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Drivers Licensed!

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

Way to go, Kennedy!!

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One down.  Two to go!

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400,000 Diaper Donation!

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I’m not a mom, but thanks to my ten+ years of nannying for families with twin up to quintuplets I have changed my fair share of diapers.  There were many days when I’d change more than 30 diapers a day…I sort of pride myself on being a diaper changing superstar.  When Charity’s girls were in diapers, we would race each other to see who could change the diaper the fastest.  While it was always close, I reigned supreme and won (let’s just not ask Charity Smile).  Today however was a little bit different.  No diapers to change (yay!), but I did help move over 400,000 diapers.

Yes 400,000 diapers or three semis chalked full of diapers.

Thanks to an amazingly generous donation from Huggies and The National Diaper Bank Network, EBC received a huge shipment of diapers.  Thanks to an awesome group of volunteers were able to unload the diapers in about two hours – crazy fast!

Each week we give out thousands of diapers to babies in need all across King County.  This week alone we’re distributing more than 8.000 diapers.  Needless to say we are ECSTATIC with the donation and diapers will be going out the door tomorrow morning to help little ones in need!

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Don’t be too jealous of what I get to do on a daily basis Smile I do have to admit I am exhausted and cannot wait to lay down and go to bed!

Ohhhh even more exciting I took more than 17,500 steps today, which is almost double of my daily average…guess that explains why I’m so tired!

Good night!

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#CatchTheMoment365–Week 13

I’m the first person to admit that my thirteenth week of 2014 was pretty dull.

I had three highlights, one being submitting a proposal to speak at a national conference in the fall, getting to spend sometime with the adorable Mason, and then when “my” first triplets turned fifteen.  Other than those couple of pictures, the rest of the week was pretty much a dud.

I’m looking forward to week 14 and hopefully some more enthusiasm and excitement!  This next week I will hit day 100 of the photo challenge and I have not missed a day yet!  Granted some photos are much better than others, but I’m still at it!

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For more information on this project please visit one of the hosts mentioned above or click the badge below!  Feel free to come and join us and our 365 day journey behind the camera lens!

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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 the photos, why I took them and any history behind them.

Happy Friday!

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fifteen

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Fifteen years ago the world was introduced to “my first” triplets.  No, this is not an April Fools joke, 15 years ago, the Elkins girls were born weighing in with a *combined* weight of 9lbs, 7oz!

Wow. Mind blown.

To put it into perspective I started watching them when I was 13 / 14 (there’s a slight discrepancy in age Smile) when they were about 4 months old.  They are now *older* than I was when they were born.  How can that be?

Fifteen years later they are the most beautiful, sweet, caring girls about to finish their Freshman year of high school.

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(Above) A photo of all three of the girls together before they came home from the NICU.

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(Above) The triplets at 10 years old.

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(Above) The triplets today
L-R: Kennedy, Angelique & Melissa

Happy birthday girls!  Enjoy being 15….just think in 6 months (or less if you start driver’s-ed!) you guys will be driving!  Ahhhhhhhh!!  Love you all very, very, very much!

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Obsessed

I have an addictive personality. No, I don’t mean people are addicted to me (while that may be true I digress…;), but aim easily sucked into things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a total goody two-shoes / Molly Mormon who doesn’t do anything bad, but I to do get fixated on certain things. Lately I’ve been obsessed with the JFK Assasination.

I’ve always had a fascination with the Kennedy family. Who doesn’t? I mean they are the closest to royalty that we have ever had in the USA.  Their fairy tale life that tragically ended in a moment of horror that shook the entire world. I wasn’t alive when this happened (heck my parents were still little!), but today the world remembers that fateful day in Dallas in 1963, that is permanently engrained into the minds of all Americans.

In high school I wrote (and aced I might add) a huge report on Jackie Kennedy and helped my sister with a huge project on the assassination of JFK. I’ve done my fair share of research on both their lives and the assassination. I’ve read books, parts of the Warren Report, watched the Zapruder video many times, reviewed the imagines pane by pane and I even watched the entire  live news report by Walter Cronkite. I’m addicted, what can I say?

With it being the 50th anniversary of the assassination, my obsessive personality is in heaven! Endless news reports, articles, specials and documentaries discussing the event and the Kennedy’s. My favorite documentary has been Letters to Jackie, which aired on TLC this past weekend.

Letters to Jackie is based on the book “Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation” by Ellen Fitzpatrick. For two months after the President’s assassination, the White House received more than 800,000 letters for the first lady, who lost her husband and the father of her children

If you missed it, I would highly recommend checking your local listings to see when it will re-air. It was a beautiful look back at the pain felt by an entire nation.

In honor of the anniversary, even though it’s horribly sad, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos that I have found during my hours of research.  Some our iconic photos we have seen hundreds of times and others are less known (maybe just to me), but show the beauty and love shared between this couple and their family.

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One cool thing/connection I have is my good friend Charity was born on November 22, 1963 and 36 years later she gave birth to Kennedy (plus her two sisters Angelique and Melissa). Charity and her husband Paul named their youngest daughter Kennedy after JFK. That’s pretty cool!

Happy Birthday, Charity!

 

P.S. Did you know that you can read ALL the past Life Magazines dating back to 1935?? I had fun last night reading extremely old copies of the magazine! Google it, I am sure you’ll enjoy reading them too!

Graduation Party

The Saturday after my graduation (06.16.12), I had my grad party.  I was THRILLED to have so many people attend and share in my graduation festivities! 

We had yummy food!  My dad made his amazing flank steak and bbq ribs, corn, salads, chips and of course a ton of drinks! 

Even the weather played nicely and we had a beautiful afternoon, which was lucky as it rained the days leading up to the party and about the time the party ended through the next several days. 

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with me!  I had a great day and enjoyed spending it with those close to me!

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This post concludes my graduation fun posts!!  Can’t believe it’s over now!  Time is just flying by!

 

Summer Daze Fun Photo Party

This post is part of Summer Daze – a fun photo party! hosted by Kristi {Live and Love Outloud}, Alicia {Project Alicia} and Rebecca {Bumbles of Light}.

This post is also part of Wordless Wednesday on the following blogs:
Parenting By Dummies & Seven Clown Circus
And Then, She {Snapped}
Live and Love…Out Loud
Crazy About My Baybah!
Carrie with Children
Project Alicia

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They Say Triplets Get Easier

as they grow up … especially to photograph!  After my recent experience with “my” first set of triplets, I learned that even at 12, it’s hard to get three to all smile, look, not blink at the same time!

You’ve seen me try to be a real photographer, with my “current” triplets [HERE and HERE] …here’s my attempt to get 12 year old girls and their parents to be models!

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In the end we ended up with some cute photos of not just the triplets, but mom and dad too!

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Graduation Barbeque

The day after Alex’ graduated from high school, we through a huge Graduation Barbeque for her that included delicious food and great company! 

With us living in Seattle, the weather in June is still iffy.  It could be 90* or 30* out, you never quite know!  Not to mention there could be no rain or a torrential downpour.  Needless to say, it’s stressful to plan an outside event in this area!!  We spent the week prior to the barbeque closely watching the weather. 

Somehow, however, we managed to luck out and it was a downpour all day Friday before we left to go to the graduation ceremony.  The rain held out after, so we could get photos taken outside.  After that, the rain came back and dumped all night long.  Saturday morning we woke up and it was overcast, cloudy and not very barbeque friendly weather.  Luck once again intervened and the sun came out around 10:00am and shined down on all of us during the party!!  We totally lucked out, and were so thankful that the weather cooperated with us!!

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And this post will conclude Alex’s graduation posts Open-mouthed smile  I’m loving getting all caught up on posts, such a wonderful feeling!!

Know what else is wonderful??  I leave for Cabo San Lucas in just over three days!! 

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