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

The State Fair of Texas

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Lots of pictures today, but the Texas State Fair is just so dang colorful and photogenic. There is SO MUCH fried food here, that I think I will make a separate post for the food alone, but we had a blast running around & taking photos before the masses got there. Big Tex was looking great as always. He didn’t catch fire this year, so we can count that as a win.

Also, this has nothing to do with the fair, but Nick and I taught our Primary class for the first time yesterday. This is our first calling as a married couple, and it was hysterical. When we got to the classroom, they were climbing on the chairs like a bunch of monkeys on a jungle gym. Cute monkeys, but monkeys nonetheless. One girl told me I was pretty in the middle of the lesson! It was adorable. Also, we only made one kid cry because we rushed him during arts and crafts time…. Oh, and we got in trouble by our class for not bringing snacks this week. Noted for next time.

Anyways, I think we will love teaching Sunday School to those little cuties.

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

Xoxo,

Alyse