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Happy Halloween

We had a FUN halloween this year! We started ‘celebrating’ on Thursday night with our annual Family Pumpkin Carving Party. We all carved pumpkins and had soooo much fun removing the ‘pumpkin poop’ (what Madison called it). The pumpkins included….4 dancing ghosts (made by me), a cat (brandi), Barack Obama (jaime), the democrat ‘logo’ (mary) and a vampire (alex). Plus my dad and Madison both did ‘old fashion’ ones! So we had quite an eclectic variety!

On Halloween afternoon we (myself, Erin, Jaime & Madison) went with Kim, Sophia & the triplets to “trick or treating in downtown duvall”. Sophia was ‘supergirl’ and the boys were bumblebees & Gabbi was a ladybug. The cutest costume of course was Minnie Mouse Madison! We had fun walking up and down Main Street while Sophie & Madison went store to store in Duvall.

After that we went back to my house and waited for ‘real’ trick or treating. But by then Madison was way overtired and pretty grumpy. She got spooked by a ‘scary ghost’ that came to the door, so she didn’t really want to go out. We walked up the street but only went to the Harrington’s before returning home.We had a GREAT Halloween here – hope you did as well! And I will leave you this evening with our Funny Story of the Night!

*DOOR BELL RINGS* Both my dad & I go and answer the door and standing at the door is Barack Obama! As Barack was leaving my dad said “hey Barack check out your pumpkin”. Barak looked down at the pumpkin and then back at my dad and at the pumpkin again – sort of waved to my dad as if he was acknologing my dad. Then turned around a left…

My dad and I looked at eachother dumbfoundly trying to figure out what had happened….we finally realized that we think Barack thought we were calling HIM a PUMPKIN! At that moment we both started laughing histarically! And continue to laugh about it from time to time when one of us brings it up!

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MEDRIX Auction

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MEDRIX: Medical ♦ Education ♦ Development of Resourses ♦ International eXchange

So last night I went to an auction benefiting MEDRIX. The only reason I went was the SPU associate dean of the nursing program invited any interested pre-nursing students & nursing students to attend and sit at her table. So my main intention of going was to suck up, schmooze & get my name out there. In addition to the associate dean, Dr. Henshaw, the dean of the nursing program was there, two insturctors and a handful of past students. So that was really cool that I got to introduce myself to them and eat dinner with them in somewhat of an intimiate setting. It was almost like getting a ‘mini interview’, so that made it totally worth it!

A few days a go I got an email from another student who wanted to attend but didn’t have a car asking if she could have a ride. I happily obliged because I figured at least then I’d have someone to hang out with during the event! So I picked up Angie about 4:15 from SPU and we headed to the event in Medina at the Overlake Country Club & Golf Course. Neither one of us had any idea what we were should expect for the event, but we were game to go. Oh and Angie is in the nursing program now, so it was nice to be able to pick her brain on the application process, what she recommended and learned – so that was really helpful!

We arrived a few minutes before 5:00 (when it officially started) and then had basically an hour and a half to wander around. We quickly bid on a few items we were interested in, in the end I was the only ‘winner’ with one item for my grandma’s birthday gift. Then sat down in a seating area to read more about Medrix. While we were sitting, Dr. Henshaw came over and sat with us and we chatted about MEDRIX and what it was, we also got to meet the MEDRIX Board President & also the CEO. The Board President came over and gave us an indepth explantion of what MEDRIX is…

MEDRIX saves lives and improves the quality of life for countless families in Southeast Asia by providing Medical Resources, Education, Safe Water Development, and Clinic Refurbishments.

They send doctors, nurses, social workers, teachers, paramedics, etc. down to Vietnam to teach medical personnel about better methods of medicine, cleanliness and assist with operations for patients down there (heart surgery’s for example). They also teach local schools, children and other people of Vietnam about how important safewater is (high percentage of children that die in Vietnam is due to dehydration caused from diahrea from the un-safewater) and provide nutrition training for the people of Vietnam.

I was really impressed and moved by this company. SPU became involved with MEDRIX through their nursing program. Each spring SPU sends 10 of their nursing students to Vietnam with MEDRIX for 5-weeks to due one of their rotations. The SPU nursing students not only get a chance to work with Vietnamese doctors, nurses, and many more – but also learn more about less fortunate countries and how they can help. SPU was also named the MEDRIX “2008 Hero’s Award” for all their help and support! So that was a really neat thing to be apart of.

So I went to this auction with the thought of – I DON’T WANT TO GO and only going to get to spend time with the nursing instructors who will decide my fate, but learned a whole lot and ended up really enjoying my time. I am now thinking that maybe (shocking I know) I want to go to Vietnam while I’m in the nursing program. So we shall see! It was a really amazing night and I had a lot of fun!

Comment:
Erin: Sounds very exciting lol

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Ode To A Clean Room!

Hallalujuah I got my room cleaned!! I thought I’d share with you all the amount of work I achieved – I took some before, during & after pics of my room just so you get an idea of what a mess it was! My mom would be mortified if she knew I was posting pictures of it!!

Yay now a CLEAN ROOM!! Now….how long will it last??

Tonight, I got to go to a really cool auction for a company, MEDRIX that works with the SPU nursing program, stay tuned tomorrow for a re-cap of that!

Comments:
Erin:
Looks great! Nice big clean day for everyone.
Amy: Wow. You weren’t kidding about how messy your room was. Good job cleaning it. I’ll give you even more props if you can keep it clean. :)

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Sorry if you live in a red state, but you get the idea!‏

Okay, for those of you who really know me…you know I really could care less about all this political crap that’s going on! My opinion…let’s just vote and get this over with! We’re down to 6 days until voting (yay!!) and my mom sent this out to me today…I actually got a good giggle when I read it, and thought I’d pass it along! Enjoy!

Dear Red States:

We’ve decided we’re leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we’re taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren’t aware, that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and the entire Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California.

To sum up briefly: You get Texas , Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood. We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. We get Harvard. You get Ole’ Miss. We get 85 percent of America ‘s venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue; you get to make the red states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition’s, we get a bunch of happy families. Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we’re going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they’re apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don’t care if you don’t show pictures of their children’s caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq , and hope that the WMDs turn up, but we’re not willing to spend our resources in Bush’s Quagmire.

With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80 percent of the country’s fresh water, more than 90 percent of the pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation’s fresh fruit, 95 percent of America’s quality wines, 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy League and Seven Sister schools plus Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT. With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of the tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia. We get Hollywood and Yosemite , thank you.

Additionally, 38 percent of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale. 62 percent believe life is sacred unless we’re discussing the war, the death penalty, or gun laws. 44 percent say that evolution is only a theory. 53 percent still believe that Saddam was involved in 9/11. And 61 percent of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.

Finally, we’re taking the good pot, too. You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico .

Peace out,
Blue States

Comments:
Erin: I don’t even know what a ‘red state’ means
Cori: To: Erin & Who ever else knows LESS about politics then me :)

A ‘red state’ is a state who votes republican during elections. The ‘red’ is the color code used to represent republican. On election night they will show a map of the USA and some states will be blue (those are democratic) others will be red (those are republican). It’s an easy way to determine who is winning the election w/o getting super technical!

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18-Month Check-Up

*sigh* My babies are growing up!! The triplets had their 18-month checkup with their pediatrician today and are growing really well! Their pediatrician actually told Kim “most families only have one really active kid…you lucked out and have three“! Not sure if that was meant to be a compliment or not … but Kim & I giggled about that!

Jack weighs 27lbs
Nate weighs 24lbs
Gabrielle weighs 26lbs

The doctor kept saying “they look phenominal”, and was impressed with all of the constantly saying “what’s that?” over and over! They got 2 shots today…poor kids…Gabs & Nate didn’t even really cry, Jack freaked out and did his normal “I’ll show you and not breathe” he was screaming so hard! It was a very loud SILENT scream! Their next appointment won’t be until their 2year one! Yikes…2 is coming in 6months! Crazy…time sure flies!

Funny story…after I got to work this afternoon, I took the kids outside to play while Kim got ready to go. While we were outside playing a car drove by and realized there were triplets and said “do you watch all of them at once?” What do you think lady…no I watch only one or two at a time, and the other one watches himself! haha!

Oh…Zak had his doctors appointment today and it turned out not only did he break the cartlidge in his nose but also several small bones! So he has to have a minor procedure on Friday morning and go under general anesthesia to fix the breaks and prevent any future breathing problems he could potentially have if this isn’t done. They said because he went in so soon after the injury it should be a very easy “fix” and the procedure should only last 15minutes. So that will be an exciting start to Halloween!

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Love You Julia!

Hang in there girlie – I LOVE YOU!!
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Laid Off, Train Ride & Misc. Ramblings

Getting Laid-Off
My weekend started off with my being ‘laid off due to economic reasons” on Friday. Basically Kim isn’t selling houses, and thus not making money – and if she isn’t making money it’s hard to pay me! So for now I’m not working, I am going to take the remainder of the quarter off from work. This quarter is a ‘make or break’ one for me and getting into the nursing program at SPU. Plus I need to do some volunteering in the health field to fluff up my nursing application. So I think this will be best for me this quarter. We’ll re-assess things in the end of December to see if Kim can once again afford me. So we’ll see how it goes.

Train Ride w/ The Munro Kids
On Saturday Jaime, Madison, Erin & I took Aiden, Connor & MacKenzie to the Snoqualmie Railroad and road a “Halloween Train”. The kids had a great time on the train. The boys were mesmorized by everything, Madison was excited to see MacKenzie and MacKenzie just wanted to wander around and not sit still! So the 90minute train ride was quite an adventure! But well worth it, and we had a great time! We ended it with a trip to the park and Ixtapa. Fun day had by all!

Other Misc. Ramblings
♦ I got Ellie to stop crying in nursery again yesterday!
♦ Zak broke his nose playing in a basketball tournament on Saturday. He goes to the ENT doctor tomorrow to find out if he needs surgery
♦ I had my Chem mid-term today – and am happy to say I AM DONE with it!
♦ Presidential election is in 7 days – yay!!

Okay I think that is about it!! Have a fantastic Monday evening!!

Comments:
Erin: fun fun fun

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Where Were You?

Today in my stats class we were discussing the OJ Simpson trial and I immediatly remembered where I was when the jury proclaimed him innocent – standing outside the computer lab at John Muir Elementry. That got me thinking about where I was during other BIG events in history while I’ve been alive….

  • 9/11: Sitting in the Byer’s home during Seminary, we then watched endless hours of coverage at school for the rest of the day.
  • Start of the War: In the den at home watching live coverage of the press confrence and seeing the first bomb go off.
  • Princess Diana’s Death: Watching TGIF on tv when they announced the accident and then the next morning walking into my parents room and seeing it on the front page of the paper that she had died.
  • Nisqually Earthquake: Sitting in the commons during lunch at Cedarcrest when the big 6.8 magnatude earthquake shook the northwest
  • BIG San Fransisco Earthquake: I was 3 and I remember sitting up in my aunts bed in her condo and not sure what was going on.
  • End of the Gulf War: I remember standing on my parents dresser trying to change the channel to cartoons and being told to STOP since they were watching news coverage.

I’m sure there are more but those are the ones that came to my mind first. What do you remember??

Comments:
Brandi:

OJ Innocent — Mr Nets math class
9/11: Working at triplets
Start of the War: ???????????
Princess Diana’s Death: Walking out of gma condo sat morning with gma and mom and gma spotting headline on neighbors paper. I had read the head ” Di Dead” already but the meaning didn’t click until gma noticed it.
Nisqually Earthquake: Standing in kitchen first thought big truck going up hill.
Oklahoma city bombing: drivers ed

Cori: Oh forgot about the Oklahoma City Bombing…I was at Tom Knapp’s house trying to entertain baby Alex…Wow it’s crazy what things we remember!
Erin:
9/11: Home with exchange student.
Start of the War: No idea
Princess Diana’s Death: At Cori’s house
Nisqually Earthquake: Math class
BIG San Fransisco Earthquake: Was I alive?
End of the Gulf War: No idea
OJ Simpson: No idea
Cori: You were at my house for Princess Di’s death?? I don’t remember that…wow :)

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