Category Archives: childhood

WICKED, again


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!


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 …..


Hot Air Balloons


The rest of the country may be undergoing a horrific winter, but in Seattle spring is here! We've been having record breaking warm temperatures and spending a lot of time outside enjoying the sunshine. So last weekend when I visited the girls we wanted to be outside.

I hadn't been to their school since Emmalee started Kindergarten and they couldn't wait to show off their playground and new tricks they'd learned so off we went to their elementary school to play.

While we were there we noticed a hot air balloon floating towards us. We didn't think anything of it and kept playing, however as we were getting ready to go we realized it was looking like it was going to land in the field behind the school.

Emmalee immediately took off across the playground and toward the balloon, with the rest of us right behind her. We weren't going to witness the first balloon landing of the year (for us!).

(Ignore the graininess of my photos, I took them on my phone as I was chasing after Emma and not really paying attention!)

As we watched the hot air balloon float closer and closer to the ground I reminisced about watching hot air balloons land all summer long when I was growing up.

The neighborhood where I grew up was one block from a park that was frequently the landing point for hot air balloons. I remember the excitement of spotting a hot air balloon as it began its descent down to earth.

Just like Emmalee, I would scream hot air balloon landing and take off out the front door, up the street and down the road toward the park with my parents chasing after me hoping I'd reach the park before it landed.

I always loved watching hot air balloons land and was excited to share the experience with Maddie and Emma!

While I love watching hot air balloons land I'm not sure I would ever want to go up in one! Would you ever ride in a hot air balloon? Or maybe you have, was it worth it? Was it scary?

Regardless I'm ready for sprung and summer to officially be here spring so we can see more hot air balloons!


#CatchTheMoment365; Week 49


Whoa, look that’s two posts in two days.  Something must be terribly wrong with me!  No, more like tomorrow is December 31st and I’m three weeks behind on posting my Catch the Moment photos to the blog.  I had hope to get all caught up, but it just never happened.  The good news is the last three weeks won’t be far behind!

Week 49 contained a lot of Christmas from movies, looking at Christmas lights, putting up the tree and helping at a holiday gift program that allowed parents in need to pick out new gifts for the kids.  It was truly a magical week!

Oh, and make sure you stop by tomorrow to see my 2014 in Review post!  Yes, that will make it three days in a row, maybe even one on January 1st!  Look out!

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For more information on this project please visit one of the hosts by clicking the badge below!  Feel free to come 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 each one, why I took them and any history behind them.

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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 24

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Another week is done and this one flew by for me!  I had a nice easy week at work and am looking forward to the weekend!  No big plans and am super excited about the idea of just being able to be spontaneous!

Hope your week was also speedy!  Here’s a peak at my week:

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For more information on this project please visit one of the hosts by clicking 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 each one, why I took them and any history behind them.

Happy Friday!

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Cori & Kelly

When I initially set-out to write my last post, Goodbyes, I had planned to include some early pictures of Kelly and myself (sorry Alex, you weren’t included!).  And yet, the more I wrote, the more the pictures didn’t seem to fit and once I inputted them, they just seemed … well … awkward.  So I deleted them.

I did, however, go to all the trouble of finding the photos, scanning and editing them, that I thought it would be a shame not to share them.  (Remember, I am extremely vain!)

Below you’ll find photos of Kelly and me….”the girls”….as we were (and still are) commonly referred to as.  People always comment on how much we look alike, neither of us see it, but it’s interesting.  I think in these photos we are to young and the age gap is obvious….one of these days I’ll look for more recent pictures of the two of us together.  Granted, despite looking a lot a like, Kelly is 6” TALLER then me, which makes it very easy to differentiate between the both of us!

Enjoy some early pictures of me and Kelly.  Yes, you can see my big mouth and same smile, even back when I was little!  And if you are good at math, you might be able to figure out how old I really am!

Oh….and my mom claimed she always dressed us to the T’s…I’m not so sure!  Apparently, it was the style back then, I think she just had no taste Winking smile

Cori & Kelly – 1988
(*Betcha Didn’t Know - My mom made my dress and the dress Kelly is wearing is our blessing dress.  Each of us girls (including Alex) wore this dress for our blessing and then got professional photos taken, all at 3 months old!  Yes, my mom still has the dress, will it continue into the next generation??  We’ll just have to wait and see!)

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Kelly & Cori – 1988

Cori & Kelly – 1988
(*Betcha Didn’t Know -Pictured is the bear I received at the hospital the day Kelly was born!)

Benson Family Christmas Photo – 1989
(*Betcha Didn’t Know - I don’t remember why…and YES I do remember this even though I was only four, but on Christmas Eve that year, Kelly got really sick and had to go to the Emergency Room*)

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Kelly & Cori
(*Betcha Didn’t KnowThe house we’re in in this picture is the house I almost always dream I’m at…very strange!

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Cori & Kelly – 1991
(*Betcha Didn’t KnowMy grandparents lived in a beautiful condo overlooking Lake Washington after they moved off of their 50ft boat.  Kelly & I spent many summers swimming in their pool.  If you look closely between the trees and the deck chairs, you can see Lake Washington!  We used to throw balls into the lake and make Zak jump in and save them!  I don’t know who enjoyed that more, us or Zak?!

Okay, enough reminiscing!!  Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to show off!

Happy Friday, Friends!

–> PSST… If you are here to see the announcement of the winner of my eDiaperCakes Giveaway, you’ll have to come back tomorrow and look.  Now you know my secret, I schedule my posts in advance!  But while you’re here, leave a comment and say “HI!”!


I have the uncanny ability to remember my dreams and not to just remember the overarching theme of the dream but minuet details. The shoes I was wearing. The brand of gum I was chewing. The word I played on Words With Friends!

Some are fascinated at the amount details I remember. While others believe there is no way I could remember such odd details.

What can I say, I’m odd and have always remembered the small (and normally unimportant) details. For instance, I’m a master at celebrity gossip, but have trouble remembering important things, like facts for an exam!

With that being said, I’m sure you’re expecting me to recount a crazy-outlandish dream I had, but I’m not. (Mostly for fear you all would fully understand how crazy I truly am!). Instead I’m curious if you guys are the same way with dreams?!

For starters I have 3 dreams that I relive A LOT – not at once, but individually A LOT. One my teeth fall out. One where I realize I didn’t pass a class in high school and suddenly have to go back years later to get my diploma. And one where there is someone knocking at my bedroom window, in the middle of the night, and I find myself with out a voice unable to scream for help.

While those are my repetitive overall story dreams, I’ve started to notice an odd pattern in the majority of my dreams. It doesn’t matter the dreams sequence or time frame, but I’ve come to realize that the majority of my dreams take place in the home I spent my childhood.

You may think, “well that’s normal, because that’s where you lived for the majority of your life. But that’s not the case, I moved while in middle school to a new home, which is where I really remember growing up.

Even now in my dreams, it will be present day and I find myself hanging out in my childhood kitchen. A home I haven’t lived in for nearly 15 years! Why is this home always my default setting for dreams?

It’s a silly question, but one I’ve been pondering a lot lately. Dreams are a very interesting concept and subject of research that I’m interested in learning more about and possibly unlocking the answers to why: (1) I remember my dreams so vividly, (2) what’s the meaning behind my repetitive dreams and (3) what was it about my childhood home that I always revert back to in dreams?

Do you remember your dreams? What’s your take on learning about the meanings behind the dreams we dream?

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First Day of the Rest of My Life….

is today.




Sounds like the first day of school doesn’t it?

Today, I embark on an 12-month adventure with VISTA Americorps and Eastside Baby Corner.   I am traveling to a four-day conference in Yakima, Washington to learn more about what the heck I signed myself up for.  Hopefully tomorrow I will be back with more information to share with all of you!

Here I go ….

Down Comes John Muir Elementary

The elementary school that I attended was knocked down on Friday to make room for the brand spanking new school that is ready to take center stage!

John Muir Elementary was the elementary school that I attended from 2nd through 6th grade and Kelly attended from 1st grade to 4th before we moved to our new home in 1999.

Even thought it has been a really long time since I was a Mountain Lion, I have stayed connected with it through the Loeffler family, where for years Debbie, Kim and Erin have/had worked.  It is amazing to see all the same familiar faces still working there that were teachers and aids!

I missed the actual event, but was thrilled when I saw pictures on Facebook by Debbie Loeffler, and was thrilled when she said I could “steal” her photos for a blog post.

JM beforeThe John Muir Elementary I Attended



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And a couple of photos of the new and improved John Muir Elementary!


Thank you again, Debbie for letting me use your beautiful photographs!!

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