The Best Part of Blogging

Monday, September 21, 2009

I began blogging to connect with family and friends. Then I began to branch out and read about some other beautiful families that reminded me so much of my own. Eventually, I found my most favorite: humor bloggers. I love to laugh. I love to read others' daily tribulations. Maybe it's the voyeur in me or perhaps just the daily reinforcement that no one's life or children are without flaws that keep me coming back. As any other blog reader already knows, it is therapy...(*sort of, I'll get back to that.)

Some of my bloggy friends have amazing stories about immigrating to America as children. My paternal grandfather immigrated from Russia as a boy, but unfortunately at that time his family was one of many that dove into American culture headfirst at the expense of losing their culture. My father was never taught the Russian language and he was never taught about his family's life in Russia. I eat up other bloggers' words that talks about their families' transitions as a substitute for my family's history that I will never know about. It also helps when the stories are hilarious.

However, one of the best parts of blogging is definately when you come across an amazing contest/giveaway and you win! I must admit that getting personal e-mails from these well-known bloggers before I knew it was just to tell me I won sent me into palpitations almost as much as when I learned about the fabulous prizes I had won.

My first time was this past April. I think I was only one of like 8 entries, but I was still thrilled to win tickets to see The Wizard of Oz at Madison Square Garden, courtesty of Marinka. We had an interesting journey there including missing my exit, getting pulled over by police for talking on my cell, and being an entire hour late, but amazingly we still got there right at "Follow the Yellow Brick Road." Katie was already a huge fan of the movie, but I was slightly nervous at how she would do sitting through a long live musical. If this face is any reflection, we didn't have a single problem. She was spellbound and loved clapping at all the right places.

During intermision, she got to pose with her best friends.
And even better she got an entire day to visit with Aunt Candi (who lives right in Manhattan in Washington Heights)

and to have me all to herself.

(ughh, that forehead, I really need to cut bangs again I think!)

And then, more recently, we received a bucket of love and excitement from ScaryMommy! I was particularly taken with the beaucoup bucks to Target and Starbucks, but Timmy LOVED the pencils and paper confetti.

Then, with a little direction from me, Katie took ownership of the bucket and pencils to perform a drum solo while Timmy clapped along.

Can you believe I've never ever tasted Nutella before winning this basket? It is truly delicious. I can't believe I've forsaken it all of this time!

So, a special thanks to Marinka and ScaryMommy for making my dream come true. Sorry for the belated thanks. I will totally continue to be a faithful reader now. It's possible I would have anyway, but these prizes have definately won me over for sure.

(*I've heard time and time again that blogging is therapy, but I have had a horrible headache since last night and writing this post has NOT improved it. Maybe it's time to go use those Target giftcards today, because I know with certainty that shopping IS therapy!!!)

Winning these prizes and the thrill of getting to shop (and perhaps get rid of this headache) definately Makes My Monday. Join Twinfatuation today to share what makes your Monday!


mommytoalot September 21, 2009 at 1:23 PM  

Oh Nuttella is a staple in our house.
Great post.
Stopping by from cheryl's

Scary Mommy September 21, 2009 at 5:14 PM  

So glad you liked it! And once you try Nutella, life is never the same. :)

Cheryl Lage September 21, 2009 at 5:27 PM  

How FUN! Love that shot of happy Timmy with the pencils, and the one of you and Katie out on the town. (I have a Panavision forehead...yours is petite by comparison!)

Your wonderful prizes and fun post Make My Monday! Thanks for playing along. :)

Elle Bee September 21, 2009 at 6:48 PM  

Isn't it so fun to win stuff? Oh my gosh, I never won stuff til I started blogging! Hope your headache is gone.

Anonymous,  September 22, 2009 at 9:37 AM  

cute post :) we definitely had an adventure that day. you forgot to mention the enormous amount of food katie ate at Applebees!
lol, its so funny that you wrote about nuttella...its what im having for lunch (PB&J w/ Nuttella)

debi9kids September 23, 2009 at 12:41 AM  

what, never eaten Nutella??? How is that possible? YUM!

ps I think I will die if you cut bangs! I have never seen you with a different hair do (where-as, I think you have seen me with 17,000 different colors and cuts. LOL)

Hit 40 September 23, 2009 at 10:20 PM  

I love winning blogger prizes!!!

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