Dreaming of a White Christmas…


Looks like we are gonna have a white Christmas up in New England. 🤗  We arrived late last night and the Flight Attendants announced that it was 5 below! 😨 I didn’t even bring a real coat, so good thing my in laws have a closet full of them. 😂 When I took my first breath outside I started coughing because my lungs aren’t used to this thin, cold air. 

Despite the sub zero temperatures, this is the picture-perfect Christmas that I was hoping for this year. 🎄 Christmas lights & snow really do the trick for getting me into the Christmas spirit- as long as I’m cozy inside a warm house! This will be my first Christmas not with immediate family. I’ll miss them, but I’m grateful for my new family members (Nick’s side) and I’m excited to spend the holidays with them. ❤️️

Quick life lesson I’ve been thinking about lately- flexibility. Nick & I were originally going to SLC for the weekend & then to New England. However, when we got to the airport, we quickly learned that SLC was not a possibility with all the oversold flights. We decided to be flexible with our plans & make the most of the situation. We saw an opening to Manchester & hopped aboard! Although this wasn’t in our plans, it has turned out wonderfully already.

My mom is constantly reminding my brother with Down syndrome to be flexible, but I think we could all take note & work on that a little more. Nick & I have been making some decisions & being flexible is really key to our happiness! 😘 It doesn’t always come easy, but it sure makes us feel good after.

I hope y’all are getting excited for Christmas, too! 

PS. I just bought this hat for $5 at Forever 21! They have more colors. Go get one now. 💗

XOXO,

Alyse

Lobster in Maine


Not only was it my first time in Maine, but it was my first time eating lobster!! Okay, we had some lobster on our honeymoon, but it was already cracked. I seriously didn’t even know it was so much work to get to the meat, so you can see why I was surprised when they brought over a bib and plate of tools. ? It wasn’t my fav food in the world, but I feel like it is part of the Maine experience. Plus, these little suckers are so photogenic. ? 

We saw the most photographed light house in the world in Portland, ME! Then we headed over to the Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth. And I’m so glad we got a lobster Christmas ornament before we left, so we will always remember our little Maine trip. 

Today, we explored Vermont! I didn’t get quite as many cool photos, but Vermont is absolutely breathtaking. The leaves are starting to change, we saw a black bear, we ate raspberry chocolate pancakes with legit maple syrup, and we visited Joseph Smith’s birthplace. It has been a beautiful day with family. 

Anyways, hope you’ve loved our photos! We are falling in love with this place.

Xoxo,

Alyse

Wells Beach, Maine 

Today was my first time ever in Maine! And it was everything I ever dreamed of. ? Totally running away here. The homes were not only so quaint and beachy and perfect, but the landscape was breath-taking. The leaves are just starting to change colors. There are beautiful rivers running through it. Aaaand, best of all imho, there is so much coastline! 

I picked out a little beach house for Nick and I that had a window room on the roof, like a lighthouse, but it had a giant old Capitan’s wheel on the ceiling for decoration & it was so cute. I love housing, but I’m not gonna lie, the east coast style homes are at the top of my list.

The water was so cold, but refreshing. There was also a sea breeze, but I would be in heaven if I got to have a little beach house right there on the coast & decorate it with lobsters & sea shells & star fish. Okay, I’ll stop dreaming about my little beach house now, but if you’ve never been (like me before today), go! 

Stay tuned for more east coast fun!

Xoxo, 

Alyse