Alan and Kirlyam Update
TLC.com asked Alan and Kirlyam some questions about the first year of marriage. They open up about their daily lives and explain what they have in store for the future in this exclusive interview.
Q: What is the most surprising thing you've learned about your spouse now that you're married and living together?
A: Alan is a good cook, and Kirlyam likes playing video games.
Q: Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where?
A: Yes -- Hawaii.
Q: Kirlyam, what is a typical day like for you?
A: Alan goes to work at 8am. I video chat with my family back home while I tidy up the house (if the house is dirty). Alan comes home for lunch, then goes back to work. After that, I usually study English or relax and watch Brazilian soap operas with my mom via video chat. Alan comes home, and we chat about our days. Then, one of us cooks dinner. After that, we choose from several TV shows we love to movies to watch. Then, we go to sleep.
Q: Another question for Kirlyam. Now that you're married, will you be able to travel back home to see your family? Or will they come visit you?
A: Yes, I will go back to see my family in a couple of months! Further in the future, they will come and visit us.
Q: Alan, do you still get questions about green cards or mail order brides? How do you deal with this kind of criticism?
A: Honestly, I never got questions about mail order brides, and I've never received criticism about our relationship. Anyone who truly knows us and our story knows that the love we feel for each other is 110 percent real.
Q: What are your goals for the first year of marriage?
A: We'd like to get Kirlyam back to college, find a new home and go back to Brazil twice.
Q: Where do you see yourselves in five years?
A: We see ourselves happily married, blissfully in love, and possibly with one or two kids in a marvelous new home.
Q: What advice would you give to other couples who are applying for K-1 visas and planning weddings in 90 days?
A: Patience is the key. Stay calm and relax. If you truly love the other person, everything will work out.
Q: Kirlyam, what has been the biggest cultural adjustment you've made now that you're living in the U.S.?
A: The biggest change for me has been either the language or the difference in food.
Q: What final piece of advice would you give other couples for their first year of marriage?
A: Don't sweat the small stuff. Don't go to bed angry at each other, and do everything you can to make your partner happy.