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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 36

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This week was my big event for Eastside Baby Corner, our 5th Annual Pants Party, where we asked our donors to bring a pair of new or gently-used pants and stay for a free family fun carnival.  In just one word….AWESOME….I’m so happy with how well it turned out, the number of donations we received, the attendance count, vendors, volunteers and everyone who helped make it possible!  I’m THRILLED with how everything came together and extremely proud!  Yay!

My only complaint is I messed up on the “days” and was off a day.  I’m so OCD that it drives me crazy, I’m trying to take a deep breath and move on but it’s hard!  So there, I have put it out there for all to know, my week 36 mistake.

Other than that mistake, I had a great week 36!

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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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Kennewick 9/11 Memorial

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Back in May when my Grandma moved to Eastern Washington, I had the opportunity to visit the 9/11 Memorial.  Just like you are probably thinking, who knew there was a 9/11 Memorial in Kennewick?  I thought the exact same thing!  But, wow, what an amazing memorial the City of Kennewick put together.  Absolutely. Stunning.

About the 9/11 Memorial:

On September 11, 2011, Kennewick, Washington recognized the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by placing a 35-foot-tall steal beam of the twin towers as a permanent memorial.  The memorial consists of two beams from the World Trade Towers, obtained from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, weighing nearly 6,000 pounds, combined with a tastefully designed flag pole and memorial plaque.

My Visit

To make my visit to the memorial even more memorable the weather was beautiful with stunning blue sky.

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If you ever get a chance, stop by and visit it!

 

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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 18

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This week was full of a lot of emotions: sadness, excitement, patriotism, thankfulness, embarrassment, silliness and a lot more.  I had a busy, busy week and am exhausted just thinking back on it, well that and still sore from a lot of physical labor!  However, it’s one that came with a lot of memories, ones that I wouldn’t trade for the world!

The year is just flying by as it’s already May 9th and we are 129 days into the year…time needs to slow down!

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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 and 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.

Happy Friday!

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Eastside Baby Corner & First Due Movers help the children of Oso/Darrington

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This week, from April 1st to April 8th Eastside Baby Corner will be holding an emergency drive to help the children impacted by the Oso landslide. We contacted agencies in the Oso/Darrington area and they have provided us with the following list of high-needs items:

  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Socks and Underwear (in all sizes – including teens)
  • Diapers and Pull ups (especially sizes 1,2,4 and 5)

We will be collecting these items during our normal drop-off times, but will also be accepting donations Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm in the office area of the Hub.

All donations will be taken to Oso on the morning of April 8th. We are so grateful to our friends at First Due Movers who are donating the transportation for this drive.

As a reminder drop off times are as follows:

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Monday 5:30pm to 8:30pm Thursday 9:00am to 11:00am Saturday 9:00am to 12:00pm

Issaquah Highlands Self Storage
Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 6:00pm

Marymoor Self Storage
Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 6:00pm

If you wish to bring other items with your Oso donation, those items will be used by Eastside Baby Corner to help local children.

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#CatchTheMoment365 – Week 12

I cannot believe that March is coming to an end already!  I had a fantastic month and am excited to see what Spring brings! 

Spring?! Did you hear me say that?  SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Woot!  Woot!

I for one am totally excited for warm flip-flop wearing weather!  Sadly for me, Seattle won’t really see consistent warm weather until July 5th, but I can dream and soon it will be here!

Another positive was I didn’t mess up at all this week on the day or date!  Yes, week 12 was a pretty fabulous one for me!  I’m ready to see what week 13 brings!

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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!

Catch the Moment 365

with Mindy 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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Catch the Moment | 365: Week 3 [#catchthemoment365]

Last week I struggled with getting all my photos taken.  It was getting to the point that I was afraid I would miss a day and fail my goal!  However, this week was completely different!  I don’t know if it was because I was busier or becoming more aware of photo opportunities or a combination of the two, but I had fewer drives home panicking that I hadn’t taken a photo yet!  After this week I feel a lot more confident in ability to achieve this goal and complete the challenge!

Here’s my third week of 2014 in photos:

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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!

Catch the Moment 365

with Mindy 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!

Miracle on 34th Street and Richard Sherman

Remember the scene in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street where C.F. Cole, owner of Cole’s Department Store, announces “We invite you to ask yourself this one simple question: do you believe in Santa Claus?” Following that question the music cues to a lively rendition of Joy To the World as the people of New York begin putting up signs proclaiming they believe too…Well that scene is playing over and over and over in my mind as try to grapple with the utter disgust I have for the response to an overly passionate football player’s comments, seconds after winning the game and sending his team to the Super Bowl.

The last two days I have been shocked, disappointed and disgusted by the comments and opinions that are circling the internet after Richard Sherman’s post game, out of breath, extremely adrenaline ridden, interview with Erin Andrews. How can a thirty second interview cause an entire nation to boycott and racially profile someone? For those of you who believe I’m just “another Seattle fan”, I invite you to rewind with me back to the moments before the interview…

In the final seconds of the NFC Championship game, Colin Kaepernick throws a pass to Michael Crabtree to win the game and send the 49′ers to the Super Bowl. Picture perfect plan until Seattle’s Richard Sherman leaps up and deflects the ball, swatting it right into the hands of Malcolm Smith for the interception…winning the game for the Seahawks.

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Lets stop right there. Be honest. Put yourself in Sherman’s shoes. YOU just made the play in a HEATED AGGRESSIVE GAME, beating your rivals in the final second of the game, sending YOUR team to the SUPERBOWL for only the second time in franchise history…..and right after that trying to shake hands with Crabtree, who shoves getting shoved away and pushes you down…then having a microphone shoved in your face and then being asked how are you feeling/take me through that play.

Yes, his adrenaline was flowing….whose wouldn’t???!! Don’t you think you would be a little bit excited, pumped, crazed too?

In an op-ed article on Monday’s MMQB, Sherman shared that moment:

“I ran over to Crabtree to shake his hand but he ignored me. I patted him, stuck out my hand and said, “Good game, good game.” That’s when he shoved my face, and that’s when I went off.”

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The part I find funny is that nobody is wagging a finger at Crabtree after pushing Sherman in the face following the final play. Is that good sportsmanship? Nope, everyone is just angry with the comments made by Sherman, not the unsportsmanlike conduct shown by Crabtree.

I think it’s outrageous that everyone is judging him based on a brief outburst in an interview taken on the field minutes after being rebuffed and physically shoved by Crabtree. Yes he was loud and cocky, but there was no cussing even with all the adrenaline flowing, and long time tension with Crabtree. He has earned the right to be a little cocky when you make the winning play and are headed to the Super Bowl.

If you have watched any other interview from Sherman, before or after, you would see that he is a young man full of passion for the game; anything but violent or crazy as people seem to think. I believe you have earned the right to be a little cocky going from the streets of Compton, graduating from high school with a 4.0+ GPA, a degree in communication from Stanford (the league interrupted his masters degree he was working on), tied second in the league for intercepted passes and first in the league for defensed passes, he found a nonprofit, Blanket Coverage to make a positive difference in the lives of children by providing school supplies to those in need..AND did I mention his team is heading to the Super Bowl!

He is way more than his short outburst made in the heat of the moment on the field. In a sport that has seen its’ fair share of arrests and other controversies, IMHO a little running off of the mouth seems rather mundane.

Even Erin Andrews weighed in on the interview and how she wasn’t scared or felt in any danger, in fact she got a hug afterwards:

“I don’t want this to look like I was upset with him, I was frightened, I felt threatened, we all like Richard Sherman a lot at Fox,” Andrews said. “At that moment I saw how crazy it was going to blow up, and I wanted to make sure people knew it wasn’t a situation where I’m a victim and he acted like an idiot.”

In fact, Andrews said it “was awesome” and she “loved it” when Sherman went bananas on camera afterwards.

“You expect these guys to play like maniacs and animals for 60 minutes,” Andrews said. “And then 90 seconds after he makes a career-defining, game-changing play, I’m gonna be mad because he’s not giving me a cliché answer, ‘That’s what Seahawks football is all about and that’s what we came to do and we practice for those situations.’ No you don’t. That was awesome. That was so awesome. And I loved it.

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There are only two things I see as unforgivable about the Seattle/49ers game. The rowdy fans that had the audacity to throw food and garbage at the injured 49ers player and everyone who is quick to judge Sherman based on one interview.

Unless you have followed Sherman BEFORE this interview and have seen him in action I don’t think you have any right to judge. Seattle LOVES him and we are happy he’s on our team and not yours. Oh, and did you forget that SEATTLE beat out the rest of the NFC to go to the Super Bowl. They aren’t just going because of “chance” they earned their way there and deserve it.

Going back to the Miracle on 34th Street scene: do YOU believe in Richard Sherman? I know I do and am beyond proud and excited to see the Seattle Seahawks play in Super Bowl XLVIII. GO HAWKS!

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Parts of this post was written and researched by my cousin, Brandi Fields. It was reposted with permission to be written in the first person.

“Evil did not win.”

Is the title to a beautiful video designed by Alissa Parker, mother of Emilie Parker whose life was tragically cut short in the Sandy Hook School massacre one year ago today.

Last year on December 14th I blogged about my sadness and broken heart for all the families who had lost loved ones that day. I also shared my personal connection to Newtown. My mom’s sister Penny and her husband Gary raised their five – now grown – kids in Newtown. My cousins didn’t attend Sandy Hook School, but went to a neighboring one not far away and attended church with students from both schools.

The summer after I graduated high school I had the chance to fly back to stay with my cousins for several weeks at their home in Newtown. The picturesque photos you see on the news do not do this town justice. Not only is it beautiful esthetically, the sense of home and family is so strongly and deeply driven into the community is spectacular. Newtown was a beautiful place to visit, I can only imagine it was and is a beautiful place to live.

As the news broke I immediately texted my cousin to make sure everybody in her parents ward were accounted for. At that time there was still mass confusion and very few answers, but she was under the impression that all their wards kids were ok. Even though I was across the country I felt a huge sense of relief that no one they new was unaccounted for or hurt. That didn’t diminish the sadness I felt knowing 26 other families weren’t as lucky.

Later that night I came home and learned that one of the 20 first graders killed was a little girl in my Aunt’s ward. That little girl was Emilie Parker. The next day I blogged again about learning about Emilie and urged fellow bloggers to join a blog movement to step away from our computers and spend time with those we love in memory and honor of the 26th lives that were lost.

Over the following days and months my cousins shared Facebook memorial pages, blogs and websites that were being designed in honor of Emilie and other victims of Sandy Hook. I too began following. However having a connection to the Parker family, albeit minuscule, I began following their story more closely.

The more I read, the more sense of connection I felt to their family. The words Emilie’s mom writes on their family blog are beautiful, heart filled and honest. The photos are beautiful, happy and bright. She shares with the world her immense pain, anger, the good days and bad ones. She welcomed complete strangers a touching look into their families life.

As a fellow LDS woman, I also felt Alissa’s strong spirit and love for our Father in Heaven. Her trust in him, the strength and love she gains from him and her ability to so eloquently share her testimony gleams through each post I read. There hasn’t been a post that I read without crying. Sometimes they are tears of sadness, hurt or anger; while others are tears of joy, excitement and jubilation! The emotion and love is so tightly wrapped around each post.

Alissa recently posted a video on her blog that she made to celebrate the life of her little girl. Huffington Post recently shared the video, plus the background information behind it:

Parker wrote in a blog for The Huffington Post, “There have been times where I felt like I HAD to hold on to the dark things, like it was some responsibility I was supposed to carry. But Emilie’s life was about color and joy, not about pain and suffering.”

Now they’ve decided to speak about the unexpectedly good things that have happened since the tragedy, as strangers reached out to them with words of comfort and acts of kindness. The Parkers have made a video called “Evil Did Not Win,” which honors the memory of Emilie and allows her to keep bringing good into the world. They have also created The Emilie Parker Fund in her memory, which supports the arts with funding for school and community programs, due to her love of art.

I have now watched this video numerous times and each time I am struck in awe of the strength of this one family, how Emilie was wise way beyond her years and their decision to choose love instead. I felt on the first anniversary I wanted to share this video with my family, friends and followers on my blog. I recommend grabbing a tissue prior to starting, you’ll need it.

As Alissa Parker stated in the video, “Evil didn’t win that day. We’ll carry on that love that she had, it’s quiet, it’s not on the news. It takes effort to find. But what I’ve realized through all of this is, how strong and how big God’s love really is.”

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