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What a crazy couple of weeks!


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 [ - 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


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


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!


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?


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!


I can’t believe this little guy is TWO!

Happy Happy Birthday to YOU!


I Spy….


Okay, and Mason & Emma!

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






I can’t believe I’m writing this blog post from ROME!!!


We left Seattle yesterday morning (March 26th) around 10:30am and finally checked into our hotel about 4:30pm on March 27th.  It was a LONG day of flying.  Oddly enough the nine hour flight was a lot more enjoyable than the two hour one!  The flight from Seattle to Amsterdam was fast.  I watched one entire movie and two halves (couldn’t stay awake!) and then six episodes of The Big Bang Theory.  I read a bit, played some games and tried to nap but that didn’t really happen.  I normally can sleep anywhere at any time, but not today. 

Once we landed in Amsterdam we had a two-ish hour layover before boarding our flight to Rome.  However, while we were lined up in the jet way the lights started flicker and then went out.  There was a huge power failure that knocked out power to all of Amsterdam.  Normally it wouldn’t be a problem, but because we were still mechanically attached to the jet way we were stuck. We then spent almost three hours sitting on the plane waiting for the power to be restored.  We sat on the plane LONGER than the actual flight time and to make things more fun we sat right in front of a group of 45 teenagers who spent the entire flight hanging over our seats.  We’ll just say when we finally taxied back from the gate there was a lot of cheering!

By the time we packed up I wasn’t feeling all that great.  I’m prone to severe motion sickness, but this was odd because I got sick when we were sitting stationary at the gate.  I don’t know why, but as we began our journey toward the runway I was trying not to throw up.  Luckily my Dramamine kicked in quickly and the next thing I new we were about to land. 

Miraculously all fifteen of our checked pieces of luggage made it to Rome and none of us will have to go naked (though it was getting dicey for Brandi as her big suitcase ended up being one of the last ones off the plan!).

Our hotel looks looks directly at the Basilica and Piazza of Santa Maria.  We wandered around for a bit after arriving, but ended up back at the hotel.  We’re all pretty exhausted and are counting down until our dinner reservations at 6:30pm (in just a couple of minutes!), so we can eat and go to bed!  Tomorrow morning we have a tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel before heading to the ship!

Here’s a couple photos of our journey to Rome:

Mason didn’t get to go, but he was pretty mesmerized by all the wheels on the suitcases!



Here are some photos from our quick loop around our hotel:



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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 51


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Oh wait, what’s that date say?  February 16th?!  Hmmm….guess I’m slightly late! The good news is it Week 51 of my 365 day photo challenge from 2014!  It may be mid-February, but I’m still plowing away at getting the photos blogged, but I did complete the challenge!  I *hope* to get my final week of photos up this week and then my rewind post shortly there after!

February 16th also has an important day in my house and this year even more!  Today is my parents 30th Wedding Anniversary!  Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

In the meantime, back to Christmastime!

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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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