Today, this blog turns three. Three is a magic number: it is how many children I have, the amount of years we struggled to conceive them, and the times I call DH during the day to ask when he's coming home from work.
It's impossible not to think about all the changes that have happened in three years. In September 2007, I was pregnant with Bean and we lived in St. Louis. In September 2008, we were raising a 6-month-old Bean in Seattle, and I was finally getting into the groove of motherhood. And last year in September 2009, I was coming to terms with a new twin pregnancy. Now look at us: a happy, if overwhelmed, family of
five seven (can't forget to count my parents!).
It's a small little blog, but it means a lot to me and it makes me happy. To celebrate and thank everyone who has clicked on "Sunny in Seattle" to share support, advice, or empathy -- both in leaving comments or just in silent prayer -- I pulled together a little collection of treats from the Evergreen State (and surrounding) that I'm going to give away. Sorry international folk, I decided to limit this to the U.S. There are some perishables and I'm not sure how long it would take (or how expensive it would be) to ship to you. I recently ordered a couple of necklaces from a lady in Toronto via Etsy, and based on the postage date, they took a full month to arrive after getting caught up in customs. So in turn my gift was completely late for my brother's girlfriend's 30th birthday! But I digress.
I'm probably more excited about this giveaway than you are because my "love language" is Receiving Gifts, so this is my currency of affection. Unfortunately for my DH, this is the worst love language for your wife to have, for many obvious reasons. In this case, it would have saved him $35 plus shipping if it was Words of Affirmation. But it could be worse, if it was Physical Touch he'd have to spring for an airline ticket so I could give you a hug in person. Although I'm guessing if he got to pick my love language, that would be it. But again, I digress.
So here's what I have for you:
Chocolate Death Bar by Seattle's Favorite Gourmet Cookies & Dessert Co.
Falls Country Buttermilk Pancake Mix from Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls (the lodge featured in Twin Peaks)
"Mostly Sunny" All Natural Oatmeal with dried fruits from the Northwest, by Umpqua Oats
Smoked Salmon Chowder by Seabear Wild Salmon
"Rainy Day Roast" coffee, roasted in Seattle by Dustin Creach
Assorted cocktail chocolate from Seattle Chocolates (appletini, lemon drop, margarita, and mimosa)
Northwest Breakfast Tea by MarketSpice
All you have to do is leave me a comment below and tell me what local favorite (of any kind) that you would include in a gift from wherever you call home. And yes, you can still enter if you live here in Seattle -- tell me what I'm missing from my giveaway! I'm going to pick a winner at 12 noon Pacific Time on Friday, September 17 using RANDOM.ORG. Be sure to include your email address if it's not on your profile so I can contact you if you win. Good luck!