Rockwall Lighthouse 


Venice, Italy or Rockwall, Texas? Who knew that this cute little place existed? Nick’s company does a summer retreat every year outside of Dallas. This year, we stayed right on the lake in Rockwall at the Hilton. It was a gorgeous hotel with a big pool and a view of the lake. This cute little lighthouse was out behind it, so of course we went and explored.

At night, we did a dinner cruise out on the lake, which departed from this little dock. It was so fun! We watched the sunset, ate, talked with Nick’s friends, & listened to country music. It was such a fun experience.

So I’m linking my outfit down below. I love my new hat! ? …and I’ll probably be wearing it a ton. Hope y’all have a great Sunday. We are off to church to teach our little 7-8 year olds! ?

XOXO,

Alyse

Texas Bluebonnets

 

I love spring, and this year, spring came early in Texas. In fact, there was like one week of winter. If was actually perfect. We decided to go after church to check out the bluebonnets. They were beautiful!

If you are in Dallas, our favorite place to go see them is right behind the Toyota Dealership in Grapevine. There is plenty of parking, and I think these next few weeks will be full bloom. You can just park along side the street. You’ll probably see other people there taking photos, so you won’t miss it. If you know of any other good places to see them, comment down below!

Also, Nick filmed me this morning as I did a little hair tutorial. If anyone knows how in the world I can change my YouTube name, I would be very happy. I’m a little YouTube challenged, but I am learning haha.

Happy Spring!

XOXO,

Alyse

Texas Forever


Three years ago, I moved to Texas. Holy Hannah, three years is a freaking long time. It seems like just yesterday when my mom & I loaded up my small SUV to the brim & hit the road for the great state of Texas. We were low-riding the whole way, found the world’s coolest retro car show at a gas station, spent the night in Albuquerque with our motel door double-bolted, and got pulled over as soon as we reached the city limits. I absolutely love that memory with my mother. 

My mom came to church with me the next day. Our church wasn’t in the best area of town and she didn’t want to leave me after that! It was my first experience in a gated church building. ? 

Because no one in my family had spent much time in Texas before, I had some pretty awesome expectations. Here they are my Texas expectations.

Texpectations

  • I was moving to the country. (LOL there are buildings everywhere. Like I’m lucky to find a good park.)
  • Everyone would own horses. (I think I’ve met one person in 3 years who owns a horse.)
  • It’s always warm in Texas. (I almost left my coat at home & there was an ice storm my first month.)
  • Everyone would have a southern accent. (…not sure what I was thinking there.)
  • I’d be a rodeo princess. (??)

Real-life Texas

  • Everything IS bigger in Texas. Including how far away things are from each other.
  • Buc-cee’s gas station is life.
  • Queso is liquid gold. 
  • You can’t actually go to George W.’s house. 
  • Texas people are obsessed with their colleges & have weird school hand gestures. 
  • TexMex gets me out of bed each day.
  • The Texas pledge is a real thing. 
  • Texas road trips are very long, but very fun.
  • There are a ton of trucks.
  • Please don’t expect to go on a hike because Dallas doesn’t have a single hill, let alone mountain. 
  • Wanna feel American? Hit up a Texas Rangers baseball game in the summer.
  • The Texas State Fair is the king of all fairs.
  • Country dancing is so dang fun.
  • The people are generally kind and friendly.
  • Friday Night Lights is real.
  • Texas Forever. ?

Yep, Texas, you’ve blown me out of the water. And I think I’m ready to say it. I love you.

XOXO,

Alyse