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A Day Out with Auntie

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I know this title will just put Madison over the edge because technically I’m just a second cousin, but this is my blog and I’ll call myself Auntie if I want :) now back to the reason for the post….

I had Friday off and offered to take Mason out for the day. I’ve taken Mason on outings many times before but normally I just schlep him along with whatever my plans are (running errands, hanging out at my house, etc.) and normally have his sisters with him. This trip however was just the two of us and I thought it would be fun to take him to the Children’s Museum.

He was super excited when I showed up and was ready to go bye-bye right away. I had to distract him with toys at home for awhile because it was to early to leave, but that didn’t last long.

(I don’t know why the photo flipped, but it looks like I’m in the passenger seat! Don’t worry I was still in the driveway when I took this picture!!)

When we first arrived he was pretty shy and clingy, but quickly warmed up and had a great time!

We drove big busses!

He found a girlfriend and together they drove a tractor, very romantic first date!

We dug for fossils and moved LOTS of woodchip bark around!

We crawled through tunnels!

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And played with trains!

And then we hit the water area. I purposely left his area for our final stop of the day because I knew he would love it and I turn get soaked! Having been to this museum before and left with soggy kids, I thought ahead and brought him a new outfit! And my theory was correct, he had a blast and was wet form head to toe!

Mason really enjoyed this water feature that would suck plastic balls up a tube and shoot it down into a large container with a raging water tornado.  He did this over, and over, and over.  It was really cool to see him learning cause and effect right in  front of my eyes!  I was pretty proud of him!

 

 Don’t you just love his bossy no when the girl tries to join him!

While I was playing alongside of him I realized that I have never been to a kids place like this without bring lots of kids. I’ve done it many times with twins and triplets, plus friends, and spend the entire time counting heads. I never have had the chance to really play and be one-on-one with a child…it was pretty cool and not to mention fun!

This was a great day and I hope to get to do it again soon!

 

7th Blogiversary!

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I have to admit that if TimeHop hadnt reminded me of my blogiversary I would have completely forgot! How is that possible?

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It still blows my mind that Ive been blogging for seven years! Ive come a long way from my first blog post back in 2008 on a long lost platform called MySpace! I never quite got MySpace even with all my friends trying to explain to me how it worked. The only thing I got out of MySpace was my love for blogging.

I posted a whopping 75 posts on MySpace before switching to Blogger that November. I spent almost 2 years with Blogger before making the decision to migrate over to a self-hosted WordPress blog. On my second blogiversary, July 5, 2010, I set a goal for myself to be officially moved over by the end of the summer. I achieved that goal, on September 10, 2010, after 508 posts with Blogger, I debuted the blog I have today.

Over the last seven years my blog hasnt changed much. Sure Ive had many style changes and people have aged (slightly), Ive stayed true to what I wanted it to be when I started, a journal of my life. The good times. The bad times. The happy times. The sad times. The tears. The giggles. 100% me. And thats pretty darn awesome!!

My 7th blogiversary wouldnt be the same without my by the numbers metrics!

7th Blogiversary – July 5, 2015: Over the past year I blogged 65 times or 18% of the year.

2014 Benchmarking vs. 2015 Benchmarking

Average Visits/day: 17 (23 in 2014)
Pages visited per session: 1.54 (1.52 in 2014)
Bounce Rate (bounce rate shows how many people clicked around to different spots on my blog…the lower the % means people are touring my blog and reading different spots. Goal for blogs is 75% or less.) 69.93% (71.69% in 2014)
Average Time Spent on My Blog: 1 minute, 14 seconds (1:17 in 2014)
New Visitors: 69.93% (77.49% in 2014)

If you are interested in reading about my past Blogiversary’s you can check them out here:

6th Blogiversary in 2014

5th Blogiversary in 2013

4th Blogiversary in 2012

3rd Blogiversary in 2011

2nd Blogiversary in 2010

1st Blogiversary in 2009

 

Heres to another year of blogging fun!

 

 

 

I Spy….

ME!!!!

Okay, and Mason & Emma!

What a fun event Eastside Baby Corner was invited to be a part of!

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#CatchTheMoment 365–Year in Review

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I did it, I finally completed my Catch the Moment 365 Year in Review!  It’s not 100% right, but I’m tired of fighting with the program I’m using to get it perfect and at this point don’t really care.  Okay, that’s not 100% true, more that I’m running out of time before I leave on my cruise on Thursday!

Thank you Mindi at Simply Stavish, Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer, and Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming for being amazing hosts and pushing me to complete the challenge no matter how behind I got!  I’m happy I was able to complete the challenge!

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Now that my photo challenge is over, guess what happens Thursday?!?  I board a plane from Seattle to ROME!!!!

Yes, Rome!

On Saturday I will embark on a 21 day Mediterranean Cruise!  I am so excited and ready to go!  Well, I’m ready to go but I’m not ready to go if you know what I mean!  I’m 85% packed and started prepping all my electronics for the 9.5 hours flight to Amsterdam and then a 1.5 hour flight into Rome.  I hate packing, so this part is extremely painful for me, but this too shall pass and soon I’ll be on my way to the Mediterranean!  Bring it on!

I plan on blogging each night of my cruise; the posts most likely will be quick with just a couple photos, but still fun to post and share.  So make sure you come back and follow my journey!

See you in Rome (or on the way!).

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Top 5 in 2014 [Comments]

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*These were determined by the number of comments!*

#5: #CatchTheMoment365; Week 47
[28 comments]

#4: Find YOUR Inner Awesome {#DropsOfAwesome}
[30 comments]

#3: #CatchTheMoment365; Week 41
[33 comments]

#2: #CatchTheMoment365; Week 44
[35 comments]

#1: #CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 38
[38 comments]

 

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2014 Blog in Review

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I say this every year, how is it possible that I am sitting down and writing my 2014 Blog in Review?  Has it really been 365 days since I wrote 2013’s?  That just doesn’t seem at all plausible, but alas it is and here I go.

During 2014 my blogging changed a bit, while what I blogged about during 2014 didn’t change the look of it did.  I took on a 365 day photo challenge (and by golly today is day 365 and I will post my final photo) and instead of posting lots of single event posts, most were my weekly photo updates.  In each of these posts I shared the previous week’s seven photos and told the story behind each one.  In one way this was a fun way to recap more of what I did throughout the year, it made my blog look different.  Instead of having lots of completely different blog posts the majority of them had the same title, some variation of Catch The Moment | 365.  That being said my review is also a bit different.  Instead of highlighting one event, for most months I had to pick my favorite week and then try to put a theme together!  In the end I think I did a pretty good job, but still different.  But different is good, right?!

Without further ado, here’s my 2014 in review:

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january

Lessons Learned; Second Chances
Originally Posted: January 29, 2014

february

Catch The Moment | 365: Week 5 {#CatchTheMoment365}
Originally Posted: February 7, 2014

march

#CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 10
Originally Posted: March 14, 2014

april

#CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 14
Originally Posted: April 11, 2014

may

400,000 Diaper Donation!
Originally Posted: May 7, 2014

june

USS Turner Joy (DD-951) Visit
Originally Posted: June 18, 2014

july

Kennewick 9/11 Memorial
Originally Posted: July 1, 2014

august

#CatchTheMoment365; Week 32
Originally Posted: August 23, 2014

september

Why Cloth Diapers Aren’t the Answer #DiaperNeed
Originally Posted: September 10, 2014

october

#CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 40
Originally Posted: October 23, 2014

november

#CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 45
Originally Posted: November 19, 2014

december

#CatchTheMoment365; Week 48
Originally Posted: December 29, 2014

Wow, what a year 2014 was!  I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for me!

Happy New Year!

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In case you missed my 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Blog in Reviews, be sure to check them out!

SIXTH Blogiversary!

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Wow, I cannot believe I am writing my SIXTH blogiversary post.

Well technically this was written four days ago on July 1st, because when this goes live I will be vacationing in Las Vegas!!  But you all didn’t need to know that, back to the celebration…..

Sei! (Italian)

Kuusi! (Finnish)

Sita! (Swahili)

Six!

Not only is it my sixth blogiversary, but last years post included an introduction to my newest nephew who would make his debut at the end of the summer.  Little did we know that he would make his grand entrance just 22 days later, about eight weeks before he was due!  The fact that Mason is almost a year old is even crazier than this being my 6th blogiversary!

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*6th Blogiversary – July 5, 2014: Over the past year I blogged 81 times or 22% of the year.  That’s not great stats, but better then 2013 where I blogged only 66 times or 18% of the year.

2013 Benchmarking vs. 2014 Benchmarking

Average Visits/day: 23 (15 in 2013)
Pages visited per session: 1.52 (1.87 in 2013)
Bounce Rate (bounce rate shows how many people clicked around to different spots on my blog…the lower the % means people are touring my blog and reading different spots. Goal for blogs is 75% or less.)  71.69% (69.06% in 2013)
Average Time Spent on My Blog: 1 minute, 17 seconds (1:43 in 2013)
New Visitors: 77.49% (75.46% in 2013)

If you are interested in reading about my past Blogiversary’s you can check them out here:

5th Blogiversary in 2013
4th Blogiversary in 2012
3rd Blogiversary in 2011
2nd Blogiversary in 2010
1st Blogiversary in 2009

Happy 6th Blogiversary, Cori’s Big Mouth!!

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*W*O*W* my “Won’t Chew Be Mine” post went crazy!

I’m slightly addicted to Pinterest. I pin a couple times a day (give or take a hundred!), but I have never had an item I made go *viral*.  However, a few days ago I was scrolling through and came across one of MY posts that had been pinned a crazy amount of times!

Last Valentine’s Day I made these fun Valentine’s to pass out to my volunteers.

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I had pinned it to Pinterest just to see what happened and it quickly became the #1 searched item that brought people to my blog.  Pretty cool!  I was psyched!

In January I started noticing the original pin I posted on Pinterest was getting more and more re-pins.  I *enjoyed* checking it daily to see how many pins it now had.  By early last week I was inching closer to 500 pins.  I was thrilled to see my first pin go “viral” (in my mind!).

But then a couple days before Valentine’s Day I was scrolling through my Pinterest home page and came across my photo.  However, it wasn’t pinned/connected to my blog:

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Slightly confused I clicked through to the “Visit” link below the image and to my surprise was brought to this website:

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where I noticed my pin had been spotlighted on the “Top DIY Projects” site for Valentine’s Day ideas.  Not only had it been spotlighted, but it had been pinned more than 6,000 times!  WOW!  I was absolutely shocked and excited.

I quickly sent my friend a message, the one who had originally pinned this pin, and asked if she had any idea that was my photo.  She responded with she didn’t initially know it was mine, but soon made the connection.  She had found it by doing a Google search for the “Won’t Chew Be Mine” question.  She went on to tell me it actually was the first item that popped up in Google Images!  What?!

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I then popped over to the “web” option where I found that my blog post appeared as #5!  Yep, I was pretty excited!

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I’m pretty darn proud of myself!  Have you had an item go “viral”Even if it’s just a “Cori” standard viral post? Smile

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