Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sophie the proud citizen.

As you can see, Sophie is very excited to have had the chance to have her voice heard. This was my very first time voting in the traditional sense (I've always done absentee), and the lady who was giving out stickers was so proud of me that she gave me TWO stickers!
Feels Like Home

Mike and I went to Lake Griffin State Park this week to chill out a bit. Although we don't live in the land of colorful foilage or snow, we still enjoy the scenery this time of year. To me, THIS is home:

cypress knees

one of the many types of palms we have here

Friday, January 25, 2008

Eye Candy Friday

Lake Harris - Leesburg, Florida.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

That Dr. Suess really knew his stuff...

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
~Dr. Suess

Monday, January 21, 2008

Pictures I've been meaning to share

Lake Harris. Mike and I unsuccessfully tried our hand at fishing, but at least we enjoyed the view!

Mike and I went on a business trip to Fort Lauderdale last week. I came back Friday night to go to class, and Mike came back the next day. Sophie was very glad to have her daddy back:

And finally, Mike brought me back two new orchids from the trade show! They both got a little beat up on the trip back, so the blossoms are sitting in a vase. One of them still has buds on it, though, so hopefully we'll see some more from it soon.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Morgan is famous!!

I came back from our business trip to Fort Lauderdale on Friday, and waiting for me in my email inbox was a note from Dee, letting me know that Morgan had made it to the front page of! That totally made my day! I have submitted many ingenious captioned pictures, and this is the first time one has actually made it. The picture can be seen below:

Funny Pictures

That's my baby! Thanks Dee for letting me know!
moar funny pictures

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Nothing exciting has been going on around here. I started my second class for my teacher certification, and it's been going swimmingly. I have a great teacher, and I'm learning a lot about how to manage a classroom. I'm already starting to employ what I learn when I substitute teach, and one thing is starting to become apparent to me: I want to be a good teacher. A REALLY good teacher. I want to be that teacher that kids think of years later when asked about a person who made a big difference in their life. I know I have it in me. But there's got to be some major changes in the way I function. There's been a lot of stuff going on in my life that I can only describe as "crap," and it's really been weighing me down. So I have to decide what is worth making time for. It is worth making time for people like my husband, my parents, and my animals (yes they are people!). It is NOT worth making time to worry about a situation that is not going to change anytime soon. It is NOT worth making time to try to repair a relationship when the effort is one-sided. When I think of those things as getting in the way of being a great teacher, I am motivated to push those things aside, keeping my eyes on the goal. It reminds me of this Bible verse:

Brethren, I do not imagine that I have yet laid hold of it. But this one thing I do--forgetting everything which is past and stretching forward to what lies in front of me,with my eyes fixed on the goal I push on to secure the prize of God's heavenward call in Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 3:13-14, Weymouth New Testament version

Teaching is my "heavenward call." And I will do everything I can to "secure the prize," letting unimportant things fall to the wayside.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: The Dance of the Kitties

Sunday, January 06, 2008

We started out the week with COLD temperatures, and the animals came up with some creative ways to stay warm:

Sophie snuggles under THREE blankets, while Morgan takes advantage of a sun beam.
The weird thing about Florida cold weather feels REALLY cold. It's so damp here that the cold seeps into your bones. I can't say I was said to see the temperature climb back up into the 70s.

My second class started this weekend, and it went really well. This one is called Classroom Management, which will also help me with my substitute teaching. I should have my teacher certification by May! I can't wait to be a teacher...

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Stuart tagged me. Here goes:

01. One book that changed your life.

Dangerous Wonder by Mike Yaconelli.

02. One book that you’ve read more than once

The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

03. One book you’d want on a desert island

Camping and Wilderness Survival (stolen from Stuart, because it’s a really good choice and a neat book)

4. Two books that made you laugh

Marley and Me By John Grogan…there’s this one scene involving a beach and his dog drinking too much saltwater, and holy cow I thought I was going to die.

Song of Solomon, when my youth director decided to make a Bible study out of it when I was in 6th grade. And some people think the Bible isn’t racy!

05. One book that made you cry

Marley and Me by John Grogan – anyone who has ever had to put their dog to sleep will know why.

06. One book that you wish had been written

How to Make Family Members Behave.

07. One book that you wish had never been written

Pre-calculus: the textbook from the class that almost made me give up on college.

08. Two books you’re currently reading

The Anthropological Bible – a Christmas gift from Mike that has historical and cultural information alongside the text of the Bible. I find it very interesting.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Finally.

09. One book you’ve been meaning to read

Up until a few days ago, The Five Love Languages. Now, Irresistible Revolution.

10. Now tag five (or so) people: Melissa, Dee, David. Those are the only people who MIGHT do this. If you were not tagged but want to do this, consider yourself IT!!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

2007: A Year in Pictures













What a year! Best wishes for 2008!!