Friday, 19 October 2012

Giveaway Winners Announced

So, I'm back from holiday, multiple washings have been put through the machine, and my One Year Blogiversary slash 300 Follower Giveaway has come to an end. Many, many thanks to those who tweeted, posted and did other bits and bobs. Random.org has chosen three deserving winners and they are as follows...

Game On by Kyra Lennon - won by Kathy McKendry

Lady Fate's Game by Siscia Miles - won by Clare Dugmore

What We Found by Chris Eboch - won by Kyra Lennon (clearly she couldn't win her own book!)

Congrats to Kathy, Clare and Kyra (how nicely alliterative). I hope you all enjoy your fabulous new reads!

What else to talk about? Well, there's the holiday. I feel a bit thrown out of the blogging loop again, because although we were only away for six nights, we slept in five different places and did so much that it feels like much longer! On Sunday we were at Disneyland Paris for the third time in fourteen months, and it was our wettest visit by a long chalk, but still great fun. We queued for an hour to see Belle, but that was OK as it was indoors and gave us a chance to warm up and dry out. Eve (just turned four) decided to take her raincoat off before going into the room to meet the princess, and went from having a tantrum over not being able to undo the buttons, to instantaneously simpering and curtseying upon entering her presence! We also met Captain Jack Sparrow, Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas (the girls were just slightly freaked out) and of course, Mickey. It was also great to visit my parents in Brighton before we went to France and friends in Essex on the way back.

A few pics...

Three princesses

Eve and Emma with Jack and Sally. Looks like I put a cool effect around this photo but it  was just the stage.
Emma triumphantly holding aloft the decapitated head of a mouse before
spooning out its brain. Only joking, it's just a muffin in a Mickey cup.
How's everyone else's week been? Anything cool planned for the weekend?

33 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to the winners! Sorry Disney was wet and cold, but it looks like the kids had fun anyway.

Kyra Lennon said...

Congrats to all the winners!

Love the Disney photos! I am slightly jealous that you've been there so many times in just fourteen months! :p

Clare said...

Congratulations to all the winners.
Glad to hear you had a nice holiday. Love those Disney Land photos; very cute. :D

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Kids rarely let bad weather ruin anything fun. :) Welcome back!

Elise Fallson said...

Congrats to the winners! So glad you guys had fun despite the wet weather. And it's still raining over here if you can believe it. ): Love the pics btw, so cute. I'm going to try to pull off a Sally type costume for Halloween this year....well, maybe. Glad you're back!

Julie Dao said...

Love the pictures! My family and I had a wet, cold experience when we went to Disney World (in Orlando, Florida) back in January, but the thing with Disney is that you always have fun no matter what! Looks like the kids had a blast!

Freya Morris said...

Looks like you've had a great time!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Congratulations to the winners!
I love Disney! Glad your girls had a good time, despite the weather. :)

Suze said...

Aw, Nick those pics are lovely! Enjoyed this post. :)

(And, yes, those names are nicely alliterative.)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congrats to the winners. I envy you the Disney visit. I wish I can go there soon.

Ashna Banga said...

Wow, seems like a lovely holiday! Three times to Disneyland Paris in fourteen months? Great! :D

Suzanne Furness said...

Congrats to the winners of the giveway. Looks like you had tonnes of fun in Disney despite the weather. Kids don't seem to notice as much!

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I have not been to Disney for years - I think it's high time I revisited some of my children's highlights too! Welcome back to bloggysoggyland!

Angela Brown said...

Congratulations to the winners!
YAY!

And your holiday was filled with princess wishes come true, apparently some rain, but most importantly, a fun, family time.

S.P. Bowers said...

Congrats to the winners! It looks like a great vacation. Thanks for the pics.

Morgan said...

I love Jack the Pumpkin king!!!

Soooo one of my all-time faves...

Great pics. Thanks for sharing, Nick!

And go winners! ;)

J.L. Campbell said...

Good on the winners. With all the activity you had, you and the family might need a holiday after the holiday.

Nick Wilford said...

Alex - We had fun too, even though our feet were like blocks of ice, lol.

Kyra - I must admit, before kids, I didn't think I'd ever go! We look out for deals and vouchers, otherwise we probably couldn't afford it, lol. Enjoy your book!

Clare - Thanks! Enjoy the book. :)

Madeline - Very true. Thanks!

Elise - Thanks! I can believe it's still raining, although the day after Disney was gorgeous. Never mind, eh!

Julie - Ha, I can't imagine Florida ever being wet and cold for some reason, although I suppose there are storms. Disney does cheer you up!

Freya - We did!

Rachel - It's amazing for them - nope, rain won't spoil that!

Suze - Thanks! :)

Nick Wilford said...

Rachna - Hope you get there!

Ashna - There's still stuff we haven't seen, lol.

Suzanne - As long as they're wrapped up, they're fine!

Pat - Thanks! Maybe you will go back.

Angela - Yep, we need to have those family times - the rest of the time everyone's sort of busy with their own stuff!

Sara - It was definitely a busy holiday!

Morgan - It's a great movie. It was also cool seeing all the Halloween stuff around Disneyland.

Joy - Ha, not much chance of that! :P

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations to the winners!

Great pictures. :)

Cynthia said...

Congratulations to the winners. What fun pictures! Now I want to go on a vacation. =)

Pearson Report said...

Congratulations to the three lucky winners!

Disneyland rocks!
It has been the inspiration for my daughter’s career choice - she is designer (character and set) for a major animation studio in Canada: a dream come true.

Kids never forget the fun of going to such a magical place - memories will last forever.

Getting in a visit with your parents, and friends, must have been a treat for everyone - happy times.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Jenny

Chuck said...

Congratulations to all your winners. Disney world is a good time (only been to the one in Orlando not Paris) but too bad it rained. It's a win if the kids still had a good time...muffin head Mickey and all.

Lexa Cain said...

Your kids are gorgeous, and I'm so delighted that they had a wonderful time at Disney! Thanks for sharing all the great pictures with us. :-D

Charmaine Clancy said...

Awesome costumes, I dreamed of visiting Disneyland when I was a kid - it always seemed such a magical destination! Love the big yellow dress on Belle, might have to pick up one of those to do my housework in ;)

Jessica L. Foster said...

Oh it sounds like you guys had a wonderful time! Welcome back!

kmckendry said...

Wow! I'm so excited to have won Game On! Thanks!

Glad you had a nice time on your vacation even though it was rainy.

Lisa Regan said...

What great pics! Looks like it was a good time!

Nicole said...

Looks like a wonderful trip with the family!

Gina Gao said...

Congrats to the winners!

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Susan Oloier said...

Lovely photos! Holidays have a tendency to take you out of the real world. We all need more of that, in my opinion. I know I do :-)Welcome back!

Caitlin said...

Congratulations to the winners! Looks like you guys still had loads of fun despite the weather. I would love to visit Disneyland one day. Glad to see that you're back!

Medeia Sharif said...

Congrats to the winners.

Fantastic pictures. I need to spend time at Disney. I'm only four hours away, so I really have no excuses.