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Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 4:26 pm | Updated: 1:04 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Red, white and blue balloon columns, with a black Mickey Mouse-shaped balloon at the top, flanked the driveway of Kristin and Geoff Pierce's new Gilbert home Tuesday.

The first-time homeowners stood in front of their garage, which was wrapped like a present with a big, red bow, as they were handed the keys to the home Kristin won in the 2009 Taylor Morrison Dream Home Giveaway.

The Pierce family won about 90 percent of the home's price, with $200,000 knocked off the price, and a trip to Disneyland.

Kristin ceremoniously cut the red ribbon in the doorway with a big pair of shiny scissors, welcoming the crowd into the family's new home.

"Everybody make sure to wipe your feet," called out Geoff, 41, a network development project coordinator for Cox Communications.

It's been a whirlwind five months since Kristin received the phone call June 9 letting her know she was the random winner from the 147,000 contest entries.

The couple was renting a home in San Tan Valley, and in the process of buying a foreclosed home.

On a whim while out on a walk, the two toured a nearby Taylor Morrison model home. The sales representative told them about the dream home giveaway and gave them an entry card worth 50 entries.

Kristin entered online, and then entered again about five more times. The thought of winning never entered her mind because of the number of Taylor Morrison communities in Arizona, California, Nevada, Colorado and Texas.

"It's been wonderful," said Kristin, 35, a stay-at-home mom of 3-year-old son, Anson, and a baby girl expected in April. "I couldn't expect anything better."

After driving around in several nearby Taylor Morrison communities, the couple decided on a lot in Stratland Estates in Gilbert, off Germann and Higley roads.

They chose a single-story, 2,450-square-foot home with four bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, and an additional play room.

"I love my countertops," said Kristin, pointing to her tan quartz counters. "I absolutely love my kitchen."

The Pierces watched as their home was built throughout the past 90 days. They were able to pick out all the elements in their house, including the stainless steel appliances and wooden plantation shutters Kristin can't stop gushing about.

"I've loved coming here and watching our home being built," she said.

The couple plan to start moving in Wednesday, and will host their first Thanksgiving dinner.

Charlie Enochs, a Taylor Morrison division president, who handed over the keys to the Pierces, said he was "very proud" of the home the company built.

"The Pierces are such a nice family," Enochs said. "Welcome home."

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