Gracie Turns 4 Weeks

Friday, February 25, 2011

Today our little princess turned 4 weeks.  What a great time we have had watching her continue to grow and become more active.  Here are a few pictures from her 4 week photoshoot.

In honor of tonight's game...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Weekly Pictures

Sunday, February 20, 2011

 Carrie and I have decided to take weekly pictures of Gracie to document her growth.  Here are some from her first 3 photo shoots!

1 Week

2 Weeks

3 Weeks

3 Weeks
As she continue's to grow, so do my photography skills to capture her! :-)

A whole new world

Our last blog post was December 5th, and there has been so much change in the Winstead household since then.    Our precious little girl finally decided to join us, after much encouragement.  The whole labor experience was totally unreal.  Grace was due on Thursday January 20th, she joined us on Friday January 28th.  We checked into the hospital Thursday January 27th to be induced, and after 30 hours, and Great Grandma walking in with M&Ms, Grace was born at 11:40 am at 7lbs 12oz.

One of Gracie's first pictures
The last 3 weeks has been a complete whirlwind.  We have watched our little girl grow into such a sweet baby.  We have been so blessed and we can't wait to be apart of her life and love on her!

Here are a couple more pictures.

Gingerbread Houses

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Terence and Aubrie came over Saturday night for dinner, haircuts and to decorate gingerbread houses!  The houses always look so good on the box and the directions are so simple, but they never turn out that well! Anyways, while Aubrie cut Carrie's hair, Terence and I played with our cameras.  Terence has a Nikon and I have a Canon so we enjoyed sharing what we liked and the different settings of everything.  We really did have a great time hanging out and attempting to decorate our wonderful gingerbread houses.  They may not have turned out the best but they were fun to do!

Me and Carrie's

Terence and Aubrie had a village, this is one hut

Carrie was very proud of her tree!

Pictures of our Christmas Decorations

Friday, December 3, 2010

I promised you some pictures of our Christmas decorations so here's just a couple!

World Cup 2022

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Let me start off by saying this will be an extremely poorly written blog with a lot of frustration and disappointment.

With that being said, FIFA announced today the 2022 World Cup will be heading to Qatar. I don't know anything in regards to Qatar, I hadn't even heard of Qatar until yesterday during the Bid presentations. What I do know is it is extremely hot, and they don't have any soccer stadiums. That's right, they DO NOT HAVE SOCCER STADIUMS? Isn't that an issue to host the WORLD CUP? That's like holding the swimming competitions on a dry lake bed, you just can't do it!  Have no fear though, they have announced they will build new stadiums, and after the World Cup, they will tear them down and pay for them to be rebuilt in other countries....well isn't that nice, I guess in 2023 we'll know exactly who voted for who today.

Another fun fact about Qatar, the average temperature in the Summer is between 122 and 128 degrees.  Have you tried to play a sport in 122 degree weather? I haven't, and no I'm not a world class soccer player by any stretch of the imagination, but that's not something I would want to do.  I can't wait to see the FIFA officials wearing suits to the games in that weather, going to be great. 

Also, back in October, it was discovered there were some shady talks going around some of FIFA's committee members.  Some were basically trading votes with each other, I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine kinda thing.  I bet you can't guess who was in the middle of it. That's right QATAR! As in one member of the committee was secretly filmed saying Qatar and Spain-Portugal had come to terms to give each other 7 votes in the voting.  (Spain-Portugal was up for the 2018 World Cup)

I guess today we found out that FIFA doesn't really care about the potential growth of the game and the economic growth it could have gained from having the World Cup in the United States.  When the US hosted the World Cup in '94 it set attendance records, with a total of 3.6 Million fans attending games and averaging 69,000 per game.  Can you imagine what sponsors would have paid to get their name in front of all those people? Not just on tv, but in the stadiums themselves.  Stadiums that WE ALREADY HAVE! There wouldn't be any new construction needed for soccer stadiums, we have them, they are already some of the best in the world.

I think I'm done.  The only country that I believe would have been worse to give it to would have been North Korea, but that's another post.

Thank you FIFA for confirming all the scandals and rumors, you have done nothing but make the world second guess you once again.  Can we Challenge that vote or have it reviewed?

Ps. my mom has pointed out that Qatar will be hosting the 2011 Asian Cup, I would like to point out the Asian Cup and the World Cup require two different types of Stadiums.  For the Asian Cup, you only need camel tie-ups, but for the World Cup you will need actual seats.