Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Shepherd's Hut

My newest obsession! I first found out about Shepherd's Hut's on The Londoner. It is a very British idea and I love it! I have not found a place in the U.S. with these wonderful beauties yet. A Shepherd's Hut is a sweet and comfy way to camp but not in a tent. I enjoy camping in tents but these wonderful huts would be a dream to stay in, add some s'mores and we would have a party! 

Wriggly Tin is in the U.K. and they have the most wonderful, cute and delicious huts! 
the next four pictures were taken by The Londoner




Aren't they dreamy! 


The Shepherds Hut Retreat  is also located in the U.K. but they also have some beautiful hut's with lakeside views! 




I would love one day to bring this stylish style of camping to the U.S.! 

~Alysse

Monday, June 19, 2017

Tulsa Aquarium

                             

                          

                             


                                      

                                      


Tulsa, Oklahoma!
My aunt and cousin live in Tulsa and my little baby cousin turned two this weekend. We decided to pack an overnight bag and head out west. We stopped on route 66 for my cousins train themed birthday and made a pit stop at Los Cabos for a Mexican lunch then headed to the aquarium.

The aquarium is quite impressive. They hold the worlds largest amount of man eating sharks. The bull sharks were very impressive as they passed above you in a class tunnel shaped room. Their new exhibit includes a sea turtle! The one shown above, it was large and in charge. I had never seen a sea turtle in real life. All I could think of is Jack Sparrow lassoing this thing and getting off an island in the Caribbean. They had so many other things to offer but I think the sea turtle takes the prize. Grace of course slept the whole time...ahhh the baby life. 

If you are in the Tulsa area I would recommend stopping and having a look! 

~Alysse 


This post is NOT endorsed by the aquarium and all thoughts are my own. 



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Little Sister

My little sister got married this weekend! I can't believe she is all grown up and now starting a new life with her husband. Mr. Collins is a great guy and we really like him, I know they are going to have a great marriage. I am a little jealous because they are on a cruise right now, but I bet they are having the time of their lives! 

Update on Grace: She is growing like a weed but still seems small to me sometimes. She is the sweetest baby. She rocked this weekend with my sisters wedding. My wonderful friend Megan came down to visit and was my life saver! She took care of Grace during the wedding and helped out my family with getting the wedding set up. 
She is holding her head up a little and those fingers are in her mouth constantly. She is blowing bubbles and sleeping through the night! She still likes her car seat and often goes to sleep in the car. She is my little darling!



 My mama, Grace and myself

This is what I love about my sister! She is goofy and I love that about her

We had a long night but my baby finally got to sleep. I think she is going to be my little socialite! 

~Alysse

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Life Update

Oh man, time is flying! 
Grace is now three months old and growing like a weed. She is getting her hands in her mouth, cooing up a storm and sleeping like a champ. 
School is officially out for the summer so my summer vacation has started. I spend my days staring at Grace and cleaning the house. I have to say that stay at home moms are the bomb because I could not do this all the time. I clean the house and the next day it is all dirty again! How does that happen? Although I am pretty much caught up on my laundry which is very nice indeed. 
My sister gets married in two weeks and we are planning a vacation to North Carolina. I am very excited for this summer! 


















I love this girl so much! Thanks for sticking around :) 
~Alysse 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Preggo Tips


I now have a 1 month old and I can't believe it. My dearest girl is so sweet and I love her so much. I thought I would type out a few tips that helped me. I am no expert but these are some things that helped me along the way in my pregnancy.


  1. Night Lights: I bought some cheap night lights from WalMart when I first found out I was pregnant. The night lights still work to this day! Almost a year later, it helps to have them in your bathroom so those late night bathroom trips won't jolt you awake when you turn the lights on. 
  2. Tums/Rolades: *Check with your doctor before you take either of these.* I usually use Tums but Rolades helped me through this pregnancy. I bought the ones with gas relief and they were very helpful. 
  3.  Carbs: When I first found out I was pregnant I went into super healthy eater mode. You want to at this point because you realize you are creating a child. Turns out I needed carbs. I would be sick in the mornings if I didn't have anything on my stomach. Turns out it's okay at the beginning of your pregnancy to eat toast, bagels, oatmeal, ect. I would not have survived because I could only keep some of the items listed above down without getting sick. Once you pass the sickness mode is when you need to start eating healthier. 
  4. Water Bottles: I don't like using lots of plastic but at work, water bottles helped me out a lot because I could keep track of what I was drinking and I wasn't drinking enough water sadly. But using water bottles did help when I was at work. I could set a goal of how much I should drink. 
  5. Snacks: Carry some healthy snacks with you or crackers because you will get hungry when no one has anything for you. This also prepares you for motherhood when you have a toddler who needs snacks often.


I am sure I will have more ideas for you down the road but I hope you enjoy these few tips.

~Alysse

Friday, March 17, 2017

Grace Hobbs




Grace was born on Sunday, February 26 at 12:28pm! It was very unexpected because I was not due for another two weeks. It snowed that morning as we were headed off to the hospital. Contractions started about 3:30 in the morning and then she was born at 12:28pm. We didn't make it to the hospital until 10:40ish, after my water broke at home. It was so fast, I still can't believe it's all over and it's been almost three weeks. 

My sweet Grace is so wonderful! She sleeps so well and eats all the time. She is perfect! Her coo's are the best. I love my sweet girl so much! 

~Alysse 

Week 29

Side view; head at the top with her right eye, nose and lip showing 

Most of this week was spent on cleaning. I had off school so I guess my "nesting" started to happen. I have pretty much got all the clothes in my house clean! Putting up the Christmas stuff is also on my list of things to do. To be honest, I think I may have over done it in the cleaning department. I am seriously tired.

My belly is also getting more round, I thought I would pooch outward more but I am getting more round and there is some fat on my sides now. I am enjoying this process so much that I don't even care. The Hubs and I found out this week that our little girl likes to lay on her stomach, meaning her back is up against the front of my body. She likes to face my spine. I am interested to see if she will enjoy laying on her stomach when she comes into this world.


How far along? 29 weeks 5 days
Total Weight Gain: 11-15 pounds
Maternity clothes? Most of my shirts still fit but pants will start to be maternity
Stretch Marks? Yes, on my legs, no on my belly
Sleep:  A little restless, more dreams lately
Best moment of the week! Getting an extra ultra sound
Miss anything? Sleeping through the night without having to go to the bathroom
Food Cravings: Funyuns, I am wanting to try and eat healthier this week
Anything make me queasy or sick? No
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: none
Symptoms: Wanting to eat more, some leg cramps
Belly Button in or out? Out and staying out
Wedding ring on or off? on 
Mood: Feeling really good this week! a bit tired
Looking forward to: Getting the baby room all done