Thursday, February 28, 2013

This is how we do birthdays

The people that I work with do not take birthdays lightly.... 2 of our employees happened to have their birthdays this last week, and let's just say that I am glad that I have 8 more months to prepare for the attack on me. . . . 

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Work trip to California!

The company I work for, Acumen Learning, got to go on a trip to California! Everyone worked so hard last year to hit their stretch goal, that we were granted a trip away from the snow, to the sunshine and sand. 
No kiddies were allowed on this trip, so it was fun to get to know everyone better including their spouses. 
We had a blast!




Our amigos Annie & Kellen


Disney Land was magical.... we felt slightly guilty for not bringing Ellie with us.

Captain EO!!


Huntington Beach, CA


Ry, Me, & my father-in-law... Disney Land wasn't fun at all.


the view from our hotel room...sigh....


Kellen makes awesome faces


Soaking up some Sunshine



How cute is this little bottle of Tabasco sauce? and the creeper behind it is pretty cute too


nothing better than a book + the beach


The whole Acumen Learning gang!



I found Orlando Bloom on the beach and he gave me a smooch... it was crazy.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Ryan's Birthday surprises!

We celebrated Ryan's 24th birthday a little early this year with a Jazz game and dinner. We were planning to have a nice sit-down dinner before the game, but because we realized when we got up there that we forgot our Jazz tickets, we ended up having to have someone run to our house and take pictures of the tickets so that we could show the ticket office. We ended up going through the Crown Burger drive through and running down the street to make it to the game in time, while shoving mushroom swiss burgers into our mouths. 
Running while eating burgers = not the best combo.




But the game was a blast! Jazz ended up beating OKC by a long run.


ANNNDDDD not to mention that I was looking at the Jumbo screen during a timeout and happened to see Ryan and I on the screen! I hit him with my hand as I yelled, "HONEY!" and pointed up to the screen. We both instantly did the craziest dance moves we could think of for our 5 seconds of fame. 
It was epic.


On his actual Birthday, the office planned a surprise silly string/nerf gun attack on Ryan when he walked in. It was soooo funny when he looked up and saw our Grandma armed with silly string and shooting him. He yelled shockingly, "Grandma!!"  
This was definitely one of the better employee birthday attacks.



Ryan has always mentioned how his "dream birthday party" would be a giant Cereal Fest with Star Wars everywhere and everyone in their pajamas.

well...... I decided to make his dreams come true this year :)

I texted all of his friends and had them take him out for wings, then come back to our place to a "Surprise" It worked better than I expected! He was so surprised. We had people in pajamas, and everyone brought a box of cereal. It was perfect. Even Ellie stayed up late to join in the fun. Who doesn't like a little late night cereal fest?!?















Happy Birthday to the love of my life!! I don't know what I would do without Ryan in my life. He is so easy to love and he is the best man for me & Ellie to have for ever and ever. 
I Love you, Ryan Marvin Cope!

Valentine's Day 2013

Since Ryan's birthday is on Valentine's Day, we usually celebrate V-day on the weekend before Valentine's Day.. because I want his birthday to be all about HIM! 
So this year for Valentine's Day, we bagged the gift-giving and went and got couple's massages. Then we went to get sushi. It was such a low key, fun, day with no last minute stressing about getting each other cheesy & over-priced gifts. It was perfect for us!


We wanted to get Ellie something for V-day, and thought that a heart locket necklace with our family picture inside would be cute. She ended up LOVING it! (if you can't tell by her reaction below)







I am one lucky girl to have these two as my Valentine's this year!!


I wanted to surprise Ryan with pictures of Ellie. We framed one and wrapped it up for him for Valentine's Day.  Amanda Hendrickson took these adorable pictures, and I honestly don't know how we got so many cute ones! Ellie was such a grump during this photo shoot, and I had to bribe her with countless things. She was breaking roses in half, jumping all around, and I thought for sure we wouldn't get any decent pictures back... but with Amanda's amazing photography skills, we got some cute ones! hooooorraayyy. The things we go through to get cute pictures of our kids, right? 







Friday, February 8, 2013

The Winner of the Richer-Poorer giveaway is.......




LINDSEY WRIGHT

Congrats, Lindsey!
Email me your address and I will get those awesome 
Richer-Poorer socks sent out to you. michelleleeann@gmail.com

Thanks for all who entered!
Remember.... there is still time to order a Valentine's gift box for your man... use the code: LOVE