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SeaWorld Giveaway for the San Antonio!

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

You are here to enter to win the SeaWorld giveaway for 4 tickets to SeaWorld and Aquatica in San Antonio?  Well then you came to the right place!  I’m so excited to offer my readers a chance to win this really dandy prize.  Why?  Because it’s one of our most favorite places in San Antonio.  We were definitely frequent fliers at this amazing theme park when we lived there.  So much fun and so much sea life to educate and entertain every age.  Plus our visit there in March helped us to not feel guilty about taking Banjo out of school for the trip.  I mean he learned about dolphins, killer whales, and more.  Things that he could definitely not learn in a classroom.  So it’s okay to occasionally miss school for such things.  Just occasionally.  If you would like to read more about our time at this great park then you won’t want to miss my SeaWorld review.  Here’s just a peek at what you will miss out on if you don’t check it out:

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That’s our Banjo when he was just a wee little one.  We didn’t realize that we were sitting in the splash zone.  Shamu got Banjo and us.  He didn’t seem to mind.  It was hot out.  It was San Antonio.  It’s always hot in San Antonio.  *wink*

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 Now for the SeaWorld GIVEAWAY…

Enter to win the SeaWorld giveaway for those tickets to the San Antonio park via the Rafflecopter below. Don’t live in San Antonio?  Enter to win because you can just plan a trip!  Have friends or family in San Antonio or in the great state of Texas?  Be sure to tell them all about this very dandy giveaway!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Monday, May 11th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*Good luck to all!
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*I received free tickets for my family and I to experience SeaWorld San Antonio for the purpose of writing this review.  All opinions are strictly my own.

O Eclectic Tannenbaum in July

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I call Christmas in July!  After all July 1st is tomorrow and it’s my blog, so I can do that.  Right?  Right?  *wink*  Plus, you all know that I LOVE Christmas.  It’s by far my most favorite holiday.  I do also really like Halloween, but I’m pretty sure you know that already, too.  There’s just something about the Christmas season.  All the Christmas decorations, Christmas smells, and ChristmasLightsEtc.com sales this month.  What’s not to love?  Anyway, today you are in for a real treat.  Are you ready for it?  I’ve decided that I’m going to share with you a part of my life that I’ve never done before.  I’m going to share with you something from my family blog.  A hush falls over the crowd and then…  The crowd goes wild!  Some of you may not know this about me, but before this blog I was actually already a blogger.  I had a little family blog that I maintained while we were living in San Antonio, Texas.  Far away from family and friends.  I should specify that I mean prior friends.  We did make friends in San Antonio.  I’m not that anti social.  *wink*  We lived in SA for 6 years.  I started a blog to share our lives and growing family with loved ones who lived elsewhere.  My very first blog posting was on April 8, 2008.  This was exactly 6 days before Banjo was born.  So I have been blogging for quite the long while.  For my Christmas in July special I’ve decided to share with you an excerpt from my little blog.   And here it is…

Monday, December 1, 2008

O Eclectic Tannenbaum – I love Christmas ornaments!! I’ve always been fascinated by the way the glass ones glint and reflect the lights. My mom was always one of the room-mothers when I was in elementary and she would give out these great handmade ornaments at the class Christmas party. I have one creative mother! However, why is the grass always greener…or in this case someone else’s Christmas tree always greener? I will admit that while I was growing up there were some years I envied others’ Christmas trees. They were all fancy and put together right out of a decorator’s magazine. Our tree was always quite eclectic. We put our school made ornaments on the tree no matter how they looked! 

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My brother and I even had our own box of ornaments to place on the tree. These were random ornaments we had collected over the years; first Christmas, special ornaments, gift ornaments, etc. We had so much fun picking just the right branches to hang our ornaments! Looking back I wonder why I ever had Christmas tree envy??? We had a great tree and a great family tradition! One that I will always remember and hold close to my heart. My parents made sure that it was about us feeling special and included around the holidays. And the tree itself displayed how we had grown over the years. I’m so thankful to my parents for instilling in me these valuable traditions and for giving me the type of tree that I want my own children to have!

A Smith Family Christmas Tree
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Our tree has also become very eclectic. Anyone who comes over around the holidays will find that I just love Christmas ornaments in all their randomness! When Audi and I got married my mom sent us my ornament box. Every year we have even gotten more memory making ornaments as gifts from people; our first Christmas married, in our new home, etc. I can’t wait for Banjo to one day bring home his beautiful school made ornaments and store them away in his very own box! We also started our own tradition of collecting ornaments from the various places we have vacationed. It is fun to decorate the tree together every year and remember what we have done and where we have been throughout the years.
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*The End*
These days our Christmas tree still looks exactly the same.  With the exception of the additions of new ornaments from new travels and ornaments that Banjo has made.  Yay!  My wish came true!  I’ll have to share those with you sometime.  We’ve also embarked on the adventures of decorating the outside of the house.  I guess that comes from living in a more established neighborhood with children around.  Plus, we have to compete with all the St. Louis neighborhood light displays.  Not really, but we can try.  Or rather… dream, right?!  We still need to perfect getting the light strands to the top of the columns:
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That will come with time I’m sure.
Despite our failed column lights attempt…
We are so very grateful to finally live in a neighborhood that has a Christmas tradition of its own.
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Luminaries line our street every year on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
*This post was brought to you by MBN. All of the thoughts were completely my own.
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