On the Docks of Aruba

 

Aruba has the bluest water I have ever beheld. These photos were taken on the dock of the private island waiting for the boat to come pick us up! The weather was so nice, warm with a light sea breeze. It never rained on us- apparently it doesn’t rain much in Aruba. There were no bugs- something I was concerned about going into our trip- especially because of Zika. But it was great!

As we were waiting for the boat, we would just sit there and look in the water. It was so clear, it was like watching Finding Nemo! You could see everything. We saw little crabs, anemones, clear fish, yellow fish, mini sword fish, bigger fish, and pelicans! It was so cool.

Also, if you haven’t noticed, I really like ruffles, which is why I am so glad that when I walked through H&M the other day, there was a ruffle theme going on. <3 My top is actually an “off the shoulder” top, but I don’t like “off the shoulder” tops, so I wear it like a normal shirt, which is fun because it makes the ruffles even bigger! I especially liked my finds down below.

XOXO,
Alyse

Aruba Flamingos

Flamingos in Aruba are the coolest thing ever!

I’ve never been so close to one. They were so cool to observe. Their knees bend the opposite way our knees bend and they bark like dogs almost! Haha but they are so beautiful with their pink feathers. We got to feed them, too! Go to Aruba, and you have to stay in the Renaissance because you have free access to the stunning private island with the flamingos. I didn’t inquire, but I read on a blog that if you don’t stay there, then they charge $100 or so per person to get to the island. I really am going to do another blog post on the hotel alone because it was the best.

But yes, Nick and I spent the afternoon laying on beach chairs, wading in the ocean, and following these beauties around to snap pics of them because HELLO! They are flamingos, and they are beautiful!

The only thing missing from my outfit was some straw and pom-poms. I love Kate Spade’s new pom-pom straw bags, but they are $300…so there’s that… but I found so amazingly similar alternatives below all under $50. I think I need them all…

Well, I hope you are ready for the weekend! I know I am. I have my first Texas Rangers game tomorrow, so I am a little nervous, but also excited.

XOXO,
Alyse

Little Yellow Church


On Sunday, we ventured out to find our church. It was a cute little yellow church building. It looked a little different from my church back in Texas, but it is literally the same church I go to every week. I mentioned this on my Instagram but I will say it here, too. One thing I love about my church is that it provides a great community! Everywhere I move or go, I automatically have friends & a support group.

I think I’ve realized the value of my church community these past few years of living on my own and being done with college. I have been asked by friends at work- how do you meet people? It’s through church! They’re not only there to be my friend, but they are there to support and encourage me & it gives me the opportunity to be there for them, too.

When my parents got divorced while I was in high school, and my mom was going to school full-time, working full-time, and taking care of us 4 kids, our church became our family. They brought us meals constantly, they came to comfort us, help around the house, and to just be with us. They rallied around us in our time of need, and I have such a special place in my heart for them. ? Also, being in Aruba was the exact same. I truly felt so much love from these people I had never met. I hope I can be as loving, inviting, Christ-like, and giving as the people of my church. What a blessing it’s been in my life.

{If you are interested, you can learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints here! Also, feel free to pop in and make some friends by finding the closest building near you with this locator. We’d love to see you!}

Let me know if any of you have had similar experiences with a church group, team, or other group! I love being a part of something bigger than me & would love to hear.

XOXO,

Alyse