Wednesday, May 28, 2008

"Leaving on a jet plane... don't know when I'll be back again"

It's hard to believe that I only have three more days left in Guam. If you would have asked me a year ago, I would have bet my favorite shoes that we'd still be here and I'd still be complaining about wanting to move, and that the boot-shaped country of Italy was just a place halfway around the world from here full of pasta and pizza. That place with the fabulous food is going to be our new home for two years. And that's crazy to think about.

While I did complain from time to time about life in Guam, specifically, the lack of Target, fresh produce, the crazy drivers, and no seasons, I really will miss it. Not many people can say that they've had the opportunity to live in such a beautiful, tropical place. And the friends we've made here are so wonderful. That will be the hardest part about leaving. We have made some great friends, and making new friends is just a daunting thing to do. It makes me revert back to kindergarten, and those old insecurities resurface. Will I be "cool" enough to sit at the popular girls' table for lunch? What if there's no one my age, or likes to do the things I like to do? What if I'm ostracized because my husband's not in the military, therefore, what do I know about military life? I've really never had much of a problem making friends, and I hope the same rings true over there.

I don't truly know if it's set in that I'm actually leaving here for good. I don't know when it will set in. Maybe once we're on the plane? Who knows.

We have one last hurrah with our friends on Friday, and I'm going to try my darndest to keep the tears from flowing, but it might be hard. (fair warning, Rachel!)

What will I walk away from Guam with? An appreciation for culture (and fabulous food that I know we'll both miss!!), a stronger marriage, quite a few stamps in my passport, and most importantly, friends that I'll always remember.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Happy Anniversary to us! Four years have passed... wow. Take a walk with us down memory lane as we look back at some pictures of us over the years. It's been a wild ride!

We met at Indiana University...

He lived in Korea during one year of our "dating years." He had a conference to attend in Orlando, so I skipped a few classes at IU and joined him for a few days.
(isn't the Afro hawt? :p )

He proposed during Christmas break, when I flew out to Korea to visit.
The day of our wedding, I woke up to the sound of rain. I had all the confidence in the world, though, that we'd be able to have our outdoor wedding. Thankfully, luck was on our side, and when the minister said, "I now pronounce you man and wife," the sun started shining through the clouds.
We cheered.
We kissed (a lot).
We danced.
We ate. (mmm... carbs)
I got annoyed by my crazy hairdo.
We promised one another to always be there; for good and bad, sickness and health, until death do us part.
And I've loved every minute of it.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Fun with Friends!!

This past weekend was a good one! On a whim, I decided to join Token in running a 1/2 marathon. I've only ever run 7-ish miles at one time, so jumping to 13 was a big deal. We got up at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday, and made it down to base at 5:30. The race started at 6, and I actually think I did pretty well! I finished in 2:16 and Token came in at 2:10. Go us!!

That afternoon, we headed down to the southernmost tip of Guam to hang out with some friends. We ate some yummy Cinco de Mayo food on Tres de Mayo, played 90's version of Trivial Pursuit, and gabbed about life and stuff. Oh, and we got to hang out with Noah, the cutest baby in Merizo, hands down!

Pictures from the fun festivities.

Yay for fun weekends!!