T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


This is my 400th blog posting. It is a lot like watching the kids grow - where does the time go?

I began this blog as a place for family and friends to keep up on our lives. Along the way I started making new friends, as well as, reconnecting with friends of long ago. It really has been wonderful to be able to share a bit of our lives, document family events, and also learn with you.

A couple of you have been with us since the beginning. Others we picked up shortly after. And recently I picked up a few more after being deemed unintentionally "green". For quite a long while, our son's blog actually had more followers.

So what have we explored together?

You've seen multiple trips to the zoo, followed along with my nurse practitioner school adventures, read our birth stories, participated in my first ever blog event "Live and Learn", and followed along during my "Flats and Handwashing Challenge". There have been other postings where we shared news of our son's peanut allergy , and his pediatric strabismus. And canning season is fast approaching so rest assured we'll see more about that soon, too. You're listened to my ruminations as well as seen some of the emergency preparations we have implemented into our lives. And last, but certainly not least, we've had lots and lots about cloth diapers with a little bit of attachment parenting thrown in for good measure.

I know not everything I write about is appealing or interesting to everyone, but the fact that you would read along anyway because it's about our lives means a great deal to us. We are grateful for all the friendship and kinship we've shared with you and loved having you along on our journey.

As a thank you for reading, I have two wonderful sponsors who have offered a giveaway to commemorate this 400th posting and our daughter's blog's 100th posting.

It's smoothie season around here. I've moved away from my morning protein shake and have now started drinking a morning smoothie. It seems that our daughter also prefers smoothies, too. However, I prefer for her not to drink from my straw (still trying to not introduce my mouth flora into hers - think cavity prevention) and using two straws every morning was adding up to a fair amount of wasted plastic straws. As much as I would try to wash them, often I was unable to get them as clean as I wished. After some searching, I found I kept hearing good things about Straws by Carli. I purchased two glass smoothie straws and have been extremely happy with them. Bebe Sister is still too young to use glass straws, but we've cut our straw use in half. This, once again, makes cents and sense . These straws are made of borosilicate glass which does not break easily, are dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe, and carry a lifetime guarantee! One lucky reader will win a set of straws made by Carli.

So where do I store my straws? My dear blogger friend Julie of Caboose Cloth made me a lovely glass straw case. Not only does it work wonderfully storing my straws, it also looks lovely on my kitchen counter-top! She has offered the winner a case for their straws.

This is the case Julie made for me. Lovely, isn't it?

If you'd like your own set of straws and a case, you have two options - purchase them through their Etsy shops (Straws by Carli or Caboose Cloth) or win them here. One lucky reader will win a set of Straws by Carli with a case from Caboose Cloth.

How to enter?
Mandatory entry - Leave a comment telling me what your favorite of the 400 postings has been or if there was one that was memorable to you.
Extra entries (Leave additional comments for each of the other entries):
- Visit Straws by Carli and tell me what type or color of straw you like that she offers.
- Visit Caboose Cloth and tell me what you would like Julie to make for you or like Caboose Cloth on Facebook.
- If you're a follower of this blog or any of our kids' blogs, tell us and you gain one extra entry.
- Follow us on Facebook.
(1 mandatory entry plus a possible 4 extra entries for a total of 5 possible entries.)
Giveaway runs through 11:59PM on June29th after which a winner will be chose via random number generator. Please make sure I have a way of contacting you should you win. Winner will be contacted directly and will have 48 hours to respond.

Once again, thank you for reading along these past 400 postings. Thank you for all your kind comments and gestures of support. And thank you to my sponsors. I truly appreciate your generosity and support.

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who participated.


zombiemom said...

I didn't even know you had a FB page for TRex Mom?!
Well, I've enjoyed all of your posts. I feel like I've learned a lot from them and I feel proud that you are such a great mom and also my friend.
I am blessed to be able to watch your children grow via this blog! My favorites are always about the kids. I remember laughing (perhaps at your expense) about T Rex pulling the fire alarm. That one had me going for bit!
You have some pretty cool give aways. I never even knew they made glass straws! That is too cool! And glass straw holders to boot!
I would say it's a toss up between the clear ones and the pink ones. And I love the idea of a case to go with them, though I also thought Caboose Cloth's reusable fleece cloths are a great idea too!
Congrats T Rex mamma, 400 is something to be proud of!

T Rex Mom said...

For Zombiemom - fan on FB.

T Rex Mom said...

For Zombie Mom - "toss up between clear and pink" straws.

T Rex Mom said...

For Zombiemom - visited CC and likes the reusable fleece cloths.

T Rex Mom said...

For Zombiemom - follower of blog.

(See first comment which contains each element for entry. I am just separating the comments for the random number generator.)

Thanks, Zombiemom for your entries.

Courtney said...

Fun! You don't need to enter me but I wanted to come over and comment!

I love ALL your posts...really. But I keep thinking about the Natural Family Planning one because I neeeed to take the time and research and do it one of these days.

Thanks for telling us about Straws for Carli. I hearted in Etsy for next time I need a new one! btw, curious on why you said Bebe Sister is still to small to use them? You think she will try and break it? Baby loooooves our straws and uses them all the time. Of course I don't hand it over because the first thing he would do is throw it! He throws everything these days.

And of course I already love CC. Great new straw holder for you! :)

Jenners said...

It is amazing to me that you managed to fit in 400 posts here ... and I'm sure 100s more on the kid's blogs ... all while doing all that you do. Congrats! Your creativity and stamina amaze me all the time ... and I value your commitment to doing things "right." : )

I've never heard of glass straws ... but the idea sounds really good! I actually prefer straws but don't use them too often because I do feel bad about the waste.

As far as my favorite post of yours, I always enjoy seeing photos of the kids or the amazing things you are able to sew in your "free" time. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the 400th post! I am a recent reader so I am not sure I can really pick a favorite but some of your pictures are just amazing; like the ones of your little man feeding the giraffe. My daughter would give anything to be able to do that.

Kim said...

400 posts!! AWesome, really awesome! I love that you stay true to who you are. I think that's what blogging is about. Telling our own stories in our own unique ways. Not selling out because we want to please everybody else. I'm honoured that we are friends. You are an inspiration to me, my friend!

Katie said...

I love all your postings about canning...the peaches one comes to mind, and I LOOOVE YOUR CANNED PICKLES. :-) It's not fair to make me pick a favorite blog entry, it's like picking a favorite child.

Katie said...

I love the candy pink glass straws.

Katie said...

I follow your blog and also both kids :-)

Katie said...

And...I follow you on Facebook!

Emily said...

Hooray for 400 posts! Hooray for your new header picture...so darling! Hooray for morning smoothies...the best!! Hooray for you and your amazingness!!!

Have a wonderful day!

septembermom said...

You are a beautifully honest and loving voice out here in bloggyland! I'm so happy to have met you here way back when. Congrats on your 400th post. I love reading everything that you write and seeing all your wonderful pictures. Many of my favorite posts are about your kids and the milestones that they are reaching. With your writing, you make me feel like I'm right there with you having a wonderful conversation on a Monday morning. Congrats once again, my friend!!

Erin said...

I love all the picture posts of the kids! It's so much fun to see them grow and change over the years!

Erin said...

Ohh i love the cobalt color and the bended straw! Those are so fun!!!

Erin said...

I like the fishy one! So colorful!

Tat said...

I won't be joining the giveaway, because I don't have any straws, but I just wanted to say congratulations on your 400 posts!

alonso204 said...

Mew fan here and I have enjoyed reading about your family. Congrats!

alonso204 said...

Well with two girls I think we would love the pink straws!.

alonso204 said...

Follow Caboose cloth on Fb.

alonso204 said...

The hello kitty 16 crayon roll is so cute.