I have changed my mind.
This morning, the children all played an integral part in choosing a winner and I am sharing the process with you, my beloved readers, because you may want to do your own giveaway (real or pretend) just for the sheer joy of having your kids engaged and happy for like, ten minutes.
Cut construction paper into colorful strips and write names of each and every commenter this week on the strips. Then listen to CR read some of the names and listen to her and The Love Fairy giggle at their favorite names which included Mr. Lady, Dizzblnd, and Sass.
Instruct CR and The Love Fairy to fold all strips of paper into tight little squares to ensure total fairness. Watch CR try to sneak three strips of papers with THEIR names written on them in the hopes of "winning the book."
Throw all folded squares in bowl and admire how neat it all looks. (I know it looks measly but there were like 45 entries. Yippee!)
CR picks one strip of paper and holds it tightly in her fist resisting the urge to peek.
The Love Fairy chooses her strip of paper and doesn't even have the urge to peek (probably because she doesn't read yet).
Place each of the chosen two names under two plastic bowls on kitchen floor.
Watch El Destructo walk over and pick up one of the bowls to uncover winning strip of paper underneath.
(Sorry no pic because it all happened so blazingly FAST!)
CR unfolds paper and reveals .... the WINNER!
Congratulations Dizzblnd of Soggy-Doggy-Bloggy!!
(Email me with your address or I will get in contact with you so I can mail you The Manual for Motherhood.)
Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting.
Now I'm off to ready myself for a 7-hour drive across the desert with the kiddos.
Wish me luck.