Love Thursday: Thankful for my Boys

Perhaps at Thanksgiving more than any other time of the year, I am just overwhelmed with the amazingness of my immediate, under-this-roof family. And I would double that feeling this year. As of Thanksgiving last year, I was 38 weeks, 4 days pregnant. I went into labor the following evening and LittleBrother officially joined our family on that Saturday after Thanksgiving. The boys were due the day after (BB) and the week after (LB) Thanksgiving and, so, it is probably expected that I am filled with love and memories and general feelings of thankfulness for their existence around this beautiful holiday.

A year ago, my life was nothing like it is today. I was uncomfortable. And huge. And chasing a newly-turned two year old around while uncomfortable and huge. It was no easy task. Now, less huge, I am chasing a newly-turned three year old and a newly-turned one year old around and around and around. And sometimes they chase me back. And we laugh. And we cry. And we learn. And we change. FireDad and I have both been experienced great opportunity this year; he has been teaching many fire classes and I’ve been writing and writing and writing. It’s been an amazing year.

As I put my two boys to bed last night, I was amazed at the changes we have been through this year. Good. Hard. Indifferent. The growth, itself, has been amazing. BigBrother no longer possesses those baby cheeks. LittleBrother is no longer a newborn. Or a baby as he’s technically a toddler. It’s just amazing.

Today we’re off to The Farm to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. And we’ll be thankful. Even when BigBrother won’t eat the food. Or LittleBrother throws up on my sweater. Or FireDad makes an inappropriate joke in front of Great-Grandma. We’ll be thankful for it all. For we are so very blessed.

Happy Thanksgiving! (And Love Thursday!)

 

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More on the HP Magic Giveaway

The FedEx man knocked on my door as the boys and I were enjoying lunch. When I opened the door, he said, “My whole truck is for you.” He then proceeded to bring seven boxes of techno-loving goodness through my front door. When I told him that I was hosting a giveaway, he acted like I was a Superstar. I would like to state that I am not a Superstar. I’m a lucky blogger, fully aware of her own blessings this year and excited to bestow some material (techie!) blessings on another family.

And so, I present to you, The Goods.

What’s pictured? (And what’s in the two brown boxes?) Read on.

Hardware

HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC
HP HDX 18 series Premium Notebook PC
HP MediaSmart Connect
HP Pavilion dv4 series Entertainment Notebook PC (with Windows Live)
HP Mini 1000 (with XP)

Accessories
HP Photosmart C6380 Wireless AIO (printer)
HP 564 Photo Value Pak

Software
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate/Home Premium or Microsoft Windows XP pre-installed on all units (Mini 1000 runs XP)
Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (Student-Teacher Edition) – 1 DVD with 3 licenses
Microsoft Windows Live
Corel VideoStudio X2


Entertainment

Kung Fu Panda (2 widescreen DVDs; 1 widescreen Blu-ray disc)

Worth: >$6000.00 US.

As I said in our announcement post, we are just one of 50 blogs giving away this fantastic prize pack. The full list of blogs is right here for your clicking (and reading because, man, some great blogs in this list!) is right here:

Gotta Be Mobile
Barb’s Connected World
Geek.com
Gear Live
Neowin
Small Biz Vista
JK On the Run
BostonPocketPC
Notebooks.com
Geekzone
I Started Something
Bleeping Computer
The Gadgeteer
Planet x64
Digital Home Thoughts
Digital Inspiration
Geeks!
MediaBlab
Geek News Central
The Digital Lifestyle
GearDiary
Last 100
Geeks To Go!
Liliputing
OSNN
Slashdot Review
SlashGear
Gadgetell
Windows Connected
Techie Diva
One Day, One Job
Student Bloggers
Study Hacks – Demystifying College Success
HackCollege
Noticias Tech
Eliax
La Bitácora de Erwin Ried
Carlos Alberto
InfoWester
GeeksRoom
CíberPrensa
Unión de Bloggers Hispanos
Living – In Theory
Moosh in Indy
Morningside Mom
Thoughts on poetics & tech
Techmamas
Stop, Drop & Blog
Down-to-Earth Mama
merlot mom

While I cannot yet tell you what day our (as in Stop, Drop & Blog) giveaway goes live, I can promise to link to each blog on their “go live” giveaway date. I will also note that each blog owner is responsible for making the rules for their own, individual giveaway. Each will differ; some just a little and other greatly. Ours? I’ll let you know as soon as I can!

And now that all of this hardware and software is just sitting in my living room, I ask you, my readers: WHAT should I review? I’ve decided to only review one piece of hardware because I want the winner to receive as much new material as possible. However, HP and Microsoft have both given us the thumbs up on reviewing these items prior to the giveaway. In fact, their ads say that we will be! And so, I’m trying to decide which one would be the most fun. I’m dying to touch the TouchSmart but, let’s be honest, that thing would be covered in peanut butter smears in 2.4 seconds if I opened it in this house with TheBrothers present. That wouldn’t be a great way to send a computer off to our winner. And so, I’ll refrain.

So, opinions? What are you dying to learn about? Leave a comment and let me know!