Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mug Shot.

I took my little Ellie Mae in today to get her passport picture taken and she was so funny about it! She took out her binky and gave the photographer a blank stare, then smiled right after he took it. Too funny!
We are SO excited to go to Cabo with the Cope family for New Year's!! This will be Ellie's first time out of the country AND her first time to the beach. WOOT WOOT. It will be the perfect little getaway before my next semester of hell starts. Did I just say that?.....

Doesn't she look so cute and innocent? Don't be fooled, people ;)

Monday, November 28, 2011

wedding dress for sale

I am selling my old wedding dress! The description on the site does a better job than I can. --
Maggie Sottero "Ireland" dress
One-piece, ivory, slim-line gown with a zipper over inner lace-up closure. This Gossamer Chiffon gown offers the look of Grecian beauty with its billowing baby-doll silhouette. An elaborate beaded band at the empire waistline intensifies the vertically ruched bodice.You can read more about the details HERE.

I absolutely loved this dress! It was SO so comfortable and pretty and reminded me of a greek goddess style dress. I had straps added to it, but they can easily be taken off by a tailor if you don't want them.  With the inner lace-up closure inside the dress, it can be tightened to fit a size 4, or you can tie it more loose to fit a size 8. The dress is very forgiving and loose/flowy around the waist so it can fit a range of size 4-8. (I wore it when I was 8 months pregnant, but I still fit in to it now because it is flowy around the mid section! I originally bought it for $1,000 and I am selling it for $600. BUT... I bet you could talk me down a little if you're interested;) It is dry cleaned and ready to go!

Email me if you are interested! Michelleleeann@gmail.com

Terrible Two's?

Ellie is in the prime of her toddler stage and boy, is she full of EXTREMES! She is either sweet and happy and the most adorable little thing you've ever seen, or she is throwing a tantrum in the middle of the restaurant and screaming at the top of her lungs to try and get what she wants. So, I am slowly learning to deal with the terrible two's stage. Some of her not-so-good qualities right now are hitting momma, whining and not using her words, and not eating food and only wanting "candy". SO FRUSTRATING! ha But... she does have some adorable qualities right now such as; talking like a big girl (I love that I can have a conversation with her now! Even if it is about Hello kitty or chocolate milk;), telling mommy when she needs a diaper change, singing and dancing, and helping mommy clean. (even if it means dumping a whole box of cereal on the floor just to say, "I clean it up?")

Sometimes I want to rip my hair out.....and other times I want her to never grow up and always be her cute toddler self. Because god knows I am NOT looking forward to that day when she is asking me for a cell phone or telling me she has a boyfriend. With that being said.... I am trying my best to enjoy EVERY moment of every day and trying to not stress about the tube of toothpaste that is squirted all over my floor or the sleepless nights I get or the permanent marker on my sheets...

It's moments like this that make all the bad stuff go away.....at least for a little while ;)

                                                                      Ellie hugs are the best!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

My Thanksgiving weekend in pictures

Hope you all had a fabulous and feastful Thanksgiving weekend! Ellie & I spent ours with the Cope family up in Salt Lake. We had so much fun swimming at the hotel, eating the best pepper steak i've ever had at Market Street, riding the "Wonka elevator" at the Library, going to the Discovery museum, looking at all the lights at Temple Square, and finishing the night off with a horse carriage ride around downtown. What a long list! We are definitely spoiled by the Copes!!

                                                                    riding the wonka elevator

                                                    Ryan teaching Ellie some spanish:)

                                                                         cuddle sesh

                                                                Discovery Museum

                                                                 Temple Square..
                                             umm is this not the cutest picture ever?

                                                           I love my cute lil family:)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for many things today! A warm home, a loving daughter, an amazing family, my job, my education, the bestest friends, and especially my man! Ryan is the best thing since sliced bread and I can't express enough how thoughtful, respectful, selfless, and humble he is. Not to mention that he is ridiculously good looking ;)  I am so thankful that he is in my life!

He surprised me by leaving a present and a bunch of tiny pieces of papers with a letter on one side and a number on the other. It took me a good hour to unscramble it and put the message in order, but it was so worth it;) He is too good to me!

                                                     MMmmmm... Flower Bomb perfume !                 

                                                            My lovely assistant

I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving day! I am thankful for you all.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

cute 'Thankful' video

I am so doing this with my future kids. LOVE it!


Things have been a little crazy 'round here...With Thanksgiving coming up, wedding planning, Christmas gifts to buy, Preparing for finals week, work, and keeping up with my active Ellie Mae, I definitely have my hands full!

         Ellie is still making the best faces ever, so I thought I would showcase some of them.

Last week I went up to the City to see my favorite cousin, Bella perform in her school play, The Tempest! She did GREAT! Bella is a sixth grader this year, but she looks like she could be in high school. Do you agree?? She is BEAUTIFUL and I just adore her. Look out, Junior high!

So.. I was talking to my dad last night about wedding stuff and we got on the topic of buying a dress for me. He made a sarcastic comment about me wearing my mom's dress so I didn't have to buy one and I said, "Do you even know where her dress is?" and he told me it has been upstairs this WHOLE time and I didn't even know! So naturally, I ran upstairs and just had to try it on for fun and do some twirls in it. It fit like a glove too! ha But my mother looked a lot more stunning in it than I ever could :)

Let the wedding dress shopping begin!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Music Monday

Quite possibly the cutest song in the world! Happy Monday :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A coupon for you!

I had the amazing opportunity to be part of a photoshoot for
This is where I practice yoga and buy my activewear at. Their Athletic Boutique carries the best brands!-- Lululemon, Om Girl, Prana, Hardtail, Spiritual Gangster, Manduka, Bronwen Jewelry, Sanuk, and much more. Plus, they have sweet stuff for guys too! 

                  I am excited to be giving away a coupon to 3B Yoga and Athletic Boutique for
                      25% off any boutique item!
 Go check them out at the Shops at Riverwoods and get yourself or your significant other some awesome activewear. This coupon lasts until December 31, 2011 so head on over there to get your Christmas shopping done early! And don't forget to bring this coupon with you.

          The clothes, accessories, and jewelry from this photoshoot are all available at the Boutique!
            All photos taken by the lovely and talented Kiera Haddock. Isn't she AMAZING?
                                                            Check her out HERE.

                          Kelsey Hannon and Jessica Holmes are rocking it at some partner yoga!
                                      All clothes pictured are available in the Boutique.

                                             Don't miss out on this limited time offer, people!

Monday, November 14, 2011


I love it when my girl laughs! It melts my heart :)

Music Monday

This may or may not be how I am feeling today... :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ellie's sidekicks

Ellie and I found one of my old baby dolls and she is in love with it! She is totally into the doll and stuffed animal stage and HAS to have one everywhere she goes. She takes them on walks and bike rides, feeds them snacks, teaches them how to play the piano, and even changes their diapers! I am in love with age 2. And did I mention that she is talking SO much lately?!
Her new phrases are, "Hey guys!" and "that's funny!"
Oh, how I love her:)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Happiest day of my life!!!

He did it! Ryan proposed to me last night!!! wwooooooo!!!!! I am still in complete SHOCK. I was not expecting a proposal for at least a few months! Just our ordinary Tuesday routine of dinner and a movie, he took me up to this yummy mexican restaurant in Midway, then the cottage to "watch Modern Family" when I opened the door to this:
and that was only one part of the cottage! The entire room was filled with beautiful flowers and candles. Then he proposed!! I was not expecting it at ALL, so it was so fun to be totally surprised-- Then he told me that the cottage will be our first home to live in. aaahhhhhh! I am the luckiest girl in the WORLD!!!!

I love my ring! Simple, yellow gold, and just how I like it:) I took the diamond from my mother's wedding ring and put it in a setting that Ryan and I picked out. Isn't it perfect??

I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with the man of my dreams! Ryan is truly amazing to both me and Ellie, and I couldn't be happier. And did I mention that I have the most handsome fiance ever?!?

 (I can't stop saying that.)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Music Monday

Check out more about Brandon HERE. He is so inspiring!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Happiness is..

  Going on a brisk morning walk with my little lady and her baby doll, of course.  
Yay for beanie weather!

Finding little "I love you because_____" notes all around my house in hidden places....
I gave up looking for all fifty... I'm one lucky girl!

                                           Seeing this girl SMILE! It melts my heart.