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!

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 
Loves here Mama (which see can say regularly now!)

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


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!


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.! 


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! 


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! 


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 :)