Nineties and New Things

Current City: Naval Base Guam

Last Wednesday, Lynn and I went back in time and found ourselves face to face with the nineties. Down at Navy that night they were hosting Vertical Horizon at Molly McGee’s. While we hung out in the back, children played up in the “mosh pit” area and everyone else scattered along the lawn on blankets and lawn chairs. I felt like we were a little more enthusiastic than the rest of the crowd. Let’s just say that we went full on acapella duet when the band put the microphone out for the crowd to sing. Special shout to the couple in front of us that handled it like champs, especially when it came to “Best I Ever Had” (I still prefer Gary Allan’s rendition, but I love everything about Gary Allan so that’s not fair).

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We ended up having too much fun on our own without a drink involved, especially when we realized the majority of the crowd wasn’t even a thought yet when these songs came out. The nineties jokes didn’t get old and we enjoyed a beautiful Guam, January evening.

The night wouldn’t be complete without me realizing I apparently missed out on a large part of childhood in the bug and critter department, which will probably lead to even more random adventures of childhood nostalgia.

On another note of self-growth I tried Poké and loved it! I don’t’ eat seafood, but in the spirit of trying new things I tried some of Lynn’s at Tapanade with some sangria and delicious dates! Such a fun and random week.

Oh and apparently today is International Kiss a Ginger Day? Sure why not! I’ll be sure to let Daniel know!
What have you tried new lately, was it a good or bad experience?

Venture from your comfort zone!

Blogging my Ashleigh

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Welcome Twenty Fifteen!

Warning from the future! The zombie apocalypse is upon us! Save your families, save yourselves, heed this warning! 

Okay, okay, sorry I had too! …ahem.. I mean…

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Daniel and I overlooking the firework display as it rang in 2015. Captured by: Lynn Corcoran

Daniel and I overlooking the firework display as it rang in 2015. Captured by: Lynn Corcoran

Current City: Dededo, Guam

Happy New Year friends! It’s amazing the difference a year can make. Last year was filled with so many life changes and amazing adventures. It the span of 365 days, I married my husband twice, made new life long friends, lost very important souls in my life, traveled to amazing places, moved half way around the world, finally completed my BA degree and so much in between. It’s kind of overwhelming to think about in a nutshell. So very curious to see what 2015 has in store! We had such a wonderful time ringing it in with new friends and my forever midnight kiss on a rooftop in Tumon watching all the fireworks shooting off in the bay.

So of course with the new year comes new resolutions, the big ones for me this year are to get back on track with being healthy, become a better photographer and blogger and to be more in the moment. I’m guilty for the typical healthy resolution! I just want to get out more, go hiking, running, prepare more nutritious meals and try and get the most out of life. When it comes to photography and blogging, I know I have so much to learn and am excited to do so! So please be patient with me on that, I’m always open to suggestions and helpful tips! My resolution to be more in the moment stems from wanting to be more present with life around me, putting down the phone and enjoying the real world around me, so that I don’t miss those little moments that are so important. Wish me luck!

What is everyone’s resolutions? Celebration plans? Best of luck on your adventures ahead!

Cheers!

Blogging my Ashleigh

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

SPF and Christmas Spirit

Christmas PartyCurrent City: Dededo, Guam

This is our first Christmas on Guam, our first as a married couple and for me, my first away from my family. The stockings are hung by the um, door, with care, our tree is a glow with new ornaments reflecting our lives and I’m at the post office almost every other day!

Yesterday Lynn and I witnessed snow in the jungle! Okay, okay, busted, we were in the mall, but Christmas spirit is Christmas spirit! Especially when things feel so different with it being so warm, we’re talking 90 degrees last night, plus Christmas lights, reindeer and carolers singing, “Let it Snow” in their flip flops. Our main Christmas carol this year has been Kenny Chesney’s “All I want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan”, and so far no luck for me. Sigh.

IMG_4576It all just seems like everyone is being tacky and left their Christmas lights up throughout the summer. On top of everything, our big plans for Christmas day is a day at the beach with friends. When in Rome, right?!

What are some fun ways you guys enjoy the holiday season with friends and family?

Seas and Greetings!

Blogging my Ashleigh

Coffee and Coconut Trees

GabGab BeachCurrent City: Santa Rita, Guam

Tuesday adventures with Lynn are always a treat! After sharing a delicious batch of freshly French pressed coffee from Rivera’s Coffee we headed on down to Gab Gab beach located on the South of the island on the Navy base. This place was like walking into a screensaver, so gorgeous! Spent a nice afternoon there complete with a view and a show, we enjoyed watching some tactical practice going on complete with men hopping out of helicopters. I even got a kick out of the flying fish, granted I wasn’t in the water with them! My first beach day on Guam was definitely wonderful.

Happy days,
Blogging my Ashleigh

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!

Mermaid in the Skies

Current City: Dededo, Guam

This mermaid is headed back home on short notice. While the reasoning may not be pleasant, it’ll be nice to see friends and family. Now just getting packed and finding a carry on friendly bag, prep cooking so Daniel eats more than pop tarts and take-out and getting everything ready and squared away. Time is such a weird thing when traveling over the date line; I’ll be flying for over 21 hours, leaving Guam on Tuesday, at 12:40 p.m. and will be arriving in Las Vegas at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. I wish it were really only four hours! Sadly I’ll be missing Daniel on our first Thanksgiving and a big milestone for our relationship, but hopefully I can make it up to him and we can still celebrate when I return.

I know it’s blasphemy to talk Christmas before Thanksgiving, but in an effort to cheer me up a bit Daniel was wonderful and got us Christmas stockings for our first Christmas together (and they’re in true Daniel style)! Excited for our first Christmas as our own little family, even though it will be my first away from my own. It’ll be nice to make memories and traditions together.

Better get some sleep. First stop Tokyo!

Good night,

Blogging my Ashleigh