Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ages and Stages: 14 months

- Watching him learn new things everyday. Especially learning what our words mean.
- Walking! He is so much happier now that he walks and I love the freedom of not having to carry him all the time.
- Eating is so much easier. We just give him what we are eating. No more breastfeeding and no more steaming and chopping!
- Sleeping is consistently much better. We still have a rough patch here and there but most nights he is in bed at 6:30 and up at 7:00.
- Laughing at his goofy personality and the way he dances to music, pats his belly, and makes silly faces.
- His love of exploring and discovering how things work and what things are. It is so fun watching him do things.

- Throwing fits
- The in between stage of wanting to communicate with us and tell us what he wants, but not being able to do so verbally. Lots of guessing what he is so determined to 'tell' us.
- Gone are the days of being able to sit and hold him while talking with other adults or with each other. Especially when we are out in public.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Things we do Everyday:

- Henry eats a banana
- We drink at least one cup of coffee
- Take pictures with our cell phone
- We read Brown Bear Brown Bear at least 10 times.
- Give hugs and kisses
- Someone gets rather sad if Dad has to leave

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dance Partner:

photos by Jeremy Cavness Photography

Some of our very people people got married in November. We had such a wonderful time celebrating their marriage. It was quite the party with lots of fun people, yummy food, and lots of dancing involved. I love being the one that Doug asks to dance with, even when he dances crazy and spins me around too fast. Life with Doug just keeps getting better and better. I truly am honored to be the one that gets to share the dance floor with him. I am the luckiest.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sunday Walk:

We had two days this weekend with 60 degree weather. We did a lot of playing outside and a lot of stick hunting. We went on a family walk on Sunday after naps. Henry is in a rough stage of life right now with walks. He hates to be carried or to be strapped into a stroller but he does not really walk or come when we tell him to keep going. Walks are slow and painful. So we only went a short distance and then came back home and let him run around the yard at his own pace.

Friday, January 18, 2013

This Past Week We:

- In one day I received in the mail: three beautiful notebooks, our blog to book, and a letter informing me I have been selected for jury duty. Talk about an up and down mail day.
- Grocery shopping with my little guy is something that I actually enjoy a lot.
- I went and got a chocolate shake with one of my favorite friends, Teresa.
- Watched Top Chef and was shocked at who they sent home.
- Got our Subaru up and running again!
- Organized all of our important papers and shredded a huge stack of old important papers.
- Saw some ladies walking laps around our Walmart...I guess when you don't have a mall to go walk in, Walmart will do.
- Food highlights: ham and cheese melts, chicken and peppers pasta, beans and cornbread (I really love eating at home)

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Psalm 62: 5-8
Let all I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all time.
Pour our your heart to him, for God is our refuge.

Thankful that the word of God is alive and active. It brings peace and hope. Brings perspective on life that I constantly need.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


photo credit: from the facebook page...aka, Justin Metcalfe

Doug was working on Friday when someone ran into the kitchen and said that there was a fire in the gym. Dalton and him quickly ran down to the gym to find that there was not just a fire in the gym, rather the gym was on fire. Several fire departments came out to help fight the fire. It became obvious very fast that they were not going to be able to save the building so they turned there attention to saving the surrounding buildings. It was a rather crazy afternoon. We are blessed that there were no injuries and that no other areas of camp were ruined. There were five interns living in the apartment that was attached to the gym, so they lost all of their belongings. It has been neat to see how the community has come together to help these guys out.

It has been a little crazy around these parts lately. Thankfully, God is in control.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Doug's Socks:

I love marriage. I love being married. I love being married to Doug. It is a funny thing though at times.

Doug has had a little routine of taking his shoes and his socks off when he gets home. Resulting in pairs of socks scattered throughout the house. I would pick them up over and over and over again and put them in the laundry room. The other day as I was picking up his socks again I thought that I should just ask Doug to start putting his socks in the laundry basket when he takes them off. It would save my mind from these mini moments of frustration.

I asked him very kindly and he received it very well. But, the next time I went to bed I found his pair of socks sitting on my pillow. And then last night he had his socks hidden under my pillow. Leave it to Doug to turn something that had frustrated me into something that makes me genuinely laugh. Being married to Doug is truly the best.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Homemade Bread:

I think making bread is one of the most satisfying tasks in a kitchen. It takes time but is super simple. Nothing fancy about flour, yeast, salt, sugar, water. The results are well worth the time and everything tastes better on homemade bread, especially tuna melts.

Last week I made this sandwich bread and these hamburger buns for our sloppy joes. Take some time this week and make some homemade bread, you won't regret it. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

This Past Week We:

- Had a National Championship party. The game was super lame, but the company was wonderful. The party was early enough in the evening that Henry got to attend.
- Played basketball in the gym.
- Made a chocolate sheet cake. (which Doug has requested for his birthday)
- Watched a lot of Raising Hope.
- Went to a breakfast down at camp with a mom's group. Henry went to childcare and upon arrival I found out they moved him up a class. He is now in the toddler class. Crazy that they are letting tiny,itty-bitty, babies into that class now.
- Drank lots of coffee and spent lots of time reading the word. Helps keep perspective when the nights are long and the hours of sleep are short.
- Doug and Dalton spent lots of time cleaning and reorganizing the kitchen in camp. It looks awesome!
- Had soup night one night and then I rewarded Doug the next night with sloppy joe's for dinner. I think he forgave me for soup night.
- Spent several evenings on the couch-bed under warm blankets. It is the perfect time of year for couch-bed cuddles.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Henry and Sleep:

We have struggled through the past year of having stretches of great nights and then stretches of horrible nights of sleep. We are currently in a horrible stretch. Last night we ended up with several long stretches of screaming and then finally me 'sleeping' in the guest bed with Henry. I went in at 6:15 to trade with Doug and get a few hours of sleep. In the middle of all the craziness, Doug and I were talking about what could be causing all this and Doug said "We thought is was spicy food, but it was not that. We thought it was kiwi, but it is not that:..." When he said kiwi I started laughing...pretty sure just out of exhaustion. But at that moment, kiwi was a really funny sounding word.

Remember how I was saying Henry is teaching us so much. This whole sleep thing is really challenging us in our patience and endurance department of our hearts and mind.

If you have any tips on how to get a 13 month old to sleep through the night, we are open to suggestions. We have tried medicine, music, letting him just cry it out, rocking, snuggles, back pats, prayers, and begging.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

This Boy:

This one teaches me on an everyday basis about patience, love, joy, and endurance. He challenges me, comforts me, and encourages me. He has changed me for the better. I pray that we, as his parents, will be able to change him for the better as well. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Thunder Basketball Game Date:

I have said it about a million times, we have the best friends in our life. Seriously. We were given two tickets to an OKC Thunder game and a night of babysitting by some of those great friends in our life. Doug and I enjoyed the drive over and back without having our little man in the back 'talking' to us. We called in an order to Pei Wei and picked it up as we drove through Tulsa. The basketball was not the best because we were down by more than 20 at the half  we did somehow fight back at one point. But the game ended with KD getting thrown out of the game and a loss. We still had a great time enjoying 'loud city' and seeing our favorite basketball team live.

We enjoyed our date night so much. Especially after the holidays where we spent minimal time with just the two of us. Thanks friends, we appreciate how you love and care for our family.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Our Serious Baby Family Photos:

We had a super quick photo session to get a picture for our Christmas card. Henry is not known for being the most smiley baby, especially for pictures. We try to embrace it and just smile away and let him do his own thing. But I do love the picture of Doug trying to get a little smile out of him. He never gave us one.

Friday, January 4, 2013

13 Things to do in 2013:

1. Go to the Wichita Mountains
2. Get our passports
3. Take a 5 year anniversary trip
4. Read the entire Bible
5. Grow something
6. Go to an OKC Thunder game
7. Turn our blog into a book
8. Eat oysters at S&J Oyster Bar
9. Have a kitchen staff dinner at our house
10. Create a family binder of important documents
11. Take Henry to an indoor water park
12. Go to sister Grace's high school graduation
13. Make granola we love.

12 Things to do in 2012 Recap:

1. Visit Brad and Jeanette in VA
- We did!
2. Read a book of the Bible together
- We read Hebrews together.
3. Eat at Wolf Gang Puck Bistro
- Nope. Never got around to it.
4. Write a love letter to each other every other week
- We wrote lots of love notes this year.
5. Run the Tulsa Run
- Yes!!!
6. Make yogurt
- I made yogurt a few times. My favorite way was in the crock pot.
7. Buy or Build a picnic table
- Doug built me one for my birthday
8. See 6 movies in theaters
- I think Doug might have done this. I did not. In fact, I think I only saw one movie in the theaters with a group of ladies and one movie with Doug.
9. Take a weekend vacation somewhere new
- Going to Virgina counts.
10. Go to a zoo
- We went to the Tulsa zoo as a family on Easter and Henry went to the OKC zoo with grandparents.
11. Camp as a family here at camp
- Nope. When you are running on minimal sleep at home, there is no desire to try to sleep somewhere else with a baby.
12. Create Castle Code of Conduct
- Talked a lot about it. But still have not written it out.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Keena Christmas:

This is the first Christmas that we were able to spend time with all of our family. The Keena family welcomed us home from our time with Doug's family. We appreciate the sacrifices our family members made to be together. It was a special time, especially at the end of a hard year for several members in our family.

Unlike Castle Christmas, most of our mornings had a much slower and later start. We were up early every morning because Henry did not get the memo that everyone else was sleeping in, but our home slowly filled up throughout the morning hours as people made their way over for breakfast. Several people went off and saw friends at various times. We played games. Ate all of our meals at home except our dinner at Chick-fa-la and a potluck at church on Sunday. Spent time with Bethany's boyfriend, Jeff. Emily made pumpkin bars. We shot BB guns. Took family photos. Watched football games. David and Doug played basketball.

We had several special conversations over the course of the week. What a blessing it was to listen, encourage, and have face to face conversations. Something that is much harder to do when family members live 20 hours away. We are blessed to know that the Lord is in control and that he holds our family in His arms. Thankful to have so many special people placed in our lives.