Ladies and Gentlemen…

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

Got the call this afternoon that Sarah is the grand prize girl winner for the 2007 Baby Gap Casting Call. We had just arrived home from a trip to Denver and the phone was ringing as I was unlocking the door. You know how annoying that can be when you’re tired from a long car ride and you’ve got your arms loaded down with stuff (and yes, there were Baby Gap bags included in the “stuff”). So when I answered the phone I was already a little frazzled, and when I hung up I was downright hysterical with glee! Fortunately Brent was home from work today so we got to share the news together. SO MUCH FUN! We immediately went into calling tree mode and started dialing everyone in the family.
I don’t know many details yet but I do know that we’ll be flying to the photoshoot in mid-January and then sometime after that there will be a spread in Child magazine. I’ll keep you all posted!
For now, check out these pics of Little Miss Baby Gap this morning when a very large package arrived at our door, er, garage door…it was too large to actually come through our door.
What was inside, you ask?
Sarah’s new best friend!
Now the only thing I’m left wondering…will baby Gap know what to do with a mop like this?
Because we could certainly use some pointers.
eta: DENISE! How cool that you found us here…congrats to you and your little guy! Email me at erkatco@yahoo.com. Hope to hear from you soon!
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AjaJanuary 2, 2007 - 7:15 pm

Am I the first! YAY! I just read your post on ILP and had to check your blog out to see if you had any cute pics of the model her self! I’m so excited and can’t wait to see the ad. We voted and I new she would win!!!! Congratulations

J.J. KillinsJanuary 2, 2007 - 7:17 pm

WOW!!!! look at that bear! alla would DIE! so so happy!!

TerryJanuary 2, 2007 - 7:18 pm

Hurray hurray! We already knew she was a winner, but it is nice that the rest of the world things so too! Great photos, Deed!

ToriJanuary 2, 2007 - 7:28 pm

Oh Erin…I am so excited for you!!! I cant wait to see the shoot and the magazine..I am a subscriber of CHILD and cant wait to see her :) . CONGRATS!!! What a cool experience..:)Yeah for SARAH!

melissJanuary 2, 2007 - 7:40 pm

Congratulations! You must be on cloud 9!

Enjoy every moment of this!

MeghanJanuary 2, 2007 - 7:58 pm

CONGRATULATIONS SARAH! We are all so proud of you and your talented mommy! Charlotte is looking forward to those hand me downs!
That bear is AWESOME!

AnonymousJanuary 2, 2007 - 8:01 pm

Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing you and your fashion model tomorrow!
Colleen

AnonymousJanuary 2, 2007 - 8:02 pm

That is so great! I can’t wait to tell all my friends that my best friend’s baby is the next baby gap!! Daphne

JoyceJanuary 2, 2007 - 8:05 pm

So happy to hear the news. When your mom called this afternoon, I thought I was in my continued dream of Sarah winning this contest.
After talking with you, today, it does not surprise me of Sarah winning….she has her mom’s willing to have faith in her cutness and the persistence of sharing that with us all.
Love you….

Pink ShoesJanuary 2, 2007 - 8:26 pm

Oh, wow!! Congratulations!

luvbnmaJanuary 2, 2007 - 8:30 pm

CONGRATS!!!! My husband just walked in and was so excited that “the pigbear” won. She is darling and deserves it. What a teddy bear! Fantastic!

StephanieJanuary 2, 2007 - 8:31 pm

ERIN!!!!!!!!!

I am tickled to death for you. I emailed everybody I possibly knew & asked them to vote… & of course I did every day. Naturally, it didn’t matter, because she was THE CUTEST one on there anyway!! YAYYYYYY! :o )

jenny ressJanuary 2, 2007 - 8:35 pm

Congratulations!
I am so, so happy for you all.
Enjoy every moment! :)

...where we lay our scene...January 2, 2007 - 8:39 pm

Congratulations on the wonderful news.
Way to go Sarah!!!

Sheila

...where we lay our scene...January 2, 2007 - 8:40 pm

Congratulations on the wonderful news.
Way to go Sarah!!!

Sheila

MeganJanuary 2, 2007 - 8:42 pm

YAY! I knew she would win. Congratulations. Where is the photo shoot? The girls would be terrified of a bear that size.

Aunt LuJanuary 2, 2007 - 8:56 pm

Congratulations…I knew she would win…it’s in her DNA, just look at her parents!

rivahmommaJanuary 2, 2007 - 9:02 pm

Congrats!! We were talking about the contest with Gary down in Atlanta this past weekend. How thrilling to get home to the news that Sarah has won!

LyndsayJanuary 2, 2007 - 9:10 pm

That is the biggest bear I have ever seen!!!! I bet she was thrilled!!! So fun!

Congrats and enjoy every second!!!

AdrienneJanuary 2, 2007 - 9:10 pm

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH! Congratulations to you guys :) Sarah is such a cutie, and that bear sure is something! How cool is that!?!? Have fun with it all :) Can’t wait to see what comes next!

P.CobbJanuary 2, 2007 - 9:14 pm

Love You!

AnnaJanuary 2, 2007 - 9:21 pm

That bear is HUGE (and cute)! Congratulations!!!!!!! This is the most exciting thing that’s happened ALL YEAR ;) Seriously, I am just beyond excited for you guys! ~Anna J.

SoonToBeMrsFergusJanuary 2, 2007 - 9:31 pm

Wow!!! CONGRATS!!!!! That is soooo cool!!!! Love the teddy bear too! :)

KatherineJanuary 2, 2007 - 11:16 pm

WOW!

congratulations, and have a blast with that amazing teddy bear.

lee woodsideJanuary 2, 2007 - 11:34 pm

Just came across your blog today. Congrats to your gorgeous girl. She is definately a real cutie.
Your photography is stunning!! Absolutely beautiful. Sure you dont wanna fly on down under and photography my boys? ;)

TashaJanuary 2, 2007 - 11:40 pm

Congrats… I voted nearly everyday for little pig bear. sooooo exciting. Loooove that bear.

ElizabethJanuary 2, 2007 - 11:53 pm

Oh, congratulations to the Pigbear!! And her mama and daddy, too : ) I just knew she had to get it!

DarlaJanuary 3, 2007 - 12:21 am

Just saw the post on ILP…so excited for you! We tried to remember to vote everyday! Congrats to all of you!

DeeJanuary 3, 2007 - 6:05 am

What FABULOUS news — I had all confidence in her and was convinced each day as I voted, that she WAS the winner! :-) ) Congrats to Sarah and all of you. These photos are adorable with her bear.

Gosh, I’m almost as proud as if she were my own grandchild. We look forward to seeing photos.

Ciao,
Dee

Liz CJanuary 3, 2007 - 6:26 am

Congrats!! I knew Pigbear was a shoe in!!! Cant wait to see her photo spread:)

Julie C ButlerJanuary 3, 2007 - 6:34 am

Congrats a million times .. she so deserves it!! She is the cutest .. and love the Teddy Bear!!
Can’t wait to see little Princess Pigbear in the Gap adds!!

NanaJanuary 3, 2007 - 7:08 am

FANTASTIC!!!!
Our whole office is celebrating!

JaideanJanuary 3, 2007 - 7:30 am

Congratulations! That is so exciting!

And what a cute bear!

ColleenJanuary 3, 2007 - 7:33 am

Yay!! I’m so happy for you!! And that’s the cutest bear in the world!! I’m so glad you guys didn’t have to wait too long. The numbers just must have been so huge for Sarah that there was no need to even count the others. So happy for you guys!!!

DeniseJanuary 3, 2007 - 7:44 am

We can’t wait to meet Sarah. :) We are the parents of the boy winner, Jon. Isn’t this the coolest thing ever!! Our bear has not yet arrived but looking at your pictures, we can’t wait!! I’d love to private message you but am not sure how. (By the way, we were voting for Sarah!). Jon David’s Mommy, Denise. :)

M. SpinasJanuary 3, 2007 - 7:56 am

Erin and Pigbear,
Congratulations!! Oh what fun you will have over the next year! I can’t wait to see her in some ads, I’ll be checking the GAP site often! Way to go!

kristinaJanuary 3, 2007 - 8:06 am

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve got a huge smile on my face, Erin! So glad Sarah won! I’m so excited and happy for you guys! And that bear is just WOW! Big!! :) Congratulations, girl!!!

AmyJanuary 3, 2007 - 8:27 am

So wonderful! There is certainly no more deserving winner and we can’t wait to share in all the excitement in the coming months!

A.K.January 3, 2007 - 8:56 am

YAY!~ she’s famous!!!!

aunt danaJanuary 3, 2007 - 9:13 am

Now that’s a teddy bear. We are so excited for you guys. Enjoy!! I think that is so cool that the boy winner found your blog.

Road side daveJanuary 3, 2007 - 9:16 am

did you ever have a doubt? not I! congrats Dave

meganJanuary 3, 2007 - 9:44 am

YAY! All the voting has paid off. Sarah is so sweet, and they couldn’t have picked a better baby GAP girl! And what an awesome bear.

If you get in contact with the boy winner’s mommy, you should ask to post a photo of him. I don’t remember which one he was, and the photos are down from the site now.

JenniferJanuary 3, 2007 - 9:47 am

Hooray!! Apparently we were all diligent about voting every day. I can’t wait to read all about it as it goes… By the way, great bear!! That’s so cool of them to do that!!

the larsonsJanuary 3, 2007 - 11:39 am

We can’t believe it – not that she isn’t adorable enough for any contest – but out of 360,000 kids – NO WAY! Congratulations. I am forwarding your news to all my friends. That is awesome.

RACHEL =)January 3, 2007 - 1:21 pm

That is sooooooo wonderful!! HUGE Congrats to all of you – Sarah is absolutely darling! Can’t wait to see her in the magazine!! :)
Rachel C

AnonymousJanuary 3, 2007 - 3:24 pm

CONGRATS! I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU, BRENT, AND SARAH! ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF THIS! WHAT A BEAR!!!

GranddaddyJanuary 3, 2007 - 3:31 pm

Wow! It’s really hard for a grandaddy to get a word in edgewise among all the congratulatory bloggers! One moment I’m looking at Pigbear’s pics with all her Mardi Gras beads (and not asking how she got them); the next I’m taking congrats from everybody we know (I sure hope Pigbear doesn’t get her Baby Gap crown taken away when all the topless Mardi Gras pics hit the tabloids…). Actually, I’m just so proud of all three of you I don’t even know how to say it.
We love you all and simply could not be happier for you!!

~KimJanuary 3, 2007 - 9:19 pm

How can I top the emotion of granddaddy! Erin…seriously CONGRATULATIONS!!! I knew Sarah would win for sure, she was by far the cutest little girl on there. I can only imagine the cloud you all are living on. Totally deserving. I can’t wait to see what comes next for you all!
~Kim

lindeyJanuary 4, 2007 - 9:18 am

well if this isn’t just the funnest post ever!! i think i felt a butterfly in my stomach when i saw that ginormous gap teddy bear!

so, so excited for you guys!

KarenJanuary 4, 2007 - 7:01 pm

Congratulations!!

KariJanuary 4, 2007 - 9:17 pm

Yah, I’m so glad she won. I faithfully voted for her everyday and she totally deserves it.

Kari

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