Our little William turned one on the 18 of January. I can't believe it's already been a year. He has grown so fast so quick. He has been such a great addition to our little family. His sisters absolutely adore him. He is such a happy little boy and we are so blessed. We love you little one! Here are some pictures of him throughout the year (it was hard to choose so there are quite a few!:-}).



Someday, I will take my wonderful husband with me and visit the rest of the United States. I have to at least do that before I travel the world...right?! So since I really don't have anything to post right now since I've been up all night, all of you who read this get to see all of the states I've been to. I've noticed that it's mainly the southern and western states, and alot of them I have only driven though...like Kansas. No offense to Kansas or the people who live there but it kind of sucks to have to pay to drive through the state. You would think that if there were going to be a toll to get into Kansas and a toll to get out that there would be something to see other than grass and cows!! hahaha Well, I guess they have to eat somewhere!

visited 21 states (42%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or try another Douwe Osinga project



This is for all of those men who do not want to be in the 'dog house'!
I found this and I thought it was hilarious! I have never seen it before and for those of you who haven't either...I hope you like it.



Healthy Competition?

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and proud to be but the competition among members is getting WAY out of hand. There is even a comedy movie about 'Mormons' and their basketball. There seems to be a competition about everything...clothes, hair, money, boys, games...and it is ridiculous! This has been on my mind for quit a while but it hasn't been until recently that it's really bothered me. There's the Turkey Bowl tradition in the church on every Thanksgiving. It seems like every ward participates in a Turkey Bowl. Well, this year was the first year that Ioelu had participated. We just moved here to Georgia and he wanted to make some friends in the ward. Yea, I don't think that really happened. Why? Because they are too freakin' competitive! Ioelu doesn't play football...doesn't really know how...so he just did what the team told him to do...sack the qb! Well, the Quarter Back wasn't happy and changed positions to block Ioelu. He started getting agressive and so instead of just touch football, Ioelu tackled him. He really wasn't happy with that and stormed off the field saying a few choice words. Ioelu went to go talk to him and apologize, telling this guy that he (Ioelu) was getting too caught up in the game. The guy told him that it's ok because he didn't know that he had a pulled hamstring! OK, correct me if I'm wrong...and I could be wrong...but I thought if you had a pulled hamstring then you wouldn't want to play on it! I would think that it would hurt! So, we thought that everything was alright. That was until a couple weeks ago when someone announced in Priesthood that there was a football game going to happen...BY INVITATION! Yea, you heard right! You could only play if you were invited. Why in the heck would they announce it in Priesthood if that was the case. So, Ioelu went up to whoever it was and asked when the game was...their reply..."Oh, we are not sure yet." What a bunch of crap. (yea, can you tell that I'm really upset?) If you don't want people to know about your game, than don't announce it in Priesthood! It's that simple! Again I ask, why do we, as latter day saints, get so competitive...in whatever it may be. Another example comes from a friend of my parents who is from Romania. He is living here now and when he first came to Georgia, a few years ago, he asked my parents where a good place to play basketball. So they told him about the times that guys go to play at the chapel. Well, he went and told my parents that never again will he play there. This guy is not a member and was really turned off by the way these people were playing! EFY: Some people just want to play for fun. It's not like you're in the NBA and getting paid for winning. GET A CLUE PEOPLE! We all need to think about what the affects can be when we get so competitive. We need healthy competition...not petty competition where we get mad at the little things because someone is winning!

Ok, my ranting and raving is over. whew!


Just wanted to say HAPPY NEW YEAR'S everyone!