Celebrating Joys Shared: A Blue Bunny Ice Cream Photo Contest — 5 Minutes for Special Needs

Celebrating Joys Shared: A Blue Bunny Ice Cream Photo Contest

by Tammy and Parker


Well, it looks as though Mr. Linky has jumped ship yet again. sigh. So just add your link in the comments section below and we’ll add them to Mr. Linky when he’s back up.

I think if you could ask a parent of a child with special needs what they would like others to know about their child, they would tell you that a child with special needs is first and foremost a child.

Just like any other child.

Just like your child.

Children with special needs have hopes and dreams, just like their typical peers.

They want to be invited and accepted, just like their typical peers.

And while they may do things a bit differently than your child, they still love the same kind of stuff as your kids do.

Surprised? That’s okay.

Building bridges between those with differing needs and those without is a learning experience.

On both sides.

But if we work together we can build not only bridges, but a new way of thinking.

And here’s your first assignment:


Got a kid that LOVES ice cream?

Parker, who is mostly g-tube fed, will put his oral feeding skills to work when there is a bowl of ice cream in front of him.

And the joy on his face shows that the reward was totally worth the effort.

What will YOUR kid do for ice cream? And what kind of joy does it bring?

And what better way to celebrate the joy of ice cream we all share then with a photo contest?


Parker signing ‘ice cream.’

Blue Bunny® Ice Cream, the sponsor of this celebration will be offering the following prizes:


  • Grand prize winner: Ice Cream for a Year coupon booklet (12 coupons each for a carton of ice cream), 4 Blue Bunny® bowls, and 1 Blue Bunny® ice cream scoop (Approximate Retail Value $100)
  • Second prize winner: 5 Bunny Bucks, each redeemable for a carton or novelty pack where ever Blue Bunny® products are sold (Approximate Retail Value $7)
  • 10 Runner Ups: $1 off coupon for Blue Bunny® Ice Cream (one per runner up)

Remember our theme is Joys Shared. Show us the joy your child experiences diving into a bowl of ice cream? Or what he’s willing to do for the sweet reward of ice cream.
The child or children in your photo can be of any age or ability.


  • For the next two weeks, we will accept entries. Entry deadline is Monday, July 27.
  • If you are a blogger, post your photo on your site and then come back here and add your link to the Mr. Linky. In your post on your blog, you can explain that it is a part of this contest and link back here.
  • If you are not a blogger – you can still play!!! Just email us your photo, with the subject line JOYS SHARED Photo Contest, to 5minutesforspecialneeds @ gmail dot com. (Please add your image into the copy of the email so that we do not have to open attachments.)
  • Please enter only one photo in the contest.
  • We will post the finalists on Monday, August 3rd.
  • Important Note: We will select up to 20 finalists to enter the final stage of voting. We will be influenced by comments on this post… so it is FAIR GAME to ask your friends to leave a comment here on this post recommending we select your photo as a finalist.
  • We want to let everyone know that it is fair to do that and we will be influenced by those comments, but the final selection of finalists will be a subjective selection of photos that we think best fit the theme.

  • We will use Democracy Poll for readers to vote on their favorite photo. Please Note: Democracy Poll only allows one vote per IP address.
  • If you are selected as a finalist, feel free to announce it on your blog, facebook, twitter, etc and get your friends to vote for you. That is fair game. But please play fair and do not use proxy servers or other black hat methods of increasing your votes. If we do discover unfair practices, we will have to disqualify the parties involved. Remember the spirit of our site and play nice!
  • Voting will end THURSDAY, August 13th at 12:00 p.m Eastern. We will announce the winner the same day!
  • This contest is open only to US shipping addresses.
  • Please see our site’s Terms and Conditions of Use for a complete list of our contest and giveaway rules.

You can also find Tammy and Parker hanging out at their other blog, Praying for Parker and on Twitter where they are known as ParkerMama.

Email Author    |    Website About Tammy and Parker

I am the mother of 5 wonderful kids. My youngest, Parker, is a medically fragile blessing with Down's Syndrome. I am @ParkerMama on Twitter.

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1 Tara Marie July 13, 2009 at 4:14 pm

My little ice cream lover is entered……..yum, yum, yummy

2 Michelle and Elliot July 14, 2009 at 8:35 pm

We all know about Elliot’s oral aversions! Well, push them aside if vanilla ice cream is in front of him. It has to be vanilla, and it has to be in the carton – no bowl please! And, he will only lick it off of his hands…no spoon either! Go figure. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all just dive in to the carton and say to heck with proper ice cream etiquette? Great contest, Tammy! Downloading the shots now!

3 Rhonda and Alex July 14, 2009 at 9:12 pm

It was too much to fun to NOT enter! Can’t wait to see wee E eating (or should I say licking) his ice cream!

4 MaddyM July 25, 2009 at 8:45 pm

I shall give this a go but I think it’s only fair to mention that ice-cream is not on the ‘most wanted’ list around here. On the contrary, I bribe my son with other foods [Goldfish crackers] to try ice-cream. That said, now at the age of 8 he did, finally, manage to eat an ice-cream, a very small one, in the summer when we were in England. We are hoping for a repeat performance soonishly 🙂

5 Melissa B. July 27, 2009 at 8:23 am

Have you ever had ice cream for breakfast? A regular on our family’s summer breakfast menu, especially when we go to the beach! My nephew favors wearing the same T-shirts, day in and day out…even to bed. The only way his Mom can convince him to give up his shirt to the wash is with a cone of French vanilla! My hubby eats 2 bowls of ice cream a day…says they keep him healthy, wealthy & wise!!

6 Jenn July 27, 2009 at 9:42 am

Well if you are playing – I just love the first photo! My next pic would be Emma but it is so hard to choose because they are all so darling. Very few littles (and big ones like me!) don’t like ice cream!

7 Gail Slawson July 27, 2009 at 10:25 am

CristyLynn with her Random Thoughts blog has the cutest picture of her and her son Isaiah sharing in the joy of their favorite food. Love it !!

8 Pam Atkins July 27, 2009 at 11:44 am

This picture says it all. “Let’s have ice cream Mom”! Isaiah loves ice cream and it does not matter what time of the day or night he is always willing to share or have his own. The picture shows forth the joy of sharing ice cream on a hot summer day with Mom.

9 Walt Atkins July 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm

CristyLynn’s photo on her Random Thought blog is the best. It shows “Sharing the Joy” can be a lot of fun for all. She loved her ice cream at a young age and was always willing to share with others and now she has passed that tradition down to her son, Isaiah.

10 Teresa July 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm

It’s a shame I don’t have a working camera at the moment. My daughter loves ice cream and since she has recently been “labeled” failure to thrive I could have sure used the ice cream coupons…might have her weight caught up by the time she makes it to prom…

11 Littie Norris August 1, 2009 at 11:20 am

Cristy & Isiah, should have the ice crean for a year.

12 Wendy Lync August 1, 2009 at 9:02 pm

This little boy, Isiah is the a cutie with his mom and him sharing ice cream. Give them the ice cream for a year!!!

13 Danielle August 2, 2009 at 3:53 am

I love CristyLynn’s photo with Isaiah! What’s better than ice cream? Sharing it with someone you love!

14 BJ Massey August 4, 2009 at 9:46 pm

I am voting for Issiah Slawson. He really needs to win that Blue Bunny Ice Cream.

15 Melissa August 7, 2009 at 9:52 am

My vote goes to Catherine at Halsey Happenings. I just adore that black and white photo of her little one eating ice cream.

16 Millicent August 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Cristy and Isaiah all the way to victory (or Blue Bunny)!

17 montreal florist September 5, 2009 at 8:46 pm

He is cute. Really cute.

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