Oh my gosh I really miss my puppy.  Sam's in the states right now staying with my parents until we pick her up this summer.  The airlines won't fly pets from Saipan after May 15 because of the heat, so we had to send her early.  We've been able to see her a lot on skype, but can't wait to have her back home with us!  Thanks Mom and Dad so much for taking care of her!!!
Puppy at the beach

 Our friend Liz gave her the name "Sammie Sad Eyes"
Miss you pup pup!


Memorial Day and Mangos

I can't think of a better way to spend this Memorial Day.

Than enjoying breakfast on the front porch and a day at the beach with my wife.

And remembering the men and women who gave it all in this same place.


Happy #4

Happy four year anniversary to us!!!!

Marrying you was the best decision I ever made, Brian.  I love you with all my heart and can't wait for our date tonight!
 Us on our anniversary date last year- Micro Beach, Saipan

Sunset Dinner Cruise!

I love these friends of mine and I feel so blessed to have the in Saipan.  They are so wonderful, caring, and FUN!! :)  I'm going to miss them more than I can say!  

A few weeks ago was my friend Kara's birthday and we spent a whole day doing fun things to celebrate.  In the evening, we went on a Sunset Dinner Cruise.  It was my first time to go on one, although by the time you've been in Saipan for two years, most people have gone on multiple dinner cruises!  I thought it was SO much fun- here are some pictures of the night.

 Below: On the dock, getting ready to go out to sea
 The dinner cruise is on a large sailboat (ours was called the Jade Lady) that makes a big loop inside the reef to Managaha island and back.  It lasts two hours and includes drinks, dinner, and dancing!  
Here's where you go.  And there's our 2nd favorite island- Managaha!
pic via
The live music by our musician, Jerry, was so good.
Laura and I

All the girls on the boat and birthday girl Kara with her bday shells and lei.
The dinner was also so yummy- steak, rice, and veggies.

When the boat starting making it's way back to Saipan, we were sitting in the front of the boat with our feet over the edge and the wind in our hair.  As Saipan came closer into view, I thought about how much I love this little island that has been our home for the past two years.  That moment is one of my favorite memories from Saipan.

Last but not least, a little video from the night.  Thanks so much Kara for the pictures and video- love them!


The Bird

It's almost our anniversary!!  I love him.
 On Saturday, we took a hike to Bird Island.  I think I've been to this island about 8 times in the past two years but it's awesome every time.  On Saturday it was living up to it's name, and had a ton of birds swooping around it- so cool to watch.

 Love these two!

 Brian and I with Bird Island in the background

Thanks so much for the pictures, Aly and Nate!! :)


Taste of the Marianas

The month of May is one of our favorite times of year in Saipan because The Taste of the Marianas is held every Saturday night!  Taste is a food festival with ethnic food from all around the world.  It is set up each weekend at American Memorial Park, and has live dance performances all night long.  
We love it because many of the resorts and restaurants of Saipan will offer special dishes only for Taste of the Marianas.  Our favorites?  The Capricciosa rice croquette and PIC's chicken curry!

 Me and Amy enjoying the island sunset
Beth and Jake at dinner
 yum PIC curry!
finger lickin good
talented Palauan dancers on stage
 Laura and Joe ate with us
 and so did Matt and Ame
 Brian and I :)
We can't wait for another Taste of the Marianas next weekend!