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Flu Shots


Don’t you get your flu shot when you go to the neighborhood carnival?  Mad and I did …. Lol!


We may or may not have been taking a break from selling raffle tickets!  In my defense I made a deal with the pharmacy booth, I’d get my flu shot in exchange for them buying a raffle ticket!  Mad got hers too and we happily sold 2 more tickets!  It’s all for the kids!

It was pretty rainy at Highlands Days today, hence the extremely curly-frizzy hairdo I’m sporting!  

Happy rainy Saturday night!


Mad’s Cabin


A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend the weekend at Madeline’s cabin with several of my coworkers.  Her cabin is right on the water with a stunning view!  I shared a little bit about the trip in a previous post about my sprained ankle, but never got around to sharing photos from the weekend!  Stephanie was smart and thought to bring her camera, so minus one photo (the one of the Yamashita Twins inner tubing) the photos were all taken by her!  She graciously let me use them for this blog post!  *Thanks Stephanie!*




Leading up to going I was *slightly* nervous about going for one reason….having to sleep in a sleeping bag.

I am not a camper.  Never have been, never will be and I knew that this was FAR from camping, but it still involved me sleeping in a sleeping bag which totally grosses me out.  Why?  I don’t know, but I have never liked sleeping in them and was less than excited for that part of the trip!  However, I’m happy to announce I survived.  Shocking I know!  Not only did I survive but had a great time!

The cabin was also a “technology free zone.” No phones.  No laptops.  No iPads.  After my fear of sleeping bags, “technology free zones” are my next least favorite thing!  Yes, for three days I was *mostly* technology free.  It wasn’t easy, but like my fear of sleeping bags, I sucked it up and went with the flow…with a few deep, deep breaths!

We also went on a 50 mile kayak ride.  Okay, so maybe not quite 50 miles, but way farther than I every wanted to go.  When Madeline suggested going on a kayak ride I assumed it would be a nice leisurely trip, and I’m sure it was for the rest of the group but not me…I hated every moment of it.  Poor Stephanie was stuck in the kayak with me complaining the entire time.  Love that girl for being able to put up with me!  I’m sure to the rest of the world our kayak ride was comical, because as we were paddling along Stephanie would say “this is the best day of my life!” while at the same time I was saying “this is the worst day of my life!” 



I promise I didn’t spend the entire trip hating life, because it wasn’t, I had a blast!  The highlights for me was inner tubing behind the boat.  I’m at my happiest out on the water and life can’t get much better than inner tubing!  Even after I hurt my ankle, I continued to get back in the tube and go again!  I love tubing!  Wanda even gave water skiing a try after not doing it for 15+ years!  It took her three attempts but she got up and looked fabulous.  (We later learned that all Madeline has ever wanted to do was ski on one ski and was jealous that Wanda could!)







The weekend was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go back again, even if it does involve sleeping bags and technology free zones!



Drivers Licensed!


The first of the Elkins Triplets is officially a licensed driver!

Way to go, Kennedy!!


One down.  Two to go!

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It’s all fun and games


until somebody gets hurt….and that somebody is generally my klutzy self!  But this time it was still fun and games after my wipeout!

I spent this beautiful weekend up at Mad’s cabin in Shelton with most of my Baby Corner family.  I have lots of photos to share, well technically just a couple from my phone that I snuck when Mad wasn’t looking since the cabin is a “technology free zone”, but Stephanie took tons of and as soon as I am able to get them from her I’ll share them.  For today I thought I’d share my war wound that I proudly received:

 I went tubing and impressed everyone by my willingness to (1) go tubing in the freezing cold water and (2) my excitement of speed!  (I guess most people assume I’m a wimp….)

The boat was able to have two inner tubes going together and the first time I went with Chris’ son Ethan.  We both lasted a VERY longtime before we crashed into each other and I sadly was the one thrown into the freezing cold water.

After the boat came back to get me and I climbed back on the boat I realized my foot didn’t feel so good.  I somehow managed to whack/catch it on the towline was I was tossed off.  It immediately hurt but I wasn’t about to let a chance to tube again be missed and I climbed right back on.

After we got back to the cabin my foot was pretty swollen and painful.  Wanda’s husband is a Physical Therepist and said it looks like a pretty good sprain.  Luckily it doesn’t seem to bother me too much and hopefully can avoid a visit to the doctor.

The injury didn’t keep me down long as I was back on the tube again today. Now I have a nice bruise to remind me of a fun weekend!

I’m actually writing this post from the ferry and thought I’d end with a couple of photos:

I’m pretty sure I live in the most beautiful place on earth!!

Until next time…

Update 8:52pm: By the time I got home (I wrote this post on the ferry) my foot had swollen to twice the normal size and my bruising was crazy.  At that point I talked to my mom and decided to go into urgent care to have it X-rayed.

I went in and doctor agreed it’s either badly sprained or possible fractured.  Unfortunately they didn’t have an X-ray tech and I either had to go to the ER for X-rays or come back tomorrow.  I decided to avoid the hour wait at the hospital and will just go back first thing in the morning.  They did put me in a walking boot so hopefully that helps stabilize it.


Update 7/20/2015: This morning I went in for an x-ray and luckily it’s NOT broken, but is badly sprained.  After a busy day on my feet at work I’m home with my foot up and icing.  My foot looks even more black and blue and now my entire leg is swollen to twice the size of normal….it’s really lovely!

In addition to the sprain, I had an allergic reaction to something and have like 50 thumbnail sizes itchy welts to enjoy.  Needless to say I’m not loving life right now…






Irish Dancers


Top of the mornin’ to ya and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Have you ever seen Irish Dancing before? I hadn’t until I watched my friend Wanda’s twins perform last year at a summer event. The girls were absolutely amazing so when I was invited to watch them perform at a St. Patty’s event over the weekend I jumped at the chance to go; once again I was blown away by the talent of these two 14-year-old dancers. With today being St. Patrick’s Day I knew I wanted to share their talent with you!

Check them out in action in this video, you will be a-mazed! (Note: I’ve tried over and over to get this video to start at that right point, but have had no luck so you’ll have to fast-forward to the 3:00 mark to see Isabel and Olivia dance.)

Pretty amazing aren’t they?!

While most 5-year-old little girls can’t wait to begin ballet, identical twins Isabel and Olivia fell in love with Irish dancing. In their matching outfits and hair tied up in a bow these adorable girls began Irish Dancing lessons.

It wasn’t long before this talented duo began entering (and winning) competitions all across the country with trophies and awards to prove their talent.

The video I posted at the beginning was actually taken two years ago and it’s hard to believe that they could be any better, but they are! Below are a couple of more recent photos of the girls, and while they don’t dress alike all that often anymore, they are as elegant as ever.


These 14-year-old young women are absolutely amazing.

Thank you to Isabel and Olivia for sharing their talent. I just wish I had an ounce of the grace and coordination that they have! I struggle just walking without tripping over my own feet! I am completely in awe of their talent and charisma! And thank-you Wanda for introducing me to Irish Dancing!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

2014 Blog in Review


I say this every year, how is it possible that I am sitting down and writing my 2014 Blog in Review?  Has it really been 365 days since I wrote 2013’s?  That just doesn’t seem at all plausible, but alas it is and here I go.

During 2014 my blogging changed a bit, while what I blogged about during 2014 didn’t change the look of it did.  I took on a 365 day photo challenge (and by golly today is day 365 and I will post my final photo) and instead of posting lots of single event posts, most were my weekly photo updates.  In each of these posts I shared the previous week’s seven photos and told the story behind each one.  In one way this was a fun way to recap more of what I did throughout the year, it made my blog look different.  Instead of having lots of completely different blog posts the majority of them had the same title, some variation of Catch The Moment | 365.  That being said my review is also a bit different.  Instead of highlighting one event, for most months I had to pick my favorite week and then try to put a theme together!  In the end I think I did a pretty good job, but still different.  But different is good, right?!

Without further ado, here’s my 2014 in review:




Lessons Learned; Second Chances
Originally Posted: January 29, 2014


Catch The Moment | 365: Week 5 {#CatchTheMoment365}
Originally Posted: February 7, 2014


#CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 10
Originally Posted: March 14, 2014


#CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 14
Originally Posted: April 11, 2014


400,000 Diaper Donation!
Originally Posted: May 7, 2014


USS Turner Joy (DD-951) Visit
Originally Posted: June 18, 2014


Kennewick 9/11 Memorial
Originally Posted: July 1, 2014


#CatchTheMoment365; Week 32
Originally Posted: August 23, 2014


Why Cloth Diapers Aren’t the Answer #DiaperNeed
Originally Posted: September 10, 2014


#CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 40
Originally Posted: October 23, 2014


#CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 45
Originally Posted: November 19, 2014


#CatchTheMoment365; Week 48
Originally Posted: December 29, 2014

Wow, what a year 2014 was!  I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for me!

Happy New Year!

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In case you missed my 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Blog in Reviews, be sure to check them out!

#CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 39


Well, I’m chuggin’ right along trying to get all caught up.  Who cares that we are currently in week 41?  I continue to plug along and still haven’t missed a photo yet!  Slowly but surely I will get caught up!

For those of you who read about my last blog post, I’m excited to announce that the event brought in over $18,000 in donations!  That money will be cherished and allow Eastside Baby Corner to purchase more car seats, diapers, Pack ‘N Plays, formula and much more for kids in need living in King County Washington.  I’m so honored to be a small piece of this amazing organization!

Week 39 was another great one for me!  Here’s what I did that 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 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 38


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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