Weekly update

Yo!  I’m writing today from the Playplace at McDonalds!  I take the girls here all the time and watch other parents bring their laptops so I figured I’d try it out tonight.  Not too shabby.  Girls are entertained and so am I.

This last week didn’t have too much action.  I went to a photography meetup of Des Moines area photographers.  It was a great time.  I was able to meet some really talented people and also talk about some really cool gear.  Thanks to Kevin Hillabolt for inviting me.

I was able to put a sump pump in our basement too.  I think it’s helped out tremendously already.  It shoots out about five gallons of water every ten minutes so I’m glad we got it in before any more rain comes.

Other than that it was the same ol fun time at the Casteel’s house.

Thank you!

I just want to say thank you to Sabrina! It’s crazy how much she knows me and I know her. It’s almost weird sometimes. She’s patient, understanding and willing to try something new. Just this last month she started eating guacamole! Not only that but she’s making it now!!! I have to say it’s the best guacamole north of the border! Actually I think it’s better than anything south of the border too!

Busy, busy, busy…

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to write a post.  We’ve been super busy lately.  I was able to do a complete site re-design for URGE Party Bus.  I’m also working on a new site but can’t say anything about it yet.  Once I get it up I’ll let you guys know.

Sabrina and I had a great Valentines Day!  We took the girls to Hy-Vee Chinese for our dinner!  Nothing says love better than Hy-Vee Mongolian Beef.

We also laid to rest Grandpa Tom this last weekend.  I made the following slide show in tribute.

Thomas Carroll Meng from Steve Casteel on Vimeo.

Week in review

Hola!  Last week was a very fun week.  It started off by us going to America’s Incredible Pizza Company.  While I can’t say their food is awesome the entertainment makes up for everything the food lacks.  We did all the usual games like skeeball, air hockey and the games where you try to win 1000 tickets and only get 7 and we had a lot of fun.  It was funny though because I went to combine two of our cards so that we could play one last game and the attendant told me I had 6 attractions on our cards!  Woohoo!  So we took the girls on the go-carts and it was a blast.  Mommy ended up beating daddy twice and both girls got ribbons for coming in first place.  The girls had so much fun in the cars it was hilarious.

On Monday we celebrated our last Christmas party for 2009.  It was at Grandma Cindy’s.  I got a sweet winter hat and an awesome toolbox.  The girls scored a boatload of toys.

On Saturday morning we took the girls to their very first basketball game.  We watched the Drake vs. Wichita State men’s basketball game thanks to Nani.  To my surprise, the girls loved it.  As soon as we walked in the girls said they could smell popcorn so we went and got some popcorn.  Two buckets later they tore through some licorice.  The game was great!  Josh Young is a stud!  Although you don’t get all the instant replays like watching the game at home it’s so exciting to watch the game in person.

Last night we celebrated Baby Landon’s first birthday!  It was a lot of fun.  Landon tore into his presents like he was a pro!  He demolished his birthday cake too.  The fun had to stop when he started flinging cake and rubbing it in his head.

Fight Off the Flu and Cold

From our newsletter at work:  A few simple dos and don’ts can help keep cold and flu bugs at bay.

DO wash your hands for 15-20 seconds (the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday”).
DO use a saline nasal spray.
DON’T touch your face.
DO eat antioxidant-packed foods, such as whole-grain cereal, walnuts and artichokes.
DO beef up you immune system with a daily workout.
DON’T skimp on your sleep.
DO stock up on hand sanitizer and use it whenever you can’t wash your hands.
DON’T use pens provided at the store – bring your own.
DO drink plenty of fluids.

Need a Babysitter, Nanny or Dog Watcher?

Wow!  Ever come across a service you wish you could have used just like a week ago?  I’m sure there might be other sites out there that are similar but I just came across this one for the first time.  In case you’re wondering what site I’m talking about, it’s Care.com.  You can find Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care, Senior & Home Care Services.  They also have reviews from other clients as well as detailed profiles, available schedules and qualifications (First aid, CPR, CRN and Doula to name a few) of each person.  It’s a lot like an Angie’s List for babysitters and nannies.  Pretty sweet I’d say.  Check it out by clicking here: Find Your Ideal Sitter. Fast & Easy.

Great Place to Launch a Small Business

Anyone else see this?  According to Fortune Small Business, Des Moines is #8 on best places to launch a small business in a midsize town!  Not to shabby huh?  Not only that but Iowa also has three other cities in their small town category.  Some of the factors that went into their decision were crime rates, education, GDP, per-capita income and population growth.  I think one thing the magazine left out is the fact that Iowans are just cool people.  Check out the article here.