August 


Can you believe it’s August?! Where has the time gone? I’ve already seen some clothing sites putting up fall clothes. It’s been weirdly cool and rainy for Texas these past couple of days. 

There are good things ahead…starting with my sweet brother, who gets home from his mission THIS month. It’s been 2 long years, and we can’t wait to be with him again. It’s so funny when people are like, “Wow! The 2 years have flown by!!!” I want to say, “Ummmm… for you maybe!”  

How I curl my hair like this:

I use a 1 inch barrel and take larger sections of hair and wrap it around. Then I flip my hair upside down and just comb the hair near my scalp. When I flip back up it looks a lot more natural. I finally take some Big Sexy Hairspray and go over it lightly to hold. Occasionally, I’ll backcomb the curls for even more volume before spraying. 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! We are at a family reunion loving life and having fun with relatives. 💕

Happy Summer,

Alyse

Monte Carlo

 

Monte Carlo was everything you’d imagine it to be- rich, fancy, and clean. It’s only about 25 minutes from the Italian border, but you can 100% tell you’re in a new country. We drove through and parked our car in the South of France to get there. Monte Carlo is situated on the ocean, so when you’re driving down to it, you’re on the most picturesque switch backs. We got out of the car started wandering the streets. We saw some fancy, high-end stores on our way to the casino. The casino isn’t like Vegas casinos, fortunately IMO. The architecture was actually really beautiful. We don’t gamble, but it was fun to walk around it.

We then made our way back to the yachts. Ummm… those things are bigger than houses. So fun to walk around the docks. We found a little crepe place & ate nutella crepes. We finished our day with some Laduree macarons in the South of France. YUM. Macarons are one of my favorite things, but they’re best in France. 😉

Okay, so Nick picked out my skirt- isn’t it cute and colorful!? I got my skirt for $19.99 HERE. Sometimes in the summer skirts are all I can bear to wear because it’s too hot for anything else. And who doesn’t love a straw hat to top it off?

Happy Monday!

XOXO,

Alyse

Our First Anniversary

One glorious year in the books, eternity to go.

It seems like just yesterday we were driving to the temple to get married, taking these photos, dancing at our reception, and enjoying our honeymoon in the British Virgin Islands! One whole year. So crazy how time goes so quickly.

Marriage really isn’t that difficult tbh, it’s mostly just the best. I think I say that for a few reasons.

  1. Nick is the world’s easiest person to get along with/live with.
  2. My expectations for marriage were realistic aka I didn’t expect it to fix anything. We are just same old us, but it totally rocks because we get to live together & see each other everyday.
  3. I’d lived on my own for a while and quite frankly that was much more lonely.

We help strengthen each other during the hard times, and enjoy being together during the good times.

I saw this little questionnaire on my friend’s Facebook wall, so let’s do this puppy:

Who’s older? Nick
Who was interested first? My sweet Nicholas knew he loved me from the start. 
Married? Yes! One year baby.
Who makes the most mess? Probably equal, but we do a dece job of keeping a clean house.
Better singer? He would say me, but he has a great voice & sings songs he makes up every day!
Better Driver? Same IMO. 
Spends the most? Him… buying things for me 😉
Smarter? Him, but hey- we are both smart in our own ways.
What are your middle names? William and Taylor
Whose siblings do you see the most? Probably equal. Mine fly for free and his live nearby!
Do you have any children? Not yet!
Did you go to the same school? Yes. We both went to BYU, but didn’t meet until Texas!
Who is the most sensitive? Me, but he is a softy.
Where do you eat out most as a couple? Cafe Rio if in Utah. Chuy’s in Dallas. 
Where is the furthest you two have traveled together? Finland, Copenhagen, Hawaii
Who is more patient? Him.
Who does the most cooking? We never see each other during the week because of work, so if we ever cook, we cook together! 
Who is more social? Well, I guess me. Although, Nick tries to claim he’s an “introvert” but frequently finds himself entertaining the group, so very unclear about that.
Who is the most stubborn? Me…and that is final!
Where was your first date? Potbelly’s for cookie ice cream sandwiches! Mmm… 🙂
Who has the bigger family? Well, we both have huge families. The more the merrier people, the more the merrier.
Do you get flowers often? Awww…yes I do!
Who does the laundry? We each do our own.
Who drives when you are together? Nicholas! If I drive, he speaks with a British accent and calls me Janet…
Who picks where you go to dinner? ME! Unless Nick vetoes it. But then I still pick.
How many kids do you both want? 4-5 
It’s been a great year, and I look forward to the future with you, Nick!
Love,
Alyse