It’s been two weeks since we arrived on the island.
Some aspects make it feel like we have always been here and other aspects very much feel like a tornado just spit us out here last night, but all in all, we are getting life figured out here. Along the conversation of tornadoes, typhoon season is booming! In our two week stay, it has nearly rained every day, which was to be expected given we arrived during the rainy season months. However, we are currently experiencing our second monsoon due to a typhoon in the two weeks we have been here complete with flash floods and mud slides. The afternoon showers have turned to torrential all-day down pours so that has sure added a fun twist to our car shopping and house hunting adventures. We are told this is out of the ordinary, even for rainy season, so we are hoping this crazy weather will find a new place to hang out soon!
We have taken full advantage of all good weather we have had and explored more of the island. We headed back to Gun Beach for our second Friday sunset last week. We explored a “secret” trail Creed learned about when he came here back in June that led us around the rocks and on to a private beach area on the other side.
We went down there more for the beach/snorkel time and not so much the sunset this time since it was pretty cloudy and had been storming most of the day, but then out of nowhere, the sky turned every color any sunset could possibly turn and made one of the most incredible sunsets I have ever seen. I have seen many sunsets in my days of growing up on the Florida beaches, but the sky here has shown us colors like I have never seen before. One of my favorite things about being here so far for sure!
Saturday we headed to a local swimming spot in the village of Inarajan called the Inarajan Pools. These natural pools are just inside the reef barrier and formed by reefs allowing for calm waters, lots of fish to see from above the waters (It’s amazing how clear the water is here!) and below, and lots of places to jump off into the deeper pools. Another beautiful area! As for Hadley, her feet did touch the rocks with shoes on but she has yet to come near sand. 🙈
As for normal everyday life, we both have Guam phone numbers now so I think that makes us official islanders, right? (We will keep our old mainland numbers too so don’t erase us just yet!) We are busy car shopping and house hunting this week. We are still learning about the different villages and figuring out which areas we will be spending most of our time. Reese and Preston are enjoying school so far and we are all really excited about their teachers. We have had such an incredibly positive experience with this new school and are so glad everything worked out for us to be here!
Reese started 3rd grade with Miss Smith.
Preston started kindergarten with Miss Levy. It’s hard to believe he is off to kindergarten but I think school will be great for him and I’m so excited to see how he grows through this phase of life!
Both teachers were recruited at the same college in Wisconsin and have been here for several years since so that’s neat! Who knew Wisconsin would be a big recruiting area for Guam?? 🤷🏼♀️ There are several teachers here from there! In other news, Preston has started soccer. Reese will start an after school art program next week. Hadley and I are frequenting the island version of Starbucks and beginning to make friends for play dates at the local hang outs. We are learning the ropes on kids’ activities and all the different options here. There are quite a few things to do and many more than I imagined for island life! We will also be checking into preschools for Hadley and I guess at some point I will look into ending my permanent vacation with some career opportunities.
Until then, you’ll find me on a beach watching the sunset every chance I get. 😊