Sunday, July 25, 2010

Graco party, part 1

My dad likes to enter sweepstakes.  So far we have made fun of him for winning:
  • a set of knives
  • a Hannah Montana PSP game (he doesn't own a platform)
  • a phone call from various Disney characters
  • a night's stay in a hotel from the Jonas Bros Rockin Sweepstakes.
Anyway, he called us at the end of April to let us know that he had won yet another online sweepstakes, and this time he was the Grand Prize winner!  I couldn't believe it when he told me that it was the Graco From the Heart sweepstakes.  I had told him about this back in March of '09 and he's been entering it pretty much every day since then.  To qualify, you had to be the parent or grandparent of a baby born during the sweepstakes time frame.  Since he was the grandparent of Kaitlyn, he entered over 200 times!
Due to these entries, he and Kaitlyn were chosen as the grand prize winners and were therefore entitled to:
  • a catered party for Kaitlyn's family
  • a professional photographer & videographer to record the party, as well as a book and pictures for us from the party
  • 10 round trip plane tickets to fly out of town family to Kaitlyn's party (Mom, Dad, Matt, Chris, Tyler, Carisa & baby Weston from Idaho; Grandma & Grandpa from California, and Mandy & Ryan from Texas)
  • 5 hotel rooms for 3 nights to accommodate the above family members
  • 2 rental vans to drive everyone around in
  • $1000 worth of Graco products of our choice (we chose a double stroller, a single stroller, and a convertable carseat for ourselves, a travel system and a pack and play for my sister, a large infant/toddler carseat for Jared's sister, and a stroller to keep at my parents' house for visits.
  • $5000 savings bond for Kaitlyn's college (this is one of our favorites)!
So, the whole crew came into town for an early celebration of Kaitlyn's first birthday.  Also in attendance at the party were Jennie & Sean, Grandma & Grandpa Z, Steve & Linda, Andy, Tammy, Coulton, Taylor, Mara, and Lexia.
We had so much fun playing with the family.  We went to the temple, IKEA, swimming, Kennecott, and just hung out at the hotel.  It was so great to spend a relaxing vacation in the Salt Lake area, and we loved every minute.  We were especially excited that Grandpa Brown came in and got to meet Kaitlyn for the very first time!  He made her a beautiful music box that has a rocking chair and some teddy bears on it.  Kaitlyn was thoroughly spoiled and loved having so many people to play with!  We are so grateful to everyone for their gifts and well-wishes.  Enjoy the pics!
P.S. I haven't heard yet when we'll be getting the professional pics back, but when I do I'll let you know.


Lemme said...

that's insane!! nate always enters sweepstakes, but he does the dumb ones that give your numbers to time share people.

Cathy said...

Loved the pictures! Mom and Dad had so much fun! She is such a doll, can't wait to see you all at the wedding!

Lauren said...

Woah! That's awesome. congratulations!

Laura Chapman said...

That is so cool! I bet you will be encouraging him to enter more now... Glad you had a fun time to celebrate her birthday.