Meet Michelle


Hello Blog World! Thanks for stopping by! On this page you’ll learn a little bit about me and why I started my own personal corner of the internet. If you ever have questions/comments/concerns send an e-mail my way! I promise to get back to you!

Anyways – here goes!

If you haven’t figured already – my name is Michelle! I’m a twenty-something year old from Maryland. I recently got married on May 7, 2011 to my amazing husband, Alex. Our wedding day was an absolutely perfect way to start our new life together as husband and wife! If you want to read about our wedding day and look through the whole wedding process, make sure you stop by the Wedding tab at the top of the screen!

I grew up in a Maryland suburb with my mom and dad and my two older brothers. Here are my parents at their wedding day!

I was very active as a child and because of that – I stayed largely out of trouble. Most of my youth was spent either at the ice rink watching my brothers play travel ice hockey or at the gym. And no, I don’t mean a normal work-out gym. I was a competitive gymnast for almost ten years and spent almost every day after school at gymnastics practice. Half-way through my freshman year of high school I decided it was time for quits. One too many injuries and not enough free time did not mix for a high schooler who was looking for popularity. I finished up high school on the dance team and couldn’t have been happier with that decision. I made so many great friends and memories throughout my dancin’ days!

Here we were as kids!

Next was college — I wanted to be independent and decided to leave my home and everyone I knew in Maryland and move to Florida. I spent one summer and three semesters at Florida State University. I joined a sorority to meet new friends, went out a lot and tried to find reasons not to go to class. They weren’t my best days!

While I was away in Florida, my dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. I flew home on weekends to spend time with my family through this tough time. Having a parent diagnosed with terminal cancer really puts life into perspective. I applied to University of Maryland, College Park, packed my bags, and headed home.

My dad lived for 16 months after he was diagnosed with cancer. I have never regretted the decision to leave Florida and move home for a moment of my life. By far it was one of the best decisions I’ve made! If you want to know a little more about my dad and my thoughts and emotions about losing a parent you can read these posts. Here and here. If you or someone you love is currently living or has lost their life to cancer, every ounce of my heart goes out to you.

Realizing what things in life are important made me grow up really fast. I no longer wanted to go out all the time. I wanted to get good grades and make something of myself. I graduated in December of 2009, one semester early.

Alex and I met my junior year of college. Shortly after we met we moved in together and the rest is history! If you want to see how we met check out these posts – Part One and Part Two!

We bought our first house in January of 2011 and reside there with our two dogs, Hunter and Bailey. We’ve had Hunter since he was eight weeks old and consider him such a staple in our family. He’s our rock. The one thing that no matter what happens will meet you at the door with a waggin’ tail and lots of wet kisses.

Here’s baby Hunter!

As if one puppy wasn’t enough, we welcomed another golden puppy into our lives in July 2011. You can meet little Bailey man here.

Hunter and Bailey have become the best of friends!!

Who else is important to me??

Throughout everything my mom has been there! From my very first blog reader and commenter to the person who walked me down the aisle – she’s right there! She’s a very, very special woman and deserves her own shout out!

My mom has been my lifeline. We talk multiple times every day and try to see each other a few times every week. Now that Alex and I bought our house we only live a few miles from each other! We enjoy going to happy hour on Wednesdays (half-price wine night, duh).

We love to watch comedies and laugh till our stomachs hurt. We swap good books and recommend great music and tasty wine. We love cooking together and of course we LOVE taking the dogs for walks.

You’ll see a lot about my mom on here!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see more of you Smile

19 thoughts on “Meet Michelle

  1. awwww! i love your whole story and your dog is unbelievably adorable. i’m so sorry about the loss of your father and it’s very clear how much he (and your whole family) means to you. it’s inspiring to see you finding happiness after such hardship – and with a dog as cute as that i’m sure you can’t help but laugh & smile every day! 😀

    • Thank you so much! Your comment just made my day 🙂 I’m so happy I can be an inspiration to people. I actually just got into the blog world and came across yours last week. Your creativity in meals and work outs is something I’ve been striving for. Thanks again for putting a big smile on my face!

  2. Michelle, how fun to read about your adventures, as if I am experiencing them as you go. What an exciting year ahead of you! I will follow youor blog but know I am here for anything you ever need. Love you.

  3. Hi there! You have such a beautiful life story and Hunter is such an adorable dog! So when are you guys getting married? Just wondering…. Your engagement ring is gorgeous btw! 🙂

  4. Yes! Meeting would be great. Great Harvest??? I have a few busy weekends coming up, but later in the month it should calm down. Did you dance at UMD? I have a friend that graduated around the same time as you, Rory Davis? Ring any bells?

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  6. Hunter is seriously adorable. Thanks for commenting on my blog. Glad I found another couple that is nuts about their dog 😉 (or in my case, dogs and cats and fish …)

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  9. I loved reading your story. Too bad you went to the WRONG school in Florida. (I’m a UF alum.) 😉 I’m so sorry about the loss of your father. Pancreatic cancer is such a devastating diagnosis. Your pups are adorable. Looking forward to reading your journey.

    • Haha, that’s too funny! After all these years (and not even graduating from FSU), it’s weird how I still feel a grudge against UF. Thanks for the laugh 🙂 I can’t wait to read more about your pups too (and super cute daughter!)

  10. Hi Michelle!

    Thanks for he comment on my blog. I love finding new ones and will definitely keep up with yours! Even though I live in Austin I’m from Baltimore, and am a crazy dog lover as well. We have three in our house! Thanks for finding me and giving me something else to read while I’m procrastinating in the next few weeks 🙂


  11. Hello! Tell Alex I lost his number. I got a new phone and all my numbers were lost. Tell him to give me a call. I hope all is well. Your dogs look beautiful. My wife bought me a goldie and I love her. Hope you guys didn’t forget about me.

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