.  

You now get to find out how bad I am at editing myself.  I hope Blogger cooperates with all these pictures.  lol!

Monday was Class Day, with a famous speaker involved.  See if you can recognize him.  (Yes, it rained for a big part of the event, so even though the event was outside, we wimped out and opted for the indoor simulcast.  I know, what wimps.)



I'll give you a hint on who this is.  Steve Carrell.  :D  What a great speaker!  And we found out afterwards by googling that he graduated college the year after me!!

Eating lunch after the Class Day event.  My father and stepmother came out for graduation too.  (It had stopped raining by then.  See all the orange rain ponchos they handed out to the brave ones who sat outside?)



Graduation Day in front of Nassau Hall.


Another famous face.  Aretha Franklin got an honorary Doctorate of Music.


Love these pics of the kids after the ceremony.  They're waiting to march out Fitz Randolph Gate (a very symbolic moment, representing their leaving Princeton as graduates), and a graduate has started a beach ball going over the kids' heads.



Pics of the graduate with family and friends.







The girl child with her boyfriend.

Two graduates with their brothers.


The diploma and certificate.  (The certificate is to acknowledge a minor.)


Shades of Rafa?  (A tennis reference, it's French Open time.)



The girl child sad to leave her eating club.

And yes, we are very proud of our girl.

Mia was very lonely without us around.  Her routine was interrupted, and she wasn't pleased.  But here she is before we left for graduation with her boy.  Yes, that's the boy child's bed.  They tend to sleep together.


A boy, his bass guitar, and his cat.  Plus various items that are kept on his bed.  Ahem.


Sorry for the long blog post.  The boy child's graduation comes in a few weeks!!  The girl child is driving home today with the last of her stuff from college.  Time to find a couple of apartments, one for each child.  Yikes!

Thanks for all your wishes for my recovery from the surgery.  I'm almost back to normal, survived the graduation and all the packing I did of the girl child's things.  Although I am tired.  lol!  The test results were all good, so all I have to do is heal up.  Yay!

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!


(Graduate class of *62, class of '81, class of '83, and now class of '12.  Yay!)

74 comments:

BrendaS said...

Margaret -- Ann Peacock looks beautiful (even without her face yet LOL)

Thanks for sharing such wonderful pictures of your daughter's graduation! Great times and wonderful memories. Good luck to her as she begins her new adventures.

Glad your tests came back all good!

Annie said...

Love your sampler, but before I read the text, I wondered what kind of person designed a sampler with a headless woman! ;-) But now I'm really curious to see how you add the face.

Looks like one fabulous graduation to remember. What a cool speaker, and Aretha in attendance to boot!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Margaret! Seems like just yesterday that the girl child was off to college! Time surely does fly by too quickly. Glad you are feeling better. Love your new finish. Looking forward to seeing her beautiful face! Hugs from Kentucky - kelley

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Such an exciting time for ALL your family! Thanks for sharing the photos--everyone looks happy! Such an accomplishment for your daughter and your son has such exciting/adventure years ahead.

I LOVE your sampler! I have this in my stash and want to start. I am going to AppleJack's Grandmother who was Anne Magnolia.

Glad your health is improving--don't overdo and set yourself back

merumo said...

Big Congratulations to you and your family! That's awsome to see another one of your beautiful finish and your daughter's gratuations at the same time.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Wonderful, headless finish, Margaret! Huge congrats to your beautiful daughter! Can't wait to hear what great things she does next!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats on both counts! The sampler looks great and girl child is looks so beautiful on her special day! I'm glad you were able to share that day with her.

Vera said...

Hi Margaret, First of all, great news on your test results. So good! Ann Peacock is gorgeous even headless...reminds me of Marly's armless boat people LOL. I'm interested to see how it looks with the face attached. And, last but not least, congrats to the Girl Child. Seeing all those pics was great...especially since our son didn't want to bother with the entire "ceremony" thing and skipped it! Big steps ahead for both her and the Boy Child. Vera

Cari said...

First of all, your Ann Peacock is beautiful. I can't wait to see it with the paper face attached. This must have been a great sampler to work on...but then, aren't they all?

Love all the pics of your family on Graduation Day. I know you are very, very proud and you should be. This is a wonderful accomplishment. Congratulations.

Love the pics of the BC and Mia. Way too cute!!

Glad you are recovering and feeling better. YOU take care of yourself and don't over do it!! Hugs

Sweet Sue said...

Kudos on finishing Ann! And a heartfelt and warm congrats to the grad, here's proof that vision and fortitude can be rewarding, wishing her much Girl Child success in the future! Well done Mother and Father Types:) xoxo

marly said...

Glad to hear you are well and healing. Enjoyed the photos of the celebration. Congratulations! Time flies by doesn't it? I've never seen Ann stitched before - pretty darn good looking, even without the face.

Beth said...

Congratulations Margaret! What a special family time!

Deb said...

It's quite startling to see Ann without a head! LOL Luckily I knew that it was a paper head or I'd have to wonder about you! She is great though.

Congratulations to your daughter! It looks it was a wonderful graduation and a great time. How fun to have Steve as a speaker. You have impressions of him from the office and I would't have thought of him as a great speaker. And cool on Aretha too.

Hope you're 100% soon!

Nancy said...

Ann Peacock is lovely...I did wonder about her head though, glad you explained!

Congratulations on your daughter's graduation!

Jenny said...

It is so good to hear that everything is well, Margaret! I can't believe everything that you have gotten done while recuperating... makes me want a nap just to think about it.. LOL

Big congrats on your daughter's graduation - how exciting. She is gorgeous in all the photos as usual. LOL at the way your son sleeps - he obviously does not move around a whole lot while sleeping?

The Pennsylvania Peacock sampler is one of may favorites too - there are just too many to stitch, don't you think? I have the chart waiting at home. For another time....

Take care!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

I love Ann....and my Ann languishes in a basket unfinished...ahem.
CONGRATS!!! to the girl child! WHOO HOO! :)

Myriam said...

BRAVO, BRAVO et BRAVO again! You can be proud!The best for the whole family and sweet for Mia.

Myriam said...

And for the sampler.....always the same...you are the fastest and best.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Beautiful pictures .... Congratulations for your childrens, and I love your Sampler ...


bisous de FRANCE

Bertie said...

Fantastic pictures Margaret, so good to see you all had a good time!!! Congratulations for your girl child. :))))
Gorgeous sampler, it is a favorite!!
Have a great week!

Lene said...

Thanks for sharing your happy days with us:) congrats to the girl child, what achievement! Gorgeous work on the sampler, look forward to seeing it finished. Take care of yourself and your health in these busy days, though.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats to the girl child and congrats to you for finishing the gorgeous Ann PA Peacock.
What's up next in your stitching basket?

robindefender said...

Congrats to your young graduate! I know you are so proud.

I love the sampler, especially because it is from NC. I'm going to be hunting for this now... is it a reproduction? I hope so. And I can't wait to see it with the face attached, lol.

Diane (di) said...

Oooo Margaret, Ann Peacock is beautiful. Gorgeous fabric and stitching! :)

Your DD looks so happy and so pretty and you definitely should be proud. Where does the time go indeed? Congratulations!!

Vickie said...

Oh Margaret, I am so glad your test results were good and you are on the mend. Congratulations to your beautiful daughter. Such happy and exciting times.

Michele said...

Congratulations to the graduate! That is one of my favorite samplers! Congrats on the finish!

woolwoman said...

Congratulations to the proud parents on the DD graduating from Princeton - something to be proud of for sure. Love PA Ann - I finally found the chart - thought it was OOP. Great news on your test results - can't wait to see what's next - I know you've got something exciting to stitch during the French open. Enjoy Mel

Mary said...

Looks like you have every reason to be proud!! Congratulations to your lovely daughter and to her proud parents too.

Loraine said...

Oh Margaret! Love all of the pictures of graduation. I am so proud of your daughter, as I know you are too. So neat to see her graduate from a great school.
Love Ann PP. She is beautiful! How do you put the face on? Can't wait to see you do that.
I do wish you a speedy recovery soon. I'm sorry I must have missed your last post and didn't know you had surgery. I really hope you are recovering quickly and that it was not serious. Isn't surgery always serious?...At any rate, I hope you are back to your happy stitching self soon.
Hugs to you!

Solstitches said...

I've only seen that sampler stitched up once before on Nancy's blog and I have to say it is an unusual and lovely design.
Lovely pictures of the graduation girl and her brother too.
Margaret

Deborah said...

I love the sampler but I must say that I am sure it will look better with a face. What a wonderful graduation. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Congrats to your DD.

mdgtjulie said...

That's totally awesome Margaret. Grats to the girl child!! And awesome that she graduated with a minor as well. That's great!!

Melissa said...

Congratulations to your beautiful daughter! How nice your family was able to attend the celebrations!

and Congrats to you on finishing (faceless) Ann! I have this chart too so I am interested in seeing (& hearing) how you put her face on. The colours are very pretty!

RuthB said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOO HOOOOO!!!!!!! And various other congratulatory sounds.

Oh, and the sampler is pretty nice too ;-)

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Margaret, what wonderful pictures!!! They made me smile. I'm so happy for all of you!!! Oh my gosh, that chart is gorgeous!!! I've never seen this one before. Can't wait to see the finished product!!!!
Linda

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret, congratulations on finishing the beautiful Ann Peacock. This is such an interesting sampler. I love the fact that the head is a photo and is attached. Shall look forward to seeing it finished. Always wondered what you use to attach the photo.

I am so glad that you got a clean bill of health. That is really good.

Your photos of your daughter's graduation look wonderful. I am sure that both you and the husband type are very proud of her.

I have been in Royalty heaven over the last few days. Simply wonderful. The Poms do these sorts of celebrations so well. Favourite site was when the Queen and the family were coming down The Mall in the carriages surrounded by The Blues and Royals. Made me want to pack my bags lol - Sandra.

Lizzie said...

Huge congratulations to your lovely girl child and her awesome parents..!! Going to be a vert sad Mia when her boy goes away too..!!
Lizzie
xxx
ps, glad everything is okay health wise..

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations to you and your family! I am glad that you are on the mend and that you have cross stitch to keep you company while you rest :)

Faye said...

Your sweet child has alot to be proud of and her fantastic parents have every reason to be beaming with pride~~ Such a fantastic accomplishment.... Savor every moment~~~ Congrats!

Loretta a/k/a Mrs. Pom said...

Congratulations on this wonderful achievement! Good luck to girl child and her very bright future. And kudos to mom and dad who obviously did things just right! (But where is the pic of the parents with the grad?) xxooxx

Carol said...

I'm so happy for your family, Margaret! A graduation is such a joyful time... It is always so wonderful to see all the proud smiles and hugs and witness the fond farwells... I wish your lovely daughter every happiness ahead.

Interesting sampler--am looking forward to a face printed on paper. That's a new one to me!!

Glad you are recovering well--keep it up :)

Nicole said...

Congrats to your daughter, Margaret!! I know you and your family must be so proud!! Congrats on finishing APP too!! It's gorgeous!!

Lanie said...

Margaret, how proud you must be! CONGRATULATIONS! Wishing your daughter the very best.

Karen said...

How sweet...I know you have to be so proud!


Love your finish too!!! Was curious about the head... can't wait to see if complete.

happy stitching...

Merry Wind Farm said...

Wow, Margaret, I'm sure you are just bursting with pride!! What a beautiful young lady, too. Love Ann PP also, I have the chart and never looked at it to see that the face is paper. I did, though, stitch Mary Slatter which also has paper faces.
Melinda

Lois said...

What great pictures Margaret! I so enjoyed seeing them all. Congrats to your daughter on her graduation!

Lovely stitching, as always. I am more than a little intrigued about the paper face!

Glad that things are okay health-wise.

Veronica said...

First off, congratulations to your DD for graduating college :) Beautiful photos that will definitely bring back good memories in the future.

Secondly, congratulation on finishing the sampler. It's lovely though I must say I'm anxious to see the paper face attached ^.^

Happy to hear you're all good. Just take it easy.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Chris said...

Wow! Congratulations on your daughter's graduation. It looks like a fabulous time for your family.
You are going to have such a busy summer!
I am glad that your recovery is going well and that things are returning to normal.
I love your latest finish.
I hope that the rest of your week is great! I was worrying when you didn't post on Monday :)

Giovanna said...

Congrats to your daughter, and on finishing Ann P!

dbr said...

What a great day, Margaret! Thank you for sharing your pictures with us. How grown up and beautiful your daughter is! How funny about the beach ball and Nadal tribute! Congratulations to your daughter and you and your husband!

Mia looks pretty comfortable sleeping with your son.

Ann Peacock is so pretty. I love the colorful birds.

Katrina said...

Huge congrats to your daughter :-)!!!!! All the graduation 'stuff' looks like so much fun and what an accomplishment for your DD :-).

APP is gorgeous too!!!

Miss Pants said...

Congrats on the graduation and the finish! I'd be interested to see it later with the face.

I've been super slow in stitching, glad to see you've worked some in.

Mugwump Woolies said...

What a wonderful day! Thanks so much for sharing this joyful event with us!
Love the finish on Ann Peacock...she's gorgeous!
Robyn

Mary Ann said...

Congratulations to your daughter on graduating from college(and you and your DH)!! And, your finish of Ann Peacock is beautiful! I am looking forward to seeing the face.

Natalia said...

CONGRATULATIONS to your daughter and all of you, Margaret !!!! What a special day.....
I love Ann and now I am going to have to stitch it too !!! LOL !!!

Sharon said...

Congratulations to your daughter Margaret on an amazing accomplishment! How proud you all must be! Your work is gorgeous as always, glad to hear that you are recovering well.

Penny said...

Congratulations to your beautiful daughter!! How exciting for your family! :) And congratulations on a beautiful finish! Such a pretty sampler! Good news about your test results. Hope you are feeling a little better each day. :)

Cathy Lloyd said...

Wow! Princeton? Fabulous Margaret! Congrats to your daughter and to you! Love your finish! I saw one of those all framed at Jill's the other day when I was there and thought it was so fun! Glad to hear that you are okay and healing up well too!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Congratulations to the Girl Child. Grand accomplishment! Ann is very pretty, too.
Take time to recover - take care of you, too! Be well.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Congratulations on your beautiful daughters graduation! poor little Mia having her world rocked! LOL! And your stitching is lovely to! Huggles.

Sherry :o) said...

Glad you are recovering, Margaret! And huge congrats to you daughter (and you). Love the pictures of your family enjoying the day!

How funny, a headless gal - how do you attach the paper head, I've never done a sampler that way.

Varla Lee said...

Congrats to your beautiful daughter!! I know how you feel!! It´s wonderful!!!

Jean said...

The Peacock sampler is lovely, how do attach that face? Congratulations to girl child and and her proud mom and dad! Glad everything came back well and okay. Happy Stitching.

Siobhán said...

Congratulations to your daughter!!! I got to see some of the photos on FB, too. I know you are so proud! :) Your dad looks so pleased, too.

I laughed at the photos of your son, Mia, and all the stuff on his bed. Mairead sleeps with so much stuff on her bed--books, a typewriter (!), crochet stuff, etc. I don't know how she hasn't suffocated under it all. LOL I think she allows herself a tiny space up against the wall, and the rest of the queen sized bed is for her stuff.

Beautiful stitching! Congrats on the APP finish!

Jackie said...

I'm not familiar with this sampler so the paper head is very intriguing to me. I'm not going to look it up online but instead wait for your photos. :)

Congratulations to you all on your daughters graduation! What's next for her?

Melody said...

What a wonderful accomplishment! Congratulations to your family!!

Rhona said...

Congratulations to your daughter...what a great accomplishment.

Brigitte said...

So great to see your happy and proud family. Congratulations to your daughter on her accomplishment.
Ann Peacock is such a wonderful sampler. I love the designer's pieces very much and I think it's time to stitch another one of hers real soon.

Good to hear that your recovery has gone well and that you are almost completely healed.

Catherine said...

Laughing at myself!! I readthatnyou and a finish and then thought, that's funny, the poor girl has no head! As I was reading on, I remembered about the face and then you confirmed that!
Many congratulations to your daughter!! Great shots from graduation. I can imagine how proud you are ~ and good luck to her in her future endeavors!

Anne said...

Lol! I love the headless sampler!! It's a very pretty sampler with all those lovely peacock blues and greens!!

Congrats to your daughter on graduating!! So cool that Michael Scott came to give a speech!! Heehee...I know it's Steve Carroll! How wonderful that your father and step-mom came out to celebrate! They are so cute!! Did your daughter really eat her certificates? Lol!! That's a cute photo of her!

Glad to hear you are feeling better and there are no problems.

The boychild's bed is hilarious! How can he sleep with all that stuff there? Mia sure seems to like it though!!

Hugs

valerie said...

Congratulations on the Girl Child's Graduation from Princeton. Wow! How exciting! And congrats on your Ann Peacock finish. I'm curious how you do the paper piecing of the face. Can't wait to see how it looks! Glad to hear you're recuperating well from your procedure.

Melanie said...

Congrats for your daughter!!!!!! How wonderful for her. :)

Teresa S. said...

Congratsulations on two well-raised children, Margaret! You must be so proud!

Suzanne said...

Love Ann Peacock, what a great sampler.

Great photos of the graduation. Congratulations to your daughter!

Good to hear that you are doing well.