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Triplet Photo Shoot: Take 2 *Photo Challenge: White*

Early this spring, I took the triplets out for an impromptu photo shoot, to play around with my brand new Nikon D5000

It had been several months since I’d tried to do another photo session with the independent trio, but I was willing to try!  Plus I figured bribery (aka gum) would get them to be perfect little subjects while I played with my camera.  Anyone who knows me, knows I’m known for having gum with me at all times.  The triplets especially know this and constantly use it to their advantage!  Bad Nanny.  I know!

Well the gum did work.  Sort of. It also backfired on me…

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Yep…most of my pictures had a fourth star … the gum! 

After I deleted all the pictures of the trio chomping on his or her gum, I was left with a disappointing amount of photos!  Lesson Learned!

I still need to figure out lighting and shades.  It’s hard when they move so fast, and I was often unable to avoid the shade at different locations!  Oh well…still learning!

I’d love to take an online photography class if you know of one, please share it with me!!!

Onto the, Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge’s week #6!  I missed last week’s “brown” theme, I just ran out of time.  But stay tuned, I have pictures that I plan on putting up TOMORROW!  I may not be able to officially link-up with Brown Week, but I will have finished another week of the challenge! 

Here are the infamous crazy trio I call Jack, Nate & Gabrielle, sporting white outfits, prefect for pictures!!!


Who doesn’t love all the many shades of Fall?? If you missed my entries for the previous two weeks of the challenge check out:

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge

Post is part of Shades of Autumn: A Photo Challenge hosted by Kristi {Live and Love Outloud}, Alicia {Project Alicia} and their newest co-host, Rebecca {Bumbles of Light}.

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


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Pumpkin Carving what a MESS!!!

Did you know the pumpkin guts are really, really, slippery and sticky?  I now do ….


Halloween morning I received an SOS text from my mom, bring the kids over and carve pumpkins for tonight.  I immediately thought about this equation:

Triplets + Cori + Pumpkins + Pumpkin Guts + Knives = BAD IDEA + BIG MESS

That only means one thing one big old MESS

I tried to get out it, and throw my sisters under the bus of hopes that they would jump in and carve.  No such luck.  If the pumpkins were going to be carved they were being carved by Cori & the triplets.

I may have been less then thrilled about the pending disaster, but the kids were excited and couldn’t wait to go!  So off we went…

I did everything I could to try to keep the mess down to a minimum.  Laid out newspaper all over the floor, gave them garbage bags, spoons and begged them to STAY ON THE NEWSPAPER …. and if you must go off the newspaper STAY OFF THE CARPET!  Luckily, under the newspaper was hardwood floor.  Not the end of the world, but at the same time I didn’t want to have to mop the floor.

As much as I tried, we made a huge mess – that was with only 2/3 of the triplets participating in the fun.

Instead of using the garbage, they just through the pumpkin guts on the floor – where it sat.

Shockingly! The longer the guts sit, the more likely they are to leak through the newspaper …. even like 5 sheets of newspaper!  Luckily all the guts stayed mostly within the newspaper boundaries, but there were some flyaway seeds that I found all over the carpet in the family room.

Can’t figure out how the seeds ended up on the carpet …. the kids must have been flinging the guts and seeds as they emptied their pumpkins.

After getting all the guts picked up, newspaper dumped in the garbage and seeds removed from the carpeting, did I realize pumpkin guts are slippery and sticky

I then spent the next half-hour with the Clorox wipes [yep, not below me to do a Clorox shout out!] trying to get the floor not slipper or sticky!  Kids thought it was funny.  Me not so much, because I was the one on my hands and knees!

In the end, the pumpkins got carved.  Looked good.  Little mess was made and most importantly no one got hurt (that includes myself!).  It’s always a good day for us when we can do an activity without injuring ourselves!!

Stay tuned, maybe tomorrow, for Halloween pictures!  I also have a bunch more miscellaneous pictures and posts that need to go up.  If only there was more time in the day …

Don’t forget to enter my SHUTTERFLY Giveaway of 25 FREE HOLIDAY CARDS ends on Monday, November 14th @ 12:01am, where three people will in!

I received information about Clorox’s Bleach It Away campaign and am sharing my messy moment for the chance to win prizes from The SITS Girls. To learn more about the messy moment program, check out  Sharing your story on the Clorox fan page gets you entered for the chance to win $25,000 and daily prizes, and you can grab a coupon for Clorox® Regular Bleach.

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"Toddler Talk" "Toddler" "Parents Toddler Advice"

It’s been a long time since I linked up with Toddler Talk Thursday with Family and Life in Las Vegas, Crazy about my Baybah, and My Life as a Sippy Cup Mom to talk all things TODDLER!!

I honestly had no intention of linking up this week, but right as I finished giving the boys a haircut, a tweet come through from Melissa {My Life as a Sippy Cup Mom} asking about haircuts!  I immediately jumped in and we started chatting.

This was actually the first time, I have every given the boys haircuts.  I’ve been an assistant many times when their mom or Jaime would do it – but never on my own.  However, I felt confident …

  • as I pulled the clipper set out of the closet
  • as I opened it and put Nate in the chair
  • as I attached the size 4 blade
  • as I did one last read through the directions.

I could do this.  I took a deep breath, turned on the clippers and got started on Nate’s hair.

To my amazement, it was as easy as people had said and honestly it’s pretty dummy proof. 

The clippers will only clip to a certain level – whatever length you want the boy’s hair to be.  You pick the level, and then “shave” the boy’s hair in the same direction of any colic’s.  When the clippers “stop” cutting hair as you are clipping, it means the hair as at the level you chose!  Easy Peasy!

I chose to start with Nate, because of the two boys, he tends to be more mellow and easy going.  He did really well until I was needing to clean-up the nap of his neck and he started flinching and became ticklish.  The hardest part was trying to keep him from wiggling and to keep looking at his toes.  In the end he was rewarded with two pieces of Halloween candy, which made it all worth it for him!  All-in-all he did well.

Then it was Jack’s turn.

Jack didn’t want his haircut to begin with, so I was in for a challenge.  I started with offering him the candy to begin with.  However, it quickly became apparent that it was nearly impossible for him to sit still, while trying to dig out NERDS from the box.  (I was in his way, sorry!)  I then moved to giving him my cell phone.  He happily took it, but because he has SO MUCH HAIR, every “stripe” I would do, would dump a pile of hair onto the phone.  He spent a good amount of time shrieking “CORI, I CANNOT SEE THE PHONE!”  He was a little more challenging, but in the end he did great.  Not to mention I felt I did a better job on his head (second time!).  Oh and Jack got his candy back after the haircut was over!

Here are some “after” pictures of the boys …


I’m now excited to try it again!!  Good thing their hair grows REALLY fast, I’ll get the chance again before I know it!


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Beautiful Tree Lined Streets *Photo Challenge: Red*

I grew up in a beautiful tree lined street in a very Mayberry like town.  Watching these picture perfect trees turn from stunning green to yellow to orange and now to red is beautiful to watch.  The leaves are now beginning to fall and cover the grass in a rainbow of red, orange, yellow and green leaves.


I love where I live?!  Can you blame me?

DSC_0082DSC_0083DSC_0090DSC_0089Miss Gabrielle had to get her picture taken as well!


Last week Kristi gave a great Autumn Photo Tip

Autumn Photography Tip:

Gather a few autumn leaves, tape them to a clean window and photograph them when it’s sunny out. The sunlight will reveal a variety of deep, bold colors.


I gave it a try today with some red leaves. However, I couldn’t find a window that didn’t have “stuff” outside it (trees, swimming pool, swing set, etc.!)!!  Anyway, here’s my attempt!!



Who doesn’t love all the many shades of Fall?? If you missed my entries for the previous two weeks of the challenge check out:

Don’t Forget to enter for a chance to win 25 FREE Holiday Cards of YOUR Choice from SHUTTERFLY!! Click HERE to enter!

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge

Post is part of Shades of Autumn: A Photo Challenge hosted by Kristi {Live and Love Outloud}, Alicia {Project Alicia} and their newest co-host, Rebecca {Bumbles of Light}.

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


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Cori’s Triplet Preschool

It’s no secret that I nanny for triplets.  I love the chaos, craziness and all the “better its you and not me” times I get to spend with the triplets.  Well I’ve decided to take it one step further and be their preschool instructor for the year. 

Lets face it, preschool is expensive to send your kids to and to have to send three at the same time, very expensive!  I did some research and realized this is something I COULD DO!  I already was incorporating many preschool aspects to our days, so throwing in a few more structured things is making it more “preschool-y”.

This was week #1 of Cori’s Triplet Preschool.  The kids were super excited and surprisingly well behaved during “school time.”

This week we covered the LETTER A and we have learned a lot!  Practiced how to write A’s, learned about words that start with A and of course did a lot of coloring!!  Oh and of course LOTS of tracing of their names.  Gabbi is ahead of the boys and can already write her name, but they’ll quickly catch up!

Letter A


In addition to teaching about “A”, I also had to start to pull together my curriculum.  I put together a binder that I’m pulling different fun letter activities that I find from different books and websites online!  Here’s my binder and one of the pages Open-mouthed smile Inside the binder there are plastic

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Over the next several months I plan on blogging about my journey as a preschool “teacher”. I plan on sharing ideas and different worksheets I find in my PINTEREST PRESCHOOL IDEAS board. So if you haven’t, please pop over and see what I’ve pinned so far and see what I pin in the future!  Maybe you have some great ideas for me?  Pin them to the board!

Cori’s Big Mouth on Pinterest

pinterest preschool


Here I go …

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Spray Down!

Up until the last couple of weeks, we could count the number of nice days on one hand! 

Sad isn’t it?

Amazingly enough we had gorgeous weather on MY BIRTHDAY!  It was a miracle!

I worked the day of my birthday and in the afternoon Amy, Jordyn & Camryn and Alex with her kids she watches came over to surprise me and have an impromptu birthday party!  After the brownies and celebrating we took all the kids outside to play in the sprinkler.

In the past this “snake sprinkler” scared the kids TO DEATH.  I mean bloody murder screaming, all try to climb me and get the heck away from the spraying monster!  This year I was excited to learn they had grown up and it wasn’t nearly as scary for the kids!  They LOVED IT!




What a great day!  I miss summer already! 


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Panic Attacks

Just the title sends shivers down my spine.

I’ve suffered from panic attacks my whole entire life.  In fact my very first panic attack occurred when I was just three years old.  One of Thursday’s Writer’s Workshop question over at Mama Kat’s is: Your first panic attack. However, I blogged about that event last year.  Hop on over to read about my Most Vivid Childhood Memory that just happened to also be my first panic attack.

Since I’ve already written about my first panic attack, I thought I’d share the ongoing attack I have right now.  It is slowly eating me away.  It’s to the point where I am going to the doctor tomorrow to get a medication changed for my anxiety, because I am in constant fear/anxiety.

About a month ago, I had a horrible experience at the triplets house.  We had been playing outside in the front yard all day.  It was time to clean-up and I watched Nate walk inside the house.  Shortly there after the rest of the kids followed inside along with Jaime (who was also over with her girls).  Jaime was going to put the kids in the bath while I finished cleaning up the mess of the yard.

This is the point when I lose track of time … I have no idea how much time past.  Felt like an eternity, but in acctuality it probably was 10 minutes.

I hear Jaime inside yelling “Nate”.  She called for him several times and got no answer.  She then comes out and says she can’t find him.  I know he is hiding from us.  It’s his favorite thing to do.  So I go inside to check his favorite hiding places.

I check those places.  No Nate.

By this time I can feel my blood curdling and my heart racing.

Jaime and I are running, screaming for Nate, around the house, the backyard, front yard and garage.  No Nate.

Again, I have no sense of time, that has passed.  Seemed at the time like forever.

Jaime decides to run next door and grab the neighbor to come and help (remember we have 5 other kids to watch).  When she comes back (neighborless I might add, because they were gone), we decide to call 911.

The triplets don’t have a house line anymore, so I start scrambling for my cell phone.  Can’t find it.  Jaime shoves hers into my hand and I shakily dial those three numbers 9-1-1.

Because I called on a cell phone, I was connected to the Sheriff’s office first.  Told what happened, the address, what Nate was wearing (which was just a pair of swim trunks) and then transferred me over to our local police department.

About the time the Police Department picked up and the Operator began to explain what was wrong, I hear Jaime scream “I found him!”

Those three words “I FOUND HIM” have never meant so much to me.  I believe Jaime shrieked so loudly that even the operator heard her!  The operator and policeman confirmed with me that he had been found.  I said yes, and thank you so much, and then hung up.

Where was Nate?

Hiding behind a chair IN the house WITH MY CELL PHONE.

Pretty sure I scared the crap out of Nate because by the time he was found I was a mess of emotions.  Relieved that he was found and safe, but beyond mad that he had hid from us like that.

Since that incident I am unable to let the kids plan on their own for vry long.  They can be in the house and I check on them 3, 4, 5 times.  I’m constantly yelling upstairs to confirm where they are.  I even have a hard time letting their 9-year-old sister go outside and play with her friends.  Something she’s been doing for several years.  If I let Sophia go outside without me, I check on her about every 5 minutes.

I’m freaked that something like that will happen to me again.  The feeling was awful then and now several times a day I get that blood curdling – heart racing feeling.  I don’t like the feeling.  I hate not letting the kids be able to have some freedom, but I don’t know what to do about it.

Just writing this post and sent my shivering and into panic mode.  This is definitely something I need to go see a doctor to talk about, because it’s not fair for any of us, myself included.  I definitely need to do something about it …

Mama’s Losin’ It3.) Your first panic attack.

Crazy Days of Summer *The Finale*

Where has summer gone?  How is it already August 27th?  (Happy Golden Birthday by the way Erin!)

I started out the summer strong in the Lazy Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge hosted by my two FAVORITE Blogging Photographers, Alicia of Project Alicia and Kristi of Live and Love … Out Loud.  I think I successfully completed the first six weeks … give or take:

I was reading these ladies’ blogs when I read that for the final week, they had a ton of amazing giveaways and prizes for the Lazy Crazy Days of Summer final submissions.  However, I felt a bit awkward linking up this week with all the pomp and circumstance going on, because I missed half of the weeks!!  Then Kristi started bugging me, asking where I’d been and that I HAD TO link-up this week.  I himmed and haw’d (sp??!); then finally gave in.  Okay so it didn’t take that much prodding, but it took some!  Thanks Kristi!

I thought for this final submission I would share my favorite photos that I took over the summer.  Most of these have been shared already, but guess what … it’s my blog and I’m sharing them again!











Happy last Lazy Crazy Days of Summer!!

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