Monday, January 23, 2012

Ryan always knows how to cure my Monday blues.......
The card is the best part;)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

My weekend in pictures! - D.C. Style

My dad, Ryan & I took a quick trip back east to Virginia to go to my brother Russell and his new wife, Jana's 2nd wedding reception. Jana is from Virginia, so it was fun hanging out with her family and getting to know them better. I was so happy that Ryan came out with us-- he sure was the life of the party! Jana's family loved him....they kept asking me why I ever broke his heart in the 9th grade. ;)

It was freeeeeezing in D.C.---to say the least-- but we managed to make it to some memorials.
Here we are at the Vietnam memorial. Me, Ry, Russ, and Jana

Me & my babe at the Lincoln memorial--

An attempt to take a heel-click pic. Didn't work out too well..... ha

I love this man!

We stopped by Georgetown for a few hours....and I may have found my dream place to live. Seriously, this place is TOO CUTE! I almost started crying when I saw all the amazing shopping stores in adorable little houses. Ryan was teasing me for almost shedding a tear when I saw an Anthropologie in a cute little blue house. hahaha I definitely was in my element.

Lee loved all of the old (and new & expensive;) cars that were in Georgetown!

One of my favorite stops: the famous Georgetown Cupcake! The cutest little bakery. A picture outside of the shop was enough for me, because I didn't want to wait in the line that was all the way down the street, just to get a pricey little cupcake. I thought about it for a second though......... ;)

We visited the beautiful D.C. temple. It is one of my favorite temples in the country! I love the architecture.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

health kick

After a trip to Mexico where I mostly consumed tacos, pina coladas, and treats, I felt like I needed to start eating healthier. I did the Master Cleanse last year, and well, it just about killed me. I can't go that long without eating food! So, I am resorting to a different cleanse where I can still eat regularly, then I just take pills and drink a nasty powder drink after dinner. Not so bad, eh? I started the cleanse last night, and I must say that I am excited for the next 10 days! Weird, I know....but lately I haven't had any energy and haven't been sleeping well, and I think it is because I am not eating well.
 So why not start off a healthy diet with a cleanse!

I chose the Garden of Life Perfect Cleanse

Along with the cleanse, I have been wanting to eat healthier. This cleanse says that you can keep eating what you normally eat, but I normally eat lots of sugar and processed foods, SO.....that would sort of defeat the purpose;)
I went shopping last night and got stuff to make a green smoothie every morning for my breakfast. If you haven't tried a green smoothie, you might think that I am crazy for wanting to drink a spinach smoothie for my breakfast. But I promise you, these things are YUMMY! And super duper healthy for you. There are many different recipes out there, but I like this one the best.
1/2 of a banana
1/2 cup pineapple coconut juice or apple juice (i like apple the best)
1/2 cup mangoes or peaches....or both!
a few blueberries
A generous, big handful of spinach (about 3 oz)
You can also add a handful of kale leaves if you want- I did and it was yummy!
1 cup of ice
A cute straw to make the smoothie more luxurious to drink:)

Put the liquid in the blender first, then add the rest of the ingredients. The blender will be full!
Blend well and enjoy.

I promise you this smoothie is yummy!! If it weren't for the green color, I think sometimes I would forget that there is spinach in it:)

For lunch today, I decided to make something light because that smoothie was really filling, and I made it pretty late in the morning-
A caprese salad is one of my favorites!
Roma tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, fresh mozzerella, ad balsamic vinegar drizzled over the top.

Snacking through-out the day consists of peanut butter and celery sticks and munching on carrots.
Then I will just eat a normal dinner that won't make me feel like all of my hard work for the day is ruined.

It's weird, I feel really full in my belly today and full of energy!
Now the trick is to stick with eating least till after the wedding ;)

Let me know what you think if you try the smoothie!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Our week in Cabo!

We had a blast in Mexico with the Cope family! It was Ellie's first time out of the country, AND her first time to a beach! She slowly warmed up to the beach, and ended up loving playing in the sand. Going in the ocean--not so much :) But she became a little fishy in the swimming pool! We are excited to get that girl in some swim lessons.

The view from the backyard. Perfection!

Ellie swimming with Bella. She loved the pool!

The view from the upstairs balcony. ahhhh I wanted to stay in Mexico forever!

Ellie made sand "cakes" rather than sand castles. ha

Ellie and Momma enjoying the beach and warm weather!

Ryan's sister, Noelle got baptized while we were down there! It was a beautiful baptism and we were lucky to be a part of it.

Me and my soon-to-be hubby!!

My two loves....

Sunsets were stunning

We had a blast! We feel so blessed to have the Cope's in our lives. Ellie loves the girls, boys, and Mimi & Papa. :) We didn't want to come home to the cold weather.....but the second we did, Ellie was excited to put on her hat & gloves and go outside.
Home Sweet Home.

P.S.   59 days, 1 hour, 30 minutes till I get married!! but who's counting?..