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!

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Sea Stars and Spirits

Current City: Santa Rita, Guam

IMG_4174 (1)Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween (and Nevada Day)! I bet you’d never guess that I went as the little mermaid, Ariel of course! Side note, I totally underestimated what an adventure it was going to be to find a sea star for my hair while living on a tropical island. But, I actually spent most of my holiday working, yup thats right, I’m employed! I’ve held off sharing just to make sure that it stuck, didn’t want to jinx myself.

I’m having a go at the craft of bartending and am thankful for the opportunity, especially with how difficult it is to find a job out here. It has also helped me meet a lot of wonderful people out here already, which I am even more thankful for.

Working nights has pretty much destroyed whatever sleep schedule my body had become accustomed to, but it works out when talking to family and friends back home. Got to have that silver lining!

IMG_4158 (1)I got the awesome opportunity to join friends in taking a quick tour of the USS George Washington during it’s short stay in Guam. Other than the torrential down pour we endured, as the photos show us in our drowned rat best, it was a great time. I had forgotten how massive the air craft carriers truly are when you’re right next to them as they tower over you. It reminded me of the tour my family and I took of the USS Midway back in San Diego, a must for anyone even remotely interested! But it was a wonderful day of rain, exploring, coffee and puppy cuddles. A few of my favorite things!

Our house is still not together yet; we’ve really dropped the ball, but once it is you better believe you’ll be hearing all about it!

DSC01287Now that Halloween is over, holiday antics will be running wild for Christmas and poor Thanksgiving, the red headed step child that gets trampled over every year. Definitely going to be a bittersweet year, celebrating the holidays with my new husband and my first holiday season away from my family. Going to need a little extra help really getting into the spirit this year.

Hope everyone else is getting along swimmingly!

Blogging my Ashleigh

 

 

 

P.S. A little shot approaching the USS George Washington.

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Hafa Adai Guam

Current City: Tamuning, Guam

We made it to Guam! Right off of the plane we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the men Daniel will be working with and their families. They took us to dinner at Vitale’s in Tumon before taking us to our hotel that we would be staying at until we found a home. Maybe it was the jet lag setting in, or how hungry we were from the journey, but it was some of the best pizza I’ve ever had! Once we got to our hotel room it had set in that this would be our new home, right around the same time we passed out since our bodies were still believing it was four in the morning.

The view from our hotel balcony the first morning in Tamuning, Guam.

The view from our hotel balcony the first morning in Tamuning, Guam.

The next morning we woke up early and were able to watch the sunrise and walk to get some breakfast, and more importantly coffee for me! It was nice being able to see some of the island, the night before I wasn’t able to see out of the windows due to the thick layer of condensation. Also, upon getting out of the car for dinner that night, my glasses instantly fogged up, a far cry from the dry heat of the desert that I am so accustomed to! We had a good laugh about it, a “we aren’t in Kansas anymore” moment not thirty minutes off the plane.

Walking back from breakfast we noticed all the street art, miles and miles of green popping up everywhere and slugs racing their way along the sidewalk. All these things so little, but were noticeable to fresh eyes.

That night we were lucky enough to get a quick tour and some insight on the major parts of the island from our relator. Including some amazing places to eat, and beaches to explore.

Our first glance of the island from the plane.

Our first glance of the island from the plane.

After our little driving tour he took us to Chamarro Village where every Wednesday evening they have a gathering filling the grounds with food and pop up vendors representing Guam. The food and the atmosphere was thrilling, I can’t wait to go back again and check it out when have some time to mosey around and explore everything it has to offer. I guess I’ll have to add it to the growing list of places we need to visit while we’re here!

We’ve been truly blessed with the generosity from the men at the shop helping Daniel get situated at the base and even letting us borrow a truck to do some running around on our own. Which with no surprise lead us to check out the motorsports track, which I was delighted to see looks like a track I’ll be able to enjoy with Daniel. A big sigh of relief since we brought our ATVs to the island, a hobby we are both passionate about.

Things are slowly starting to fall into place as we get settled, we were able to get working phones, looking to get a ‘Guam bomb’ of our own before Daniel’s truck arrives from California and will be looking at houses today. Wish us luck!

Happy Travels!
Blogging my Ashleigh