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My Most Used Words in FB

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Who doesn’t do those “who’s your best friend/soul mate / person can’t live without you / where will you be in 10 years” question apps on Facebook?  I know there’s some controversy behind them because they can potentially steal your identity, but I highly doubt that will happen so I’m known for playing along!

So when Brandi posted her “My Most Used Words on FB” I was eager to see what mine looked like….

I think most of us know I tend to be egotistical, so I don’t think anyone (myself included) was all to surprised to see my “biggest” – aka most often used word was I’m!  It’s well know that “I’m” all about me!  Hehe!

My other top 10 words appear to be, according to the biggest words, are:

  1. I’m
  2. Day
  3. Kids
  4. Happy
  5. Today
  6. Baby
  7. Just
  8. One
  9. Birthday
  10. Fabulous

So I guess that means my best Facebook status update would be:

I’m happy and fabulous today due to not just one birthday for the baby, but also a day for the kids!

Hehe!  Fun made up post!

What was your “My Most Used Words in FB”?!

Happy Wednesday Friends!

What a crazy couple of weeks!

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I’m tired just thinking about the last couple of weeks. It’s been a complete whilwind that I have been meaning on writing about for a while but am too exhausted (and overwhlemed) from all the fun :) Where to start?

National Diaper Bank Network Annual Conference in Seattle

Last year I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the 3rd annual National Diaper Bank Network Conference in Kansas City! After returning from the conference we learned that the 4th annual one would be held in Seattle! We (Eastside Baby Corner) had been prepping for the arrival of 60+ diaper bankers from across the USA for a year. The week of the conference finally arrived and the entire staff worked our butts off making sure the Hub was shipshape for all our visitors!

The visit to Eastside Baby Corner was a HUGE HIT and the conference was fabulous! The only downside is now both Wanda & I are fighting for a chance to go to the 5th annual conference in Philadelphia!

Eastside Baby Corner 6th Annual Helping Kids Thrive Luncheon

Just one week after the NDBN Conference, Eastside Baby Corner had it’s annual benefit luncheon. So we immediatly went into last minute frenzied luncheon prep. My role here was a lot more minor than the week before so I did my best to stay out of the way :)

The day of the luncheon our goal was to raise $250,000, but we blew that goal out of the water and raised more than $310,000!!! That’s $310,000 that will go towards helping kids in need, get what they need to grow and thrive! A-FREAKING-MAZING!!!

Isabella Rose’s Grand Entrance

Back in August I teased a video of 2-year-old Mason’s opinion on if his mom was having a baby girl or baby boy. I never got around to sharing the results and if he was right or wrong. Well, as you probably guessed by the name Mason was RIGHT and the baby is a girl!

What wasn’t expected was for Isabella to come at 31 weeks, 4 days, more than 8 weeks before her due date. This sweet little baby girl made her debut very early, but in extreme flair, on November 3rd, weighing 3lbs, 11oz. I was *honored* to be there when she was born, well technically out in the hallway, but close enough! I was able to see her with Jaime before she was wisked up to the NICU and then spent time with her that night and the next day.

Bella is doing AMAZINGLY in the NICU and has already surpassed her birth weight, weighing in at 3lbs, 13oz today! Her strength is absolutely mindboggling, she is doing things that a much older baby should be doing and continues to surprise the doctors and nurses with her growth.

She still has a long way to go before she gets to go home (hoping by Christmas), but is a total fighter!!

My biggest complaint is two days after she was born I came down with a horrible cold. I’ve now been fighting it for a week now and am going nuts because I can’t go see her. The NICU has strict rules on visiting when sick, especially now that it’s RSV (Respiratory Syncial Virus) season. I must be symptom free for 24 hours before I can visit. While a simple cold doesn’t seem scary for you or me, to a preemie like Bella it could be deadly. So I’m doing all I can to get my self 100% well before going to see her. I am *hoping* tomorrow I can start my 24 hour ‘symptom free’ test, but am taking it very slow and very seriously.

Back in 2009, I did a huge project and presentation at SPU on RSV (one that I got an A+, top in the biology department and am super proud of!).  I go into very basic detail into what RSV a is in this blog pos [http://corisbigmouth.com/2009/05/respiratory-syncytial-virus-rsv-poster-project/ - sorry not letting me link!], but recommend you do additional research to learn more about this very scary, and most of the time preventable, disease.

(Sorry no pictures of Bella, I haven’t asked for premission yet, for now you’ll just have to imagine :))

 

So that pretty much sums up my crazy couple of weeks! I’m hoping for a less crazy end of the year, but I’m guessing that’s not going to happen! Bring on the remainder of 2015!!

 

 

Halloween Crafting

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Yesterday Granny and I had a craft day with the girls. This was all Granny Sue's idea and I let her run with it, I just showed up for the fun. Needless to say I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into.

To my surprise, Granny had done her research and came armed with three Halloween/fall crafts, each using pine cones. We would be turning out pine cones into owls, spiders and bats. I was a bit skeptical…

 

 

 

I have to admit once I saw what she had planned I wasn't convinced the endeavor would be successful, but I didn't share my opinion, put on my happy face and dug in. To my surprise the crafts went off with very little problems. I was shocked!

In the end we had spiders that looked like spiders, bats that resembled bats and owls that looked more like Cousin Itt! The owls didn't turn out the best, but were cute anyway.

 

 

We hung the finished products over the bar in a fun banner display! I have to give Sue credit, she pulled off a really fun activity!

 

Mason missed out on the crafts (we confidently did it during nap time!), but he was excited to see the final product and jump in the picture!

Great activity for kids and adults! It was fun to get to use our imagination, lots of glue and create fun ghoulish masterpieces! Bring on fall and Halloween! My only complaint is I didn't take more close up pics of the finished products, there were some real jewels in the mix….scary jewels of course!

 

 

 

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!

 

Boy or Girl?

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Jaime is expecting baby #4 and tomorrow she will find out if it’s a boy or a girl.  I was over tonight and we asked Mason if the baby was going to be a boy or a girl.  He was extremely opinionated on his guess…

Baby is due January 1, 2016 but knowing how Jaime has delivered earlier each pregnancy I’m guessing she will deliver around Thanksgiving.  Oh and I think she’s having is BOY!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Mason!

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I can’t believe this little guy is TWO!


Happy Happy Birthday to YOU!

 

Bed Wars

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Will someone please remind Kelly that my bedroom at our parents house will ALWAYS be mine?



Since both of us are so stubborn it looks as though we will be snuggling tonight ….

WICKED, again

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It’s no secret, I’m a massive fan of the Broadway production of WICKED! I blogged about it when I went in 2009 with a badly sprained ankle in my overly attractive walking boot (at least I was off the crutches) and again in 2011 with my Aunt Sue.

This year I went with a bunch of ladies from work and had a great time! We went to dinner beforehand and then walked the couple of the blocks to the Paramount to see the show.

While I was excited to see Ashley Parker Angel play the role of Fiyero (I was a big fan of ABC’s Making the Band and the O-Town), I have to say this was the weekest cast I’ve seen. I LOVED this tour’s Glinda, but Elphaba and the other characters weren’t as strong as past years. Don’t get me wrong it was fabulous and still my favorite show!

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What a fun night! Now I don’t know why I’m still awake because I have to be up in a couple hours for work! Until next time….

P.S. If you ever want to hear a great story and laugh about buying 10 tickets from the Paramount be sure to ask me! Boy do I have a doozy …..

 

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