Friday, February 9, 2018

2018 Stuffie Winter Olympics

Hello everybody! Today I am officially kicking off the 2018 Stuffie Winter Olympics!

You've trained hard for years and now we want to see you going for gold in your favorite Winter Olympic sport! Here are there rules if you would like to enter.

1) Send your photo entry and a brief caption to ajdinthebosnianbear@gmail.com or lifeisbearygood@gmail.com.
2) Entries will be judged on creativity and attention to detail.
3) Gold, silver, and bronze prizes will be awarded.
4) Entries must be received by Friday, February 25th at 11:59 pm EST.
5) This contest limited to stuffies only.
6) One entry per household.

Have fun and good luck to all athletes!



Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Alamo

Last month over the recent holidays, I had the chance to visit the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas! Have you been there before?

Here I am on North Alamo Street. There are lots of touristy things to do and eat there. I am walking closer to the Alamo.


Here is the Alamo Cenotaph monument, dedicated to the defenders of the Alamo. I must be getting closer.


There was a beary large Christmas tree so I stopped to take a selfie with it. Oh look, you can see the Alamo in the background.


Ah, here's the Alamo! Do you remember it?

The Battle of the Alamo was an important event in the Texas Revolution in 1836. Texas used to be a part of Mexico, and when the Mexican government shifted towards more dictatorial policies, well, they didn't like that so much. The Texians started to rebel and pushed the Mexican troops out of their land.

For 13 days, Mexican troops launched an attack on the Alamo Mission. There were less than 100 Texian troops at the Alamo, but more than 1,500 Mexican troops. Ultimately, Mexico won the battle.


William B. Travis, age 26, was a lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army and commander of the Alamo during the siege. He wrote the following letter titled, "To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World". Here's a snippet of the letter:
Fellow citizens & compatriots... I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch—The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country—Victory or Death.
William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. comdt

You can read the full letter here.


Wow, that's pretty intense!

There's more to see at the Alamo. Let's check out the map.


There is a courtyard section in the back.


You also may have heard of someone named Jim Bowie. He helped command troops at the Alamo, but unfortunately died in the battle. There is an exhibit about him and his famous Bowie knife. Let's check it out.


The exhibit is inside! Follow me...


Jim Bowie was an pioneer known for his fighting skills. He was very proficient in the use of a knife, and a knifemaker named James Black created a fighting knife for him. They called it the Bowie knife.


Wow, these things look beary sharp! And it says here that Bowie also hunted frequently... err... animals like... umm... alligators... *gulp*... and bears... and... you know what, I'm getting out of here!

Okay phew, I got out. That exhibit turned dark quickly!
Anyways, I also see this really fantastic tree in the courtyard. There is also a water well in the middle.


There's also a pretty little fountain pool. But it was cold that day so I didn't dive in.


There's also some actors doing re-enactments of the Alamo battle. Wow, history is so interesting, isn't it?


What a great visit to the Alamo! On the way back to my hotel, I made some new friends - pigeons! Check out the video below:



And don't forget to Remember the Alamo!


Monday, January 29, 2018

2018 STUFFIE WINTER OLYMPICS

NEW CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT!
2018 STUFFIE WINTER OLYMPICS
Get your ideas and athletes ready!
More details coming soon!
Ends on February 25 so you have a month to think about it!


😉




Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hello!

Hi everyone! I know I've been kind of quiet on the blogging front lately, but hopefully that will change this year. How has everyone's 2018 been so far?


Mine has been pretty good. I went to -- hey!


Mom, can't you see I'm blogging right now? Let me go!


Uh oh, I think I know what this is all about.


 See, I haven't had a bath in a long time, not once in 2017. There's no getting out of it this time.


She really has it in for me. I took a deep breath as she tossed me into the water.

SPLASH!!



But with the bubbles and all, it's not so bad. It's beary relaxing actually. Look at the water - I was really dirty.


I requested some scented candles be lit for a spa-like effect. Hey, if you never ask, you'll never know.


There was also a soft terry cloth bathrobe waiting for me. Alright, I'm all clean and ready for new adventures this year!

When was the last time you took a bath?



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Best of 2017 Raffle Winner!

Happy New Year everyone! Nice of you to join me here in 2018. Let's kick things off with the Best of 2017 Raffle results.

We received several entries from stuffies around the world with photos of their favorite memory from 2017. The lucky winner, chosen randomly, is...

MAGNUS MEERKATSON

Magnus Merrkatson went to Jamaica in November. He says, "I'm glad it said 'No Diving' 'cause I hate getting wet."


Congratulations, Magnus! Your prize will be mailed out soon. Let's take a look at the other beary awesome entries.

Sprinkles the Bear climbed up a mountain to look down at the Great Salt Lake. Wow, what a view!


Here's Sandy Bear up at the lake where Gramma lives. Stuffies like lakes it seems!


This is Little Fox relaxing in Seattle. I have never been to Seattle before, maybe in 2018!


Drunk Fox had an amazing summer party with his friends! Looks like they had sparkling cider, beer, coffee, peanut butter, bread, and gluten-free tortilla chips?


The next photo is from Beanie Mouse, who had an excellent time with Jelly Beanie visiting Paddington Bear in Paddington Station! This is beary cool!


And here is an entry from Wesley Bear! This is what Wesley has to say:

This is when mum took me and Mini to Atlantic City in July. It was neat going to the beach for the first time, although we did get rained on. However, once the sky cleared, it was fun to play in the ocean and meet new friends.


Next is a delicious photo from Eddie Hedgehog. His favorite memory of 2017 was weighing Maltesers! Those look really yummy.


And now Marcus Meerkatson (Magnus' little brother), who went to the Great Wall of China in 2017! Stuffies are so adventurous, aren't they?


Finally, some friends from down under have something beary cool to share. Benaud, Hicks, Chloe and Chantilly of Australia say:

"For us the best thing to happen was in June when our little sister Chantilly was adopted into our family. We could not think of anything better than that!!"




Thanks for taking the time to enter this raffle! If you didn't win, stay tuned for a new contest coming soon in February!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

END OF 2017 CONTEST!

Whoops, I posted this on my Facebook page, but not here. There's still a couple days left to enter!

Announcing the Best of 2017 Contest! Send me a picture of your favorite memory from 2017. It could be a trip or a fun activity. Write a brief description, too!

1) Stuffies only (sorry, no humans). One entry per stuffie, please.
2) Entries must be received by December 31, 2017, 11:59 pm EST.
3) A winner will be randomly chosen for a fun prize pack.
4) Send your entry to lifeisbearygood (at) gmail (dot) com, or ajdinthebosnianbear (at) gmail (dot) com

Good luck!


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Hey everyone! Thanks for all of the holiday cards we've received over the past week or so!

We got cards from Jerry and Ben, Droopy, Little Fox, Sandy, Sprinkles, Jessica, and Fritzel! Sandy also sent a puzzle and a pin!

Thank you beary much everyone. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2018 for more beary good adventures