Thursday, August 16, 2007


There is a situation going on at work that is not good. I won't go into detail, but I am halfway stuck in the middle of it. Not out of choice but because I have a certain student. It is stressful and frustrating at times. Please pray that it will be resolved soon and that all will work out smoothly. Thanks!

Sunday, August 12, 2007


Well I have posted pictures from part of our Fl trip. There are several new posts so you may have to scroll down to get them all. I will hopefully get the other pictures up soon. Enjoy those for now and have a blessed week!

The Alligator Farm

While we were in St. Augustine we hit one of may favorite places as a child: The Alligator Farm. It still looks the same, but has some new area. We had a blast looking at all of the alligators and crocodiles. The kids got to feed some baby alligators and then watch the bigger ones get fed. I have to say that I wish they fed them like they use too. Now they have rats that they toss at them or dangle to get them to react to. When I was little, they stood on an over hang to the corral and tossed chickens in. It was an amazing sight and sound to observe. We did see some action (see photo below). The guy was tempting one alligator while another crept up behind him. The kids even got to touch a boa constrictor. My Uncle Nick and cousin Tina were able to go with us and we all had a ton of fun. I will have to get more of the pictures from Uncle Nick and post those. I hardly have any of them in my photos. I was concentrating on the Alligators and getting pointers from my uncle who is a photographer.
Oh and just so you know, the very last picture is of Gomeck. He was the largest alligator recorded at the farm. And let me say he is massive. They have a whole section dedicated to him and it was really neat. They now have Maximo, but we didn't get to see him (He was hiding under the dock).

Pictures from FL

Here are some pictures of the place we stayed at. It was actually really nice. It was tucked away, about 4 miles from the beach. It was beautiful and the sunsets were amazing. The kids had a blast there and by the end of our time Caleb and Ian were swimming on their own in the pool. The pool had a rock waterfall that the kids loved to swim near. Riley was jumping off the sides into our arms and loving every min of it. I think the kids will have my love of water. :)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Happy Birthday Matt!

In Honor of my hubby's 31st birthday, I wanted to tell you 31 things about him and why I love him so much.

1. He loves God more than he loves me
2. He loves me second to God
3. He loves our children
4. He takes care of us
5. He asks my opinion about things and really wants to know them
6. He loves (I mean loves) sports
7. It doesn't embarrass him when we cheer at his games
8. He is really good at his job
9. He picks at me when I ask silly questions
10. He supported me in going back to work
11. He supports me in everything I try
12. He has seen me make many mistakes, and even if the frustrate him, he forgives me and helps me move on
13. He prays for me every day
14. He likes it that I cook meals every night
15. He likes my cooking
16. I love to see him in worship to God
17. His knowledge about the Bible is phenominal
18. He is my best friend
19. He is a good friend to others
20. He is honest
21. He is not afraid of change
22. He lives his life
23. He has amazing hazel eyes
24. Even though we are not dating anymore, he still holds my hand
25. He will go see "girl" movies with me (although we almost always see actions)
26. He plays crazy with our kids
27. He can't wait to coach our kids in sports
28. He loves having a little girl
29. I love his smile and his laugh
30. He balances me out
31. He makes me a better person, wife and mother

I am so blessed to have Matt in my life. Not only as a husband and father of my children, but as a partner in life and in Christ. Matt, I hope you had a wonderful birthday, and I hope you enjoyed the Titans game. We love you and are so happy we get to have many more celebrations with you.

Addison Elisabeth

Our friends Scott and Lezlie adopted a sweet baby girl this last week. Her name is Addison Elisabeth, she weighed in at 7lbs 10 oz and was 20.5 inches long. Lezlie was able to be in the delivery room with the birth mother and was able to cut her daughters cord. Praise God everyones prayers have been answered for our friends. Lift them up today, thanking God for blessing them with this precious miracle and offering prayers of wisdom as the raise their daughter.

Congratulations Scott and Lezlie!!! We are SO happy for you both!!!!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Sorry for the lack of updates here. I have been crazy busy with the first week of school. My amazing husband helped me paint my classroom last weekend even though he was sick, so it looks 100% better than it did. I have had 2 IEP meetings so far and have a few more in the coming months, new computer systems to learn, working on schedules to get my CDC students mainstreamed and somehow teach amid the chaos! It has been an interesting week, but a great one too. I am settling in and getting organized. It was funny- the other day one of the assistant principal's came up and asked how I was. I told her fine and she said I have been hearing so many things about you.l Everyone is so impressed. I kind of stared blankly for a min, then smiled and said well I am glad others think I have it together. (Fake it till you make it, baby!!!!)
Ian has been battling a fever virus all week and had to miss pre-school. He was pretty upset, but then happy that he got to spend it with Grandma and Papa Anderson. Matt and I got lucky that Mom had this week off before going back to work so she could help us out. He seems to be doing real well now and will meet us at the house after I get off work tomorrow. I hope it has finally gone. I knew the kids would catch something- it's hard not to in a daycare, but just didn't expect it so soon. The kids really love school. Riley doesn't even cry when I drop her off anymore. She hugs and kisses me and runs off to play. It is too sweet and WAY to much like a big girl. Caleb is now bored at home. He thrives so much at school. He can't wait to get back when the weekend is here.
I have been "stalking" everyone's blogs, but haven't left comments just for times sake, but I hope to get better soon. I still read them everyday. I have the list of pictures from our Fl trip to get uploaded tomorrow. It is 9:30 and I am heading for bed. It's past my bedtime!! :) Hey when you have to get up by 4:30am , 9pm is late!!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Introducing....The Steece Quads!!

I haven't gotten a chance to post this, but Suz had her 4 precious babies. She had a c-section sometime last week. There are pictures on her website. Be praying for her- she has lost a lot of blood and is weak right now. Click the link The quads on the right for more info!