Category Archives: Family

My Girl

I made a chocolate pudding pie for dessert for after dinner tonight. All the girls were excited I had made a dessert just for them. It reminded me of when Larry and I were first married and I had made a fancy fruit salad for dessert. He was so surprised it was just for him. We go to so many church and school events it seems like I am always making some dish for something or other. So the family gets a little excited when I actually let them eat the desserts I make.

After taking a few bites of my pie I look up at Susy to see her face and one hand covered in chocolate pudding. I asked her what she was doing since she had more on her face than in her mouth.

Her response. “Eating chocolate.”


Did I ever tell you what a great husband I have?

While I am reading blogs he is in the kitchen cleaning out the fridge of the leftover Thanksgiving leftovers.  And taking out the trash. And putting the clothes in the dryer.

I think I may have to give him a raise.

Bake And Rake

Last week we had a teen activity called a”Bake and Rake.” We helped a couple at our church that have a lot of leaves to rake and bag. They had already done the hard work of blowing the leaves into piles so the kids just had to bag them all. I had the difficult job of taking pictures and opening the leaf bags. After raking the front yard Mrs. Greene made us homemade hot cocoa with marshmallows. So much better than Swiss Miss.

We bagged 26 that day.





My new favorite picture of the girls.


Thankful in November

I have tried for five days to write a post on this blog. I just have not had the time or energy to do it. The Castle household has been very busy. Besides Emma turning ten and having her very first slumber party, we also had a family party, piano lessons, Spanish lessons, an office Halloween party for 100 people to plan, laser tag and seeing the Detroit Symphony play Disney songs. Whew! It has been a busy month.

Next on the agenda is Christmas shopping. I went to Target the other day (I know, what day am I not in Target?) and had a little panic attack. It was very crowded and people were tossing stuff into their carts right and left and it felt like Christmas shopping in October. I was not ready for that. And then it hit me I have to work. I can’t shop during the slow hours at the mall and stores. Aack! I will have to fight the crowds and park a half a mile away.

This will be my first Christmas with a full time job outside of the home. I know I will not be able to do all the things I usually to do at Christmas and that makes me a little sad. Nothing like your child asking when are we going to make those cookies we make every year to add to the guilt that you already feel because you have to work the day after Christmas. I wonder if I can teach Larry the House Husband how to make cookies. It may have to be slice and bake this year.

This leads me to the purpose of this post. My friend Brenda is giving thanks every day in November. And I really meant to start the first day, but I got a little behind.

Today I am thankful for my job. I know after whining about not having enough time and having to work during the holidays it is a little ironic. But I am thankful for the extra money it provides our family and for the benefits we receive. I work with a couple of lovely Christian ladies and they make it fun to come to work. I also enjoy little perks like free tickets to the Detroit Symphony and the Red Wings. Maybe one day I will score some Piston’s tickets. During the school year my schedule allows me to be home every afternoon when the girls get home from school. And I have complete confidence in Larry as he has to get them ready for school in the morning. They are old enough now that they do most things themselves. They just need a little prodding here and there.

Thank you Lord for providing for our needs with a job that fits me perfectly in every way.

Ten Things About A Ten Year Old

1. You can use the hair straightener by yourself.

2. You ride your bike around the block by yourself.

3. You make your own lunch.

4. You want to pick your own clothes out now.

5. You like stuffed animals and dolls.

6. Blue is a favorite color.

7. Your room is always neat.

8. Your drawers are always messy.

9. You can wear a ladies size 6 shoe.

10. You still sleep with your blankey.

Happy Birthday Emma.

For Scott*

Hockey Time! Larry loves hockey. So yesterday morning when the email came around the office where I work that there were free tickets for the Red Wings game I jumped on them. It was not a regular season game, but it was still a lot of fun.

Larry had to take a call at the Joe. That’s my sissy phone he is talking on, not an iphone.


Here is Larry giving away our life savings for a pretzel.

Mmmm. That is GOOD. All this for $10.50.

The Zamboni has to be the best part of the game for me.


This next picture is for Nicole who likes to take pictures of random people. This guy sat down in front of me and this what I saw for the second period. The stadium was half empty and he had to pick this seat.


We moved.


Our row was empty.


We waited until the crowd left. Larry doesn’t like crowds. We took pictures while we waited.


The people mover. We didn’t ride it.


We had a fun night thanks to my Mom and Dad who babysat the kids and the free tickets.

Oh Yeah, Wings won in a shoot out.

*Our friend Scott is a huge Wings fan. He has moved to Ohio and he misses his Red Wings.

The Cake