Saipan Races

 Saipan has an awesome outdoor sports community. It seems like just about every weekend, there's some kind of race or athletic activity going on.  This year, Brian has been participating in a lot of races, either swimming, running, or mountain biking.  Up above is a picture from the Beach Road Magazine bike race in January.
This one is from the Northern Passage bike race by IT&E.  The race course wound through the jungles and up into the mountains of Saipan, into the Suicide Cliff area.

The whole group at the "Meek and Mighty" swimming race this Saturday.  The "Meek" was a 1km swim, and the "Mighty" a 5km.  The race was held in the lagoon just outside of PIC resort.  Brian swam the 5k as practice for the swimming addition of this year's Xterra race in March.  Thanks, Saipan, for all the great activities!
A warm-up triathlon in the weeks before Xterra.


In Memory

Richard Morris
January 6, 1926 - February 22, 2012
 This week we lost my Grandpa, "Florida Fred".  He was one of the men that I looked up to most and I always hoped that I could grow up and be like him.   I would love spending the summer with my grandparents in Florida and I will never forget all the stories that he would tell, his ability to always make us laugh, and the way he would whistle while doing the laundry.  He was always very active and I loved to brag about my 85 year old grandfather who was the best player on his softball team and could still hit the ball over the back fence.  He and my Grandma have been on my mind a lot this week.  I will miss my Grandpa very much and I'm very sad that he is gone.  I look forward to seeing him again in heaven.


Love day date

On Valentine's night, I didn't get off of work until 7:00, so Brian and I decided to order take-out from our favorite restaurant, Wild Bill's, and go have a little relaxing picnic together.
Tropical Valentine's flowers
We set up some blankets, Brian brought a candle, and we enjoyed the best little dinner together.  Here's the view of Saipan's night sky that we saw as we chatted and stargazed.
Guess what else happened Valentine's day?  
Brian's brother and his wife had their little baby girl, Cambria!  We got to skype with them this morning and she is so beautiful.  Congratulations, Kristy and Eric!


Saipan girls

This post is because me and my friends take a million pictures and because I just LOVE them.
 Beach day at Obyan Beach
Surprise half-birthday party for our friend Amy.  We had a tea-party by the beach with cupcakes and, of course, party hats. 
Delicious hot chocolate during Friday night Pretty Little Liars. 

Waiting in line at the theater for the premiere of Breaking Dawn.  We watched all of the three previous Twilight movies in the weeks leading up to Breaking Dawn, then waited in line for over an hour at the theater... best ever 
 At our Friday Night Pretty Little Liars watching + pizza tradition

 Two of my past coworkers, Pearl and Donna.  Love them, and Pearl's beautiful little 2 week old baby girl, Lydia.
 At PLL night with the handsomest little guy ever, our friend Kayla's baby.

 Going to see the ballet, Swan Lake, in December.  Russian and Korean ballet dancers came to Saipan to star in the show and it was beautiful.  It was all outdoor seating, and cool, breezy weather that night. One of my students gave me a VIP ticket, so I got to sit up front with her to enjoy the show.

 Spending the afternoon at the beach- our very favorite thing to do on a Saturday or Sunday.  

 Eating lunch at Bobby Cadillacs when Kara and Grant's parents came to visit.  Best pizza on the island.

Girl's night at the theater to see New Years Day
I'm so thankful for these girls.  God has blessed me with the most caring, fun, and wonderful girl friends these past two years in Saipan.  I will miss them so much next year!!