Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring Happiness - A Giveaway

Sometimes I don't like to face this reality, but my kids are growing up. They look nothing like babies anymore and seem to quickly be losing their toddler look. Did you know we've even started looking at kids beds? Originally Nick and I were going to skip the toddler bed route and go right to twins, but then we discovered that would be a tight squeeze. As we were lamenting our choices, I found this awesome triplet bunk bed! How awesome is that thing!? Seeing that sealed the deal - we're going to get toddler beds and wait a couple of more years before buying one of those sweet bunk beds!

As hard as it is to watch my "babies" grow up, it's so fun to think about the big boy things they are slowly starting to do now (like not being so dependent on the Choo Choo) and will do very soon (like moving out of their cribs). Growing up also means more chances to do fun family things outside of our house! You know, real memory making type stuff... like picnics!


Picnics at the picnic table are all well and good for the boys, but Nick and I can't join them there! Back a couple of Christmases ago, my grandparents gave us a great picnic blanket. I've used it several times here in the house. The boys like it when I change things up and we have a "picnic" in the living room. Here they are this past Friday night doing just that (really it was Nick's idea because he wanted to watch the basketball game that was on).

You know what I'm really looking forward to this spring (which, by the way, officially starts on Saturday)? Family picnics at the park! We've got the blanket and we've got kids who will mostly sit still now, all we need is a picnic basket! Something like this one...
Not only does that bag roll, but it has a top compartment that you can put warm stuff in and the bottom part for cold is big enough to hold 36 cans! Sounds perfect for a family picnic, don't you think? You know what I think would be a really fun tradition to start? Family Picnic Fridays. Each Friday in the spring and summer committing to having a family picnic for either lunch or dinner. Doesn't that sound awesome?

If Family Picnic Fridays sound good to you, perhaps the thought of winning one of those sweet coolers/picnic baskets would sound good too! Here's how to enter to win one:

Do one or all of the following and leave a comment for EACH item you complete!

1. Leave a comment telling us what you're most looking forward to doing this spring!
2. Become a follower of this blog (or tell me if you already are)
3. Facebook about the giveaway
4. Tweet about the giveaway

Contest is open to US Residents only. Winner's name will be announced on Saturday morning (the first day of spring!). Winner will have until Tuesday night the 23rd to claim their prize or an alternate winner will be selected.

53 comments:

Ann and Peter said...

Picnics in the park sound WONDERFUL. However, I think having these three babies is what I most look forward to this spring! And I am definitely a follower!

Ann and Peter said...

Ha. Let me tell you again. I am a loyal follower. Love your blog!

Ann and Peter said...

AND, I just told my facebook friends about it. Bring on Spring!!

jatudor said...

I most look forward to just being able to open my windows and letting the kiddos out of the house!!! They have been cooped up far too long.

Jamie!

jatudor said...

Just told my Facebook friends about it!

jatudor said...

And I am a follower!
Yippee!

Elizabeth said...

1. I am really excited about actually being able to take my daughter Isabella outside. Picnics by the lakes were fun for us before she went into the hospital and I cannot wait to do them again. I'm looking forward to doing everything outside because we've been locked up in doors for so long.

2. I'm already following.
3. Done.

Aunt Sue said...

For me, it's a toss-up between looking forward to getting more outdoor walks and working in the garden with spring coming. I agree that Family Picnic Friday sounds like a great idea, but it may just be Couples Picnic Friday for Uncle Bob and me! So, there's my comment, and I am definitely a follower. Still not a Facebooker or Tweeterer.....
Love and hugs to everyone!

Momma Z said...

I am looking forward to going to the park with my little guy.

Momma Z said...

I follow the blog.

Steph said...

Hi Helen!

Spring...weirdly in Central Florida, Spring is really the LAST season you can ENJOY the outside! Summer is unbearable! So we look forward to lots of "last days" outside doing all we can, including going on picnics!
Great post!

Steph said...

I am a new follower and found you through another Facebook post! LOVE your blog!

Steph said...

Your giveaway is now on Facebook!

Steph said...

Your post is automatically tweeted from my facebook post! Yippee!

kingdonse said...

What I'm most excited about is "Friday Night Live", it's a free concert in the park during Spring and Summer, and very kid friendly. We had a blast last summer and can't wait to start going again.

I'm also already a loyal follower of your blog AND I'm going to post a link about your blog on my Facebook!

Brenda B. said...

Loyal Blog Follower!

Brenda B. said...

This spring - I can't wait to hit the park, go running regularly and take a few trips to the zoo with Drew. Basically a lot of outdoor activities -it's been a LONG winter (albeit a CA winter).

Brenda B. said...

And posted on FB

Kimberly said...

I am a follower!

Kimberly said...

I am looking forward to getting out of the house and breathing in the fresh air. I also look forward to letting my children run off their excess energy.

MamaOtwins+1 said...

First, keep them in cribs as long as possible. You can't ever go back.

Second, I can't wait to grow veggies in the garden with the boys, or pick flowers, or go to the park. I LOVE warm weather!

MamaOtwins+1 said...

Of course I'm a blog follower!

Jill said...

We love picnics! Usually they are just in the back yard, but I'm hoping it will be at the park this summer :)

jillk77 at aol dot com

Jill said...

I am a follower :)

jillk77 at aol dot com

Daniel & Gretchen Miller said...

Picnics are one of my favorite things to do in nice weather. I can't get enough of them! Love the rolling cooler idea. I am facebooking about your blog and I'm a follower. :-)

Daniel & Gretchen Miller said...

Picnics are one of my favorite things to do in nice weather. I can't get enough of them! Love the rolling cooler idea. I am facebooking about your blog and I'm a follower. :-)

Diana said...

I look forward to the hope that Spring seems to offer. A fresh start on life. A renewal of family outings. Yay for Spring!

breckholladay said...

1. I am SO looking forward to seeing you and the family !
2. I am indeed a huge follower.

breckholladay said...

2. I am also not very good with directions. But, I am still a follower.

Hannah said...

I sm most looking forward to happy days of water, sand, dirt and laughing with my two year old twin boys!

Susan said...

I am looking forward to taking my boys to the many school playgrounds in our area. They love to find new climbers, swings, slides and things to do and it is always FREE!!

Susan said...

Oh...and I've been a blog follower for a long time! I now photo blog because of you. Thanks!!

myboys365.blogspot.com
~Susan

Renee said...

Hey Helen thought I would enter your give away, what a neat prize. I am looking forward to getting outside and getting active, my tennis game needs a lot of help. I also am a follower and I will post a link to your blog on Face Book so all my friends will see who I am always talking about. Sorry no tweeting for me, I suppose I could imitate a tweety bird!!! Enjoy your Spring and Summer with your little men!

Amanda said...

I'm looking forward to family bike rides after dinner! This is the first time since we've been parents that we all have bikes (except the baby) but we just got a bike trailer for him so now we can all ride and I am SO EXCITED!!!

Amanda said...

I'm a follower of your blog too!! :)

Amanda said...

I just tweeted about this giveaway too! See me on twitter at twitter.com/aestraw

Chantal said...

I am looking forward to getting the babes to the pond and the playground for the first time! They were just little itty bitties last summer, so this spring will be our break-out season!!

Chantal said...

I'm a follower :)

Chantal said...

Shared about the giveaway on facebook!

katers2714 said...

Playing outside with my new baby boy is what I am most excited about!

katers2714 said...

I am following you.

Kathryn said...

Playing outside more with my children. Parks, picnics, more biking and kite flying.

kathrynbaby2004@yahoo.com

Buki Family said...

i am looking forward to flowers, planting gardens and being able to open up the windows!!!
sabeckstrom at yahoo dot com

Kristin said...

I'm looking forward to taking walks with the kids and watching them play on the backyard swingset that Santa brought them.

Pattie F. said...

I look forward to heading to my kids soccer games and then having lunch at the field.

Your boys look adorable!

xmaswoman (at) hotmail (dot) com

HaleysMom said...

The thing I'm most looking forward to doing this Spring is taking my daughter to the REM 30th anniversary celebration. I was friends with them in college, and attended their first performance, and the last time I saw any of them was when my daughter was still in her stroller.

debi
debisemail@homtail.com

HaleysMom said...

I'm following on Google Friends.

debi
debisemail@hotmail.com

Angela R. said...

I am most looking forward to the birth of my twin sons!

Jay said...

I'm looking forward to going up north for cousin's wedding this spring.
rbjj32825[at]lycos[dot]com

bison61 said...

I can't wait to plant my flower garden

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

Momma-of-5 said...

I can't wait to do more family trips to the park...go for walks...play in the yard...anything outside....this spring. Last spring, the triplets weren't good listeners. This spring...they'll be MUCH better! I can't wait.

Momma-of-5 said...

And I follow...

Momma-of-5 said...

I tweeted! =)

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