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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!!

 

 

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!

#CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 38

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I spent a majority of this week prepping for my presentation at the National Diaper Bank Networks’ 3rd annual Diaper Banks of America conference.  The amount of time it took to pull together my notes, design my PowerPoint and begin memorizing it took a very long time; a lot longer than I thought it would!  Every day I would work at least four hours working on it so it would be perfect when it came time to present.

The rest of the week was spent with friends, family and of course work!  Week 38 was another great one for me!

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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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Great Wolf Lodge

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In March we had a blast spending the weekend at Great Wolf Lodge!  The girls are little fish and love the water, Mason was NOT impressed with the water!  The one positive for me was I didn’t injure myself like I did previously slipping down the stairs turning my “what a trip” into “what a slip”!

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Maddie got quite a surprise when a bucket of water was dumped on her!

 

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Both of the girls were obsessed with the lily pad obstacle course!

 

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Mason was much happier all bundled up in the stroller watching!

What a fun weekend we had!  I’m ready to go back and play some more!

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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 20

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This was one week I wouldn’t mind forgetting.  It seems like I spent the entire week sick.  Boo.  But on the positive it is a holiday weekend and I’m going with Brandi and the girls to visit our Grandma in Eastern Washing for the long weekend!  They are picking me early from work tomorrow and we will be gone until Monday afternoon!

I’m excited to get away for a couple of days.  Plus I haven’t seen my Grandma in three weeks and I think that’s the longest I’ve ever been away from her in my life!  Not to mention the last time Emmalee was in Kennewick she was only a few weeks old and now is 5-1/2!  Maddie has gone a few times since then, but it’s still been about four years for her!  Time flies!

YAY for families and long weekends!

Hope you all had a better week than I did and have fantastic plans for your Memorial Day weekend!

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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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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 19

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Wow, here are we are midway through May already, the year is almost over and I’m almost at the halfway point of the #CatchTheMoment365 photo challenge.  The year is just flying by and *ahem Kim* I am still going strong with the photo a day challenge!  (and she said it couldn’t be done – ha!)

Here I go with week 19…..

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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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Christmas Cast

As I hinted in my Christmas post I got to spend some quality time with Maddie and Jaime on Christmas Eve at Children’s Hospital while Maddie got her foot checked out.

About six weeks ago she jumped off the top of a slide and had been in pain ever since.  She had x-rays taken right after the incident but showed no brake; they put her in a walking boot but she was still having constant pain.  After visiting her pediatrician to get it checked out again she was sent to Children’s Hospital to get more x-rays taken…on Christmas Eve!  After x-rays were taken a second time she learned her fate of having a Christmas cast.

The doctor was super nice and the nurse willingly let her have a “two color cast” but “only because it was Christmas Eve” – that made Maddie’s day; not to mention happy!

She chose a blue and hot pink striped pattern and was mesmerized watching the cast go from soft gauze like pad to the hard permanent form she would wear for the next three weeks!

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Once we got back to the house Maddie couldn’t wait to have the family sign her cast!  The only downside was we quickly learned that the blue color was REALLY hard to see.  Our big family quickly filled up all the pink stripes in no time!  In addition to our family she had Sigurd and SANTA sign it!

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Emmalee insisted on signing UNDER Maddie’s cast.  Poor Maddie was in pain while Emma slowly signed it, but being the amzing super sister she is let Emma sign right where she wanted to!

 

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If you look closely, Santa had a hard time signing the cast and actually signed in twice because he ran out of room!

Today marks two weeks since she got her cast on and has one more to go.  Next week she’ll go back to the doctor, get it reevaluated and either be done or get another cast.  *Fingers* crossed she’ll be done; it’s not nearly as cool as she thought it would be!

Happy Wednesday!

Christmas 2013

Once again Christmas was full of fun, excitement, surprises and lots of family time; in my opinion the PERFECT way to celebrate the holiday!

In addition to our extended family, Kelly’s friend Sigurd, whom she met in France also came to celebrate the holidays with us.  Kelly and Sigurd hit it off during her study-abroad program a year ago.  In a blog post on March 22, 2013, Kelly introduces her readers (and our family) to Sigurd:

Sigurd (pronounced Sig-UR) is a very interesting gentleman, he’s originally from Norway but is in Paris studying medicine and working towards his PhD in Neuroscience in order to become a neurosurgeon (which I guess is impressive, if you’re into that kind of thing). But besides that he’s the first person I’ve encountered here who not only understands my humor, but has been very quick to counter all of my deplorable remarks with something as equally offensive or absurd. Our first interaction will make for a charming story to share with the grandkids; he needed 9 more red solo cups to start a game of beer pong, and believed an individual with certain endowments would have better luck convincing the bartender to hand them over. He therefore approached me solely because I met the bill of being female. I explained that I was flattered to be his 12th choice in a lineup of girls but because my body so closely resembled a cereal box he would fare better seeking out a curvier co-ed to do his bidding. He laughed and stuck around long enough for me to reprimand him for rocking the double denim (the unforgivable denim shirt and jeans combination, commonly known as a ‘Canadian Tuxedo’, cornering the market on the hipster-farmer look). We had a ridiculous back and forth banter that if anyone had overheard they’d quickly assume we needed to be committed.

Kelly Benson, Ma Mémoire Prétentieuse – My Pretentious Memoir

Needless to say our entire family was eager to meet him.  Having him here from Norway for Christmas made everything a little more exciting and fun!

Other than Sigurd visiting we had a pretty normal Christmas, minus Maddie having to get a cast on Christmas Eve…but that’s a story for another day!  Until then, enjoy some of the photos from the Benson Family Christmas 2013!

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Happy Thursday!

 

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