Felis Påsgua to All

Current City: Dededo, Guam

Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas this year. Daniel and I enjoyed Christmas morning together with Christmas tree cinnamon rolls, a muddy and exhausting ride on the quads at the track and finally a lovely dinner with new friends! Very eventful and memorable Christmas.  How did everyone else celebrate this year? Any traditions new or old? I know we’re looking to start a few more through the years!
Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Blogging my Ashleigh

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Family, Friends and Freezing

Current City: Henderson, Nevada
Great GrandpaMy sudden trip back to the desert was quit a whirlwind! While I enjoyed seeing friends and family the reason was far from pleasant. I was glad I could be with my family through the rough time of losing my great grandfather and to witness such a beautiful turnout and service for a man who truly lived.  Thank you to all who were involved, your kind words and to my grandmother who always seems to make the impossible so very possible and wonderful.

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But the silver lining was standing by my cousin’s side as she married her best friend the following week. It truly felt like a romantic comedy, because in true Kayla style she kept us on our toes and announced her wedding a week before the date! Family and friends rallied to produce such a beautiful wedding, it was an amazing time filled with love that won’t soon be forgotten! Karaoke at the reception was so much fun as well, a big shout out to Zoo Karaoke for their excellent work in keeping the fun going all night! It still hasn’t sunk in that my girl is a married woman and that she will be moving to California!

Another fun part of being home was being able to have a hand in my best friend’s wedding since I won’t be able to physically be there to celebrate in March, which honestly breaks my heart! We had quite the adventure with her family doing FullSizeRender (3)wedding black Friday shopping. It went so very smooth considering the carnage that is associated with black Friday, not to mention the ambulances we saw on stand by, yikes! It became even more fun when we all became delirious and everything was funny except our aching feet! Having an amazing friend like her is one of the hardest parts of being so far away, so we try to enjoy whatever we do when we’re together, including me coming back to work with her to help out, haha!

It was nice to have a quiet Thanksgiving with my family and enjoy some carne asada and Blue Bell ice cream. So much yum, but I was really missing my husband and feeling guilty not being able to spend our first thanksgiving as a married couple together. Being away made me realize that my heart is in two places now.

You know I made sure I got my fill of Mexican food, which turns out is my comfort food! Some yummy In-N-Out, Slurpees, amazing brisket and delicious BBQ! I ate my way through the favorites that I”m missing, haha! But on another note, I’m defiantly missing the National Finals Rodeo this year!

Happy Holidays!

Blogging my Ashleigh
P.S. Sorry for the late post, technical difficulties!

Shipping and Handling My Patience

Current City: Dededo, Guam

Care Package GoodiesHappy news, and happy October! Supposedly our home goods should have arrived on island yesterday evening. They told us to give at most three days for them to in process, customs, and whatever else good stuff they have to do. We also received an amazing care package from Daniel’s mother which includes some delicious looking K-cups that tease me from the countertops, and some fabulous spices and kitchen goodies! Super excited to have everything back soon! Little things, like even a chair would be wonderful! Once everything is arrived we can go ahead and get settled into our home after a good smudging. Until it arrives, not too much going on other than us both working and patiently waiting!

A revelation I did recently run into, my Amazon Prime free shipping has abandoned me on Guam. After everything we’ve been through together, years of holidays and splurges arriving on my doorstep in a minimum of two days, sigh. Surprised to find that Guam is exempt from the best perk of Amazon Prime, and most of my purchases are now doubled with shipping. Yet, I did discover that Roxy has free shipping all day, everyday. Does anyone else know of any other sites that offer free shipping? Yes, I do realize it’s a bit silly, but just more changes I’m adjusting too after living in 24-hour town my whole life.

Just keep swimming!

Blogging my Ashleigh

House Sweet House

Current City: Dededo, Guam

House KeysYay! We have Internet!

Well I’m happy to report that Daniel and I have a roof over our heads that we can call our own! (Pause for happy dance!)

We received the keys Friday evening and are now anxiously anticipating the arrival of our things so that we may begin making it our own. The house is very much empty and filled with echoes since it is all tile floors, except our blow up bed/couch. Yup, you read that right, or air mattress doubles as a couch. We don’t know if that shows how redneck we are or innovative, oh well!

I’m excited for our goods to arrive so we can fill our echoing opera hall, but until then we’re enjoying the simplicity and innovativeness we need to make ends meet. You’d be surprised what little things you take for granted. It’s nice to talk, read or what not before bed and enjoy each others’ company instead of going full on zombie in front of the television every night. Unfortunately all of our kitchen goods aren’t here either so we’ve upgraded from take-out to sandwiches and microwavable dinners.

Our First HomeThe first night we slept in the house the carbon monoxide alarms started going off around 3:30 a.m. and last night the fire alarm kept going of in single chirps at random in our room, which was very unsettling around 4:00 a.m. We chalked it up to the power outage that evening, but why must everything go off at that hour in the morning?! I then had the mistake of telling Daniel about the devil’s hour, which my horror buff cousins and I thought was common knowledge. Daniel doesn’t do horror and I think I really frightened him! So sorry, I guess those years of horror stuck with me more than I thought!

Also very exciting, Daniel’s truck has arrived! Daniel’s pretty stoked to have her back, and I’m excited to have a vehicle to use when he’s at work during the day!

More and more we’re getting settled in our new home, still so much we learn everyday!

Blogging my Ashleigh

Exploring, Waterparks and Wet Noses

Current City: Tumon, Guam

Well unfortunately we had to do some hotel hoping and our move in date has been pushed back once again. It’s been quite the process and a quite frustrating, but I’ll leave it at that. At least we know we have the house and will be able to make it our first home in the very near future. The past week has involved a lot of hurry up and wait, and me practicing my weak virtue of patience. A giggle for anyone that knows me well!

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Unfortunately for me, Daniel is off leave for house hunting and is back at work today. We did manage to get a lot done in that time and have fun. Including a trip to Inarajan for some beautiful sights and a taste of Chamorro culture right before the sunset, Daniel played photographer. We defiantly would like to visit and explore the area some more when we have more time available. We enjoyed some wonderful treats at the Tea District. Iced milk tea with boba for me was such a pick me up! Daniel enjoyed strawberry cheesecake in a drink for his giant sweet tooth. Very delicious for our search for bedroom furniture, we can’t wait until we get in the house and our stuff finally arrives off the boat.

South Views of GuamWe also made another trip to G.A.I.N. (Guam Animals in Need), a shelter that has captured my heart and love for animals on the island. Daniel points out a testimony to my passion with the fact that I looked up the shelters and animal groups before we even got to the island and proceeded to seek them out before we were even here a week.

We’re hoping to adopt a puppy once we’re settled; Daniel knows nothing brings a smile to my face quite like animals do. But until we’re settled and can provide a pup with a structured home and time we find ways to help animals in other ways as often as we can.

As much as I’m falling in love with my new home, animals have my heart and I am bothered by what I see here and would like to do as much as I can, even if it’s a small dent. The concept of having a pet here is much different than how I was raised and I feel is unworthy to these souls. With the large amount of strays and animals along the side of the road, seeing them tied up with no water breaks my heart.

Inarajan ViewsI’m not saying that this is the case with every pet owner or animal on the island; it’s just a lot more prevalent and eye opening from anywhere I’ve lived before. But to subside my rant, I know participating to make even the smallest difference is going to be a priority during our time here.

We had a wonderful time this weekend at Onward Waterpark! I haven’t been to a waterpark in I don’t remember how long, maybe since the first Wet N’ Wild for all my Las Vegas natives! But I know that lines were a big part of my past experiences, not at Onward! We went on every slide as many times as we wanted, and just had a wonderful day full of smiles that was warmly welcomed! My favorite slide had to be the Manta! I know we’ll defiantly be making more trips during our time here!

Wishing everyone a wonderful week and hope to be updating you from our house next time!

Blogging my Ashleigh