This week marks the end of an era for my family: These are the last few days all three of our kids will attend the same school as Phoebe is moving on to middle school in the fall. As much as our three kiddos bicker en route or gripe about having schoolyard behavior get reported back to us by a sibling, it's a delight to have them co-existing under one roof and interacting during the school day. In my heart and my gut, I can already feel the pangs and fond remembrances I'll experience when I think back on these four shared years. Yet do I have a single photo of them all together at school? Ha, of course not. Even in this age of omnipresent smart phone, I never once lined them up in front of the school and snapped a pic of our three (sometimes) amigos.
It's the same when I dug through iPhoto to find digital pics of our twins in the double Chariot Carrier that they basically lived in the first few years of their lives: Not.a.single.photo. (Argh: deep regrets!) When I close my eyes, though, I can see napping John's big, blond head flopped toward his twin sister's mostly bald one as I pushed them on neighborhood runs. I can vividly recall their little button noses pressed up against each side window, squealing at every dog, cat, and squirrel we passed on our daily walks. I can envision their pudgy hands reaching out of the zippered opening, clawing for a fresh bag of Goldfish crackers. That Chariot Cougar, with its adaptability to be a bike trailer and a walking stroller, saw us through countless miles. It equaled freedom and sanity for the first few years with our twins.
Now we are thrilled to bestow that premium versatility, quality, and durability on two families: Chariot has generously provided us with two Cougar 2 carriers to give away. The Cougar 2 works with either one or two children, holding up to an amazing 100 pounds. Its padded, adjustable-height handlebar ensures it works for caregivers of a wide range of heights. When in running mode, its two 20" wheels allow you to run comfortably without sacrificing stride length; the included Stroller Kit lets you add two smaller, easy-to-maneuver front wheels for zipping around on errands or trips to the library. This sporty carriage folds easily (which I fondly recall from trips to Portland's westside to trail run with my little passengers). Suffice it to say, the Cougar 2 has so many features, my kids' summer vacation would be over if I tried to list them all. Take our word for it: Chariot Carriers rock!
First things first: We gathered names and emails from runners this spring at Mother Runner parties and expos, and we drew one winner at random from that collection of folks. The winner of our first Cougar 2 is: Trish Carabello. (Trish, we'll contact you to get your details.)
Now that you're all envious of Trish, here's your chance to win a Chariot Cougar 2. To be entered to win, tell us what everyday event you wish you had more photos of. Click on the Comments ribbon below this post (do not just hit "reply" if you are reading this post on your mobile device: you need to go to our website to enter) and tell us how you wish you had more photos of bathtime, family dinners, soccer games, a mouth full of braces, the time-out chair. That's it: By telling us what "mundane" occurrence you wish you'd documented more in pictures, you can be like Trish Carabello and be the owner of an uber-versatile Chariot Cougar 2.
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. It begins on 6/12/13 and ends on 6/18/13; the winners will be announced on 6/22/13. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $684.95. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.