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Another Day at Sea

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Today was absolutely beautiful, the sun was shining and warm!  I spent a good percentage of the day up on the top deck laying in the sun.  While the weather was fabulous we started the day with a bit of confusion…nobody had any clue what time it was.  Last night we lost we another hour and now are 10 hours ahead of Seattle.  With everyone using electronic devices (phones, ipads, kindles, tablets) to tell the time, we learned that not all of them reset with time changes.  Sometimes they set, other times they don’t.  Based on all the clocks we had in front of us it could have been 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am or even 11:30pm (most of our laptops never reset from Seattle time).  We learned we were off when we were late to trivia by an hour!

Being a sea day we didn’t take many photos, I actually took none so I stole pictures from Brandi!

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All day today the waters were calm and you couldn’t even tell we were moving and then BAM we hit super rocky waters.  I was fine through dinner at a place called Teppenyaki’s that is a Japanese restaurant that the chef cooks in front of you, but because of the now rough waters I’m feeling a bit queasy and the thought of looking at the food pictures doesn’t sound so good! You’ll just have to wait until I get home and compile my video of the trip (most like Christmas!).

I *think* we are in Greece tomorrow and will go see the Acropolis, I’m really excited to go!!  See you tomorrow!

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Palermo Rain

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It rained all day long today, icky drizzly Seattle rain.  We headed out with raincoats, hats and umbrellas as we ventured through the throngs of taxi driving, umbrella sellers.  Up and down the streets we walked only to find out that the majority of Palermo is closed on Mondays.  That didn’t slow us down to much, we still saw a lot of pretty buildings and even a haunted mansion before finding a quaint café where we ordered bruschetta, a cutting board of Italian cheese and meats, and then a big plate of French fries!  My dad wanted Pellegrino, but the look on the waiter’s face made it clear he didn’t know what he was asking for.  Kelly apparently knew that by asking for “aqua with gas” meant carbonated water!  (Oh and no Brandi didn’t lose a leg on the trip, even though the picture below makes it look that way!!)

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When we got back to the ship Alex and I quickly got signed back in, but Brandi ran into some problems.  When they scanned her card nothing happened, they tried it twice before sending her over to a different security guard to solve the problem.  The guy who was helping her was super confused, he couldn’t figure out if Brandi was trying to get back on board or get off.  Apparently, when they signed her out it never registered so the entire time she was off the ship it still showed her as on.  It’s a good thing she didn’t get lost because the ship wouldn’t go looking for her for a very long time!!  The security guard kept asking her, “so you want to get off the ship?” Brandi finally convinced him she’d been off all morning and now wanted to go home!

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Once we all finally got back on board we met up with Grandma for lunch by the pool.  At the time we had all just eaten, so we decided not to order, she ordered Mexican tortilla soup.  Once it came we all ooh’d and ahh’d over how good it looked and I ended up ordering one with a lemonade.  Kelly piped up and said she wanted a lemonade too, but when Benny brought the drinks, he brought me my lemonade and Kelly a bowl of soup!  We all laughed and laughed and Kelly modeled “drinking her lemonade”.

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For dinner tonight we ate at the Italian restaurant, La Cachina.  All week I’ve been looking forward to this meal because I love Italian food, however my excitement was quickly squashed because it was the slowest.service.ever!  Alex got so bored that she cut up the plate of cheese Kelly had as an appetizer and created cheese flowers!

To make things even better I received my Caesar salad and saw a bug go scurrying across the lettuce.  Blech.  Even after I sent my buggy salad back the service continued to be slow, in an empty restaurant it took us nearly two hours to get our food.  Most of us didn’t even get dessert because we didn’t want to miss the big final production show at 7:30pm.  Kelly, however, managed to do both by bringing her dessert with her to the Stardust Theater!

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Tomorrow we’re in Naples, Italy and will see Pompeii and then back to Rome on Wednesday which will conclude cruise #1 and on to cruise #2!!

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No Snow

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This weekend I visited my Grandma in Eastern Washington and trekked over Snoqualmie Pass.  Normally Snoqualmie Pass has 291” of snowfall over this weekend, but not this year – there is NO SNOW.

Here’s what you would normally expect at Snoqualmie Pass in early March:

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It’s crazy watching the news and seeing the rest of the country pummeled by record snowfall, while the Pacific Northwest is having it’s warmest winter ever!  I’m not complaining, I’m loving our early spring with sunny warm days!

See for yourself, does this look like winter driving conditions?!

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I’m pretty sure I live in the most beautiful place in the world, with and without snow!

What’s the weather like at your home?!

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Hot Air Balloons

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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 52

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Week 52!  Week 52!  Lookie it’s Week 52 of my Catch the Moment 365 Photo Challenge!

This was one massive project for me, one that I was starting to think I would never officially finish!  I went strong posting these blog posts weekly through July, but suddenly life started to get in the way and I got behind, way behind.  It may be eight weeks into 2015, but who cares I’m finally done and posting my final week of the photo challenge photos!

365 photos taken in 2014.  One photo every day for an entire year.  Wow.  I did it!

This post shares my final week of 2014, but I will post one more recap blog post to show the entire year.  But the end is near and I’m ready to move forward into 2015!  Enjoy my final week of 2014 through photos and stay tuned for my Catch the Moment 365 recap!

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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 50

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What do you know, it’s already January 13th (Happy Birthday Brandi).  I started out the year blogging strong, well I blogged on day 2, but nothing since.  That’s kind of how life has gone for me in general.  I figured that once the hustle and bustle of the holidays were over I’d get a break and reprieve before life got crazy again.  Not so much.  2015 came roaring in past 2014.

*Sigh*

With that being said, I’m still behind on last year’s photo challenge.  I am proud to say that I took a photo every day for 365 days, the blogging is what is slightly behind!  This week’s photos are from Week 50 of 2014, December 12 – 18th.  This was my final week of work before getting some time off for the holidays and working from home.

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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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2014 Blog in Review

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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:

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january

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

february

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

march

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

april

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

may

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

june

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

july

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

august

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

september

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

october

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

november

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

december

#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 48

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Oh my, December 29th, how can that be?  How has it been nearly a month since I posted my Week 47 photos?  Oh wait, one word. Christmas.

Like always Christmas came in like a whirlwind leaving destruction of family, presents, food, wrapping paper and overall mess in her path.

That’s how it’s been 25 days since my last post.

Well, actually I can’t blame it all on Christmas, the other factor was work.  Between December 8 and 19th, I worked way to many hours to count between helping the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank with their Holiday Gift Barn program and Eastside Baby Corner’s dreaded End of Year Inventory, I worked a lot.  The minute I was done with that it was Christmas.

I don’t think I’ve had a second to myself in four weeks.  December will do that to you!  But here was are December 29th, 2014, just 3 days before 2015.  That is crazy.  2015. Mindboggling.

But, before I can make it to 2015, I have some Catch the Moment 365 photos to catch-up on and this post takes us back to the end of November – early December!

Oh and a quick note, on my Wednesday, December 3rd post below I include the link to a Komo News story on Rick Rizzs’ Toys for Kids’ program and how Eastside Baby Corner benefited as a non-profit partner!  Watch the story and see how cool it was to be given $5,000 to shop at Toys ‘R Us for kids in need!  Click HERE or on the photo below to watch the story.

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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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