January 26, 2009

Wilbert the Bear

It's Bloggy Giveaway Carnival time again!

Years and years ago, when I was a wee small thing, a department store in our town held a regular drawing for kids. Each month my younger brother and I would carefully write down our names and phone numbers on the tiny entry slips and watch them drop through the slot into the wooden box with all the naive hope of youth.

The drawings were usually for a small stuffed animal or toy, probably some leftover item the staff wanted to clear out of the storeroom. But one month we rounded the corner to see what we were sure was the most wonderful teddy bear in the world. Four feet tall with honey brown fur and arms open wide like he was waiting for a hug. I never filled out an entry form with such passion. I loved that bear. I wanted that bear.

My dumb pipsqueak of a brother won that bear. It took me years to forgive him.

It's no four foot tall bear, but you can have your choice of a $15 gift card for iTunes or Amazon. Because online shopping is just right for these dreary winter months. To enter, leave a comment on this post. You don't need to be a blogger to win, but you do need to leave me a way to contact you. One entry per person per day, please. Comments will close at 10:00 p.m. PST on January 30. The winner will be chosen randomly and posted this weekend.

If you are stuck in The Diaper Years--or need a gift for someone else who is--be sure to check out the chic handmade diaper tote we're giving away at the review blog Northwest Mom Finds. And of course you're more than welcome to subscribe or come back here to visit for a glimpse into the life of an adoptive mom of two spunky babes.

Good luck!

The entry period has closed--thanks to all who entered! The winner will be announced some time this weekend.

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ky2here said...

I'm sorry you didn't get the bear. Perhaps I'll have better luck for the amazon GC.

mar said...

Love that music! Have a wonderful morning!

Lilly said...

I'd love to win the gift card. And sorry about the bear =D

smokey4 said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

kamlchap(at)gmail(dot)com

cdziuba said...

Terrific giveaway.

mstaken05 said...

Thank you for sharing your story. Great giveaway!

Tes283 said...

The good luck was at least the bear came home. You could still see and hug it when bro was not looking. So what ever happened to teddy?? Did it get too much love and became just a furless lump? Has it been passed onto his child? Did he finally after years of you longingly looking at teddy, give him to you?? What is the rest of the story?
Thank you for the chance to win a 41 gc for amazon. I will use it to purchase True Lemon since I do not trust the cleanliness of restaurant sliced lemons.

NL6369 said...

Brothers, can't live with them, can't...well you know...sorry about the bear. Great giveaway.

okaat said...

I hope your brother loved that bear as much as you would have.
Thanks for sharing the story. My
oldest daughter won a prize package from burger king. All little mermaid stuff and i made her share with her sister. I suppose its hard to share a big 4 foot bear. I guess king solomon rules apply here. You loved the bear more so you were the better person.

Anonymous said...

LOL@pipsqueak of a brother

froggypartyof2@aol.com

Jenn Mc said...

Oh I love love giveaways too. Where is the bear now?

Hope I win!switchlaser@gmail.com

kj said...

thanks. could always use a $15 gift card to amazon.com. best website to order from.

kdrstewart@yahoo.com said...

I'm entering! Thanks!
Kendra

lassie said...

Sorry you didn't win the bear. I've never won anything myself, but hoping my luck will change. I am typing this with much passion.

I'm at
brailledot(at)yahoo.com

Betty N said...

I think everyone likes to win something. Thanks for the giveaway and the bear story!

Susan said...

Great story. Thanks!

monky said...

I think the bear would have mysteriously disappeared from my brothers room one night. :)

:) Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

KLM39 said...

Aww, I'm sorry you didn't get the bear. I'd like the Amazon gift card if I win. Thanks!

lissa said...

I entered those contests as well but never wins, so your brother didn't share the bear with you?

anyway, I wouldn't might a itunes gift certificate

thanks and have a wonderful week!

Meg Weber Jeske said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I could use either gift card.

Aaron said...

Thanks for the giveaway, personally I'd prefer the Amazon GC.

Thanks!

Monika I said...

I know what its like to have a sibling get the things that you wanted, I would love the Amazon card.

Holly said...

Mine was a bike that my sister got. I had to use her old one. Sometimes Life just isn't fair. I would love to win the Itunes gift card.

debrob58 said...

Awwww, I feel your pain about not getting the bear. I love bears, too! If I win, I would prefer the Amazon gift card.

Natalie said...

AW! That's so disappointing. I'd love to enter your contest. gnatalie77@yahoo.com
Natalie

Victoria said...

Sorry about the bear! Would love to win. utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

Julie said...

Great giveaway!

julielaura (at) hotmail (dot) com

Helena Batt-Vesey said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Deborah said...

please enter me!

The Short Stack Librarian said...

I hope your brother shared time with the bear!

Mine wouldn't have ... haha!

Woo Hoo Amazon!

Shannon said...

I would love this.

jean said...

BROTHERS!
You can never have enough iTunes money... :-)

JACLYN said...

Thank you for the chance to win! The I-tunes card would really come in handy. :)

Jim W. said...

I could use an Amazon card, thanks

Anonymous said...

A true friend is not a friend that you can see and know that they are there without a doubt. A true friend is a friend you truly have faith in without a doubt. True friendship is when you don’t see that friend but you know that they are there and you learn to trust and believe in them…that one day you will see them without a doubt! I wa t everyone to feel this way…I WILL make everyone feel this way. Runescape gave me that chance…to know what true friendship really is. Together, we flew in the sky , over the ocean , in a dream that lasted forever! With unbroken bonds of the new existence. I DECLARE THESE BONDS UNBROKEN. I will fly with them forever in a dream that turns to the new reality.I am a blinding light made new, emptied of all preexisting darkness, and I will guide those in the darkness.Believe me..when I say I will do something, I will most likely do it eventually. I live to be the very best, not fine, not decent, good, amazing or outstanding. I live to be the very best.I burned fires of infinitism down the longest path that existed for eternity shedding tears…with my friends in the most magical and legendary lake of all time.These friends are the light that shines in the distant…you are the one in the darkness…looking for that light! That light. Is the only thing there to trust, you leave it to chance. One day you find it but it disappears. You can only have faith. That the light is still there. I found that light and I constantly lose it but I learn to trust it even more. I WILL win THIS. I DECLARE IT!!!!!!!!!!!


My T VO
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melissa said...

You should have stole the bear and hid it in your closet!
Thanks for the giveaway, these are great fun.

Anissa said...

An Amazon card would be so great, thanks!

Skywaywaver said...

Well, I'm sure he let you look at the bear. :)
hematopoiesis at hotmail dot com

S.M.D. said...

Oh, Amazon! I'm in. My email is in my Blogger profile :).

Thanks!

spider said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

togetherforgood said...

I am so very sorry about the injustice of the world and the big bear.

Thanks for not allowing bitterness to overtake you, and for remaining a generous, bloggy-giving-away kind of girl. :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Aw, I would have been upset as well!!

I'm so addicted to books...it's quite a problem....so I definitely would love the Amazon card.

Thanks for the giveaway!

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

asithi said...

Would love to win the Amazon GC. Need to buy door knobs. I know how you feel about the bear. My brother won a stuffed dog and I got a puzzle. No matter how I begged, he would not trade with me.

jdine said...

I hope I win the Amazon gift card!

Melinda said...

i love shopping on amazon, please enter me

Anonymous said...

I would like to be entered to win the gift card.

Amazon.com is my preference

9_26 at myway dot com

~Joy

Rita M said...

We are so "book people" at our house & would love the Amazon gift card... thanks for the giveaway!

Aaron said...

Count me in as a music person, lol

Sheri said...

I'd love the Amazon, thanks!

peg42 said...

Thank you so much for this giveaway. Your story about the bear really made me laugh. My brother always seemed to get things that I most wanted. Isn't that the way. lol
Thanks so much and either the amazon or music would be great if I won. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I love Amazon. You can find just about anything there. I confess to a love of best selling fiction! Thanks for the contest. Charlotte
charlottewinters@cox.net

Anonymous said...

Would love the amazon card, thanks!
Sammirichardson@yahoo.com

browngirl said...

Brothers are definitely a pain. I'd love to get that Amazon GC to rub in my lil' bro's face. LOL

ifayabale@yahoo.com

jamie said...

Awww, sorry you didn't get the bear :)

jallen(at)huntingdon(dot)edu

Elizabeth said...

I'd love a GC to Amazon! I've been dying for some nice, warm winter boots.

Fangirl Jen said...

At least you got to spend time with the bear when your brother let you... (I hope)

I tried to win a balloon ride once, and my sister won it. So, I know how you feel.

Anonymous said...

Please count me in! iTunes gc would be great! shadowsangell (at) hotmail.com

Jennifer said...

I don't think my brother ever won something that I wanted... though we did have a competition as to who could win more free skating parties from the roller rink. I think we were about even.

lsfish said...

I would love the Amazon GC

JSDUB525 said...

I'd love an Amazon gift card, thanks for the giveaway!

thanksgivingmom said...

I have a list a mile long of things I want from Amazon right now......*fingers crossed!*

Kari said...

I love Amazon and ITunes, so either would be fantastic. Thanks!

Kimberly said...

Love Amazon! Love iTunes!

arielle said...

Ohh great giveaway I love itunes ;D

Thanks!

Jessica said...

Great giveaway!! Thanks!

jt.718@Hotmail.com

Fresh Girl said...

Boy, it would be hard to choose between iTunes and Amazon, but I'd sure love the chance to try! ;)

imaclutz89 said...

Thanks! Both giftcards are great!

Kim said...

I would love either gift card!

cdziuba said...

Thank you for this giveaway.

Mrs. Sprinkles said...

Thanks so much for hosting this--I love Amazon.

Come enter my Target GC giveaway!

koopermom said...

Sorry about the bear! Stupid brothers......
Thanks for the giveaway! Both are great!

tami said...

sorry about the bear- i've been there!
hope i win this tho :)

sarah lewis said...

thanks for the chance to win a great prize! sadiekate2001@yahoo.com

kmg365 said...

Gimme an A! Gimme an M! Gimme another A! Gimme a Z-O-N! Okay, I'm no cheerleader, but Amazon gift cards make me do crazy things.

elkaye said...

Great giveaway! (sucks about the bear though)...


elkaye[at]gmail[dot]com

Joy said...

Great giveaway. I LOVE amazon. Thanks.

KPort207 said...

I would love to win the amazon gift card. I shop there way too much. Thanks for the giveaway!

kport207 at gmail dot com

Valerie said...

I'm not sure which one I would pick, haha
KawaiiNeko2008 (at) aol (dot) com

Karen B said...

Brothers! Older ones are no better! :)
Nice giveaway.

Lori @ The Downs Gang said...

I wouldlove to win the itunes card and I have a bear I can give you!

orange said...

ooh Id love to win the gc!

Bethany said...

Ooh, me me!

Anonymous said...

amazon would love to win. What great things at amazon

Qtpies7 said...

LOL I love the story! I have a very lucky brother who wins everything, gets everything and is just generally a well-loved guy on top of it all.
I also have a son like that.

I would NOT share the gc, lol.

deedleweedle said...

That's a bummer about the bear. :( I'd love to win the amazon card!

Lisa P said...

Im sorry about the bear! I would love the amazon card

Dionna said...

Itunes is my newest favorite thing! I'd be so excited to win the gift card.

Kathy's Korner said...

New tunes? count me in!!

Sorry 'bout the bear

;)

Heather said...

amazon is my favorite way to shop.
Thanks for the chance to win!
jandh at myfamilylovesit.com

bridget3420 said...

I'd love an Amazon gift card!

bridget3420(at)yahoo(dot)com

janehixon said...

so sorry you didn't get the bear.....iTunes would be just the thing to brighten the dreary winter days....

Danielle said...

You can never go wrong with iTunes.
Great giveaway

drellis500(at)gmail.com

playwanda said...

Sorry you didn't get the bear,hopefully your brother shared with you.
I would like that Amazon GC ,maybe buy me a teddy bear..lol.

Amber said...

LOL I love the title of your blog! Made me smile. I'd love to win the Amazon, I'm a book junkie. Thanks!

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

makeetis said...

I would love to win this. I need a itunes card. thanks for the chance. brewerchickey78(at)yahoo.com

Karen said...

I would love the Amazon gift card. Sorry you didn't win that bear!

KD said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

slylady said...

Let's see....do I want to be selfish or think of the kids? Selfish won! I would like the Amazon GC!! Actually I will probably buy something for them with it anyways.

Anonymous said...

I love to shop Amazon. Please count me in to win.
-Terra H.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jeff and Mandee said...

It would be super to win an iTunes gift card, thank you for the chance.

mandee220(at)aol(dot)com

AmandaSue said...

I love amazon! Thanks for entering me!
unforgetable_dreamer_always (AT) hotmail (DOT) com

Alitheia said...

Itunes... Amazon... Itunes... Amazon... I think I need a daisy =P

jzagarjr said...

Great prize

Lynne said...

I am always buying books from Amazon so winning the GC would be great.

coliebear said...

I would love the Amazon card!!

The Blessed Bee said...

What a great contest! Good luck to everyone!!!

Krista said...

This is a great giveaway!! I would love to win either! Thanks for the chance to win!

Krista
clay_walker_fan(at)yahoo(dot)com

Andrea said...

I once convinced my brother to eat mud cookies that i'd baked on our metal slide because he won stuff like that!

Michelle said...

I love amazon. here's hoping
michelle
mpelosi@partners.org

1agordon said...

count me in

1agordon[at]roadrunner.com

Natalie said...

I'd love to win!

Anonymous said...

Please count me in! I'm saving my Amazon gift certificates to buy a Kindle one day. Thank you!

Kim
turtles8861(at)gmail(dot)com

Natalie said...

Bummer about the bear. :(

scblog at hotmail dot com

Leslie said...

Oh, I'd love to win! Amazon or iTunes? It's like Sophie's Choice. Either is perfect!

It's no four foot bear, but I'm giving away a sock monkey at my place.

admin (at) mymommysplace.com

mverno said...

i'm in clear to my chin

Christine said...

Count me in!

chrissoolee@yahoo.com

oonagh said...

amazon, def......must always have more books!!

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

I don't remember anything cool like that from when I was a kid. Oh, well maybe winning an amazon or Itunes gift card will make up for years of missing out! ;)

Thanks for the chance!

Lianne said...

I could so use the gift card to buy the husband's b'day gift! Thanks!

Anya said...

Thanks for the chance.

Princess Golden Hair said...

i was barely able to stop smiling while i was reading your blog. thanks for this great giveaway

Stephanie said...

amazon please -- all I can say is brothers!
tvollowitz at aol dot com

Heather said...

I love amazon!

Karen said...

Count me in :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Shelley said...

Itunes for me!

Bloggytime20 (a) yahoo dot com

Liz McCoy said...

oooh i can never justify spending $$ on music when I have the radio. I'd love to win an itunes gift card! thanks for the chance to win.

RockCity said...

shooting for the amazon card! thanks

Juicebox.mom said...

I'd love to win the Amazon card. thanks

Karla said...

awesome giveaway....Thanks

Deb said...

Would love to win the gift card. Thanks

Francine said...

I would love the amazon giftcard . Thanks for the giveaway.

fancyfeet48 said...

I'd love to win the gift card. And sorry about the bear

Megret said...

Thanks for the chance!
Megret
musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

HomeBizLiz said...

I've had my eye on something since Christmas!
I hope I win!
Thanks!

janetfaye said...

Cute story!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

donnas said...

What a cute story and great giveaway.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Helen S said...

Thanks for the giveaway and the story!
helencutie06@aol.com

Boo Bear's Place said...

i love the app store on itunes and hope to win to get some new apps for my ipod touch

shay77 said...

Would love to win the Amazon GC

jlafount said...

Amazon is the best

andyb said...

i can sympathize! i have never won anything. thanks for the chance.

yabby said...

My hubby has a birthday soon and the itunes gift card would be just the right surprise for him.
yabbys_5 at yahoo dot com

Erica C. said...

thanks

Bunny B said...

Count me in please!
bunnybx at gmail . com

Katie said...

Awesome, thanks!
katiekarr at gmail dot com

sunnymum said...

Sibling rivalry at it's finest! I remember my sis getting a large toy that I had clearly asked for on my birthday... Thanks for the chance to win.

Deven said...

You had one of those brothers too?? I'm pretty sure that mine has won everything he ever entered.

devenswan at gmail dot com

Angel said...

thanks!

ecky said...

this would be handy!!


elkesten at yahoo dot com

Jennifer (mom of four) said...

Great giveaway my two older daughters would fight to get the itunes gift card. Count me in!!

eyeslikesugar said...

Thank you for offering this giveaway!
eyeslikesugar [at] gmail [dot] com

danosor said...

Thanks for the contest.

chris said...

great giveaway...Love itunes :o)

Tiffany said...

With a baby on the way I'd love to have some extra money to Amazon!!!
give_me_a_latte at yahoo

Random Thoughts said...

I love Amazon. Thanks for sharing some of your story!

Carrie said...

I hope he at least let you play with the bear.

simply_unique said...

lol aww i am so sorry about the bear! thanks for the contest

Sam said...

Please add me to the drawing!
Sam (GreenEggs)

samiam1117 at gmail dot com

chromiumman said...

great contest

pauline15 said...

Bummer about the bear!! Hope to win!

Wehaf said...

I'm sorry you didn't get the bear, but glad you got over it.

urchiken at gmail dot com

FatalisFortuna said...

I can always use a giftcard, thanks!

screamingicecube at bellsouth dot net

Tiffany819 said...

I would love to win this! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

Caroline said...

That bear should have been yours.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Mama Hill said...

That's pretty funny what you scratched out! Thanks!

Lora Leigh said...

I would love to win an itunes giftcard :)

fun said...

I love to give exciting surprises to my husband and he loves books so this would just be too cool!! fun.mom.cheratgmaildotcom

AmandaK said...

I'm sorry you didn't win the bear! Who knows? You might actually get another chance! :)

I'd love to win the Amazon gift card!

orchestratenoise0726[at]yahoo[dot]com

Teresa said...

Amazon is my favorite online store!
What happened to the bear after your brother won it???
TRigell at aol dot com

Toni-Lynn @ Grocery Price Blog said...

Hi and thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win the iTunes gift certificate. I am starting to get rid of my bay belly and my ipod music for the gym is so old!


Thank you for the giveaway!
Toni-Lynn
@Holly_GPB
info[@]grocerypricebooks.com

Leona P said...

i could use either card thanks

Reeva said...

great story!! I'm having so much fun making friends and blog-hopping again this year.

Thanks for such a generous giveaway! I hope I'm chosen as the lucky winner!!!

Kim Fissette said...

What a great idea, thanks so much!!
Kim Fissette

alison said...

great giveaway! would love to win the itunes card!

sorry about the bear, i was never one to get lucky in raffles either, but i made up for it with my awesome powers at the squirt-gun race, lol.

alw606@aol.com

Paulapet55 said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Paula
forsweeps@bellsouth.net

scottsgal said...

thanks for the giveaway

Sonya said...

I would have fun on amazon!

Kiara said...

I would love to win this!

Stacy said...

I am stuck in the diaper years but could use a book from Amazon as an escape.

hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

catriona_sweeps said...

An Amazon gift card would be great!

Proud Wife of a U.S. Soldier said...

Awww, where's the bear now-a-days?
Thanks for the contest!

punkinmama said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Erin said...

yay! Thanks for the chance to win!

Tracey@cute2carry.com said...

Great giveaway! And thx for the walk down memory lane! Loved the post.

Ken said...

This GC could get me Beyonce's CD. Priceless. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Adrian L. said...

This is great, please count me in.

adrian309@juno.com

Jessica said...

Hi, I'd love to be entered to win the gift card. I'm jnaomicline(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks for the opportunity!

Mo said...

I'd love an Amazon gift card to buy myself a new book. Thanks for the chance to win!

texasheartland said...

I know the feeling, oh so much! I have a twin sister, and since we're competitive, we didn't want each other to win something so one of us could!


texas_heartland84[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anna said...

Ooh, Amazon! Sweeeet!

Thank you for the great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

That story brings back so many memories...not all of them fond, as I have brothers, too. LOL Thank you for the giveaway guill888 at yahoo dot com

Smiles Across Miles said...

I would love to win an Amazon card, thanks!

Amber said...

Sorry you didn't win that bear. Hopefully your brother let you play with the bear once in awhile!

techyone said...

Ouch! The only thing worse than not winning is having a brother win it. So sorry.

Ang said...

I'm sorry you didn't win the bear. Thanks for the giveaway.

caseydeuce said...

I'll gladly send you all the stuffed animal bears floating around my house!! LOL!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Selina said...

Brilliant giveaway! Good luck with the next one you enter!

angelacisco said...

Awe I'm sorry you didn't win the bear. Thanks for the giveaway!
angelacisco at rocketmail.com

Just Jenn said...

thanks for the chance to win! I would love an Itunes gc so that I can get some new songs for myself and my son to listen to since he now has his own mp3 player

zonie_chick81(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lydia said...

Amazon or iTunes is a hard decision!

delightfulconfection[at]gmail[dot]com

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