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.

726 comments:

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Anonymous said...

What a great giveaway! Both are great prizes.

Anonymous said...

I love my iPod. Itunes all the way!

dorsy28(at)hotmail(dot)com

imaclutz89 said...

Thanks! I love using Amazon!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win the amazon gc so that I can get an audio book

sharonaquilino at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Cool, thanks!
scgirl816 at gmail.com

sumi said...

Life can be a bear sometimes, eh? :-) Did your brother let you play with his new toy?

Amazon or Itunes...it's a toss-up for me. Either would be wonderful.

~Sumi

sumi@nwe-usa.com

Kristen M. said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love the iTunes gc.

Allison said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I love Amazon! and iTunes!!

Chief Family Officer said...

I love Amazon AND iTunes, so this is a great giveaway - thank you for the chance to win!

Cathy
cfoblog [at] gmail [dot] com

Blessed said...

I'd love to win!

thepolkadotlollipop@hotmail.com

Storm Safety Blog said...

What heartbreak to watch your brother claim the bear of your dreams. I hope you got him back for that!

As for the gift card choices you're offering, I'd love either one, but as a bonafide bookworm (my first job was even in a book store), I'd go for the amazon option.

Patrice said...

I don't have a brother, but I did have similar experiences with my older sister. I'd love the Amazon gift card.

Jayfr said...

I could find a way to spend these.

Anonymous said...

we love both of them, so either one of them will work in our home here

Anonymous said...

Hopefully you got to cuddle the bear when your brother wasn't looking ;) I know I wouldn't be too happy if my sisters won something I really wanted.. haha


raspberrykitty at aol dot com

~ Doreen said...

Amazon GC please!

yadgirl said...

I love Amazon

Anonymous said...

Oh, so many people have entered! Do I even have a chance?????
Thanks,
Davina
davina.perret@gmail.com

Dave said...

That is a funny story. Thank you for the generous give-away. I love amazon.com.

cdziuba said...

Final entry, hope I win the Amazon, thanks for having the giveaway.

Jinxy and Me said...

Great prize (I would choose Amazon)! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jenn said...

I'm sorry about the bear - how rude of your brother not to give it to you lol!

Kiy said...

Bummer about the bear. :) I am a lover of all things books, so Amazon is one of my fav places to shop!

Cheers, Kiy

tmc480 said...

I would love to win this GC

tmc480 at yahoo dot com

zachsgran said...

I love Amazon!

zachsgran1 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Great Story. If I should win I would choose the Amazon GC.

Kaia said...

Amazon is a cool place!
jenius47(at)hotmail(dot)com

mar said...

I shop both Amazon and iTunes!

intime said...

would love the amazon intime@myself.com

Bunny B said...

I'm hankering for an Amazon GC!
bunnybx at gmail . com

nickyle said...

So I gotta know, did you ever get a bear from your brother? Did he ever make it up to you? Did it rub the bear in your poor little girl tear stained eyes? Did you ever do anything mean to the bear?

That is just so sad, really it is. I cannot think of anything of my youth to compare because I was the baby of the family that destroyed my older sisters toys (not on purpose, just being a little girl).

Thank you for the chance to win, I have my eye on some Geromino Stilten books for my son.

Have a great upcoming weekend.

pamcallahan said...

I love gift cards (Amazon.com)

pamela.callahan@sbcglobal.net

lsfish said...

Thanks, I would like Amazon if I won

Anonymous said...

I'd love to win the Amazon card! Thanks for the giveaway :)

abraxi89(at)yahoo(dot)com

teddi said...

Oh this is fun. I would like to nab that Amazon card.

Thank you.

bunnie3788 said...

would still love amazon. I still love your story and love re-reading it. Thanks for the give away

Anonymous said...

Please enter me. Thanks! I love shopping at Amazon.

idahomom said...

I love Amazon.

Anonymous said...

I would take either prize. I could get something useful with either one of them.
traymona[at]aol.com

miriama said...

I am sorry about the bear but look at you now1

Anonymous said...

Cute story..I could relate to it.
joni514@roadrunner.com

Anonymous said...

sorry to hear about the bear!

amazon is my pref

ardy22 at earthlink.net

Anonymous said...

I would love the chance to win. Thanks for the chance to win.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

Unknown said...

Once again- thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

What a beary cute story, and you can bear to remember the details...it's reminds me...
some days you get the bear, and some days the bear gets you.

I know that's unbearable,
hope this post gave you a smile, bearly!

I will get the song...
The Bear Went Over the Mountain...if I should win your giveaway!

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

Happi Shopr said...

we could sure use an amazon gc. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

denyse said...

I'd love the Amazon

Unknown said...

Here's hoping I'll win!
frog123 (at) cyipcom (dot) net

Unknown said...

Thank you for posting this information. I really appreciate it!

Great blog and giveway. I hope you have an awesome day! Thanks again ;-) Amy (amyinkamloops *AT* gmail.com)

Patrice said...

I know from experience that siblings can be a pain when you are kids. I'm sorry you didn't get the bear. I would love the Amazon gift card. Thanks!

Haggatha said...

I know how you feel. I have 3 younger brothers and they always got what I wanted. If I were lucky enough to win and item, my mom & dad always made me give it up to my younger brother saying that's to babyish for you, give it to one of your brothers. Ahhh, say lavie

Barbara said...

Does your brother remember winning the bear as clearly as you remember NOT? Sometimes it's the disappointments in life that shape up more than the successes. Thanks for the giveaway. Should I win, I'll remember :)

Gene and Annie said...

My husband would love for me to win this for him! He needs some new music!! Thanks for the chance

Courtenay said...

I would love that Amazon GC. Thanks!
mysbc27-web at yahoo dot com

sascha said...

Argh...you mean your brother didn't share? (mine wouldn't have either..) Thanks for the opportunity to win a cool giveaway!

Sandra said...

I would love to win the Amazon GC...I have so many things on my wish list!

owatz (AT) telus (DOT) net

Anonymous said...

please enter me

dangotmail AT yahoo DOT com

sohamolina said...

I'd like the amazon GC please.
eddiem11@ca.rr.com

Fangirl Jen said...

I-Tunes for my IPhone Addicted husband!

c allen said...

definately amazon for me! thanks for a super giveaway.

Tina12312 said...

I can relate, I think everyone has their very own "bear" story.

If I'm lucky enough to win, I'd love the Amazon gift card, so much fun to shop there. Thank you for the great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Happy Friday! I'd love to win! Thank you so much for these multiple chances.

author_erin(at)lycos(dot)com

Unknown said...

I would love to win this contest. garrettsambo@aol.com

susan1215 said...

please enter me

Karen said...

Thanks for the chance to win :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

chromiumman said...

super prize

Anonymous said...

Childhood "scars"...sorry to hear about the bear. ;) Thanks for the giveaway! theprophecygirl(at)hotmail(dot)com

Ingrid said...

Your memory was very touching. I hope your brother let you hold the bear after he won it. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I'd love an Amazon gift card! We can always use more books! :)

Thanks!
misterjimmy at sbcglobal dot net

Lindsey said...

Oooh, this is a toughie! If I won maybe I'd choose iTunes and give it to my hubby. :-) Great giveaway, thank you!

ladyufshalott at yahoo.com

Storm Safety Blog said...

I could buy two books at Amazon with $15. Of course, I'd have to buy a couple more, in order to qualify for free shipping, but somehow, I'd manage...

lace said...

I'm gonna go with the Amazon gc. I'd get a book or a basket for my bike for this summer.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Friday comment. I do hope I'm doing this right..one comment EACH day right? Anyway, Amazon for me!!!!

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

theolotto said...

Sorry about the bear. I like the amazon card.

kmg365 said...

One last entry, clutching my lucky teddy...

nicolehrb said...

I would love to enter for the amazon gc

Anonymous said...

Very nice, Love gift cards,
mimikgt@hotmail.com

Emily said...

I could use either one, but probably Amazon is the preferred. Thanks
emily_albrecht at hotmail dot com

Ang said...

Great giveaway. Thank you

binabug said...

enter us please

klp1965 said...

PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY :)i love amazon

Jennifer Wilson said...

I love Amazon. :)

jzagarjr said...

I love iTunes and Amazon.

liliesrnice said...

I would love to win the amazon gc. I wold use it to get some books for my little one.

Rita M said...

It would have to be Amazon for me!

pitaharmon said...

I would use the itunes card for one of my kids birthdays coming up!
They are actually very careful how they use their itune money.
harmonden[at]wowway.com

Emily N. said...

gotfire atyahoodotcom

Anonymous said...

Please count me in again.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I like your blog header, interesting...., Thanks, Godesseablu@msn.com

Cali said...

Sorry about the bear, and thanks for the giveaway!

krystiw@gmail.com

llinda29 said...

just for me

Helena Batt-Vesey said...

1/30/09 - Thanks for the giveaway!

Denise S. said...

Amazon is my all time favorite store!

Anonymous said...

This is a great giveaway, pick me!!

krissygrl84@yahoo.com

Imaterri said...

Ive never won a blogging contest, would love this to be my first so I can buy something on Amazon.com.
Thanks.

Betty N said...

I would take the Amazon card because I buy grandkid presents through Amazon and ever dollar helps!

Mommy 2 Monkeys said...

I'd love an Amazon gift card. It seems I'm always ordering from them every couple of months.

Kathy S said...

Sorry about your brother...I had a great older brother, and he would have given the bear to me! I'd love to win the music gift cards. Either one would be great. Thanks.

Lori said...

Just one entry. I hope it wins! Thank you!

lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

Heather said...

I think I'd go with ITunes. THanks for the give a way!

herblady said...

I would choose the Amazon. Thank you for the chance to win!

hrbeck_98 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Erica G said...

Thanks for the giveaway. If I won, I would love the itunes card. Thanks!

babychooch (at) gmail {dot} com

Anonymous said...

Here is my January 30th entry please... Thank you!

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

Anonymous said...

I would love the Amazon gift card.

annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

Alpaca Farmgirl said...

Amazon is incredible, so many things to choose from.
Thanks for the contest!
katy@alpacafarmgirl(dot)com

Reginald said...

sorry about the bear

reginald2004 at gmail dot com

Reginald said...

it'd be nice to win the gc.have a great weekend

jdmimi at gmail.com

Tiffany said...

Interesting blog theme..I'll have to come back and read some posts and see if I want to follow your blog.

But, woohoo! First, I must attempt to get $15 in iTunes or amazon.. ;)

thanks!

sherunsaway22 at yahoo dot com / Tiffany

Bianca said...

well, at least a random stranger didnt win!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to win an Amazon card. I would buy a CD.

captfree[at]excite[dot]com

John Deal said...

I'd like to win the iTunes for my daughter. AztecFeller@aol.com

dani said...

It must of been hard seeing your bro with the bear.

kalea_kane said...

When I was a kid, I really believed I would win. Heck when I play the lottery, I am SURE I'll win. :) I'd love to try to win an Amazon gift certificate. :) Thanks so much!

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I Would Love To Win The iTunes Gift Card

ray_jay_1983@yahoo.com

chazvgo said...

I Love Amazon. Lots of things that I can buy. :)

slehan said...

Amazon for me. I have a couple of books on my wish list. Thanks for the contest.

Ilissa said...

Great prize. I'd really love to win a gift card for amazon. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Brothers are stupid :(

froggypartyof2@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I would choose Amazon. Thanks for the contest. SageFlowerBloom@yahoo.com

1993wel said...

Why is it that we all remember disappointments like that from childhood? Memories are a funny thing. My children keep hoping to win the stuffed bear at the dentist's office (they get their names entered if they have a checkup with no cavities) but they have yet to be rewarded... :)

Linda H. said...

Thank you for the nice prizes. I would love the Amazon GC. Thanks.
yokamay at gmail.com

Sandy S said...

I would love the Amazon gift card! Sorry about the bear! Thanks!

skstigger (at) hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would give the Amazon card to my son, so he could buy more books for college!
bkittie@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'd go for the amazon gift card. I've had a long wish list for several years, mostly books, music and movies.

ladycat713@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I'd love an Amazon gift card

alterna7 at hotmail dot com

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