Fam Jam + Sister’s Day

We just finished the most epic Boyce Fam Jam! (The newest name for our family reunion.) It was a wonderful week of cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and laughing. We all went up to grandma’s house but we stayed in hotels because there are so many of us! I actually absolutely loved the hotel aspect. We would stay up late in the lobby and/or go swimming or just hang out. 

The first night, we found out that Dallin H. Oaks was staying on our floor so we casually waited by the door in the lobby all night….he never came. Sooo he was probably already in his room because my cousin saw him in the morning. Haha we also saw the General Relief Society President & the guy who does Music & the Spoken Word. Didn’t realize we were at a church headquarters retreat, but there was just no other explanation for it. 😂 

Other highlights of the reunion included a red neck slip and slide that slid down a mountain, picking apples from grandpa’s apple trees together, ordering late night pizzas & exchanging stories, going to a church history pageant out in the middle of nowhere, a little Salt Lake impromptu shopping trip, a testimony meeting, Swig, making cookies, & the non-stop laughs. I love my sweet, crazy family! 

Also, it’s National Sisters Day & I’m so glad I got to spend it with my sister. We laugh so hard together and I love her so much! So glad she’s my forever sissy & twin. 💕

What do you guys do for family reunions? Any traditions? I would love to hear any ideas you have as we will be planning some in the future. Love y’all!

XOXO,

Alyse

Pretty in Pink. 💕


Hope everyone had a great April! Time seriously flies so quickly. Sometimes I’m fine with that, but most the time, I try to hold on.

Speaking of time, Trent (my sweet little brother) gets home in 3.5 months. It’s almost been 2 years since I’ve seen him. He’s been serving the Lord down in Chile- his first time away from home was Chile. I’m so proud of his sacrifice he has made. He could have been attending college for 2 years already, but he chose to put others above himself & serve the Lord. We have received blessings for his service, but we absolutely cannot wait until he comes home to us!

Also, it’s my cute sister’s birthday this week! 🎉 I miss her so much. Anyone who knows her knows how fun, thoughtful, and caring she is. She’s also beautiful & I love her! She is my little twin. It seems like just yesterday that she was born. I’m so happy she came to this Earth & that I get to be sisters with her. Happy birthday, Meme! 💕

I can’t wait to celebrate with her when I see her next. 🍭🎂🍬

XOXO,

Alyse

Let Us Be Adventurers.

At some point in our lives, we will each be faced with a choice…we can take a chance or we can play it safe.

It’s easier to play it safe. In fact, I would say more times than not, I have chosen to play it safe in order to minimize risk, uncertainty, & failure. But does playing it safe always make us more happy? Our Founding Fathers once penned the phrase “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”- a phrase that we each hold sacred in our hearts. It’s interesting to note that they used the words “pursuit of happiness” instead of “happiness.”

I was driving home the other day & thinking about how happy I felt. I was trying to put my finger on why I felt so happy, when I realized that lately in my life, I have been consciously pursuing happiness. I have been working to be happy, and that act alone has made me happy. Happiness isn’t something we are handed, and it isn’t a prize to be won. Happiness is a state of being that takes constant work and effort. Here is a little secret that has brought me happiness lately:

I have been taking risks.

Now this doesn’t mean I’ve hopped on a flight to Vegas & gambled all my money away, but I’ve taken good risks on things like goals or things that I want in my heart. I have especially loved taking risks on things that I have never allowed myself to do for one reason or another. Oh man, it is scary! However, even if I fail, my heart feels good because I was pursuing happiness. Change can be scary. Taking a leap of faith into the dark can be scary. Making yourself vulnerable can be scary. Recognizing and breaking down your own barriers can be difficult and scary. But when you are following your heart and what God wants you to do, you will be unstoppable.

So start training for that marathon. Ask that boy on a date! Apply for that job that you really want. Have that conversation that you have been needing to have- no matter how uncomfortable it may be. Stand up for your morals. Start your own business. Move across the country. Move home! Buy tickets for that vacation you’ve been planning for years. Try out for that dream team! Get a dog. Start your family! Buy a house. Commit. I guarantee that you will be happier if you try and fail, then if you dream of what-ifs.

Yes, when you fail the initial sting hurts. But you will have a peace in your heart knowing that you were working towards your dream. Sometimes we will start pursuing something good and realize that there is actually something better for us and change directions. You will not find that better thing though if you aren’t willing to take risks. High risk, high reward, people.

Failure, at times, is inevitable, so make doors close on you vs. standing still in a hall with hundreds of doors you haven’t tried. Create the life you’ve always wanted. Go forth with God.

When the moment comes, and everything is on the line- choose in.

Let us be adventurers.

Alyse

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