Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Gift List

Danae:
- New shoes
- Betty Crocker cookbook circa 1972
- Black sweater
- Cutting board, can opener, dish towel, costco cookbook
- Purple address book, Clark Family recipe book, decorative cross
- Oxo storage container
- Green Thermal shirt
- You've Got Mail and Adventures in Babysitting
- Nightlight
- Method Cleaning Supplies
- Slippers
- Magazine subscription to Martha Stewart Living
- Christmas ornaments
- Gray and pink plaid scarf
- And, two tickets to go see Wicked from my sweet husband

Doug:
- Sesaon 8 of the Simpson's
- Happyslapped by a Jellyfish. [Author Karl Pilkington]
- Montana State University hat
- Montana bakery shirt
- New pens and a legal pad
- Red winter hat
- The Dark Knight DVD
- Thermal Shirt
- Green Dress Shirt
- A box of Paste Magazines


Doug & Danae:
- Gift cards and gift cards and gift cards
- A beautiful painting of Utica Square in Tulsa, OK
- A dinner at P.F. Chang's

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Merry Christmas

We got to celebrate Christmas today in Tulsa, OK with the Castle family. Our day was filled with lots of laughing, lots of picture taking, and lots of game playing. It is always fun when all the Castle kids are together:











Tuesday, December 23, 2008

For Mom:

Just so you all can see how adorable our niece and nephew are. And, because my mom wants to see these pictures!











Friday, December 19, 2008

This Past Week We:

1. Doug studied and studied and studied for finals.
2. Then he took those finals. (He answered 17 essay test questions within 3 days!)
3. Then we celebrated his accomplishments and ate at Carson's. Doug had the brisket sandwich and I had the pulled pork sandwich. It was very yummy.
4. We attended my work Christmas party. While at this Christmas party we were in a room filled with my co-workers and their friends and spouses. I was sitting on the floor talking with someone and Doug was standing up right beside me. Doug's hand decided it did not want to hold his coffee cup anymore, so I got a cup of coffee all over my legs. We had a pretty good laugh about that.
5. Celebrated Christmas with sister Bethany. I made pot sticker's, sweet potato fries, and sesame spinach.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tuesday Thoughts

Doug has finals this week. He has been studying and studying and studying. And yet, when I walked into our apartment last night it was spotless. Doug cleaned the apartment even in the middle of his finals week. What a sweet heart.

Then, we had a little mini-Christmas dinner party. Sister Bethany came over for dinner and we exchanged our presents early. I made pot stickers, sesame spinach, and sweet potatoe fries. Bethany brought the dessert, egg nog. We had a nice little dinner together.

And today the snow is back and I have hot tea in my mug again and I am ready to be back at home under that comfy blanket again.

Friday, December 12, 2008

This Past Week We:

1. Spent time with my father, again. He came to propose his PhD dissertation. He did great and he is now officially a PhD candidate. Next big step is to defend his dissertation.
2. Got snowed on.
3. Sat in traffic.
4. Went Christmas shopping at Macy's.
5. Watched two little boys run around our small apartment for two hours. The six year old very politely told me that when he eats chocolate it makes him poop.
6. We watched Fred Claus.
7. Doug made a really yummy dinner.
8. Finally got our package from Amazon.
9. Had a Whole Foods dinner date.
10. Watched OU beat Mizzou.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thick Skin

I need to grow thicker skin.
As soon as I do this I will cry much less and I will not get instantly stressed out when someone is upset with me. And I will be able to stand up for myself better.

I have had a headache all day, but then it spiked this afternoon. So, now I am sitting at my desk trying to find a cure in hot tea and patiently waiting for five o' clock. I will then promptly walk home, put my sweat pants on, and lay on the couch underneath our most warm and fuzzy blanket.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

A good read

This is a really fun, entertaining article.

You should totally read it.

Monday, December 1, 2008

What all of my old Xanga posts look like:

1."may gratitude continue to take over your heart - crowding out worry, fear, jealousy, envy, hate and the litany of other useless emotions"

2. Doug walked over in the cold and snow to deliver me a hott, fresh, delicious americano. I feel his love for me when he does these small things.

3. What I had to eat Thanksgiving Lunch: Pizza and Green Bean Casserole
and for dinner: Duck, stuffing, salad, and pumpkin cake.

4. Our awful Thanksgiving Day picture:

(we just wanted to leave some room for improvement)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

This year we are thankful for:

- Our short distance marriage. Hundreds times better than the long distance engagement!
- North 10
- Our wonderful friends & families near and far
- Two jobs
- Our Great God

Monday, November 24, 2008

Oklahoma Trip

Doug and I made a little trip down to Oklahoma not too long ago. We had a wonderful time seeing some family and attending one of the most beautiful weddings we have ever attended.

Sadly, I left our camera in IL. The only photos I have to show for our time were taken by others. We had a good, fast visit with these kids. Emily and I painted dinosaurs together, we played a game of tennis with foil and glass cups as a net, and we watched funny videos together. And we took this really excellent photo together.


And, we spent a little bit of time with these two cuties. And we left not wanting our own cuties for a while. We sure do love the whole Aunt and Uncle thing:


Saturday we attended the wedding of our dear friends, Eric and Ashley. We got to see so many fun friends. It was a wonderful, low-key reception where we got to just talk and talk with some many people that we love and miss dearly. It was a beautiful night.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I want to be a REALLY good Husband.

This is Doug writing by the way, and this is my third blog post ever. Writing more blog posts is just one of the ways that I hope to achieve the lofty goal that I have set for myself (Danae likes it when I post on the blog). I want to know exactly how to take care of Danae. She is my favorite person in the world.

There has been a lot on my mind lately, and I am quite certain that I could not possibly write all of my thoughts here. I am equally certain that doing so would result in a long and boring post even if it was possible. Instead I will just write a short list of thoughts that have resulted from some of this recent reflection. In no specific order...

Just some recent thoughts:
- I am still learning how to be married (and most likely always will be)
- I am still learning how to be in seminary
- I am still learning how to be humble like Christ (and most likely always will be)
- I want to make dinner more often
- I want to go to the city more often
- I should be giving more foot rubs
- I know Danae trusts me
- I know I don't want to do anything to lose that
- I am thankful for the many blessings in my life
- I am ready to watch some Top Chef tonight
- I will be okay if OU doesn't win this weekend

-and-

- I want to be a REALLY good Husband.

Thanks for stopping by, tips and suggestions are always welcome!

Doug

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Indiana Weekend

Doug, Bethany, and I all headed down to Indiana for the weekend. We were greeted with lots of Granny and Grandpa hugs and kisses and beef stew and cornbread. We spent Friday evening eating good food, listening to Grandpa tell us stories of growing up in the 40's, and baking with Granny in the kitchen. We also pulled out boxes of old pictures. Doug gets a little tired of looking at pictures, so he sat in the living room and got lots of reading finished.

Saturday we woke up to pancakes and homemade syrup. Then we got all ready to head over to Uncle Craig's and Aunt Kim's. There we were greeted with more hugs and more great food. We played so many games. We walked around outside. And we enjoyed being together.

I had to borrow these pictures from the Arnold's, because my camera stayed in my purse the whole weekend. Oops!


I think we all came back refreshed and rejuvenated from spending time in the woods, with family, without work, computers, or phone calls.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Top Design

Doug and I like to pick a show to watch together every week. So we decided to watch this:

Well, last night was the finale. And they got it all wrong.

Preston really should have won, but instead Nathan did.

We were both a little sad and very shocked. Nobody thought Nathan should win.

Friday, October 31, 2008

To Danae Castle

I came back from lunch the other day and there was a large white box on the floor that said: To Danae Castle.

I got pretty excited to receive such a fun, large, box. And it even had my name on it.

I opened it to find a bunch of Data Reports. Not exactly what I had wanted.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Caden James Clark

New nephew, Caden:


I just want to kiss him and hold him and smell him. Nothing like a new new born baby.


The whole family together. Bailey and Caden's birthdays are two days apart, one year apart. It is crazy to think that they grow that fast in one year. And crazy to think that my sister had two babies within one year.

And, just look at that face.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

This Past Week We:

1. Cheered on the Rays to the victory.
2. Volunteered at a fund raising banquet.

3. Bought a 17th century map to hang on the wall.
4. Baked cranberry orange muffins.
5. One of us fell down the stairs, and is now trying to recover.
6. One of us made a lot of coffee drinks in exchange for a pay check.
7. Had a talk about the importance of moisturizer and the need to wash our hands a lot this cold and flu season.
8. Made this and immediately wished I had made more.
9. Bought two Christmas presents.
10. Sent a birthday gift to adorable niece, Bailey:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Happy Fall

Yesterday we were walking home from work and Doug took me by a tree that he saw that he knew I would like.

It looked like this:

As wonderful as this picture is, it gets better:

And, my favorite of all. Hott, Husband Castle's face with the beautiful tree:

(He makes my heart pitter patter)

And, just in case you were wondering what our feet look like with a fall leaf, here is a photo of that as well:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Indian Name

Doug: Your nose is always cold.
Danae: But you say the rest of my body is always warm.
Doug: People should call you Cold Nose Warm Body.
Danae: Why?
Doug: It could be your Indian name.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Two Down (on both sides of the family)

Earlier this year I was sitting in a sonic parking lot, drinking some vanilla dr.pepper, and talking with my future sister-in-law Jeanette. She was telling me about this boy named Brad that she had been talking to. This boy named Brad that she had started to like. This boy named Brad that she wanted us to meet. This boy named Brad that might beat me up if I keep calling him a boy.

I remember trying to get Jeanette to call him her boyfriend. She had a hard time saying that word. That word sure can be scary. Eventually, she started calling him her boyfriend.

Then, we all got to meet this boy, oh wait I mean man, named Brad before our wedding. He was brave enough to come to our wedding and not just meet every member of Jeanette's family but also many of my family members. One of my favorite parts of that weekend was watching Brad and Jeanette together. You could see how much he cared for her. And how much she liked being around him.

Now Jeanette is not just calling him her boyfriend she gets to call him her finance. Today when Jeanette called I was sitting at work, married to her brother, and talking about her wedding and marriage.

It is crazy how fast life can change. And, we are so thankful this is a happy, welcome and exciting change:

The future O'Hara's.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ten Things

1. Doug is now working at Starbucks.
2. Sister, Jeanette is a homeowner now.
3. If you search for Doug Castle vs. The Weather on ITunes, you will find some music that is really good.
4. Almost ever night Doug comes and walks me home from work and almost every night we stop and laugh at the chipmunks.
5. Baking is becoming one of my favorite past times.
6. Doug is liking that past time a lot.
7. He is still not back up to his original weight before Mr.Mono came for a visit.
8. Fall is here.
9. Sister, Christa is going to have the baby really soon. Which means, I will be in Tulsa very soon. Which means, I am very excited.
10. I am ready for it to be 5:00 pm.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

QB and Cancer Free

Well, little brother David is cancer free. Praise the Lord.

I talked to him after his surgery and all he really told me was that he is the quarterback for his football team. And he wanted to know about the bears and he asked how Devin Hester is doing this season. He did not really want to talk about the hospital, iv's, and the surgery.Which is completely understandable. Because I would not want to talk about those things either. Instead I would want to talk about all the Gilmore Girls I was watching while recovering and about how many games of Tetris I had gotten to play.

There are a lot of things that we miss about having the family here. I think for Doug, he is really misses having someone he can go outside and actually play with. I tried to fill the void the other night and we went out to play catch with the football. I lasted about 15 throws and then my arm hurt. Then Doug would want to throw really far and hard and my hands would sting. I tired my hardest, but we really need David back here so Doug can throw the ball with someone other than a big wimp.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

post surgery

we will find out next week if the tumor is cancerous. the doctor thinks it is unlikely. so that is good news.

in the mean time, just look at how great this little guy looks in his football gear.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Brother David

Little brother, Dave, is having surgery tomorrow morning. He is having a tumor removed. We will know if it is cancerous after the surgery. We are praying that it is not.

And here is my favorite picture of the summer:
which includes both David and Grace.

These two are both rockin middle school now a days.
That is just too crazy.
We miss them dearly.
Wish we could be there tomorrow. We will send our love our prayers from across the country.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

home home home.

Doug and I love being at home. The other day Doug told one of his friends that he was going home. His friend asked what he was going to do. Doug told him that he was just going to be at home.

There are many weeks when our car stays parked in the same parking spot for the entire week. Then when the weekend rolls around we go to the grocery store, the farmers market, and church. Then we go back home and stay where we like to be best.

Monday was Labor Day and I think we both felt some pressure to go do something. Not necessarily because we wanted to, but because it was a holiday and that is what you do. So, we set out to go to the beach. We drove 20 minutes, could not find a parking spot, did not have cash to pay for the beach fees, and we both looked at each other wishing we had just stayed at home.

Since we were out we decided to stop at a coffee shop. So, we sat in Highland Park and drank tea and coffee and read.

And we took these pictures:



And then we went back home.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Happy Freaking Birthday

For my birthday we rearranged our living room:

We bought another bookshelf with birthday money from wonderful grandparents in Dallas.
We got a free chair, because we live at a seminary and lots of people leave things they do not want anymore by our dumpster. And, I bought a new pillow.


And last night we both just kept talking about how much we like our living room.

And I also got an electric toothbrush from Doug.
Some more Gilmore Girls from Karen.
A cookie jar from Target. (Thanks Mom and Dad!)

And Doug decided to write his own greeting on my Birthday cake:


I am glad I was able to stop laughing before I decided to eat the cake.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

How the Olympics have effected the Castles: Part II.

Doug and I have watched nearly all of the gymnastic events. Even though they get progressively more frustrating to watch. We have talked many times about the obviously underage Chinese gymnasts. Doug and sister Jeanette were talking yesterday and they decided they should check the Chinese kids teeth. They won't lie.

And then Doug said, " If you can make someone pee in a cup you should be able to look in a person's mouth".

Monday, August 18, 2008

How the Olympics have effected the Castles.

The other night I was all tucked into bed getting ready to fall asleep when hott husband, Castle came into the room. He put his hands over his head, jumped in the air, and spun in the air. He gracefully landed on the bed. This went on for several minutes. And it has happened every night since.

Friday, August 8, 2008

good news.

Well, hott husband castle is on the mend. He woke up two days ago saying that he was feeling a bit better. And then yesterday he let me look down his throat with a flashlight for like the 867th time and I could see that the swelling was going down. Praise the Lord! I am pretty happy to have him back.

And, some more good news:

My dear, beloved friend Bentley is engaged to be married.
Bentley and I have been good friends since high school. We bonded in band and I think it would be safe to say that she is the best thing that has come out of my time in the high school band.
I remember laying in her bed with her talking about this boy named Spencer.
She liked him but did not know what he was thinking.
And, as it turns out they were on the same page.
And after dating for over three years, they are engaged to be married.

Here we are at my wedding:

And, here she is with her future husband.