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.
And even better she got an entire day to visit with Aunt Candi (who lives right in Manhattan in Washington Heights)
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.
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!