Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Zoo Boo!!!

**This is my 5th post today!!!…I promise it will be my last…just playing a little catch up I guess!!**

Last Friday we took the kiddos to the Zoo Boo at the Memphis Zoo.  My camera died right after we go there so I didn’t get too many good pictures so these will have to do!


Kirsten a.k.a. Fairy Princess hanging out with PawPaw.


Elijah a.k.a. Batman trying to beat up the Raccoon with his blue candy bucket..not sure what is wrong with our child but it was super funny to watch!! ha ha.


Noah with his babies.  Aren’t they all so precious???


Me, MiMi, Kirsten, and Elijah

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Elijah thought that climbing the rock wall at Zoo Boo was a good idea…well it wasn’t…he didn’t get very far up that wall until he let go and slowly came back down.  He tried again…with no success.  And again…no success.  Oh well at least he is up to trying new things!!

Ok that is all my posts for tonight.  I am sure I will come up with a Wordless Wednesday for tomorrow…not sure yet though. 

Pumpkin Patch #2

And since on my last post I didn’t include ANY pictures of the kids actually picking their pumpkins at the pumpkin patch..here ya go…and some pictures of the “maze” too!



My prissy daughter chose the tiniest pumpkin there to be “hers”.  lol.


Elijah and MiMi (my mother in law) in the Tom’s Farm pumpkin. 


Kirsten and MiMi in the pumpkin.


Elijah and Kirsten by the “scary man” …can you tell that she is super excited  scared out of her mind to be next to that thing! ha ha.

That is all for now.  Next post will be our Zoo Boo visit!

Pumpkin Patch!!

If you read my True Story Tuesday post you know that my family and I went to a pumpkin patch on Sunday.  I took some really cute pictures of the kids dressed up in their fall outfits.   Here are my favorites:






Don’t you just LOVE Kirsten’s bow??? My friend (since I was like in 3rd grade) Kaycee made it for me…she owns her own bow business called Prissy Miss Boutique.  You should definitely check her out if you have little girls of your own!

We really did have a great time at the pumpkin patch!!! We are thankful that God allowed us to find it and spend the day as a family! 

Dear Headache,

Dear Headache,

Have you not plagued me long enough? I mean c'mon you have taken up residency in my head for almost a week now and might I add that this residency came without my permission. I understand that you like to come during "mother nature" time, but "mother nature" time has been over for 4 days now and yet you still linger on and on and on.

Can I please get a break Mr. (or mrs.) headache? I have lots of school work, regular work, and moving my office to do!

I am not sure how much longer I can handle you and your residency. Please consider moving homes immediately.

If needed, I will take desperate measures such as seeing the doctor to "evict" you from my head. Please do not make me do this as it is costly for me and not fun for you.

So, Mr. (or Mrs.) Headache, Please leave my head (this instant) on your own accord!


The woman you have been torturing for 6 days!

P.S. There is no need to leave a forwarding address!

True Story Tuesday

This is my first week playing along with True Story Tuesday but man what a Sunday I had, so I just had to tell you all about it!

Sunday started out as a normal day..actually it was an exceptionally swell day because my hair was working PERFECTLY for me :) (you know those days when your hair does exactly what you want it to do and doesn't give you any grief??) So my sweet family and I got up, got ready, went to church as usual and went home. We quickly changed into our fall themed outfits (yes this was MY idea) and we went off to eat. Earlier in the week I had researched different pumpkin patches and fun farms to take the kids to. I found one that was about an hour from our house but looked really fun. It even had GREAT reviews!

So after lunch we headed off to find the "pumpkin patch". When we were almost to the road the pumpkin patch was on, I remembered that I didn't have any cash and neither did my loving husband...so I make him find an atm. Oh and did I mention that we are literally in the middle of NOWHERE...so we had to turn around (take backroads, almost hit a deer) and find the nearest town with an ATM. It took us about 20-25 minutes to do this.

We get the money and go back to where we are supposed to be, turn down the road, go all the way until it dead ends and realize that we didn't see the "pumpkin patch" at all. So hubby turns back around and we drive really really slow to find the correct address, thinking we just missed it somehow.

We find the correct address and see what these people call a "fun family farm" and a "pumpkin patch". It literally looked like something off the chainsaw massacre!!! And even if it was open, which it wasn't, I would have never taken my kids there!

I am pretty irritated at this point. (Wouldn't you have been?)

So off we go back to our house (oh and did I mention that our GPS was not working at all?!?) Hubby misses our first turn and takes the next one thinking it will take us to the same place...WRONG!

We end up on a road that is forever long...BUT just as we were about to turn around..we see a sign for "Uncle Tom's Family Farm" which was another pumpkin patch I had researched. We zip in there and finally get to pick pumpkins, play, and go through a corn maze. We also find out while there that we are only 20 minutes from our house!!

Wow..what a Sunday.

Head on over to Once Upon A Miracle for more true stories!

Friday, October 23, 2009

I've Been Tagged!

I was tagged by Nati at I will praise HIM and I decided to play along.

Here are the ABC's of Cori!

A - Age: 23

B - Bed size: Queen

C - Chore you hate: Vacuuming/Sweeping

D - Dog's name: I don't have a dog.

E - Essential start your day item: Kissing my husband :)

F - Favorite color: Purple

G - Gold or Silver: silver

H - Height: 5'3"

I - I am: not feeling very well

J - Job: Paralegal

K - Kids: one (step) daughter and one (step) son..they are my life!

L - Living arrangements: With my in-laws

M - Mom's name: Brenda

N - Nicknames: Cor, Corly Lynn (when I was younger)

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Thanksgiving 2007..I had such a terrible migraine that they thought I might have an aneurysm.

P - Pet Peeve: Hubby irritating me when he already knows I am irritated.

Q - Quote from a movie: "Just keep Swimming..Just Keep Swimming" Dori on Finding Nemo (it reminds me of life..we should all "just keep swimming" and not worry about day to day things)

R - Right or left handed: right

S - Siblings: Jay (26), Ashley (24), and Christian (13)

T - Time you wake up: about 6:30

U- Underwear: always wear it...the kind varies on my outfit :)

V - Vegetable you dislike: cabbage

W - Ways you run late: wasting time getting ready..not getting up on time..eating breakfast at home instead of on the road..watching tv..playing on Facebook...I could go on and on.

X - X-rays you've had: just about every part of my body!

Y - Yummy food you make: considering I rarely cook...grilled cheese! ha ha.

Z - Zoo favorite: our new baby bear cubs at our local zoo!! They are so cute!!

Ok so I am going to tag:

Kristen at The Bradley Family Times

Kristi at Loving 2 Miracles

Jamie at Jamie's Thoughts

Kaycee at Awful Beautiful Life

Ok that is all for now!! Just because you weren't tagged don't mean you can't play along too though!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thank You Very Much

The Daily Dribbles

This Blog Carnival is held by Kmama over at The Daily Dribbles. Head over there for more "thank you very much" posts.

-To "mother nature" for deciding to rear her ugly head whenever and wherever she pleases without consulting with me first...thank you very much!

-To the headache brought on by aforementioned "mother nature" while trying to finish the most stressful class thus far in school...thank you very much!

-To the midsouth weather that can not make up its mind whether it wants to be hot, cold, humid, warm, or rainy and therefore causing major allergies in my house...thank you very much!

-To my office manager who decided that moving our office on a Saturday, therefore making me WORK on a Saturday, which also happens to be Halloween, is a fun idea and also puts a big damper on my plans...thank you very much!

-To Facebook, who never works right, yet still has that addicting thing about it...thank you very much!

I think that is all my "thank you's" for this week!!

Hop back on over to Kmama's blog and participate too!! It really is therapeutic :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Online Wedding Pictures!!!

Click HERE to view all my professional wedding pictures online!!

They are so beautiful and more than I expected!!

Harvest of Friends Blog Party

I found this blog "party" at Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground and it is hosted by Lynette. So I decided to play along. I hope you can too!

1. What is your favorite thing to snack on while you're blogging?
-Anything that is around me. I am a big snacker so anything I can get my hands on is what I snack on :)

2. What is one thing you wouldn't want to live without?
-Jesus Christ!!!

3. Beach, Mountains or Farm? Where would you live if you had a choice?
-MOUNTAINS!! Without a doubt.

4. What's your least favorite chore/household duty?
-Sweeping and Vacuuming

5. Who do people say you remind them of?
-My mom! ha ha..when I was little it was Shirley Temple.

6. Prefer parties and socializing or staying at home with the fam?
-staying at home with the family...much more relaxed.

7. What's your all time favorite movie?
-Beauty and the Beast

8. Do you sleep in your make up or remove it like a good girl every night?
-it varies..sometimes I remove it..sometimes I am too lazy to remove it.

9. Do you have a hidden talent or a deep desire to learn something that you've never had a chance to learn? What is it?
-I want to learn to speak Spanish fluently...and no I have no hidden talents.

10. What's one strange thing you're really good at?
-Hmmmm...Is being sarcastic strange???

11. What first attracted you to your spouse?
-His beautiful eyes and loving spirit.

12. What is something you love to smell?
-Noah (oh and anything pumpkin spice scented.)

13. Tell something about you that you know irritates people.
-I tend to whine...A LOT!

14. When you have extra money (HA!) what's the first thing you think to do with it?
-SHOP!! I love buying new clothes :)

15. Are you a silent laugher or a loud laugher? What makes you laugh the hardest?
-I am a little bit of both. Noah makes me laugh the hardest, oh and the things our kids say!

16. Where is your favorite place to shop?
-Ann Taylor Loft, Kohl's, Target and Macy's.

17. What's one thing you'd do more often if you had more time?
-Donate my time to charities.

18. Are you a big spender or frugal?
-I like to spend :) Noah is frugal though so we offset each other.

19. Who is your favorite character of all time (from a movie or book)? (Can't be real)
-August Boatwright..from The Secret Life of Bees..we should all strive to be like her.

20. Would you want to be famous?
-No! I love my life.

Want to join in? Just head on over to Lynette's blog and play along!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009



So where to start??  Hmm..We got married on Saturday October 10th at 2 p.m.  The wedding was amazing and I could not have asked for more.  We attended our reception where you do all the normal things…eat, drink, be merry, dance.  Then we left the reception and headed to Mt. Juliet, TN where we stayed the night in a hotel.  We got up Sunday morning, had a great breakfast at Cracker Barrel (one of my fav breakfast places) and then headed into Gatlinburg, TN where we would be spending the rest of our honeymoon. 


Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains are so amazingly beautiful.  Seeing God’s creations was truly breathtaking. 


We did lots of sightseeing while on our honeymoon…We saw turkeys…


and horses….


We saw a lot of deer but none of them were really close enough for us to take very good pictures of.  We spent a day at the Gatlinburg aquarium.  I have so many pictures from there, I wish I could post them all but I don’t think you guys would appreciate that..so here are a few of my favorite from the aquarium.


Sting ray…


Lots of pretty fish…


Big ugly catfish…




Gigantic Crabs…


Us with a swordfish in the background. Lol.

We also went to Asheville, NC to see the Biltmore Estate.  It was so beautiful.  The weather was a perfect fall day and Noah and I had the best time being with each other and enjoying every minute of it. 




I wish I could show you the inside of the house but they do not allow pictures inside of the house.  The house has 250 rooms and 99 of those are bedrooms!! It is like 175,000 square feet!! If you have never been, I highly suggest you go.  It is worth the drive!!


Eating a yummmy pastry in the court yard of the Biltmore Estate.

We visited the winery while at the Biltmore..it was so much fun too! I just can’t stress to you how much fun we had!  It was such a blessing to be able to go on this trip with my husband.  I thank God for everything he has blessed us with!



Above is where they fermented the wine…it was neat to see the process.  We bought 3 bottles of the Biltmore Estate wine so save as a souvenir. 

We also did a little put put golfing while in Gatlinburg.



We saw a dinner show called the Black Bear Jamboree.  It was so funny.  We loved it very much and were surprised at the fact that it was a Christian show.  We loved it even more then because there just aren’t many of those around anymore! 



We did a little bit of driving through the mountains and taking pictures too. 




I have over 600 pictures from our honeymoon and really wish I could share them all with you but that would make for one really long post. ha ha. 

Here are some pictures of the cabin we stayed in.






Well that is all I have for now.  I am sure I will post random tid pits of pictures here and there for a while.  My bridal pictures will be here next week along with the professional wedding pictures!  I can’t wait to post them for you all to read! 

Sorry for the long post but I had to get it done!

Thank you for all the well wishes and wonderful sweet comments :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rehearsal & A tad of Wedding!

I know you have been waiting and waiting for some wedding pictures…well maybe not but here they are anyways.  These are just the pictures that I have on my camera so it isn’t much.  I will have my professional pictures soon (I hope!) 


On Friday, I had such a long day.  It rained and rained and when you thought it could not rain anymore…it rained some more..ugh!  So I had TONS of errands to run and my hair ended up a mess…oh well.  We had a nice rehearsal and then a good dinner at one of my favorite places, The Silver Caboose located in the town I live in. 


Leroy (left, my father in law) and Dennis (right, my daddy) practicing the lighting of the unity candle.  We decided to have the fathers light the candles instead of the mothers for a couple of reasons.  I have a mom and step-mom, which would have made for a difficult situation, and the fathers are the leaders of the family, so they should light the candle that is symbolic of our families. 

Here are  few pictures from the wedding..like I said..I don’t have many.


My sister helping me with my earrings.


Cute toes in my wedding shoes.


Kirsten, my flower girl, who also happens to be my beautiful daughter, helping me put my shoes on.  It was so cute, she brought them to me and asked me if it was time to put on the “cinderella” shoes.  :)


Me and my Maid of Honor, Samantha..isn’t she beautiful??


Me with my beautiful babies before the wedding.  Now maybe I am biased but they have got to be the cutest kids ever :)

wedding party

The entire Bridal Party.  From Left to Right: Lesley (Bridesmaid), Christian (Usher), Samantha (Maid of Honor), Cori (Bride), Noah (Groom), Leroy (Best Man), Parker (Groomsman), Bradley (Usher), Elijah (Ringbearer) and Kirsten (Flower girl).

We had a lovely day.  There was only one hangup the whole time and that was that my unity candle would not light.  The wick on the main candle was too short and would not light.  We laughed it off and it really added some humor to our wedding. 

It rained all week and all day before our wedding but our wedding day was a cool 63 degrees with no rain.  It was a little overcast but never rained a drop.  I just loved every bit of it! All the months of planning and hours I put into it was WELL worth it!  Thanks to everyone for all your wishes of luck!! We had the perfect day and ultimately we thank Jesus Christ our savior for such a great day. 

I can’t wait to post all the professional pictures!!