24 December, 2010

     Castle’s Top 10 in 2010  
10.  Ten, Eric and I are going on a decade of marriage this year.

9. Nine boy scouts in Eric’s troop…ever the scoutmaster.

8. Eight hens a laying:  We love our chickens. Pocahontas, SoJourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Sacajewia (RIP), Rachel Carson, Wilma Rudolph, Majora Carter

7.  Seventh heaven~ It was a dream come true to see our foster son Juan reunited with his family.  We are so happy for them.  It was great spending time together in Mexico.

6. Six-teen year old Cat Noah, coolest cat ever RIP old man.

5.  Five weeks in South Korea.  Eric enjoyed teaching in Korea.  We discovered a new love~ Korean Food! Delish.

4. Four year old boy that is full of wonderment and delight.  This season has been truly magical with Elias.

3. Three years here in Crookston, Minnesota.  We love it.

2. Two great foster kids Janae (18) and Rachel (12)

1.  One precious baby girl ~ Ruby Catherine.  We were very blessed to adopt Ruby in January.  Now nearly one year old, she is absolutely delightful.  We enjoy every moment we have with her. 

15 December, 2010

Gingerbread Family~

A gingerbread family~  Papa. Elias, Ruby, and Mama

Castle Great grand kids number 34 and 48

09 December, 2010

Thanksgiving Blessings

I am so thankful for the laughter of children.

Wonderful friends who are so kind to us and our children.
A papa in the home who the kids and mom adore.
Many wonderful grandparents
Children with attitude that keep me humble, I love them so much.

18 November, 2010

Too Many Kids in the Tub~

Too many kids in the tub, too many elbows to rub.
 I just washed a behind I am sure wasn't mine.
Too many kids in the tub.
What can I say?  The child is obsessed with peas...mostly Whirrled Peas.
Taken first thing in the morning November 17...
exactly 10 months old today! I love my little wrinkle nose girl!.
She brightens our lives everyday!

Elias and Papa carved pumpkins...and roasted the seeds.
 The seeds turned out good this year.

My birthday cake was the Edmund Fitzgerlad this year, and it was delicious.
My yoga class surprised me with a cake and flowers.  Elias loved the cake!
Wait.  Who's birthday was it?  Yes, mine.
Wendy made me a wonderful birthday dinner of smoked salmon,
spinach dip and lots of veggies and yes, more cake.

15 September, 2010

Visualize Whirled Peas~

Ruby is a huge proponent of Whirled Peas

Noah our 16 year old cat strives for Whirled Peas everyday...seriously, he loves Ruby's baby food and sitting in her chair. He is a Cat in every way.  We love his personality.

Nearly crawling and  said her first word..."MAMA!"   I LOVE her!

The Ladies love Elias...

I think they see the super hero in him~

Puff the magic Ruby~

30 August, 2010

A Summer of a Thousand Books~ And Ox Cart Days in Crookston, MN

We reached our goal yesterday.   We read 1000 books with Elias beginning June 1 and completed yesterday.
Thank you to Grandmas for reading while I was in Korea.  : )
Firehouse Breakfast is one of our favorite annual events in Crookston
Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
Ruby 7 months, hanging out in her jogger while we walked
around Ox Cart Days, she is seriously SO happy.  I adore her

Elias  with the light blue shirt in the middle finishing up the Kids run at Ox Cart Days
Elias after his race and me getting ready for the 10k

Nothing like a sprint to the finish...with a little help from Elias
Tractor Pull contest downtown Crookston...Very fun!

23 August, 2010

Mexicali Blues No Longer!

We were thrilled to visit our foster son Juan and his sweet family in Mexicali, Mexico.  We are so happy for  his family and their reunification (thank you Rachel).

Juan and Elias were delighted to see each other after 2 long years
Veronica, Juan, Luis Elias, Heidi and Eric
Luis,  Ferny, Juan and Veronica,  I love this sweet family.

"It's Hockey mom, just on the grass".    You can take the boy out of Minnesota, but can you take Minnesota out of the boy?
And apparently the pond is the goal... Papa and Elias fishing for the "puck".
Disneyland was funtastic!
Brother Bear is our favorite!

Ruby Catherine is 7 months old!  And more fun every minute.

Korea's Got Seoul~

Eric spent 5 weeks in Korea this summer teaching at ChoNam University in Guanju, South Korea
I joined him for 2 weeks, we loved the people and the food!
Good food, good friends

Heart Sutra Transcription  (This pic is for my Yoga class)

Temple visits

Seoul Subways are Packed full
I thought it was a wax man until he sighed...kinda scary
Korea University ...looking scholarly

University Park Bear- Dead

"I killed a bear today Oh What a man am I! We the experts knew just what to do When the bear did not comply." "...