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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

65 days and counting....holy cow. I remember when it was 300 days and thinking it was so far away.

People are always asking me if I'm nervous and my response is that I'm nervous for the wedding but definitely not the marriage.

J and I have been together 5 years and with the little surprise that was Ben, we were forced into a marriage like relationship even though we aren't technically married. The honeymoon phase in our relationship is long over. I know what kind of father J is. Our relationship is far from perfect, but we're committed to each other and to our family and we've done that without being married. With that being said, I'm looking forward to calling J my husband, to sport our wedding bands, and to legally and officially claim half his stuff. I kid. Maybe:)

I am nervous about all of the finals details coming together. One thing that has helped calm my nerves is making to do list after to do list. Let's take a look at the latest version of the to-do list shall we?
  • Order cake
  • Decide on and order party favors Ordered those today. It may or not involve food. We didn't want to give our guests some little trinket they would never use again and who doesn't love food.
  • Re-new passport (me)
  • Get passport (J)
  • Order and get measurements for Tuxedos
  • Finish buying bridesmaid gifts
  • Pick out bridesmaid jewelry
  • Order bubbles for after ceremony Done. I even found silver bubble containers to go with our silver and black colors.
  • Pick out flower arrangements Appointment this Friday.
  • Finish registering
  • Order wedding rings
  • Find bridal shower dress
  • Find bridal luncheon dress
  • Find rehearsal dinner dress
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner details Although my MIL is graciously doing this, I am way to OCD to give her full control:) Best part, she loves me anyway.
  • Plan bridal luncheon-decide on menu
  • Order "guest book" Found ours on Etsy. We're not doing the traditional guest book and once it arrives I will show you all what it looks like.
  • Address and mail invitations. The final ones were addressed today.
Our invitations. Yes we used labels instead of hand writing them. I know some people say that's a big no no, but times, they are a changing. And although they look white in the picture we used clear labels which I think still makes them look classy.

And you may be wondering why our invitation is to the President. Well for all you future brides, did you know that if you mail the President your wedding invitation they will send you back a personalized letter? Pretty cool huh? Unless you don't like the current President. Then you may need to convince your groom to push the wedding back another 4 years.


Happy Wednesday! A big Happy Birthday to all the Leap Year Babies!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ben's 3rd Birthday Party

It's been almost a month since Ben's 3rd birthday party and I'm just now posting about it. 

Ben chose a Thomas the Train themed party and although my love for character themed parties is luke warm, with the help of the internet, particularly Pinterest, I've learned you can take any party, even ones with talking trains, and make it somewhat chic. Somewhat.

This will probably be the last year we do a family only party since Ben is getting older and making more friends at school. I'm thinking we'll do something like the Little Gym next year and a bonus-no clean up at our home.

I had done a chili and toppings bar for a friend's baby shower earlier this year and re-created it for Ben's birthday. 

J's aunt helping him test out his new bike from GiGi(great-grandma)

Family Pic Take 1.

Family pic Take 2. I digress. 

And a trip down memory lane. 

1st Birthday

2nd Birthday.

3rd Birthday


Happy Birthday little man. I can't believe you are already 3. 
Monday, February 27, 2012

I PASSED!

Despite the fact that it's a Monday, today was actually pretty great. 

Because................

I passed my boards. I am now a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

My new credentials:
Cortney, MSW, BCBA


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Layered Oreo Desert

I needed a quick and easy desert to take to J's parent's house for dinner and found this yummy one Pinterest. 

What You Need:
-1 pkg of regular Oreos
-1/2 c. of butter
-1 large box of instant chocolate pudding
-2-8 oz cool whips
-8 oz. of cream cheese, softened
-1 c. powdered sugar


What to Do:
1. Crush the package of Oreos with either a food processor or in a Ziploc bag. Save 1/2 c. to sprinkle on top of dessert when it's done. 


2. Pour the crumbs into a 9x13 inch pan. Melt the butter and pour onto the Oreo crumbs. Once the crumbs are coated, press them into the pan to make the crust. 

3. Make the chocolate pudding according to the directions on the package and let it setup in the fridge while you complete the other steps. 

4. In a mixing bowl, blend cream cheese until smooth then add the powdered sugar and combine. 
5. Fold in 1-8 oz container of cool whip. 
6. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the Oreo crumb crust.

7. Spread the pudding over the cream cheese layer then top with the last 8oz container of Cool Whip.

8. Sprinkle remaining Oreo crumbs on top and refrigerate until serving. 

This recipe was delicious and most importantly super easy. The only thing I would change is I might double the cream cheese layer.
Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sesame Street Live

A few weeks ago we went to see Sesame Street Live. Ben got tickets for his birthday from my parents and if you read this post you know it's not our first time to see the gang.

The best part about this show? Not having to travel 3+ hours to see it. The show was great, the music was cute, and Ben left with a huge smile.

Anxiously awaiting the start of the show. Don't mind that Ben and J are in almost identical shirts. Ben is seriously his twin.
Friday, February 24, 2012

My Wish List

Since I've put myself on a major shopping ban until after the wedding, here are a few things I desperately want.

A new purse. Any of these will do.

Michael Kors Hamilton

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Danielle Nicole-"Mia" bag


This new watch
Michael Kors


Any of these Reva's will do


And this dress from Banana Republic

I think that should do it. For now:)
Thursday, February 23, 2012

The First Bridal Shower

My first bridal shower was from our church family. My sister and mom hosted the shower at the church and decorated the hall beautifully. It was filled with lots of pink, hearts, and all things girly. The food was delicious and J and I got more gifts than we deserve. 

Here is what I wore. Dress is from Target. 

My sister made these adorable centerpieces.

Thank you to my wonderful hostesses! I can't wait for our friends shower at the end of March!