Thursday, June 30, 2011

best anniversary gift ever

Sooo we decided to celebrate our anniversary on both days! :-)

Look at how young we were! I had just turned 21 and David was 23. You tell me, what's more shocking-- him having hair or him smiling in a picture? hehehe

See those grins up there?

Well, we're grinning again... and frankly in disbelief...

Nope, not having twins... just felt the need to test twice to be sure!

I still can't believe it.

We truly covet your prayers... prayers for a healthy pregnancy and delivery, prayers that we will not be fearful...

Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
-Isaiah 26:4

I am surprised. Are you surprised?

Most of all, I am thankful that the Lord has answered the cries of our heart. He is so good to give us this GIFT!

And we rejoice.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

park day and almost anniversary

When you think park day, what picture comes to mind?

Piney woods, playgrounds and maybe a swimming pool is the norm in our corner of Houston.

Here in Guam, however, a homeschool park day looks a little different...

Okay, A LOT different.

{They were spoiled rich kids (L-R, President's son, Bill Gates' son, unnamed, Donald Trump's daughter) stranded on an island for a year, surviving by eating sharks.
Tough and imaginative cookies, aren't they?}

Totally off-topic, this whole time difference poses another interesting question.

[Whoa, this is a BIG picture of us... me with my old hairdo and David looking as handsome, mean and bald as usual! We look like giants!]

Mine and David's 15th wedding anniversary is on June 29th. However, the 29th here is for the most part the 28th in TX, which is where we were married.

Much thought and hem-hawing later... okay, pretty much a quick discussion on the way to Blockbuster led to us deciding to celebrate our anniversary on June 30th.

It's just weird.

Coco brought up a good point. She said that her birthday is on July 14th. She was born in Korea and yet does not celebrate her birthday on the 14th in Korea, but on the 14th in the US.

Bah! I hadn't thought of that point. Either way, maybe it's because we still are conscious of the time difference?

What would y'all do? Celebrate here on the 29th (28th in TX) or on the 30th (29th in TX)?


Friday, June 24, 2011

50mm friday - yummy yogurtland!

Do you like my treat up there? It's coconut frozen yogurt with kiwi, strawberries, cheesecake pieces, sweet red beans and mochi (sweet rice cake). YUM!

The boys and I met up with Denise and her girls at Yogurtland today. What a joy it was to spend time talking with her and laughing at our kids getting along so famously. :-)

New friends are a tremendous blessing!

I'm participating in Hallie Westcott's 50mm Friday. Care to join us?

waiting, new license and it's pretty here

Sooooooo we found out that our stuff is not going to be here anytime soon. Even though it was packed up weeks ago, it is still sitting in Los Angeles and should be arriving here in approximately 33 days.

That's over a month, y'all.

I miss cooking, my pillow, cold a/c, and s-p-a-c-e.

In other news, I handed over my Texas Drivers License and got this bad boy instead. Kinda makes me sad.

Moving all the way to Guam was not that big a deal to me, and yet handing over my Texas license was... Why is that?!

I thought about lying about my weight on the application. Hotel living and eating out all the time is not conducive to rejoicing on the scale.

I would totally have lied had I known they were actually going to print my exact weight on the front of my license!

Please tell me my library card won't be as painful to look at.

Let's move along now, shall we?

The tide has been very low and the waters very calm this past week. Peaceful walks on the beach were just what we needed after being in the hotel all day.

[The sand on this beach is actually very white and soft. What you see here are the marks of the receding water.]

No matter how clear the sky, it never takes long for a storm to brew, empty itself and then stop as suddenly as it came.

[These cell phone pics just don't do justice to the beauty of this island.]

Guam has a small town (but tropical) feel and a population of approximately 160,000. Very opposite of Houston!

You can tell if a town is small in Texas by two things:

1. It has a Dairy Queen.
2. They have one traffic light.

No Dairy Queen here and there are definitely a lot of traffic lights, but let's consider the fact that there is only one underpass/overpass on the entire island. That tells me it is definitely the opposite of big, overcrowded Houston here... and I like it that way.

Would you lie about your weight if it was on the front of your drivers license? What's the population of your town? Do you think it is too big, too small, or just right?

PS All of the [parentheses] and blockquotes in this post are bugging me... too tired to fix it. No one else has notices, yes?

Monday, June 20, 2011

blue monday

{not sad blue, but color blue}

The time difference between Guam and the States really messes with my mind sometimes. Being 17 hours ahead makes me feel like a time traveler.

If you are nice to me, maybe I'll tell you how your day is going to be! *snort*

We had a nice long family walk this afternoon, treading on low tide rocks normally hidden from view. We passed caves and crabs, gun placements and WW2 pillboxes...

I would have loved to have my camera with me.

But water + me walking + passing rain showers + Nikon D300s = disaster waiting to happen!

These after-the-walk shots were the only blue part of my day. :-)

I do wish I could have captured the blue sea stars... maybe next time I will remember to bring the Kodak.

Wouldn't it be fun to glide across the bay with these guys?

So, what do you have planned for today?

Not that I don't already know... *snort*

Friday, June 17, 2011

50mm friday - reading in bed

I love to see my boys reading in the middle of the day.
Noah is finishing up Rascal by Sterling North.

(doesn't he look pampered in his own big hotel bed?
he is super excited to not have to share!)

Jumping in with Hallie's 50mm Friday-- want to join us?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

sweet shot: hotel flora

While we are itching to get out of this hotel room and into our own place, I do appreciate the small touches in the common areas... like candles at night and new flowers every morning.

I should make more of an effort to do this in my own home... y'know, just as soon as our stuff gets here and we get to move on up. :)

Hooking up with Darcy's Sweet Shot Tuesday. Week 59! She is so not a quitter.

Sweet Shot Day

Saturday, June 11, 2011

saturday confessions: week 10

1. I have seen the sunrise here in Guam every morning. This is the view from our balcony, overlooking the hills where the sun rises and clouds roll over every day. Beautiful to behold but it makes it very difficult to stay awake until the sun sets in the evening. I'm glad that my boys know how to be quiet when they wake up at 5:00 in the morning! And that they are zonked out by 8pm!

2. The only acceptable kid channel that we get at our hotel in Guam is Animal Planet Australia/New Zealand. At least we still get a taste of home through Animal Cops Houston. (For the record, we watch it because it is there, not because I particularly like it.)

3. Due to #2 above, y'all should have heard the excitement from my boys when The Price Is Right came on TV! Hooray for a non-animal show!!! Where you can win MONEY!

4. I watched the local news this morning in hopes of learning how to pronounce the names of the different villages around here. (Guam isn't mud hut villages or anything, but villages as in little towns.) The slow speech, lack of murders (although there is crime on the island), and the less-than-slick appearance of the broadcast made me smile. What a difference from the news we'd see in Houston-- which is also why I stopped watching the news altogether years ago.

5. We are now owners of the iPhone4. So far, I am only irritated. While the iPhone has a better camera (see pics in this post), I much prefer the ease of use and larger screen of my DroidX.

6. Last night's supper was yum. I give you the French Terrier-- chili, cheese and french fries stacked on an all beef Nathan's hot dog.

I am linking up with Melissa's Saturday Confessions... just disregard the fact that it is already Sunday here in Guam. (I need to figure out how to change the clock settings on my blog.)

Friday, June 10, 2011

50mm friday - first flight

David flew from Guam to Cairns, Australia last night-- his first flight as CAPTAIN!

I am so proud of him. Not only of his hard work and skill, but for the fact that he has sat as First Officer for YEARS when he could have upgraded to Captain long ago.

Why would he give up the prestige, pride and pay of Captain to sit as F/O for so long?


Family, quality of life, many extra days at home that we wouldn't have together if he had upgraded sooner. Thank you for that, baby.

I'm linking up with Hallie Westcott's 50mm Friday. Feel free to join us!