Saturday, February 27, 2010


This past weekend our church hosted a preteen event at our church. We had 1,300 hundred 3rd-5th graders in our church.

It was busy. It was crazy. It was stinky. I was tired.

And then Doug said:

"I think it would take me a life time to count the goatee's in this place"

And then, I nearly fell over from laughter and from tired legs. But mainly from laughter.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


MTV has a lot of really terrible shows. You know the kind of shows where people pretend to be just living their life but really they are reading a script. The kind that are shallow and boring. The kind that involve way to many halter tops, teenagers, and bleeped out language. But the past two years we have found two shows that are simply incredible.
How's Your News - The sweetest show about a group of individuals with disabilities that tour the country and produce a News Show. While they are on the road they get to experience all kinds of fun things and interact with a lot of incredible people. The finale literally had me in tears as they show the entire cast climbing a mountain. It took hours and many had to be carried up the mountain, but they did it. It is beautiful and heart warming.

The Buried Life: We have been enjoying this show this season. It is about 4 guys who made a list of 101 things that they want to do in their life before they die. Each episode they try to complete one of their goals. For every goal they accomplish they help someone else achieve a thing that they want to do before they die. They have reunited families, donated computers to schools, took old childhood friends back to there favorite childhood swimming hole. And, yes I did have some more tears in my eyes today as I watched four 60 year old men jump into a their childhood swimming hole together.
Thanks for these two show MTV. They really are wonderful.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Brothers and Sisters:

I really love them all so much.
Seriously so much.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Saturday Lunch:

I was in a funk this morning. And Doug and I have just not been clicking. Not fighting, but just not clicking. It happens every once in a while, usually when I am in a funk. And my funks usually involve emotions out of whack, not enough sunshine, and poor eating habits.

This morning we laid around all morning. I read my book, Doug played with Maxwell. I got hungry and suggested that we go get lunch today. Doug agreed after he made me laugh for a while.

We decided to eat at The Brook. Our food was yummy but we were totally distracted by the four people sitting at the table next to us. They were loud, excited about everything, and had the type of conversation that once you are pulled in you simply cannot ignore it.

So, I listened to their conversation the entire lunch and Doug watched the Olympics. When we walked to the car we talked about the funny things they said.

Our hamburgers were very yummy and the good lunch helped my funk.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Goal Accomplished:

All I ever think to write about now is Maxwell. He is just so darn cute. And he really does make us laugh every day.

Like the other day he was running in the back yard with his ears flapping all over the place and he had a stick longer than his entire body in his mouth.

And, then one night Doug was holding him and he felll asleep in his arms. Like, totally limp basset hound with floppy ears and limp legs.

When he goes up the stairs Doug stands at the top and laughs and I stand at the bottom and laugh.

And when he is really sleeping he lays on his back with all four legs in the air.

We just laugh at him. And love him. And let him kiss us. (Gross I know, but he is just so sweet)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Work Goals:

- Send more hand written notes
- Read an e-mail and respond to it right then
- Bring a healthy lunch (and snack)
- Keep my documents organized
- Sit up straighter

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Weekend Update:

1. We had a birthday party for Doug on Friday night. We had 17 people in our small living room, stretched out over the furniture and around the dining room table. We watched the [terrible] opening ceremonies of the Olympics, mingled, talked, ate, drank, and laughed. When everyone left and there was stuff all over the place I felt very satisfied. Having my dearest friends in my home for an evening is one of my favorite things in life.

Doug and I fell asleep immensely happy that night. And then we cleaned up the house the next day.

2. And, you know how we talked about puppies...Well, we decided that we really should look into getting one. So we decided to drive out into the middle of nowhere, tromp through some mud, cuddle a puppy, and come to the conclusion that we could never put him back.

And, then Maxwell became a part of the Castle family:

Friday, February 12, 2010

On Puppies:

It only seems right to follow our post on babies and families with a post on puppies. Doug really really wants a puppy. Not just any kind of puppy, but a basset hound puppy. Like this:

And then that puppy would grow into this adorable thing.

Reasons why Doug really wants a basset hound:
1. He would make us laugh, just looking at him will send us into hysterical laughter.
2. They are sweet, cuddly, and soft.
3. Doug wants to have a dog to walk around our awesome neighboorhood.
4. Low energy for the most part, but still likes to play
5. We have the perfect fenced in yard
6. Basset hounds are inexpensive

We are still thinking about it. Although I think Doug's mind is already made up. He even has a named picked out, Maxwell for a boy and Stella for a girl.

We might buy a Maxwell or a Stella with our tax return money.

[The adorable dog shown is Charlie, from]

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

On Babies and Families:

On Saturday Doug and I walked across the street to get some bagels for breakfast. We came home and made our own coffee and sat at our dining room table and ate our breakfast together. The conversation turned toward children and families. We talked for a long time about what we loved as children, what things we want to do with our children, other families that we respect and look up to. We are still not ready for children yet. And, yes we know that we will never be fully ready to have children. But we defiantly know that we can be more ready than we are today. [Much like marriage, we were more ready to get married when we did and not fully ready.]

We talked about things that we want to do before we have children. Some things on the list are take a real vacation together, pay off more school debt, buy a reliable car, and have some money for a down payment on a house. [It is when I look at lists like this I realize I am really an adult].

We are also having so much fun being married. We get along so well and we are loving this stage of life. I enjoy getting to focus on learning about Doug, focus on improving our communication, and focus on each other. Through this stage we hope to lay a solid foundation for our family to grow upon someday.

Our minds also went to what we want to instill in our children. I posted yesterday the passage from Romans. And I think it is the perfect passage of what I hope and dream our family would be like one day. We want our children and our family to have marks of true Christians. We want our home to be full of genuine love, honor, service, hard work, joy, patience, prayer, hospitality, harmony, humility, faith, generosity, and goodness.

I guess you could say that we are moving down the path of getting ready and prepared for children. We are not in the buying cribs and painting nursery stage. We are in the learning, observing, and reflecting on how to fulfill what God has called us to even when it comes to the family we hope to create someday.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Marks of the True Christian:

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be conceited. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.

Romans 12: 9 - 17

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Lunch Conversation:

Danae: I am getting hungry. What about burritos?

Doug: I don't know, let's taco - bout it.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Doug's Birthday Gifts:

- A sweet letter from our favorite little ones, Bailey and Caden
- Dinner with Doug's mom at Red Rock Canyon Grill. Doug and Karen had the chicken and ribs I had the Salmon and asparagus.
- Two tickets to the Arena Cross event. Our Saturday evening will be full of these:

and these:
- Some new Riedel stemware
- A sweet new T-shirt about Groundhogs Day
- Best Buy gift card
- And this new sweater:- And some very generous people gave him some checks written out to him.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Bert-Day Douglas!

You make me laugh constantly. You love me wonderfully. And you are my absolute most favorite person in the entire world.

(And thanks for helping me clean the kitchen last night. I will hopefully reward you tonight with some home baked sweet goodness.)

Happy Birthday!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Snowed In:

We got snowed in for two days. No work and no where to go. It was the perfect little


- Watched Away We Go, 500 Days of Summer, a million 30 Rock episodes, and two discs of Mad Men [6.Watch Mad Men].
- Baked blueberry muffins and Martha Stewart herbed cheddar biscuits.
- Slept in each day
- Made really yummy coffee
- Watched four staff videos from the summers we spent at New Life Ranch
- Had friends over to watch the Miss. America pageant and to eat Pei Wei
- Read some philosophy books [Doug was the only one that did this]
- Took naps
- Cleaned the kitchen, swept the floor
- Did not shower
- Did not get out of our comfy clothes
- Ate turkey sandwiches and pickles
- Listened to good music

The most disappointing moment of the weekend is when we had to get up and go to church. I think we could have been snowed in for a few more days without caring much at all. We love being at home.

p.s. tomorrow is Doug's birthday, send him a birthday wish, some love, or some new work clothes.