Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Thoughts:


- Doug remembered our date to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade together. He walked out of the bedroom right as they were cutting the ribbon.

- I woke up early because I was too excited to sleep. My family is almost here!

- We have so much to be thankful for: our faith and salvation, our love for each other and the blessing of marriage, a home we love, jobs that are fulfilling, support from friends and family, being able to live with some of our best friends, health and happiness, coffee and pie, a car that gets us where we need to go, technology that helps us keep in touch with long distance family members, our wood stove, our floppy eared family member, and the ministry that the we are so blessed to be a part of.

- Yesterday was sunny, in the 70's and stormy. A cold front moved through so now we have cold rain falling outside. I am so glad it is cold and rainy today. Much more thanksgiving-y. And we can have a fire.

- How do you make a cherry pie with cans of pie filling? Like do I just dump it in, or do I need to add anything? I'll ask my mom when she gets here.

- Have a very very happy and blessed Thanksgiving. We are thankful for YOU!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Long Distance Family:



We have brothers and sisters in California, Virginia, Illinois, Germany, Montana & Oklahoma.
We have parents in Montana and kinda close Oklahoma and farther away Oklahoma.

Tomorrow we will have most {we miss you Andrew!} of my family here for the Thanksgiving holiday. We could not be more excited. We have not seen my mom and younger sisters since last Christmas. Like almost a year ago. And we have not seen Dad or the younger brother since May. We are excited and ready to have 12 people in our cozy [another word for small] home.

Then we only have to wait a few more weeks until we get to have Doug's mother, brother and wife, and sister and husband here.

Long distance family can be so hard and many days where we just.miss.them.so.so.so.much. But it makes those times that we are together so sweet. Hurry up family, get here and travel safe!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Party with Work Friends:

On Saturday night we attended a party with friends that Doug worked with at DHS. We had no idea what to expect, but knew that we needed to go because they made sure to plan the party at a time that we could come. I do not always do so well in social settings that are uncomfortable or unfamiliar. [The older I get the more I am convinced I am an introvert in these settings]. Which, is the total opposite reaction for Doug. He gets excited. Energized. "What, I get to meet new people tonight? Yes!" Thrilled.

We got to the house and there were lots of cars parked outside. I sat in the car, breathed in and breathed out and Doug patted my leg and asked if I was ready to go in. I was. We walked in and there were about twelve people. I knew three. Including Doug. We got our food and drinks and found a seat. The room was crowded, so Doug and I shared a big, comfy chair. We sat around and talked with each other and the new friends for several hours. We ate lots of really really good food and had lots of fun.

On the car ride home we talked about the evening. Talked about how much fun we both had. I thanked Doug for sitting right by me the entire night. He carried on conversation, kissed me on the head at one point, and refilled our food plate. I felt comfortable, and was able to really enjoy my time and be pushed. But pushed in a good way.

I thanked Doug for looking out for me and being by me. He thanked me for going with him. We are so blessed to have all kinds of friends and connections. We love knowing people and knowing them well. And we are so thankful for the variety of people that we know.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Lunch with Heather:


I worked at a church for 14 months when we lived in Tulsa. It was one of those things in life that was incredibly tiring and hard but oh so fun and fulfilling. Heather started working there after I had been there for about three months. We shared an office together and when she started working there I did not know what I was in for.

We became very good friends, very fast. We were a team. People would ask who was in charge of a certain event or project and the answer was almost always, Danae and Heather. We spent many hours together in that little office. We laughed a lot. Like where people would come by and check to make sure we were okay. We cried to each other. When we were so tired that we could not even feel our legs move or when we were so frustrated we would close our door and cry to each other.

And we talked. We talked about everything. Seriously everything. I cannot think of a topic that would be awkward or weird to talk to Heather about. She would listen and encourage, and I would try to do the same for her. She is full of wisdom, funny stories, quirky habits, and lots and lots of joy.

In thinking about my time at TCABC, I cannot help but think that the Lord specifically placed Heather right there next to my desk to encourage and bless my life in tremendous ways.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bedroom:

We have now had four different bedrooms since we got married. Our first bedroom our walls were white cinder blocks with huge windows and very ugly, but huge wall closets. It was in our tiny apartment at Seminary so our bedroom served as our office, bedroom, and storage area.

Then we moved in with Doug's mom and we had none of our own furniture and it was a [wonderful!] temporary living situation.

After that we moved to our duplex. It was two story and we had the largest bedroom of the four. The closet was tiny and we had officially the strangest waist high, deep, closet thing I have ever seen. We had the big window again and lots and lots of standard beige walls.

I have loved every home that we have lived in because we made them our home. The problem is I have never loved our bedroom. It has always been the forgotten or catch all room. When we moved into our current home, I made it my goal to make our bedroom a place that I would love as much as I love our living room/kitchen/guest room.

I am proud to say after some new paint on our walls, a few lamps, and a decorative pillow; we love our bedroom.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Danae Rocks

I have spent the last hour and a half trying to write a concise/compelling blog entry that essentially said:

"I know I joke about not wanting kids, but I am super excited about it. And NO WE ARE NOT EXPECTING, but our conversations have been so exciting lately as we talk about how we can be better people and how we want to be the best people we can be even for our future-tiny-infants-that-have-no-capacity-to-gauge-our-goodness. Also we are incredibly blessed to be in this time enjoying our young marriage and learning from the many wonderful influences in our lives."

BUT I failed to make it concise or compelling, so I deleted a lot of words that most people would have likely found boring or oddly preachy.

The experience tonight reminded me of a couple of absolute truths:
1. Danae is better at blogging than me.
2. I am not good at being concise.

Danae will be back soon with some really great (and super-cute) blog posts.

-Doug

Recent Favorites:

- Hot chocolate with peppermint sticks
- Our wood stove
- Our newly painted home
- Lunch Breaks
- The Maple tree down in camp
- Simon and Garfunkel Pandora Station
- Big Lots

Monday, November 15, 2010

Granny's Treasures Part II:

I told you earlier that I made a trip to Indiana to help my grandparents pack. In that process we were blessed with lots of fun family treasures. I was talking to Granny the other day and told her I would post a picture of how we have put her treasures to good use in our home. Here is my favorite treasure:

Silhouettes of my mom and uncle hanging in our guest room. Thanks Granny and Grandpa!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pumpkin Bars:


I was in a terrible mood the other night. One of those where I don't know exactly what made me so sour, but something did. So, I went to the kitchen and made these pumpkin bars at 9:00 pm at night, without asking Doug if he would even like some pumpkin bars. I just wanted to make something and I wanted to use up our eggs before they went bad.

I made them and then waited for them to cool. I did not even put the icing on until at 10:00 pm. So when I asked Doug if he wanted some he was not hungry for them and frankly neither was I. I cut a small piece and we split it just because it didn't feel right to not even try them and then covered the rest and put them away for the night.

It is a good recipe, I enjoyed them a lot the next day and my mood was much better after a goods night sleep.[The icing might be my favorite part]

Friday, November 12, 2010

For Ashley:


Here is the wreath that I made.

Wedding Memory:

We are redoing our master bedroom and I was looking through our wedding pictures to find some pictures to frame. I came across this picture and I don't ever remember looking at it before. Probably because we have 896 million wedding pictures I think some get lost in my mind. I immediately got emotional looking at this picture. Remembering our wedding day and remembering this special moment. It was my favorite moment of the whole day. The ceremony had just ended. We had just walked out and we embraced and I broke down into tears. It was the first time I had really cried all day. I think it was from holding in the tears while in front of so many people. The utter joy and happiness in this moment will never be forgotten. We were finally married. After so many long months of dating [long distance at that] and so many months of being engaged. Finally man and wife.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Things that Have Made me Smile Today:

- Waking up early enough to have coffee and breakfast at home before going to work
- Cranberry Oatmeal
- My new $1.00 shirt from WalMart
- Walking into the dining hall and finding Doug on his Ripstik (a cooler version of a skateboard) sweeping the floor
- Lovely friend, Teresa, coming to the office and talking with me for a while
- The Weepies and Coldplay

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Last Night:

Dinner: Grilled Chicken, Roasted Asparagus, and Risotto
Conversation: Deep and very personal. Talking about how to become better people. How to bring more honor and glory to Christ and talking about changes we need to make in our life to accomplish this.
Activity: Finished painting our living/dining/kitchen room. Then proceeded to put all things back into the right place.
Favorite moment: Cuddling into bed. [It is always our favorite]

Monday, November 8, 2010

Paint Day:

Today we painted our living/kitchen room and our bedroom. As I was painting the bedroom I noticed Doug was looking at me. I asked him what he was doing and he said, "I like watching you do things". It made me laugh and put butterflies in my stomach.

He also did this exact same thing the other night when I was starting a fire in our wood stove.

He can make the most simple and mundane things meaningful and romantic.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

This Past Week We:

1. Babysat some little boys. Doug played ti-tac-toe and I watched Sesame Street with the littlest one.
2. Had two separate girls outings. One into town for pizza with Teresa, Sarah, and the kiddos. And the other to Rogers for lunch, Target, and Borders.
3. Built fires each night.
4. Bought new flannel sheets. I think they might have changed the way we sleep at night this time of year.
5. Baked a batch of Pumpkin Spice Muffins.
6. Made a new wreath for our door.
7. Doug had a strategic planning retreat for work. He ate lots of food, watched Braveheart, and talked and discussed all things Guest Services.
8. Moved a sleeper couch into Doug's office. He now wants to have a sleepover in his office.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

To Do List:

" Oh no...you are listing things again"

Douglas Castle [11/02/10. 2:35pm]

Oldyweds:

My parents, 30  years ago.
 "Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work." -- Author Unknown

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween:

I have never liked Halloween. Not totally sure why, but I think one of the main reasons is because when I was in kindergarten a kid in my class told me that Halloween was Satan's birthday. It never sat well with me, even if it is not true. I also don't like dressing up much and we don't have any cute kids to dress up yet. Maybe I will like Halloween better once we have some little ones to dress up in adorable costumes.

This year for Halloween we had a neighborhood party. We ate homemade pizza,  handed out some candy to a few of the adorable children that live here at camp, and played rummy. Doug also learned a beautiful Halloween song and played it for us on the piano. We ate our weight in Sweetarts skulls and bones candy and laughed a lot.