Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Holiday Happenings Part 2

Perfect! This Christmas was perfect. We spent our days with my family, playing games and eating so much food. My favorite part was helping Grace open presents. I didn't even care about all mine, I just wanted to watch her enjoy her presents. 
Now in saying that...I got my KitchenAid Mixer!!!! 
I have asked for one almost every year, for years. I also received a piping bag with tips for decorating cakes and things. I can not wait to start baking! 
I truly had the best Christmas this year and I know that it will only get better. 





Alysse XOXO

Friday, December 22, 2017

Holiday Happenings Part 1

The holiday season is upon us! Nights full of cookie decorating, spending time with friends and drinking hot chocolate non stop. So far we have attended two Christmas parties, hosted one and I made about 12 dozen cookies for my work mates. This Christmas season has been the best so far. Why, you ask? 
Well we do have a crawling 10 month old. 
Grace started crawling last week at 9 month and 3 weeks. Of course it was the Christmas tree that motivated her. 


We attended our fourth annual Chi Alpha Christmas Party last week and had so much fun! There are now four babies and a 5 year old. We all met at Chi Alpha and have had Christmas together ever since. 




Stay tuned for part 2 coming after Christmas! 

xoxo Alysse


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Family Pictures

We got these photos taken when Grace was 6 month old!
Enjoy








xoxo Alysse

Friday, September 22, 2017

7 Month Update






Grace will be 7 months old on Sunday. 
She is eating sweet potato, peas, green beans, peaches, bananas, cereal and prunes. 
She can roll over, almost sit up on her own and gabber all day long. 
She loves it when her Papa sings to her and  dances. 
She loves spending Fridays at her Grandpas house. 
She sleeps in her car seat like a champ. 
Never stops smiling 
and 
Loves here Mama (which see can say regularly now!)

She is the sweetest girl I know and I love being here Mama 

~Alysse 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Diary of a Working Mama



As the first full week of school came to an end, I was exhausted and ready to see my baby. These past two weeks have been emotional in so many ways. I had to leave my baby at the babysitters for the first time, I was going back to work after 5 months off, and I was trying to juggle the idea of pumping at work, twice a day. I had my ups and downs and emotional days. Now that I am on the other end of it, I can say that I am glad the past two weeks have gone quickly and that this year will be a good one.

Dropping Grace off at the babysitters for the first time was the hardest thing I have ever done. I left and she was screaming and crying, the hardest part was that I could not comfort her and I had to trust this other person to calm her while I was at work. I cried for the 30 minute drive to work and thought about her all day. My babysitter was so great and sent me three or four pictures that day to let me know that my little girl was doing okay. This first day at the sitters was also Back to School Night, so I did not see my Grace till 7 pm that night. As I walked in the door, my Hubby was holding my sweet girl and her face just lit up when she was me, I am pretty sure I ran to her as fast as I could. I held her in my arms and tears sprouted out of my eyes. I missed her so much and having her in my arms was the best thing Ever. Tears of sadness then tears of joy made that Tuesday one of the most emotional in my life.

I L.O.V.E my job! Teaching is what God has called me to do. I have been so excited to go back that I remember saying, "I could go back to school," one week after I had Grace. I love those little kids and it is truly a treasure to see them learning and having fun. I have such a peace about teaching and I don't think I could stand not going back. I never really contemplated not working. Saying all that to say that I was so glad to be going back to work but man did I miss my Grace. I also had to give this, pumping at work, thing a try. I started out pumping twice a day, my coworkers have been so kind to work with me during this time. I was getting so frustrated though because I was using all my plan time to pump and having to stay after school to get work done. I am going down to pumping once a day this next week to see how it goes. If I still can't juggle it all then I will go to formula. The idea of going to formula makes me almost feel like a failure. I know that it would be okay for Grace to have it so I am not sure while I feel this way. I maybe feel that I am giving up and taking the easy way out but it has been a hard decision that I have been dealing with for the past two weeks.

Being a mom and working had been really hard to figure out. I feel the pressure now more than ever to made all things work out the right way. I have to give my husband props because he has really stepped up to help around the house and pick up Grace everyday from the sitters. Life keeps moving and the Lord knows what he is doing. I am going to trust in him to know that everything will be okay. Happy Sunday friends and thanks for staying real with me!


~Alysse