Yesterday I ....
Drank my coffee before it got cold
Built a table
Designed three furniture plans
Only did the dishes once
Wrote two posts
Cleaned the house
Stained some trim
Thinned my carrots
Fixed my hair
And wore mascara
Then I ....
Baked cookies without flour or sugar and ate most of them
Did one interview
Tried to act professional on two conference calls
Made dinner from scratch
Cleaned the garage
Ran three miles
Cleaned two toilets
Built a $10 Ledge
And filmed it
And I ...
Was not the last parent to leave the classroom
And I only drove by the playground once at recess
Twice if you count turning around.
I am so proud.
Yesterday was an easy day.
Yesterday, I remembered what it's like to not be doing the toughest job on earth.
Yesterday, I remembered what it's like to not be doing the most fulfilling and rewarding job on earth.
Yesterday, a big yellow bus came.
And my baby girl went to school.
Where does time go????
Doesn't it seem like yesterday, she was just a clingy toddler, with wild flyaway hair, taking blame for all of Mommy's spelling errors and late night posts?
So when my friend Kari from Ucreate asked me to participate in this massive giveaway to help us hold on to our kids a little longer, I had to say yes!
What was that? You guys like us to give away outrageously huge prizes?
Well, it's your lucky day then because we have a humongous giveaway to get you pumped up and ready for "Back To School" days. Get your kids ready to say "Cheese" - you could be one of two lucky winners to win a brand new CANON REBEL CAMERA!
And yes, I said one of TWO - one for you and one for a friend!
So be sure to spread the word and get all your favorite "friends" and family members to enter because if you don't win, maybe they will and share their luck ;).
AND, if that wasn't enough to get you excited and ready to start "Liking" (see below), we've got THREE $100 Visa gift cards lucky runner up winners.
All you have to do is be sure to "Like" the following Facebook Pages using the links below (you really will like them - they are some of the hottest blogs out there). Then enter your information in the short form at the end of this post so we know how to contact you if you win! This form will serve as your entry - so be sure to complete it accurately.
Need a little more convincing to enter this giveaway? Read all about this awesome (and expensive) camera HERE.
This giveaway will close midnight on 8/29, so don't delay!
Thank you to all who entered the Canon Rebel Camera and Visa Gift Card giveaway!!
Congratulations to the winner of the 2 Canon Rebel Cameras:
Congratulations to the winners of the $100 Visa Gift Cards:
Winners have all been contacted, and will be receiving their prizes shortly… enjoy!!
I love Canon Cameras
So excited to have the chance. I'm always taking pictures. I would share with my husband who travels the United States with his job.
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What an amazing offer!! Thank you for your generosity!!
This is a very generous giveaway! Good Luck everyone.
My step-daughter starts her final year at college in one week. Then, it's off to Medical School somewhere nearby - I hope!
such a beautiful post - i just love everything you did yesterday! wonder woman? or just a mom? both are brilliant for sure.
Amazing what can be done without our little ones... but then we miss them like crazy!
And I would LOVE a new camera! Love my current Canon but sure could use an uprade!
Fingers crossed!!!! I've been wanting one of these for a long time!!
Great giveaway! Crossing my fingers! Ive had to use my camera phone to take pictures of my kiddos because we havent been able to afford one! Thanks for the opportunity!
My fingers are crossed! My twin sister NEEDS a new camera!
I hate that our kids grow up. And now I'm watching THEIR kids grow up...and I'm happy and sad at the same time. Thank you - I think - for helping us realize they won't stay little forever.
I could use a new camera!
I just celebrated my first daughter's first birthday and am in awe how quickly that first year went. And I can't believe little Grace is already on her way to school! Time just goes by so fast, doesn't it?
Thanks Ana for this amazing giveaway. If we thought taking hundreds of pictures before having a kid was bad, it's now gotten seriously out of control. But I love capturing those moments to look back on because time really does fly by!
Thanks so much for the chance to win!!!
I am constantly taking pictures, this would be awesome!!! It would be great for my husband to use when he travels for the army too!
Wow! I'm tired just reading your post.Way to take advantage of that newly found free time. Congrats Grace for being such a big girl!
I've been stalking these cameras on ebay. I want one!
I'm so excited. I've been saving for one forever, but something always comes up and the camera takes a backseat.
My kids are growing too fast. I want to capture it all!!
Thanks for this awesome chance!
I am known in my family for being a photo junky, I love taking pics of everything my kids do, I live for building memories with my kids, I had a good camera, but it got broken while at Camp with my Cub Scouts last year, I always let them take the camera to take their own photos, so I could see camp through their eyes, those were always the best photos!, I totally could use this!
Outstanding Give-a-way..my daughter is studying photography and this would be an awesome gift for her.
Oh how I have wanted to splurge and buy one of these...but life happens. Moved and had a baby this year....would be SUPER stoked to win!! Thanks for the opportunity.
I love taking pictures, our son who we recently adopted has started to enjoy taking them too! This is an exciting opportunity.
Thanks for the chance!
I'm so excited to have a chance of winning a Canon camera. Been wanting one for quite some time because it's the best way to capture all my priceless moments. Can't wait!!!
Very excited. I am in need of a new camera. Thank you for the chance at winning one.
I have three kids & I don't want to miss a second!
What a sweet idea of being able to win two cameras.
Oh my fingers are crossed! My 6 year old Lumix died on so I'm back to a 10 year old Fuji that's barely hanging on. I have two kids and one of the way, cameras are a necessity, lol!
What an amazing giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)
I would more then love this. My camera stopped working and I could really use a new one to take pictures of my kids it would mean so much to me. Pictures worth 1000 words! ...
Thank you so much for the opportunity!!!
This is so fun! I'd love to win. Thanks for the opportunity.
Looks like I've found a few new cool sites as well!!
I can't do the contest because FB hates me right now (I can't "like" or share or post anything!) but I had to comment to give you hugs and a WOO for your baby girls first day of school. Enjoy your days of getting stuff done without distraction; I can't wait to see what great stuff you'll accomplish! =)
So excited to have a chance of maybe winning! I have always wanted one of these cameras, but there always out of our budget! Good luck to all! :)
I love Canon, what a great give away!
Awesome giveaway. Holy moly you got so much done! Good for you. I wanted to comment on the new blog format. I like it! :)
Yes, please!! Momma needs a new camera!! I've got 2 ADORABLE (yes, i'm a bit biased!) kiddos that I need to snap pics of!!! They grow so fast... and I don't want to miss a thing!! :)
Wow...What an awesome offer!!
To I'll be able to get one and give one to my sister! We both have been in need of a new camera instead of the cheesy ones we have!
I am the picture taking queen in my family. Everyone depends on me for photos!! I woud love love love to have this camera!! WOW!!
This is awesome! I would love to have a nice camera to capture memories of my little boy... he grows so fast. Thank you for the chance!
Canon cameras are great!
What a sweet giveaway! I think I would give one camera to my sister if I won. TYTYTY!
Canon Cameras are the perfect way to remember the days of our lives.
Be sure to enter this giveaway. You could win 2 cameras or a gift card.
Not only are these expensive but super thoughtful. I am sure who ever wins will get great use of them. Thanks so much for the chance to win!
Here's hoping... We have our first baby on the way and could really use a nice camera
I liked all the pages then read the print at the bottom. Disappointed I can't enter because I live in New Zealand. Would be nice if it was open to everyone.
I would love a new camera and I know my sister would too!
Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to win such an awesome camera AND for introducing me to some awesome blogs!!!
Awesome Give away :)
Thanks for this opportunity!
Yes please!!! xo
How awesome would this be to win!!!!
Very cool opportunity!
Thanks for the chance to win the new cameras. My Mom would love it.
Wow, you made me tired just reading all you did yesterday! Then I got to the last part with tears in my eyes. It was not that long ago that I put my boys, 5years for my oldest, 3 years ago for my youngest, on the bus. Every step they take towards independance, feels like one more step away from us. But I'm still their mommy, I still have to tuck them in and do our "routine" before bed: a kiss, an eskimo kiss then a hug. And they still rely on me for a lot of things.
I would absolutely love to win the cameras! I love Canons! I would give the extra one to my mom, who loves to capture moments with the grandchildren, her camera is broken right now!
I'm sure whoever wins will be thrilled!! :)
Oh man, awesome giveaway! I hope its me!!!!
There is no way I could put my precious baby on that bus. So I put that college education to good use and teach him myself. :)
I would LOVE one of these cameras! If I don't win, I will be the friend to the one who does win ;)
Hope you are loving school, Grace. It has been such a privilege to watch you grow up and I'm feeling almost as teary as when I watched my son start school earlier this year.
Thanks Ana, great post. And well done only driving by the playground twice :)
You made me cry. It made me think back when my oldest started preschool. He will start the 5th grade soon. The day after he starts 5th grade my daughter will start preschool. Where does the time go?
Fingers are so crossed!!!!
Thank you for this opportunity! Fingers crossed!!
Amazing! I totally agree that they do grow up so fast...have to learn to appreciate these tough hands-on years because so soon they are on their way through school and on their own!
I'm hoping, I'm hoping, I'm hoping it's me. I have been drooling over a new camera for a very long time. I want one SO bad!
thanks for this great giveaway!!!
I'm looking for a new camera, this would be awesome to win! :)
Don't know if I need to comment as well, but I would LOVE to win these cameras for myself and my friend! I'm having my first baby in December and she already has 4 kids to document!
Such a sweet sweet post Ana;) Not sure where the time goes.... I had a similar post yesterday lamenting about the same thing ...http://cleverlyinspired.com/2012/08/this-i-know/ :)
Woo hoooooo! I love a Canon!!!!!!!!!!!
I remember that. My oldest son started kindergarten last year. Im not a very emotional person so i didnt cry like my wife but i have to say the only other time i felt that proud was after the birth of him then again his brothers. The house gets so quite that i actually missed him saying daddy, daddy 1000 times in one hour.
this is amazing. you are amazing. thanks for the opportunity! :)
Lucky to have 4 of my grandkids living with me ( all boys aged 9 to 16 ), but they do get bored easily and I have discovered that letting them use my Iphone to take pictures and movies brings out their creativity, we have made Big Foot commercials and taken pictures of lots of fun stuff, but it would be alot more fun with a real digital camera, So here is hoping .
I could really use a new camera to take pics of my kiddos and the new baby on the way!
I wasn't able to 'like' two pages, because google chrome couldn't show them. But I liked all the ones that I could. I hope that doesn't take me out of the drawing. Thanks for the chance to win!
I would LOVE a new camera! Mine is on it's last leg and my daughter has been talking about how hers is outdated! :) What a great giveaway!
Fantastic Giveaway! would love to be entered and WIN of course!
I really hope that entering the contest is not contingent upon "liking" the Facebook pages. I don't do Facebook -- and wish that entries to contests were not linked to having to like a Facebook page.
Also, I checked NO that I had not liked the FB pages and still submited my entry.
Thanks for this great contest! Keeping my fingers crossed!
Thanks for the chance to win! I'd love a new camera and would give the other one to my son who's an artist. It would come in handy to photo his artwork.
WOW! What an adorable "big" girl she is. I remember dropping off my son on his first day of kindergarten like it was yesterday. He will start his senior year Monday (tear). They do grow up waaay too fast. Enjoy it while you can.
I would love love love this!
Earlier today, my bff, Glenn, and I were discussing how we really needed to get new cameras.
These would be the spectacular ! =)!
Thank you for all your hard work ... !!!
& YES! They certainly do grow up soooo fast. =}
My daughter called to tell me to go to your blog, I just started reading it and love it. I have already picked out so many new plans to build (you are quite a woman).
I am a Nana that loves to take pictures of my grandchildren when we get the chance to visit. I love to look at their pictures until I get new pictures.
I would love love a cannon camera.
You almost made me cry with this post. I remember it all to vividly!!
Wonderful give away. I entered!
Love the idea of a new camera to photograph all my fun projects and recipes! School doesn't start for us until next week, it will be back to routine soon!
about the possibility
of a new camera ... love to share...thanks
I wish I could do that much in a week... maybe a month! lol! Mine are still 2 and 3yo so I have a few years before I can cash in on that kinda free time...lol.
wold love to win this camera. i have been looking for a new one.
now i am trying to decide which knock off to build. love them.
I'm vicariously building my own dream house while watching you put up your real one - well, I hope it's your mothers' dream house anyway. Love the blog, love the camera, love the post
Thank you for your amazing crazy Canon giveaway opportunity, and a reminder of how litle time we have with our children as babies!
I have a 2nd daughter on the way at the end of Nov, and a new camera would be perfect to capture the moments in our new life chapter! :)
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