31 October 2011

Happy Halloween!

Bob and I would like to extend a Happy Halloween to all our friends and family.  Be safe and enjoy the shivery thrills this time of year brings!

30 October 2011

The Greatest Game in Baseball!

Game 6 of the 2011 World Series!  It is (was) on my bucket list to see a World Series Game preferably one where the Cardinals played and this was the year!   Bob had a ticket to game 2 while he was in St. Louis for a business trip and I bought two for us on a speculation that the Cards would be playing a game 6.

The game was originally set for Wednesday, October 26 but due to some bad weather, the game was postponed for Thursday, October 27.  I was thrilled when my superintendent allowed me to switch my personal days!  Bob and I drove up separately since he had to work on Thursday in St. Louis.  I left school and drove to the hotel, and met Bob.  We jumped into his car and drove to the stadium.  We parked really close and then walked around to enjoy the festivities.  There were bands, vendors, TV stations, the latest two World Series trophies, and the best people watching ever!

We walked into the stadium and looked at the various souvenirs.  We bought a few small Christmas gifts and a couple of gifts for the boys who take care of Wilson and Truman when we are away.  Bob (the smart one when it comes to dressing appropriately) had dressed himself in many layers.  I, on the other hand, had on my short sleeved T shirt and a Mizzou jacket.  Not nearly enough.  By the third inning I was freezing.  Bob went for some hot dogs and came back with a fleece blanket!  I was toasty warm for the rest of the game!

The game was so exciting.... just being around that many Cardinal fans who are so enthusiastic!  It is such a great feeling!  Every time the Cards did something great, we were high fiving all the fans around us.  It was so fun!

The seventh inning was the game changing, Series changing event.  You can read about it in so many venues that I won't go into it here.  I can just say I am so glad that I didn't leave early (who would, considering it was the W O R L D S E R I E S.) and how wonderful it was to see the Cards never give up.  Such a great lesson in perseverence!   

The fact that the game was won in part by a local boy, David Freese.  I love stories like his!

Another bucket list item checked.  A moment of a lifetime that turned into a lifetime memory!

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24 October 2011

Happy birthday, Ashley!

Twenty six years ago we were blessed with a daughter!  In 26 years we have realized over and over what a blessing God has given us. 

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Have a great birthday, sweet girl!  We love you very much!

23 October 2011

Pumpkin Carving 101

Bob is very good at carving pumpkins.  I think he enjoys it, too!

First, buy a nice firm pumpkin.  We got these from Walmart but we also like Shirks, Hy Vee and Longfellows as well.  Use your pumpkin's shape to help inspire you how you wish to carve your pumpkin.

Cut the top off, in a large enough circle around the stem to get your hand into the pumpkin.  Instead of a smooth continuous line, Bob makes sort of a hexagon shape around the stem.  Trim the bottom of the stem to make it flat.

Clean out the insides of the pumpkin.  Pull out all the stringy stuff and the seeds.  Keep the seeds if you intend to roast them.

Cut out the desired pattern of your pumpkin.  As you can see, we opted for a cute {easy} polka dotted style.  We used an apple corer and a seeder for the circles.  Some Bob cut all the way through, some he cut about 3/4 of the way in.  This will make an interesting pumpkin when we light it with our candles!

We also made one with a traditional pumpkin face.  After all, it is Halloween!

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15 October 2011

Homecoming 2011-100 Years

The University of Missouri is credited with having the first Homecoming in 1911.  This marked the 100th year of Homecoming at MU!  If this isn't enough excitement for the Steffes family, I was invited to ride in the Homecoming Parade this year!


The Mid Missouri affiliate of the Susan G Komen Foundation asked for volunteers to ride in the parade on the Wells Fargo Stagecoach!  This stagecoach is a reconditioned stagecoach, in beautiful condition, pulled by four gorgeous quarter horses.  There was some excitement at the beginning of the parade.  We were told to meet behind the Bengal Bar.  By 8:30 we knew we were in the wrong place.  Finding the right place, however, was not an easy task.  Eventually I found it but I was the only one.  Bob ran all over the parade route looking for the other riders.  He found them one by one and they joined us throughout the parade.  It was awesome.  Bob was the hero!


Being in the parade was quite a unique experience.  This parade is long, and has a beautiful route through the University campus and through the District (Columbia's name for the downtown area).  The crowds were huge.  As we went by the two sets of judges, the announcer described the stagecoach, and then announced our names as breast cancer survivors!  What a surprise!  I saw good friends Susie and Craig Adams, students from school and of course, dear Bob!

When we finished, we all hugged one another, and shared a few moments with the horses who pulled us through the route. 


It is an experience I will never forget. 

I had another neat moment, too.  The district manager of the Wells Fargo branch in Columbia is my good friend Richard Blankenship.  Sharing this moment with him was wonderful!

13 October 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


 Hello, blogging friends!  It has been such a long time since my last post.  I am in the last phase of my doctoral program and I find myself caught up in the world of academia.  I just took my comprehensive exams, six hours of writing and nearly twenty some pages.  I pray that I pass, but if I don't I am ready to take them again in February.

I did take some time to do something very important to me.  My hometown of Marceline (Missouri) has a church called Bethany Baptist that hosts a special salad supper each October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness.  This year I was invited to be their guest speaker.  I was so honored.  I love my hometown and to give back, in any way I can, makes me so happy!


My speech centered around my own personal experience with my cancer diagnosis, treatment and ongoing experiences with breast cancer.  I shared some of my story, including the stories I have from my students at my school.  I hope I was able to combine a serious topic with the humorous day-to-day life of an elementary school principal!


The church ladies outdid themselves with a huge variety of salads.  At the table was a gift for each person in attendance, a pair of gardening gloves, pink tulip bulbs and a mint!  During the dinner there were readings, giveaways and entertainment. 

My family came with me.  My mom, my cousin, Judy, and my sister, Tammi.  My cousin Debbie was there as well.  I also saw many friends, many moms-of-friends, and women whom I have never met.  By the end of the evening, we all had a common bond. 

(My friend, Annie, Judy, my mom, Tiffany)

I was given a wonderful handmade blanket and a pot of flowers.  I love them both!  Thank you so much for inviting me and allowing me to share my story!

(My blanket, the brown with the polka dots and pink ribbons)