Meet the Bridesmaids.

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These lovely maidens have stood beside me my whole life, and it was amazing to have them stand beside me on my wedding day. I wanted to take a moment to introduce them. I could write pages and pages on each one, but I’ll try to narrow it down to a paragraph.

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Mia, Maid of Honor

Mia is my only sister & best friend. She is talented, smart, loving, and loves to laugh. I can’t even begin to say the reasons I love my pretty sister. She is growing up so quickly, and I’m always trying to be like her. One lady recently asked us in the store if we were twins and that was a huge compliment to me! She prays to Heavenly Father like he is there with her in the room. She is full of humility and great potential. I can’t wait to see where life takes her. I’m just excited that I get to be with her forever. I love Meme!

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Whitney

Whitney was one of my first friends in college. We lived right across from each other & helped each other get through freshman year by laughing together and going on crazy adventures. She is still one of the funniest people I know. We went to many dance parties and once got a ticket for ticket fraud that we bribed the security guard to take away! Her spiritual side is something I still strive to have. She is so in tune with the spirit and can articulate words and feelings like few can. I love Whitney!

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Charity

Charity and I met when we were in middle school. We were in the same ward & I thought she was amazing. She is so athletic and funny and talented. We then got to room together at BYU and she would always bring home fresh food that she would find in gardens, trees, and yards. Still amazed by her hunting/gathering skills. You could frequently find us staying up late making music videos or jamming on our ukes. Also, she is and was one of my biggest cheerleaders! She is so easygoing that everyone loves to be around her. I love Charity!

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Kelsie

Kelsie and I also met in middle school. Her family has been so amazing to me and to my brother, Samo. I am so protective of Sam that anyone who willingly loves and reaches out to my brother, I will automatically have a special bond with. We, along with sweet Jessica who did my hair/makeup for my wedding, would constantly make home videos (that hopefully are buried deep somewhere). We have worked through many trials together and I love her for it. I love Kelsie!

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Heidi

Heidi and I met in 7th grade and quickly became best friends. She is so tender-hearted and fun! She makes me feel so good inside because of the way she cares about other people. We would ride to and from high school together everyday, we were in before-school choir together, the same ward for many years, student council, math, financial literacy, leadership, after-school dance, and many more things together. So many hilarious and fun memories. I love Heidi!

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Kendra

Kendra is such a sweetheart. Some would say us being roommates was coincidental freshman year, but I think it was meant to be! She naturally loves and takes care of people, which is why she makes an amazing nurse and will be an even-more amazing mother one day. She makes me feel hilarious because she’s always laughing at my stupid jokes. I love Kendra!

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Jennie

Jennie and I were also roommates freshman and sophomore year! She loves dancing as much as I do, and we have gone to so many fun dances together. Also, we have gone to The Creamery every Friday since 2009….well, almost every Friday. 😉 She has great taste in food and loves to live life. Also, I think we’ve probably been to DI more times than I can count. She always makes me laugh and is always down for an adventure. I love Jennie!

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Andee

Andee and I have known each other since 7th grade. We’ve been in a million classes together in high school and a few college classes together. In fact, her and I walked to our first college class ever together. She’s super smart and funny! I miss hearing her laugh all the time. She always dreams big. Also, since I moved to Texas, she sent me a giant package for my birthday and for our wedding embroidered the St. George Temple- so thoughtful. I love Andee!

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Cecily

Cec is my sweet cousin! Her and her cute sister, Carly, are the only cousins my age, and I always loved the chances we got to be together despite being across the country. She has the biggest smile and I love it and a big heart to match it. She loves taking pictures like I do! What an easy person to be around. Also, she is athletic and was on the BYU Track Team. Pretty neat. I love Cecily!

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Becca

I love my sweet new sister-in-law, Rebecca. Being the only girl with 4 brothers, she’s had to deal with a lot. I’m so grateful that she has kept Nick in line. She is always giggling, and it makes me happy. She works hard to get good grades and to do what is right. This transition has been easy to join the Blair family because Becca and everyone else has been so welcoming and nice. I love Becca!

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Kaylee

Kaylee and I met in 7th grade, but became really good friends when we did cross country together in high school. We also did choir together for years. We decided in high school that we were going to be roommates (soonges) at BYU and we did just that. We have great memories throughout college. Planning pranks, getting locked in our room, etc. She wrote me love letters to make me happy when I was going through hard times. I’ve seen her a lot since moving to Texas, which has been a blast. I love Kaylee!

 

There are many other wonderful women who have shaped me into the person I am today, but it was fun for me to think about these wonderful ladies. Keep supporting and loving your friends. You’re helping them more than you know. I am truly blessed with so many loving friends in my life.

XOXO,

Alyse

Thanksgiving Pie

Okay, I have always loved food, but who doesn’t. But over the past few years, I have loved the art portion of food. It’s so interesting to see how good can look gorgeous. I specifically love the cool pie crust designs people come up with. Some of them look too good to eat!

This year, I made a berry pie (mostly raspberries because those are the best) with a floating leave crust. This is the crust recipe I used. Super easy! For the filling, I rises 5 cups of berries, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, and a hint of cinnamon. Then I baked it at 375 F for 45 mins. Most the time I covered the pie with tin foil so it didn’t burn, but I took it off for the last 10-15 minutes so the crust got golden brown. 
For the design, my little sister helped me & luckily my grandma had tons of cookie cutters to work with. We did floating leaves for fall with little stars. It reminded me of a still lake at night with fall leaves and the reflecting stars. Also, we brushed some melted butter on the tips of the leaves and the edge of the pie crust and sprinkled raw sugar on it for some added crunch!

Of course we served it hot with vanilla ice cream. ? Yumm! Pie loved it berry much.

Xoxo,

Alyse

Our First Thanksgiving 


Happy Thanksgiving 2016!!! Who had an amazing Thanksgiving? Looks like all y’all did from the looks of Instagram. ? I love how much happier we are around the holidays. I think it’s because the focus shifts off ourselves and onto other people & onto Jesus Christ.

My first Thanksgiving married to Nick has me thinking of all of my blessings, specifically all the blessing that marrying him has brought into my life. Married life really is the best & I so lucked out with him. 

Also, I have this little thing I have done by myself every year. On Thanksgiving in all of my prayers, I try to not ask for one thing- just thank Heavenly Father for all of my blessings. Nick started with me this year and it is kind of fun. Try it! Does anyone else have any traditions for Thanksgiving?!

Xoxo, 

Alyse