Hoppy Easter


This Easter was a crazy one for my family.  My Grandma put her house on the market and in 12 hours she had 3 offers and a bidding war…suddenly we had just a couple of days to put on a massive garage sale – which just had to fall on Easter weekend.  In addition of the garage sale, Alex was home for Spring break but was flying back to Idaho on Sunday morning.  So we made the decision to hold a garage sale and Easter on Saturday.  It was a busy day.

We had our family over for Easter dinner on Saturday night and then dying Easter eggs.  Everyone spent the night and Sunday morning we woke up to see if the Easter Bunny had visited, had a big breakfast and then send Alex off to the airport.  Needless to say it was a world wind weekend.  Lots of fun, great memories, laughs and a whole lot of photos were taken!

I have been horrible about getting non-steps to a million or #catchthemoment365 posts up and have made it a goal to post a non-related post once a week.  I have a bunch of photos that I’m in the process of editing that I want to get up on my blog, but life just gets in the way….not to mention exhaustion!  With that being said, here’s that first post Smile 



And then no Benson holiday would be complete with out a throw-down.  This time it was Kelly –vs.- Maddie in a jump roping contest.

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The game might have been slightly rigged, but in the end Maddie was the big winner and Kelly the loser.  We’ll just say Kelly was a bit skeptical by the results Smile


Alex and Mason with their final vote for the winner….


My dad and Aunt Sue were in charge of the voting…at this point Kelly was up 2-1 votes, but Maddie was about to make her big comeback.


Our official jump-rope official, Emmalee, congratulating the winner.  Notice Kelly in the back with the smirk on her face, she was a good sport and new she had no chance to beat Maddie!

Hope you all had a Hoppy Easter!


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M2Ms–Week 16


I don’t know what I’m more excited about:

 (1) beating my old daily high step count … by 73 steps I might add … set on Thursday, January 23rd for a new total of 13,898 steps!

(2) increasing my daily step average to 10,000 steps, which I might add is what is recommended for me Smile

 (3) coming in 3rd place this week amongst my friends, sorry Karen for passing you!

Yes, week 16 was pretty good to me! I cannot WAIT to see what week 17 brings…then again maybe I can because the last two weeks have been so fabulous I’d hate to crash!  Oh well, it’s worth the chance since I’m only 255,631 steps away from my 1 millionth one!

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Week 16 Stats (April 14-20, 2014):

Total Number of Steps: 64,777 steps
Total Number of Miles Walked: 28.02 miles
How Close to 1,000,000 Steps: 744,369 / 1,000,000 = 74.44% toward goal

Total Number of Calories Burned: 14,544 calories
Average Daily Steps: 10,000 steps
Week 16′s Most Daily Steps: 13,898 steps on Saturday, April 19th
Overall Most Daily Steps: 13,898 on Saturday, April 19th *New high daily step total! Beat my previous high score by 73 steps! Ranking Amongst Friends: 3rd (out of 19 people)

How does Mission to a Million Steps work? Every Monday I will post the number of steps I stepped from the previous week (Monday-Sunday) on my blog. I have designed a goal thermometer that I will change each week on my blog to show my progress. You will also be able to quickly see an update on a permanent thermometer on my sidebar. I’m excited to see how long it will take me to walk 1,000,000 steps!

Want to try to out-step me and have a FitBit? Feel free to add me as a friend on FitBit. Please leave me a comment letting me know you are sending me an invite so I know who you are.

Bring on week 17!

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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 15

I am exhausted every single non-working moment of the week has been spent prepping for a huge garage sale we’re holding this weekend.

Last week my Grandma listed her home on the market knowing that it would take months to sell.  Well she was wrong.  Within about 6 hours of listing it (the sign wasn’t even up yet) she had three offers and a bidding war going on.  In the end it sold and she had less then 30 days to move out.  So we have spent the last week prepping her house to move and gathering items for a massive moving sale.

My cousin, sister and I are using the money earned to help pay for our airfare to the Mediterranean for a cruise next year.  My grandma is so amazingly thoughtful that told the three of us if we did all the work, advertising and prep we could keep all the profit.  Needless to say we were motivated!

Today was the first day and it was pretty successful.  What shocked us all was that the big ticket items didn’t go, yet we made several hundred dollars on .25c items!  I don’t know what’s crazier the fact that we made so much money selling .25c items or that my Grandma had that much knickknacks in her home!  Regardless we are thrilled with the progress being made!  We will be at it again tomorrow morning at 8am with fingers crossed that the rain stays away!

With all that being said a majority of my posts this week were garage sale related!

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For more information on this project please visit one of the hosts mentioned above or click the badge below!  Feel free to come and join us and our 365 day journey behind the camera lens!

Catch the Moment 365

with Mindi at Simply Stavish, Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer, and Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming.

How does this work?  Everyday I am posting a new pic to Instagram, Twitter and my personal Facebook page with the hash tags #365DaysofCori and the official challenge hash tag #catchthemoment365.  On Friday’s I will do a recap of the previous week’s photos and *hopefully* give a little more insight into the photos, why I took them and any history behind them.

Happy Friday!

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